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Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 1 Day Ago  
Where were MXs made?
Posted By LesDMess
Replies: 25
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I just checked miy MXs out and see it there. Seems odd since the back is removable/replaceable.

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Thanks as I was not previously aware. Where is it on the camera?
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 2 Days Ago  
Where were MXs made?
Posted By LesDMess
Replies: 25
Views: 695
AFAIK, the K1000 was the first to be manufactured outside Japan but I believe that didn't start till late 70s or early 80s. Certsinly after the MX was released.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 02-09-2020, 05:30 PM  
My 35mm Pentax Camera collection
Posted By LesDMess
Replies: 21
Views: 908
Now that's a way to make a first post!
Beautiful collection and perfectly good reason to make duplicate posts!
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 02-03-2020, 04:53 PM  
Finally found an SB
Posted By LesDMess
Replies: 9
Views: 626
Great find as the review section is looking for more info about it as it is curently listed under Other Pentax M42 Camera Models as SB - Japanese military version of the S2.
Forum: Film Processing, Scanning, and Darkroom 02-02-2020, 06:25 PM  
suggestions on pro level 35mm film scanner?
Posted By LesDMess
Replies: 13
Views: 696
I can understand differences in priorities. BTW, do you know what kind of quantities are involved?
Forum: Film Processing, Scanning, and Darkroom 02-02-2020, 09:28 AM  
I finally did it... developed my own film!
Posted By LesDMess
Replies: 19
Views: 840
You really won't know how easy it is to process b&w until you do the first one. Capturing something worthwhile - like you did, is another matter altogether!

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So you really are a brewmaster . . . :D
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 01-27-2020, 04:47 PM  
Help with purchasing a film camera.
Posted By LesDMess
Replies: 74
Views: 2,623
I know that feeling of anticipation!
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 01-26-2020, 07:12 PM  
New purchases today. 5 cameras in total
Posted By LesDMess
Replies: 17
Views: 1,698
Definitely a great score! The interchangeable VF Edixa looks intriguing!
Heck those cases look like they're in good shape too.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 01-26-2020, 11:02 AM  
Anyone know anything about the Nikon FE?
Posted By LesDMess
Replies: 31
Views: 1,635
Indeed you would be hard pressed to tell the difference in models within the FE & FM lineup. However, it was much easier to tell the difference between the FM series to their predecessors the Nikkormats.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 01-26-2020, 10:53 AM  
Minolta? As dead as Tom Arnold's career?
Posted By LesDMess
Replies: 16
Views: 776
I believe the SR2 and the XK are at the top end when it comes to pricing.

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Minolta lenses are indeed exceptional.

Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 01-25-2020, 11:06 PM  
Minolta? As dead as Tom Arnold's career?
Posted By LesDMess
Replies: 16
Views: 776
Of course the worth of any tool is only as good as what the user can create with it . . . ;)

As with anything, condition, functionality and what you are willing to part with it for.



The SRT101 is a full function SLR which incorporated CLC (Contrast Light Compensator) metering system, the predecessor to matrix metering today. You can read more about the line at rokkorfiles SRT series or the auction site for current sold prices.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 01-22-2020, 09:14 PM  
This is quite amazing - "A long exposure timer/self-timer/remote shutter trigger"
Posted By LesDMess
Replies: 7
Views: 831
I haven't used the IR setup on my Minolta X-700 either.

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Remote actuator from an ad in a 70's magazine. This is the form factor I have in mind . . .
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 01-22-2020, 06:14 PM  
This is quite amazing - "A long exposure timer/self-timer/remote shutter trigger"
Posted By LesDMess
Replies: 7
Views: 831
Nice one!

I was mulling around a design using RC car controls that are readily available.
Forum: Film Processing, Scanning, and Darkroom 01-22-2020, 06:05 PM  
suggestions on pro level 35mm film scanner?
Posted By LesDMess
Replies: 13
Views: 696
The reason I ask is that I my recommendations will depend on films to be scanned.

For color negatives, I would recommend getting a minilab scanner such as a Noritsu or a Coolscan 5000. The Noritsu has a distinct advantage if there is volume and I am guessing support is still available. If quality of results is more important and volume secondary then a Coolscan 5000 with the appropriate accessories will be best. Of course Nikon no longer supports it and it is only available in the used market.

For true b&w film, I would recommend DSLR scanning since ICE (infrared dust and scratch removal) doesn't work with this film type and post processing is not as significant compared to color negatives.

For color slides, it's a toss-up between the scanners above or DSLR scanning. Although post processing will be similar to true b&w, ICE may come in handy as removing blemishes can contribute signifcant time in post.
If Kodachrome is in the mix, then only the Coolscan's ICE will work.

BTW, you initially stated you only need 1200dpi for 35mm. You're in luck as you as all scanners - pro or otherwise, will meet this requirement.

