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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 : Jay (
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Date : 09:47 AM Saturday 18 March, 2006

Well, good news! Pentax has announced a 10MP DSLR for the fall, with details sketchy just now. This will put them as to systems development digitally about when the PZ 1P arose and took its place in the realm of autofocus film cameras. So, hold on to those SMCs, and journey ahead LX loyalists. --Jay

2. From : Michael (
Url : http://
Date : 12:23 AM Saturday 18 March, 2006

Hello all: Yes, I plan on shooting the Pentax LX Gold one more time with Kakamans's layout for the LX 2000 as my guide. I will then forward all shots to the site manager for publication. I noted in my earlier posting how few detailed photos of the LX Gold are available via a Google search. This is a great opportunity to expand upon this. It is exactly why I have referred to it as "elusive". Their just is not a lot of information (or photos) available out there concerning the LX Gold as well as the other Pentax LX Special Editions. I've also always admired the many diverse and detailed shots of the LX 2000 that appear on this beautifully presented web site.

3. From : Jay (
Url : http://
Date : 06:34 PM Friday 17 March, 2006

Dysjointed responses of postings by censored lag action seems not to be working for this site; I think we need to go back to the old system, as this way is frustrating spontaneity. Then any spam can be removed after the fact. Now postings are presented without a real time discussion response opportunity. A sense of vitality seems lost through the gatekeeping. What do you think about this?--Jay

4. From : Jay (
Url : http://
Date : 02:10 AM Friday 17 March, 2006

Karkaman, of Malyasia, does many of the visuals for the publisher of our Pentax LX website (MIR). He is candidly recalling below the means he has past used for facilitating getting these shots done. He has requested that the shots of the Gold Pentax LX be sent his way, with a release for their posting on our site ASAP. I have had a similar request in the past from the site owner, Leonard Foo, for LX Gold Body and lens photos. When then writing posters here to provide these shots for this purpose, no reply was my common experience (with Karkaman).

So, please help Karkaman, by forwarding your Gold LX system shots to him so he may integrate these into the other information on the LX system. As one maintainer of this site, I am appreciative of all parties who work to maintain its accessiblity, its information postings, and its accuracy. Thanks to all, and to Karkaman. --Jay

5. From : Max Schnorf (
Url : http://
Date : 01:05 AM Friday 17 March, 2006

I am a retired commercial photographer, but still use my Hasselblad, Contax T2 and Pentax LX cameras. I would use the Hasselblad on a professional shoot ONLY if I carried my back up Hassleblad. THe Contax T2 is my family point and shoot and is extremely reliable with high quality pictures. I have used the LX alongside two Nikon F3's and always enjoy the comfort and quality of the LX. I recently bought my "dream" camera, the Leica M6 TTL with the 35mm ASPH and the Summicron 50mm. Just bought the soft case for the LX and must say that the construction and leather appears better than the Leica case although I do prefer the molded leather grips and the fitting of the camera to the Leica case; no knurled knob at the bottom of the case to hold the camera in. That knob does not allow the case to set flat, say if you wanted to rest it down on something for a time exposure. The LX never let me down; the jury's still out on my Leica.

6. From : Kakaman (
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Date : 01:21 PM Wednesday 15 March, 2006

I am a lazy man. Most of the time, I just get what I need shot for our web publishing use. So, I just treat things that I want to shoot as fast as I may. I know some of you won't believe me, but most of the time, I just use a page or two of blank A4 photocopier paper to shoot pictures on the floor, near the window next to me in my office. For instance, shows the first two lenses which are taken on the cement tar road with white paper as a background (just outside the shop where the owner was a little sceptical of letting me take them home (without a deposit) and thus, just lended me what I needed for a "while" with his hawkeye watching me; haha ..., indie at the shop, when I can't have the reflective lens surface showing). The second image ultrawide was taken on my balcony of my condo as the evening set - Ultrawides have an unusual curvative front element and I have to use backlight to show this feature; the 3rd, 4th, fifth and sixth shots are more general, taken in my office next to me near the window - the carpet is darkly coloured, so, a white A4 is a must and I am too lazy to move.. . haha..

