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07-09-2011, 05:47 AM   #1
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Did I get robbed or what?

Hello. I just bought a new Pentax KR from my favorite store. It's the only one they had left and they were using it as a store demo. I took a picture with it and the number reported by the camera is "100-8082". Does that mean that this camera had over 8000 actuations or am I being paranoid? With my old K200, I had less than 1300 actuations in 2 years. Should I return it or what? Thanks for any help or opinions. Take care.
Mike in Quebec.

07-09-2011, 05:51 AM   #2
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The picture number is not a reliable indicator of how many shutter actuations the camera has.

To find out the shutter count use PhotoMe on Window$ or ExifTool if you have a Mac.

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Store demoes are as it implies used by all employees and customers. I hope you didn't pay full price for it? If that's case then you did get robbed.
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Finally, I didn't get robbed at all!

After checking the number of actuations with PhotoME, the real number is 177, not 8082. According to the store where I got it, it seems that Pentax starts file numbering at 8000 for this camera, maybe because of the new firmware. Anyway, they had the camera for sale for only 2 weeks so it seems that 8082 would be a lot of instore testing. They said that Nikon does the same for some models. As to the price I paid, since I am a member of a photo club here in Candiac, the dealer sells us cameras for their cost plus 10% which comes out to $616. with the 18-55mm lens. I also got a 8 gig memory card inside so it wasn't a bad deal. Thanks for your help and you might see a fine K200D for sale here soon with only less that 1500 actuations.

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Good deal. Glad it worked out for you.
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All my pentax bodies had about 200 actuations show up right out of the box, so it may not have even been used.
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