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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 : AB (nuzzlemuff@fsmail.net)
Url : http://
Date : 06:25 AM Wednesday 12 July, 2006

From Pentax re: 10D and 110D body and shake reduction mechanism. 'Lenses compatible with this mechanism are: PENTAX K-, KA-, KAF- and KAF2-mount lenses; screw-mount lenses (with an adapter); and 645- are 67-system lenses (with an adapter). Certain lenses may lose part of their functions.'Despite various moans about Pentax, I take my hat off to them for providing this vast compatibility with discontinued lenses - some of which are decades old - and even lenses from other format cameras. AB


2. From : Jay (ibcom@onebox.com)
Url : http://
Date : 11:34 PM Tuesday 11 July, 2006

Back from the thawing North country ice flows. Calling the parts department directly at Pentax, asking them to fax schematic blow-ups of camera sections where parts have been needed or wanted, then having the exact part number identified from this is the route to order with them. Then I call that department once more, give the part number, my business name and address, they take the Visa number, calculate shipping, and send off the respective part. However, my specifications were related to the ZX 5N (MZ 5n), not the MZs. Does not the MZs have interchangeable screens, so ordered from any Pentax dealer as a consumer item? --Jay


3. From : AB (nuzzlemuff@fsmail.net)
Url : http://
Date : 06:10 AM Tuesday 11 July, 2006

Hi Michael I got mine from my friendly technician in the UK. I suggest you contact a friendly repairer and ask them to order them/it for you. AB


4. From : Michael Pimentel (mp3000@netzero.net)
Url : http://
Date : 07:50 PM Monday 10 July, 2006

Hello, I saw some earlier postings that the focusing screen from a Pentax MZM can be used in a Pentax LX or MX. I tried calling the Pentax USA but the MZM/LZM screen isn't for sale to consumers. Does anyone have any other sources? Thank you.


5. From : Dustin Potter (dpotter2113@hotmail.com)
Url : http://
Date : 04:20 AM Saturday 08 July, 2006

Thanks for the advice guys. It wasn't a lens problem. I took it to the local camera shop and they have a technician there who will be looking at it over the weekend. Thanks guys!


6. From : HILTON DAVIS (hilton.davis@bbc.co.uk)
Url : http://
Date : 10:08 PM Friday 07 July, 2006

Nice website for followers and enthusiasts of PENTAX products. The LX was a camera all Pentax users would aspire to own and use. Great results & Pro build quality. I never bought an LX but still use my trusty MV body with a range of Pentax optics.

It still delivers the quality I want, especially with its 50mm f1.4 M std lens. I still don't see the need for digital, with the film quality offered by 35mm Pentax cameras! Also, these models seemed to have character - unlike todays Digital devices.


7. From : Philip Ashman (genesisphil@hotmail.com)
Url : http://
Date : 01:43 PM Friday 07 July, 2006

Just in case anyone may be interested, there is a camera shop in the UK (Cambrian Photography in Wales) offering a mint 2nd hand Pentax 600mm F4 AF IF ED for sale on their website (link below). At £2999 it is beyond my budget at present and also unsure if it is the older F* model or the newer FA*. They do say it comes with a 12 month guarantee though which is pretty good in this day an age for 2nd hand equipment.

http://www.cambrianphoto.co.uk/listprod.php?cat=37&mc=37&PHPSESSID=94320d6e28126b9975d13ea6058c35c4

Philip


8. From : Dr.Eze Adanne (eze@aol.com)
Url : http://
Date : 07:13 PM Wednesday 05 July, 2006

A very nice page... keep it up. Regards. Dr.Eze Adanne.


9. From : AB (nuzzlemuff@fsmail.net)
Url : http://
Date : 04:42 PM Tuesday 04 July, 2006

Dustin, as you look at the lens mount on the LX (lens removed) at 2 o'clock there is a lever that runs in an arc around an inner segment of the mount. This lever transmits the lens aperture information to the camera meter. With lens removed, eye to viewfinder and a finger on the lever hold the camera to light and switch the meter on (press shutter). Note the indicated shutter speed. Pull this lever down and around in its arc whilst watching the shutter speed indication. The indicated shutter speed should rise (in fact shorten) as the lever is moved.

From this you should be able to establish whether it is the lens or camera at fault. My guess is that it's a fault with the camera (probably with whatever track or resistor this lever operates in the camera body - maybe it just needs cleaning). If the camera hasn't been serviced in a while you may as well send it in TO A GOOOOOD repairer. If you're in the UK I can recommend Robin at Pentax Camera Repairs Direct: http://www.pentaxcamerarepairsdirect.co.uk
Before you send it in thoroughly check all functions and operations so that you can list all faults and help the technician. For instance, one of my LX's works fine but on Auto if the meter goes into the red above 2000 instead of the shutter firing at 1/2000th (and overexposing the film - which is my choice having been warned) the shutter locks up. I have to take the camera off Auto and then I can continue. This fault is easily fixed but LX's can be riddled with little faults like this that may well go unnoticed by user and technician alike. My advice, check absolutely everything over a period of time (including flash operation from prism and body contacts) write a list of your findings and send it in to a trusted technician for a CLA.

AB


10. From : GLOBETROTTER (globetrotterworld@hotmail.com)
Url : http://www.wilderness-photo.co.uk
Date : 03:19 PM Tuesday 04 July, 2006

Dustin - Look into the front of the lens and check that the diaphragm is opening and closing correctly. It is more likely to be a problem with a sticking aperture lever on the lens, or in the LX mirror chamber.


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