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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 : GLOBETROTTER (globetrotterworld@hotmail.com)
Url : http://www.gallery.globetrotterworld.co.uk
Date : 05:37 AM Friday 15 July, 2005

Thanks AB.

Here is another photo on the F5 mir.com taken with a Nikkor 300mm f/2.8 EDIF + 1.6X converter, plus manfrotto monopod at sunset:

http://www.mir.com.my/rb/photography/hardwares/classics/NikonF5/filmback/index.h


2. From : AB (nuzzlemuff@fsmail.net)
Url : http://
Date : 04:57 AM Friday 15 July, 2005

Nice photo Globetrotter. AB


3. From : GLOBETROTTER (globetrotterworld@hotmail.com)
Url : http://www.nikon.me.uk
Date : 12:59 AM Friday 15 July, 2005

Sorry, this is the correct Url:

http://www.mir.com.my/rb/photography/hardwares/classics/NikonF5/compatibility/index.htm


4. From : GLOBETROTTER (globetrotterworld@hotmail.com)
Url : http://www.canonlens.co.uk
Date : 12:55 AM Friday 15 July, 2005

I 'almost' bought the Pentax A* 400mm f/2.8 EDIF some years back for a UK shop, but both weight and price were steep! I fell in love with the A* 300mm f/2.8 EDIF, but again couldn't find one at a decent price. I then 'almost' parted money with an autofocus F* 600mm f/5.6 EFIF in Germany, but again the price was too steep, and I was really after the later FA* model at the time.

I now mainly use the Nikkor 300mm F/2.8 EDIF and Nikkor 600mm f/5.6 EDIF, which have very similar performance to the Pentax A* models, so I suppose I can't complain.

Sadly I didn't take a Pentax LX with me to USA during the recent trip, I had just too much to carry, what with all the extra pro video gear, underwater cameras, etc. Maybe I'll take one for the return trip in September.

The Nikon F5 has worked surprisingly well for night shots (although not quite in the same night-zone league as the mighty Pentax LX). Here is a night shot I took with Nikon F5 shown on another section of the mir.com website:

http://www.mir.com.my/rb/photography/hardwares/classics/nikon f5/compatitbility/index.htm


5. From : AB (nuzzlemuff@fsmail.net)
Url : http://
Date : 12:18 AM Friday 15 July, 2005

Not sure the 400 2.8 is more hand-holdable, it weighs in at 6kg compared to the 3.2kg of the 600 5.6

That was a very good price, sometimes you just have to keep your eyes open and wait for a bargain.

AB


6. From : Jay (ibcom@onrbox.com)
Url : http://
Date : 11:28 PM Thursday 14 July, 2005

Actually, it was less than USD $2,000, is pristine, and was found secondhand some time ago. It is an occasional use lens. The resolution, color, and depth of field are very good to excellent (better than the more hand holdable 400mms). Mirror donuts are a rendering tradeoff regarding their inherent out of focus highlights donuts distractions. The ideal combination for most would be a 300mm f2.8 mf/af with a couple of teleconverters. Tokina makes the best alternative to Pentax, which, when researched on the net, can be found at less than half of the comparable Pentax AF/MF lens.

Tamron's coatings were pretty close to Pentax's at the time these were manufactured. The SP line is very good. Sigma coatings do not compare to tokina's and tamron's--but some of their optical formulas are comparable or are better in the high end lenses. Certainly there is the snobbish factor about getting the best, OEM, and all of that, but use dictates what one really needs. Occasionally I will rent Canon EOS digital gear for the long lenses available. Results are still lesser than what Pentax glass, focal length for focal length, grants with color. Canon has to add extra apertures inside the formula to get close in comparison to Pentax. --Jay



7. From : AB (nuzzlemuff@fsmail.net)
Url : http://
Date : 03:44 PM Thursday 14 July, 2005

'my own 600mm f5.6 A steadies just fine, without doughnuts'... but at ten times the price?

AB


8. From : jay (ibcom@onebox.com)
Url : http://
Date : 09:50 PM Wednesday 13 July, 2005

Doing a search on this site you'll find we went over support systems in depth in the past, and that my owned 600mm
f5.6 A steadies just fine, without donuts. The 500mm SP was a wierd package of ill reputeon my french tripod of the time.

In the past page or two I asked Tony a question about the LX system in the field...perhaps he will read back and discover the inquiry? I can hear Neil Young singing about what a friend had said in the 1970s, Boulder's hayday. The west is hot and dry this summer. --Jay


9. From : AB (nuzzlemuff@fsmail.net)
Url : http://
Date : 09:28 PM Wednesday 13 July, 2005

Those were the days, hey Jay? - A life full of ice-cream, toffee apples and doughnuts... and all those young women in short skirts and see-through tops! Ooops better get back on track.

I find that a serious bean bag like 'The Pod' can be better than a tripod. You can't do long exposures of course but it does tend to damp that quivering that you get with a long lens even when mounted on a monster tripod.

AB


10. From : GLOBETROTTER (globetrotterworld@hotmail.com)
Url : http://www.nikkor.co.uk
Date : 05:29 PM Wednesday 13 July, 2005

I also used to own the Tamron SP mirror 500mm f8 (way back in the 1970's...Jeez I'm getting old!) but rarely had too much trouble obtaining sharp photos. Fast film combined with a fast shutter speed and steady hand helped, or combined with a sturdy tripod.
The fixed aperture you could get around, although there were times when other aperture options would have been nice...but those ‘doughnut-shaped’ reflections on the water in every shot were more than annoying! Those were the days, hey Jay? - A life full of ice-cream, toffee apples and doughnuts...


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