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11-21-2016, 12:38 PM   #1
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Pentax K-30 lenses interchangeable with newer Pentax DSLR bodies?

I own a K-30 which has developed the underexposure issue.

I've found a thread where apparently some folks in Russia have found a way to tear down and fix the camera, so I'm planning on trying this as I'm handy with electronics and don't want to pay some $200+ to send it off to be repaired. In case I fail though, is there a chart or other docs that might indicate whether the lenses that came with my K-30 (e.g. Pentax brand 18-55 mm autofocus) would be compatible with newer Pentax models?

Thanks in advance for any help!!

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If they work on the K-30 they'll work on newer Pentax cameras.
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QuoteOriginally posted by photolady95 Quote
If they work on the K-30 they'll work on newer Pentax cameras.
+1, and good luck with the repair.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Darth Continent Quote
I own a K-30 which has developed the underexposure issue.

I've found a thread where apparently some folks in Russia have found a way to tear down and fix the camera, so I'm planning on trying this as I'm handy with electronics and don't want to pay some $200+ to send it off to be repaired. In case I fail though, is there a chart or other docs that might indicate whether the lenses that came with my K-30 (e.g. Pentax brand 18-55 mm autofocus) would be compatible with newer Pentax models?

Thanks in advance for any help!!
You still can use any Pentax lens with your faulty K-30 if the lens has aperture ring. Simply choose the desired aperture value on the lense, and camera will close it no more than you chouse.

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If you end up buying another camera, you could always use the K-30 as a "take your time & frame it" camera by using old Pentax manual lenses that have manual aperture rings.

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^ Once you set up the camera for that, it'll work & expose lenses with aperture rings properly.

The K, M, & A series lenses don't have autofocus, but I believe that the F & FA lenses will.
11-21-2016, 01:15 PM   #6
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Thanks all for the responses!!

My lens doesn't appear to have an aperture ring; it has one for manual focus, and another narrower one which appears to be for zoom. I will give the Russians' fix a shot and hope for the best; worst case I may buy a newer Pentax body.
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Then it comes to Pentax lenses, an older lens will always work on a newer DSLR. No exceptions to that rule so far!

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