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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 : not fair... (
Url : http://no
Date : 09:31 PM Monday 20 March, 2006

Kakaman.. are you the host leofoo ? I visited your canon site when can you create one for us (like that one ?). Pentax requires osme serious effort on SMA resources on the web...

2. From : Philip Ashman (
Url : http://
Date : 06:04 PM Monday 20 March, 2006

Just a further thought concerning the proposed new 10mp DSLR from Pentax for the Autumn.
I don't know how many of our regular posters have already (like me) used a DSLR, but even if not will of course be aware of the awful problem of dust getting onto the sensor, especially when changing lenses. I can say, from experience, that no mattter how careful you are it is nigh on impossible to avoid and results in extreme frustration when a great shot taken has big black blobs/marks on the image due to dust, usually (due to sods law) in a prominent and noticeable place. Yes, you can of course remove (to a degree) by either cropping/digital manipulation afterwards, but no-one wants to have to do this and on critical images the manipulation/removal is often noticeable on close examination. One reason (but by no means the only) perhaps why I and others amongst us, so much prefer film.
What this brings me to wonder therefore, is whether Samsung/Pentax will have addressed this issue with this new DSLR? Up to now of course it has, to my knowledge, only been Olympus who have designed a built in dust removal system and I am not sure just how successful that has been? I have heard of a new product having been released that combines a dust removal brush with an electric charge that in effect causes, through the charge, any dust to 'fall off' the sensor when it is applied? It really is a nuisance and all I do is, after the event, use a rocket blower with the mirror locked up, camera pointing down to remove dust as far as possible. If that doesn't do the trick then you really have no choice but to return it to the manufacturer for professional sensor cleaning at a cost!
It would therefore be nice if Pentax/Samsung have indeed followed Olympus along the road of a built in sensor cleaning/protection system.


3. From : Philip Ashman (
Url : http://
Date : 05:25 PM Monday 20 March, 2006

Hi all. Just back from a few days away staying at an old 17th century Coaching Inn in a remote part of the Yorkshire Dales. Beautiful scenery with the snow covered peaks and some nice dramatic lighting with this cold snap Britain is experiencing.
I'm pleased to see that a new 10mp Pentax DSLR is due out in Autumn and will probably trade in my *istds pretty soon after release if it is as good as it should be. I have very much enjoyed using, and still do, my *istds, but must admit it does have limitations especially when wishing to print at A4 +, especially if some cropping has been done to enhance composition etc...

Regarding new lenses coming out lately, I myself am most annoyed at the trend by manufacturers to ditch the aperture rings making them useless to anyone whose SLR does not have the modern aperture selection on the camera body. It means that when selecting a new lens for either my LX's or F4, I am now very restricted. Just before xmas I ordered the very highly rated Sigma 150mm f2.8 macro to use with my F4 (I use the old 105mm with my LX) and to my horror when it arrived I found no aperture ring and had to return it. I know it's my own fault for not researching properly beforehand, but the website advetised it as suitable for film and digital SLR's and did not make it clear. Indeed it seems that not only the independent manufacturers like Sigma are going down this road, but also Nikon. Can't myself understand why they are in effect alienating so many old customers by doing this. Could it be an underhand way of forcing people to move over to digital before they want to by simply making new attractive professional quality lenses that are incompatible with their existing camera bodies? Or am I missing the point here as whilst I can understand the new 'made for digital' lenses having no aperture ring as a better design factor, I don't understand why they have removed the ring from those made to be compatible with both systems. Surely they are losing a lot of potential sales from loyal customers of old who will simply look to the 2nd hand market (like me) when eyeing up a lens requirement to go with my LX or F4.

Regarding the debate into postings/spam removal etc.. I will do what I can as I can well aprreciate the frustration of forced delays and constant bombardment of junk by those who have no respect and spoil wonderful forums like this.


4. From : Jay (ibcom@onebox.lcom)
Url : http://
Date : 11:08 AM Monday 20 March, 2006

Karkaman, Thanks! So spam here seems to be a consipiracy of crippling intention, with a targeted total disrespect of our site. Can't we somehow send a selectable rebound response to overwhelm the sender? We could type out the word Asahi one billion times, and send it back to the spam source: maxing out their server storage capacity!

