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02-04-2011, 06:05 PM   #1
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Dropped camera body

Ok everyone, I my just be a little paranoid, but I thought I would ask the guru's of pentax forum. I have a pentax K-r, and it took a little fall today from about 2 1\2 - 3 feet onto medum cushon carpet (body only). It landed on the in body flash (closed). I don't see any physical indications that it fell (dents or scratches) I was able to take only 2 or so pictures afterwards because the battery was dead. Should I be as worried as I am, or are they fairly durable?

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02-04-2011, 06:15 PM   #2
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Sounds like it should be fine.
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I would not be worried. Even if the flash does not pop up, you can get a bounce/swivel/zoom flash for under $40 - which you might want to do anyway :-)
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A 2 1/2 feet fall is not bad at all especially on semi padded carpet. Worst case scenario if it is broken, it should still be within the 1 year warranty right?

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Worst case scenario if it is broken, it should still be within the 1 year warranty right?
Wrong, but I'm assuming you are joking.
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QuoteOriginally posted by KxBlaze Quote
Worst case scenario if it is broken, it should still be within the 1 year warranty right?
I don't think there is any manufacturer whose warranty would cover something like this.
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QuoteOriginally posted by SpecialK Quote
I would not be worried. Even if the flash does not pop up, you can get a bounce/swivel/zoom flash for under $40 - which you might want to do anyway :-)
Sorry to threadjack, but where?
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Recharge your battery and shoot. Pentaxes are rugged cameras, and a drop onto a padded carpet should be no problem.

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At Christmas dinner, my K-x took a fall off a four foot high buffet table (thanks to my drunk sister-in-law) onto a hardwood floor. I could not find a mark on the camera where it hit, but the back popped out 1/16" right under the rear dial. Camera still shot beautifully, no focus problems, but using dial was difficult, so I took it in for pro repair for $125--included a full interior/sensor cleaning, so not too bad. For the kind of fall you describe, I wouldn't give it another thought.
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Usually, any damage is readily apparent. So if you don't see any physical damage to the body and it seems to be working okay, chances are it's fine.
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Thanks everyone. I appreciate all the feedback. It looks like the flash still pops up. The only thing I did notice, is that there seems to be a piece of dirt or dust on the back of the viewfinder screen. I am going to go take this to my local camera shop to have it cleaned up. I saw a tutorial on how to do this yourself, but I am kind of weary about trying it on my own.
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Yes, it scares the clappers out one, but I don't see you should have any problem.

However, only time/use will tell, but highly unlikely.
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I will go with everyone else's opinion - a short fall onto a soft-ish surface shouldn't be serious.

I dropped my GX-10 in similar circumstances and found that it had displaced the mirror very slightly. Only needed a tiny push to correct but I suggest you have a squint with the lens off to make sure all is square and OK.
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Sorry to threadjack, but where?
SFD290 Bower SFD290 Fully Automatic Zoom, Swivel Bounce Flash for All Cameras with Standard Hot Shoe

I have it and it is OK for what little flash I do. Had a AF540 at one time - never really bonded with it...
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