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05-27-2015, 06:23 AM   #1
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The Workhorse

My K5 continues to get beaten up. Still works like a champ, though.
Paint rubbing off, screen protector cracked and chipped (I should really remove it, it cuts once in a while), eyecup long gone and now the diopter control fell off. At least it was in the neutral position! That happened in the field while doing my bee research so there's no chance of finding it.

Anyone else have a K5 or other model which is visibly showing its age but works without fail?


Can this be a reason to buy a K3II later this year? My wife will remind me I like the battered workhorse look...

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Yeah, my K5 has electrical tape holding hte lens release button in place. First time it fell off I paid to have it reinstalled. Second time I just put it in place and slapped the tape over the top. A few other odss & sods but still works.
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Okay, now I don't feel so bad that only my K-5's rear LCD is scratched, and the bottom is all scuffed up... and that's about it. (78,000 clicks on the shutter, though...)
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The one weak spot on my K-5 is the rear monitor. It seems years of the rear monitor rubbing against shirt buttons and jacket zippers has resulted in scuff marks that show when the camera is off. When it is on the scratches aren't obvious. Other than that, the camera still looks like new. I do not even have any scratches on the black finish. It is a durable camera. I also have a K-3 and the glass monitor seems more resistant to the scuffs on the monitor than the K-5. Both cameras continue to serve me well.

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QuoteOriginally posted by jrpower10 Quote
Yeah, my K5 has electrical tape holding hte lens release button in place. First time it fell off I paid to have it reinstalled. Second time I just put it in place and slapped the tape over the top. A few other odss & sods but still works.
Great minds think alike: I did the same with my shutter release button after it fell off.
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My K20D fell when I was on my bicycle and has a hole on the top and still works perfect. It isn't WR anymore... Does that count ?

Ok, the lens release button of my K5 fell off and I replaced it with a flat drawing pin sealed with black electrical tape...
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And to think I was still crying over my first 'new car' scratch on the rear screen + the fact that the plastic protection cover for the bottom ID plate is lifting off (lol). Boy have I got some catching up to do!
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Oh, yeah -- the Black Tape Gang. We ought'a have a T-shirt, right?!

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Something like this ?
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I helped with a Bioblitz this weekend. Rain. Lots of rain. When it started I swapped from the FA100 macro to my 18-135. The second day was sunny so back to the FA. But I had some strange trigger behavior. Upon first turning the camera on, it would work OK then stop. Back button or half press trigger focused fine. I had to turn the camera off and on to get trigger actuations. Very concerning. I'm drying the camera as best I can.

Any thoughts? I'll test again tonight to see how it works. I'd prefer not to use this as an excuse to buy a K3II....
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Well, it works fine now.
The horse keeps running.
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My 18-55 was drowned in some hot fruit sirup, still works though. It also got a big serving of aloe vera hand cream (it leaked in my bag... ). There's some sticky juice on my exposure compensation button too, which is a bit harder to press. But it works. Any idea on how to clean it?
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You may be able to draw the offending liquids out with a damp rag. As it dries, it may draw the fluids with it. MAY.

Slight update - the trigger button on my K5 does refuse to actuate the shutter occasionally now.

I did check shutter count, as the numbers reset this weekend. It's over 20K actuations, so certainly not near its projected life.
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