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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 : Mico (micolx@netscape.net)
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Date : 01:22 AM Monday 08 September, 2003

Jay, thank you for your very detailed report on 70-210/4. I have 80-200/4.5 version 1, and it definitively better than version 2, both opticaly and mechanicaly. Version 1 is a copy of old and trusty "K" series zoom, there was no down-sizing in transition from "K" to "M". Version 2 is in fact very flimsy built, with a lot of plastic around, including lens barrel. There is less optical elements inside, and the only improvement was better minimum focusing distance (1,2 vs. 1,6 on version 1). So, I`ll probably go for "A" lens, althought I am very uncomfortable each time when changing something that works well. My sample is 10+ opticaly, and who knows whether the "A" replacement will be in the same range. Over time, I had a chance to compare a couple other 80-200 zooms with mine, and mine was the best. Same with the M-100/2.8, so at some point I picked up the best sample. Maybe only older Leitz optics had tight and standard optical consistency within same lens range. Avoiding "lemons" is my main concern when bying new/used optics.


2. From : J. Hart (ibcom@onebox.com)
Url : http://
Date : 11:53 AM Sunday 07 September, 2003

I forgot to mention, the portrait was shot with the FA 200 2.8, the macro fork with the FA 100 2.8, and the other one with the AJ wide angle zoom. --Jay


3. From : Jay Hart (ibcom@onebox.com)
Url : http://
Date : 11:48 AM Sunday 07 September, 2003

Petax *ist D sample photos were recently posted on the Pentax USA website FYI, Jay


4. From : Jay Hart (ibcom@onebox.com)
Url : http://
Date : 11:39 AM Sunday 07 September, 2003

Mico, Which version of the M 80-200 do you have, one or two? And which one do you view as the better one. I've heard two. They have different optical formulas. --Jay


5. From : Jay Hart (ibcom@onebox.com)
Url : http://
Date : 11:05 AM Sunday 07 September, 2003

Mico, I have had two A 70-210s; the first I sold because its zoom mechanism was quite loose. I bought them both at pawn shops for not a great investment. It is a great optical performer, both ends. Some published nature shots I've had blown up poster size from this lens. Definition holds. The one I kept is tight, clean, and works well. It has the FREE system rear group and is not useable with a 2X convertor, just the 1.4X. The FREE rear element group offers great color correction. It is not really heavy, but certainly is bigger than the M you have.

Jose Rodriguez also has this lens, maybe he'll offer his thoughts. It will zoom creep if pointed downward; they all do. It is at least an optical grade better than the M 80-200. But ensure that it is zoom tight, and carry it well protected. I can understand why you're shifting. The metering on the crippled units should only work in part with the A series, some metering selection types won't work.

I was thinking about getting rid of some Ms, but it does not wash. These are miniature lenses, and good ones, which I will retain for backpacking use. 20, 28, 35, 50, 85, 135: I may as well keep them (their optical value exceeds their relative dollar worth). The good As I have retained as well: 20, 28, 24-50 (stop it down), 50, 35-105, 70-210, Tamron 200 f3.5, Tokina ATX 100-300, the 300 A*, and 600 A*: all perform well (though the Tokina has better contrast than the Pentax 300). I have four autofocus carry overs, and am debating buying the 300 f2.8 Tokina, Pro autofocus, with the 300 series Kenko teleconvertors, or the Sigma 120-300 (not yet in a Pentax mount) or the new 80-400 antishake optic. I am waiting for test results on the last one before deciding. The first two considerations are excellent lenses. I may dump it all, like Globetrotter, and go Canon for the digital truth. I would just keep the M series for the LXs. Any thoughts? --Jay


6. From : Mico (micolx@netscape.net)
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Date : 12:09 AM Sunday 07 September, 2003

Anybody with experience on SMC-A 70-210/4.0 ? (Do not confuse with cheap "Takumar-A" versions). Even beter, compared with SMC-M 80-200/4.5 ... Have the later one, and I am very hapy with it, but I am having a chance to switch on "A" version in simple exchange. "M" is very compact and easy to use, while "A" is much heavier and more chunky. I am interested mainly in "A" optical performance. Reason - 1/2F stop extra and greater compatibility with coming "cripled" bodies including digital ones.


