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10-24-2014, 10:38 PM   #1
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Hello, and a question.

I'm a new member, but acquired my first Pentax, a Spotmatic, in 1967, and the first K100D in December, 2006. I joined the Forum because I have a problem with the K100D built-in flash. Earlier this year, for the first time since I've owned it, the flash didn't budge when (manually) released, and remained completely hidden and inaccessible. After a couple of months, it suddenly started working. Then, after another few months it quit again.

I bought a second K100D body on eBay, but very soon that one's flash started to act sluggish. It opened, but needed to be pulled up. Today, flashes on both cameras are working fine.

Has anyone else experienced this? What can be done? Whom have you found to be the best repair facility?

Thanks.

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Welcome, I hope you've not been shouting at them... they do have feelings and will react accordingly.

Seriously though is there no common denominators as to when they pack up working, like say ambient temperatures or the like.
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Bonjour from France and welcome to PF, NightWriter ... Hope to see some images soon! Salut, J
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It's good to have a Pentax veteran on board.
I can't help you with your flash problem, but there's a forum devoted to troubleshooting. You might find some help there:
Troubleshooting and Beginner Help - PentaxForums.com



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Thanks, Tim.

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Welcome, I hope you've not been shouting at them... they do have feelings and will react accordingly.

Seriously though is there no common denominators as to when they pack up working, like say ambient temperatures or the like.
Thanks for the response. No perceptible CDs The flashes are capricious and recalcitrant.:-)

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Bonjour from France and welcome to PF, NightWriter ... Hope to see some images soon! Salut, J
Merci! How nice to hear from France. I'll bet it's beautiful there now. I haven't seen it since January, 1947, but have worked some French ham radio operators through the years. May you enjoy many happy hours behind your Pentax viewfinder!
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capricious and recalcitrant
It's not going to be an easy fix based on that then, time to find a friendly repair person I think.
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Welcome. Is it not just a sticky mechanical catch?
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It could be, Mark. I was afraid lubricant might wick down and create another problem. Can it be lubricated? How?
Thanks for sharing your experience.

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It could be, Mark. I was afraid lubricant might wick down and create another problem. Can it be lubricated? How?
Thanks for sharing your experience.
I would not suggest lubricant. Possibly a drop of isopropyl alcohol to clean out whatever gunk is causing it to stick, but a very tiny drop only!
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Mark,

Great suggestion. Thanks a million!

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Great suggestion. Thanks a million!

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Just a tiny drop though - don't flood it in there!
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With my K20D I've had the opposite happen a couple times - the flash jumped out without me pushing the button (and the camera was turned off...)

I guess these mechanisms age with time and I don't know that a lot can be done about that unless you open it up, at which point if you don't know what you're doing - like me - you risk breaking something.
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