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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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Date : 05:51 PM Wednesday 02 February, 2005

Mico is right, and I would suggest taking your LX back to the same place where they 'fixed' the sticky-mirror, and hopefully get it fixed free-of-charge. I've often used the Pentax LX in temperatures as low as minus 15 deg C, and even minus -30 C, so you should have no problems. One bit of advice for keeping the LX meter working correctly in extreme low temperatures, is to use the Battery Cord LX - which removes the batteries from the LX body so that you can place them inside a warm pocket or inside your jacket.
The cable from the "Battery Cord LX" leading out of the bottom of the camera body gets in the way if you need to work with The Pentax LX on a tripod, but this is simply overcome by using the Pentax Tripod Spacer (a thin disc of plastic with a central thread) that lifts the camera body slightly higher off the tripod head, and so gives space for the power cord.

2. From : Mico (
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Date : 07:42 AM Wednesday 02 February, 2005

William, your LX has a problem with a mirror mechanism lubricant. It is either old/dirty (should not be, since you had just fixed sticky mirror) or wrong type of oil was used. Normally it is very light oil which does not get too "thick" when temperature goes down. BTW, 50-60F is not even below freezing point,( sorry if I am wrong, I am much more familiar with Celsius scale). I had the similar problem once, but it was around -7C or less. Your LX mirror box needs cleaning and lubricating. Jay can help you with decent service in US, or you can see if you cen get some warranty from the place/person who fixed sticky mirror recntlly. M.

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Date : 06:11 AM Wednesday 02 February, 2005

I've an LX, #5287527. Bought it used a while back, sticky mirror problem had just been fixed. Now, the mirror is slow when the camera gets cold. At worst, it takes nearly a second to rise. I do frequent walk-abouts in 40-50 degree (F) weather, and have to keep the camera under my jacket next to my chest so that the mirror movement is reasonable. I live in the Pacific northwest (Olympic Peninsula north shore), and would like a) some feedback about this problem, and b) any suggestions about service/repair for the LX in my area. Anywhere in western Washington State is considered "my area" ;) Thanks, Bill Tallman

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Date : 06:22 AM Saturday 29 January, 2005

Rob (Sorry to bore everybody) get your LX serviced. Check out the eBay offering by poundapint. He will service your LX for £86.50 on a But-It-Now. I've had seven Pentaxes done by him, he's a skilled craftsman - keep him in business for all of us. You service your car (if you've got one) once or twice a year, get your camera done every two years... it costs less than the cheapest car service; about the same as dinner for two with good wine. Get it done and be happy! :-) AB

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Date : 03:58 AM Saturday 29 January, 2005

You might do a keyword search on our guestbook under focus and focusing. Mico has written much on the subject. Apparently your use is affected by the body mirror box. But first check the screen alignment and mounting by dropping it down, according to LX directions procedure. Ensure it is resting in its fragile frame. Then lock it back up. Still a problem? Then, unfortunately, the mirror has moved-- probably due to bumper/mirror rest malformations. This ultimately will lead to sticky mirror syndrome. So, adjustment of the mirror box supports is a likely corrective scenario. Many shops will go ahead and replace all the supports pliable parts, because sticky mirror syndrome will be the next step of dysfunction. Negotiate with a proven LX shop. --Jay

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Date : 12:35 AM Saturday 29 January, 2005

I was in Europe, shooting with my LX and MX when I saw that my LX viewfinder began malfunctioning. Subjects very distant were out of focus in the finder, even with the lens set on infinity and when I processed the film (I did so immediately at a one houir lab to check the equipment) I found that focused shots were "off." I double checked the diopter and everything was right but when I tested the viewfinders of my three Pentaxes (MX, 645 and LA) with variety of lenses, yardstick, I found the LX continues to be off significantly enough to not use it again without being checked out by a professional. Has anyone else run into this problem with the LX? I was forced to only use the LX with wide angle, shooting on infinity, for the rest of the trip (photos were crisp, sharp) and use the MX for the more critical work.

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Date : 09:36 PM Wednesday 26 January, 2005

Phil, you took the words right out of my mouth. Well said! - Ian.

