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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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Date : 04:44 PM Monday 26 July, 2004

I hope you gave him a free LX T-shirt, Jay...

2. From : Jay (
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Date : 01:11 AM Monday 26 July, 2004

A TRIBUTE TO LANCE ARMSTRONG, SIX TIME TOUR WINNER! From this site and all who contribute.

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Date : 12:10 PM Sunday 25 July, 2004

Pedro, Yes, someone who has one to sell. --Chas

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Date : 11:19 PM Saturday 24 July, 2004

Is there anybody out there with a spare LX hand-grip for sale?

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Date : 07:30 PM Saturday 24 July, 2004

Just one minor clarification on what you wrote, Tony, the Minolta Dual Scan Dimage IV has only been released for about a month, it is not an older unit. It is also a true 16 bit unit, with, apparently, the same density as the 5400. It does not offer ICE, but there are good substitutes avaiable--even free on the internet. Also, the alogorythms for pixelization for the 5400 and the D IV are unique to Minolta. Nikon's own are superior. Look at the site for comparative test results given below. --Jay

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Date : 06:02 PM Saturday 24 July, 2004

I've just been working in Essex, so haven't had time to spare for looking and buying a new scanner. I've been looking at the Minolta 5400 on Ebay, but there are only a very few coming through on UK auctions, although there are plenty on USA auctions. As per usual, the USA auctions tend to sell the same items for far cheaper, but with a large item like a scanner I don't fancy spending the extra for shipping charges plus possible import duties (I often buy camera bodies and lenses from USA). There are sometimes some scanners on offer on the mainland European auctions of Ebay, so I may make some bids on them if the prices are right. The scanners at the top of the tree just a few years back - such as the Canon 400 and Minolta IV etc - are selling very cheaply on Ebay these past few months, but I think I'd prefer to keep looking for a 5400 at a good price. I'll also keep an eye out for the updated versions of Nikon, Canon and Minolta scanners. The only thing I didn't like about the ICE on the older Nikon scanners was the loss in detail when the de-duster was used, although the 5400 seems to be much better in this respect.

On the subject of using ICE or other options to remove scratches & dust on film scans - I'd really like to see a scanner that can cope 100% with this without the added negative aspects of loosing sharpness or details in the finished scan. Yes, I'm happy with my Nikon gear. Saying that, I've been looking on buying another mint LX body and wide-angle lens on Ebay the past few months. Not just for nostalgia either, although I do like tinkering with old toys like some mad lust to hold on to my boyhood youth! I miss The LX's ability to continue to use Auto-metering with mirror lock-up (instead of having to continually switch to manual), and that legendary Pentax LX sensitive metering cannot be matched for long-exposures (even better than the Olympus 0M4ti). So the LX will find a welcome home beside my Nikon gear stuffed inside my LowePro Nature Trekker bag. Jeez! That bag gets heavy sometimes, especially after hours of trekking through the forest during summer heat waves…and I sometimes look at Chez with a pang of envy when she slips that little Sony digital out of her purse! I think I’m getting worse than Anton when it comes to selling Pentax gear and then buying it back again, just because I miss it when it has gone… A bit like when you are living 24-7 with a partner and are lusting to have some time to yourself, only then to suddenly feel desperately lonely without her the moment she steps out the door!

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Date : 08:25 AM Saturday 24 July, 2004

I take Globetrotter's comments, I was a bit rash perhaps as I've never actually handled an F5 and yes it is curious that the substantial chrome plated rails that secure the LX pentaprism should allow so much slop; it looks like precision engineering but it disappoints, what were they thinking of, did someone make a mistake with their measurements? AB

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Date : 07:18 AM Saturday 24 July, 2004

