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The Pentax LX was introduced in 1980 as a system camera for the professional photographer. It is the only Pentax 35mm SLR to feature an exchangeable viewfinder - a total of 8 viewfinders were available together with 9 focusing screens. A large array of other accessories, hereunder a 5 fps motor drive and a 250 exposure film back were available as well.

The LX has Av auto exposure as well as metered manual.

The built-in exposure meter is very sensitive being able to meter down to -6.5 EV in auto exposure mode. In manual exposure mode the meter goes down to 1 EV. The meter reads the light reflected off of the first shutter curtain or off of the film during exposure. Manual metering as well as auto exposure are available no matter which view finder is being used.

The set shutter speed is shown in the viewfinder. Some of the viewfinders show the aperture as well via a window that projects the aperture value from the aperture ring into the view finder.

Manual exposure is set by adjusting shutter speed or aperture until the LED indicating shutter speed matches the needle of the light meter. When shooting in Av auto exposure mode a +/-2 EV exposure compensation is available but no exposure lock.

The camera can be operated without batteries in the mechanical shutter speed range 1/75s - 1/2000s.

The camera body is light but rugged and sealed against dust. The Pentax LX was produced through a time span of more than 15 years.

Year introduced
Meter range
-6.5 - 20 EV (auto exposure)
1 - 19 EV (manual exposure)
Meter pattern
Center weight
ISO range
6 - 1600
DX ISO range
No DX coding
Exposure modes
Av, M, X, B
Exposure compensation
+/-2 EV
Exposure memory lock
Shutter speeds (auto)
125s - 1/2000s
Shutter speeds (manual)
4s - 1/2000s
Shutter speeds (mechanical)
1/75s - 1/2000s
Self timer
Mirror lock-up
Auto bracketing
Multiple exposures
External winder 2 fps, motor drive 1-5 fps
Built-in flash
TTL flash
P-TTL flash
Sync speed
Flash exposure comp
Autofocus sensitivity
Not applicable
Power zoom
Exchangeable. FA-1: 95% (hor.) x 98% (vert.)
Viewfinder type
Pentaprism, waist level, action finder, magni-finder
Diopter correction
Exchangeable screen
Depth of field preview
Image size
24 x 36 mm
Panorama format
2 x S76
Battery grip/pack
Size (W x H x D)
144.5 x 85 x 50 mm
570 g

Also pictured is the LX2000 along with the SMC Pentax-A 50mm F1.2 Special lens. Other rare versions of this camera were produced, such as the LX Gold and the LX Titanuim Silver/Black.
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Junior Member

Registered: January, 2013
Location: Sturtevant, Wisconsin
Posts: 47
Review Date: April 3, 2018 I can recommend the Pentax LX: Yes | Price: $283.99 | Rating: 9 

Pros: The feel, viewfinder,
Cons: None

I've always wanted one, to me no other camera compares to it as far as I feel. But I have only had mine for two weeks. Mine is a later model of the LX. It feels so great in your hands, and it's has a smooth operation. I love that you switch viewfinders anytime. I was showing to a friend who became a Pentaxian in 2006 with a ISTD, he said it would be nice if the DSLR's had a interchangeable viewfinders and I agree with him. I've owned Pentax cameras from 1983 with a ME-Super and now 35 years later my dream has come true. I just got a Winder LX on Monday and tried it out today, all can say is wow. Mine has none of the LX problems so far. I'm using a Pentax-M SMC 50mm F1.7 with it.
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Registered: December, 2016
Location: Reinholds, Pennsylvania
Posts: 16
Review Date: January 25, 2018 I can recommend the Pentax LX: Yes | Price: None indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Weather resistance
Cons: the vinyl exterior peeled away

I loved my LX! I purchased it new in the early 1980s and took it everywhere, most notably on many a backpacking trip - including most of the Appalachian Trail. A lot of sweat fell on that body but it never flinched. I still have it, sadly it sits idle.
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Registered: November, 2010
Location: California
Posts: 2,223
Review Date: January 23, 2018 I can recommend the Pentax LX: Yes | Price: $550.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Everything including the viewfinders
Cons: High Price

