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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.wilderness-photo.co.uk
Date : 10:12 PM Sunday 09 January, 2005

Pat - For some information on Sigma lenses and various lens tests, go to:
http://www.lightreflection.com/lenstests/lenstests.htm

Also try here for prime and zoom Sigma lenses compared (images may take some time to download):
http://www.sd9.org/hardware/lens/lenstest.htm


2. From : Jay (ibcom@juno.com)
Url : http://
Date : 04:48 PM Saturday 08 January, 2005

Although there are wide angle fast aperture zooms that are acceptable, like the one Globetrotter has mentioned, there are equal numbers of these--also quite expensive--which are not acceptable. Wide angle to midrange fast aperture APOs become considerably lesser units than fixed focal length lenses, but, better than most consumer zooms in the range listed. Frankly, it is a sure thing to go for fast aperture 70 or 80 to 200 or 210 mm zooms, and for the 20-40mm range, but the mid range zooms fall short of comparisons with fixed focal length lenses. The reality is stopping down at least one stop for acceptable results. Distortion too is accentuated in the desired range sought by the poster here. If you can live with these results, go for such.

All lensmakers are now improving designs for the telling disclosure of digital sensor arrays, and will continue to so improve these. This may affect the desired range. But, currently, the two ends of WA to Short telephoto focal lengths--especially the tele end--suffer distortion. The greater the range, the greater the distortion and light fall off. APO and hybreds have improved what is possible with these lenses. But it is your own use which will show and tell for dedicated results. If you are a journalist in style, these may work for you. If you are a careful compositional photographer, these may not work for your needs. If you are blowing up shots for exhibits shy away from even the Pentax 24-90, though it outshines many similar lenses (and, as mentioned, is delicately not a robust lens of mounted construction). If you can wait a couple of years there will be better glass, simply put. --Jay


3. From : Pat (patrick.powell1@virgin.net)
Url : http://
Date : 02:20 AM Friday 07 January, 2005

Thanks Globetrotter. Good points!I'm looking for that non-existent "do all" lens!
I like the range of the Pentax 24-90, can anyone recommend a good quality Sigma/Tamron/Tokina that covers a similar zoom range? There seems to be many to choose from and I don't really want something that proves to be a let down. The truth is I haven't really kept up with autofocus lens tests of late. Perhaps It's just me but there seems to be less lens testing done in the photo mags and as we all know, most of the current gear reviews seem to have to use the D word!



4. From : GLOBETROTTER (globetrotterworld@hotmail.com)
Url : http://www.wilderness-photo.co.uk
Date : 06:29 PM Tuesday 04 January, 2005

Pat, the 24-90 is quite sharp, but as you say, it doesn't quite match the older manual lenses in build quality.

The best of Pentax's lenses are the A*, F*, and FA* pro-lenses, but may be beyond your price range.

The older autofocus F 35-70mm f/3.5-4.5 model has shown to give quite sharp results, as does the later FA 28-70 f/4, although neither zoom matches the sharpness in the corners when compared to most top prime lenses.
Here are some resolution charts of older Pentax prime and zoom lenses:

http://ca.geocities.com/spirope/pentlens.html

Reviews of the Pentax zoom lenses are shown here:

http://www.photographyreview.com/pscLenses/35mm,Zoom/PLS_3128_800crx.aspx

If you can't find anything in the Pentax range, don't forget to also look at the Sigma, Tokina and Tamron lenses. I've found that most of the latest Sigma EX pro lenses to be very sharp and at very low prices.
The two best zooms in the Tokina range I've tried are the 20-35mm in f2.8 and slower 3.5 variable aperture. The latter lens is slower and cheaper than the fast 'pro' lens, but it matches the heavier f/2.8 (or later 2.6) lens in performance.


5. From : Pat (patrick.powell1@virgin.net)
Url : http://
Date : 05:10 AM Tuesday 04 January, 2005

Hi All, with life being as busy as it is, I haven’t visited this site for several months, it’s therefore good to read that posts are as interesting as ever. I hope my post is not too far off topic, but I do appreciate the views of other Pentax users. Way back last summer I exchanged an mz-5n for an mz-s (still no real substitute for my trusted but tiring LX) and I now wish to find replacements for the plastic (no substitute for M series) auto focus zooms that I have.

My current auto focus zooms are:

SMC PENTAX-FA 1:4 28-70 AL
SMC PENTAX-F 1:4.7-5.6 80-200 (occasionally comes apart and also fails to auto focus on an intermittent basis!)

Neither of these has ever convinced me that they are anything special in the image quality department, but both came with the 5n that I picked up at a good price.

I know I should go for 3 primes, but for convenience I want a good standard zoom. The Pentax 24-90 seems to produce good results but I have read reports of poor build quality for the price and I do like not having to be too careful with my equipment, (I like the LX because it doesn’t complain). So my question is, what would you recommend in the standard zoom range, the Pentax 24-90 or is there something better from the independent sector? Regards Pat


6. From : GLOBETROTTER (globetrotterworld@hotmail.com)
Url : http://www.extremeimage.co.uk
Date : 12:57 AM Tuesday 04 January, 2005

I almost forgot! Anybody looking for secondhand Pentax equipment or other photo gear should scroll down to the bottom of this page and click on the connection:

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7. From : GLOBETROTTER (globetrotterworld@hotmail.com)
Url : http://www.globalphoto.co.uk
Date : 06:41 PM Monday 03 January, 2005

The 'globalphoto' Url was not active in the previous post due to me forgetting to include www, sorry. The above Url should be active.

The following Domain names will all connect to my website:

www.globetrotters-quest.com
www.globetrotterworld.co.uk
www.globalphoto.co.uk
www.wilderness-photo.co.uk
www.extremeimage.co.uk
www.carp-world.co.uk
www.carp-rods.co.uk
www.carp-books.co.uk
www.globetrotter-fishing.co.uk
www.carpfilms.co.uk
www.carptv.co.uk
www.wildcarp.com
www.wildcarp.co.uk
www.wild-carp.com
www.wild-carp.co.uk

Also try this domain for the Dutch website:

www.westerlaan-publisher.com

I hope you all had a great Christmas & New Year holiday and are not suffering from hangovers or empty wallets due to buying too many presents!
The best of New Year wishes, and I hope that you all capture some "magic moments" during 2005.



8. From : Care (cre@noname.com)
Url : http://
Date : 04:26 PM Monday 03 January, 2005

http://www.globalphoto.co.uk is not active. Can you check ??


9. From : Mico (micolx@netscape.net)
Url : http://
Date : 09:30 AM Sunday 02 January, 2005

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL! M.


10. From : GLOBETROTTER (globetrotterworld@hotmail.com)
Url : http://globalphoto.co.uk
Date : 07:31 PM Saturday 01 January, 2005

The best place to buy discontinued Pentax models, in as-new in box, or mint-condition used, or used condition secondhand etc, is to regularly view items on auction at Ebay (www.ebay.com or www.ebay.co.uk). Another good option is the "For Sale" pages at back of the regular monthly photo magazines, or even the shop windows in some large photo shops still ofering secondhand items. Great bargains can now be found with most models that were sold for high prices only a few years ago.


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