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 : Jose R. Rodriguez (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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Date : 03:29 AM Thursday 24 October, 2002
Bob, I suspect that your LX is experiencing the infamous "Sticky Mirror" problem, which seems to occur in older LX bodies, and is evidenced by a hesitant or incomplete mirror/shutter cycle the first time the shutter is tripped after the camera has been idle for weeks, days, or in some cases as little as a few hours.
You may want to visit Rob Studdert's Web Page for a full explanation of this Pentax LX Problem: http://members.ozemail.com.au/~distudio/lxproblems.html
If it is the Sticky Mirror Problem, you will need to have the camera repaired (by a Pentax Factory Authorised Repair Facility) which will involve full disassembly of the mirror box mechanism and replacement of the external rubber bumpers and the series of bumpers/rests that are located well inside the camera mechanism. Also, you may want to check to see if the mirror rest has become compressed, which affects the finder view (focusing). This effect results in the actual plane of focus on the film lying behind the subject in focus as viewed through the viewfinder. So, the camera does not focus accurately and will not focus to infinity with any prime lens. I recommend that you have your LX Cleaned, Lubricated and Adjusted (CLA), so that everything is within manufactures’ specifications and the "Sticky Mirror" problem is repaired properly. I hope this helps.2. From : Jose R. Rodriguez (email@example.com)
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Date : 01:18 AM Wednesday 23 October, 2002
Henry, You may want to contact Peter at Camera Direct ( http://www.camera-direct.com ). I recently purchase a new Pentax Eye Cup M for my LX from him; excellent service.... Regards, Jose R. Rodriguez3. From : Henry Reckler (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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Date : 05:37 AM Saturday 19 October, 2002
Want to buy clip-on rubber eyepiece for LX4. From : Bob Kasper (email@example.com)
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Date : 07:47 AM Friday 18 October, 2002
I experience a delay in shutter speed when I first use my LX. After the first shot the shutter appears to be in sync with the speed setting. Any idea what would cause this anomaly/5. From : Luke Peters (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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Date : 06:26 AM Wednesday 16 October, 2002
I have enjoyed reading the debates on LX vs Nikons etc. I have long coveted the LX. It looks and feels so damn good! But it's just a bit too expensive for me. Instead I have a Nikon FA on order which I haven't used yet. This comes in about £100 cheaper on the used market. Another factor that swings me to the FA for now at least, is its 1/4000 top shutter and above all 1/250 flash sync speed which gives you a lot more play with fill in flash. It's a shame the LX can't compete here. The main thing I love about the LX is its fully mechanical nature- something essential if you're travelling a lot and something I loved in my old FM2. If the FA doesn't work out I may get an LX though!6. From : Arnold Wilkinson (email@example.com)
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Date : 05:08 PM Wednesday 09 October, 2002
Alan Clayton's comments on LX versus FM2 was sharp and precise to the point. The two cameras are simply incomparable. The new FM3A has narrowed the gap between the two models but still, personally I felt the LX still excels at all departments. The only issue that the LXers have to live with it is, the LX is in a way been discontinued and there have not been any new accessories introduced by its creator for quite a long time. I don't do a lot of action based photography and I strongly believe my LX should last me another decade or two easily ! Cheers ! P.S. I am more than happy to see this LX site/forum having two experienced people maintaining it now, GOOD JOB!7. From : Oiva (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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Date : 06:23 PM Wednesday 25 September, 2002
