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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 : AB (
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Date : 11:13 PM Wednesday 03 January, 2007

Hi Guys, Happy New Year.

I'm still about, just haven't had as much time for photography as I would like and also, I guess the march of digital doesn't interest me so much. I rarely buy magazines any more as they are digital heavy, full of histograms, Photoshop and seemingly pointless fiddling about. Amateur Photographer (in the UK) seems the least inclined in this way but market forces...

My LX's are fine and I have a freezer full of film, some choice lenses and a beautiful young lady whom I hope to persuade, so life is good.

Regarding the FA-1W, I think you just have to keep looking through all the ads and eBay, I reckon you should find one for under £100. I'm not sure the fill-in flash thing is going to be too reliable on and LX in Auto, I think you may be better off using the camera in manual and setting the gun/aperture accordingly but let us know your results. I have had good results using the LX in Auto with two 400T's firing into reflector brollys for portraits but it's a different issue.

Hey! I've noticed that I have spell-check when writing this (albeit kind of basic) I'm guessing this is my recently upgraded browser (Firefox 2) and not the site itself. Kinda handy, generally impressed with Firefox, it has tabs as well, and it's free.


2. From : Dominique ROLAND (
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Date : 09:30 PM Tuesday 02 January, 2007

I am a new comer in the LX world. I just bought the camera on ebay but it was fitted with a FF-1 viewfinder and I am desperatly looking for a FA-1 or even better, a FA-1W. I found one used on BH-Photo for 159 USD. As I am in Europe, I will probably have to pay Customs and VAT on top of that. Is someone interested to trade or sell a viewfinder?
Second question is related to the well known issue of fill in flash with the LX. What solution would you propose to force the Flash to start for fill in? (I was thinking about closing the diaphragm as much as possible to force the speed to stay beloy 1/75em).

3. From : Peter (
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Date : 08:49 PM Tuesday 02 January, 2007

Hello all. Any idea what an LX2000 would make if I offered one on ebay? It has all the original bits & but has been used. I have an opportunity to view it at the weekend.

Is AB still around?


4. From : Ivan J. Eberle (
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Date : 10:28 PM Monday 01 January, 2007

Mico, didn't you do a thread or a tutorial on DIY mirror-stop adjustment awhile back? (using a loupe on the ground glass of the viewfinder and a sheet of acetate drafting film laid over the film rails? Love to find/see this again.)
Also, who can tell me which particular components are no longer available for repairs, and so by extension what problems to expressly avoid in purchasing a used LX?
PS--I nearly pulled the trigger on a pristine LX this past weekend (freshly back from a Pentax factory service, and "not touched by human hands since,") That is, til the individual selling it got their eBay account axed, probably due to bogus 100% positive feedback. Which prompted me to look really close at the deal. Was a real buzz-kil to actually read feedback. Apparently there are mutual-admiration-society auctions for $.25/ea that don't involve a product, just positive feedback generation.
I still want to believe that there are mint/completely refurbed examples of LXs for under $600-700 US, but if it looks too good to be true, it probably is... Caveat emptor!

5. From : Jay (
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Date : 01:00 PM Sunday 31 December, 2006

I look forward to your e-mail, if you have settled back into Canada. Those CDRs on the US Southwest are held to mail to you.
The soccer player had your exact name and nation of origin, year of the champion team on which he played was already relayed. How goes it, write! --Jay

6. From : Mico (
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Date : 04:22 AM Saturday 30 December, 2006

Stefano, Ivan is right, your LX needs proper adjustment and check-up. However, it could be quite costly (up to 300US), and does not guarantee that work will be done properly. It depends how much money, if any, you are willing to spend on that. The UK based service,, seems to be the best option, regardless the shipping costs. I had a posting that addressed that issue, I am trying to find it. If I do, I`ll send it on your e-mail.It could do the trick and save your LX as well as your budget. M.

7. From : Jay (
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Date : 12:48 PM Tuesday 26 December, 2006

Excellent news! Hoya Pentax HD Corporation 2007. Pentax and Hoya are merging, and first their management and holdings (which will include some past and all future design collaborations with Hoya and Tokina, as Hoya holds a considerable interest in its enterprize and is the major supplier of optical glass to Tokina).

