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Forum: Pentax Medium Format 07-22-2018, 10:17 PM  
Post your medium format photos!
Posted By Flylooper
Replies: 13,493
Views: 2,242,093
Great Shot. Love it. Good old Tri X! :)
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 03-22-2016, 04:35 PM  
Old Film SLR Lenses
Posted By Flylooper
Replies: 16
Views: 2,084
Yes, but just a touch. To continue with the analogy, the P-51 was a hell of an airplane even thought they didn't have computers to design and make them. All they had was slide rules.

As for me, I'm having a great time doing film photography. My collection of Super Takumars and SMC Taks is, I think, up to 8 lenses now. Yesterday I just picked up a Super-Tak 35mm f3.5 wide angle at my favorite (family owned) camera shop for 45 bucks. A very good lens.

When I was a kid and had no money, just my little Spotty with a 55 mm on it, and an off-market 28 and 200, I used to drool for those Takumars. But they were always beyond my reach. (I think I'm catching up on lost time!) You could actually feel the quality in your hands.

God knows what they sold for in their day!
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 03-21-2016, 07:05 PM  
Old Film SLR Lenses
Posted By Flylooper
Replies: 16
Views: 2,084
So, if you have money to burn and liked to fly, would you buy a F-16 on the assumption that an old P-51 Mustang is just, well, obsolete?

Really, the heyday of lens grinding was probably in the 1960s and 1970s, no?
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 03-21-2016, 06:41 PM  
Light Meters and Shooting Film
Posted By Flylooper
Replies: 24
Views: 1,799
Actually, what I'm doing is to give my exposed film to a very well known and well respected photo shop (Dot Dotson's in Eugene, for any Oregonians out there) and have them develop the film. Then I scan the negs on a pretty good Canon flat bed scanner, and then play with it in Light Room and Photoshop. I've had pretty good results from that scheme.

The point of using a light meter is just get a better "first pass" while using negative film. IOW, you get one shot at every opportunity while shooting film. (Well, unless bracketing a shot with all kinds of different f-stops and shutter speeds.) I'm just getting back into film as a kind of exercise in playing with the most basic variables in making a photograph: shutter speed, aperture, ISO, and focus. For me. it's like picking up where I left off 40 years ago!

Thanks to all these post-shooting computer apps, a lot of errors can be cleaned up; but heck, I figure you need to start with a good shot to begin with, right?

(BTW, I'm shooting some Velvia just to see how it works. I have NO experience with transparency film at all. Well, except for, like, 1969! Yeah, I'm an old coot! God, how I miss Kodak! Ektachrome was miraculous.)
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 03-21-2016, 02:25 PM  
Light Meters and Shooting Film
Posted By Flylooper
Replies: 24
Views: 1,799
Alex, I'm shooting film! Therefore I don't have a smart phone. Just dumb ones. [Just kidding. ;)]

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Very good points, which is why I'm convinced I could improve my exposures with a good meter. Frankly. at this point the Sekonic is looking better and better. I may pull the trigger when I finished posting this!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 03-16-2016, 11:13 AM  
People Excitement about my new lens!
Posted By Flylooper
Replies: 11
Views: 754
Just a nice shot. (Ah, the innocence of children.)
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 03-16-2016, 10:54 AM  
Light Meters and Shooting Film
Posted By Flylooper
Replies: 24
Views: 1,799
I haven't shot enough film through my 645N yet to figure that out. Only one roll of Ektar 100. I've done some shooting in a local botanical garden and the pix cam out pretty nicely exposed; at least I could spruce them up in Lightroom pretty easily.

I keep waiting for a sunny day in the mountains here, so I can shoot the snowy peaks, but it's been overcast for it seems like months (Hey, this is Oregon!), I figure the contrasty conditions of snow, sky, and shadow will really test the internal meter out.

Below is my very first exposure with it. Lovely camera, though, I've got some Velvia in it now and am anxious to see how it does with transparency film.

I still haven't pulled the trigger on that Sekonic L-3085 yet. $150 bothers me, tightwad that I am. I wonder if there are comparable meters priced a little less.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 03-09-2016, 04:47 PM  
Light Meters and Shooting Film
Posted By Flylooper
Replies: 24
Views: 1,799
Thanks for the input, guys. I'm glad it's been confirmed the 3085 is a good meter to use with film. I haven't completely shot my first roll with the 945N I picked up a couple of months ago, but when the exposures come back, I'll have a good idea of the camera's meter "truthfulness." I'm pretty sure I' going to spring for a meter because I'm really interested in doing portraits in both types of lighting and I can't imagine not having one with me.

The 35mm Spotmatic I resurrected (thanks to the help of Eric) is "spot" on, metering-wise. Dang things are tremendous cameras.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 03-01-2016, 01:25 PM  
Light Meters and Shooting Film
Posted By Flylooper
Replies: 24
Views: 1,799
I am looking to buy a light meter for my 35mm and medium format film cameras. I am looking closely at a Sekonic L-3085, which is affordable and seems to do all the things I'd like it to do. But the marketing copy on it suggests it is perfect for digital photography, while of course not mentioning a word about film. (Really, who cares?)

