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Pentax LX - Archived 001-050 Message Board/Guestbook
- From Chas.
Hart (Thu Apr 19 20:39:44 2001 ):
Pentax MZ-S; and LX Repairs. MZ-S is to be released this summer (more details further
on), and, for now, Pentax still treats the LX ills. Just got back a body/winder combination
from the national service center, professional division. Then I recalled all those
gaskets that are between the sandwiched layers of the camera, and why Pentax must
do service to install new ones. No more sticky mirror, no more having it ruin the
winder gearing (and so freezing at every 5 exposures), no more shutter speed flag
in the wrong place. Newly automatically installed ASA resistor does not show outside
the body, etc. They do bring it all back to orignial specs., and jointly for body
and winder at a reasonable price. Had flash sync ensured with the winder too...about
$175.00 for the total combo repair. "Expect the MZ-S to be released this summer",
with the body around $1000 in stores. Flash sync for the new units at 1/6000th! Wireless
flash auxillary unit. Slanted top, Many functions, interchangeable screens, hyper
operation control, new autofocus sensor tecnhology, dpth of field preview concentric
with shutter release, six segment light meter, die-cast magnesium alloy body, data
recording on film imprints of camera settings, 19 functions are user-customizable,
including exposure, autofocus, flash, rewind, self-timer, remote, data imprinting,
control, and audible signal functions (to the limited degree this is on the ZX-5N
it is fantastic, imagine it on all functions!), fult-in PC connection for use with
studio flash, accepts all Pentax lenses K-mount forwards, illuminated lens mount
index, accessories incluce battery grip which carries concentric functions for vertical
release and control, cable switch and release timer switch--more to come. Later--
- From Colin Hastings (Sat Apr 7 02:38:12 2001 ):
Can anyone suggest where I might find a FA-1 Viewfinder, and SC21 Focus screen for
Pentax LX. I live in the UK Thanks
- From Chas.
Hart (Fri Apr 6 13:59:01 2001 ):
Need F series 300 2.8. Would trade LX body and autowinder toward, with 6 mos. warranty,
just brought up to specs by Pentax USA service. Some paint wear, but in premium operating
condition. (Might sell or trade for latest autofocus stuff).
- From ed
vollmerhausen (Mon Apr 2 07:21:05 2001 ):
my lx asa dial goes from 6 to 800,but the other ones I see go to 3200.Is mine a very
old model?looks brand new.might have been stored for many years.Thanks to people
who mailed me to help with last question!can I screw up anything adjueting mirror
by myself.dont want to wait one month for service.Might just leave mirror slightly
back,and leave it alone.takes great pics.on test roll.serial#5337730,anybody got
any ideas on what year this model came out?if Im understanding correctly, with mirror
slightly back,and I mean very slightly the plane of focus will be slightly in front
of where you actualy focus.This shouldnt matter much except in extream macro shots?
- From Pat (Mon Apr 2 03:58:10 2001 ):
Can anyone give me some advice on where I might be able to get the instruction guide
for the PENTAX 1QZoom 90mc? I purchased one for my daughter for xmas and lost the
instruction manual. Thanks for your help.
- From Dave
Keen (Sat Mar 31 03:09:42 2001 ):
- From johann (Sun Mar 25 22:05:41 2001 ):
As new owner of a LX now i´m looking for a motor, some short lenses and maybe
some other things. If you have more than you need, mail to me! Thanx, Johann
- From ed
vollmerhausen (Sat Mar 24 22:55:52 2001 ):
hi. I just bought a mint condition,not a scratch or speck of dust, inside or OUTt
lx stll wrapped up in purple velvet case.Only a few rolls of film was ever ran through
it.problem- with a pentax 50mm 1.1.4 lens the camera focuses a hair below infinety.
Should I be concerned about this and have it serviced.I am moving up from a me super
and k1000 and do not have any experiance with this camera.I have been on other lx
sites and have determined this is not a unusual occurance,usually due to a slight
mirror adjustment which I dont want to try myself.please e-mail me with any recommendations.Also
I live in the baltimore washington area and caint seem to find any dealers very knowledgeable
about pentax equipment, can anyone suggest a dealer that caters to pentax users.I
went to the local "pro shop" penn camera ,and they never even heard of
the lx.unbeliveable.They sell the newer pentax line but make you feel like a second
class citizen if you dont own a nikon oc cannon.HELP!!
