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1. From : Robert Clark (robertclark@vsnl.net)
Url : http://
Date : 05:08 AM Monday 27 September, 2004

Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Jay, you say that an optical viewfinder is unnecessary and doubtful, but that is one of the things I really enjoy with the LX - the fact that it is bright, clear, large enough and real-time - seems pretty necessary to me.


2. From : Jay (ibcom@onebox.com)
Url : http://
Date : 01:55 AM Monday 27 September, 2004

An optical viewfinder seems unnecessary and doubtful, otherwise all is understandable.

I need cities and countries, otherwise it is coming along well.
Does Tony have any additions? --Jay


3. From : AB (handmaid@fsmail.net)
Url : http://
Date : 04:14 PM Sunday 26 September, 2004

Full frame, spot metering, exposure lock, mirror lock & self timer together, sensitivity to at least 6400, TTL flash at 1/250th or all speeds with appropriate gun (TTL flash with AF400's or 280's would be a nice backward compatibility), quiet operation (like the new Nikon F6 with its balanced mirror etc.) dials - not push buttons - for controls, MX style optical viewfinder with optical aperture display.

Not being a digital or even auto focus user (though I may have the sharp new Pentax Optio by the end of the year for a take everywhere camera) the talk of focus points and LCD screens doesn't have much practical meaning to me.

I guess I'm not much of a Pentax customer as all my gear was bought second hand. My custom with Pentax has been for a few spare parts and their hopeless servicing (Pentax UK) however loyalty through second-hand products may be about to pay off after all these years. When thinking about a digital compact, Canon, Sony and the others didn't even occur to me (and there's no legacy of lenses in this instance) I went straight to Pentax. So, they may finally get my money for a current product.

AB


4. From : Dan (dgrimes@unlv.nevada.edu)
Url : http://
Date : 03:54 AM Saturday 25 September, 2004

Should the image stabilization be optical or electronic? Should occur in the lens or in the camera?

Wouldn't it be great if you could view the LCD picture display in the viewfinder? I realize that the picture couldn't update fast enough so with the mirror down, one would be looking throught the lens. However, if the mirror could lock into a position where the photographer saw a micro high res LCD screen, viewing the picture in detail would be easier than moving the camera away from the eye to look at a poor quality image on a 2 1/2" LCD where viewing angle and outside light greatly effects the image. I find it hard to see any real detail on those, but in the viewfinder, the picture would be enlarged through optics and viewing more consistent.


5. From : Robert Clark (robertclark@vsnl.net)
Url : http://
Date : 09:43 PM Friday 24 September, 2004

I have no idea whether Pentax actually listens to any of its customers - it seems to me they haven't for years, or we would have had an improved LX with a spot meter, an exposure lock, and some way of doing TTL fill flash. For me, these three would be essential in any Pentax DSLR I would think of buying.

What else? Well,first off, a bright viewfinder a la the LX (so therefore a real mirror and full-size prism); a high quality metal body; a full size sensor so that my 24mm stays a 24; backward, easy use, compatibility to all manual lenses; dials and nobs, so the operation can be intuitive, simple and quick, I hate little buttons with sub-menus - leave that for the digicams; an easily readable histogram; and of course a large high saturation screen with enough resolution possible to edit out unsharp photos in the field.

Also they would have to have some sort of effective image stabilisation; either in the body, or more probably in the bigger lenses; better zooms are also desperately needed if they are to compete with Canon and Nikon.

Fat chance.


6. From : GLOBETROTTER (globetrotterworld@hotmail.com)
Url : http://globetrotterworld.co.uk
Date : 04:44 AM Friday 24 September, 2004

Twins? - Ye Gods, Jay, nobody could possibly be as handsome as me...I even look better than a mint LX 2000...!


7. From : Jay (ibcom@onebox.com)
Url : http://
Date : 11:57 PM Thursday 23 September, 2004

OK AB, let's see what happens. Forum, what do we want on a new Pentax DSLR, which can work in concert with our classic LX systems? I will compile the results, and send a clear message to Pentax Corp. Anyone who wants to offer details, please now do so on the forum. Also, put down an e-mail address and a first and last name, and a city and country of origin. Begin, Jay PS Tony, I've seen your photo a couple of times, we could pass for brothers, or twins, so your thoughts too are needed as an ex-LXer.


8. From : Jay (ibcom@onebox.com)
Url : http://
Date : 05:04 AM Tuesday 21 September, 2004

Hi again, Someone suggested posting a petition to send to the Pentax Corp., Camera Design Division, in Japan, regarding having the next year to be released professional full frame Digital SLR include the full information, noncrippled, KAF lens mount. Unfortunately, posting such a petition here is impossible, as all postings flow on by for the next one, an so on. Would someone like to volunteer a ULR for such a purpose? RSVP. Even so, to key into folks here such would have to be added to the site permanent banner as a place to go to register or file on a petition. Again, if folks do not take personal initiative to research the address and send a land mail, do not moan to loudly if the need is not addressed by current engineers. These folks are, at best, ten year old graduates from schools which embrace electro mechanical servo designs, not mechanical linkage designs. --Jabez


9. From : AB (handmaid@fsmail.net)
Url : http://
Date : 03:41 AM Saturday 18 September, 2004

As I now find typical of Pentax UK, their website doesn't list the new Optio (or the 'cut down' *istD) the USA website does however:

http://www.pentaxusa.com/products/cameras/camera_overview.cfm?productid=1832

it seems to have a pretty extensive feature set including movie recording and sound only recording???? Very tempted.

AB


10. From : AB (handmaid@fsmail.net)
Url : http://
Date : 03:30 AM Saturday 18 September, 2004

Good advice Jay but we tend to be lazy about such things. How about you start an email petition? We could help thrash the contents out here on the board and then get the PDML'ers to sign up. Do you think this would be effective?

I was reading Practical Photography today and spotted a brief article announcing the Pentax Optio 750Z in the Photo News section. I really like the look of it and I got to thinking it we be a great camera to have on me all the time. I sometimes carry my LX with 35-105 in long nose case around with me but it has to be said, it's rather heavy and when I whip it out in the pub or some other informal gathering, people tend to freeze as if I've pulled out Kalashnikov. There's also the cost of D&P for a high percentage of duff photos of drunken friends. The *istD doesn't really interest me (how can I move to that from an LX?) so I won't be buying a digital SLR until I can inspect the possibly full frame offering from Pentax. I shall keep my eyes open for reviews of this new Pentax Optio, I just really like the look of it, in the photo at least.

AB


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