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Forum: Photographic Equipment for Sale 6 Days Ago  
For Sale: Bronica S2 Kit - MF Film + 2 lenses/accessories
Posted By pacerr
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Forum: Photographic Equipment for Sale 01-01-2020, 08:32 PM  
For Sale: Bronica S2 Kit - MF Film + 2 lenses/accessories
Posted By pacerr
Replies: 7
Views: 598
Bump one
Forum: Photographic Equipment for Sale 12-30-2019, 03:54 PM  
For Sale: Bronica S2 Kit - MF Film + 2 lenses/accessories
Posted By pacerr
Replies: 7
Views: 598
More likely, it's the origin of the photographer's assistance job.
Forum: Photographic Equipment for Sale 12-30-2019, 01:08 PM  
For Sale: Bronica S2 Kit - MF Film + 2 lenses/accessories
Posted By pacerr
Replies: 7
Views: 598
AND it comes with a free body-building, weight-lifting plan too! :D
Forum: Photographic Equipment for Sale 12-30-2019, 11:57 AM  
For Sale: Bronica S2 Kit - MF Film + 2 lenses/accessories
Posted By pacerr
Replies: 7
Views: 598 Marketplace Listing

Item for Sale
Bronica S2 Kit - MF Film + 2 lenses/accessories

Asking Price
635.00 USD

Item Location
northwestern TN (United States)

Item Description
The OTHER Hasselblad.
S2 body with both reflex and prism finders.
Two 6x6 film backs + one 6x4.5 adapter.
Nikkor HC 1:2.8 75mm lens
Zenzanon 1:3,5 150mm lens
2X ZB Teleplus MC6 adapter
Pistol grip, flash bracket extender, lens hoods,
Hoya skylight filters
GE Type PR3 light meter
Original manuals
Sturdy aluminum case

This gear was used in a professional studio/portrait kit. Everything is in excellent or better condition. FL range from 75-300mm. Additional details/photos available. MF developing tank avail. Serious buyers only please.

Bronica S2 - - The free camera encyclopedia

Shipping method, cost and insurance by agreement.
Appx 22 lbs from ZIP 38242

Are you the original owner of the item being sold?

Are you selling or trading this item?

Item Condition (Key)

Shipping Destinations

Shipping Charge

Shipping Services

Accepted Payment Types

Return Policy & Additional Details
Returns only if not as described

Please send me a private message if interested in the item!
Forum: Lens Clubs 10-30-2019, 09:19 PM  
Adaptall Mount Club (Tamron).
Posted By pacerr
Replies: 3,944
Views: 668,071
An excellent review submission, Marcus. I've sorted through a dozen or so adapters over the years but never with the organized documentation you provided.

I have to remind myself we're dealing with 30-40 year old hardware and it's only through the convenience of the internet that we're able to assemble enough used items to do such a survey. When new, and presumably in new condition, the lenses and adapters were well beyond my humble means to have more than one or two of the lenses and one adapter to pair with a Spotmatic. In later years it's been a pleasure to be able to own some of the best Adaptall-2 SP lenses and enough adapters to compare individual 'eccentricities'.

I'd note that the flexibility available for fiddling with exposure in today's DSLR's combined with instant histograms makes it feasible to quite effectively use the very reliable PK adapters. The pace and rhythm of shooting with them recalls the Spotmatic experience.
Forum: Lens Clubs 07-10-2019, 03:31 PM  
Adaptall Mount Club (Tamron).
Posted By pacerr
Replies: 3,944
Views: 668,071
Just a personal experience with this item.

The practical advantage of the SP 200 over the SP 01F appears to be in its intended use for photographing flat, 2-dimentional subjects such as paintings and copy material -- i.e., flat-field material.

In the years I was fortunate to have both I could find no practical advantage for the SP 200 for the use I had for them.

In the digital era I found the SP1.4x to be far more useful, and to reflect the capabilities of the lens paired with either of them, than the TC itself. Admittedly, I did very little flat sheet copy work and never put it to a true test.

One of my favorite pairings was (and still is) the SP 80-200 zoom with the 140F when a little more reach was needed -- generally in close-up applications but it was useful as a pseudo-400mm also.
Forum: Film Processing, Scanning, and Darkroom 05-01-2019, 11:20 PM  
Help with 110 film question
Posted By pacerr
Replies: 7
Views: 747
That's an unexposed cassette. Arrows become frame numbers as film is advanced and displayed in window of camera. From the Pentax Auto 110 manual:
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 04-30-2019, 08:52 PM  
Sunny 16 rule and my Pentax K1000.....
Posted By pacerr
Replies: 30
Views: 2,064
Somewhere over the years the Sunny Sixteen Rule fell victim to the concept that it was a Universal Law -- that all cameras, lenses and meters were identical and perfect examples of uniformity.