I just got this camera and love to use it with the FB/FC viewfinder. It is almost as good as my Spotmatic and my Pentax SV, very close to my Asahiflex IIa. Everything they said already, I repeat. Nice camera, it is a keeper. Price includes CLA by Eric. Here are some samples of my first roll of film:

Pentax LX by Palenquero Photography, on Flickr

No More Newton's Rings by Palenquero Photography, on Flickr

Pentax LX by Palenquero Photography, on Flickr
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Registered: October, 2008
Location: Bedfordshire, UK
Posts: 175
Review Date: October 2, 2017 I can recommend the Pentax LX: Yes | Price: $80.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: This is THE camera
Cons: none if you consider its age

This is THE camera for me. To be honest I can't really tell if it is my LX or MX I love more. Both have their personalities, but probably the LX is the ultimate SLR for me. I have had classic Nikon cameras in my hand and few other makes, I have the Leica M4 which is considered the ultimate M, but the LX is just the perfection in the SLR world.
Nice, small package that is just a beauty of design and reliability. No frills or brick like appearance, just the pure experience of shooting a great camera.
I have two of them in use, the second one just getting a full, well deserved CLA that keeps it running for another 20-30 years, probably outliving my K-1. Sad but true...

Registered: September, 2017
Location: South Wales
Posts: 544
Review Date: September 18, 2017 I can recommend the Pentax LX: Yes | Price: $600.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Quality construction, fully featured, professional grade.
Cons: Sticking mirror fault (with age), no AE lock, not "imposing" enough for some situations.

The LX was launched in 1980 as a serious attempt by Pentax to break the dominance of Nikon and Canon in the professional market. It is robustly made and weatherproofed, yet significantly smaller than its intended rivals - the Nikon F3 and Canon F-1n. As befitted that conservative market, it was produced for 20 years, almost exactly in parallel with the Nikon F3. The layout of controls was entirely conventional for the time and it has the features which that market would have expected. A large range of accessories, including data backs, motor drive, and no less than seven interchangeable viewfinders, was launched at the same time; these were not generally interchangeable with other cameras in the Pentax range, except of course the K mount lenses.

It uses TTL metering off the film and shutter surfaces, so it is measuring light during the exposure and not beforehand, which allows it for example to control its own dedicated flash units whatever the lens aperture, and to cope with long exposures in low and changeable ambient light. The meter range was very wide for its day.

It has aperture priority auto exposure, and a manual mode with shutter speeds from 1/2000 to 4 seconds (there is no upper time limit with auto). All speeds from sync (1/75 - shown as an "X" between 1/60 and 1/100) to 1/2000 are mechanical when manually set, so in normal daylight and for flash it can be used without batteries.

The viewfinder has full information, including aperture via a Judas window, and a small red flag to warn of exposure compensation. In Auto the shutter speed is indicated by a long row of tiny (they had to be) LEDs, and in manual they continue to recommend a speed while a movable blue flag shows the actual speed selected by the user. There are about nine different changeable focussing screens.

I find the LX very intuitive and straightforward to use, without thinking or looking at it, despite its full features for its day - a far cry from today's nested menus and 4-way buttons. Even now I tend to use a DSLR in aperture priority auto mode most of the time. The LX viewfinder information system is superb, superior to its Nikon and Canon rivals. Today of course, many of those special accessories can only rarely be found, if at all, and any LX is likely to need its sticking mirror return seeing to.

Pentax never made much inroad into the professional market. Most press reviews at the time of its intoduction praised the LX to the skies, but added sadly that most professionals and serious amateurs were already locked into Nikon or Canon systems, depite their strange quirks (the Canon F-1s at the time were, frankly, contraptions). I believe that another reason is that the LX's smallness compared with its rivals counted against it in some fields, such as commercial photography and weddings. where a big camera helped to project a professional image to the clients. Nevertheless I consider the LX the best 35mm film camera ever made, and it still retains a following of almost a cult nature today.

There follows a picture of the viewfinder view, and of an LX with Motor Drive (up to 5 fps) and Pistol Grip. The pistol grip contains the motor drive batteries, but there was an alternative battery box of similar size and shape to the drive itself that fitted beneath.

