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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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Date : 03:23 AM Monday 02 October, 2006

Nice find climbountainway Jay!

Here is a full reiview of the Pentax K10D:

2. From : JAY (
Url : http://
Date : 09:03 AM Saturday 30 September, 2006

Forum, Here is great encouragement for those of us who will plunge for the K10D (in addition to all the hyper modes, new optics, dust and water proofing, dust removal technology, anti-shake, etc.). Best wishes for years of publication use. --Jay

3. From : Jay (
Url : http://
Date : 12:41 PM Thursday 28 September, 2006

Even though Pentax Corp. has now moved internally to develop the professional Pentax LXD (12-16MP, with true 16 bit color internal processing, advanced burst rate motor drive attachment, other faster and extended memory cards than SD, greater output image bit depth, perhaps with .tiff, advanced lighting acceptance controls, some Bluetooth and 3D imaging camera to computer interface control features, etc.), its target prototype date is at least year away. With Nikon, Fuji, Sigma, Canon, etc. now having bodies already in the high professional resolution range, it will be interesting to see what innovations come forth from Pentax--as affected then by other makers’ innovations, computer and digital technology, Holography disc technology, world-wide imaging needs, and market forces.

Will the Samsung R&D marriage depart from Sony and develop its own interchangeable sensor arrays, with wider than visible spectrum choices, along with the shared 16 bit internal processor technology development goal? Will Pentax ghostless available lens coatings become the most efficient non-reflective camera lens rear element group influence over the to-date reflective difficulties of the sensor array imaging plane? Will there be flirtations with a subtractive color system based on MCY to break away from 8 and 12 bit in camera additive color BGR processing limits? Or will a 6 to 8 base color reproduction sensor equipped technology be reverse-adapted from printer hues output hocus pocus for achieving natural gradiations within a wider sensor-to-processor technology boundary?

Notice that the new K10D is advertised for “advanced photo enthusiasts,” not for professionals. It does, however, carry into its design the needed gasket dust and fog proof notion from the old LX sealed film use body. It alike protects too the CCD sensor, has an OK burst rate, and is set-up for hyper-motor image seeking type telephotos (which says they too will soon be birthed from Pentax. Goodbye A, F, and FA aperture control mechanism and 35mm designed telephotos for lighter D-system relevance). [Notice too how present condensation vulnerable camera designs limit or void warranties when a camera is internally corroded by moisture present within, as stopping their mechanisms cold from the atmosphere of normal environment humidity? Pentax has moved to make this digital camera problem a past one.]

The new fast zooms with advanced glass and optical formulas appear as being hand use friendly (goodbye 35mm film aperture larger and heavier lens designs for D use goals accordingly. The A sensor sized format equipment advantages are becoming obvious as the new long term alternative to what was 35mm film longevity system gear). Imagine a 200 to 400mm f3.5 which can be hand-holdable on a bean bag in a pinch (in use presenting as a digital 600mm)? Perhaps by the time the LXD is released it will have a price tag similar to the now advertised price of the K10D, due in November of this year.

Its body will differ from the current KD numbered body releases. Worldwide market assessments throughout the next year will determine its final release date and specifications: as to what it will be beyond its prototype phases. What would be the advantage of interchangeable screens for such a DSLR, if any? Imagine an IR mode, laser, or Xray mode for imaging beyond the ends of the visible spectrum. And discovering such uses being facilitated primarily by ion and rare atomic element charged viewfinder screens, as used for such possible imaging spectrum previews by screen insertion and sensor array interaction within the LXD body (all the while being camera sensor to processor user-selectable for computer imaging code output for such user-determined functions of a wide spectrum sensitive sensor array, as coupled with such screens). All of the above could be nobly acting too as as a kind of anti-terrorist spy cam for penetrating floors and walls in the right nations’ hands.

