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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.

This LX site was specifically created for the great Pentax LX SLR camera model(s), and now has incorporated increased opportunity for an expanded interchange with the introductions of the Pentax K10D, K20D, and K200D SLRs to include advanced and professional digital user models. Interchange is encouraged with the intention to continue as a forum for advanced system users of past K-mount film based SLR systems and the mentioned Pentax DSLRs. With decreasing forum traffic here, and enthusiasts moving on with SLR digital imaging products futures, we hope the continued convenience of this site and its past Pentax advanced LX users data archives--provided by the database KEY WORD SEARCH FEATURE found here--can be very useful to you. Most past site user techniques, systems components, and lenses of Pentax advanced applications--as have been past examined by users on this site--are still of use regarding the newest Pentax SLRs. Please don't mail us with other than constructive suggestions or to rectify mistakes found within this site, thank you. Since this is a non-profitable resource site, maintained by professional and advanced system users, the developer of this site reserves the rights to censor or delete any inappropriate, unrelated, misleading or excessively hostile messages posted herein. If your intention is to dispose of your Pentax cameras or its accompanying accessories and/or you are looking for a used model, or even for any of its system components: please use a separate section with a higher volume of related traffic for these purposes: on the
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1. From : Philip Ashman (
Url : http://
Date : 03:33 PM Friday 17 June, 2005

Hi guys I've just been reading an in depth review of the new Minolta Dimage Scan Elite 5400 (11) in the UK mag Amateur Photographer and it got a rave review, likening it to the quality previously only associated with high cost pro scanners. This especially with a claimed Dmax of 4.8 and an ability at full resolution to create files up to 241mb! Quite amazing for a scanner costing just over £500. Indeed the reviewer saw no benefit at all to changing to a DSLR (apart from ease of use for the lazy photographer)whilst this scanner can reproduce images from film so much better than even the best DSLR yet available at up to 10x the cost of the scanner.

I had myself been dillying and dallying for some time about investing in a DSLR, waiting for Pentax to bring out a much better one than the *istd, which no one it seems knows they will actually do, at least for a while? Apart from the long term saving over film cost and, as I said earlier, ease of use and convenience of a DSLR, I reckon I would be better advised to trade up my Dimage dual 111 to the new 5400 at less cost than the *istd and hold back from changing to a DSLR to see what the future brings as far as Pentax are concerned and continue with my much loved LX and range of lenses. The only thing about scanners is that being a slow learner and not the most adaptable to new technology, I find them a bit difficult to understand and the online software help/instruction pages often go way over my head. As a result I probably do not get the best results from my scans or use even my Dimage dual 111 to it's best and most suitable settings for whatever I am scanning (mostly slides in my case). I do wish someone would bring out an idiots guide to getting the best from these scanners, making it easy to understand with all the settings, formats, histograms (?) etc.. most of which goes way over my head! LOL. Have to say that I still get the most satisfaction from the buzz when a box of slides drops through the letterbox, taken on my LX and a few are spot on giving the satisfaction that I created the image in an instant without a load of digital manipulation either in camera, or later on a PC. Phil

2. From : Ian (
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Date : 07:27 AM Wednesday 15 June, 2005

Jay, Me? sell my LX's? What, and sell out to a pair of F5's like Globetrotter? PAH! I don't think so. Send me the URL, I'm intrigued. - Ian.

3. From : Jay (
Url : http://
Date : 12:59 AM Tuesday 14 June, 2005

Ian, Is that you selling off your LXs on e-bay? --Jay

4. From : Jay (
Url : http://
Date : 01:04 AM Saturday 11 June, 2005

George B., Our parent site, Photography in Malaysia, offers manuals for most modern classic cameras (now of the latter past century)... this includes the OM1 & OM2 models. See We usually answer Pentax LX and Professional System questions here. --Jay

5. From : Jay (
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Date : 08:09 AM Friday 10 June, 2005

Ian, the MZ-S and MZ-3 are still on the Pentax Corp, Japan, roster. This means around two more years availability. Distributors elsewhere vary on both. Sophisticated film cameras now have shifted to 1/5 of SLR sales worldwide. --Jay

6. From : Jay (
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Date : 11:40 AM Wednesday 08 June, 2005

I spent a weekend shooting the semi-pro Canon EOS 20D, with the 70-200 f2.8 IS L and the equivalent of a 24 to 80mm f 2.8 L zoom in 35mm (factory rep. loan). With these particular optics the results shined, but it was a dust magnet. Oly just came out with a similar 8+ effective MP body with "dustwave" dust eliminator technology and their 2X factor sensor granting physically smaller optics. Pentax just came out with yet another 6MP version of the *ist DS (called the L). 6 MP just isn't enough to give the crossover to pro use quality of the 8 MP and up units. So, come on Pentax, up your we can get on board. If another six months goes by, I'll buy the second version of the D-20 Canon (the S, when it comes out with the bigger rear screen). It was like shooting a film camera, with instant readiness, and 5 fps working well. Compact Flash cards with their X factors and high end storage are the way to go, the DS and DSL Pentax bodies do not have this card. Beware. --Jay

