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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 : GLOBETROTTER (globetrotterworld@hotmail.com)
Url : http://www.gallery.globetrotterworld.co.uk
Date : 01:08 AM Wednesday 09 March, 2005

News: Kyocera, who own the Contax & Yashica camera systems, are ceasing production of all film & digital cameras. This is a blow for photography, as Contax, especially the RTS line, have been one of the very best of cameras.

Will Sony buy-out the Contax name to keep them running? We will have to wait and see.


2. From : Jay (ibcom@onebox.com)
Url : http://
Date : 05:55 AM Tuesday 08 March, 2005

Hi, I can speak only to your final two LX problems. The variable resistor under the ASA dial/exposure compensation dial does eventually require replacement. The loss of hot shoe use is usually corrosion on the contacts within the Pentaprism housing. Search the site using the search feature as Mico and others have written on a remedy for this, a self-repair, as it were. As for battery problems, having not had these, I would look in the battery compartment for corrosion to remove, which may short the nearest battery to it. Other electrical problems may exist regarding this reality above the battery compartment: but I hold no such knowledge. Any other thoughts on this from seasoned LX users? --Jay


3. From : Dan (dgrimes@unlv.nevada.edu)
Url : http://
Date : 04:39 AM Tuesday 08 March, 2005

I have the same problem with one of my LX bodies. It seems to happen on the first shot after the camera has sat a bit. Once it resets, the camera will work fine until I put it down again.

And now I have two new problems. The first is a fluctuation with the metering. Wiggling the exposure compensation dial enhances the problem. I wonder if that is the cause of the other problem.

The most recent problem is the hot shoe does not fire the flash.

Looks like one of my LX bodies is headed for Colorado!


4. From : Ian (ian@ity.co.uk)
Url : http://
Date : 06:35 AM Monday 07 March, 2005

Hi all. I've just had what I thought was another dead battery issue with one of my LX bodies. Mirror lock-up in Automatic. This happened to me in the field a while back (I put new cells in and thought no more about it). Only this time I know the batteries are in perfect order (1.56v metered). I've re-cleaned the battery terminals meticulously. It's difficult to replicate the fault, but it happened twice last night whilst firing the shutter repeatedly with no film. Anyone come across this "random interruption of power"? - Ian.


5. From : GLOBETROTTER (globetrotterworld@hotmail.com)
Url : http://www.wilderness-photo.co.uk
Date : 10:21 PM Sunday 06 March, 2005

The manual version Pentax A* 300mm F/2.8 EDIF and A* 600mm f/5.6 EDIF lenses (both cream-white colour barrel) were extremely well made, and superb performers (similar to the legendary MF Nikkor 300mm f/2.8 ED-IF & 600mm f/5.6 ED-IF - I own both).

Unlike the Nikkor or Canon versions of the lenses, the Pentax versions are quite rare secondhand, and so tend to fetch very high prices on Ebay if in mint condition.

The Pentax MF A* 400mm F/2.8 was also an extremely sharp lens (although also a very heavy one).


6. From : Jay (ibcom@onebox.com)
Url : http://
Date : 06:43 AM Sunday 06 March, 2005

A 600mm F 5.6 A* lens, over ten years, old just sold on e-bay for $2,225.00 US. To date a 400 mm F 5.6 A lens has not met reserve at $250.00. As written recently a 100 mm f 2.8 macro used A went for over $750. It seems that the A pro lenses made in Japan are also worth collecting and using. --jay


7. From : Rick (SteffenRichard@aol.com)
Url : http://
Date : 10:09 PM Friday 04 March, 2005

Jay- I've never done much with ebay. It wouldn't hurt to check it out though. You mention the MX. There is my second favorite Pentax! I have three of them and they have been getting a regular workout for 15 -20 years and in all that time I have had a stuck shutter twice. That's it!(Oh yeah, one of them doesn't like Chicago winters either but the other two have no problem with any weather.)You're right about their size and viewfinder too. They are excellent for fishing,biking ,and running around in the boonies. Think I'll go on ebay right now amd see what's there. Take care all. Rick


8. From : Jay (ibcom@onebox.com)
Url : http://
Date : 11:16 AM Friday 04 March, 2005

FYI, there appear to be some LX bodies and cameras with lenses in good shape on e-bay at this juncture: if you are looking for one. --Jay


9. From : GLOBETROTTER (globetrotterworld@hotmail.com)
Url : http://www.gallery.globetrotterworld.co.uk/
Date : 06:39 AM Friday 04 March, 2005

Now you're talking, Jay...Where are all those lovely mint LX bodies going for a song...?! Oh, if I could just get my hands on a nice cheap and mint LX Titanium body, or even a nice LX-2000 that doesn't break the bank!


10. From : Jay (ibcom@onebox.com)
Url : http://
Date : 05:20 AM Friday 04 March, 2005

Rick, Even in the "Land of Lincoln" such an elevated used LX body price would have to be of the latest editions, and pristine in condition to be a value. Except for such remarkable bodies, prices on e-bay have been falling for used units to between $ 200-260: where functional and showing normal and greater wear. When I purchased two bodies new, I paid first $350, then $500 (the last one in the early 1990s, which was one of the final new US Pentax warehouse units available). I purchased one used, but in pristine condition, in the mid-90s by trading in a worn MX and $125. I always missed the handling of the MX in wilderness thereafter (small, with a big viewfinder--the same viewfinder size of the LX). When digital SLRs truly become commonplace it will be the collector variety LX which will go up in value (no wear, functional, and beautiful).--Jay


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