Pentax Formally Apologizes for K-5 Stains

Statement on Pentax's Japan web site

By PF Staff in Pentax Announcements on Jan 27, 2011

Pentax Japan has recently formally apologized for their lack of QA of a sizeable Pentax K-5 shipment, which caused hundreds of bodies to exhibit a "string of pearls" stain pattern on their sensor.  Any affected body can be sent to Pentax for repair (sensor cleaning).

All new K-5 bodies should no longer have the issue; before claiming that your body does, please make sure that what you see on the sensor is not simply dust.  Before buying a used K-5, please check its serial numbers against those listed in our serial database as defective.

Not all early K-5's were affected by this, but according to the serial database and general forum activity, it's clear that the number of defective bodies is very significant.

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