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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 : Ian (ian@ity.co.uk)
Url : http://
Date : 02:23 AM Thursday 05 January, 2006

Happy New Year!


2. From : Jay (ibcom@onebox.com)
Url : http://
Date : 01:50 PM Saturday 24 December, 2005

Likewise, Christmas peace, and throw in Chanukkah as well (a Messiah past observed Holiday week, this year close to Dec. 25th). --Jay


3. From : GLOBETROTTER (globetrotterworld@hotmail.com)
Url : http://www.gallery.globetrotterworld.co.uk
Date : 05:25 AM Saturday 24 December, 2005

Nice LX buy Philip! MERRY CHRISTMAS & HAPPY NEW YEAR to all!


4. From : Philip Ashman (genesisphil@hotmail.com)
Url : http://
Date : 07:21 PM Friday 23 December, 2005

Hi and merry xmas. Today I was passing my local camera shop(Jessops)at opening time (9am)and spotted in the window an LX body for sale at £299. Couldn't resist going in to have a look and it was in near mint condition (serial no. 5263796). The manager told me it had only come in the day before. As no one else is likely to buy me anything for xmas (boo!), I decided to buy it for myself as I've always wanted a 2nd body. Being a regular customer I got it for just £200 and also with an extended guarantee thrown in for 3 years!!! Not a bad deal at all I reckon and made me happy. Phil


5. From : Jay (ibcom@onebox.com)
Url : http://
Date : 06:36 AM Thursday 22 December, 2005

AB Good news on the 7.1 MP camera, which also bears out the split results in review history on this camera. It also shows Pentax is committed to working out glitches and upgrading, where possible. --Jay


6. From : AB (nuzzlemuff@fsmail.net)
Url : http://
Date : 09:49 PM Monday 19 December, 2005

Browsing the Pentax (.com) website I came across a firmware update for my 750Z, I downloaded and installed it. I can report a significant improvement in auto focus generally - and most importantly in low-ish light. I guess it's assumed that people know that firmware updates exist and that they will seek them out but my guess is that the average 750Z purchaser will be ignorant of all this stuff (searching, downloading, un-zipping and installing). It seems a shame that I have been criticising the camera all this time when with the update it's a different animal. Maybe manufacturers should have a large sign on the box explaining that the camera may not reach it's full potential until a number of updates have been issued and that you should log on to the website regularly to check. If I hadn't found this update I would have struggled on with the camera, moaning all the way and telling people what I thought about this Pentax as I went. AB


7. From : GLOBETROTTER (globetrotterworld@hotmail.com)
Url : http://www.extremeimage.co.uk
Date : 09:42 PM Friday 09 December, 2005

It will be interesting to see how Pentax fares over the coming years.I don't ever see the LX being upgraded in the film-based body sphere (like Nikon did with the F5 to F6), but I still have hopes that Pentax will bring out a DSLR that has quality and basis stemming from the original LX system - (and I would be very interested in buying such a camera...as long as it still allowed earlier SMC lenses to be used on it).

Pentax badly needs a pro-orientated DSLR system, and although there has been recent upgrades with the 67 and 645 formats, the 35mm format is lagging far behind. This seems strange to me, as quite a lot of medium format photographers are selling thier systems to buy the latest high MP DSLR bodies offered by Canon and Nikon. I just hope that Pentax do not wait much longer on the sidelines...


8. From : Jay (ibcom@onebox.com)
Url : http://
Date : 01:55 PM Friday 09 December, 2005

For those that lament the MX and LX design days, it is clear that the designers involved then long ago retired, that the photography hobbiest world has radically changed since that era, and that Pentax is looking in a different direction for its contributions to what is an oversaturated camera manufacturing marketplace. Many of its smaller in-hand non SLR digital cameras are certainly neck and neck and up to par with industry trends and innovations. Yet, that market is evolving so fast that The Corporation has diversified so as to not be primarily dependent on camera sales in its emerging future, and still has made clear its commitment to develop new DSLR models with its alliance with the large Korean electronics development
leader. The fact that Japan and Korea are allies in this matter has stemmed from other alliances, like Mitubushi motors with what is under the hood of some Korean automobiles. It is a global econcomy, requiring such collaborations and cooperation.

In the LX era such advancement was primarily Japanese in origin. Today's designers stem from a different climate of larger just in time cooperation of necessity. Even so, Pentax digital lenses generally have non-rotating front barrels, Canon's offerings are actually mixed in this reality. Pentax lenses have coatings which in color tests have exceeded 95% of all other lens manufacturers in color and light transmission to the imaging plane. It is interesting to see how the new alliance is predicated on Pentax's lens capabilities, nore than on camera designs (something keen of 1980's competition). The average user will not ever purchase an SLR of any kind, where such a party was common to the 1980s ideals of mastery of the medium. Controls today are largely not based on coordinated standards of relative light values, but on subject matter settings, and types of camera automation.

We can be encouraged by Pentax's continuity of careful lens design development, which has emerged as of leadership value in the current market climate. It is what is carried forth along with DSLR bodies which maintain an excellent quality of product durability, capacity, and innovation (The Canon Digital Rebel series body, it is commonly acknowledged, exists as a copy of the Pentax DSLR body designs). We can be encouraged that something good will come from the emerging interest and inverstment maintained by the Corporation in a system which fully covers a needed lens range with great choices for the smaller format DSLR digital body imaging sensor standard, and seems to anticipate a commitment to quality control second to none in the industry. The roadmap chart web posting shows that something good will come from the cadre for globally allied DSLR camera designs.

Olympus has tried innovative DSLR designs, with body design advancements similar to the OM era of the late 1970s, and has not yet found a similar cult following or acclaiming press making its risk pay off(as when the OM1 was stealing Nikon F users and professionals at the time away from its own cult following). LX users seem to bemoan the era of SLR refinement and innovation past, but have not yet found a new object of imaging desire and use to replace the LX. Even so, I predict the new matrix cadre design era will show new acclaim and user following--save any emerging deterent of world economic stress--starting in 2006. This will be the year of new found access to the masterful feeling of Pentax and other proactive DSLR systems loyalty. You will like what will be produced, and will acclimate to its more clearly defined possibilities. --Jay


9. From : JAY (IBCOM@ONEBOX.COM)
Url : http://
Date : 01:55 AM Sunday 04 December, 2005

Here is an attractive chart with the digital lenses now developed by Pentax. http://www.digital.pentax.co.jp/en/lens/roadmap.pdf Although you can print it out on your color printerfor your workspace contemplation, it is not a roadmap to peace with LX owners, to date, in spite of its title. --Jay


10. From : GLOBETROTTER (globetrotterworld@hotmail.com)
Url : http://www.gallery.globetrotterworld.co.uk
Date : 02:11 AM Thursday 01 December, 2005

One of world's best macro lenses (the superb Pentax 200mm f4 ED) is on sale at Ebay: http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Very-rare-Pentax-SMC-A-star-200mm-f4-ED-Macro-lens_W0QQitemZ7566855898QQcategoryZ4688QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem


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