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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 : AB (handmaid@fsmail.net)
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Date : 04:10 PM Tuesday 25 January, 2005

I'll add my pennies-worth even though I have little experience of digital other than scanned images on a PC. I'm waiting for reviews of the new Epson film scanner at £500-600 partly my interest is due to its ability to scan my 6X7 negs, not achievable at under £2000 currently. It may be a very good scanner at a very good price. Epson flatbeds with hoods are very good scanners and the hood on my 2450 does a good job with 6X7 but struggles with 35mm Beyond this I think we must keep using our LX's and we must keep buying film. Who will we have to blame if manufacturers cease producing film because nobody is buying it? What use will our LX's be? We have to put our money where our mouths are and forgo a bit of convenience for a higher purpose. Additionally it's environmentally friendly to keep running something that has already been built and has life in it and not to fuel the production of throw-away item like the *istD. It's great (I think) to keep skilled craftsmen in work servicing the LX and similar cameras. All mine are now serviced and they really do feel, sound and operate better. You probably don't really know what an LX is like until you've used a properly serviced example. AB


2. From : Ian (ian@ity.co.uk)
Url : http://
Date : 10:43 AM Tuesday 25 January, 2005

Hi Dan. I'm sure I'll get slammed for saying this, but I don't care. Yes, use a Minolta 5400 Elite and a roll of E100G, Provia 100F or Kodachrome 64 in your LX and it will give you better results than the *ist D (lens for lens). I'm not suggesting that there is a particular fault with the *ist D (or DS), just that in my opinion, if your looking for ultimate quality in a small format, there you have it. However, you may want the convenience of digital. If you do, I for one found the *ist D a fine camera if a little slow to operate compared to the LX. Horses for courses etc. Personally, I'd wait. - Ian.


3. From : dan (dgrimes@unlv.nevada.edu)
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Date : 09:25 AM Tuesday 25 January, 2005

I realize this is a message board for the LX, but I was just offered a deal that could pay for an *ist D or DS; results must be electronic. First, I can't see much difference between the *ist D ($1600) and DS ($1000) except for price. The DS even has a couple of advantages. Anyone had experience with CMOS vs. CCD imagers? Where might there be good information on the difference? Would it be better to still shoot on slide and then scan with a Minolta 35mm scanner, or will the digitals out of the *ist look better? While I still love shooting with my LX, the digital convenience is tempting. But I would hate to throw my money away on an *ist if LX + film+scan is better or the new CMOS imageres will make the 6MP CCD look like an old video camera.


4. From : Philip Ashman (genesisphil@hotmail.com)
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Date : 04:16 AM Monday 24 January, 2005

Thanks again guys. I assume, from what you say, that no other manufacturers (e.g. Sigma, Tamron etc..)make a cheaper option with a pentax fitting, so it's either a Pentax (2nd hand) or post processing with software, which of course will only be useful for scanned images. I've loaded my first ever B & W slide film today (Scala 200)into my LX, as I've always wanted to give it a try, but have been a bit put off by the cost. Hope it lives up to the hype!

I also think that the claim on the box that it's processed paid is a bit of a con, when you have to then pay extra to have the slides mounted. I will of course mount them myself when received,as I reckon it's cheaper that way and, in any event, I often have to remount ones I get back from the processors, as I often find they are not correctly mounted, especially when horizons look slightly slanted and need a touch to straighten them, as they were correct when taken. Phil


5. From : GLOBETROTTER (globetrotterworld@hotmail.com)
Url : http://www.gallery.globetrotterworld.co.uk
Date : 06:27 PM Sunday 23 January, 2005

Yes, the Shift lens is very expensive new, but can be bought very cheaply secondhand, expecially on ebay. Jay's advice with Photoshop CS is of course an even cheaper option, although it does not quite give the same results, and with a Shift lens, at least you can see what you are getting at the actual time of the exposure.


6. From : Jay (ibcom@onebox.com)
Url : http://
Date : 04:51 AM Sunday 23 January, 2005

Another inexpensive way to get perspective control is to use your existing wide angles and adjust perpective in a recent version of photoshop. The program costs less than a shift lens. --Jay


7. From : Philip Ashman (genesisphil@hotmail.com)
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Date : 12:16 AM Sunday 23 January, 2005

Thanks very much for the info and advice Globetrotter. I will think about keeping an eye out for a decent 2nd hand one, as I suspect that new they are very expensive. Phil


8. From : GLOBETROTTER (globetrotterworld@hotmail.com)
Url : http://www.gallery.globetrotterworld.co.uk
Date : 06:45 PM Saturday 22 January, 2005

The Pentax SMC Shift 28mm f/3.5 is a superb lens for architecture photography. It weighs 611 grams, and has built in filters. It matches the Pentax M-28mm f/2.8 on perforamance, but has the added advantage of being able to adjus for the 'sloping' away of buildings that you get with 'normal' wide-angle lenses, or when you photograph straight lines and edges. It is quite large comapared to a normal 28mm lens, but it is extremely robust and well built. The main problem is that you loose open aperture metering when the lens is fully adjusted, but this is no real problem, especially with an LX body. I did own one for quite a while, but eventually sold it, because I actually prefer the 'sloping away' of buildings that a 'normal' lens gives, and also that it is rare to see straight lines in nature.
However, for someone who photographs a lot of buildings, or interiors, I'd defintely go for the Pentax 28mm Shift lens. It does not accept a filter on the front, but I found that a large 77mm filter fits snugly inside the Shift lens' hood, or you can make it more secure with a small section of velcrose.


9. From : Philip Ashman (genesisphil@hotmail.com)
Url : http://
Date : 05:20 PM Saturday 22 January, 2005

Hi Lately I've been concentrating somewhat on architectural images of old buildings etc.. here in the UK. Just one of the phases I tend to go through with my photography whilst the seasons change and new ideas emerge. Anyway, I am naturally having problems with perspective using normal lenses and wondered if any of you have used or have experience of perspective shift lenses available for the LX designed for architectural photography. I am interested in availability, cost etc... and if there are any compatible makes other than Pentax that are worth considering? Phil


10. From : AB (handmaid@fsmail.net)
Url : http://
Date : 08:33 AM Friday 21 January, 2005

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=3334&item=3867440489&rd=1

£389 (EUR 560.00) and still 15 hours to go! It is a later model and appears to be in excellent condition. Looks like the LX can still command a price despite the digital avalanche. AB


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