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Forum: General Talk 09-22-2017, 02:57 PM  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By grhazelton
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Okay! I didn't see a good place for this, but here it will probably be read and maybe I'll get a response!

The Werra is a line of compact 35mm produced by Zeiss Jena. They are elegant, beautifully made, and somewhat collectible. The Werramat has interchangeable lenses - 35 mm, 50 mm, and 100 mm, all quite sharp. The shutter is in the body. The Werramat has a coupled meter, and an excellent viewfinder.

My Werramat just arrived, lovely little camera! I also scored the 100 mm tele, both camera and the 50 mm and the tele seem to be in excellent + condition. The shutter sounds good at all speeds, VF clear, no lens flaws, etc.

I even have the instruction manual, such as it is. Since I've got about 60 years of film burning I'm figuring the camera out, but for a beginner.... good luck! Anyone out there know of a handy-dandy guide, such as were published back in the day by third-party folks? For example the "Way" series.

Another question. While the helical on the 100 is silky-smooth, the 50 is stiff and needs cleaning. Any thoughts on a good shop to do this? Since the shutter is in the body the lenses should be simple inside, but not for me to attempt!

Many thanks for any help!
Forum: General Talk 09-19-2017, 02:19 PM  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By grhazelton
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I just received a Pentax RF converter with case to fit my Spotmatic F. The converter is in excellent condition, clear optics, even the case is good. This helps to round out my M 42 outfit, which along with the Spottie includes (all SMC so they are full aperture) the 50mm f1.4, 28mm f3.5, and 135mm f3.5. Now if I could score an 85mm SMC that I could afford.....
Forum: Photographic Technique 08-28-2017, 01:48 PM  
Macro Extension with 1:2 macro lenses
Posted By grhazelton
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I think that your "intuition" is correct. My Father shot many flower pictures with a 50 mm and extension tubes or bellows on his AsahiFlex. I use a Vivitar 100 mm f 3.5 macro. Each functions by increasing the distance from the lens to the film, the Vivitar by its focusing mount which will take it to 1:2. The Vivitar will go from 1:2 to 1:1 via a dedicated achromatic close-up lens. I think the major difference between, say, a 50 mm "normal" lens and a 50 mm macro is the focusing mount, which enables the macro to extend the separation from the lens to the film. Extension tubes allow the normal lens to extend as far as a macro lens. Now, a "proper" macro lens, I think, is also corrected for flat field at close focus. For example, I have a 120 mm macro for my 645n which is stellar! But I've read that the 150 mm is better for landscapes. I don't have both, so I can't make a comparison.

Now since the major difference between a 50 mm normal lens and a 50 mm macro is the focusing mount - which enables the macro to extend further from the film - I think that working distance and field of view would be identical if the tubes furnish the same extension as the focusing mount on the macro. For my Vivitar I'm uncertain. IIRC a close-up lens functions by "shortening" the focal length of the lens to which it is attached. Since that "shortened" focal length lens is further from the lens mount it focuses closer. I don't know about working distance or field of view of the Vivitar with its achromat, perhaps others can answer these questions.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 08-18-2017, 08:35 PM  
The Problem with Pentax LX Cameras
Posted By grhazelton
Replies: 41
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And you need perhaps THREE bodies! Gotta have the winders, if possible with the remote release cable. Anyone got an extra one? An original ever ready case is nice for "formal" occasions, its handsome in black REAL leather and has a discreet little Pentax logo. Don't forget the RF viewfinder for close to the ground work. (Psst! the RF viewfinder from the OM series will also fit.) Look for the AF400T flash. Its powerful, TTL and its flash head will tilt and swivel. Will scorch paint at ten feet. The auxiliary battery pack is good for long sessions. If you're lucky you might score the WA and Tele adapters for the flash head. The LX, AF400T and the battery pack will give you that incredible 1980s pro photographer look, and its combined weight will endear you to your chiropractor! And the list goes on.... There's a ring light with TTL; not too expensive. And of course the 50mm f 1.2 will intimidate the Canikoneers, no small thing in itself.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-14-2017, 09:13 AM  
Getting Asahi Pentax Spotmatic in 2017?
Posted By grhazelton
Replies: 17
Views: 931
Ummm....My Spotmatic F has both a hot shoe and pc connectors on the body for both X and FP flashbulbs. Where would anyone find FP flashbulbs these days? Truly a blast from the past! The OP should consult the review on this site for exact details.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-13-2017, 09:17 PM  
Getting Asahi Pentax Spotmatic in 2017?
Posted By grhazelton
Replies: 17
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Read the reviews on this forum on M 42 cameras. The Spotmatic F enables full aperture metering with later Pentax Takumar Super Multi Coated lenses, and perhaps some third party lenses. Full aperture metering is nice, since IMHO the stop-down implementation of the Spotmatics is not as nice as that on the Praktica LTL, for example. Please, no hate mail! I am a loyal Pentaxian. :lol:

