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01-01-2013, 02:54 AM   #1
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k30 and dust

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I just bought a K30 and even if I am very satisfied with it, I found a speck of dust between the lcd and lcd cover when I unpacked the camera(the speck certainly entered the camera during fabrication).I don't want to send it back,But I'd like to know if some of you have this problem.

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Congrats on your purchase. Can you see the spec when turning the LCD on?
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It's quite difficult to see it when the lcd is on.But I know its location, so I can see it in sunlight.
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I can't tell you what to do, but I'd keep it as it is if I were you. After all it's a great camera that you will take beautiful pictures with, regardless of that speck of dust.

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Yes, i am going to keep it. I am just a bit ocd when it comes to my devices. I don't know if this problem is common or not.
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Yes, i am going to keep it. I am just a bit ocd when it comes to my devices. I don't know if this problem is common or not.
Only the K-5II and K-5IIs are immune, they have a gapless LCD.

If you see a path of dust leading from an edge of the LCD then you should send it back, it means the weather sealing is compromised, but a single spec is nothing to worry about.
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What the speck of dust looks like and how I perceive it.But I am going to keep it.
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I had a similar issue with my K30. I saw not just a spec of dust, but a hair underneath the LCD.

I did some digging, and apparently this is a problem found with other Pentax DSLR's that are older than the K30. The silver K5 had reports of silver dust appearing in the LCD.

There seem to be two major causes for it, at least from what I looked up:

- Faulty seal around the LCD cover. This is where dust and other objects can get underneath due to the polycarbonate camera flexing in size and gaps appearing in the seams.
- Dust leftover from the production process. Basically, before the camera was sealed, it was not properly cleaned out and so there dust trapped inside some of the spaces in the camera body. This was the cause of the "silver dust" in the silver K5's.

Anyways, I wouldn't worry too much about it. I've taken my camera into some pretty wet conditions already, such as rain and snow and letting the snow melt all over the camera. Nothing else has gotten under the LCD and the camera hasn't missed a beat.

I do however suggest doing some light testing (try it in some drizzly conditions) while you are still under warranty, so that you can get it repaired if it's a bigger problem than it looks. I don't suggest submerging it or running it under a faucet just yet though.

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What the speck of dust looks like and how I perceive it.But I am going to keep it.
Yeah, it reminds me of this
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Yeah, it reminds me of this
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What the speck of dust looks like and how I perceive it.But I am going to keep it.
I'm certainly glad I wasn't taking a drink when I saw your photos (what it looks like and what you perceive). Too funny. I have a speck of dust on my k30 sensor and I feel the same way.
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That's the problem with a weather sealed camera - the dust cannot get out.
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QuoteOriginally posted by lister6520 Quote
That's the problem with a weather sealed camera - the dust cannot get out.
nice point
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LOL what if Ricoh reacted like that to minute issues? Humm would be interesting.
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