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03-28-2016, 08:27 PM   #1
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Interested in photography since the 1950's, macro has always been a big interest.
Moved to Pentax when the K7 was released - great camera with no faults and well built.
Decided last year to upgrade body to K3II and ran slap bang into the 'mirror flapping' issue.
Right from the very first switch-on, there was a minor rattle - thought to be shutter at first but no further sign for some time and the camera provided pleasing results.
Then it became worse!
Eventually the camera 'locked up' with no button working - only a battery removal, camera re-set managed to get it going again but it kept happening.
The body has been back to the Pentax importer 3 times. The second time it was returned with a new fault - it would not switch off (as reported by others).
After the last so-called 'fix' it has worked well for a few months but rapid mirror flapping has started again.
I am waiting now for the importer/seller to respond.
Camera serial number is 6184622.

This post is purely for information and perhaps I should also post it on a specific fault forum.

Cheers

03-28-2016, 08:40 PM   #2
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Hi Brookysoarer1. Welcome to the Pentax forums. Sorry to hear you are having problems with your K-3II. Hope it sorts out quickly. Good luck.
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Sorry to hear about the camera! The fact that you didn't get it serviced right away under the service advisory possibly made things worse. In any case, it sounds like there are still multiple faults and hopefully the importer will either fix them for good (i.e. by replacing the motherboard and shutter) or give you a new body.

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Is the minor rattle just the shake reduction setup?

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Welcome, sorry to hear of your issues, hopefully the importer will get things sorted out for you.
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Is the minor rattle just the shake reduction setup?
Hello Terry
Thanks for the interest, the problem is definitely the mirror with a 'machine gun' speed falpping up and down. This time I have a close-up video showing the rattle at both switch-on and off.
I am in the process of returning it once again to the seller who will deal with the importer.

Cheers

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QuoteOriginally posted by Brookysoarer1 Quote
Hello Terry
Thanks for the interest, the problem is definitely the mirror with a 'machine gun' speed falpping up and down. This time I have a close-up video showing the rattle at both switch-on and off.
I am in the process of returning it once again to the seller who will deal with the importer.

Cheers

BS1
OK, I know a lot of people are surprised at the dust-reduction vibration at power-on, and the way the sensor cradle can rattle around a bit when unpowered. Those are pretty common concerns for new converts to Pentax. The mirror error is definitely something which must be addressed.
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Hello

Interested in photography since the 1950's, macro has always been a big interest.
Moved to Pentax when the K7 was released - great camera with no faults and well built.
Decided last year to upgrade body to K3II and ran slap bang into the 'mirror flapping' issue.
Right from the very first switch-on, there was a minor rattle - thought to be shutter at first but no further sign for some time and the camera provided pleasing results.
Then it became worse!
Eventually the camera 'locked up' with no button working - only a battery removal, camera re-set managed to get it going again but it kept happening.
The body has been back to the Pentax importer 3 times. The second time it was returned with a new fault - it would not switch off (as reported by others).
After the last so-called 'fix' it has worked well for a few months but rapid mirror flapping has started again.
I am waiting now for the importer/seller to respond.
Camera serial number is 6184622.

This post is purely for information and perhaps I should also post it on a specific fault forum.

Cheers
Hello

A quick update on the faulty K3II - Pentax and/or the importer/retailer finally agreed on a full refund!
I decided to stick with Pentax and bought the K1 body.

The first impressions are that the quality of manufacture is second to none and the new features are excellent.
My confidence has returned!

Just updated the firmware to v1.10 - although not using Lightroom, there may be other beneficial updates!

Thanks for all the welcome notes and comments.

Gordon (brookysoarer1)

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I'm glad that got resolved, and they did right by you. And a K1 will be a lof of fun, I'm sure.
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