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1. From : Jay Hart (ibcom@onebox.com)
Url : http://
Date : 02:17 PM Friday 03 October, 2003

PAt, Where do you live, and where did you have your last repair?
--Jay and/or Mico


2. From : Mico (micolx@netscape.net)
Url : http://
Date : 06:27 AM Friday 03 October, 2003

Correction to my previous posting: I gave them GRADUALY (by 1/2F stop) under and over-exposed negatives, and there, of course, was one with correct exposure. So, comparing correct one with others at 8x10 or so would show image degradation, although at 4x6 they all look fine. M.


3. From : Mico (micolx@netscape.net)
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Date : 05:55 AM Friday 03 October, 2003

Phil, Jay is right, prints are far from beeing reliable test source. Once, I tested my lokal 1-hour print facility (excelent, B.T.W.) by giving them exactly the same subject, under and over exposed by 3 full F stops. All prints were 100% identical! Film was FUJI PRESS 400, and the lab uses Kodak paper and chemicals. Of course, those were 4x6 prints.I am sure that at 8x10 I would be able to see difference, at least in graines and color saturation. So, test with print film. M.


4. From : Jay Hart (ibcom@onebox.com)
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Date : 05:07 AM Friday 03 October, 2003

The MZ-S is very good, wait six months and get it upgraded: faster motor, new AF sensor, possibly a booster drive too. It does not quite feel like an LX, but it does feel better than any other Pentax AF. --Jay


5. From : Pat (patrick.powell1@virgin.net)
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Date : 03:54 AM Friday 03 October, 2003

Hi, I'm new to this site so apologies if my questions have been raised before.

1. I own two LX's and both now have "sticky mirror" problems (one for the second time); my question is, where is the best place to send for repair? Pentax UK or is there somewhere else that offers better service? 2. I have been using an MZ-5N but just don't feel happy with the lightweight plastic drop me and I'll shatter feel. Any LX users tried the MZ-S and how does it stand up to being "well used"? Regards Pat


6. From : Phil Ashman (genesisphil@hotmail.com)
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Date : 01:45 AM Friday 03 October, 2003

Thanks Ian I'll make a note of that Phil


7. From : Ian (ian@ity.co.uk)
Url : http://
Date : 01:33 AM Friday 03 October, 2003

Jacobs appear to stock them. Branches all over the UK. http://www.jacobs-digital.co.uk/content.php?categoryId=420 Hope this is of some help.


8. From : Phil Ashman (genesisphil@hotmail.com)
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Date : 12:25 AM Friday 03 October, 2003

Thanks Jay I appreciate what you say about print film and the latitude available in processing. Of course I will be testing with silde film a.s.a.p. It was just that I thought a quick, cheap and instant sort of test would at least confirm, one way or the other, if the shutter was being released normally at the correct speed, or if at the indicated speeds on the led readout. I feel sure from the results that all is OK as I was testing 5.6 against f32 and assume that even printing latitudes would not deal with that amount of difference if the shutter was being released at the same speed - especially as I could 'hear' the speed changes as I stopped down the aperture.
It was not so much a normal lens test but more of a meter test. Only time will tell and I did of course also compare the manual speed setting results against the auto and could see no marked difference. If modern printing techniques from negatives are now that good then I'll not need to worry about under/over exposure ever again unless doing slides!
It's good to get all this feedback and views as it can only serve to improve my photography. I am of course still undecided if to keep the sigma converter or change to kenko and hope someone has some info on UK dealers. Thanks Phil


9. From : Jay H. (ibcom@onebox.com)
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Date : 01:34 PM Thursday 02 October, 2003

Phil, My Pentax A 100mm 2.8 Macro has a rear element group which protrudes a bit, perhaps yours does too? It would prohibit putting certain teleconvertors on it, for the rear element group of the lens would touch the entry element of some teleconvertors as such. This interference would prohibit mounting the actual mount,not making joining the two possible. If you can't find Kenko there, we can steer you to mail order in the USA. DO any of our British contributors know an outlet for Kenko in the UK? --Jay


10. From : Jay Hart (ibcom@juno.com)
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Date : 09:50 AM Thursday 02 October, 2003

Phil, Prints actually cannot give an accurate test of exposure. The reason is some processors and paper in combination with negatives grant two stops of processing latitude. This means exposure on the negatives can be that far off and still print OK with some processors. Only a roll of slide film, then viewed with a loop on a light table, or projected as slides, will accurately tell of exposure being true. This will also show you how much more color is available in a saturated transparency emulsion over a negative emulsion. --Jay


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