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1. From : Dan (dgrimes@unlv.nevada.edu)
Url : http://
Date : 09:54 AM Friday 27 August, 2004

I think the fogging happened out of the camera and was a light leak in the film canister. The interval of the fog decreasing is consistent with the film being rolled in the cannister and in one position during the exposure. Also, because the fog decreases in intensity later in the film, the fogging probably happened with the film entirely in the canister. It could have taken place before or after it went through your camera. Most likely, the cannister had a flaw in manufacturing and probably an improper seal at the felt opening. That is what I would reason, but there are other possibilities, too.


2. From : AB (handmaid@fsmail.net)
Url : http://
Date : 04:47 PM Sunday 22 August, 2004

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=15240&item=3835089090&rd=1 eBay LX serivce offer for £86.50, I recognise this as being Robin from Harrow Technical so probably well woth Ian(2) taking advantage of the 'Buy It Now'. AB


3. From : AB (handmaid@fsmail.net)
Url : http://www.antonbrowne.freeserve.co.uk/fogging/
Date : 01:24 AM Saturday 21 August, 2004

http://www.antonbrowne.freeserve.co.uk/fogging/ Any ideas how this fogging might have happened? The KX was serviced two years ago and had the foam seals replaced; the back is tight fitting. This has never happened before and the film following these two was fine. I am thus reluctant to blame the camera, any thoughts? If you want to contact me off the list then please use the address on the webpage, the address I use here is just a utility address and is spammed to the hilt. AB


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Url : http://www.industrial-estate-germany.com
Date : 05:03 AM Wednesday 18 August, 2004

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5. From : IAN(2) (nojunk@aol.com)
Url : http://
Date : 10:54 PM Tuesday 17 August, 2004

Thanks Mico: You have confirmed my suspicions that there actually are adjustments under the baseplate, BUT ALSO my doubts about fiddling with them! Your passing comment about the speeds rather than the metering being adrift is very interesting. I have a high speed counter/timer and a quick check with this indicates that the slower speed are pretty well spot on. Those above "X" are all a bit slow, 9 ms vs 8 ms for the 1/125th, 4.5 for the 1/250th, etc. The 1/2000 is about 750 micro sec compared with the expected 500. I guess there is nothing for it but for me to put it in for a major check-up and adjustment Rgds Ian(2)


6. From : Mico (micolx@netscape.net)
Url : http://
Date : 06:26 AM Monday 16 August, 2004

Ian(2), there is three adjusting variable resistors under the LX baseplate: one for meter (NOT LINKED to Auto speeds) second for Auto speeds (direct entrance to hell) and the third one for TTL flash output-very close to hell. Credits to Anton and his friend Robin from "Harrows" for helping me to resolve which resistor is responsible for certain metering aspect. I used to adjust them, it can be done, but since you are not equiped with the factory tools you must have other, reference LX, to fix the meter. Also, metering can be good, Auto speeds not, and vice versa. So, try to find other LX to compare results, Leica is not the reference here. Maybe for meter, but not for Auto speeds. M.


7. From : AB (handmaid@fsmail.net)
Url : http://
Date : 05:52 AM Saturday 14 August, 2004

Hats off again to the authors of this site, I see the LX section has been updated. I'm interested in the wireless remote; I didn't know this existed for the LX. I also notice that when I got to the end - LX screens I think - there was an inoperative link to SMC Lenses, if the authors are going to do pages on SMC lenses to the same standard as the Canon and Nikon offerings then we are in for a treat. AB


8. From : AB (handmaid@fsmail.net)
Url : http://
Date : 04:17 AM Saturday 14 August, 2004

Ian(2) I guess what I was suggesting is that you take her in and get her sorted by someone who has the expertise and proper test equipment. Personally I have tired of LX's that aren't quite right and come on, having to remember to set the ISO off kilter isn't where it's at surely, why have an LX and then have to faff about like that? May as well buy a Box Brownie. I'm not having a go but you get my point? I know it's expensive but over the next year I'm sending my three LX and winder combinations in for thorough CLA. If I'm going to have them they need to work properly, I want to concentrate on my subject and not on remembering to make an adjustment to the ISO or whatever. Those of us with vehicles probably have them serviced every year (I used to do my own but somehow lying under my van in the rain with grit in my eyes and numb fingers and dirty grease under my nails wondering how on earth anyone could possibly have thought it was an okay idea to place the mounting bolts for the starter motor in such a position that you have to remove three other major components to get at them, has lost its charm with the passing years) and the cost of an LX CLA is a fraction of the cost of servicing a motor.

Send it in, get it done and have the thing working like it should is my advice... you'll sleep better for it. AB


9. From : Ian(2) (nojunk@aol.com)
Url : http://
Date : 09:29 PM Friday 13 August, 2004

Good thoughts AB. Yes, you're right, half a stop is nothing to worry about but it offends my sense of good order. Actually, I have checked the metering against my Leica R6 and it is between a third and two thirds of a stop adrift. One can't be any more certain than that - but it does actually show up on a film like K64 which has so little latitude. For the present, I am just setting the ASA dial a third of a stop higher than it should be and that seems to solve the problem. Unless somebody tells me it's OK to remove the baseplate of the LX to have a dig about for an adjustment pot, I'll leave well alone, I think. Regards Ian(2)

PS: For the other Ian(1) - Any further thoughts on the 20 mm SMC?


10. From : AB (handmaid@fsmail.net)
Url : http://
Date : 04:58 PM Friday 13 August, 2004

The New Lenses: Forgot to add a link, they do look yummy. http://www.dpreview.com/news/0408/04080801pentax_lenses.asp


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