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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 (ibcom@onebox.com)
Url : http://
Date : 08:10 AM Saturday 26 February, 2005

There may be a premium price coming, even at auction, for certain Pentax A series Professional optics. For example, the 100 mm f 28 Macro, a lens I own in great condition, is currently up to USD $741.00 on Ebay. I find this encouraging, and with a wide response to the sale recognizing the finest of Pentax optics made once in Japan. Does anyone know what the 200mm A brings recently?--Jay


2. From : Jay (ibcom@onebox.com)
Url : http://
Date : 07:13 AM Saturday 26 February, 2005

Richard, Slide scanners have been discussed in depth on this site. Use the word search feature under slide scanner and film scanner(s), and read the results. Minolta and Nikon are both winners, but there are tradeoffs. --Jay


3. From : GLOBETROTTER (globetrotterworld@hotmail.com)
Url : http://gallery.globetrotterworld.co.uk
Date : 09:26 PM Friday 25 February, 2005

A complete review of the latest Nikon D2X is out:

http://www.naturfotograf.com/index2.html

The low-light extreme-long exposure capabilites of this camera are what I've been waiting for in a DSLR (except for the power-drain!).
Will the next generation Pentax pro-level DSLR match or even better the D2X performance?


4. From : Richard Steffen (SteffenRichard@aol.com)
Url : http://
Date : 02:01 PM Friday 25 February, 2005

Hi! I live in the far south suburbs of Chicago, Illinois. None of the major camera stores in Chicago are carrying the MZ-S.(I got one of the last ones about a year ago) I suppose it is on its way out. It's a nice piece of equipment.I teach a beginning class in photography at a local junior college and everyone taking the class uses film cameras. Several people in each class say they own digital as well, but prefer their older cameras. They are always blown away when they see their first slides on the screen! Hopefully,Kodak and Fuji remember their roots. On another note,my two LXs have experienced every malfunction(esp. the "sticky shutter")that I have read about. Fortunately, there is a good repair facility (International Camera)that I have dealt with several times. It's located right in downtown Chicago and you can often speak directly with the person repairing your stuff. So far,I am very happy with the results. I do hope parts continue to be available. One last thing that I would appreciate some advice on concerns film scanners. I don't have one, but I think it's time to get one. I'm looking at the Nikon line. Any thoughts from anyone? Take care.


5. From : Ian (ian@ity.co.uk)
Url : http://
Date : 06:47 AM Friday 25 February, 2005

Hi all! And welcome, Richard. Oh dear, I've just noticed that the A-series lenses and the MZ-S have been removed from pentax.co.uk. Japan is sill showing the MZ-S, but not USA. I fear this does not bode well, however well anticipated. My pet whinge at the moment though is that film companies seem to have zeroed their film ad budgets. I'm noticing far too often that people are pulling out their Olympus Mu's and Minolta Superzoom's and apologising! (for not having "gone digital"). I think if this stigma permeates into popular entertainment, film product ranges will be cut dramatically, and much sooner than expected. Good job we all own freezers. - Ian.


6. From : Richard Steffen (SteffenRichard@aol.com)
Url : http://
Date : 01:10 PM Tuesday 22 February, 2005

Hi! Stumbled across this website while surfing other Pentax sites. I teach Photography and am a dedicated film burner. I own 2 LX's ,3 MX's, and 2 ME Supers(as well as 2 wonderful old Spotmatic II's). I dearly love them all. It is truly nice to see that I am not alone in this regard. I know digital is the 300 pound gorilla,BUT,there is just something about looking at a great Velvia shot projected on a glass bead screen instead of a monitor that just soothes my soul!


7. From : Jay (ibcom@onebox.com)
Url : http://
Date : 04:41 AM Friday 18 February, 2005

Hi again, I want to support and disspell some information now posted regarding Pentax LX repairs here in the USA. Prior to fall 2003 one could walk into a camera and lens repair customer service lobby access at Pentax USA, Colorado. One could purchase parts, some support items, and repairs from this arrangement. When Pentax moved to Golden that fall they indeed did away with lobby access walk-in service. Repairs are now shipped or mailed in, insured, for resulting quotes for repair. Most LX parts are still available too from a separate parts department by telephone or fax (not e-mail). Nevertheless, Pentax USA Imaging Company (formerly Pentax Corporation--a name the Japanese manufacturer wished to use and took over from the US distributor) does maintain, in house, in Golden, factory trained technicians for repair of their digital and film cameras of posted acceptance for such (as listed on their website. This contains too updated, ongoing listings of gear discontinued for repair.). Years ago they ceased repairs of screw mount, K, M, old F, and some A series lenses, and screw mount, K, M, F, and A series bodies, as well as AF film SLR bodies manufactured up to about four years ago. The LX still lingers as repairable, though, indeed, some exterior body parts are no longer available. There remains a good interior quantity of parts [Pentax USA stopped importing the LX in the early 1990s, but, internal parts were remade up to about 3 years ago due to the special releases in Asia of the Millennium and Titanium. In order to do these releases enough parts were made for interior repairs of existing units, where warehoused parts had been consumed for repairs). Hence, each repair is quoted "on a case by case basis". The two CLA's I have had included electronic variable resitor inserts as standard, adjustments to factory specs, new gaskets, and minor parts (about $200 each). I had no annoying poor handling damages, as some have reported. I included the autowinders with the bodies for adjustment within the price (they replaced gears in one FYI). I sold the motor drives prior, as my use is not about such.

The unit has many many available parts here in the USA, but, for example, since the LX Millennium edition was not imported, as it was a Japan sales product, it cannot be repaired here in many exterior instances: certain parts for part. The outlook is optimistic for at least five more years for repair here. Beyond this it is unpredictable, and, as on a case by case basis, as parts wain, the outlook will change. It was a boon to have new parts made for new camera releases recently, regarding existing bodies. Whomever stated indefinitely is not authoritative.

