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1. From : GLOBETROTTER (globetrotterworld@hotmail.com)
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Date : 04:58 PM Thursday 13 February, 2003

Martin - Set the LX shutter dial on Auto and the lens on widest aperture setting. Point the lens at a very dark subject that gives a shutter speed reading in the viewfinder of longer than 3-seconds (bottom red diode lights in viewfinder), and press shutter button. You should hear the mirror go up and the shutter blinds open. Now immeidately point the lens directly at a bright light source. The shutter should close instantly. Try the same procedure with the mirror locked in the up position. Does your LX shutter close properly in these situations?


2. From : Martin (wildingmartin@hotmail.com)
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Date : 02:08 PM Thursday 13 February, 2003

I have a Pentax LX with the following problem. When the camera is used in the autofunction and the time is 1s or longer the camera will open its shutter but not close it again untill you turn the dial from the auto setting. However when you use the camera in manual mode there is no problem and the camera opens and closes the shutter with no problem. I would just like to know what could be the problem and is it easily fixable. Thank you


3. From : peter (p.smekal@telia.com)
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Date : 04:44 PM Wednesday 12 February, 2003

Thanks Anton & Globetrotter. Some Clarifications: Actually i realized the problem with a Metz Mecablitz 32 CT 3.
After some advice from other people I managed to fix a SCA-372 hot-shoe for a Metz Mecablitz 32 CT 3. With that shoe attached the flash is said to work together with the LX in TTL-mode like any Pentax TTL flash (such as the AF-200T, AF-280T or AF-400T). And so it seems. The red "X" led glowing when the flash reaches full charge. Only one thing is odd: the automatic exposure check in the viewfinder works very erratic. It flickers for correct exposure when the reflector is tilted uppwards, not when its in 'normal position'. In the same position/distance to a possible motive that is. Why would that be? It shouldn't have anything to do with the hot-shoe. What do you think, can the flash still be reliable?

I should add that I've only checked it 'dry' - without film - but that should affect both reflector-positions equally, or? Another clue: it has these problems with the M 50/1.4 and not with the M 85/2 lens - strange! Just thought that you might have an idea. Thanks anyhow! And cheers Anton! Peter


4. From : Anton Browne (anton@antonbrowne.co.uk)
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Date : 06:15 AM Wednesday 12 February, 2003

Peter, you need to be more specific about the erratic flash exposure confirmation - or lack of. Let me add this to the LX ageing problems:

Erratic hotshoe flash and viewfinder flash information could be down to corrosion on the contacts inside the viewfinder. I had problems and traced them to the viewfinder rather than the camera body or the flash (this in itself took quite a bit of faffing about). Once I'd targetted the offending viewfinder I removed the four tiny screws and lifted off the cover. The connection from the hotshoe contacts on the cover to the guts of the viewfinder (and from there to the camera body via the gold-plated pins that we've all seen) is by leaf spring contact. In my example there was corrosion on the metal sprung contacts, and cleaning restored proper functioning.

Symptoms: Sometimes the flash doesn't fire (when it obviously should). Sometimes the flash recharged light doesn't illuminate (when the flash is obviously recharged). Sometimes the exposure confirmation LED doesn't err... confirm (when there's no reason why it shouldn't). Any combination of the above in any order - 'sometimes' being the key word.

Advice: Dismantle only if you're reasonably good with your hands. Don't lose the tiny screws. Careful with the foam seals (which are probably rotting and therefore fragile. If your symptome don't fit the above then leave well alone. Appologies for any typos... I've just finished a bottle of rather nice wine. Hic


5. From : GLOBETROTTER (globetrotterworld@hotmail.com)
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Date : 11:06 PM Tuesday 11 February, 2003

The flash check within the viewfinder is OK, but is mainly for inside subects where light is bouncing off walls. Outside subjects, especially at distance and at night, it will not be 100%. It is a good guide though, and can help in certain situations. I tend not to use it much, but find it quite useful when the LX is on a bellows unit and I'm copying transparencies.


