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09-03-2011, 02:35 PM   #1
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Already a problem with new K5

Look, the damn thing froze, and the only way out was to remove the battery. You think this is acceptable performance for a camera in this range? There are more problems with Pentax than you can shake a stick at. They have some real issues with QC! Just look around this site. If it's not mirror flops it's stains, not stains it's dust, now you can add freezes to the list. My K7 was returned once, and repaired once. My 55-300 lens elements were poorly aligned, and my remote control arrived dead as a door nail. What does this tell you? I love the K5, but the damn thing has to work.


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09-03-2011, 02:58 PM   #2
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Send it back and get a Canikon, it's the only way you will ever be happy.
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Enjoy your Nikon.
Boris is right, you will never be happy with your Pentax. You will always be trying to find problems with it, and will probably break it in the process.
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I wish I had a K5, but was the SR running or set as ON through all that? In a hardware level it is possible that the camera does a quick self check to switch from Regular back to Live and the SR if on would miss a beat due as you shoot in only in Regular mode and the camera quickly switches back to Live all the time and the sensor happened to have been shook during one of the cycles. I would think I could momentarily get fooled and come up with an error. I've had one time when my SR was on on my K20D and the snapped the camera down too fast while on the monopod... It does work with the monopod very well, but not when I thumped it. It made a jitter sound as if the SR system could not right itself. Resetting the camera by removing the battery and it never ever happened again... minding I never repeat that again.

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Enjoy your Nikon.
Boris is right, you will never be happy with your Pentax. You will always be trying to find problems with it, and will probably break it in the process.
Look, the damn thing froze, and the only way out was to remove the battery. You think this is acceptable performance for a camera in this range? There are more problems with Pentax than you can shake a stick at. They have some real issues with QC! Just look around this site. If it's not mirror flops it's stains, not stains it's dust, now you can add freezes to the list. My K7 was returned once, and repaired once. My 55-300 lens elements were poorly aligned, and my remote control arrived dead as a door nail. What does this tell you? I love the K5, but the damn thing has to work.
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Well it's not nice to have it on a new device, but it is electronics. Some suggest it could be from a fresh full (little overloaded) battery. Just use it and it will probably not a huge thing in futere.
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I am holding on to my K7, just ordered K5 for work, will see how that goes.
My reply to this post is about as useless as the second and third are, so my apologies to the OP.
And yes, for that coin, any malfunction can be frustrating.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Tony3d Quote
My K7 was returned once, and repaired once.
Out of curiosity, what was wrong with the K7?.

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Enjoy your Nikon.
Boris is right, you will never be happy with your Pentax. You will always be trying to find problems with it, and will probably break it in the process.
Pretty much,

I love my K5, but I understand that sometimes it doesn't work out for some people.

Just switch over and you wouldn't have to deal with these Pentax headaches
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Out of curiosity, what was wrong with the K7?.
The first K7's mirror would stick. It would not return everytime. It went back, and the second one was fine for about 3 months, then developed an issue with focus. It would rarely focus properly when set at anything under 200 ISO, and shot wide open. They replaced a board. It was fine after that. I'm wondering if I should upgrade to the latest firmware?
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I'm one of the lucky ones with a problem free K-5s, but I think its quite clear at this point that the K-5 does have some QC issues, and to dismiss or deny that problem doesnt help Pentax in the long run. It's an issue that they need to fix and I hope it is one of the first things Ricoh would adddress. Having said that, its bad luck on the OP's part and I do hope that they would replace it with a fully functioning unit, the K-5 is a wonderful camera if you get a good unit.
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I'm one of the lucky ones with a problem free K-5s, but I think its quite clear at this point that the K-5 does have some QC issues, and to dismiss or deny that problem doesnt help Pentax in the long run. It's an issue that they need to fix and I hope it is one of the first things Ricoh would adddress. Having said that, its bad luck on the OP's part and I do hope that they would replace it with a fully functioning unit, the K-5 is a wonderful camera if you get a good unit.
Yes, I totally agree. I have no issues with the camera, just the many issues the camera has. So far I haven't been able to reproduce it. Do you think I should upgrade the firmware?
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Yes, I totally agree. I have no issues with the camera, just the many issues the camera has. So far I haven't been able to reproduce it. Do you think I should upgrade the firmware?
I would do it. They don`t issue FW updates just for the hell of it.
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You should return this k5 and get a new one for 1199 if it hasn't been 30 days
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