LX (late version)

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 Name LX LX (Titanium) LX (Limited) LX 2000
Color black titanium-black titanium-black silver-black
Year of Introduction unknown ~ 2001 1994 1994 2000
Catalog Number 09010 unknown unknown unknown
Sold with Case

Technical Specifications

Lens Mount K
Mount Limitations The lens must be set to a numerical aperture
Self-Timer 4 ~ 10 sec
Mirror Lock-Up yes
Cable Release mechanical
Infra-Red Release
Additional Features weather sealed, DOF preview, mirror lock-up
Width x Height x Depth 144.5 x 90.5 x 50 mm
Weight 570 g
Exposure System
Exposure Modes Av, M
Metering Modes with K and M Lenses off-the-film
Metering Modes with A and newer Lenses off-the-film
Meter Material SPD
Exposure Compensation (Step) +/-2 (1/3 EV steps)
Exposure Lock
Meter Range -6.5 ~ 20 EV
Manual ISO Range 6 ~ 3200 ASA
Construction hybrid (horizontal)
Material titanium
Shutter Speeds 125 ~ 1/2000, B
Mechanical Speeds X ~ 1/2000
Magnification [Coverage] 0.00x [98%]
Aperture Indication optical
Shutter-Speed Indication LED
Interchangeable Viewfinders yes
Interchangeable Screens yes
Power Source
Batteries 2 x 1.5 Volt silver-oxide (A76, SR44) or alkaline (LR44)
Continuous Shooting
Continuous Shooting manual wind lever
Compatible with Motor Drive(s) LX
Compatible with Winder(s) LX
Flash System
Command Protocol(s) analog
Features TTL, S
Synchronization Speed(s) 1/75
Built-In Flash
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.