My question is: Is measuring light for digital cameras different than for film? My initial thought is that light is light. But, hey, this is photography! Every question seems to have an answer with a half dozen caveats. :(

Your thoughts? Also, if you have a good feeling about a particular light meter that's under $150-175, I'd be interested in your opinion. TIA....

Bob
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 01-23-2016, 10:05 PM  
I have too many cameras
Posted By Flylooper
Replies: 66
Views: 4,634
I have 3 Spots and 5 different lenses. Why?

Just because.......😊
Forum: Pentax Forums Giveaways 01-17-2016, 08:12 AM  
READ ME! Pentax Tips from the Community (55-300mm Giveaway)
Posted By Flylooper
Replies: 773
Views: 92,811
Great tips for this poor Newbie....
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 08-21-2015, 05:38 AM  
Pentax repair by Eric Hendrickson
Posted By Flylooper
Replies: 439
Views: 96,659
A Spotmatic. And it was a special Spotmatic that I bought new in 1967. The camera works flawlessly. (I can't say the same for the photographer, however.)
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 07-21-2015, 08:26 AM  
Poll: Expired Contest Poll VOTE NOW - Photo Contest #106 Poll (Converging Lines - June 2015)
Posted By Flylooper
Replies: 72
Views: 10,758
No.1 is a very clever shot. :)
Forum: Film Processing, Scanning, and Darkroom 06-25-2015, 07:27 AM  
National Geographic: The Last Roll of Kodachrome
Posted By Flylooper
Replies: 12
Views: 2,226
Yes, I agree with you. There are some definite advantages to using a digital camera. But, I think, just as with the differences between vinyl records and a digitized piece of music on a CD, there are audible differences between one and the other and it has to do with the texture (for lack of a better word) of each medium. Also, though, it takes a keen ear (or eye?) to detect the differences.

As for the uses of digital in business, the advantages are obvious.
Forum: Film Processing, Scanning, and Darkroom 06-05-2015, 11:49 PM  
Want to start developing at home
Posted By Flylooper
Replies: 47
Views: 5,388
Lol...seems we have some pretty hardcore shooters here. Film vs. digital vs.scanners vs. enlargers.... Yeesh!

I'm kind of a hybrid, I guess. I have returned to shooting film after decades of being away from it. I've resurrected my 50 year old Pentax Spotmatic and bought a 645N MF which I love shooting. I scan my negs because the post shoot work with Lightroom and Photoshop really leave me with so many ways to treat a shot.

Yeah, I used to enlarge when I was a kid but in my old age now, it's a pain in the neck to prep and clean up afterward. Plus...all that paper! Film and scanning give me the best of both worlds, I think.

( I didn't meant highjack the thread but... since you asked. [grin]
Forum: Post Your Photos! 06-02-2015, 10:45 AM  
Landscape Cam Ranh Bay, 1966
Posted By Flylooper
Replies: 2
Views: 842
I got my very first 35 mm SLR when I went to Vietnam. It was (IIRC) a Nikkormat with a small fixed manual focus lens. I don't even know if it had a light meter in it. But a guy I met aboard ship had one of those really, REALLY cool Asahi Pentax Spotmatic 35's with interchangeable lenses, a cool spot light meter, and, well, I just had to have one! I got one when I got finally home.

I was going over some old negs that were kicking around in in a closet and found this exposure which I made with the Nikkormat. The negative was in pretty bad shape and did my best to clean it up here. The photo itself—especially with that lone destroyer on picket duty—reminded me of the remoteness I felt being 10,000 miles from home.
Forum: Film Processing, Scanning, and Darkroom 06-02-2015, 08:04 AM  
Want to start developing at home
Posted By Flylooper
Replies: 47
Views: 5,388
Interesting. I read the review of the Primefilm XA scanner (Thanks, incidently) and it appears to to all things to all 35 mm people (esp. with the SilverFast software) ....especially those of us who are of limited means when it comes to amateur photography. I really like the XA's ability to handle entire strips of film. That's a huge plus. Had I known, I might have gotten one, but I plunked down my bucks on a Canoscan 9000 a few months back.


I have to say that the Canoscan is doing a great job on my 35mm negs, which is to say I'm very satisfied with its output. The drawback on the Primefilm XA, at least in my case, is that it only does 35mm. I happen to shoot medium format and 35mm. I just can't imagine carrying two scanners to do that job....or at least it would make me wonder about the cost/benefit of doing so, not to mention my non-photography friends wondering if I've lost a few marbles.


My current rationale is that (a) I can make a lot of very positive resolution improvements, if needed, in Lightroom/Photoshop and (b) if, for some reason I have an Ansel Adams moment, I can send the exposure out for professional scanning/printing. Trust me, I have darned few of them!
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 05-03-2015, 01:10 PM  
My object of desire!
Posted By Flylooper
Replies: 6
Views: 474
Ditto....I'm a sucker for a good "kids" shot. This young lady is gorgeous and the look (of innocence) on her face is priceless. My nomination.

