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Forum: General Talk 07-14-2019, 09:05 PM  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By grhazelton
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I don't think I've posted about these items, if I have please forgive me on account of my advancing age!
I scored a chrome Nikon F body with the basic prism. There are minor scratches and a few minor dents, to be expected in a camera of that age. Somehow the shutter speed markings had been pretty much obliterated over the years, so I had a CLA done in addition to the replacement of the disk with the speed markings. I now have the F, an F2, and an F3 with the "basic" motor drive. and several lenses, from 28mm through 200mm, including the redoubtable 105mm f2.5. Also I have an enormous Tamron 300mm f2.8 plus its "extender" and mounts for both Nikon and the Pentax K mount. The Tamron weighs perhaps 4.5 pounds, takes a 112mm filter to protect that really large front element (fortunately also has a drop-in 42mm filter holder), and comes in its own "suitcase" for transport.
I fear that I'm becoming a collector.... Fortunately my lovely wife Flora is understanding. As Mike, one of my sources at Wings Camera in Atlanta notes, photography is an expensive hobby. But it is cheaper than car collecting, and far, far cheaper - and safer! - than having a mistress! Mike is a wise man!
Forum: General Talk 06-12-2019, 07:14 PM  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By grhazelton
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I have one of these! I believe that it would blister paint at close range. A wonderful flash, if the weight doesn't bother you. Watch for the external power pack which uses 6 C cells. This bruiser eats AAs like popcorn. Since the unit has probably not been used recently, I'd suggest running it with the AC adapter initially to reform the capacitors, otherwise you'll go broke feeding it AA cells. Have fun!
Forum: Repairs and Warranty Service 05-21-2019, 02:41 PM  
Nikon F shutter speed dial
Posted By grhazelton
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Thanks! That has crossed my mind.
Forum: Repairs and Warranty Service 05-21-2019, 12:51 PM  
Nikon F shutter speed dial
Posted By grhazelton
Replies: 3
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Okay, this is not a Pentax repair, but as a long-time Pentaxian I hope some of you good folks may have a suggestion.:)

I recently scored a classic Nikon F, chrome, leather insert on prism. In good cosmetic condition, considering its age - a few scuffs, two little dents on the prism housing. The shutter sounds good. A little dirt in the viewfinder.

But...the speed markings on the shutter speed dial have worn/flaked off. Since the dial has no stop positions this makes shooting difficult. Any suggestions for a fix? Other than the meter prism! I'd like to keep the cost down, of course!

Many thanks in advance!
Forum: General Talk 05-06-2019, 07:44 AM  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By grhazelton
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I think you will like the 10-20, It is a marvelous lens!
Forum: General Talk 04-25-2019, 04:42 PM  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By grhazelton
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You will love that lens!
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 04-19-2019, 06:01 AM  
Photo printer for grandkids - suggestions??
Posted By grhazelton
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Last Christmas we gave our granddaughters, Audrey (9 yrs old) and Sofia (11yrs old) each a Kodak PIXPRO FZ 43 camera, one in black one in red, plus a AA charger, many NiCad cells, a lens cleaning pen, and 2 pouches to carry the cameras. The kids have really enjoyed the cameras, and have taken many good shots. They are using PhotoShop or Elements for some creative manipulation. We've been pleased with the care they've taken with the cameras.
We think that a printer might be in order. I use a Canon Pixma Pro 100, but that might be overkill for the kids, both in price and size. I think something which would print up to 8 x 10 photo quality - of course! - and moderate operating cost would be in order. (All too often the cost of carts soon exceeds the printer cost!)
Any thoughts out there??
Forum: General Talk 03-09-2019, 01:34 PM  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By grhazelton
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Should you be interested in taking the Nikonos for a swim, this gentleman can make certain it is watertight. Underwater camera repair by Southern Nikonos The underwater meter may also want servicing. Too bad about the winder, they are generally inexpensive, though.
Forum: General Talk 03-08-2019, 03:09 PM  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By grhazelton
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Sweet! The MX with winder is a lovely package, fits the hand wonderfully. Just be careful of the little hatch for the AA cells on the winder. If the threads strip out.... Poor design, IMHO. :( The battery tray for the ME Super's winder is better. If the manuals weren't included Mike Butkus can help. See his site orphancameras.com If you use it send him a few bucks so he can continue his wonderful work.[COLOR="Silver"]

