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Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-26-2017, 01:11 PM  
Albinar lenses
Posted By Nesster
Replies: 23
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Albinar ADG 135mm f/2.8 macro focus lens - a similar one was sold as a Sears also. The lens has a 'macro zone' where the front of the lens rotates out in addition to the normal focusing collar. This was sold as a 'macro' feature that goes to 1:5 maximum magnification.

Of course the real use of this control is as a variable softness control - cranking it out adds spherical aberration.
(nikon FE, Ferrania 400)

Fertility Rabbit with Three Degrees of Softness by Jussi, on Flickr

flowers softest f/2.8 by Jussi, on Flickr

flowers straight f/2.8 by Jussi, on Flickr
Forum: Film Processing, Scanning, and Darkroom 01-26-2017, 01:00 PM  
Help! I am terrified of under-fixing and losing everything!
Posted By Nesster
Replies: 20
Views: 1,620
The Dangers of Exhausted Fixer by Jussi, on Flickr

after fixing by Jussi, on Flickr

The top is fixed in exhausted fixer, and I didn't have time to re-fix because I was also cooking dinner and dinner was ready.

I went back and dunked the film in fresh fixer, and you can see the result in the bottom picture. You can recover from under fixing if you do it in some reasonable time frame.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 04-21-2016, 06:37 AM  
Post your B&W Film shots
Posted By Nesster
Replies: 6,407
Views: 640,856
black plastic bag, Jersey City, January 2009 by Jussi, on Flickr

BW400CN, ES-II, SMC 50/1.4
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 04-20-2016, 01:48 PM  
In the old days...
Posted By Nesster
Replies: 72
Views: 4,687
better than beer money on weed.

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Ah the old days... here's what it took
How to become a photographic superstar by Jussi, on Flickr

A sample page from a zine, Nowak's Photographic Magazine. "This solo effort by the Woody Allen of photography is brilliant and funny as hell. In long-hand, spiral bound, in a printing of 100 copies, it comes out, unpredictably, twice a year. No back copies. Unique and bawdy." is the review in The Photography Catalog.

Still good advice: How to become a Photographic Superstar:
Acceptable 35mm cameras: Very New Canon F2. Old black Nikon F, with a lot of brass showing through the black (sandpaper if necessary). Black-taped Leica M-2. Two Dented Pentaxes, with leather coming unglued. Nikon SP.

PROP BOX - No photographer who ever made it big neglected this all-important piece of equipment. When ideas just won't come, the prop box will save your skin again and again. The contents of top photographers' prop boxes are remarkably similar:

1) BROKEN DOLLS
2) GAS MASK
3) BRA, GARTER BELT, and NYLONS
4) VAMPIRE BLOOD
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 04-16-2016, 07:16 AM  
Post your B&W Film shots
Posted By Nesster
Replies: 6,407
Views: 640,856
Some Kodak Safety Film 5063 AKA Tri-X. I think I used Acutol back then. Olympus Pen FT half frame camera, circa 1977
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 04-15-2016, 12:54 PM  
In the old days...
Posted By Nesster
Replies: 72
Views: 4,687
Actually I read an article from the 70s or earlier about how and why use a 1000mm lens - guy was shooting model on a dune backlit by the setting sun, and was on the opposite dune moving up as the sun was moving down. I should find and scan it.



Oh: find negatives from 40 years ago you forgot you had and had only seen as a contact sheet. So images emerge decades later essentially from dead. I'd like to see that trick with digital. Oh, we shoot so many that we forget the 1 in 10,000,000 we have on the hard drive o_O
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 04-15-2016, 10:21 AM  
In the old days...
Posted By Nesster
Replies: 72
Views: 4,687
Panatomic-X

Enlargers and darkroom work

Single ASA rating per roll - or DIN - none of this ISO nonsense

Crappy Crappy Consumer Quality pushed by Kodak and co

Selfies !!?? I took them since I was 7, if not earlier. So they did exist... but you had to figure out the focus yourself and usually frame blind.

Flashcubes
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 04-11-2016, 01:44 PM  
Gear P0rn - post it if you got it.
Posted By Nesster
Replies: 5,228
Views: 558,917
Three takumars by Jussi, on Flickr

some of the more interesting normal lenses - I was looking at the effect of multi coating - and how well the de-yellowing had gone.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/nesster/albums/72157604816296505/with/2454277493/
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 03-28-2016, 06:39 AM  
Gear P0rn - post it if you got it.
Posted By Nesster
Replies: 5,228
Views: 558,917
Thank you for all the encouraging words. They mean a lot. But seems I have not sacrificed enough to the camera gods.

When I took my OM1n out to the park, I discovered the flaky shutter stuff had started all over again. The progression of this disease was - 1) mirror stays up, the thing locks up 2) mirror starts to flap but the first wind simply triggers the shutter, and the second one works except the mirror stays up. Then repeat. 3) As though magic when I had the camera at home three weeks ago, the shutter and mirror were working flawlessly. Not this time.

