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Industry wide indications and ceasing film body development by Pentax altogether in early 2003 more than suggest the manual focus Pentax LX will not be having an upgrade (except, perhaps for very rare Limited Edition Models hand assembled by special commission by the new HoyaPentax Corporation). In 2008 Pentax became a division of Hoya Corporation, which had together with Pentax released jointly developed professional grade optics (since 2005); Pentax has shifted its attention to development of auto focus Digital SLRs having build qualities constructed for the long run--now with weather seals--like the LX. You may use this site for common support and sharing of mutual users knowledge or experiences among yourselves. You may also use this message board as a guestbook for the advanced users Pentax SLR cameras from the LX forward, including many such auto focus film cameras, and Pentax digital SLR cameras. We keep the site going too for the WORD SEARCH FEATURE found here as to its magnificent K mount system user archives: as have been shared here for many years. Have an inquiry related to Pentax gear? First try KEYING IN YOUR KEY WORD(S) for a preexisting archived response on your subject of inquiry from this LX site. If your inquiry or sharing is from advanced users K10D, K20D, or K200D SLR needs, proceed on to t NEW PENTAX ADVANCED USERS K10D, K20D SLR site.

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1. From : Ian (
Url : http://
Date : 11:08 AM Thursday 04 December, 2003

All I need now is a grip-B, LX winder and another body. Oh, and a Billingham Rucksack. On that note, anyone had any experience with a Billingham Rucksack? - Ian.

2. From : Ian (
Url : http://
Date : 10:54 AM Thursday 04 December, 2003

Sorted. I'm now the proud owner of an A-Series 35-105 f3.5. Love it. Passing Tri-X through it (current roll). Hopefully it'll test fine. Slight barrel at 35, slight pincushion at 105, 50 looks clean. Can't judge corner resolution until I've processed. Looks good to me so far. Handling is nice too. Thanks for the advice guys. Much appreciated - Ian.

3. From : Anton (
Url : http://
Date : 03:00 AM Thursday 04 December, 2003

Mico, if they don't get it right this time I may just take you up on your offer.


4. From : Mico (
Url : http://
Date : 01:41 AM Thursday 04 December, 2003

Anton, I know this will not be of any help, but if we were closer than two opposite sides of the ocean,I would be more than happy to fix your lens. That would not have been the first time for me to do something so "complicated" and "complex" which mighty Pentax technicians can not do. M.

5. From : Anton (
Url : http://
Date : 08:07 AM Wednesday 03 December, 2003

In response to your question Jay, I was not aware of any products for sale. Pentax UK is situated in a small industrial estate close to the M25 (the motorway/major-highway that encircles London) and is surely convenient for haulage; it's not somewhere you would go to shop. If they are going to have brochures at all then as a matter of pride why not have your latest marvel... pride I suspect (or indeed any real enthusiasm if not interest) is what's missing.

Robert, yes perhaps I should make a fuss but a year ago I had an LX that Pentax UK had three times and failed to fix - in fact they made it worse - I met with the technical supervisor at that time and found him to be pathetic and frankly discourteous if not downright rude. I admit that I'm running out of energy, I'm getting to the point where I'd rather sell the lens on eBay for next to nothing, accept the significant loss and simply buy another. The positive thing to do is find an independent repairer. My usual place (Harrow Technical) does not repair lenses but with cameras I can visit and discuss the problem and Robin will show me there and then the solution. If he can't fix it he doesn't lie, he just gives me the best of his knowledge and ability. I he makes a mistake I'm sure he'll admit it. I'd rather give my money to someone like that even if it costs a bit more (which it doesn't actually). Anyway, time for bed, I'll let y'all know the outcome. Anton

6. From : Robert Clark (
Url : http://
Date : 05:59 AM Wednesday 03 December, 2003

Anton, your experience mirrors any dealings I have had with both Pentax UK and Pentax Colorado - total and almost unbelievable incompetence. I would never deal with them again. Had I been you though, I would certainly not have settled with talking with a receptionist who sounds both very, very dim and negligently deceitful. I would have insisted on seeing the manager of the service department, and failing satisfaction from him, the manager of the whole establishment.

