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Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 03-30-2020, 11:30 AM  
Post your B&W Film shots
Posted By dinux
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Camera: Pentax P30 50mm
Film: Fomapan classic 100
Location: Google Maps
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 03-23-2020, 10:57 AM  
Post your B&W Film shots
Posted By Russell W. Barnes
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MX, SMC 50mm f1.7 Lens; Fuji Acros 100 in ID-11 1+1.

Gooseology by Russell W Barnes, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 03-22-2020, 03:53 PM  
:cool: Lets see those ''film'' shots
Posted By gofour3
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Dawn on the Ganges. (SF1n & A50/1.4, shooting new E100. Used a Morning & Evening filter (KB-1.5, 82A) instead of a Skylight)



Phil.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 03-16-2020, 10:57 AM  
Post your B&W Film shots
Posted By tuco
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Workflow update. Siuslaw River waterfront, Florence, OR.

Mamiya 7II, 43mm, 100TMX, PMK


Siuslaw River Waterfront #2 by tuco, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 03-15-2020, 04:58 PM  
Post your B&W Film shots
Posted By longbow
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A rare March snow fall yesterday morning - 645 / A 35 f3.5 / FP4+ @ 50 iso, 15 sec exposure
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 02-24-2020, 03:16 PM  
Post your B&W Film shots
Posted By Russell W. Barnes
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Yashica Minister II - fifteen pounds in a local charity shop and working perfectly: Kodak Tmax 400 in ID-11 1+1. Acer Scanwit 2720S powered by SCSI and Windows ME.

Brooding Belowda by Russell W Barnes, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 02-22-2020, 05:38 PM  
Post your B&W Film shots
Posted By tuco
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Sand Dunes, 100TMX


Sand Dunes by tuco, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 02-18-2020, 08:35 AM  
Post your B&W Film shots
Posted By tuco
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Post Alley, Seattle


Post Alley Sewer by tuco, on Flickr

Mamiya 7II, 65mm, 400TMY
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 02-17-2020, 08:56 AM  
Post your B&W Film shots
Posted By tuco
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Mamiya 7II, 43mm, 100TMX, PMK


Fence and Sand BW by tuco, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 02-23-2020, 11:37 PM  
:cool: Lets see those ''film'' shots
Posted By tuco
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500C/M, CF 100/3.5, Fuji 400H, Tetenal 1-liter kit


Chico by tuco, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 02-22-2020, 04:43 PM  
:cool: Lets see those ''film'' shots
Posted By degral
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Nastya in yellow Zeiss Ikon Contessamatic E
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 02-20-2020, 05:51 AM  
:cool: Lets see those ''film'' shots
Posted By degral
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Russian FED 5 in San Francisco
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 02-04-2020, 03:30 PM  
recommended filters for SLR photography
Posted By StiffLegged
Replies: 20
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+1 I got a terrific sense of deja vu reading this, that's just how it used to be. :cool:

For shooting colour under tungsten light, nothing beat tungsten-balance film in my experience.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 01-22-2020, 04:04 AM  
Ten more lenses in the pipeline.
Posted By BigMackCam
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A very positive rumour, especially if it translates into actual delivered lenses. Frankly, I don't care whether they're Pentax-designed, collaborations with Tamron (or someone else), or straight re-brandings with Pentax tweaks. So long as they're good optically and help to fill out some of the missing or older items in the line-ups for APS-C, FF and 645, I'll be absolutely thrilled for us all.

Of course, let's not set our expectations too high on speed of delivery - though if the lenses are collaborations or tweaked re-brands, that could bode well for timely availability.

What a nice rumour with which to start the decade :)
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 01-08-2020, 03:33 AM  
Post your B&W Film shots
Posted By nickthetasmaniac
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Mai Chau, Vietnam

MX, SMC-M 28/f2 and Tmax400

Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 12-19-2019, 05:30 PM  
:cool: Lets see those ''film'' shots
Posted By Aaron28
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kodak ektar 100....yashicaflex

Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 12-12-2019, 08:30 AM  
:cool: Lets see those ''film'' shots
Posted By g026r
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Was largely making guesses as to exposure with this roll, as I was shooting into the sunrise with reversal film. This one came out dark but moody, which is enjoyable.


