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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 : Jay (jaych.1@juno.com)
Url : http://
Date : 09:59 AM Wednesday 22 July, 2009

When I think of MIR, the LX Guestbook on-line publisher, and of well-authored websites development: I think of visual enlightenment coupled with a great representation of many makes and devotees of imaging camera systems (along with a combination of MIR Asian commercial website development for high profile technology clients).

Where too 75% of the M of MIR is located in a place geographically forested or green, it is natural for MIR as a web publisher/developer to be highly visually oriented. Exactly half of this amount of Norway is forested or green: making up the geography content difference between it and M with pristine inland waterways, gentle intermingled communities placements and pace, cross country ski winter locations, wet springs, and magnificent continuous mountains. A third to two thirds of Colorado is green also, which I also purvey: with most of it in great plains pastures (green in spring and summer), then high natural and mostly evergreen timberland forests, intermingled with most of USA Continental high mountains here. So, I too am visually stimulated for outdoor and other imaging and high technology communications media commerce in both locations. The K-7s new HD motion imaging and stereo sound capture is welcome along with its increased still capture professional abilities.

From these so referenced geographical locations, I was hoping to redevelop the lingering MIR Pentax DSLR Advanced Systems Users beta site this month, but find that our publisher/facilitator, Leo Foo, is off scuba diving, and using those Malay forests and beaches for fun and adventure (where he cannot be now reached to coplan and make happen this redevelopment; the commercial developers of MIR too are well engaged with other projects). Alas, I may have to abandon being an MIR Pentax DSLR Advanced Systems and LX SLR photoresources contributor/codeveloper, for, I have to plan such development endeavors around my own considered time commitments. I was hoping too to promote an adminstrators Gallery section. So, I may be displaced from participation here by calendar commitments made apart from this site and the future Pentax Advanced DSLR Systems beta site potential redevelopment and LX guestbook interface. If so, I will miss you all.

So, while here in Colorado and Norge elsewhere for work, fun, and adventure I will think of you all and wish you the best.

Let us know here the changes you would find most promising in order to continue to participate with these Pentax SLR Guestbooks, or, if a different site format with participant and gatekept blog strings on various topics may be best for users of Pentax System imaging tools?

With the Hoya Pentax merger and camera and lens design roadmaps, it is clear that Pentax equipment is headed where we wished it would go. --Jay


2. From : Jay (jaych.1@juno.com)
Url : http://
Date : 02:09 AM Sunday 12 July, 2009

Graham, Where are you located, so as to best answer your question.


3. From : Jay (jaych.1@juno.com)
Url : http://
Date : 02:07 AM Sunday 12 July, 2009

The K-7 has entered the marketplace throughout Asia, and in Canada and parts of the EU, as of July 3rd. It is also released in the USA. It is generally going for full list price, excepting some 4 to 6 % discounts at this time.

The only comparison complaint, to the full frame units, is that above iso 1600 the full frame units excell. I can recall when ISO 400 to 1200 was the height of film rendering with subjects one could make out, so, having 1600, with rare occasional use 3200 and 6400 keeps the K-7 in the ball park for me.


4. From : Graham Carson (grahamcarson@sky.com)
Url : http://
Date : 02:49 AM Saturday 04 July, 2009

Hi
I have a well loved and well used LX and am now experiencing some metering problems. Does anyone know if i can get this repaired/serviced and does anyone know a reputable company where this can be done.
Any help with this would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks


5. From : JAY (jaych.1@juno.com)
Url : http://
Date : 06:57 AM Thursday 21 May, 2009

FANTASTIC! Flight metal K-7, with the 14.6 MB best to date APS-C proven IQ CMOS sensor size and micro lenses layer for HR light capture updated for color, bandwidth, and electron quick output (outresolves all slide film for its format size. Its patented layer sensor image sharpening design offers the greatest light resolution in its class--and now more). Updated new 4 channel output for quicker in camera image processing to the new processor, greater color sensitivity and thoroughput, and new sensor rotational and, user mechanical composition adjustments for in camera sensor (employed too for the shake reduction improvements in this body). New dust elimination system, along with some K20D dust reduction features (e.g. dust mapping is improved0. No prior buggy electron "leaks" into black areas of a captured scene which rendered an occasional white dot).

