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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 : Philip Ashman (genesisphil@hotmail.com)
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Date : 11:12 PM Saturday 15 October, 2005

Hi

I've been thinking about getting a 300mm f2.8 lens for my LX and *istds. The Pentax is far too expensive and therefore Sigma seems the best choice. However, it seems that they have now discontinued the 300mm f2.8 APO EX IF and replaced with an new DG version with same specs more or less but digitally enhanced for the DSLR's. I understand that this new one (correct me if I'm wrong) will actually be a true 300mm on the DSLR rather than a 450mm with the 1.5x increase applied as previously?
What I therefore wonder is does this in turn have the opposite effect when used with a film SLR (LX) and as such reduce the focal length to 200mm?
For myself I would much prefer the old one, as on my LX it would be a normal f2.8 300mm, but on the *istds it would become a f2.8 450mm! Unless of course there is some point I am missing here and the new DG is far superior?
Finally, I have scanned the web here in the UK and it rather looks like there are no PAF fit f2.8 300mm Sigma (old style) available anymore, except in Canon of Nikon fit. Does anyone know of anywhere(in the UK)who still have the discontinued model available? The DG is £1799 whilst the older version was up until recently going for £1499! (good saving if you can get one!)

cheers

Phil


2. From : Dan (dgrimes@unlv.nevada.edu)
Url : http://
Date : 07:55 AM Wednesday 12 October, 2005

Well, the weekend didn't go as planned. Bad hunting and I didn't even get to pull the 135-600 out of the box. But I did get to put the fisheye to work. I'll try again later.


3. From : Jay (ibcom@onebox.com)
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Date : 12:56 PM Monday 10 October, 2005

Brent, What or where is KL? Purchasing this Asian made Pentax AF optic is available all over, so help out with more description for those of us who do not know what or where you are requesting? --Jay


4. From : Jsy (ibcom@onebox.com)
Url : http://
Date : 12:10 PM Saturday 08 October, 2005

Dan, Wish you the best! Mastering the gear on hand, no matter how many variables, is part of the quest. --Jay


5. From : AB (nuzzlemuff@fsmail.net)
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Date : 04:30 PM Friday 07 October, 2005

Sounds like you've got yourself a challenge there Dan but you never know. Good luck and have fun. AB


6. From : Dan Grimes (dgrimes@unlv.nevada.edu)
Url : http://
Date : 02:04 AM Friday 07 October, 2005

Sorry to be so long in responding, but thanks to all that responded to my request for advice on using the 135-600 zoom. I am going out with some hunters this weekend and will be taking out the monstorous zoom with my LX for the fun of it, not really expecting to get anything. To make it even more of a challenge, my metering is on the fritz so I will be shooting full manual and a handheld lightmeter. And I don't have a ball head, so it will be monopod (although I will probably bring a video pan/tilt head, too). And I can't afford the other zoom; must use what I have. Not much chance of success, but I am going to try anyway. I'll let you know the results, if anyone wants to hear of the adventure!


7. From : Brent Moore (brent79@yahoo.com)
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Date : 08:25 AM Thursday 06 October, 2005

Does anyone know where a SMC FA 28-105 3.2-4.5 can be purchased from in KL? Cheers, BM


8. From : AB (nuzzlemuff@fsmail.net)
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Date : 09:31 AM Sunday 25 September, 2005

Hi Danton Look out for an LX Fastener Strap (the original LX strap) on eBay, they do come up every now and then - but check that it has the fasteners. Also, OpTech (I think that's the name) do straps and you can get them with an LX fitting, this is not the original but it works ok. I don't think you can use Hassleblad or Kiev on the LX. AB


9. From : Danton (dantonvb@yahoo.com)
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Date : 07:21 AM Sunday 25 September, 2005

I just received my used LX. It came without strap and fasteners. Here in Brazil it's very difficult to find these fasteners. I want to know if it is possible to use a Hasselblad or Kiev fastener in the Pentax LX. Is it possible? They are easier ti find here.


10. From : Jay (ibcom@onebox.com)
Url : http://
Date : 11:38 AM Wednesday 21 September, 2005

The first sentence of the last paragraph of my last posting should read: Will marketing methods alone now determine what may require our considered reassembly for restoration for a considered propriety as to AN, not AND, acceptable and decent standard for professional photographers to embrace?


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