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Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 06-30-2022, 08:31 PM  
... even beginners and women ...
Posted By Ronald Oakes
Replies: 64
Views: 3,758
BTW....that's Rosie the Riveter..... She lives here in Sun City !

Every fourth of July she was at an event right across the road from me at the Rec center called Ring the Bell..... Don't know if she will still be there this year. Covid shut it down 2 years in a row. She is well known here.

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Gotta luv Pentax for stepping in it again.....oh my.....face palm !!!! :fedup:
Forum: Pentax K-S1 & K-S2 06-29-2022, 07:30 AM  
KS-2 Aperture Block Question
Posted By Ronald Oakes
Replies: 30
Views: 646
I know...but that would just get my BP up. It's done....I moved on.

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I was quite kind. Even left good feedback just to be done with it. I just fixed the damn thing and moved on. I wanted another K-S2 for kayak adventures and now it's done.

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Its a good camera with nice image quality.
Of course I know any K-S2 is a complete crapshoot with ABF. It's not the first time I rolled the dice and lost.

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Yuuuup ! Rolled the dice and lost again....lol.
It's all fixed now. Willie is Happy Again!
Forum: Pentax K-S1 & K-S2 06-25-2022, 06:16 PM  
KS-2 Aperture Block Question
Posted By Ronald Oakes
Replies: 30
Views: 646
A couple weeks ago I bought a K-S2 off of eBay that was pristine condition. Buyer said it hadn't been used in a year. Buyer says never an issue with Dark images.
I get the camera and "Presto".... right off the bat it has random ABF !
This is my fourth K-S2 that has been afflicted. Sooooo.....I mumble and grumble and me pulls out a spare white solenoid from a box and repairs it !
Buyer never knows the difference and me is Happy Again ! Kinda anyway knowing ABF isn't going to happen again on this body.
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 06-23-2022, 07:14 AM  
Amazon Warehouse: 40XS, HD43, DA50
Posted By Ronald Oakes
Replies: 3
Views: 418
Bigboxsuperstore on Amazon has brand new ones for 149 And free shipping.
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 06-03-2022, 06:22 AM  
London Drugs (Canada) Pentax AF200FG flash @ 29,99$ CAN
Posted By Ronald Oakes
Replies: 6
Views: 538
Looks like Canada only. No shipping to USA.
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 05-23-2022, 03:42 AM  
PENTAX 1000MM f8 lens on Goodwill auction.
Posted By Ronald Oakes
Replies: 8
Views: 634
I even tried getting a shipping company to pick it up in New England....
Nope...Goodwill was impossible to deal with. Told me I had to pick it up in person with ID.
Oh well...ldiots are idiots. I'm sure had it not been local pickup only it would certainly gone much much higher.

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Ext tubes reduce that drastically.
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 05-22-2022, 02:27 PM  
PENTAX 1000MM f8 lens on Goodwill auction.
Posted By Ronald Oakes
Replies: 8
Views: 634
Someone got a steal of a deal....$367 !
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 05-22-2022, 02:25 PM  
DA 50mm 1.8 on Amazon Warehouse for $68.41
Posted By Ronald Oakes
Replies: 3
Views: 438
Wrong post.
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 05-17-2022, 07:36 PM  
DA 50mm 1.8 on Amazon Warehouse for $68.41
Posted By Ronald Oakes
Replies: 3
Views: 438
I paid $57 for mine from Amazon Renewed a little over a month ago. It came with a Mack 7 year warranty that I successfully registered and was listed as a Demo lens. Mine was new/mint in original box with all paper work.
It was listed as Good Condition but was indistinguishable from new.
I couldn't be more pleased.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-17-2022, 06:27 AM  
Lens for roaming around Boston?
Posted By Ronald Oakes
Replies: 14
Views: 1,131
My first choice would be the DA 20-40 Limited. You get the 21 , 35 , and the 40 range covered in one compact lens that's handy size for travel.

