Forgot Password
Pentax Camera Forums Home
 

Reply
Show Printable Version Search this Thread
05-07-2016, 07:13 PM   #1
Junior Member




Join Date: Apr 2015
Posts: 44
K50 reliability issues??

I've sold some stuff on ebay and finally have funds to buy a new camera. The K50 is the one I'm looking at, NIB ones are still available, BUT there have been enough reliability postings about this camera to have me concerned. Plenty of people seem to have had issues with them, even within a year of purchase, and the cost of repair to one seems in most cases to be close to new price. Does anyone have stats on how many are developing faults? The camera ticks all the boxes I need (I shoot with manual film era lenses) but the the box labelled "reliable will last for years and years" is a big, big box and it's not ticked as yet.
On a cosmetic front, wanting to get a white one just to be different, but how well, or not, do conventional black lenses look on this body and does the white body show dirt/scuffs/marks too easily?

Thanks, I never thought replacing my reliable old Canon 450d would prove so difficult.

Hal55

05-07-2016, 07:15 PM   #2
amateur dirt farmer...
pepperberry farm's Avatar

Join Date: Dec 2014
Location: probably out in a field somewhere...
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 6,441
no worries here - I used my K-50 for a little over a year and over 10K shutter actuations with not a single issue... it's still here as a backup to my K-3...
05-07-2016, 07:19 PM   #3
Administrator
Site Webmaster
Adam's Avatar

Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Arizona
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 41,416
The K-50 has been a pretty popular camera, so keep that in mind when looking at user reports. While failure is unlikely it looks like aperture related issues can develop.

I'd recommend getting the 3 year warranty for $50. That way if anything breaks, you're covered and you'll be sure to get your money's worth!

My K-50, from the initial production batch, is still working like new
05-07-2016, 07:36 PM   #4
Loyal Site Supporter
KiloHotelphoto's Avatar

Join Date: Jan 2015
Location: Glen Mills, PA
Posts: 345
I've had a white k-50 for about a year and a half with no problems at all. Seem to be a solid little camera.

I do have to wipe it down every so often to clean up some dirt marks on it but it cleans up nice, I just use a wet rag.

05-07-2016, 10:48 PM   #5
Site Supporter
Alex645's Avatar

Join Date: May 2015
Location: Kaneohe, HI
Photos: Albums
Posts: 1,172
My son has had his K-50 for nearly 2 years and attends school in freezing cold Rochester, New York, comes home to humid hot Hawaii for summers, and has taken it on a trip to Northern India (high altitude and cold), Iceland, and is presently studying abroad in Edinburgh, Scotland. Knock on wood, no issues.

I also have four high school students who shoot with the K-50 (3 black bodies, 1 white) and none of them have had problems other than two were dropped and damaged their lens. I've found every camera has its flaws, but for the price I highly recommend the K-50 (if the K-3 is out of your price range). And even when comparing with the K-S2, I'd rather put my money into lenses than the body.
05-07-2016, 10:55 PM   #6
Loyal Site Supporter
clackers's Avatar

Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: Melbourne
Photos: Albums
Posts: 8,088
I've had and used the virtually identical K-30 for years. Take up Adam's suggestion of the extended warranty if you wake up in the middle of the night with a premonition about the aperture mechanism.

Last edited by clackers; 05-08-2016 at 12:00 AM.
05-07-2016, 11:44 PM   #7
Senior Member




Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Perth, Western Australia
Posts: 255
I've got two K50's and a K30. I'm not a high mileage user but I haven't had a problem in 3 years of usage. Great camera for the price
05-08-2016, 12:59 AM   #8
Pentaxian




Join Date: Jan 2015
Location: mid nth coast,nsw
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 1,652
RED K50s shoot faster, and having 2, its warp speed.My partner has the white and I gave her 2 black lenses and they look fine.Silver lenses look great on the Red, blacks ok too.One of mine is 2 years old, the other about 4 months( had to buy it too cheap for what it does).No issues yet!

05-08-2016, 01:15 AM   #9
Pentaxian
esrandall's Avatar

Join Date: Feb 2014
Location: Sumner, WA
Photos: Albums
Posts: 964
Definitely get the extended warranty. I had the aperture block failure issue at about the 11 month mark. That was at around 10k on the shutter. I put another 5k on the shutter before I sold it, and never another issue. Great camera, but there have been enough issues that the warranty is a good idea, and it's reasonable in price (even though they've raised that price. Or, you could look at a few more bucks, and pickup a KS-2. I enjoyed the KS-1 as a backup, and the KS-2 feels way better in the hands. The 20MP sensor is really good, not to mention all of the other great features. Just a thought. And regarding the white body, my K-50 was a stormtrooper, and I had zero issues with wear or marks on that white body. Great looking camera, especially with the Limited primes
05-08-2016, 01:45 AM - 1 Like   #10
Junior Member