6. From : peter (p.smekal@telia.com)
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Date : 09:22 PM Tuesday 11 February, 2003

How reliable do you think is the 'automatic exposure check inside the LX viewfinder' when using a TTL flash, e.g. AF-280? I have two LX bodies and on both I find the 'flickering' comes somewhat erratic in some situations.


7. From : choeN (no@ne.ere)
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Date : 02:54 PM Tuesday 11 February, 2003

Ladies and Gentlemen, are we witnessing the demise, or the rebirth of the Pentax lore with their next step into the digital realm?


8. From : GLOBETROTTER (globetrotterworld@hotmail.com)
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Date : 02:09 AM Tuesday 11 February, 2003

Judging by latest news on the DSLR front, it seems that Pentax are now finally going to release a digital-SLR body. The bad news (to myself, anyway!) is that they are going to use a small and cheaper censor and obviously will be aimed at the amateur market. Yes, of course it will be cheaper than the DSLR-MZS version that was axed a few years back, but after waiting for 3-years, I think the Pentax-pro SLR users were expecting something of higher quality to released. Pentax will also be dropping their production of film-based SLR's by a tidy margin over future years. This in itself is not surprising, but I had very much wished for a pro-end Pentax body to match my large collection of SLR lenses. If Pentax do not bring out a top-grade SLR with full-sized sensor soon, then I am honestly thinking of buying into another camera SLR system (after many decades with Pentax!). I will of course continue to use the superb lenses and film-based Pentax bodies as long as I can, but I can foresee myself becoming a Canon or Nikon user when the total switch to digital becomes reality. Hopefully, I am wrong, and Pentax WILL make myself (and thousands of other Pro Pentax users) stay in the fold by offering a top-grade DSLR body very soon.....but somehow (and sadly) I doubt it. Let's just wait and see what Pentax actually launch at the USA Show in March 2003.


9. From : GLOBETROTTER (globetrotterworld@hotmail.com)
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Date : 06:40 AM Sunday 09 February, 2003

35-70 mm f/2.8-3.5 M
Mark Stringer - I used a Pentax M 35-70 f/2.8-3.5 for years on an ME-Super. It is fast, photos were excellent and [these lenses] have come down a lot in price.

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Bob Waldken - Mark's post reminded me that I've seen a couple of the f/2.8-3.5s recently. I was intrigued enough by the speed to have a look at one of them and take some pix with it. The thing I liked about it was that it was a better size for me than the f/3.5~4.5, the handling seemed very good, and the build quality felt better than the A f/4. The particular one I looked at had a small mark on the lens but . . . I was quite tempted to buy it. The pix I took - just B&W snaps of the street outside the shop - seemed to be pretty good optically, as far as I could tell. In the end I decided against simply because I have that range covered already by several primes and the 35-105/3.5, and for the generic reasons I mentioned in my first post. [below, in the A 35-70/3.5~4.5 discussion]

Tom Addison - I too have this 35-70 2.8-3.5M, it came with my LX..Shot a roll of 100 slide with it and found it to be very good, sharp and contrasty for an older zoom. I ... [also have] a Pentax . . .35-70 3.5-4.5A (. . . a bit sloppy mechanically but it's just fine for snapshots on family days out...)...So look for an old M or a newer A you won't be disappointed.....

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Globetrotter: I agree with some of the comments, and this Pentax is one of the better 'older' zooms; but if asked, I'd definitely prefer the suprior quality, sharpness and light-gathering qualities of prime Pentax 35mm, 50mm, or 85mm lenses.


10. From : Peter (p.smekal@telia.com)
Url : http://
Date : 12:38 AM Sunday 09 February, 2003

Let's go back to the past.
A humble and old-fashioned lens question:
What is your opinion about the old SMC M 35-70/2.8-3.5 zoom together with an LX. Could it be a convenient alternative to a normal prime lens?


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