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1. From : Pat (patrick.powell1@virgin.net)
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Date : 04:16 AM Tuesday 02 March, 2004

Hi Jay, your recent post mentions an email about my frame counter problem, I'm sorry to say that I did not receive this mail or perhaps it was deleted during a clear out of junk mail. Pat


2. From : JAY (ibcom@onebox.com)
Url : http://
Date : 04:43 AM Sunday 29 February, 2004

Pat. I had privately e-mailed you on this subject. If you get the fix by Pentax USA they automatically fix anything not up to specs. Further, they insert a new variable resistor under the film speed dial. Also, it is good to have the included new gaskets put in here as it is a semi-arid climate. The only parts not available now are some shutter parts. --Jay


3. From : Pat (patrick.powell@virgin.net)
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Date : 01:54 AM Sunday 29 February, 2004

Hi All, thanks for the replies to my posting, I'll consider my best option with the "sticky mirror". No word about the frame counter stuck on 36 - is this not a common problem? Pat


4. From : Jay (ibcom@onebox.com)
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Date : 02:05 AM Saturday 28 February, 2004

Essentials. like the LX Zippo, and the grip on the Motor Drive NiCad pack make our site obsolete, me thinks. --Jay


5. From : Mico (micolx@netscape.net)
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Date : 01:29 AM Saturday 28 February, 2004

Ian,interesting person that LX fan. Have you seen a number of Special Edition models he owns!?


6. From : Ian (ian@ity.co.uk)
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Date : 08:27 AM Friday 27 February, 2004

http://www.pentax-fan.jp/BODY/LX.html Has some interesting photos and info on serial numbers. I think the 18 volt motor drive conversion is fun. Ian


7. From : Mico (micolx@netscape.net)
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Date : 02:18 AM Thursday 26 February, 2004

Ooops,Pat I did a mistake marking the part number for you. The part you must have is B115, but replacing B81 is also a part of Sticky Mirror Syndrome cure. B81 is located on the other side of mirror box and is round, while B115 is square. Price is the same - 1,5$ each. M.


8. From : Mico (micolx@netscape.net)
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Date : 11:13 AM Wednesday 25 February, 2004

Niels, it sounds weird. Did you have that problem before Metz? If not,there may be some damage done but,again,it is weird if flash is not attached to LX. Otherwise,it is normal that LX can not fire any shutter speed bellow 1/60 when dedicated TTL flash is connected and turned ON. Try to replace/clean batteries to get speeds bellow 1/75.If that does not work, well, it might be a bad news.Good luck!

Pat, regarding sticky mirror, you still can order Mirror Seat from Pentax - PRODUCT: 24000 PART:B81 Mirror Seat. It should cost you cca.1,5 US plus shipping and handling. Adjusting Mirror Seat Lever is a must after, and I have explained that to Robert Clark some time ago. If you are after that, I`ll try to find that posting and send you on your private e-mail. Jay`s advice is also very good, but with this original replacement you are done with sticky mirror for the next 10 years. M.


9. From : Niels Coppes (n.coppes@let.kun.nl)
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Date : 07:01 PM Tuesday 24 February, 2004

I have a question concerning the use of a relatively new TTL flash unit on my LX body. Since a few weeks I am using a Metz 32MZ-3 in combination with a sca-372 adapter on my LX. Almost at the same time I got the following trouble with the LX shutter: when used at low speeds (1/60 and slower) my camera ignores the shutterspeed indicated by his lightmeter and chosen with the shutterspeed-dial and in stead chooses one of the mechanical shutterspeeds (probably the X, 1/75). So it has become virtually impossible for me to make exposures at a slower speed than 1/75. The LX shows this failure at any time, so in the automatic and at the manual mode, with or without the flash on the hotshoe. Is it possible to fix this problem and does it have something to do with the use of the Metz flash (in TTL mode)? Can somebody please help me out here?


10. From : Jay (ibcom@onebox.com)
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Date : 12:34 PM Tuesday 24 February, 2004

On your sticky mirror (a poor man's solution). If it is sticky, carefully raise the mirror (lock it up). Get a very thin surgical glove and snip a part which fits just over the sticky bumper(s) [one layer only]. Make sure with a dental exam mirror that it is complete in its meeting and match over the bumper(s). Gently rub on its bonding oversurface with a cut 45 degree Q tip shaft at its center to ensure bonding (hold the cotton swab part when you do this). Clean the bottom of the mirror where affected by bumper residue with the other cut off cotton swab section, with rubbing alcohol; use more Q tips if necessary. Only cover any deteriorating rubber which contacts the mirror with the surgical glove cut material--cover nothing else. Balance any such back of mirror contact point(s). Open the front of the mount and aim it mirror raised, shutter open, back closed toward a noon sun for one half hour in a dust free environment. This cinches and seals the added nonsticky laytex against mirror back layer.

This may need focus realignment, which you can do with a loup which covers the film rails for restablishing a focal plane. Make sure the loup is adjusted on a light table to view in focus an unmounted transparency with fidelity. A resurfaced bumper is somewhat malleable after the sun exposure, and can set at room temperature once so adjusted, viewfinder to loupe focus point on mutually viewable--viewfinder then loupe over and over during bumper mirror alignment adjustment--for mutually achieved focus on a brick wall subject. A poor man's sticky mirror fix. This only works if no winding gearing has been damaged when the camera locked up. --Jay

Now try the prime lens infinity focus and minimum focus tests (use a measuring tape from the film plane to the focus object for exact minimum focus check: on the barrel, as marked, tape to fim plane confirmation.


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