Long exposure times? I have owned LX fof one year, and I am reaaly happy with it. But one thing, long exposure times maybe do not work correctly. I have heard that LX can work quite reliably up to 120 seconds, but my camera (yes, a film loaded) stops to 4-6 seconds. Using one one stop smaller aperture, camera won't close its shutter at all. I have waited long long times. If I give some light (for example using a lamp) the shutter closes, but of course the slide is totally white. Has anyone heard about this kind of problem and what should be done?8. From : jouko ouramo (email@example.com)
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Date : 07:21 PM Monday 23 September, 2002
Ref Pentax Lx+Winder Still not working, so I sent the body and the winder to repair service. rgds jouko9. From : jouko ouramo (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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Date : 03:47 PM Wednesday 18 September, 2002
Thank you very much globetrotter. I will test the procedure. rgds jouko10. From : Globetrotter (email@example.com)PAGE | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 | 16 | 17 | 18 | 19 | 20 | 21 | 22 | 23 | 24 | 25 | 26 | 27 | 28 | 29 | 30 | 31 | 32 | 33 | 34 | 35 | 36 | 37 | 38 | 39 | 40 | 41 | 42 | 43 | 44 | 45 | 46 | 47 | 48 | 49 | 50 | 51 | 52 | 53 | 54 | 55 | 56 | 57 | 58 | 59 | 60 | 61 | 62 | 63 | 64 | 65 | 66 | 67 | 68 | 69 | 70 | 71 | 72 | 73 | 74 | 75 | 76 | 77 | 78 | 79 | 80 | 81 | 82 | 83 | 84 | 85 | 86 | 87 | 88 | 89 | 90 | 91 | 92 | 93 | 94 | 95 | 96 | 97 | 98 | 99 | 100 | 101 | 102 | 103 | 104 | 105 | 106 | 107 | 108 | 109 | 110 | 111 | 112 | 113 | 114 | 115 | 116 | 117 | 118 | 119 | 120 | 121 | 122 | 123 | 124 | 125 | 126 | 127 | 128 | 129 | 130 | 131 | 132 | 133 | 134 | 135 | 136 | 137 | 138 | 139 | 140 | 141 | 142 | 143 | 144 | 145 | 146 | 147 | 148 | 149 | 150 | 151 | 152 | 153 | 154 | 155 | 156 | 157 | 158 | 159 | 160 | 161 | 162 | 163 | 164 | 165 | 166 | 167 | 168 | 169 | 170 | 171 | 172 | 173 | 174 | 175 | 176 | 177 | 178 | 179 | 180 | 181 | 182 | 183 | 184 | 185 | 186 | 187 | 188 | 189 | 190 | 191 | 192 | 193 | 194 | 195 | 196 | 197 | 198 | 199 | 200 | 201 | 202 203 | 204 | 205 | 206 | 207 | 208 | 209 | 210 | 211 | 212 | 213 | 214 | 215 | 216 | 217
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Date : 01:12 AM Wednesday 18 September, 2002
Jouko, first make sure you have fresh batteries in the winder (or fully charged the ni-cad pack if using a motordrive).
It is possible that your LX has opened the shutter but is still metering on a long exposure, prior to closing shutter curtains again. On the LX, it is advisable to open the lens aperture and face towards good light so that a fast shutter speed is used during the first few 'blank' exposures of film. I prefer to set the shutter dial to a manual speed (such as 1/2000th) for the first 'blank' shots, then return dial to 'auto' position when No.1 is reached. This procedure becomes second nature when you use the LX often.
This problem of needing to wait for the shutter curtains to close during long exposures on first winding on film, is why Pentax built the later Pentax Super A camera with a built-in automatic fast shutter speed mode (1/125th)for the first blank frames until No. 1 was reached, where it would revert automatically to normal metering. The later Autofocus bodies with inbuilt motordrives overcame this problem by winding the film straight to frame one.
It may also be possible that you attached the winder incorrectly (not making sure the screw was tightened flush), or may have attached with the winder lever in 'on' position. Try to attach winder with lever in 'off' position, then open back of camera, load film on take up spool with left thumb holding film cartridge in place, close back, turn on winder, shoot two frames or until No 1 is seen in window, take up any slack by turning rewind lever in anti-clockwise direction until good friction is felt, turn shutter dial back to "auto" (or prefered manual speed) then continue shooting.
Note: the wind-on lever of the LX cannot be used while the winder or motordrive is in the "on" postion. You must turn the drives off to allow manual wind, or else remove the winder/motordrive.
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