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02-03-2011, 10:18 PM   #1
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k-7 battle damage

After shooting and fishing Fremont Canyon here in WY I made the heart gurgling mistake of leaving my camera bag on top of the car. I was probably going 25mph when the bag fell off and hit the semi-dirt road. Upon retrieval I was amazed to find that the camera had initially impacted on the left corner of the body and after taking hundreds of pictures the only damage I can see is a nasty gouge out of the magnesium body.

I'm looking to sell the K-7 so I can impulsively and irresponsibly by a K-5. Wanting to be honest with a buyer I plan on telling them the truth of this debacle and am wondering if Pentax would perform a general "wellness check" of the camera and how much that might cost.

Thanks y'all.

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I doubt anything happened to the camera, but you should definitely have the shutter checked. Having Pentax do it might cost several hundred dollars.

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You may want to check:
1) the alignments of the viewfinder and the level indicator.
2) flash
3) shutter in various speeds (single & cont modes)

Checking the viewfinder:
Put the camera on a table, lens pointing to the edge, camera exactly in parallel with the edge of the table. Look through the viewfinder and make sure the bottom of the view is parallel with the table edge.

Checking the level:
Take another (water) level to make sure you table in level.
Put the camera on the table and check camera level.

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If the camera is still under warranty, Pentax should do a "wellness check" for free.

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I'm thinking the large bite mark out of the body would make Pentax apprehensive about honoring a warranty. I checked the camera level as per Bert's advice and all seems fine. I just threw down tax return money on the DA 15mm and now have lens fever. I think I'll just hold on to the k-7 and wait for the k-5 to drop dramatically.
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QuoteOriginally posted by gp1806 Quote
If the camera is still under warranty, Pentax should do a "wellness check" for free.
You are joking! Warrantees don't (or shouldn't) cover accidental damage, which is what this might be. Insurance can - check the household policy.
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QuoteOriginally posted by cats_five Quote
You are joking! Warrantees don't (or shouldn't) cover accidental damage, which is what this might be. Insurance can - check the household policy.
No joke. I work in the service industry. The free check up is exactly that, a check up, cleaning and adjustment only. When this check up service is included in the warranty, it's cost in rolled into the price of the product. The buyer has already paid for it. The reason the customer is asking for a check up does not matter, he has this warranty service available, if he wants it. If the service tech feels that the unit was damaged do to customer 'miss use', then the repair is billable. I do it all the time.
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Unfortunately, impact damage is not covered by the warranty.

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