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Registered: August, 2017
Posts: 1
Review Date: August 29, 2017 I can recommend the Pentax LX: Yes | Price: $270.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: solid build,superb design, no gadgets, exclusive idm exposure meter, viewfinder
Cons: no program modes but that doesn't matter,no sealed battery case

This is a great camera nearly build like a tank, very rugged and reliable! Honestly, sticky mirror is sooner or later a problem. It concerns mainly the first version without the collar on the shutter release.

But CLA you should have done before using any used vintage camera.
I got the over-worked version and didn't have any problem to date.I had spent 100 Euro for a CLA before using.

Since all works fine. The best 35 mm Pentax film SLR ever made. I used a lot of other Pentax models but it is the best manual slr for me..

Easy to use
Great viewfinder especially for wearer of glasses
precision of measurement

Cons: None that I can see.Excepting the not sealed battery case.

One can always find a weakness, but in 1980 it was well ahead of its time.

Apology for spelling or grammar error. i am not a native english speaker.
Veteran Member

Registered: October, 2006
Location: Belgium
Posts: 472
Review Date: May 14, 2017 I can recommend the Pentax LX: Yes | Price: $200.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Build, ergonomics, quality
Cons: No Tv or program modes

I started out with an MX, but when photography really got under my skin, I always longed for an LX. However, I never could get myself to buy one because of the money and eventually changed to other systems (Olympus OM, later Canon EOS...) I bought a K-5 and was looking for a film camera to shoot some rolls B&W or slide film, so the LX came on the horizon again and today I am the happy owner of one. Charged a Velvia 50 and went for a stroll...

What rally amazes me is how simple this camera is. There is no button too much. Everything is cristal clear, in other words: a joy to use!

Now to figure out where I can get B&W film...

Registered: May, 2011
Location: Santa Cruz, CA
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Review Date: April 18, 2017 I can recommend the Pentax LX: Yes | Price: $250.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Many . . .
Cons: Not available in chrome . . .

In early 1980 both Nikon and Canon came out with their anticipated third generation pro camera models while Pentax released their first interchangeable viewfinder 35mm camera just in time for their 60th anniversary and appropriately designated the LX.

But unlike it's interchangeable viewfinder peers, it's size was more in-line with the new smaller form factor cameras.

In fact, Pentax clearly went all the way back to the original Asahi Pentax for it's good looks!

And provided it with the most comprehensive choices of viewfinders ever - or since, in a camera. It has a wide selection of viewfinder magnifications - from largest to most eye-relief and most of them have built-in diopter control.

The elegance in it's design can be seen not only in what was included - great build and weatherproofing, but also what was not. It doesn't need a viewfinder blind as any light coming though the viewfinder will not influence the meter. It doesn't need a separate multiple exposure control but yet you can multiexpose any frame - forward or backward. It is completely operational and usable without a viewfinder attached. When the very long lasting batteries die, it will still allow you manually fire the shutter from sync speed to max 1/2000.

The single most defining feature for me is that in aperture priority mode, it is the only camera ever (past or present as of this review, by any brand or model) that will autoexpose a scene for as long as it takes (or batteries die) - all the while monitoring the scene in real time, and adjusting exposure accordingly.

Most all aperture priority capable cameras can autoexpose a typical daylight scene. This one using the LX with Lomography 100 film.

Most can even expose a scene seconds long. This one on Fuji RVP50.

However, autoexposure measuring minutes long and you eliminate most cameras. This one >10 minutes on Kodak Portra 800.

For autoexposures longer than 40 minutes, I am not aware of any other camera - beside the LX, that can do this. I don't believe you can even do this using an external meter. This one using Kodak Ektar 100.

For this scene - taken using Kodak Gold 100 with the LX in aperture priority mode, I pressed the shutter button about 9pm and sometime after 3am it finished.

After a few of these extremely long aperture priority autoexposure shots, I had to figure a way to more conveniently determine when the exposure was done. Otherwise, I am having to look through the viewfinder constantly. So I devised an LED/battery connected to the X-sync terminal that lights up when the shutter is open and turns off when it is done.

For these dark scenes that require such long exposure, it helps greatly that the viewfinder is extremely big and bright!

