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1. From : Mico (micolx@netsacpe.net)
Url : http://
Date : 12:17 PM Sunday 09 April, 2006

Jim, it is difficult to say the exact production year for LX just by the serial number, but your bodies probably originate from the late 80`s. It also depends if the shutter curtain is old or new design, and how shutter lock button looks like. New shutter lacks one white dot on the second curtain. You can see that if shutter is coked, mirror locked up and lens removed from the camera. M.


2. From : Jim Carnie (jamesm@carnie.totalserve.co.uk)
Url : http://
Date : 04:29 AM Friday 07 April, 2006

How can I find out when my LX's were made using their serial nos?
They are 53185XX and 53179XX. Anyone know?

JMC


3. From : Jay (ibcom@onebox.com)
Url : http://
Date : 12:44 PM Thursday 06 April, 2006

Mico, Thanks for your perspective on "Genunine Fractals". As mentioned, following the formula given in my last post, it is better than Photoshop's own bicubic ways and means for resizing, and is useable for publication resizing. See the review on the Photoshop plug-ins site. http://www.photoshopsupport.com/tools/plugins/genuine-fractals.html.

I believe that it went up in quality with CS and CS2 (being 16 bit in visually stepless grey tones, as found behind digital colors)--and perhaps so since your reported use? I've seen results here that help me choose to plunge and fork out the USD 117.00 it goes for on-line. You got me on the spelling. --Jay


4. From : GLOBETROTTER (globetrotterworld@hotmail.com)
Url : http://www.wilderness-photo.co.uk
Date : 03:52 AM Thursday 06 April, 2006

I'm glad that you like the new monopod.

I sometimes use a monopod (I use the Pro Manfrotto model), although for most shots I prefer the added stability of a true tripod.

I generally use the Manfrotto Trekker tripod + Pro Ball Head for my still cameras and lenses, or for my movie equipment the much heavier Manfrotto O28 legs and 116 Pro Head is used...although it weighs like a truck!


5. From : Philip Ashman (genesisphil@hotmail.com)
Url : http://
Date : 03:19 PM Wednesday 05 April, 2006

As you know I have recently acquired a couple of long telephotos for my LX and *istds (Pentax 300mm f2.8 & Sigma 500mm f4.5) and under ideal conditions would always use a sturdy tripod, hence my recent posting regarding cabon fibre lightweight tripods. Also, I of course have an added interest in the ease of carrying equipment due to my riding a motorbike (not really ideal for a wildlife photographer!).
Well, in my search for such equipment I have just bought a new monopod that I can highly recommend for occassions when the light is very bright and a fast shutter speed may be obtained. The one in question is the Giottos Pro MM9970 black aluminium model. It is extremely well made, very sturdy with a nice foam grip and extends to a good height with 4 easy locking sections In addition it comes with a neat little tool kit and also has a unique (I think) pull down foot pedal that gives added stability. You can of course get a range of replacement feet and heads to go with it as well.
Included, for the exceptional price of just £39.99 from Karlu Photographic in the UK (www.karlu.com)is a very nice carry bag.
I have bought a few items from Karlu and they offer a first class service to customers and are very helpful.

I find that this monopod meets my needs perfectly and is one of those photo accessories that you really feel good about owning. A gem of a find for me at least.

Philip


6. From : Mico (micolx@nestcape.net)
Url : http://
Date : 12:56 PM Saturday 01 April, 2006

Jay, I have tried "Genuine Fractals" and "Smart Scale" trial versions some time ago, just out of curiosity. Before that, I read some reviews and none of them was quite positive. In fact, my experience was the same if not worse than what reviews indicated. Also, since I am coming from Eastern Europe, I am used to that “magic wand” approach which usually does not work except as a Photoshop tool :-). And Photoshop Bicubic Interpolation was as good as any of those products, but unlike Genuine Fractals 200US it was free. So, for higher resolution/ larger prints, higher pixel count is the only serious solution. This is, of course my personal opinion. M.


7. From : AB (nuzzlemuff@fsmail.net)
Url : http://
Date : 10:08 PM Thursday 30 March, 2006

Apologies, quite so. It should have read pentaprism cover - and due to the privilege of admin status, it now does!

You really have to test everything on an LX. I was using the new camera with TTL flash and at one point the mirror flipped but the shutter didn't fire. I had to take it off Auto for the (ruined) exposure to complete. I'm sure this is related to the similar behaviour when on Auto and overexposure is indicated and it should be an easy fix. I was using a different LX on manual at 3200 ISO I decided I needed flash as light levels were really low and I required D.O.F I fitted the flash and stopped down. As I worked I became aware that the flash wasn't firing, I immediately abandoned that camera and carried on with the other (loaded with 400 ISO). When I got home I tested the 'faulty' camera. The flash would only occasionally fire using 3200 even though the viewfinder indicated it had and exposure was correct. At 1600 everything was fine. I think this is a manifestation of erratic shutter on auto at 3200 - I wouldn't normally use 3200 and flash so it's not much of an issue but it's important to know. If I'm in that situation again I shall move the dial to 1600 and sacrifice a stop for reliability.

These quirks of ageing LX's can be embarrassing professionally. To keep using these cameras it's a good idea to test each one thoroughly every year and note its oddities and of course always carry a spare or two.

AB


8. From : Jay (ibcom@onebox.com)
Url : http://
Date : 02:05 PM Thursday 30 March, 2006

Mico, with your image size maximum on the D-20, I wonder if you have tried the Photoshop plug-in Genuine Fractiles, to change image size without trashing the image. You should be able to enlarge to the next step up, say a 16X 24? If your camera is 6mp or above and you shoot RAW and convert to TIFF, then you should be able to upsize the photos using Genuine Fractiles. I've not used the program, but understand from others following the formula just listed that it leaps ahead of Photoshop's own way of enlarging from smaller size original data (which seldom achieves useable results going up, and is OK going down). It might put-off the high cost of any newer Canon D body, and may improve the Fall Pentax D release output size limits, soon coming.

Anton, Since the LX meter is in the camera, did you mean the FA1 or FA1w Pentaprism black painted metal cover?--Jay


9. From : Mico (micolx@netscape.net)
Url : http://
Date : 12:54 PM Thursday 30 March, 2006

Anton, I am just curious, what is a meter cover? M.


10. From : Jay (ibcom@onebox.com)
Url : http://
Date : 07:03 AM Thursday 30 March, 2006

A reminder once more. The Pentax FA mount Sigma EX 100-300mm f4 is going currently on ebay for $550.00, a steal. I am sure this is because of the replacement DG coatings now coming into stores, but it is still well worth the price and for its excellent use. Add a 1.4 ex converter and a *ist Ds body and go up to 550mm at f5.6 (but closing down one stop makes it second to none in results, at f8. See the Fred Miranda site on Canon and Nikon owners using and rating this fine optic).

See http://cgi.ebay.com/Sigma-100-300mm-EX-Lens-for-Pentax-ist-D-DS-DL-DS2-NEW_W0QQitemZ7603357305QQcategoryZ48558QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

--Jay


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