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Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 1 Hour Ago  
Upgrading from K1000
Posted By TwoUptons
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Oh, we can give you lots of advice about those, too 😜

I have a Fed2 I think is swell, and a Petri Color 35 that has a superb lens...

-Eric
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 5 Days Ago  
Post your B&W Film shots
Posted By TwoUptons
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One of the other images has what I thought was residue from a poor rinse... nope... the gold dome of Holy Trinity Cathedral behind some trees...

-Eric
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 5 Days Ago  
Post your B&W Film shots
Posted By TwoUptons
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I think one of these is required or they won't let you leave CDG...
Or maybe that's just how CDG works anyway ;)

Anyway, Pentax MX with SMC-A 50mm f1.4, between f8 and f11, shutter at 1/500 I think... the camera meter was basically confirming sunny 16...
Ilford XP2 developed and scanned by a local lab in Paris.
And those are birds, not dust :)



-Eric
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 5 Days Ago  
Lenses to take to Paris
Posted By TwoUptons
Replies: 25
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It was a good trip. It was for work, so not a lot of time to wander, but I did well enough.

The 24-35 stayed on the camera nearly the whole time. It was a really good choice (though for future reference, 24mm doesn't quite cover the Arc de Triomphe unless you want to step into the street and place your life in the hands of Parisian drivers...). Maybe I'll take a 20mm next time :)
I couldn't take shots at the Arc like the longer ones some of you posted because the police had cordoned off much of the street there and didn't want folks wandering through with cameras (or at all, really).

The 50 mm did well where you'd expect, like the Eiffel from the Trocadero...
In retrospect, the 135 mm would have been different but about as useful, just better for different things.

On the accessory side, I took a af160sa flash (the cheap boxy one). It worked great the couple times I used it, even in auto...
I also took a Manfrotto mini tripod. Very good choice. I wouldn't put a K1/300f4 on it, but the MX is perfect.

Film-wise, XP2 was a good choice, speed-wise, though the scans I had done locally are too low-resolution to see how it really looked.
The K1 is about to find out how good it is at scanning negs from its older cousin...

Here are a couple...



From the middle of Neuilly-sur-Seine, with the camera propped on my chest with the tripod and the exposure about as low as the meter would go...



And dry beans at the Neuilly market. It's three times a week, and I'm amazed how something that robust (people roasting chicken and refrigerators on site) can go up and come down as fast as it does.



And I'm not sure what to say about this... It's the Louis Vuitton Foundation, and it demonstrates what I'll call a French fearlessness with modern architecture that is not always successful.
I'm sure there are more official terms for folks who actually, well, know something about architecture...
There are better angles, too, but the vertical bar on the left is part of a large glass demi-wall that runs 20-30 meters along the side. From this angle it nearly vanishes...

-Eric
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-05-2017, 01:08 PM  
Soligor MC 300mm F4.5
Posted By TwoUptons
Replies: 11
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Well, Casian, seems like you get to be the one to enlighten us :)

Give it a try and tell us what you think...

-Eric
Forum: General Photography 11-05-2017, 12:22 PM  
Samyang 85 focus confirmation
Posted By TwoUptons
Replies: 8
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I have focus issues with mine, too, but most of my issues stem from my moving between focus and shot... the problem is much less when the camera is on a tripod.

And using live view just makes the problem worse when hand holding because I move more...

-Eric
Forum: General Photography 11-05-2017, 12:17 PM  
Another upgrade ?
Posted By TwoUptons
Replies: 10
Views: 570
Iíve done 16*20 with a K-10...

Not often... and only at low ISO...

But the K-3 has plenty of resolution at pretty sporty ISOs for that size and a normal Ďhung on the wallí viewing distance...

-Eric
Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 10-30-2017, 05:17 PM  
experiences traveling on airlines with cameras
Posted By TwoUptons
Replies: 26
Views: 583
At the Rome airport in spring 2016, they had everyone put all of their electronics in a single clear bag.

That was a trick as the bag wasnít very large and started splitting...

Thatís about as weird as Iíve had it so far...

Iíve had more problems traveling with cheese than with cameras 🙂

-Eric
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 10-29-2017, 11:22 AM  
unique find'''
Posted By TwoUptons
Replies: 8
Views: 420
I remember Canon did some nice bags that came with their kits in the 90s.

Some of them could have been Lowepro bags (they were impressive for coming with a kit)

Green with brown trim IIRC...

-Eric
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 10-29-2017, 09:39 AM  
Repair source for weird old rangefinders?
Posted By TwoUptons
Replies: 2
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I have a couple of old, simple 1950s rangefinders in need of repair (mainly CLAs and stuck shutters)

They arenít Leicas, Nikons, or any of the Ďniceí ones, so my Google searches havenít been very fruitful...

