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10-16-2012, 02:31 AM   #1
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AF540fgz battery compartment cover broken


I have a Pentax AF 540 fgz flash (about 2 years old) and the battery compartment no longer closes properly. A tiny piece has broken off the inside of the flimsy plastic cover, with the result that it won't stay properly shut and powered on.

I can still use the flash by tightly holding the battery case shut with one hand, but since I frequently use this flash in wireless mode, this severely cramps my style. As soon as I release the pressure it powers off. The failure of a small $1 plastic component basically renders a $600 flash almost useless. Very poor design Pentax!

Has anyone else had this experience? Is it possible to get that bit of plastic (battery cover) replaced? Or does Pentax seriously expect me to buy another flash? (in which case, my next flash will definitely not be a pentax one!)

10-17-2012, 07:21 AM   #2
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Someone will soon likely say , welcome to the club.
I've heard its quite common problem.
The other common complaint is having the lock pin jam in the hot shoe when you press the lock lever too hard.
A couple of people here also had the diffuser and bounce card come off.
Also the zoom has jammed on someone else here and they fixed it them selves and posted a "how to" here.

I still bought an AF540 after hearing these and am super careful with the lock and the battery door.

But.....Other than the dodgy battery door, the jamming pin, the flimsy diffuser, the poor design of the zoom mechanism .....oh... and the inconsistent P-TTL, and it being really expensive its a great flash really it is.

I thinks it's better built than my Metz50 which to me seems more "plasticky"
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Thanks Steve. I haven't had any of those other problems. But the battery compartment is bad enough - it really erks me. I hate stupid, badly thought-out design... Not to mention spending $600 on something which failed owing to a few cents worth of flimsy plastic. I mean would it really have cost that much to make it out of metal?
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I didn't realize you started two exact same thread on the same subject in different sections.....?????

I responded to the other one.


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