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11-23-2015, 09:56 PM   #1
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Pentax batter pack for K3II

On a Pentax K3II does the camera draw from one battery until it is use up and if so which one does it draw from first. The reason I ask is that I had my battery pack on and a fully charged battery in the camera and one in the battery pack and after about 400 photos I was down to about 50 to 66% on my batter indicator. I turned the camera off then took the batter pack off and turned the camera back on and the indicator showed a full charge. So I put the batter pack back on and turned the camera on and the battery indicator show the same 50-66% battery power left. Can anyone help me out here. I cannot figure this out unless with the battery pack the camera draws from the one in the battery pack and when it is gone draws from the one in the camera, but this just does not sound right. This is a new camera, batteries and battery pack.

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There's a menu option for auto, body first, or grip first.

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Thank you so much Adam I really appreciate it. I am use to canon 20D, 40D and 7D which I sold of those and bought my K3II and a 16-85mm WD Pentax lens and I love it. You helped me, at first I thought something for sure was wrong. Thanks again for taking the time to answer my questions.
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QuoteOriginally posted by mhsp Quote
Thank you so much Adam I really appreciate it. I am use to canon 20D, 40D and 7D which I sold of those and bought my K3II and a 16-85mm WD Pentax lens and I love it. You helped me, at first I thought something for sure was wrong. Thanks again for taking the time to answer my questions.
I'm not sure if the K-3II suffers the same glitch as the K-3, but sometimes when the camera tries swapping from one battery to the other it'll flake out. I learned early on to let it draw from one source (usually he grip), then the other and to avoid the auto setting.

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Pentax batter pack for K3II
Cooking up a storm, are we?

(Seriously, though, thanks for the hint; if I ever get a battery grip I'll keep this in mind.)
11-24-2015, 06:12 AM   #6
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Drawing from the grip first means you can remove that battery and charge it without having to pull the battery grip off to get to the camera battery.
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Drawing from the grip first means you can remove that battery and charge it without having to pull the battery grip off to get to the camera battery.
Excellent point!
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Drawing from the grip first means you can remove that battery and charge it without having to pull the battery grip off to get to the camera battery.
Yes grip first. Body backup (dont forget to top charge it up every once in a while - for me 3-4 months ) never a problem in 2 years. Oh and when I charge body I rotate the batteries.

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I want to thank everyone for their comments. O have one other question. I was taking photos yesterday and had taken about 20 photos and then the next 50 photos the main ones for my shoot and then I set down to review them and they were not there. I tried taking some more and they remained on the camera and I took 70 more photos and they were there. I have no idea what happened. any thoughts?
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did you open the camera and reseat the sd card?
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Yes I did UncleVanya
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Yes I did UncleVanya
That may explain it then. No idea what happened. I wonder if the connection may have been not quite right.
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That may explain it then. No idea what happened. I wonder if the connection may have been not quite right.

UncleVanya, I am thinking that I hit the Card Slot Switch button and it switch to card 2 which was empty. I have a another memory card coming Friday but after thinking about what I did and handling my camera I believe that is what happened. I have tested and tested again and again the memory card in slot #1 and it is working well and performing without a hitch. I noticed that I hit the button by accident again that switches the card slots, so I believe this is what happened. When I get the new memory card in Friday I believe this will cover my problem.
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