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Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 01-03-2015, 08:00 PM  
Put my K-30 in a Washing Machine...
Posted By betarepeating
Replies: 17
Views: 2,925
Ok, so this is a fun story. I came home from college for a short break and brought home a laundry basket full of clothes. Somehow the camera bag holding my K-30, both my 35mm f2.4 lens and my 18-55mm WR kit lens snuch into the basket unnoticed...

Unbelievably, I didn't notice the camera bag when I dumped my clothes into the washing machine, and washed the whole thing. CRINGE. When I went to transfer my clothes to the dryer an hour later, I was shocked to find a dripping wet camera bag amongst my clothes.

Immediately I pulled the battery and surveyed the damage. Fortunately, the bag holding the camera was lined with plastic/foam which kept the inside of the bag relatively dry. Most of the water in the bag presumably leaked in from the zippers, and a great deal was absorbed by the interior fabric/foam which must have kept it away from my camera. there was visible condensation inside the viewfinder and LCD, and (of course) the non-WR lens was the one on the camera.

After 36 hours I tried the camera and found it to be completely dead. I charged the battery and retried at 48 hours and... success! The camera happily turned back on and seems to be working. It's now been two weeks and all of the moisture has disappeared. Here are my current observations of the damage:
  • LCD screen is back to normal. No visible water residue, seems to be completely fine

  • Viewfinder has noticeable water marks on the inside of it. These are driving me nuts.

  • Camera seems extremely sluggish to focus

  • IQ has suffered, mostly pictures have noticeable water spots and residue. Gallery here: Water Damaged K-30 and Lenses - Imgur

I'm looking for advice on what to do now. As far as I can tell the camera is in working order. I'd like help troubleshooting the root of the slow-focusing issue (I haven't yet ruled out that I'm just a rookie photographer who doesn't have my aperture/shutter settings right). I'm thinking the lenses and sensor need to be professionally cleaned (see the sample photos in the link above). Does anyone have tips for how to clean this myself? Or, does anyone have recommendations on places to send my gear to get it cleaned? Unfortunately, I'm working on a very limited budget, so professional cleaning might be out of my price range (and considering the relative cheapness of these lenses, might not make economic sense to do anyways).

Thanks for reading, any advice is appreciated. Otherwise, I wanted to share my story about the durability of the camera even in the face of my own stupidity :D
Forum: Sold Items 08-14-2014, 06:35 PM  
For Sale - Sold: FS: Pentax DA 35mm f2.4 AL
Posted By betarepeating
Replies: 7
Views: 1,256
Forum: Sold Items 07-10-2013, 01:33 PM  
For Sale - Sold: DA*50-135mm f/2.8
Posted By betarepeating
Replies: 7
Views: 1,753
Ah, didn't know about the serial number database!

Took a look and I feel much better.

I'll think about it. I'm getting the adapter for my 200mm lens this weekend, so I'd like to play with that for a bit before I start buying more glass. Don't think you need to hold it for me or anything, but if it's still around this weekend I might go in for it.

Thanks for your response!
Forum: Sold Items 07-10-2013, 07:56 AM  
For Sale - Sold: DA*50-135mm f/2.8
Posted By betarepeating
Replies: 7
Views: 1,753
REALLY tempted to go in on this, but I'm scaring myself reading all of the complaints of SDM failure...

How long have you had this lens? Is there any chance it's still got warranty left?

The OP says:


Shipping Destinations

Forum: Sold Items 07-10-2013, 06:46 AM  
For Sale - Sold: S-M-C Takumar 200mm f4 - Price Reduction
Posted By betarepeating
Replies: 8
Views: 1,380
Free bump because I bought the adapter :D
Forum: Pentax K-01 07-07-2013, 12:01 PM  
Memory Card Error with Sony 32GB SDHC Class 10
Posted By betarepeating
Replies: 60
Views: 16,534
Necroing the thread a bit, but I wanted to document for posterity that:

Sony 32GB SDHC/SDXC Class 10 UHS-1 R40 Memory Card (SF32UY/TQMN)

does NOT work with the Pentax K-30, even when the camera has been updated to firmware v1.04.

I bought one through Amazon and I'm in the process of shipping it back for a refund now...
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 07-07-2013, 09:56 AM  
Hello From Ohio :D
Posted By betarepeating
Replies: 8
Views: 652
Hey all,

On a whim I saved up money and bought myself a K-30 about 3 weeks ago. I'm brand new to photography and I have no idea what I'm doing yet...

But I'm learning fast and reading a LOT. So far the camera has been nothing but a joy to shoot with, and I'm looking forward to getting good with it and taking some awesome shots.

So hi everyone!
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