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  1. Matt Friedman

    Using Film to Teach and Talk About the Past

    I have launched a new website as an extension of my research into American memorial practice. I am a historian (at Rutgers University), and I have been using film for the past year, or so, to document public memorial across the country. Quite apart from my love of film photography, this project...
  2. Matt Friedman

    Post your favorite shot from your most recent roll

    Ilford Delta 400. Minolta XD-11 with a Minolta MC Rokkor-PF 58mm f/1.4. The throwaway shot at the end of the roll.
  3. Matt Friedman

    Post your favorite shot from your most recent roll

    This wasn't a great roll. It is a short (20 frame, bulk-rolled) roll of HP5 400 that I shot to test an Olympus OM2000 a friend had given me. I was rattled and annoyed by the fact that the mirror stuck at f/11 and f/16, so I shot a lot of useless frames. But there are about five or six shots that...
  4. Matt Friedman

    Olympus OM-2000 sticking mirror

    I quite understand. The issue here is that, as it is, this camera is unusable for teaching, and I wouldn't sell it, knowing that it has this annoying fault. So it's worthless as it is. Moreover, it cost me nothing, and I have several other SLRs that I use on a daily basis. So I don't really...
  5. Matt Friedman

    Olympus OM-2000 sticking mirror

    Yup. That's it. So... I'm at a bit of a loss as to how to fix this. The obstruction seems to amount to about 0.5mm. The obvious solution would be to bend the lug a tiny bit to clear the mirror, but I am hesitant to do this. Should I disassemble the coupling mechanism, or do you think it would...
  6. Matt Friedman

    Carry around film camera?

    One of my buddies swears by his Leica Mini Zoom. And you could have a Leica for less than $100! I had a Minolta TC-1 (and I might still have it... I think I just misplaced it) that I took some very nice pictures with back in the 90s. If you are looking for a compact point-and-shoot, those are...
  7. Matt Friedman

    Olympus OM-2000 sticking mirror

    So... There's a spring-loaded coupling ring just behind the outer ring plate on the camera body, and there seems to be a tab at about 10:00 (where the red lens alignment dot is) when it is at rest. Is this what you are talking about?
  8. Matt Friedman

    Olympus OM-2000 sticking mirror

    It isn't the damper. It's dry and spongy, and not tacky at all... It does seem to relate to the lens and mount, however. The mirror never sticks with no lens. It only sticks when a lens is attached and stopped to f/11 or f/16. It sticks on BOTH of the lenses that I have with OM mounts. (I didn't...
  9. Matt Friedman

    Olympus OM-2000 sticking mirror

    Thanks for this... But I have to ask: If the problem IS the damper, then why does this only happen on the 50mm lens, and only at f/11-f/16? I'm not trying to be difficult (or ungrateful for the link), but I am trying to understand. Since, if the problem was the damper, wouldn't that mean that...
  10. Matt Friedman

    Olympus OM-2000 sticking mirror

    After shooting off the roll, it's clear that the mirror only sticks consistently with the Zuiko 50mm f/1.8 kit lens at f/11-f/16. It appears that, when the tab rotates to the right on the aperture ring, it prevents the mirror from dropping completely. So... How can I remedy this problem? I...
  11. Matt Friedman

    Pentax ME Super Problem/Question

    I will certainly report back. I'm interested to look inside. As I've said, I've only ever worked on late-60s and early-70s SLRs, and I (mostly) get their logic, with Thomas Tomosy's help. I've never really had the nerve to poke around an electronic SLR from the 1980s. But... Nothing ventured...
  12. Matt Friedman

    Pentax ME Super Problem/Question

    Thanks. The indicator shows that the shutter is not cocked. Yeah... I think I'm going to have to open it up. I'll have some time to sit down with it tomorrow. It's a good thing I have all the right tools.
  13. Matt Friedman

    Pentax ME Super Problem/Question

    No film. The lever advances loosely (not catching any mechanism) about 45 degrees into the winding arc, but no further. On further inspection, I noticed that the rewind/release button on the bottom seems to be stuck in the in position.
  14. Matt Friedman

    Pentax ME Super Problem/Question

    I just picked up a Pentax ME Super. I mostly shoot Minoltas, but I thought I'd branch out a bit. Seems like a nice camera, but I can't seem to get the shutter to fire. This is the situation: I have fresh batteries in the battery compartment, and the light meter lights up, and displays correctly...
  15. Matt Friedman

    What paper finish to get for landscape photos?

    My rule of thumb is that, if it's going to be on a wall, and particularly under glass, it's luster/pearl. I like glossy for some applications -- files, binders, index photos. I have never really liked metallic finishes, though. I find they detract from the image, and seem to be trying too hard...
  16. Matt Friedman

    Olympus OM-2000 sticking mirror

    Thanks! I'll poke around with it when I have shot off the roll. I actually rather like the Cosinas from the 90s. They're bare-bones cameras, but they make great student cameras. The light meter display is perfect for beginners, and the advance-lever lockout is great to prevent misfires. I often...
  17. Matt Friedman

    Olympus OM-2000 sticking mirror

    I know the OM-2000 isn't a REAL Olympus (it is so obviously a Cosina that, if it had a K-mount, it's be a Ricoh), but I was wondering if anyone knows how to fix a sticking mirror. The issue: When I press the shutter button, the shutter clicks, and the mirror stays up. This does not happen all...
  18. Matt Friedman

    Instant/Polaroid SLR?

    Yeah... I was wondering about things like interchangeable lenses, filters, etc. Maybe multiple backs, like with medium-format cameras. I'm really just curious; there doesn't seem to be anything inherent in instant film technology that would make it impossible...
  19. Matt Friedman

    Instant/Polaroid SLR?

    I'm just curious... Did anyone ever market a system SLR for instant film?
  20. Matt Friedman

    Elbaflex

    I think their target market is the people who would love to get into film photography (for the first time), but who might not have the knowledge and experience to buy used. And there is always a market for new versions of old things -- look at 280g LP re-pressings. And there is a large potential...
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