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Forum: Repairs and Warranty Service 01-27-2020, 07:10 AM  
Pentax MX advance lever no 20 degree position
Posted By deepbluish
Replies: 6
Views: 472
I've just checked with new batteries. The shutter lock does turn off the light meter.
Forum: Repairs and Warranty Service 01-26-2020, 04:28 PM  
Pentax MX advance lever no 20 degree position
Posted By deepbluish
Replies: 6
Views: 472
I can't check because my batteries are empty, and I'm out of spares right now.
Forum: Repairs and Warranty Service 01-26-2020, 04:15 PM  
Pentax MX advance lever no 20 degree position
Posted By deepbluish
Replies: 6
Views: 472
This one. The lever on my MX does not return to the 20° position after advancing the film. It moves directly to the position against the body, it skips the 20° position.
Forum: Repairs and Warranty Service 01-26-2020, 05:05 AM  
Pentax MX advance lever no 20 degree position
Posted By deepbluish
Replies: 6
Views: 472
I was wondering which part keeps the advance lever in the 20 degree position needed to engage/disengage the exposure meter? The advance lever works great, it just does not stay in the 20 degree position, but rather goes all the way back when the shutter is fired. The only real problem I have with this is that it drains my batteries so there's no point in putting them in the camera, and I would really like to have the exposure reading visible in the viewfinder.

I'm thinking of fixing it myself if it's not too difficult. I have an ME available as donor body if needed. Do I fix this from the top or the bottom of the camera?
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 01-25-2020, 07:14 AM  
Problem with front dial on Pentax Z-1p
Posted By deepbluish
Replies: 5
Views: 383
Yes, the camera is on the ON position, not USER.

The IF button does reset the shutter speed, and the camera is perfectly usable in the Av mode, unless I want to change something controlled with the front dial, and it seems that all the other functions are assigned to the front dial: mode selection, metering, EV compensation, etc.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 01-23-2020, 01:27 PM  
Problem with front dial on Pentax Z-1p
Posted By deepbluish
Replies: 5
Views: 383
Thanks Bob.

I've just realized that I probably should have posted this to the Repairs and Warranty section of the forums. Maybe the admins could move it for me.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 01-23-2020, 11:39 AM  
Problem with front dial on Pentax Z-1p
Posted By deepbluish
Replies: 5
Views: 383
It's a rather strange problem and internet search and search on this forum did not give any feedback.

My front dial is working just in one direction for any of its dedicated functions. For example, if I'm in manual mode and want to try to change shutter speed, the value can only be changed from the longest to the shortest shutter speed however I turn the front dial. To illustrate further, let's say my current shutter speed is 1/250 and I want to change it to any other, if I move the dial to the left it goes to 1/350, but if I then move the dial to the right the shutter speed changes to 1/500 instead of going back to 1/250. If I continue turning the dial in any direction, the shutter speed only changes to shorter speeds until it reaches 1/8000 and then I cannot change it anymore. The only solution to this problem is to remove the battery and put it back in to reset the camera.

Has anyone experienced such behaviour and what could be the problem?
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 04-14-2018, 05:15 AM  
One lens won't do stop-down metering on both K-1 and K-5
Posted By deepbluish
Replies: 26
Views: 2,093
I am happy to report that sandpapering did the trick. I only sandpapered the part of the lens mount around the data pin and stop-down metering now works just fine.

Thank you all for your help.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 04-11-2018, 01:08 AM  
One lens won't do stop-down metering on both K-1 and K-5
Posted By deepbluish
Replies: 26
Views: 2,093
It's definitely the conductivity. I've put a piece of foil to cover all the pins on the body mount and then mounted the lens. The camera again asked for FL input and when I entered the FL, it reported the lens to be an f1.8 one. :)

I'm guessing this is just poor conductivity, not complete lack of it. If I understood correctly, if there weren't any conductivity, the body would not ask for FL input. The question is, how can I make the lens more conductive with least trouble. Sandpapering the lens mount a bit? The entire diameter or just one specific section of the mount?
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 04-10-2018, 03:38 PM  
One lens won't do stop-down metering on both K-1 and K-5
Posted By deepbluish
Replies: 26
Views: 2,093
Yes, it does ask for FL input.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 04-10-2018, 03:00 PM  
One lens won't do stop-down metering on both K-1 and K-5
Posted By deepbluish
Replies: 26
Views: 2,093
OK. But I still don't understand what is different between this lens and other manual lenses with metal mounts? The material? I can't see any difference.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 04-10-2018, 01:49 PM  
One lens won't do stop-down metering on both K-1 and K-5
Posted By deepbluish
Replies: 26
Views: 2,093
Is the point to prevent the contact between the lens and the contacts on the camera?
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 04-10-2018, 12:24 PM  
One lens won't do stop-down metering on both K-1 and K-5
Posted By deepbluish
Replies: 26
Views: 2,093
Well, this is becoming something of a mystery.