Other than that the Spotties are lovely cameras, beautifully made, smooth operating, elegant looking, and reliable. Since they seem to use a bridge circuit for metering a silver oxide cell will work fine in place of the original mercury cell, thank goodness! Of course with any camera that old a CLA should be factored into the cost.

After that you could move into the K mount series, with perhaps a KX. And perhaps later on the ultimate, the Mighty LX. :D
Forum: General Photography 08-09-2017, 06:35 PM  
What was the first digital camera you owned?
Posted By grhazelton
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A Pentax K-10D with the battery grip.
Forum: General Talk 08-09-2017, 01:52 PM  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By grhazelton
Replies: 10,955
Views: 746,739
A Lentar Bellows for M 42. Looks like NOS, the box is a little rough, but you don't shoot with the box. Should go well with my Spottie F with its 28mm f 3.5, 50mm f1.4, and 135mm f3.5.

Waiting eagerly for my AsahiFlex IIa to return from Eric Hendrickson's healing hands.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 08-06-2017, 03:19 PM  
Nature Black Swallowtail - a tale of eleven days
Posted By grhazelton
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Good work! I'm trying to complete a sequence of the Gulf Fritillary, a lovely butterfly whose caterpillars feed on the Passion Flower, both the leaves and the fruit. I've gotten pictures of the adults mating, many shots of the adults feeding, the caterpillars from tiny creatures 1/4 inch long to 2 1/2 inches, and an inadequate shot of the adult emerging from the chrysalis. No shots of egg laying - it takes but a second. I also need a macro shot of the egg, which is perhaps 1 mm in diameter, and green so it blends in with the foliage.
Forum: General Talk 07-16-2017, 04:10 PM  
Your vehicle: what do you have, why do you like it, and what do you not like?
Posted By grhazelton
Replies: 663
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IIRC Studebaker, and perhaps some other manufacturers, had a hill holder in the 50s. Press the clutch past a certain point and the brakes are engaged! Simple, probably fool proof and doesn't need an Electric Hand Brake or other foolishness. No manual tranny car I've ever had - and that's most of my choices! - had such. On the bright side being able to leave a stop on a steep grade without stalling out or burning the clutch was a sign of MASTERY! often gained the hard way.
Forum: General Talk 07-16-2017, 09:38 AM  
Your vehicle: what do you have, why do you like it, and what do you not like?
Posted By grhazelton
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This is a replacement for a 2010 Mazda3 hatch, 2.5L 6 speed which was T-boned by a young idiot just after Thanksgiving 2016. We had only 92K miles on it and it was running strong. Grrrrr......

The new ride is well-appointed. Leather, power driver's seat, heated front seats, rear view camera, radar warning of cars on either side, XM radio, auto climate control, etc. The engine is 2.5 L, 185 ftlbs, 184 HP, or vice versa! 13 to one compression ratio on regular gas - has to be direct injection. 6 speed manual. We've seen mpg as high as 35 mpg at free-way speeds. 18 inch alloy wheels.

