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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.

This LX site was specifically created for the great Pentax LX SLR camera model(s), and now has incorporated increased opportunity for an expanded interchange with the introductions of the Pentax K10D, K20D, and K200D SLRs to include advanced and professional digital user models. Interchange is encouraged with the intention to continue as a forum for advanced system users of past K-mount film based SLR systems and the mentioned Pentax DSLRs. With decreasing forum traffic here, and enthusiasts moving on with SLR digital imaging products futures, we hope the continued convenience of this site and its past Pentax advanced LX users data archives--provided by the database KEY WORD SEARCH FEATURE found here--can be very useful to you. Most past site user techniques, systems components, and lenses of Pentax advanced applications--as have been past examined by users on this site--are still of use regarding the newest Pentax SLRs. Please don't mail us with other than constructive suggestions or to rectify mistakes found within this site, thank you. Since this is a non-profitable resource site, maintained by professional and advanced system users, the developer of this site reserves the rights to censor or delete any inappropriate, unrelated, misleading or excessively hostile messages posted herein. If your intention is to dispose of your Pentax cameras or its accompanying accessories and/or you are looking for a used model, or even for any of its system components: please use a separate section with a higher volume of related traffic for these purposes: on the
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1. From : qurrat khan (
Url : http://
Date : 05:17 AM Tuesday 14 February, 2006


i have a pentax SLR fx 7, can u direct me to a place online where i cud get a user manual and how i cud take night pics of moons and stars?
plz answer
qurrat( amateur amateur)

2. From : Jay (
Url : http://
Date : 02:19 AM Tuesday 14 February, 2006

Correction to below. It is Olympus, not Konica-Minolta-Sony which has the 2x lens DSLR Sensor size multiplication factor (KMS is 1.5). --Jay

3. From : Jay (
Url : http://
Date : 10:46 PM Monday 13 February, 2006

Sony, Canon, and others are also leaking that they too will release new DSLRs about the same time: summer/fall. Neck and neck, or will a view on current market catch-up bog Pentax via new arising competition? What has come forth from the current DSLR line is that Pentax build quality is excellent (much better than the Rebel designed to take it on). Some are disappointed with Canon build quality in particular. Sony, if going totally Konica-Minolta will still have the 2X conversion factor, with much greater inherent noise from the sensor. Plus, so far, Canon front lens barrels rotate, most Pentax do not. Nikon has moved up with the D200, but we certainly want what Mico outlines for true photographers: and the economy to support it. --Jay

4. From : Mico (
Url : http://
Date : 12:42 PM Monday 13 February, 2006

From interview with John Dickins of Pentax UK.
Key points:

- Digital MF camera to be revealed this autumn
- Flagship digital SLR and new lens range on the way
- New compact featuring 'shake reduction system'
- Pentax UK back in profit
- Strong sales in fastest growing camera sectors
- Operating profits expected to rise six-fold in 2006.
Go Pentax! M.

5. From : Jay (
Url : http://
Date : 06:23 AM Monday 13 February, 2006

For those of us who follow the great DSLR development wars, and the Konica-Minolta decision to withdraw from photography and camera pursuits, recall that Sony and KM began an alliance in July 2005, and that in January 2006 Sony legally acquired what that alliance begat--the DSLR systems bearing KMs name. The ins and outs on the surface of this development are reported on the KM United Kingdom site, in greater detail than on the KM site here in the US, or in web press releases on the subject.

This is mentioned here as it supports the corporate "trend-blend" design necessity marriages of camera and electronics enterprizes for DSLR camera futures. It will be noteable what Pentax now unveils, having been reported to be "in good shape" in this industry as to its own futures by a poster below reporting a magazine comment here. --Jay

6. From : Pat (
Url : http://
Date : 01:52 AM Monday 13 February, 2006

Yes, I'm still smiling Mico!

Amateur Photographer (UK weekly mag - that tends not to favour Pentax).

Current edition, Editors Welcome -

Comments on Konica Minolta situation then goes on to make the following comment with regard to attendance at a recent Pentax seminar, "while I cannot discuss what was said, I can say Pentax appears to be in excellent shape and has several new products - optics and cameras - on the way, which will delight Pentax users who may be concerned about where the company is going".

7. From : Jay (
Url : http://
Date : 09:44 PM Sunday 12 February, 2006

Excellent insights, Phillip and Mico. As for doing chemical labwork, I still do some personal B&W "silverchromes"--with excellent results. Since we are discussing feelings on using equipment: time can slip slip away when working in the lab. Ongoing manipulation and preparations of the processes involved consume and violate my humanity. Even my outer skin pores seem somehow to separate from my inner soul in the lab processes. Hours go by without real self to others connection and are somehow lost from the sense of presence with a land of the living. In short, I love to see the tones come in during development, in the tray, but hate the whole artifical environment away from daylight, or its simulations. --Jay

