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Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 1 Day Ago  
K2 Battery Light
Posted By murrelet
Replies: 2
Views: 211
I had something similar happen with my K2DMD. It was diagnosed with a circuit board short that would drain the battery. The proper fix is to replace the electronics. Removing the batteries while not shooting is a work-aroumd. Or you could also just shoot using the mechanical shutter speed, I believe 1/125.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-17-2019, 07:31 PM  
What cheap manual lens to pair with my new (to me) ME Super?
Posted By murrelet
Replies: 30
Views: 1,057
Agreed. M 40 pancake makes a very nice compact travel lens for the ME Super. They are generally a bit on the pricey side. The M 50 F1.7 is nice too but larger and heavier. There is a M 40 pancake for sale in the Marketplace right now, I believe, in the All My Pentax Gear thread.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 05-05-2019, 12:36 PM  
K2 DMD - Could not believe it!
Posted By murrelet
Replies: 16
Views: 1,150
I made a short video. Sometimes it's easier to show than explain with words.
















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Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 05-05-2019, 10:44 AM  
K2 DMD - Could not believe it!
Posted By murrelet
Replies: 16
Views: 1,150
Nice find! The ASA ring will only rotate when the EV comp is set to 1, so first make sure it is. The ASA ring button is only a lock/unlock button, don't use it to move the dial. It took me a while to figure that out. Press the button to unlock the ring, use another finger or two to rotate the dial from the bottom of the camera. I find it's a two-handed job for me.

My DMD couldn't move past ASA 400, stuck like yours. I had a sacrificial K2 with a good ASA ring. So I swapped rings and cleaned the good one in the process. It now moves much better in the DMD than it did on the K2. Search this forum for "K2 stuck ring" and you should find tips on how to disassemble and clean.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 03-27-2019, 09:41 PM  
KX film advance slipping
Posted By murrelet
Replies: 12
Views: 696
Ha! They're macro shots of moss on expired Fuji Sensia. I did as you suggested, minus the part with the marker. Sacrificial roll seemed to advance ok. Came to the conclusion of user error loading the problem roll. Not giving up on the KX but haven't put another roll through it yet to make sure.
Forum: Film Processing, Scanning, and Darkroom 03-27-2019, 04:33 AM  
20 Rolls of Expired Film / 2016
Posted By murrelet
Replies: 17
Views: 1,128
That was one of the better ones. Here's the contact sheet. You can see some unevenness that's obvious in the sky. There's also some problem areas at the bottom of some frames. Either could be the due to the age of the film or user error on my part. This was the 2nd roll I developed with stainless steel reels and tank. I'm still getting used to loading those reels.

Forum: Film Processing, Scanning, and Darkroom 03-25-2019, 10:08 PM  
20 Rolls of Expired Film / 2016
Posted By murrelet
Replies: 17
Views: 1,128
There's a market for expired film. I just bought 20+ rolls myself. If you don't feel experimental, sell it.

---------- Post added 03-25-19 at 10:16 PM ----------



I was under the impression E6 film held up better than C41?

Here's a recent example of Kodak Ektachrome E100S (expiration date unknown, but definitely before 2016). Metered at box speed, cross-processed in C41.

