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11-07-2011, 11:02 AM   #151
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I ordered my k5 today and then found this thread. Really hope I get a good copy as fell in love with this cameras size and handling. Anyone had the button fall off after warranty repair? I guess looking at this thread that not all k5s have this problem!

11-07-2011, 04:20 PM   #152
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QuoteOriginally posted by JayX2A Quote
I ordered my k5 today and then found this thread. Really hope I get a good copy as fell in love with this cameras size and handling. Anyone had the button fall off after warranty repair? I guess looking at this thread that not all k5s have this problem!
Not all K-5's have this or any other problem. My "freezing" issue went away on its own :-) Still get some odd exposures, though.
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I've had mine for eight days. Only weirdness so far is the shutter firing twice when it should have fired once. That's only happened once so far, but I find it odd that it could happen at all. Oh, and when I updated the firmware the camera went haywire until I took the lens off and put it on again. Otherwise, so far so good. I'm still puzzled as to why mine was manufactured in March; I suspect it may actually be a refurbished model. That may actually be a good thing, who knows...
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Got mine today! The button is very spongy and only turns a little bit - feels a bit different to my old Nikon D60 and E-620 which felt a lot more springy... think its probably down to the weather sealing gasket behind it. Hopefully it will stay put!


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11-10-2011, 07:31 AM   #156
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^ oh dear! How long have you had it?
11-10-2011, 09:29 AM   #157
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QuoteOriginally posted by SpecialK Quote
Not all K-5's have this or any other problem. My "freezing" issue went away on its own :-) Still get some odd exposures, though.
The problem with the buttons falling off is that it very much looks like Pentax made a bad decision regarding materials/method of attachment, which makes it a very real problem that could crop up for every K5.
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Why can't Pentax look into this issue and come out with a fix that stop this from happening? It will save them the time to address it in repair. It is very unsettling to see a mint K5 with a lost mount release button. How can Pentax claim a weather seal camera with a hole down under?

When the button release is gone for good, is there a way to mount and dis-mount the lens? That will certainly stop any kind of LBA activity if we are stuck with 1 lens.

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When the button release is gone for good, is there a way to mount and dis-mount the lens?
Yes, I was able to trigger the release with an over-sized pin from the sewing kit..


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That will certainly stop any kind of LBA activity if we are stuck with 1 lens.
Silver lining perhaps? ;~)
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This button problem is mainly about poor mechanical design. If the design was robust enough, the button couldn't fall off, even if the assembly line people were unskilled, materials were poor etc.

Moreover, as continuous incremental improvements to design and manufacturing are supposed to be a hallmark of Japanese quality focus, once a certain level of feedback about the existence of this mechanical problem started to trickle in, this problem should have been engineered out of K-5's during the current production cycle. One shouldn't have to wait for a totally new design like a K-3 to see any lens release button design deficiency addressed.

Maybe the design of the button mechanism is too enmeshed in the rest of the design of the front of the camera to be easily or cost-effectively remedied. Or maybe Pentax just isn't getting the feedback from repairers and distributors for them to even identify it as a problem that needs to be solved.
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I think they read this forum but what can they do now? it is (i believe) a design problem. The only way they can convince me to buy a K-5 is to offer 5 years warranty.
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Its a strange one, as it seems there are a lot of k-5 owners on here and other forums who have not had any issues with the button, or any of the other issues. No idea if this is down to batches being put together differently or just pot luck!
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Well hope I don't jinx myself by saying this but in the 3 weeks of ownership (not a long time I know) I've been averaging at least 3 lens swaps per day. So far the button is still where it outa be.
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