So OK, I have a good working OM2n and I can put the 28-48 on it this morning on my way out, some tri-x and there's a nice storm going on till noon. Only some idiot (that would be me) had left the meter on and the battery was flat, and I didn't have time to find and put in the new one.

I have the Rollei with me, and I have my emergency roll of 120 B&W at my work desk. I fear to try.

Steve - I have found I have enthusiasms that change over time and some things end up on hold till my attention comes back. In my case I hooked up my iPhone to my JBL's and started exploring Amazon Music and Spotify.

---------- Post added 03-28-2016 at 09:41 AM ----------



That is a sweet, excellent photo from the heirloom. What it should be all about.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 03-27-2016, 06:15 AM  
Gear P0rn - post it if you got it.
Posted By Nesster
Replies: 5,228
Views: 558,917
Hi, My name is Jussi and I'm a gear collector. Two weeks ago my step brother gave me his Olympus OM-1n with the 1.8 50, the super rare 28-48mm f/4 zuiko, and the common 75-150m f/4 zuiko.

I have put film in the camera, good Tri-X, but have not taken any photographs. I have not mounted the zuikos on a NEX either.

Yesterday, I woke up from a nightmare: I was using the OM1, or sometimes it was a ST605, or a Spotmatic; a manual metering camera where you have to turn the meter on. I dreamt I forgot to turn the meter on, and when I turned it on and attempted to meter, I could not see the needle. I tried, against the northern sky, taking my glasses off, nothing. I tried it with the cameras I mentioned, just to make sure, and I could not see the meter needle on any of them.

And I am sitting here putzing around the internet and scanning 40 year old negatives, instead of being out taking pictures.

I have had color film in my Rolleicord for months now and have not taken a photo with it.

Rolleicord IV w/ Rollei cap by Jussi, on Flickr



Clearly, I am not in recovery :(
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 03-23-2016, 01:34 PM  
40 year old negatives
Posted By Nesster
Replies: 16
Views: 1,535
My parents were the original Yuppies. Both MD's. In the US to do dissertation work, to be European style Docktors. Mom worked on some Nobel winning research... so they bought the best.

The Instamatic was 'my' camera but used by the grown ups... till mom brought dad the Nikkormat FS in Tokyo. And herself the Canon Demi 17 half frame job for her travels (twice around the globe collecting blood)...

If you're into hi-fi (I think I remember you are), mom bought a mono hifi set from an enthusiast friend who was changing enthusiasms... and I learned to hear it from before I was born. Thorens transcription TT, Quad electronics (tube mono, tuner, preamp and amp), and a Tannoy concentric in a sand filled reflex cabinet. And get this: she was into trick wire way back then, the late 50s rage was to use 300 ohm antenna wire for speaker wire.

Yuppies.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 03-23-2016, 11:35 AM  
40 year old negatives
Posted By Nesster
Replies: 16
Views: 1,535
Thanks, the doorway series was my art project, I wanted silhouettes or close; I actually could pull up more on the people. I'm two of them - the concept was 'model' turned tables on 'photog' for the series.

Since there's overwhelming silence about the slides, I'll torture you all with a slide show. [for you young ones, pre internet and facebook, you'd invite people to your house, and subject them to long slide shows in the dark. It was a running joke how boring that is.]

Nikkormat FS (the rare one without meter), and I think it was the Micro-Nikkor as my mom said that was the sharpest, plus Ektachrome. Circa 1966.

Valley Forge, 1966 by Jussi, on Flickr

Jussi with Instamatic 300, 1966 by Jussi, on Flickr

That's me with my Instamatic 300.

And this is the crew:

Lynnewood Gardens '66 by Jussi, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 03-23-2016, 07:59 AM  
40 year old negatives
Posted By Nesster
Replies: 16
Views: 1,535
Yes, it was a small Friends (Quaker) school, some 65 kids in the class, if I remember, and we're working on our 40th reunion. These pics brought out some from other people too, it's a real time trip
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 03-23-2016, 06:17 AM  
40 year old negatives
Posted By Nesster
Replies: 16
Views: 1,535
thanks - I've wondered if setting up the old Takumar slide copier with a good light source would be better / faster than using the Epson 4490. Some day I'll try, especially slides.

Oh yes, I have slides from '65/66 through the early 70s, Kodachrome, Ektachrome, Agfachrome. Made with an Instamatic 300, Nikkormat FS, and a Canon Demi 17 half frame, and a Pen FT. Will post samples if there's interest.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 03-23-2016, 06:03 AM  
40 year old negatives
Posted By Nesster
Replies: 16
Views: 1,535
I was photo editor for my high school yearbook, and I saved all the negatives and my mom didn't throw them away. I found them and have been scanning them. I was shooting an Olympus Pen FT half frame with the standard lens, mostly Panatomic-X to keep the grain down. We had maybe 4 other photogs, each with a full frame SLR of varying makes.

