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Industry wide indications and ceasing film body development by Pentax altogether in early 2003 more than suggest the manual focus Pentax LX will not be having an upgrade (except, perhaps for very rare Limited Edition Models hand assembled by special commission by the new HoyaPentax Corporation). In 2008 Pentax became a division of Hoya Corporation, which had together with Pentax released jointly developed professional grade optics (since 2005); Pentax has shifted its attention to development of auto focus Digital SLRs having build qualities constructed for the long run--now with weather seals--like the LX. You may use this site for common support and sharing of mutual users knowledge or experiences among yourselves. You may also use this message board as a guestbook for the advanced users Pentax SLR cameras from the LX forward, including many such auto focus film cameras, and Pentax digital SLR cameras. We keep the site going too for the WORD SEARCH FEATURE found here as to its magnificent K mount system user archives: as have been shared here for many years. Have an inquiry related to Pentax gear? First try KEYING IN YOUR KEY WORD(S) for a preexisting archived response on your subject of inquiry from this LX site. If your inquiry or sharing is from advanced users K10D, K20D, or K200D SLR needs, proceed on to t NEW PENTAX ADVANCED USERS K10D, K20D SLR site.

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1. From : GLOBETROTTER (globetrotterworld@hotmail.com)
Url : http://globetrotterworld.co.uk
Date : 04:41 PM Thursday 01 July, 2004

It's nice to have a "Nancy" on the board, as there are too many hunky lumberjacks taking all the limelight... Why not buy an old mint F2 and compare it to the LX? (but don't sell that lovely 135mm 1.8 until you're really sure which is best!) I also think you'd still prefer the LX. I think the FM2 or FE2, or even the FM3a would be better options than the the F2. I agree with all, that this website is a mine of useful information! The many pages on the Nikon lens section is superb, and it is a pity that this LX part of the website does not have a complete SMC lens section.


2. From : Ian (ian@ity.co.uk)
Url : http://
Date : 08:01 AM Thursday 01 July, 2004

Nancy, the F2 is wonderful and was my first dream camera (until 1987 when I discovered the LX). We've had two in the family for as long as I can remember. An AS and an AB (both mint). But as far as most things are concerned, are not as good as an LX. Primarily they don't handle in the same league as an LX (practically nothing does). F2's are the definition of rugged design and modularity, but lack finesse when compared to an LX. I still love F2's. I totally agree Anton, this web site's coverage of the F2 is stunning. Nice one chaps. - Ian.


3. From : AB (handmaid@fsmail.net)
Url : http://
Date : 04:26 PM Wednesday 30 June, 2004

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4. From : AB (handmaid@fsmail.net)
Url : http://
Date : 04:24 PM Wednesday 30 June, 2004

I think Globetrotter's right, I compared my K-105 2.8 on an LX and it looks similar but not fat enough, the 50 1.2 isn't fat enough either, so likely to be the K-135 2.5 I've taken another LX sting, sent my near mint LX in because the flash wouldn't fire sometimes; Robin said the contacts probably need cleaning. When he got the camera he rang back and told me that he'd had the camera on the test-bench and the shutter was three stops out for the first 5 or so exposures and then it would gradually correct itself. If left for a period of time the first exposures would be out again. He said he would investigate this bizarre behaviour and kept the camera for a few weeks. He rang back to say that despite cleaning and adjusting the obvious, the fault remained and his next guess would be the mirror box switches. This however is a lot of work and he couldn't guarantee success (you will remember the hours and hours Robin and then Pentax UK spent trying to fix the erratic shutter that a previous LX suffered with badly - and that seemingly all LX's suffer with to some extent - all to no avail). We agreed that he should return the camera to me, he wouldn't accept payment for the work he'd done so far. So I shall be selling yet another LX for which I shall get next to nothing despite having paid top dollar for it. Bummer. Does anyone know who runs this Malaysian Internet Resources website? It's amazing! Take a look at the Nikon F2 section, what a labour of love, I was very tempted to ditch my troublesome LX's and get some F2s (no finicky electronic/erratic flutters with those beasts) but I've got too much Pentax glass. Go in from the homepage and check out 'Right Brain' 'Fine Art' very classy stuff. AB


5. From : GLOBETROTTER (globetrotterworld@hotmail.com)
Url : http://globetrotterworld.co.uk
Date : 11:22 PM Tuesday 29 June, 2004

I forgot to mention that I was talking about the larger Sigma APO Macro 180mm f/2.8 lens and not the smaller f/5.6 non-APO version.


