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Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 04-04-2019, 08:53 PM  
Pentax SV mirror/lens jammed
Posted By ctrout
Replies: 12
Views: 602
I'm pretty confident that 'Chickentender' didn't make that video.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 03-27-2019, 11:48 PM  
Sightseeing Screwmount - where are you?
Posted By ctrout
Replies: 70
Views: 3,074
Any updates on the functional status of the SV?
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 03-14-2019, 05:33 AM  
Pentax K1000 Wire Replacement
Posted By ctrout
Replies: 8
Views: 558
Yes. I would suggest finding a diagram that will show you where the wire is attached on the other end. You may find a disassembly video on Youtube that will allow you to see how the wire is routed through the body. If it is a straight shot with no significant bends, you may find that you can just remove the top cover, secure the new wire to the old wire and pull it through so you won't have to do any further assembly.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 03-12-2019, 05:41 PM  
:cool: Lets see those ''film'' shots
Posted By ctrout
Replies: 19,120
Views: 2,338,518
I'll cast another vote for the RB67. I have the PRO model and I LOVE it. It makes beautiful images. Here is one from my first roll. I don't remember all of the exif, but it was shot on Pan F 50 at probably f16 with roughly a 1/2 second shutter speed. The tripod was a Manfrotto X-PROb with a Vanguard SB100 head. Developed myself. Scanned on Canoscan 9000f ii and cleaned up the dust in Photoshop. Zoom in and fall in love with the detail!
Crane Falls, Idaho | Taken on Ilford Pan F+ 50 ISO with Mami? | Flickr
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 03-12-2019, 05:34 PM  
Pentax H1a serial number problem.
Posted By ctrout
Replies: 9
Views: 698
I had the exact same problem recently with my AP. Luckily, my S/N starts with a zero, so I just left it off and made a note in the comments.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 03-05-2019, 08:57 PM  
Can't recommend Eric any longer
Posted By ctrout
Replies: 77
Views: 8,576
I tried to warn you. That was the whole point of this thread. Eric may not be the best option for Pentax service any longer.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 02-26-2019, 10:42 PM  
Can't recommend Eric any longer
Posted By ctrout
Replies: 77
Views: 8,576
I promise you that after 35 years of shooting film in Pentax cameras, including an AP, K, SV, S1a, Spotmatic, K1000, ME, ME Super, Super Program, K1000, Km, KX, and LX, that I am not short stroking the advance lever. No camera in good working condition had ever given me the trouble that I experienced with the "sightseeing screwmount." The fact that more than one experienced photographer has experienced trouble with the camera should be enough evidence that a problem exists. After I posted this thread, other Pentaxians came forward in PMs, telling me that they had experienced similar troubles with cameras "repaired" or "serviced" by Eric. They expressed concern with making their complaints public because they still had cameras in the shop with him and didn't want to jeopardize those repairs by making public complaints. My guess is that either Eric made some adjustment to this SV ("adjusted the speeds" means he fixed something) and said that he found nothing wrong, or that I will experience further malfunctions when I get it back. The camera was not functioning correctly when I had it. I guarantee it.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 02-26-2019, 04:43 PM  
Gear P0rn - post it if you got it.
Posted By ctrout
Replies: 6,085
Views: 738,131
It was a torn shutter streamer if my memory serves me correctly.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 02-25-2019, 10:51 PM  
Gear P0rn - post it if you got it.
Posted By ctrout
Replies: 6,085
Views: 738,131
You may want to contact him sooner rather than later about it. There's no telling how long he will continue. It seems that all of the most trusted repairmen have all been retiring here lately.

