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★★★★★

“After trying nearly every major manufacturer's ...”

Written on: 16/08/2008 by malibru (1 review written)

Good Points
Indestructible body
well-designed and compact layout of controls
uncluttered but complete exposure information in the viewfinder
Incredibly accurate IDM metering system (hey, how many cameras do you know have an exposure range from EV 20 down to - 6.5?!?)
Interchangeable focusing screens
very useful hand grip
120 degree buttery smooth film advance throw lever
Double exposure button doubling as rewind release

Bad Points
Winder often acts up... methinks it has to do with poorly designed wiring metrics and winding gears.

General Comments
After trying nearly every major manufacturer's cameras in the last 25 years (Leica, Mamiya, Nikon, Canon, Minolta, Yashica), when all is said and done, the Pentax LX comes closest to being the ideal SLR.
The body is nearly indestructible, the incredibly well-designed and compact layout of controls, the uncluttered but complete exposure information available in the viewfinder, the ability to handle the most difficult lighting situations due to its IDM metering system (hey, how many cameras do you know that have an exposure range from EV 20 down to - 6.5?!?), its interchangeable focusing screens, very useful handgrip, 120 degree buttery smooth throw, double exposure button doubling as rewind release... need I go on and on?? It was simply the best SLR ever made, at least from a user-perspective (Canon, Nikon, and Leica owners will have you think otherwise, due to nothing more than millions of dollars spent on clever and ubiquitous marketing from these companies).

Then add all the glorious Takumars you can use with an M42/K adapter, not to mention the limited lens series which have been rated as the most accurate lenses ever tested, and what superlatives are you left with?

It's simply the best, and I will never make the mistake of selling mine again. Thankfully, I was able to buy another one, and this one I'm keeping. Forever.