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04-17-2012, 09:37 AM   #31
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I've had mine for about a year and I can't think of any issues I've had with it. It just works, and works well. There's probably a function buried somewhere in there that might not work as I'd like, but I haven't run across it in a year, so it's probably not important to me.

04-17-2012, 10:12 AM   #32
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Had mine for 6 months and it is problem free (this better not jinx me!)
04-17-2012, 10:30 AM   #33
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I bought mine the first week of Feb. 2012 - yes, just before the price cut - and it has worked flawlessly so far. I was a little concerned about the issues we hear about, like the run-away shutter, but it seemed there were plenty of people having good experiences. Besides, if all the K-5s were a problem there would be a 6-month turn-around on repairs instead of three weeks. I did buy from a large retailer just to avoid the re-boxed return/gray market stock that is out there. EXIF data reported a January 2012 build date and 1 shutter trip (the one to get the EXIF data). So far the K-5 has met or exceeded expectations. So let's hope just talking about it doesn't jinx it!
04-17-2012, 10:51 AM   #34
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Bought it in autumn I guess and so far no problems, not a single bug.

04-17-2012, 11:03 AM   #35
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Give me K5 with functioning AE-L

Firstly, I'd like to point out that I've not gone looking for problems; I've previously owned a *istDS & K10 since 2005 with no issues whatsoever, so when the chance came to buy a K5 I took the plunge having read rave reviews about it's performance.

On the plus side, the K5 takes good pictures which are much better than the K10 particularly at high ISOs.

Within minutes of using the K5 on a walking shoot photographing a mixture images from panoramas, landscape, to close-up shots I noticed some inconsistency with the function of the AE-L button. I found that the AE-L button doesn't always lock the exposure the way that it should & as detailed in the User Manual; the *istDS & K10 always locked the exposure when the AE-L button was pressed.

Having relied upon the correct use of the AE-L function with my previous *istDS & K10. it was something that impacted on my enjoyment of the K5 - you find yourself trying resolve the problem, testing this, that & the other, rather than just taking pictures for the sheer pleasure of it.

In previous threads, it's been suggested that the K5 is 'too much of a camera for me' or I should 'live with it's limitations' or use M Mode - I'll allow you to draw you're own conclusions on that, but I'm not asking the K5 to do anything that it shouldn't.

I normally shoot in Av Mode with the front wheel set to adjust the ISO so that I can keep a fairly small aperture on my Tamron 18-250mm walk around lens (to keep vignetting to a minimum) but decided to try TAv Mode where I could set a shutter speed & aperture & let the K5 select the appropriate ISO. Well, to my surprise this mode actually locks the exposure when AE-L is selected.

As far as I can tell from reading earlier threads in this forum, it's not a new phenomenon as it goes back to other users experiences from over a year ago.

OK, it's maybe only one annoying issue but it's a pretty fundamental one & to be honest, one that Pentax should fix & fix soon.
04-17-2012, 11:08 AM   #36
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Somethign between 25000 & 30000 shots( i make a lot of time lapse sequences), no problem at all.
04-17-2012, 11:34 AM   #37
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Purchased May 2011 and have not had any issues. After holding one at my local camera store I just had to have one. Sold my Olympus E-3 System and never looked back. Couldn't be more happy with this camera.
04-18-2012, 04:19 AM   #38
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QuoteOriginally posted by jmg257 Quote
Press and hold the OK button - toggles between 4-point WB/Flash/etc and AF selection. Which mode it is in can be checked by what is highlighted on the LCD.
Thank you. You and all the other helpful forum members spoil me and make me lazy . Much appreciate your help!

04-18-2012, 04:24 AM   #39
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I have two K5s -- one for about a year and the other for three months and both have been working awesomely, without problems. The biggest problem is getting my skills up to the point where I can take advantage of the things these cameras offer.
04-18-2012, 07:22 AM   #40
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Decided to upgrade from K7 to K5 a year ago. Best decision of 2011 and haven't had any problems sofar.
Only problem I have is that sometimes I have not enough time to take the K5 out of the camera bag to shoot pictures.
04-18-2012, 10:57 AM   #41
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Bought mine right after the sensor stain and FF issues were solved. Not a single problem to date.
04-18-2012, 11:14 AM   #42
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I got my K-5 for 2 months now, 4000 captures, no problems and working great.
04-18-2012, 11:17 AM   #43
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QuoteOriginally posted by djc737 Quote
Bought mine right after the sensor stain and FF issues were solved. Not a single problem to date.
When did they solve the FF issue I thought is was still an APSc
04-18-2012, 12:55 PM   #44
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I may be wrong...

QuoteOriginally posted by Col Quote
When did they solve the FF issue I thought is was still an APSc
I believe it was front focusing under tungsten light. Was fixed in a FW release a little over a year ago. The sensor stain issue was cleared up about the same time. So those two items off my list, I jumped in and bought the K-5 and a couple of primes.
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12 months - several thousand shots.

All weather, all temperatures, indoor, outdoor, bright sunlight and low light, don't shoot with flash but it works OK, level sensor OK, no buttons have fallen off, no mirror lock-ups, no crashes.

Very happy with it.

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