Untitled by Andrew, on Flickr

Bronica ETRS.
Zenzanon 50mm f2.8.
Fujichrome Velvia 100.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 12-10-2019, 04:22 PM  
Post your B&W Film shots
Posted By tuco
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Fuji GX617, SFX200 @ box speed, D-23, 1:1


Foggy River by tuco, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 12-09-2019, 02:20 PM  
:cool: Lets see those ''film'' shots
Posted By womble
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Contre jour trees. Ondu pinhole camera, Ilford Ortho Plus film, commercial dev and scan tweaked in Lightroom (cross-posted with the trees thread).


Contre jour trees par Kris Lockyear, on ipernity
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 12-04-2019, 01:04 PM  
Post your B&W Film shots
Posted By Bonner04
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November 29, 2019
Pentax MZ-S
Pentax smc P-FA 28-70mm f/4 AL
f/8 1/200 ASA 400
Kodak T-Max 400
T-Max Developer 1:4 7 Minutes
Pacific Image Prime Film XA Slide & Negative Scanner

Untitled by Jim's Visions, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 11-25-2019, 04:39 PM  
The "Joys" of Old Cameras
Posted By arnold
Replies: 55
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"Tired circuitry" is why I tend to avoid cameras with electronics. (Not an option with a DSLR). The S series, Spotmatics, K series and the MX are all cameras that are as reliable as one can expect and meet my needs.
Yes, the LX is amazing with its exposure control, but I think I can manage with the MX. Don't remember my Kodachrome settings here taken at night, but one can manage without the assistance.
[IMG]Pentax MX original slide (mid eighties) photographed with Pentax K5 and DA35mm/f2.8 Ltd by aeomaster32, on Flickr[/IMG]
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 11-23-2019, 09:18 AM  
interview with Ricoh Imaging General Sales Manager for Europe
Posted By Mistral75
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A very interesting interview with Philippe Farreng, General Sales Manager for Europe, Ricoh Imaging:

Pentax fête ses 100 ans : "notre communauté est extrêmement attachée à notre marque"

Pentax celebrates their 100th anniversary: 'our community is extremely committed to our brand'
(Google translation)

Some excerpts translated from French by yours truly:
  • Ricoh also offer 360 cameras - which are progressing and are one of the company's major focuses. So we are doing more and more trade shows. (....) We are attending more and more B2B shows; the development of 360 cameras is really one of the company's priorities: we therefore have a request from Japan to be present at this type of event.
    xxx

  • [In France] At the time of film photography - which was extremely stable - there were 2.5 million units sold per year. There were 300,000 cameras with interchangeable lenses and 2.2 million compact or bridge cameras. Today, if we take the French market for cameras with interchangeable lenses, we obtain more or less the same figures if we add those of DSLRs and mirrorless cameras. On the other hand, the entire compact market has completely disappeared. [the last part being slightly exaggerated :)]
    xxx

  • On the DSLR side, the market is decreasing more in volume than in value - since it is mainly the entry-level models that are disappearing. Full frame and premium models are more resilient compared to the market decline. Mirrorless cameras are now the only sector currently growing, but only its high-end part. (...) What is suffering today in the mirrorless market is mainly the cameras with 4/3" and APS-C sensors. Under Sony's leadership, the full-frame mirrorless market is doing well.
    xxx

  • Today, the parent company in Japan is asking itself many questions about mirrorless cameras in order to determine whether Pentax shall enter this market, and if so in what form.
    xxx

  • The full frame mirrorless market is already starting to become saturated in a very short time. (...) In order to hope to capture market share, we must be able to immediately announce a wide range of lenses. That's where the complexity lies today. Indeed, developing a mirrorless camera is easier than designing a SLR camera. However, the difficulty lies in developing a wide range of lenses in a very short period of time.
    xxx

  • So there are several possibilities for us: to focus only on the niche market that the DSLRs will be tomorrow, to move towards mirrorless - but in this case, do we have the ability to enter this market with a sufficient optical range? - or to use an existing lens mount in partnership. But these are only options at the moment. Today, no final decision has been made on this topic as I speak.
    xxx

  • In terms of development - new sensor, new design, electronic circuits - a DSLR takes about 14 to 18 months to be brought to market. With a mirrorless camera, this can be done in a much shorter time: in 8 to 10 months it is possible to design a mirrorless camera. The main difficulty is the lenses because different production lines are needed, so there are a number of issues that need to be managed.
    xxx

