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05-08-2012, 07:05 PM   #1
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I just receieved my pentax k-5 kit with the da18-55mm wr lens. this k-5 will not focus clearly, with any lens i put on it. using the exact same settings and lenses on both my new k-5 and my old kx the kx pics are crystal clear and the k-5 are fuzzy? this camera is brand new , has anyone else had this problem did i get a bad camera or is there something im missing/doing wrong. If i have to send this back to pentax im going to be really pissed.

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Could the diopter be responsible for this? Is the focus OK in live view and in the actual picture?

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Is your live view the same as the OVF? If they are not, you need to adjust the OVF to become sharper.

Or are you talking about the photos you have taken that come out blurred?
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It's not the diopter adjustmen, I thought of that first. t it will not auto focus properly the focus light blinks continuosly if i focus manually i can get a sharp picture still the focus indicater blinks continously or does not light up. using auto focus nothing is sharp. with the same settings and same lenses on my Kx everything is sharp.

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using the live view to focus the pics are great when focusing thru the ovf the focus is way off

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This is very upsetting for me my kx works great, but i have always wanted the k-5 I finally got one and it appears to be no good.
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If you mount the 18-55WR on the K-x, do you get the same issues?

What AF mode are you using? Select AFS mode, use only centre-spot focus mode, make sure shake reduction is on, and see if that works any better.

Also make sure all your in-camera settings are reset to the defaults. You may have adjusted something wrongly in the K-5 camera settings for sharpness, AF fine-adjust etc.

Don't jump to any conclusions about the K-5 having issues until you have spent a bit more time with the camera. The K-5 is a different beast from the K-x in many ways.
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I was wrong your right the live view focus is perfect the ovf focus is way out of focus what gives and how can i fix it

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and i did set my k-5 back to the defaults just in case i messed somthing up wich somtimes happens .
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Ialso tried the afs mode center focus mode i am familiar with center focus as my sigma 28-200mm lens will really only focus well and fast on that mode on my kx
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I do not want to jump to any conclusions i really want this camera to work .
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Stuff happens. If you are sure the camera is defective, send it back for replacement. From your description, it sounds like the focusing screen is not mounted correctly or the prism is not aligned properly.
Just do make sure the eyepiece diopter is set correctly. This is best done with the lens off and using the etched lines on the screen for reference.
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a brand new camera should not need adjustments. this is a engineering and quality control issue i expect better from pentax.
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I checked the diopter Iwear glases so i have to use it i am sure it is correct.
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I will return this k-5 tommorow and get my money back it's unfortunate that pentax quality control is so poor. A brand new camera should work right out of the box. this has really pissed me off.
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