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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.extremeimage.co.uk
Date : 09:06 PM Sunday 12 December, 2004

I've got the 24mm f/1.8EX and my partner has the 28mm f/1.8EX, both extremely good lenses, with incredible close-focus capability. I know that you'll enjoy your 20mm f/1.8.

I've also just recently bought for myself (too expensive to get them as presents...) a 20-35mm f2.8, and a 600mm ED-IF, and hoping that this miserable grey UK weather will change over the next weeks so that I can go out and give them a good testing! I've also just bought a Nikonos V with 20mm underwater lens, but don't fancy testing them out in a freezing English lake, so will need to wait until I fly out to USA in 2005. I'm also hunting for a Canon XL1s outfit with full range of lenses, because I've been commsioned to make a movie in USA next year. All that lovely gear waiting for me to test! It's just like being a young boy again, opening all those presents beneath the christmas tree...


2. From : Ian (ian@ity.co.uk)
Url : http://
Date : 06:50 AM Sunday 12 December, 2004

My xmas gift to myself has finally arrived (special-order nightmare from Jessops) this very afternoon. A Sigma 20mm f/1.8 EX DG Aspherical. I can't wait to push a roll of film through it. - Ian.


3. From : GLOBETROTTER (globetrotterworld@hotmail.com)
Url : http://globalimage.co.uk
Date : 08:45 PM Saturday 11 December, 2004

Anybody wishing for, or have already got some nice Christams goodies..? Which camera equipment items are on your Wish-List?


4. From : Jay (ibcom@onebox.com)
Url : http://
Date : 12:28 PM Sunday 05 December, 2004

Ian, Its all in the coatings. --Jay


5. From : Ian (ian@ity.co.uk)
Url : http://
Date : 10:21 AM Saturday 04 December, 2004

Sigma 28-70 f/2.8 EX DF Aspherical. I gave in and bought it. Mint, and here I'm not likely to see another in Pentax-mount for some time. My tests revealed that it is indeed slightly sharper wide-open than the Pentax A-series 35-105 f/3.5. Most noticeably in the corners (just what I require!). However, the Sigma is not superior at f/8.0, merely comparable. Also, the Pentax demonstrates better contrast and colour rendition. Vignette analysis was incomplete or negligible (testing with a D*ist). A huge bonus is that the Sigma handles beautifully and close-focuses well too. - Ian.


6. From : Ian (ian@ity.co.uk)
Url : http://
Date : 09:54 AM Saturday 04 December, 2004

Although very fond of the OM1, in 1979 I chose the MX instead. It is still my opinion that the MX is the finest manual (only) SLR. From the sheer styling finesse of the LED's through the unswerving accuracy of it's metering cells. A classic. - Ian.


7. From : Jay (ibcom@onebox.com)
Url : http://
Date : 07:37 AM Saturday 04 December, 2004

On Mx or LX screens in an Olympus OM series SLR, if the shoe fits one can wear it.

On misunderstanding that the OM system is somehow superior. I owned both the OM 1 series and the MX, and disagree. The lenses were lesser, the body was OK but had a CDS, not a silicone or GAP meter (later corrected in the OM 4). Certainly the top of the line OM bodies were'are excellent. The piece of flexible linkage that transfered meter information from one side of the Pentaprism to the other usually failed after several years requiring the entire shutter/meter system to be overhauled. No question the OM design came before the MX. But Pentax glass and lens construction was far superior at the time. --Jay


8. From : Stanley (standstill_001@yahoo.com)
Url : http://
Date : 10:44 AM Friday 03 December, 2004

I haveread this at the OM Message Board: ..." As for unofficial compatibility, I use a Pentax MX focusing screen in one of my OM1s... left over from when I tossed the MX as falling far short of an equivalent to the OM1 and returned to the fold..... .." Possible ?? See: http://www.mir.com.my/rb/photography/hardwares/messageboard/olympusom1n2/index.php3


9. From : Ian (ian@ity.co.uk)
Url : http://
Date : 10:22 AM Friday 26 November, 2004

Thanks for the Sigma EX 28-70 f/2.8 feedback Jay. I ran some tests today against the Pentax A SMC f3.5 35-105mm. Oddly non-conclusive (for too many reasons). So I'm going to try more tests. I kind of expected the aspherical Sigma to be sharper. We shall see. More later. - Ian.


10. From : Jay (ibcom@onebox.com)
Url : http://
Date : 11:54 AM Wednesday 24 November, 2004

Hi Guys, Just in and back out. As for the original Sigma EX 28-70, stop it down at 70mm, and, watch direct light source shots. It flairs due to coatings like all Sigmas. Otherwise it has held up and is accurate. It is among the best of the third party lenses, better than the Tamron, not quite as good as the Tokina (only because of the coatings) in the exact same focal lengths and the exact same apertures. It should be available for around $180 in pristine shape. I have an old one and a new one (I am going to sell the new one to pick up a lens that works in WA with digital formats now extant). --Jay


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