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06-11-2011, 03:14 PM   #16
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My silver k5 also had the lens button fell off month ago !! This time I was ablebto find the button as I was buying lens at the camera shop. Even those shop sales rep said they didn't see such things yet ! I then send it back to Pentax to repair and luckily they could fix it. I did purchase k100, k10 and k7 before but never have quality problem.......but seems betting worse as my newly purchased silver d40!also can focus on infinity distance....again Pentax could fix it but a bit disappointed on quality control......

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QuoteOriginally posted by dadipentak Quote

I mean, do these things have leprosy?! I'm old enough to remember when "Made in Japan" meant "crap." I thought that was behind us.

(end of rant)
By the way: the K5 is produced in the Philippines.

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QuoteOriginally posted by jacpat1234 Quote
My silver k5 also had the lens button fell off month ago !!
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06-13-2011, 12:09 AM   #19
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If it makes you feel any better, I've had mine since March and have close to 10k shutter activations and no problems yet. My bag pulls off my Tenpa magnifying eyepiece if I'm not careful, though.
Yep that happens to me so often, when taking K5 out of my bag.. Always having to replace eyepiece. No other problems yet, though.

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Mine just pop out today during a full day shoot. Luckily it felt right on my hand. I took the soft rubber seal off and use gaffer tape to stick the button back on to complete the shoot.
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I'm gonna pull my K5 out of its bag and check that damned button. I can't imagine this coincidence
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Does this button screw on/off for some reason? I've noticed that mine rotates and seems to tighten, but I haven't really checked it. I'm going to check closer, though.

And BTW, I haven't had any problems with my K5 in the 6 weeks I've had it. Great camera that I really enjoy using.
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Hmmm, maybe I should try some sort of tape-over for the duration of the trip. I sure don't want a double-whammy! I can see myself giving the Chinese a demonstration of fancy American swearing in the heart of the Forbidden City or some such.

06-15-2011, 12:35 AM   #24
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Here is what the button looks like.


I have since lost the rubber seal. Its seems the button is hold on by some springy metal clip inside the camera. The worst part is, there is no preventive measure to prevent the button from falling off if it is going to fail.
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I just can't imagine that the design of this thing or the manufacture/assembly of the components in the body has changed so much that it isn't a problem on the K7 but is suddenly a problem on the K5.

I do wonder how the WR sealing is affected by this "looseness"

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QuoteOriginally posted by Francis Quote
I just can't imagine that the design of this thing or the manufacture/assembly of the components in the body has changed so much that it isn't a problem on the K7 but is suddenly a problem on the K5.
Yeah, I know--it's so strange.
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Buttons have been falling off Pentax cameras going back many models including K7. You can see it if you search past threads for this problem in this form.

The "Lens release button" is a popular one because when the lens locks in place the button is pushed back out with allot of force. Enough force so when I put my button in, that had fallen out, to change a lens it "flys out" when the new lens clicks into the lock position. Probably too much force for some percentage of K5's like mine.

It's such an easy problem to fix I think Pentax to be pretty lazy not correct the problem since it's been happening on past models for some unknown percentage.

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ok, didn't know that. My K7 only had one lens for its whole life with me. My K5 only has one lens as well now, pending my decision between 10-20 or 8-16. So I don't change lenses at all, and the thing thus never feels the need to start flying off.
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The same button fell off my first K-r, I sent it back, Pentax said if a button fell off something internal is wrong, more than just a "glue it back on" fix.

Id send it in...
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If the design isn't robust enough or the incoming parts vary some people can have it and some people will never see it. Also when the new lens locks in there is to much force kicking the button back out for some of the K5's and it's just breaking the holding retainer for the button assy. Has to go in for repair in the end either way for Pentax to fix.

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