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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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Date : 12:26 AM Saturday 09 November, 2002

Hey Anton!... it just dawned on me that your name is very familiar.....wasn't it you who I sold my Pentax A 50mm f1.2 Lens to? I've just read the Pentax-discuss issue about your Pentax LX metering, and suddenly realised that it must be, because you photograph singers in smoky night clubs! Hope you like the lens.

Getting back to the metering problem. Is it possible, because the LX is metering on average rather than spot metering, that sometimes small lights, candles, lighters, reflections off objects are sometimes causing the shutter to close too fast (beyond your viwefinder vision or reflected slightly outside of its view)? Often a distant light, car headlight, extreme distant lightning strike, or bounced reflection as part of, or even as bounced light outside the frame, can cause the shutter to close. The faster the film used, the quicker will be the response and therefore a rising scale of shutter speeds - up to extreme cases with 3200-ISO.
I think that more accurate judgements with your camera bodies need to be taken during bench tests using controlled lighting and ultra-fast film in the dark chamber. (I do understand your frustration with so-called pro camera techs who often return your camera body in the same condition & faults as you sent them! - Often we understand the 'fault' more than the guys working in the 'repair' centre.....).
Knowing the work you do, it might be worth also using a body allowing spot metering (such as the Z1p - I do, and find it works well alongside the LX) for your work. It might also be worthwhile borrowing a Z1p, or other brand body (Nikon, Canon etc) with spot metering to judge how different the results are with these cameras set on spot metering, compared to LX 'average' metering for photographing subjects such as isolated performers in dim or darkened rooms (sounds like a nice hobby!).

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Date : 11:28 PM Friday 08 November, 2002

Anton: After all these years and winding thousands of rolls through LX's, I never did realise that the exposure system had problems with fastest films settings (mind you, I tend to use slow films like Velvia for most of my work, so I would hardly notice it!). I must say that I'm a little shocked by your findings. No matter how little a photographer uses these fast-film settings, if a camera company states that these films are useable in normal circumstances, the exposure should read accurately to expose that film.
I have worked extensively with many cameras - including Contax, Leica, Nikon, Canon and Minolta; but the LX meter has proven to be the very best at reading accurately at longer exposures with slower films (and of course accurate fast shutter speeds with the medium-slow films in the 25ISO-200ISO categories). Is it possible that because the LX meter system is more 'geared' towards longer exposures and slow films, that it loses some accuracy in the very fastest film speed settings? If this is so, I feel that PENTAX should still have let the public know the possible problems encountered with photographers using ultra-fast films - especially regarding a pro camera system that needs to excel in a wide range of conditions and uses.
Surely Anton, if the problem you have encountered with your LX bodies is not only a common fault throughout the range, and is proven to exist in new LX bodies, then Pentax would be legally binding to compensate your losses paid out in repairs?
I also find it strange that these possible errors in metering were not discovered in the earlier exhaustive tests carried out and published in the comprehensive LX TEST book (red book).

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Date : 09:11 PM Friday 08 November, 2002

Hi, I would like to know how to remove the strap lugs from the body?


4. From : choeN (
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Date : 09:00 PM Friday 08 November, 2002

Hi all, I think I just joined the LX club by acquiring myself one of them. Took me years to find one at the right condition and at the right price.

My impression of it is that the mirror is a little bit sticky when not used for a few hours.

Just loaded a slide film into it...will be test shooting it later.

5. From : Anton Browne (
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Date : 09:12 AM Friday 08 November, 2002

A while ago we talked about a bug in the LX regarding auto exposure timing. I have been persistent in tracing a 'fault' in my LX resulting in four repair attemts (£250 spent). I finally emailed the PDML newsgroup and asked members to test their LX's. All respondents had the same fault. It only happens at 3200 & 1600 ISO but if you use this fast film then Auto on the LX is not reliable. I feel sure Pentax knows about this but they keep quite; they use the phrase 'the camera is operating to specification' they don't tell you that specification includes gross underexposure.

Check the threads at:- and then go on to the newer post under:- More Help From LX Illuminati

Better to know than not to know, I now use the LX on manual with fast film.

