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LX (late version)

General Description

During its long production rung, the Pentax LX was updated at least three times. The latest camera revision has three visible differences compared to the earliest: there are two white points missing on the front of the first shutter curtain; pressing the button that releases the viewfinder causes the light meter to turn on, and the shutter-lock switch features a new design. Severals attempts to gather information about camera serial numbers and design variations have failed due to inconclusive data.

The titanium LX is a special edition body celebrating the 75th anniversary of Asahi Opt. Co. Only one thousand of these bodies were manufactured. Each one features titanium top and bottom plates. The LX limited is a special edition body celebrating 15 years of LX production. The body features a titanium top and bottom plates which are painted in black, and carries the inscription "titanium". The LX 2000 is a special edition body celebrating LX production in the year 2000. The body was sold in a set with the SMC-A 50/1.2 Special lens. This body comes with the FF-60 viewing scren, and not with the "standard" SC-21.

Product Variations
Exact NameLXLX (Titanium)LX (Limited)LX 2000
Colorblacktitanium-blacktitanium-blacksilver-black
Years of Productionunknown ~ 20011994 ~ 19941994 ~ 19942000 ~ 2000
Availabilityabout once a week, usedonce in a lifetime, usedonce in a lifetime, usedonce in a lifetime, used
Catalog Number09010unknownunknownunknown
Sold with Case

Technical Specifications

General
Lens MountK
Mount LimitationsThe lens must be set to a numerical aperture
Self-Timer4 ~ 10 sec
Mirror Lock-Upyes
Cable Releasemechanical
Infra-Red Release
Additional Featuresweather sealed, DOF preview, mirror lock-up
Width x Height x Depth144.5 x 90.5 x 50 mm
Weight570 g
Exposure System
Exposure ModesAv, M
Metering Modes with K and M Lensesoff-the-film
Metering Modes with A and newer Lensesoff-the-film
Meter MaterialSPD
Exposure Compensation (Step)+/-2 (1/3 EV steps)
Exposure Lock
Meter Range-6.5 ~ 20 EV
Manual ISO Range6 ~ 3200 ASA
Shutter
Constructionhybrid (horizontal)
Materialtitanium
Shutter Speeds125 ~ 1/2000, B
Mechanical SpeedsX ~ 1/2000
Viewfinder
Magnification [Coverage]0.00x [98%]
Aperture Indicationoptical
Shutter-Speed IndicationLED
Interchangeable Viewfindersyes
Interchangeable Screensyes
Power Source
Batteries2 x 1.5 Volt silver-oxide (A76, SR44) or alkaline (LR44)
External
Continuous Shooting
Continuous Shootingmanual wind lever
Compatible with Motor Drive(s)LX
Compatible with Winder(s)LX
Flash System
Command Protocol(s)analog
FeaturesTTL, S
Synchronization Speed(s)1/75
Built-In Flash
Accessories
Fitting Case(s)soft case: LX Soft Case

Subjective Evaluation

Contrarary to expectations, with increasing age even the newest-design LX bodies develop the "sticky-mirror syndrome." Regardless, like discussed here, the LX is still a very desirable camera to own, and certainly worth having cleaned-up, adjusted or repaired.