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1. From : Dustin (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Url : http://
Date : 09:21 AM Tuesday 04 July, 2006
I'm looking for some help here. I just bought a used, mint condition Pentax LX. The problem that I'm having is that the light meter will read the amount of light in a room, if you move it from a light to dark area the readout changes. But, changing the aperture has no effect on the readout at all. It says the same shutter speed for f22 as it does for f1.4. I've changed the batteries and made sure it's in manual mode. Any advice? Thanks.2. From : Ivan J. Eberle (Pupfish@starband.net)
Url : http://www.ivaneberle.com
Date : 07:39 AM Thursday 29 June, 2006
I tend to fix my own LX gear, so I'm really not one to advise you where to get your camera repaired, but I do seem to recall Cardinal Camera to be a straight-shooting retailer in the Philly 'burbs, back when I lived there, 20 years ago, myself. Might ask them who they use for repairs? Bought my LX new from a small repairer/retailer in Center City, the name of which I've unfortunately since forgotten.
Have to admit that this stuck lens problem has me a little stumped. I've seen where junk lenses/extension tubes have caused binding on the release pin (having once sawn off a generic extension tube, for a friend, to salvage one of his old MF Canon T90 bodies that a repair shop had declared unrepairable).
But if the lens rotates a normal degree, that's apparently not your problem. Which is another way of asking, does the lens rotate all the way to where the mounting dots line up? Manual focus SMC or SMC-A bayonet mount lenses most all have the glow-in-the-dark dot on the barrel that lines up with the release lever for mounting/demounting.
Earlier today took out an old LX parts body and tried looking at this as an engineering problem, but there's really nothing else protruding on an SMC LX mount to hang up, except if a mounting screw backed out--but then it wouldn't rotate normally.Other than that, I can only see where if somehow one of the lens screws (a radially bored one, perpendicular to the lens axis) worked it's way loose, i.e. backed halfway out, that it could maybe cause a clearance problem with the bayonet mount lens-lug cutouts?
In either case, instinct tells me that whoever fixes this is going to have to disassemble the lens completely in order to get at this area while the lens is yetl mounted to the body. Or if that proves impossible, as in the case of my friends camera, you may wind up sacrificing a lens/ lens bayonet to a razor saw or Dremel grinding tool. (
Curious what lens is giving you this grief? Hope it's nothing exotic or special.3. From : Jim Gilligan (email@example.com)
Url : http://
Date : 08:29 PM Wednesday 28 June, 2006
Thanks for the responses on getting my 20 yr+ Pentax LX repaired.
To answer two questions:
1. I do have lens movement within the camera body lens mount. When I depress the lens lever on the body, I can rotate my lens, but I cannot remove the lens from the camera body.
2. I live in the Philadelphia, PA area.
Again, thanks for the feedback.
Jim4. From : AB (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Url : http://
Date : 04:19 PM Wednesday 28 June, 2006
Jim, is there any movement lens to body at all? I find it difficult to imagine what could have happened. If the locking pin were not withdrawing there would still be some slight movement. If the lens is rock solid I can only imagine corrosion but the camera lens combination must have been left somewhere damp for ages. Can you give us any more information?
Regarding Globetrotter and everybody keeping up with the latest gear. I continually remind myself that were it not for this trend I wouldn't be able to own the gorgeous cameras and hi-fi that can be picked up for a fraction of their original price.
A couple of years ago I bought a pair of TDL Monitor loudspeakers (huge floor standing monoliths that were a serious effort by the manufacturer, mid-late 80's). I told my friend enthusiastically and his reply was 'yes, I remember those but they're old aren't they?' His comment was irrelevant; speaker technology hasn't advanced all that much in the past 30-40 years. Manufacturers play with titanium this or aluminium that but often revert to good old paper cones and silk dome tweeters 'cause when the fuss dies down they realise that there's a metallic ringing to the sound. Most critical (and expensive) is building a solid well-damped cabinet, this is labour intensive, and it will also be heavy increasing transport costs. My speakers are a Transmission Line design, which means they have a folded pathway inside - very labour intensive to build and heavy. The company tried to make cheaper (lesser) versions before going bust. My friend's comment was unintelligent but that kind of thinking means I can afford those speakers as everybody clamours for the latest ceramic (or even diamond now - God rest us) tweetered marvel.
p.s. I think that what we need now is a moratorium! We need to stop! no more planet polluting new stuff, let's take a good long look at where we are, what we already have, what we're throwing away, what we're ignoring and importantly where we really want to go. I sense a certain neurotic insanity creeping up on us all. Maybe it's just me.5. From : Jay (email@example.com)
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Date : 01:59 AM Wednesday 28 June, 2006
Jim, Where do you live, then some suggestions can be offered with this in mind. --Jay6. From : Jim Gilligan (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Url : http://
Date : 12:27 AM Wednesday 28 June, 2006
Does anyone know of a good place to get my 20 yr+ Pentax LX repaired. I can no longer remove the lense from the camera body. TIA Jim7. From : GLOBETROTTER (email@example.com)
Url : http://www.wilderness-photo.co.uk
Date : 04:30 PM Sunday 25 June, 2006
I'm sorry for the spelling mistakes in my previous post, but I'm unable to correct any of my previous messages for some reason.8. From : zaheer sattar (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Url : http://
Date : 04:05 PM Sunday 25 June, 2006
Where can i find Pentax LX1 old or melinum body????Fro how much dollar approximately?????9. From : Jay (email@example.com)
Url : http://
Date : 01:33 PM Sunday 25 June, 2006
FIVE YEARS AGO on the LX Guestbook Forum. This was a new message board. Folks wanted to know where to find the LX Millenium. Lens choices for long lenses were a point of discussion--AND--very few of the names on today's forum were populating these postings (save Globetrotter). Rumors of an LXII and how to wait that out were filtering into the postings...TODAY, few here would consider a just released collector LX as the thing to purchase or save for (even if so); Lens choices from outside the Pentax family system, made for it, are as discussed as those once and currently made by Pentax. Our circle of posters seems much smaller, and more regular, but more informed about photography in general.
Talk among us now is as much about the photo workflow involving digital as well as film to digital realities. No one has objected to using computers or Photoshop, not often then in the discussions. Now the concerns are about the realities of the web, color profiles with newer forms of monitors, and long lens gains by sensor focal length multiplication. And which WA to add for the future with the smaller sensor than 35mm size. So, we've grudgingly accepted most manufacturers shifting to an APS 2:3 or to a 4:3 small format sensor for imaging futures, and see that through it all Pentax kept the K mount alive in one of its many emerging forms. It has emerged that the smaller sensor has its strengths over the slighy larger ones, that the computer is the tool of manipulation and image bank, and that field and location conditions are addressed with digital and film.
I challenge all of us to read ten or twenty pages on the other historical end of the postings on this forum, just to see through the glass darkly. What other trends have taken us captive over these years? What past preoccupations are now mute, and what would the telescope ahead reveal as future forum protocol? -Jay
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Date : 01:48 AM Sunday 25 June, 2006
Rick, since you are using PC, test and see if yours works here. Tony is having problem pressing the buttons with his PC.
Yeah, works fine here. :)=
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