Pentax LX Review

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sbs1's review of Pentax LX

★★★★★

“20 year old small metal pro camera built to last& last...”

Written on: 21/09/2003 by sbs1 (1 review written)

20 year old small metal pro camera built to last& last minimal battery usage.

full profesional camera system, first class pentax lenses almost? on a par with lieca,and know where near as expensive also a huge range of lenses supplied by other manufacturers from excelent to nasty, interchangable prism with diopter adjustments, for bad eyesight, data back (limited by todays standards)mirror lock up, depth of field button,TTL meter + TTL flash,green amber red l e d shutter speed display auto 2000of a sec too would you believe hours exposure(i kid you not) this camera was & even by todays standards special the auto exp is out of this world, it reads the exposure off the film (so did the OM2 you say ive got one)but at a fixed setting when the shutter was pressed, not so the LX if the light changes so does the exposure time whilst the film is actually being exposed, we are talking a 20 year old camera, and even todays cameras do not do this.

(i cant help but enthuse about this camera as i do about the other cameras that i use from nikon to cannon & even a M3lieca see my other reviews)

but this camera does what it does and does it superbly well, i challenge anybody to buy a camera today 2003 that does what this camera does, and the quality, at the price you can pick them up for with a full system backing and class 1 lenses(lieca being A1) however, after that review how can there be a bad point

lets be realistic every camera in the world has faults even if it a personal dislike (exuses excuses i hear you say)



the LX has problems

1 with the mirror buffers they experimented with a silicone based material as opposed to a tried and tested rubber material unfortunatley it degrades the mirror sticks and results in a lot of wasted film

2 degrading of the buffers allows the mirror to sink into them this throws infinity out

3 the film winder in my opinion is a suspect at times it feels as though it will snap off, or do a complete 360 degrees, it dosent but it does go wrong and with one action (over a long period of time)it can jam up, lock up your mirror, lock up the shutter, and even throw your shutter out of synch, (all can be fixed)get your hands on one, get a tripod and take some of the most surrialistic photoghraps ever without going digital (i kid you not)also bear in mind i do not believ any camera can achieve 10 out of 10 as this would be the perfect camera, and there is know such beast, and the people who do so show only there biase towards that item.

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