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Forum: General Talk 2 Days Ago  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By grhazelton
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I've looked at the mr 9 adapter. Trouble is the Photomic finder requires 2 cells, so I'd be laying out $80. I'm looking into repair shops which could install the diode or diodes for a reasonable sum, that is to say, less than $80.:)
Forum: General Talk 2 Days Ago  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By grhazelton
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Pretty much on impulse I bought a Photomic finder for my Nikon F. The finder is in excellent condition, and the price was right. Of course this finder uses mercury cells; adapters to use zinc air cells to replace the Px 13 cells are available and "cheap." I've also seen a YouTube video demonstrating how to install a diode to drop the 1.5 v from silver oxide cells to the 1.35 needed by the meter.
I'm not sure I want to attempt that procedure! Anyone know of adapters which would contain the diode and would thus be drop in replacements?
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 07-13-2020, 02:09 PM  
Anyone use the Pentax right angle finder on their 645?
Posted By grhazelton
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I forgot to add in my post about right angle finders for 35mm Pentaxes, the finder for the K mount cameras has a diopter adjustment, and a selectable 1x or 2x magnification, really useful for critical focusing. A correction to my earlier post: The angle finder for the M 42 cameras also fits the first K mount cameras, the K-2, KX, KM, and the K 1000.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 07-12-2020, 03:18 PM  
Anyone use the Pentax right angle finder on their 645?
Posted By grhazelton
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An refconverter is also handy with my 645n and my LX and my K-5 (none of which have tilt screens) for avoiding full tripod extension and/or using the center pole when taking landscapes, portraits, etc.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 07-12-2020, 02:09 PM  
Anyone use the Pentax right angle finder on their 645?
Posted By grhazelton
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See my review on the angle finder for the 645n. I use it for close ups so I don't have to lie on the ground! Note that the threads mounting the finder to the camera's eyepiece are pretty fine in pitch. Cross threading it could result in an expensive repair, if the camera threads were damaged. The angle finders for the K mount and M42 finders just slip onto the slotted eyepiece - simple, quick, and very unlikely to damage anything. BTW, K mount and M42 angle finders are NOT interchangeable. IIRC the K mount finder will interchange with the OM series film Olympus cameras.
If you find one cheaply, why not buy it??:)
Forum: General Talk 07-07-2020, 03:42 PM  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By grhazelton
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I've kept original boxes for many things: My Acoustic Research ES-1 turntable, my Klipsch Forte speakers, my Harmon Kardon HK 590 receiver. Makes a move easier and assures the safety of the gear. On the HK 590: I took it in for a repair, IN ITS BOX. When I went to pick it up it was wrapped in clear plastic, but no box! I insisted that the shop find MY BOX! They looked unhappy, but they did find it. The lesson: INSIST that the repair folks return the original carton! Oh, BTW. The ES-1 shipping box says not to use the USPS for the 'table. Generally my experience with USPS has been pretty good, with FedEX, not so good. UPS generally very good. Of course, YMMV.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 02-14-2020, 02:49 PM  
Minolta Autocord 2 1/4" x 2 1/4"...... ?
Posted By grhazelton
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I have an Autocord with the built in meter, which works! Amazing! But the meter is a PITA to use. The comments about the focus lever are accurate; it is made of an alloy which has been known to break. I also own a YashicaMat w. meter, and an Zeiss Ikon Ikoflex. Of the three the Autocord I find the most user friendly, as always YMMV.
Many users have compared it favorably to the Rolleicord, and to f3.5 models of the Rolleiflex. although it lacks the "automatic" film loading of the 'flex, using instead a "semi" automatic loading, with automatic film stop. See Mike Butkus' Orphan Cameras site for a pfd of an instruction manual. I'd suggest that the OP load it up and give it a test drive. You might decide to buy it for yourself.
Forum: General Photography 12-16-2019, 12:02 PM  
Sally Mann exhibition in Atlanta closes early - building leak
Posted By grhazelton
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Sally Mann: A Thousand Crossings High Museum of Art
I know that those of us in the Atlanta area, like me, will be disappointed in losing the chance to see this important exhibition.
Forum: General Talk 12-08-2019, 10:40 AM  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By grhazelton
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An Accura fisheye in M 42 mount is on its way to me, as is a M 42 to K adapter. While I can use the Accura on my Spotmatic F, I think it would be even nicer on my LX. Or I could try it on my K 5. Now, as soon as the adapter arrives I'll find the one I bought long ago. It is somewhere in the tidal pool of my photo gear, where things appear and then disappear, as if synced with the tide.:)
Forum: General Talk 11-16-2019, 12:35 AM  
What music are you currently listening to?
