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1. From : GLOBETROTTER (globetrotterworld@hotmail.com)
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Date : 03:22 AM Saturday 16 November, 2002

Peter - I think the the FB1 with FD1 magni-finder is a much better option. It gives full viewfinder information along with 'correct way' vision. The FB1 also gives the option to bayonet other types of viewfinder onto it. The 'action-finder' is another one I often like to use.


2. From : Peter (p.smekal@telia.com)
Url : http://
Date : 02:07 AM Saturday 16 November, 2002

Has anyone experienced the LX together with the FF-1-waist -level-finder. I have the chance to buy one in good condition. I understand that every in finder is shown in reversed position. i.e. not only shutter speed numbers, but also the "image" in itself. Annoying or?


3. From : GLOBETROTTER (globetrotterworld@hotmail.com)
Url : http://
Date : 09:29 PM Friday 15 November, 2002

Welcome aboard, Doug.

You can visit the 'Databack' section on this site for more information on databacks available for the LX. I'm not sure if your particular databack can be 'updated' for 2002-onwards, but it might be worthwhile contacting a reliable Pentax service centre to see if it can be done. If not, you may have to just use the time and month (and ignore year) on your data, or it might even be OK to just dial in 15 June 1992 instead of the intended 15 June 2002, and use as 'normal'.
I think it is OK to use databacks that show information on the photo if you are doing scientific work, or if it is vital to have that info on each negative or transparency, but if you intend in the future to sell your work, then it is not a good idea. Not only will most editors not want to use a 'dated' photo, but also most photographs are 'timeless' - meaning that they can be sold (and resold) to the photo market for decades.


4. From : choeN (choen@hhsad.hogpi)
Url : http://
Date : 08:52 PM Friday 15 November, 2002

My LX is cosmetically pristine, almost near mint (due to the brassed DOFP button). I am not sure if it's a newer or older model...the shutter has a lot of white dots, all full.

I will send the camera in not so soon as I will be going away soon...


5. From : Doug (dboze@mindspring.com)
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Date : 06:25 PM Friday 15 November, 2002

Hello, all. I just found this message board, and have a question related to my "rediscovering" my LX, after a (too) long period of disuse. I bought mine in November of 1989, and acquired a number of accessories both retail and from Pentax "B" stock, IIRC, which were advertised in _Pentax Life_, now sadly defunct.

One of these is the Dial Data back, and I stopped using it because the year dial only went from 80 to 91. Is it possible to update this item? IOW, is there a 00 to 11 dial available, and would this be doable at the Pentax service center? It's just that I find it handy to mark if only the first couple of frames of a roll for later reference. I visited their web site, and have to say that this is not the company that made my camera (insert tones of betrayal and righteous indignation) and yet they do not specifically exclude the LX from the banned-list of serviceable cameras. Your thoughts are greatly appreciated.

Thanks,

Doug


6. From : GLOBETROTTER (globetrotterworld@hotmail.com)
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Date : 06:09 PM Friday 15 November, 2002

Choen - The faults with your particular secondhand Pentax LX body are not the same as what Anton is discussing. Your LX definitely needs repair. It is possible that just the sticky mirror is the problem, but may also be contact on Auto dial, or even both. If the LX body you have is in extremely good condition and one of the later models (with high rimmed finger guard around the shutter release), then I would opt for the £100 repair. If it is in not so good condition, and also is one of the older LX models, then I would suggest that looking for another late& mint Pentax LX on the secondhand market is a far safer option (Ebay auctions offer some superb LX bargains most weeks).
The LX is probably one of the best 'expedition' cameras ever made, so it is a wise choice; but make sure it is working 100% before you step on that plane!


7. From : Anton Browne (anton@antonbrowne.co.uk)
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Date : 10:12 AM Friday 15 November, 2002

Don't send your LX's in yet!

I am visiting the Pentax UK service department later today. They have had two goes at my LX and the 'erratisism' at 3200 & 1600 persists. I am seeking a refund of my £104 as I specifically asked for this problem to be fixed (I didn't ask them to service it, as that had been done only a few months previously). They are now denying there's a fault - saying that the camera operates to specification. I am taking the camera with me to demonstrate the behaviour in their presence. I wonder what they will say when it fires off a 1/2000 in amongst the 1 sec that it should give.

I am no longer looking to get it fixed as PDML respondents have said most of their LX's do it too. I figure it's a bug and I shall work around it by using the camera on manual at these ISO's, I would like and think that I am due a refund though. I will let you know what the Pentax Technical Supervisor has to say. Anton


8. From : choeN, ranting again (sadsa@sdasa.casa)
Url : http://
Date : 09:34 AM Friday 15 November, 2002

OK, it's me again... I just tested the iso 3200 thing on the mz50, set on auto. with lens off and body cap on, 1/8s. with lens on at 1.4 and cap on, 1/8s. What the heck is wrong with these Pentax cameras? Tried the same thing on ME Super, set on auto. max iso 1600, f1.4, and it went down beyond it's 4s capabilities. Now, that is more accurate. No point doing it on the MX...though I suspect that the slow speeds are slightly off, but this is just judgement by ear. I hope I am not going off tangent here. I was hoping I can bring the LX on my next 'expedition' to the continent in a week's time. Sigh. My week's getting worse. I bought a second hand digital light meter that is underexposing by one or two stops ARgh.



9. From : choeN (shdashjdha@sdha.casdads)
Url : http://
Date : 08:28 AM Friday 15 November, 2002

Now it's strange. I tested it again, this time with the mirror locked up. ISO25, aperture wide open, 4 secs...and it the shutter closed closer to 4 secs! But 1 sec is still about 2 secs....:( How can my cheap MZ50 be more reliable????


10. From : choeN (choenboy@yahoo.com)
Url : http://
Date : 08:16 AM Friday 15 November, 2002

Globetrotter The LX needs a visit to the doctor. In auto mode at 3200, aperture at 1.4, lens caps on...the camera gives a reading of 4s. And the shutter opens for 2 seconds. What's even better at slower iso (from 25 to 200), at auto 1/2s the shutter opens for 2 secs. At auto 1 sec it opens for 5 secs, and so on. I wrote to Pentax UK, and a Charlotte Bennett replied 'I am sorry to hear that you are having problems with your Pentax equipment. If you can send it in to us we shall get it checked for you. It is difficult to give you a price without seeing the camera but a service and repair will be in the region of £100.00 and takes on average 15 working days.' Now, you guys with the experience with Pentax repair centre...how much do you think the cost of repair will be closer to? This LX also suffers from a sticky mirror (every first shot, even after less than an hour). Thanks.


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