I never paired a camera, lens, meter, film and developer for any important purpose without first producing a test strip to 'proof' the system. Sometimes it required one or more 36-frame rolls of film to cover all extremes, others it may have only involved a hand-loaded short roll of 10 frames of a specific subject. If significant calibration errors were present correcting the exposure by using a 'false' ASA/ISO setting solved the problem whether for metering or a mental guess-timate.

Calibration used to be a real PITA with film in both time and expense. Today the use of free digital film and instant review with the aid of the histogram makes it a breeze. May I suggest experimenting with a DSLR to develop a cheap, real-time personal flow before undertaking a film calibration. Keep notes. Use a variable POL filter to induce an intentional 'calibration error' to help better understand the process.
Forum: General Photography 04-21-2019, 05:45 PM  
Squirrel stands off eagle.
Posted By pacerr
Replies: 7
Views: 1,110
Now for the rest of the story . . . :cool:
[ Unknown; from the 'net -- but too perfect to resist! ]
Forum: Pentax Mirrorless Cameras 04-21-2019, 05:15 PM  
Pentax Q vs Q7 - much difference?
Posted By pacerr
Replies: 31
Views: 3,547
At one time I had both the Q and Q7 with the 06 and 08 lenses and did some practical comparisons.

- When processed image sizes of identical subjects were compared the Q7 had the advantage although it might have been a non-issue depending on the subject and/or post processing.

- Although the crop factor gives the Q an initial advantage for using long FL lenses, the better IQ of the Q7 allowed cropping to achieve the same image size at similar IQ. The slight differences in DOF and POV were rarely noticeable unless directly comparing identical images.

- The Q7 is preferable whenever wider FL effects are desired. There are some things you simply can't easily do in close quarters.

- The Q does have an advantage for some macro and close-up situations.

- With both available, I rarely chose to use the Q or carried it as the only body. It became a 'special project' camera and a convenient way to access the longer FL lens.

While I believe the Q7 is the better overall choice, and is certainly the more utilitarian one, the BEST one of the two was the one in hand when the urge to use it happened. I'm now happy with two Q7's as a fine compact travel kit.

I prefer the 'feel' of the Q7 over the QS-1.
Forum: Film Processing, Scanning, and Darkroom 04-10-2019, 10:41 AM  
'Antique' printing paper
Posted By pacerr
Replies: 4
Views: 755
Actually it's likely 3-4 years older than the 'use by' date -- but, hey, that's still only a few years senior to me!

Lots of folks talk about how expired photo materials behave but very few have actual hands-on experience. I closed out my B&W 'wet' darkroom about 35 years ago so I'll pass on this opportunity to further my own education . . . an' avoid the stains on my T-shirts too.

If anyone else wants to add to the current knowledge base, a couple of ounces of Dektol + fixer, some old negs, a spot of sunlight and a contact printing frame ought to get ya started on the road to fame and fortune for the price of shipping.

Age has its own rewards as well as a few 'foggy' deficits but ya gotta try it to appreciate it -- no doubt that's true even for photo paper! Gettin' old ain't for sissy's though! :cool:
Forum: Film Processing, Scanning, and Darkroom 04-08-2019, 08:47 PM  
'Antique' printing paper
Posted By pacerr
Replies: 4
Views: 755
I just came across two boxes of 5x7 Kodabrom printing paper and a trashed contact printing light box. The 'use by date' is Aug, 1941. There were two dozen prints with them that seem to be from the late 50's or early '60's that were of nominal quality.

I've no reason to believe the contents are compromised other than by age. It would be interesting to explore contact printing from MF negatives today. If anyone's interested, PM me.

Half gross = 72. The single weight G-3 seems almost full. The double weight G-2 feels maybe a 3rd full.
Forum: Film Processing, Scanning, and Darkroom 04-08-2019, 08:07 PM  
Posted By pacerr
Replies: 11
Views: 1,344
My experience many years ago was similar to Wheatfield's. As a production aid for field work it was very efficient and more than adequate. The relaxed time and temperature standards were a blessing when on the move.

It wasn't the BEST developer but it was the best one that was always there when needed in less than ideal darkroom situations doing field work for accident investigations. Enough so that I used it for everything else for years. Any compromises in relative product quality was more than offset by convenience, economy and the bird-in-hand factor.

It does take some experimentation to choose an ideal ASA/ISO for the film used but two, well-planned 20-frame rolls for each film was adequate to provisionally calibrate equipment for most uses. There's a fair amount of info on line today, some of it contrary to my own experience, however.

I have enough reasonably fresh Diafine mix here (if I can find it after recently moving) to make up . . . mm, two fresh 1-quart sets. Easily enough for 10-20 rolls of 35mm or 120/220 film. If anyone would like to try a sample PM me.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-02-2019, 09:42 PM  
Tamron 70-200 2.8 and kenkoo teleconverter
Posted By pacerr
Replies: 8
Views: 1,113
I've used the Tamron-F 1.4X Pz-AF MC4 with both the AF Tamron 70-200mm F2.8 Di LD Macro and the Tamron Adaptall-2 SP 80-200mm f2.8 LD BBAR MC (30A) for many years with complete satisfaction.

