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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 : Jay Hart (
Url : http://
Date : 01:12 AM Wednesday 27 August, 2003

Having now held and messed with a demo model at the reps, I would recommend viewing the site Tony has given below. This information still holds. See also the Ephotozine specification site if you want the information without the pictures (highly unlikely for photographers). The two sites compliment one another.

The *ist D Pentaprism design has primarily helped shrink the size of the body: as seen in side-by-side comparisons of it with others, and note especially the Nikon D-100, which shares the same imaging chip technology, as seen on Tony's mentioned site. This is where Fuji's body would interest me more, and, perhaps more interest outdoor photographers, with its alternative more advanced chip having the finer detail ISO 100 sensitivity as well as the rescan file size origination doubling on board(Pentax bottoms at ISO 200). But the Fuji onboard software and battery management is not quite as good as Nikon's. How will Pentax's be?

The higher the ISO set, the greater the inherent imaging noise--which takes great imaging compensation by onboard computing chip technology (trough body resident software)to overcome. Will the Pentax so overcome? I have not had the opportunity to shoot it and see how noise tight the results will be at its various ISO sensitivities. There is an onboard histogram function, which will prove vital to those of us who wish to tweak CCD results for non-flat outcomes in some available light conditions (and to achieve slightly better results than film in the areas of definition, latitude, color, and contrast).

Watch for the coming blurb on comparing digital originations with slide film originations, and its after image scans, as promised. I should get to it by the weekend. --Jay

Url : http://
Date : 09:24 PM Tuesday 26 August, 2003

Here is a short preview of the new Pentax*istD SLR

3. From : Mico (
Url : http://
Date : 02:27 AM Tuesday 26 August, 2003

Hi Steve, There is three winder pins forming "T" shape. The uper right one and the lover one are in function (trigering the shutter) while third one (uper left, or the one closer to the camera front) is there just to secure the whole set up. At least I could not find any other use for it...It could be "ground" but it does not make any sense to me, since there is only two wires in the original cable. So, all you need is the two-wire cord (as long as you want) and a decent switch.The original one is "Mitsumi". For the winder jack, I am not sure that you can find it other than from some wasted old trigger cords. Try some round, single, slip-on cooper conectors, used mostly inside older electronic units. Solder wires on them, than attach each conector to the appropriate pin. It is up to your imagination how you will secure and isolate the whole thing, but I can guarantee that you will be able to fire your camera and winder remotely. Good luck! M.

4. From : steve (
Url : http://
Date : 09:48 PM Friday 22 August, 2003

Have a LX with winder. Want to make my own Trigger Cord M for remote shutter release. Any one have a clue for someplace that offers the connector that plugs into the winder, and schematics for the pin out? Thanks

5. From : J. Hart (
Url : http://
Date : 04:08 AM Thursday 21 August, 2003

Yuriy, I've never tried, nor do I know anyone who has so tried, the Russian lens you mentioned. I have read mixed reviews of its imaging quality, some for it, some opposed to it. It seems to be mechanically robust, but limits its acceptable sharpness and color transmission coating rendering quality to its center-captured image. There is some light fall-off and lack of sharpness at edges and corners. Compared to the Pentax or Nikkor 20mm, it runs about 75% of their capability. I hope this answers your question. It is being made as a reasonably priced aftermarket K mount lens. I would prefer Japanese glass personally. --Jay

6. From : Jay Hart (
Url : http://
Date : 07:44 AM Saturday 16 August, 2003

As I am still unpacking the imaging office it will take a week or so to respond with sources and some editors' comments as to what I have written holding. These sources are still boxed up. Certainly the body I mentioned as outstanding now is expensive, but less so than some systemic 6X6 gear included with a like lens system set up, as often preferred by advertising commercial clients for origination size. The digital file and camera output monitoring capabilities are prefered for the capacity to instantly review results from a complex shoot and tweak the outcome while all those participants such as an Art Director, models, and a client Agent are on a shooting site. It remains comforting to have these folks sign off on something without needing to go through lab processing first. Polaroid backs are outdated.

As I said, for Globetrotters use he has made his own selection, and so for Mico's. The reproduction quality of most monthly magazines, and especially newspapers, is not as demanding as are standards from their advertisers as undertaken for display ad originations. And one must consider the publication standards involved. Let's consider also use: for Globetrotter it is field use, usually without assistants, nor complex lighting set-ups. For situations with such a complex orchestration what is expected is expected (and has gone digital here). Nature and wild game photography and Canadian newsgathering have different criteria for those with whom these shooters produce.

I will write specifically about imaging quality, advances, and file size when I unbox my source material. Hold onto your seats until then. And enjoy whatever system you are shooting. I still use LXs for some applications, though I've had a Kodak back for the 6X4.5 system for awhile and find it a bread and butter reality. I too am sitting on a fence contemplating a new small format system. It will be digital, I assure you. Of course there will be advances and price drops in the future. This is so with all technology. In the meantime one has to serve clients with what they want.

Adventure and nature based photography will need small systems portability and excellence for the forseeable future. Does anyone's partiality, and likes and dislikes, need eclipse another's selections and logic for such? I think no one will really be threatened by the information I will share, nor am I so by the preferences for application shared by the other two site managers. Bon Appetite! Also, as to image originations, to comment on print vs slide film. Transparency film has less exposure latitude, but gives greater detail and, without question, is the color media for 35mm use. Why so, grain, saturation capacity, and the ability to get more color depth and detail out of it as an imaging media. The worldwide use of slide film, since 1960 has gone down to 10 to 20% of film shot. This has to do with hand holding small prints which are processed easily from negative film without needing, any longer, a lot of lab space. The industry is automated for the 4 X 6 inch print, for everyman. Later, Jay

7. From : Yuriy (
Url : http://
Date : 05:28 AM Saturday 16 August, 2003

Hi. Did anybody try Russian lens MIR-47K 2,5/20mm with Pentax LX. Any problems?

Url : http://
Date : 03:53 AM Saturday 16 August, 2003

Anton, amongst other things, the most important thing for me is that I can obtain the highest quality possible from my images, and also that almost 100% of the monthly magazines that I write for are geared up for transprencies. It is rare for magazines to accept prints on a regular basis, except in B/W. They will not accept colour negatives, because they need to view the positive photo (therefore slide) prior to accepting and editing. In my view, and that of millions of professionals working for magazines, books, calenders or advertising - Fuji Velvia 50 produces the most outstanding high quality photos. However, for your sort of photography, Anton, high-speed print film is much easier to wotk with - although having said that, I think that I would still work with transparency film if I was taking photos in Jazz clubs.

9. From : Anton (
Url : http://
Date : 03:30 AM Saturday 16 August, 2003

Okay, so why do you guys use slide film? I like getting prints to look at and show others and shoot at 1600/3200 ISO. I then scan the prints or the negs depending. So what's the deal with slide film? AB p.s. due to spam my email addresses are getting close to unusable... bummer.

10. From : mico (
Url : http://
Date : 11:57 PM Friday 15 August, 2003

Jay, I must agree with Globetrotter. Most of the clients I have been working for, big post-card company for instance, does not want to hear about digital images yet. They only want top quality transparencies. And they scan them on the highest quality drum scanners.Period. Digital is taking over, but I have a sense that realtionship between film and digital camera files will ALWAYS remain the same like the relationship between the classic vinyl record and the CD format.Film is dead-long live the film! Not to mention that prices for high-end DSLRs are still outrageously high.

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