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Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-16-2015, 11:21 PM  
The only justification for my LBA...
Posted By Hoodie
Replies: 84
Views: 4,124
What's this " just one more" lens business?
LBA = N + x
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-18-2014, 12:30 AM  
help for a rookie!
Posted By Hoodie
Replies: 17
Views: 1,422
Hi Ctopher62,
these guys have given you good advice for starting out with landscape photography, but i'll add my devalued 2 cents worth. If you can, see if you can book a days tuition with a good photographer specialising in landscapes. You'll learn lots in a very short time frame and most of these guys follow up with advice and support for former students. Save the money you don't spend on fancy lenses now for more trips to exciting locations. But most of all Enjoy!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-12-2014, 02:37 AM  
Best manual focus travel lens
Posted By Hoodie
Replies: 28
Views: 3,525
Hi galaxytab,
my recommendation for a telezoom is the Tamron Adaptall 103A, a highly underated lens. f 3.8-4.5 80-210mm but an excellent lens not too heavy and quite common thus not expensive. Some of those series one Vivitars are thumpers.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-09-2014, 04:34 AM  
Problem adapting M42 to K
Posted By Hoodie
Replies: 6
Views: 713
Hi anaptrson and welcome.
Maybe also try without SR being on for a start to see if there is an improvement then check the focal length setting for SR is set at 50mm. Could be set for a much longer focal length and is giving an exaggerated effect.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-07-2014, 02:09 AM  
How many lenses do you have?
Posted By Hoodie
Replies: 1,503
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Hmmm .... How much does 157 lenses weigh :-0
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-07-2014, 02:00 AM  
Some noteworthy third-party lenses?
Posted By Hoodie
Replies: 25
Views: 2,827
To get into the universe of M42 mount lenses make sure to get a genuine Pentax K mount - M42 adapter that will allow infinity focus. They are readily available and not expensive. However there is no cure for the addiction that will follow. :-)
There is still a whole variety of K - mount lenses around if you don't want to go there. An RMC Tokina 17 mm 3.5 is a popular favourite if you can find one and there are several others in that series that perform well. Also take a look at the "Vivitar 28 mm bestiary" for an education in the variety of manufacturers making just one brand of third party lenses.
But most of all ... Have fun!!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-05-2014, 07:08 PM  
How to lubricate Takumar 35 2.3
Posted By Hoodie
Replies: 8
Views: 1,279
Grahame,
You can also unscrew the bell shaped part of the barrel that the front element screws into and this gives you a small amount of access to the focus helical. this may be enough for some cleaning and relubing.
Good Luck :)
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 03-23-2014, 09:12 PM  
Gear P0rn - post it if you got it.
Posted By Hoodie
Replies: 5,267
Views: 567,814
Film noir .... Nice set.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-22-2014, 11:59 AM  
Required accessories for long lenses
Posted By Hoodie
Replies: 11
Views: 1,204
You may also want to get a remote release for your camera to use with a long lens + TC. Wireless or wired doesn't really matter, but use it with any lens/camera mounted on a tripod to eliminate the slight vibration that triggering a shutter manually can cause. Good luck!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-01-2014, 04:24 AM  
Unique lenses? (e.g Takumar 58mm f2, etc)
Posted By Hoodie
Replies: 8
Views: 1,880
Hi Hagiri,
Another couple to look out for are the Auto Takumar 35mm f2.3 and the later 35mm f2, both these designs are not found anywhere else (to my knowledge). A little easier to find, although keenly sought after is the 8 element 50 mm f1.4 Super Takumar which only had a short production run before being replaced by the common 7 element version. Good luck in your search. :)
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 12-29-2013, 04:23 AM  
Experience with Mamyia Sekor SX/CS M42 mount ?
Posted By Hoodie
Replies: 11
Views: 3,275
Hi Remcor
Have a look for a 20/3.5 Zeiss Flektogon with an M42 mount. This is a well known good performer with low distortion and no problems mounting on Pentax DSLRs. also have a look for an RMC Tokina 17 3.5 in K mount, another good performer. Not perfect by any means in terms of distortion but better than many zooms and very easy to use with a native k mount. Good to see that you use a manual lens for landscape as AF is not needed for this genre and I believe in many cases a hindrance. Good luck
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-10-2013, 05:54 AM  
I am after 50mm 1.4 lens - which one to pick ?
Posted By Hoodie
Replies: 29
Views: 2,748
Another one to think about is the K 50 1.4. these have the better SMC coatings and native bayonet mount but aren't as compact as the M and A versions.