7. From : Anton Browne (handmaid@fsmail.net)
Url : http://
Date : 12:09 AM Saturday 06 September, 2003

Let me bring this back to the LX. Your bank account number and sort code appears on every cheque you write (at least it does in the UK) so loads of people get to see it. It is not the same as someone having your credit card number and date. No one can take money out of your account with this information, they can only deposit. I wanted to pay a seller for an LX (aha! There's the relevance) using an internet transfer from my account to his. This is sensible - it saves the postage costs, paper and the wait - but he got all coy about giving me his bank account details. This is ridiculous! I was understanding and polite and sent him a cheque but his fear is absurd.

So fear not, buy and sell your LX's without the hassle of cheques in the post, inject the money straight into the seller's account if they'll let you and vice versa.

Anton


8. From : Jay Hart (ibcom@onebox.com)
Url : http://
Date : 11:01 PM Friday 05 September, 2003

Mico, What, you have an adversity to totally fraudulant solicitations which lead to getting your bank account number and sending your personal funds to parties unknown in Africa and the Middle East? I must get three like pleas to give me millions a day, and actually had one fellow call me up to get "your account number" so that I could "receive" his "Mother's" millions, reportedly stashed away from the mishaps of one governmental overthrow or another--or was it because an account holder in a bank had died and left millions that just needed someone in the west to take them off their hands?????? Someone like "Dear Sir or Madam". Almost done with the scanner vs. digital origination piece for the website--Jay


9. From : Mico (oilmaster@junk.com)
Url : http://
Date : 10:49 PM Friday 05 September, 2003

O.K. Mr. God-Knows-From-Where-Scum-Maker, I`ll be glad to sell my LX for 10.5 Mil. US!!


10. From : BARR.ABDUL.E.BANGORE. (abdul-esq2003@juno.com)
Url : http://none
Date : 06:53 PM Friday 05 September, 2003

Attn :Dear Sir
With due regards,I am Barrister ABDUL.E.BANGORE (SAT), a solicitor at law, personal attorney to Mr.F.N.my friend, who used to work with Shell Development Company in Lome Togo. Here in after shall be referred to as my client. On the 21st of April 2001, my client, his wife and their only daughter were involved in a gastly car accident along Nouvissi express Road. All occupants of the vehicle unfortunately lost their lives.

Since then I have made several enquiries to your embassy here to locate any of my clients extended relatives,this has also proved unsuccessful. After these several unsuccessful attempts,I decided to track his last name over the foreing commision guestbook, to locate any member of his family hence I contacted you.I have contacted you to assist in repartrating the fund valued at USD$10.5 million left behind by my client before it get confisicated or declared unserviceable by the (ECOBANK PLC) here in Lome-Togo,where this huge amount were deposited.!
And now the bank has issued me a notice to provide the next of kin or have his account confisicated within the next twenty one official working days. Since I have been unsuccesfull in locating the relatives for over 2years now, I seek the consent to present you as the next of kin to the deceased since you have the same last names,so that the proceeds of this account can be paid to you.

Therefore, on receipt of your positive response, we shall then discuss the sharing ratio and modalities for transfer.I have all necessary information and legal documents needed to back you up for claim. All I require from you is your honest cooperation to enable us see this transaction through.I guarantee that this will be executed under legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law. Please get in touch with me through the above email or through my direct phone number for more details. urgent responce to this letter will be proudly appreciated.

Best Regards.
Barr.Abdul.E.Bangore(SAT)

ABDULBANGORE ESQ

15 RUE DU FRANCE

LOME-TOGO,WEST ADRICA.

TEL: + 228 9035855

FAX: + 228 2221149

Kindly Reply via office email : abdulbangore_chambers@justice.com




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