Pentax 35 mm SLRs
My first âseriousâ camera. The LX is built much more solidly than my previous Ricohs. It has interchangeable viewfinders, although Iâm not sure Iâll need that. But the main reason I wanted this camera was for its metering and auto-exposure system. It has an âoff the film planeâ sensor that measures light falling on the film as it is being exposed. So it can do metered long exposures, up to two minutes long! To do that it needs a very sensitive and accurate light sensor. So I'm hoping it will perform better in dimly-lit indoor scenes, where my other two cameras have produced poor results.
- Stayed up to 6Â am to bid on this camera. I won, getting it a bit cheaper than others at the time.
- Finally arrived. Looks good.
The camera I received was pretty bare. It came with its manual and an FA-1 viewfinder. So I'm going to have to get a few more things to make it properly usable.
- Grip. About $20-odd on eBay. But it uses one of the top lugs, so any strap I use will have to connect to the two lugs on the other side.
- Strap. Pentax for some reason chose to put lugs on the camera, instead of loop attachment points. The genuine Pentax swivelling connectors are going for ~$30 on eBay. Or I could just get a set of Op/Tech Super Pro âAâ connectors for my Envy strap. I already have a set of âbâ connectors for my Pentacon Six, but they slip off the LX's lugs. And I've found the P6 is a little too heavy for the Envy, so I might get a Super Pro strap at the same time.
- Better covering? The current covering is just a little slippery, which makes the no-grip + no-strap situation really bad. Maybe some griptac? I'm not sure if any colour will look good with the all-black body.
- TTL flash. The Pentax AF280T has a head that can both tilt and swivel, something Iâve been wanting for a while. Paired with the LX, it uses the OTF metering to control the flash duration. So thereâs no need to set a specific lens aperture. It'll even disable the flash when there's enough light in the shot.