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1. From : Anton (email@example.com)
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Date : 05:29 AM Saturday 28 June, 2003
Further to my last post: Even if there is no corrosion on the contacts it's a good idea to clean them, after a while an invisible film builds up (atmospheric pollution etc.) and this can impair conductivity. Whilst you're under the hood you might want to clean the mirrors and the glass that enables the aperture to be seen in the viewfinder; this can make quite a difference depending on how dirty/dusty things have got. One word of warning, do this very very gently, if you push the parts out of alignment you can look forward to many frustrating hours rectifying your 'work'. No matter how much you look at the various parts and their orientation it's almost impossible to figure out what to move and which way to move it... yes, you've guessed it, you end up moving the wrong thing the wrong way and now instead of the aperture you see your nose! - just kidding - but you get my drift. You also know by now that I've been there. It took six hours 'cause after each miniscule movement (usually of the wrong part in the wrong direction) you have to partially re-assemble the blasted thing and take a peek through the viewfinder to see what gives. Ahhh I spy my toes, 'twas surely the wrong bit I moved then. You have been warmed. Anton2. From : Anton (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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Date : 03:50 PM Friday 27 June, 2003
John As far as I remember the tiny washers go under the top cover at the sides, between the main body and the cover. I imagine the slight gap this causes was filled with the sealant. Mine has no sealant now, I guess I could get some but I generally keep my cameras dry so... One of my LX & winder combinations started playing up recently. The winder would wind on but then stop with the red light on and the camera wouldn't fire unless I switched the winder off and on again. I tried fresh batteries but no joy. I decided to clean all contacts in the battery compartment. Not only did this cure the problem but the winding rate - even with the old batteries - was much improved. I think that once a year it's good practice to clean all battery contacts on all equipment (you can get special pens for this) after cleaning be careful not to touch the contacts. Handle the battery with a clean cloth, be particularly careful with the LX camera battery and use the larger single version rather than the two smaller batteries as this creates one less contact in the system. Anton3. From : John Bailey (email@example.com)
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Date : 10:50 AM Friday 27 June, 2003
Anton, For years I've endured erratic flash operation with my LX and AF280T flash, until tonight. I read your comments about the flash contacts in the hot shoe finder and decided to give it a try. No corrosion but a suspiciously bent metal strip. I gently pushed two strips into place (I hoped) and reassembled the finder. Of course parts of the rubbery sealant (the foam is ok)came apart and I had fun reinserting the washers for the two screws on the right and left sides of the viewfinder! BTW, do the two screws with the washers still on them when removed go into the back under the eyepiece? That's where I screwed them in. The flash operated w/o failure for ~30 shots (no film) in vertical, horizontal, and tilted down and up positions! Thank you for the information.4. From : Jay Hart (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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Date : 03:32 AM Sunday 22 June, 2003
Update on Pentax gelatin filter holders.
The 3 "small ones" 49, 52 and 58mm all have threaded 58mm out end apertures. The 2 large ones 67, and 77mm, have threaded 77mm out end apertures. It is uncertain if the 67mm unit adds to or subtracts from edge interference at a lens' peripheries,if used as a filter holder/step up to larger filter ring, because the 3" gel frame for the sandwich seems a little less than the filter holder itself, either end. I can tell you that the 49mm unit's results in Canyon country, when adding affect gels with a graduated or polarizer filter were excellent, and very easy to use as an accessory attachment in the field. I felt a little wind interference with its mounted stability in the Chicago Basin mining area of the San Juan Mountians on another shoot (because of the clip-on 49mm kind of attachment for high mountain and heliocopter use).--Jay5. From : FRED AJUJUO (GUY@MAGA.NET)
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Date : 07:49 PM Saturday 21 June, 2003
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Date : 04:27 PM Friday 20 June, 2003
Remove any residue with a cloth and clean the metal contacts with a pencil rubber. Do not atempt to insert batteries or turn on flash until you are sure all contacts are as clean as you can get them.7. From : Jorge (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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Date : 06:41 AM Friday 20 June, 2003
Hello everyone, Does anyone know how to remove and neutralize battery acid from flash electrical contacts. Bought a Pentax flash and the battery compartment has traces of acid. Hope all is not lost. tnx Jorge8. From : Jay Hart (email@example.com)
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Date : 05:49 AM Friday 20 June, 2003
Hi guys, just in and out of the office, as we are moving it and packing this week. Thought I would share a field shooting discovery from the last two weeks which could be perhaps useful to many. The Pentax 49mm Gelatine filter holder has a great feature. It clips on to any 49mm accesory size lens, has a filter frame for its sandwich middle, which can be used or substituted by the several brands of thick graduated filters out there, and, the great news is that its exit aperture has a 58mm set of filter threads! So, it is a step up ring in addition to being a filter holder of three kinds: 58mm screw in, 3" gels, or 3" Cokin type! These too can be stacked together, if you're so inclined.