No doubt that Pentax LX is a fantastic camera. Truly a one of a kind.
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Registered: August, 2016
Location: Pittsburgh
Posts: 5

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Review Date: September 14, 2016 I can recommend the Pentax LX: Yes | Price: None indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Outstanding built, reliable.
Cons: None

I own three, and I must have shot 20000+ negatives with them. I also own a Nikon F3 and an Olympus OM-4T and a couple of expensive rangefinders. There was no competition, really. The LX was just a little bigger than the OM-4T and did not burn batteries. The Pentax outfit was much lighter than the Nikon. I always carry one in my bag, most often with a 35mm or a 40mm lens. Never had a camera I liked better.

My first LX was from one of the earlier releases; I bought it in the mid-80's and cost me a fortune. The last two I purchased 6 years ago from the estate of a local pro. Paid $250 for the pair, both of them in great condition with only tripod marks on the base plate.
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Registered: March, 2016
Posts: 41
Review Date: March 19, 2016 I can recommend the Pentax LX: Yes | Price: $300.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Build quality, viewfinder options.
Cons: Viewfinder eye relief

Superb little cameras when they are working well.
Viewfinder eye relief could be better, Nikon F3HP & Contax Aria better with more room for glasses wearers, massive finders.
Film advance is nice but I found film loading sprocket a bit clumsy.
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Registered: April, 2013
Posts: 19

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Review Date: January 22, 2016 I can recommend the Pentax LX: Yes | Price: $140.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Everything, and the handling, and the meter, and the size
Cons: only 3200

It is without doubt one of the finest 135 cameras ever built. If the LX is not enough consider to go to MF, or to rangefinders. SLR:s get no better than this one, only heavier...
I have 2 of them and they have been serviced at Harrow Technical in London, with full satisfaction.
Price indicated is auction price before service. Never had a single problem with mirror hang-up, only normal age-related issues.
I also have a Nikon F2 but it stays mostly in it´s box. Unfair, maybe yes, but no.....
A highly recommended piece of technology.
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Registered: October, 2008
Location: Vancouver, Canada
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Review Date: November 9, 2015 I can recommend the Pentax LX: Yes | Price: $660.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Incredible build, metering system, MLU, TTL flash support and handling.
Cons: No Exposure Lock, expensive to buy & CLA. Difficult focusing screen replacement.

The Pentax LX camera was released in June 1980 and remained in production until May 2001. There were a few upgrades/improvements during the 20+ year production run, as well as “Special Edition” versions, but the LX basically remained the same feature wise.

The LX was the first Pentax 35mm professional “System Camera”. This “System” featured user changeable viewfinders & screens and you could get various grips, winders, motor drives, data backs & cases for the LX. The LX system did not feature any new lenses, but instead took advantage of the existing “M” and “K” series manual focus ones.

- The first thing I noticed about the LX is how well everything fits together on the camera and how well it’s sealed. All moving parts operate smoothly as well, quite an impressive build indeed. Even the LX Soft EverReady camera case is better made than previous versions for the “M” Series bodies. Of course there is a downside to how well made the LX is, as a CLA costs about four times as much as one for a K1000! Kind of like a high maintenance luxury car.

- The LX is the first Pentax camera to feature TTL flash support and Pentax released a couple new TTL flashes that were designed for the LX. The AF-280T and the AF-400T also had a slew of power accessories that you could get for special shooting. I’m using the AF-280T and all you have to do with the flash is set it on “TTL AUTO”, mount it on the LX hot-shoe and turn the flash on. The LX in automatic mode will automatically set the shutter speed to the flash sync speed of 1/75 and the light beside the “X” in the viewfinder window will glow red. You can set the lens to any aperture in the flash range corresponding to the speed of film you are using. The LX will meter off the film plane and adjust the flash output accordingly; flash shooting could not be easier! When the exposure is complete the red light will blink to indicate that a proper expose was made and it will light up again when the flash has been recharged and is ready for use.

- The LX uses the same “three-way” lever for the DOF preview, Self Timer and MLU. Mirror lock-up was reintroduced on the LX, a feature that was missing on all “M” Series camera bodies. You need to press the button on the lever and then move the lever toward the lens to get the mirror to lockup. While this “three-way” lever saves space on the camera body, it makes the MLU function a bit hard to use.

