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07-03-2013, 06:07 AM   #1
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Horizon not level

Hi, I have had a K5 for just over a year. It was bought brand new. I have come to the conclusion that the sensor (or something) is not level. So I can take a photo that is perfectly horizontal and yet the result is the picture is slightly (but noticeably) not level with the RH side being slightly lower than the left. Now I tend to run virtually everything through Photoshop so this can be easily corrected. But I really should not have to do this. Problem occurs....

- Close ups or long distance.
- Any lens.
- Any focal length.

Has anyone got any ideas? is this adjustable? Or is it a manufacturing fault?

Richard

07-03-2013, 06:15 AM   #2
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Many people have the same problem. The automatic level indicator also is not reliable.

https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/pentax-k-5/149797-how-adjust-calibrate-auto-level.html
07-03-2013, 06:51 AM   #3
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Turn off Horizon Correction in the Record Mode menu page 4. Now your images should be level if you hold the camera level since you're bypassing the built-in, inaccurate level.
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Brilliant. Absolutely right! Thanks very much.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Richard Briggs Quote
Hi, I have had a K5 for just over a year. It was bought brand new. I have come to the conclusion that the sensor (or something) is not level. So I can take a photo that is perfectly horizontal and yet the result is the picture is slightly (but noticeably) not level with the RH side being slightly lower than the left. Now I tend to run virtually everything through Photoshop so this can be easily corrected. But I really should not have to do this. Problem occurs....

- Close ups or long distance.
- Any lens.
- Any focal length.

Has anyone got any ideas? is this adjustable? Or is it a manufacturing fault?

Richard
A firmware update may resolve this problem, BTW, if you haven't already tried that.

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QuoteOriginally posted by SpecialK Quote
The automatic level indicator also is not reliable.
Yep, my camera is new too and the level indicator has never been right. I'm not going to send the camera in though and have to wait for 2 or 3 weeks. Who knows they may send me back some used model

My brother bought a used K5 and his level is right on. Must be a hit and miss.
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