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Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 5 Days Ago  
The real truth on the MZ-S mirror motor gear?
Posted By chickentender
Replies: 20
Views: 2,476
I still find it odd that so many MZ and Z variants have met their demise due to the failing of that drive gear, yet @felixkh 's account above is literally the only one I've read on these forums or otherwise specifically related to the MZ-S. Seems reasonable to assume that either the gear was switched in production at some early point, or that there is simply more to it relating to mechanical differences and other tolerances. I hope to never find out, but I've two replacement brass pieces on stand-by that I ordered 2 or 3 years ago. My MZ-S is still purring along happily and it was a very (already) well-used copy when I purchased it 4 (or 5?) years back. But then again, my MZ-3 is also just fine on with it's original gear. Knock on wood in both cases I suppose, however it's still interesting that we've simply heard of virtually no MZ-S failures in this regard beyond speculation and (that I know of) one direct account.
Forum: Ricoh GR 6 Days Ago  
Ricoh GR Hands-on and Lots of Photos...
Posted By chickentender
Replies: 681
Views: 163,819
I see your point, but it really doesn't bother me. It's a great shot. (Oh, how our standards for "acceptable" have crept up over years eh? :) )
Forum: Ricoh GR 10-15-2018, 04:07 PM  
Ricoh GR Hands-on and Lots of Photos...
Posted By chickentender
Replies: 681
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Forum: Ricoh GR 10-15-2018, 12:38 PM  
Ricoh GR Hands-on and Lots of Photos...
Posted By chickentender
Replies: 681
Views: 163,819
Good at squeezing indeed. Yeah, that was right around the same price I paid to have my lens assembly replace on my GRDIII. I just did it - I was in that hemi for about 2 years and, as you say, locating a replacement wasn't ever possible locally in any spot I was in, and pricing was far more down there, particularly in NZ where it was astronomical. And that was before the GR (aps-c) which really boosted its popularity and availability. I was living in Wellington for nearly a year and made due with a Canon S90 I bought in Queenstown for a price that still makes angry to this day. :D hahaha
But I paid for the GR repair in Sydney simply because I didn't want to be without it for another day and it was cheaper than replacement. The GRDIV was only marginally better and around $700 USD at the time (much more down there) and the announcement of the GR (aps-c) was still 2 years away at the time. :) Still don't regret repairing it. But mine wouldn't make images at all.... yours does, clearly. Sticking it out is the right choice.
Forum: Ricoh GR 10-07-2018, 06:21 PM  
Ricoh GR Hands-on and Lots of Photos...
Posted By chickentender
Replies: 681
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Whilton Camera in the CBD there in Sydney fixed up my GRDIII years ago (lens unit would no longer retract - my own fault - long story) and it worked great til I sold it 5 years later. It wasn't cheap but it was half the price of a new one at the time, even AUD considering. Worth having them give it once over I'd reckon. Don't hold me to this but if I remember correctly they charge for the diagnosis but will take that amount off the repair cost. I only had that one interatction with them and it was good overall. They seemed to be quite busy, probably a result of their location.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 10-07-2018, 11:18 AM  
SV jammed advance lever
Posted By chickentender
Replies: 15
Views: 676
Resurrecting this simply to ask if you had any luck remedying this yourself, or if you were able to have Eric address the problem.... ???
Always nice to have a postmortem of sorts on these sorts of threads.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 10-07-2018, 11:03 AM  
Pentax SV - Mirror bumper/damping foam?
Posted By chickentender
Replies: 17
Views: 584
I had the same reaction when I received my H3v and H1a back several months ago. Quite a bit more longevity than foam stripping I'd have to imagine as well.
When I do my own seals I cut foam simply because it's so cheap and easy, but the twisted black wool sure is more professional looking.

---------- Post added 10-07-18 at 11:10 AM ----------



This was my first thought as well. My S1a suffered the same issue. The advance mechanism is likely partially jammed. This is accessible from the bottom plate - there was a thread that involved this issue back in spring that I can try to locate, but at the end of the day even if the OP frees the mechanism a CLA is still in order or it is just as likely to happen again shortly down the road. And that said, ALL of these S-series Pentax should see a CLA if you wish to shoot them regularly and reliably - they're all just too old at this point to rely on them if you don't know the service history specifically. My guess is this issue would easily be remedied by a proper service, which would also prevent it in the future.