My second choice isn't a very popular one. It's the lowly DA 18-50 WR Retractable kit lens. The SMC or HD version doesn't matter. Compact and light. Less than $100 used.

I generally don't like big eastern city's , but Boston is one that I really like.
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 05-14-2022, 08:31 PM  
PENTAX 1000MM f8 lens on Goodwill auction.
Posted By Ronald Oakes
Replies: 8
Views: 634
Just saw this ! Looks very nice ! Unfortunately it's pick-up only in New England so I can't bid.:(
SMC Pentax 1000mm f1:8 Telephoto Camera Lens Pentax K Mount LOCAL PICKUP ONLY - shopgoodwill.com
Forum: Pentax K-S1 & K-S2 05-11-2022, 11:31 AM  
Yet another K-S2 develops ABF...satire welcome.
Posted By Ronald Oakes
Replies: 32
Views: 1,523
Ok....thanks for clarification. If the latest K-70's have the most recent solenoid , then maybe I will entertain the idea of getting one to replace my earlier beater K-S2 when and if it finally dies. I wish there was some data about the serial number range though , covering an approximate range of serial numbers with the gen three solenoid for the K-70.
Thanks for all your details and dedicated investigation and work.
One of these days I need to Pay-up here on PF so I can post some images of this K-S2'S solenoid from late in the lineage to verify that it is an actual gen 2 .

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I took a slightly different path and decided to forego the Bone Crunchers and went straight for a simple increse of alchohol , and just before surgery a minor tranquilizer ! Did wonders for the anxiety and shakey hands , with the only noticeable side effect being a much improved mood , and perfect soldering !
Forum: Pentax K-S1 & K-S2 05-08-2022, 08:33 PM  
Yet another K-S2 develops ABF...satire welcome.
Posted By Ronald Oakes
Replies: 32
Views: 1,523
You said the latest solenoid modification made the k-70 largely immune from ABF ? Im assuming you were referring the the second modification on the solenoid from Pentax ? What do you call it gen 2 ? Or did you replace it with a white one to avoid ABF ?
But that is the same solenoid that was present in the last batch of K-S2's such as I have ?
Or am I missing something here and the late model K-S2's have a different solenoid than the latest K-70 models that are made ?
Quite lost....:o
Forum: Pentax K-S1 & K-S2 05-08-2022, 03:55 PM  
Yet another K-S2 develops ABF...satire welcome.
Posted By Ronald Oakes
Replies: 32
Views: 1,523
But isn't that the same solenoid that was in my K-S2 ?
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-07-2022, 08:49 PM  
Acute LBA
Posted By Ronald Oakes
Replies: 7
Views: 700
I also went the Fuji route with the X-T3. Got a screaming deal for a very nicely used one on Amazon. I'm really liking it almost the same as my KP.
However I have no issues at all using a M42 adapter on my KP or K-S2. Used the originals and aftermarket clones with no real issues.
Don't see any real problems other than sometimes my lens markings don't line up right at exact top when on the camera. No biggie.
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 05-02-2022, 08:56 PM  
Two 'Renewed' HD Pentax-DA* 16-50 F2.8 PLM lenses at Amazon Warehouse - $1,033
Posted By Ronald Oakes
Replies: 15
Views: 1,109
Actually they are now $926.86:eek:
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 05-01-2022, 07:18 PM  
Serious deals: US Pentax Deal Roundup - Week of May 2, 2022
Posted By Ronald Oakes
Replies: 1
Views: 575
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 05-01-2022, 07:44 AM  
Sigma 170-500mm F5-6.3 APO lens at Shopgoodwill.com
Posted By Ronald Oakes
Replies: 19
Views: 1,173
As of Sunday , May 1st , Its back up for auction again at Goodwill !
Buyer never paid for it.