6. From : GLOBETROTTER (globetrotterworld@hotmail.com)
Url : http://globetrotterworld.co.uk
Date : 11:18 PM Tuesday 29 June, 2004

Just arrived back after whirlwind tour of USA & France and looking forward to seeing results when I send in the films for E6 processing. I decided to leave behind half my gear, including the AF 300mm f/4 and AF 180mm f/2.8 lenses to cut down on baggage, but did take a 24mm wide angle plus a few newly-bought lenses to test during the trip (including the manual version Nikon 300mm f/2.8 EDIF plus converter and a 180mm f/2.8 macro). My partner took along her lightweight kit of 20-35mm, 180mm macro and a 75-300 plus flash.

I've been really impressed with the incredible quality and build of the Sigma 180mm APO macro (manual version) and was wondering if anyone has tried this particular lens in Pentax mount? Sharpness seems to even surpass my Nikkor AF 180mm f/2.8 and is better than both the Nikkor 200 f/4 Micro and Pentax AF Macro 100mm f/2.8 for close-up subjects. Build quality also is incredible and far more rubust than the latest version Sigma 180mm f/3.5 EX Macro or Tamron 180mm f/3.5 Macro lenses. Regarding the photo of the lens on the Pentax LX with motordrive & 250-back - It is not one of the fast 'M' lenses and is obviously one of the older K SMC lenses with its 'green' multi-coating, rather than the later magenta look of SMC-M or SMC-A lenses. It could possibly be the SMC 135mm f/2.5 (or maybe the SMC 50mm f/1.2). I used to own these lenses, but haven't got one now to double check.


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Date : 12:07 AM Tuesday 29 June, 2004

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8. From : AB (handmaid@fsmail.net)
Url : http://
Date : 06:53 PM Monday 28 June, 2004

Congrats, Ian. When I adjusted the focus on an LX I did it by altering the height of the rubber bumper, I was replacing the bumper anyway so it made sense. I kept sanding it down, push fitting and testing to get the focus right before cementing in place. When done I did a final test by photographing a ruler placed pointing diagonally away from the tripod mounted camera, using the 85mm 1.4 wide open. Depth of field at this close distance is millimetres. I made a note of which increments I was focussing on and compared when I got the prints back. From what I could tell, focus might have been 1mm out but this is negligible in practice and trying to get it any closer would likely have made it worse. 135mm 1.8 doesn't have any writing when viewed from the front; it is also a fair bit fatter. AB


9. From : Ian (ian@ity.co.uk)
Url : http://
Date : 08:38 PM Saturday 26 June, 2004

I was Just about to re-wind my test film and put my 2nd body back in for warranty (mirror height) when I spotted some decent screw drivers I'd bought for a job ages ago. Ah what the the hell I thought, give it one more go. Bingo! Locking screw came loose! five or so adjustments (running out the back door to find a genuine infinity to check against) later and YEAH!!!! Sorted, bang-on. Thanks for the info and support guys! - Ian.


10. From : Ian (ian@ity.co.uk)
Url : http://
Date : 07:53 AM Saturday 26 June, 2004

Anton, awesome tip! (lens in the window). I vaguely remember the idea as a tip for killing lens fungus (which, now you come to mention it, I should try with my M50 1.7). As regards the green lens on the 250 bulk back LX pic, my guess is A* 135 f/1.8. Intriguing. - Ian.


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