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06-29-2011, 12:50 AM   #1
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Dropped my K100D :(

Hi,

Last evening I was trying to take a picture of a wonderful flower componsition. Having the camera on the tripod, I backed up and knocked the tripod down. In the fall I think the first thing to hit was the wall and then the floor.

After the fall the camera do not work any longer. When I insert the batteries it slaps the mirror several times without taking any picture and then is totally dead. Can not be powered on. The only reaction is when the batteries are inserted, the mirror slap.

I looked inside and the sensor now moves up with the mirror and first time I look the mirror was stopped somewhere in the middle. The plastic arount the mount was cracked in one place. And at first I did not see the sensor any more in its place.

The lens that took the fall had nothing and it was an old M 50.

Did anybody experienced this? Does it worth to send the camera for repairment?

Any ideas of what can be broken?

Thank you

06-29-2011, 01:31 AM   #2
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Ouch! That sounds terminal. If the sensor has come loose that's not something you can fix yourself. I'd very much doubt it would be worth getting it repaired as you could buy a good used one from this forum pretty cheaply.
You wouldn't be the first to kick over a tripod. Very sad. I have a soft spot for the K100D - I took some lovely shots with mine and wish I still had it.
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I'm sorry to hear about your camera! I'm a fellow K100D users and really have fun with mine.

As mentioned above, to have it fixed is probably not cost effective. Better to put that money towards a new camera.

Have you thought about opening it up to either try to fix it, or see how it ticks?

Here's a link that has a link to the service manual. The manual that explains how to disassemble it.

https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/pentax-dslr-discussion/50792-k100d-servic...tml#post486157

If you do get it working, maybe its time to convert it to ir?

Take care,
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06-29-2011, 10:01 AM   #4
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Terrible tragedy!

I don't think repairs would be cost effective tbh.
However, you might find a decently priced replacement unit(refurbished or otherwise) on eBay or in the forum marketplace.

06-29-2011, 12:00 PM   #5
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Thank you for the help.

I would love to open it, but now I applied for the home insurance and left it at a camera workshop for the first analysis.

The specialist first opinion, shutter and/or mirror system broken. I will know more most likely next week. Knowing the costs per hour in Sweden of handcraft work, it will be that is out of repair.

Most likely I would have to find a new camera. Just now I am not on the budget to buy a brand new camera. We are expecting the first child to arrive within two weeks. Very bad timing, as I was planning to have it to have the first pictures of the baby.

Looking for a replacement, I am split between the K7 and Kx. There is a price difference. Pros for Kx is the price and the low light performance, Cons: small view finder, loud mirror slap, crop view finder. For the K7 the pros are: big viewfinder, dual control, weather sealing, good ergonomics. On the Cons I am thinking of the sensor that score quite low on all noise charts.

Thinking of small kid and low light conditions the Kx will be the winner if the mirror slap will not wake the kid.

I do not know how it compares the focus accuracy and speed to lock the focus in not ideal light conditions.

The one that fit all my dream is the K5, but I can not justify the cost.
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QuoteOriginally posted by dragnb Quote
Thank you for the help.

I would love to open it, but now I applied for the home insurance and left it at a camera workshop for the first analysis.

The specialist first opinion, shutter and/or mirror system broken. I will know more most likely next week. Knowing the costs per hour in Sweden of handcraft work, it will be that is out of repair.

Most likely I would have to find a new camera. Just now I am not on the budget to buy a brand new camera. We are expecting the first child to arrive within two weeks. Very bad timing, as I was planning to have it to have the first pictures of the baby.

Looking for a replacement, I am split between the K7 and Kx. There is a price difference. Pros for Kx is the price and the low light performance, Cons: small view finder, loud mirror slap, crop view finder. For the K7 the pros are: big viewfinder, dual control, weather sealing, good ergonomics. On the Cons I am thinking of the sensor that score quite low on all noise charts.

Thinking of small kid and low light conditions the Kx will be the winner if the mirror slap will not wake the kid.

I do not know how it compares the focus accuracy and speed to lock the focus in not ideal light conditions.

The one that fit all my dream is the K5, but I can not justify the cost.
I don't know about where you live, but for me:

1. just getting an estimate for repair would cost probably half what a working camera is worth;

2. claiming the loss on my insurance would probably raise my annual insurance rates by as much as the value of a working K100, and that would apply every year, basically forever. And it wouldn't even meet my deductible.

Paul
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