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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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Date : 04:06 PM Friday 06 May, 2005

Bruce, keep your eyes open on and you may be lucky to find one.

2. From : Bruce (
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Date : 07:43 AM Friday 06 May, 2005

I just purchased a used Pentax infrared remote control system for my LX. I now find that I require an Infrared Remote Release Cord 3P. Any idea where I can find one.

3. From : Phil (
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Date : 03:07 AM Friday 06 May, 2005

Thanks for the advice Globetrotter. Could be that my monitor (LCD) is rather old now and the quality is not so good causing me to think they are degrading a lot. I think, as you suggest, if I know I am only going to post one on a web page and not print, I will indeed scan at as near as possible the size I require as a Jpeg so it needs as little alteration as possible, other than the almost mandatory bit of sharpening. Fo prints I will scan as big as possible as a Tiff ( I get around 50 - 55mb)and then direct print. I'm afraid that technical things about PC's etc.. are my bain in life and I am much happier with film and looking at slides on a lightbox with my loupe. Still can't myself see digital imaging ever matching it! Then again who knows what the future holds? Cheers Phil

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Date : 03:36 PM Thursday 05 May, 2005

Phil - I mainly use the Minolta 5400, and although quite slow, it can produce high quality scans. I do not see why your images should be 'degraded' as much as you say, because even if though that is true that converting to jpeg can lower quality, this is mainly hidden by the small size of that image when displayed on a screen. If you are only scanning images for the web, then scan them directly as jpegs close to the image size that you want to display on the internet.

All my images for publication, printing, books, calendars etc are scanned as high resolution 50MB or 100MB Tif files. If I need to display any of those images via the web, then they are easily converted to any size jpeg via the resizing tool of Photoshop CS. Some sharpness etc can be lost during the conversion and down-sizing from Tif to jpeg, so add a slight touch of sharpening to the final jpeg if needed. Tif files will not change or degrade no matter how many times you copy or manipulate the file, but jpegs will, so try to stick with Tif files if you intend to make final prints rather than for internet display. The images shown on my gallery website were scanned on the 5400 directly into small jpegs, or converted from larger Tif files. They are obviously of drastically reduced quality and resolution compared to my original large Tifs, but I'm happy enough with the way that they display on a PC screen via the internet.

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Date : 05:46 PM Tuesday 03 May, 2005

Hi Guess, I think you should check the meter reading on your troublesome LX first, with other two LX`s you have. Use artificial indoor light and Kodak grey card, do not go outside since any insignificant change in light conditions can affect the test. You can not blame shutter speeds just like that, it is not so common problem (unless you had this unit serviced ). Also, mechanical (2000/1 – X) and electronic (1/60-4sec.) manual speeds are not in the same category. Each group is calibrated separately. You can not test shutter speeds without special equipment so we can start from here. You can also do the following non-scientific test: Put “bad” LX on the table beside the other one you think is good and set shutter speeds at 4sec. Then press the shutter on both simultaneously and see how big the difference will be. Repeat 5-6 times to be sure you did it properly. There might be some, very slight (up to ½ of sec. or 10-15%) even if both are well calibrated, but you will easily recognise 4sec from 2sec. if this is the case. And this works only for electronic manual speeds, everything over 1/60 could be fine (or bad). M.

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Date : 09:13 PM Sunday 01 May, 2005

Hi all. I find This website very interesting and very useful.This is indeed a great one with a very high level of thinking. I have a question especially for Mico, Globtrotter, Jay and anybody who can help me. I am an LX lover since 1981 and one of my three LX, bought new in december 1985, shows a problem I did not notice before. In manual mode, speeds are not accurate : for example, 1 sec is in fact 1/2s, 1/2s is 1/4, 1/4s is 1/8s...and so on. There is one stop underexposure. I loaded the camera with a 100 asa slide film and shot 36 exposures in both manual and auto modes and recorded all the settings: In auto, all the shots were perfectly exposed even those taken at very slow speeds (1 s, 1/2s, 1/4s ...). In manual, shots I took according to the meter of the camera were underexposed (one stop under) but those taken one stop over the indication given by the camera were perfectly exposed.Now I know there is one stop underexposure in manual mode. According to you, what could be the cause of this malfunction in manual? and how to fix it. Thank you for your help as this particular body is in a mint condition. Please forgive my english as it is not my native language. Thank you all.

