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Forum: Pentax K-30 & K-50 08-05-2015, 12:21 PM  
K-50 Sensor Dead?
Posted By JulesALaCroix
Replies: 27
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It sounds as if, and I may be wrong but the aperture drive/motor system has failed.... My K-50 went out at about 6 months from purchase.
I've read where you can put it in burst for a second or two and it'll work.... well... that is more confirmation that there is a mechanical problem... It is sitting at my desk, waiting to shipped off to "who knows what"!!!!!!
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One year warranty covers mine, along with a three year warranty from a third party....
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I was told to send my K50 to 'Precision Camera' in Enfield Ct..... I have not heard very much 'good' from this company.... It seems one out of every 10 reviews may be good..... The rest of the reviews are horrible, terribly horrible!! ... Now that I know more, last year I experienced their technical abilities'.
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Last year I had a K-30 that failed at less than a year. By the time I called the third party warranty company it was over a year old so they took care of it...
The company that handled it was Asurion. They were great, but it took almost three months for them to get something out of Pentax/Ricoh. Which now that I look back, the camera was 'stuck' at Precision Camera......
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It looks like if you have a good Ricoh/Pentax be thankful.... If you don't or plan on getting one...... well......
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My first Pentax was in 1981... Great SLR!!! I also have a Ricoh KR-30sp SLR, then I went digital with the K-30, didn't last a year... Then a K-50, didn't last a year.... Thank goodness for the warranty, but WTHeck? ....... I have bad feelings......*
Not a good time or company for Ricoh.......
anthony

---------- Post added 08-05-15 at 12:24 PM ----------

Sorry, did not see the updated status...
anthony
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ps, Being a Pentax/Ricoh loyalist for many years, I am worried about the integrity of my favorite camera.... I've owned and own, Canon & Minolta... but love my Pentax and Ricoh....
Forum: Pentax K-30 & K-50 08-05-2015, 11:57 AM  
Picture taken "lack of light"
Posted By JulesALaCroix
Replies: 16
Views: 2,674
SpecialK ;
when I was on the phone with Ricoh, the person I was speaking with told me they had a problem with the K-5 and were in the process of making it right... Or taking care of it.... (something of that nature)
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Long shot, you may call Ricoh and see if they will compensate your expenses...It would be cool if they would!
Ricoh phone # 800.877.0155
anthony
Forum: Pentax K-30 & K-50 08-05-2015, 11:49 AM  
Picture taken "lack of light"
Posted By JulesALaCroix
Replies: 16
Views: 2,674
Hey everyone, I've been off the grid a bit.
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I contacted Ricoh since my Pentax K-50 was still under Manufacturer warranty. I was told to send it to 'Precision Camera Repair' in Enfield Ct. ( I have a 3 year warranty on it through a third party company)... Under a year old they told me to call Ricoh.
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Back to Precision Camera.....I have been reading reviews and OMGoodness!!!! This company has gotten it's fair share of horrible ratings!
Thinking back last year when my K30 failed, it took almost 3 months and having to call Asurion Solution several times, (third party warranty and great people!) I was finally refunded my money on the K30.......
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Being a Pentax and Ricoh loyalist, what do I do? I buy the K-50.. Didn't last as long as the K-30...
I am not a rich person and work hard for what few dollars I get.... These may be entry level cameras, but they should handle what I put them through.
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I've come to conclusion it's the Aperture Drive Motor/System.... I may be wrong.. just my guess. Especially reading past post from others.
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My problem is, Precision Camera... I am sure they have a lot of good work, but a company that accepts and does repairs on every make and model? And with todays manufacturing being 'lean'? There aren't that many qualified camera repair technicians in either of the areas they operate. And since it took three months to tell me my K30 was unrepairable is bunk! (I don't think they had a chance to look at it, Asurion saved me on that one)
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I am scared to send my camera to them.....
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Question...... Are there any other options? .... Should I write and or contact Japan? I am a Ricoh/Pentax fan, but I may have to start looking at the other manufactures... But I would rather have my camera repaired or replaced....
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Not only is the aperture system not adjusting the f.stop, but the lens is sloppy and has not focused well since I first received it.. At first I thought it was my eyesight, but the kit lens is sloppy or loose.....
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missing my camera and missing for the second year in a row, the birds hatching on Bird Island Rookery....
anthony
Forum: Pentax K-30 & K-50 04-24-2015, 07:21 PM  
Picture taken "lack of light"
Posted By JulesALaCroix
Replies: 16
Views: 2,674
K-50 less than a year old. As a warranty replacement for a malfunctioned K-30.
After many thousands of photos, I was kayaking and started taking photos. I noticed each photo was under-exposed. ISO jack would fix it, but I am a 100 iso person.
After looking at every software, firmware, mechanical possibilities I found through the Pentax Forum a thread; a dark hidden thread, that underexposed shots could be "jimmied" to be fixed by shooting in burst mode a bit. This is unacceptable!! It fixed, what I'm sure is a temporary problem.
But even if this is an entry level camera, at my budget a very expensive camera it should not have this problem with less than a year usage. I shoot a lot of photos (I can do this in the digital world) and to have failure at this point makes me feel sad about Pentax/Ricoh. My first SLR was a Pentax in 1982 and when I went digital, I stayed loyal.
My cheesy kit lens, after finally going WR with a WR camera has slop in it. I think it was someone's old camera that they sent back after buying it.
Anyway, the diaphragm worked fine manually with the lens off. The camera software or firmware, whichever worked like it was supposed to. If I shot a photo at a shutter speed of 1/125 with the aperture set at f4.0, that's what showed up on the properties of the photo. However, the lens did not open to that. In my situation the lens was in a high f stop. Whatever the smallest hole is on the DAL 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 AL WR lens. Again, with the lens off I can manipulate the diaphragm with no problem. The blades are not sticking.
So, it seems, in my minds eye there is a mechanical/electrical issue with the aperture motor used in Pentax/Richo cameras.(I will research the manufacturer of this motor and how the system operates, anyone with info I would so appreciate).
After waiting months to have my K-30 repaired I was told it could not be repaired. I was sent a "gift card" from the vendor I purchased the camera from.
So what are us random few photographers to do now? The K-50 is still under warranty. But to send it off to be "fixed" for another three months. I am so very disappointed right now.
A long time Pentax user and proud to be am now in a situation where people tell me I was fool to go with Pentax.
I know kit lens are crap. After being disgruntled with the crappy Vietnam assembled lens, now I am at a loss with the malfunction of the 'aperture motor'. It may be called something else technically, I will know later as I research more.
It's taken me almost eight hours to research and come to my analysis of this problem. Eight hours I could have been doing other things.
Ok Pentax Forum.. I am new here and I love Pentax.
I encourage any replies! Good, bad or indifferent..
thanks,
anthony


ps. any spelling, grammar, technological definitions' I apologize for in advance. I'm an adventurer and photographer artist, not a journalist! :)
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