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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 : Jay Hart (ibcom@onebox.com)
Url : http://
Date : 03:25 AM Friday 24 October, 2003

Here is someone's posting for a complete LX manual, downloadable, or can be copied, a $ 3.00 donation is asked:
www.butkus.org/chinon/pentax_lx/pentax_lx.htm. Is the manual in the general domain of copyright? Pentax too offers downloadable manuals.

Also, Robert mentioned the Leica forum he uses and stated that there the members are able to post and sell equipment with an understood honor system regarding exchanges. Does this interest anyone as to LX and only related gear here? Such a club approach to exchange and selling specific gear would serve some I am sure. Car dealers take used cars they are unable to sell at dealerships to auctions. Some auction services require a week or limited distance warranty. This says something about the way of doing business of car dealers; at e-bay it is limited to what is posted being as stated (warranties are only offered in 5% of cases), and as to purchaser and seller ratings for satisfaction.

Prices for Pentax lenses at this time are generally creeping up about 20% on e-bay. This seems to indicate strong purchaser regard for the quality involved. RSVP --Jay


2. From : Mico (micolx@netscape.net)
Url : http://
Date : 10:25 AM Thursday 23 October, 2003

Jay,sorry,I did not have intention to be cryptic,it looks like I posted a bit confusing message. "Discovery" is in fact another do-it-your-self method for LX maintenance and repair. Another, because I had a lot of them in the past. There is no explanation for timer switch by-pass because it takes time and space here to explain procedure. If somebody ask for that, I am ready. Anton, to replace PCB, which is wrapped all around LX`s mechanics, it takes hours and that is the good part of the PCB`s replacement cost, not the PCB itself.


3. From : Jay Hart (ibcom@onebox.com)
Url : http://
Date : 01:21 AM Thursday 23 October, 2003

Mico, Your message was a little cryptic. What other discovery --Jay


4. From : Anton (handmaid@fsmail.net)
Url : http://
Date : 11:27 PM Wednesday 22 October, 2003

Mico You could have bought my 'troublesome' LX and taken the PCB out of that (the PCB wasn't the problem as Robin swapped PCBs but the erratic shutter remained). A guy in Poland bought the camera for £90 or so, he reckons he'll be able to repair it!!! I told him to let me know how he did it if he's successful. AB


5. From : Mico (micolx@netscape.net)
Url : http://
Date : 11:16 PM Wednesday 22 October, 2003

In case that somebody has a problem with dead timing circuit on LX (keeping meter ON forewer) I have found a pretty elegant solution. That problem is related to Printed Circuit Board and can not be repaired without replacing PCB. On the other hand,in most cases PCB is not available any more, and if is, replacement costs about 350US. Of course, my own troubled LX provoked another "discovery".


6. From : john bailey (fatbratcat@sbcglobal.net)
Url : http://
Date : 10:09 AM Sunday 19 October, 2003

Anyone ever use the LX with finder base fb-1 and either one or the eyepieces fd-1 or fd-2. I have always wanted to try them out but have never seen them. Thanks, John


7. From : Jay Hart (ibcom@onebox.com)
Url : http://
Date : 09:13 AM Sunday 19 October, 2003

Mico, I was considering the 28-105 AL IF 3.2-4.5, and you have cinched it! It will be the first non-Japanese assembled lens I will own (excepting some German and Canadian Leitz lenses, some years ago. In that amazing season when some Leitz lenses were assembled in Canada, though using the same components, focal length by focal length, they were better than the Welzar and Portugese assembled lenses--no one could ever quite figure out why. Perhaps it was because Canada's workers had the best of both America and Europe in their so-rooted work process psyches).

I am also considering the new Tokina wide aperture 28-70mm. It is built like a tank, yet has many incarnations, some have been great, some not so great. The 77mm filter size is attractive, and with a wide aperture 70 or 80 to 200 and a 1.4X af teleconvertor this would be a small kit for covering publicity shot material with the DSLR. I will still use older Pentax optics for nature work and artificially lit commercial work. The tests show that the 70 or 80-200 combo with the 1.4X is better at the 280 end than the expensive 100-300 mm f 4 zooms at long end as were/areand made by Tokina and Sigma. So the resulting size otion becomes very attractive. Let me know on your lens; I'll still inquire this week about its repair here (there is Pentax USA, and another quite amazing repair group here too). Certainly that lens rates among the best longer focus lenses available. Since Canon has gone almost totally "IS" it will be interesting to see if Pentax likewise redoes the whole F* line-up. --Jay


8. From : Phil Ashman (genesisphil@hotmail.com)
Url : http://
Date : 05:12 AM Sunday 19 October, 2003

Thanks Globetrotter I have found today a used (but perfect condition) Pentax AF080C ringflash with a 12 month guarantee from a Jessops store in the UK at a very reasonable price. I have bought it and it should be delivered tuesday. I know that the ringflash is limited in it's uses compared to the one you mentioned but it will meet my requirements for now and hopefully I will get much better results than with the cheap Centon manual ringflash. This one I will pass on to my son Martyn (16) who is beginning to learn photography with my old gear that I gave him. He is young and keen and seems to have a natural born knack of understanding how things work and how to get the best from them. It will be a good learning curve for him. Thanks for your help with explaining how the TTL flash works - sounds just right for me! Phil


9. From : GLOBETROTTER (globetrotterworld@hotmail.com)
Url : http://
Date : 03:49 AM Sunday 19 October, 2003

Correction: I meant to say the PZ1p camera connected to the later more powerful AF500FTZ flash; although the AFT280T also works well with the PZ1p connected to the AF280T flash plus TTL Grip.


10. From : GLOBETROTTER (globetrotterworld@hotmail.com)
Url : http://
Date : 03:40 AM Sunday 19 October, 2003

Robert & Phil - I'm afraid that I forgot to mention that you need the TTL Hotshoe Grip for using the AF280T Flash in TTL mode (or slow synch mode) off camera, via the connected TTL cord. The Pentax Z1p/PZ1p camera does have a more simpler method of using the AF280T via direct connection of a TTL cord for flash off camera use without the added need of a grip. However, with the LX, I found the AF280T flash used with a TTL grip was very easy to use, either holding with the hand, or attached to an extension arm, or extra tripod, tree clamp, etc. Once you have one or two flashes and one or two TTL Grips - connected via the TTL cord - it will give you many different ways of lighting your subjects. The advantage of in-camera TTL flash control is that you do not need to measure lens-to-subject distance, and whatever aperture you use, the camera will automatically give correct exposure (within certain minimum & maximum limits). Just set the speed dial of the LX on "Auto", set your required lens apreture, and then simply fire away....!


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