Project Decay - Month 95

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This has been ongoing for almost 8 years now and if I wanted to show dramatic images of a camera gradually giving in to nature then I chose the wrong make - the Pentax MG continues to resist the elements. But soon i will bring this futility to a close and will be looking to cut the camera in half to see what is happening inside. If it is full of a new miniature ecosystem then we'll leave them be in some small corner of the garden, but it will be interesting I'm sure. What I do need are suggestions as to the best method of cutting the metal/plastic/glass cleanly. It would be good if the pentaprism in particular could remain clean and in position in both halves. Any ideas?
30/04/2019 - 10:55johnriley
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Link Posted 30/04/2019 - 11:00
I was going to say - doesn't look much different to previous pictures; my initial thought was that you had inadvertently reposted an earlier image!


Link Posted 30/04/2019 - 11:22
Know anyone with a laser?


Link Posted 30/04/2019 - 17:08
A precision diamond tipped saw is about the only realistic option, John. You will probably have to go to a specialist cutting firm, or maybe an engineering firm, to get access to one.

Every day's a holiday!


Link Posted 30/04/2019 - 18:08
Thanks Mike.
Best regards, John


Link Posted 30/04/2019 - 18:31
Don't break my heart Your criminal mind ()makes me coming into panic! Why this camera has to suffer the slings and arrows of an outrageous behaviour? You showed us enough...! This is a PENTAX camera and you ought to consider International Charter of Rights

In my opinion you ought to perform this test. Clean the camera...clean the battery area and contacts....put a lens...and try if it is still in good health. I'm sure (I hope so) you could admire a miracle....and this is the evidence that PENTAX is a great brand...and those cameras like MX, K1000, LX were "British Mk II tanks A 12 Matilda" (from mud through blood to the green fields beyond...this is the right motto for your MG).

PS What is the meaning-blueprint of your test if you don't try camera again?


Link Posted 30/04/2019 - 21:14
Ah, but I wouldn't have used this camera if it had been working in the first place. It was a discarded body that I "rescued" from oblivion to have its slow decay watched and measured every month. The point was to see how nature took it over and became one with it, but in the event on the outside at least it has resisted. Inside I suspect it is a solidified mess of corrosion and rust, but it may on the other hand be home to all sorts of mini-beasts.

Now, how would I describe it for auction? Worked last time it took pictures, may need some attention, good cosmetic condition?
Best regards, John


Link Posted 30/04/2019 - 23:45
Thanks for this latest picture of the MG John. I have been following this since you first started this series.

If it has been taken over by beasts, should they be made homeless?
If it is home to a community of flora, it should be allowed to continue.

I have enjoyed seeing this over the years and would like to see your experiment continue. I think you should leave if for a few more years.


Link Posted 01/05/2019 - 00:32
I'm not intending to make any mini-beast population homeless, and the temptation is definitely there to just leave well alone, despite my curiosity.
Best regards, John


Link Posted 01/05/2019 - 23:38
Would a monumental mason's water jet cutter do the job? They cut stone cleanly.
Both the *istDS and the K5 are incurably addicted to old glass

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Link Posted 02/05/2019 - 07:07
davidwozhere wrote:
Would a monumental mason's water jet cutter do the job? They cut stone cleanly.

I've seen a YouTube video of a precision cutter using water, so maybe.
Best regards, John


Link Posted 11/05/2019 - 23:04
John, I have to agree with Giulio; it hasn't quite done what you anticipated and thus the alternative route would be to bring it back to as close to life as is practicably possible. Good luck with that!

Photography is not a sport. It has no rules. Everything must be dared and tried! (Bill Brandt)
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