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Date : 04:53 AM Wednesday 13 April, 2005

I posted a long list of different Pentax camera bags, but somehow the post has gone...strange!

Anyway, without relisting everything again, the only Pentax bag in the T-range that you want, is the Pentax Holster Case T (quite hard to find, even on Ebay), meant for a camera body with lens attached. However, I think camera bags such as the CCS Zoom bag, or the superb LowePro Toploader Zoom range of bags are far better.

2. From : Sven Norberg (
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Date : 06:16 PM Tuesday 12 April, 2005

Hi Jay, I saw your last post after writing mine. I'll look into that, there's a lot for me to learn. One big reason for me to want a used front, which I've been searching for on Ebay, that fits is economy, I only phogograph as a hobby / for family use and I want to limit my expenses./Sven

3. From : Sven Norberg (
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Date : 06:09 PM Tuesday 12 April, 2005

Jay, thank you for your great answer. I've learned a lot.I think that my question can be separated in two for any given case. Does the front fit on the LX rear case?, and does the front hold my lens? I've studied the B Dimitrov homepage extensively, it's a great source of information. Of the two fronts you mentioned, I believe that I have the smaller one and after checking the dimensions of the lenses you mentioned I understand that the larger one is big enough, your lenses was about 30 mm longer than mine. I want a front that is a rather tight fit on my lens since I believe that a smaller lens-body combination, which equals the size of the case when a case is used, will see a lot more use. I picked my lens partly due to its small size.

If you or anybody else could a suggest a front case that fits the rear part of the LX ER-case and holds the 28-105 f3.2-4.5 lens I'd appreciate that. The lens is 66 mm long and 66 mm in diameter, thats about 2.6 inches, it's close in size to the K/M/A 24-50/4 lenses pentax made. I'd then try to hunt down any such case. I don't know whether the cases for the A- and P-series bodies can be mixed with the LX cases, I'm thinking about the connection between the front and bottom parts. But, it should be that all or none can be mixed, shouldn't it? So, information about whether any of the P or A front cases will fit on the LX bottom case would be very valuable, even if the front in question is a standard front that won't hold a zoom lens. /Sven

4. From : Jay (
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Date : 05:34 PM Tuesday 12 April, 2005

Sven, Unless you are set on leather, or an OEM case, why not go to a quality third party individual modular camera case system, such as some we find here made of more modern flexible and pliable high tech material (similar to some diving wet suits). See the B & H photovideo site in NY City for examples. For example, Zing cases come sized for various lengths of lenses to be used, and would offer protection from humidity and the Scandinavian winters. I can understand your use of such a case where most of your photography is done with one lens on one body. --Jay PS if you travel to Berlin, where the most extensive camera shops are outside of Britain, you may find such cases too.

5. From : Jay (
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Date : 05:13 PM Tuesday 12 April, 2005

Sven, My own experience is with the LX soft leather camera case, and with two of the fronts made for it specifically (one for the normal or various fixed focal length WA lenses, and one for short telephoto use). I'll have to hunt them out in my equipment storage room to see if they have any part or catalogue numbers embossed on them, in order to compare their sizes with the other camera case fronts you mention. The latter mentioned front I have combined with the LX leather modular case rear for the 100mm f2.8 A Macro, and the 35-105mm A lens use. I also have the camera's blimp case, part leather and part vinyl, for sound proofing the shutter noise. All this brings to mind how extensive the LX Professional system was planned for various applications.

I can glean from the last printed LX manual, and the M series and transition to A series lens and accessories many paged color brochures of that era those lenses once specified to fit the modular fronts for the LX soft case front case modular system combinations then possible. Then I may measure to see what correlates with what I have and have used these case assemblies for, as just shared. That could be compared with your VietNam made current zoom lens' measurements. But, this is the original individual case camera system, not what you mention as combining newer cases with the older LX body (so most likely would be wasted effort to answer your exact question).

