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09-30-2019, 04:44 PM   #1
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k5lls card slot needs repair or replacement

I think I've damaged the mechanism that engages with the little lock on the sd card inside the card slot in the camera. The camera now states "card is locked" every time I put a card into it, no matter where that stupid little lock on the card is set to, lock or not lock. I am thinking it's time to send it in to Precision Camera. Has anyone else had to get a similar repair?

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Shine a light into the slot and see if there is anything jammed in there. Try blowing it out with your lens blower.
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This might be obvious but have you tried other cards? Can try those cards in other devices? Unless you believe you have done something to the card slot I think it is more likely than it is the SD card that is failing.
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I've shined a light inside and can't see any bits or pieces. I shined a light in my GRll and there's a little mechanism that "reads" the lock tab on the card in both cameras, a little thin flexible metal springy thing that the card slides under. That's what seems to be damaged. I'm sending the camera in for repair. It will be nice to get it cleaned up as well.

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you might want to give this guy a phone call:


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10-10-2019, 04:25 PM   #6
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you might want to give this guy a phone call:


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Hi Allen, I sent if off to Precision Camera and just got a quote to fix it for $675. I think I'm looking to buy a used Pentax to say the least, unless you think I should try your guy.
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QuoteOriginally posted by mahanpots Quote
Hi Allen, I sent if off to Precision Camera and just got a quote to fix it for $675. I think I'm looking to buy a used Pentax to say the least, unless you think I should try your guy.
what would be the downside to a phone call

don't know what the shipping would be if you have to send it in

and you do have to keep after him

his words, not mine

remember he is open in the PM my time M- F until 5 PM

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what would be the downside to a phone call

don't know what the shipping would be if you have to send it in

and you do have to keep after him

his words, not mine

remember he is open in the PM my time M- F until 5 PM
I can get a used k5lls from BHPhoto for $350. I can return it within 30 days, if not satisfied. I'll give your man a call and see what his estimate is.

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QuoteOriginally posted by mahanpots Quote
I can get a used k5lls from BHPhoto for $350. I can return it within 30 days, if not satisfied. I'll give your man a call and see what his estimate is.
you might want to secure the one at B H first
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You can try Advance Camera in Oregon or KEH. They will send it to Precision if it's something they can't handle. KEH will charge you their price, not Precision's, which is (KEH's) usually significantly lower.
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Update

So, I got my K5lls back from Precision. I didn't want to pay $600+ to fix the SD slot. I spent the evening cleaning, poking and blowing inside the SD slot until I was satisfied that I couldn't fix it. I have several SD cards I was trying. Most of them just stated that the card was locked (it wasn't). I have one card where the lock switch is broken. Trying it resulted in a "Card is not formatted" message. I tried formatting in camera and was met with a "Memory Card Error" message.

After a couple of hours of messing around, I was going to give up, then I had an idea of putting that card without the lock tab into the slot, but not all the way, and then shutting the slot door on it to keep it in place. VOILA, I can take pictures again.

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Does it only work with the one card? Maybe break the tab off the other cards?
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Does it only work with the one card? Maybe break the tab off the other cards?
I don't want to mess with the card that's working now unless it stops working. I'll be downloading with a USB cord now, not opening the SD slot door at all.
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