Posted By grhazelton
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Jan Sibelius: Finlandia, orchestra and chorus. This follows Earnest Bloch, A Voice in the Wilderness, and Ralph Vaughan Williams: Variations on Dives and Lazarus.
Now, J S Bach Toccata and Fugue in D Minor
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 10-30-2019, 04:41 PM  
camera recomendation
Posted By grhazelton
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I have both the KX and the MX. In fact, three of the MX! One chrome, one black, and one as a parts camera. My problem with the MX has been its newly acquired insatiable appetite for batteries. My first one gave me a year or two, then suddenly only a month or two. An Atlanta repair shop was unable to fix the problem, despite being given carte blanche to keep the camera long enough to determine if it were fixed. Sad. The MX is a delightful box. Small, interchangeable screens, a winder, etc, etc. With the winder and a fast 50 it is a great street camera . If you can find them and afford the accessories make it a full system. But the stiff shutter dial is a bummer for quick shots.
The KX feels like a workhorse. Solid. Hefty. It is all that the K-1000 should have been. Center weighted meter, shutter and f stop visible in VF, DOF preview, mirror lockup.... If it had interchangeable screens and a winder/motor it would be nearly perfect! Some folks feel the MX and its cousins the ME are too small. But... if you're left handed or left eyed you have problems with the KX. The meter turn on is via the wind lever; good for us right eyed folk, but a poke in the for lefties. My clean KX was just over $100 WITH a spotless f 1.4. Given the overpriced K 1000's here in the Atlanta area (probably influenced by local colleges) the K X is a screaming bargain...if you can find one!
Forum: General Talk 10-05-2019, 11:10 AM  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By grhazelton
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For my Canon P a 35mm f2 in almost mint condition. It came with the adapter for the Leica M mount cameras, as if I could afford one! For my trusty Pentax K 5 a Sigma 17-50mm f2.8 constant aperture zoom. My first lens with the HSM focusing - sweet! Sure am glad that this lens and my Sigma 10-20 f4 can share filters, those 77mm beauties aren't cheap! Wouldn't it be nice if Sigma and others would furnish the little pop-out (and easily lost!) port for adjusting a polarizer?
Forum: General Talk 09-30-2019, 03:31 PM  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By grhazelton
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Just don't let her heft the package! A two pound "filter" is a little hard to swallow.....
Forum: General Talk 09-30-2019, 01:31 PM  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By grhazelton
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I treated myself for the Sigma 17 - 50 f2.8 to fit my Pentax K 5. Gotta get help for this GAS! (For the newcomers here, that's Gear Acquisition Syndrome. Always good to have an UW - Understanding Wife, or a US - Understanding Spouse.) .....Hmmmm.... Maybe just a filter or lens hood or...........:cool:
Forum: General Talk 09-30-2019, 08:06 AM  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By grhazelton
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I have the f4 version of the 10-20, Wonderful lens! Sharp and minimal distortion. 16 x 24 prints are gorgeous.
Forum: General Talk 09-28-2019, 07:20 PM  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By grhazelton
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Good to know! I'll look for a good deal in a really WA FSU lens. The Canon WAs under 35mm tend to be really expensive, if available. How did you find a Biogon clone that would fit? Trial and error? I have the Voigtlander 21mm for my Nikon S2 and Bessa R2S but I really can't afford another in LTM. Confession: I fear I am becoming a collector. Fortunately I have an understanding spouse, The Lovely Flora, the light of my life. And as Mike, my Main Man at Wings Camera in Atlanta has said, "Photography is an expensive hobby. However. It is cheaper than car collecting, and much cheaper and safer than having a mistress!" Jus' sayin'....

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I have one for my Nikon S2 and the Bessa R2S Nikon mount camera, plus the Voitglander 21mm Nikon mount. Great lenses! But I can't afford them in LTM.
Forum: General Talk 09-28-2019, 04:17 PM  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By grhazelton
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Steve, its my understanding that FSU wide angles, while often very good, have a projecting rear element which may interfere with with some internal baffles on the Canon P. Otherwise I would have gone for an FSU wide angle. Apparently their version of the Zeiss Biogon can be killer!
Yes, my lenses are all Canon-made. The 135mm came from KEH and was very reasonable; the 35mm not so reasonable! The 50mm in between. I really wish Canon had gone with common filter sizes! 40mm filters are available, but lens shades seem to be made from Unobtainium. Tim Rice at FilterFind.net is keeping an eye out for a 40mm to Series 6 adapter, but they aren't common. A 40mm to Series 7 with a shade really cuts into the viewfinder. I don't want to use a slip-on because of the risk of scarring the lens. Do you have any suggestions?
