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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 : Jay (
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Date : 05:47 AM Wednesday 01 February, 2006

P., Great find. I've gotten lenses the same way here in the USA.
Never a better feeling about gear anyway. --Jay

2. From : Philip Ashman (
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Date : 06:59 PM Monday 30 January, 2006


I'm pleased to say that I have just acquired a Pentax 300mm f2.8 SMC FA* IF ED in excellent condition along with rear and front lens covers, soft case and full set of rear filters.

It was an ex-demo lens supplied direct by Pentax to a well known and respected UK dealer and still has a 6 month guarantee. I picked it up for approx half price.

Not yet tried it with my LX's, but have done an initial test run with my *istds, for which it is fully compatible, and of course is an effective 450mm f2.8, and the results are superb - razor sharp lovely colour rendition and gorgeous bokeh (in my opinion). Well pleased with it even if it has exceeded my current budget - Oh well, what the heck! LOL.


3. From : Jay (
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Date : 05:38 PM Friday 27 January, 2006

Digital backs. The highest rated 6X6 cm digital camera back is now 39MP! Medium format digital system cameras now come with an inherent 22MP too. Of course 32 thousand Euros for the back, and 16 to 20 thousand Euros for such camera bodies limits its system acquisition and effective use for 99+-% of photographers. This does positively indicate that such technology is advancing in possibility at breakneck speed. The build quality of these available systems is excellent. The back mentioned claims 64 bit rendition too, which would explain its very high rating to some measure. Some past objections here to 12 bit sensor color rendering limits are being surpassed indeed....but, one too must, by axiom, account for sensor and processor as one systemic entity in any camera working in concert together to comprehend what is possible in digital file capture, data detail, and output by any DSLR camera. Small format digital cameras will not reach such high MP levels, it is predicted, for another ten years. However, even if they get half way there soon, this changes the playing field.

And so, watch this autumn for release of Mac and PC based 64 bit operating systems, run primarily on Intel chips (e.g., Microsoft "Vista"). These not only will change all emerging software capacities and abilities to deal with nuances of encripted image data details, cameras will also need to step up to the plate for the 64 bit data handling game. Today we feel blessed if 16 bit scanning and encription is manipulatable in imaging software. The standard will be 64 bit in time. Working onboard processing ability then will become the name of the electronics manufacturing and imaging R&D game, and more so by competitive necessity than any limits alone of small format sensor color and scenic EV range sensor capacities. Watch for new claims in the areas of shadows and highlights, and color hue captures, which will outstrip any such current camera imaging capacities. Use film while this new wave goes Tsunami.

In some real sense waiting for Godot is the best personal strategy regarding the merging of new operating system 64 bit computer imaging capacities with on board DSLR camera digital technology. This holds especially if you are used to the transparency film and scanner mix for considered data depth detail encoding, mutipass scan digital file capture, and available MP file size for the complete image file. Getting such potential capacity into a small format DSLR, while keeping pricing approachable, will demand Merlin-like wizardry. It was only a little over a decade past that big battle scenes in films used herds of extras at great cost. Alachazam, then came the shift to computer reproduction and animations of large battle armies and scenes for the big screen. --Jay

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Date : 02:55 AM Sunday 22 January, 2006

The best place to look is on There are a few specialist dealers still selling LX equipment. Also look at the camera equipment For Sale items on this website (scroll to bottom of page on Pentax LX main page). The Pentax User site also has a for-sale page: Pentax UK also has an adverts page, as well as a repairs price guide page:

5. From : Jim Carnie (
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Date : 02:04 AM Sunday 22 January, 2006

After a few years away from my LX I've rediscovered it's superb qualities. My viewfinder developed a fault and I was most disgruntled that Pentax UK would not look at it. Looking at the secondhand prices in the UK I ended up buying another one until Cameratiks of Edinburgh fixed it for me. What I am looking for are M or P type eyecups, is there anybody out there (Pink Floyd - The Wall) who knows where I can get them?

