Monday, January 13, 2014

Spotlight: Pentax LX

The Pentax LX was first manufactured in 1980, and was Asahi's first (and last) foray into the professional 35mm market. It was designed to compete with the Nikon F3 and Canon F1-n, the two other "pro" models on the market at the time.

The Pentax LX has everything you could ever want in a manual 35mm camera. A Fast top shutter speed (1/2000). Mechanical shutter speeds if batteries fail (From 1/75th and up). Mirror lock-up. Full information viewfinder. Interchangeable finders, grips, backs, and focus screens. Aperture priority mode with exposure compensation. Double exposure button. Bam. This thing has it all. Asahi pretty much put everything they had ever learned in its sixty years of business into one camera (That's why it's called the "LX"... I guess that sounded better than the "Pentax 60").

The LX is the only 35mm Pentax camera with interchangeable finders

I honestly love everything about this camera. Everything just feels the way it should. The camera itself is quite compact; it's nearly as small as my Pentax MX or Olympus OM-2. However, the build quality feels way more solid than either of those cameras. In fact, it comes very close to the M3 in terms of overall build quality.  Sometimes I catch myself just holding it...and looking at it... as creepy as that sounds.

Over the weekend I shot two rolls with it, and was very pleased with the results. My first roll was with "Arista Premium 400", and the second roll was with "Fujicolor 200." Take a look!

Thanks for taking a peek! I'm headed off to New Orleans tomorrow for a much needed vacation. I'll be bringing along my LX and my Olympus Pen FT, so I'm sure I'll have lots to share when I get back. See ya!