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Forum: Post Your Photos! 01-13-2017, 05:23 AM  
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Forum: Post Your Photos! 01-12-2017, 11:45 AM  
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Forum: Winners' Showcase 04-02-2015, 10:47 PM  
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Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 10-06-2011, 12:29 PM  
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Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 05-25-2011, 12:24 AM  
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Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 12-23-2010, 12:35 AM  
SDM repair costs and secondary failure rates
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Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 12-22-2010, 01:23 PM  
My 16-50mm returned from repair (SDM)
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hi All,

After allmost 3 years my 16-50 died completely. Before that I have to wake up the lens by using MF a few times and then it worked for the whole day. Once I have to use my IstDS to waken the 16-50 (screwdriven) and then again it worked at the same as before. As reported many times on this forum so I was not the only one.
Repair was now needed and because I hoped that there should be a little bit of ” Coulance” I contacted first Pentax Benelux “de Beukelaar”

There website shows 2 prices : € 120,- for little and € 380,- for normal repairs. Is the SDM a normal repair? I asked them a normal SDM replacement with some coulance.
De Beukelear responded: “ € 265,- ex BTW = incl. € 320,65 . I asked them if this was “Coulance”? , They responded: “No coulance and they realized that is was a high price”
I could not believe my eyes.

I asked ( found this on dpreview) Asahi Photo Ltd for advice. There answer was about 125,- pounds ( € 150,-)
I asked Pentax Germany Servicepoint Maerz (also a good name on dpreview) and they come up wit €130,- +Tax and delivery.

I sent my lens to Asahi Photo Ltd , the lens was there in 2 days. I get an answer that:
“We have received your lens, I have run out of the SDM Motors, although they are on order. I am expecting them to come in in a weeks time. I will keep you informed as soon as the lens has been repaired.”

I have my lens back now and it works perfect. I asked them there espectations about the new SDM. There Answer:

“I am glade to hear that the lens has arrived safely.On the SDM Motors problem, it is only the first production motors which may
had the problem, the new batches , I have had no problems. “

The feeling I’ve got , in the contacts (mail en telefone) from them was about the same as Pentax Breda many years ago, friendly and realistic and very good service.

The bill shows: “ Replaced SDm motors, overhauled Zoom Mech and check cost 125,- included VAT and delivery

My ‘personal’ conclusions:
1) It was the SDM in the first batches DA 16-50 and DA 50-135 ‘s that was the weak point.

2) Pentax haved changed this in a new and stronger SDM. May be this was the reason why the DA 60-250 was a long time delayed and explained why the new lenses has very little problems and new repaired lenses has very little problems.

3) The SDM-problems had nothing to do with the doubledrive AF

4) In my view it is normal that there is a sort of “Coulance” by Pentax when is comes to replacing the first and to weak motor.

5) It seems that Pentax Benelux ( de Beukelaer) translate that by using a “Double pencil “

6) When repair is needed after the guarantee-periode , my advice is use Asahi Photo Ltd in the UK or Pentax Germany , that will leads to realistic prices

7) And last and not least: “ There is no reason to avoid the SDM-lenses now”
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