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08-09-2015, 01:25 PM   #1
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Pentax K-5 Unusual Serial Number

Just found a listing for a K-5 on eBay with serial number XQ11253:
Pentax K 5 16 3 MP Black Body Only DSLR Camera Flawless Shutter 1952 0027075176546 | eBay
I have not seen anything but numeric serial numbers before, so was wondering if this camera was a sample, prototype or something else? The serial number label itself looks like it's original (as far as I can tell from the photo). Just curious!

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Just checked mine yup, there's no letters, just seven numbers. The same is true for K10D or any Pentax branded lens that I have.
However, check out this:
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Seems like those big numbers comprise batteries SN, but on the upper right corner, there seems to be a secondary serial number.
Pattern is the same: two letters and five numbers.
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I believe the large numbers are just a date code on batteries, with year and month of manufacture. I suspect the MH number may be more to do with the UL compliance listing.
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Hmm...made for a particular market? (So maybe if you do a factory reset the default language setting is not English.)

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