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View Poll Results: Has Your Pentax DSLR Flash Failed?
Yes. It's a K10D 54.10%
Yes. It's a K100D 54.10%
Yes. It's an earlier Pentax DSLR. 64.92%
No. 10686.89%
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01-14-2007, 10:04 AM   #16

No problems but how does the serial numbing work? Is my camera early production?

01-15-2007, 09:02 PM   #17
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No problems with either my DS or my K10D, usually use external flash though.
01-15-2007, 09:05 PM   #18
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My k10d opo-up internal flash has never failed me. I rarely used it though unless I need to do a protrait where natural light is unsuitable for facial illumination

After all, I avoid flash as much as possible ...
08-29-2007, 10:49 AM   #19
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My flash failed the other day on my K10D. I bought it in Dec 2006. Serial starts with 224.

The really bad part is that I'm leaving for Paris in two weeks. I hope Pentax will repair it in time.

08-29-2007, 11:07 AM   #20
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Mine is working fine but the one on my DS has started to stick so that it wont pop up so easilly when I press the flash button. I suspect it can be fixed with a little cleaning and maintenence though. The flash itself is working fine altho I dont use it often.
08-29-2007, 12:23 PM   #21
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The flash on my *istD (5762942) has failed. I believe it happened whilst tethered to my PC via the USB cable and using Remote Assistant. I haven’t sent it in for repair since I rarely use the flash.
08-29-2007, 12:47 PM   #22
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K10D with Over 1500 flashes and NO PROBLEMS! Though, 1500 flashes is NOT alot, considering how long the camera should last.
08-29-2007, 02:44 PM   #23
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*ist DS onboard flash died after about 15,000 shots.

08-29-2007, 04:51 PM   #24
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The poll should allow multiple votes.

I have both K10D and *istD, enither flash has failed but I can only vote once.

Also, I have a PZ-1 with internal flash and it has not failed either, there shoudl be a comparison, is the K10D, or earlier DSLR more prone to fail than the film ones.
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My DSLR internal flash didn't fail neither on my *ist DS nor K10D. However I have external flash and never used internal flash on *ist DS and started to use internal flash of my K10D as a wireless flash controller just a couple of months ago.

On the other hand my 360FGZ flash failed within warranty period. Zooming motor got stuck and needed repair.
08-30-2007, 03:59 AM   #26
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I haven't had any problems, but then again, most of the time I forget the camera even has a built-in flash.

On a recent trip to an old copper mine I chided myself, "Damn! I knew I should have brought a flash!".....and then recalled the camera had remembered to bring one for me.
08-30-2007, 04:18 AM   #27
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I only use the flash in very rare ocasions... didn't had any problem so far.
08-30-2007, 04:48 AM   #28
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I don't use my on board flash either. Sometimes I play around with tissue and stuff check its diffusion ability but thats about it for on board flash usage.
09-04-2007, 03:29 AM   #29
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Internal Flash Failures

K10D (around 7000 from 28 Nov 2006) and K100D (1500 from 27 Jul 2006) with no problems so far. Also possess Z1p, Z1, and Z70 with several thousand exposures. So 5 cameras and the internal flash still functions on all.

Cheers from Oz
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My onboard flashes have never really failed, on either my DS, K100, or K10, although my K100 flash would stick and you'd have to smack it to get it up or to get it to stick down!!

IF you'd like to talk about flash units, both of my 360s have either broken or failed (one did both - they have both broken at the foot of the flash), and my 540 failed. Both were within the warranty period but I had to FIGHT to get my 540 covered (and it took about 3 months), and I'm still waiting for the repairs on mny 360, which Pentax will not cover because I can't find my documentation. All in all, I'd say DON'T BUY A PENTAX FLASH UNIT!!!!

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