READ THIS: 5+ FPS; compact magnesium alloy body (over stainless, like an airplane skin over its skeleton); 3" High Resolution TFT dot screen with output adjustment; dust, moisture and cold sealed for extreme field uses (along with the DA MR AND DA* sealed lenses offering environmental defense); Prime II processor engine (1/8000 sec., high speed capture, HD movie capture); 77 segmented meter; real time live view, with selectable grid, histogram, and more (can determine subject values in real time, and then shoot stills or video); 100% of view in viewfinder and for live view; HDMI Output; HD for 2 movie modes in widescreen, and not (plus a third non HD mode); High Def Screen; HD wall screen output ready; mirror lock-up; near the shutter button ISO button; dynamic range control feature; compensation settings for highlight and shadows, on and on and on! See http://www.pentaximaging.com/slr/K-7/.

Pricing, the same list price as when the K20D was introduced [many felt it could be twice as much]. The K20 now selling for just over 50%+ of that original price is truly a deal for someone not needing video or high FPS features. Now in a preorder status, the K-7 is a very serious system camera. It will be Christmas before we see much of a discount, and late July before stores are firstly stocked in NA and the EU. This K Mount is KAF2 with backward lens capability (plus can use KAF3 as well).

Now is the time for all good photographers to come to the system commitment support of Hoya/Pentax! Let's REWARD THIS VIABLE PARTNERSHIP for hearing and responding to K mount system users with the cutting edge needs of all advanced photographers in mind. This stands with accompanying excellent rated optics in all current classes & now too with its radically improved AF (with low light color temperature wavelength sensing in the AF mix now with the leading time in low light quick focus), improved noise reduction achieves higher ISO stability, new white balance and color filtration options, high FPS even in RAW due to sensor/processor combo, battery life is up, 100% field of view viewfinder & mirror lock-up [grant the Professionals long lens delight], Live View with scene tone information mode, past image adjustments settings via rotational dial, and screen menus with two new modalities for such (there were five prior), relocation of most buttoned functions, with new low light happy contrast AF, Face Detection, and optional histogram, grid on screen, and bright/dark area user compensation on high res Display which allows you to quickly compose your images without having to position your eye against the viewfinder (though you need to go back and forth between these to get to full information for shooting), can make highlight and shadow detail dynamics choices, has a secure electronic leveling function (better than tripod bubble levels), now offers the industry leading Dynamic Range setting, AF lenses (DFA forward) distortion correction, etc. etc. etc. For on camera data handling, Professional user choices: the ability to designate files, embed your copyright information in the accompanying picture data, and coordinate the output for such workflow file delivery. Buy an SD wireless card to go total post modern workflow remote.

Buy a separate SD wireless card and download to your tote wirelessly enabled PC or wirelessly available portable drive in the field. 14M 4672x3104, 10M 3936x2624, 6M 3072x2048, 2M 1728x1152; Movie (resolution/FPS): 1280x720p30, 1536x1024p30, 640x416p30; 3.0” TFT IPS (In Plane Switching) color LCD with brightness/color adjustment and AR coating; Resolution - 921,000 dots; much better color and sharpness than the Canon D-50; Wide angle viewable; Power source: Rechargeable Li-Ion battery D-LI90, D-BG4 Battery Grip (optional) for second D-LI90 battery or 6X AA batteries; Recordable images: Approx 980 (approx 740 w/ 50% flash, CIPA); Playback time: Approx 440 min; AC adapter available;Sensitivity range: EV 0 to 21; Still: RAW (PEF, DNG, to TIFF), JPG (Exif 2.21), DCF 2.0 (design rule for camera file system), DPOF, Print Image Matching III; Movie (compression): AVI (Motion JPG); Sensor-shift Shake Reduction with rotational compensation (4 stops max);, verifications via viewfinder and top LCD panel; Body dimensions (W x H x D): 5.1 x 3.8 x 2.9” (even SMALLER than Olympus, for a so-called midrange DSLR system camera. Pros will buy and use this camera, for sure; I will use its varied options with joy.).