The negatives are mostly in good shape. Tri-X has the curl even after 40 years ;) and half frame scanning is noticeably worse than full frame.

Anyway, I thought I'd share some samples.

This was a project I did, people in doorways, and then reversing it - the person took a pic of me. Never realized - and completely forgotten - till now

Doorway 1976 by Jussi, on Flickr

Doorways 3, 1976 by Jussi, on Flickr

Doorways 2, 1976 by Jussi, on Flickr

Doorways 1, 1976 by Jussi, on Flickr

and a few half frame portraits etc

Donna B. by Jussi, on Flickr

Donna S. by Jussi, on Flickr

Flow by Jussi, on Flickr

Lynne and Mack, 1975 by Jussi, on Flickr

Gaby on the Hood by Jussi, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 02-13-2016, 10:26 AM  
Gear P0rn - post it if you got it.
Posted By Nesster
Replies: 5,228
Views: 558,917
There's something sexy about the GraLab timer. I should get one just to keep around.

Here's an illustration of the size difference Colton mentions.

Big and Bigger II, the sequel by Jussi, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 02-13-2016, 10:15 AM  
Post your B&W Film shots
Posted By Nesster
Replies: 6,407
Views: 640,856
Foma 100. Nikon FE Nikkor 35/2

in the window by Jussi, on Flickr

grunge building by Jussi, on Flickr

frosty fall by Jussi, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 02-11-2016, 07:59 AM  
Post your B&W Film shots
Posted By Nesster
Replies: 6,407
Views: 640,856
Sweet photo. I miss all the high speed films... too many have gone

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The camera, 1 Kodak Autographic Special Model A, was made in 1919 or 1920. The film, Holga 400, was made by Foma but with a stiffer, less good backing paper.

1 Autographic Kodak Special Model A, December 8 2012 by Jussi, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 02-09-2016, 11:29 AM  
Gear P0rn - post it if you got it.
Posted By Nesster
Replies: 5,228
Views: 558,917
Sweet camera, most of the time I prefer it to the Zeiss

Ensign 220 Autorange & Super Ikonta 532/16 by Jussi, on Flickr


And a pair of tiny range finders. Pacemaker Speed Graphic 23, from the first series of 500, around '47. Century Graphic 23, from around '65. The Speed has a CZJ Tessar 3.5/10.5cm, probably a cherished lens of the first owner -- the Ektar, if it was one, was probably 'better' - and he took off the front shutter body release mechanism.
The Century has the 80/2.8 Xenotar, which is an awesome lens.

Pacemaker Speed Graphic, Century Graphic by Jussi, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 02-09-2016, 07:57 AM  
Post your B&W Film shots
Posted By Nesster
Replies: 6,407
Views: 640,856
From 6 years ago, expired Fomapan 400, my black lizard skin Spotmatic, Auto-Takumar 55/1.8 for the less coated lens look.

Manhattan, Jan 2010 by Jussi, on Flickr

Hoboken and Manhattan, oof by Jussi, on Flickr

ET at the old house, 2010 by Jussi, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 12-29-2015, 06:31 AM  
How much did film bodies and film-era lenses originally cost?
Posted By Nesster
Replies: 90
Views: 7,134
I have two daughters. One attended college in the early 2000's, the internet bubble burst during her sophomore year; the other started right after the most recent financial crisis. The 10 year treasury was bouncing around 4-4.5% during the first one's time, and the loans are at around 2.5%. The 10 year is now under 1%, and yet today's college loans are at near 7%. This is after so-called improvements to the student loan system. Sounds to me like someone is making a nice spread off students... I wonder who :)
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 12-28-2015, 01:51 PM  
Post your B&W Film shots
Posted By Nesster
Replies: 6,407
Views: 640,856
Twelve minutes, straight solution. I'd shot at f/8 and 1/500 mostly. The negatives are denser than usual.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 12-28-2015, 09:26 AM  
How much did film bodies and film-era lenses originally cost?
Posted By Nesster
Replies: 90
Views: 7,134
I heard my name mentioned... Here's a whole lot of ads from the last 100 years or so...

https://www.flickr.com/photos/nesster/albums/72157621778835031

https://www.flickr.com/photos/nesster/albums/72157626944848453
https://www.flickr.com/photos/nesster/albums/72157627090216500

The last two are Sears catalogs from '58 and 61
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 12-28-2015, 09:17 AM  
Post your B&W Film shots
Posted By Nesster
Replies: 6,407
Views: 640,856
I live life to the fullest, on the edge, testing my wings and pushing the envelope.

Either that or I was too lazy to find where I had my Rodinal dilution/time notes in the box of chemistry and developing implements.

One more from that roll
Untitled by Jussi, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 12-21-2015, 05:49 AM  
Post your B&W Film shots
Posted By Nesster
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Views: 640,856
Passaic mirror by Jussi, on Flickr

Rolleicord IV, Tri-X, D76 I mixed in November 2014
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