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Forum: Pentax K-30 & K-50 03-31-2021, 12:30 PM  
K50 aperture control failure
Posted By ThomSirveaux
Replies: 3
Views: 546
My K-50 developed the problem about two years ago. I did the "Sand down the solenoid" method and it revived it for a while, but recently went back to being stuck, again. In addition to this, the fingers on the on-off ring switch were almost destroyed when I tried to put the camera back together, again.


I already had one lens with a manual aperture control ring, but I picked up a 10mm wide angle manual lens to round out my little "manual" collection to keep using the camera without having to replace or repair anything.

At this point, I'm just saving up to get a K-1 or K-3 II to replace it and then use it as a little backup camera if I need it.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 12-10-2020, 12:59 PM  
Autumn fog.
Posted By ThomSirveaux
Replies: 81
Views: 1,009
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Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 12-10-2020, 12:01 PM  
Colours From Above
Posted By ThomSirveaux
Replies: 23
Views: 389
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Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 12-10-2020, 11:53 AM  
Golden hour, burning tree
Posted By ThomSirveaux
Replies: 2
Views: 122
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Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 12-10-2020, 11:52 AM  
Canal Color
Posted By ThomSirveaux
Replies: 14
Views: 262
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Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 12-10-2020, 11:52 AM  
Ann Arbor impressions
Posted By ThomSirveaux
Replies: 8
Views: 256
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Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 12-10-2020, 11:06 AM  
Neighborhood fall colors
Posted By ThomSirveaux
Replies: 3
Views: 115
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Forum: Pentax Forums Giveaways 12-08-2020, 11:11 AM  
Pentax KP Giveaway - Enter here once per day until December 26th!
Posted By ThomSirveaux
Replies: 1,644
Views: 32,126
Let's try this, once more! Here's my first raffle entry.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 12-08-2020, 09:48 AM  
Country Road in Autumn
Posted By ThomSirveaux
Replies: 12
Views: 225
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Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 12-08-2020, 09:45 AM  
MIrror Lake
Posted By ThomSirveaux
Replies: 12
Views: 219
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Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 12-08-2020, 09:31 AM  
Low Light
Posted By ThomSirveaux
Replies: 5
Views: 101
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Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 12-08-2020, 09:29 AM  
Fall Splendor in Yukon
Posted By ThomSirveaux
Replies: 20
Views: 336
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Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 12-08-2020, 09:28 AM  
Ridgeway, Colorado
Posted By ThomSirveaux
Replies: 48
Views: 828
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Forum: Post Your Photos! 12-07-2020, 06:58 PM  
People Peace on Earth
Posted By ThomSirveaux
Replies: 12
Views: 382
It does! It also helps that my older daughter loves her little sister... most of the time. Sometimes she's very impatient about us having to deal with the baby instead of paying attention to her.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 12-07-2020, 10:00 AM  
People Peace on Earth
Posted By ThomSirveaux
Replies: 12
Views: 382
Did a little photo shoot with my daughters and their cousins and was able to get this gem of my kiddo cuddling with her baby sister.

Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 08-16-2020, 01:25 PM  
Poll: Expired Contest Poll VOTE NOW - Photo Contest #167 Poll (Sunset - July 2020)
Posted By ThomSirveaux
Replies: 34
Views: 4,471
All of these are just incredible. Too hard to choose!
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 03-04-2020, 12:22 PM  
"Big County"
Posted By ThomSirveaux
Replies: 20
Views: 557
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Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 03-04-2020, 12:22 PM  
Pinnacle Peak in Arizona
Posted By ThomSirveaux
Replies: 9
Views: 251
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Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 03-04-2020, 12:21 PM  
View from the farm gate
Posted By ThomSirveaux
Replies: 21
Views: 649
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Forum: Pentax K-30 & K-50 01-27-2020, 05:45 PM  
Well, my K-50 just encountered the Aperture Block Failure
Posted By ThomSirveaux
Replies: 12
Views: 2,221
I am fully aware of what happens to magnets once you strip off the enamel. My main issue is that finding a suitable replacement solenoid (i.e. the white one, not the green one)

The camera is only worth about $100, maybe $150 on a good day (though that's not even looking likely, as of late). If I can get another year or two out of it before having to replace the solenoid, great!
Forum: Pentax K-30 & K-50 01-23-2020, 12:44 PM  
Well, my K-50 just encountered the Aperture Block Failure
Posted By ThomSirveaux
Replies: 12
Views: 2,221
Well, in lieu of finding a white solenoid, I went ahead and did the fix by sanding the current green solenoid magnet down and now my camera is working perfectly.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 01-09-2020, 05:12 PM  
Night ♪ (ohhh) ♫
Posted By ThomSirveaux
Replies: 6
Views: 276
This is some really good contrast, especially in the lighting. Awesome job!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 01-09-2020, 05:11 PM  
Abstract Let's drink...
Posted By ThomSirveaux
Replies: 8
Views: 370
I agree with reh321, great candid!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 01-09-2020, 05:10 PM  
Pets Cat taking the winter sun.
Posted By ThomSirveaux
Replies: 8
Views: 409
This kinda reminds me of that wizard cat meme... gotta go find that, brb
Forum: Post Your Photos! 01-09-2020, 05:09 PM  
Landscape Coastal land and seascape.
Posted By ThomSirveaux
Replies: 7
Views: 581
Awesome shot!
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