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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 : Ron Hall (
Url : http://
Date : 03:49 AM Wednesday 06 August, 2003

I need a replacement battery holder for my LX winder. Any ideas where I can find one? Pentax no longer stocks. Thanks, Ron

2. From : igboman (
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Date : 03:38 AM Wednesday 06 August, 2003

i am at the right site.

3. From : Mico (
Url : http://
Date : 08:18 AM Monday 04 August, 2003

Thanks Jay, your response was very informative. I am still shaking a little bit, until I do not put hands on the *IST D camera and see the aperture coupling ring where it belongs. Film *IST looks relly creepy... David, try to lift the aperture release lever inside your KX (remove the lens before, of course)while pressing the shutter.. Also, for how long your camera has been cooked before you tried to fire the shutter? Or you did that just before your last attempt? If so, was there any weird feeling, like skipping, in the rewind lever? M.

4. From : Jay Hart (
Url : http://
Date : 06:08 AM Monday 04 August, 2003

Mico, et al, A correction to my earlier posting. The D body will not promote a motor zoom function (they've tried prototypes both ways), in camera motor auto focus function is maintained, and improved. Sorry to think one thought and write another. On the drawing board too is the potential for HSM in future lenses designed with inherent focus motors and Canon-like long lens responsiveness. Another intention of the J series is to embrace the modular way of auto manufacturing lenses. "FA"s and some "A"s will be around for a bit, as they are warehoused, with a few still being assembled in Japan. The one thing we may count on is change. You will see more Js coming forth than FAs in the future, as film use wains. Also, the need to manufacture new optics with less spreading of light ray paths exiting the lens, as now with 35mm lenses with inherent light falloff toward corners, is a digital camera upgrade need. We can count on Pentax still making SLRs, and more than one DSLR in the next couple of years. Taking on the big boys and keeping on keepin on is their marketing challenge. Things like having the body ready to shoot without significant power-up delay, being able to shoot bursts without great recovery time, and being able to section view parts of the image to verify focus via the LCD screen are evolving concerns for camera makers. Battery power management, digital file types output, and getting one's eye to the viewfinder without interference from the LCD screen are other evolving issues. Image capture chips too will change and naturally do more for less. Low light capability is important to one shooter, detail for landscapes is so to another. --Jay

5. From : Anton (
Url : http://
Date : 06:02 AM Monday 04 August, 2003

David, this is an LX site but maybe we can take a tiny excursion. I had a similar problem with my MX. It wound on - orange indicator showing - the shutter button would depress all the way down but nothing happened. I tried slapping the camera down onto the palm of my hand as suggested by some but to no avail. Finally I took it in to my tech... he pressed the shutter button and it fired!! He went through various possibilities of how I might have made some mistake. I know different, no mistake was made, the camera had locked up as described and somehow whilst travelling to my tech had become un-locked. I know this is not much help except that maybe if you keep handling it might just free itself. If not then you have to take it in - have the mirror box foam and light trapping around the back replaced, along with a full service and you should be good for another 25 years. Good luck Anton

6. From : David Fairlie (
Url : http://
Date : 11:52 PM Sunday 03 August, 2003

I have a Pentax KX camera which has always worked perfectly (for 25 years). A few days ago I tried to take a picture and the shutter button wouldn't work. I can press it, but nothing happens. the film is already winded (on the 13th frame (a 24 exp. film) and I can wind it any further (the orange indicator is on meaning it is ready to take the picture) does this sound familiar to anybody? please send me an e-mail if anyone can help. Thank you.

7. From : Anton (
Url : http://
Date : 04:30 PM Saturday 02 August, 2003

I shall look very closely at the *"!*stD or whatever its silly name is. Summer is a lean time for me as teaching stops and gigs are few as folk are on holiday; I have more spare time though. I have 10 rolls of film waiting to be processed, however my usual lab - Peak Imaging - will charge me £150, they will do a good job but when things are lean I'm reluctant to spend the money. Over 80% of the low light shots will likely be binned. I have also stopped shooting at the moment (apart from 'commissions' or un-missable opportunities) I don't want even more film stacked up for processing.

If I were shooting digital I could shoot away regardless and make use of my increased spare time to edit the pictures, On the *istD the 50mm 1.2 that I bought off Globetrotter would become something like a 75mm 1.2, my 85 1.4 something like a 128 1.4, for the stuff I mostly do (the jazz club) this would be great.

So, despite being an analogue, vinyl, clockwork, film man. I can see myself getting the *istD and paring down my film bodies to the best ones. I would likely use digital for the club due to the sheer expense and the high failure rate and the low-res requirements of the web, and keep using film for portraits and landscapes and err... also 'cause I like it.

As a compromise, can anybody recommend UK processors that are cheaper than Peak Imaging (Peak are great but in order to clear the backlog I’m looking for something cheaper)? I want 7.5 X 5 prints C-41 and black & white.


8. From : Jay Hart (
Url : http://
Date : 06:19 AM Saturday 02 August, 2003

Mico, et al, The Pentax D SLR will be backwards compatible, but will not have motor focus function. J Lenses have apertures, but not on lens aperture controls (which many manufacturers have found unnecessary, and as a method for increasing battery life). To keep on keepin on manufacturers have to consolidate use, hence zooms absolutely as the norm, with various bells and whistles to usurp competition (with claims as "smallest digital SLR, to date, lightest, most viewable LCD confirmation screeen, etc.). Pentax has not wished to come out with onboard software which could be panned, hence the wait.

I had hoped to glean more comments on cutting haze, for this hot summer, than the customary "polarizer" suggestion. Color filtration also has an affect, as to using the Mogen David color wheel opposites from what is atmospherically prevalent in a given environment. So too does lens front element protection from stray light rays and shooting certain times of day relative to rising and falling temperature. It is the last one, as per location relative environmental information I had hoped to hear the most on from our users group.

It is unerving a bit to sit on the fence and wait for the emerging DSLR, to see if we too will jump with Globetrotter off the fence. It is August, what has he decided????? Is it the new 3/4 Oly, the smooth Canon Ds, or the reliable Nikon system?
Too many editors are writing the film obituary to sit much longer. --Jay

9. From : Mico (
Url : http://
Date : 11:39 PM Friday 01 August, 2003

It seems that *IST D will have the "crippled K-mount", at least according to the one of the most comprehensive Pentax web sites (Bojidar Dimitrov`s). And there was no a word from Pentax about full compatibility since the camera release has been delayed. Camera will be fitted with 18-35 FAJ (no aperture) lens, too. Any hints on that? M.

10. From : Anton (
Url : http://
Date : 04:18 PM Tuesday 29 July, 2003

Very difficult to say, Mico. I don't know how that 'timer' works. I have had a fair bit of trouble with contacts in my photo gear and my music gear. I did a gig last Saturday and was dismayed to notice that one channel on my expensive, powerful p.a. (this is the amp and speaker system that I sing through; that amplifies my voice) wasn't working or worked intermittently. I was trying all sorts to get it going and in doing so nudged one of the leads on the mixer, the sound came on and then off again. I borrowed a cotton bud and some nail polish remover and cleaned the jack plug and socket... perfect. So, a dirty contact in an insignificant part of the chain and it takes out the whole of one side of the system.

The LX must have loads of such contacts (probably gold plated to minimise corrosion) at about 20 years old they could probably all do with a clean. There must surely be a contact to switch the meter on but I don't know how switch off is controlled; there must be some solid state timer. I think the first thing to do is to find out how it works. Sadly phoning Pentax might not be the best option.

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