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02-08-2021, 02:47 PM   #16
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To benefit web searching Pentaxians of the future, it appears to me that Pentax made two similar crippled KAF2 lens mounts: installing the wrong lens mount will either not fit, or not restore the camera's weather sealing. It appears K3 are particularly accident prone as evidenced here:

K3II lens mount bent! Viagra won't help this one: Pentax SLR Talk Forum: Digital Photography Review
I bent my lens mount ring: Pentax SLR Talk Forum: Digital Photography Review

In principle I would prefer metal plates held together with plastic pins because, if a lens broke one of those mounts then we would only need to replace the plastic pins. What Pentax have gifted us, however, are metal screws embedded into a plastic base; when the base plastic breaks it is just broken (or replaced with epoxy glue).

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By far, most users, even of those regularly mounting very large lenses, never have this kind of problem develop. Otherwise, we would see more than very rare such reports here. Dropping the camera with a large, heavy lens attached would be a very stressful event. Perhaps with other hidden damage as well. Returning this camera for a refund makes the most sense, instead of fooling with it to arrive at less than ideal results. The K-3 body is not plastic, but metal- magnesium alloy. There will likely be even more K-3 and other flagship bodies appearing in the near future, as the new APS-C Pentax flagship, the K-3 III, is due to arrive very soon. You might then find a better deal on a much better pristine, lower-use body.
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as noted by @mikesbike, despite the fact that the K 3 is well built

The K-3 sports a magnesium-alloy body and a steel inner chassis and it's clear that no compromises have been made in terms of workmanship. Nothing on the camera feels flimsy, and its buttons and switches provide great feedback, being neither too loose nor too tight.
Read more at: Pentax K-3 Review - Construction and Handling | Reviews

if you drop it, it can be damaged

I've been lucky, when a strap failed and my K 3 fell to the concrete sidewalk, I got minimum damage to the hood of the lens attached and that was all

I expected much worse
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I have dropped my GX10 plenty of times. It bounces.


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