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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 : 01:21 PM Sunday 12 September, 2004

Mark, Re: Pentax lens and brand name historical questions are addressed by and from the links posted below, in addition to the resident parent site here, above, discussing LX camera history:

http://digilander.libero.it/aohc/selart18e.htm
http://ca.geocities.com/spirope/pentlens.html
http://pug.komkon.org/general/links.html
http://www.pentaxusa.com/docstore/index.cfm?show=6
http://www.bdimitrov.de/kmp/
http://members.ozemail.com.au/~distudio/lenstesting/

Further, Takumar, Super Takumar, and SMC Takumar, was Pentax' evolving lens line by name, and only designated brand name when the original screw mount was manufactured. It later was shifted to 6 X 7 lenses as their designated brand. Then, to confuse things, after the 35mm K mount existed, it later became a second line of Pentax manufactured K mount optics, without the premium coatings and optical formulas of the then "Pentax" and “SMC Pentax” designated brand name for top of the line optics—as lenses made to compete with 3rd party manufacturers such as Tamron, Sigma, Vivitar and Tokina (who have gone though their own designation evolutions too, to confuse things more). Manufacturers change their brands and designations largely for marketing purposes, though they can help distinguish history and quality. In this case it is confusing.--Jay


2. From : Mark T (miraj@supanet.com)
Url : http://
Date : 12:02 AM Sunday 12 September, 2004

Hi, I have been reading your pages for a while now, but this is my first post. As a very amateur amateur photographer can anyone give me some general advice about the history of Pentax lenses - K mounts? This is for my "new" LX, hopefully in the post from the ebay seller. (I have run a P30 with a 28-200 "FA" series lens for many years now, so I am not new to Pentax. I like to do my own focussing, but auto aperture can be usefull)

So-this is what I think I know about pentax lenses:- There was the "K" series (very ancient), then the "M" , "A" , "AF" (auto-focus?), "FA", and now the "FAJ". I realise that you can mix and match any K-series, although not all functions will work - electrical contact pins etc. But basically the "M" series was the right series for the LX - was it? What is the link between "Takamur" and Pentax e.g. are they pemium or budget versions of Pentax lenses? I look forward to your expert comments. Mark


3. From : AB (handmaid@fsmail.net)
Url : http://
Date : 02:00 PM Saturday 11 September, 2004

I use Peak Imaging for prints, colour and black & white 35mm and 120 I can recommend them, not the fastest but good quality. I tried another mail order lab that was a bit cheaper and they scratched the film and actually took a chunk out of one frame with no comment! I went back to Peak and have stayed with them. Regarding the fogged film in my KX. I have run another film through the camera and did all the things that might have happened with the fogged film: Left the camera in direct sunlight, changed the lens with the sun shining into the lens throat, left the camera with the sun shining into the viewfinder eyepiece... everything I could think of to expose any kind of leak in the camera. The film was fine so I conclude for the moment that I must have left the film canisters in direct sunlight - I have a vague memory of coming back into the room and seeing the canisters on a sunlight window sill but can't be certain - and this caused the fogging, not the camera. AB


4. From : GLOBETROTTER (globetrotterworld@hotmail.com)
Url : http://globetrotterworld.co.uk
Date : 06:14 PM Friday 10 September, 2004

Ian - you can do a distance search for labs around your area by lgging onto this Url and entering your post code: http://www.kellysearch.com/gb-product-38157.html There a lot of good E6 processing labs across UK - too many to mention all here. Some are faster than other others, and some are more expensive. Quality can range quite a lot across the board.

Peak Imaging seem to be quite good, with decent qualty and a good turnaround. Go to:

www.peak-imaging.com

I tend to always have my film E6 precessed in cut strips inside protective sleeves. I then buy boxes of 100 X 2mm glassless Gepe mounts and simply edit the shots I want under a loupe, and then mount only the ones I want to use. This saves a lot of time, and also saves quite a bit in money, because paying for mounted E6 processing is a lot more expensive per film.


5. From : Ian (ian@ity.co.uk)
Url : http://
Date : 07:43 AM Friday 10 September, 2004

Globetrotter, before I forget, can you loosely recommend any E6 labs? And, just in case you are anywhere near Stourbridge (West Midlands), any local labs (Pro or otherwise). Many thanks - Ian.