7. From : Phil Ashman (
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Date : 05:15 AM Sunday 01 May, 2005

Thanks for the feedback Globetrotter and I too, for now, am happy to remain with my trusty LX & film (slides mainly) and scan them. However, I am finding it difficult to get acceptable scans for posting on websites, viewing on a PC etc.. I know a scanned image can never match a slide viwed on a lightbox with a good loupe, but my scans are pretty awful. I only have a Dimage dual 111 at present, but hope to get a Dimage 5400 sometime, or perhpas try Nikon scanners. I know for direct printing I would use the highest scan resolution (2800 dpi) + 16 bit multi scan sampling but as these come out very big file sizes (TIFF), when I convert to jpeg and resize to about 800 x 600 the quality degrades so much it's awful, especially viewed on an LCD monitor. What would you recommend the best DPI to scan at for posting directly onto the web and any other tips that may help? cheers Phil

8. From : Mico (
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Date : 05:59 AM Saturday 30 April, 2005

Hi all, this might be the common knowledge but anyhow... I have tested speeds (my new techno gadget!) on all my LX cameras(3)and discovered that "X" or 1/75 is 100% precise 1/60. Except that it works without the battery. In fact,it is more precise than electronicaly controled 1/60, and this is the case with all three cameras.I used to treat it as 1/3 F-stop faster than 1/60 but Pentax was cheating with this speed setting. Not for the first time, 1/125 flash synch on Program A or Super program was in fact 1/80 or so. M.

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Date : 05:04 PM Thursday 28 April, 2005

I too was hoping for Nikon to bring out a full-frame DSLR, but Nikon remain commited to the smaller size (eg D2X). The D2X does have the advantage with telephoto lenses, but not with wide angle lenses (unless you completely change your present wide-angle lens range for the new DX range).

I don't think Pentax will bring out a full-frame DSLR, at least not yet. Sales have not been very good for Canon's full-frame DSLR compared to the cheaper DLR ranges with a smaller chip size. Nikon can see the writing on the wall, and know that going full-frame would probably put the retail price way above the heads of many photographers, and drastically cut thier profit margins. I have now discarded any plans to move 100% digital, and will remain with film & scanner combination until I am forced, or feel the need to change. So far I've been very happy with that choice. Regarding the boat problem, all has been rectified and we now have found a new engine, so the shooting can begin! I can't wait to get away from this computer and get down to some more adventure...

10. From : Phil Ashman (
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Date : 07:27 AM Thursday 28 April, 2005

Hi Don't get to comment too often, as much of the time the tech stuff is way over my head! LOL. Still very happy with my LX, no probs with it yet (touch wood), but certainly a second body would be nice, but funds very tight at present as unemployed. Hey, Globetrotter, I'll carry your stuff! LOL. Anyway, reason I'm posting is that I was under the impression that with DSLR's, both Nikon, Canon and I assumed Pentax (when they get round to it) would naturally slowly introduce full frame sensors as standard once they had sorted themselves out, as opposed to only making them for the top expensive pro models. However, talking to a friend in a camera shop today he has told me that he was talking the other day to Nikon and was told they have no plans to move to full frame sensors and neither, they believe, have Canon (except for existing top pro ones), or Pentax. He seems to think that the 1.5 or 1.6 factors are here to stay. May of course just be a marketing ploy at present. Any views on this you guys, as I had considered getting a Pentax when they brought out a full frame semi pro model? Phil

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