---------- Post added 10-07-18 at 11:15 AM ----------

Here is the thread I mentioned. See the great video post by @ctrout midway down. A different issue at hand, but the advance mechanism is shown clearly.
SV jammed advance lever - PentaxForums.com
Forum: Ricoh GR 10-07-2018, 10:57 AM  
Ricoh GR Hands-on and Lots of Photos...
Posted By chickentender
Replies: 681
Views: 163,819
I've not heard of any sort of well-known "screen death" either. First I've heard of this issue in fact and I'm on the FB GR group semi-frequently as well.
Certainly a huge bummer though. Could be worth seeking repair.

---------- Post added 10-07-18 at 10:57 AM ----------



I hope this wasn't a failed stream-crossing!
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 10-04-2018, 10:37 AM  
Ricoh GR III
Posted By chickentender
Replies: 367
Views: 20,315
Those are quite cool. I was just looking at the Litra a couple of days ago.
Forum: Ricoh GR 10-03-2018, 12:04 PM  
Ricoh GR Hands-on and Lots of Photos...
Posted By chickentender
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Views: 163,819
Indeedily. :D
Forum: Ricoh GR 10-03-2018, 11:05 AM  
Ricoh GR Hands-on and Lots of Photos...
Posted By chickentender
Replies: 681
Views: 163,819
Please forgive me... I couldn't see anything but this in my head every time I saw your photo. :D It's a hack-job and a half for certain. Hope it's ok.

(edit: I assume everyone knows the painting... but just in case: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christina's_World )
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 10-02-2018, 07:08 PM  
Consider Getting an LX, and Have Some Questions
Posted By chickentender
Replies: 19
Views: 834
Make sure you hear from him before purchasing, or contact another tech - he (Eric) sometimes does not work LX models. It's become case by case due to electronics issues he is unable to remedy in some instances.
Forum: Ricoh GR 10-02-2018, 07:00 PM  
Anyone actually use their OVF on their GR
Posted By chickentender
Replies: 7
Views: 1,553
GR doesn't really have any outside of the 47mm crop.
You can adapt the original 1.43x tele from the first two models, but the result (though fun at times) is extremely soft everywhere but center.
Forum: Ricoh GR 10-02-2018, 05:38 PM  
Anyone recommend a case for GR II?
Posted By chickentender
Replies: 11
Views: 422
Most of the time I use a sunglass, microfiber pouch - the simple fabric type with a drawstring.
But the case I've used for all my GRs was Lowepro tiny thing I picked up in an electronics store back in '09 for my GRDIII. I used it for the GR as well.
But last year (earlier this year perhaps? can't recall) I bought a GRDIV because I'd been missing the GRDIII since parting with it so sought out another case for the GR since it was rather snug in the Lowepro.

TL|DR .... this is the case.
AmazonBasics Case for Point-and-Shoot Camera Large: Amazon.co.uk: Camera & Photo
The only thing I don't like are the zipper pulls which are metal and so they "click" when you the hit the zips. I've been meaning to cut them off and replace wit cheap replacement backpack zipper pulls but haven't gotten around to it. I have the LARGE version but I think the MEDIUM might work as well for the GR. With the Large version I have I can fit the GR inside with the adapter attach with a lenscap, or with my small hood ... but just barely. Without that attached there's plenty of room. Two spare batteries fit in the outside zip in either scenario. Works well. And it's cheap as chips. I bet the medium would work for just the bare GR and nothing attached but don't hold me to that.
Forum: Ricoh GR 10-02-2018, 05:27 PM  
Anyone actually use their OVF on their GR
Posted By chickentender
Replies: 7
Views: 1,553
I had a Voigtlander vf for quite a while and never really got on with it. It's fine, but like the others just framing.
I am pretty sure it's lost. I haven't gone looking for it in a very long time and I've also not just "come across it" otherwise,
so .... yeah. Honestly doesn't bothered me much that I haven't had it around...
Forum: Ricoh GR 10-02-2018, 05:22 PM  
Ricoh GR Hands-on and Lots of Photos...
Posted By chickentender
Replies: 681
Views: 163,819
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 10-02-2018, 04:16 PM  
Ricoh GR III
Posted By chickentender
Replies: 367
Views: 20,315
There are times my boriscletunderstanding grows in fits and spurts.
:)
Gosh the new GRIII announcement sure looks interesting though.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-29-2018, 05:00 PM  
Ricoh GR III
Posted By chickentender
Replies: 367
Views: 20,315
It's useful for that. It was present on past models but the internal storage was (oddly) smaller on the GR and GRII as compared to GRDIII and GRDIV. With the larger APSC file sizes it was barely a scratch; it was a bit more useful previously. On the GR it's only a handful of raw images possible. 2GB is certainly a step up. God knows I've found myself in the past leaving my main card in the laptop's reader and out shooting with no media but the internal.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-29-2018, 03:06 PM  
Ricoh GR III
Posted By chickentender
Replies: 367
Views: 20,315
This will annoy some users a bit and that's understandable. Though really when you use fill-flash it's a more a measured use normally - you're certainly giving up stealth at that point. There are compact flash units available, but one specific to the GR would be quite nice.

