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09-02-2016, 04:25 PM   #1
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K3 mirror stuck - issue on photography trip - help!

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I'm currently on a photography trip in Iceland, back at camp earlier than the other guys due to a sudden problem with my camera. As I was shooting some auroras, my pictures suddenly started coming out all black. Upon further investigation, it turns out my mirror would not flip up. Attempting to flip it up through other options such as mirror flip up would produce a small whine, like the motor wasn't able to push it up.

A strange thing about this is that the resulting 'pictures' of blackness have the exposure compensation icon, though it is labeled 0.0. The camera wasn't bumped, or exposed to moisture around the time I was shooting tonight. Temperature's around 32 F. Trying another battery and pulling and putting back the SD cards didn't help. Tried searching the forums but no luck.

I still have about a week left on the trip, and this is the only camera I brought. Really dreading losing use of this camera... Can you guys help????

09-02-2016, 07:04 PM   #2
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Did you verify the screen has not come undone? Is it in its tray and up against the bottom of the prism? Happened w/ my K10d in moderately cold temperature, and it blocked the mirror. But the thing is it was very obvious when I removed the lens.
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Try pulling battery overnight? I'm at a loss as to think what's gone wrong. As a last resort if you hold it up and press live view does it work? Could you find a way to fix it in place up?
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It's not the screen, and live view doesn't work. After some more experimentation it turns out that the shutter also won't open, so forcing the mirror up won't work for live view. Any ideas on how both the mirror and the shutter could be failing at once?

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In the k50 seies the shutter aperture and mirror all use one motor. But in the k3 it was supposed to be at least two motors I thought.

I'm stumped.
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Went into the only camera store in the second largest city in Iceland, but they didn't do camera repair. Ended up having to bite the bullet and buy a massively overpriced Sony a6000 so I'd at least have a camera for the next week that I'll be in Iceland they didn't have a K to E adapter either so stuck with the kit lens, and borrowing from another guy using E mount lenses whenever he's not using them
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QuoteOriginally posted by Jmhsnk Quote
Went into the only camera store in the second largest city in Iceland, but they didn't do camera repair. Ended up having to bite the bullet and buy a massively overpriced Sony a6000 so I'd at least have a camera for the next week that I'll be in Iceland they didn't have a K to E adapter either so stuck with the kit lens, and borrowing from another guy using E mount lenses whenever he's not using them
Sorry things went south on you in the field, particularly in Iceland. I have had that happen (not in Iceland and with Canon, not Pentax), but was lucky enough to have a backup camera with me.

You have my full sympathy...


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Thanks. The camera's nice, but I do miss the lenses I brought. The purchase would have been a lot easier to swallow too if it weren't twice as expensive as I could have gotten it for back in the states... My budget's shredded, and forget getting lenses or accessories for the Sony any time soon

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Ha, I had a similar experience.

Not that my cam died but a young lass's Nikon (D5100 if I remember correctly) carked it some years ago when I was on a three day boat trip in Halong Bay (North Vietnam) She was devastated not being able to take pics of an extremely beautiful trip. I was shooting with my K-3 at the time and as a backup had my superseded K-5 body with me. I also just had the great fortune to buy (very cheap) from a second hand shop in Hanoi a Pentax 24-90 FA (always looking, you know) so I offered her my spare K-5 with this lens in exchange for her passport as a form of surety. She was so overjoyed she wanted to kiss me. (Had she not been a Scottish lass I probably would have accepted. Just kidding, more likely because my wife was with me. Damn )

But now I had a problem. This young lady was so smitten by the K-5 she didn't want to give it back. She got interested in my K-3, liked it and vowed to get one as soon as getting back to Airdrie. Never found out whether she did.

True story

Cheers
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QuoteOriginally posted by Schraubstock Quote
Ha, I had a similar experience.

Not that my cam died but a young lass's Nikon (D5100 if I remember correctly) carked it some years ago when I was on a three day boat trip in Halong Bay (North Vietnam) She was devastated not being able to take pics of an extremely beautiful trip. I was shooting with my K-3 at the time and as a backup had my superseded K-5 body with me. I also just had the great fortune to buy (very cheap) from a second hand shop in Hanoi a Pentax 24-90 FA (always looking, you know) so I offered her my spare K-5 with this lens in exchange for her passport as a form of surety. She was so overjoyed she wanted to kiss me. (Had she not been a Scottish lass I probably would have accepted. Just kidding, more likely because my wife was with me. Damn )

But now I had a problem. This young lady was so smitten by the K-5 she didn't want to give it back. She got interested in my K-3, liked it and vowed to get one as soon as getting back to Airdrie. Never found out whether she did.

True story

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The 5100 is so plastic feeling I'm not surprised. It's a good enough camera but feels cheap.
The K-3 would be a revelation to her. I hope she did buy one.
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Update:

Just got the camera back from Precision Camera. Their explanation of repair: MAIN FLEX CIRCUIT AND CPU REPAIR.

It's nice to have the camera back.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Jmhsnk Quote
Update:

Just got the camera back from Precision Camera. Their explanation of repair: MAIN FLEX CIRCUIT AND CPU REPAIR.

It's nice to have the camera back.
Agreed! Was this a warranty repair? It sounds like a quick turn around.
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Out of warranty, so out of pocket (~$300). But I'm impressed with how quickly they fixed and returned it! They actually don't even ask what is wrong with the camera when you send it to them, they just have one charge estimate and do a full run-down.
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