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05-03-2011, 11:51 AM   #1
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3' Concrete Slab Bounce..

Surreal...

My K-5 jumped off the shoulder strap and took a 3 foot swan dive onto a concrete slab. Fractured the glass view finder, broke the O-ME-53 plastic, scratched the body near the SD Card door, but....

It works! Have shot over 500 photos since then (through a shattered viewfinder), (had too on vacation). Yesterday the folks at Strauss Photo in D.C. (what a cool place) pronouced the camera fine and pretty damn rock solid. Once the spare view finder arrives from Japan and a quick repair, its on the road again..

Love those solid Pentax bodies....

C. Durfor

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Here's one thru a broken view finder. Shot from a airboat on the St. John's River, FL



05-03-2011, 11:56 AM   #2
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This is real nice to hear! Having a K7, I can only guess it can put up with similar "effects"! I am sure your heart dropped as far (or further) when it happened!

Let's see if a plastic Canikon can do that (anyone want to give it a test???)!

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05-03-2011, 12:11 PM   #3
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Your lucky.

Don't try this at home children.
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Careful with that VF glass, you could get small pieces in your eye, specially if using DA* lenses.

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Maybe you need to consider changing that shoulder strap...
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Scary! I never use the strap, always just a firm grip on my camera. I tripped once and had to make a split second decision...drop the camera or hit the pavement head first. I recovered just in time, but it would have cracked my head open, I never let go of the camera.

Love that Gator Shot!
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QuoteOriginally posted by Rupert Quote
Scary! I never use the strap, always just a firm grip on my camera. I tripped once and had to make a split second decision...drop the camera or hit the pavement head first. I recovered just in time, but it would have cracked my head open, I never let go of the camera.

Love that Gator Shot!
Best Regards!

Know the feeling. A good few years ago I was walking along a narrow country path with a plaster cast on a broken arm and an expensive Sony Hi-8 video camera in the other. I tripped and some in-built sense tells me 'not the camera'. So I end up flat on my back in brambles and nettles. Hurt like hell but the equipment was ok and the kids thought it was hilarious
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Adds new meaning to the phrase "Takes a Licking and Keeps on Clicking!" Good to hear it works Chuck.

Btw, you'll have to let us know how things go with Strauss. Of course this isn't a warranty repair, but are they an authorized Pentax Repair/Warranty Center now? They weren't last time I checked.

Mike

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