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YES - There are stains on my sensor 19356.43%
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01-06-2011, 04:13 AM   #511
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Calling members an idiot is a bit harsh. A better choice of words is called for, I suggest you please edit your post.

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I sent my K5 to the Arizona center 8 days ago. The day after it was delivered, I received a call from Pentax telling me that they would replace the body. I would hope your repair goes a little faster. I think they always tell you the longest time it could take, so they don't have folks calling them all the time. I just REALLY hope this body (my fourth) will be okay. I'm tired of playing the game, and want to start using the camera.
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I am on a live chat with Pentax USA - very helpful and easy to deel with here was the conversation. check out the link they provided and interesting when I posted my link to shot they said no problem .

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Randall S: Thank you for contacting Pentax Chat Support. How may I help you?
Pat Brough: Hello, I have a Pentax K5 that I got as a gift bought at Amazon at or around Nov. 20th. I think the time to return has poast. I do have the stain on my sensor and want to know the process to have replaced or fixed. Thanks in advance for your help
Randall S: have you confirmed you have the stain on the sensor and not just dust on it?
Randall S: Not all K-5 cameras are affected by the sensor "stain" problem. The K-5 review page on the Enticing the Light Web site has excellent information on how to distinguish between dust on the sensor and an actual sensor “stain”. It also has a very good assessment of the actual effect of the stain on images. We encourage you to visit the link below for this information.
Review – Pentax K-5 | Enticing the Light

Pat Brough: Yes, here is link to a photo I took Pentax K5 stains at F20 :-( | Flickr - Photo Sharing!
Randall S: okay, we can send you a pre-paid UPS shipping label. We need your address, phone number, email address, serial number of the camera.
Pat Brough: Ok 1 second
Pat Brough: Patrick Brough - MY PERSONAL INFO WAS HERE the serial number is 383XXX
Randall S: okay, got it
Randall S: our corporate office will email you the shipping label to print.

Pat Brough: Do you need an email address?
Randall S: i already got the email address.
Pat Brough: lol I gave it when I signed in lol forgot
Randall S: MY EMAIL
Randall S: right

Pat Brough: correct
Randall S: also include a note describing the problem, your return shipping address and a copy of your sales receipt.
Pat Brough: Will do, I assume box it us as it came to me with all parts.
Randall S: we only need you to send the camera body, no lens or accessories.
Pat Brough: Ok thanks for your help. anything else I need to do at this point?
Randall S: no, that's all you need.
Pat Brough: great thanks. by the way LOVE the camera ;-) what is the estimated turn around time on this sort of thing?
Randall S: usually 3-4 weeks
Pat Brough: OUCH. ok thanks
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Pat, they paid for your shipping? Darn! I'll have to inquire about that with Pentax Canada... it cost me over $40 to ship and insure my K5d to them by Canada Post (UPS wanted nearly $60!)

And a quick check on the CanPost tracking site confirms Pentax Canada received the camera this morning... now lets wait and see what kind of turn-around they have...

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QuoteOriginally posted by ve2vfd Quote
Pat, they paid for your shipping? Darn! I'll have to inquire about that with Pentax Canada... it cost me over $40 to ship and insure my K5d to them by Canada Post (UPS wanted nearly $60!)

Pat
Let me know how you make out with that - even a Pentax gift certificate or rebate would be an appropriate gesture. But, it would also be a surprise. BTW, Pentax received my K5 this morning too.
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QuoteOriginally posted by mcbishton Quote
I had two bodies that were stained, the third was clean (much later serial number than the first two)

Can I vote three times

3824026 Stained
3804030 Stained

3909116 appears Ok so far
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Pat I will keep you posted. Interesting note, that was this morning and I have yet to recieve an email from anyone. Not a big deal but if nothing by tonight I will contact them again.
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It cost me almost $70 to send mine in. It's GREAT to hear that other people are getting their own shipping for free. Makes me feel all the more bitter.

edit: I used the Live chat option to bring this up with a Pentax rep, and they agreed to refund me the shipping cost. Slightly less bitter now...


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01-06-2011, 03:41 PM   #519
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I received my replacement K5 today, and.............it sucks.

found this on my sensor (a crop, at the original size, upper left corner) @ F16



The problem is, i thought i could see a small scratch like line on that spot on the sensor but now i cant seem to find it anymore. Is this normal dust (which would be visible right?) or a scratch or something?
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QuoteOriginally posted by Rin Quote
I received my replacement K5 today, and.............it sucks.

found this on my sensor (a crop, at the original size, upper left corner) @ F16
Seems like it is the surface you took the shot, from here.
01-06-2011, 04:01 PM   #521
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QuoteOriginally posted by cbaytan Quote
Seems like it is the surface you took the shot, from here.
i tested it a multiple times on different spots, all have the same spot.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Rin Quote
i tested it a multiple times on different spots, all have the same spot.
Is this a replacement from Pentax? Or from the place where you bought it?
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Are people sending in the camera body with the battery, or without?
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QuoteOriginally posted by Hound Tooth Quote
Is this a replacement from Pentax? Or from the place where you bought it?
replacement from pentax, had to wait for 3 weeks and now this again.
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i tested it a multiple times on different spots, all have the same spot.
Well, I am sorry for both of you, especially for Pentax, just wondering those lines will evolve to string of pearls in coupla weeks, I've heard such stains appear after a week or so.
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