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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 : Anton (handmaid@fsmail.net)
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Date : 06:09 PM Sunday 25 January, 2004

Wondered where everybody was; you're made of sterner stuff than I, Mico. I've taken to using a 2X converter on my Pentax 67 so my 105mm f2.4 standard lens become 210mm f5.6 (equivalent to 105mm on 35mm format) this is a good length for portraits and as the minimum focus distance remains the same with converters, it now goes close enough for head shots. I've been using the lens set at f5.6 (effective aperture f11).

Question: Will the depth of field be that for the lens set at f5.6 or does the addition of the converter extend the depth of field to that of f11? As this could equally apply to lenses on an LX I figure I'm not off topic.

An ex-student of mine Kaz - she's a great young jazz singer with a lovely voice - is recording her first album this week, she's has asked if I can be around in the studio to keep an ear out and generally encourage, suggest, coach and I will do so with pleasure. It is also an opportunity to take some studio 'action' shots. I know it's a bad idea to use unknown film on important shoots but I've bought some Tri-X after seeing Ian's shots. I shall take LX's, my fast lenses, a monopod, bean bag, flash and some 1600 and 3200 ISO film just in case, but I'm looking for grainy reportage type results, I'm hoping Tri-X (and me) will do it. Any thoughts, suggestions? AB


2. From : Mico (micolx@netscape.net)
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Date : 08:25 AM Sunday 25 January, 2004

Just returned from the assignement in Nothern Quebec. For the record only, average temperature was -30C, reaching -48C with wind chill. Any problem with my LX`s after cca. 40 rolls - of course not. M.


3. From : poker_player (freepokerbonuses@yahoo.com)
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Date : 09:14 PM Thursday 22 January, 2004

Congratulations on your website

I'm happy to find that you have made this page in USA.


4. From : Jay Hart (ibcom@onebox.com)
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Date : 12:53 AM Tuesday 20 January, 2004

Using the LX is first secured by a complete and critical look at its manual. Then go to your local library and read and pay attention to photography how to application books. Further, look at the work of various photographers and decide what subject matter and styles you like and begin to imitate these. If you wish to purchase books on approaches to certain subjects, name them here, and many here can recdommend some author/photographer mentors for textual guidance accordingly.

Another consideration is whether to shoot slides (most pros do because of color and detail), B % W negative, and/or color negative. Build a working knowledge of film and its applications to chosen subject matter as well. Photography has an aesthetic, a technology, a communicative quality, and an economy which work in balance to achieve outcomes. It is also good to choose a wide angle lens, a normal, and a telephoto and develop a working knowledge of these in application, in addition to using the camera as per the manual. If you do not have a manual download it from the Pentax USA website under literature.

Another notion to key into in your research is to discover the four working principles of depth of field (what affects depth of field), composition in relationship to subject and background, and to begin to notice and compute observations on the type and quality of light in a given scene. --jay


5. From : alfred (avant_arinze@yahoomail.com)
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Date : 03:04 AM Monday 19 January, 2004

Sir? Madam, Pls I want to have a full info on how to use the y2k pentax cam.I'm just new into the art and have no former knoweledge of the usage but have developed a keen interest to know how to use this cam. Pls update me with latest info on the useage n how to gat the desired production of photografs Thanks Avant


6. From : Jay (ibcom@onebox.com)
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Date : 12:25 PM Friday 16 January, 2004

Look down the listings on the site until you come to my Pentax resource website listing page. There is a reference site there to the history of the LX, and its production, and other relevant material, as you cruise these. Be prepared to pay $3,000 for this body out of Japan--if you can locate one. This is where it was released for local sale. Otherwise, a well-preserved preowned LX with the two meter switches can cost from $300.00 up to $1200.00. As for the ringflash, I'll bow to my UK friends to steer your inquiry to a source. If you need to source outside the UK let me know. --Jay


7. From : DALE (BLSSTLS@AOL.COM)
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Date : 09:58 AM Friday 16 January, 2004

I UNDERSTAND PENTAX MADE OR, STILL MAKES THE LX 2000, IS THE CAMERA STILL IN PRODUCTION? AND WHERE CAN I PURCHASE ONE DALE


8. From : Dr David Horobin (davidhorobin@ukonline.co.uk)
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Date : 01:44 AM Friday 16 January, 2004

I am looking for a Pentax AF080C ring flash for use in my clinical work - an old one is nearly worn out. If anyone has one for sale could they please e-mail me on davidhorobin@ukonline.co.uk Many thanks, David Horobin


9. From : Anton (handmaid@fsmail.net)
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Date : 01:28 AM Friday 16 January, 2004

But what has paper size got to do with dieting after Christmas?... minimising waist... geddit? Okay, pretty poor. So instead of wasting a strip of paper you waste the whole sheet because you cut the girls nose off. Surely photographic paper is specialist anyway (it's rarely A4) so if it's specialist, make it fit, particularly as 35mm must have been/is by far the most popular format with billions??? of prints being made over its lifetime - gosh I'm talking as if 35mm is dead. Anyway, to get back on topic, Robin supplied a lever and screw for my LX winder so I'm fully tooled up again. AB


10. From : Ian (ian@ity.co.uk)
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Date : 11:45 PM Thursday 15 January, 2004

Oops! Nope, they don't do a 7.5x5. I agree though, I never quite understood 10x8 or for that matter 7x5 as it doesnt relate to 35mm. I believe that it's to do with sheet sizes in manufacturing (minimizing waste etc.) Kodak on line do 6x9, 10x15 and 12x18, which of course are all perfect for uncropped 35mm scans. But no use if you just want your C41 back in one hour. - Ian.


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