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05-14-2016, 05:02 AM   #1
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Pentax k-3 will not power on

Hello everyone I need someone's help I have a Pentax k-3 and I was getting ready for a shoot and my Pentax k-3 all the sudden would not power on with fully charged batteries it is now dead will not respond at all please help any suggestions

05-14-2016, 05:36 AM   #2
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Two things to try:

Check the memory card is sitting in properly. Remove and install.

Turn the on off switch quickly a few times.
05-14-2016, 08:17 AM   #3
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Is the card door closed? if not it will not turn on
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Odd. The EXACT same thing happened to me three days ago with my K3. I had never had any problems with it before.. I sent it off to Precision Cameras and am waiting to hear back from them.. Wouldn't that be interesting if it is a software thing and not a mechanical issue?


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Exact same thing for my K3, since last week. Never happened before and now its just dead weight. Thank goodness I have my K1 but it's still a pain...
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QuoteOriginally posted by stemked Quote
Wouldn't that be interesting if it is a software thing and not a mechanical issue?
Do you mean something in the code that says "if May and if 2016 and if timezone EDT doSuddenDeath"?


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Seriously, though...

Three reports of similar catastrophic failure in one week is a bit unusual on this site unless there is a general issue.

@mikerigal, @stemked, and @scphotos123, do you care to share your firmware versions and approximate shutter counts?


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mine still works but now I am scared

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QuoteOriginally posted by stevebrot Quote
Seriously, though...

Three reports of similar catastrophic failure in one week is a bit unusual on this site unless there is a general issue.

@mikerigal, @stemked, and @scphotos123, do you care to share your firmware versions and approximate shutter counts?


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Very unusual indeed, same problem and all within the same time frame.
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I have the latest software update for the camera and I only had about 9500 shots on the camera. So not to much.

QuoteOriginally posted by stevebrot Quote
Seriously, though...

Three reports of similar catastrophic failure in one week is a bit unusual on this site unless there is a general issue.

@mikerigal, @stemked, and @scphotos123, do you care to share your firmware versions and approximate shutter counts?


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Mine is on the latest firmware and my shutter count is way up at over 102000...



QuoteOriginally posted by stevebrot Quote
Seriously, though...

Three reports of similar catastrophic failure in one week is a bit unusual on this site unless there is a general issue.

@mikerigal, @stemked, and @scphotos123, do you care to share your firmware versions and approximate shutter counts?


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05-15-2016, 06:58 AM   #12
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So far the only thing those cameras have in common is the firmware, have you guys tried powering on the camera using a different battery ?
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I already sent mine in. I haven't updated it so it was whatever I had when I first got the camera two years ago. I'll add I tried multiple batteries, (which all worked in my K5iis), inserting and reinserting the card, etc. It was DOA.
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Yes, I tried multiple batteries as well, including the brand new one from my K1!
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I really feel for you guys, maybe someone with more experience than myself will post other things to try. Was going to suggest a total camera reset but then again if you can't power on then I don't think there is a way you can reset it.

Will keep searching the net to see what I can find in order to try to help.
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