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1. From : Ian (ian@ity.co.uk)
Url : http://
Date : 08:56 PM Tuesday 06 January, 2004

Thanks for the advice guys. I can live with the frame spacing, although the last two frames on that C41 are overlapping. So, the last 4 frames are affected. I'll let you know how it goes, I'm taking it in for the mirror lock today. Just hoping it doesn't take for ever to get back. Mico, you did indeed warn me. Just bad luck I guess, that very first test film I shot showed nothing wrong. -Ian.


2. From : Anton (handmaid@fsmail.net)
Url : http://
Date : 03:45 PM Tuesday 06 January, 2004

I would venture a guess that it's an early PENTAX problem. The 6X7 is well known for it (I believe the 67II is still guilty) and it seems the KX, MX and LX do it. Anyone know about Spotmatics and the ME Super etc? AB


3. From : Mico (micolx@netscape.net)
Url : http://
Date : 09:42 AM Tuesday 06 January, 2004

Ian, it looks very much as the one of the common MX/LX(Type1)transport problems, and if you remember, I told you to look for it prior to LX purchase. I had some mint MX cameras before exibiting the same problem. As Anton said, do not bother as long as you do not get overlaped frames. Winder should make it better, but as soon as you take it off-there it is. I do not beleive that Jessops will take it back, since it is very expensive repair. I know, it looks ugly, just do not pay attention.


4. From : Anton (handmaid@fsmail.net)
Url : http://
Date : 08:10 AM Tuesday 06 January, 2004

Book looks great, Globetrotter. Congrats.

I've never checked frame spacing (except on my 6X7 as they are notorious for being all over the place. My 6X7 IS all over the place but doesn't overlap so my tech said, "don't worry"... so I don't). Just looked at some 35mm negs and frame spacing is variable, one pair of frames extremely close. I then realised that this roll was taken on my KX (serviced and not had that much use from new). I looked at another set, variable again, this lot were on my MX (again, it's been serviced). I checked an LX set and these were bang on (I use a winder). Just this minute gone through some more LX negs and they all look good. The LX has the function of being able to rewind to a previous frame and re-expose for a double exposure so registration must be pretty accurate. On the other hand unless you use this function (I never have and don't imagine I will in this age of computers) I don't see that accuracy of registration is a big deal as long as frames don't overlap. So Ian, I would see what Jessops say - I doubt they'll undertake a transport overhaul. I would use the camera some more to check frames don't overlap and if they don't... try to forget about it. AB


5. From : GLOBETROTTER (globetrotterworld@hotmail.com)
Url : http://globetrotterworld.co.uk
Date : 02:33 AM Tuesday 06 January, 2004

Ian - One of my old LX's used to have the same problem....larger gaps than normal between frames. The black frame gaps (unexposed sections of film) were consistant, so I never bothered to get it fixed, as all other functions were normal. I used it as a spare body, and it received a heck of a lot of use over a 10-year period. Yes, I suppose I didn't get a full roll, but you can normally squeeze 37 or 38 frames out of a 36-exposure roll, so I could get around 35-36 frames from the 'faulty body. However, if each black gap between frames is of a differnt width, then it is slipping inside the chamber, and you'll need to get a repair job done!


6. From : Ian (ian@ity.co.uk)
Url : http://
Date : 02:01 AM Tuesday 06 January, 2004

News Flash: Jessops have stopped part-exchange. Including digital. Until further notice.


7. From : Ian (ian@ity.co.uk)
Url : http://
Date : 01:55 AM Tuesday 06 January, 2004

Thanks for the list Jay. Nice idea.

Oh dear. I've just got a roll of C41 back from processing (mandatory xmas family snaps), and I've noticed that the frame registration towards the end of the film has gone to pot. So, of course, I've now checked the last two rolls (Tri-X), and yep, it's happened to one of those rolls too. One frame with long gap, one short etc. I don't like the look of this at all. Go ahead and give me the bad news. I know this LX is under warranty, but this sounds expensive. I presume they may want to do a money back/exchange, and I quite like this body. -Ian.


8. From : GLOBETROTTER (globetrotterworld@hotmail.com)
Url : http://www.globetrotterworld.co.uk
Date : 07:14 PM Monday 05 January, 2004

A great list of useful information there, Jay! Here is a link to the website for my new book: www.globetrotters-quest.com


9. From : Jay Hart (ibcom@onebox.com)
Url : http://
Date : 07:05 AM Monday 05 January, 2004

Pentax Resource List beyond the LX body (for lenses, reviews, support, inkjet printing, etc.), for the LX photographer:

http://www.bdimitrov.de/kmp/
http://www.camerareview.com/
http://www.aohc.it/
http://www.pentaxuser.co.uk/
http:www.photographyreview.com/Lenses/
http://www.fredmiranda.com/reviews/
http://www.takinami.com/yoshihiko/photo/lens_test/
http://www.photographyreview.com/Lenses/PSC_3787crx.aspx
http://www.jdhphotography.com/pentax-35mmlens/index.html
http://ca.geocities.com/spirope/pentlens.html
http://pug.komkon.org/
http://www.pentax.com/
http://webhome.idirect.com/~spirop/pentlens.html
http://www.photodo.com/
http://www.photozone.de/bindex2.html
http://frozenmoments.virtualave.net/BlueBook/PhotographyBlueBook.htm
http://www.sigmaphoto.com/html/lenschart.htm
http://stans-photography.info/
http://www.kenrockwell.com/nikon/kenko.htm
http://greenfield.fortunecity.com/deercreek/733/big1/index.html
http://www.mkwphotography.com/Sidekick.htm
http://www.intro2020.co.uk/tokina.html
http://www.hotbuyelectronics.com/default.htm
http://www.kirkphoto.com/products.html
http://www.nimh.batterysupply.com/
http://www.rtsphoto.com/html/studbal.html
http://www.unidiscountfilm.com/catalog1.asp?Cat=215&Cat=216&Cat=220
http://www.tripodhead.com/
http://www.richardhess.com/photo/camsup.htm
http://h0060971a2bec.ne.client2.attbi.com/pk/0/
http://reviews.iwon.com/pscPhotographyReview/PLS_3111_911crx.aspx
http://meltingpot.fortunecity.com/honduras/198/wz30.htm
http://danielalage.9p.org.uk/dicas/lentes.htm
http://cameras.about.com/library/weekly/aa110800a.htm?iam=savvy&terms=printer+scanner+digital+camera
http://cameras.about.com/cs/formatdigital/tp/index.htm?iam=savvy&terms=printer+scanner+digital+camera
http://www.euro-photo.net/cgi-bin/epn/showthread.asp?Thread=717
http://www.acesclub.com/shop/Product.asp?sku=ISTD
http://www.amvona.com/shop/
http://fixyourownprinter.com/cgi-bin/public/forum.pl
http://photojpn.org/HIST/hist1.html
http://www.tamron.com/
http://medfmt.8k.com/third/cult.html
http://medfmt.8k.com/bronpl.html

Enjoy--Jay


10. From : Jay Hart (ibcom@onebox.com)
Url : http://
Date : 01:19 AM Monday 05 January, 2004

Pat, I think I forgot to add that an AL Pentax lens designation means attempted APO color resolution (apochromatic, three primary colors focused to the film plane). This is achieved using an LD or ED special glass element or elements in the optical formula. This becomes essential to some zooms and long telephotos not having color fringing or off axis color flare.
With some zoom lens formulas having 18 pieces of glass, though not so with most lenses, such elements too become part of the complex physics and math to make a lens work. --Jay


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