It seems most of the folks who do this work have either specialized in the high end of the market, retired, or a little of both...

Does anyone have a current repair source for cheap old non-SLR cameras?

Thanks,

-Eric
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 10-28-2017, 08:14 PM  
Lenses to take to Paris
Posted By TwoUptons
Replies: 25
Views: 1,219
Ha. It's that shot that convinced me to get my second SLR.
I was on a package tour with my grandmother and shooting through the bus window with the trusty K1000.
I had a great shot of the Arc down the Champs Elysees.
Focus, shutter speed, where's that needle... too high... aperture... dang... missed it...
When I got home, I saved my money and bought a Super Program.
This time I'm taking the MX and just staying off the busses :)

-Eric
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 10-28-2017, 08:05 PM  
Post your B&W Film shots
Posted By TwoUptons
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Expired Tri-X (exposed at 320) with the MX and the SMC-M 24-35 at something like f5.6 with my tiny Sears flash

-Eric
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 10-24-2017, 04:10 PM  
Non-digital SLR from Pentax?
Posted By TwoUptons
Replies: 51
Views: 3,209
If they really want to throw folks for a loop, how about a half-frame SLR.

PASM exposure modes, P-TTL flash, and a small enough piece of film to work with DA lenses.

It would be different, even if only four of us bought one...

That or an all plastic body compatible with 67 lenses that only has four shutter speeds... B, 30, 60, and 125... sold at Urban Outfitters and Hot Topic...

-Eric
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 10-21-2017, 10:05 AM  
Lenses to take to Paris
Posted By TwoUptons
Replies: 25
Views: 1,219
Hi All,

Iím heading to the western part of Paris for a work trip in early November.

I thought this time Iíd take a film camera for fun, so I have my MX and a couple of rolls of XP-2 ready to go. The trick will be which lenses...

I have a pretty wide range of lenses to fit, from 24-400 mm, mostly primes but a couple of zooms.

Right now Iím thinking of the 24-35 and a 35-70. Theyíre about the same size and hit a pretty fair range of Ďwalkaroundí focal lengths...

Any other suggestions? I was thinking of maybe swapping the 35-70 for a 50 or 135...

-Eric
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-16-2017, 05:03 PM  
Crop factor or cr.. factor ?
Posted By TwoUptons
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My really cheap Tamron 70-300 on APS-C gives me a field of view (and aperture) that was basically unthinkable for me in the 1990s, especially for the price.

And the Zenitar 16mm fisheye on APS-C is interesting, with lots of distortion (no surprise) in a no-longer-terribly-wide package.

I also have a Miranda 24mm f2.8 that's a pretty fair walk-around lens on APS-C, and a nice match for the K-01.

My list of lenses I prefer on full frame is longer, though :)

-Eric
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-15-2017, 05:21 PM  
The Bokeh Club
Posted By TwoUptons
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So I may have turned the focus ring the wrong way and randomly snapped as we were going around on the Ferris Wheel...

But I don't usually think of the Zenitar 16mm fisheye as doing, well, any out-of-focus rendering...I liked it more than I expected...

This was at f5.6 or f8.0 and minimum focus distance.



-Eric
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 10-13-2017, 05:17 PM  
Upgrading from K1000
Posted By TwoUptons
Replies: 21
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I originally upgraded my K1000 to a Super Program in the mid-80s. TTL flash, program and aperture priority exposure... it did everything but focus and wind... or it could be totally manual...

I used the daylights out of that camera. It was a really good feature set in a great form factor.

But now Iíd probably get a ZX-L or something with AF... because now Iím old 😛

And I still have the K1000...

-Eric
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 10-09-2017, 12:42 PM  
I want my Spotmatic back!
Posted By TwoUptons
Replies: 45
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I have a bunch of fully mechanical cameras, but I use the digital ones far more often, even when I want to play old-school...

Like you saw above, manual focus, manual exposure, and manual iso gets you awfully close to film simplicity.

I usually shoot that way when Iím playing and in a program mode of some sort when Iím recording.

Itís nice having all the modern stuff on there as long as I can turn it off...

Itís really the best of both worlds.

-Eric
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 10-01-2017, 02:50 PM  
Post your B&W Film shots
Posted By TwoUptons
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Shot on a H1a. I think the lens is genius, and the Raynox works with it exceptionally well.
And it's not even the SMC 6-element one...



This one would have been better if I could hold still...



This one with a raggedy, beat up Vivitar 24mm f2.8 TX mount...



