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11-25-2017, 10:46 AM - 1 Like   #1
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Help! K1 hot shoe came off (warning: k1 gore)

So this happened.

Anybody encounter this before? Any idea how much this will cost to repair?

Had no idea such a "robust" camera was so delicate. Beware of your hot shoes!

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11-25-2017, 10:59 AM   #2
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OMG!!

How on earth did that happen? Sorry, 'fraid I can't help you about the repair costs. Probably a case for sending in to Maerz (the German service partner of Ricoh Imaging Germany) and asking for a quote:

http://www.ricoh-imaging.de/de/reparaturservice-kompakt.html

Best of luck!!

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has it fallen ?
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has it fallen ?
it didn't fall. Had a 360ftx II mounted on it during Oktoberfest, noticed one side had come up (read my post history). While still functional, today the whole top just kind of, came off at some point. If you look carefully, you can see how little is holding the hot shoe to the thin plastic underneath.

Thanks I'll be sending it to Hamburg next week.

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I guess that's the price we pay for the thin plastic housing for the GPS - a big flash on the hot shoe, for instance, could exert quite a substantial leverage on the footing if it were knocked, and maybe the plastic isn't up to it - a useful lesson, sorry you had to learn it the hard way for the rest of us!
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QuoteOriginally posted by ffking Quote
a big flash on the hot shoe, for instance, could exert quite a substantial leverage on the footing if it were knocked, and maybe the plastic isn't up to it
That's also my understanding. But the tilt screen is super strong!

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QuoteOriginally posted by biz-engineer Quote
But the tilt screen is super strong!
It is - but the struts and the rails they run on are metal, and the rails are probably part of the chassis
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Sad!

Do you have a non-blurry image of the damaged hot-shoe?

I'm interested in the structure of the hot-shoe mount.

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I know a Nikon shooter who was in the habit of laying his D810 with a Speedlite mounted on it’s left side, propped on the top left of the flash. Someone unwittingly leaned on a hand behind himself, not aware the camera was on the counter, and the flash shoe separated from the top plate. I don’t believe a camera is designed for that lateral stress.

The repair was a simple top plate assembly replacement.
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The Nikon version is here:
Ouch! Broken D90 Hotshoe!: Nikon DX SLR (D40-D90, D3000-D7500) Talk Forum: Digital Photography Review
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Sad!

Do you have a non-blurry image of the damaged hot-shoe?

I'm interested in the structure of the hot-shoe mount.
you know, I had something that could take clear macro pictures... 😉

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Thanks for the detailed picture. It looks like the hot-shoe is screwed on a thin layer of the plastic of the outer camera shell.
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Thanks for the detailed picture. It looks like the hot-shoe is screwed on a thin layer of the plastic of the outer camera shell.
first big design flaw I've noticed. Hopefully the mk ii addresses this.

If it makes sense, I'll get it repaired. If I get "Sony level" service, I'll be selling my gear and migrating to another system. This would break my heart, I've fallen in love with Pentax!
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Did the flash sustain any damage? I've seen dozens of flash shoes break but never the hot shoe peel off. If there is a 'design flaw', I would blame more the robust construction of the 360ftx II that should have broken before enough force would damage the camera.

For years I only used handle-mounted flash units, but those are no longer an affordable option (or compatible with P-TTL).

You would switch systems from a camera you love over this and the repair level service? What would you replace it with and do you know they have better speed, price, and quality of repairs?
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The plastic looks really thin!
Befor switch a system, I wonder if you can post it on their fb pages both US and Japan asking for their explanation, and see what they can offer you. Looking from your photo, I couldn't agree more, it is a design flaw.


QuoteOriginally posted by bigoak Quote
first big design flaw I've noticed. Hopefully the mk ii addresses this.

If it makes sense, I'll get it repaired. If I get "Sony level" service, I'll be selling my gear and migrating to another system. This would break my heart, I've fallen in love with Pentax!
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