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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)
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Date : 02:19 PM Friday 10 October, 2003

Ian, 1. Buy an LX repair manual 2. create a dust free environment 3. ensure that you have all the necessary tools 4. Ask Mico to walk you through it -or- 1. Use your warranty which you mentioned --Jay


2. From : Ian (ian@ity.co.uk)
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Date : 10:19 AM Friday 10 October, 2003

Jay, I'd put a new crankshaft in it (by hand, because I can, and have no complaint). Point taken. Now, tell me how to fix a f***** mirror lock on an LX, and I'll do it, and have no complaint. Ian.


3. From : Jay Hart (ibcom@onebox.com)
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Date : 10:08 AM Friday 10 October, 2003

Ian, Fantastic, a warranty! Now, tell me, if you bought a 5 year old Audi, without a warranty, and the engine proved to have a bad crankshaft, what would you do? --Jay


4. From : Ian (ian@ity.co.uk)
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Date : 09:19 AM Friday 10 October, 2003

As a sideline, I'm sure most of you are MPEG4/M4A savvy (video conference). If you have iChat running feel free to call me on AIM "DrNoSpoon". As long as I recognise the name, I'll answer. It would be my pleasure. (Moderators, please delete this post after 24hrs, don't want junk calls, thanks). Ian.


5. From : Ian (ian@ity.co.uk)
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Date : 08:53 AM Friday 10 October, 2003

Robert, Jay's comments regarding my dumping my LX on ebay demonstrate the zeitgeist of contemporary sales technique. Although considered acceptable by many, I'm old-school. I wouldn't do it. But that's just me. I'd rather have it repaired and charge double. I've just discovered that my purchase is warrantied. Kudos to Jessops (UK retailer). I'll blat some film, take my pleasure, and in some down-time in the next six-months, drop it in for a warranty repair (mirror-lock failure). I see both points of view, and wish to add no further comment on the issue. Other than, what a great forum. Best regards - Ian.


6. From : Ian (ian@ity.co.uk)
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Date : 08:25 AM Friday 10 October, 2003

Regarding the reflectance of film stock. OTF. Does anyone known what film stock the LX was originally calibrated for? Anyone at Pentax we can ask? Just a thought, since it would be nice to know when attempting calibration of used (second hand, previously owned etc. etc.) LX's.


7. From : Jay Hart (ibcom@onebox.com)
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Date : 12:32 PM Thursday 09 October, 2003

Robert, I forgot to add, while misspelling some, as for the used market: caveat emptor. This holds for any and all humans as purchasers. New products have a warranty from their maker. --Jay


8. From : Ian (ian@ity.co.uk)
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Date : 10:04 AM Thursday 09 October, 2003

Mico, great advice, thanks. My last kodak grey card was stolen in 1984 (along with a really nice 5x4 dark-slide). About time I got another. I'm reasonably certain that the MX is ok re it's meter calibraton. I shot tons of tranny with it. However, I don't KNOW it's bang-on. If it's out, I'd almost be prepared to believe that the LX is right. Unfortunately I don't have a light meter available. I have access to one in Brighton, but I no longer work down there, so it's not at hand (200 miles south). I'll set something up thats VERY consistent, and cross-reference the results. It'll be a good start. Does the LX have issues (re meterng OTF) with different unexposed film bases/emultions, and they're respective reflectance? (i.e C41,E6, K14, B+W film stocks?). Ian.


9. From : Mico (micolx@netscape.net)
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Date : 08:10 AM Thursday 09 October, 2003

Confusing sentence - "...from minimum focusing distance" in not at the right place.What I was going to say is that you should take meter reading from Gray Card with 50mm lens set to minimum focusing distance. Reason why is to have full-frame Gray Card and avoid background to get into the image. Be aware of possible shadow, covering the measured area, both from cameras or ligh meter. M.


10. From : Jay Hart (ibcom@onebox.com)
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Date : 08:08 AM Thursday 09 October, 2003

Robert, It seems, once again, you have found religion.

By the way, the last speal you wrote on your reasons for dissapointment with Pentax Corporations direction, to date, were very methodical, less emotional. Therefore, I could accept those as even being reasonable. I had difficulty earlier buying into the supposed techonobility of the Nikon system, or the technobeauty of the Canon lens system prior to you getting so pragmatic in your thinking. Although I disagee again with your call on the freedom to sell or not to sell, I admire your spirit, and religion. --Jay


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