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09-23-2015, 11:24 AM   #1
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K-30 Haven't used in a long time - Too DARK even in Auto!

So I hadn't gotten my camera out in awhile.. Maybe even a year or more.. I put in a fresh battery, and attempted a warm up in the backyard..

Problem is, the settings seem to be bonkers! Every photo taken, even shooting directly at the cloudless sky, is incredibly dark.. If it's not a huge light source, it's basically pitch black. I tried monkeying with aperture setting, ISO, etc, in all kinds of combinations, thinking I was just rusty and somehow forgot all my knowledge.... still seemed weird considering shooting in full AUTO had the same results.

I looked up the problem and apparently some people have had this issue with K-30s or other K models, when not used for awhile... One fix was to go into Continuous shooting mode and just let it 'exercise' for awhile.

That hasn't helped me.


A very strange thing, is that when hitting the LV button, the photos come out nice and bright and probably how they ought to be coming out in the first place..

I haven't yet attempted a factory reset (didn't work for other people having the same issue) and I didn't want to lose the settings I made for manual mode with an older lens, but I'm about ready to do it, though it doesn't seem like it'll solve the issue.


Any ideas before I get desperate?? Thanks!



edit: I took off the Pentax DA 55-300mm Lens and attached my Old Pentax Asahi 50mm lens in manual mode. Pictures are coming out just fine with that lens manually.
What do you suppose that means?


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09-23-2015, 11:33 AM   #2
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QuoteOriginally posted by Polioliolio Quote
So I hadn't gotten my camera out in awhile.. Maybe even a year or more.. I put in a fresh battery, and attempted a warm up in the backyard..

Problem is, the settings seem to be bonkers! Every photo taken, even shooting directly at the cloudless sky, is incredibly dark.. If it's not a huge light source, it's basically pitch black. I tried monkeying with aperture setting, ISO, etc, in all kinds of combinations, thinking I was just rusty and somehow forgot all my knowledge.... still seemed weird considering shooting in full AUTO had the same results.

I looked up the problem and apparently some people have had this issue with K-30s or other K models, when not used for awhile... One fix was to go into Continuous shooting mode and just let it 'exercise' for awhile.

That hasn't helped me.


A very strange thing, is that when hitting the LV button, the photos come out nice and bright and probably how they ought to be coming out in the first place..

I haven't yet attempted a factory reset (didn't work for other people having the same issue) and I didn't want to lose the settings I made for manual mode with an older lens, but I'm about ready to do it, though it doesn't seem like it'll solve the issue.


Any ideas before I get desperate?? Thanks!
I believe there is some sort of aperture mechanism that is faulty in the K-30/50 series cameras as many people have reported this same issue.
09-23-2015, 11:37 AM   #3
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I feel sure this is irrelevant, but while you are desperate.... You're sure the exposure compensation didn't get moved to -5? I managed to confuse myself about a camera once over that mishap.
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I feel sure this is irrelevant, but while you are desperate.... You're sure the exposure compensation didn't get moved to -5? I managed to confuse myself about a camera once over that mishap.

It's at the default now, but thanks for the idea.

It's probably as eonoske says.

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Can you post a straight-from-the-camera jpeg showing the problem? It would be good to look at the exif and see if there's a settings explanation.
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Point the camera out the window towards sunlight - look at the lens during operation. Does it stop down? Does it stop down to a tiny hole or? For this you should be on manual or another mode that allows you to set a long shutter speed.
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I'd say definitely aperture control block problem.
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