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LATEST FROM THE THRIFT SHOP
self | August 15, 2011 | swampsniper

Posted on 08/14/2011 10:59:56 PM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER

On my last trip to the thrift shop there was a mysterious Nauguhyde bag in the show case. Y'all know me, LOL, I just had to look!

The Pentax ME Super was made around 1980, it's a compact by SLR standards but built like a brick. This is the SE version, top ot the crop.

I got a 50mm f2 Pentax lens and an 80-200 f4,5, all in mint condition, a 2X TC and a bunch of filters, plus a really nice bag.

These are with the 80-200 f4.5.

I had the film run at Walgreens and scanned the negatives on my Epson 3590.

WHITE IBIS, PENTAX ME

PENTAX ME SUPER SE

WHITE IBIS, PENTAX ME


TOPICS: Arts/Photography; Miscellaneous; Outdoors; Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: 35mm; birds; film; pentax

1 posted on 08/14/2011 11:00:02 PM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER
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pinglist


2 posted on 08/14/2011 11:01:48 PM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, A Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Nice get.

And please add me to your ping list. :)


3 posted on 08/14/2011 11:05:24 PM PDT by Sylvester McMonkey McBean
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Nice lens. That is some pretty fast glass. I scored an old Minolta with an f1.2 50mm at a flea market for $5. Not sure if it works, I don’t by film any more.

Good score SS.


4 posted on 08/14/2011 11:06:22 PM PDT by West Texas Chuck (Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. That should be a convenience store, not a Government Agency.)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Pentax made some great stuff back in the day. If I recall, those older ones were able to operate even without a battery. That one looks great for a thrift shop find. I bet you got it for cheap.


5 posted on 08/14/2011 11:09:49 PM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER
"This way to the egress"

Or something like that... ;) Great pix. PT would be proud to use them.

/johnny

6 posted on 08/14/2011 11:13:52 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: West Texas Chuck
I don't shoot much film but it's a nice break.

I enjoy the engineering and craftsmanship of the old cameras too, not much plastic involved.

7 posted on 08/14/2011 11:15:05 PM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, A Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: Sylvester McMonkey McBean

Done!


8 posted on 08/14/2011 11:17:52 PM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, A Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER
I still have an old Pentax Spotmatic somewhere and a nice Takumar 400 mm zoom lens. Both bought in 1969. The following picture, however, was taken this past spring with a Canon 7D at 400 mm. The image is cropped.


9 posted on 08/14/2011 11:18:42 PM PDT by rustbucket
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

I had a pentax zx-m i think it was.
I took everything with two lenses, one 24mm and one 50mm.
They were so small i could put the unused one in my pocket.
What great pics it took.


10 posted on 08/14/2011 11:19:13 PM PDT by Mount Athos (A Giant luxury mega-mansion for Gore, a Government Green EcoShack made of poo for you)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Film. How quaint.


11 posted on 08/14/2011 11:31:08 PM PDT by Hugin ("A man'll usually tell you his bad intentions if you listen and let yourself hear it"--- Open Range)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Thanks. There’s something comforting about the “heft” of a solid film camera. Friday, at the local Goodwill store - I secured a Konica Autoreflex A with a 52mm 1.8 Hexanon, dual thyristor flash, and a very retro 70’s leather case - for $20.00.

Two weeks prior to that at the local flea market, I bought a Vivitar 3800n on the half-shell, with a Vivitar 50mm 1.7 - takes the P/K mount. Ten bucks. Finished that roll yesterday. Not crazy about it - it’s all plastic - but if it shoots well, I’ll probably keep it.

I gotta stop buying gear and start shooting more film.


12 posted on 08/14/2011 11:31:15 PM PDT by Sylvester McMonkey McBean
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To: rustbucket
White Ibis are great models, I can always find a few around and they're good natured little guys.

The 200mm isn't really enough for most birding but I didn't feel like lugging the Sony yesterday, I just wanted to test the old Pentax. The metering is right on the money.

13 posted on 08/14/2011 11:31:32 PM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, A Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Oh, I hear ya there bro. An old Pentax is a beautiful machine.

I need to put a roll through that old Minolta, just to see what happens. Back in the day I had a darkroom. Rolled my own from bulk, developed it, printed contact sheets, and spent days making prints. That day is all gone now, everything is digital. What took me days can be done in a couple of hours now.

I miss those days. Good times. Tri-X, Plus-X, TMX/TMY/TMZ. I used to know a thing or two about chemical photography, and I still have my enlarger and all my lab, but I think I’ll donate it to the local community college.

