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Forum: Pentax K-3 11-15-2019, 10:01 AM  
Has anyone been able to disable SDM using the K-3?
Posted By Tonistein
Replies: 28
Views: 4,268
My 16-50 sdm died after using less than 3 years & I didn't use it for 2 years. Then one guy in our local Pentax forum said he can disable the sdm & he used my K20 to do it. My 16-50 came back to life & I have been using it for the last 4 years
Forum: Pentax K-3 11-15-2019, 09:14 AM  
my K3 II freeze
Posted By Tonistein
Replies: 18
Views: 2,754
My K3 also have this problem when shooting in Live View. I have the grip on & both batteries fully charged - both are original Pentax batteries. Turn off both the camera & the grip but the Live view is still on. Remove the lens & the mirror is up. Have to remove both batteries then back to normal. If don't use Live view it won't happen. I can shoot till the grip battery went flat
Forum: Pentax K-3 07-29-2019, 09:09 AM  
why I won't buy a k3 (Warning: Satire Thread)
Posted By Tonistein
Replies: 84,547
Views: 3,398,960
This thread is interesting. I just bought a used K3 today & I like it very much
Forum: Pentax K-3 07-29-2019, 08:58 AM  
Dream camera
Posted By Tonistein
Replies: 5
Views: 1,361
K3 was my dream camera 5 years ago but I couldn't afford it at that time. So I got the K500 & I was still using my K10 & K20. Recently I saw there's a lot of used K3 advertised on B&H. I ordered one & it arrive today. It came in a small box without manuals or CD but got a charger with 2 original batteries & some cables. Actually there were 5 choices for K3 & there was even a K3II but I chose this with a rating of 9+ When I removed the wrapping I saw that the camera looks very new. When I took out the hotshoe cap it looks spotless & shiny. I charge the battery, attach a lens & took a shot. It looks sharp & crisp & I upload this pic online here to check the data. The shuttercount is 123. It's practically unused even though it's an old model. B&H quality is really good.
2 years ago I bought a used Panasonic videocam at B&H also rated at 9+. It was brandnew & never give me any problem for these 2 years of constant usage
Forum: Pentax K-30 & K-50 11-22-2018, 05:16 AM  
K-30 / K-50 Aperture Block Failue - Repair Solution available
Posted By Tonistein
Replies: 885
Views: 171,407
The paper just to prevent the switch from moving back to original position. It won't jam the lens. I used this method for almost a year
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 11-21-2018, 10:34 AM  
Born today
Posted By Tonistein
Replies: 5
Views: 441
Visited this forum many times & decided to register today.
Been using Pentax all my life. Got a Spotmatic II in 1974. Bought a pair of ME Super in 1984 - still got 1pc in my cabinet. Got my first autofocus SFX in 1988 & system flash. That was the first time I used rear curtain flash with 0.3 sec exposure. In 1992 I got my Z1 - that was the best Pentax I ever used. In 1997 got a PZ1 at a cheaper rate. My last film camera was a Z10 in 2001.
In 2006 I got my first digital K100D - it's still with me in working condition. In 2010 bought this special K10 GP edition. A few months later got the last K20 from my friend's shop - helped him to clear stock. Got my K5 in 2012 & K500 in 2014.
Now I am retired but still doing freelance mostly video. Now I invest more on my videocams. All my Pentax DSLRs are still working & I don't feel like getting another. I may get a used K3 sometime soon.
Forum: Pentax K-30 & K-50 11-21-2018, 09:48 AM  
K-30 / K-50 Aperture Block Failue - Repair Solution available
Posted By Tonistein
Replies: 885
Views: 171,407
Been using my K500 for almost 3 years without problem. Then started having this dark screen problem. At first I just point at the sky & took some burst shots & it will be ok. Later on that won't work. I got an old lens used on my old Pentax film camera & it work very well with my K500. I read about the dis-assembly of the camera & modifying the solenoid thing. Seems like it's way too difficult for me. I tried a lot of ways & finally came up with this simple thing as shown in the pic.
I remove the lens. At the rear of the lens there's a switch that control the lens opening. Move it up & the lens opening is the biggest. Hold it & insert a small piece of rolled up paper into the groove so that the switch remain in the top position. Put back the lens & the camera works normal again. Been doing that for a year now. So far I did that for 3 lenses - 18-55mm, 10-17mm & 18-135mm. I took thousands of pics this year & my last shutter count was 39,248. Slight problem of over exposure in bright sunlight but very minimal
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