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Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 1 Day Ago  
The Journey from 'Chimping'
Posted By Russell W. Barnes
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I have been known to either forget to change the shutter speed or adjust the focus, but just on my Baldix 6x6; seem to manage on the Pentax MX (although once I forgot to wind on and wondered why nothing happened when I pressed the button).

Three things! :o That's all there is to check. And I maffed one of them. Sheesh! It's exacerbated on a 6x6 too as one bum shot is a twelfth of the entire film and you can't do anything about it. Other than to tell yourself not to do it again.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 2 Days Ago  
Post your B&W Film shots
Posted By Russell W. Barnes
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I tried to leave it in 'manual' but one of the focussing semicircles was blacked out. Not so bad on a W/A lens, where it's f8 marked in red to go. I remember the old Helios lenses where they had an 'open / close' ring on the front. We're spoiled with open-aperture metering.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 3 Days Ago  
Post your B&W Film shots
Posted By Russell W. Barnes
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Thanks, Tuco. :) I was just messing with my M42 Takumar f3.5 28mm I use on my Praktica MTL3 on a newly-purchased (original Asahi) M42-PK adaptor. It's a nice lens but I find I have to set the meter reading in 'manual', flip to 'auto' to focus, and try not to knock the focus ring as I flip back to 'manual'. It's just how it is with that type of arrangement.

As it happened I took the pic at f5.6 which allowed me to pull back and forth until I got her eye in focus with the lens set at 1.4'. It helps if they're hungry and want fed!
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 3 Days Ago  
Post your B&W Film shots
Posted By Russell W. Barnes
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MX, Super Takumar 28mm f3.5 with 42mm - PK adaptor; Ilford FP4+ in ID-11 1+1. Neg copied with Canon EOS 5D and Elicar zoom slide copier.

Wire Wool by Russell W Barnes, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 3 Days Ago  
Pentax K1000 Wire Replacement
Posted By Russell W. Barnes
Replies: 8
Views: 333
Is there enough wire left showing to tin the end, solder a length of similar-size wire and sleeve the joint with silicone sleeving?
Forum: Film Processing, Scanning, and Darkroom 6 Days Ago  
Digitising slide and negative collection quickly
Posted By Russell W. Barnes
Replies: 55
Views: 1,575
That's a good link, that: thanks. When I scan colour negs I tend to leave a little of the film rebate on so I can put the 'eye-dropper' tool on and set my white balance off it. I then get something reasonable to work with. But I also tend to be a little subjective with my images and perhaps make a slight adjustment to the colour temperature (Lightroom) if I feel the image is too 'cold' looking.

And the trouble is I really ought to have a monitor set up with a gamma spider or somesuch: my laptop with its limited display setup options isn't perhaps the best tool to make an objective judgement about the colour gamut of an image! I have the opportunity to see any pics I put on 'Flickr' (say) on different monitors, including the titchy one on my iPhone so I can see if what I end up with is too outlandish.
Forum: Film Processing, Scanning, and Darkroom 03-11-2019, 08:55 AM  
Digitising slide and negative collection quickly
Posted By Russell W. Barnes
Replies: 55
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Yes, they're all much of a muchness: couple of tubes with some degree of zoom adjustment, a lens between them and a means of holding a mounted slide with a built-in diffuser over it. The beauty of such a thing - when the transparency is clipped in the end - is that shutter speed is immaterial; the whole lot moves together so no blurring. I had to get a t-mount to 42mm (got it originally for my Pentax MX) off eBay so I could fit it to my Canon EOS 5D via a Canon-to-M42 mount, but the mount is easy to change: three grub screws and that's it.



I use my mains-supplied traditionally-ballasted fluorescent tube light-box which is great - as long as the shutter speed stays below 1/50 sec, otherwise there's a heterodyne between the flicker rate of the tube and the shutter speed, consisting of a dark area that travels through the neg. I would use either an electronically-driven tube (works around 46kHz so flicker is immaterial) or an LED, which also has a high flicker.

