Where to by a Pentax LX?

Discussion in 'Pentax' started by D.M. Procida, Jan 27, 2010.

  1. D.M. Procida

    Bruce Guest

    I think it was a bit of both - probably a lump sum plus a cost per F80

    Kodak also used F80 bodies for the DCS Pro 14n and later DCS Pro SLR/n
    models with the 14 MP full frame Kodak sensor. I believe that was
    done without Nikon's permission and that Kodak bought retail boxed
    F80s and converted them to digital SLRs.

    I have one of the Kodak DSLRs and like it very much. It is bulky and
    clunky to use, and the viewfinder isn't fantastic, but the results are
    really good, with very natural colours, like digital Kodachrome! ;-)

    That's an interesting idea. The problem is, Fuji stopped making the
    S5 a long time ago and it may be difficult to restart sensor

    Kodak still makes sensors - they are to be found in the Leica M8, M8.2
    and M9 rangefinders and the new Leica S2 medium format DSLR. I think
    they are also in some medium format digital backs. So Kodak might
    make a good partner for Pentax.

    I'm sad that Hoya ended the Samsung partnership without having put in
    place an alternative.

    Yes, I used a Pentax SMC Takumar 135mm f/3.5 on my Canon 5D. Very
    sharp, with pleasant out of focus areas.

    There are some very good Canon lenses but too many duds.
    Bruce, Feb 8, 2010
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  2. We were somewhere around Barstow, on the edge of the desert, when the
    And glad of it too, I am.
    It means there's a plethora of used (and hardly used) bodies on the
    market for a fraction of the new price, as the owners trade up to the
    latest and greatest. The digi revolution queered the pitch somewhat, but
    now that's settling down the old instincts serve me well.
    Grimly Curmudgeon, Feb 10, 2010
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    George in Georgia

    Aug 9, 2014
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    Near Atlanta GA
    I don't know where you are, but here in the US KEH.com is a great source for used gear. I've used them for 20 years with satisfaction. The rate conservatively, their BGN or bargain grade typically has only minor cosmetic issues. A warranty and easy return, what's not to like? adorama.com/ and bhphotovideo.com/ are also reliable vendors.

    The LX is a wonderful camera, easily the finest manual focus camera Pentax ever made. It is an equivalent to the Nikon F3, with perhaps even better metering. There is a full range of bits and pieces if you can find them - a winder, motor drive, different viewfinders, screens, data backs, bulk film back, the whole works for a professional system camera. See PentaxForums.com for much information. The camera has, in common with other fine machines, a feel which is not to be found in today's "plastic fantastic" cameras. IIRC the wind lever runs in ball bearings,such is the attention to detail on this camera.

    Now for the bad bits. The LX is old. While it is ruggedly built it is not immortal. Parts for the LX are becoming scarce. If the main circuit board fails, for example, there are probably no replacements unless via cannibalization. It is weather sealed, but that depends on the integrity of the seals,when it is opened for repairs the seals should be replaced. An example showing much surface wear, some dents, etc, may have been used professionally, for which use it was intended. As a pro camera a CLA is more costly than lesser cameras, Eric Hendrickson is the go-to man here in the states for Pentax. He quotes for a CLA about $63 for K 1000, ME Super, MX etc; as I remember the LX costs at least $150.

    While the metering system is wonderful (exposure is read off the film in real time; thus long automatic exposures are adjusted for changing light) there is no exposure lock! Why, Pentax? Flash sync is at only 1/75 on the titanium foil shutter. But should the battery fail all speeds above 1/75 are still available. And flash is TTL with several generally available units. The AF400T is a handle flash which will blister paint but eats AA cells like chips!

    Other posts have suggested the MX and the ME Super. I own both. The MX is a delightful camera, small and rugged, it was a system camera just before the LX. Interchangeable screens, backs, a winder, a motor, a bulk film back all in a tiny package. No mirror lockup, an odd omission. Fully manual, fully mechanical shutter. X sync at 1/60. Huge viewfinder. Shutter speed and f stop visible in viewfinder. A warning: the winder, which I heartily recommend, uses a tiny screw with a serrated head to secure the battery hatch. If this strips out a clumsy kludge would be needed. My examples tend to eat the button cells for the meter, life is only a few weeks. They should last a year or more.

    The ME Super is a "consumer camera," but a good one. Huge, bright viewfinder, shutter speeds in viewfinder, but not f stop. No depth of field preview. Manual shutter speeds via push buttons. Winder readily available,and adds a little mass and a "handle" which I like. No worry about the battery tray on this winder! Dead cells for meter and shutter? You've got only the sync speed, 1/125.

    I wouldn't consider the basic ME. Totally automatic, no manual operation possible. The same obtains with several other "M" cameras. BTW angle viewfinders, very handy for low level closeups, seem to be interchangeable between the Pentax K and LX and M cameras and ... the Olympus OM cameras.
    George in Georgia, Aug 10, 2014
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    I got mine from Japan.
    kimbaum, Nov 7, 2017
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