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10-10-2016, 02:43 PM   #1
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Pentax K30 after a fall !!

Hello dear forum.
My camera fell of my hands and now it has the following problem:

I need to keep the exposure -2 in order to take an almost normal photo. Otherwise the photo is overexposed, but...
if I turn on my flash (on camera flash) then everything goes back to normal (I must put the ev to 0 otherwise my photo is underexposed).

Does anyone has any clue on what that might be and what to do in that case?
Should I try and open my camera?

Thank you all in advance

10-10-2016, 03:09 PM   #2
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QuoteOriginally posted by Christos29 Quote
Does anyone has any clue on what that might be and what to do in that case?
Should I try and open my camera?
Sorry to hear this, Christos29. If you don't know what your doing, you might end up with a bigger problem.
I guess you could gently shake the camera to see if there area any loose pieces. If it was mine, I would
take the battery out and let it sit for a few hours. Removing power MAY reset the electronics. If that doesn't help,
it would be best to contact your closest authorized repair facility. Good luck.
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Given that it is a K30 I would wonder if the aperture actuation is not working right. Since P-TTL flash can adjust light based on what it gets back from the preflash it can adjust to the aperture not working as expected.

Face the camera towards youself - set it to f/22 or something nutty small. Fire the shutter while looking in the lens with enough light to see the aperture. Does it close down to a tiny hole or does it look bigger than expected. Now try f/4, then f/8 - compare it to a similar manual aperture lens of the same focal length if possible.

Also do you have multiple lenses you can try?
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Thank you all very much for your replies. I left the camera without battery for 8 hours and the problem still exists. Also I tried multiple lenses and I saw the aperture and it seemed to be ok. Small enough and big enough when it should...
The problem disappears when I shoot through live view or when I use the flash. So I guess there is some problem with the light sensor?
The next thing to do is to go to some service center.

Thank you very much again for your replies.

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Sounds actually more like a slow shutter problem. Flash exposure is more or less unaffected by shutter speed.

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