---------- Post added 03-25-19 at 10:18 PM ----------



Speaking of BW, I have a recent example of Kodak Panatomic-X (expired 1989). Metered at box speed, development time according to the insert in the box.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 03-21-2019, 10:28 PM  
KX film advance slipping
Posted By murrelet
Replies: 12
Views: 696
Sprocket holes on the negs look clean. But I'm going to chalk it up to user error on my part.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 03-21-2019, 10:24 PM  
K2DMD ISO ring repair
Posted By murrelet
Replies: 6
Views: 384
Good news! I swapped out the ISO ring from a sacrificial K2 into the K2DMD. The ISO ring originally in the K2DMD must have something wrong with it because it's exhibiting the same problems now that it's in the K2. Now I just need to run a test roll and check for light leaks.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 03-20-2019, 09:27 AM  
K2DMD ISO ring repair
Posted By murrelet
Replies: 6
Views: 384
Sweet. Good to know it could be DIY repair. The plastic on the lever of my K2DMD has been worn down to a point, so pressing it is a bit painful. Luckily, I have a K2 also and may sacrifice the lever on the K2 to replace the one in the DMD.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 03-20-2019, 08:40 AM  
K2DMD ISO ring repair
Posted By murrelet
Replies: 6
Views: 384
Does anyone have experience getting the stupid ISO ring on a K2 or K2DMD repaired? Mine it stuck and can't get past ISO 200. I'm wondering if it's worth the trouble.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 03-20-2019, 08:37 AM  
KX film advance slipping
Posted By murrelet
Replies: 12
Views: 696
That was my thought. But I sacrificed a roll to test and it seemed to advance ok. The problem roll was expired color positive (Fuji Sensia), which I think has a thicker base, so that may have something to do with it. Maybe the sprockets randomly slipped while winding.
Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 03-08-2019, 05:46 PM  
Flying with film
Posted By murrelet
Replies: 4
Views: 364
I've traveled with 400 speed film for the last summer to the UK. Didn't bother with a hand check, just had them scanned with my carry-on. They turned out fine.
Forum: Film Processing, Scanning, and Darkroom 03-07-2019, 11:01 PM  
If you had to pick one B&W film to shoot for a while (bulk loading) what would it be?
Posted By murrelet
Replies: 19
Views: 1,104
I've seen some nice examples of FP4+ pushed to 400, leading me to think it might actually be versatile enough to be an all-purpose BW film. That might fit your criteria.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 03-07-2019, 10:57 PM  
KX film advance slipping
Posted By murrelet
Replies: 12
Views: 696
Has anyone experienced a problem like this... I love the KX but always have a problem loading it. I've been spoiled by the magic fingers of the MX. So whenever I use my KX, I check to make sure when I wind the next frame, the rewind knob spins. Sure enough, as I'm shooting this roll, the rewind knob is spinning, I feel tension, and everything seems ok. When I finish the roll, I'm rewinding the roll, and think, gee, that rewound awfully fast. I was walking while rewinding so I figured I just wasn't paying too close attention and it just seemed like a short time. Lo and behold, I get the negatives back and... well, take a look



I got a bunch of partially overlapped images. And more than half the roll unexposed.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 03-03-2019, 10:21 PM  
Pentax Film Cassettes
Posted By murrelet
Replies: 17
Views: 3,476
I use masking tape: Cut a 1.5 piece of tape, attach about 1/4-1/2" of tape to one side of the film, wrap film + tape around spool, attach other end of tape the the other side of film.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-03-2019, 10:08 PM  
Pentax MX/ K-mount lens questions from a film SLR newbie
Posted By murrelet
Replies: 12
Views: 538
I'll second the M 40mm F2.8 pancake, especially with your MX. I briefly had a M 35mm F2.8. But I sold it knowing it wasn't going to get much use compared to the 40mm pancake for travel and street photography.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 02-28-2019, 11:10 PM  
Travelling with MF - how much kit do you carry?
Posted By murrelet
Replies: 18
Views: 1,364
I like to travel light. Last summer, 3 weeks in England and Wales, all I took was a Fuji GA645 and 21 rolls of film, one for each day. I also carry around a string tripod, but never needed to use it. I no longer have the GA645. I now have a Konica Pearl III as my travel camera. It's a smaller camera, but I'll be packing a spot meter and small flash, so the kit itself will be bulkier.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 02-26-2019, 11:22 PM  
:cool: Lets see those ''film'' shots
Posted By murrelet
Replies: 19,127
Views: 2,339,857
Pentax KX. Fujifilm Pro 400H.

