Even among it's peers, the understated elegance of the LX belies it's brilliant design, superb construction and unequaled performance.
The KX is certainly a very fine and robust camera. I've got two, one of which I've had for 26 years with no problems, just one routine service about ten years ago. I'd agree that the shutter is a little on the noisy side - notably more than the Spotmatics that preceded it or the MX that followed.
But Fuji came out with smaller, lighter, quieter cameras with bright viewfinders before Olympus: the Fujica ST701 and ST801. The 701 hit the market in '70 or '71. The 801 was announced about the same time as the OM-1, but was available in quantity sooner. They weren't as teensy as the OM-1 but they were small, light, quiet and bright compared to the Nikkormats, SRT's, FTb's and Autoreflexes out there, and even the Spotmatics. And the 701 had the first silicon cell meter; the 801 had that and the first LED meter indication.
I still have the ST801 I bought in '74 and it's still working fine, though I used it so heavily it has been retired. I managed to wear the chrome clean off the mount threads.
The shutter may be a bit louder than other but I'm thinking with pentax it's mainly the sound of the mirror. I admit to loving my Pentaxs so I don't let the sound bother me. Besides compared to a Pentax 67 the kx is quiet.:laugh:
I have a KX that I've used for about eight years, and it's a beauty. Yes, it's a bit loud in the mirror release, but not annoyingly so.
To me they are very underrated cameras, and can be had for very little money today.
Abby Normal . . . :laugh: