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02-12-2016, 10:29 AM   #1
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Should I walk or run from this used purchase

As per the title, I don't think the following is worth CDN$1000. I'm thinking CDN$650

K-3 almost two years old, with just over 40,000 acutuations (person says he does a lot of time lapse).
The camera has been in for repair to the flash circuitry, not by Ricoh, but by a well-established repair company.

Motor ddrive with two third party batteries.

18-135 WR

I like the lens, perfect for my needs. Motordrive, nice to have, but repair and over 40,000 acutuations is making me hesitate. Isn't it almost 20% through its lifecycle?

It's not a local sale, so I'd be buying sight unseen.

I'm just waiting to see if a brand new K-3 with 18-135 drops in price in the near future.

Any thoughts, and thanks in advance!
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02-12-2016, 10:32 AM   #2
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Motor drive?
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Motor drive?
Probably means battery grip cause they attach and look similar to old film motor drive attachments?
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Probably means battery grip cause they attach and look similar to old film motor drive attachments?
... LOL ... yes battery grip ... I must've gone back to my old Nikon FE days there ...
The K-3, in addition to being a great DSLR, can still shoot Ilford though? ... right ... ;-)

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I would walk away from this one also.

QuoteOriginally posted by Newfie Quote
...but repair and over 40,000 acutuations is making me hesitate. Isn't it almost 20% through its lifecycle?
I appreciate the seller's honesty in disclosing all this to you, but no - I would wait and look elsewhere.
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The shutter actuations don't particularly concern me, but the repair of the flash circuitry does, since electrical problems with modern surface mount circuitry are seldom easy to completely repair short of replacing the entire board.
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Thanks for the prompt feedback gang!

Yep, you all reinforced my gut feeling here, regardless of how little I have to pay.

Thanks and take care!
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With the announcement of the new full frame body (in about a week now), there are going to be quite a few K3 and K3II becoming available over the next few months. I would just patiently wait - or you could post a "wanted" post on the Marketplace.



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QuoteOriginally posted by Newfie Quote
As per the title, I don't think the following is worth CDN$1000. I'm thinking CDN$650

I wouldn't pay even 650 CDN$. Wait and se
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It's not important whether you walk or run, but the direction ~is~ important ----> turn away from the deal, for many of the reasons already stated.
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QuoteOriginally posted by interested_observer Quote
With the announcement of the new full frame body (in about a week now), there are going to be quite a few K3 and K3II becoming available over the next few months. I would just patiently wait - or you could post a "wanted" post on the Marketplace.

Oh, yeah; the used Pentax DSLR market is going to be a free-for-all shortly, as soon as the FF hits the stands. Save your $$$ for the K-3 of your choice.
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Generally speaking, if you find yourself asking the question should I walk or run, the answer is run.
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