Or just direct cloudy natural light onto it with mirrors! :)
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 03-03-2019, 03:07 PM  
I love film
Posted By Russell W. Barnes
Replies: 17
Views: 781
Wait 'til you get onto 120 film with twelve or eight exposures to hand per roll: you think a bit harder before shooting and curse like mad when you maff a shot! :D
Forum: Film Processing, Scanning, and Darkroom 03-03-2019, 05:05 AM  
Digitising slide and negative collection quickly
Posted By Russell W. Barnes
Replies: 55
Views: 1,575
I use Lightroom 3 which doesn't have this facility (or if it has, I can't find it!). Been there; tried that... I don't mind working in PS with large files as when I save the image, I'm back into LR for the rest of my editing and can export an image with a defined size. Thanks for the info though. :)
Forum: Film Processing, Scanning, and Darkroom 03-01-2019, 09:42 AM  
Digitising slide and negative collection quickly
Posted By Russell W. Barnes
Replies: 55
Views: 1,575
Yes... I suppose 'quick' is relative. I must say I am tempted by a modern scanner that will do both 120 and 35mm negs. The 'Scanwit' takes quite a while; six negs per go. Maņana... :)
Forum: Film Processing, Scanning, and Darkroom 03-01-2019, 06:38 AM  
Digitising slide and negative collection quickly
Posted By Russell W. Barnes
Replies: 55
Views: 1,575
My version of Lightroom doesn't do this but it allows me to 'Edit in Photoshop', which does. Irfanview (freeware) does at a push.
Forum: Film Processing, Scanning, and Darkroom 03-01-2019, 04:25 AM  
Digitising slide and negative collection quickly
Posted By Russell W. Barnes
Replies: 55
Views: 1,575
I dug out my Elicar zoom slide copier recently. These were a thing back in the 80s and 90s (and possibly the 70s) and were made under different brands. It's a tube with a T-mount on one end allowing different adaptors to marry it to the SLR camera, and a slide-carrier and diffuser at the other. It's a fixed-focus tube with a lens arrangement half-way down: you put a rough setting (1, 1.5, 2X) on the slidey-out tube, lock it, then adjust a barrel accordingly. They're cheap enough on eBay. I use mine on my EOS 5D Mk: 1 with a Canon > M42 adaptor and n M42 T-mount.

For copying negs I remove the slide carrier and simply place the strip of negs on my lightbox beneath a mask cut from single-sided printed circuit board (thin plastic would do), sit the camera and copier tube vertically over the mask, and fire away, moving mask and camera along the neg strip as I go. I use mirror lock-up and a remote shutter release to minimise shake as a slow(ish) shutter speed is called for, and I set my Canon to RAW.

I find this gives better results than my ancient Acer Scanwit WinME-only SCSI-coupled scanner, for which I keep my old PC alive specifically.
--

Kind Regds,

R.
Forum: General Talk 02-28-2019, 06:29 AM  
The Joke Thread
Posted By Russell W. Barnes
Replies: 1,324
Views: 107,140
A man was spotted walking around town with a penguin. Someone telephoned the Police and a car was dispatched to see what was going on.

'Where did you get that penguin?' Barked a Police officer.

'Well, he just kind of followed me, and now he sticks around.'

'You can't just go around with a penguin!' Spluttered the Policeman. 'It's a wild animal! Take him to the zoo!'

As night fell, the same man - and the penguin - were spotted by the same Policeman, on patrol in a different part of the city.

'Hey! Hey you!' Shouted the officer. 'I thought I told you to take that damn penguin to the zoo!'

'Oh, I did that', said the man. 'I'm taking him to the cinema now.'

---------- Post added 02-28-2019 at 01:47 PM ----------

Many years ago, there was an island in the South Pacific ruled by a king. The king of this island - I forgot its name - was keen to reach out to other nations and, as such, used to attract foreign dignitaries from all over the globe. Normally foreign dignitaries and rulers exchange gifts on such occasions, and this king was no exception, other than there was one thing the visiting dignitaries had to abide by.

The king collected furniture: special furniture, in fact, that the leaders of the countries whom had sent the dignitaries used to sit on when reigning. The king felt this was an apposite and reasonable request, and the dignitaries all abided by it.