All the best

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Date : 05:01 PM Tuesday 05 November, 2002

Just returned from expedition to Africa. Of course, my Pentax Z1p's and faithfull old LX bodies + list of lenses travelled with me. For wildlife shots I was using mainly the FA 100mm f/2.8 macro; Sigma APO 400mm f/5.6 macro and the SMCP 500mm f/4.5.
I love the close-focus provided by the Sigma (I think it's slightly bettr than the Pentax 5.6 version - although the Pentax 400mm f/2.8 outshines both by a far margin....but it does weigh like an 'elephant'!), but the big Pentax 500mm often turns out crisper images than the Sigma - with more 'bite'. The SMCP 500mm lens is well made, but I often wish for a similar autofocus version and don't want the added expense and weight of the Pentax 600mm f/4. Why are Pentax waiting so long to bring out a 500mm 4.5 autofocus version?
Another question that baffles me - especially when the 'old' LX has such a loyal following, that PENTAX does not bring out an updated autofocus version of the magical LX. I love the LX, but there are so many 'updates' that were not installed in the '2000' version - even when they intended bringing out a manual-only version. A clip on (or inbuilt), robust and dustproof motordrive (without the need for covering the 'porthole'when removing! plus an efficient inbuilt handgrip)is urgently needed. One of the most common problems with lens sharpness is not the quality of the glass, but magnified camera shake caused by slightly loose fittings - especially when a 1.4 converter is added; and the single screw fitting between nicad pack and motordrive does not help matters.
After all this, why do I still continue to use the LX? Simply put, it is my mainstay body for landscape photography (mainly with FA 24mm F/2 attached)and more importantly, for evening/early morning & nighttime shots - especially moonscapes or lightning photography. For most other photogaphy I find the Z1p bodies taking more & more of a leading role. If Pentax brought out a valid update of the LX to match the Nikon F5 or Canon EOS1v (albeit with Pentax's purchance for 'smaller' cameras)then I - and I'm sure many other professional phtogarphers would buy them. 1980-2002 is an extremely long time to wait for a 'full' updated version for the pro user.
And while I'm at it, why did Pentax pull out the MZS digital version body at last years Photokina? I'd hoped that Pentax were going to enter an even better (LX?)version this year..but all is quiet with Pentax. I can't for ever be searching for 'mint' secondhand versions of the LX or Z1p to use as working tools (the MZS, although 'good', does not fill my needs).
Sorry about this being a long-winded comment - but I'd be interested to hear of views about these questions, or answers from Pentax about my views!

7. From : Anton Browne (
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Date : 03:31 PM Monday 04 November, 2002

Hello Andre If you mean that your LX will not focus at infinity in the viewfinder or that focussing seems to be off in photographs then it is likely that the mirror rest is compressed. This causes the plane of focus in the viewfinder to differ from the actual focus on film. Pentax will fully service an LX for £100 (GBP) and it's probably worth having this done. Alternatively if you're good with your hands you could have a go at replacing the rest your self but be warned, it is tiny and needs micro adjustment (not easy without specialised tools - I suggest you have it serviced. There's some info on your problem here: Regards Anton

8. From : Andre Brinkman (
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Date : 03:28 AM Saturday 02 November, 2002

Recently I bought a secondhand LX. But its look like he is out of focus. Can somebody tell me what it is? Thanks.

9. From : Jose R. Rodriguez (
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Date : 03:15 AM Friday 01 November, 2002

Cyrille, If you download the "Selected Content" LX Camera Manual from the Main LX Page, it will illustrate the process of attaching/removing the strap. The Manual states: ...before attaching the strap, press the twin tab of the fastener with the edge of a coin until the single tab protrudes.... attach one of the strap fasteners to either Accessory Lug and press the single tab with a coin until twin tab protrudes, thereby locking the fastener to the lug. Repeat with the other fastener.

10. From : cyrille (
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Date : 12:31 AM Friday 01 November, 2002

Hello, I just bought a very old and very nice LX, the body has no straps and i fortunately found some on another LX body. I would like to remove the straps from the strap lugs of the first body to fix them on mine... Simple!
I just could not fit how to unclip the straps. Can someone help me please. Regards cyrille

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