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Nope....it's back up for auction again. Buyer probably bailed and didn't pay.
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 05-01-2022, 02:29 AM  
Amazon...Pentax K-3 lll...$1696
Posted By Ronald Oakes
Replies: 4
Views: 483
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 05-01-2022, 02:06 AM  
Amazon Warehouse: D FA 50 for $561 in Used - Very Good condition
Posted By Ronald Oakes
Replies: 16
Views: 920
I picked up a HD DA 10-17 for $199 from Amazon. However when I received it was missing the removable hood. Amazon customer service gave me a credit for $99 !
Lens looked new/unused in original box with warranty card intact.
I'm still quite happy to say the least.

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So you were the one that jumped on that ! I had that lens in my cart for half a day mulling it over. Then it was gone !:D:fedup::D
Congrats on a good deal.

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Ok...now I'm jealous ! Smoking deal....congrats.
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 04-26-2022, 09:58 PM  
Sigma 1000mm / f13.5 Mirror lens at Shopgoodwill
Posted By Ronald Oakes
Replies: 3
Views: 457
Being a mirror lens it will surprise me if it gets much over $100.
Forum: Pentax K-S1 & K-S2 04-25-2022, 07:41 PM  
Sticky: Manual: Solenoid replacement: Pentax K-S2 (and K-70)
Posted By Ronald Oakes
Replies: 113
Views: 13,715
I now have repaired one K30 , and just today my third K-S2.
Two were mine and two belonged to other people.
Photogem deserves all the THANKS on making all of this possible.
Brings new hope to people with one of these camera models that developed ABF and got a bum deal from Pentax.
Forum: Pentax K-S1 & K-S2 04-25-2022, 05:13 PM  
Yet another K-S2 develops ABF...satire welcome.
Posted By Ronald Oakes
Replies: 32
Views: 1,523
Well.... my donor body arrived today and I promptly got right to the surgery.
All went very well as this was my fourth green solenoid swap. Right at the end I was pulling my hair out for about a half an hour trying to figure out why all of my exposures were coming out severely Overexposed Almost White. Just when I was about ready to give up I discovered that my exposure compensation somehow got locked in the process.
The *ist DL however didn't fare so well. I couldn't for the life of me find a diagram online on how to remove the solenoid from the flash properly without destroying everything. Unfortunately in the process I broke the damn thing and then got frustrated and just got right down to business and pulled both solenoids out. She did get even with me though and I got one nasty shock that I don't ever want to experience again !!!
On a side note I did find a small metal shaving stuck on the magnet of the solenoid. I have no idea what it came from but I don't think that it affected the performance but I'm not sure.
I also had a question about the magnet in the solenoid and whether or not it was position sensitive in other words does it have a positive and negative end?
Overall my agenda was nicely completed without any real issues. I do kind of feel bad though about the *ist DL but that's just the way things go and I really didn't need to be playing with yet another camera.
I need to take some pics of this solenoid for Photogem to take a look at , and I also have a spare white one out of all of this.;):rolleyes::D:lol:

On an interesting note....I swear my screw holding the solenoid was on the left ???
Too late to go back and double check now. I hope I got it in the right place.
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 04-24-2022, 03:02 PM  
Sigma 170-500mm F5-6.3 APO lens at Shopgoodwill.com
Posted By Ronald Oakes
Replies: 19
Views: 1,173
I'm still waiting on this little Beast. Won it about a week ago and still not shipped.
In Case Asahi Pentax Lens Takumar - shopgoodwill.com

Nice to see that other PF members also hang out in the same Watering Hole...:D
Forum: Pentax K-S1 & K-S2 04-24-2022, 02:04 PM  
Yet another K-S2 develops ABF...satire welcome.
Posted By Ronald Oakes
Replies: 32
Views: 1,523
My soldering iron was too big and unwieldy. Although it worked for the last 3 surgeries , it was just waaaay to hot also. I don't want to fry anything.

Decided to get this off Amazon for less than $10. It looks much more appropriate for delicate operations , and will be much easier to manipulate .
https://www.amazon.com/Soldering-Iron-Kit-Temperature-Rarlight/dp/B07PDK3MX1...%2C213&sr=8-20
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