7. From : Jay Hart (
Url : http://
Date : 04:00 AM Wednesday 03 December, 2003

Anton, In one sense western culture has been reinforced by the manner you experienced there at the distributor. We "must" present the professional profile to the extent that human error or incompetence is not to be owned and discussed, when and where so. Quite ridiculous, and undermining of confidence in their ability to do the job, to not exclude something important in the reassembly(perhaps the part found?), and to interface effectively. Such poor relations will cost them. If it were my experience, I would send them a bill for the extra trip and time for returning and interfacing over the faulty repair, as that is the like professional response (me thinks). At the very least the resulting encumberance of your time and effort should result in a partial refund, if requested in a letter while citing the time multiplied by a delivery wage.

As for the lack of pamphlets, perhaps it is more vital for them to be in stores with such new products than at the distributor. Professional profiles come and go; next time you visit there could be too many *ist brochures, who knows? At least the parent company maintains pristine product output, even if distributors are not so majestic. I am curious if the distributor's reception office has any small or large products for sale there in addition to brochures?--Jay

8. From : Anton (
Url : http://
Date : 03:05 AM Wednesday 03 December, 2003

SMC-A 20mm 1:2.8 Update: I took the lens to Pentax UK along with the little bracket that came out of it. The receptionist took the lens around the back to a 'technician'. When she returned she said the bracket wasn't part of my lens as they had looked on the exploded diagrams. She started to say it must have got in there from the packaging, I stopped her and said you mean the technician must have inadvertently dropped this bit in when assembling the lens. She lowered her face and said yes. Why did she feel the need to say something ridiculous? How could it have got inside and what sort of packaging do they use if it has little metal brackets in it... how could she even think of saying that, it's absurd. Just apologise and admit that someone's made a mistake - as we all do - ludicrous attempts at lying just get my back up.

I asked about the rough grinding feel of the aperture ring and she said that they get like that with a lot of use. I told her it wasn't like that before and also the lens is near mint and I have well used old K lenses and they don't grind.

I also asked her to check the operation of the A setting as I have LX's that don't use it. She came back and told me that the lens was overexposing by one stop (just like Mico told me to watch out for) it had been incorrectly assembled. She told me to leave the lens with them but discard the little metal bracket. This seems strange to me, if it's not from my lens then it's as sure as hell from somebody else's better that they keep it and check with the technician where it's from. It was a good job I went there in person as I had to repeat the problems several times to make sure she understood the defect (and I'm still not totally convinced she's got it). Whilst I was waiting I looked through the Pentax brochures. The MZ-S, the medium format range and a few Optios. Guess what... no mention anywhere of the *ist-D or even the *ist - it was as if they didn't exist - and this is the UK Pentax HQ. Just about sums it up. I wait with not a little trepidation for the return of my lens. Anton

9. From : Jay Hart (
Url : http://
Date : 01:14 PM Monday 01 December, 2003

John, The price of a good used LX winder is relative. Collectors want non-marked pristine winders, which can go for up to $250. If you are not so picky, and do not mind a scratch or two in places like on the bottom, they start at $50 and go to $200. I have seen winders of good working condition go for usually around $100-$150 on e-bay. Some things to ask and look for are the condition of the battery drawer and its internal parts. Sometimes the metal battery retaining parts become detached and are hard to reattach inside the drawer. Whether or not the rewind button is still OK and entact is important to use. Also, if it fully synchronizes with a body, with even trouble free film spacing and advance, and sync for electric flash. When an LX with a winder develops sticky mirror syndrome usually it jambs all at once and breaks internal gears in a winder which is not seen on the outside (which Pentax USA still fixes at this time). Seek also to discover if the tripod socket is functional (usually not a problem) and the C/S drive selection switch is OK, sometimes not working one way or the other. If your LX is missing either of the two bottom winder attachment point round covers, on either end of the base plate, sometimes you can find a winder which has these screwed into the saver/keeper sockets on a winder. It is nice to have these for when one does not use a winder. Mico or Tony, any other winder thoughts? --Jay

10. From : Jay Hart (
Url : http://
Date : 06:04 PM Sunday 30 November, 2003

Thanks for posting the sites I mentioned, though one seems a little off There are others as well. If you look carefully at the above it has many links found therein under various catagories. I am wondering if anyone has any over 300mm optics they would sell? I am always upgrading. --Jay

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