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Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 01-19-2015, 01:06 PM  
Gear P0rn - post it if you got it.
Posted By garythesnail
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I'm not sure if this qualifies as 'gear p0rn' . . . . but it was a thoughtful Chirstmas Gift from my eldest daughter.




It's a lot of plastic bits to cut out - reminds me of assembling airfix model aricraft kits when I was younger - but without all the glue :)



And 'konstruction' is not without its hazards

Forum: Pentax Q 11-25-2014, 01:13 PM  
Let's share shots with Q!
Posted By garythesnail
Replies: 6,151
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That's a cracking result with the 03 lens - I know I'm not that clever with camera in hand, but am annoyed that I repeatedly fail to focus properly with the fisheye.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 01-25-2014, 03:25 AM  
I love my ME. I hate the take up spool. MV/MG the same?
Posted By garythesnail
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Have you considered the P series cameras? Rubbery take up spool rather than the 'magic needles'. I have an infrequently used P30t which would make a good workhorse. Plastic build, but adequtely 'weighty' and solid. It also has nice, discreet grips front and rear which improves the handling.

They're also 'good value' (cheap :))
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 10-31-2013, 03:03 PM  
Post your B&W Film shots
Posted By garythesnail
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But how much did it cost you in 'throws' to get that shot?:D

Good to see people getting together to have a bit of fun and raise a bit of cash.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 10-27-2013, 08:18 AM  
Help with a Yashica FRII
Posted By garythesnail
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I'm not familiar with the Yashica, but it seems to be an 'electronic' camera, meaning that you'll need batteries in to activate the shutter.

Someone with some real knowledge will be along soon, I'm sure!
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 10-21-2013, 09:26 AM  
Post your B&W Film shots
Posted By garythesnail
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I've never worked on them, but very familiar with these - plenty of 60s and 70s built Austin, Morris and Triumph models with mum and dad as I was growing up.

BUT - it's only now I know them as anything other than "SU carbs" Thank you :)
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 08-15-2013, 02:07 PM  
Sudden death of a ZX-7 - what to do now?
Posted By garythesnail
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It's highly unlikely to work, but it may be worth removing the lens and delicately playing with the lever arms on the left hand side of the lens mount (as you look at it) to 'pull down'. I have an MX (completely different to your ZX) which will leave the mirror stuck up and a little movement will release the mirror.

It's only worth a try because it costs nothing and the camera is already, to allintents, 'dead' (but do be gentle)
Forum: Pentax Q 08-12-2013, 02:14 PM  
Let's share shots with Q!
Posted By garythesnail
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Thanks, Larry - I've already got the focus assist set to x2 and then scroll the wheel to zoom in if needed and use the directional buttons to move the point of focus / zoom, too.

However . . . . I'm off to google "focus peaking" now :)
Forum: Pentax Q 08-12-2013, 09:06 AM  
Let's share shots with Q!
Posted By garythesnail
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I was just playing with the Q, fotodiox adaptor and an old M series Zoom lens.

I'm finding it very difficult to manually focus anywhere near spot on by viewing through an LCD screen - any hints and tips gratefully recieved :)



Forum: Pentax Q 07-25-2013, 11:41 AM  
Just joined the Qrowd
Posted By garythesnail
Replies: 18
Views: 2,021
Thanks for the helpful replies, guys . . . . . but I've surprised myself and updated both the body and lens before seeing your replies.

I guess that shows how easy it is to update the firmware! :D
Forum: Pentax Q 07-24-2013, 12:16 PM  
Just joined the Qrowd
Posted By garythesnail
Replies: 18
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Have a look here, Mark

Latest PENTAX Q Firmware Update : Software Downloads | PENTAX RICOH IMAGING

Scroll right down to the bottom

I'm just reading up after acquiring a Q as a birthday present along with an 02 zoom lens. . . . But I'm not quite sure how to go about the actual 'updating' yet - more reading to do.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 05-12-2013, 02:12 PM  
Gear P0rn - post it if you got it.
Posted By garythesnail
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Funny how the written word keeps being misinterpreted on internet forums.

On the plus side, Mr. Manual is Cornish - those guys are nearly as bad as us Welsh folk - and there's a possibility that he's reading and writing in his second language, too:lol:

I'm sure you can kiss and make up.:fedup:
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 05-06-2013, 04:10 PM  
Gear P0rn - post it if you got it.
Posted By garythesnail
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Erik, that wasn't a dig at you - more of a general comment on how the same words are read differently by different people. I just thought that Steve's passage managed to allow the two of us to illustrate this.

What on earth possessed you to check in at 3am? That 's some commited forum participation :D (I'm lucky - no funny 'shift' patterns at work and once my head hits the pillow . . . . .. zzzzzzzzzzzz ;))
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 05-06-2013, 01:26 AM  
Gear P0rn - post it if you got it.
Posted By garythesnail
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It's funny how we interpret the words written by others and how the 'meaning' differs between reader and writer.

I really thought Steve was laughing at his own financial pain at going down that particular road, doing so to give an 'eye-opener' to others.

After all the negatives, he then plays the trump card with (Note that I know little to nothing about photography . . .or taking photographs and need to learn a lot more before opening my mouth . . . . I'm still learning when to do - and not do - that)

Maybe it's just me, though;)
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 04-20-2013, 06:09 AM  
Gear P0rn - post it if you got it.
Posted By garythesnail
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That seems like good value.