Keep the faith Swampy, you are a dinosaur ;)


14 posted on 08/14/2011 11:35:19 PM PDT by West Texas Chuck (Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. That should be a convenience store, not a Government Agency.)
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To: Sylvester McMonkey McBean
Being retired isn't any fun unless you stay busy and I don't like TV.

I read a lot but messing with cameras gives me a little exercise to keep my brain working.

Funny thing, I've got friends who just mill around aimlessly when they aren't watching TV or asleep and they think I'm nuts for spending a few bucks on "junk"!

15 posted on 08/14/2011 11:40:25 PM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, A Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER
Is your scanner a flatbed, or one of those printer/scanner/fax machines? How did you get the resolution? I'm curious. Thanks.
16 posted on 08/14/2011 11:44:07 PM PDT by Othniel (There is no god named Allah, and Mohammed is its false prophet.)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

I love thrift shops...:O)


17 posted on 08/14/2011 11:50:04 PM PDT by goat granny
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To: Othniel
The Epson 3590 is a small flatbed that has a feed mechanism for 35mm built in. I can get enough resolution to stall my computer if I set it to0 high.

I scanned these at 3200DPI. That gives a TIFF file of about 32MB, much more than I need but I'm not in a hurry.

18 posted on 08/14/2011 11:52:07 PM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, A Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: goat granny

My favorite is run by a local charity so the money I spend goes to good use.


19 posted on 08/14/2011 11:54:44 PM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, A Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

It’s not junk if it still does what it was designed to do. :)

A quick hi-tech/low tech story....About this time last year - I shot a wedding (as an attendee, not a paid gig) in a church with less than stellar lighting, and the priest asked that no flash photography take place inside. I shot 2 rolls of 800 speed inside with an old Fujica SLR with a 1.4 lens - no flash needed. Another attendee remarked that I was wasting my time because none of the pictures would turn out and was grumbling about the no-flash prohibition.

I tried to explain that the fast film, and speed of the lens, I didn’t need a flash. He refused to believe me. The bride and groom however were pleased at the shots I got from inside. :)


20 posted on 08/14/2011 11:55:31 PM PDT by Sylvester McMonkey McBean
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To: Sylvester McMonkey McBean
I've got a 50mm f1.4 for my Sony DSLR that will almost get a picture in the dark.

Found it at the thrift shop too, LOL.

I've got a couple of manual focus f1.7 50s for my old Minolta bodies. There is so much old Minolta glass around that the prices are low. I've got old Minolta MC and MD lenses all over the place.

21 posted on 08/15/2011 12:05:21 AM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, A Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

I take it you have a Sony Alpha? I’ve been looking at used ones - I don’t think I need more than 10mp or so - I rarely do enlargements bigger than 20” x 30”. Plus, I already have many Minolta AF lenses that would bolt right on. :)

How do you like your Sony?


22 posted on 08/15/2011 12:18:50 AM PDT by Sylvester McMonkey McBean
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To: Sylvester McMonkey McBean

I’ve got an A200 and love it. One great thing is that I can use all the old Minolta Maxxum lenses, I’ve got some great lenses for it.


23 posted on 08/15/2011 12:22:59 AM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, A Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

What a find! Great pictures, too!


24 posted on 08/15/2011 1:38:35 AM PDT by skr (May God confound the enemy)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Great find. I should have some pictures to share around somewhere as well. I’ve quite a few concerts lately.


25 posted on 08/15/2011 2:13:35 AM PDT by lefty-lie-spy (Stay metal. For the Horde \m/("_")\m/ - via iPhone from Tokyo.)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Great find... With an autowinder to boot if I’m not mistaken! Please add me to your list, ‘Sniper. I always appreciate your sharp eye - in the thrift store as well as in the field.


26 posted on 08/15/2011 2:46:44 AM PDT by golux
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To: golux
Done!

The little Pentax winder is a thing of beauty in itself, very well made. Me Supers are common, this SE (special edition) seems scarce. The difference is only in the focus screen, the super uses a horizontally split spot but in the SE it's diagonal

I set out to just collect a few old Minoltas but that idea is out the window, LOL

27 posted on 08/15/2011 3:03:12 AM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, A Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

You have two gifts: taking beautiful pictures and finding great cameras at thrift stores!! Your pictures always seem so clear! Great job!!


28 posted on 08/15/2011 3:55:45 AM PDT by momtothree
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Thanks for the ping SS. Great find. I remember those type of cameras at the Px in S. Korea circa 1966-68. Everybody wanted them it seemed, but most bought stereo equipment on their tours of duty at the time. I did the stereo route as well, and I remember buying a Winchester 30-30, and sending it home too, but not the camera.

