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Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-10-2011, 10:23 AM  
SDM Response from Pentax
Posted By v5planet
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I think they chose their wording very carefully in their response. Notice they said only "warranty repair rate", and not overall repair rate. The warranties on Pentax lenses are only a year in the United States, and a lot of people who complain about SDM failure have had them longer than that.

It is possible that there is no longer a statistically relevant issue with SDM, but I think this statement from Pentax is hardly conclusive on the matter. They've diluted the failure rate by saying "warranty repair", and taking into consideration all types of repair, which would extend beyond lenses (think of all the people who sent their K-5s back for replacement of stained sensors), as well as perceived/actual upfront problems with lenses ("I sent my copy in because it wasn't sharp/had severe back focus/front focus/whatever).
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