That combination, especially when combined with the crop-ability of high mega-pixel sensors, produces notably better results than any of the 2x TC's (such as the Tamron Adaptall 2x teleconverter 01F or Tamron Adaptall 200F SP TC 2X ) for me. The 200F offers no special advantage for telephoto use as it's optimized for flat-field close-up use.

The Kenko (?Promaster et al..) AF/Pz-AF 1.4x/1.5x Teleplus.... is the optical equivalent of the Tamron 1.4X.

For practical use the Tamron 70-200 plus 1.4x TC produces similar results to my DA* 300 and is typically more versatile in the field as well.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-13-2019, 08:36 PM  
100mm macro with 1.4 teleconverter
Posted By pacerr
Replies: 11
Views: 1,333
One of the Tamron Adaptall SP 90mm macros or the newer SP AF 90 f/2.8 Di lens paired with a Tamron PzAF 1.4X converter has been a part of both my working and leisure kits since the '70's.

Any perceived limitations of that versatile combination are far outweighed by the subjective choices I make about exposing and post processing. The deliberate nature of macro/close-up shooting essentially eliminates auto-focus performance issues. For serious macro work today an articulating LCD screen would be my highest gear priority.

I've never seen a notably poor 90-105mm macro from any main stream lens brand and the equivalent 180-200mm perspective when combined with an APS-C sensor and any good 1.4 TC is quite useful for many purposes.
Forum: Photographic Technique 01-25-2019, 03:44 PM  
Perfect focus everytime
Posted By pacerr
Replies: 299
Views: 90,075
Habit's are hard to break. I made a concerted effort to use AF modes a few years ago and found I spent more time confirming focus than if I'd simply manually focused.

I've spent 10-15 minutes setting up and 'proofing' a burst, AF-C shot only to end up with the same single happy-to-have-it shot I'd have gotten with an ad-hoc fixed, pre-focus set-up. (Like shootin' basketball with a Yashica TLR 6x6 and flash bulbs?)

Center point and re-compose works effortlessly for me for both focus and exposure. (Perhaps ghosts of Spotmatics-past lookin' over my shoulder? OK, thanks ol' friends.)

Even AF was not 'normal' for me until a nerve injury inhibited my ability to use my left fingers for manual focus. Now it's a necessity.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 11-11-2018, 10:40 PM  
Chapel Pond, NY
Posted By pacerr
Replies: 42
Views: 1,045
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Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-11-2018, 10:25 PM  
Packing Light, World Tour....if you could take just ONE lens...
Posted By pacerr
Replies: 83
Views: 4,270
Include a quality '+2 close-up' filter and/or a 1.4x TC the and you've effectively added useful close-focus and tele lens capability in a pocket-sized kit. Think of them as a way to add flexibility to the shooting position or point-of-view of your mounted lens rather than as the dedicated macro or telephoto lenses you wouldn't be carrying.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-11-2018, 10:02 PM  
New to photography. Help me choose a pentax.
Posted By pacerr
Replies: 68
Views: 3,851
The camera and lens chosen will make relatively little difference until you factor in the time, cost and effort to learn effective post-processing skills. Post-processing is the digital equivalent of the film darkroom and will play an important part in your satisfaction with results. You WILL be frustrated with RAW imagery until you understand post-processing and what adjustments are made to produce a JPG image.

Modern DSLRs offer a bewildering array of in-camera image adjustments and operating functions. Some of them may be done, un-done or replicated in post-processing. Start with one basic exposure and focus mode and learn it well first.

RTFM!. (That's "Read That FINE Manual" for those that're wondering.) There's a dozen "advanced semester hours" involved in actually understanding the changes applied to each choice in the Scene Modes section alone.

If you expect to use actual prints as part of your goals expect to spend both time and money learning digital printing as well.

Note that the ability to quickly and economically "develop", examine and compare digital images offers a tremendous advantage compared with the learning curve for traditional film photography. Chose post-processing software that's easy for you to use, not for its reputation as a pro product.

Pick only one or two closely related interests to pursue while learning the basics of digital photography because otherwise the equipment compromises needed to meet your economy goals will become quite frustrating.
Forum: Winners' Showcase 11-09-2018, 07:58 PM  
October, 2018 Runner-up: Still Life on Water
Posted By pacerr
Replies: 56
Views: 1,303
I would like to nominate this photo
Forum: Winners' Showcase 11-09-2018, 07:55 PM  
October, 2018 Winner: Morning in Wetlands
Posted By pacerr
Replies: 73
Views: 2,457
I would like to nominate this photo
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 11-09-2018, 07:51 PM  
Posted By pacerr
Replies: 12
Views: 245
I would like to nominate this photo
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 11-09-2018, 07:51 PM  
Stavanger Harbour
Posted By pacerr
Replies: 5
Views: 405
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Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 11-01-2018, 07:36 PM  
Watch your steps.
Posted By pacerr
Replies: 35
Views: 736
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