  • Initially, we designed [the KP] as a replacement for the K-3 Mark II, but we realised that we were selling it a lot more to non-Pentax customers.
    xxx

  • The Pentax fan community is very special because of its attachment to the brand. In many cases, the father owned a Pentax, which he later passed on to his children, who themselves bought a Pentax camera. We therefore have a community that is extremely loyal to Pentax, and that has always chosen our products because of certain features that they did not find in competing cameras at equivalent prices.
    xxx

  • Our renewal rate is lower than those of Canon or Nikon. On the Pentax online forums, we do a big survey every second year asking which cameras people use and we find that a very large number of users are still using cameras that we launched 10 or 12 years ago. It's something you won't see anywhere else. (...) We may therefore offer more attractive trade-in offers to encourage users to switch to more modern equipment.
    xxx

  • We don't have any particular difficulties with our community because they defend the brand enormously - sometimes they are even a little radicalised! The biggest challenge is to expand this base and get additional customers. We have recovered a number of customers with the launch of our full-frame camera and with the promotional operations around the K70 which is our key to entering the Pentax universe.
    xxx

  • Today, Pentax is one of our 5 brands and only covers cameras and lenses.
    xxx

  • One of the most important products of our group is the Ricoh GR, the ideal device for street photography. We launched the Ricoh GR III 6 months ago and we are enjoying an extraordinary success: compared to the sales we made with the GR II we have had an absolutely incredible jump, especially in Europe where we have multiplied our sales by 7 or 8. It's therefore one of the pillars of the group today and one of the areas Ricoh are investing heavily in. In the future, many developments in the GR range are to be expected.
    xxx

  • The other development pillar concerns 360° cameras. We had envisaged a greater opening to the general public than the actual one and, at the moment, 3/4 of our volumes are made of B2B sales. It is a product that has found its place and we are very much the leader in B2B. One of the most obvious markets is that of real estate agencies, which are making more and more virtual tours of apartments or houses. But we have developed other activities, such as second-hand cars for example, or construction, surveillance or in the military field, where there is enormous potential for development with 360-degree video. The biggest challenge for us is to open this technology to the general public. We will develop the Theta range. The products that will arrive will be much more oriented towards the general public, especially in terms of application development.
    xxx

  • We are redeveloping our binoculars and optics segment: there is a real demand and it is a particularly stable market, unlike digital photography.
    xxx

  • We need to be rational, Ricoh's development cannot be achieved through Pentax DSLRs only. Today, the DSLR market is down by 15% every year: it does not allow a whole structure to live from it. (...) Ricoh Imaging's other segments are currently growing: the only one down is the DSLR segment because it follows the current market trend. The advantage is that the profits generated by the other segments can be reinvested in Pentax. (...) Next year, we will launch a flagship APS-C camera. (...) It's a camera that will have many new features. This kind of investment is possible thanks to the profits generated by the other segments.
    xxx

  • DSLR is an integral part of Pentax's corporate culture. Even though they have been integrated into Ricoh, a large number of engineers on the Imaging side come from Pentax. There is therefore a real culture around DSLRs with new developments planned, both on the side of cameras and lenses.
    xxx

  • On the mirrorless side, it is likely that the parent company in Japan is taking the issue very seriously due to the very clear market evolution.
    xxx

  • Tomorrow, will we have to propose a camera dedicated to video, will it have to be a mirrorless camera? Several options are emerging but we have not made a decision yet.

Forum: General Photography 11-23-2019, 05:27 AM  
Pentax 100 - Little-known information about brand history
Posted By JPT
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During the Pentax 100 year celebration month, Pentax is running a series of talks and one of them was by Fumio Nakamura (中村文夫). I attended his presentation a couple of weeks ago, and while there are some things I have surely forgotten, these are the parts I thought would be interesting.

Nakamura-san is a photographer and writer now, but formerly a Pentax employee who worked for them through most of the 80s and 90s. It seems that among other things, he was responsible for putting together brochures. As an example, he mentioned that all the photography in the LX brochure was done by him and a lot of the other brochures around that time,.

This presentation was titled “Things you didn’t know about Pentax”, and it was basically a series of “Did you know?” trivia about Pentax. As a result, it was a bit random, but quite interesting nonetheless.

