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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 : Jay (ibcom@onebox.com)
Url : http://
Date : 02:46 PM Monday 24 October, 2005

Mico, As past written, what you purchased would be my present firsst choice (exactly so, but then we've always appreciated the same gear). However, because I have a Konica-Minolta 5400II, and a digital back for the 6 X 4.5 system, I will wait a while longer before purchasing a small format digital system. I believe the Samsung Pentax alliance will pan out for me. --Jay


2. From : Mico (micolx@netscape.net)
Url : http://
Date : 12:37 PM Monday 24 October, 2005

Hi all, I have just ordered my first digital set, Canon 20D with 70-200/4 L 17-40/4 L and 50/1.4. This was a hard decission, but I had to move on. Unfortunately, there was no hope I could solve my problems with Pentax. I`ll remain active on LX site since I am going to keep my complete LX system as the alternative to digital. Also, time will tell if digital Canon is able to cope with Canada`s extreme cold temperatures, something quite "normal" for LX. M.


3. From : Jay (ibcom@onebox.com)
Url : http://
Date : 08:47 AM Thursday 20 October, 2005

Phil, I attempted to email you directly about the Tokina 300 ATX PRO, but found that your posted address did not receive mail. The mailer stated that the address was invalid. Email me, as above, for that information. --Jay


4. From : GLOBETROTTER (globetrotterworld@hotmail.com)
Url : http://www.globetrotters-quest.com
Date : 09:49 PM Wednesday 19 October, 2005

Hi All...I'm back! It was a long and hard, but exciting, time filming in USA...but now I've got to spend many months of winter editing all the hours of footage on the computer. I hope you've all had a great autumn. Yesterday, I was videoing in the Letchworth State Park of Upsate NY - Wow! The Fall/Autumn colours took my breath away. Pity it was raining when I arrived some hours later in Ottawa, and then it was even wetter 6-hours later in London!

Regarding the 300mm F2.8. The Sigma APO is very good, but not built in the same league as either the Canon, Nikkor or Pentax. Both the Pentax manual and autofocus versions of the 300mm f2.8 are superb - A*; F*; FA* (OOOH that LOVELY manual Pentax A* 300mm f2.8...sharp as a knife!). I'd definitely look for one secondhand on Ebay. The Tamron manual version is not so good, but as already mentioned, the Tokina versions, especially the latest models, are very sharp and well-built for the price (But still not of the 'tank-like' construction of the Pentax A*). By the way, I use my Nikkor 300mm f2.8 EDIF to bang in nails when I haven't got a hammer handy...Tee He!


5. From : Philip Ashman (genesisphil@hotmail.com)
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Date : 03:20 AM Wednesday 19 October, 2005

Thanks Mico. That is good news (in a way). Still not sure what to go for and will probably await a while, or even save up a bit more and see if I can find a good 2nd hand Pentax 300mm f2.8, if they ever come on the market!

Phil


6. From : Mico (micolx@netscape.net)
Url : http://
Date : 06:31 AM Tuesday 18 October, 2005

Phil,just for reference, that particular Sigma would be 300mm on your LX or the full frame DSLR (only Canon 1Ds and 5D for now). On DSLRs with APS sized sensor it would be 450mm. M.


7. From : philip ashman (genesisphil@hotmail.com)
Url : http://
Date : 04:19 PM Sunday 16 October, 2005

Thanks for the advice Jay. I have looked at the Tokina 300mm f2.8 and although they do a pentax AF fit, I cannot find anywhere in the UK that currently sell this fitting. It seems to me that in many cases stockists simply dont have Pentax fit lenses available from independent manufacturers. Warehouse Express advertise it but state currently temporarily unavailable. Most annoying.
Any suggestions welcome.

Philip


8. From : Jay (ibcom@onebox.com)
Url : http://
Date : 04:32 AM Sunday 16 October, 2005

I forgot the posting, i.e., http://today.reuters.com/business/newsArticle.aspx?type=technology&storyID=nT179428 --Jay


9. From : Jay (ibcom@onebox.com)
Url : http://
Date : 04:28 AM Sunday 16 October, 2005

Other news is that Pentax R&D has agreed to join up with Samsung R&D for all future DSLR development. This then puts Pentax as a major electronics development firm in the Photography-imaging industry, perhaps, soon leaping over Nikon and Konica-Minolta. So, you do not yet need to sell off your gear, while thinking they may never catch-up. Clearly, they will. --Jay


10. From : Jay (ibcom@onebox.com)
Url : http://
Date : 04:18 AM Sunday 16 October, 2005

Sigma 300mm f2.8...would not be my choice. Only the current Tokina 300mmf2.8 ATX tests out as comparable to Nikon, Pentax, and Canon. This particular Sigma does not measure up. See Photozone tests for comparisons. Further, as Tokina was founded by Nikon engineers, their pro line is as rugged, and the full spectrum coatings are amazing. If you search this site about that lens, it will give you a field use posting, past placed here, for this lens. In this nation it is actually less money than the Sigma, if one knows where to purchase it. --jay


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