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Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 07-25-2015, 07:43 AM  
The K10D Club!
Posted By KJon
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I've been lurking more than posting of late, but this thread has drawn me out. (Can't remember if I've posted in this thread before or not). Had the K10D out in my fair city yesterday. Still using this body regularly to augment my K5 and in good light, it still holds its own.

Pentax K10D, Sigma 20mm, f1.8

Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 05-31-2014, 03:30 PM  
ME Super & Flash Photography
Posted By KJon
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Prolly too late to do the OP any good (MacGreg), but the Metz 58 AF has an "Auto" setting that allows the flash to work as an autothyristor. I have the same flash and I've used it on that setting with my ME Super to good effect. Exposures were a little hot, but not too bad, and better that than underexposed in my book.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 05-24-2014, 06:10 PM  
:cool: Lets see those ''film'' shots
Posted By KJon
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Likin' the selfie, Colton. I'm sure you've seen it posted elsewhere, but the battery grip really makes the ZX-5n. Bought my body on the marketplace here and the seller was kind enough to throw in the grip, unbeknownst to me. Meanwhile I had already purchased the CR-2 or CR-3 batteries (can't remember which the ZX-5n takes off the top of my squash) in anticipation of the camera's arrival and felt obliged to use them. The ZX-5n is surprisingly easy on batteries (which shocked me in light of the body's built-in winder), so it was a good while before I had occasion to use the grip. When I did, it was a revelation. I've always shot with smaller bodies - first Pentax was an ME Super - and was happy shooting the ZX-5n grip-less. I'd read the posts raving about how the grip really completed this camera and found them hard to believe. After shooting the camera with the grip, I'm a true believer. I didn't think there was anything that could make the ZX-5n a better camera, but the battery grip brings shooting it to a whole new level. If you have a chance to pick one up, I highly recommend it.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 05-23-2014, 03:31 PM  
:cool: Lets see those ''film'' shots
Posted By KJon
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Gotta chime in on your new ZX-5n, Colton. (I've been so busy this spring, I haven't even been able to lurk here, although I've tried to keep up with the "Show us your film shots" forum). I wish it wasn't so, but my best film shots have been taken with this camera and paired with my Metz 58 AF 1 and Portra 400, I've had some stellar indoor party photos. Enjoy!
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 10-20-2013, 11:30 AM  
:cool: Lets see those ''film'' shots
Posted By KJon
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Colton, great idea and nice execution. (I've just come into possession of a Rollei that needs some work. When I get it up and running, I'll give this technique a shot. And thanks for the workaround for the vertical film advance - I can be a little slow on the uptake and it would have taken me a while to wrap my head around this) ;-)

Best,
Kevin
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 10-20-2013, 11:24 AM  
Post your B&W Film shots
Posted By KJon
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@Pentaxpete, thanks for sharing the piper. I have a copy of that 200mm f4 Tak and I haven't had a chance to use it yet. (SV still needs some work and my Spotty is, well...spotty). Upshot is, it's a great preview and motivator to get me off my duff and get my screwmount cameras back in good working order.

Best,
Kevin
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 10-20-2013, 04:13 AM  
:cool: Lets see those ''film'' shots
Posted By KJon
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@Hermawan, I remember seeing that Slash portrait before, but I didn't remember you having shot it with the Olympus. Thanks for the reminder.

@Phil, thanks for the nod.

@Arnold, thanks for highlighting your thread. Just took a quick look and when I finish this post, I'm headed back that way.

Best,
Kevin
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 10-19-2013, 08:30 AM  
:cool: Lets see those ''film'' shots
Posted By KJon
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Couple more from the Minolta SuperZoom, this time with fresh film...

Church of the Good Shepherd, Hartford, CT. Minolta SuperZoom, Kodak UltraMax400



Parish House, Church of the Good Shepherd



Detail, Parish House, Church of the Good Shepherd



Best to all,
Kevin
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 10-19-2013, 08:23 AM  
:cool: Lets see those ''film'' shots
Posted By KJon
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Another P&S story...

Back in the day, at her request, I bought my wife a P&S camera for Christmas. I'm guessing it was the late 90's. At the time I had zero interest in photography and really had no idea of what I was buying. Flash forward to 2009 and I've started shooting film in earnest and I start asking Nancy about whatever happened to the P&S camera I bought her. Her response, "I'm not sure, but it has to be around here somewhere...". Neither one of us could remember what make and model the camera was, but we both agreed that it was in a black bag with blue trim. Another four years pass with no sign of the camera until we decide to upgrade our internet service and a pending visit from a tech necessitated a major household reaming and the black bag with the blue trim magically appeared in the bottom of a walk-in closet. In the bag was a Minolta SuperZoom with a half-shot roll of film still in the camera and an unprocessed roll of film in its canister. A quick trip to CVS for a new battery and we were back in business. I finished the roll in the camera without much hope of getting anything decent out of it and ran another roll of fresh Kodak UltraMax400 through for good measure and I was off to get it all processed.