Excellent 'user name' for a fella from Gloucester, too :D
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 03-31-2013, 02:05 AM  
Buying cameras with film already in it
Posted By garythesnail
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Funny place to go buying a camera:lol:
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 03-27-2013, 12:29 PM  
Post your B&W Film shots
Posted By garythesnail
Replies: 8,508
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I see what you did there:lol:

Nice to see old things in good condition - I doubt I'll get to that age, let alone be able to propel myself forward if I do:(
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 02-17-2013, 04:11 AM  
Longtime KX (film) user; move to digital?
Posted By garythesnail
Replies: 24
Views: 2,306
Please bear in mind that I'm not a photographer before reaing on :)



But they don't need to though - do they?

What would it take to make the transition between a KX / MX / LX to a pentax DSLR more 'natural'?

In my mind, it would involve a nice clunky-but-smooth shutterspeed dial, an 'artificial' clicky aperture ring on the lens mount (does anyone do this already? It would seem logical to me to do so), retain a multi-function wheel thingy for dual use as film-speed setting and exposure compensation dial.

Then bung the rest of the auto / program type functions via a screen on the back and / or an LCD display on the top plate.

An MZ-S style tilted top would be practical for an LCD display, but that could spoil the whole film-analogue-esque experience for many.

The whole 'heavy' build-quality thing isn't really relevant either (although I prefer the metal bodies to hold) - MX, K1000, P30 and P30t all operate in the same manner (with the P30s, it's easier to change the shutterspeed). The ME Super is a ibt different though due to the buttons


. . . . I'll go hide under a rock now ;)
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 01-11-2013, 03:56 PM  
Who inspired Pentax for colorful cameras? (FUN)
Posted By garythesnail
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It still looks like she's been around the block a couple of times :), but the blue freshens the MX up very nicely
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 01-11-2013, 03:17 PM  
Who inspired Pentax for colorful cameras? (FUN)
Posted By garythesnail
Replies: 24
Views: 3,630
It's really weird how that SP looks so 'right' in the purple! ( . . . . or is it just me?)
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 01-08-2013, 12:50 PM  
Do I need an MX?
Posted By garythesnail
Replies: 36
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Somehow - I've ended up with one of each of the bodies you mention.

The MX, in a cock-eyed way of looking at things, is a mix of the other two bodies you have. Nice and compact like the ME Super, but with more the robust, almost clunky mechanical feel of the K1000 - but somehow 'smoother'. I don't think an MX will 'give' you anything that you haven't got already in a technical sense (someone will correct this statemenet shortly :)), but the MX is is a very nice tool to use.

I am not heavy user of my film cameras, but when the time comes to take some photos, I always seem to end up loading film in to the MX. The ME Super gets a roll every now and again, but seldom does the K1000 get use.

Going off topic, I've just loaded a roll in to a P30T - I know it's plasticky with an electronic shutter, but it feels nice to hold and use - rotary speed / mode dial which you can use with one finger (try that on an MX - I struggle), it feels light, has a very small but very effective moulded grip and the rubberry take up spool loads film easier than the old magic-needles too (I'm very clumsy). I think I'm going to like using this - much more modern feeling than the other bodies :D
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 01-02-2013, 09:21 AM  
Pentax ME Super ... or ... Pentax Program Plus!?
Posted By garythesnail
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That's how it starts!
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 12-29-2012, 03:19 AM  
Pentax LX shutter problem and batteries.
Posted By garythesnail
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Please excuse what follows if it turns out to be a dull comment (I've never used, let alone owned, an LX)

Presuming that the film speed and aperture remain constant, it's only the shutterspeed that is varied by the camera. 6 seconds, when compared to 4, is only half a stop - so the LX is only really making a very minor adjustment when it automatically exposes for you. I wouldn't really consider this to be 'excessive' variation from the manually metered scene . . . but it does hint at some sort of inconsistency in the operation of the metering of the camera.

Do you know how this manifests itself on the developed film / prints yet, or have you not had the opportunity to get the processing done yet?

The battery drain would leave me a little more concerned - (bear in mind that I don't even know how the meter on the LX is activated!)

Battery drain is only something I've experienced (very limited experience!) with a P30 . . . . . . which has been left switched on . . . . . . . . more than once - hardly a camera problem in my case - just an issue with the idiot using it ;) (something that limited use of a K1000 has never revealed as a problem - I seem paranoid about getting the cap back on if using that). It took over a week of being left 'on' for the P30 to kill its battery - so not that long really.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 12-23-2012, 03:00 AM  
Pentax ME Super ... or ... Pentax Program Plus!?
Posted By garythesnail
Replies: 41
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Get them in the palm of your hand and peer through the viewfinder of both - I think that will go a long way to giving the answer you want / need.

The ME Super gives shutterspeed / metering information more clearly than the later Program cameras . . . . . but that's only my opinion - you may well prefer the newer cameras.

If it makes any difference to you - you can swap the backs between these two types of camera (the newer cameras have a little thumb-grip . . . . which is a nice little addition to an ME Super)
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 12-13-2012, 01:04 PM  
Herbert Spencer's Pentax work in the 60's
Posted By garythesnail
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Stop sitting on the fence Lauren - you should just say what you mean :) . . . . although uneducated in such matters, I think I know what you mean thanks to the hamburger patty analogy - I'm a big fan of 'plain speaking' - saying more by talking less.

(And a belated happy birthday to you too:D)
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