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02-14-2011, 04:16 PM   #211
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Happy to hear. Would this be normal then, that this dust is visible only at narrow apertures (above f/11), and vanish when the lens is open wide?
Yes. Do keep an eye on your camera though. My stains didn't appear until about 3 months after I got it.



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Those spots definitely look like dust to me. Here's a good explanation of the differences. Review – Pentax K-5 | Enticing the Light

Try a good blower on your sensor.
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Anyone know if the serial they list for the replacement will be the exact one you receive, even if they haven't shipped it out or received new stock yet?

Purchased at launch (old serial #3824xxx), but had horrid FF issues, with stains developing later on. Shipped it mid-January, finally got ahold of CRIS a week ago to get my status info, showing they received it on 1/21 with a hold on 2/3. The service rep said they're waiting for new stock, but it already states in the "repair performed" section that it was "REPLACED SEE NEW SERIAL #3984xxx". Strange thing is, the status log shows it cycling through "In Repair" and "Requiring Attention" multiple times, after the first "Pending Replacement" on 1/21. Did anyone see anything similar in their log?
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Just got my replacement from C.R.I.S. Looks great so far, no stains at f/22 and a blue sky (though there is some regular ol' dust).

Serial #39XXXXX

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QuoteOriginally posted by deadwolfbones Quote
Just got my replacement from C.R.I.S. Looks great so far, no stains at f/22 and a blue sky (though there is some regular ol' dust).

Serial #39XXXXX
Right on! I'm guessing Pentax is working around the clock to get the K5 flaws and image back to where is should belong. Good stuff. Glad to hear you got a good working one.
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QuoteOriginally posted by gtbarnes Quote
Anyone know if the serial they list for the replacement will be the exact one you receive, even if they haven't shipped it out or received new stock yet?

Purchased at launch (old serial #3824xxx), but had horrid FF issues, with stains developing later on. Shipped it mid-January, finally got ahold of CRIS a week ago to get my status info, showing they received it on 1/21 with a hold on 2/3. The service rep said they're waiting for new stock, but it already states in the "repair performed" section that it was "REPLACED SEE NEW SERIAL #3984xxx". Strange thing is, the status log shows it cycling through "In Repair" and "Requiring Attention" multiple times, after the first "Pending Replacement" on 1/21. Did anyone see anything similar in their log?
Same thing happened to me and the body I received in exchange had the same serial number that was posted on the repair ticket.
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same update for me, they must have received a bunch of cameras today...

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None for me....Guess I'm waiting another week
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Guys: I do believe they're not making them fast enough to replace the flawed units they're receiving as returns, hence the price point remains artificially high at this time. Sad, but you reap what you so, Pentax. Such is life. Que sera, que sera.
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Guys: I do believe they're not making them fast enough to replace the flawed units they're receiving as returns, hence the price point remains artificially high at this time. Sad, but you reap what you so, Pentax. Such is life. Que sera, que sera.
Looking at it from a manufacturer's prospective, they can only produce X number of cameras in Y amount of time. Of this number, they have to replace defective ones plus keep their suppliers stocked. Making camera's is not something you can add another shift to for a couple weeks to increase production. I'm sure they are doing all they can.
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QuoteOriginally posted by GregK8 Quote
Those spots definitely look like dust to me. Here's a good explanation of the differences. Review – Pentax K-5 | Enticing the Light

Try a good blower on your sensor.
Took my camera to a pentax service shop today. A rep had a look and concluded it ain't dust. They cleaned the sensor and spots remained. I was told I should qualify for a replacement. We'll see...
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I finally got my second replacement today. This copy is flawless. Not a single speck anywhere on the sensor, the electronic level works exactly as it should, everything about it is perfect. Paired it up with a new SanDisk Extreme Pro card, and the whole camera is blazingly fast and responsive. It's a dream come true. After 1.5 months without a camera, I finally have what I was hoping for.

...except that I already made up my mind to sell it to someone else over a week ago. So back it goes into its box. At least its new owner can be assured that he's getting a non-defective camera. Lucky bastard.

*punt* buh bye Pentax!
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QuoteOriginally posted by Hound Tooth Quote
I finally got my second replacement today. This copy is flawless. Not a single speck anywhere on the sensor, the electronic level works exactly as it should, everything about it is perfect. Paired it up with a new SanDisk Extreme Pro card, and the whole camera is blazingly fast and responsive. It's a dream come true. After 1.5 months without a camera, I finally have what I was hoping for.

...except that I already made up my mind to sell it to someone else over a week ago. So back it goes into its box. At least its new owner can be assured that he's getting a non-defective camera. Lucky bastard.

*punt* buh bye Pentax!
Um... congrats?
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*punt* buh bye Pentax!
You must be very proud.....do you have another Pentax camera to punt to me?
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