Good luck with your hunt.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-21-2013, 03:52 AM  
Pentax ME Lense
Posted By Hoodie
Replies: 4
Views: 784
Hi Mark,
Welcome. The ME is a great little camera to start out in the film world and my suggestion would be to get an SMC Pentax M 50 mm f1.7 first up. This was the lens that came bundled with a lot of new MEs and is a great lens that punches far above its weight. They are not expensive in just about any market and are readily available on ebay and the big online dealers like KEH and others. Of course having Pentaxes K- mount there is almost endless choices. About the only lens that don't work are the newest digital lenses that don't have aperture rings and those designed for aps (smaller) sensors. Check out the lens database on the forum for other examples. But most of all have fun looking!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-30-2013, 01:14 PM  
Misc Still Life, Food, and Lamps/Clock Collection
Posted By Hoodie
Replies: 17
Views: 1,101
this thread is dangerous ... putting on weight just by looking!!! lovely shots and lighting Congrats
Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-30-2013, 12:47 PM  
Landscape Hoary Peppermint Gum
Posted By Hoodie
Replies: 6
Views: 567
Look an ent!! ... nice one and nice moody lght
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 07-15-2013, 02:38 AM  
Post your B&W Film shots
Posted By Hoodie
Replies: 6,545
Views: 654,929

Looks like a nice spot for dogs to take their owners for a walk :-)
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-09-2013, 02:20 PM  
question about Super-Tak 150/4
Posted By Hoodie
Replies: 1
Views: 662
Hi Toukan
Sounds like the filter ring is loose. What you need to do is remove the trim ring with the writing on it using a suitably sized rubber gripper/friction tool. A bath plug or a rubber stopper of the right size can be used for this and it sounds like it is already mostly unscrewed, hence no threads for filters. A little lighter fluid applied with a toothpick on the area where the filter threads should be may help. When you remove the trim piece you will find three small crosshead screws between the inner lens barrel and the outer lens body. Look closely directly from the front of the lens in the exposed groove. A small cross tip screwdriver with a longish tip can then be used to tighten the screws. Replace the trim piece using the rubber tool making sure to screw it all the way in to expose the filter threads and you should be fine. Good luck
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 07-07-2013, 03:38 PM  
Pentax P3 problems
Posted By Hoodie
Replies: 3
Views: 1,492
I agree with the suggestion to use S76 batteries instead of A76's, the voltage is more stable for a longer period. Also clean the battery and battery terminals in the battery chamber with a pencil eraser and/or a little electrical contact cleaner before you install the new batteries. I usually clean the lens electrical contacts and lens mount the same way as well.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 06-16-2013, 03:28 PM  
Unsung Heros List
Posted By Hoodie
Replies: 34
Views: 2,600
I have to put Jon Goodman up here for doing the research and sourcing the best materials to put many cameras back into active service. Well done sir and everbody keep supporting the original and best.
Cheers
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-08-2013, 11:47 PM  
Complete kit suggestions
Posted By Hoodie
Replies: 12
Views: 998
I won't comment on any of the AF lenses, I'll leave that for others, but get yourself an M42 - K mount adapter or two and then:
Helios 44 xx-x (any version will do) for its great bokeh wide open and a nice lens stopped down
Carl Ziess Jena 135 Sonnar 2.8,3.5 or 4 for some buttery wide open bokeh and great ziess colors
Tair photo sniper 300 for a sharp abberation free long lens

All are readily available and are just fun to use. Of course this is just the tip of the M42 iceberg...
Happy hunting
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-27-2013, 05:19 AM  
Buying a K-30, and overwhelmed with lens choices. Need help narrowing list down!
Posted By Hoodie
Replies: 30
Views: 2,502
Hi Beetle B
Welcome to the dark side. Get the WR kit lens by all means its a pretty decent lens for travel and quick easy snapshot type photos and the WR keeps water and more importantly dust at bay. IMHO a Pentax kit isn't complete without a fast 50, M 50 1.4 or 1.7 isn't gonna break the bank and gives you lots of speed and IQ for little money. Similarly a F 35-70 gives you AF, nice IQ and close focus in a compact package, again for chips. From there the world is your oyster. You like macro, put a tube or two on the M 50 for peanuts. If you want to spend more I'm sure you'll get lots of suggestions and that just highlights the big plus for Pentax, there's plenty of great options at any price point. Enjoy your stay.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 03-12-2013, 04:00 PM  
Mirror Lock-up Modification for Spotmatics
Posted By Hoodie
Replies: 17
Views: 4,358
Another way to get the mirror up on Spotmatics and S series is to advance the film about 3/4 ths of the way then fire the shutter to flip the mirror, then advance the film the rest of the way to cock the shutter then fire normally, try it. I find it easier than trying to partially flick the shutter button.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 02-19-2013, 03:40 AM  
Getting Started
Posted By Hoodie
Replies: 9
Views: 877
Hi qleak,
looks like you're off to a good start with a K1000 and a couple of nice lenses. That Gossen will also be a big help too. If you're starting out home developing try to start with B& W film that does not use C41 chemistry. Standard developers like D-76 are easy to use and fairly forgiving of less than optimal conditions, so try that first. Just check with your retailer that the film is for standard development.
Happy Shooting
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 02-11-2013, 01:20 AM  
Pentax K camera
Posted By Hoodie
Replies: 16
Views: 1,785
Yusuf
This camera is an M42 screwmount camera not a "K" bayonet camera. If the photo is the camera you are buying it has its correct zebra Takumar lens and looks to be in nice cosmetic condition. Check the shutter operation at all speeds (note that the slower speeds are selected by the dial on the front below the shutter release. Also check the lens for sticky aperture blades, and the usual defects in lenses fungus, scratches etc. Light seals around the film chamber are also worth looking at but can be easily replaced and check the shutter curtain for pinholes in the fabric. The camera was released in 1958 so is getting on for 55 years so the moving parts may be getting a little creaky with age, but still a nice usable bit of gear if all is well and a service would be a good investment. Will work with with any M42 screwmount lens so the choice is almost unlimited. One thing I would be wary of is the leather strap on the case as leather this old can be weak and I have had a couple of similar age break (luckily without damage). Good luck!
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 01-26-2013, 11:06 AM  
confessions of a lens adict
Posted By Hoodie
Replies: 17
Views: 2,293
Lens addict ? Sounds more like you might become a film addict!:lol: Wait till you try B & W. Have fun!
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