What the compatability charts printed below those case front combinations show in the brochures of that era's record held here is which lenses then fit those mentioned LX leather modular case system fronts, according to the measurements of length and width of lenses I know by use fit them. (For your information, these are seldom used, and are still in pristine condition here). I think I would go to the Pentax lens specs given on the very complete apparently Russian authored Pentax K mount site, and compare measure for measure there, comparing the case specifications for the case fronts you mention with lenses made for the fronts you cited as available now. Or, perhaps, Tony (Globetrotter), who shot the PZ system, as well as the LX system, may have some brochures still lingering on his shelves, with personal experience as to what you want to combine and do by mixing the camera case systems which you mention. Or, we could ask for others to contribute and really up the mix as to combining any and all fronts and backs that may work with your proposed use. It seems that what you propose is still a current product or a product of, perhaps, a little over seven or eight years ago?--Jay

6. From : Sven Norberg (
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Date : 02:23 PM Tuesday 12 April, 2005

Hi, my apologies for being unclear, it's so easy to understand oneself perfectly. I'm wondering about the ER-case fronts T1 - T3, for tele lenses that I think were made for the A and possible the P series of Pentax bodies. I think I've heard about someone that used them with the bottom part of the LX soft case. I want to find a front that works with the back of the LX soft case and which holds the pentax AF 28-105 f3.2-4.5 lens. That's my lens for general use and I want to be able to simply bring the camera in an ER case. I hope that this makes things clearer, any help on the subject, even not regarding these fronts are appreciated. Thank you for your effort to sort me out. /Sven

7. From : Jay (
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Date : 11:10 AM Tuesday 12 April, 2005

Ian, Recently Zeiss went to Cosina to have the new Zeiss Icon rangefinder film camera design configured and made. This was Zeiss' own design, to take their own lenses as uniquely made for that upcoming film based rangefinder (not a remade Bessa, yet produced by the same maker). The demise of Contax is almost a God-send to Zeiss' unique vision for making cameras and lenses: where they do not interfere with the makers for whom they supplied top notch lenses, and, yet, can advance new and classic designs in their own name. Acquiring Contax, look for Zeiss to incorporate its own vision of replacing and usurping the status Leica once held (and still, to some degree does--especially with new pro digital lines). Zealous German quality made in JAPAN.

Have you noticed the quiet introduction of the Pentax 750Z digital rangefinder, with its built-in SMC zoom and classic manual controls (7 MPixels in a semi-classical design and climbing)? THE PRO small format SLR will dazzel in time.--Jay

8. From : Ian (
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Date : 08:42 AM Tuesday 12 April, 2005

(That's a dig at Canon, in case you were wondering. It's humour relates to a UK TV ad campaign from Heineken (beer)). I'm experiencing loads of snobbery from Canon owners at the moment. If I remember rightly, Canon's first camera had a lens from Nikon on it. Very silly, I know. What ever happened to appropriate respect? I, like you, love many cameras, only some have the name Pentax on them. I choose an LX because I'm a 35mm photographer. I believe it to be the finest, as such. I'm really happy to see the new interest in Contax / Yashica by Zeiss. I'd hate to see the RTS go out of production. - Ian.

9. From : Ian (
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Date : 08:02 AM Tuesday 12 April, 2005

Pentax don't make photocopiers. But if they did, they'd probably be the best photocopiers in the world.

10. From : Jay (
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Date : 06:48 AM Tuesday 12 April, 2005

Sven, T1 – T 3 “fronts” do not ring a bell here. What brand? Can you be more descriptive of these resources so we might answer more directly? --Jay, Mico,

PS, are you refering to tele-rearconverters, or the four close-up accessory lenses (which fit like filters), or the extension tubes?: over all of which Pentax makes 4 separate units? There are also flash units which use the T letter partly in their designations, as well as accessory release timer switches. Help us hone in on what you need. RSVP

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