- The LX features an Integrated Direct Metering (off-the-film) SPD center-weighted metering system with an rated exposure range of -6.5 to 20 EV or 125 seconds to 1/2000th of a second in automatic mode and TTL flash mode. In reality the LX will continue to meter a scene way past the rated 125 second mark, changing the exposure as needed. It can be a bit nerve racking waiting for the LX to finish metering a shot, as you immediately think something is wrong with the camera. So patience is a virtue when doing long exposures in Auto mode! This Auto mode metering was second to none in the camera world at that time and even today is in a class of its own. So to take advantage of the IDM system you need to use the LX in Auto or TTL mode.

- In manual mode the LX meter readings have a range of 4 seconds to 1/2000. With no working batteries in the camera you could still use X (1/75) to 1/2000 shutter speeds in manual mode. LX also has a nice viewfinder “exposure information” display, which shows the shutter speeds with various coloured lights.

- A special note should be taken when using polarizing filters on the LX. A special half mirror was added to the LX to make the viewfinder brighter and easier to focus. This mirror is multi coated and acts like a polarizing filter, so if you use a linear polarizer and shoot in the manual mode you could get a messed up meter reading. However in auto (aperture priority) mode you can use either a CPL or LPL, as the half mirror flips up when the shutter button is pressed and the exposure metering is done off the film plane. Since I only use LPL’s this is a big relief and another reason to use the LX in Auto mode only.

- The LX also has Exposure compensation of +/-2 EV, but is missing Exposure Lock last featured in its professional predecessor the K2DMD.That’s about the only negative that I have with the LX.

- The LX uses the “magic white needles” film loading system, introduced in the “M” Series cameras. There is also a film memo holder on the camera back.

- The LX has numerous finders and focusing screens that you can replace. Changing the finder is easy, you just have to move the finder release lever toward the finder and it slides right off. You just slide the new finder on and it clicks into place, could not be easier! Changing the focusing screens is the exact opposite and if you're not careful with the little metal tweezers you need to use, you can easily scratch the screen or mirror. This is a poor design and cumbersome to do with major consequences if you do it wrong. The LX screen replacement should have been designed like the Pentax 67II. On that camera you remove the finder and the focusing screen is removed from the top of the camera with no tools. You just push a plastic tab and lift the focusing screen up to remove it and the new one just clicks into place by pressing it down. This takes seconds to do and you can easily do it in the field while shooting. The same can't be said with the LX and since this was a pro camera the focusing screen replacement should have been a lot easier.

- The LX is bigger than the “M” Series bodies, but a bit smaller than the “K” Series. So I have no complaints with the handling of the LX.

The LX is as good as it’s going to get for a Pentax 35mm camera, whether it’s film or digital and I’m giving it a perfect 10. However my enthusiasm for the LX would have been way higher 4 years ago, when I did all my “specialty” shooting in the 35mm format and would have appreciated all its accessories & features. Since then I do all my macro, studio, telephoto & long exposure work with my Pentax 6x7 system and the 35mm LX can’t compete with that larger format.

I do however shoot 35mm film when I’m traveling somewhere by airplane and that’s pretty well all outside daylight work, with the occasional night/flash shot. For that type of shooting the LX is probably overkill. (So if you are looking to buy your first Pentax SLR and only plan to use it for outdoor daylight work, then any Pentax camera from that period is equally good and costs way less to buy and CLA.) I do plan to use my LX as my traveling cameras for harsher conditions, where its superb sealing will be a big plus. I just wish I had bought an LX years ago and got a chance to fully appreciate all its features on a regular basis.

Here is how I rank the LX in my Pentax K-mount manual focus body collection:

1) LX, 2) K2DMD, 3) KX, 4) SUPER A, 5) K2, 6) MX, 7) P50, 8) KM, 9) K1000SE, 10) K1000

I paid 649EUR for my LX kit that included a FA-1 viewfinder, LX Soft EverReady case, strap and a M50/1.7. I estimate a price of 600EUR for the MINT LX body.
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Review Date: September 29, 2015 I can recommend the Pentax LX: Yes | Price: None indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: everything
Cons: bit loud?

Used and compared so many analog slr camera's and this is my absolute favorite. Nikon F3 and Canon F1 are just big & clumsy compared to this beauty, it is sooo easy to use, and it works sooo well. There isn't a button too much on this camera and every single detail has been designed with excellence.

