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Forum: Pentax Medium Format 10-30-2014, 09:22 PM  
Peter Lik Shooting 645Z
Posted By adelorenzo
Replies: 33
Views: 5,965
I don't know about Australia but here in North America posting a single image for the purpose of commentary, criticism and/or review would easily fall under fair dealing (Canada) or fair use (USA). There would be no copyright issue whatsoever.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 10-27-2014, 11:20 AM  
Extension tubes... Info out there is a bit vague.
Posted By adelorenzo
Replies: 7
Views: 1,157
Last year I bought a full set of 645 extension tubes on eBay, in excellent condition with case, for about $80. If there are none listed now I am sure that more will show up.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 09-19-2014, 11:21 PM  
New Pentax 645n! Now for a lens...
Posted By adelorenzo
Replies: 28
Views: 3,071
You can still buy Portra in 220 format.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 09-19-2014, 08:14 PM  
New Pentax 645n! Now for a lens...
Posted By adelorenzo
Replies: 28
Views: 3,071
I'm not really an expert on sharpness. It's sharp enough for me and if you read the lens reviews on this site people seem to rate it as being very sharp. I'll post a few photos taken with this lens, keep in mind I never use a tripod and I'm terrible at scanning film. If you want more they are on my flickr.

Bare Loon Lake near Lindeman, BC by Anthony DeLorenzo, on Flickr

Sierra riding near Rose Lake, Yukon by Anthony DeLorenzo, on Flickr

Remains of old truck near Mendenhall, Yukon by Anthony DeLorenzo, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 09-19-2014, 03:11 PM  
New Pentax 645n! Now for a lens...
Posted By adelorenzo
Replies: 28
Views: 3,071
Just throwing it out there that the 45-85 FA zoom is a great lens, if quite heavy. That covers wide to normal. It's my go-to lens on my 645NII, I ended up selling my 75mm prime.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 09-18-2014, 04:22 PM  
Question - Medium Format Landscape Shooters
Posted By adelorenzo
Replies: 25
Views: 4,700
My go-to aperture is F11 with my 645NII. I tend to shoot wide (35mm or 45mm) so that helps with keeping more things in focus. I almost always shoot handheld so that lets me stay around 1/60 - 1/250 depending on my film speed.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 09-04-2014, 02:55 PM  
Lost cause
Posted By adelorenzo
Replies: 135
Views: 11,320
I can't comment on the digital side of things but I can say that I've had mixed experience getting my film 645 gear repaired by the Canadian service centre. My guess is that they don't see a lot of it or have a lot of parts for it.

I sent in a dead 645N body that was deemed un-repairable due to parts no longer available. I told them to dispose of it but in hindsight I should have tried sending it to someone else first. I also sent in a lens that was having issues with the focus ring jamming. The lens took two months for them to CLA and adjust the focus issue and it wasn't cheap but it is working well now. There was also a dent in the filter ring, they wanted to send it to Japan to fix that but I said no.
Forum: Film Processing, Scanning, and Darkroom 03-29-2014, 07:47 AM  
Workflow for Scanning, tips for VueScan, Epson V500.. guhhh
Posted By adelorenzo
Replies: 9
Views: 4,994
I have a V500 and I also reverted back to the original Epson scanning software. I started with Vuescan but I found that it is maddening to try to select multiple frames, not to mention a lot of other frustrating things. The Epson software finds frames every time and for me that's all I care about. I only scan to post images online.
Forum: Film Processing, Scanning, and Darkroom 03-19-2014, 04:18 PM  
Setting up my first darkroom
Posted By adelorenzo
Replies: 8
Views: 1,450
I have seen a number of reports from people using red LED lights as safelights without issue. Do a safelight test and if it works you are good to go.

OC / amber / orange / light brown is the recommended safelight for working with papers but, as far as I know, red works just fine too. Don't forget multigrade papers are blue-sensitive materials. In terms of wavelegth, red light is actually farther from blue than orange. I believe orange is normally used just because it's easier to see than with the red light. I have used both for B&W printing.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 03-19-2014, 04:04 PM  
Proper film storage
Posted By adelorenzo
Replies: 5
Views: 1,048
Why do you say not to freeze sheet film?
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 03-14-2014, 10:54 AM  
My new 645 is in the mail!
Posted By adelorenzo
Replies: 21
Views: 2,432
The 35mm A lens is a must-have for this system, IMHO. Prices can be high but if you are patient you can do well. Keep an eye for them to pop up on this board.

In terms of AF, my normal lens on the 645NII is the 45-85 AF. I use it in manual focus 80% of the time but the AF does work well enough. The nice thing is that these cameras have focus confirmation that works even if you are manually focusing and I find that the system is very accurate.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 03-03-2014, 04:12 PM  
Pentax 645N battery life
Posted By adelorenzo
Replies: 7
Views: 2,753
I was out on Saturday at -30 C and my camera got very cold. I was walking around long enough to shoot a full roll of Tri-X, maybe 45 minutes or so. Other than the winding motor slowing down a bit everything worked perfectly and not a single problem with the roll after I developed it.