Based on the photos we got back from the lab, our best guess is that the camera had been put away sometime in 2001 - twelve years ago!

A candid of my departed grandparents with me in background, shot by my wife...long expired Kodak Max400, Minolta SuperZoom P&S, ca. 2001



My mother-in-law, who passed this last April. Also shot by my wife.



Ceiling of the Methodist Church in Red Lion, PA (Credit Nancy)



Coffee cup shot on one of the remaining frames in the camera on 12 year old expired Kodak Max 400 shot by me...



Another shot from the in-camera roll of my place of employ...



The feeling of getting these images back from the lab was indescribable and brought a tear to my eye. There's nothing particularly remarkable about these images in terms of their quality or composition, but I wouldn't trade my best photograph for that shot of my grandparents. There were other family gems on the expired roll in the canister and in the camera and Nancy and I are delighted to have them - we didn't find an old P&S film camera in that black bag with the blue trim, but a time machine.

Best to all,
Kevin
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 10-19-2013, 07:28 AM  
:cool: Lets see those ''film'' shots
Posted By KJon
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I've mostly been lurking here of late (and jealously enjoying everyone else's contributions). I believe I threatened to post some shots from an Olympus Stylus P&S I fell into back in June - found it in the used case at Simonds Photographic and they were willing to part with it for the princely sum of $5 US. Trotted out to my favorite photographic haunt (pun intended) and ran a roll of film through it. Consensus is that it has a great lens (it does), but the lack of manual control is a killer. That being said, its built-in fill-flash is stellar.

Olympus Stylus, Kodak UltraMax400

Actress Katherine Hepburn's final resting place











Upshot of the experience is that it was fun, but I kept wishing I had an SLR in my hands. Will I shoot it again? Yeah, maybe, but where shooting time is so limited these days, I want to make the best images I can and this probably isn't the tool to do it with.

Best to all,
Kevin
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 10-19-2013, 07:05 AM  
Post your B&W Film shots
Posted By KJon
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Made a trip into New York with my dad a couple weeks ago to take a look at the Walker Evans exhibit at MOMA. Dad wanted to walk the Brooklyn Bridge while we were there. Who am I to say "no"? It was a beautiful day and several thousand like-minded souls had the same idea...

Pentax MX, M50 f1.7, Tri-X



Dad with my hand-me-up K100D...









Thanks for taking a look.

Best to all,
Kevin
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 09-11-2013, 08:33 PM  
Flash for Super Program?
Posted By KJon
Replies: 14
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Thanks to RKKS08 and Not a Number for the informative posts. And to Steve for the initial post. By far the most positive results I've had with flash on film have been with the ZX-5n and the Metz 58 AF-1 and TTL. I've put the Metz on both the ME Super and SuperProgram in Autothyristor mode and had satisfactory results, but nowhere near the success with the ZX-5n. That being said, I haven't done a whole lot of flash on film. Now if Pentax could only achieve the same results with P-TTL with my K-5 that I got with TTL on the ZX-5n.

ZX-5n, Portra 400, Metz 58 AF-1



Best to all,
Kevin
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 09-11-2013, 04:06 AM  
Flash for Super Program?
Posted By KJon
Replies: 14
Views: 1,409
My Metz 58 AF-1 gives me TTL with my ZX-5n, but no luck with the SuperProgram. I have two SuperPrograms and no TTL with either of them. Let us know how it shakes out - I've had half an eye out for a legacy flash to gain this functionality, but taking the age of the SuperPrograms into account, I'm not sure the cameras are working correctly so I'm reluctant to spend the money.

Best,
Kevin
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 08-25-2013, 10:25 AM  
So You Want a Studio?
Posted By KJon
Replies: 18
Views: 1,953
Thanks for sharing your tales of the studio, Rupert. Very informative and enjoyed the shots you shared on flikr.

Best,
Kevin
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 08-17-2013, 07:14 AM  
Kirk Tuck on why camera sales are down 43% YoY
Posted By KJon
Replies: 67
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Ron, I think you're saying what a lot of us are thinking. I don't shoot nearly as much as I used to. Does the world really need another picture of that garden (even if it was taken by me:cool:). Or if I am going to take that shot, how do I make it different from all the other shots taken by everybody else.

