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1. From : Ian (ian@ity.co.uk)
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Date : 09:24 AM Saturday 13 December, 2003

Hi Guys! Now have LX Winder (nice condition) and Grip-B. Superb, lovely kit with damn fine acoustics. Just for the record, dealings with Anton were exemplary and as such, highly recommended. Thanks Anton. On the subject of CCD's etc. Has anyone seen results from the Foveon chipped Sigma 9/10 DSLR? I just wondered if it's colour rendition is as good as they're claiming (not having to Bayer interpolate etc.). - Ian.


2. From : Jay Hart (ibcom@onebox.com)
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Date : 05:48 AM Friday 12 December, 2003

Mico, Obviously the issue of D *ist reliability interests us both. I tested these because of this. This is a manual focus, amazingly sharp 200mm optic (as good as the Pentax 200 f 2.8 FYI, and I've never seen this one for sale used. I use it with the old Vivitar matched multiplier for their 70-205 f3.5, 4.5, for backpacking and having an amazing with combo 400mm equivalent. I own an autofocus 400; so to keep and use this combination, which becomes an f 6.3, it rivals the prime, and is better on two f stops than it). Certainly the D*ist AF indicator, as borrowed and used in that camera body for my test, could be off, or my eyes (with contact lenses in them), or the backfocus, or the sensor face filter, as mentioned.

To purchase a 6 MP digital SLR, as is the D *ist, which yield an 18 MB file, it has to have accurate focus. This is essential, or else I need at least a 10MP body, if not especially sharp and color accurate. So, I was running this test for decision making. Frankly, it is doubtful the SLRs will have only 6MP sensors in about 6 months, so I debate waiting, and waiting for all the bugs out of the Pentax in the meantime, where any may prove to exist. I am used to a 15-19MP 6X 4.5 digital back, which is wonderful and very accurate, and, the results of which are quite marketable.

You summarize and mention one or two tests which compare these two bodies I mentioned, and another or the same test you cite which mentions the AF may be off. I assume this too could be the AF in foucs indicator, when used on MF in the same body.
Please forward to me the test locations which you mention, that I may see their own findings on the reliability of the current Pentax D SLR. It feels OK in my hands, much better than the new massive, 5MP, Olympus 4:3 digital camera system (and is at least $1000 less in cost), and less cumbersome than the Nikon D100 (which has good user control layout, and a good feel, but is very much too large compared to the D *ist). The Canon is the only other Digital small format SLR in the running for me, because the Fuji, with a great sensor array, is the same body as the Nikon. But to changeover lenses for small format work would prove unnecessary if I can get what I need out of the Pentax bodies to come, or this one (if exceptionally sharp and colorful).

To date it appears the Canon has the best color, and the sensor in the Nikon and Pentax the best digital noise adjustments--all else being kind of equal. Globetrotter has pointed out the current limits of digital technology in the affordable SLR range: wait times for all to be go, limited burst and recovery rates as to taking a burst sequence, and, basically, price points. These are not deterents for my uses, but I want the best possible results (which Canon, Fuji, and Kodak now have at reasonable MP ratings for their professional bodies. But I do not like the mass of the Nikon body base for the Kodak and Fuji.
That leaves Canon's latest pro unit, and/or Pentax--if good. --Jay


3. From : Mico (micolx@netscape.net)
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Date : 03:32 AM Friday 12 December, 2003

Jay, did you try to focus manualy? Or it was MF lens? I have seen tests saying that *IST (like Canon 10D) may have problem with AF calibration. Also, comparative test of Nikon D100 and IST D, both with 50mm/1.4, showed same sharpnes, if not slightly better on IST D, along with IST`s superior colour rendition.


4. From : Jay Hart (ibcom@onebox.com)
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Date : 06:13 PM Thursday 11 December, 2003

Just tested the D* ist against the Nikon D 100. There may be a problem with the filter in front of the sensor on the Pentax. So far it is not as sharp as the Nikon, using exactly the same adaptall 2 lens. Remember, they use the same sensor, so either this body back focus distance is off, or the sensor protective filter is influencing the results. I get extremely good results with the lens, a 200 mm f 3.5 Adaptall 2 compact on film cameras. Stay tuned. --Jay


5. From : Peter (pklembara@juno.com)
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Date : 02:01 PM Thursday 11 December, 2003

Do you know where to buy: Pentax LX Milenium


6. From : Mico (micolx@netscape.net)
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Date : 12:04 PM Thursday 11 December, 2003

Jay, Sigma`s AF shaft is already past on my converter, so I have a nice copu of Pentax`s A 1.4X S. It was not only noise, manual focus on all my AF lenses, both F and FA, was stiff and harsh.


7. From : GLOBETROTTER (globetrotterworld@hotmail.com)
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Date : 08:18 PM Wednesday 10 December, 2003

I haven't changed religions from primes to zooms, Jay......just stating a good performance from one. I still have NO zooms in my camera bag.....only primes.

I might, maybe...possibly, buy a zoom in the 80-200mm f/2.8 range in the future.......but then again, the fixed lenses in the 80mm, 180mm and 200mm always seem to hold my attention!


8. From : Jay Hart (ibcom@onebox.com)
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Date : 04:25 PM Wednesday 10 December, 2003

Mico, I have not used an AF lens directly on manual focus with this converter because I have the Pentax I.4Xs for that. It has worked well with the AF lenses I have (four of them). Mine is both plastic and metal: plastic outer shell metal interior, and quality metal parts and linkages. Also, if you look at the AF shaft it is double geared inside the converter to prevent metering error with matrix metering. It may not be a good idea to disengage this. These gears are probably what you are hearing.

I also put it first on the body, then the Pentax 1.4X as a sandwich, then the lens, where I used both in concert with a lens. Or, I chose the manual PKA for manual focus, and the AF PKFA for the Autofocus lenses on autofocus--either/or by dedicated converter type. If you push down the lens lock button on the receiving side of the converter it disengages the AF converter mechanism (and leaves the mounted lens vulnerable to being twisted off on MF, without the snug-lock pin in place). I wonder if there may be a way to place another disengagement lever in the linkage between these two to just disengage the AF pin and not disengage the lens lock pin?

Since you say there is not plastic anywhere on yours, I wonder if we have the same one? The outer most barrel on mine is of plastic. There are two metal polished stainless color mounts, and the A contacts (FA actually) on both mounts, and the AF shaft, as split within the converter by the brass gears. Jay


9. From : Mico (micolx@netscape.net)
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Date : 11:43 AM Wednesday 10 December, 2003

Jay, I`ve just got Sigma 1.4X AF. It is not APO that is for sure, but looks very well built(all metal body, no trace of plastic)and has 5 elements/5 groups optical formula. Does not look like your APO 1.4X, it is very thin and resembles Pentax`s A 1.4X-S. I`ll see the optical quality soon. I will probablly remove AF coupling since all my AF lenses are grinding on manual focus when attached to converter. It happens even when lens+converter set is not on the camera.Can`t tell why, everything seems fine, but I do not mind AF with converter anyway. This Sigma 1.4X is a bargain even with shipping costs. Thanks for info again. M.


10. From : JAY HART (IBCOM@ONEBOX.COM)
Url : http://
Date : 03:18 AM Wednesday 10 December, 2003

Since this is an admission of a good long zoom, instead of a prime, Tony has seemingly changed religions along with mounts. Actually, unfortunately, this long zoom is only in S,N,C mounts, as with the 120-300 f2.8. The US Sigma site has said no plans exist for coming out with these in a Pentax mount. --Jay


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