After so many years in power, the king of this island - I still can't remember its name - was running out of space to store his acquired gifts, so he extended his home, built from local vegetation and leaves, another two storeys high. Then, one fateful day, after placing his last gift of a monarch's chair in the upper floor of his palace, the weight of all the acquired furniture was so much that the floor shook, the roof caved in and the walls bowed. All the furniture fell on the king and crushed the very life out of him, killing him in an instant.

And all this just goes to show... Men who live in grass houses shouldn't stow thrones.
Forum: General Talk 02-27-2019, 06:54 AM  
The Joke Thread
Posted By Russell W. Barnes
Replies: 1,324
Views: 107,140
Way back in the 1960s Buddy came around to Suzie's to take her to the dance. Her mum invited Buddy in for a lemonade whilst Suzie was getting ready.

In amongst the small talk, Suzie's mum suddenly blurted out: 'Suzie can screw, you know. In fact, she tells me she's very good at it. She screws at work and sometimes at home, in her room. She screws when she can, actually!'

Buddy was taken aback slightly, but in his mind, his plans for the evening changed. Anyhow, after ten minutes, Suzie came downstairs, all glammed up and ready to go. Buddy had a glint in his eye...

Thee hours elapsed, and Suzie's mum heard the key in the lock. In stepped an angry Suzie, hair dishevelled, clothes soiled; sweater torn, make-up running down her tearful face in black rivulets.

'Mother!' she exclaimed through the tears. 'It's the TWIST! The bloody dance is called the TWIST!'

---------- Post added 02-27-2019 at 02:12 PM ----------

A man boarded an aircraft and found himself sat next to a pretty woman, in good shape physically, and dressed provocatively.

'Ooo hello!' She said. 'I'm just on my way to a seminar in New York about human sexuality. It ties in with my dissertation I did when I graduated from university. Did you know that contrary to popular belief, the best lovers are not the Latin or Italian men of fiction and legend, but are, in fact a complex mix of Irish, Greek and Native American origin?'

Suddenly, this young attractive lady blushed and her face fell. 'I'm so sorry, she said. Here I am, making small talk to a complete and utter stranger; it's all me, me, me - I don't even know your name!'

'Anacletus Theodopolis O'Brien', the man replied. 'But my friends just call me Tonto'.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 02-26-2019, 02:54 AM  
Post your B&W Film shots
Posted By Russell W. Barnes
Replies: 8,062
Views: 832,616
Disused railway tunnel, Edinburgh. Pentax MX, Hoya 24mm f2.8 lens; Agfa APX100 in ID-11 1+1. Ilford agitations and wash.

Edinburrow by Russell W Barnes, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 02-21-2019, 04:26 PM  
Post your B&W Film shots
Posted By Russell W. Barnes
Replies: 8,062
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Balda Mess-Baldix, Baltar f4.5 75mm lens, 5 secs at f9.5; Kodak TMax 400 in ID-11 1+3.

Bassoonist and Book by Russell W Barnes, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 02-21-2019, 01:42 PM  
MX Bezel Ring: Assistance Required!
Posted By Russell W. Barnes
Replies: 3
Views: 345
Thanks, Arbruzzi: sorted! :) Makes perfect sense when you look. Of course, I had to do it all over again so I could see why the M42 adaptor wasn't coming out. Turns out the screw that holds the spring release around the circumference of the adaptor was fouling the MX bezel. I managed to get an eighth-turn on it and it now releases perfectly.

I'll remove the pic from 'Flickr' now.
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Kind Regds,

R.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 02-21-2019, 12:00 PM  
MX Bezel Ring: Assistance Required!
Posted By Russell W. Barnes
Replies: 3
Views: 345
Could any kind soul please tell me how the thin copper-coloured ring (RHS) aligns with the bezel on the Pentax MX lens-mount, please? I reckon it could go one of three ways and I also reckon the tab is to do with the fitment of an M42 adaptor.

Which is how I came to be in this position in the first place... I got an Asahi Pentax M42 - K-Bayonet adaptor which went in OK, but wouldn't come out, despite pulling the catch back as far as I could with my thumbnail (and carefully, a jewellers' screwdriver).. I removed the bezel to see what the problem was, and, of course, the thin copper ring fell out before I had a chance to see which way round it went! :fedup:
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 02-12-2019, 02:31 AM  
Post your B&W Film shots
Posted By Russell W. Barnes
Replies: 8,062
Views: 832,616
Wide-Eyed and Legless.