6. From : Jay (
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Date : 06:51 AM Saturday 21 January, 2006

The LX, obviously Pentax's best camera to date. Now, at just over 25 years since its introduction, it is still repaired by Pentax USA, Pentax GB, and Pentax of Japan--unlike all of their other SLR models excepting those manufactured in the past eight years. The repair divisions still call it their "professional camera," a designation given no other release. The LX was not named for Luxury edition, or Limited special edition, but for the Roman numerials "60", as the sixtieth anniversary Pentax Camera, as the design of 1980. As found reported on our parent site, it was last commercially mass produced in 1997...however, limited editions were produced in 2000, for the Millenium and for posterity. A fourfold price increase went along with these limited edition releases (even then, primary availablity was in Japan and the Orient). They were gobbled up by new century admirers.

The beauty and functionality of the system remains: riding on the skirtails of the MX and ME popular SLR mass consumer based complete prime lens system (the so-called M series, followed by the A and A* series manual focus lenses). Resulting images made are second to none, and usurp the color transmission of most lenses ever made. Today, making such lenses is both mechanically and optically very expensive, for, mass production and marketing production methods have cheapened the processes, falling in build quality with the lesser demand for original manufacturer SLR products (tapering off as public photographic primary consumer items since the mid-1980s for all manufacturer's lens and accessory families. Yet photographic artists continue to prefer the SLR over other camera types.).

Baby boomers are heading toward their own "60s", with norms and once sacred ideals once viewed as the unspoken frameworks of civilization being stretched and fractured beyond past limits. It is a chaotic season reflected in fragmenting, dystonal, and distorted styles of pop music screaming from these diversly populated times....Heard too, as a vibrating minority chord, are the careful, ordered, and more excellent tone-reflections of what is found of the natural world (not all color is replaced by alienating industrial skies). The LX is still held as used with an eye toward all the brushes, tools, and paletted colors one can employ in creating celebrated works of two dimensional art. --Jay

7. From : Jay (
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Date : 02:26 AM Tuesday 17 January, 2006

As Tony points out, any lens of 400mm or beyond need be locked tight or supported indeed. If you use the search feature here, on this page, and search "support" as a key word, quite a bit has been written in the past on the subject.

I once had a Tamron 500SP mirror lens--where, even when locked tight on a large Manfrotto tripod--it looked razor sharp through the optically magnified viewfinder. But, the photos did not retain the sharpness: all through the vibrations of lens iris, levers, mirror, etc. I do not have this problem with the A* 600mm f5.6, I suspect, because of its balance point tripod mount, on the lens itself. --Jay

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Date : 06:06 AM Sunday 15 January, 2006

I can remember seeing some lens tests on the Pentax mirror zoom. It did not perform as well as the fixed mirror lenses (which is to be expected) but I think some tests were better than others (mainly due to how much time and care the tester spent on setting up the equipment). It is vital to use a sturdy tripod with this lens (or at least very fast shutter speeds). Better results will also be had if you use mirror lock-up and remote wireless/cable to fire the shutter (or brace your arm over the lens). I expect that you are using fairly slow shutter speeds with that fixed aperture during the dull light of winter? Also try a faster film emulsion (to obtain faster shutter speeds) if you are not using a tripod - although I would not advise you to use this lens without a tripod for most subjects.

9. From : paul davies (
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Date : 02:33 AM Sunday 15 January, 2006

I purchased a Pentax 400-600mm mirror zoom a few weeks ago - impulse buy on e-bay. Does anyone have any experience with this lens? I am asking because the results are very dissapointing soft images.

10. From : Jay (
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Date : 02:33 AM Thursday 12 January, 2006

There was a popular book in the B&W hayday: The Craft of Photography. Seeing that those who respond most often here to the finer notions of LX equippage for crafting are Brits such values must be well engrained on the Derry (pun).--Jay

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