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Pentax LX - Archived 151-200 Message Board/Guestbook
- From Alex (Thu Feb 18 03:29:49 1999 ):
Hi. I would like to know If the camera (LX) functions differently when using a screwmount
lens instead of a K mount lens. I have the k to screw mount adapter. What are the
main differences for this 2 types of mounts? Any feedback would be great! Thank you.
- From Jakub
Frinta (Sat Feb 13 17:10:01 1999 ):
Hi Can anyone tell where can I buy either new or old LX camera? Best somewhere in
Europe or USA. Thanks
- From Gale (Thu Feb 11 17:02:06 1999 ):
I bought my LX within months of its introduction to Canada. I love it! It does have
some things that should have been corrected, but never were. One is the camera battery:
You should be able to draw from the winder battery but you cannot. You have to find
a dim place to take off the winder and replace the battery, or light will seep in
through the open transport hole. The other problem is not being able to use the timer
if the motor drive or power winder is on. The last problem was the one that bothered
me most, especially when you were taking some close work and couldn't find the cable
release! But, I still would not trade my LX in for anything, except maybe the 645,
but only maybe. I have been using Pentax since 1976, when I bought my very first
35mm, the Spotmatic F. I still have it, and love it as much as the LX. I only wish
there was a way to mount K mount lenses on the screw mount body. Oh well.
- From David
Sheppard (Tue Feb 9 13:35:55 1999 ):
Get the Pentax Hotshoe Grip & 4P Sync Cord B. The AF200T, AF280T & AF400T
can then be used with those accessories for off camera TTL flash control with any
Pentax camera (including LX) that supports TTL flash control.
- From Francis
T. Knapik (Tue Feb 9 00:11:15 1999 ):
Great site. I have a question: I am looking to buy a flash that will retain it'sTTL
feature - off camera. Any recommendations? Thank you. Francis
- From Peter
Doré (Sun Jan 24 08:09:16 1999 ):
Really a very good site. Just to point out the strength of the simplicity of the
LX; I just sold my Z-1 date limited (75 years) with 28-70/2.8 lens, just to rebuy
a LX with fixed lenses, it's just so small ,reliable and easy to use that a professional
photographer like me just had to do it!!
- From B.
Giles (Sun Jan 24 05:04:54 1999 ):
Have a LX motor drive with nicad battery pack can anyone e mail me the instructions
for charging the battery pack. I also would like a copy of the owners manual for
the motor drive if possible. Thanks for your help.
- From Kenneth
Kuo (Sat Jan 23 07:09:12 1999 ):
I just came across this site and was happy to see such site dedicated to LX fans,
like myself. I've owned Pentax since 1983, starting with the Super Program, later
adding 2 MX's before adding another good-condition (8/10) LX body three years ago.
I've been in love with it ever since. Accessories include the motor winder (great
little unit), a grid screen, both custom grips A & B, and the FB1/FC1 finder
system. About 1-1/2 years ago my mirror would "stick" on first few frames
after not being used for a while. Local Pentax technician said it is a common problem
where the shock dampening foam is deteriorating, but that the repair would cost only
Cdn$150. Surprisingly since then the problem has disappeared. I get fine results
with the LX but the TTL flash results with my AF280T haven't been completely reliable.
Feel free to send me your comments/questions about the LX or other Pentax gear .....
very educational to chat with fellow Pentax users.
- From Sam
Powrie (Sat Jan 2 00:17:48 1999 ):
Thanks for the great site! Can anyone help me with information about a decent and
readily available (in the Asia-Pacific area) underwater housing for the Pentax LX?
I know Nexus used to make one. Thanks in anticipation. Sam Powrie, "firstname.lastname@example.org"
- From Manson
Clement (Mon Dec 28 12:06:00 1998 ):
I have (2) LX bodies that I have had for about 15 years and the mirror also locked
in the up position on one of the units about a month ago where do you suggest that
I get this problem corrected!! Also I have a motor with the battery grip M that seems
to short out or lock up occasionally. What do you suggest for repair for this? This
equipment has been great otherwise. Please do not eliminate this perminately from
you product line!!! Thanks for your help!!
- From Mico
Smiljanic (Thu Dec 24 06:29:56 1998 ):
Does anybody know how much it is a second hand PENTAX zoom 135/600 F.6,7 I would
appreciate to get this information. Thank you in advance!
- From David
Sheppard (Tue Dec 15 15:30:49 1998 ):
I bought my LX second hand several years ago and love it (hope Pentax comes out with
a replacement). I would like to know if anybody has a service maintenance manual
for the LX body or Winder LX in electronic form. I would like to get parts breakdown
and electrical schematics. Thank you for a great site.
