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Pentax Motor Drive LX

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Registered: September, 2017
Location: South Wales
Posts: 473
Review Date: February 9, 2020 I can recommend this item: Yes | Price: $250.00 | Rating: 8 

Pros: 0.5 - 5 fps Nice handling with the battery grip
Cons: Accessories may be hard to find. Need to remove covers from the camera to fit. Pricey.

Attaches neatly to the LX. There is a choice of three power sources : a pistol grip holding 12 AA batteries, a NiCad module, and the external "Power Pack M". The first two screw to the underside of the drive itself, and the third is a mains-powered unit for use in a studio or laboratory, and connects to the drive with a lead. I have the pistol grip, but in pictures I have seen of the NiCad module it does not look well matched in style or shape to camera, unlike the drive itself. Remote control systems can also be connected to it.

The drive has a dial to select off, continuous, single frame, and rewind, and an inner dial for the continuous speed. The pistol grip also has an off/single/continuous selector, and a shutter trigger convenient for the forefinger. I believe the pistol grip was partly to enable press photographers to hold it high above a crowd to take photos.

To fit the drive to the camera, two small screwed covers (with coin slots) must first be removed from the camera body, under the cassette and film take-up locations. This does not fog the film, but the covers could easily be dropped and lost; the drive does have two recesses to store them meanwhile.

I have not used the drive much, but shortly after buying it (used) it had a mechnical failure, which I was able to repair.

Do not buy a motor drive without a power supply, or it will be useless. I would also wonder if the battery in a NiCad unit was still good after (by now) 30+ years. Beware also that many sellers list LX winders as motor drives, but they are different things. The motor drive does up to 5fps while the winder only does 2fps and should cost significantly less.

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Registered: August, 2008
Location: Hielands o' Scootlund
Posts: 44,379
Review Date: January 27, 2011 I can recommend this item: Yes | Price: None indicated | Rating: 9 

Pros: Fast, stepless control 0.5 to 5 fps
Cons: None

A great accessory to add to the wonderful LX camera, it helped to balance the camera in large hands when using heavy or bulky fast glass.

It adds extra shooting buttons for vertical portrait shots, also has the flexibility of multiple power source connections via a separate Battery Grip M handle using 12 AA batteries, the Ni-Cd Battery Pack LX and the Ni-Cd Power Pack M, which is used to power Motor Drive LX by AC current. The first two could be connected by the Power Cord M to keep batteries warm in cold weather.

It even has a quick film rewind (about 8 secs for 36 exposure roll) and stops automatically at the end of the rewind.
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