It is alright, as long as these choices for set-up serve the purpose of how I wanted them to be shot. Maybe I have taken too many of these (kinds of photos) - so, I am used to it. M., Since you have taken so many pictures of the LX Gold set, just consider sending them to me with the larger files as they are; I will see if I can improve upon yours for our use via screen editing. Giving credit and the hyperlink is my usual pratice, but If you have some reservation over the request, that is fine too. Help me if you can.

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Date : 12:53 AM Wednesday 15 March, 2006

Michael - I understand your reasons for being a little paranoid about Ebay payments, but there is no real reason to be. All you need to do is see that the payment enters your Paypal account, then transfer the money to your own bank account, and don't actually send the item to the winning bidder until the full amount is in your bank account (usually within 3-5 days).
It is of course, your choice, but I was just trying to let you know that quite a lot of serious bidders only pay via paypal when bidding on international items. The only real problem is that for large amounts, the Paypal costs can be high, so it is sometimes wise to ask for an extra 3 percent or so to avoid the seller having to pay the added fees.

The camera certainly looks a nice one, and I can see that you really treasured your Limited Edition Gold Pentax LX…a real gem!

Now, if only somebody would offer me a nice LX Titan for a cheap price…!

8. From : Michael (
Url : http://
Date : 05:03 PM Tuesday 14 March, 2006

The only reason that I am not offering the PayPal option on this auction (I do an all of my others)is because of the potential for an unexpected chargeback down the road. Some eBay sellers back off from the PayPal option on higher priced items that are sold internationally because some unscrupulous buyers will petition PayPal for a chargeback claiming that they never received the product, that it arrived damaged etc. I have heard that PayPal is somewhat loose about issuing chargebacks and makes the seller do the fighting to recover what is rightfully his. Now, this may all be baloney but I did not want to take a chance. I am throwing caution to the wind. There are all sorts of scams going on within the eBay relm and sellers and buyers must be very vigilent. Another involves escrow services. A buyer will insist that the payment be handled by an escrow service and will insist on using one recommended by them. Boom, see ya later camera and never see the money. So, perhaps I'm a bit paranoid but better safe than sorry. I do agree that it seriously inhibits potential buyer activity but for an item of this value, I am assuming that the potential bidder will probably not have to rely on having PayPal as a payment conduit. We'll see how it goes.
I will definitely put aside some time to shoot some more photos. Thank you all for your input. Much appreciated!!

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Date : 04:31 PM Tuesday 14 March, 2006

Michael - I find it strange that you do not allow Paypal as an option, as this will surely prevent a lot of serious International bidders from buying your LX, which means that it will probably not reach its full potential auction price - Payal is one of the safest options for sellers to receive payments, because the seller simply does not send the item until the full payment is cleared in to their bank account.

I wish you all the best of luck with the sale of your LX...and the lucky winner of the auction!

Could you please Email some jpegs of the LX Gold to Kakaman or Globetrotter?

10. From : Michael (
Url : http://
Date : 11:02 AM Tuesday 14 March, 2006

Hello Kakaman: First of all, I have always admired the quality and detail of the Y2K LX 2000 photos shown here on this site. They are, without a doubt, the richest and most detailed camera photos that I have seen. Beautifully done! I shot about 50 photos - 12 of which are included in the eBay posting. I shot them with my Pentax Optio MX 3.2 meg digital point and shoot with an overhead daylight tube and a front facing photo flood. I would love to shoot a set identical to your Y2K's but could use a little coaching. I decided to place the LX with lens onto the (inverted) top lid of the wooden box because it provided a great and easily accessible padded surface. The down side of that was that with the gold surface so reflective, that the photos have a heavy red bounce-back to them. Especially my photos of the bottom cover. So any suggestions that you may be able to share would be great. One thing I know is that I will make sure that the padded surface is white. You see, I'm very good at collecting Pentax equipment but not so good at using it. But lets move forward from here as this thing might just sell (if it breaks through my reserve) and now is a great opportunity to secure some, up until now, elusive photos. I look forward to hearing from you.

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