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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 : Phil Ashman (genesisphil@hotmail.com)
Url : http://
Date : 11:49 PM Tuesday 07 October, 2003

Thanks Jay I apologise for any mistake made. I'm pleased to know the mails were from you and were indeed clean. I must have picked it up somewhere else, it just seemed such coincidence that I had read your mails only minutes before. I use Norton AV and take great care, this was the 1st one I have had, but obviously I let something through!!! Anyway OK now as luckily it was quarantined and deleted before any harm done. Cheers Phil


2. From : Jay Hart (ibcom@onebox.com)
Url : http://
Date : 12:35 PM Tuesday 07 October, 2003

P., Yes, like Globetrotter, I have a half dozen e-mail addresses, each one normally dedicated to a particular branch of business or research project of mine. Yes, I sent your requested information on other film, Fuji Velvia, as a much better film than Sensia (Velvia comes in two ISO sensitivities and is the color King by available density. I did send also further comments on your soon coming teleconvertor, which affirmed Tony's comments as holding. I did a scan and found no such virus, and a utility file search and found no such titled hidden or obvious file, with extension. Perhaps the server or mail agency attached it or added what you are referring to? What antivirus program do you use? I assume as with any exe file or program start extension, open it and install with a price. I just cleaned two exe extension files off of a friend's mailorder website e-mail order response circle...but her other e-mails have already cross-pollenated. So, it saturates and resaturates the response circle. What to do? --Jay


3. From : Mico (micolx@netscape.net)
Url : http://
Date : 12:29 PM Tuesday 07 October, 2003

Ian, 99% of all slide films I take ( and slide film is 90% of what I use for the past 3-4 years) has been taken with LX set on MANUAL mode. Plus, difficulty of using polarizing filters all the time, etc. No bracketing, except in very tricky light conditions, and I am almost all the time where I should be. Practice, it is not the same as with MX. And bare on mind that LX does not display 1/2 f. stop like MX does, or even 1/3 when two LEDs are flickering together, best you can get is 1/2f. stop. That hapens, again, when you catch two LEDs "on" at the same time. Or even better, when you change the aperture setting for 1/2f.stop and the LED does not change, that is a good point for precise calculation. M.


4. From : Ian (ian@ity.co.uk)
Url : http://
Date : 08:13 AM Tuesday 07 October, 2003

Great news! The LX passed the film test. Other good news is I'm having difficulty finding any softening from the fungus. Psychologically I'm struggling to trust a fungus lens, but I'll be dammed if I can find anything in the scans (@5400dpi). I did notice that the LX does not manual meter anywhere near as accurately as the MX does. I can live with that. So, having passed the exposure/shutter tests I went out and treated it to a used FB-1/FC-1 pentaprism combo. Superb! On my mother-of-all-tripods Manfrotto (#117 + massive #128LP video head) It's a problem getting my face and therefore eye near the viewfinder (night shots etc). The FC-1 is a perfect solution. I also bought a roll of Tri-X, a bottle of HC-110 and dug-up my Paterson tank. I'm having a ball! It's nice to be back in the land of the silver-halide. All I have to deal with now is the confusion over the new development times of (new) Tri-X. I'm guessing at 400asa/20c/6mins (Kodak are showing 3.75mins, huh???). It's been a real pleasure communicating with you guys. More later....


5. From : Phil Ashman (genesisphil@hotmail.com)
Url : http://
Date : 03:13 AM Tuesday 07 October, 2003

Jay (URGENT) This is a difficult message to post for reasons I hope you will appreciate. Did you send me 2 emails today about films and the 1.7 converter? The reason I ask is that they were not from your email address that is shown on the forum but were from jaych.1@juno.com. Naturally I opened them as they had titles I recognised and began with jay, but straight after my antivirus software detected and quarantined a trojan called download.exe -very small, a few K and it would seem not too bad. I got rid of it but only after replying to the emails.