7. From : AB (
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Date : 01:42 AM Tuesday 07 June, 2005

Hey guys, a UK shop has and ex-demo 400 2.8 A* going for just under £2000. How I'd love to get my credit card out and have that baby winging its way to me! AB

8. From : george basile (
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Date : 09:30 PM Friday 03 June, 2005

I have a Olympus OM-4 T give to me by a friend. I don't have the operating manual for it. Does anyone know where I may procure a copy of the operating manual for this camera?

9. From : Peter Juhasz (
Url : http://
Date : 02:01 PM Saturday 28 May, 2005

Subject: Pentax Golden Age - Exhibition in Hungary

Hello Leo, I walked through your personal pages. I got there after reading and enjoying some of your classic camera essays. My name is Peter Juhasz, living in Hungary, Europe. I'm 45, working as IT engineer and marketing guy, and enjoying photography since 39 years ago, when I developed my first prints. I'm not a good photographer at all, rather I admire the people who really are, and all the technics they use. Also, I greatly respect the folks who invented the fine photography tools, cameras, features, to make it possible to capture the moment, and enjoying photography itself.

I would like to organize a camera exhibition, to celebrate the high quality amateur photography, it's tools, it's users and the folks, camera designers, manufacturers, who created so many great, enjoyable cameras. I kindly invite you to participate this exhibition. Our resources are moderate, certainly it's not possible to give a full overview of photograpy. It will focus on one brand, one period in time, but giving outlook both in time and variety. I would like to show how great a certain period was, especially the '70-s and '80-s. I want to put a magnifying glass over the timeline. My timeline's range is from the '30-s to nowadays. The whole range is represented roughly by milestones and concepts (box camera, compact 6x9 Voigtlanders, rangefinders, etc.), but the enlarged period is detailed as much as possible, and it concentrates on Pentax slr, from the original Asahi Pentax to (may be) the SFX. As many cameras would be exhibited as possible. Some will be exploded: taken apart, the parts hung over transparent background, so guests would see what's inside. As many accessories as possible. On the walls there would be illustrated charts: explanations, facts, stories. Third component of the exhibition would be pictures. Concept of the pictures is not decided yet. Either there will be a local contest, so the area of the exhibition would be photographed by Pentax fans through Pentax lens, or I will ask Pentax users around the globe, to provide us with images shot by Pentax camera of the covered age, somehow illustrating what the exhibited machines, inventions made possible together with the photographer's vision. Leo, I think there may be some common parts in our thinking. I would be glad to see you as participant, contributor of this exhibition. A photo, an article or anything you can think about. If anyone is interested, I will keep you updated about how the preparation progresses. Planned date is April/May 2006, location Budapest, Hungary, duration 1 week. The full concept should be ready in about 4 months from now, exhibition room reserved very soon (say in 1 month), and all exhibited objects, pictures, charts should be available by January 2006.

Yours respectfully
Peter Juhasz
(email:- Just "SLR" and followed by
Phone +36309706741

10. From : Jay (
Url : http://
Date : 05:52 AM Friday 27 May, 2005

Jorge, First of all, asking Pentax USA to comment on R&D is problematic: they are only about 30 days ahead of anyone on common press releases from the Japanese manufacturer. Secondly, we past announced here the suspension of Pentax Corp. film camera research and development from the Japanese Corporation at least four months ago. R & D is now totally digital, though they reserve the right to revert once that seems under wraps. A prototype body for 6X4.5 CM digital was shown in March at a Japanese camera/electronics show: with one shown, a mock-up without function, and four imaged design considerations as to body types for that format (with a Kodak sensor). Film camera sales are 1/4 of the current sophisticated camera market, so that tells any company that wishes to stay on the heap that that is not where to put one's eggs. Pentax is the smallest of the big four camera makers, and must calculate its responses to the realities of the market. Still, with Zeiss purchasing Contax, other companies base choices on small segments of the marketplace. Pentax has been diversifying from its camera manufacturing into other manufacturing, by buying out other enterprises, mostly medical at this time. There is a difference between surviving on fickel public tastes and on needed technology. If there is to be another "LX" designation, look for such to be on a digital body, in the future.

As for lenses, and such designations, we are in a season of changeover to digital optics; key A and FA series professional lenses have always been on a made per order basis at Pentax. One cannot count on lens futures being lens present or past catalogue items. Pentax does have, however, a commitment to excellence, and to continue to make professional cameras. Do research on what sensor arrays they are working to purchase quantities of, and you will know their camera making intentions. --Jay

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