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03-02-2015, 09:06 AM   #1
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What's the best bet for a quick and affordable repair on a K-3 these days? I've used CRIS in the past but I see they are no longer doing Pentax.
My K-3 fell from an open bag (oops) on concrete and it landed on the hot shoe which smashed it. I can't bend it back to a usable shape so it just needs to be replaced. I'm thinking this would be a pretty straightforward repair.

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Precision Camera are the current licensed repair center.
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Get a quote by filling in the details and then you can print shipping information to put with the camera that has the quote number on it. You can monitor the progress on the web site. They say they will update you via email but they don't.
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Ouch, just got a quote for $306.
With how cheaply I keep seeing K-3s around I may just need to replace it and make this a backup that won't take a flash.

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If you can find a broken donor, the hotshoe frame, presuming the contacts and electronics underneath are ok, is like 4 screws to change out. It's a long shot, since he generally deals in more vintage stuff, but you might want to contact Eric and see if he has any spare parts that would fit lying around.

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QuoteOriginally posted by dcshooter Quote
If you can find a broken donor, the hotshoe frame, presuming the contacts and electronics underneath are ok, is like 4 screws to change out. It's a long shot, since he generally deals in more vintage stuff, but You might want to contact Eric and see if he has any spare parts that would fit lying around.
Is he with Precision? If not do you have contact info? Thanks!
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QuoteOriginally posted by mattb123 Quote
Is he with Precision? If not do you have contact info? Thanks!
Eric is our go-to Pentax repair guy who does film cameras and lenses. Sterling reputation.
https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/8-pentax-film-slr-discussion/105296-penta...ndrickson.html
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Thanks, I sent him a message. I'll let you know how it goes.
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Ouch, just got a quote for $306. With how cheaply I keep seeing K-3s around I may just need to replace it and make this a backup that won't take a flash.
Just FYI, but the "quote" isn't really a quote. They have standard prices for things and they really have no idea what it will cost. Supposedly they will only bill you for the actual work and if it is less than the "quote" then you get charged less. However, Precision has a less than sterling reputation in that area.

If Eric can handle it that would be the way I would go. He has done work for me in the past, highly recommended.
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You might also review Pentax's web page or perhaps the manual. They list a lot of athorized Pentax repair centers besides Precision. Precision is just for warranty work. You might have other options, especially if you can walk into one in person.
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I have no walk-in options unless I go to Denver which is a four hour drive. So after that high quote and uncertainty with the other place I decided to see if I could do a better job bending it than my first attempt. For now, I seem to have fixed it. I think it's close to breaking but if I can just not stress it too much I'm hoping it will continue to work. The flash goes on all the way and fits snugly.
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