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1. From : Mico (micolx@netscape.net)
Url : http://
Date : 06:04 AM Wednesday 03 September, 2003

Jay, there is built-in Skylight filter, among other three, so Pentax took care of it. As I mentioned before, using filters with 18/3.5, in general,is useless because of the vigneting and front element curvature. Using polarizer (even the thinest ones) is out of the question, for same reasons. That was one of the reasons I sold it, but now I would not be so upset. So, forget about any other filter other than those built-in.


2. From : J. Hart (ibcom@onebox.com)
Url : http://
Date : 11:14 PM Tuesday 02 September, 2003

Mico, I recently read that the drawback of the 18mm was no in-line possibility of a UV or Skylight filter, unlike with some other dial in-line filter UWAs. Is this a drawback indeed, or does SMC deal adequately with the haze challenge on such a UWA by design nature? I also reviewed my Pentax literature which accompanied various lens purchases and found coincidentally Pentax, not me as in the past, not recommending Polarizers with UWAs because of increasing visible light fall-off as UWAs reach their peripheries, such use becoming counterproductive in their view to achieving polarization's purposes. I look forward to your answer on the first question. And thank you for your considered reply to date. --Jay


3. From : Matt P (matt@amscray.net)
Url : http://
Date : 09:02 PM Tuesday 02 September, 2003

My first introduction to the Pentax SLR family was a Super Program that has developed a problem, and I'm wondering if any of you might have some thoughts on a solution.

Basically, the film advance lever doesn't seem to be catching. It just moves across its entire range without any resistance, and my thought is that something is broken. I didn't hear any telltale rattle or snap, so I don't know when this happened.

Anyone have an idea how much something like this would cost to fix. Is it worth fixing on a camera like the Super Program?

Thanks!


4. From : GLOBETROTTER (globetrotterworld@hotmail.com)
Url : http://
Date : 05:43 PM Monday 01 September, 2003

The SMC 18mm F/3.5 was one of Pentax's best ultra-wide angles, and sharper than the 15mm. Some do sometimes show on Ebay.


5. From : Mico (micolx@netscape.net)
Url : http://
Date : 12:00 PM Monday 01 September, 2003

Again Jay, if you had in mind floating elements on 18/3.5, no there is nothing similar to that or aspheric, LD etc. There was very small and exotic number of 15/3.5 with Aspherical element, back in early 70`s but that is less affordable than 2000 LX Limited Edition.


6. From : Mico (micolx@netscape.net)
Url : http://
Date : 11:53 AM Monday 01 September, 2003

Jay, I had 18/3.5 for 10 years and sold it in 1997. And I still can not forget that to my self. Few months later I regreted, but finding decent 18/3.5 again was close to impossible. So, if you have any doubts about the offer you mentioned in your posting, just pass the lens to me! O.K. lets answer your question: 18/3,5 is very good to excelent opticaly, mechanic is 10, and I would dare to add + over 10, as for the SHIFT lens. There is slight light fall-off at the corners, but I could live with it. Comparing it with 15/3,5 (which I have never owned, but my good friend have it) is close to comparing F*300/4.5 and A 300/2.8 : big diference in size and price, but not so big in real-life picture quality. 15/3.5 was also too wide for me. Using srew-on filters is a bit tricky, since there is not enought free space around the glass to prevent vigneting. Even step-up ring can`t do much. Same problem as with old 24/3.5... Lens is better than M-20/4, I can not say about A-20/2.8, since I have never had one. My favorite now is FA-24/2.0 but, I would like to have the old beauty again. Who said I am going to change the camp ?


7. From : JH (ibcom@onebox.com)
Url : http://
Date : 02:02 PM Sunday 31 August, 2003

in the last line below, it should read primarily.


8. From : J. Hart (ibcom@onebox.com)
Url : http://
Date : 02:00 PM Sunday 31 August, 2003

So Mico, How would you like amazing job security? Remember when old Nikon lenses could be upgraded by sending them in to upgrade? What about Pentax lenses coming to the MicoU Company for upgrade? Seriously, I am writing to ask you to compare the image quality of the 18mm, which I can buy cheaply from someone, to the 15 and 20. I find the A series 20 better than the m 20, but only so at the first few apertures. It may too have a floating element, and less distortion that the m 20. Please share your thoughts primariy on the 18mm. --Jay


9. From : J. Hart (ibcom@onebox.com)
Url : http://
Date : 01:46 PM Sunday 31 August, 2003

in the third line below, miimum should read minimum.


10. From : Jay Hart (ibcom@oneboxl.com)
Url : http://
Date : 01:22 PM Sunday 31 August, 2003

Speaking of leapfroging, Sony, the manufacturer of the *ist D SLR and D-100 SLR 6+ MP sensor digital imaging chip, has just released an ugly all in one digital zoom camera without interchangeable lenses, with an 8+ MP sensor digital imaging chip of its manufacture. This means this "next heat" miimum standard imaging enthusiast CCD chip will soon be forthcoming on other interchangeable lens DSLR bodies by other makers. What is the life-span then of a DSLR body, considering the other players can incorporate such change in their next release, probably for the same amount as a newly released competitor 6+ MP camera body? What then will Joe Consumer do when it comes out as the new Minolta, Nikon, or Kodak? And will frog X jump higher than frog Y without eating his porridge? --Jay


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