- From Bob
Blakely (Tue Dec 15 03:59:12 1998 ):
After comming across this most excellent web site, I decided to buy an Pentax LX.
I just bought 2 used LX bodies, one in mint condition (not a single scratch or flaw)
and one in fine condition. Neither would quite focus to infinity so I had them repaired.
Both now excellent. Is this failure to focus common? Love them now. I also have in
my posession an 85mm Pentax lense (my favorite) for which I can find no reference.
Markings on lense are: SMC PENTAX 1:1.8/85 5339164 ASAHI OPT. CO., JAPAN. The last
three numbers of the serial number are in red. Does anyone know anything about this
- From Alan Chan (Fri Dec 11 19:56:23 1998 ):
Just wondering, does anyone ever experience the mirror is lock in the up position
(like caused by weak batteries) but the shutter was not fired. I am 100% sure it's
not the batteries because I tried two pack of new batteries. And the LED inside the
viewfinder did not flicker too (confirm the batteries were not the problem). I just
had it cleaned and adjusted so not likely the mechanical problem (only happen to
electronic shutter only, and can be reset by just set the shutter to mechanical).
The problem seems to happen only when the Winder LX was attached (with or without
batteries), but not 100% sure. This happens randomly btw. Any insight? Thank you
- From Mico
Smiljanic (Sun Nov 22 08:07:48 1998 ):
I bought the beautiful and rare lens SMC Pentax zoom 135-600 f.6,7 but unfortunately
lens is not complete because one part on the back side of the lens barrel is missing.This
is the point where you can attach the 52mm filter. Does anyone have any idea how
I can find this part of the lens? Is there any damaged 135-600 zoom around with saved
back side of the lens barrel?
- From Lubomir
SCHMIDA (Sun Nov 15 21:29:04 1998 ):
I wont to buy new body PENTAX LX. Just for europe.
- From Mico
Smiljanic (Mon Oct 26 09:23:46 1998 ):
As a daily news photographer, Ive been working with LX since 1991. My first LX(which
is still in heavy use)was realy second hand:previous owner was wedding photographer
and use it for 3years with METZ 45 and rewind film manualy!Anyhow, only problem with
this body was unewen space betwen frames.I solve this problem,two years later,by
sending body to PENTAX Europe N.V.(Belgium)Whole film transport mechanism,and a few
other minor things were repaired for just 100us$!I beleive that PENTAX Europe is
still best service for LX owners in Europe.As I said this body is still in heavy
use and awerage film rate since 1991.is two films per day.Meanwhile,I only have some
minor problems with mirror (oh,yes again)but I use to solve them by my self. First,
if your mirror sticks in down position,problem is probably with rubber ring on the
oposit side of the mirror level adjustment lever. This point is additional support
for mirror resting and mirror just lightlu touch it.But enough to get stick on it
when, dyring years, rubber start to change its chemical quality.So, if you cant find
new rubber ring ,just remowe old one!!Nothing special wont happen and you wont affect
mirror level adjustment. Second problem was with mirror sticking in the upper position.I
noticed this problem as a delay in mirror moving down after exposure has been made.
Reason for this was sponge strip which absorbs mirror chock in upper position.During
years it also becomes sticky.Well, you must replace it with new one and it is very
tricky job.(Try with sponge used as insulation material for packing electrical components.)
You will probably say that I am crazy, byt I dont have time(and money) to send my
camera to service for every scrap.My second LX is almost brand new(no more than 100
films since 1991.)but I fire about 70 frames without film,ewery month, to prewent`minor
use` problems. So far so good!Anyhow,I regard LX one of the best 35mm cameras ever
made and it is pity that Asahi Optical has abandon production of this great camera.Also,
this is great site,and I hope that this boring message will help somebody not to
gave up using this beautiful camera.
- From Mark
Theken (Thu Oct 22 07:37:19 1998 ):
Recently I acquired a Pentax LX with winder and a 85mm 1.4 SMC-A lens. Is anyone
willing to email me a list of A series lenses available for this camera. I wish to
purchase a fast wideangle and can find no list of what was made fro this camera before
Pentax stopped making this system. THANK YOU for any and all information.
- From Ryan
Ramanujam (Thu Oct 15 09:46:32 1998 ):
Thanks for all the useful info. I have been using Pentax bodies ever since I was
given an "ME" at age 8. Anyway, I now use a Super Program with an ME Super
backing it up, but I have decided to finally add on an LX body. I have a few questions,
however. What were the production years of the body, and how can you tell how old
the particular body is? Also, what's this 15th anniversary Titanium body I saw on
page 2 of the message board? Lastly, how loud does the motor drive and shutter sound?