- From Zsolt
Csikos (Tue Mar 20 00:30:28 2001 ):
I seem to have two problems with flash usage on my LX. When I try to shoot with long
shutter speeds, the camera overrides my shutter setting even in manual mode, so I
cannot have enough light on the background. Is it possible to somehow take pictures
with flash in 1/8th second mode, for example. The other problem is when I'm taking
pictures against the sun and I would like to throw some light on the shady face of
the person looking towards me. In this case the LX decides that there is too much
light, and turns the flash off. Is it possible to use the flash in ambient light?
I'd appreciate your answers. Thanks a lot.
- From Misho
Mirkovich Doctor veterinary medicine (Sat Mar 10 00:02:24
Hi I am from Bosnia I had same problem with my Pentax LX but I fixed that in service
in Italy authorised service.In this case is very important to do that in authorised
service.It was problem with sticky mirror and shutter.Because of that also my winder
was damaged something in transmission gear.It was in repairing service about 800DM
Germans Mark.Its funny because it was brand new camera but second hand never used
since bought 1989 and its sold to me 1998 in original pack I am repeating never use
for a shure.
From Maintainer (Mon Mar 5 11:09:45 2001 ):
- Mr MC Lau, a Collector and Photographer friend of mine has received his exclusive
Pentax LX Y2K Limited Edition Set from Japan. He is preparing the site for the new
camera. we had worked together for a previous website on the Nikon Y2K model too. He said it needs a week or two to prepare,
the URL for the new site will be announced in this Message Board and a link at the
Main Index Page, so, let's wait.
- From Chris (melbourne,australia) (Sun Mar 4 09:07:53
I found a Pentax LX camera,viewfinders+accessories on this site when I was searching
for a P/K 17mm lens.Most of the stuff was new or hardly used.The lens I bought was
superb.I can't afford any more camera gear at the moment(my partner tells me...)
otherwise I would have bought the lot.Anyway I thought I would let the LX lovers
know about it and good luck to those with healthier wallets than me.This is where
I found it: www.users.bigpond.com/davidathan.htm
- From Les (Fri Mar 2 10:26:07 2001 ):
I'm looking for brand new (in box) Pentax LX body.
- From Jack
Schouten (Fri Mar 2 01:41:51 2001 ):
Hello all, I'm the (Dutch)owner of a 20 year old LX and it's stil working properly.
I'm looking for a FB-1 viewfinder with a FC-1. If anybody can help my please send
- From John (Fri Feb 16 04:33:19 2001 ):
I have a Pentax LX c/w 2 view finders, 28mm lens, 55mm macro, 55mm lens I am considering
selling or trading for digital camera. Any estimates of value? Offers?
- From oca
cossio (Thu Feb 15 04:22:22 2001 ):
Sorry the previous message had the e-mail address incomplete I am trying to purchase
a viewfinder ( FB-1 with a FC-1) for my Pentax LX. I live in Florida (USA) and i
am having a hard time locating it. Can someone help me or guide (web sites, phone
numbers,...) me as to where i should look for this type of viewfinder. Thank you
for your help and for just taking the time to read this message
- From Rory
Flynn (Fri Jan 26 18:20:08 2001 ):
There is a selection(?) from the LX manual on this site, does anybody know a site
with a full manual?
- From Lev
Goncharov (Mon Jan 22 13:54:18 2001 ):
Hi, I am want to buy Pentax cameras LX and KX. I have been looking for a manual camera
for a long time. I think that those cameras are the best I can find. So bad that
they do not make them anymore. Well, if you have Pentax LX and KX that you do not
use anymore, would you concidere selling it to me? I am also looking for a Canon
AE-1.... Just e-mail me at email@example.com Thank you for your attention. I will be
waighing your responces. LG
- From Dee Tee (Sun Jan 21 14:40:51 2001 ):