8. From : Philip Ashman (
Url : http://
Date : 05:15 PM Sunday 12 February, 2006

I agree fully with Mico's sentiments and also get some great images from my digital equipment, but like him I too do not get anywhere near the satisfaction from a 'digital' shooting session that I get from using film. There's a real sense of 'oneness' when out with your film equipment and a feeling of creativity, anticipation and challenge that is missing with digital, which I can only liken to comparing preparation of a meal in the microwave (digital) against a slow cooked traditional meal from freshly prepared ingredients (film).
You know which is the most satisfying but some times needs necessitate the quick option.
Also, I am concious of the slow withdrawal of services provided for the film user making it a much more difficult media to work with if you require a fast turnaround, plus the costs involved measured against digital. At present, here in the UK, the return times for slides being processed are getting longer and longer (from my experience)which is becoming most frustrating. I have never delved into the world of developing and printing my own film, probably due to laziness and lack of space, but perhaps now would be a time to consider it, even if only B & W to start?
I do think though that perhaps it would be a case of locking the stable door after the horse has bolted, as no doubt equipment, especially chemicals etc.. will also become scarcer and more expensive.
We can only see how things go in the next few years and a bit like vinyl music, film may well hold on for a long time to come yet and remain a viable and more satisfying media for the discerning user. There are, after all, still a fair number of vinyl music turntable designers and manufacturers out there successfully in production despite CD/HD advances. Philip

9. From : Mico (
Url : http://
Date : 02:08 PM Sunday 12 February, 2006

First, message for Ivan J. Eberle: do not damega your scrap body, Shutter Release lock is very simple piece and is incorporated in the SR button.I do not know what is wrong with it, but you can order the left and right top cover from Pentax (cca. 90 US for both)and solve all exposure compensation/finder release/meter switch button/shutter release lock button/ problems. MLU button is not that simple (mailny because you have to reach deep into the LX bowels) but it can be fixed without new parts. Replacing the left cover is 20 min. of work, and for the right side you need some instructions (provided on this site) patience and good tools. No more than 45min. Regarding "new" and "old" gear - I use my new Canon gear and get some great images, but I do not enjoy it. At all. Period. Just holding LX with winder and custom molded grip is a joy. I find LX + winder+ grip "A" more confortable than Canon 20D + dedicated battery grip.
I sold two of my favourite Pentax lenses, FA 24/2.0 AL and F300/4.5 ED-IF (someone from this bord is smiling)to cover
huge transition costs.But, my wife said to me that she would kill me if I touch anything else including two readu-to-outlive-all-digital-cameras LXs with winders. I will obey, with pleasure. Mico

10. From : Jay (
Url : http://
Date : 01:08 AM Sunday 12 February, 2006

Hello once more, I’ve been researching Optical Image Sensor Array manufacturers. Sony is the foremost CCD manufacturer in the world, perhaps, most likely, even having their sensors in Samsung cameras as well (note the reviews do not tell whose sensors are in any Samsung camera, whereas they do tell whose are in Nikon and Pentax DSLR cameras. Comparing exact Samsung in-cameras sensor pixel numbers and physical sizes with Sony, Nikon, and Pentax like numbers and sensor physical sizes, one can draw certain conclusions.).

The CMOS vs. CCD sensor debate has been going on for some years: as to which does rendering best, and with the most efficacy. Like most other realities of an optical camera and photo-imaging nature, each type of sensor with a married image processor in use has made advances by degree--then to be taken on and addressed by the other type in application. Such advances, like with Olympic ski races, go back and forth between namesake national competitors season by season. CCDs cost more to make and digital-capture-encode and correct in use than CMOS arrays. Nikon, Fuji, and Pentax have embraced primarily CCDs, Canon the CMOS. Whatever agreements these camera manufacturers have with chip and sensor supplier/manufacturers regarding who gets to use which sensors, and when, it has been assumed help them in the release heats and claims of the great DSLR development consumer wars (wherein exacting users like us are looking for high sensor pixel count, shadow and highlight, and color accuracy renders, other users simply prefer a reasonable price, with a quality working and compact system. It seems that Pentax and Samsung are looking more at price than imaging detail at this time.).

Looking ahead, with all the realignments in the camera namesake world, and the vested branding pride involved, certainly Pentax and Samsung have much to gain in moving away from other suppliers who are also or are becoming camera manufacturer DSLR competitors. So, even if the first releases of the Pentax Samsung alliance seem to gain little or nothing from our point of view, what will emerge out of a combined PS R & D effort will gain much.

It seems almost unfathomable, why Samsung sought to clone Pentax…I gave some insight in my first posting on this subject, below. It may also have something to do with trade laws and restrictions in Asia? Now who gained from the cloning? Samsung, Pentax, or both? And who will gain from this alliance in the long run? That is why it would be interesting to know all the motives and conditions involved, and which corporation approached which first. Even so, what users of our site are looking for is not cloning, but sound development evolution which incorporates and advances future technology for advanced user needs. Advanced imaging users naturally compare and contrast what is available in the total marketplace, and its incorporation with what they already have in gear at hand. True, we have had namesake loyality to some degree, but not to the expense of our equippage to image well. The three forum responses as to their plans about LX future use show some loyalty, and some deliberate shifting to obtain gear which meets advanced user concerns. --Jay

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