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1. From : Anton (anton@antonbrowne.co.uk)
Url : http://
Date : 06:01 AM Wednesday 05 March, 2003

http://www.westcliffphoto.com Have for the past few months been advertising the following: 15/3.5 SMC-M E++/M- £449.00 I spent £700 on mine (E++) a couple of years ago (mine is an 'A' version) as far as I know there is no 'M' so I guess this must be a 'K' seems like a good price to me and it's been there a while so make them an offer and be happy.Anton


2. From : GLOBETROTTER (globetrotterworld@hotmail.com)
Url : http://
Date : 05:13 AM Wednesday 05 March, 2003

Peter - both these lenses are superb chunks of glass. The Pentax 18mm is even harder to find than the 15mm! There is actually a Pentax A-15mm on Ebay right now, and quite a lot over the past 6-months, but I've only seen ONE Pentax SMC 18mm on Ebay during the past YEAR! (from Australia).
The 18mm is said to offer slightly less distortion and better sharpness wide open. Most of my shots would be taken at f/5.6-f/11, so this would not bother me. The SMC 18mm also gives a 'slight' warm tint to the photos, but this is only really noticeable when shots taken with this lens are compared to ones taken with other Pentax lenses. In all, I would say that either would fit my requirements for ultra-shrpness and good build qualities. The only real problem I have with some of the ultra-wide lenses such as the 15mm is that most will not take a polorizer filter - and I do tend to use that filter a great deal in my photography - even when using colourful film like Velvia.


3. From : peter (p.smekal@telia.com)
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Date : 01:40 AM Wednesday 05 March, 2003

Globetrotter, do you think the A 15/3.5 is even better than the 18/3.5? I've been looking around for any one of these. They seem to be hard to find.


4. From : GLOBETROTTER (globetrotterworld@hotmail.com)
Url : http://
Date : 07:44 PM Tuesday 04 March, 2003

I am using a digital rangefinder at the moment, and although good quality, it is a very hit & miss afair to try and frame subjects correctly. The ONLY sure way of framing each shot (especially when photographing subjects close up) is to use the rear LCD screen. The big problem with this is that it drains battery power VERY quickly, and it is also difficult to see the screen in bright sunlight or glare conditions. An LCD screen will hep in certain situations on a DSLR - such as when you are photographing wildlife from a hide and don't want your eye jammed against the viewfinder for several hours at a time....but there again this would also zap power from the battries and you'd need to carry an extra supply. At the moment I use the superb LX FB1 finder with sports finder or mag-finder for these situations......and no wasted expense of battery drain.


5. From : choeN (choen@ask.me)
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Date : 03:51 PM Tuesday 04 March, 2003

Now Pentax has finally announced a tiny dSLR. Actually what I'd like to see is a well designed digital rangefinder with interchangeable lenses.

1)Is there a point for a digital SLR if the LCD is effectively the image seen through the lens?
2) The reflex mirror is removed from the equation, which will mean lighter and more compact body.
3)No vibration at all from camera's internal mechanism. What do you think?


6. From : GLOBETROTTER (globetrotterworld@hotmail.com)
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Date : 08:15 PM Monday 03 March, 2003

I'm a bit of a "fox", Jay..! The only problem will be that my prized 24mm F/2 will not deliver me those awesome "widescapes".......I'd better start looking for another SMC Pentax-A 15mm f/3.5 I suppose...! (The Pentax 15mm is a superb lens by the way).


7. From : Jay Hart (ibcom@onebox.com)
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Date : 07:36 AM Monday 03 March, 2003

Globetrotter, I forgot to mention that your recaptured delight, i.e. the 200mm 2.8 ED, will be a hand holdable 300mm on the Star unit. Sly of you, me thinks. JH


8. From : choeN (laugh@ut.loud)
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Date : 02:10 PM Sunday 02 March, 2003

"I think it would be better with an antigravity feature, for handholding without hands. Perhaps a minidisk player to screw on to the bottom? Later, Jay " -'Beam me up, Scotty'.


9. From : Jay Hart (ibcom@onebox.com)
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Date : 08:58 AM Sunday 02 March, 2003

"Smallest lightest DSLR"> with all autofocus points superimposed in red in the finder, and the latest many segmented metering and like autofocus. Will it take the MZ-s all shutter speed portable flashes?

I think it would be better with an antigravity feature, for handholding without hands. Perhaps a minidisk player to screw on to the bottom? Later, Jay


10. From : Jay Hart (ibcom@onebox.com)
Url : http://
Date : 08:33 AM Sunday 02 March, 2003

Wellllll, It appears that the digital SLR release was indeed Mr. 1 (as predicted by Pentax USA here and shared with you): as now seen via the web thanks to the postings below. Is it on the Swedish site too? And it seems that the translated information from Japanese publications in the fall was correct: regarding the size of the chip, etc....yet don't give up! If this is the STAR 1st, or Starist? (ever read those technical and operating manuals that don't quite get the English right? Perhaps now this is a graphical reality on camera bodies); there will be others. It remains very expensive to change assembly lines, yet, "the one thing we can count on is change".

I suppose it depends on your immediate needs, purposes, and perspective (portability being one for the use of 35mm and under. I've stayed with the medium format for digital stuff now about five years, as the quality just was not there for small format until recently). If it is a 6MB unit, then it is the equivalent of the Nikon D 100. Think about it. Price will determine Star 1st-(ist) sales. And change is inevitable; Canon has dropped the D-60 within a few months of bringing it out. Why? As their new D1s shows, technology is changing very rapidly. I predict that within 9 months there will be a second Pentax release, based solely on the marketing statistics with this first unit, on technology changes, and on the general marketing trends of a worldwide slower economy. Write your designers, boys! Lobby for what you want!

Recall that Pentax has always tried to give more for the money than the others. This is a logical first release. Recall too that little is "made in Japan", except the high end stuff any longer. Japan economically is on the brink. The "economic miracle" of their semi-socialist national/bank planning "capitalism" is no longer workable. What to do? How to be profitable and innovative? How to predict what is impossible to predict? How to remain relevant?

If the gulf war happens, many economies will be taxed to the brink, and fuel will soar (already obscene in Europe and doubled over from three years back in the USA). The one thing that makes the most sense about the release is its portability and mount; information these days is instant, here and gone. This camera fits the trend, will be useable for quick printed and net publications, and may have other features to be soon announced. Waiting is hard on us, me thinks. We are used to instant gratification. But wait and you will be happier. Ah, so, me know. --JH


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