96 Pentax LX brochure is handy. capable to answer some of the concern. bye from Canada.
- From Jane (Fri Jan 19 08:01:30 2001 ):
I have 2 pentax LX and a bunch of lenses and stuff that i want to sell, only i don't
know what a fair price is. i have gone on many many sites that sell equipment so
i can see the prices, but none list any LXs. Where can i find pricing info? Thank
You, Jane Please reply to me directly. firstname.lastname@example.org
- From Bobby
Testa (Tue Jan 16 20:01:49 2001 ):
I use a Pentax MZ5. I want to know where I can get some reference materials or books
so I can maximize its use and features. I am particularly interested in portraiture
and landscape shots. Regards to other MZ5 users. Bobby Testa/Philippines
- From Debbie
L Azzopardi (Thu Jan 11 15:12:58 2001 ):
re: Pentax SFXN -35mm to 70mm. Hi I was wondering if there is anybody that might
know some info on this camera model. I am a beginer and I have been offered this
camera for sale at about $325.00 Australian dollars. Is this camera automatic and
manual. and is it a automatic film rewind or do I have to wind it myself. Are their
filters and lenses still avaliable to buy as I need them or have Pentax stopped making
them. And how old do you think thismodelwould be.? Iwould appreciate any info anyone
might have, as I dont want to waste my money on something extinct that I cannot buy
extra's for. Debbie
- From Maintainer (Sat Jan 6 11:04:18 2001 ):
**Greg Johnson**: Thanks for rectifying the mistake on the focusing screen. An appropriate
credit has also been given for that effort.
- From Tom
Tretheway (Wed Jan 3 14:15:38 2001 ):
My Pentax LX has developed an unusual problem. Shutter speeds when automatic exposure
"A" is chosen, the shutter seems too slow, ie, 125 sec seems like 1/15
sec. However, when a shutter speed is set manually, the speed seems appropriate for
the speed selected. I've been through the sticky shutter/mirror before (2 repairs)
but this is different. Has anyone experienced this or have any thoughts. Thank you
- From Richard
Georgiou (Mon Jan 1 23:54:52 2001 ):
I have just purchased a Pentax LX in very good condition, unfortunately, I decided
to go climbing up Snowdon and dropped it. It now has a very slight movement between
the pentaprism and the main camera body. Is this anything to worry about?
- From Greg
Johnson (Sat Dec 30 23:00:27 2000 ):
Thank you for this great reference site. I have a question regarding the focusing
screens page. This page contains a picture of the SD-21 screen with a description
next to it labeled SE-20. Is this intentional? Does the text describe for the SE-20
or the SD-21? Sorry if this question has been asked before.
- From Andreas Heinzel (Sat Dec 30 02:43:17 2000 ):
Hello, I'm a really great fan of the Pentax LX. I bought my LX in 1980 and I'm still
satisfied with this great camera. During the year I collect a lot of LX items. I
have also a K2DMD with MD, a MX with MD too and a 6x7 system. I very sad that there
was no 'LX 2' in all this years, maybe with AF. No modern Pentax SLR have the feeling
like the 20 years old LX to me. For the future I wish to get a LX-digital or LX-AF.
By the way- where can I get informations about the 'LX 2000'? Last but not least:
much thanks too the builder(s) of this delightful LX fanpages !!! Greetings from
Berlin, Germany by Andreas Heinzel
- From Bob
Handal (Sun Dec 24 02:08:10 2000 ):
Yes, the pentax me, pentax LX use the same mount as the new pentax zx series cameras,
so they are interchangeable. However you may have some limitations on some models
of zx cameras (you might be able to operate in aperture prefered mode or manual only,
not in programmed) and of course the AF capabilities of new lenses are useless on
the old bodies !
- From Peter
Cuprak (Fri Dec 22 21:39:31 2000 ):
I have a Asahi Pentax Spotmatic SLR Serial#1228774 I think I purchased it in the
late 60's or early 70's.I do not have the manual.I do not have the battery.No one
in camera shops can help me.What type battery am I looking for?If this is the wrong
site please direct me to correct one .Thanks. Peter
- From Nic (Fri Dec 22 04:11:11 2000 ):
Would like to know if lenses from a Pentax ME camera can be used on the Pentax ZX
series cameras? Would like to purchase a new Pentax SLR but want lenses to be compatable.
- From MC (Tue Dec 5 11:35:16 2000 ):
### To: CT Lee ### Information on the LX 2000 is very limited in this part of the
world. We will be pleased to update the LX pages, if we could have sufficient information
on the LX 2000 which, according to you, is still in regular production. We were told
that the LX 2000 limited edition will arrived here sometime in January 2001. We hope
to do a review when it arrived. Thanks.
