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11-20-2007, 12:17 AM   #1
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K10D interchangeable focusing screens and warranty question.

I was wondering since the K10D offers interchangeable focusing screens, if one were to order one of the optional screens would the warranty be affected if it is installed by the owner and not an authorized pentax service shop? From what I understand the warranty can be voided by tampering with the camera, however since interchangeable focusing screens are available, it doesn't seem like changing them would be "tampering".... anyway's... just wanted to ask and see if anyone knew anything about this.... Thanks!

11-20-2007, 02:19 AM   #2
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Do remember the warranty covers only defects in the camera, not damage caused by the installation or removal of devices or any other actions by the owner. User changeable options (lenses, external flash units, focusing screens, etc.) are not considered tampering, therefore have no impact on the warranty.

If the camera were damaged during the installation of one of these devices, Pentax would determine if the damage was caused by a pre-existing defect or the actions of the user. Damage caused by a pre-existing defect would be repaired under warranty, while damage caused by user would obviously be the user's responsibility.

11-20-2007, 02:04 PM   #3
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I agree that, unless a complete incompetent installed the focusing screen and damaged the camera, it should not affect the warranty.

However, be careful about things like external flash units. If you use an older flash with a very high trigger voltage, you could fry the electronics of the flash synch circuitry. I would not be at all surprised if Pentax refused to honor the warranty for such damage.

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