This means such an oversized polarizer can be so mounted for wideangles with the 49mm filter size, or such an oversized warming filter, or whatever, and tweaked by adding to this mounted filter a graduated filter sandwich, or chosen 3" color gel (I have a set of Beseler color printing filters I use for this, sometimes in combo, as it is reasonable in cost and offers many densities of the basic three colors as used to tweak prints in the days when one had their own print lab for Cibachrome, or whatever [now usurped by the PC and photoshop, and inkjets, of course]).
So, with the 20mm f4 M, for example, I can use a slight magenta in Canyon Country, along with a graduated ND gray, and/or a polarizer. Of course so much stacking would sap light, so it is usually either with an oversized polarizer or with a graduated filter, with the slight addition of a color gel of reasonable density for affect.
Unfortunately the 58mm Pentax Gelatin holder does not have a larger front end. I have inquiries into Pentax USA to discover if the 67mm holder has a larger front end. I will let you know when I know. The 20mm f2.8 as an example takes the 67mm size normally. If it has a 77mm outward aperture, with threads, this would be useful for the 20 2.8 and the 24 f 2. --Jay9. From : Anton (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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Date : 11:57 PM Thursday 19 June, 2003
Jouko, For some reason the shutter on the LX fires with much less depression when the winder is attached and switched on. I too have found that instead of switching the meter on I have inadvertantly tripped the shutter on many occasions. It's very difficult - in the heat of the moment - to take a meter reading without firing the shutter. I now switch the meter on using the button in the centre of the prism release lever on the other side of the prism. The earlier LX's do not have this function, in which case I suggest you practise without film in the camera until you get a feel for the tiny difference in travel/pressure between switching on the meter and tripping the shutter. Anton10. From : jouko (email@example.com)PAGE | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 | 16 | 17 | 18 | 19 | 20 | 21 | 22 | 23 | 24 | 25 | 26 | 27 | 28 | 29 | 30 | 31 | 32 | 33 | 34 | 35 | 36 | 37 | 38 | 39 | 40 | 41 | 42 | 43 | 44 | 45 | 46 | 47 | 48 | 49 | 50 | 51 | 52 | 53 | 54 | 55 | 56 | 57 | 58 | 59 | 60 | 61 | 62 | 63 | 64 | 65 | 66 | 67 | 68 | 69 | 70 | 71 | 72 | 73 | 74 | 75 | 76 | 77 | 78 | 79 | 80 | 81 | 82 | 83 | 84 | 85 | 86 | 87 | 88 | 89 | 90 | 91 | 92 | 93 | 94 | 95 | 96 | 97 | 98 | 99 | 100 | 101 | 102 | 103 | 104 | 105 | 106 | 107 | 108 | 109 | 110 | 111 | 112 | 113 | 114 | 115 | 116 | 117 | 118 | 119 | 120 | 121 | 122 | 123 | 124 | 125 | 126 | 127 | 128 | 129 | 130 | 131 | 132 | 133 | 134 | 135 | 136 | 137 | 138 | 139 | 140 | 141 | 142 | 143 | 144 | 145 | 146 | 147 | 148 | 149 | 150 | 151 | 152 | 153 | 154 | 155 | 156 | 157 | 158 | 159 | 160 | 161 | 162 | 163 | 164 | 165 | 166 | 167 | 168 | 169 | 170 | 171 172 | 173 | 174 | 175 | 176 | 177 | 178 | 179 | 180 | 181 | 182 | 183 | 184 | 185 | 186 | 187 | 188 | 189 | 190 | 191 | 192 | 193 | 194 | 195 | 196 | 197 | 198 | 199 | 200 | 201 | 202 | 203 | 204 | 205 | 206 | 207 | 208 | 209 | 210 | 211 | 212 | 213 | 214 | 215 | 216 | 217
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Date : 05:51 PM Thursday 19 June, 2003
hello forum. i have finally had my lx+winder to work - they renewed some part on the lx at the service and now its working. but now there is an other problem. the winder is so fast that, when i´m tryin to pull the shutter button a bit to switch on the meter with leds - the winder allready winds the film forward. i have used it the camera so, that keep the winder off on the first frame and then put it on. is there any selfmade correction for the problem or could it be corrected at all ? do i have to sent the gear to the service ones again ? thanks beforehand rgd jouko
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