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02-15-2015, 02:26 PM   #1
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Life expectancy of K5

They have been out there for a while now. Is there any knowledge of about how many shutter actuations a K5/II/IIs camera is good for? Does the rest of the camera, i.e. the SR, outlast the shutter mechanism?

I have seen comments on problems associated with Pentax DSLRs, but they generally seem to have something to do with a problem that surfaces right out of the box. I don't see much on the cameras just wearing out.

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Rated at 100,000, isn't it?
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Yep, rated for 100k actuations, probably will go more.
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I have seen a K7 do 200,000. I have 3 k3 and a K01 and the most any have the last time I looked is 50,000

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I'm up at 85,000 on my K5 ... still going strong .
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Thanks for the quick responses.
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A question that many will have on their mind. As others have indicated...shutter actuation's rated at 100,000. What about other components of the camera ?
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I've had mine since 2011, not sure about shutter actuations, but it's still kicking ass. Various parts have gotten stuck/unstuck, and/or failed to work and then start working on their own like my wheel lock, popup flash, ISO button (would get stuck and not come back out), and other random things that were annoying, but usually just fidgeting, cleaning, or other dumb luck made the problems go away. Currently everything seems to be fully functional on the camera and I've never replaced/had anything fixed, if anything when something seems like it's starting to break, I tend to beat up on it more, and it goes away. Not advising that you do that, but hey, FF is coming soon anyway. It's just how I've lived with my K5 for the last few years.

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QuoteOriginally posted by lesmore49 Quote
A question that many will have on their mind. As others have indicated...shutter actuation's rated at 100,000. What about other components of the camera ?
Impossible to say.
After 100000 shutter actuations wheels may have been turned and buttons pressed anything from 120000 to 50 million times.

Depends on how the camera is used.

And: wheels, switches, and buttons often do not like NOT being used for very long times.
As far as I remember, in the LX Pentax used a lot of gold for contacts, and liquid mercury switches for the flash circuit.

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I've been shooting my K5 mostly at night using ISO 1600 in Manual mode with an SMC Pentax-F 50mm f/1.7 lens attached. I think it was after camera had been on those setting for nearly a year that now the ISO setting is stuck and will not change even when it is adjusted via ISO button/control down to ISO 100. (I have a K20D and a couple of older Canon DSLRs I use also, so I mainly use the K5 for night work) I've removed batteries, set to ISO 100 and switched it on and off several times over the course of a few weeks and stays stuck at high ISO setting regardless of what setting I adjust it to via the ISO controls. It does seem to drop down to maybe ISO 800, but other than that it's working great in low light at ISO 1600.
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Well, mine is going on 5 and has been in foul weather, below 0 temperatures, and survived a motorcycle crash in the saddlebag of my Harley which tumbled over a couple of times after I was ejected. All still works fine, including me. They're a well made and tough camera. Most of the innards are electronics so how long can anyone reasonably expect one to last in regular use? The card reader failed in my K10D after 6 years. I would worry more about stuff like that than the shutter count. I'm a little rougher on my gear than most people. Just consider that ignoring the crash, just riding in a Harley Sportster saddlebag is the equivalent of spending time in a paint shaker.

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