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Why have all negatives been exposed to one frame?

Well, it seems obvious that the film did not advance between shots. Whether that's because of user error (film not installed right so it didn't catch on the advancing mechanism) or a hardware issue ...
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Can I still use film after the film door accidentally opened?

Breathe. Download the manual for your camera, and read it! Any film that was exposed to light when the camera back opened is no good anymore. Even if the film is wound back into the cassette, it was ...
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Why have all negatives been exposed to one frame?

Doing double exposures with the k1000 requires that you cock the shutter using the lever while simultaneously holding down the release on the camera bottom. This allows the shutter to cock while not ...
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Why is f-stop number 8 in orange on my lens?

If you move the focus ring, you will find the the 3m/9ft mark is also in orange. Many Pentax wide angle lenses use an orange marking at f/8 which corresponds to an orange hyper-focal focus distance ...
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Why is f-stop number 8 in orange on my lens?

Many lenses from that era had the f/stop calculated by the lens designers to be the "sharpest" or "sweet spot" marked in a different color than the other f-numbers. A cursory survey of a couple of ...
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Can 35mm film be developed if it's been ripped out of canister?

Film works by changing when exposed to light. If you have exposed the film to light, then any information it captured will be lost as the film will have been completely over-exposed and washed out. ...
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Small haul of Pentax gear, what have I got here?

Small haul of Pentax gear, what have I got here? You've got an old film body, two fairly mediocre older zoom lenses, and a pretty good 70-210mm f/4-5.6. The two telephoto zooms have quite a bit of ...
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Halo in pictures taken with HDR

Is it normal? Yes… and no. It depends on the ability/quality of the HDR routine and its ability to recognise & correctly handle edges where the overall light level changes rapidly. A low-ability ...
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Does being a Macro lens but on a shorter focal length affect taking a tight portrait photo?

The distance, camera to subject determines the perspective of the image. Consider, things close to the camera reproduce large, and things further away, reproduce small. If you work in too close, the ...
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How to manually rewind film?

I've seen P&S cameras use up a roll in two ways: The film is inserted, the back closed, and then the camera pulls the whole roll onto the take-up spool. As you shoot, each from is "advanced" ...
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Small haul of Pentax gear, what have I got here?

Just because you have old Pentax consumer grade zoom lenses isn't the best reason to decide to go with a new Pentax digital body. That 28-80 and 80-210 and 100-300 are mediocre consumer level lenses ...
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Why must my Pentax ME Super be set to 125x when changing film?

Page 8 of the manual explains why: NOTE: You can also advance the film to the first exposure with the exposure mode dial set to "AUTO" or "M" (Manual), but for convenience [sic] sake we recommend ...
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How do I tell if my camera has film in it?

One easy way to check if film is loaded in the camera is to gently turn the rewind knob in the direction that would rewind the film. If there's resistance to the knob turning, that indicates the ...
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What header string can I use for PEF identification for file recovery?

Photorec is a similar sort of program which can handle the recovery of PEF files according to their list of supported file formats
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Pentax K-x with kit lenses problem producing sharp photos

Using the smallest aperture is not optimal for sharpness, as that causes Diffraction. Go with f/8 or f/11 for best results (it depends on the lens, and some Pentax cameras have a special "MTF" setting ...
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Are kit lens from Pentax and Fujifilm also considered inferior?

To gear snobs all lenses are inferior except the most expensive one they own. To actual photographers no modern lens is inferior, it's just that some lenses are less not-inferior than some other ...
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Will a Pentax K-1 charge a battery in the camera?

If, by "using the adapter", you mean plugging in a USB cable to the camera's USB port, no. The USB cable is for file transfer only, and does not charge anything. If, by "using the adapter", you mean ...
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Strategy for quickly turing off exposure bracketing on Pentax cameras

There's a third option (although a little bit of a hack), most Pentaxes (including the K-50) allow you to specify which options are retained when the camera is turned off (under "Memory" in the ...
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Does being a Macro lens but on a shorter focal length affect taking a tight portrait photo?

Focal length is focal length, macro or not. What makes a macro lens special is that it is designed to have a small closest focusing distance. This allows to take images 1:1 the size of the subject (...
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Why is f-stop number 8 in orange on my lens?

The lens comes from the good old days of film based street photography. At that time there was a philosophy of "f8 and be there" - you can read a bit more about it on https://www.adorama.com/alc/...
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Differences between Pentax K, Q, and "Lithium-Ion" SLR bodies?

K Body, Q Body and "Lithium ion" body, can anyone tell me the differences between these? Q mount is a not very popular small sensor ILC mount that Pentax developed and, I think , still sell. It's ...
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Small haul of Pentax gear, what have I got here?

Is it a good way to cheaply get into photography? It depends what kind of photography you want to do and whether you want to buy into the Pentax system. The gear you have is: two "normal" focal length ...
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Why must my Pentax ME Super be set to 125x when changing film?

Short answer: it doesn't matter at all. Actual answer. In the loading process, you'll need to unroll the film until you reach 1 at the counter. Usually with manual cameras, you shoot several empty (...
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Why have all negatives been exposed to one frame?

Like twalberg says, it seems obvious that the film did not advance between shots. Make sure the film advance mechanism is working properly. When you have no film loaded, open the back and check that ...
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Can I still use film after the film door accidentally opened?

Consider that all the pictures you have taken in these two minutes are lost. Then the first picture you'll take after advancing the film to that same position will be lost too. The rest of the film ...
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Film exposure accident.. Help!

So, you overexposed your film by 1 1/3 stops (if you're actually exposing for ASA 160, you hint at actually exposing for a slower speed). As this isn't a whole lot, there are two things you can do: ...
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How does the sharpness of the Pentax 645Z compare to Canon 5DS R with high-end lens?

(1) Irrespective of the lenses used (Zeiss Otus for example), a Nikon 810 or Canon 5ds can't produce detail that the sensor can't pickup to begin with. A small sensor can't resolve the detail that a ...
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Are there any radio flash triggers capable of P-TTL?

The following radio-based flash triggering systems can communicate TTL for Pentax: The Cactus X-TTL system with their V6II/IIs triggers can give you remote power control over TTL Pentax flashes, HSS ...
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How to enable exposure bracketing on the Pentax K-50 while also selecting the focus point

Just press/long-press the Ok button: When in menu mode, simply press to switch to focus point selection When in focus point selection, long-press to switch back to menu mode When in focus point ...
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What exactly are highlight and shadow correction on Pentax DSLRs?

According to this forum: http://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/151-pentax-k-30-k-50/265011-highlight-shadow-correction-usage.html In RAW, with Highlight correction on, the camera under-exposes by 1 stop ...
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