And a Super-Tak 35mm f2.0 (or maybe it's a super-multicoated-tak, I can't recall), shot at 5.6, I think...



Shot on mildly out of date TMX

-Eric
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-01-2017, 02:42 PM  
The Bokeh Club
Posted By TwoUptons
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Something more about the bokeh than the subject...

Shot on expired TMAX 100 with a H1a (and please forgive the rinse marks...)



-Eric
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 10-01-2017, 02:35 PM  
Pheer the Mighty Fleek (Ricoh 35 Flex)
Posted By TwoUptons
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I'm not entirely sure this is the right place for this thread, but since Ricoh owns Pentax now, here it goes.
And I'm not sure if this was robust enough for a real review if there's ever a place for that to happen...

I picked up a Ricoh 35 Flex from America's favorite charity auction site for overpriced K1000s.

It was labelled as a Ricoh Fleek, which is incorrect and odd, and the camera is just as odd...

It is a fixed-lens (Ricoh 50mm f2.8) autoexposure SLR with no battery. Instead, it has an array of cells on the front of the prism where one normally expects the manufacturer's name.
Imagine any of the bazillion inexpensive rangefinders from the late-1950s or early 1960s, from companies like Petri, Minolta, etc. Only bigger...

And instead of a faded rangefinder window, you peek through the viewfinder and find a split-image circle surrounded by micro-prisms - maybe I got the SE version ;)
Pop open the back door and there's a naked mirror back -- the shutter is in front of it.

Shooting with it is pretty strange, with 1/30 or so as slow as it goes on its own, but it will also go up to 1/500 I think.
Mine has a meter that pretty consistently underexposes, but that may have been the old film. Flash synch is shot, too, so no flash for me (and no shoe in any case), and the mirror occasionally needs some help to come back down (but the shutter fires fine so no film is ruined).

But the lens wants to be sharp, and is in the right light, but it's not anything that will cause a sudden internet surge in interest to dismantle old Ricohs.
Between the old film and what is probably an extremely simple lens, it makes for a neat vintage look, which makes sense from a 55 year old camera...
And the SLR nature of the camera means closeup filters are very viable, which is better than my Petri.

In any event, here are a couple of faded photos from some out of date Fuji 400...


Slow shutter on a cloudy evening. It pans nicely. Next time, I'll get her to run in front of an older car...



With a cheap Tiffen closeup filter (#4?) that fogged a little bit because of the humidity. No WR here... In the full resolution image, there was more detail than I was expecting...

-Eric
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 10-01-2017, 01:36 PM  
What's Your Favorite Camera Bag That Looks Nothing Like a Camera Bag?
Posted By TwoUptons
Replies: 19
Views: 1,250
I have a canvas Domke bag that worked as an awesome diaper bag when my daughter was younger...

I could carry a body, couple of lenses, and a bunch of baby changing stuff without looking like I was doing either...

Their smaller bags donít scream Ďcamerasí, but their larger ones look more camera-focused.

And mine is snug with the K1...

-Eric
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-19-2017, 05:44 PM  
Vivitar TX M42 Adapt To Pentax K Mount
Posted By TwoUptons
Replies: 5
Views: 311
A Vivitar TX in K mount was one of my rare happy scores on Goodwill... and that took a while, so I feel your pain.

I haven't been particularly excited about the TX lenses I've tried, but I did get a 24mm recently that seems to really like my H1a. I have a roll in now I'm looking forward to...

-Eric
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-19-2017, 05:37 PM  
Samyang 85mm f/1.4 or SMC Pentax M 85mm f/2?
Posted By TwoUptons
Replies: 63
Views: 2,967
My wife was annoyed the Rokinon wasn't autofocus...

She has little patience for focusing...

But she likes the DA16-50 on the K-01 and the old FA28-105 on the K1...

-Eric
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-17-2017, 02:10 PM  
Samyang 85mm f/1.4 or SMC Pentax M 85mm f/2?
Posted By TwoUptons
Replies: 63
Views: 2,967
I'm a big fan of my Rokinon (Samyang). The only gripe I have is that focus is hard to nail wide open, though I suspect that's more down to subject/camera movement than actual focus (my most common subject is an active preschooler). The DoF is that thin...

I will say the MFD is right at the edge for me. It's almost a problem on the K1. You'll never confuse this lens with a macro.

I find it plenty sharp for portraiture wide open and maybe too sharp by f2.8.

I enjoy it most around f4-5.6, where focusing is easy and there is still good background separation. And I like that it works well with PTTL.

I bought it on sale after giving up finding a M without fungus or element separation...

-Eric
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