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06-28-2008, 03:13 PM   #91
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This is a dangerous forum...after reading this thread and several dozen others during the last couple months, I ended up buying a LX body in good condition (on it's way to me as I write this)... The story doesn't end here though: I'm going to build a darkroom next winter when we move to a bigger house. To that end, I already purchased a Leitz Focomat V35 enlarger for 35 mm (on it's way to me) and a Durst 138 enlarger for medium format (this one I'll get later in the summer). Both enlargers are in excellent condition and very cheap considering their original value. The Durst of course means I'll need to get one of the Pentax 645 cameras at some point ... I used to be a normal guy shooting with a K10D and planning to upgrade to another digital later. Almost forgot to mention that the last time I was in a darkroom was in high school attending arts classes...Yeah, I have totally lost it

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How about the Pentax LX Millennium Special edition? Perhaps the last Pentax manual 35mm.




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LX without a shadow of a doubt
The best they ever made
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FELIX68'S lx!

https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/pentax-film-slr-discussion/31676-my-e-bay-lx-incredible.html

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That LX looks nice.....

As an owner of a Z-1p and MZ-S I am torn between those two, the Z-1 feels some complete and competent and the MZ-S is such a joy to use...

But as I am enjoying my K10D more and more these are getting less and less use...
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I remember drooling over an LX in a camera shop window as a school boy. Made my much loved ME Super look like a toy in comparison. My used Spotmatic F was also real quality. My Dad's OM1 was probably on par with that LX I never got to actually handle but just based on distance looks.
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I think it would have to be the MX, although I'm still using an original K, which has served me well for some 50 years.
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My rankings of the Pentax film bodies I've used:
1) MZ-S
2) *ist
3) <tie>Super Program - MX
5) Spotmatic F
6) PZ-70
7) MZ-5
8) K1000
9) SP1000
10) ME Super
11) SFXn

I have never used an LX or PZ-1, so can't rate those, but I believe their high marks based on others' comments and reviews.

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PZ1p (in my experience with bodies dating back to the Super Program).
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QuoteOriginally posted by séamuis Quote
from a pro stand point the LX, from an advanced amateur standpoint probably the MX for allot of people probably the K1000 (
So back in the film hay-days, would you be considered a "Pro" or "Serious photographer" if you shot a Pentax 67?

Outfitted with a metered TTL prism it is the same camera as a K1000 except for film format. So why does one make you a "Pro" and the other a beginner? And why does features mean a "pro" camera? Large format view cameras, by 135 standards, have no features. Yet a pro would use that in product or architectural photography because of the higher quality and lens/film plane movements.
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QuoteOriginally posted by tuco Quote
So back in the film hay-days, would you be considered a "Pro" or "Serious photographer" if you shot a Pentax 67?

Outfitted with a metered TTL prism it is the same camera as a K1000 except for film format. So why does one make you a "Pro" and the other a beginner? And why does features mean a "pro" camera? Large format view cameras, by 135 standards, have no features. Yet a pro would use that in product or architectural photography because of the higher quality and lens/film plane movements.
And there have always been more large format cameras in the hands of amateurs than professionals.
At some point, people will figure out that a pro camera is what it is for reasons other than who is pulling the trigger or a particular feature set.
I never had to explain this to people before the internet came along.
As an aside, until recently, pro cameras tended to be very under featured compared to amateur cameras. It's only been the last couple of decades that feature creep came to professional photography, and this also corresponded to the time that anyone with a credit card could be a pro photographer.
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I'd have to say the LX or the 6 X 7. I wanted both...didn't get either, but as a compromise got a Mamiya 220 TLR Pro F with 3 lenses..which I love.

I think the Spotmatic is also up there for contention...reliable, does the trick.

Another...of which I have one...a Pentax ES 11. Bought mine new in '74, 75...still have. An elegant camera...resplendent in black.
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The 6x7 is more like a KX with a way bigger negative!
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QuoteOriginally posted by Wheatfield Quote
...pro cameras tended to be very under featured compared to amateur cameras. It's only been the last couple of decades that feature creep came to professional photography...
IMO there are too many useless bells and whistles on practically everything introduced after around 1980.
I don't like fighting automation to get the camera to do what I want it to do.

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QuoteOriginally posted by ChrisPlatt Quote
IMO there are too many useless bells and whistles on practically everything introduced after around 1980.
I don't like fighting automation to get the camera to do what I want it to do.

Chris
I am glad I'm not the only one. That's why most of the time I pick the K2 over my SuperProgram.
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