Cameras are sent for quote to: Pentax Imaging Co. (catch the name drift), Repair Center 16163 W. 45th Drive, Unit H, Golden, Colorado, 80403, USA. Parts are currently still sold to consumers by subsituting Parts Department for the Repair Center Name on mail inquiries, and they can be telephoned at 800-877-0155 for customer service information, or parts, for credit card purchase of such (you can speak to the parts department, and Customer Service, but no longer directly to the Repair department. I did speak directly to them for about 6 months after their move, but it is their policy no longer to do so).

They have indeed also, stopped small format R and D for film camera development in Japan (going totally to digital camera development). This change includes a professional camera product under development. In 2001 our first look at what was possible from Pentax included a 35mm sized 6MP European made CCD chip which Contax later released in its digital SLR body--then in an experimental MZS body. The chip was problematic, expensive, and did not pass marketing quality control. Subsequently two AP size 6MP CCD SLR bodies were released as conservative choices still available. But, with the shift to total digital research, and still being a big player-though a small company--Pentax Corp., Japan, is in the playing field for digital imaging futures. A Professional division for R & D is very much alive and well. What will be released depends on technology and marketing trends, affordabiltiy, and excellence: always Pentax choices. Will the CCD be abandoned for the CMOS, or the two tier CCD (one for bright light, one for low light)? Stay tuned. --Jay


8. From : GLOBETROTTER (globetrotterworld@hotmail.com)
Url : http://www.gallery.globetrotterworld.co.uk
Date : 04:37 PM Thursday 17 February, 2005

I had problems with one of my LX bodies some years ago when I lived in Denmark. The camera was sent to Pentax Europe twice, and came back with the same fault. I then wrote a long-winded letter, followed up by plenty of phone calls, and eventually the camera came back a third time, but this time thankfully fixed. They had not only fixed the fault, but also replaced all the rubber gaskets, new flash contacts, and a new base plate. I was extremely happy...even though the self timer now strangely fired 2-seconds early...

I think it is wise to send your beloved LX to a private specialist repair service, because at least then you can talk directly with the technician, instead of having to wait on the telephone answering dumb questions to receptionists, secretaries, and a long line of spotty, teenage, junior sales reps, before finally managing to talk to the actual man who is trying to unscrew your camera parts with the sharp edge of a knife, instead of a watchmaker’s screwdriver…

I see that there are now a few private repair specialists advertising in the UK photography magazines, so maybe Pentax owners are finally placing their money in expert hands.

Regarding making scans from your precious film exposures – I recently had a series of photo features published in various magazines, reproduced direct from my own scans made with a Minolta DS Elite 5400 (normally I only send in original transparencies). I was quite impressed with the print quality, and even the double-page spreads reproduced sharp, with deep colour saturation and fine detail to the edges.
All the photos on the gallery pages of my websites were scanned using the 5400 (obviously you cannot see the true quality of the scans from re-sized small jpeg conversions of the original large Tif files). If you click on any photo in the gallery, it will give a short list of the photo equipment used to capture each image. It is nice to know that some of my favourite images were taken with the old & faithful LX, or Z1p, matched with a legendary list of Pentax glass.
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http://www.global-photo.co.uk/


9. From : AB (nuzzlemuff@fsmail.net)
Url : http://
Date : 04:21 PM Wednesday 16 February, 2005

Hi Folks When talking to Robin about the dreadful service I got from Pentax UK, he said that he was certain that they contract out the LX service work; they don't do it themselves. Certainly I got this feeling when I visited Pentax UK to drop off my LX for the second time and the Technical Supervisor removed the hand grip with a knife because he couldn't lay hand on a screwdriver!!! Don't think they do much service work there then. If it's farmed out it probably goes to whoever has spare capacity and they probably aren't as careful as someone dealing directly with the customer would be.

Is Pentax likely to retain LX service technicians 25 years on? Many will have retired or moved on to other jobs. Is Pentax likely to train new technicians in the LX? Who would train them? It seems to me you have to be sure that you're getting someone who's worked on them from the 80's and who knows them. You go to Pentax and you don't know who you're going to get working on your joy, you go to an independent and you speak to the actual guy (girl??? are there any I wonder) who's going to do the work. In my case I occasionally visit. This is very good IMO. AB


10. From : William D. Tallman (wtallman@olypen.com)
Url : http://
Date : 02:15 PM Wednesday 16 February, 2005

Thanks for the response, Michael! What I get from your reply is that you have been informed *by Pentax* that they will continue to support the LX indefinitely. That does make sense, as it is the only system 35mm outfit they've ever produced. It also suggests that they have reason to believe that there continues to be significant numbers of (professional) users out there. All of which sounds like good news for LX buffs. I had toyed with the idea of obtaining more LX stuff, even as a collector of sorts, but the idea of maintaining the equipment myself as the only option, I found to be too daunting. Think I'll further entertain the idea of more LXs. At any rate, one review I find that I did indeed misread their site; thanks for the correction ;)

I also bookmarked the Harrow Technical site, as I've a very nice Spotmatic with a closing shutter drag, and I'd like to get that fixed as well. We'll see. Here's the thing: I've got some very nice Canon gear, and Canon optics are some of the best available, but somehow Pentax lenses produce an image "look/feel' neither Canon nor Nikon (especially Nikon) simply cannot match. Which means that I may well find myself eventually back in the Pentax camp entirely, don't know. I suspect I'm preaching to the choir, however...;) In any case, thanks to all, especially Michael! Bill Tallman


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