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02-28-2018, 01:53 PM - 8 Likes   #1
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Yay! It Took a Picture.

I (foolishly) ventured into replacing a broken SD card door on my K-5iis. This is a very scary proposition as the entire case must be removed to access the pin which is the door hinge. It was especially scary for this old man who hasn't messed with anything remotely electronic since building a crystal radio when a Cub Scout back in the 1950s.

Removing the case, my observation was that there is not one cubic millimeter of extra room in that camera. I mean no space at all. Nada. Nil. It is just crammed. I wonder if cameras with slightly larger bodies have more room or are just not as efficient at their use of space.

Anyway, today I finally reassembled the camera and prepared for the moment of truth. I put in a battery and an SD card, turned it on, and watched lights light and displays appear. Then I put on a 50mm lens. It focused and the shutter snapped. On the back display appeared an image. Life is good.

O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!

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Sounds nerve wracking. Congrats on the success!
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nice one, AggieDad
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Great! Sounds like something I hope never to do.

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congrats on the picture
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Did you take photos of the tear down and reassembly? If so, I'd love to see them.
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Wow, that's an impressive undertaking, probably above my pay grade. Glad you got it done and back together successfully and I hope you have an appropriately satisfying sense of accomplishment every time you press the shutter button.
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I’m glad you’ve succeeded to fix the SD card door.
Happy shooting.

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Wow, that's an impressive undertaking, probably above my pay grade. Glad you got it done and back together successfully and I hope you have an appropriately satisfying sense of accomplishment every time you press the shutter button.
Yes it is very satisfying. But it maybe is not as impressive as it sounds. Without the door, the camera had an open port to its innards. Also I had to tape down the switch that senses an open door. This rendered the K-5 basically useless outside the house – I was using it on my macro setup. With that in mind, a lot of the pressure was off.

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Did you take photos of the tear down and reassembly? If so, I'd love to see them.
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I’m glad you’ve succeeded to fix the SD card door.
Happy shooting.
Many thanks for the photo you sent. It helped a lot.
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QuoteOriginally posted by AggieDad Quote
Removing the case, my observation was that there is not one cubic millimeter of extra room in that camera. I mean no space at all. Nada. Nil. It is just crammed. I wonder if cameras with slightly larger bodies have more room or are just not as efficient at their use of space.
There's a story about Steve Jobs being very unhappy with the first prototype iPod. He thought it was too big. The engineers claimed there was no room left inside the case to make it any smaller. Jobs took the prototype and threw it into an aquarium. When air bubbles came out he said “Those are air bubbles. That means there's space in there. Make it smaller.”


Congrats on opening the can of worms, fixing the SD door, and getting all the worms back inside.
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Opening and fixing camera is fun, even more fun when it works after the surgery!! Suddenly it becomes the most favorite thing, you become attached to it, feels like you gave life to something lol.

Yay!!
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