You have provided new and very relevant knowledge of the subject for this forum. So, I suggest a compromise, cut the delay to 48 hours from 72, or, if most maintainers pledge herein to be watchmen on the walls of the site regularly, cut the delay to 24 hours. Force, counterforce. We then can delete such nasty incoming stuff as a team!

This would give time for the maintainers to respond with precision, wiping out the enemy invader propoganda behind the administrator battle lines (so to speak). It won't quite have the flow of a good computer battle game, but most of the movement will be a special forces operation, striking hard indeed behind the scenes (by a few well-trained men). RSVP --Jay

5. From : Jay (
Url : http://
Date : 10:50 AM Monday 20 March, 2006

Titanium. Two of the five LX body releases declared these metal body-wrap parts on the top and bottom of the camera. The 1994 Titan was released with 1000 bodies, and was chrome in body profiled color. The 1996 Limited, was black, and was engraved on the top front as "Titanium". This release was supposed to be only 300 "pieces" (I would say units myself).

I wonder, after seeing Michael's Gold body on Ebay, as #303, if more Limiteds were issued, and where any of the supposed 300 may have ended up today? Any informers on this for the forum? Certainly that body would interest me the most, but, alas, it would seem to be the most expensive of all! Like Globetrotter I would want to use it, not just collect it (but, I worry, was the paint job as soft as normal LX finishes? If so, I guess I would have it plastic wrapped first, before using it.). Does anyone know if the LX 2000 was also Titanium? That would make three such releases!

Here is a thinking man's question: "Where are all LXs 'Titanium'"? Maintainers, no telling. I will send a Canon Inkjet best quality Colorado Columbine print to the first site user who answers the question correctly. Worldwide participants welcome. --Jay

6. From : Kakaman (
Url : http://
Date : 10:46 AM Monday 20 March, 2006

They paused for a moment as I took the trouble to report to the host ONE by ONE and when theirs (a/c) are suspended, all they do is to opening another 10 accounts at free hosting ISP and begin again. Generally when they see another new opening, they will conduct a programmed spam - I tried to release a few a bout a month ago and they came back with - not one or two but truckful load in 100 messages per round and thrice a day - are you all prepare to do that ? I am not .. Deleting 100 + messages can be a tedious but IF ANYONE of us passes it on when sees it (I am sure you will...), it will be acculmulated to 300 spam messages in a day, this will then be a big workload for all of us (esp. me as I know it will be kicked back to the host, haha...) - all you see in this clean meesage board is not conincidental, I have to sit down and check, edit few times a day. It can be easy to ask but overall, this is not a good experirence at all (+ I have another 18 boards to go through).

7. From : Mico (
Url : http://
Date : 03:45 AM Monday 20 March, 2006

I agree with Jay and Anton,we should go back to non-delayed posting. M.

Url :
Date : 05:32 PM Saturday 18 March, 2006

Yes, Jay, I also look forward to seeing the cameras that Pentax produces in the near future. Both the Pentax 10MP DSLR and the new updated Pentax 645 high-res digital camera due out later this year will be great cameras to try out.

9. From : AB (
Url : http://
Date : 05:30 PM Saturday 18 March, 2006

I think enough of us can now edit the site to ensure the swift removal of spam postings, so it would probably be okay to go back to non-delayed posting. AB

10. From : Jay (
Url : http://
Date : 10:09 AM Saturday 18 March, 2006

It is clear from the expansion of the Pentax lens roadmap, showing tentative 2006 additions there (search our site engine here for the URL, as I posted the original DA DFA lens family roadmap address a month or so back) that the likelihood of the non-crippled KFA lens mount reappearing is slim indeed. The 2006 lenses though look to be constant aperture zooms, most being wide aperture zooms. It is the wave of the future, as with Canon, Olympus, and others. The appearance of a Pentax aperture ring will further wane, I am now certain. Perhaps Pentax long lenses of the future may have one, I do not know (in order to sell it both ways--to enthusiast and professional--as with the last Macro lenses released).

I will most likely purchase the 10MP body, once the price quiets down. It, most likely, has the same chip as the recent Nikon entry (recall that both makers have used Sony sensor chips in the past. Will a Samsung connection for Pentax provide other innovations, which Nikon has not introduced?). Stay tuned. --Jay

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