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1. From : Ian (ian@ity.co.uk)
Url : http://
Date : 10:07 AM Thursday 15 January, 2004

Anton, Kodak on-line are doing 1.5:1 ratio prints (film).


2. From : Anton (handmaid@fsmail.net)
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Date : 01:37 AM Wednesday 14 January, 2004

Okay, a bit of a rant. I frequently use Jessops to develop and print non-critical film. They are situated two minutes from me and they can have it done in an hour, the results are usually good and if not I can talk to someone face to face. For more critical work I use Peak Imaging, they are better but cost more and can take over two weeks door to door. I often order 7.5 X 5 from Peak Imaging but Jessops only do 7 X 5. I have come to find this increasingly infuriating, 7 X 5 simply doesn't fit the 35mm frame so the prints always have something cut off unless I leave a huge margin around the subject. What on earth is the point (more than 50 years after its inception) of supplying a print size that doesn't fit the format? How sensible is that? Absolutely ridiculous IMO.Anton

p.s. an email fired off to HQ has brought no response and the girl in the shop simply tried to calm me down; she couldn’t really understand what my problem was.


3. From : Jay Hart (ibcom@onebox.com)
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Date : 11:49 AM Sunday 11 January, 2004

To answer your question, all ttl Pentax dedicated flash units will work with the LX, however, not all flash functions available for AF will work with the LX. The contacts, however, have not changed since the LX as the first TTL Flash Pentax camera. The USA Pentax site has a literature section where one can download free the manuals for this and many other Pentax products. --JH


4. From : john ibanez (urbanbkny@yahoo.com)
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Date : 05:55 AM Saturday 10 January, 2004

does anyone know if the pentax af-500ftz flash operates TTL with the LX?


5. From : Jay Hart (ibcom@onebox.com)
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Date : 12:53 PM Thursday 08 January, 2004

Mico, This has been my experience with the converter as well. I notice now that Henry's of Canada is auctioning off 1.4 ex APOs which end up going for from $50-65.00 US--also quite a bargain. Right now I debate between the lens you have and the Sigma 100-300 f4 IF ex APO. Which way to go for usefulness? Later, J


6. From : Mico (micolx@netscape.net)
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Date : 09:19 AM Thursday 08 January, 2004

Jay, I have finally tested SIGMA 1.4X, but only with F*300/4.5 . It seems to be very good piece of glass, since results with F*300+1.4X at F.5,6(1/2 F-stop down)looks pretty much the same as F*300 alone, wide open. Lens set at F.6,7 + converter and it is a match for any single F*300 aperture setting. Thanks for good shopping advice. M.


7. From : Anton (handmaid@fsmail.net)
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Date : 09:01 AM Thursday 08 January, 2004

I'm sure that (one way or another) it'll work out fine with your LX, Ian. We must remember though, that LX's are on the way out. Jessops are expanding and looking to digital, digital, digital. Why would they want to honour the labour intensive repair of LX's and the like at (minimum) £100 a shot when they could flog an *istD with no comeback. In so many years time there will be no functional LX's at all, so enjoy them while you can and accept the ever increasing running costs... what the heck. AB


8. From : Ian (ian@ity.co.uk)
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Date : 03:17 AM Thursday 08 January, 2004

Well, it's gone for repair. Including a typed note on the faults. Fingers are crossed. They said it'll go to PJ's for repair, well, for the quote anyway. If it's too expensive it'll come back. I'll be fine with an exchange. It's good to see Jessops have so many on the stock list. As I mentioned before, Jessops are no longer taking on second-hand stock (part ex's). So expect LX stuff to dwindle to zero. I'm sure this will be a good thing for the independant second hand stockists though. Regarding twiddle the knob, I think I tried it a while back, to no avail. Thanks for the tip though. - Ian.


9. From : Anton (handmaid@fsmail.net)
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Date : 01:55 AM Wednesday 07 January, 2004

Ian, I don't think overlapping is acceptable, see what Jessops can do about it. They have about 7 LX's scattered amongst their shops, I'm sure they'll swap it if need be. Regarding the mirror lock-up, here's a snippet from the PDML recently: 'Remember when we were talking in the bar I showed you a little trick about the mirror lock-up. All you do is put your finger on the button and turn in clockwise a few times and presto the mirror-lockup works.' Let us know if it works for you. AB


10. From : Jay Hart (ibcom@onebox.com)
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Date : 01:52 AM Wednesday 07 January, 2004

Feelings. Even for the problem solving engineering types of personalities, like us, the moral failure of technology to meet our expectations is quite disappointing. Reliability and credibility issues come up for all gear, requiring a posture or philosophy of tolerance and endurance for downtime, and repair. I have a shelf for this in my office space. If I do not have time or cash flow to get something fixed immediately, it kind of stares me in the face at some level.

So, what do you want? A reliable, non-overlapping, non-space introducing, predictable photographic tool. I know you will miss it for a season, but, if you got it from a dealer with the promise and pledge of a warranty to fix its presenting problems, and you need these changes addressed, why not pass it back to the dealer to fulfill their pledge of reliability of their used product? A store I use here in Boulder, Colorado, has an excellent repair dept., and a used gear warranty. I have no second thoughts on getting them, or through them Pentax USA, to bring the body back up to specifications. One simply has an inner posture of "standing" and quietly insisting that they do what they pledged to do. If they then try to get out of it by saying they will refund, one simply stands and quietly insists for the alternative, repair, as originally agreed. If they have to eat some money in the orchestration, it is just the risk they were willing to take on representing the product and its backing, where so.

Someone wrote something about Jessops not exchaning parts now. What does that mean? If something was purchased with one agreement, that agreement stands. For policy to change, they still have to honor preexisting policy, warranty, and agreement, when such was entered into at such and such a time and place. Excepting the shutter itself, the mechanism is still available and adjustable here, including parts. I'd get this fixed, and fixed while parts are still available, for another 10-15 years of reliability. What do you think? --Jay


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