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Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 11-28-2011, 10:21 AM  
Tuesday: K-5 $999 at B&H, Monday $999 at Adorama
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Adorama just sent me an email with the UPS tracking number for my K-5. Too late to cancel and order from elsewhere. I just saw B&H price matched the K-5. If I knew that, I would have waited and order from B&H like many of my lenses. Oh well, I guess they are equally good.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 11-28-2011, 08:14 AM  
Tuesday: K-5 $999 at B&H, Monday $999 at Adorama
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Yes, Abe's of Maine is an authorized Pentax dealer. But I couldn't find the 2-year extended warranty for K-5 on their website. I found the ones for K20d and K-7 for $99. That's way more than the $20 one offered by Adorama. Any way, can the camera and the extended warranty be purchased separately from 2 different stores? Additional $15 saving would be nice. :)
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 11-27-2011, 07:17 PM  
Tuesday: K-5 $999 at B&H, Monday $999 at Adorama
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Ok, just bought the 2-year extra warranty for $19.95. Good deal! How do they know this extra warranty goes with the K-5 I've just purchased? Will I receive something in the mail for me to register this extra 2-year warranty to the new K-5? Thanks.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 11-27-2011, 06:58 PM  
Tuesday: K-5 $999 at B&H, Monday $999 at Adorama
Posted By Respectedent
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Oh, I didn't know about the extra 2 year warranty. It is only $20??? Is it worth it? I guess I can buy it as a separate order or should I call them to add it to my K-5 order?
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 11-27-2011, 06:51 PM  
Tuesday: K-5 $999 at B&H, Monday $999 at Adorama
Posted By Respectedent
Replies: 96
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I just ordered one as well. Thanks for the tip! Now I won't have to stay up late at night. :)
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 11-25-2011, 02:48 PM  
Tuesday: K-5 $999 at B&H, Monday $999 at Adorama
Posted By Respectedent
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$995 for a K-5 is just what I've been waiting for! I've been shooting with K-X for 2 years, and it is time to upgrade. Does anyone know if Adorama will have a limited number of K-5 at this price? Does the sale begin at midnight on Sunday night? I am in Texas, so I would probably need to stay up late at night to make sure I can get one, right? Thanks.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-24-2011, 08:41 AM  
Pentax 55-300mm DA L plastic mount repair/replacement
Posted By Respectedent
Replies: 43
Views: 21,301
You need to contact Lynn Badillo. See her number and email below. Good luck.
(720)988-2653
lynn.badillo@wildernestlogistics.com
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-11-2011, 11:46 PM  
Pentax 55-300mm DA L plastic mount repair/replacement
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Replies: 43
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I broke the plastic mount while on a cruise excursion in Jamaica. The truth is, I had the lens mounted on the camera body in my Lowepro slingshot while I was on a horseback ride. But then I fell and landed on my back/side. Ouch! I didn't even know the plastic mount broke until I got back on the cruise. Even though the mount is plastic, I don't think it can break easily unless you suffer the same fate as I. After the replacement, the lens is now good as new. :)
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-01-2011, 01:32 PM  
Pentax 55-300mm DA L plastic mount repair/replacement
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Original plastic mount.

48167.0M107 Bayonet Ring Assy. $6.72
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 01-21-2011, 12:28 PM  
Universal Flash Diffuser from Meritline
Posted By Respectedent
Replies: 7
Views: 2,325
Thank you all for your feedback. I will probably try a few DIY ones when I have time, but too bad I missed the Meritline deal. All sold out. The convenience and the cheap price is probably worth it. I will keep an eye on it and buy it when it becomes available again.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 01-20-2011, 12:01 PM  
Universal Flash Diffuser from Meritline
Posted By Respectedent
Replies: 7
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Hi,

Is this a good diffuser from Meritline.com? It certainly is cheap.

Universal Flash Diffuser for Canon Nikon Sony Pentax Olympus

I was going to make one myself (see below), but then I saw the one from Meritline.com. I appreciate it if anyone can comment on either one of them or perhaps a better diffuser. I have a k-x and just bought a Sigma EF-530 DG Super flash.

DIY Gary Fong Lightsphere
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-08-2011, 10:23 AM  
Pentax 55-300mm DA L plastic mount repair/replacement
Posted By Respectedent
Replies: 43
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Ok, I received the part via UPS yesterday and replaced the mount last night. The lens works now. The most difficult part is to make sure all the gold contacts are being lined up correctly when putting on the Bayonet ring.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-04-2011, 01:07 PM  
Pentax 55-300mm DA L plastic mount repair/replacement
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User 'PRS' has posted a way to replace the plastic mount with a metal mount on this link, but it sounds too complicated for me (also, I am not that handy), so I am going to skip it.

SMC Pentax-DA L 55-300mm F4-5.8 ED Lens Reviews - Pentax Lens Reviews & Pentax Lens Database
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-04-2011, 10:52 AM  
Pentax 55-300mm DA L plastic mount repair/replacement
Posted By Respectedent
Replies: 43
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Ok, I figured it out last night. I just need the Bayonet ring assy. Part + shipping is about $15. I will post again once I have the lens fixed.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-03-2011, 10:12 PM  
Pentax 55-300mm DA L plastic mount repair/replacement
Posted By Respectedent
Replies: 43
Views: 21,301
Thanks for all your feedback. The good news is that I got Lynn from Pentax to email me the lens diagram and service parts list today. But the bad news is to figure out what parts I need to replace the mount. The diagram is very complicated and I am not sure if the description of the parts is helpful to me. I guess I will just have to take apart my lens first and then try to match the damaged part(s) with the diagram.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-01-2011, 12:52 PM  
Pentax 55-300mm DA L plastic mount repair/replacement
Posted By Respectedent
Replies: 43
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Does anyone know approximately how much it would cost if I send it in to repair the mount? I called the repair center, and they told me they won't give me a quote unless I send it in. If it cost too much, then may be it would be better for me to spend $350 for a 55-300mm DA lens from amazon.com. This is a great telephoto zoom lens, and I hate to give it up for something so minor. Thanks.

55-300mm DA L:



18-55mm DA L:

Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-01-2011, 10:51 AM  
Pentax 55-300mm DA L plastic mount repair/replacement
Posted By Respectedent
Replies: 43
Views: 21,301
The outer rim and screw positions seem to be the same, but center part is different. This probably means it won't work, right?

55-300mm:


18-55mm:
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-01-2011, 01:21 AM  
Pentax 55-300mm DA L plastic mount repair/replacement
Posted By Respectedent
Replies: 43
Views: 21,301
Hi,

The plastic mount of my 55-300mm DA L lens (came with my K-X kit) is broken. I saw some postings about replacing the mount with other donor lenses, but not sure which donor lens mount will fit the 55-300mm lens. Would the plastic mount on the 18-55mm DA L kit lens fit? The screw locations on the 18-55mm seem to be exactly the same as the 55-300mm, but somehow the center piece looks different than the 55-300mm. I've contacted Pentax customer service yesterday, but has not yet being able to talked to the right person about ordering the replacement mount. Can a replacement mount be ordered? Thanks for any information provided.
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