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02-24-2012, 08:09 PM   #1
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Broken Mirror in Viewfinder

Hi all

Unluckily i dropped my K-r and when i picked it up to test, I found inside the viewfinder were some smashed pieces.

I took out the viewfinder and carefully removed all the loose pieces, and found out the smashed pieces were actually part of the mirror - pictures taken are still fine, just its difficult to look through the viewfinder with 1/4 of the view blank!

Now to my question: is the mirror / glass inside the viewfinder area replaceable? I know the viewfinder itself is replaceable (mine has no issue) however never heard of the mirror inside it is?

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02-24-2012, 08:18 PM   #2
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You'll need to send if off to be repaired.
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Well it's definitely replacable, but you'd have to take it to a service center...

I think all Pentax DSLRs currently use the same mirror, though I could be wrong.

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I don't think it's a good idea to go on using it in this state. I'd be very worried about fragments of mirror causing additional damage if they come loose and get into mechanisms like the shutter.

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It sounds like he meant the pentamirror.
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I realize, but small fragments from it could get around the focusing screen and into the box. Figure that dust and fibers can get from the box to the viewfinder, so it's far from air tight.
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No doubt about that.
02-25-2012, 07:26 AM   #8
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thx for the responses - definitely bringing it in for service

can i assume that the metering would also be affected when using the viewfinder?

ive tested it doesnt seem to affect that much as the broken part is only on the bottom left hand corner

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I take back what I said about the pentamirror. It sounds like by "opened the viewfinder" the OP really meant "I took the lens off the camera".

What exactly did you mean by "I took out the viewfinder"? Did you remove the focusing screen? Or just take the lens off the front of the camera? Now I think that the area you are calling "the viewfinder" is actually just the mirror box and what is broken is just the regular mirror in the mirror box and not the pentamirror in the viewfinder.

At any rate.....get it fixed. You'll feel awful if in the course of your "testing" it you end up breaking something else as a result.
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i see, thanks a lot! off to the repairs
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