I'm not too well up on how things work but my son says that people even copy email addresses and send very convincing mails that in fact carry virus's (A lot got caught recently opening ones they thought Microsoft had sent) Maybe you do have another address and if so are not aware that you carry a virus which attaches to your emails? Thought it best to post this message to be on safe side. Phil


6. From : Jay Hart (ibcom@onebox.com)
Url : http://
Date : 02:09 PM Monday 06 October, 2003

Amen to all of Mico's comments on lens choice. I have an M, A, and F 50 f 1.7. I love them all! I only carry one at a time though. I wonder, Mico, if you have ever tried the 35-105 f 3.5 A series? I use it often.

It seems no pro here really thinks the non radically expensive zooms amount to what primes amount to. I have found some good performers, at certain apertures among past and present Pentax zooms. Has anyone tried the FA 28-105 f 3.2-4.5 AL with 58mm filter size? Just curious as to personal results. Like Mico, I hold onto the SMC F 28-80 as being one of the better of that focal length made over the years (most following it were dogs, except the 28 to 70s). How is the 24-90, f 3.5? Do any here have experience with it? How are the 28 f 2.8 FA AL, the 35mm FA AL? We do know the 24mm f 2 AL excells. Many lens tests have it a jump ahead of the Nikkor 24 f 2.8, and two jumps ahead of the Sigma 24 1.8 ex. I will read with interest Tony's comparison of the two 24s, one from Pentax and one from Sigma he has now tried on Velvia. Any other newer optics anyone is taken with? Canon has to put extra nonflare fixed diaphragms into its lenses to come close to SMC results, where else does Pentax take on the big boys, even beating them at their game?

By the way, IS lenses can be problematic, for, many such optics when locked on a tripod, not when in handheld movement, actually blur images instead of make them better. They are designed to compensate for motion, not to improve steady shots.--Jay


7. From : Mico (micolx@netscape.net)
Url : http://
Date : 12:32 PM Monday 06 October, 2003

Ian, if I was in your shoes, I would not replace fungus "M"50/1.7 with any short zoom - replace it with 50/1.7 AND the short zoom if you like. This is probably the best standard lens around, from any manufacturer. 50/1.4 is nice, but more expensive and not any better optically, at least from my experience. 50/1.2 is like a tank, heavy as my "F" 28-80 (390gr.) and so-so optically, which means less sharp than other 50s and with reduced contrast. Also, you can put a down-payment for a house or buy another LX for a price. 40/2.8 is small and light, but it is a pain to put on or remove it from the camera since there is no finger support (white plastic dot) on it. Aperture and focusing rings are also dificult to operate. I had a two of them and was not impressed with optical quality. Decent, but 50/1.7 or even 50/2.0 are better. Over-priced too. So, go for "A" or "F" 50/1.7 (latter recomended for better build quality) and even "M" if you do not care about digital future with Pentax. Jay and Ian, thank you for your nice words, I am happy to share my experience and help others if I can. M.


8. From : Jay H. (ibcom@onebox.com)
Url : http://
Date : 07:14 AM Monday 06 October, 2003

Patrick, the second lead miscopied, it should read: http://www.penta-club.org/penta/archive/2001/004/p_equip_eng.shtml


9. From : Jay Hart (ibcom@onebox.com)
Url : http://
Date : 07:12 AM Monday 06 October, 2003

Patrick, As for interchange on the MZ-S see the following user reviews and comments: http://www.photographyreview.com/PRD_85185_3105crx.aspx http://www.penta-clubub.org/penta/archive/2001/004/p_equip_eng.shtml


10. From : Pat (patrick.powell@virgin.net)
Url : http://
Date : 03:18 AM Monday 06 October, 2003

Thanks to Jay - for replies to recent post. Jay suggests I contact Globetrotter about advice on the quality of Pentax UK repair service. Has any one else got recent experience of Pentax UK LX servicing? Has anyone any experience of how long "sticky mirror" repair lasts before problem occurs again? I read some time ago serial numbers give no clue to LX age, is this correct? Does anyone know of an MZ-S forum? Regards Pat


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