Forgot Password
Pentax Camera Forums Home
 

Reply
Show Printable Version Search this Thread
11-11-2013, 09:29 AM   #1
Loyal Site Supporter
Mikesul's Avatar

Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Phoenix, AZ
Posts: 2,640
Durability of Silver editions

My apologies if this has been discussed. Can the silver editions put up with the rough handling of the Black Pentax cameras? Mine have been through pretty rough country, back packing, sliding off car seats, etc. The black versions have shown no real damage when knocked against trees and even light contact with rocks. Will the silver edition be as durable.

11-11-2013, 10:37 AM   #2
Veteran Member
GoremanX's Avatar

Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Georgia, VT
Photos: Albums
Posts: 1,653
I've had a K-5 silver for 2.5+ years. My shutter count is just over 20,000, which isn't all that much. But the camera's been through all kinds of rough stuff over those years. I certainly wasn't especially careful with it. I do use a battery grip and an L bracket, which may have created some minor extra protection. Comparing my new K-3 silver to my old K-5 silver, the K-5 still looks brand new with no signs of wear whatsoever.

Last edited by GoremanX; 11-11-2013 at 12:00 PM.
11-11-2013, 10:40 AM   #3
Site Supporter
Eric Auer's Avatar

Join Date: Jul 2012
Photos: Albums
Posts: 861
On my K-5 IIs I have some dings that now are showing grey metal thru the black coating.

I would think if the Silver K-3 has the same magnesium underneath then the Silver might actually show less wear than the black.

However, If anything has black underneath The silver paint, that would show up pretty well.
11-11-2013, 01:38 PM   #4
Loyal Site Supporter
TER-OR's Avatar

Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Dundee, IL
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 5,799
I can never quite tell by pictures - silver is tricky. Does it look good, nice coated metal or does the silver coating look kind of plasticy? I like the look of the silver editions, but have never examined one personaly.

My black K5 is wearing on corners etc - which looks pretty badass...well used.

11-11-2013, 02:10 PM   #5
Veteran Member
GoremanX's Avatar

Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Georgia, VT
Photos: Albums
Posts: 1,653
QuoteOriginally posted by TER-OR Quote
I can never quite tell by pictures - silver is tricky. Does it look good, nice coated metal or does the silver coating look kind of plasticy? I like the look of the silver editions, but have never examined one personaly.

My black K5 is wearing on corners etc - which looks pretty badass...well used.
Looks like bare metal. It's not bare metal, of course. It's painted magnesium. Magnesium is a darker gray than this. But the paint gives the camera a beautiful metallic finish. This is not a cheesy finish by any means.
11-11-2013, 02:30 PM   #6
Loyal Site Supporter
TER-OR's Avatar

Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Dundee, IL
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 5,799
Thanks. The silver looks great with silver lenses, for sure - and even with black it has that retro, er, "classic" look.
11-11-2013, 02:32 PM   #7
Veteran Member
GoremanX's Avatar

Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Georgia, VT
Photos: Albums
Posts: 1,653
Yep, sure does...
11-11-2013, 03:36 PM   #8
Veteran Member
ChrisJ's Avatar

Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Eckington, Derbyshire UK
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 316
QuoteOriginally posted by GoremanX Quote
Looks like bare metal. It's not bare metal, of course. It's painted magnesium. Magnesium is a darker gray than this. But the paint gives the camera a beautiful metallic finish. This is not a cheesy finish by any means.
I hope the K3 is not pure Magnesium which is unstable and very flammable. Incendiary devices use Magnesium. Most likely it's a Zinc alloy with traces of Magnesium.

Chris

11-11-2013, 03:44 PM   #9
Veteran Member
GoremanX's Avatar

Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Georgia, VT
Photos: Albums
Posts: 1,653
QuoteOriginally posted by ChrisJ Quote
I hope the K3 is not pure Magnesium which is unstable and very flammable. Incendiary devices use Magnesium. Most likely it's a Zinc alloy with traces of Magnesium.
Yes, I clearly remember that time when a K-5 user's camera spontaneously CAUGHT FIRE IN HIS FACE AND MELTED IT TO AN UNRECOGNIZABLE BLOB OF FLESH!!! In fact, this is one of the main fears we all have when wielding our cameras.

"Is this thing made of 100% pure magnesium? Gee, I sure hope not... or else it'll CATCH FIRE IN MY FACE AND MELT IT TO AN UNRECOGNIZABLE BLOB OF FLESH!!!"

