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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 : Andrew Clark (
Url : http://
Date : 06:09 PM Tuesday 07 January, 2003

I should have mentioned I'm in the UK. Andrew

2. From : Andrew Clark (
Url : http://
Date : 06:07 PM Tuesday 07 January, 2003

I've owned an LX for several years now and been very happy about it. However I took it out at the weekend and had some problems. The mirror is locking up at speeds of 1/60 and below. Turning the speed selector to 1/90 releases this. Is this the dreaded "sticky mirror" I've read about? Can somebody please recommend a good technician or repair centre who can fix this for me. Thanks Andrew

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Date : 03:18 PM Tuesday 07 January, 2003

I hope you all had a HAPY NEW YEAR!
How about some 'PENTAX' chat to start off 2003? Any news, views, problems, interesting thoughts or comments on the mighty LX system or anything remotely connected with Pentax cameras and lenses? It's strange how SO much talk and information is about that small light-tight box that holds the film - called a camera body - but SO little talk about the MOST important aspect of camera equipment - the LENS. Tell me about your favourite and most used lens. Why is it SO good and the kind of photographs you take with this lens. Do you use it with the manual LX, or with a modern autofocus, or both? Have you ever used a certain lens that you didn't like? Come on - spill the beans! I'm sure there are some really interesting views amongst Pentax users. Do any of you have strong views about the use of 35mm film, and the introduction of digital camers that may make it obsolete in the near future?

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Date : 04:08 AM Tuesday 31 December, 2002

Gavin - as the lens is zoomed between 28mm - 80mm, the working aperture is decreased, so your camera shows the 'actual' widest lens aperture opening at the focal length set. This is a common trait in cheaper zoom lenses, but it does tend to make these lenses both lightweight and small. A 'fixed' aperture lens such as the F2.8 FA* zoom does remain at f2.8 throughout the change between short and long long focal length changes. (note that even a zoom with so-called 'fixed' aperture will change very slightly to a smaller aperture during zooming). If you ONLY work in manual exposure with a zoom lens, then a 'fixed' aperture zoom is the best to use. If you use Auto-exposure, then the camera wil automaticaly adjust during zooming.

5. From : gavin (
Url : http://
Date : 08:58 PM Sunday 29 December, 2002

Hi - I've got a question about the Pentax ZX-L date, and wondered if anyone has an answer. I'm using the camera with a Sigma 28-80mm zoom 3.5 AF lens. I've noticed that the aperture reading displayed on the camera is often not the same as the figure set on the lens when the camera is in manual mode. The lens starts at 3.5, and when the zoom is set to 28mm the camera's display also reads 3.5, but when I begin to zoom in, the figure on the display increases in value - yet the aperture ring is the same - 3.5. Also, when I use depth of field preview, the aperture setting appears not to have changed - it's still on 3.5. In other words, the Pentax aperture reading seems off. I'm trying to find out if I'm missing something in the Pentax's features, or of the lens isn't fully compatible with the camera body or if there's a fault in the camera itself. It's frustrating, because I've got years of experience using manual 35mm camera's (also Pentax). Thanks - Gavin.

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Date : 05:30 PM Wednesday 18 December, 2002

Glad that you mentioned "inserts" in your last post Jay. A few companies have been working on providing a viable digital back to fit on cuurent film-based SLR's, but as yet nothing positive has hit the current market. There have been high resoloution dig-backs available for medium and large format cameras for some time now (at very high prices!), but SLR bodies have yet to be catered for. I believe that some companies, notably a few in Japan and Scandanavia, have been working hard on producing a pro-grade digital-back insert for film-based SLR's. The possibility of being able to replace the back on a Pentax LX (or any other make of film-based SLR) with a new digital back, with the added facilty of being able to remove the chip and insert imaging chip upgrades at future dates, is a notion that has not gone unnoticed with some major companies. At present, the best and cheapest way into high-grade digital images is to simply buy a good 35mm slide scanner. This is my option for the moment (I've just had 270 scans made for a new book - "Globetrotter's Quest"). If, and when, Pentax finally bring out a digital SLR, I do hope it is not based on satisfying consumers who just need postcard sized prints, and leaves pro-grade image makers in the lurch.....