The F5 head does indeed fit very snugly, but it's interesting to note that it's pentaprism mount design is a copy of the LX's. I won't enter into Nikon bashing, I actually like them. I think the LX is the pinnacle of SLR design, but that's just me. The Minolta 5400 scanner. What can I say? It is very very good, as desktop CCD scanners go. Indeed it will be superseded, but for the money, right this second I think it's hard to beat. We also have a IV in the building, I've not used it in detail, but it too appears good. But not as good. The IV's value for money is probably unbeatable. Regarding Globetrotters needs I would still strongly suggest the 5400, it just is not that expensive (yeah, it's not a Nikon). I know the new Nikons have improved immensely, but that was not the case when I bought my 5400. As far as I can see the new Nikons have the better ICE4, which is cool. But since you won't use it very often... The grain reduction feature of the 5400 is way better than anybody else's, but again, you may never use it. What I like about the 5400 most is it's very clean 16-bit per channel (genuine, not 14-bit) scans. It may be a little slow, but it scans with minimal fiddling. The dynamic range (real world approx. 4.2) is wonderful. My only complaint is the physical restriction of being able to render E100G with sharp grain. But I guess the 7xxx will be dealing with that issue. My larger grain (Tri-X) scans are some of the best I've ever seen, and because of this, giving a top quality ink-jet printer a 600-700 dpi source produces stunningly sharp prints (without having to use any USM). With the larger grain of Tri-X the 5400 seems to render the grain's acutance. This ability is lost with E100G as the scanner cannot resolve the grain (too small) and looses the acutance which might otherwise be portrayed by a really nice enlarger lens for example. And as such benefits from a little USM when printing.

Silver v Sand (sorry, silicon). I've been checking out high end DSLR's again at I've worked with digital imaging professionally for a very long time, and have an eye for it. I believe Geoffrey Crawley is in agreement with me here - I am still not convinced that the colour information is as good from a Bayer interpolated chip when compared to colour film. And that's before I get into faults generated by Bayer interpolation/DCT spacial compression when comparing bokeh. I think I could be happy with the results from a 1Ds, but at £7000 list, not a chance. I also believe that the subjective comments from Globetrotter are more than relevant, and are something that we should maybe focus on in the future instead of the tech. For now, perhaps we should all agree to differ, and enjoy our LX's. I know I will. - Ian.

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Date : 06:16 AM Saturday 24 July, 2004

Tony, Your passion for the F5 is understandable. I'm curious, after the words and leads on film scanners what you ended up thinking about getting one? --Jay

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Date : 05:20 AM Saturday 24 July, 2004

"...So an LX with CLA is the same as a used Nikon F5. Give me the LX..."

I'd say, "give me the F5" - but then I'm biased! The 'tank-like' construction is true - that’s why I like it, and one thing is for certain and that is the far better fittings of the F5 against the LX. For example, the prism, especially the LX system finder, is ALWAYS loose-fitting or wobbles, whereas the F5 fits snug and tight. Close examination of the F% body reveals a lot better fitting of so many components. There are 100 things that I prefer about the F5 over the LX; but there again, I could also find 100 things that are better about the LX compared to the F5 - Each have there plus & minuses. It's just a pity that the no company actually builds the perfect camera to fit all my needs. At the moment, the F5 fills most of them, although the LX has done a mighty fine job for me, but I just wish that Pentax had brought out a pro-level update in the period between 1980-2004...!

Onto the subject of the Pentax Super-A - I owned quite a lot of these bodies during the past, and actually would place this camera as one of my all-time favourites. A really wonderful piece of equipment, and the Super-A motor-drive was far better than the one for the LX. I also had this feeling about 'battery-dependent' cameras for many years, but in all the years of owning the LX, I never needed to continue shooting without a battery. My kit used to be a pair of LX's and Super-A's, so I always carried a body that could cope with a sudden lack of 'juice'. The Super-A also allowed the use of shutter-priority with "A" lenses. I use aperture priority most of the time, but occasionally choose SP or manual and the Super-A or Z1p made me begin to like to have the options. LED display? I also tended to steer away from such camera top-plates, but working for years with the Super-A made me change my mind and actually grew to love them. I still like the dials of the LX, but when choosing a new camera body today, I tend to open my eyes to a far wider choice of options.

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