For instance even the cheapest Epson film scanner (V500) can achieve this but that's about it.
Full res -> Epson V500 on Kodak Ektar 100
As you can see, at 1200dpi, it can distinguish detail somewhere between 5 - 6. At 2400dpi - and above, it maxes out between 7 - 8. So no more detail achieved past 2400dpi just bigger files and slower scans.

With the Epson V700 at 1200dpi it is also between 5 - 6, at 2400 between 8 - 9, at 3200 between 9 - 10, at 6400 between 10 - 11 without ICE and between 9 - 10 with ICE.
Full res -> Epson V700 on Kodak Ektar 100

Of course not all advertised DPI settings are equal such as when you compare the V700's 6400dpi to the Coolscan's 4000dpi.
Full res -> Nikon Coolscan 4000
As you can see, the Coolscan's 4000 dpi setting achieves between 12 - 13 without ICE, closer to 12 with Normal ICE and around 12 with Fine ICE which are all higher then the Epson's 6400 without ICE of between 10 - 11.
Not only that, the Coolscan is much faster. Even with ICE turned on, a frame scan takes about 50 seconds while the Epson will take about 3 minutes and upwards of 8 minutes with ICE turned on.
The Coolscan 5000 also handles whole rolls, film strips or mounted slides significantly faster then any other desktop scanner.
Forum: Film Processing, Scanning, and Darkroom 01-21-2020, 06:57 PM  
suggestions on pro level 35mm film scanner?
Posted By LesDMess
Replies: 13
Views: 696
What kinds and percentages of film types are you planning to scan - true b&w, slides and color negatives?
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 01-20-2020, 05:22 PM  
Best K mount camera for M42 Takumar
Posted By LesDMess
Replies: 20
Views: 725
How about an M42 camera that allows you aperture priority with your M42 lenses or manual up to 1/2000 shutter speed?



Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 01-20-2020, 01:16 PM  
Me & my MX: It isn't going well. Yet.
Posted By LesDMess
Replies: 19
Views: 1,409
Did you ever get used to the FT2's shutter speed dial around the lens mount?

Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 01-18-2020, 09:38 AM  
Help with purchasing a film camera.
Posted By LesDMess
Replies: 74
Views: 2,623
KEH.com offers a money back guarantee on everything they sell. In my experience, when they rate something a bargain, it is usually an excellent by any other.

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Of course 2 stops of overexposure is nothing for most all b&w and color negatives as you can easily go many stops over without requiring any development compensation. Visually you can tell the difference when you hold the film strip to a lightsource but results from most scanner's autoexposure will make it near indistinguishable.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 01-17-2020, 05:45 PM  
Anyone know anything about the Nikon FE?
Posted By LesDMess
Replies: 31
Views: 1,635
The FG's were touted as the cheapest way to access Nikon lenses . . . ;)



I picked up a couple for practically free but they continue to work just fine. I am not sure what Nikon was thinking when they released the FG after the EM because it was quite capable. They quickly remedied that by releasing the FG-20 to take away the manual capabilities.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 01-14-2020, 08:57 PM  
This is quite amazing - "A long exposure timer/self-timer/remote shutter trigger"
Posted By LesDMess
Replies: 7
Views: 831
Very cool and thanks for the link.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 01-14-2020, 08:48 PM  
Pentax LX
Posted By LesDMess
Replies: 38
Views: 2,363
I bought my first LX from KEH in EX condition about 2008 and the second one off auction site - body only condition unknown, shortly after. Both continue to work perfectly with no signs of CLA required yet.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 01-14-2020, 08:23 PM  
Another quick LX question...
Posted By LesDMess
Replies: 13
Views: 455
I have two perfectly working LX's and when the meter is working and batteries good only one LED lights up at a time. They may move up up/down depending on the light but only one LED stays on. Just now I tested both and I don't seem to get any consistent expiration time for the LED to go off after release of the shutter switch - between 15 to 35 seconds. Maybe there is a proper sequence?
I commonly take exposures lasting many minutes to hours long and during that time, an LED is on for the duration while the shutter is open. Used to be the only way I can tell that the auto aperture has expired until I made the Shutter open indicator for long auto exposure. When the batteries are near end, the normally steady on LED will start to flicker which is an indication to change the batteries.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 01-13-2020, 06:08 PM  
Beautiful black KX from a fellow forum member
Posted By LesDMess
Replies: 13
Views: 818
What are friends for . . . ;)

That looks to be in great cosmetic shape which is always a plus!
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 01-12-2020, 11:25 AM  
Pentax S
Posted By LesDMess
Replies: 35
Views: 1,744
Here's a thread about him -> Pentax repair by Eric Hendrickson
Forum: Film Processing, Scanning, and Darkroom 01-11-2020, 04:19 PM  
Dedicated 35mm Scanner
Posted By LesDMess
Replies: 10
Views: 689
Since you prefer to develop film yourself, does that mean you shoot mostly b&w? Any color film use - slides or negatives?
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