I haven't been posting here lately since I haven't been shooting much with my 35mm Pentaxes.
Forum: Sold Items 02-26-2019, 11:00 PM  
For Sale - Sold: SMC Pentax-M 135mm F3.5
Posted By murrelet
Replies: 0
Views: 337
PentaxForums.com Marketplace Listing

Item for Sale
SMC Pentax-M 135mm F3.5

Asking Price
30.00 USD

Item Location
Oregon (United States)

Item Description
Very clean copy. I just don't use this focal length and want to thin the herd. Missing the little white plastic bump/nub; but that's the only flaw. Serial #7526763.

Are you the original owner of the item being sold?
No

Are you selling or trading this item?
Selling

Item Condition (Key)
Used
Excellent

Shipping Destinations
Worldwide

Shipping Charge
Included within US

Shipping Services
USPS

Accepted Payment Types
PayPal

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Returns accepted within 30 days of receipt; buyer pays shipping

Please send me a private message if interested in the item!
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 02-25-2019, 10:16 PM  
6x7 film advance issue
Posted By murrelet
Replies: 5
Views: 1,433
Reviving this old thread... @irishbeachboy, did you ever get the mirror up on film advance issue resolved? A friend is having this same problem with his 67.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 02-25-2019, 05:47 PM  
Fuji hiking film prices 30% April 1st (no fooling)
Posted By murrelet
Replies: 30
Views: 1,180
Ugh. Just when I started falling in love with 400H. Already started stocking up. After that, it's back to Portra 400.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 02-11-2019, 11:12 PM  
Binoculars as part of wildlife photography kit
Posted By murrelet
Replies: 30
Views: 1,957
I used to be a hardcore birder back in the day. Some things to consider, in no particular order:

Exit pupil: this is the amount of light that hits your eye. Calculated by taking the diameter of the objective lens and dividing by the magnification factor. So a 8X40 bino has an exit pupil of 5 mm, meaning a 5 mm diameter circle of light is hitting your eye. Bigger is better, but really comes into play at dawn and dusk or when you're chasing after birds hidden in the brush in shadow when the light is dim. Binos with larger objectives are going to be more expensive, generally.

A magnification of 8X or 10X is generally good for birding. 8X gives a wider field of view, so better for scanning. 10X gives you more reach but you'll need a steadier hand since it also magnifies vibration.

Weight. Just like cameras, the best binos are the ones you'll carry with you in the field. An optically superior bino is useless if it's heavy and stays at home.

Roof or porro prism. Porro prisms are the classic bino design. Roof prisms are the "two tubes" design. Roof prisms are generally more expensive by a factor of 2 or more. But, the design lends the optics to be housed in waterproof casings (focusing is internal).

And if you wear glasses, eye relief is an important factor. Longer is better. Eye relief is how far your eyeball can be to see the entire field of view through the eyepiece.

As with any kind of gear, set a price point you want to be at. Then see what you can get at that price point, and adjust up or down. As for brands, Pentax has always been a great value brand (good bang for your buck, just like with their cameras). Swarovski, Leica, and Zeiss are the premium brands, and to a lesser extent, Nikon. Vortex and Celestron are good value brands.

Oh... another piece of advice. Go to a birding outing with your local Audubon Society. Birders are friendly folks. Doesn't matter if you show up without a pair of binos. Chances are someone has a spare pair. Plus, they will let you look through their main pair so you can try before you buy.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 02-08-2019, 11:39 PM  
Sightseeing Screwmount - where are you?
Posted By murrelet
Replies: 70
Views: 3,081
You can take me off the list. I had a nice time with the SS and have a backlog of cameras to test.
Forum: Repairs and Warranty Service 01-31-2019, 03:24 PM  
SMC M 40mm f/28 Teardown + Balsam Separation Repair
Posted By murrelet
Replies: 12
Views: 822
Wow. That's brave of you to sacrifice repair a 40 mm pancake on your first attempt!
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