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09-08-2013, 06:32 PM   #1
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Mirror stuck, looks like a metal piece came loose, I'm in the middle of the Arctic :(

I was hiking and immediately after taking a picture the viewfinder went black but I could still see all the information at the bottom. Saw this when I came home and took the lense off:

http://i.imgur.com/W8yPWrB.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/dDtZT64.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/sMxcPze.jpg

Does anyone know what happened? Could this have been caused by me? I didn't drop it or anything, just climbed the local "mountain" elevation prob ~150m, temp was right around 0 Celsius, winds ~20km/h with gusts to ~30-40km/h, very light snow.

I've had the camera for just over a month.

If there is anyway this is fixable without having to send it in that would be amazing. I am in Kugaaruk, Nunavut, Canada and it is pretty remote.

09-08-2013, 07:57 PM   #2
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Is it perhaps the plastic screen that came off--which then blocks the mirror. If so you can reinsert it--w/o the tweezer/tool it may be hard but not impossible. Although if available try to wear thin/clean gloves or you will dirty it more than need be. I carry the tool after my K20d threw a screen at colder conditions.
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Looks like one of the clips that hold the focussing screen in place came loose and fell down, judging from the sliced K-5 image from falk's old blog article on the K-5's AF. But I am just guessing.
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QuoteOriginally posted by CEQ Quote
I was hiking and immediately after taking a picture the viewfinder went black but I could still see all the information at the bottom. Saw this when I came home and took the lense off:

http://i.imgur.com/W8yPWrB.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/dDtZT64.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/sMxcPze.jpg

Does anyone know what happened? Could this have been caused by me? I didn't drop it or anything, just climbed the local "mountain" elevation prob ~150m, temp was right around 0 Celsius, winds ~20km/h with gusts to ~30-40km/h, very light snow.

I've had the camera for just over a month.

If there is anyway this is fixable without having to send it in that would be amazing. I am in Kugaaruk, Nunavut, Canada and it is pretty remote.
How far away are you from Pangnirtung?

09-09-2013, 06:07 AM   #5
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QuoteOriginally posted by CEQ Quote
I was hiking and immediately after taking a picture the viewfinder went black but I could still see all the information at the bottom. Saw this when I came home and took the lense off:

http://i.imgur.com/W8yPWrB.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/dDtZT64.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/sMxcPze.jpg

Does anyone know what happened? Could this have been caused by me? I didn't drop it or anything, just climbed the local "mountain" elevation prob ~150m, temp was right around 0 Celsius, winds ~20km/h with gusts to ~30-40km/h, very light snow.

I've had the camera for just over a month.

If there is anyway this is fixable without having to send it in that would be amazing. I am in Kugaaruk, Nunavut, Canada and it is pretty remote.
Looks like part of the lens to me , what lens did you have attached.
09-09-2013, 08:09 AM   #6
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^

I got the same reply from another forum. Someone said it looks like a shim from a lens.

I was using a Pentax 18-55 WR that came with the camera. It was having sticking issues on the zoom ~24 a week ago but that just went away. I guess it was getting stuck from that piece and that piece somehow made its way down and fell into the body?

I took the piece out and the camera is working great now. Thank you so much! Is the piece that came out necessary for the lens?
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QuoteOriginally posted by CEQ Quote
^

I got the same reply from another forum. Someone said it looks like a shim from a lens.

I was using a Pentax 18-55 WR that came with the camera. It was having sticking issues on the zoom ~24 a week ago but that just went away. I guess it was getting stuck from that piece and that piece somehow made its way down and fell into the body?

I took the piece out and the camera is working great now. Thank you so much! Is the piece that came out necessary for the lens?
If your lens still works fine, it's not something to be critically worried about. The 18-55WR is a pretty cheap lens, and you should just enjoy your travel until you get back to a location where a shop can look at it.
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I think any new equipment that loses a part deserves a trip to the vendor...IMHO.

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QuoteOriginally posted by CEQ Quote
camera is working great now.
Boy am I glad it is working great now! i have exact same equipment and exact same age. So kind of worried. Do share additional information if you recieve.

QuoteOriginally posted by mamethot Quote
I think any new equipment that loses a part deserves a trip to the vendor...IMHO.
I second this.

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Glad the camera still works. Would you mind posting a shot of the piece you pulled out? I'm really curious about what the heck it was, and maybe a clearer look could help.
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Here it is:

http://i.imgur.com/jH8EJFs.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/8AL44u7.jpg
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Yep it looks like an infinity focus calibration shim out of the lens.

It should sit just under the mount (or internal lens module depending on design) moving the lens assemble to the correct registration distance and ensuring the lens is square to the sensor.

There is usually three of them at equal distances round the lens. (do any screws in the mount appear loose missing ?)

Without this part the lens is likely to be soft on one side and maybe struggle achieving focus at infinity.

You may be lucky and the lens mount has not moved but get it checked repaired as soon as you can, If nothing else it will ensure your lens continues to perform properly.
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