Best,
Kevin
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 08-12-2013, 03:28 AM  
Post your B&W Film shots
Posted By KJon
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Thanks for setting the record straight - no foul. (It's still an amazing portrait).

Best,
Kevin
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 08-08-2013, 02:52 PM  
Post your B&W Film shots
Posted By KJon
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@Nomad_PS, killer portrait. I saw Colton's truck and my jaw dropped. Scrolled down to your portrait and my chin hit the floor. Inquiring minds want to know - what did you shoot this gem with and on what film?
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 08-08-2013, 02:47 PM  
:cool: Lets see those ''film'' shots
Posted By KJon
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@Colton, your stuff is always worth a second look. Kudos to you for refining your scanning practice. For 4X6s, I'm happy with what I get from my lab; it enables me to share on the web and get a sense of what something will look like larger. If I decide on an enlargement, they rescan. The scanning is the weak link in my work flow here at home.

Best,
Kevin
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 08-07-2013, 04:06 AM  
Poll: Which would you keep?
Posted By KJon
Replies: 16
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I desperately wanted to vote for the ME Super as it was my first film camera and I'm very attached to it for sentimental reasons; it was a gift from my father when I wore a younger man's clothes. That being said, when I think about my shooting history, the keeper in the bunch is the SuperProgram. Hands down.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 07-20-2013, 06:42 AM  
:cool: Lets see those ''film'' shots
Posted By KJon
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Thanks to all for the many amazing images that keep appearing in this thread. They continue to inspire and have tided me over through the film "desert" I've been in since last February; musical commitments and a couple major digital projects kept me away from my film gear, but not from avidly following this thread.

This past April my mother-in-law passed away, necessitating a trip home to Gettysburg. She had a long, full life - three children of her own, eight grandchildren, and sixteen great-grandchildren. Her funeral, while a sad occasion, ended up being a life-affirming family reunion. My wife and I had a day to ourselves to pay a visit to her mother's hometown Fairfield, PA and neighboring Orrtanna. I never knew, but Adams County PA is home to acres and acres of apple and peach orchards. In all the years we've been married, this was the first time we made an effort to drive through and stop for a few pictures.

All shots - ZX-5n, FA50 f1.4, Portra 400





The irony of this mail box wasn't lost on either of us...



Out behind the historic Fairfield Inn (1757), blacksmith Rodney Goodling was plying his trade.





(Have to say I miss Fuji Reala 100 - only "better" film I have access to via retail these days is Portra, although the more I see of it, the more it's growing on me).

Best to all,
Kevin
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 06-20-2013, 05:20 PM  
:cool: Lets see those ''film'' shots
Posted By KJon
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Agnostic, welcome back! I've been on hiatus since February; couple of digital projects and a whole lot of music work have kept me away, although I have a couple of shots I'd like to post when the dust finishes settling. Great to see your photos in this thread again.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 02-10-2013, 05:40 AM  
Post your B&W Film shots
Posted By KJon
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Great stuff, Trevor. Really enjoyed the video and the B&Ws. Thanks for the inspiration. There's something "going on" in all the shots, particularly the portraits.

Best,
Kevin
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 02-09-2013, 08:07 PM  
Introduce your... film Pentax!
Posted By KJon
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Congrats on the new additions to the arsenal, Colton. Amazing what falls into your lap when people find out you still shoot film (and, at least for the time being, they think they are done with it). Who knows what I would have done with my ME Super if my dad hadn't borrowed it back. I hadn't shot a photograph for about twenty years. If I had come across somebody who needed or wanted the camera during that time, I might have given it away, too. (Awfully glad that scenario didn't occur).

Best,
Kevin
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 02-09-2013, 08:01 PM  
:cool: Lets see those ''film'' shots
Posted By KJon
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Phil, nice work with the 67. I've said it elsewhere in this thread (and I'll say it again) - you medium format guys are killing me. CBA is rearing it's ugly head and I barely have time to shoot the 35mm cameras I have now. Thanks to you and pentaxK1000denver for the vicarious thrill.

Best,
Kevin
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 01-31-2013, 05:10 AM  
:cool: Lets see those ''film'' shots
Posted By KJon
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Fred, you may be right. I gave up on Superia 400 prior to finding my current processing wizard. Maybe I should run a roll or two through to see what comes of it. I did shoot a couple rolls of CVS 200 (rebranded Fuji) and had them processed at the aforementioned lab and was pretty pleased with the results.

Best,
Kevin
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