A simple but very elegant photograph.
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 05-01-2015, 10:41 PM  
Is FF worth the upgrade?
Posted By Flylooper
Replies: 146
Views: 13,859
I've got a 645N. A couple of rolls of 120 and I'm in business. I'm just now learning it. I have the film developed and then hi-rez scan it...and Voila!
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 04-26-2015, 07:32 AM  
Is FF worth the upgrade?
Posted By Flylooper
Replies: 146
Views: 13,859
Interesting colloquy here.

Amateur photography, like any hobby, is an industry. My other hobbies happen to be golf and fly fishing. The financial health of all three are dependent on new players, of course; but most of all on a constant turnover of equipment among the folks already engaged in the hobby. Pick up any trade magazine on fly fishing or golf and all the ads promise a longer cast, or better line performance on the water—or, in golf, a longer straighter drive, pitch or chip with this newer, better, set of clubs. And so it is with cameras and lenses, I think.

The fact is that the fish don't give a rip whether I'm using a 800 dollar rod or a 150 dollar rod, and my casting technique is good but certainly not of championship calibre—and a more expensive rod, though nice to have, is not necessary in order to have a good day on the water.

If they built me a custom made set of golf clubs, they wouldn't straighten out my lifelong slice at the tee box or lengthen my drives (or pitches, or chips) commensurate with the cost of the clubs.

Speaking only for myself, the only honest reason I would buy a FF camera is (a) I have money to burn and (b) the satisfaction of knowing I have "the best" of something. Probably the same reasons I would choose a Mercedes over a VW or a Buick.

Omestes, I looked at your pix on 500px. Let me tell you: You're doing just great with that crappy old APS-C sensor.

Just sayin'...
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 04-25-2015, 01:58 PM  
One-Size-Fits-All Flash?
Posted By Flylooper
Replies: 7
Views: 971
Oh, sure. I'll just run down to the local photo shop and pick one of those puppies up! Cheapest on Amazon is $650 +/- Plus the adapters? (I'm an aluminum foil and 100 watt light bulb kind of guy. :lol: )

I think I'm going with the Yongguo. Pricing and features can't be beat, it looks like.
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 04-24-2015, 11:07 AM  
Is FF worth the upgrade?
Posted By Flylooper
Replies: 146
Views: 13,859
Seems like it would be impossible to financially justify such a horrific expense under any circumstance other than, maybe, the "fun factor." Just sayin.'
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 04-24-2015, 10:59 AM  
One-Size-Fits-All Flash?
Posted By Flylooper
Replies: 7
Views: 971
Yes, I just realized on the ETTL system. I'm partial to the YN, frankly, because of its pricing and because of all the positive reviews. Plus it synchs with the Canon seamlessly. It's my Pentax cameras which I want to work with it.

BTW, I just looked at some of your Oregon photos. Lovely. I'm just getting back into the swing of things. I'm heading to the Oregon Garden tomorrow " on safari" to finish out some film frames. There's a lot outdoor stuff to shoot here, no?
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 04-24-2015, 10:32 AM  
One-Size-Fits-All Flash?
Posted By Flylooper
Replies: 7
Views: 971
I've got three widely disparate cameras which I enjoy shooting: A Pentax Spotmatic (circa 1968), a Pentax 645N (medium format film); and finally a Canon t3i Rebel DSLR.

My goal is to find a flash which works with all three cameras. I'm looking really hard at the Yongnuo YN565EX ETTL Speedlite. I love the ETTL feature which should work hand in glove with the DSLR and the 645N, which both have AF lenses.

As for my beloved Spotty, I'm reasonably sure I can work the flash manually, plus there is a PC outlet on the unit which will plug into the camera body's "X" and "FP" receptacle. NOTE: I'm a little more concerned with voltage issues here, as I have read that these modern flash units can blow up the electronics (what there is of them; in the Spotty's case, nothing but the light meter) on vintage cameras.

The YN is really priced right. They are virtual Chinese knockoffs of Canon Speed Lites and sell for a fraction of the Canon price. I'm getting really positive feedback in my research on them.

Am I headed in the right direction? I haven't pulled the trigger yet but my finger's getting real itchy! :)

Bob
Forum: Film Processing, Scanning, and Darkroom 04-23-2015, 06:59 AM  
Editing Software Questions
Posted By Flylooper
Replies: 13
Views: 1,205
Well, I signed up for the Adobe deal last night and downloaded LR and PS from their site. It's a one year contract commitment @ 9.99/month with 60 days to decide whether or not to keep it without incurring a penalty. I think that's pretty generous of Adobe, frankly.

I immediately started watching this fellow Anthony Morganti on YouTube, who is giving "lessons" in LR5 in a series of videos. All I can say is "WOW!" This app is incredible. It fixes/adds/subtracts/divides, give the square roots, etc., etc. etc. to every conceivable photographic situation known to man. Narual stated that LR does 97% of the tweaking and I think he's got that right.

I"m going to leave PS alone for a while and just focus on getting good with LR. Then I'll worry about PS,
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