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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 : Andrew Ptak (aptak@strandcom.com)
Url : http://
Date : 02:54 AM Wednesday 14 September, 2005

I badly need to replace the nicads in my motor drive and get a new charger. I love this camera, but miss my drive. does anyone know of a source of supply?


2. From : GLOBETROTTER (globetrotterworld@hotmail.com)
Url : http://www.globalphoto.co.uk
Date : 01:22 AM Wednesday 14 September, 2005

Something that may possibly be of interest to someone thinking of buying or using the Minolta 5400 scanner - apart from the many magazines worldwide that have used my scans from the Minolta over the past years, I have recently had a company reproduce my photos for use in a new 2006 calendar, as well as for gift cards, and even a selection of large limited signed & framed prints, all reproduced from scans formed by my Minolta Dimage 5400 and finished in Adobe CS.
Also of note, was that most of the photos were taken using either the Pentax LX or Pentax Z1p or Nikon F5, and either Fuji Sensia 100 or Velvia 50 slide film. I am more than happy with the reproductions.

Please note that I will not be able to answer all questions, as I am at this moment in USA on the second stage of a film project, so can not often obtain connection to the internet until I'm back in UK at end of October.


3. From : Philip Ashman (genesisphil@hotmail.com)
Url : http://
Date : 04:18 PM Tuesday 13 September, 2005

Jay

Just out of interest, you mentioned in your last posting about the current Pentax DSLR's having issues for LX users wanting higher pixel counts and lens interchangeability which is still an issue.
As you know I use an LX and will indeed continue to do so for as long as film remains available to buy and process at acceptable prices. However, as I also wished to get into the digital era (as well) and learn more I have recently purchased an *istds body to go with my current lens range. I am more than happy with this camera. It performs very well, has a high enough pixel count for me (6.1mp), especially as it would be very rare for me to want a print above A4 size and indeed I have no problems with using any of my current lenses with it. Most work fully and the 2 that don't have an A setting on the aperture ring still work OK, but I have just had to select an option in the custom menu to allow me to use directly selected aperture settings instead.
Naurally I will in time hope that Pentax do indeed bring out a much better pro model and may well then upgrade, but for an amateur user like myself wishing to take a step into the DSLR world I reckon that this camera (*istds) is very good indeed. It produces some excellent results, if still of course some way short of the quality of image you get using an LX and slide film. Problem there of course if (like me) you post a lot of images online, is the necessity to have to scan them from the slide, losing some of the lovely quality of the original.
I suppose a lot depends on your needs and the output from your photography, i.e. pro or amateur etc..

Phil


4. From : Jay (ibcom@onebox.com)
Url : http://www.imagedispatch.com
Date : 03:37 AM Tuesday 13 September, 2005

Jerry, Although Globetrotter and I each own this Minolta series film scanner, and we have written about its and other scanners attributes here often, it is unclear what you wish by your stated desire. You can use the word search feature to bring up what has been shared about this scanner here. This is a forum about use of the Pentax LX system, with discussion of issues, problem-solving, advice, and recommendations related to its primary use. Secondly, we attempt to relate information which keys into continued use of components and results from this primary system when interfacing with more updated technology and gear for digital imaging, hence, relevant digital imaging information is also shared openly among Pentax system users here. For example, comments on the D series digital cameras and lenses abound here, as well as comments on LX owners' desires for a more professional "LX2" Pentax digital camera SLR, with complete backward lens compatability and faster motor exposure sequence speeds. For example the *istDs, L, and DS2 are very precision units, but, so far, lack the high pixel count and lens interchangeablity LX users are looking for.

Although we permit occasional and casual interchanges about possible LX Pentax system component reassignments for purchase among site users, we are not a solicitation avenue for other gear for anyone. Our purpose then seems to beg for further descriptors for your stated equipment desires intention, as related to our own forum. Otherwise ventilation of gear desire seems inappropriate. --Jay


5. From : Jerry Hammersmith (jhammersmith@sasktel.net)
Url : http://
Date : 10:09 AM Monday 12 September, 2005

Looking for 1 Konica Minolta Elite 5400 Series 2 slide scanner


6. From : Jay (ibcom@onebox.com)
Url : http://
Date : 09:00 PM Saturday 10 September, 2005

Trends, photo print access for everyman, and the One Hour Photolab. One Hour lab stations exist here in grocieries and drug stores, and, of course, photo shops. I was recently surprized at new self-service options now found at the customer service counter locally at the grocery stores. They use Fuji self-contained photo film and print lab stations, as have been in the past served by customer service personnel for film and print processing after putting your exposed film into a processing envelop and requesting service. Now, directly on the service counter itself, as accessible directly to the customer, I find a computer screen displayed digital image input station which interacts with the one hour printer machine behind the counter once addressed only by service personnel. It incorporates CD and various memory card input ports, along with user-addressed, selectable, output choices for creating instant photo prints from what was the one hour photo lab machine. The user interface includes choices for cropping, color correction, and minor tweaks to the digital image files put in to the print loop through the various ports mentioned.
20 cents for a 4X6 almost instant print is the result of user-access to the former service personnel gatekept one hour lab. This opens all kinds of access possibilities in the digital age.--Jay


7. From : Jay (ibcom@onebox.com)
Url : http://
Date : 12:55 PM Friday 09 September, 2005

I concur with Tony's (Globetrotter's) body summary. In the states the Super A was called the Super Program. Being newer, it should have some greater lifespan than the ME Super, its predicessor. --Jay


8. From : GLOBETROTTER (globetrotterworld@hotmail.com)
Url : http://www.gallery.globetrotterworld.co.uk
Date : 05:03 PM Thursday 08 September, 2005

The ME Super is a good camera. The MX is a sturdy semi-pro manual only camera. The LX is a step-above the previous two, and in my opinion would become yuor main camera, with the ME as a back-up (The Pentax LX can be found at very cheap prices now).

Another option would be to look for a good condition Pentax Super-A. I have owned several, and they are superb cameras, especially with the added 3.5 fps Super-A Motor drive.


9. From : shomil (shomil_s@hotmail.com)
Url : http://
Date : 04:53 PM Thursday 08 September, 2005

Hi, this is my first time on this website and it has been very informative. i am in a kind of dilema trying to decide on which camera to buy as my second body.. i currently own a PentaxME and am very happy with it. I am thinking of going in for a ME super, but am confused about others in the series such as MX and LX.. any suggestions or comparisons anyone have to offer? thanks a lot in advance, shomil


10. From : Mico (micolx@netscape.net)
Url : http://
Date : 01:36 PM Thursday 08 September, 2005

Anton, what would you say about my analog collection: "Marantz" 2252B,TEAC V-6030S,Tandberg TT 5000 and LX, of course. M.


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