6. From : GLOBETROTTER (globetrotterworld@hotmail.com)
Url : http://globetrotters-quest.com
Date : 07:10 PM Thursday 09 September, 2004

It only costs £2.85, or £3.50 for E6 developing of 36 exposure colour transparencies at the two Pro-labs that I mainly use here in UK, with a good 24-hr turnaround, so I'm not complaining at the moment. Cost of E6 films when bought online or mail order in 10X batches is also very cheap.


7. From : Jay (ibcom@onebox.com)
Url : http://
Date : 06:04 PM Thursday 09 September, 2004

Neck and neck, the manufacturers of the 64 bit computer chips and all supporting parts. Of course Adobe is paying attention, as they are on the inside of licensed software developers. Of course three times 8 bit TWAIN color and the like will pass. Otherwise there is no demand for new bells and whistles component peripherals from the capitalist masses. Of course we will want these, when compared to those new dogs of the here and now. Of course all media will continue to exist in its esoteric stages. Media is a continuum. Of course the increase in processing force will trickle down to the speed of the new digital SLRs. Of course purists will shoot film, until the emulsions wain.

If I was in a rush and the freezer was bare three years ago I could stop at the supermarket late at night and chose between at least two transparency films on their shelves. As of a year or so ago they now stock none. Even the largest processor in the Rocky Mountain states, a Fuji processing plant, now sends their own E6 to a small processor in a small town camera shop in Nebraska. It used to take three days; now it is about a week turnaround. Or, I can pay three times the price and get it done locally at a pro lab. Of course, Jay


8. From : Ian (ian@ity.co.uk)
Url : http://
Date : 08:45 AM Wednesday 08 September, 2004

Regarding 64bit computing, which btw, does not directly relate to image bit-depth manipulation or storage (that's an application level issue, Adobe! pay attention). Apple's 64bit G5 is available now, and it's 64bit "Tiger" Operating System will be released early next year. http://www.apple.com/macosx/

If you've not used Apple's OS X (pronounced "ten") operating system, you should, it's beyond zeitgeist. Microsoft? Yeah, whatever. - Ian.


9. From : Ian (ity@ity.co.uk)
Url : http://
Date : 07:16 AM Wednesday 08 September, 2004

Hi Guys, nice to see your doing the digi-analogue stuff again. I'm real busy at the moment so I can't deliver a four page waffle on the subject. One quickie though. Printing. As your aware, when we C-Print (Colour Coupler Print) our data has to be (or is knocked down to) 8 bit per channel (24 bit colour). This is widely accepted to be enough to "fool the eye". And indeed it can be, as long as we have not pissed about with it in Photoshop and posterised it in the process (a clear advantage with 16bit film scans etc). I believe that until 10/12/14/16 bit C-print engines are available we will not be able to move onto the next level of print quality. Some LightJet engines can already do 36bit (12), so it's a start. My fear, and this is a big point, is that the market is being led by the consumer. "Good enough" being the current maxim. Hopefully, it will be inevitable that manufacturers will continue to strive for continuous tone, as indeed they did with CD-Audio. Oversample baby! Ian


10. From : AB (handmaid@fsmail.net)
Url : http://
Date : 03:25 PM Tuesday 07 September, 2004

These things are difficult to predict. I'm currently confirming my commitment to film by CLA-ing all my LX's, if film dries up, I'm stuffed! Vinyl hasn't disappeared (though the market is tiny) and several new record decks were released this year ranging from £300 - £20,000 most costing in the £1000's. My teenage students at a famous South London performing arts school use mainly cassette tape to record. I did a survey to decide what format I should buy to record their practice recordings. Only one student didn't have a cassette replay system but very many didn't have MiniDisc, so I spent £330 on a high quality portable, recordable cassette machine (Sony Professional Walkman). For £250 I could have got a top-of-the-range MiniDisc recorder but it's no use if the students can't play the disc. Vinyl dead? Not at all. Cassette tape dead? Not likely, cool teenagers still using it. Film Dead? Reduced, trimmed down, rather more specialist but not dead. AB


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