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Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 10-20-2010, 07:45 AM  
Viewfinder Mirror issue
Posted By AbsoluteZedo
Replies: 27
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It definitely is a good camera, its unfortunate i have to drop cash for a new body. I wonder if anyone would be willing to buy a functional camera with a slightly ugly looking viewfinder, and how much the value of the thing would be in general.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 10-18-2010, 09:12 PM  
Viewfinder Mirror issue
Posted By AbsoluteZedo
Replies: 27
Views: 5,274
Yeah...that looks pretty dangerous to do by yourself. I'm not much that would cost for a professional to do but it looks pretty expensive.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 10-18-2010, 12:44 PM  
Viewfinder Mirror issue
Posted By AbsoluteZedo
Replies: 27
Views: 5,274
Yeah It seems like it would be, just looking at the construction of it. It really looks like its permanently damaged...I hope its not. Even if it is i don't think its ground to buy a new camera just yet.

i'll have to get a professional to look at it. The sensor is pretty dusty too but that was probably from me looking at the mirror so much, i can probably easily clean that with an squishy airblowers and/or swabs, Or i might just get that professionally cleaned too. I really hope the
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 10-18-2010, 07:07 AM  
Viewfinder Mirror issue
Posted By AbsoluteZedo
Replies: 27
Views: 5,274
Is the mirror even replaceable by itself or do you have to replace the whole assembly. It doesn't look like an easy task in and of it self
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 10-17-2010, 12:31 PM  
Viewfinder Mirror issue
Posted By AbsoluteZedo
Replies: 27
Views: 5,274
On the Moh's scale..pretty sure air doesn't have a hardness. Any damage that incurred is most likely from the cleaner and/or difluorethane, Assuming there is any damage at all. Thats what I am having trouble determining. My methods of cleaning have used things with less than a 2.5 hardness rating, xD.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 10-17-2010, 11:12 AM  
Viewfinder Mirror issue
Posted By AbsoluteZedo
Replies: 27
Views: 5,274
The content of the can, ie the compressed air bitterant = difluoroethane

I stupidly used a Multi-purpose cleaner during my panic stage and the contents are
listed on this website:
All Purpose Cleaner | Fabuloso Household Care
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 10-16-2010, 08:22 PM  
Viewfinder Mirror issue
Posted By AbsoluteZedo
Replies: 27
Views: 5,274
Using that test i have concluded that the "stain" is on the mirror, Any suggestions on how I should go about removing the stain, i've tried a few things, but no dice.
Unless the mirror is somehow damaged.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 10-16-2010, 01:38 PM  
Viewfinder Mirror issue
Posted By AbsoluteZedo
Replies: 27
Views: 5,274
The problem with it being on the focus screen is, after slightly moving the mirror, ie. moving it towards the flip up motion, you can see the blotch, and the blotch does not move with the focus screen it moves with the actual mirror. The light isn't refracting with the focus lense, therefore either its an optical illusion and the blotches are on the focus lense or the blotches are somehow still on the mirror
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 10-16-2010, 10:55 AM  
Viewfinder Mirror issue
Posted By AbsoluteZedo
Replies: 27
Views: 5,274
Is the focus screen the thing directly infront of the mirror, or the screen that is, Above the mirror in the compartment. The piece i am referring to is angled at like 45 degrees. Would the air canister's liquid form just damage the mirror with its sheer force?, and if so, is the mirror even replaceable? it looks like it would be costly.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 10-15-2010, 09:50 PM  
Viewfinder Mirror issue
Posted By AbsoluteZedo
Replies: 27
Views: 5,274
Well, i attempted cleaning it as i said before and there is still residue that will NOT come off.
Not sure why, or how. The blotches are on the two sides of the mirror. THAT is why i am freaking out
. I figure the mirror isn't the most vital part of the camera but when i look into the view finder i see the
blotches and its incredibly irritating. They aren't very subtle. I am not sure where the blotches actually reside
cause they are clearly not on the top surface, unless they are somehow immune to being cleaned.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 10-15-2010, 02:17 PM  
Viewfinder Mirror issue
Posted By AbsoluteZedo
Replies: 27
Views: 5,274
The pictures are fine, the sensor doesn't appear to have been damaged at all and is still operating like it was before.
Its just the viewfinder looks like trash. Its sort of blurry and has particulates on it but it is manageable, there are two residue spots on the two
sides of the viewfinder though which i believe is coming from the mirror, and it is frustrating. I'm not sure if i need my camera to be professionally cleaned
, and even if it was, i'm not even sure it is cleanable.

There isn't much said about mirror cleaning in terms of resources available online.

I am really worried that i damaged the mirror.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 10-15-2010, 01:41 PM  
Viewfinder Mirror issue
Posted By AbsoluteZedo
Replies: 27
Views: 5,274
So, me being a beginner and all, noticed my mirror was all dirty and what not so i was using
a compressed air canister...HORRIBLE IDEA......the person who used it previously used it
upside down, so liquid air shot out of the canister, onto my mirror, and now there is residue.
I spent time trying to clean it off knowing that its just the mirror...and theres two
residue marks on the two sides of the mirror that i can't seem to get rid of at all....

I'm not sure if its like, in an unreachable place.....or......I really have no idea, I tried cleaning
the back and the front and its still there. Is the mirror damaged, or did the liquid diffuse
into a crevasse.. At this point i am panicking.

The camera model is a Pentax K100D

I was wondering if anyone had any words of wisdom to offer, aside from,
Never clean your mirror with compressed air, or never try to clean your mirror at all,
I learned those from meticulously researching what to do.
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