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Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 02-21-2013, 06:16 PM  
Any highly recommended photo editing software?
Posted By jcp5
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If you decide to buy LR4 then check out " DealerDealsDirect.com " for $77-Full Version. They will e-mail your Adobe Lic key. Download Adobe LR4 trial and then put in your Adobe lic key when you get it from DealerDealsDirect.
Forum: Pentax K-30 & K-50 08-28-2012, 12:04 PM  
new K30 owner... still undecided
Posted By jcp5
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You should be aware that you do have the option to order a K5 replacement LCD and replace it yourself. If your not comfortable doing it I am sure you can find local resources to help which includes a friend or relative that is "right for the job".

1. SmartPhoneBay.net -- K5 replacement screen -$43--Tools to Install--$5-- Hong Kong. China/Hong Kong are were their all made anyways. They say OEM but send e-mail to verify.
2. EBAY -- there are at least another couple Hong Kong sellers with K5 replacement LCD's. Best I know K5/K7/KR all uses the same LCD. The prices are all around $45.

This is your cheapest way out. As long as you haven't noticed any degraded functions/AF etc. from the fall. $50 is not such a big risk. Just an alternative to consider.

My opinion --- I would send back the K30--Buy another K5 at the now bargain price--Fix the K5 you have for $50 if all else is well with it. Then be happy and successful with two identical cameras with same controls that take the same accessories. Good Luck.
Forum: Pentax K-5 06-02-2012, 06:37 AM  
K5 Mirror Flops - Smoking Gun Found
Posted By jcp5
Replies: 410
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If it's a mild case/random occurrence of mirror flop problem CRIS will do "mirror overrun repair". If it's the hardcore version where it "mirror flops" on it's own or when you push any button they will replace your main ckt bd. If it's the version that seems to be associated with fully charged battery they will replace main ckt bd. If they have to replace your ckt. bd they should do mirror overrun repair to prevent that problem from happening in future.

One thing you can do to help any service tech is describe your symptom as accurately as possible on your "repair input form". CRIS understands this problem very well since they have been repairing mirror flopping K5's since early 2011. Which version of this problem do you have and how many times has it happened? you should state this on your input form.

They are supposed to do full QC check of your camera but IMO/experience the best way to use CRIS or any service center to make sure known problems are repaired is to request it on your input form. Keep this list as short as possible:

1. Sensor stains -- easy to test for yourself so you should know if you have them or not. If you don't leave it off your list.
2. AF calibration -- Yes--If they have to replace your main ckt bd. to fix your problem they will have to do this calibration anyways.
3. Request "Lens Release button repair"---they will glue it in
4. Shutter button switch - request they clean this switch--easy enough for the tech to clean it with some electronic contact cleaner while its opened up for repair. Simple preventative measure.

These are my suggestions--pick out what you want. Good luck.
Forum: Pentax K-5 10-28-2011, 08:09 PM  
New K5 set to B&W by default?
Posted By jcp5
Replies: 32
Views: 4,111
When you buy a new camera and you pay new camera price that does not mean a demo or return. If you buy a demo camera or a returned camera that is called an "open box camera" and is sold at a discount. This is what the Amazon Warehouse site sells at discounted prices.

The manufacturers really did the consumer in when they stopped using security tape/shrink wrap on new product. That goes for lenses to. Retailers all swear they they don't sell demos and returns as new (because it is illegal) but we know that isn't true.

Reading your description of your shutter button, it is not right at all. It is a defect. I had a similar problem with mine and had it repaired. At best this is a store demo camera that someone was to lazy to even reset to camera default settings. The $1199 price at B&H is same price you can get anywhere even from the Pentax online store. You should have no problem returning it.
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