---------- Post added 09-29-18 at 03:08 PM ----------



To be fair, he compared only in general because you brought that camera up. :) They're very different and comparing is difficult at any length.
But if I'm honest, I'd say even the older GRDIII and GRDIV are it's equal or better at 28mm.

GRDIII | Flickr
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-28-2018, 04:49 PM  
Ricoh GR III
Posted By chickentender
Replies: 367
Views: 20,315
Why attach the vapor moniker to the GRIII?

A GRDIII went around the world with me as well for nearly 2 years. I also had a K-7 & 50/1.4 - it seldom made it out of my pack.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-28-2018, 01:13 PM  
Ricoh GR III
Posted By chickentender
Replies: 367
Views: 20,315
Same here. In fact, the GR is really the only digital that is regularly in my life for quite a number of years now and in many ways is the only digital I much care about.
I use my Pentax for specific uses but only occasionally, particularly because I've returned to shooting primarily film bodies again for the past 6 or 7 years, but the GR remains in constant use as an "everyday" digital for quick snaps shots, impromptu landscapes, product photography...
and I bring it along with film bodies as a metering tool and rough "polaroid" for essential compositions (it's smaller than my incident/spot meter for heck's sake :) ).
All of that multi-use utility comes down its quick control in a tiny package with excellent output.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-28-2018, 12:58 PM  
Ricoh GR III
Posted By chickentender
Replies: 367
Views: 20,315
I was referring to the digital line. The film models are far fewer overall and the convention is different certainly.
(Honestly, though I understand the move, I still mostly wish they'd not "started over", as it were, when the GR was named/released. It sure has confused things a good bit.)



And this is what I'm talking about (above). The "GR1" is actual model designation of the first film body. :D (But context matters and it gets figured out quickly)
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-28-2018, 11:36 AM  
Ricoh GR III
Posted By chickentender
Replies: 367
Views: 20,315
I agree based on past experience. We'll see. I'm certainly still interested.

Regarding a "GRIIs" sort of upgrade however, that would break from all past release practices. Not a bad thing, but doesn't sound likely to me.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-28-2018, 09:14 AM  
Ricoh GR III
Posted By chickentender
Replies: 367
Views: 20,315
Here we are: the GR series cameras have never, literally never, hugely disappointed anyone and more often than not those that have been dubious-at-best coming into the line (myself included back in 2009), change their tune drastically as time with the camera extends. Finding a harsh and dismissive review of these cameras made by anyone that has used one for a length of time is difficult at best to come by. There is a reason that the cult-like following for these exists. I've no reason to believe the GRIII will be any different.

We can pick apart the specs and photos to our heart's content - it's fun to do so - but at the end of the day, when this is released, though it will not sweep across the market there will be plenty of buyers, and then more, and then a few more. Nearly all of them will be very happy, some will "convert" and a some will understand the system and decide it's not quite for them. And time will roll on. That's my prediction. :)

---------- Post added 09-28-18 at 09:22 AM ----------



This is accurate. The difference in size between the GR(and GR II) and the GRDIII(and GRDIV) *seems* negligible, but I can attest that this very small physical difference makes a world of difference in a pants-pocket. I simply don't slip the GR into that pocket, but I have (and do so) fairly regularly with my GRDIV (and GRDIII before) in the past. It seems a negligible difference but in practice it really isn't.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-27-2018, 11:48 AM  
Ricoh GR III
Posted By chickentender
Replies: 367
Views: 20,315
I imagine, given the heaps of criticism regarding dust intrusion in the two previous models it was simply a matter of how to implement changes that would address that issue. I would imagine that both measures, WR and IBIS with sensor-cleaning would lead to a a lens redesign as well as slightly enlarging the body, which really wouldn't be acceptable from the line's design philosophy. Then it becomes a matter of which option best addresses it and with the larger amount of peripheral benefits. This is conjecture obviously, but designing a way to address dust while shrinking the overall size certainly seems like a thumbs-up in "GR" terms.
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