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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 : Mico (mico@netscape.net)
Url : http://
Date : 02:58 PM Wednesday 09 November, 2005

Pat, since I have switched to Canon digital recently, I have something that could be interesting for you. The only thing is that
I can not send you a private e-mail (mine here is overloaded with spam).If you are interested, try to send me your e-mail on this netscape address, I`ll try to find you... M.


2. From : Pat (patrick.powell@virgin.net)
Url : http://
Date : 04:01 AM Wednesday 09 November, 2005

Thanks Jay


3. From : GERALD ALTUS (GALTUS@COMCAST.NET)
Url : http://
Date : 11:46 PM Monday 07 November, 2005

I have a pentax optio s4i.I realize that there is no shutter.
How does the camera shoot an action speed.


thks gerald altus



4. From : Jay (ibcom@onebox.com)
Url : http://
Date : 12:11 PM Monday 07 November, 2005

Well, the Sigma 100-300mm f4 is a well made lens, no question. I looked into it once very seriously. It is very much better than the 50-500 ex, and some similar lenses. One of the many reasons is that the optical formula and lens length work very well for this range for fieldability and constant reasonable aperture. Probably with a 1.4x high end converter, it would be good at 400mm too. The only reservation I have is the Sigma coatings and reflections of this brand of optic. Resolution is very good to excellent (see www.Photozone.de then spend the time to figure out how to get into their lens database in the Pentax K mount). Some reviews say that it is soft wide open at 300mm, then others say this seems so only because of the very limited depth of field at that range, and because it needs a corresponding shutter speed to be hand held. I came very close to buying one, having owned the Tokina A ATX SD 100-300mm f4 (which was an amazing lens, frankly, with color wonder, and is the prize to find on ebay in A series manual focus the few times one comes up in good shape for sale during the year. The manual focus unit is an excellent optic. It is built like a tank.). For a very short time Tokina made this optic in Pentax and other Auto Focus mounts. This is almost impossible to locate these days. Tokina coatings and pro series build quality are superior, again, no question. I think you will see this range, or perhaps a 135-400mm fixed 5.6 come up in new formulas from the top three with the digital optimal formulas calling for shorter barrels and smaller lenses in the next year or two. Enjoy the user reviews on the mentioned site. --jay


5. From : Pat (patrick.powell1@virgin.net)
Url : http://
Date : 05:14 AM Monday 07 November, 2005

Hi All, first visit for a long time. Good to read the recent posts, some of which are similar to my question below. I'm looking for advice again.I need a 300mm(or similar)telephoto and I'm thinking of purchasing a Sigma 100-300 EX f4 zoom for my mz-s. Any comments on the quality of this lens - don't seem to be able to find any reviews. Any alternatives (similar price) to consider? Anyone know of sale/special offer price anywhere? I know primes would be better but they tend to be too expensive -unless anyone knows otherwise. Regards Pat


6. From : GLOBETROTTER (globetrotterworld@hotmail.com)
Url : http://www.wilderness-photo.co.uk
Date : 07:00 AM Sunday 06 November, 2005

I'm off to Spain for a few weeks, so Jay and Mico will answer all your questions while I'm away.
Hopefully I can photograph some wothwhile extra images for my files and the weather stays good while I'm there.


7. From : Stefan (mailtorohloffs@web.de)
Url : http://
Date : 03:34 PM Wednesday 26 October, 2005

Thank you Jay! "A series" is 2.8, isn't it? If you shoot directly into the sun, hand up propably doesn't help. Yes, I will stop down anyway for a nice sun star. So you would say 20/4 and 20/2.8 are about the same concerning flar? Thanks, Stefan


8. From : Ian (ian@ity.co.uk)
Url : http://
Date : 09:34 AM Wednesday 26 October, 2005

Hi Guys! I'm looking for feed-back on the new Pentax DS2 digital body. I'm going to be in Daphne AL. from Nov through Dec. I may need to go digital for convenience. I'll still have a roll of Tri-X / P3200 in the LX's of course. I could do with knowing if Pentax are about to replace the D with a great new metal body? Because I'll hold-out. I could comment on moving Canon. Maybe next time. (no, I have not, I like my Asahi glass too much.) Ian


9. From : Jay (ibcom@onebox.com)
Url : http://
Date : 06:27 AM Wednesday 26 October, 2005

S., Using both the M and A series you mention, I would pick these for the SMC coatings. I have and use both, and generally find that, depending on the angle of the sun in the field of view, I can often also extend my left hand up and above the lens, just outside of its field of view to block sun reflections on elements of the lens. This is done to block direct sun reflection off of the filter, or the most external lens elements--when needed. If the sun is not at a high axis, such extra shielding is not made. The the SMC functions well. Both these lenses too are very sharp (especially stopped down at least one stop).

Although Tony has a Sigma EX 24mm lens, and once owned the 24mm Pentax FA, I am sure he too would opt for the SMC lens and coating over the other lens (if it fit his Nikon). Flair is a factor of coatings, retrolinear wide angle design frontal element and innersphere reflections, and common sense as to blocking high axis solar reflections. No glass lens will totally remove these by coatings alone. I do use a hood with the f4 M SMC lens, but find I must supplement its purpose, depending on the height of an in-field of view sun. --Jay


10. From : Stefan (mailtorohloffs@web.de)
Url : http://
Date : 01:49 AM Wednesday 26 October, 2005

Hi, does anyone know, which of Pentax's manual focus 20mm lenses is the most flare resistant? 20/4 K 20/4 M or 20/2.8? I want to use it for shots including the sun into the frame. Thanks, Stefan


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