Likes: nice clutch. Good trans linkage. Quieter on the road than the 2010. Much better mileage than the 2010 with subjectively better acceleration. Back up camera! Yes! Mazda's reincarnation of the "hill holder" for manual trannys of yore. Mazda's feature gives you a few seconds of braking on an incline to ease the need for fancy foot work. XM radio is nice. Key-less entry and ignition. Auto temp control is nice, separate controls for driver and passenger seem sillly. Seems like higher grade interior materials than the 2010. Heated front seats nice. Big screen for back up camera, also reads out mileage figures, helps control sound system, even has an altimeter.

Dislikes: The electric hand brake which enables, I am told, the hill holder doesn't allow any gradual application. No hand-brake turns in the snow. A dumb idea to save the space taken up by a brake handle. The "remote" for the key-less entry has a replacement cost around $300.!! The auto temp control is hard to adjust without looking away from the road. Rear vision is atrocious! Parallel parking without the rear view camera would be difficult. There is NO CD player; we're supposed to load our music on a thumb drive. Our 2010 had a six-disk changer. The 2017 has the Bose "Center Point" sound system, distinctly inferior to the Bose system on the 2010. The 2010 had a sub-woofer in the spare tire driven by an amp under the front passenger seat. The 2017 uses just the door speakers, which don't have the decent bass of the sub-woofer, but rather what sounds like a peak around 70 or 80 cps. Male voices are unpleasantly exaggerated. Not good! Still no coolant temperature, oil pressure, ammeter. Why not use that big camera screen for such displays?

Generally we like the 2017.

To all makers: Why not have a button on the remote to raise/lower windows? Shouldn't be too difficult!
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 07-13-2017, 09:22 AM  
Are we really THAT rare?
Posted By grhazelton
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Flora and I visit the Atlanta Zoo fairly often with the grand kids. On recent visits I've rarely seen "real" cameras, let alone Pentax. Most folks are using cell phone cameras, the rare DSLRs are almost all Canikons of various sorts.
Forum: General Talk 06-27-2017, 07:12 PM  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By grhazelton
Replies: 10,955
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I have one somewhere which I'd fitted with foam plastic cut out to accommodate my Praktica LTL and a few cassettes of film. Should have withstood total immersion or a nuclear attack! though I never tested either. :lol:
Forum: Repairs and Warranty Service 06-12-2017, 04:36 PM  
Just Got a K1000 back from Eric
Posted By grhazelton
Replies: 10
Views: 780
You will love the LX. Its "feel" is amazing. Everything works as it should. Watch for the winder, its not expensive and offers motorized rewind. But be careful. The LX is addictive. I now own three! It is a slippery path you are on, Grasshopper! But you will enjoy the trip.....
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 06-10-2017, 12:46 PM  
Gotta sell something.. LX?
Posted By grhazelton
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Where? What was done?
Forum: Repairs and Warranty Service 06-09-2017, 02:53 PM  
Just Got a K1000 back from Eric
Posted By grhazelton
Replies: 10
Views: 780
Watch for a KX. It's the camera the K1000 should have been, IMHO. Depth of field preview, a meter switch, center weighted meter pattern, Judas window to display f stop in viewfinder, mirror lock-up, self timer. Note that if you're left eyed the meter switch is turned on when the rapid wind lever is pulled out from the body. See this: Pentax KX - Pentax Manual Focus Film SLRs - Pentax Camera Reviews and Specifications Now if only Pentax had made a winder for it...

I scored a really clean example with an "A" f 1.4 for just over $100. Of course YMMV. Here in the Atlanta area K 1000s go for what I consider inflated prices, probably because many photo instructors mention it as a good basic camera for the course. There are, of course, others although its nice to see Pentax touted.
Forum: General Talk 06-08-2017, 12:42 PM  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By grhazelton
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I just got a pretty much spotless Asahiflex IIb with the f2.4 58mm and everready case. It looks to have been carefully used, kept in that ER case and then set aside for ....decades?. Shutter needs work. I have my Father's rather beat-up IIb, and his f3.5 50, the 83mm f1.9, tubes, bellows, and somewhere the Sears 35mm WA. He was an avid nature photographer, and cameras can get a little hurt tramping through the woods. I certainly won't throw it away!

