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1. From : Ian (ian@ity.co.uk)
Url : http://
Date : 12:05 PM Sunday 07 May, 2006

For those of us who could not be bothered to translate the Pentax Press page. Make of it what you will. I think it's great news.

From Pentax Japan (.co.jp) re: New Digital SLR

Pentax corporation (president: Because the inlet field sentence man), at Tokyo big sight to event “photo imaging EXPO 2006” of the Asian biggest photograph image field which is held, it refers exhibits the digital single-lens reflex camera-related product which presently is in the midst of developing on March 23rd - March 26th, we inform.

* Product name: - Undecided -
* Effective picture prime 10,000,000 pixel
* Around 2006 fall sale schedule


2. From : Philip Ashman (genesisphil@hotmail.com)
Url : http://
Date : 03:02 PM Thursday 04 May, 2006

Yes, I reckon it is Jay as it looks more like a pro camera, lacking the dial with the pre-set shooting mode dial and also appears to have a manual, single autofocus and continuous autofocus switch choice for lenses attached, whereas the *ist d series only have manual or autofocus. What I will be interested in is the sensor size, i.e. full frame or APS size? Philip


3. From : Jay (ibcom@onebox.com)
Url : http://
Date : 10:25 AM Wednesday 03 May, 2006

Is this the new 10MP Pentax DSLR? http://www.pentax.co.jp/japan/news/2006/press-image/200609-04.jpg --Jay


4. From : AB (nuzzlemuff@fsmail.net)
Url : http://
Date : 01:53 AM Wednesday 03 May, 2006

Oh no! It just doesn't seem to get much of a mention anywhere. It is pretty monstrous, I'm sure the 300 2.8 is more manageable. I think the 400 is the fastest per mm focal length lens Pentax ever made, all manoeuvres have to be done very carefully from getting it out of the case to attaching the camera, to hoisting the combination onto a monopod or tripod. There's the ever-present risk of damaging the massive front element. Apparently Pentax makes a SMC plain glass filter to protect the front and I would like to get one but it ain't cheap.

AB


5. From : GLOBETROTTER (globetrotterworld@hotmail.com)
Url : http://www.wilderness-photo.co.uk
Date : 07:43 PM Tuesday 02 May, 2006

Pat - The Minolta 5400 & 5400II are superb. Minolta have gone out of business, but you should be able to find one at a good price, or take a look on Ebay.

AB - Are you going to sell your 400mm 2.8 already...? Price?


6. From : Ian (ian@ity.co.uk)
Url : http://
Date : 02:22 PM Friday 28 April, 2006

Tony, many thanks for the long lens info, just what I needed. BTW, the new gold pages are superb, nice work! - Ian.


7. From : James Messervy (jamesm@actatc.org)
Url : http://
Date : 02:03 PM Friday 28 April, 2006

I have a Pentax LX and would like to find out what year it was made. Is there a way I can determine this by the serial number?

The serial number is
5265762

Thanks


8. From : AB (nuzzlemuff@fsmail.net)
Url : http://
Date : 06:21 AM Friday 28 April, 2006

Bummer! You don't mention my 400 2.8, have I got me white elephant? Well, it is white and pretty massive! AB


9. From : Ivan J. Eberle (Pupfish@starband.net)
Url : http://ivaneberle.com
Date : 03:53 AM Friday 28 April, 2006

Ian,
I owned the manual focusing SMC-A 400mm f/5.6 for several years. It's very sharp for a non ED element lens and is relatively lightweight. Beware though that the lack of mass can be a problem at 5fps LX motordrive speeds resulting in soft shots. Focusing was long-travel and stiff compared to an IF lens, and chromatic abberation (purple and green fringing) is evident when viewed at 100% in PS. But the majority of surveillance work probably won't require anything as sophisticated as even this.

Depending on sort of survellance work, one 400mm or another might be a good choice. This is about as much lens as most people can hand-hold, with practice. (I'd steer clear of any 400mm f/2.8 or 600mm f/4 lenses, as these would prove unmanageable without a tripod, not exactly inconspicuous).

If you need to do low-light cheating spouse work, something like the Tamron 300mm f/2.8 SP-IF might work out better, and there are enough used ones in circulation that you could probably pick one up fairly cheap. (I held onto my 18-year old beater one last year when I got a Nikkor 200-400 VR, since I wouldn't have gotten anything for it). You can always add a 2X converter to get to 600 f/5.6, but if you had only a prime 600 f/5.6 you'd be stuck.

Should make it clear I never have actually done any cheating spouse work,myself...


10. From : GLOBETROTTER (globetrotterworld@hotmail.com)
Url : http://www.wilderness-photo.co.uk
Date : 05:38 PM Thursday 27 April, 2006

Ian - The 300mm f2.8, 600mm F/4 and 600mm F5.6 lenses in both MF & AF are the best long telephotos. The mirror lenses will not offer you enough control and will provide halo rings with all those background lights during surveillance work (although at least the mirror lenses are far more compact and less likely to be noticed).

Good, but far cheaper, lenses to use are the Pentax 400mm f/5.6, or the Pentax 300mm f/4 + Pentax A 1.4X converter. The best bang-for-the-buck big lens that is very sharp (but has some colour fringing at the edges with backlit subjects...although shouldn't be a problem with your line of work)is the superb Pentax 500mm f/4.5. I have owned three of these lenses and they are extremely well built. The best to go for is the latest SMC version. You should be able to find one quite cheap on Ebay.

Another cheap option is to go for the 300mm, 400mm, 500mm, 600mm or 800mm lenses sold by Sigma, Tokina or Tamron - that can range from low/medium quality glass up to the pro range top quality optics...all depending on your pocket.


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