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Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-05-2010, 11:11 AM  
Pentax Canada Repair times?
Posted By getmoresoon
Replies: 17
Views: 4,530
Here it is...

Basically 12 days between their receipt and a quote back to me.

I'd ring them up.
Good luck!
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-05-2010, 11:08 AM  
Pentax Canada Repair times?
Posted By getmoresoon
Replies: 17
Views: 4,530
They are quite slow. I should have a thread in here somewhere on my K10D repair. Their techs seem to do a fine job, but at a glacial pace.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 11-05-2010, 06:29 AM  
Broken ME, want to take apart
Posted By getmoresoon
Replies: 12
Views: 4,107
My 1st advice. Throw that set of screwdrivers away.

Go buy something more like this as a minimum: 10 pc Craftsman Precision

I've used the type you have now. You destroy as much as you take apart. And you'll be frustrated doing it.
Forum: Photographic Technique 07-07-2010, 12:52 PM  
ProPublica Photographer: I Was Followed by BP Security and Then Detained by Police
Posted By getmoresoon
Replies: 18
Views: 3,681
We have a refinery here in town (Saint John, Canada)... with a nice grassy area overlooking. I've taken nice long exposure shots there a few years ago. (the refinery used to actually have a parking lot and lookout point there! They went to total greenspace last year.)

I wonder if I'd have a visit from anyone if I stopped for a half hour there today?

Scary stuff, this slippery slope our personal rights and freedoms is on.
Forum: Site Suggestions and Help 02-12-2009, 09:23 AM  
News Special Giveaway: 16Gb SD card for 500,000-post milestone!
Posted By getmoresoon
Replies: 273
Views: 16,640
Well, that kind of challenge just forces me to post a reply (thanks! ;-) )
Forum: Sold Items 02-12-2009, 09:19 AM  
For Sale - Sold: [SOLD]Next lot from the 300+ lens sale. New additions.
Posted By getmoresoon
Replies: 63
Views: 14,302
And let me add another quick plug. Both Ben and Peter have been AWESOME to work with! They've both comitted a ton of time towards this "project" :-)

Looking forward to getting my lenses and angle finder, since my just re-aligned/repaired K10D came home to me yesterday :-) !

Thanks guys!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 02-11-2009, 07:13 PM  
Posted By getmoresoon
Replies: 11
Views: 2,056
Very nice. Good colour.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 02-11-2009, 06:54 PM  
Pentax Canada - K10D Service experience
Posted By getmoresoon
Replies: 2
Views: 2,914
Alrighty! Soooo. My serviced K10D arrived at my house this afternoon after being sent off for service, with my complaint of poor focusing. Let's summarize the process.

- Contacted Pentax Canada by email to ask if I should send my K10D to a Pentax Authorized repair center or Pentax main center in Mississauga, Ontario. They advise to send to Mississauga.

- Camera is signed for by Pentax staffer January 8th.

- I receive emailed Estimate Jan 20th! (Ok, I was a little shocked at how long this took). Estimate was for "77777 Digital Miscellaneous" & "0076830 1-B52 Mirror Seat Assembly". Cost?: Parts $31.78 CAD, Labour $240 CAD, Shipping $10. Total cost with Canadian taxes was $318.41! Ouch!

- Called main office Jan 21st. Spoke to a nice bubbly lady in the Imaging dept, who l mentioned to that since the Mirror Assembly is a known common problem in the K10D. And politely asked if there was any room for a goodwill adjustment. Since my camera was only a couple months over, after she consulted with someone, a few minutes later they authorized 25% goodwill discount (shows on the invoice as "AC1118") New total after taxes is $241.63 CAD. While I really hoped Pentax Canada would swallow the whole cost, I didn't mind too much as I did wait until the dang camera was out of the warranty period.

- I was told the camera would be finished Feb 4th. Another 2 weeks eh? :-(

- Feb 4th rolls by, and no camera, no emails. Hm. Ok I'm patient. Email Pentax Canada Feb 5th and again Feb 9th, to no avail. Pickup my phone Feb 10th and call them up again. Got a different lady this time (seems the nice lady I spoke with originally was no longer with the company - Pentax head office... ever hear of checking departed frontline staff email for important correspondence??).

- Anyway, this new lady advises me that YAY! my camera had shipped UPS standard to me on Feb 9th. It arrives today, Feb 11th.

- So.. the end result? I sent K10D, FA50 and DA18-55. All 3 units came back to me LOOKING LIKE NEW. I mean POLISHED, spotless! (How the heck do they do that?!)

- Service Invoice shows sub-parts of the Mirror Seat Assembly work:
A31 C0 Adjust Screw (3)
A104 Mount Ring (1)
A403-0000D Certification Seal (1)
L2 Fresnel Lens (1)

- When I power on, K10D is all back to factory defaults. So I poke through the menus to reset stuff to my norms. Firmware is Version 1.30, just like it left me. (Anyone wanna tell me how to check the Hardware revision?)

- OK, off to the testing... my FA50. I've NEVER liked my FA50. It has NEVER been reliable or accurate on this K10D. Familiar story for lots of people. Now? Dead on accurate. Point at a calibration sheet (or reasonable facsimile thereof, and right on the money. Holy smoke, it's NEVER worked so well! Again, this is a familiar story for anyone who's sent their K10D in for this service. I'm VERY happy.

