Pentax Celebrates 60th Anniversary with Dunkable Gold SLR Throwback

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Not that you'd want to drop this sucker in the water or anything, but Pentax calls its LX Gold camera the world's first waterproof and dust-resistant SLR. That's right, Gizmodians, this is not a digital camera, it's a nod toward those olden days when our forefathers used something that was known as "film." But Pentax did this relic up right, with shiny gold and alligator trim, celebrating the company's 60th anniversary.

Just to show that the company actually has its shit together, Pentax also trotted out its K10D, a 10.2-megapixel premium DSLR camera with a pretty cool "shake reduction system." Jump for pics of that and a few more beauty shots of this waterproof golden fossil of a camera.

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Pentax's world's first water-proof & dust-resistant SLR camera [Aving, via Born Rich]

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The LX was a masterpiece that nearly convinced me to jump ship from Nikon back in the day. It was known for being well-sealed. However, I think some mis-translation has crept in somewhere. There's no way this thing is water-"proof". The LX was and is splash-resistant and very well sealed against dust, but there's no way the addition of some gold plate and skin will make one waterproof. Besides, the design requirements for a waterproof camera are pretty obvious just from looking at the things; check out a Nikonos. This stunningly beautiful (Yes, I think it's gorgeous.) camera doesn't qualify.

Dadgummit. That F5 on my shelf has made me lots of money over the years and there's no way I could justify owning one of these things. But boy-o-boy, am I in the throes of equipment-lust right now.