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In 1980, shortly after Nikon introduced the third generation of the
Nikon F3-series system camera, Asahi Optical Co. Ltd. Japan rocked the photographic community by introducing a pin-sized, jewel-like professional class system camera on their own, the Pentax LX to take on the might of Nikon, Canon, Olympus and others. The year was also coincided with Pentax's 60th anniversary. Asahi Pentax, one of the longest and most respectful trade name and camera manufacturing business in the business. Some of its original concept and features found in the LX camera was truly original, functional and very practical. It has also proved to be an immensely successful SLR camera commercially and it remained in production until 1997. Throughout the product life cycle of 17 years, the camera has exhibited its true strength as a first rated professional class SLR system camera and created a huge following around the globe. With its rugged and dependable camera body which forms as the nucleus of many innovative system accessories, it enables Pentax to take on other great rivalries of comparing standard such as Canon New F-1, Nikon F3, the Olympus OM1(n) & OM2(n) and even with the Contax RTS series models etc. at this highly demanding professional users' market segment. The Pentax LX SLR camera, famed for its compactness which capsules a ultra-rugged hybrid body construction, a highly sensitive and innovative metering system, a superb insulation to penetration of moisture and dust, overall great backward compatibilities with other system accessories within the Pentax photographic system, has been appreciated by many of its users worldwide. Along with other fine 35mm SLRs produced by Pentax over the years, the LX stamps a firm footprint in the course of development of 35mm SLR cameras.

This site, along with many other camera models featured in the Classic Modern SLR series,
chronicles a photographic legend by Asahi Optical Co. LTD

The LX site is made up of 252 items with a total file size of 8.6MB.

Concept | Metering | Exposure Control | Viewfinders
Motor Drive / Winder | Flash | Macro | Databack | Remote | Screens | Variations

| SMC lenses |

The Body :

The Camera Body
Selected Content (1.2MB)
only restrictive to camera operation)
Winder (367k) | Motor Drive |
Instruction Manuals for Bodies, Lenses and Accessories (External Link)

Pentax LX GOLD Limited Edition Model, 1981. Pentax LX GOLD Link
Pentax LX Millennium Models (Y2K/2000 Special Edition) Pentax LX limited Edition camera model Y2k model.logo
Penatx LX Titanium Model (
Seeking for contributor)

For your favourite Pentax LX series models | Message Board |
For your Pentax Optics in a shared environment | Message Board |
Specifically to
Dispose or Looking for Pentax Photographic Equipment | Message Board |

Other Pentax resources on the web:
Pentax Instruction Manuals for Bodies, Lenses and Accessories (External Link - Pentax Imaging)
Free Instruction Mannuals in PDF format downloads for:
Spotmatic F (1.0 MB) | Pentax Spotmatic II (1.1 MB) | Pentax K-1000 (3.2 MB) | Pentax K2 (3.4 MB) | Pentax KM (3.3 MB) | Pentax KX (3.6 MB) | Pentax ME (3.1 MB) | Pentax ME-super (4.8 MB) | Pentax ME-F (1.8 MB) | Pentax KM (3.3 MB) | Pentax MG (4.2 MB) | Pentax MV (3.3 MB) | Pentax MV-1 (1.0 MB) | Pentax MX (3.3 MB) | Pentax P30 (4.1 MB) | Pentax P50 (5.1 MB) | Other models & system accessories (USA)
All works courtesy of Mr.
Jim, lensinc. Ltd. Thank him, as these are not my effort

Recommended Pentax lens resources.

About this photographic site.

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Modern Classic SLRs Series :
Pentax LX - Preface

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Copyright © 1998. leofoo ®. MIR Web Development Team.

Maintainers for Pentax LX Message Board:
Globetrotter ( & Mico Smiljanic (

Credit: Many of the images used in this site are from Pentax's general marketing leaflets or public advertisements. You may contribute or replace those images contained herein. This site is created based on educational merits and contained no commercial objective. For other technical info, you are also encouraged to refer to other Pentax LX site on the Net. Pentax and LX is a a registered trademark of Asahi Optical Co. Ltd, Japan. This site was my first attempt to create a proper camera site back in 1997 and probably this will also be my last experience to create a similar Pentax SLR site - with the exception of Millennium 2000 LX model.