Imagine too long range radar or laser focusing originating within the professional body in twilight, for night and through the clouds images, and even for space uses (for the coming long lens Pentax DSLR hyper zooms and teles). A few government contracts later and market share just won’t be so important for business in the post-modern age. Budgeting for such hand- holdable camera development could factor into national budgeting. A sensor which could receive camera originated radar, IR, Bluetooth, digital broadband, infared, video, and Xray omitted and re-received signals (equipped from an attached bottom module and the right screen and sensor combination inserts) could be useful to the MARS explorer crew as well as for peacekeeping for earth terrestrial ends. Pentax could then receive a UN Peacekeeping medal, once the LXD becomes available by established approved-use nations’ of an LXD product quota priority. --Jay

4. From : Jay (
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Date : 10:28 AM Sunday 24 September, 2006

Yes, and it can be viewed officially at New life, yes! --Jay

5. From : Tapio Kulmala (
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Date : 07:50 PM Friday 22 September, 2006

Answer to question from Ivan J. Eberle ,14 August 2006;
Issue: "Re-celling NiCd Battery Pack M" for MX /LX Motor Drives by using NiMH-cells:
- I bought two 8.4V NiMH batteries (packs) made by GP, each of them containing 7x1.2V cells. After removing old NiCd cells, one of 8.4V packs was installed within Battery M as a full 7x1.2V pack, the case of the other 8.4V pack was stripped and one 1.2V cell was removed - as there was not enough space for 14x1.2V cells ! The outcome was a Battery Pack M with 13x1.2V NiMH cells - a little bit more power than the original 12xNiCd cells can provide.

6. From : Philip Ashman (
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Date : 08:35 PM Thursday 21 September, 2006

Been busy and away for some time, hence no postings recently. Anyway, I have for some time been using my *istds alongside my 2 trusty LX's and have enjoyed being able to switch from film to digital and back whenver I choose.
However, I have been waiting, as have many, for the new DSLR to be released (K10D) and of course it's full specs etc.. are now on the web - everywhere.
Looks to me like it will be a fine camera and will possibly ruffle the feathers a bit of Nikon and Canon with some new innovative features.
For me, apart from the welcome increase to 10.2mp, shake reduction and dust removal features, it will also be compatible with the new lens innovations due and hopefully will now encourage independents like Sigma and Tamron to include the PAF fit in their pro line ups, providing sales of the K10D are good.
Another good upgrade feature is the flash sync increasing to 1/180th sec which will be a bonus for me as I frequently use a ringflash for macro work. Also, the sensitivity will now go down to 100ISO.
Some features are, for me, of little use as I prefer as far as possible to rely on my skills and not let the camera choose settings, but from what I have so far read I reckon I will almost certainly be upgrading to one for my digital work and await now to see when available in the UK and the price (body alone).


7. From : Ivan J. Eberle (
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Date : 08:04 PM Sunday 17 September, 2006

I'm excited by early snow in Yellowstone this week and the prospect of elk moving down from the high country--and wolves shadowing them. So I am up at 4:30 AM this morning to toss all my gear in the truck and head on over there, via the Sierra Nevada.

I realized last night that I've got a toe in two systems and all that this entails. There just isn't quite enough storage for the whole array of Pentax LX gear, too.I'm pining for a past, somewhat. It's not nearly as likely I'll be doing any long backcountry backpacking trips with my F5s (and even less likely that I'd be leaving the 200-400mm in the truck, at the trailhead, for several days, even if there was room for all the LX system pieces).

Alas, I have sunk to new depths: I've realized I have a battery dependence.


(Consolation is that I tend to get better wildlife imagery by cruising the roads and day-hiking, than I do with backcountry touring).

8. From : Ian Thompson-Yates (
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Date : 03:10 PM Wednesday 13 September, 2006

Hi Guys! Good to see the forum running well. Sorry I've not been around much - just settling into life in the USA. Now we've moved from an apartment to a house, I'll be setting up a darkroom in the next few weeks! Both LX bodies operating tip-top!

Photos (using Pentax LX's and Pentax/Sigma lenses) at

New USA content soon! - Ian

9. From : Faye Langille (
Url : http://
Date : 01:32 AM Tuesday 12 September, 2006

It's been some years since I used my LX routinely but find I want to go back to it. I have the motor drive unit for the camera but need a battery pack. I'm told by the local camera shops that they are no longer available. Any ideas? Second thing: what is the specs on the batteries I should be using to power the camera itself? This is a really good unit and has not been used a lot nor has it been subjected to any adverse conditions having been stored almost since it's purchase in/around 1982 (one of the first) in a metal camera case. Is there anything I should be aware of because of the long term storage?

10. From : Ben Conover (
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Date : 01:09 AM Monday 11 September, 2006

30mm 2.8 is now mine, anyone else used it and have opinions abou tit? How much did you pay? I payed....not much. Cheers.

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