So yeah it cost a chunk of change... and really I had to think a little about the "should I just buy another body?" question. But another body might also have been out of alignment. Overall, I think it was worth the service cost. Lessons learned too: it *never* hurts to ask for a discount. That, and if you think you've a problem, don't wait.. send it in for service BEFORE the warranty ends :-S.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 02-11-2009, 05:30 AM  
Pentax USA salesman: "eBay is an authorized dealer" and warranty applies
Posted By getmoresoon
Replies: 15
Views: 7,298
Not a BMW Stewart, but an 1986 Kawasaki Concours. Lots of fun :-)
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 02-10-2009, 06:49 PM  
Pentax USA salesman: "eBay is an authorized dealer" and warranty applies
Posted By getmoresoon
Replies: 15
Views: 7,298
Ok, that's just a bizarre statement that doesn't make ANY sense. "eBay" doesn't sell ANYTHING. Hence, they are NOT an authorized reseller of anything. Period.

Now, a Seller on eBay; An individual seller could most certainly be an Authorized Pentax Reseller. I can think of 2 in Canada right off the bat: Henrys and Robinson's Camera. Both of those companies have brick and mortar shops even (but I bet thats not a pre-requisite to being a reseller).
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 02-07-2009, 09:31 PM  
Nearly dead, but very pleased! My first K20D pics!
Posted By getmoresoon
Replies: 17
Views: 3,068
Ha Haha! :-) I Learned that very same hiking lesson this summer lugging my K10D on a similar upwards hike! The price we pay for some awesome photos ;-)
Forum: Sold Items 02-01-2009, 01:36 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax Screw mount lenses. Tak's Soligor, Tamron, Mamiya
Posted By getmoresoon
Replies: 30
Views: 9,249
I must ask what has to be a typical NooB question: Are these screw mount lenses compatible with the "Pentax Mount Adapter K (p/n 30120)"?

Only reason I ask, is I'm getting confused amount Tamron's "T-Mount", which I gather has a different pitch than Pentax M42 (which is what the adapter ring is I think)

Forum: Sold Items 01-06-2008, 01:58 PM  
For Sale - Sold: FS: Many lenses from 8mm to A 300*
Posted By getmoresoon
Replies: 7
Views: 3,085
Dang! I gotta be checking the marketplace more frequently to get the deals ;-)
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 09-20-2007, 06:12 PM  
K10D all wet from rain
Posted By getmoresoon
Replies: 11
Views: 2,702
Ain't it great :-)
I always get a chuckle when my XTi toting buddy starts to run for shelter when a light sprinkle starts!
Forum: Sold Items 07-29-2007, 09:29 AM  
For Sale - Sold: [Closed] Vivitar 2x macro
Posted By getmoresoon
Replies: 7
Views: 1,344
I managed to find one early last week.... too bad, as I paid about $25 more. :-)
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-24-2007, 04:10 AM  
Pentax smc-DFA 100mm/2,8 Macro ???
Posted By getmoresoon
Replies: 7
Views: 5,173
Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-01-2007, 07:39 PM  
Evening and Fireworks (Fourth of July) Part 1
Posted By getmoresoon
Replies: 7
Views: 2,852
I'll echo the compliments Steve. And if you believe the "imitation is the sincerest form of flattery" sentiment, I took your fireworks shot settings as a starting point for my own tonight :)

Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-01-2007, 07:29 PM  
Canada Day Fireworks - Hampton, NB
Posted By getmoresoon
Replies: 1
Views: 2,186
My 1st attempt at fireworks with the K10D! Posting a few I hope you'll like.

Tripod mounted, SMC-A 28mm f2.8 (locked @ f8 and focused at infinity), ISO100, Bulb mode (varying exposures)
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-14-2007, 02:57 PM  
Were they a good deal?
Posted By getmoresoon
Replies: 6
Views: 2,742
Oh yeah.. the SR symbol should appear as you half press the shutter.... so says the manual anyway
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-14-2007, 02:49 PM  
Were they a good deal?
Posted By getmoresoon
Replies: 6
Views: 2,742
Well, I paid $50cad for my 135/3.5, so I'd say you pulled an excellent deal! Enjoy the new toys.... I really like my 135. More so than my FA50/1.4 even! (Tho that lens is MUCH sharper and contrastier)
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 03-12-2007, 01:52 PM  
New Pentax ad campaign
Posted By getmoresoon
Replies: 21
Views: 3,833
Pentax SWAG. What a great idea! :D
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 03-08-2007, 02:32 PM  
Carrying K100D on a bicycle OK?
Posted By getmoresoon
Replies: 9
Views: 2,622
The way I Mountain Bike, I'd not be comfortable carrying MY SLR :lol:

I figure Murphy would get me sooner or later as I've ejected over the bars! :o

But perhaps we're biking rougher terrain than you're thinking of.....
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-08-2007, 06:53 AM  
A tiny little lens from Sigma
Posted By getmoresoon
Replies: 46
Views: 5,453
ohhhh my. :eek:
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-06-2007, 07:21 PM  
Prime Macro Options and Opinions in the 70-105mm focal length range
Posted By getmoresoon
Replies: 17
Views: 5,335
Ignoring the MF vrs AF camps (and I don't mind MF... 4 of my 6 lenses are MF :p )

In my case I would likely use a Macro in the defined range as an all-rounder, replacing my SMC 135/3.5 MF for portraits as well, and AF would be useful here.

So, thoughts on optical quality diffs of the current crop of Macro Primes?
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-06-2007, 05:55 PM  
Prime Macro Options and Opinions in the 70-105mm focal length range
Posted By getmoresoon
Replies: 17
Views: 5,335
The FA 100mm must be a somewhat rare lens... doesn't appear to be in production anymore (Pentax Canada site) and only one hit off of eekBay .ca and it's in Germany.

Found a single "F 100mm" on eekbay US... probably similar.

Why does Rare so often mean "great" on old Pentax primes? :p
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