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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 : Robert ST (stbeast_R@hotmail.com)
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Date : 09:40 AM Monday 09 June, 2003

First time visit - I am deeply impressed. Thought I am the only last remaining Pentax LX user... Please keep this web forum running. Learnt a great deal of stuffs from the maintainers, good job folks ! from Iceland.


2. From : GLOBETROTTER (globetrotterworld@hotmail.com)
Url : http://
Date : 02:53 AM Monday 09 June, 2003

Thank you Robert for the information - I'll keep a look out for one and try it out. I'll maybe also have a look at the MZ-M screen. I know that we discussed the MZ-M screen earlier, Mico, but have you found it equal to the 2000LX screen? - and I think that you said that the MZ-M screen does not cover the full screen-viewing area - or am I wrong?


3. From : Robert Clark (robertclark@vsnl.net)
Url : http://
Date : 04:29 AM Sunday 08 June, 2003

Hi Globetrotter, Such a thing is hard to quantify, but I'll have a stab at 15-20%. It is noticeably brighter, and in an already very good finder it seems to make it optimal. I also use Leica M6's, well known for the clarity of the rangefinder and I would say that the LX is now almost as good. The difference is very minimal anyway. To me the bright, clear finder is one of the best things about the LX. I like taking candid shots in pubs and bars etc with the prism off, just looking down onto the screen - it focuses acurately and easily for such purposes without even having to lean over it - it was certainly more difficult with the older screen. No, I'm afraid I haven't used the other finders you mention.


4. From : Mico (micolx@netscape.net)
Url : http://
Date : 01:50 AM Saturday 07 June, 2003

Tim, you can also give a try to the MZ-M`s focusing screen. It has been discussed earlier here. Price - cca.10$, much brighter than ANY
LX`s screen, old or new Mico


5. From : GLOBETROTTER (globetrotterworld@hotmail.com)
Url : http://
Date : 05:23 PM Friday 06 June, 2003

If that is the case Robert, then maybe I should take a closer look at one. Hopefully, like you, I'll be able to find one at a decent price. How much 'improvement' in brightness and clarity have you found the 'new' screens are over the originals, and have you tried them in the FA1 or FB system finders?


6. From : Robert Clark (robertclark@vsnl.net)
Url : http://
Date : 04:22 AM Friday 06 June, 2003

Yes, the new screens are a considerable improvement, especially if you use the FF-1 finder. Clear, crisp and snappy. However I ordered mine from a Hong Kong dealer who had a batch for sale on ebay and it cost only $30 - so nothing lost even if the difference had turned out to be minimal.


7. From : GLOBETROTTER (globetrotterworld@hotmail.com)
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Date : 05:48 PM Thursday 05 June, 2003

I have not tried the latest screens, but I have heard that they are similar to the Beatie screen for the LX, which I found is not a significant improvement on the original LX screens, although they are much better than the MX screens (which also fit the LX). I have found the simplest Microprism/Matte original LX screens made for ultra-wide lenses such as the SA-21 & SA-23 or and the ones made for telephotos such as the SA-26, SE-20 and SE-25 work best. I also find the SG-20 Crosslines screen works well for landscapes as it helps in lining up correct horizons ( I have found that the two-line panaroma screen found on the Z1p is also useful for keeping horizons horizonatal in the frame).
Some people have mentioned that the latest screens (that I think were produced at same time as the LX-2000 was launched) are a significant improvement on the original screens, but I have my doubts if the extra price is worth it in actual on-the-ground improvement in LX veiwfinder brightness.


8. From : Tim Worth (tww@yahoo.com)
Url : http://
Date : 11:25 AM Thursday 05 June, 2003

Has anyone compared the new focusing screen for the LX, still on the books at Pentax since 2001, the model "60", with the current manual focus Pentax camera replacement screen? There is about a $ 50.00 difference in price. Are they the same? Or, if not, do they perform the same? --Tim Worth, Port Arbor ME.


9. From : GLOBETROTTER (globetrotterworld@hotmail.com)
Url : http://
Date : 02:56 AM Wednesday 04 June, 2003

I've just arrived back from France and Italy - with a tan and (hopefully) a batch of good photos.

I've just been looking at some slides under the loop taken of wildlife taken using the A*-200mm 2.8 ED and I must repeat my earlier findings and say that the results are outstanding. Ultra-sharp and great colour - I'm impressed! Pity I can't say the same about Pentax's snail pace in the pro digital race.......

I've just heard that Pentax is not going to release the new ist*D this month. Availability of parts is the problem. I just hope they sort it out because their name is on the line in the pro-digital stakes and they've already received bad press from squashing the earlier MZS-D. I do hope that Pentax prove that it has been worth the wait.

I took my usual Velvia 50 and Sensia 100 on this recent trip to France and Italy. Has anyone tried the new Fuji Velvia 100 ISO yet?


10. From : Anton Browne (handmaid@fsmail.net)
Url : http://
Date : 01:48 AM Friday 30 May, 2003

Whoops, apologies to all, I just noticed that the site already has a facility for selling stuff. I shall keep my 'offers' confined to that space and eBay in future. Anton


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