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Date : 12:29 PM Wednesday 26 January, 2005

It makes little sense to purchase a 6MP CCD or other sensor (CMOS) camera. 8MP is the minimum for professional use (because of trickeled down reproduction standards)--when and if the response times for using such a unit excell (some recently do so). Dynamic range and noise are reason enough to want more detailed sensors, and dedicated senso element types than the current 6 MP cameras. So, wait. 12+MP below $2000.00 US, will soon enough be standard for digital SLRs. And, for example, a Fuji CCD differs from others, as do others from one another. It is not simply a matter of CCD vs CMOS. Dynamic range, color, low and bright light sensitivity, and noise have to be considered in the fray of qualifiers. 6X4.5 CM digital backs too are studio horses currently excelling.

I depart from film/digital comparisons and contrasts when the capture range is 14MP+, as it can be superior to film in many ways for many applications. I have written why too, in the past here, a film scanner giving a large MB file can be deceptive: because of the pixelization of grain, and the limits of the transformations involved. So, choose your film wisely while you may. I would definitely stay ISO 100 or less, in transparency emulsions, for quality purposes. Even then, the compression of tones by such films may need to be compensated for in an imaging software well-tooled photo manipulation program.

If you want a Pentax AF mount for your digital body: W A I T> Jay

9. From : Philip Ashman (
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Date : 04:26 AM Wednesday 26 January, 2005

I'll be sticking with my LX, Nikon FE and Leica M6 using film for as long as I can get it and have it processed. I'm not against digital per se, but nothing in my mind beats a 'spot on' 35mm slide (I've only ever used 35mm) viewed on a lightbox through a good loupe. As i'm not in it for money, or a profession, then I can afford to ignore the digital revolution for now. Even if I did get a DSLR (when Pentax have spent a few more years on R & D) I would fully intend to run film and digital side by side as seperate hobbies, in a way. (does that sound daft?) What I mean is that my film images would be my 'craft' work, aiming to be the best photographer I can, with my digital images being creative art using the image as the source and the software as the tools (or canvas/brush).Entirely different skills. In any event, at present I only have a dimage dual 111 scanner (2860 max)and as such the quality loss once I scan my slides tends to make me lose interest in the TFT screen shots I then look at on my PC, which no matter how many megapixels the image is on the screen, or when printed, cannot come close to the slide quality. I judge my success as a photographer on the result from when I release the shutter, not what the final image is after software manipulation. Also, and finally, I enjoy the anticipation of waiting for my results coming back from the lab, far more than being able to see the result instantly, bin it and try again until you get it right. I feel that such ability to manipulate instantly will make people lazy when it comes to developing true photographic skills. Will they soon develop a camera with an artificially intelligent computer inside telling you the shot would be better if you framed it a bit to the left, or moved the horizon, subject, added a such and such filter etc.....? I think we must keep the old art of photography seperate from digital imaging, whilst respecting both in their own categories. Phil

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Date : 08:28 PM Tuesday 25 January, 2005

There are no doubts in my mind that scans of 35mm slide film, exposed on my various Pentax LX, Super A, Contax RTS, Canon Eos1, Nikon F5 etc, and then scanned on a Minolta 5400 are MUCH better than original digital captures taken on my partner's Nikon D70 (and slides scanned with a more expensive drum scanner make the 6MP DSLR look obsolete!). This is not saying the that the D70, or Pentax ist*-D 6-MP DSLRs are not good, because images from both offer high quality up to medium enlargements. Also, prints from the digital images & scans by a cheap Epson R300 printer are extremely good - probably the best desktop printer for the price. The R400 is also good. You can view some scans taken with my various camera bodies and lenses at the '' website (click on homepage, above)- click on any photo to obtain a larger view, or to read equipment used to take each photo; and also on the pages of my other website:

The large Tiff images have been converted to small jpegs for the screen, which looses a lot of quality of course, but it does give some idea to what is possible with film. I, for one, am still very happy with film, and it still pays my bills through images sales (either from originals slides or scans from those images). Long live film...long live the LX...and MX (and 645n, & 67, and F3, F4,F5 & F6..and RTS, and millions of other 'workhorses' still clicking along out there...!)

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