7. From : Jay Hart (
Url : http://
Date : 01:50 PM Wednesday 18 December, 2002

Well, Something digital will be released by Pentax in the Spring, for sure, available by late summer. But, putting fear into the industrys' drift is that companies like siliconfilm will beat the punch with 10 megapixel film insert technology (fits into any 35 mm system's existing film cassette compartment and lays snug onto the filmplane guides for image capture). Buy their stock pre-release and retire? This means a long life for the LX, and existing autofocus bodies. --Jay

8. From : Jay Hart (
Url : http://
Date : 01:18 PM Wednesday 18 December, 2002


According to the JIJ article (available in Japanese only, but translated by your humble news editor), Pentax is planning to announce the new digital SLR, and at the same time cut the number of film-based SLR product lines in half from the current six. JIJ notes that Pentax's strategy is to use the move into the fast-growing digital camera field to increase its status in the camera marketplace.

The article goes on to note that currently only Canon, Nikon and Kyocera (under their Contax brandname) have brought their own digital SLR designs to market. [Hart note, this is preKodak's release, a full frame "almost 14MB" camera] Fuji and Kodak have used bodies and lens-mounts from Nikon for their current digital SLR designs. In the case of Kodak, they've also cooperated with Canon in the past - although the article doesn't actually mention this. Finally, Olympus' plans for a new digital SLR format are mentioned, and predicted by JIJ to debut next spring. The article notes that it is inevitable with these new forays that competition will increase.

Now for the real meat of the item - and note that no source for the information is given, so as you'd expect this remains solidly in rumor territory for the time being. JIJ predicts that Pentax's new digital SLR will feature an APS-sized (24 x 16mm) imager and a price-tag of just ¥200,000. That translates to almost exactly US$1600 / €1640 / £1035 ignoring currency fluctuations, taxes and duties.

A price of $1600 would put the camera about $200 below the current price leader, Sigma's SD9 - which has yet to begin shipping - and about $400 below Nikon's D100. There's no guarantee as to what prices will be by next spring, though, and if the design won't be announce until spring it will likely be summer or fall 2003 at the earliest when it reaches market. Hence we'd not be surprised to see prices from competitors to reach this level by the time Pentax reach the market, and there's always the potential for a surprise that could push prices even lower.

The article continues to note that Pentax has adopted its plans for an APS-sized sensor rather than a full 35mm-frame sized sensor because of the high cost of designs based on the larger sensors (¥700,000 is the figure quoted, about US$5600), and also because of increased body size. By using a smaller sensor, Pentax hopes to keep costs and camera size down.

Apparently simultaneously with the announcement, Pentax will offer several interchangeable lenses aimed at wide-angle capabilities, according to JIJ. Finally, the article notes that Pentax's current film market share in Japan for compact cameras is 25%, for SLRs 12%, and for medium format cameras it is 40%.

--So, this translation seems to contradict other information here. Also, I hope this is not all the news that is fit to print, I have in inquiries. --Jay Hart

9. From : Jay Hart (
Url : http://
Date : 12:35 PM Wednesday 18 December, 2002

Is this the same sensor as in the Kodak?Nikon body release?
--Jay Hart

10. From : Anton (
Url : http://
Date : 02:38 AM Wednesday 18 December, 2002

Well, below is a paste from the PDML. Who knows if it's true, will have to wait & see - I'm keeping my fingers crossed 'cause I wasn't too interested in the talk of Pentax bringing out an APS sized sensor.


'Just a heads up....I was privy to some info and specs on a new camera that will debut this spring at PMA. Pentax will be putting out a 14 megapixel Full Frame SLR utilizing a Foveon sensor. No Typo here....14 megpixel full frame Foveon. Don't ask me for my sources because I won't tell . Whether or not you believe it is up to you. Lets just say I am 100% cetain of this info.

The SLR will accept all 35mm Pentax-AF lenses and will have an
environtmentally sealed body.

Specs that I saw were as follows:

- 35mm Full Frame Foveon Sensor with RAW only recording. No JPG.
Firewire and USB enabled ports. External flash shoe will accept
Pentax-AF series units.

- Maximum ~2.0 FPS recording

- ISO 100-800 with ISO 800 being a special programmed in camera

- Anti Alias filter and dust protector over sensor.

Obviously no estimated Street Value but my source tells me expect the final street price to be roughly $6,000. Release date sometime in April 2002.'

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