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1. From : Anton Browne (anton@antonbrowne.co.uk)
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Date : 10:18 PM Saturday 22 February, 2003

Thanks to Mico's recommendation I received my two MZ-M screens from Pentax this morning and they are in place. The fit seems absolutely fine. I don't know what original screens I had. I recently bought 3 LX's and a number of A* and other interesting lenses from a local shop that was having a clearout (more on these exceptional bargains in another post). I currently have 6 LX's - some of which I am in the process of selling. I noticed that some LX's were brighter than others, and brighter than my two orginals which had original screens. I assumed these must have the newer bright screens fitted or the Beattie variants but there are no markings so I can't tell, I swapped these brighter screens to the cameras I plan to keep and found my lowlight focussing easier.

The newly fitted MZ-M screens seems as bright if not a tad brighter than the brightest of screens I've seen, it presents a quality image, I particularly like the smoothness of the ground area and the general precision of the image. I am yet to use the cameras in my usual low light jazz club setting (3200 ASA f1.8/1.4 @ 1/30 or 1/60 if I'm lucky) and will report back when I've done so. Initial impressions are: Thanks Mico, the screens were something like £5 each... better buy them up before Pentax catches on and quadruples the price. Just shows how we were being ripped off for the LX screens. Anton


2. From : kaitsuan (skaichi@yahoo.com)
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Date : 02:18 PM Saturday 22 February, 2003

If you're looking for parts for japanese branded camera (Nikon, Pentax, canon etc., please contact to us.


3. From : Mico (micolx@netscape.net)
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Date : 08:37 AM Saturday 22 February, 2003

Peter, No, I did not have a chance to try those new screens for LX, and I do not know are they available, other than for LX limited edition models. That probably would be the better solution, since MZ-M screen is not designed for LX (size, at the first place). But, compared with Beattie Interscreen (65US$, and I think it has been discontinued for LX) it is worth trying. By the way, MZ-M`s focusing screen can be removed very easy from the frame, althought, officially, it is not interchangeable screen, and procedure is not expalined in the manual. If somebody has MZ-m and wants to try the screen on LX, I can explain the procedure.


4. From : peter (p.smekal@telia.com)
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Date : 11:31 PM Friday 21 February, 2003

Mico, have you compared the MZ-M screens to the new Bright Screens for the LX (SE60/Matte Field; SG60/Grid; SC69/like SC21)? Are they better?


5. From : Mico (micolx@netscape.net)
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Date : 03:04 AM Friday 21 February, 2003

This may be interesting for some LX users... Focusing screen from Pentax MZ-M (manual focus) camera can be used on LX. Increase in overall brightnes is astonishing, matte field is virtualy grain-free and very usefull for focusing with long telephoto lenses. Split-field is also very resistant to "semi-dark" syndrome, down to f5,6 under very poor light conditions. Micro grid is also very good, althought not for all lenses (100mm F.2,8 works a bit better with LX`s original screen.) In general, lenses with max. F stop of 2,8 and up works fine, with very bright wievfinder, while real blow is with lenses from 3,5 and down, zooms and long telephotos in particular.

I have tested focus on 7 different lenses (from 24 F.2,0 to 300 F.4,5, including two zooms) and it offered improvement on each of them. Finder looks like each of your lenses is at least 1,5 F stops faster! Also, you do not have to adjust focus on your LX camera, which also has been tested with my two "reference" lenses, F- 50mm F.1,7 and M-100mm F.2,8. Screen itself is just a bit smaller than LX`s original,( aprox 1% ) but it will fit into LX`s screen frame and you will not be able to see anything strange in the finder. Just be more careful while placing it in the frame. This is not an accessory but rather a spare part for MZ-M, so you can obtain it only by ordering it from Pentax authorised service. And price is arround 5 US $ !!

I have just got three of them, and I am very happy just to look through my LX cameras!
Take this just as my opinion, since this is not the regular LX`s accessory. I can no be responsible for any damaged or lost property! Joke...


6. From : Chris Edwards (chrisaedwards@earthlink.net)
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Date : 10:30 PM Wednesday 19 February, 2003

I need to get my '82 LX serviced. I am in the Washington DC area. Any recommendations are apprecicated, thanks.


7. From : GLOBETROTTER (globetrotterworld@hotmail.com)
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Date : 06:54 PM Monday 17 February, 2003

The nicad batteries inside the LX motordrive are not complicated and you can easily replace them if you are good with a soldering iron. Just open the battery pack and remove batteries, and then replace with new ones. Another option is to look for a secondhand 'newish LX' battery pack on Ebay.


8. From : robert (wvsar2r42@aol.com)
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Date : 03:38 PM Monday 17 February, 2003

I would like to know some repair shops in the So Cal area that would replace the Ni-Cd batteries in my pentax LX motor drive battery pack. Or if possible just the data on the batteries themselves and I'll replace them (voltage,amp-hr,manufacturer, etc.)


9. From : Anton Browne (anton@antonbrowne.co.uk)
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Date : 04:15 PM Friday 14 February, 2003

Yes, this is Rob Studdert and I have one of his grips and lovely it is too. If you want one you'd best hurry 'cause I don't think he's doing them anymore (there wasn't the market to make it viable) and one of the last one's is currently on eBay. Rob had a mountain of classy Pentax stuff for sale recently (seems to be into Contax and Leica as well). He also runs this well know LX site: http://members.ozemail.com.au/~distudio/thepentaxlx.html AB


10. From : Jefferson (JVhome99@hotmail.com)
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Date : 11:56 AM Friday 14 February, 2003

I always enjoyed reading all the posting in this Message board. Tons of useful individual ideas and they are immensely useful, I have email a couple of fellow users to read as well. Next, I have found this Australian page, he sells some very ineresting custom made wooden hand grip(s) design for LX, see: http://www.home.aone.net.au/audiobias/grips.html hope this input is beneficial. This is a GREAT site !


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