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1. From : GLOBETROTTER (globetrotterworld@hotmail.com)
Url : http://www.globetrotterworld.co.uk
Date : 10:03 PM Saturday 15 May, 2004

Ian - Huron camera have LX and other Pentax rewind knob assemly. Here is the Url: http://gallery.bcentral.com/Gallery/ProductListing.aspx?GID=2025592&Dept=283132


2. From : Ian (meeian@aol.com)
Url : http://
Date : 02:52 AM Saturday 15 May, 2004

Thanks for your thoughtd Mico. I'll do as you suggest and try Europe first, then Canada. I think I'd better start calling myself Ian2 to avoid confusion. Regards Ian2


3. From : Mico (micolx@netscape.net)
Url : http://
Date : 01:22 AM Saturday 15 May, 2004

Ian (aol.com),I had a good experience with Pentax Canada, (concerning parts, I can`t say the same for the rest) they have a lot of LX parts which you can not find elsewhere. One of the reasons for that is because Pentax is not very popular there. Very small unit (Missisauga, Ontario), and if you call ask for Shon. But, I would try Pentax Europe first... M.


4. From : Ian (Meeian@aol.com)
Url : http://
Date : 10:36 PM Thursday 13 May, 2004

The thought just crossed my mind, seeing that someone said they kept a few odd LXs for parts - does anyone have, or know where I can find an unmarked rewind knob? I don't even need the shaft, just the knob on top which I have scratched. The rest, body, lens, etc., are virtually mint and the blemish irks me although it doesn't affect the functioning in any way. Pentax UK said they didn't have this part in stock any longer - I wonder if it's worth trying US, Europe, even Japan - or any other ideas? Regards Ian


5. From : Jay (ibcom@onebox.com)
Url : http://
Date : 09:16 PM Thursday 13 May, 2004

Tony, Yes, we disagree as to general trends. The estute, such as yourself, will always be discerning of and savvy of how and when to position their own buying and selling for the exceptional very good deals. T too notice such deals and the quality of the gear occasionally involved. It is like going to a wholesale market in these instances. But the general trends are upwards compared to a year ago. --Jay


6. From : GLOBETROTTER (globetrotterworld@hotmail.com)
Url : http://www.globetrotterworld.co.uk
Date : 03:28 AM Thursday 13 May, 2004

I'd have to disagree with yuo partly there, Jay. Sure there are some sellers trying to sell for more than last year, but when you look around or wait for the right gear to come on auction, or in the adverts of papers and magazines, you can make an incredible steal. Complete outfits are normally the best buys. I bought an almost mint LX body, plus three lenses plus AF280T flash for only £300. I then sold the three lenses and flash separately on Ebay for a total of £310...meaning that I bought the LX body free! I've just watched a lovely Nikon F5 body in lovely condition sell on Ebay for £510 today. A Nikon AIS 300mm F/2.8 ED in superb condition sold for less than £350 yesterday I would call that a very cheap buy!

Ebay is quite an amazing place to shop. Some of the best buys are sellers who have not advertised the product so well, or don't quite know how special it is. Some of the lowest prices on auction go during working hours, or during the hours when most people are sleeping (depending which country is bidding and selling of course). A lot of professionals are now selling their gear at extremely low prices. I'm extremely careful with the little money I have. There is no doubt in my mind that you can buy a lot for very little money at the moment...as long as you’re not buying the very latest digital equipment.


7. From : Jay (ibcom@onebox.com)
Url : http://
Date : 03:08 AM Thursday 13 May, 2004

Tony, Equipment lust is just that. Actually, good condition LXs have gone up, not down, in price on e-bay in particular. Upper ends of the $300-400 for those slightly used or near mint. This is up about 20% from a year ago. Mint can bring over $1000. Local consigners and used shops too have crept back over $350 for functioning, not pretty, units. I keep some old gear serviced because I know how to use it for best results, and I know what it will do. It is the doing, not the being, or having, which I tune into on gear. There may be newer stuff just as good or better, but, quite expensive for the same return, me thinks. --Jay


8. From : GLOBETROTTER (globetrotterworld@hotmail.com)
Url : http://www.globetrotterworld.co.uk
Date : 05:31 PM Wednesday 12 May, 2004

GOING BACK IN TIME, JUST TO MAINTAIN WHAT WE WANT IN THE FUTURE…. It is strange that even though I changed the bulk of my camera equipment to a different company, I still find myself wishing that some of those 'ultra-fang-dingo-all-whistling' cameras and lenses maintained some of the habits of yesteryear. Sometimes companies strive to stay ahead of the rat race for profits by cutting corners, or leaving out much-needed backward compatibilities and 'forcing' people to buy newer items. Years ago I used to drool over lenses like the Pentax manual A*300mm f/2.8, but couldn't afford the new price, and with so few second-hand ones hitting the market to drop down prices, I was forced to choose the f/4 model. Then my eyes drooled and heart yearned for the FA* 250-600mm f/5.6 but my bank balance screamed at the mere thought of such a purchase...so I bought the old manual SMC 500mm f/4.5 instead (three of them over the years!).

Lately I've been drooling over the new Canon IS lenses such as the 400mm f/4 IS and the Nikon VR 200mm-400mm, etc; though they are way out of my price range…and ye gods-they have no aperture rings…Oh no! But, and this is a big but, there are models in the old Canon and Nikon manual range that could surely do most of things that I ask of them. With the rush to digital, these fantastic - and ultra-sharp - manual lenses of yore, are now selling for extremely low prices on Ebay - A fact that I find very hard to resist. I've now got a selection of Nikon autofocus lenses,...but lately I've been bitten by the bug of buying wonderful manual lenses at silly low prices. Those 200mm f/2 EDIF, 300mm f/2.8EDIF, etc were within easy financial reach…so I couldn't help myself! The only problem now is that I find myself wishing that my F5 and the latest DSLRs had some of the capabilities of past manual or early autofocus bodies. The F5 loses matrix metering with the manual lenses...so I'm now looking at an extra old F4 body that kept those possibilities! But there again, do I really need things like Matrix and colour 3d flash control? I used to swap back and forth between the Pentax Z1p left on 8-segment metering and the LX on normal average TTL metering without a second though. Yes, the LX sometimes needed me to ‘tweak’ the exposure in certain situations such as in snow, or on water, or with a bright sky background, but years of learning with average meters meant that such ‘overrides’ were automatic. I find myself going backwards in time...just like I did when I kept buying the Pentax A* fast lenses to fit my Z1p body. I’d always loved the idea that Pentax lenses; both old manual and new FA models could be swapped back and forth between my Z1p and LX without a second thought. The latest DSLR offerings that are, like Canon & Nikon, moving away from full backward compatibility, left a sour taste in my mouth. Strangely, the Nikon F4 would allow me to do ultra-long night exposures without battery drain…yet my F5 would need a car battery to keep the shutter curtains open! The Pentax Z1p was OK for medium-long exposures in conjunction with the 2-second delay mirror lock-up facility, but the LX was my only option for true night photography. Why didn’t Pentax incorporate the superb sensitive metering facilities in the later semi-pro autofocus models?

Now I find myself fast-approaching where I left off with the wonderful LX…scrolling the adverts for ‘mint’ and hopefully well-maintained models of yesteryear. The rush towards digital means that there has never been a better time in history to buy ‘mint-conditioned’ second-hand camera equipment. Prices are steadily falling for the LX…and have you looked lately at collections of the Pentax 6X7 and Pentax 645..plus all those fantastic, sharp-as-knife manual lenses…going for a song? I must admit that I’m quite enjoying my recent trips back in time…at least I can now afford all those ultra-fast ultra-sharp professional exotic lenses that I always dreamed of owning. Like a schoolboy let loose in granny’s old-world sweet shop!


9. From : AB (handmaid@fsmail.net)
Url : http://
Date : 02:35 PM Wednesday 12 May, 2004

I'm feeling better now, I was taken aback to discover this behaviour on my remaining LX's because I was sure I'd got rid of (at a loss, as I felt obliged to make plain the condition to the buyer) the examples that behaved in this way (except the mint one which I was prepared to live with). Now comes acceptance, in absolute practical terms this behaviour only ruins one shot in hundreds and whilst this isn't ideal, it is THE deal if I want to keep running elderly electronic cameras (and devices generally). Thanks for your comments, Jay and for the time being - until it just gets too much or until Pentax brings out a full frame serious DSLR - my frustrating and expensive to maintain LX's stay. AB


10. From : Jay (ibcom@onebox.com)
Url : http://
Date : 03:03 AM Sunday 09 May, 2004

AB, “What’s my moral position should I decide to sell?” We got into this once in the past with Robert, which seemed to raise his dander and inner response beyond any circumstances which might require recompense. Obvious problems, as an unworking self timer, or multifunction control, a light meter which does not switch on, hidden in body broken motor drive connecting advance gears, etc. may require some moral position. It is questionable that this cited measurable as an inherent condition does so require. Further, on at least an over the counter LX, last made in 1994—not special release models—we are talking of units beyond any measure of manufacturer warranty or quality assurance.

So, “as is units” are indeed the state of the market for these units and are:
caveat emp•tor (µmp“tôr”) n. The axiom or principle in commerce that the buyer alone is responsible for assessing the quality of a purchase before buying. [From Latin, let the buyer beware : caveat, imperative of cavre, to beware + emptor, buyer.]

Morality involves truth, fact, standards of right or good conduct, a system of ideals, and virtue. Certainly too such is bearing on community and commitments as what goes around comes around. One subconsciously believes that a top of the line instrument like the LX should have no idiosyncratic problems. But it was built by idiosyncratic human beings for the like. I think a moral position may be called for if a posting for sale would thereby falsely represent what was being sold. In no way does what you describe do so. I suspect an erratic shutter has to do with erroneous light meter malfunction, which happens when the whole system involved has a momentary lapse of total functionality. I have a Minolta IVF light and flash meter, which I read from others will one day shape shift and become an f-stop off, without prior warning—as all these reportedly do. It has not manifested this to date, but on some shoot someday, it may. If I peddle it now to buy another such instrument, should I take on its rumored ill effect, or note that its accessories are way overpriced, or that it is made of plastic, which could break on contact with the hard floor? --Jay


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