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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 : mugu (mugu@mugu.com)
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Date : 09:36 PM Friday 28 November, 2003

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Date : 04:50 PM Friday 28 November, 2003

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3. From : Mico (micolx@netscape.net)
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Date : 02:09 PM Friday 28 November, 2003

Hi John,
Sorry to hear about your transport problem. But, as long as it does not "paste" part of the frame to adjacent one, you can live with that. I was working with LX having the same problem for about a year before I`ve got it fixed. Also, adding winder or MD will make things better. I do not have rational explanation for that, but take it for granted. You can have LX with winder attached for months, before you see first transport problem. Take winder/MD off and here is the uneven spacing, on the the first following film. On Winder/MD dilema, take winder. It is smaller, lighter, cheaper and does not have Ni-Cd battery problem, very common with LX`s MD Power Pack. MD is much faster and stronger, but it is not always a goal.
Type 2 LX can not be identified only by the picture. There is only one visible feature - different shuter lock button, but what if the right-side top cover was replaced at some point? Also, there was a handful of Type 2 LX cameras (updated shutter and transport) with old shutter lock button. And vice-versa, you can get a look-like Type 2 which is in fact Type "0" LX, or the first generation which does not have the additional compensation button/shutter switch function and has the old shutter and transport. Only reliable identification are missing dots on the second shutter curtain. Hope this helps. M.



4. From : John Bailey (fatbratcat@sbcglobal.net)
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Date : 10:57 AM Friday 28 November, 2003

Mico, I read your instructions for Ian on quickly testing used LX. I must have the type 1. I have had it cla'ed and the sticky
mirror fixed by Pentax USA. Now I know why I have uneven spacing between negatives! But I'm not ready for costly transport repair. As soon as my roll of film is all used I'll
see if the main transport shaft is too loose. How can one tell visually on eBay or by asking (Tamarkin store) if a used LX for sale is the Type II w/o looking into the body
for the curtain dots? Thanks, John


5. From : Mico (micolx@netscape.net)
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Date : 10:31 AM Friday 28 November, 2003

Anton, check if the lens aperture is 100% wide open when not on the camera body. This is super wide angle lens, so it can pass unnoticed if you do not concentrate. Very common fault when assembling of "A" or "F-FA" was flimsy. It is not only the widest aperture, everything below is also affected for the same amount of error, causing underexposed images. It can be anywhere betwen 1/4 to 2/3 of F stop. All lenses after "M" series are with linear , instead of "M`s" logaritmic aperture, which means that aperture elements alignement must be perfect. Good luck! M.


6. From : John Bailey (fatbratcat@sbcglobal.net)
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Date : 09:08 AM Friday 28 November, 2003

I have an LX and am thinking about adding either the winder or the MD. Is the MD louder than the winder? Thanks, John


7. From : Anton (handmaid@fsmail.net)
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Date : 02:49 AM Friday 28 November, 2003

SMC-A 20mm update. Some gentle and judicious shaking of the lens caused a little metal bracket to work its way out of the of the back of the lens through the gap by the aperture activating lever - this was the cause of the rattle. I assume that this is part of the workings or maybe its a foreign part that got left inside. Either way I'm returning the lens in person to Pentax UK tomorrow. Apart from the stiff and grinding aperture ring - which is unacceptable - the lens seems to be working okay but I'd like to know what this bracket is and whether it should be part of my SMC-A 20mm. Fingers crossed that they sort this properly and it doesn't turn into another drawn out drama. Anton


8. From : Hilary Spencer (stellex@mail.com)
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Date : 07:19 PM Thursday 27 November, 2003

Hi all, I read an earlier message regarding the use of the ff-1 viewfinder for the LX. I would really like to try this viewfinder on my LX, yet I can't seem to find it for sale anywhere. Does anyone have suggestions on where to purchase it (or, even better, know someone who might be willing to sell theirs)? Thanks so much...


9. From : Anton (handmaid@fsmail.net)
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Date : 09:32 AM Thursday 27 November, 2003

Rejoice, all is well; Pentax UK are true to form. My SMC-A 20mm 1:2.8 arrived today re-assembled and yes the diaphragm is now snappy. I was a little concerned that there was a rattling sound in the lens but all seemed okay... until I mounted it on a body. When mounted the aperture ring is stiff and grinding and it won't go to the A setting (not that I use it on an LX but you get my drift).

Please excuse my language but I am pissed off. After all that crap with my LX, I pay £90 ($154) to have my lens fixed and it comes back faulty. I now have to go through all the hassle of packing it up and sending it back with the possibility that I might be entering into a repeat of the ridiculous LX fiasco. This lens is a simple mechanical matter - no complex CPU, switches or electronic components, why can't they just get it right for once. I pass a vote of no confidence in Pentax UK. Anton


10. From : Anton (handmaid@fsmail.net)
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Date : 09:16 AM Thursday 27 November, 2003

Ian, I would go by the general cosmetic condition of the lens to judge if it has had heavy use. Some people complain that the lens doesn't hold focus when zooming - apparently due to worn cams which are now obsolete - this is not a disaster as you can re-focus but it's probably best to get a lens that is fully up to spec. AB


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