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04-06-2014, 09:28 AM   #1
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What was the orginal lens that came with the Pentax LX

I have a Pentax LX that was passed down to me from my mother in-law. It didn't come with its main lens it came with a 1: 3.5-4.3 35-105mm RMC Tokina?
I don't know the value of this lens and would love to get the main lens it came with I'm assuming its a prime 50mm pictured in the photo I found here on the forums.

Thx in advance for the help guys.

Edit: Here is one posted by Heikki




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The camera may have originally been purchased with the lens that is currently attached. As for the standard kit lens, it would depend on the age of the camera. Earlier models (1980-83ff) would have been available with Pentax-M 50/1.7, Pentax-M 50/1.4, or Pentax-M 50/1.2. Later models would have had the Pentax-A equivalents.

Edit: A little research in the LX user manual turned up that the 50/2.0 (!) and Pentax-M 40/2.8 (pancake) were also in the list of standard lenses. If you are planning on getting a type-appropriate lens for your camera, I would avoid the 50/2 (both A and M versions) and Pentax-A 50/1.7. The 50/2 is a mediocre optic and the Pentax-A 50/1.7 suffers from build issues that may make it unusable on the LX.*


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* Weak part in the aperture ring may fail resulting in a jammed ring.

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If it's the one in the picture, it tells you right on the front: Pentax-M 50mm f/1.4, this one:
SMC Pentax-M 50mm F1.4 Reviews - M Prime Lenses - Pentax Lens Reviews & Lens Database
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About the picture

Hi

It would be nice if you would ask the original poster when you use images without mentioning where or from who it originally comes from. Or even mention who has taken the picture..
In this case it's ok. On the other hand, i don't know what is normal practise when taking someone else's image and presenting it...

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QuoteOriginally posted by HeikkiK Quote
...when you use images without mentioning where or from who it originally comes from...
The OP stated that the image was lifted from this site. It would have been nice if attribution or a link would have been provided. It is truly a gorgeous camera and well-presented in the photo.


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It came from this tread.

https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/8-pentax-film-slr-discussion/57517-introd...entax-179.html
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It would have been better if you had linked it. It seems odd that you you downloaded the image and then attached it. It is good that you mentioned it came from the site, but you should have given the person credit. I edited your OP by removing the attachment and to link Heikki's image and give Heikki credit.

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Specifically, this post:

https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/8-pentax-film-slr-discussion/57517-introd...ml#post2768865

...made by user HeikkiK, who suggested above that a credit might be in order. Oops!


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QuoteOriginally posted by zionfarm Quote
What was the orginal lens that came with the Pentax LX
From memory which I freely admit is not the best, all mine were bought as body only. They were sold as professional camera so subsequently wasn't supplied with "kit" type lens.

That having been said, some of the special editions were supplied with fast f1.2, 50 mm.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Kerrowdown Quote
From memory which I freely admit is not the best, all mine were bought as body only. They were sold as professional camera so subsequently wasn't supplied with "kit" type lens.
I would have to go through Nesster's photo ads on Flickr, but it would not surprise me if most dealers opted to stock the camera as body-only. I got my list (above) from the specifications section of the user guide under the section Standard Lens.


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The Pentax LX brochure shows the LX with a Pentax M 50mm f1.4 lens -> Bienvenue sur mon site web
The Popular Photography August 1981 does list the following normal lenses: 50mm f1.2, 50mm f1.4, f1.7 f2 and 40mm f2.8.

---------- Post added 04-06-14 at 07:22 PM ----------

Pentax LX ad in Modern Photography October 1981 issue.


Larger version -> http://www.fototime.com/B2522A6049F7B2E/orig.jpg

I just noticed the small print in the upper right that I enlarged and put in the left stating that Pentax is commemorating their 10 millionth camera and that Pentax has made more SLRs than any other camera company at that time.
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Cameras then weren't sold with 'kit' lenses, you bought the body and a lens to go with it (if required). Even when zooms became popular, they still weren't really considered 'kit' lenses - a body + zoom would always cost more than the same body with a 50mm. Most LXs would probably have been sold either body only or with the relevant 50mm f/1.4 option (M, A or even possibly F series). When new, the cameras were very expensive, and buying a 50/2 or 50/1.7 would make very little difference to the overall cost compared to a 50/1.4 (the 50/1.2 would probably have been quite specialised even then).
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QuoteOriginally posted by Kerrowdown Quote
From memory which I freely admit is not the best, all mine were bought as body only. They were sold as professional camera so subsequently wasn't supplied with "kit" type lens.

That having been said, some of the special editions were supplied with fast f1.2, 50 mm.
QuoteOriginally posted by johnha Quote
Cameras then weren't sold with 'kit' lenses, you bought the body and a lens to go with it (if required). Even when zooms became popular, they still weren't really considered 'kit' lenses - a body + zoom would always cost more than the same body with a 50mm. Most LXs would probably have been sold either body only or with the relevant 50mm f/1.4 option (M, A or even possibly F series). When new, the cameras were very expensive, and buying a 50/2 or 50/1.7 would make very little difference to the overall cost compared to a 50/1.4 (the 50/1.2 would probably have been quite specialised even then).
I imagine that was correct for professional bodies at the time, but the more consumer-oriented bodies such as the ME or MESuper were often packaged as a kit.

I bought an MESuper, M50/1.4 and AF200T Flash, cases and straps and a few other bits as a packaged kit in the early 80's. Each item was attractively nestled into a cardboard cutout, packaged in a single silver, red and black kit box. IIRC the kit cost just under $500, but my memory fades after 30+ years.

[EDIT:] Based on the Reply below I imagine my total price was more along the lines of $249 plus tax.

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QuoteOriginally posted by monochrome Quote
I imagine that was correct for professional bodies at the time, but the more consumer-oriented bodies such as the ME or MESuper were often packaged as a kit.
Yep and the original K1000 came with the K55/2, which was not sold separately.

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Got you covered stevebrot, this was pulled from a full page B&H ad Nesster has on his site that I edited awhile back so you can actually read the Pentax part. Fascinates the hell out of me to see the prices.
EDIT: $1 in 1985 is about $2 now due to inflation in case you are comparing how the prices changed.

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