AOCO’s first lens
Towards the beginning of the presentation, he showed a copy of the first product ever made in the Asahi factory. It was a simple metal barrel with a lens in it. There were other interesting items he showed, like a lens branded Takuma (not Takumar). He also had some old scopes, binoculars, limited edition cameras and clear plastic models of some 80s era film cameras.



SMC coating on everything
The SMC coating is something Pentax has always been proud of. It was generally thought to have been introduced on the Super-Takumar Zoom 85-210mm F4.5. However, it seems that the last batch of the Super-Takumar Zoom 70-150mm F4 was also made with SMC coating on it. In fact the original explanations of what SMC was included diagrams with the formula of the 70-150mm. These copies are not marked, but it’s really obvious that the coating is different when you see them one beside the other.

There was a time when Pentax was so crazy about SMC that they were coating even pointless parts of cameras with it. For example, the face of the little clock inside the LX (bottom-left n the below image) is SMC coated. That function was developed at the request of the police and security forces, and Nikon made something similar as well, but he joked that Nikon’s can’t have been as good without SMC coating.



Pentax’s role in inventing DX coding
He told the story of how Pentax influenced the standard for DX coding on film. It seems that Kodak had proposed the basic idea of using a code to communicate film specification to camera manufacturers. Their proposal involved a series of perforations in the film itself at the beginning of the film. They showed the diagrams from Kodak’s proposal with a square 8x8 (I think) grid of perforated dots. This would be read by the camera as it pulled the film in. However, the camera makers found this impractical and prone to failure. So it was actually Pentax that came up with the idea of metallic regions on the film cylinder and contacts in the camera to read the pattern. Ironically, it was Fujifilm that was more cooperative and proactive in actually releasing DX films, rather than Kodak who came up with the idea in the first place.

SMC Takumar 2000mm f16 Prototype
One of the old Pentax locations in Maenocho Tokyo has recently been demolished to make way for new apartment complex. While they were clearing out the basement, they found some interesting things. The one they showed was an old prototype for a “compact” 2000mm f16 lens using mirrors. It had a handwritten note on it that says “SMC TAKUMAR, 1:16 f-2000mm, 240001 ASAHI OCT.CO. JAPAN”, and it is a weird thing to say the least.

I don’t find any reference to this on the internet, and it sounds like no-one remaining in the company had a recollection of it. They only had photos to show on screen, so excuse the quality of these extreme crops from my GR III.



Pentax as part of the old and new National Stadium
I made a post a couple of years ago about the old Pentax HQ building in Tokyo, and the mosaics that adorn it its exterior. Here is the post if you’re interested.

Pentax mosaics on old HQ building - PentaxForums.com

It seems that around the same time AOCO also commissioned a mural by the same artist to be incorporated in the National Stadium to be used for the 1964 Olympics. He showed it on screen and pointed out the lens-like motifs in it, which are similar to those on the old HQ building.

With the 2020 Olympics coming, that stadium has been demolished now and a new one built in it’s place. The stadium itself is actually pretty much complete now. My train passes it on the way to work. After a period of uncertainty, it has been decided that that AOCO mosaic and other artworks from the old stadium will be incorporated in the new building.

So when you see footage of the games in the new stadium next year, you can know that even if most of the journalists these days are using other brands, there is a little piece of Pentax in the fabric of the building.

Also see Nippon Camera
I found that the latest issue of Nippon Camera magazine has a section on Pentax history authored by Nakamura-san, which contains a lot of the same content that he showed in this presentation, including his hunt for the original factory of Asahi, which now long gone and under a completely different street grid in a suburban area of Tokyo.

Finally, if you like this kind of report and missed it, this is the second one I've done, and the other is about the FA Limiteds in the lens forum.
The FA Limited Development Story (also a little DA Limited) - PentaxForums.com
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 11-22-2019, 10:34 AM  
:cool: Lets see those ''film'' shots
Posted By Eyewanders
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all that leaves and you can't find by Kevin Rosinbum (Eyewanders Foto), on Flickr

Franka Rolfix II | Trinar 105mm | Lomography Color F² 400
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 11-18-2019, 10:23 AM  
:cool: Lets see those ''film'' shots
Posted By gofour3
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Super A & FA77/1.8, shooting E100:



Phil.
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