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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 : John Bailey (fatbratcat@sbcglobal.net)
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Date : 12:34 PM Sunday 30 November, 2003

Ian, The Italian site is http://www.aohc.it and the Australian site is http://members.ozemail.com.au/~distudio/thepentaxlx.html. John


2. From : John Bailey (fatbratcat@sbcglobal.net)
Url : http://
Date : 12:30 PM Sunday 30 November, 2003

All, Mico, Thanks for the good advice. What is a good price for a nice used winder? John


3. From : fanny (ben.merc@cox.net)
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Date : 05:33 AM Sunday 30 November, 2003

Just bought a Pentax at a pawn shop, can't fine any model #,only Asahi 604. What model is this, and it is any good? Any info, please.


4. From : Ian (ian@ity.co.uk)
Url : http://
Date : 09:33 PM Saturday 29 November, 2003

Hi All! Jay, could we have the Australian and Italian web site URL's please. FYI, My LX is early shutter button, old curtain, second meter switch, 3200. Serial # 52777XX. Perhaps we should do an LX poll. After all, if ever there was a place to mine for this info, surely it's here and the PDML. Let me have a think about this and I'll see what I can come up with.


5. From : Mico (micolx@netscape.net)
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Date : 01:13 PM Saturday 29 November, 2003

Missing dots were only a designation for new shutter curtain and new transport mechanism. They were always a combo. It is impossible to put new shutter curtain on old LX transport or new transport on old curtain. It simply does not fit. As a consequence, replacing older transports /curtains, once old part stocks were exausted, with newer versions was extremely expensive. Transport problem on Type 1 LX models was probably inherited from MX, which was also prone to uneven spacing and loose transport shaft. As a contrast, I`ve never seen later LX version with similar problem. Also, for me at least, it is very easy to recognize new transport even without looking at second curtain. It simply feels different when you move transport and loading ("Magic Needle") shafts. Missing dots do not affect LX`s exposure, again, it is only an easy way to recognize updated LX.

Jay, your LX, which is obviously new version, and still has old lower shutter lock, is similar to one I`ve seen in Germany long time ago. Both were assembled probably in transition period when Pentax had some amount of old parts on the shelf and did not want to waste them. I am not aware of any production variants for North America and the rest of the world. M.


6. From : Jay Hart (ibcom@onebox.com)
Url : http://
Date : 10:43 AM Saturday 29 November, 2003

So, perhaps serial number correlations can be made; I will inquire here about this. I have one LX with the lower shutter lock button that has all the other newer later indicators, including the newer shutter curtain dot configuration. Like with many other Pentax marketing techniques, perhaps there is some difference between those sold in the USA and those sold elsewhere? If so, by now some of these may have migrated with various bird flight patterns, via human transportation means, and hands, over time. Or certain LXs may drift out to sea, with other folks, some returning to certain shores of origin, some not? Is there really a great deal of exposure factor difference between these two dot patterns? Is one significantly superior, or does it mean something else as to actual shutter origins, parts supplied, and manufacturing assembly seasons? Perhaps Pentax did not have as tight of a contract on these shutter parts or configurations, as they did for the production--long term--of the printed circuit boards for the camera itself?

So, what's and where's the beef? --Jay


7. From : Mico (mico@netscape.net)
Url : http://
Date : 06:41 AM Saturday 29 November, 2003

Jay, I was refering to what can be seen on the 2D picture regarding LX`s variants, and that is not much. It is hard to say anything except for shutter the lock button. On 1600-3200 ASA, I had (back in 1980) LX with ASA1600 and no additional meter switch and old shutter lock button. Also, there was ASA3200 LX without additional meter switch and the old shutter lock button. I still have ASA3200 LX with extra meter switch and old shutter lock, no missing dots. I`ve seen ASA 3200 LX + extra meter switch + missing dots and OLD shutter lock button! It was very rare sample, that is for sure. BTW, camera was new and boxed, in big photo store in Germany and the year was 1987. What we often see as Type 2 is ASA3200 + Extra meter switch + Missing dots + NEW shutter lock button. ASA1600 LX is in fact extremely rare these days as well as ASA3200 without extra meter switch. This must be very boring comment..


8. From : Jay Hart (ibcom@onebox.com)
Url : http://
Date : 03:07 AM Saturday 29 November, 2003

Mico, Did not the higher ASA scale and coincidental second meter switch appear with the changed shutter reflective for metering dot configuration? RSVP --Jay. PS there is a Pentax Italian Magazine site which goes over the entire LX history, plus our own parent site here, and an Australian LX site, which get very specific as to such descriptors. --Jay


9. From : Jay Hart (ibcom@onebox.com)
Url : http://
Date : 03:07 AM Saturday 29 November, 2003

Mico, Did not the higher ASA scale and coincidental second meter switch appear with the changed shutter reflective for metering dot configuration? RSVP --Jay. PS there is a Pentax Italian Magazine site which goes over the entire LX history, plus our own parent site here, and an Australian LX site, which get very specific as to such descriptors. --Jay


10. From : Jay Hart (ibcom@onebox.com)
Url : http://
Date : 03:01 AM Saturday 29 November, 2003

I got your message, Mico, thanks.

The moral of the last two messages is keep off caviar. Use your money for LX and other Pentax gear. Thanks for the reminder to our fans. --Jay


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