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View Poll Results: Is your K5d sensor stained?
YES - There are stains on my sensor 19356.43%
NO - My sensor has no stains 14943.57%
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12-31-2010, 08:46 PM   #451
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oh s/n is 3876602


12-31-2010, 09:06 PM   #452
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My New Replacement is very clean. So I have a Vote for and Against. new #3965339
01-01-2011, 03:38 AM   #453
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#3827465. No issues, or, just could not find any. Guess it means the same.
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QuoteOriginally posted by raphtze Quote
so i'm on vacay in SoCal and went out to Cal's Camera in Newport Beach, CA. picked up some cleaner solution (eclipse) and a swab. followed the instructions (and i have probably had 1500 shots on my K-5 since getting it early this month)--can't imagine already cleaning, but did it. well the string of pearls are still there i bought this camera with my american express points over at got it for a relative steal paying only 1100 shipped (i had 700 dollars off thanks to blowing *all* 85,000 something points hehehe) i think i will get in touch with the good folks at California Precision Service Camera Repair: DSLR, Digital, SLR, 35mm, Lens and Video Camcorder Repair - California Precision Service, Inc. - Sacramento, California, USA (i had those folks replace the shutter on my PZ-1p a few years back).

I got in touch with the seller who put me in contact with the company that does Pentax warranty repairs here: they advised to send/bring it in, they'll check it (and I'll get a replacement). It is a drag, but can't really ask for more at this point I suppose.

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Does anyone have any clue what are stain spots are? Any word from Pentax? Seems like filthy (e.g. anti-reflecting) coating material stick to glass when spraying on the glass to me.
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These would seem to be under the topmost filter surface, could be an imperfection of the sheet glass material (e.g. bubbles) or a stain on an inner surface. Could be the coating (if any?) as you suggest. No hard evidence is in I think?
01-01-2011, 08:44 AM   #457
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I hope they get this nonsence straightened out soon. I have some Pentax glass just waiting for the right camera.

What the hay Pentax. You are killing me.
01-01-2011, 08:54 AM   #458
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IIRC, Pentax somewhere informed somebody that the stains are defects within the chip cover glass, like embedded bubbles in the glass. The chip cover glass is part of the chip packaging and isn't part of the Pentax filter assembly.

01-01-2011, 06:48 PM   #459
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First picture it has REALLY showed up in

I will be waiting to return when I know it won't take forever to get back. Got it from Amazon around Nov 20th.
01-02-2011, 02:42 AM   #460
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Harmi minulla näkyy pieni piste kehänkanssa, täydellä 100% kuvassa vahvituen F16-F32, vasemmassa alakulmassa 9 osa alueen keskiosassa. Ei käytänössä kauheesti haittaa, mutta psyykkisesti, kun sen tietää. Pölykuvassa se näky ehkä himmenä en ole varma, mutta pölynpoisto täryttämällä ei kyllä ole poistanut sitä. Minulla on aika monimutkikas koko huoltoon lähettäminen. Ja sos se todetaan pölyksi ja siinä pestään koko kenno se voi olla pillla enemmänkin senjälkeen. Ja mikä on viellä suurenpi asia, minun K-5 on muiltaosin toiminut 100%, ei ole mitään niitä vikoja joita täällä on kirjoiteltu moneen kertaan. Varmaan kannattaa odottaa ensi kesään ja senjälkeen miettiä mitä tekee. Onhan näissä varmaan vuoden takuu.
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Amazon Germany has taken the K5 out of their catalogue due to the stain problems.
It is available through Amazon only from private dealers.
01-02-2011, 05:40 AM   #462
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Stains or Dust? Please let it be Dust.

Hi there!

Happy New Year!

Well, this is my very first post in this truly good site.

My question to all of you. Are this spot stains or is it just dust.
The K-5 dustalarm does not notice it at all. Beginning at F11, those marks are noticeable.
This shot is against a white wall at F22 and 15 sec. They don't get away after using the dust removal tool of the camera.

I'm sorry for my bad English.
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The sensor spots usually have a dark center and a halo and come in a tighter group. I'd try a bulb blower to chase them off: if that helps you have a clean sensor.

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Thank you for your fast reply! I'll try this and I'm hopeful that it will work.
01-02-2011, 08:42 AM   #465
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Oh...yes... my sensor is sadly stained, too. S/n 3827582
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