Join Date: Apr 2015
Posts: 44
Original Poster
Situation all resolved somewhat out of the blue. The Australian Pentax importer put the last fifteen NIB K50s, all black, up on eBay at a very good price and I scored the second last one. Warranty is two years and I'll see about a further extension. Since I'd sold surplus lenses beforehand my net cost was only a hundred. Looking forward immensely to getting it and getting some modern auto lenses as well.
05-08-2016, 04:17 PM   #12
Site Supporter
ramseybuckeye's Avatar

Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Elida, Ohio
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 8,354
QuoteOriginally posted by hal55 Quote
Situation all resolved somewhat out of the blue. The Australian Pentax importer put the last fifteen NIB K50s, all black, up on eBay at a very good price and I scored the second last one. Warranty is two years and I'll see about a further extension. Since I'd sold surplus lenses beforehand my net cost was only a hundred. Looking forward immensely to getting it and getting some modern auto lenses as well.
That's awesome, you'll love it.
05-09-2016, 12:55 PM   #13
New Member




Join Date: Mar 2016
Posts: 16
I'm one of the (hopefully) few people who had an aperture failure within a few months of having the camera. Despite the warranty service being horribly bad and how early the item broke, I am still on the "recommend" boat. The main reason is because the price/performance tradeoff is great. It takes as good of pictures as many more expensive cameras, and the weatherproofing is great. I've taken photos in downpours without a worry. Dust or sand? Psh. Having a good yet (relatively) inexpensive camera that I can use anywhere is such a wonderful feeling.

As for people suggesting extended warranties, I recommend you look at your credit card before you purchase a 3rd party one. My visa signature card doubles the 1 year warranty for free, so effectively I have a 2 year warranty. Is it worth the money to extend the warranty one more year beyond that? That's up to you.


P.S. Some may ask if my abuse of my camera led to it's early failure... and my comment is I don't think so. The warranty service found the camera had no water or physical damage and this failure is a very common issue (with respect to types of failures).
05-11-2016, 01:11 AM   #14
Junior Member




Join Date: Apr 2015
Posts: 44
Original Poster
Thanks to everyone for their input, it is much appreciated.The camera has arrived and I'm hopefully picking up a Sigma 18-125 DC this weekend, I know its nothing flash but will suffice nicely as a casual walkaround lens. I have plenty of vintage glass that I'm eager to get on this camera and try out, it will be a great upgrade over my much loved but now semi retired 450D. Going over the manual it seems that enabling aperture changes on the barrel isn't one of the settings I can add to a user profile. Hope I'm wrong since having one profile for manual lenses and another for modern auto lenses would be useful rather than having to dig into the menus to enable/disable according to lens would be a slight nuisance.
There is a great article on setting up K50s that I either found here or on the Pentaxians facebook page. My thanks to whoever set it up, it will be very handy this weekend as I go on and customize the camera.

Hal55
05-11-2016, 01:51 AM   #15
Loyal Site Supporter
clackers's Avatar

Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: Melbourne
Photos: Albums
Posts: 8,088
QuoteOriginally posted by hal55 Quote
. Hope I'm wrong since having one profile for manual lenses and another for modern auto lenses would be useful rather than having to dig into the menus to enable/disable according to lens would be a slight nuisance.
Not sure you understand that setting, Hal.

Enable it once, leave it that way forever. ☺



Reply

Bookmarks
  • Submit Thread to Facebook Facebook
  • Submit Thread to Twitter Twitter
  • Submit Thread to Digg Digg
Tags - Make this thread easier to find by adding keywords to it!
body, box, camera, dslr, k50, k50 reliability, lenses, photography, reliability
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
K50 metering issues wingspan Pentax K-30 & K-50 6 03-23-2016 05:57 AM
Focus indicator cause issues in Manual mode on K50? McEric Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 11 07-04-2015 07:56 PM
K50 and Lightroom white balance issues jphil2 Pentax K-30 & K-50 14 12-14-2014 07:35 AM
K50 Screwmount Metering Issues: Green Button Meters in LV but not in VF Relativity Pentax K-30 & K-50 5 01-31-2014 10:17 AM
6x7 > PK Adapter reliability issues... JohnBee Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 5 07-05-2010 01:54 PM



All times are GMT -7. The time now is 12:07 PM. | See also: NikonForums.com, CanonForums.com part of our network of photo forums!
  • Red (Default)
  • Green
  • Gray
  • Dark
  • Dark Yellow
  • Dark Blue
  • Old Red
  • Old Green
  • Old Gray
  • Dial-Up Style
Hello! It's great to see you back on the forum! Have you considered joining the community?
register
Creating a FREE ACCOUNT takes under a minute, removes ads, and lets you post! [Dismiss]
Top