Welcome to Mark Hama Ltd.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 02-25-2019, 10:32 PM  
Gear P0rn - post it if you got it.
Posted By ctrout
Replies: 6,085
Views: 738,131
Here's one that Eric declined as irreparable. I sent it to Mark Hama in Georgia. Mark had it for a very long time but would not give up on it. $173 and 15 months later and she's good as new. Back in my hands for about 6 hours now, I can't wait to run some film through her.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 02-25-2019, 10:24 PM  
Ideal lens set-up for an LX
Posted By ctrout
Replies: 39
Views: 1,620
As I look at my LX collection, I see that I have a hole in my primes. It looks like I need something in the 100-135mm range. So many great choices though, which one to get?
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 02-20-2019, 10:44 PM  
What autofocus film camera to get?
Posted By ctrout
Replies: 20
Views: 1,049
How deeply invested in Pentax AF glass are you? The very best AF film body ever, is not a Pentax.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 02-17-2019, 08:39 PM  
Pentax Spotmatic Meter Shutting off in Medium to Low Light
Posted By ctrout
Replies: 15
Views: 828
You may want to search these forums more carefully.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 02-12-2019, 09:56 PM  
Sightseeing Screwmount - where are you?
Posted By ctrout
Replies: 70
Views: 3,074
No worries. I still haven't made the time yet to film test the Contax III that I got a couple weeks ago. Besides, we are getting tons of snow in the mountains right now to freshen up the view so I should have some nice scenery to shoot here soon. I might even break out the RB67 Pro S to take with me when I go.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 02-12-2019, 06:51 AM  
Sightseeing Screwmount - where are you?
Posted By ctrout
Replies: 70
Views: 3,074
Wow, that was pretty fast. I'll be looking forward to round two.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 02-07-2019, 09:38 PM  
Sightseeing Screwmount - where are you?
Posted By ctrout
Replies: 70
Views: 3,074
I'm looking forward to getting it back. In the mean time, I'm stuck with the dilemma of whether to be shooting with the S1a, the Mamiya RB67, the Contax III, or the EOS 1v. Then there's the EOS 5D IV or 7D2. First world problems...
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 01-27-2019, 06:48 PM  
CineStill film (800 Tungsten C-41) - anyone using it?
Posted By ctrout
Replies: 52
Views: 15,722
Looks to me like static discharge from using a fast autowinder or motor drive.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 01-27-2019, 06:44 PM  
Sightseeing Screwmount
Posted By ctrout
Replies: 1,161
Views: 140,541
How do I request to be added?
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 01-27-2019, 06:35 PM  
KX film slr shutter speeds?
Posted By ctrout
Replies: 7
Views: 612
I had one with the same problem. I sent it to Eric and he sent it back as repaired. It wasn't. I sent it to him again to fix under warranty. He returned it again as repaired. Again, it wasn't. When I contacted him about the issue, he said that it wasn't repairable. I never heard from him again about it. I decided to give up on it, so I sold it on Ebay with full disclosure three weeks ago for $22, after investing over $100 in it just in repairs and postage back and forth to Eric. If you recently acquired the camera on ebay from seller billyp732 in Florida, and it has a serial number 8161258, you need to get your miney back because he knew that it had been deemed as unrepairable.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 01-27-2019, 06:27 PM  
Recommend a Minolta X-700 Replacement
Posted By ctrout
Replies: 23
Views: 941
If you don't absolutely NEED program mode, I'd steer clear of the Super Program/Super A. Their viewfinder displays are horrible. The ME Super is a far superior display, in fact, the best of all of the M series displays in my opinion. I personally LOVE the push buttons too. They are easier for me to manipulate than the shutter speed dial.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 01-26-2019, 11:30 PM  
Sightseeing Screwmount - where are you?
Posted By ctrout
Replies: 70
Views: 3,074
Sadly, I got the message below from murrelet. I received the camera a few days ago and was able to get out with it today and shoot a roll. I developed the film a few hours ago and found that the shutter had malfunctioned on about half of my shots and the negatives were clear. Also, the 135mm lens included has a slow aperture. I'll post the good shots that I got once I scan them tomorrow.

Now, Do I return the camera to monochrome, or do I send it on to participant #3?

Here is the message from murrelet:

Subject: Re: Sightseeing Screwmount
From:
murrelet (Site Supporter) murrelet is offline
Hi Chris,

I'm going to send you the SV either tomorrow or Friday. The camera seems more temperamental than my own SV. The mirror can lock up when the shutter release is pressed. From what I can tell when this happens, the shutter is still closed so the film is not exposed. You just won't be able to recompose with the mirror up. A short tug on the wind lever fixes it so the shutter opens when the button is pressed again.

~Ben
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 01-20-2019, 07:57 PM  
Strap stud question..what holds it in?
Posted By ctrout
Replies: 12
Views: 796
Source the parts from a dead M series camera. Let me go check my spares and see what I have.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 01-16-2019, 06:36 AM  
Pentax MX - should the shutter curtain look like this?
Posted By ctrout
Replies: 3
Views: 727
That looks perfectly normal to me... as long as the shutter has only been cocked about half way. If you complete the wind cycle, it shouldn't look like that.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 01-02-2019, 08:47 AM  
SV jammed advance lever
Posted By ctrout
Replies: 18
Views: 1,469
Beyond what is shown in the video that I posted, I don't know how to fix the issue that you are having. It sounds like the problem may be somewhere else inside the camera, like under the top cover, or under the front cover. I am not so brave as to attempt disassembly to that level. Sorry.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 01-01-2019, 01:04 PM  
Sightseeing Screwmount - where are you?
Posted By ctrout
Replies: 70
Views: 3,074
Great. Is it shipping with a lens? Am I limited to only using the SV as received, or can I use my full range of M42 glass with it? I have pretty much everything from 35-300mm in M42 I think. I might even have a 28 or 24, but not sure about that without going to look.
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