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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 : nonso (eze@mugu.com)
Url : canada
Date : 05:30 PM Friday 18 April, 2003

nice site


2. From : Jay Hart (ibcom@onebox.com)
Url : http://
Date : 10:52 PM Tuesday 15 April, 2003

Not only are you not the only one left holding the LX, we are dedicated at this site to keep it alive and running. John Hedgecoe, the British Photo-educator, is still releasing books with him found therein running around using the LX in modeled illustrated pages. --Jay


3. From : Nick V. (nickvief99@hotmail.com)
Url : http://
Date : 10:38 PM Tuesday 15 April, 2003

WOW... I thought I am the last remaining guy still holding on to a Pentax LX, looks like I am not entirely alone at this blue planet. Nice website, interesting forum and wide varieties of good topics here - how could I miss this website all these while ? Funny, as if all MF Pentax users have to mask themselves now at the photo.net .... I will spread the words around in my club, keep it up-man !


4. From : GLOBETROTTER (globetrotterworld@hotmail.com)
Url : http://
Date : 04:32 PM Tuesday 15 April, 2003

Just arrived back from Texas, USA......just in time to notice that the Iraq war has almost ended (did I miss anything?!). The nights camped out beside lakes in Texas were often star-banded and cold, with some frosty dawns, but midday sunshine was enough to bring me back to UK with a golden tan...... and a bag-full of (hopefully) superb shots on Velvia and Sensia. On the subject of A-1.4X converter - I've used this teleconverter for many years and found it very useful (especially with the *A-300 f/4) and sometimes even stacked with a A-2X converter for big daylight moon shots (although high shutter speeds and LX mirror lock-up are needed). The major problem I've found with using the A-1.4 converter on lenses such as the A-200m f2.8 and 300mm F4 when combined with the LX is the lack of lens-tripod collar. In fact, one time I used the 300 f/4 with a converter combined with an LX & motordrive, the added weight was enough to crack the outer plastic at the back of the LX motordrive (I've fixed this by glueing it back together - but I still hate the 'old' LX motordrive!). At least this problem does not apply when the 200 or 300 lenses + conveter are used on the Z1p + grip (with its more sturdy metal tripod bush).


5. From : Jay Hart (ibcom@onebox.com)
Url : http://
Date : 12:39 AM Saturday 12 April, 2003

The 1.4Xs works from 20mm to 300mm. I've only used it from 100mm (f 2.8 Macro lens, to gain greater than 1:1) to 400mm, f 5.6. It starts to be soft above 300mm, but compares with my prime 400mm when used on the 300mm f4 A* and the Tokina ATX 100-300mm F4 SD, original A mount. I tried to buy another of these latter lenses a couple of weeks back on e-bay. Someone beat me to the last two minute punch by $3.00. It went for $194.00 (originally about $350.00, a great bargain for a Pro quality zoom optic. Primes at 300mm F4.5 today are going new for $699.00). Pentax Corp does not list the 200mm 2.8 or the 300mm 4.5 autofocus lenses as compatible with the 1.4xs, why I don't know, as it works well with my own different primes in these focal lengths (A, not F or FA). They say it is compatible with the 300 F 2.8. Perhaps they put these combos on an optical alignment collimator to determine compatibility?As with other mysteries,they do list it as useable with the 100-300, 80-320mm variable aperture type f and fa zooms. Sigma just came out with a 120-300mm f 2.8. It goes for around $1850, not yet available in PK F. For some reason, when using LD or SD glass the zoom range of 100-300mm compares well or better than fixed focal lengths. Lenses made for 200-400mm or above do not. These limits on performance of optical formulas can be verified at the Photozone and Photodo websites. --Jay


6. From : Robert Clark (robertclark@vsnl.net)
Url : http://
Date : 04:50 AM Friday 11 April, 2003

What is the optimal focal length range that the 1.4xS converter can be used for. Any experience of using it outside ths range?


7. From : Amithyst (amithyststar@yahoo.com)
Url : http://
Date : 10:50 AM Thursday 10 April, 2003

I am a professional Make Up and Hair Artist. I am looking to do work for my portfolio. I will work for the 8x10 prints. amithyststar@yahoo.com


8. From : JAY HART (ibcom@onebox.com)
Url : http://
Date : 12:47 PM Wednesday 09 April, 2003

On the 300mm f or fa...does anyone have results worth noting using a teleconvertor? RSVP --Jay


9. From : Jay Hart (ibcom@onebox.com)
Url : http://
Date : 01:51 AM Saturday 05 April, 2003

I too recently e-mailed Pentax Colorado, with no reply. Prior to this experience, now about two weeks old I have had 1/2 dozen replies over the past few months. I suspect it has something to do with the blizzard legacy, which shut down the airport, all schools, roads, buses, etc. for a week. People in the mountains are still recovering. For example, the roof of the old Nederland school gym collapsed, after 35 years standing under mountain snow loads (it now served as a civic center). There may be data loss, backlog, or the like, try try again. This has never proven to be a "worthless" source of information until the blizzard wracked havoc. --Jay


10. From : Robert Clark (robertclark@vsnl.net)
Url : http://
Date : 06:47 PM Friday 04 April, 2003

Mico, I have just done it and the focus at infinity is now perfect. THANK YOU! The angle for any screwdriver undoing the srcrew is steep and I'm afraid the screw is no longer perfect (it is now a little marked, but easily replaceable at the next CLA).Adjusting was pretty hit and miss as I had anticipated, but it only took about four attempts to get it dead on. The reason the screw got marked is because I was anxious to tighten the screw up again so that there would be no possibility of it loosening again - I was probably a little over-concerned.

Why Pentax Colorado could not do this with all their instrumentation I don't know. I have, incidentally, emailed them about this problem on a form that promised they would reply in three days - that was ten days ago! So much for contacting them. This is about the fourth time I have emailed Pentax with no reply. They are USELESS! Anyway, now all of my lenses snap into focus at infinity - bliss.


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