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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 : Pat (patrick.powell1@virgin.net)
Url : http://
Date : 03:45 AM Wednesday 07 June, 2006

Hi Folks,

not a Pentax question, but as this scanner has been mentioned often here, I thought someone might be able to help.

I have recently aquired a Minolta Dimage 5400 (not II!). Unfortunatly the scanner did not come with its original instillation disc and although I have tried downloading drivers from the Minolta web site (only seems to be 5400 II drivers available)I am unable to get the scanner up and running.

Anyone help?

Regards

Pat

Warm summers evening and I'm stuck in front of the PC with a software problem. Aaaaaaaargh!



2. From : Jay (ibcom@onebox.com)
Url : http://
Date : 01:46 AM Saturday 27 May, 2006

The new Pentax DK-100 6.1 MP body has added the feature of anti-shake. This nuance is a great feature, and, most likely, tells of such sensitivities developing for the coming fall 10 MP body.
--Jay


3. From : Mico (micolx@netscape.net)
Url : http://
Date : 05:48 AM Monday 22 May, 2006

Mark, I do not have any *istD body, but when I was considering one (original *istD) there was a big fuss about lens compatibility. Shortly after its release, Pentax has come out with firmware update to allow use of older (non-"A")lenses. Each version of *istD after original one comes with this feature. There are some limitations, but you can use it in Manual mode for sure, and stopped-down, since
all *istD cameras are with "crippled" K-mount. There may been some other metering/exposure options, but you have to sheck your camera manual. Regarding compatibility, your Vivitar is exactly the same as any other Pentax "K" or "M" lens, or any screw mount lens with adapter. So,take a look in your camera manual, or ask Pentax again if you prefer that way. But, this time ask something like "how can I use my SMC Pentax-M 50/1.4 on my *istDL?" Whatever answer you get, the same applies on your Vivitar lens. This is from *istDL press material:
** PENTAX K-, KA-, KAF- and KAF2-mount 35mm-format lenses can be used without an adapter or modification. PENTAX screw-mount 35mm-format lenses and PENTAX 645- and 67-system lenses can be used with an adapter. Some functions may not be available with certain lenses. M.


4. From : Mark (wenholzm@yahoo.com)
Url : http://
Date : 09:04 AM Saturday 20 May, 2006

After many happy years as a faithful Pentax LX customer I have finally gone with the digital revolution. I could not help it, the ist DL seems to be good and fairly reasonable in price. My newer lenses work fine with the aperture ring in the locked "A" position. The problem is I have an old Vivitar 55mm Macro lens that I love to use in closeups, but it does not have the "A" setting and will not turn on the camera. I sent a message to Pentax but since it is not a Pentax lens they said I need to look elsewhere for information.
This is my favorite lens....it is like an old friend, I would hate to part with it, is there something I can do?

Thanks - love this site, you guys are awesome
Mark


5. From : Ian (ian@ity.co.uk)
Url : http://
Date : 02:34 PM Wednesday 10 May, 2006

Philip, that is exactly what I needed to know (+24v - 0.84A). Thank you for taking the time. - Ian.


6. From : Philip Ashman (genesisphil@hotmail.com)
Url : http://
Date : 02:10 PM Tuesday 09 May, 2006

Ian, I've had a look at my UK adaptor (AC-U23) and although I know nothing much about electrics , this is what is printed on the label - if it helps? :

Input : 200-240v 50/60Hz , 0.4A
Output : +24v - 0.84A
Philip


7. From : Ian (ian@ity.co.uk)
Url : http://
Date : 12:24 PM Tuesday 09 May, 2006

Philip and Jay, many thanks for the help. Maybe I should just try to get an equivalent power supply? I remember the 5400 adapter was 24 volt. Does it show an amperage requirement? I'll take a look at generic adapters whilst I'm trying to track down the Minolta one. Many thanks. - Ian.


8. From : Jay (ibcom@onebox.com)
Url : http://
Date : 12:40 PM Monday 08 May, 2006

Re: the 5400II scanner. It was not cut out of the rest of KM Corp. with the demise and transfer of the imaging/camera/photo split of Konica Minolta to Sony. It is unclear, however, where the parts are in No. America just now. There are alternatives to the KM 120 volt transformer for No. America. Write if you need them posted. The 5400II I have was the last one available here in Boulder last autumn.

FYI, Ten MP on the new digital body was announced in early
April (posted here). It will be APS sized. One interesting note in all this shakedown is that Tokina and Pentax collaborated on the 12-24mm DA, both offering the same optical formula, with differing mechanical lens bodies. So, if your now into say, Canon, or Nikon, here is a chance to purchase a discounted Pentax design from Tokina. Only the coatings differ (but Tokina is the best of the third party lens manufacturers on coatings).

These kind of collaborations are interesting, as realignments are made for survival and engineering expertise within a very competitive industry all the way around. Considering that TOkina/Asauma was originally joined by exNikon engineers, this is a twist of truth and grace.--Jay


9. From : Philip Ashman (genesisphil@hotmail.com)
Url : http://
Date : 04:20 PM Sunday 07 May, 2006

Hi Ian The UK mains adaptor for the 5400 is AC-U23 and for North America it is AC-U25. Here is a link for more info if it helps. http://ca.konicaminolta.com/products/consumer/digital_camera/dimage/dimagescan-elite5400/spec.html Philip


10. From : Ian (ian@ity.co.uk)
Url : http://
Date : 12:10 PM Sunday 07 May, 2006

Help. I don't have a 110v mains adaptor for my Minolta 5400 scanner. I can't seem to find one listed now I really need it. Adorama were showing one a few months ago, and bright boy here didn't order one. I left my 240v one in England. Can one of you let me have the part number so I can try to locate one. Many thanks - Ian.


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