(I know this sounds strange, but the Super Program shutter with Motor Drive A is
so loud it scared off the only mountain lion I've ever seen in the wild; my only
frame taken was blurry!) Thanks, and keep up the good work. This site is extremely
- From mike
wilson (Wed Sep 30 19:20:13 1998 ):
Anyone heard anything about Leofoo's heart attack?
- From Stephen Frampton (Wed Sep 30 07:36:24 1998 ):
I am interested to read that so many others seem to be suffering with the 'sticky
mirror' syndrome. Has anybody found a reliable cure ?. Pentax UK have suggested that
I return the camera for servicing but have not offered any information on the cause
of the problem.
- From Art
Zasadny (Thu Sep 17 23:55:28 1998 ):
My Pentax LX with AF-200S and a Vivatar 50-300 Telephoto, Zoom lens was stolen yesterday.
Could anyone give me an idea what it was worth. The condition was excellent and the
original lens was with the camera in the case. Thanks!
- From Frederick
Wasti (Sat Sep 12 10:38:46 1998 ):
As I new LX owner, I have already found this site to be very educational. Keep up
the good work !!!
- From russell
ramsey (Thu Aug 20 10:18:51 1998 ):
I really loved this site as I am always looking for as much info as I can find on
the LX. I've been shooting one for about 10 years and also use it in an Ikelite underwater
housing.Michael Wong's book, Sipadan, is a wonderful book and the images were specular.
I understand most were taken with the LX in a housing he and some of his friends
designed. Keep the chatter up. russell ramsey
- From D.
Brian Nelson (Fri Aug 14 07:16:42 1998 ):
That's FA-1 finder below, of course.
- From D.
Brian Nelson (Fri Aug 14 01:13:18 1998 ):
In the '80's I shot fashion in Southern California using LX's and 6x7's. When I quit
in favor of a real job, I sold the wonderful pro stuff, but hung onto my MX and ME
Super. Because I'm starting to shoot, again, I went shopping yesterday and got a
Mint LX, with AE-1 finder, extra screens, strap, grip and all for $550. The body
looks like light hasn't even gone through it. A second body the shop had for $500
showed some touched up paint chips, but was excellent otherwise. Now, if I can just
find a similar deal on an 85mm f1.4 A* to go with it. Night
- From mike
wilson (Tue Aug 11 17:47:23 1998 ):
Excellent site! Many thanks! With regard to the problems many (myself included) seem
to have with sluggish mirror return after a period of non-use, would it be beneficial
to store the camera with the mirror lifted?
- From Ulf Nordin (Tue Aug 4 16:07:30 1998 ):
The NiCd Battery Pack to my LX has not been charged in more than a year. Consequently
it doesn´t work and I have to by new rechargable batteries. Is there a second
hand market for these kind of things? Where should I buy?
- From Bob
Linney (Mon Aug 3 22:34:56 1998 ):
Where can I buy a new LX.And when Pentax Corp. repairs an LX do they do a nice job?
- From scott
burnham (Mon Jul 20 04:35:10 1998 ):
focus at infinity with fixed focal lens' is off(split image in view finder does'nt
match up) .... any info mutch app. thanks
- From sean
finch (Mon Jul 13 19:41:13 1998 ):
I've really enjoyed the site - thanks I've been into Pentax for a while now (ME super,
MX Super A & Z50p) I've recently picked up 2x used LX bodies & finders and
I'm really impressed the metering seems to be so much better than my other bodies
and shooting on tranny give better results than I'm used to from using an incedent
light meter. One small problem, the mirror one of the bodies seems to stick in the
down position when the shutter is first fired (after standing for short while). One
the shutter is fired (or lifted using the mirror up lever) it seems to work ok, then
leave it 20 mins and it sticks again. Has anyone had similar experience ? is this
going to be expensive to fix in the UK ? does anyone know of a good UK repair centre
for the LX. Can I carry on using it in the meantime by activating the mirror up lever
or will this cause damage ?
- From Sandy
MacKay (Sat Jul 11 23:49:50 1998 ):
Can anyone tell me the date of manufacture of my Pentax LX serial number 5292672?
- From Mike (Tue Jul 7 02:57:12 1998 ):
Looking for Pentax LX Limited, 15th Anniversary, Titanium. Thank you for your time.
