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09-11-2019, 02:14 PM   #1
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K 3 reading M regards of setting

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My K 3 is stuck on " M " even I set the dial at AV or something else

any thoughts ?

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Happened to my K3II when the mode dial stopped working. After a short trip to Precision and around $200, it's been working fine for the past two years.
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QuoteOriginally posted by aaacb Quote
Happened to my K3II when the mode dial stopped working. After a short trip to Precision and around $200, it's been working fine for the past two years.
looks like a trip to my local repair guy might be in order then:

Phototronic

he does Vintage to Digital Camera Repairs with free estimates [ he does not sell equipment ]

119 NE US Highway 24
Topeka KS 66608

785 233 0231

unless some one else has some helpful info
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This sounds very similar to the K-1 issue with the mode dial in the very first batch.

I never had any issue with the dial, until, I actually put the lock switch "ON" and after that, it was broken. I've never turned the lock switch back on, even after the repair.

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QuoteOriginally posted by aslyfox Quote
unless some one else has some helpful info
Nothing more helpful except to say that the occasional reports of mode dial behavior similar to yours have been made on this site for years, usually on cameras that are several years old. Some have had good luck with a judicious squirt of electrical contact cleaner and a few swirls of the dial. Whether that is done at the cost of damage to the seals is hard to say. The tech at Phototronics may be able to provide some additional guidance and the option of a more ordered approach at a repair.


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I found these threads that appear related

https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/190-pentax-k-1/351559-k-1-mode-dial-failure.htm

lhttps://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/58-troubleshooting-beginner-help/391072-k-50-stuck-scene-mode.html

Mode dial not working - PentaxForums.com

Mode dial stucked at Manual - PentaxForums.com

Mode dial problem on K-3 - PentaxForums.com
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QuoteOriginally posted by aslyfox Quote
I found these threads that appear related

https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/190-pentax-k-1/351559-k-1-mode-dial-failure.htm

lhttps://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/58-troubleshooting-beginner-help/391072-k-50-stuck-scene-mode.html

Mode dial not working - PentaxForums.com

Mode dial stucked at Manual - PentaxForums.com

Mode dial problem on K-3 - PentaxForums.com
Yes, I remember several of those. The one with the K-01 has a link detailing the DIY fix and the root cause of the problem on that camera. Whether that is what happened with the K-3/K-3IIs or the K-50 is hard to say. It will be interesting to see what your outcome is. I hope it goes well.

FWIW, the first report of mode dial problems on the K-1 that I could find was this thread from May 2016...

SHooting Modes - PentaxForums.com

...followed the next month by these...

K1 stuck in manual mode - PentaxForums.com
https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/58-troubleshooting-beginner-help/323158-...l-failure.html

...and an earlier thread from some time before involving a K-5IIs...

https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/6-pentax-dslr-discussion/306317-help-k-5...ting-mode.html


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Yes, I remember several of those. The one with the K-01 has a link detailing the DIY fix and the root cause of the problem on that camera. Whether that is what happened with the K-3/K-3IIs or the K-50 is hard to say. It will be interesting to see what your outcome is. I hope it goes well.

FWIW, the first report of mode dial problems on the K-1 that I could find was this thread from May 2016...

SHooting Modes - PentaxForums.com

...followed the next month by these...

K1 stuck in manual mode - PentaxForums.com
K1 Mode Dial Failure - PentaxForums.com

...and an earlier thread from some time before involving a K-5IIs...

HELP! K-5IIs can't change the Shooting Mode! - PentaxForums.com


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thanks

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it's at my local repairman

doesn't look good at first glance

he thinks electrical problem and he cannot get parts to fix that

he is going to take it appart and see what he finds

got my estimate from Precision - Precision Camera - Digital Camera Repair, Video Camera Repair

via their web site

all you do is enter the camera model, no description of problems possible, and get an automatic estimate of $353.00

time to consider a change perhaps ?

happy days may be here again

just checked my records and found I purchased an add on 4 year warranty on the camera back in 2016 when I bought it from Amazon

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happy days may be here again

just checked my records and found I purchased an add on 4 year warranty on the camera back in 2016 when I bought it from Amazon
Yay! That is just too cool. Good luck with the repair.


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Yay! That is just too cool. Good luck with the repair.


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the K 3 has been sent to a repair facility in New Jersey per the requirements of the Square Trade third party warranty:

if any one is interested updates will be posted in this thread:

has anyone deal with Square Trade add on warranty ( All State ) ? - PentaxForums.com
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