Just look at how they integrated the neck strap!
All shutter speeds above x (1/75) are mechanical!
No on/off button!
LED shutter info combined with match needle in manual mode!
Light metering from film plane while exposure takes place!
Huge viewfinder magnification!
Rubber light seals!
Multiple exposure very easy and fun to use!

Also like the Olympus OM-4Ti as a top of the line model, but it only has a mechanical 1/60. The OM-4Ti spot metering is a nice bonus, however it increases the number of buttons. On the LX I can compensate for exposure instead, it takes about the same effort, maybe a little more experience... So I actually think it's great the LX doesn't have spotmetering, it just provides all I need and keeps it simple.

As for the sticky mirror syndrome, that is almost a non-issue. I repaired 3 LX bodies with a sticky mirror by now and it is just a matter of replacing a small rubber damper on an iron support. What makes that a little difficult is that you need the give the rubber the right thickness, otherwise your focussed subject will be out of focus on the filmplane. I simply glue a piece of soft rubber onto the support that is a bit to thick and use a small piece of grinding paper to carefully get the rubber support to the exact right thickness (infinity on the lens results in infinity in the viewfinder). Another method is to loosen the iron support and adjust its height.

Update July 2016:

Really like how the LX is always ready for action. The battery lasts forever since the most used shutter speeds are mechanical. So without having to turn some switch, you can just grab it, point and shoot. The metering from the film plane also is excellent. The lens has a bit slow aperture? No problem; even if it doesn`t reach the chosen f-value the exposure will be fine (in auto).

1st version LX and 55mm f1.2 Revuenon (originally sold with Revue Solar 100)

LX and K 20/4

LX and K 30/2.8

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Location: Olympia, WA
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Review Date: July 5, 2015 I can recommend the Pentax LX: Yes | Price: $330.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: a joy to shoot with
Cons: little bit of a 'princess'

My review will be short and sweet, echoing many sentiments already typed out here. The LX is my favorite 35mm camera to use, period - I've two MX bodies which I enjoy *nearly* as much but the handling, the viewfinder and the overall buttery-smoothness of the LX wins me over each time I pick it up. Mine will need a CLA in the near future as it's shutter speeds are starting to wander but to-date, after owning this current used one for well over a year I can't bring myself to part with it for long enough to repair... Some day I will. Not today.

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Review Date: March 20, 2015 I can recommend the Pentax LX: Yes | Price: $41.50 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Compact but comfortable, portrait orientation neck strap option, great meter, light, good supporting system, great to use
Cons: Sticky mirror syndrome, expensive accessories, too light for some uses

I picked up my LX today, so as I use it and take sample images, I'll expand this review. My knee-jerk reaction is to say that I love it and it's going to be a favorite camera, without a doubt. Mine has periodic sticky mirror syndrome, and one of the support pads shows signs of erosion due to gooification. I'll, without question, need to get it CLA'd in the foreseeable future.

I managed to get it overhauled with new pads and a new control board because my meter was not automatically turning off. It took a while for the parts to be sourced but was well worth the wait. Using the LX has been a blast. This is the most fun-to-use Pentax 35mm body that I've tried. The results so far have been nice.

The meter is exceptional and, I think, as good as many later cameras. I think it's better, in fact, than some later cameras. The LX handles high-contrast situations better than any other Pentax I've used, including the DSLRs.

Where it fails, and this is minor, in my mind is that it's too light for long lenses. With heavier film bodies, like my K2, K100, and so forth, I can hand-hold my 75-300 Tamron at 300mm down to 1/125th of a second if I brace well. That's because the body is heavy enough to counterbalance the lens and also remain relatively motionless despite mirror movement. The LX is so light that at 300mm, I could not hold the lens at anything slower than 1/500th and get consistently sharp results. That stems from the lens-camera weight being front-forward compared to mounting the lens on a K body and the mirror introducing more movement to the camera due to the camera's light weight. I've noticed the same effect with the 50mm f/1.4 SMC-M, too. So the camera's light weight removes about one stop of shutter speed compared to what you're likely to be used to if you have heavier cameras.

I didn't know if I would like the LX when I got it, but I'm sold and am truly an LX convert. It's an amazing camera.

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