If you've never seen an AsahiFlex they look like a screw mount Leica converted into an SLR. The 'Flexes have wonderful fit and finish and are a delight to use, if you can handle a waist-level finder. These are cameras for leisurely shooting. For whatever reason Asahi chose a 37mm screw lens mount, so lenses are pretty scarce. Too bad they didn't use the existing 42mm mount as seen on the Contax S. Adapters are available to mount the 37mm to a 42mm camera. Hmmmm..... that 83 on my Spotmatic F.

My "new" 'Flex goes off to Eric for his magic hands. Hope the shutter is just gummy lube, and it doesn't need new curtains.
Forum: Repairs and Warranty Service 06-08-2017, 12:29 PM  
Just Got a K1000 back from Eric
Posted By grhazelton
Replies: 10
Views: 780
I just got a pretty much spotless Asahiflex IIb with the f2.4 58mm and everready case. It looks to have been carefully used, kept in that ER case and then set aside for ....decades?. Shutter needs work. I have my Father's rather beat-up IIb, and his f3.5 50, the 83mm f1.9, tubes, bellows, and somewhere the Sears 35mm WA. He was an avid nature photographer, and cameras can get a little hurt tramping through the woods. I certainly won't throw it away!

My "new" 'Flex goes off to Eric for his magic hands. Hope the shutter is just gummy lube, and it doesn't need new curtains.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-28-2017, 10:50 AM  
M42 lenses with f stop communication to body??
Posted By grhazelton
Replies: 13
Views: 717
Many thanks for all the responses! The Spotmatic F with the 1.4 is a sweet combination! Would be nice if it had a meter on/off switch. This could have been incorporated into the shutter lock.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-23-2017, 05:21 PM  
M42 lenses with f stop communication to body??
Posted By grhazelton
Replies: 13
Views: 717
Many thanks! Would be nice if there were a database by serial number which would inform us. I've dealt in the past with KEH, Adorama, and B&H for both new and used items with general satisfaction. While these good folks and many others will accept returns, it does make life somewhat more difficult....
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-23-2017, 04:13 PM  
M42 lenses with f stop communication to body??
Posted By grhazelton
Replies: 13
Views: 717
Thanks! However most listings don't give a clear view of the rear of the lens.

---------- Post added 05-23-17 at 07:22 PM ----------



Thanks Adam! However...how do I tell which lenses are full aperture metering in a listing at KEH or Adorama or B&H? The newer focus ring is a good clue, but listings with the mount shown would be more informative. Many of the SMC or S-M-C lenses listed in the tables don't mention full aperture metering; my particular 1.4 cites full aperture only in a note field. Can I assume that lenses listed as Electro "compatible" are good to go?
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-23-2017, 02:25 PM  
M42 lenses with f stop communication to body??
Posted By grhazelton
Replies: 13
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I've recently got a Spotmatic F and a f 1.4 50mm. Happily the 50mm can communicate the set f stop to the body so full-aperture metering is possible. I'd like to acquire a 28mm and probably a 135mm. How does one tell which of the M 42 Pentax lenses can "talk" to the body in similar fashion?
Forum: General Talk 05-17-2017, 03:38 PM  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By grhazelton
Replies: 10,955
Views: 746,739
My Spotmatic F and a 50 mm f1.8 just arrived. Happily the lens will accomodate the full aperture metering of the F. I'd never handled a M 42 Pentax before; the camera certainly feels good. Fine fit and finish, my example has only a few small scuffs on the baseplate. Heavy, all metal and glass, as a proper camera should be. About the only improvement might be a split image to go with the microprism screen.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 05-13-2017, 01:51 PM  
K 5 "locks up"??
Posted By grhazelton
Replies: 10
Views: 784
Well, the problem hasn't recurred so I'm crossing my fingers and keeping a spare pair of fully charged batteries with me. Many thanks for those who posted.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 05-13-2017, 12:52 PM  
M 37 lens to M 42 body adapter??
Posted By grhazelton
Replies: 5
Views: 628
Thanks for the reply! I've ordered the one you suggest; will it allow focusing to infinity, in your experience? A reviewer on the seller's site says it will with a 135mm. Considering the price its worth the gamble.
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