I recall there was a camera with a windup advance. It was a point, and shoot sort of affair I think by Kodak. Did an OK job, so I used that until the windup spring sprung, and flew off in multiple pieces. It was cheaper LOL.


29 posted on 08/15/2011 4:17:06 AM PDT by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, call 'em what you will, they ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER
Those pics are perfect examples of why I still have my Pentax Spotmatic II and my Asahi (Pentax) Lenses(1). That was the first SLR I owned. I 'could have' traded it in when I stepped up to my Nikon FE but I just couldn't part with it. And yes, the Pentax was built like a tank.

Finding a non Mercury Battery was a problem for a 'few' years, but no longer. It's up and in working order again.

(1) Plus with the M42 Universal Mount, 'off brand', but good lenses like Vivatar where affordable for a young whippersnapper :-)

30 posted on 08/15/2011 5:54:31 AM PDT by Condor51 (The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits [A.Einstein])
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

I have a Canon Elan IIE SLR film camera that I was thinking of Ebay-ing. Got replaced with a digital this year and the old EOS lens works great on both the film and the digital versions.

But maybe I’ll keep the film SLR. It did take great pictures and I had a nifty AA battery pack attachment which gave it good heft and a very comfortable hand hold, especially when taking vertical views.

It was hard to take a bad picture with that rig. Haven’t tested the new one enough to compare it with the old.


31 posted on 08/15/2011 6:00:07 AM PDT by randita (Obama - chains you can bereave in.)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Nice one!

I have the Pentax K1000. Basic. But Solid! :-)

Please put me on your ping list!


32 posted on 08/15/2011 6:35:28 AM PDT by left that other site (Psalm 122:6)
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To: left that other site

I’ve got a K1000 too, same thrift shop, the place is a goldmine for addicts like me!


33 posted on 08/15/2011 6:38:53 AM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, A Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: Lazlo in PA
*** If I recall, those older ones were able to operate even without a battery. ***

Correct.

The battery served only two functions; Operate the Metering System and for the sync to the Hot Shoe for your electronic flash. But if your battery went dead all you needed was a small, inexpensive, hand held light meter and you were good to go on Manual.

I have a small Meter - 'somewhere' - that could slip into the Hot Shoe. It's about the size of a Zippo Lighter. It's a Vivitar (iirc) and I paid about $20.00 for it 'way back when' and not being able to find it now is driving me nuts. I have a whole bag of 'stuff' that went 'missing'. A mini tripod's in there, various 'speed lights' I bought, shutter release cables, lens filters, and that light meter.

(1) I'm 99.95% sure the wife put that 'extra' Gadget Bag in the Crawl Space and that's like entering a Black Hole. For my stuff anyway, her stuff she can always find. Not that I'm complaining :-)

34 posted on 08/15/2011 6:40:33 AM PDT by Condor51 (The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits [A.Einstein])
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

I had a Pentex with the screw mount and my daughter dropped it in the surf across from Eureka. I still have the K2 replacement with several lenses and filters but never use it. My hobby is collecting old photo post cards of places in Humboldt County Ca...


35 posted on 08/15/2011 6:53:14 AM PDT by tubebender (The voices in my head may not be real, but they have some very good ideas)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

I am a music producer...and once in a Thrift Shop I got an Audio Technica Studio Condenser Microphone, AND the necessary pre- amp. For $6.00! Then I asked for my “Senior Citizen” Discount and it became $4.50!

When my buddy saw it and found out how much I paid for it, he split his sides laughing. The 10 year old sales slip was still in the box, and ten years ago it retailed for over $300.00!

I LOVE that place!
:-)))


36 posted on 08/15/2011 6:59:53 AM PDT by left that other site (Psalm 122:6)
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To: Sylvester McMonkey McBean
Another attendee remarked that I was wasting my time because none of the pictures would turn out...

I laughed at that story. There is a whole generation of people now who have no idea what you can do with a real film camera and the far better quality of pictures.

37 posted on 08/15/2011 8:47:30 AM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

THank you so very much!!


38 posted on 08/15/2011 9:26:32 AM PDT by TEXOKIE (Anarchy IS the strategy of the forces of darkness!)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER
Bah...I could do better if I wanted to.

I just don't want to.

;)

39 posted on 08/15/2011 7:33:55 PM PDT by Celtic Cross (The brain is the weapon; everything else is just accessories. --FReeper Joe Brower)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

spending a few bucks on junk

Ah- but wonderful junk. Not all junk is junk.
Not to mention getting outdoors enjoying the beauty that is there. I for one thoroughly enjoy your pictures.


40 posted on 08/15/2011 9:58:36 PM PDT by handmade
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