- From Jonathan
May (Tue Jun 30 11:42:42 1998 ):
Thanks to your site I just bought a second hand LX for the equivalent of US$1000
(I just won't eat for a month). Compared to my MX it is just magic. For an extra
US$240 I got a 280T Flash and also a 400 style handle and bracket to fit the 280T
(I'll see if I can send you a pic). It seems that the accessories for these cameras
is endless. Word has it that there is now a back to turn the camera into a DIGITAL
- From Bjoernung
Jensen (Sat Jun 20 05:34:52 1998 ):
Impressive site. It has cuased me to have my old LX sent for service and repair.
Although I have been using it all the time, its exposure control has been behaving
a little eratic lately, presumable a bad connection somewhere. It's the most rewarding
camera I have ever owned. Please keep this site on the air for a long time!
- From leofoo (Tue Jun 16 03:10:03 1998 ):
Daniel, you are the second one that I have heard on such remarks. Well, fortunately,
the other one was a satisfied user, he has been using the LX for the last eleven
years, claimed has been using more than 4000 rolls of films (Sometimes, he shot 30
rolls a night, I know his workrate). Last year, one of his LX Finally broke down.
FRE was cracked as well, has been given irregular expsoures. Anyway, as he said,
he has got his investment fully justified, bought another new one last year (I know
what you meant, it is real pain in the ass to buy it new, especially you have been
a LX user). Something that you said in your message insipred me to ask this: Can
any service centres provide a guideline with the batch number to identify the year
of manufacture ? Although sometimes it may NOT directly reflect on its condition,
but certainly it would be helpful to alert the used buyers to double check physically
before commiting. The LX has been in the market since 1980, thus the 18 years could
make some differences. Whatever, just like automobiles, unless you buy it new, a
first rated Volvo or Saab might give a little hickups here and there if it were a
10 years' used unit. I am sorry to hear your unfortunate episode on the LX, but I
still think this is one hell of a camera.
- From Daniel
Papic (Tue Jun 16 00:48:32 1998 ):
So I took a close look at this LX-site and it´s really great, tells a lot about
the camera, almost like a manual. I will also try to write my "story" of
my LX-experience: In 1997 I bought an LX wich was suppossed to be in good shape,
classified as B from the company I bought it from. So the first thing I noticed was
that the mirror hang up sometimes and 1/1000 sounded like 1 second. I sent it back
and had the answer that the magnets in the mirrorhouse was gone, probably due to
minor using the last few years. It should be too expensive to fix and I had my money
back. So - later on I found another one, this time from a private person. He told
me that the camera was almost in mint-condition and so on. It had not been used very
much the last few years.Hm. I bought it for 4500 SEK, about 590 dollars. (In Sweden
a new LX costs 2700 dollars, it´s pure robbery) So finally I had my LX from
the postoffice, unpacking it to the morningcoffe. And yes, it was almost mint-condition.
I began to run the shutter - the 1/1000 speed sounded like 1 second! I sent this
fu--ing camera to Norway and they answered that the mirrorhouse was defect, probably
caused by minor using. The old owner had to pay the price of 300 dollars to have
it repaired. And I had my LX back from service, now it sounded nice. But this was
not to be over yet. My second roll of slidefilm contained a little white dot on the
same place on every frame. I opened the backcover and lit with a flashlight on the
shuttercurtain - and had a small lightbeam in my eye! The shutter was gone. This
time I had to pay it by myself, because this defect really appeared after I bought
the camera. I called Norway for priceinformation and they said: Probably not over
350 dollars. I sent it, what could I do, I was furios at this time. Later on they
called back and said: Bad news (of course). My LX was kind of version 1, the replacement
shutter that is available today only fits later models, kind of version 2. So, to
place this "new" shutter in my camerabody they had to upgrade it inside
to make the shutter fit. This could not be done in Norway, it had to be sent to Switzerland
for a cost of 650 dollars! I cried an sent it...... Nowdays I use it like hell, and
it works good, but: Recently i felt like having a motordrive for the LX. I found
one (in almost mint-condition) for 260 dollars, (in Sweden the motordrive costs 2800
dollars if you find a new one...) complete. At this time I could not imagine it would
work out well, and it didn´t. The shutter ran once and then the power was gone.
