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01-19-2019, 03:12 PM   #1
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77 LTD disintegration

So was shooting some portraits and it started making a high pitched af noise. Wasn't sure the issue, so went to change lenses to my dfa 100 to keep shooting and it just kind of... disintegrated. K1 is fine, I'm not sure how to proceed.

Purchased used from the marketplace. Any ideas for fixing?

I do travel fairly often, but use a nice bag and soft pouch.

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Precision Camera in Connecticut

http://www.precisioncamera.com/

will work on Pentax lenses even if out of warranty

I recently had Precision repair my DFA *70-200 F2.8mm, it had no warranty

sent it in for free estimate of repair ( you pay postage to them and return postage ) and decided to have it repaired, it had to go to Japan

has worked flawlessly since I got it back

check out this thread:

US Pentax Warranty Repair Information - PentaxForums.com

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also check this thread, it does list US companies that do repairs:

Pentax Repair Facilities (Wordwide listing) - Page 8 - PentaxForums.com

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I had this happen to me with my copy of the FA77, it is a quick inexpensive problem to fix. I haven't had a problem with the lens since.
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*gulp* Well I hope mine doesn't pop off like that *gulp*

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After looking at you pic of the situation I thought you meant the lens changed to a 100mm
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This thread should be marked NSFPP...(not safe for Pentax photographers...)
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The least I could expect to pay is $350. I paid $650 for this. Thanks precision camera!

Unbelievable. Look for the rest of my kit on the marketplace. At least Sony doesn't claim to be robust before their customer service digs the knife in.
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So to recap, you bought a used lens, it came apart in a fashion that we’ve seen before a few times for this lens, the repair at Precision costs 1/2 what you paid for the used lens - and now you have an internet jumping-ship rant against Pentax.

As Digitalis wrote easy inexpensive fix, but Precision has a minimum charge just to open your box. Look elsewhere for a repair, such as Advance Camera.

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repairs are not cheap

I didn't like what it cost to repair my no warranty " experienced " D FA *70-200mm bought from a member via the market place

Precision even had to send it to Japan

but it was less than buying new or even buying another " experienced " lens and I knew the cost of repair before I authorized the repair


my choice


one would think the OP had the similar choices repair at a certain cost or not


I'm with monochrome why complain ?

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Do look at alternatives to Precision. It can't hurt to ask and it might save you a lot. Alas, the one person I would recommend seems to no longer be in the business.
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the OP was given a link to other possible options:

Pentax Repair Facilities (Wordwide listing) - Page 8 - PentaxForums.com
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I can see the disappointment and shattered faith. The lenses look very durable and the all metal external construction implies the kind of durability that the older M and K series lenses had. It is true that repairs to the lens are cheaper than buying new but by the time you add up buying it used and repairing it, the cost starts to climb into new lens territory. It can feel very frustrating.

However...

None of the brands are very good. I have shot Canon lenses that locked up while zooming. I have shot Nikons that just refused to trip the shutter. I have seen people complain about the lack of quality in every brand imagined.

Sadly the world is not about the durability and reliability that it used to be. Disposable items are too common and ease of repair is not part of the design process these days.
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QuoteOriginally posted by UncleVanya Quote
. . . .Sadly the world is not about the durability and reliability that it used to be. Disposable items are too common and ease of repair is not part of the design process these days.
I remember " small appliance " repair shops as a kid

no more as far as I can tell
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QuoteOriginally posted by aslyfox Quote
I remember " small appliance " repair shops as a kid

no more as far as I can tell
I do my own repairs on small appliances and even some large ones. I just repaired my $2500 (in 1998!) Kitchenair fridge. The door dispenser switch for ice was bad. When it first happened the ice ran and wouldn't stop! I had to disconnect the interior door switch to make it think the door was open and then disable the light bulb to keep from melting things near it. Then weeks later I was able to finally locate the micro switch required to make the repair. In the meantime the fridge looked like a robot in mid-repair. To get water you'd open the door, reach in and push the door switch and squeeze the panel switch (which was disconnected from the lever on the dispenser. I think my family thought I was nuts. The labor costs for a repair tech were outrageous for what was actually required.
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Precision camera said just under $300 for repair. it's in japan getting serviced now.
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