This could mean three major contenders for digital SLR and professional grade lens futures (with Fuji, Sony, Sigma, and Oly following on shirtails). Initial reports of K10D sales are encouraging. Now, we await those hypersconic motor zooms for field and sports photographers.

Test reports on the K10D's imaging results too place it in the top three contenders, even second in many reports after Canon's top body. And, this does not illuminate the fact that its onboard image processor is now rated first in three top test results (over Canon and Nikon). FYI the Samsung look alike SLR has a slightly different internal sensor, and a slightly different body, also without the superior standard RAW encoding of the Pentax body.

After my son had to abandon his Sony $600 zoom camera because of in-camera corrosion under normal use, it is clear why so much Samsung/Pentax recent development has centered on moisture proofing. Sony would not even honor its published warranty, which says something about its own integrity and Enron-type management values. It must be hard for them to admit their own design errors.

So, the K mount in its current evolution will include some major lens development minds, merging design teams, and resources, i.e. the best possible predictors of professional use futures. --Jay

8. From : Ivan J. Eberle (
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Date : 10:00 AM Tuesday 26 December, 2006

Stefano, it is common for the mirror stop bumpers to get compressed and need adjustment and/or replacement. The result is backfocusing error, where the plane of viewfinder focus is not in focus on the final film image, as some point behind will be in focus. What is happening is unsure from your description, but it sounds as though this could be your problem? If your mirror bumpers are that severely compressed, along with the mirror up foam, it is also probably time to have the full service done for "sticky mirror syndrome", which will certainly surely be a problem to follow soon after what you have described, especially since you've already cleaned black gunk from the mirror. This is typical of LX's once they hit 15 or 20 years old-- whether they have been used a lot or have sat on the shelf and look "mint", the problem happens.

However, I can not be entirely certain from your description that this is your problem. What lens do you have? If the lens otherwise focuses perfectly but will not infinity focus only on this particularly camera, it may be that there has been some modification or replacement of the lens mounting flange (bayonet mount) or by protruding lever protection coverage that resulted in too much distance from the mount to the film plane or interference there.

It sounds as though you require finding a competent repair person who can advise you further in any event. Use the search feature here to look under repair to find one near you.

Ivan J. Eberle

9. From : Stefano (
Url : http://
Date : 09:37 PM Sunday 24 December, 2006

Hi all and, first of all,
Merry Christmas!

I have recently bought a 2nd hand LX, which doesn't seem willing to focus at infinite. I've tried swapped the lens on another pentax, so I'm sure it is not a problem related to the lens.

I cleaned some gummy foam. The focusing screen seems well fitted to the metal frame and without play to the glass under the viewfinder. The viewfinder seems fine, the white mark is near -1.5 (I guess this is the 0 value).

What can I do?


10. From : Philip Ashman (
Url : http://
Date : 02:52 PM Sunday 24 December, 2006

Yes indeed, a merry xmas and happy new year to everyone.
Spoilt myself (and why not) this xmas and took delivery yesterday of the new K10D body to go with my range of lenses and work alongside my LX's (I still love them and film and always will, but also like to embrace the new technology).
It's a beauty to handle and hold and full of features putting it well up there with the Nikon and Canon semi pro/serious amateur(me) DSLR's, if not beyond. Not really tested it yet due to dull, flat, grey weather conditions, but have been familiarising myself with everything. Up to now I have made good use of the 'User' mode that allows you to customise it to your own liking and have everything set up and saved in that mode ready to shoot. Of course you can still use the other normal AV, TV, Prog, or full manual modes, if you wish. I've made it more or less as near as I can get it to a digital LX !!
The real benefits are the build quality, 10.2 mp sensor,in camera antishake that works with older Pentax lenses, 22 bit A/D conversion, weather seals, 180th sec flash synch speed, dual RAW formats 30 sec to 1/4000th sec shutter speeds and that there are no silly 'scenic' type modes on the top dial that no decent photographer needs.
Hope to get out soon and give it a really good test.


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