I cannot tell you even in this long "letter" what I told the guy who sold
it to me. It was sent for service and the answer was: The camera and the motordrive
communicates with each other with little computerchips. Either the chip inside the
motordrive is gone, or the chip inside the LX is gone.....However I never bought
the motordrive, it was too expensive to repair the company told me. You don´t
know anything about expensive, I thought. So I bought crap, almost had to sell my
---- to afford it. But how could I know? I just want to say that when you buy one
of this (lovely) used LX:s you have to be there, see it, feel it and use it before
you buy it. And don´t buy one that have been used "minor" the last
few years. Regards: Daniel, Sweden, June-98
- From Maintainer
of PIM Site (Sun Jun 14 02:44:23 1998 ):
I have uploaded some new info on the underwater housing for the Pentax. http://www.mir.com.my/rb/photography/underh20/htmls/gear.htm
- From Cheng
Kong Way (Thu Jun 11 15:19:35 1998 ):
Well done. Only site so far that I have come across that has so much information
about this camera. I use my LX together with my Pentax 67 135mm macro lens and the
3D slides that I get with this combination is out of this world. Thank you very much
for sharing your knowledge.
- From George Wilson,Jr. (Sun May 24 04:21:04 1998 ):
Great Pentax site! When I was in college, I owned an MX ( which I loved ) and dreamed
about owning an LX, but never got one. Now they don't make it anymore, and I'm still
kicking myself! I now own the new zx-m ( for it's fully manual capabilities ) but
I wish Pentax would make a camera as rugged as the LX was. Although I'm sure I can
find an LX somewhere, I've always been afraid of investing in a camera that no longer
has it's manufacturer's support-especially considering it's price! Oh well.. maybe
one day. E-mail me if any comments...
- From Vic MacB (Wed May 20 05:16:28 1998 ):
I have three Pentax LXs, all the heads, way too many lenses and most of the odds
and ends available for this great camera system. I'm tempted to go autofocus, but
every time I use one of the LXs I realize that I appreciate the cameras' fine craftmanship
and ease of use too much to change. Nice job on the web site. It's bookmarked for
- From PentaxOwner (Thu May 14 18:36:42 1998 ):
A fresh breeze among the automatic world - for so long.
- From Max
Tam (Sun May 3 16:54:19 1998 ):
Thank you for a comprehensive review of the LX system. I have been an LX user only
for the last few months and have learnt about the camera from your site much more
so than from studying the instruction manual. One of the shortcomings I found of
the LX when I first bought it was the viewfinder not being bright enough; then I
realised that the other cameras that I have used have all had their focusing screens
changed to Intenscreens. Therefore I immediately ordered an Intenscreed for the LX
(lucky it is still available) and the difference it makes in the ease of focusing
is nothing short of remarkable. Due to the OTF metering of the LX, it also means
that the increase in brightness within the viewfinder is not going to interfere with
the metering, saving efforts in adjsuting the ASA dial as I have to do for other
- From gerald
kong (Sat May 2 21:25:00 1998 ):
Always loved the Pentax LX and dreamed about getting it.Seeing your website has revived
my interest in this classic(when it first came out during my college years in Canada,it
didn't interest me at all......to my detriment now!).Please all you faithful LX owners
and users,please tell me where I can get a brand new one,a mint-conditioned one at
a nice price is of cos' worth a check.Nice day!
- From Greg
Rudd (Wed Apr 29 13:51:39 1998 ):
Great page terific information on this underated camera system
- From John
Papandreou (Sat Apr 25 14:35:23 1998 ):
I am very impresed with your site! well Done!! I have had, and used my Pentax LX
for a number of years and was very pleased to see my most Loved Camera Displayed
in full detail. I have 4 pentax cameras the LX is the best I use it with Motor Drive
and 250 film Back at most Air Shows here in Australia. It has never let me down,
the battery failed once auto would,nt work but manual did!! I took one of my best
photos that day. How about a page on 250 Film Backs for Pentax Nikon and Canon ?
Regards John Papandreou
- From Jim
Cancil (Fri Apr 24 20:56:29 1998 ):
I read--I saw--I bought. This site has been a great help in making the transition
'forward' from an Olympus AF camera that was unable make a decision in the most interesting
- From Michael
Patrick Wong (Tue Apr 21 01:48:30 1998 ):
Leonard Foo Esq - Congratulation and Well done! I am most impressed by you and your
team's great work on the Pentax LX system at MIR site.
- From leofoo (Mon Apr 20 16:58:25 1998 ):
The camera manual and the operational manual for the Winder LX has finally uploaded
today. I am taking the opportunity to thank Mr Lye for helping to me to compile and
did tons of scanning work in making both the manuals possible in such a short time.
Well, special thanks to Michael Patrick Wong, who has genereously left his Pentax
body and the Winder for a few weeks to take some shots for this site. Not to mention
sharing his invaluable experiences with the LX with me. Anyway, here is the site
that I have long promised. Reload your pages if you have visited the preview site
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