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1. From : Jay (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Url : http://
Date : 11:10 AM Friday 11 August, 2006
Pentax USA continues to service the LX this year, "as per available parts." As for the 250 bulk back and the autowinder: the winder lacks the gear interface to advance the film into its takeup spool. The motordrive has this feature. --Jay2. From : Ivan J. Eberle (Pupfish@starband.net)
Url : http://
Date : 01:18 AM Friday 11 August, 2006
Anyone know if the 250 frame LX bulk back works with the 2fps autowinder? - Ivan J. Eberle
3. From : jeffrey (email@example.com)
Url : http://
Date : 02:17 PM Thursday 10 August, 2006
The comment posted is true (scare me off..too). but I will get one.4. From : AB (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Url : http://
Date : 05:02 PM Sunday 06 August, 2006
I wouldn't worry too much. In the UK Pentax has been passing LX service to indepedents for some time - they don't service them themselves. If I were you I would find a good independent with a reputation for LX service and go to them. I am confident that standard service will be available for many years.
AB5. From : Timoteo Canales (email@example.com)
Url : http://
Date : 06:55 AM Thursday 03 August, 2006
Hello, About 2 years ago I read somewhere in a website that Pentax will discontinue service for the LX this year, 2006. So far, Pentax USA has not posted the LX with other cameras in their "discontinued service" section. The last time I had my LX serviced was 10 years ago, and I would like Pentax to have a CLA done for the last time before service is discontinued.
Timoteo6. From : Ivan J. Eberle (Pupfish@starband.net)
Url : http://www.ivaneberle.com
Date : 03:42 AM Thursday 27 July, 2006
Sorry to be the one to break the bad news, Jeffrey, but Pentax LX gear has not become more affordable due to the digital revolution. The internet and last minute eBay bidding wars seem to have raised everyone's consciousness about what venerable and collectible cameras they are. I'd be rather suprised to find a new-condition or pristine mint LX body with or without the standard FA-1 finder going for much less than 800-$1K US (and sometimes considerably more) just now. The LX-system parts like the excellent FB1/FC1 rotating finder are also going used for more than double what I originally paid for mine, brand new. Which makes a decent LX rather spendy for a camera just to go out and burn film with. Especially considering you can pick up the excellent PZ-1 for $200 or an MZ-S (or heaven forbid even a Nikon F5) for $500-700 in similar pristine shape.
But if you still have your heart set on an LX (and believe me, you're entitiled to--I still have a soft spot for mine) I'd strongly recommend sticking with buying only a pristine one, because although there are quite a few beater bodies going for $350-500, many of these will need extensive restoration--unfortunately, some of the needed replacement parts are no longer available new. These being pro level cameras, certain ones will also have had many thousands of rolls run through them, and will simply be tuckered out, with no hope of economical repair.
Keep in mind also that while any number of older LXs might appear to be in mint shape, these 20-25 year old bodies often suffer from problems of gaskets rotting, particularly the rubber mirror rest stops (causing focusing problems and "sticky mirror syndrome", foam seals for the top of the mirror chamber deteriorating (greasy black gunk on the mirror) and light seals causing film fogging. These very common problems can be remedied, but you can expect to pay a couple of hundred dollars on top of the purchase price to do so.
Ivan7. From : jeffrey (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Url : http://
Date : 01:20 AM Tuesday 25 July, 2006
This is really a cool site.. I have always fancied to own a Pentax during school days. Have been shopping ofr a good, used pentax and have concluded LX is the best model for me. Thanks to the digital evolution, it comes in cheaper than ever .. hah ??8. From : Michael Pimentel (email@example.com)
Url : http://
Date : 11:12 PM Thursday 20 July, 2006
Hello, Thanks for all of the useful advice. About the MZ series of focus screens: the MZM is the only one designed for a manual focus camera that looks like the SC21 screen. Though they might be close in size, the other MZs are all autofocus with an inscribed focusing aid and so those screens might not be much better at manual focus in an older camera like the LX or MX. I cross referenced some other camera maker's screens and on a hunch purchased from ebay a used screen. It turns out one camera series has very nearly the same dimensions as the LX/MX screen except for the tab which can be easily dremeled/sanded to size. So, that's one source for screens. Another source: I found someone who can custom fit a screen from one maker to another. These screens custom sanded to fit by Ischi seem to be very nicely done and reasonably priced. Michael Pimentel9. From : GLOBETROTTER (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Url : http://www.wilderness-photo.co.uk
Date : 06:01 PM Thursday 13 July, 2006
Here is an interesting website with information and manuals for download on the Pentax LX:
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Date : 06:43 PM Wednesday 12 July, 2006
AB...Despite various moans about Pentax...
I think that maybe Pentax actually reads our Pentax LX Messages sometimes...(smile)
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