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11-03-2011, 09:04 AM   #1
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pentax 645 leaked batteries

I'm interested in a used pentax 645 but the batteries leak am wondering what is takes to clean the compartment, also, the insert that might have been affeced.

11-03-2011, 12:37 PM   #2
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walk away

My advice is to walk away from this one, unless it comes dirt cheap with some good lenses. Another one will come along. Corroded battery contacts will just be the visible damage, unlesss you can effect a good repair yourself you will end up with a suspect body, or at worst, a complete lemon. JMO,YMMV
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thanks for the advice...yes, although "only $100" plus shipping; seller said he would take it back but it would be a waste of time and money messing with it.
11-03-2011, 04:17 PM   #4
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The pistol grip that holds the batteries on the original 645 is actually supposed to be removable and replaceable. You would probably have to buy a second camera with a trashed body and a good grip to get a replacement.

I have cleaned the battery compartment on a number of electronic devices. If all you have to do is scrape off the crystallized battery acid then it might not be that bad. If the contacts are badly corroded or wires have been dissolved then repairs can be a major undertaking.

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