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03-01-2021, 10:02 PM   #1
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double exposure Pentax KP

I have a Pentax KP that occassionally double exposes. I do not know if this is a fault or I have accidentally turned this feature on. It occurred last November, and on the suggestion of the service agent I did a reset, which fixed the problem. I have now had this problem reoccur over the weekend. I have done another reset, but I am wondering if it is a setting I am turning on inadvertantly?

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On my k-3 I would occasionally turn on word drive mode with my thumb on the four way controller. But this is a new one - I donít recall doing this.
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QuoteOriginally posted by MZ30 Quote
but I am wondering if it is a setting I am turning on inadvertantly
The EXIF indicates that the drive mode was set to multiple exposure, composite:average.

Added: Potential causes include a slip of the thumb while holding or shooting or possibly an inadvertent change while using the "info" screen.


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The EXIF indicates that the drive mode was set to multiple exposure, composite:average.


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Thank you, I will be more aware of that in the future. I am still learning to drive it by feel :-)

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I had this problem with my K-70 … it's likely to be due to accidently operating the Drive Mode Switch on the 4-way controller with your thumb.
With the KP you have two options :-
1) Change the functionality of the 4-way controller - p60 in the manual
2) "Disable Operation Controls" - p51 in the manual
Either option involves extra key presses, so may not suit your "work ethic" … for me, that's the lesser of two evils. When I'm wearing gloves on a blustery cliff-top I want to have the security of a tight grip on the camera without having to worry if the camera settings have been accidently changed … and yes, I do use a neck-strap
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On the upside, it makes for an interesting abstract
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QuoteOriginally posted by kypfer Quote
Ö and yes, I do use a neck-strap
You cretin! Just kidding, my strap configuration varies wildly based on the camera and situation, I love neck straps myself depending on whatís going on.

Iíve had similar issues with my KP sometimes, but it seems to have worked itself out with some modified hand placement.
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I let someone handle my KP for a couple moments the other day and when I shot it next, it was in bracketing mode. That right button on the 4-way controller seems very easy to bump and change things.

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QuoteOriginally posted by MZ30 Quote
Thank you, I will be more aware of that in the future. I am still learning to drive it by feel :-)
I had a similar problem on my K-3 where I was accidentally changing custom image settings, resulting in strange preview and review images. One thing I found useful was to disable memory (retention between camera on/off cycles) for almost all settings such that an accidental is not migrated between sessions. (See KP manual p110.)


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That's what I do (not save the settings I don't want to keep). I've accidently switched to mirror up mode before now. Thought the camera had died for a while (this is what happened when my K10d died). Gave it a reboot then all fine again.
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QuoteOriginally posted by stevejo Quote
That's what I do (not save the settings I don't want to keep). I've accidently switched to mirror up mode before now. Thought the camera had died for a while (this is what happened when my K10d died). Gave it a reboot then all fine again.
Bracketing is another real killer if retained between sessions. Both are a recurring source of help requests here on the Pentax Forums.


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The one that always bites me is two second self timer. I pick up the camera... aim, and expect a quick shot of something fleeting... and it goes black and starts beeping. And as an added bonus IBIS is also turned off. Sigh.
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