Body weight, without battery or removable memory - 22.9 oz, Loaded and ready - 26.5 oz; Construction material(s): Magnesium alloy shell over stainless steel chassis permits operating temperature: 14-104°F (-10 to 40°C); Multi-segment: 77 segments, Center weighted, Spot, exposure compensation: +/- 5 EV (1/3 and 1/2 steps), exposure lock, exposure bracketing: 3 or 5 frames, up to +/- 2 EV (1/2 or 1/3 steps); Ports: USB 2.0 hi-speed, AV out, HDMI out, DC in, cable switch, 3.5mm stereo microphone jack (the only such found on DSLRs just now; Video out: HD (1080i30, 720p30, 480p30), NTSC, PAL; internal flash, external flash system sync sockets (for studio units and on camera units); Printer interfaces: n/a; Mode selection: Single, Continuous (Hi, Lo), Manual, Self-Timer (12s, 2s), Remote (0s, 3s, continuous), AF assist lamp, Bracketing (standard, timer, remote), shutter operation standard, remote, HDR Capture, Multi-Exposure, Dial and user determined exposure programming types (37 functions), Interval Continuous FPS 5.2 specs are well established by need(40 JPG Continuous Hi, 15 RAW PEF, 14 RAW DNG) 3.3 FPS (unlimited JPG Continuous Lo, 17 RAW PEF/DNG), Self-timer: (12s, 2s), Remote control: infrared (0s, 3s, continuous) and cable switch.

Still image Quality levels: **** Premium, *** Best, ** Better, * Good; Improved Dust Removal and seals - Supersonic vibration to low pass filter.
The new sensor is in every aspect more precise and adjustable.

SO, we predict here a massive migration to Pentax by those who find the body fitting the hand with a similar feel to the LX! Field and wedding photographers can offer video clips as well as stills from the same point of view. Judging from the IQ of the DA 300* f4, and emerging DA* zooms in all ranges, many with HS focus motors: watch out top two for the blue Pentax horizon! Finally, a merger of having a company act together, on time and capable functions with bells and whistles, and ergonomics which lead the industry. All this is the result of a maker merger, and an on time design philosophy, as well as a meeting of minds with those of Pentax system loyalty persuasion. With greater temperature operating range, and more seals than the LX or K20D, we predict that this will become a Pentax cult camera!

Notice how quickly this came out after a little more than a year of the K20D entering the market, which still is a very good still average FPS driven camera. Both are rugged companions to the field challenges of outdoor photographers. The K-7, now with industry leading low light AF will bring the system inside for new professionals joining the system. It seems the new design strategy to be on time, and with the functions necessary is now in the forefront of the Hoya/Pentax mindset. --Jay


6. From : Jay (jaych.1@juno.com)
Url : http://
Date : 01:49 AM Tuesday 19 May, 2009

Now on a distributor official website, find the body, with its slimmer profile side shot. It says it will be released officially in two days. http://www.pentax.com.cn/product/slr/newk.html

Great, this will be perfect for our rugged natural mountain environment GIS location photography. With the HDMI feature it will prove even more adaptable and communication media friendly. --Jay


7. From : Jay (jaych.1@juno.com)
Url : http://
Date : 12:10 AM Tuesday 19 May, 2009

New DSLR out of the closet? Metal body, weather sealed, new imaging engine, same sensor, or 17MP sensor, etc. If you read Chinese, seeing the two spec lists, become confused for us.
http://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/pentax-news-rumors/57107-pic-k30d-215.html At least the image is consistent with earlier leaks. This is more than a leak though; the body is determined, and specs almost so. --Jay


8. From : William D. Tallman (wtallman@olypen.com)
Url : http://
Date : 08:27 AM Monday 18 May, 2009

I've been using an LX for years now, and have developed a new problem. I've always used an OpTech carry strap that has the metal lug clips, but it needs to be replaced now and I'd like to acquire the original LX lug clips to use with a new strap. I've been given to understand that some number of LX users do not like the LX strap; presumably they have (had) one and didn't like it. Perhaps one of these users still has said strap and would be willing to part with it for a suitable sum? If so, please contact me.

Bill Tallman
wtallman@olypen.com


9. From : Jay (jaych.1@juno.com)
Url : http://
Date : 02:22 PM Friday 08 May, 2009

In favor of a K-X named 2009 DSLR to be announced before summer by Pentax see http://blog.photopoint.ee/wp-content/uploads/2009/04/pentax-k-x.jpg In any event, find out the third week of March, and enjoy this front view.


10. From : Jay (jaych.1@juno.com)
Url : http://
Date : 10:36 AM Thursday 07 May, 2009

See http://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/pentax-news-rumors/58993-more-info-new-k7.html This is on the supposed K-7 APS-C Pentax DSLR to be announced the 21st of this month, according to Japanese market ad teasers posted by H/P. Will the new smaller body, likely with a similar sensor to the K-20's become as pursued as the LX? And will it be called the
K-X or K-7? Time will tell.

Pentax division Japanese executives have restated the Pentax commitment to quality "with an attitude" past incorporated with such bodies as the LX, MX, and PZ series cameras (which developed dedicated followers for decades). --Jay


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