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Forum: General Talk 03-06-2019, 05:04 PM  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By grhazelton
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If you like TLRs, watch for a Minolta Autocord. Excellent lens and ergonomics. Be careful if the focus is stiff; a part of the focus lever is made of a brittle alloy. I have the Autocord with a selenium meter, which works, mirabile dictu! But the EV system it uses is clumsy, I use a hand held meter.
Forum: General Talk 03-06-2019, 04:43 PM  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By grhazelton
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Nice Super!..Now get the winder - they're inexpensive - and a really fast 50mm, and you'll have an impressive, highly usable package.:cool:
Forum: General Talk 03-01-2019, 09:23 AM  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By grhazelton
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My gently used Tamron Adaptall 300mm f2.8 monster arrived recently. I came with the Pentax and Nikon mounts, good since in addition to my Pentax stable I have a Nikon F 2 and F 3. Also came with Tamron's 1.4 teleconverter, all housed in a handsome carrying case. This sucker is HEAVY! Tamron provided a rotating tripod collar, and two attachment points for a neck strap. I'll post some pix later.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 02-23-2019, 01:58 PM  
Pentax 645N - 120 film in 220 magazine ?
Posted By grhazelton
Replies: 63
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I made the modification some time ago, but I must admit that I've kept the modified inserts in reserve, thus they've seen little use. I don't recall any unusual noise from them vis a vis the 120 inserts. Of course, YMMV. :)
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 02-20-2019, 12:35 PM  
Pentax 645N - 120 film in 220 magazine ?
Posted By grhazelton
Replies: 63
Views: 20,646
Looking at the drawing might a shim of the same thickness as backing paper attached to the pressure plate rail do the trick? It would "trick" the insert into believing that 220 film were inserted.
Forum: General Talk 02-11-2019, 07:36 PM  
Members other hobbies
Posted By grhazelton
Replies: 151
Views: 15,754
Even so, you're still beating on rusty exhaust systems over head, with rust and gunge falling all over....
Forum: General Talk 02-11-2019, 09:05 AM  
Members other hobbies
Posted By grhazelton
Replies: 151
Views: 15,754
Other than photography, I enjoy cooking, reading, hiking and occasionally tent camping. I used to do most of our auto maintenance, but as I age and cars get harder to work on the idea of lying under a car beating on a rusty exhaust system fills me with revulsion....:fedup:
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 02-05-2019, 02:11 PM  
Today's find. A black ME Super
Posted By grhazelton
Replies: 15
Views: 1,204
That I don't know. Check with good used camera vendors, such as KEH, B&H, Adorama, among others. The winders are inexpensive. Here's a current listing from KEH:https://www.keh.com/shop/pentax-35-manual-focus-winder-me-ii-super-program-p...mg-221375.html Treat yourself!:)
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 02-04-2019, 09:20 PM  
Today's find. A black ME Super
Posted By grhazelton
Replies: 15
Views: 1,204
Now you need the winder for your black ME Super. With that and a fast 50 you will cut quite the fine figure, in addition to being equipped for fine photography.
Forum: General Talk 02-03-2019, 05:06 PM  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By grhazelton
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Yep, my K 10 makes quite a rattle on power up, in contrast to my K 5, which is silent, despite having far more effective sensor cleaning. Go Pentax!
Forum: General Talk 01-24-2019, 06:02 AM  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By grhazelton
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Ever hear a Bronica S2a in action? Horses bolt, small children run screaming to Nana!
Forum: General Talk 01-19-2019, 09:56 AM  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By grhazelton
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My loving Daughter gave me a sous vide heater! We've used for the Christmas rib roast, a really thick bone in pork chop, and just last night some wild salmon filet. :) A wonderful machine! And it looks as though it maintains tight enough temperature control for color processing.:lol:
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 01-17-2019, 10:43 PM  
Anyone recognise this camera ?
Posted By grhazelton
Replies: 18
Views: 1,549
My ancient and still beloved Praktica LTL has a major dent/gouge scar on its base plate via a sidewalk stumble decades ago. It still works! Commie cameras endure!
Forum: Sold Items 01-09-2019, 07:06 PM  
For Sale - Sold: SMC Pentax-A 645 35mm f/3.5
Posted By grhazelton
Replies: 6
Views: 901
I use this lens on my 645n. It is fabulous, and the price asked isn't bad.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 01-07-2019, 12:49 PM  
What Is Up With K1000 Prices?
Posted By grhazelton
Replies: 213
Views: 10,466
Amazing what folks will pay for a K 1000! Not too long ago I scored a KX in excellent condition, along with a f 1.4 lens, for under $120. including shipping. The KX is what the K 1000 should have been, DOF preview, mirror lock-up, f stop and shutter visible in viewfinder, center weighted meter, etc.
Forum: Product Suggestions and Feedback 12-28-2018, 07:28 AM  
Sticky: Dear Pentax
Posted By grhazelton
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Already done! The Mighty LX, the perfected manual focus SLR, has such, which also lets it accomodate a hand grip.

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How about accommodating a fine, old fashioned cable release? My LX and my 645n use them. Why not my K 5?
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