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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 : Mico (micolx@netscape.net)
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Date : 12:52 AM Monday 28 July, 2003

So, electronic is involved, that is for sure. Again, anybody with good tip about that (except recomending CLA...)


2. From : Mico (micolx@netscape.net)
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Date : 12:04 AM Sunday 27 July, 2003

That is fine Globetrotter, at least from the outside. I am going to check the same spots, but the gold-plated contacts inside. They can also get dirtu and sticky, but if this is not the case, I am in trouble. Than, electronic switch is getting erratic...


3. From : GLOBETROTTER (globetrotterworld@hotmail.com)
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Date : 01:47 AM Saturday 26 July, 2003

Have you checked the shutter and lefthand meter switches to see if they are slightly sticking due to dust or particles between button and collar?


4. From : Mico (micolx@netscape.net)
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Date : 11:41 PM Friday 25 July, 2003

Anybody experiencing LX`s meter not switching off for 45 seconds,even more? I`ve just got that problem on one of mine cameras, and do not know what to do, especially when it does not turn the meter off for several minutes. Taking off the batteries each time is not very convenient solution...
Mico


5. From : GLOBETROTTER (globetrotterworld@hotmail.com)
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Date : 02:49 PM Tuesday 22 July, 2003

I use a polarizer filter most of the time, even though I sometimes wish that it didn't cause so much of a loss in shutter speed.


6. From : Jay Hart (ibcom@onebox.com)
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Date : 08:36 AM Tuesday 22 July, 2003

OK Guys, it is summer, the hottest on recent record all over the planet; so how do we cut through the haze and still use the same gear? RSVP: to see how all do so. Any tricks of time of day, or weather patterns, to get those clear distant shots. Any time we do not want clarity? --Jay


7. From : Jose R. Rodriguez (jrrodriguez@cox-internet.com)
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Date : 03:17 AM Saturday 12 July, 2003

Monte, The "Sticky Mirror" problem seems to occur in older LX bodies, and is evidenced by a prolonged/hesitant or incomplete mirror/shutter cycle the first time the shutter is tripped after the camera has been idle for weeks, days, or in some cases as little as a few hours. Also, the mirror rest may become compressed. The mirror may be supported at a lower position, which affects the finder view (focusing). This effect results in the actual plane of focus on the film lying behind the subject in focus as viewed through the viewfinder. So, the camera may not focus accurately and may not focus to infinity with any lens. If you have not had your LX cleaned, lubricated, and adjusted (CLA'd) since purchase, I would send it to an competent technician for the service. I would mention to them if your LX exhibits the "Sticky Mirror" problem, so the repair technician can perform the proper repair. This includes fully disassembling the mirror box mechanism and replacing the series of bumpers/rests that are located well inside the camera mechanism. I hope this helps. Regards, Jose R. Rodriguez


8. From : monte (husni002@yahoo.com)
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Date : 01:19 AM Saturday 12 July, 2003

"sticky mirror"....I have an early lx model from 80-81 I purchassed it as a gift to myself while visiting Japan, so I've had it almost 25 years...how do you determine if it has the sticky mirror problem I read and hear so much about or the net? Thanks for any input.


9. From : Mico (micolx@netscape.net)
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Date : 12:32 AM Saturday 12 July, 2003

Just got new set of top covers - 70US$. Of course, I`ve paid for that, but I just could not look at my "scarfaced" LX. Paint work was actually DISOLVED by some cleaning solvent, I beleive. Imagine LX`s matte finish partially removed with shiny spots bellow, and technicians finger prints permanently etched all over it!!Maybe I should trace him by these finger prints!! I had the same problem once before, byt not that bad.
You are right Anton, geting LX properly repaired and returned in good shape is a miracle these days. Not to mention that I am going to replace covers on my own, I will not take any chances any more.
M.


10. From : Anton (handmaid@fsmail.net)
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Date : 08:36 AM Friday 11 July, 2003

I think we have to accept that craftsmanship in the arena of camera technicians, is dying out. Which of us now would choose to set up a business repairing the LX and older cameras? The difficulty in getting parts, the time required to troubleshoot ( compared to the current technique of simply replacing whole circuit boards or indeed dumping the whole camera).

The person who repaired your LX Mico probably saw it as a near worthless piece of kit and figured you wouldn't even notice if the old girl had an extra scratch or two - he probably figured it was your grandad's and you found it in the loft; maybe I'm being over the top here.

The answer - it seems to me - is to discover the tech who understand that you care about these pieces of recent history; that you like the thoughts and feelings of the folk responsible for their creation in the first place. The tech who understands this will know that you want to keep them going, that you likely know all their quircks and dents and scratches, she will know that are prepared to pay a significant portion of the cameras market value for a good, honeast, quality CLA. They will also know that any cosmetic damage caused by them will be unnacceptable, so they will apoligise and offer a discount or they will apologise and fully rectify the problem. We increasingly need to seek out specialist technicians who understand passion (sadly I feel that Pentax is no longer the answer - though I can understand why). Let's support these niche technicians by recommending them; we need to keep them going. I can recommend Harrow Technical in the UK for an honest job on ageing Pentax cameras. AB


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