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Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 11-24-2019, 12:22 PM  
Pentax K-R - Selector dial bad contact
Posted By Skodadriver
Replies: 22
Views: 787
Bit confused, I did not use standard WD-40 but the electrical contact cleaner they make.
I am not recommending using the cleaner, just pointing out that it seems to have worked for me.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 11-24-2019, 08:18 AM  
Pentax K-R - Selector dial bad contact
Posted By Skodadriver
Replies: 22
Views: 787
Having recently bought a K-500 (to replace my not quite fully functional K-x) I went out and bought some WD-40 FAST DRYING CONTACT CLEANER and sprayed it in through the small apertures either side of the wheel on my problem K-x, then exercised the wheel.

(My theory being that I was unlikely to break the camera with this cleaner but if I did I had the K-500 to fall back on.
Turns out the K-500 had the aperture block problem but the seller kindly gave me a partial refund.)

After leaving it until the following day I replaced the batteries and checked the operation of the wheel in AV and TV modes. The wheel was still not changing the aperture (in those modes) properly so I gave it a 2nd blast and exercise.
Then a 3rd and 4th, they provided better operation but not perfect.
Today I tried a 5th and it seems to have worked!

So I am now a happy bunny with a fully working K-x and can testify to the contact cleaner working. Time will tell.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 11-06-2019, 12:23 AM  
Pentax K-R - Selector dial bad contact
Posted By Skodadriver
Replies: 22
Views: 787
I have a body with the same problem and would be interested.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-06-2019, 12:20 AM  
Looking for purchase advice on some "more experienced" cameras.
Posted By Skodadriver
Replies: 50
Views: 1,690
Another vote for the K-5 models.
If you focus on them there will be something coming up for sale near your budget, especially if you are willing to exceed it for the right combination of body and lens.

An alternative, if you are happy to focus manually, is the K-30, K-50/500 models with aperture block. Not quite the overall specs the K-5 provides but there are plenty of Pentax manual lenses that can produce good images.
Bear in mind that you may get the inclination to upgrade sooner than you think but one of the K-5 models might prevent that inclination coming too quickly.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 10-30-2019, 08:13 AM  
Recommedations and opinions on K-500 with aperture block problem.
Posted By Skodadriver
Replies: 18
Views: 767
Thank you but there is no way I am going to try and fix it, I managed to junk my 80-320mm lens trying to clean it inside and that has scarred me and acknowledges my D-I-Y skill level as very very poor.

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Thank you all again, the seller and I have agreed an equitable 50 refund and I may retain the body and use it specifically for manual lens use.
Maybe I will sell it on at a later date.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 10-29-2019, 06:42 AM  
Recommedations and opinions on K-500 with aperture block problem.
Posted By Skodadriver
Replies: 18
Views: 767
Hi MossyRocks
I checked the cost of sending it with battery and charger, tracked by UK Royal Mail to USA and it would be as much as $30. No doubt I can find a cheaper carrier but the battery might be a no no.
I shall contact my seller and pm you.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 10-29-2019, 05:06 AM  
Recommedations and opinions on K-500 with aperture block problem.
Posted By Skodadriver
Replies: 18
Views: 767
Thank you all for all the replies, I have had no luck with the camera aperture non invasive fixes so will contact the seller.
Forum: Pentax Forums Giveaways 10-29-2019, 01:55 AM  
Sticky: PentaxForums 100 Year Giveaway - October - General Raffle Entry Thread
Posted By Skodadriver
Replies: 458
Views: 11,335
I would like to be in as well.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 10-29-2019, 01:43 AM  
Recommedations and opinions on K-500 with aperture block problem.
Posted By Skodadriver
Replies: 18
Views: 767
It is a bit awkward to make that decision as it came with a DA 55-300mm that I would much like to keep.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 10-29-2019, 12:36 AM  
Recommedations and opinions on K-500 with aperture block problem.
Posted By Skodadriver
Replies: 18
Views: 767
I received my auction win K-500 yesterday and found it shows the dark image problem.
After resetting back to factory I tried it on various settings before checking on the forum to diagnose what the problem was.
I had seen the problem mentioned in the past but not taken much notice so will be checking on fixes today when I have time. While I am doing that;


Can someone advise whether I should return the camera..
Or try to fix the problem and ask for a partial refund?
Which non invasive "fixes" are recommended to try first?
I there a UK repair house that I could send it to and how much?