OK, there was one problem: I tried to operate the zoom ring without taking off my mitten and accidentally stopped down to F32 for one shot. :)
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 02-06-2014, 11:02 AM  
Pentax 645N battery life
Posted By adelorenzo
Replies: 7
Views: 2,753
I've been running the same set of lithium batteries for a year and a half now in my 645NII, Off the top if my head I don't know how many shots but it's been dozens of rolls of 120 and 220. And that includes shooting as cold as -40. Lithium batteries are largely unaffected by cold.

Just get some good batteries (I think I have Energizer ultimate lithium) and forget about it.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 01-23-2014, 09:05 AM  
645N problems with COLD??
Posted By adelorenzo
Replies: 10
Views: 1,205
I've shot my 645N and 645NII in temps below -30 without any shutter issue.

Were the frames with the problems the last ones you shot? If so that would probably support the theory that it was getting too cold for the shutter.
Forum: Film Processing, Scanning, and Darkroom 01-18-2014, 10:24 AM  
Enlarger Easels
Posted By adelorenzo
Replies: 5
Views: 901
Adjustable easels and I just don't get along, I find them really frustrating. I switched to Saunders single size easels and will never use anything else again. I also have a Speed Ezel and it's good but the Saunders are much better.

The only downside is you can't print weird crops but I prefer to print to the size of the paper anyways. If I need to do print something odd (like two prints on one sheet of paper) I just mask it.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 01-14-2014, 07:00 PM  
Why do magazines need medium format?
Posted By adelorenzo
Replies: 29
Views: 3,597
I took a photo with the Pentax Optio WG-2 that ran as a double page spread. Most magazines are printing at ~150 dpi so any reasonably modern digital camera can do it.
Forum: Sold Items 01-05-2014, 08:26 PM  
For Sale - Sold: K/M/A 28mm's, Most 50 & 55mm's, 135mm's, 200mm, + 4 Quality Zooms, Helicoid, Reverse
Posted By adelorenzo
Replies: 203
Views: 43,072
Hi Mike,

Does the 28mm Takumar have auto aperture or would it need to use stop down metering? Camera is a K1000 if that matters.

Forum: Pentax Medium Format 01-04-2014, 02:06 PM  
M39 to P67 adapters?
Posted By adelorenzo
Replies: 12
Views: 1,542
Instead of extension tubes I would suggest getting an M39 macro bellows to attach to the adapter. I see them on eBay quite often.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 12-11-2013, 05:10 PM  
Handheld Meter Purchase?
Posted By adelorenzo
Replies: 17
Views: 2,642
Whatever meter you get be sure to RTFM. I learned the hard way that you need to understand how to read the meter and how it measures light if it is going to be useful. Also don't just blindly dial something into your camera without actually thinking about it. I've gotten home and realized that I shot 1s exposures in full daylight based on using the meter wrong. If i had stopped and actually thought about the numbers it would be obvious they were way off.

For outdoor shooting my best exposures are the ones based on spot metering or a combination of Sunny 16 and instinct. Any attempts to use an incident or reflected meter have not been good.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 11-19-2013, 12:08 AM  
Cowboystudio triggers/YN460ii flash Help!
Posted By adelorenzo
Replies: 2
Views: 879
If you are shooting professionally I suggest getting a hot shoe adapter and a long PC sync cord. That way you'll have a backup system for when your triggers act up. Use it to fire one off-camera flash and set the rest of them as slaves.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 11-05-2013, 03:09 PM  
Pentax 645, 67, Mamiya RB and 645... My head is spinning.
Posted By adelorenzo
Replies: 40
Views: 6,864
My 645NII goes mountain biking and hiking a lot and it's the best camera I've ever used in any format.

That being said, based on your criteria of lightweight, mechanical and super sharp the first thing that popped into my mind was a Mamiya 6/7 or Fuji GW670/690. The Mamiya is pricey but you could get a Fuji in your price range. I had a GSW690III (which I regret selling). It was a sweet camera for outdoor photography and would shoot reliably at -40. Needless to say the negatives are awesome in the darkroom.

You can check out some of my pics from the Fuji.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 11-04-2013, 11:49 PM  
645 Camera bag
Posted By adelorenzo
Replies: 15
Views: 6,717
I use a top loader style case that will fit the camera with the FA 45-85 attached. That just gets tossed into my backpack, messenger bag or whatever I am using that day. Not the exact model but something like this: Mountainsmith Zoom | Medium - DSLR Bag
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 10-21-2013, 02:23 PM  
Hood for 45-85mm FA Lens
Posted By adelorenzo
Replies: 4
Views: 1,044
PS, a word to the wise: the original Pentax hood WILL vignette on the wide end of the lens if you mount it the wrong way. Be sure to line up the white dots. (I am sure you can guess how I know this...)
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 10-11-2013, 09:41 AM  
Hood for 45-85mm FA Lens
Posted By adelorenzo
Replies: 4
Views: 1,044
If you watch eBay one might come up, that is where I got mine. I think I paid almost a third again as I originally paid for the lens though!

Otherwise this was the generic hood I ended up getting from B&H and it seemed to work fine. Definitely not as securely attached to the lens as the Pentax one though.
Forum: Film Processing, Scanning, and Darkroom 05-06-2013, 07:25 PM  
What do you use for 35mm processing in Toronto?
Posted By adelorenzo
Replies: 1
Views: 1,360
Can't speak from experience but you might want to check out e6it
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