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03-17-2012, 03:48 PM   #1
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Strange grip and/or camera issue

i was reviewing photos the other day on my K-5 while i was shooting a music festival and i had a strange occurrence. The camera froze, when switching between photos in preview mode, keeping part of the image up on screen with the bottom half of the screen just being garbled. I flicked the camera into the off position and the mess stayed up on screen until i popped the battery out of the grip. i let the camera sit for a few minutes and then i put the battery back in and turned the k-5 on; the screen was flickering so i turned it back off and then on about 10-15sec later and the screen was no longer flickering. I went and looked at the battery levels in the menu and it showed the body battery as having no charge and the grip as being full and the battery selector set at auto. I threw a fresh battery into the body and did a few test shots and everything seemed fine but i decided to not shoot anymore that weekend since it was so rainy and just packed it away in my pelican. When i got back i checked the card for errors and found non so i didn't think too much of it. two days latter i was shooting head shots for a stunt man and the shutter release on the grip would not work, in fact nothing on the grip works. However i get the battery information and can power the camera with it. I've cleaned the contacts and tried a few different ways to power up the camera but still no change.
I think there was a problem when the camera tried to switch over to the battery in the grip but why it would fry the grip i very puzzling to me.

Has anyone else ever had any issues with the camera not switching between the two batteries or the grip controls dieing?

I have to send my K-5 in anyways because the lens release button fell off so im going to send the grip in with it. This is still very annoying i purchased the camera and the grip back in June and had the backlight on the screen die after not even three weeks so the retailer sent me a new one. the lens release button fell off the replacement back in December while i was in switzerland and i have been limping along until i have basically a month where i dont need my camera (which is next friday). I'm just pissed because my K200D from over three years ago still rides along like a champ and has been through far more abuse then my K-5.

03-17-2012, 04:29 PM   #2
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If there's absolutely no power in the body battery, the camera does behave erratically at times. Setting the camera to use the grip battery first should fix things for you

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03-17-2012, 05:28 PM   #3
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QuoteOriginally posted by Adam Quote
If there's absolutely no power in the body battery, the camera does behave erratically at times. Setting the camera to use the grip battery first should fix things for you
Sorry to hear about your problem. What Adam said seems to be true from my experience too. I wish Pentax would default to the grip battery and save us all learning by experience on this one.

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