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    Quote Originally Posted by BradS View Post
    Is that an LX in the middle?
    Without a doubt, sayeth the LX dude.
    I do use a digital device in my photographic pursuits when necessary.
    When someone rags on me for using film, I use a middle digit, upraised.

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    Even among it's peers, the understated elegance of the LX belies it's brilliant design, superb construction and unequaled performance.


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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by peters8 View Post

    Another question:is the pentax kx a professional camera or is it a normal camera for normal users?
    Well, you can see Les has one so it's not only for normal users.
    I do use a digital device in my photographic pursuits when necessary.
    When someone rags on me for using film, I use a middle digit, upraised.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Les Sarile View Post
    Even among it's peers, the understated elegance of the LX belies it's brilliant design, superb construction and unequaled performance.
    And about the size and weight of an FM/FE series Nikon.
    I do use a digital device in my photographic pursuits when necessary.
    When someone rags on me for using film, I use a middle digit, upraised.

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    Quote Originally Posted by elekm View Post

    Olympus (as it often did) started the downsizing trend with its OM-1, which was smaller, lighter and quieter than other cameras.
    I would agree that they started it in a big way, partly because they advertised the hell out of it. Name a famous 35mm camera designer, and most people could only give two: Barnack and Maitani. Olympus did a great job on both the camera and the advertising.

    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.
    Last edited by lxdude; 09-19-2012 at 11:55 AM. Click to view previous post history.
    I do use a digital device in my photographic pursuits when necessary.
    When someone rags on me for using film, I use a middle digit, upraised.

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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Les Sarile View Post
    Only if it is in professional black color . . .

    Note that the KX and MX are so different in size and weight, yet had the same feature set, except the MX did not have mirror lockup, but did have a motor/winder coupler, and a larger, brighter finder with interchangeable screens. And the MX's mirror could be pre-released using the ol' flick-the-shutter-button trick.
    I do use a digital device in my photographic pursuits when necessary.
    When someone rags on me for using film, I use a middle digit, upraised.

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    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.
    "Often moments come looking for us". - Robert Frank

    "Make good art!" - Neil Gaiman

    "...the heart and mind are the true lens of the camera". - Yousuf Karsh

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    Quote Originally Posted by lxdude View Post
    Well, you can see Les has one so it's not only for normal users.
    It's even good for use by folks that are Abby Normal . . .

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