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1. From : AB (handmaid@fsmail.net)
Url : http://
Date : 07:38 AM Tuesday 13 April, 2004

From Ian's post (congrarts on the additional LX by the way) 'Serial 52679xx, so a little older than my other 5277xxx body.' Okay, enlighten me. Why the xx in a serial number and why xxx in the second? While we are at it, what does PAW (frequently used on the PDML) mean. Thank y'all AB


2. From : Ian (ian@ity.co.uk)
Url : http://
Date : 06:04 AM Saturday 10 April, 2004

Hi all. Well, since half of you seem to be considering or moving to digital SLR's, I've done the opposite and bought another LX body. Serial 52679xx, so a little older than my other 5277xxx body. Better condition cosmetically, but judging by the dust levels, it's been on a shelf for a few years. I'd say it has had a lot less film through it than my existing body. It has chronic sticky mirror syndrome (not a problem) and the wind mech doesn't pick-up on the ratchet too well (of greater concern). Suffice it to say I'll try to get it in for a CLA on Tuesday. The price was right and it was purchased with the understanding that it would need a warranty CLA. Full marks, yet again to Jessops. - Ian.


3. From : Jay (ibcom@onebox.com)
Url : http://
Date : 12:43 PM Wednesday 07 April, 2004

Yes, the LX trained specialist is still at Pentax USA, Golden. Search this site for their 800 number. --Jay


4. From : AB (handmaid@fsmail.net)
Url : http://
Date : 12:13 AM Wednesday 07 April, 2004

Michael If people can can transform a crunched car into a glittering jewel I'm sure the right person can touch up your scratch to perfection, maybe a model maker. The danger with Pentax is that I'm told they farm out their older repairs (probably to the very people you have used, amongst others). As you can imagine, Pentax probably employ technicians trained in swapping dud circuit boards on an *istD etc. They're unlikely to employ LX, MX, KX, Spotmatic engineers. I think you have no option but to go for it, maybe see if you can enclose a note with the camera so the technician knows that you certainly don't view your LX as a twenty year old out of date thing even though they possibly do. Good Luck


5. From : Michael (mrworkwood@verizon.net)
Url : http://
Date : 01:25 PM Tuesday 06 April, 2004

Hello Ian, Jay and GLOBETROTTER:

Thank you so very much for taking the time to share your opinions on my LX situation. I have been checking daily for your feedback and, I must say, it has been very comforting. As I had stated, the manager of the repair center has offered to send the camera off to Pentax USA for a complete run through. What is truly ironic is that I was very hesitant to even have this camera repaired as I feared that the job would not be done correctly. So, as we do in these situations, I conducted a pretty extensive due-diligence and called a number of repair centers to feel them out as to their experience in working with this particular camera. I truly felt fortunate when this pparticular camera tech took time to speak with me and conveyed that he had done many LX CLA's and was very familiar with this model. What's even more ironic is that this particular shop is a Pentax authorized repair center and is listed on the Pentax USA web site. It looks like I will be taking Jay's recommendation and take them up on their offer to forward it to Pentax. But the thought of this once virgin machine being totally disassemble again makes me feel unsettled all over again. The scratch is on the black painted band and runs down the over the bottom cover. A scratch, not a gouge, but it wasn't there when I shipped it. There will be no chance of repairing this as the band is integral with the frame and the bottom is stamped with the serial number, which I do not wish to give up. I also noticed that he opened the motor drive cover with a coin or metal object. Only ever so slightly marred but why not one of the non-marring ones that the camera supply catalogs sell? I called Pentax yesterday and found out that the Mirror Bumper (part #B90) costs all of .90 USD. Why than, would a Pentax USA authorized service center even consider using anything but a factory bumper af the proper die cut shape? Part # A8, the shutter rod cover is available at .60 USD. Why was the bent and distorted original reused after being damaged leaving a noticale bump under the cover? Sorry for being so long winded but I believe that this is completely ridiculous and unacceptable. I do intend to use this camera and it will not sit on a shelf. I do, however take extremely good care of all of my toys. Obviously better care than some service centers. Do any of you or your readers happen to know if the Shutter Speed Flag (blue) is in fact adjustable? Again, I thank each of you and will keep you abreast of the situation as it unfolds. Regards, Michael


6. From : Ian (meeian@aol.com)
Url : http://
Date : 01:22 AM Tuesday 06 April, 2004

I guess we all feel for you Michael. One letter to the culprits asking for full redress/compensation such as a like for like replacement. Then, the expensive bit: Do you know a good lawyer? In my opinion, that is probably the only way you will bring enough pressure to bear on these vandals. You might be able to get a no-win, no-fee deal. Good luck and keep an update on the board here.


7. From : Robert Clark (robertclark@vsnl.net)
Url : http://
Date : 01:06 AM Monday 05 April, 2004

Mico, thanks for getting back to me. I've been away in New Zealand for a few weeks so couldn't reply earlier. I suspected that the adjustment might be as you described, and I am glad that you have confirmed it for me. As luck would have it, I replaced the old MX screen with one of the new LX (SC69)screens, and not only was it appreciably brighter and smoother, but it also fixed the focus problem. I have since carefully tested the focus and it is now spot on.


8. From : Jay (ibcom@onebox.com)
Url : http://
Date : 11:04 AM Saturday 03 April, 2004

As I have not personally dealt with Pentax repair, except with certain persons in sales, since they moved to Golden, Colorado, a little over a year ago: 1) If they still have factory trained LX mechanics, 2) as they have the parts, lubricants, sealant, proper glue, alignment tools made for the LX alone, etc., and 3) as such a repair costs around $200.00 and has a warranty: YES, take them up on the offer. Also, demand a replacement for the scratched body part. If they do not spring for this, get compensation based on its collectable value (as pristine, a perfect LX is worth twice original list price). Further, if the bottom is in nonscratched condition, get a plastic cover and double sticky tape it on to keep it that way. Sorry for your trouble; we live in a world where increasingly it is the sales pitch which is hyped and believed by the salesperson, who normally is less than skin deep in substance (even when selling repair work). --Jay


9. From : Ian (ian@ity.co.uk)
Url : http://
Date : 09:20 AM Saturday 03 April, 2004

"Did they bite off more than they could chew?", Thats exactly what it sounds like to me. I'm in the UK, so I can't offer info on Pentax USA, but other guy's here certainly can (Mico, Jay etc.). Sounds like a nice LX. Good luck. - Ian.


10. From : GLOBETROTTER (globetrotterworld@hotmail.com)
Url : http://globetrotterworld.co.uk
Date : 05:32 PM Friday 02 April, 2004

Michael, the best thing is NOT to delve inside the camera (or let them know you have!) and take the camera straight back! (Opening up or tampering inside a product after it has been repaired can mean that you do not have a legal right to claim damage done by the repair centre). A repair must be just that - a repair - and the camera must be returned to you in exactly the same condition as you gave them, including a professional repair job done to rectify the problem. I would demand a full refund not only for what you've already paid them, but also to rectify any extra damage that they've caused during the repair to the camera. If you do not get any joy from the repair company, then I'd take legal advice.


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