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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 canister, 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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Should my collection of older Pentax lenses be a deciding factor in my first DSLR purchase?

So, there a couple of basics to get out of the way first. Pentax DSLRs are just fine compared to Canon and Nikon; they're solidly built, have a decent but smaller following, and in fact often have ...
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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 can't I set my Pentax K-5 IIs to ISO 100?

You apparently have Highlight Correction activated. This forces the higher ISO limit (usually forcing it from 100 to 200, though you also have Expanded Sensitivity enabled, which gives you a broader ...
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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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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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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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Should my collection of older Pentax lenses be a deciding factor in my first DSLR purchase?

I started out much the same way, choosing Pentax DSLR because I already had Pentax lenses. While I'm still with Pentax (now on my 3rd: ist-D; K-10D and now K-5), to be honest I barely ever used my ...
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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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Can I trick the Pentax K1000's meter to "turn off"?

The K1000 needs darkness in order to turn off the meter. Changing the ISO, shutter speed, and aperture will just change what the meter is looking for to balance the needle. The circuit that controls ...
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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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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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Is high Chromatic Abberation typical with the Pentax f/1.8 50mm lens?

I think what we see here is not the traditional lateral chromatic aberration. This is appearing in the center of the image, in more or less blurred area, the color is blue and purple and is dependent ...
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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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Pentax k-30: can i buy all lens not stabilized?

Yes, you can buy non-stabilized optics for a Pentax. In fact, very few stabilized lenses are available, because all Pentax digital bodies since the 2006 model K100D (excluding K110D) have provided the ...
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What's the difference between P mode vs. Av or Tv?

In my experience (with a Canon, not Pentax, but it's probably similar), P mode is part-way between Auto and Av/Tv modes. The difference between P and full auto is that you are given the option of ...
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Should my collection of older Pentax lenses be a deciding factor in my first DSLR purchase?

I'm far from an expert on Pentax legacy lenses but the kit you have doesn't appear to be anything I would let drive future purchases. In other words, unless you have a strong personal tie to the ...
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Is the Pentax SMC DFA 100mm f/2.8 WR Macro compatibile with the Pentax K-r?

Yes, it is compatible. The Pentax K-r has the usual PENTAX K (KAF2) bayonet mount and the smc DA 100/2.8 WR has Pentax KAF. Nearly all Pentax K items are compatible to each other, including backwards ...
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Metz 48 AF1 incorrect exposure on Pentax K3ii

The metz 48 AF1 has USB updatable firmware. The latest version was released about the same time as the Pentax K5ii, so it doesn't mention the K3 bodies in it's release notes. But we thought it was ...
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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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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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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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