Thank yous in advance to all respondents.
:o
Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-29-2019, 12:15 AM  
Machinery Burnt Orange Porshe
Posted By Skodadriver
Replies: 11
Views: 217
The Cobra? behind, is that painted or bare metal?
Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-28-2019, 11:25 PM  
Abstract R
Posted By Skodadriver
Replies: 8
Views: 240
Wow! That is a lot of work.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-28-2019, 12:08 AM  
People Double Trouble
Posted By Skodadriver
Replies: 4
Views: 141
It looks like the one behind is taking macro shots of the one in front's left ear.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-28-2019, 12:02 AM  
Macro Very tiny insect
Posted By Skodadriver
Replies: 18
Views: 313
Great shot.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-28-2019, 12:00 AM  
Not Work-Safe For the Boys 2....
Posted By Skodadriver
Replies: 12
Views: 249
My great niece has some interesting body tattoos and piercing, unfortunately I am never going to photograph them on her, or on her in the shower or bath.
Thank you for providing these shots you have taken.
Forum: General Talk 10-27-2019, 11:37 PM  
What music are you currently listening to?
Posted By Skodadriver
Replies: 5,581
Views: 433,575
I am looking forward to hearing "The world in union" again next weekend.
I expect there will be a few million other listeners as the Rugby World Cup final is televised.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-27-2019, 11:30 PM  
Abstract R
Posted By Skodadriver
Replies: 8
Views: 240
Me too!
Some details and explanations please.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 10-18-2019, 07:58 AM  
Poll: Expired Contest Poll VOTE NOW - Photo Contest #157 Poll (Portraits - September 2019)
Posted By Skodadriver
Replies: 92
Views: 8,120
Number 5 had some problem with the light/flash preventing the girl's pupil from being round. Spoiled it for me unfortunately as my eyes were drawn there. Otherwise I would probably have added it to the three I liked best.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 07-25-2019, 12:32 AM  
K2000 Will Not Turn On
Posted By Skodadriver
Replies: 9
Views: 656
I have found this works if you keep turning the camera on, leaving it on for a few minutes, taking out and re-inserting the batteries, turn on again for a few minutes. Repeat this half a dozen times and then give up. I have tried this on two camera models, K100ds and K-m (2000) and been perhaps lucky as they both started working.
I use lithium batteries, not tried it with re-chargables.
Forum: Lens Clubs 07-11-2019, 04:50 AM  
The Mirror Lens Club!
Posted By Skodadriver
Replies: 1,114
Views: 396,153
Sigma 600mm mirror, hand held. A little contrast adjustment.
The interesting thing is the spots on the camera sensor show as doughnuts (or polo mints).
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 06-28-2019, 11:35 AM  
Thematic Show me your insects
Posted By Skodadriver
Replies: 5,753
Views: 350,012
It has also grown bigger! Could not find it today, maybe it has moved on.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 06-26-2019, 10:41 PM  
Thematic Show me your insects
Posted By Skodadriver
Replies: 5,753
Views: 350,012
Thank you, good to know.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 06-26-2019, 12:39 PM  
Thematic Show me your insects
Posted By Skodadriver
Replies: 5,753
Views: 350,012
Not a bug I recognise, anyone know? Some aphids included to show size.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 06-25-2019, 11:02 PM  
Thematic Show me your insects
Posted By Skodadriver
Replies: 5,753
Views: 350,012
My Cricket nymph is growing up.
Tamron SP90 at 1:2 macro and cropped.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 06-21-2019, 11:57 AM  
Got Squirrel Shots? (In memorial of Rupert)
Posted By Skodadriver
Replies: 2,589
Views: 198,044
Might have been praying that the impulse to eat it's body weight in peanuts will not happen again soon.


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