The lever is not bent nor slant, and it most definitely is not stiff nor sticky. Together with this lens I also bought a SMC K 28mm f3.5 lens and its aperture lever is markedly more difficult to move in comparison to the Cosina, and the SMC K still meters stopped-down without a hitch on my K-1.

Just to be sure, I also compared the length of the lever between the two lenses and the one on the Cosina is not shorter either.

Do you think it's strange that I can't hear any sound coming from my digital bodies when attempting to stop-down meter with this lens? It's as if the camera is not even attempting to move the lever regardless of whether I am pressing the green button or moving the On/Off switch to optical preview position. I can do the optical preview with the SMC 28 without any problems, as I can with any other manual lens that I own.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 04-10-2018, 09:42 AM  
One lens won't do stop-down metering on both K-1 and K-5
Posted By deepbluish
Replies: 26
Views: 2,093
I don't think it's anodized. Here's how the lens mount looks like.

Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 04-10-2018, 04:39 AM  
One lens won't do stop-down metering on both K-1 and K-5
Posted By deepbluish
Replies: 26
Views: 2,093
It's a Cosina 28mm f2 lens. The lens simply refuses to close its aperture on both my digital bodies no matter what I do. I'm fully familiar with the entire stop-down metering procedure and it works as it should with all other manual lenses I own, but not on this one.

The lens closes its aperture just fine on my old Pentax MX.

Does anyone have a clue what could be the problem? The lens has a metal mount and it seems clean if that matters.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 02-21-2018, 04:55 PM  
Looks like the K-1II is Official
Posted By deepbluish
Replies: 117
Views: 11,081
I'm not convinced that the improved AF algorithm has anything to do with the new circuit board being offered for update, but I may be wrong, of course.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 02-21-2018, 04:09 PM  
Looks like the K-1II is Official
Posted By deepbluish
Replies: 117
Views: 11,081
I think they should also offer the announced improved AF algorithm to existing K-1 owners via a firmware upgrade. I personally do not care that much about pixel shift or high iso, but improved tracking would be more than welcome.

Do ask them to do this, Adam, if you're visiting the CP+.
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 02-11-2018, 05:44 AM  
D FA 70-200mm f2.8 $1,109 at Adorama on Ebay, albeit with a small tripod foot issue
Posted By deepbluish
Replies: 9
Views: 838
Unless you mind this small tripod mount foot problem, I believe this is a great price for the lens. It would be difficult to get it at a lower price than this.

HD Pentax-D FA 70-200mm f/2.8 ED DC AW Lens Pentax D FA 70-200mm | eBay
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 02-19-2017, 03:25 PM  
:cool: Lets see those ''film'' shots
Posted By deepbluish
Replies: 21,519
Views: 2,720,901
ZX-30 + smc FA 50mm f1.4 - Expired Konica Centuria Super

Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 02-19-2017, 03:20 PM  
Ricoh Imaging at CP+ 2017
Posted By deepbluish
Replies: 209
Views: 28,249
You seem to by implying that budget lenses are inherently bad, or not worthy of an FF camera. I strongly disagree. The DA 35mm f2.4 is a budget lens which performs great on the K-1.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 02-19-2017, 02:44 PM  
CP+ 2017 Pentax Interview Questions
Posted By deepbluish
Replies: 214
Views: 17,865
I second this. It should probably be at the top of the list of questions.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 02-19-2017, 04:57 AM  
CP+ 2017 Pentax Interview Questions
Posted By deepbluish
Replies: 214
Views: 17,865
Please let them know that affordable FF 35mm f1.8 and 85mm f1.8 lenses would be more than welcome. Both Canon and Nikon have them at affordable prices.
Forum: Pentax K-1 01-03-2017, 10:16 AM  
Post your K-1 pictures!
Posted By deepbluish
Replies: 30,498
Views: 2,749,468
K-1 + smc FA 135mm f2.8

Street Musician
by Željko Puljak, on Flickr
Forum: Post Your Photos! 12-01-2016, 12:50 PM  
Nature Black and White Swan
Posted By deepbluish
Replies: 1
Views: 834
Black Swan with the Pentax FA 50mm f1.4, the White Swan with Sigma 70-200mm f2.8 EX DG HSM II Macro


Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 11-29-2016, 06:23 AM  
Metz 44 AF 1 No AF Assist Beam Light After Updating the Firmware for the K-1
Posted By deepbluish
Replies: 3
Views: 876
I should have done a better search on the forum before posting the question, but in the end it might be easier for someone else to find an answer this way.

There's this thread in the Pentax K-1 section https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/190-pentax-k-1/325879-k-1-metz-flashes-good-news.html

It appears that this problem is K-1 specific only. It appears that the K-1 cannot trigger the assist beam on older flashes (Pentax native included). It only triggers the beam on mark II versions of 360 and 540.

I tried my Metz 44 again on my K-5 with the option of the camera's own assist light turned off and the beam on the flash is triggered by the camera without any problems.
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