Now, back to relevant concerns...
11-11-2013, 04:19 PM   #10
Veteran Member




Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: 12822
Photos: Albums
Posts: 406
Magnesium catches fire arround 500c (932f for us Americans). If your camera ever gets that hot you have other concerns.
11-11-2013, 04:25 PM   #11
JPT
Pentaxian




Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Tokyo
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 1,236
I saw about 15-20 silver K-5s and K-7s lined up in a second hand store in Tokyo. Not one of them looked like the silver had worn out. Some of them had marks on them, as if black rubber had rubbed onto them, but that was all. I personally prefer the black ones, but the silver Pentaxes don't look or feel cheap at all. They just put silver dye in the coating material instead of black.
11-11-2013, 04:32 PM - 1 Like   #12
Veteran Member
GoremanX's Avatar

Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Georgia, VT
Photos: Albums
Posts: 1,653
QuoteOriginally posted by link81 Quote
Magnesium catches fire arround 500c (932f for us Americans). If your camera ever gets that hot you have other concerns.
Nono! ChrisJ warns us that it's UNSTABLE and an INCENDIARY MATERIAL!!! It's not like they use magnesium in structural items or anything. Like engine blocks, wheels, and construction materials. No, it's DANGEROUS, and it was vital that he point this out to all of us who have been wielding magnesium-bodied cameras for countless years!
11-11-2013, 04:36 PM   #13
Veteran Member




Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: 12822
Photos: Albums
Posts: 406
QuoteOriginally posted by GoremanX Quote
Nono! ChrisJ warns us that it's UNSTABLE and an INCENDIARY MATERIAL!!! It's not like they use magnesium in structural items or anything. Like engine blocks, wheels, and construction materials. No, it's DANGEROUS, and it was vital that he point this out to all of us who have been wielding magnesium-bodied cameras for countless years!
Sure is a good thing I go the lowely plastic k-30 :-)
11-11-2013, 04:43 PM - 1 Like   #14
Site Supporter
Eric Auer's Avatar

Join Date: Jul 2012
Photos: Albums
Posts: 861
QuoteOriginally posted by GoremanX Quote
Nono! ChrisJ warns us that it's UNSTABLE and an INCENDIARY MATERIAL!!! It's not like they use magnesium in structural items or anything. Like engine blocks, wheels, and construction materials. No, it's DANGEROUS, and it was vital that he point this out to all of us who have been wielding magnesium-bodied cameras for countless years!
ChrisJ didnt warn you about anything.......

But you chose to act like 5 year old.

Apparently you like to hear yourself yell.

Idiot.
11-11-2013, 04:52 PM   #15
Veteran Member
GoremanX's Avatar

Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Georgia, VT
Photos: Albums
Posts: 1,653
QuoteOriginally posted by Corto-PA Quote
ChrisJ didnt warn you about anything.......

But you chose to act like 5 year old.

Apparently you like to hear yourself yell.

Idiot.
You're right, he did not try to warn us about anything. He just spouted nonsense. My apologies.
Reply

Bookmarks
  • Submit Thread to Facebook Facebook
  • Submit Thread to Twitter Twitter
  • Submit Thread to Digg Digg
Tags - Make this thread easier to find by adding keywords to it!
dslr, editions, k-3, k3, pentax k-3, silver
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Silver 49mm filter for a Silver Lens on a Silver K5 rortiz Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 5 06-17-2012 08:12 AM
Shutter durability kshapero Pentax K-5 6 02-12-2012 11:41 AM
PENTAX Japan announces limited editions of K20D and K-m Ole Homepage & Official Pentax News 26 05-31-2009 02:18 AM
The real durability of the limited lenses Maffer Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 15 01-05-2009 10:05 PM
Silver Limiteds finish durability barondla Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 5 05-09-2007 04:25 AM



All times are GMT -7. The time now is 01:40 PM. | See also: NikonForums.com, CanonForums.com part of our network of photo forums!
  • Red (Default)
  • Green
  • Gray
  • Dark
  • Dark Yellow
  • Dark Blue
  • Old Red
  • Old Green
  • Old Gray
  • Dial-Up Style
Hello! It's great to see you back on the forum! Have you considered joining the community?
register
Creating a FREE ACCOUNT takes under a minute, removes ads, and lets you post! [Dismiss]
Top