Olympus Trip 35, Agfa APX100 in ID11 1+1.

Wide-Eyed and Legless by Russell W Barnes, on Flickr
Forum: Film Processing, Scanning, and Darkroom 02-11-2019, 02:22 AM  
Film Processing
Posted By Russell W. Barnes
Replies: 34
Views: 2,342
I got myself a Tetenal colour kit to see if I could 'do' it, really. I followed the instructions to the letter, keeping the temp stable wasn't as bad as I thought, and I was pleased with the results both at 38C and 30C, especially on 120 film. But then I lapsed a bit, as I shoot mostly black and white, and in the meantime the colour chems were getting older, and older... I suspect if I did a colour film now it would come out of a fashion, but there'd be degradation because of age.

I would like to try E-6 processing at some point, as I've always had a soft spot for slides. I think if I were to do colour full time, it'd be E-6. Retirement looms! :D
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 02-07-2019, 01:29 PM  
Post your B&W Film shots
Posted By Russell W. Barnes
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Thanks for your comments there, Goddo. :) I have two Baldixes: a Mess-Baldix (rangefinder version) with a Baltar f4.5 75mm lens and Prontor SVS shutter - never had as much fun with a camera in my life! - and the more recent addition, the Baldix non-rangefinder but with an Ennagon f3.5 75mm lens. When I got the second one (Ebay, like the first one), the shutter was sluggish below 1/10 sec and 'infinity' was way-out! I removed the front and rear lens elements and cleaned them, along with the middle element, after flushing out the Prontor S shutter with isopropyl alcohol. Collimated the lens and set it up at 10' - seems to focus OK at infinity now.

A Hapo 66-E is very similar. There were several Baldix variants with different combinations of lenses, shutter and the rangefinder function. There's a lens hierarchy and the 4-element f2.8 lens 'top-of-the-range' model is meant to be very good indeed.

I have a Pentax too, which is why I'm on here. :lol: An MX. Had it since new in 1981.

The tree is part of an ancient hedgerow on our works site and as such is relatively unmolested.
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Kind Regds,

R.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 02-06-2019, 11:23 AM  
Post your B&W Film shots
Posted By Russell W. Barnes
Replies: 8,062
Views: 832,616
Balda Baldix, Ennagon f3.5 75mm lens; Delta 400 in ID-11 1+3.

Gnarly Tree by Russell W Barnes, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 02-06-2019, 02:17 AM  
Tmax, Tri-x or Ilford HP5?
Posted By Russell W. Barnes
Replies: 57
Views: 2,037
Isn't Fomapan known as Arista in the U.S.?
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 02-05-2019, 01:42 PM  
Tmax, Tri-x or Ilford HP5?
Posted By Russell W. Barnes
Replies: 57
Views: 2,037
I commented because I shoot APX100, which I rather like. This is the new stuff, you understand, sold by Lupus. I'm told Rollei RPX400 is the nearest characteristic to the original Agfa APX400 but I've only shot Rollei Retro, and only in 120 format. After shooting a few rolls of APX100 I looked on AG Photographic for more and they don't stock it! They claim it to be identical to Kentmere, and suggest that instead.

So perhaps there's an element of 'badge-engineering' at work here? I can't comment further as I've never shot Kentmere. I'll be trying some of the 'new' Agfa APX400 in due course, but I tend not to shoot 400 ISO on 35mm, just on 120 film. That said, I like 35mm Ilford HP5+ done in ID-11, and have pushed Tri-X to 1600 (also done in ID-11) which I like too. I found Tri-X rather grainy on 35mm at 400 ISO but I think I was using it for the wrong subject matter (trees; old buildings...). Better for people, I think.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 02-05-2019, 02:41 AM  
Tmax, Tri-x or Ilford HP5?
Posted By Russell W. Barnes
Replies: 57
Views: 2,037
Agfa APX400? Or is this the same as Kentmere? Ah-HA!
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