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1. From : Philip Ashman (genesisphil@hotmail.com)
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Date : 03:25 AM Friday 18 November, 2005

Thanks Mico,

Nice to know I've got a good 'un. Always on the lookout though for new lenses I can use which are worth having. Just of course that Pentax are not as readily available in good 2nd hand condition, or new, as it seems that Nikon & Canon are in the market place. With prices though for older lenses, especially manual, seeming to continue dropping, it's really a buyers market and some real bargains can be found if you are lucky.

Phil


2. From : Mico (micolx@netscape.net)
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Date : 03:47 AM Thursday 17 November, 2005

" but I assume there are far better ones worth looking out for".
Well, not quite Phil. SMC 50/1.7 is considered the one of the best in the class, among all brands. There was slight improvement with SMC-A & F versions over M, but not so revolutionary. SMC-M 50/1.4 is also excellent, with A & F versions much more improved. 50/1.2 is too soft, even when stopped down. In short, my favourites are SMC-F(A) 50/1.7 ("A" version is all plastic, except the lens mount, and aperture ring motion feels rough and cheap) and SMC-A & F(A)50/1.4. Someone once said "if you look for tonal (color) qualities go for 1.4, if you look for visual sharpnes go for 1.7." The best definition on Pentax normal lenses so far. M.



3. From : Philip Ashman (genesisphil@hotmail.com)
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Date : 05:15 PM Wednesday 16 November, 2005

What would you guys reckon to be, from your experience, the best standard (50mm) lens you can get for the LX? I have the Pentax SMC M f1.7 which I am happy with, but I assume there are far better ones worth looking out for.

Phil


4. From : Jay (ibcom@onebox.com)
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Date : 02:36 PM Wednesday 16 November, 2005

The black version costs three times more because black was the color of Ashai's true love's hair. --Jay


5. From : Mico (micolx@netscape.net)
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Date : 05:42 AM Wednesday 16 November, 2005

No difference other than finish. Black rare. Made in Vietnam.
Decent, but old SMC-F 28-80/3.5-4.5 better. M.


6. From : Pat (patrick.powell1@virgin.net)
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Date : 02:48 AM Wednesday 16 November, 2005

SMC FA 28-105 3.2-4.5

Can any one tell me if there is a difference between black and silver versions of this lens?

I have been thinking of adding this lens to my collection but have ben suprised to find that Ebay prices for the black lens can be up to 3 times higher than the silver version. Why?


7. From : AB (nuzzlemuff@fsmail.net)
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Date : 04:09 PM Tuesday 15 November, 2005

What a glorious lens - the SMC-A* 85mm f1.4

I have a lightly beaten user with perfect glass that I got for £110 for Cash Converters (this is a second-hand shop that is usually quite expensive, they know the price of everything, they have books and they look it up on screen but for some reason every now and then you can bag incredible bargains... this was one of them, they must have mistaken it for an f2.0 but it would still be cheap). Because the barrel is a bit scratched I often put it on my scruffy-ish LX and take it on walk about and to parties etc. Just got some 'snaps' back from Jessops and the quality of that lens is obvious even on 7X5's. It's difficult to describe but there's a certain creamyness that is very flattering for faces. There are some natural light in door snaps that I thought might not work because of the slow shutter speed but they're okay and the rendering of the light is beautiful. I think it's my favourite.

AB


8. From : Jay (ibcom@onebox.com)
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Date : 07:22 AM Tuesday 15 November, 2005

Even Mico's clarity on digital seduction is based on our natural visual propensities. Take autumn leaves, beaches, mountains, and the opposite sex away from view and how much is left for such film or digital seduction? "The lust of the eyes, the pride of life, the notion of control". I equate this propensity with the latest forms of gear lust, where one becomes convinced by a slip of the mind, and heart, that that featured in an advertisement as the latest and greatest is what one needs (i.e, that all that is available for a system to be such one NEEDS. When lately have we contrasted wants with needs?). What does one really need? --Jay


9. From : Mico (micolx@netscape.net)
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Date : 12:08 PM Monday 14 November, 2005

Yes Phil, you are right, a lot of photographers (including me at the begining) are doing exactly what you described - gazing into the small (or big) LCD display trying to judge what is right and what is wrong. I often see some of my coleagues looking into their camera`s LCD, in the middle of the hectic shooting. Would have they run to the lab in the middle of the remaining film to check the focus or exposure 5 years ago? In fact, this is seduction by the new technology, and other than checking histograms for some really critical shots,pure waste of time. Just pretend (and practice to resist temptation)that you do not have digital SLR and everything will be as usual. M.


10. From : Philip Ashman (genesisphil@hotmail.com)
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Date : 01:36 AM Monday 14 November, 2005

Interesting views posted and very enjoyable to read with, as always, useful information. Thanks guys.
Funnily, today here in the UK (at least the North West)we have had one of those beautiful crisp cold early winter days, with virtually no wind, and the light has been superb. (Notherly air stream). So, I went out on my bike up around Lancaster and decided (for a change) to take my old Nikon FE, 50mm 2.8 micro and a small 28-200 zoom (Tamron), loaded with Delta 400 b & w film. I normally take the LX when not shooting digital, but thought that the Nikon could do with a film through it and it's been a while.
Now then, as an amateur, I only have to please myself and I really must admit that I only took the one roll of film and was therefore restricted to just 36 shots. Therefore I had to be very careful choosing my subjects and also put a lot of thought into each shot. Lately though when taking the *istds and 1gb SD card I tend to come home with over 100, sometimes 200, images recorded and quite often get what I would call trigger happy whilst out, shooting away at everything I see, checking instantly the result and shooting again if I feel it necessary.
I really must say that all in all I feel much more satisfied arriving home with the 1 roll of film taken and the anticipation from then on as to what the results will be, than I ever do from arriving home with all the digital images on the memory card (aleady viewed on a small screen). Indeed I hate to say that I can even get bored downloading and sorting out all the digital images, many of which I wonder, with hindsight, quite why I felt they were worth taking!
I can therefore with some confidence say that a day out with a film camera is, for me, much more satisfing and enjoyable when all is said and done. Also it reminds me that skill and judgment used to get a good shot is more rewarding than simply shooting away like there is no tomorrow and then sorting out the wheat from the chaff later. I know that having a digital SLR is not an excuse to forget about all you have learnt when composing/taking a shot, but the lazy and 'no extra cost' factor does indeed creep in, at least with me and others I know.

Phil


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