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    Two Pentax KXes

    I have two, black, Pentax KX cameras. they both look like they have the same black paint, but one has the serial number painted black, and the other has a white serial number. The black S/N is 8337077, and the white S/N is 8473921. The one with the white s/n I got off of Evilbay, the one with the black s/n I got used from Adorama. The one with the black s/n doesn't "look" like a repaint job, but I suppose it could be. Does anybody know if this is an original paint job by Pentax?

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    The serial number was originally bright white on the black bodied Pentax K2, KX and KM.

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    Thanks Brad. It must be a repaint job then, a very good job at that, I might add.

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    I just picked up my second K2 today! This new one is black and the serial number is white. My chrome finished K2 has a black serial number... The chrome camera has a higher number than the black(both start with 7). Not sure if that helps but the K2 and KX, as Brad stated, were made at the same time.

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    I have no idea about serial numbers and colors, but I have two KXs (not black) with matched Takumar 55mm f/1.8's.
    I'm just happy to know I'm not the only Pentax affi ianato with two of them.
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    I have no idea about serial numbers and colors, but I have two KXs (not black) with matched Takumar 55mm f/1.8's.
    I'm just happy to know I'm not the only Pentax affic ianato with two of them.
    Jeff Polaski
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    Yes, I love the KXes, mainly because they're all mechanical, except for the light meter. I don't know, I guess I'm just old fashioned, but I like the old, all mechanical cameras. For one, I'm in total control of the exposure, forces me to become a better photog; two) I like knowing that if the battery dies, I can still take pictures. But, has this ever happened to me? No, and it probably never will, unless I go out in zero(F) or below temps; three) there are a ton of good, m42, and k-mount lenses available for these cameras. The KXes aren't the only all mechanical cameras I use. I also have a Leicaflex SL, an Olympus OM1n, a Pentax KM, and a Cosina Voigtlander Bessa T. I have one digicam, a point-and-shoot Kodak Easyshare DX6340. I've been toying with the idea of getting a real digital SLR, but about the time I make up my mind on one model, a new model comes out. The digital SLR field is changing so rapidly right now I think I'll wait a while. But, I am leaning toward Olympus. Still love the old classics though. I love the feel, the solid feeling, the craftsmanship, the heft, the brass bodies; it all adds up to a solid, reliable feeling that says, "You can rely on me."

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    Two KXs here, as well.
    I've enthused about these enough before. For a once-in-a-lifetime event I'd take a KX because of its ruggedness, reliability and lack of dependence on electronics/batteries.
    To me the K series represented the peak of Pentax 35mm SLRs, although I have always liked the ES2, especially for the fact that (unlike its successor the K2) it's fully auto but still gives the option of 1/60 to 1/1000 as totally manual speeds should the electronics fail or batteries die.

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