- From Ct
Lee (Sun Nov 26 16:32:21 2000 ):
Very glad to see another Pentax page with so many LX users. I am come from HongKong.
I have been using LX for nearly ten years. So luckly I bought a motor in a 2nd hand
shop at HK$3500 (with NiCd and battery grip, motor like new). Now I have two LX with
one motor drive and one winder, also have numerous Pentax stuff (10+ SLR and 30+
SMC). One thing I want to mention is the introductory page of this site about LX
has not been updated. The LX is further in production to be LX-2000 (silver finished
on the top part) and a pre-LX-2000 (limited edition of total 300pcs), also a limited
edition of LX with titanium (total 2000pcs). LX is still in production with no major
change. It would become the worlf longest life-cycle professional camera.
- From Colin
Jackson (Fri Nov 24 16:30:43 2000 ):
To Bryan Lemson: "SLR" stands short for "Single Lens Reflex".
Can I assume you are "new" to SLR photography, it is alright, all of us
been through similar path. I have checked a few sections in this site and may prove
helpful to you understand moe with the basic: see http://www.mir.com.my/rb/photography/fototech/apershutter/index.htm
OR here: http://www.camera.canon.com.my/photography/art/archive.htm
- From Bryan
Lemson (Wed Nov 8 02:01:54 2000 ):
What does SLR mean?
- From Jorge
Nunez (Tue Nov 7 02:34:11 2000 ):
EEWYN Thank you for your explanation on "depth of Field" and pointing to
to me to some good information. Now, does anyone know why an 50mm F1.2 lens is so
expensive. Is this the best standard lens there is? Would like to get some feedback
from LX users using this lens. I'm using a 50mm f1.4 lens with my LX and would like
to know if I can benefit from an f1.2. tnx Jorge
- From Pat (Mon Nov 6 21:20:58 2000 ):
I finally found a secondhand LX here in Bangkok.It has the usual problems like the
meter won't turn off and the leatherette peeling but what can you expect for 10000baht($230)?
It has to be one of the most beautiful SLR cameras ever made, or maybe I am showing
my age ? If you have one then don't worry about it going wrong, it will still work
without batteries on all the higher speeds after all.
- From Virat
Silapasavat (Sun Oct 29 23:39:34 2000 ):
Good to learn more abt Pentax LX I have one spotmatic, trying to get one Lx Thanks
Your site is very good. Do you have Angenieux literature VR.
- From Manuel (Sun Oct 29 07:17:39 2000 ):
I have problems with my Pentax ME Super : The mirror is stucked , after a shot ,
it does not come to its original position . Also , when I work with the flash unit
, it shot ( not the camera ) constantly without pres the shutter buttom. My old pentax
is tremendous . For more than 15 years I used it , so , I don´t want to lost
it . Please , ¿ Could you tell me what to do ? . I´ll appreciate your
cooperation .Thanks . . .
- From Geraldos (Mon Oct 16 19:59:29 2000 ):
I´m looking for a LX-Body, wich one is not broken. I have an LX and I have
send it to Pentax to repair. When the Camera is coming back from Pentax, -I have
wait a long Time for this Shit Service-(three month), and i have to pay a lot of
Money for nothing!!!! Really, Pentax has a very Shit-Service as NO-SERVICE and they
want Money. When here is anyone, who want to sell an LX-Body (may be with or without
accessories), please send me an E-mail. Thanks
- From Pedro (Thu Oct 12 07:10:44 2000 ):
Hello ! I would like to know how close is a Pentax KX to the LX. Similarities diferences,
etc. Is KX a pre-historic model of LX ? thanks.
From EEWyn (Fri Oct 6 14:56:25 2000 ):
- # Jorge Nunez#: Depth of Field Preview Button is for you to visualize the degree
of increased/decreased level of depth of field when comparing with varying aperture
used for any given scene. It dims when using smaller aperture because it has less
light entering through the lens once the lever is depressed and when used with a
smaller aperture while the viewfinder will be bright with a bigger aperture due to
more light is entering through the lens. Remember virtually ALL metering system employed
by modern SLR cameras are of full aperture type (Meaning to say any lens - regardless
of its maximum aperture (like f/1.4 or f/3.5-f/4.5) will be shown in its maximum
aperture once it is attached to a camera body). But if you are selecting an aperture
like f/8.0 the lens will still retain its maximum brightness to provide you the convenience
for viewing, focusing and composing. The camera will only stop the lens to the picture
taking aperture moments when you trip the shutter button. The Depth of field preview
button provides a convenient way to provide the photographer to visualize how the
depth of field will cover given any aperture other than the maximum aperture of the
lens in use. Well, it works like stimulating how the aperture selected by you will
"behave" in relating to zone of shaprness in front and behind the subject
in focus - a great features for portraiture, macro, scenic and even sports etc. Read
these parts on the Basics: http://www.mir.com.my/rb/photography/fototech/apershutter/index.htm
- From Jorge
Nunez (Fri Oct 6 03:33:02 2000 ):
Does anyone know how to use the Depth of field feature of the LX. When I press the
depth of field preview lever, the finder goes dark and the shutter speed indicators
drop to a lower speed. I then open the lens aperture to match the meter setting.
Is this this how I should be taking pictures for maximum depth of field. The literature
suggest that I close the lens apperture for more depth of field. I missing somthing
here? I would appreciate any clarifications. Cheers. Jorge
- From David
Forshtay (Sun Sep 24 04:25:51 2000 ):
To Tom Trebley and anyone else seeking repair: Call Pentax Corp. at 800-877-0155
for information on how to send your LX to them for repair. They are still servicing
LX and they have all the parts. I'm expecting mine to return in like-new condition
and at a reasonable price. But I ought to wait and see before singing their praises.
I'll let you all know how it turns out.
- From tom
trembley (Fri Sep 15 04:41:29 2000 ):
My local camera repair shop said he can't repair my LX camera. No parts are available
from Pentax US. The problem is it won't shut off and depletes the batteries. Any
- From Pat (Tue Sep 12 21:02:25 2000 ):
There is a Pentax LX2000 model in a magazine here in Bangkok. It is a chrome or titanium
finish, comes with a matching 50mm f1.2 lens and will apparently be on sale for a
mere 2750 US dollars. I will hold out for a second-hand LX though they are rare here
- From kiwi (Thu Sep 7 01:58:29 2000 ):
I am looking for a brand new LX. Understand that one can order from Japan as it is
the only place that still carry the stock. Any idea who to contact or which site
- From Mico
Smiljanic (Mon Sep 4 10:40:17 2000 ):
I have to re-adjust my LX metering system after replacing the ISO resistor. There
are three triming resistors at the bottom of the LX (under the cover, of course)
but , I dont know which one , or two or maybe even three are responsible for meter
adjustment. And I dont want to make a fatal mistake...If somebody has the service
manual with this information , I would be very happy to find out this information.
Also, I can help you to cure many LX common, and uncommon problems... Thanks!!
- From David
Forshtay (Sun Sep 3 07:49:05 2000 ):
Regarding the LX 2000: It's hard to make out from that little thumbnailpic on the
Pentax Japan website, but that matching lens looks a lot like a rival camera maker's
PC lens. That makes no sense, of course. But what also doesn't make sense is why
Pentax would go through the trouble of developing an 80th Anniversary edition of
the LX (and would they call it the 'LXXX'?) and not share it with the rest of the
world. Come clean with us, Pentax. What else do you have up your sleeve?
- From fabrizio (Tue Aug 22 19:59:15 2000 ):
IíM USING A PENTAX LX WITH SATISFACTION FOR MANY YEARS. ITíS REALLY AN EXCEPTIONAL
CAMERA! THE ONLY PROBLEM I NOTICED IS WHEN I WANT TO USE THE FLASH AF280T TO REDUCE
THE SHADOWS IN AMBIENT LIGHT.USING IT IN TTL OR WITH THE DIAPHRAGMS, IF THE LIGHT
IS ENOUGHT THE FLASH JUST DOESN'T FIRE. PROBABLY THE CAMERA JUDGES THE LIGHT STRONG
ENOUGHT AND THE FLASH USELESS. WITH FEW LIGHT THE FLASH WORKS PERFECTLY. DOES ANYBODY
KNOW IF ITíS NORMAL OR SOMETHING DOESNíT WORK? THANKS!
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