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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 : Jay (ibcom@onebox.com)
Url : http://
Date : 03:08 AM Wednesday 22 December, 2004

Dan, I appreciate your interest in precise math, but doubt that the basis for such is accurate (meaning the magazine mentioned). We already have an above 14MP sensor array in Canon and Kodak 35mm size sensor bodies, so the information must be outdated. We have 22 to 28 MP backs for 645. I own a 14+ MP back for 645. Yes, my statement was a wish statement. But, I suspect, after the sorting out of the chips, in three years or so, it may become feasible from a marketing point of view to make such backs. I receive notices from Chinese manufacturers all the time of new parts being made for namebrand discontinued film SLRs by them. This includes new pentaprisms, battery doors, film backs, and meter inserts--it is just a matter of time before someone looks at that market which could keep old cameras relevant. But Tony challenged us to ask for a Holiday gift wish, so I did. --Jay


2. From : Dan (dgrimes@unlv.nevada.edu)
Url : http://
Date : 04:56 AM Tuesday 21 December, 2004

Jay: When you talk about a digital back for an LX, it is a dream and not a reality, right? I've not seen one although I would like one very much so let me know if one actually exists!


3. From : Dan (dgrimes@unlv.nevada.edu)
Url : http://
Date : 04:42 AM Tuesday 21 December, 2004

A while ago there was some discussion on digital backs for 35mm vs for medium format. I found this article on the web and thought it to be interesting regarding that discussion: http://medfmt.8k.com/mf/obsolete.html A quote for that page: "You need 186+ sensors per mm to yield 4096 sensors in 22 millimeters, or 16.8 Megapixels for 22 mm x 22mm square chip. Using 2 pixels per line (black/white), that suggests 186/2 or 93 lpmm for the optics to match the chip. Got many 35mm or medium format lenses that deliver 90+ lpmm? No, huh? Me neither. So even if we could get such a 16MP chip in a digital back, we would get only 1/6th of the image, and at less than optimal resolution. You can add optics to focus the 56x56mm image onto a 22x22mm square. But besides the cost, you also have to expect rather lower total resolution. The resolution on the 22x22mm square is already marginally low, and doesn't get full benefit from the chip's potential resolution. Since the big advantage of medium format is larger film area, using a small chip defeats this expectation. You might as well use 35mm SLR optics and save the weight and cost, since the chip size and optics are the limiting factors. "


4. From : Jay (ibcom@onebox.com)
Url : http://
Date : 03:16 AM Tuesday 21 December, 2004

The ideal gift would be an LX back with a 16MP CMOS Sensor Array. But, tis better to give than receive. Perhaps doing free shots for children stuck in hospital would substitute?--Jay


5. From : GLOBETROTTER (globetrotterworld@hotmail.com)
Url : http://www.extremeimage.co.uk
Date : 06:37 PM Thursday 16 December, 2004

Stan - No, the F4X is not for real, and if you look closer at the photo you can easily see that the image has been 'cloned' in Photoshop (look closer at the back hand-grip, MB33X powerpack insignia etc). I nice idea though! Maybe we should make up our own mock-up version of the LX2 and send it to Pentax to try and speed up their R&D!


6. From : Stan (courageous_hummie@hotmail.com)
Url : http://
Date : 12:22 PM Thursday 16 December, 2004

Someone posted this at the Nikon F4 site (http://www.mir.com.my/rb/photography/hardwares/messageboard/f4seriesmsg/index.php3) : "... The New Nikon D200 become an other style and get to a real Nikon F. The Nikon F4x in February at the PMA: http://www.fotocommunity.de/pc/pc/mypics/491937/display/2282620..." Is it for real ? Sounds like a good idea, the Pentax.. Err


7. From : GLOBETROTTER (globetrotterworld@hotmail.com)
Url : http://globalphoto.co.uk
Date : 07:50 PM Monday 13 December, 2004

Sorry, my mistake, the serial number on the Pentax LX was 5353377, and looking again at the dark photo of the LX body it does indeed have the later version collar around the shutter release button.
I agree on the high price as well (I managed to snap up an LX plus motor drive & flash, plus three lenses for only £300 last year!).


8. From : GLOBETROTTER (globetrotterworld@hotmail.com)
Url : http://wilderness-photo.co.uk
Date : 07:41 PM Monday 13 December, 2004

Yes, the lower-end Pentax lenses in the auction were the week sector of the sale and I would have preferred some faster pro-level Pentax glass (and is why I didn't make a bid!) - but it is quite rare to find so many 'mint-in box' LX body & finder items at the moment. Judging by the photos, the actual LX body, although in good condition without paint rubbed off the mirror lock-up button, the actual shutter button itself looked like the older LX version without collar.


9. From : Stan (courageous_hummie@hotmail.com)
Url : http://
Date : 10:50 AM Monday 13 December, 2004

Boss. That was a good set EXCEPT the bidding price is too stiff (the weak link is at the lenses that bundle along) huh ? I was long looking for a data back but looks like the setup is not being stripped. Too bad.


10. From : GLOBETROTTER (globetrotterworld@hotmail.com)
Url : http://www.wilderness-photo.co.uk
Date : 09:28 PM Sunday 12 December, 2004

A VERY rare chance to own a complete PENTAX LX system (LX body, drive, finders, screens, flash, and lenses) in MINT condition is on Ebay auction:

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=15240&item=3858249835&rd=1


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