Forum: General Talk 09-28-2019, 02:44 PM  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By grhazelton
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A Canon P. This is an elegant Leica thread rangefinder. See CameraQuest.com and Photoethnography.com for good discussions of the P and its lenses. My example shows few signs of wear, despite being perhaps 60 years old. I've also scored the 50mm f1.8, a 135mm f3.5, and coming my way a 35mm f2. The P features a stainless steel shutter - no solar burns! - a parallax correcting VF with frame lines for 35, 50, and 100mm lenses, shutter 1 to 1000 speeds. Nice handling, heavy as a proper metal and glass camera ought to be. While a dedicated selenium cell meter coupled to the shutter is available the odds of it working at this age are not good. Sunny f16 and a hand-held meter to the rescue.
Forum: General Talk 07-14-2019, 09:05 PM  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By grhazelton
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I don't think I've posted about these items, if I have please forgive me on account of my advancing age!
I scored a chrome Nikon F body with the basic prism. There are minor scratches and a few minor dents, to be expected in a camera of that age. Somehow the shutter speed markings had been pretty much obliterated over the years, so I had a CLA done in addition to the replacement of the disk with the speed markings. I now have the F, an F2, and an F3 with the "basic" motor drive. and several lenses, from 28mm through 200mm, including the redoubtable 105mm f2.5. Also I have an enormous Tamron 300mm f2.8 plus its "extender" and mounts for both Nikon and the Pentax K mount. The Tamron weighs perhaps 4.5 pounds, takes a 112mm filter to protect that really large front element (fortunately also has a drop-in 42mm filter holder), and comes in its own "suitcase" for transport.
I fear that I'm becoming a collector.... Fortunately my lovely wife Flora is understanding. As Mike, one of my sources at Wings Camera in Atlanta notes, photography is an expensive hobby. But it is cheaper than car collecting, and far, far cheaper - and safer! - than having a mistress! Mike is a wise man!
Forum: General Talk 06-12-2019, 07:14 PM  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By grhazelton
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I have one of these! I believe that it would blister paint at close range. A wonderful flash, if the weight doesn't bother you. Watch for the external power pack which uses 6 C cells. This bruiser eats AAs like popcorn. Since the unit has probably not been used recently, I'd suggest running it with the AC adapter initially to reform the capacitors, otherwise you'll go broke feeding it AA cells. Have fun!
Forum: Repairs and Warranty Service 05-21-2019, 02:41 PM  
Nikon F shutter speed dial
Posted By grhazelton
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Thanks! That has crossed my mind.
Forum: Repairs and Warranty Service 05-21-2019, 12:51 PM  
Nikon F shutter speed dial
Posted By grhazelton
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Okay, this is not a Pentax repair, but as a long-time Pentaxian I hope some of you good folks may have a suggestion.:)

I recently scored a classic Nikon F, chrome, leather insert on prism. In good cosmetic condition, considering its age - a few scuffs, two little dents on the prism housing. The shutter sounds good. A little dirt in the viewfinder.

But...the speed markings on the shutter speed dial have worn/flaked off. Since the dial has no stop positions this makes shooting difficult. Any suggestions for a fix? Other than the meter prism! I'd like to keep the cost down, of course!

Many thanks in advance!
Forum: General Talk 05-06-2019, 07:44 AM  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By grhazelton
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I think you will like the 10-20, It is a marvelous lens!
Forum: General Talk 04-25-2019, 04:42 PM  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By grhazelton
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You will love that lens!
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 04-19-2019, 06:01 AM  
Photo printer for grandkids - suggestions??
Posted By grhazelton
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Last Christmas we gave our granddaughters, Audrey (9 yrs old) and Sofia (11yrs old) each a Kodak PIXPRO FZ 43 camera, one in black one in red, plus a AA charger, many NiCad cells, a lens cleaning pen, and 2 pouches to carry the cameras. The kids have really enjoyed the cameras, and have taken many good shots. They are using PhotoShop or Elements for some creative manipulation. We've been pleased with the care they've taken with the cameras.
We think that a printer might be in order. I use a Canon Pixma Pro 100, but that might be overkill for the kids, both in price and size. I think something which would print up to 8 x 10 photo quality - of course! - and moderate operating cost would be in order. (All too often the cost of carts soon exceeds the printer cost!)
Any thoughts out there??
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