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Forum: Pentax K-5 11-17-2014, 02:34 AM  
K-5 shutter problems
Posted By emtor
Replies: 10
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Good news. I contacted a large camera repair shop here in Norway, and they'll replace the shutter for 400 USD.
That's about what I'd have to pay for a second hand K5 with anything from a low to a very high shuttercount.
I had expected a much higher figure since we have high wages and high prices here, but 400 USD was not bad at all.
Forum: Pentax K-5 11-11-2014, 04:49 AM  
K-5 shutter problems
Posted By emtor
Replies: 10
Views: 1,420
Yes, I've tried both.
I'll call a large camera repair shop to check for how much they charge for a shutter replacement.
-Or,- I'll buy a second hand K-5 for what they usually cost which is anything from 300 to 400 USD (here in Norway).
Forum: Pentax K-5 11-10-2014, 12:15 AM  
K-5 shutter problems
Posted By emtor
Replies: 10
Views: 1,420
I've got two batteries, one that came with the cam, and another less than one year old. Never had any problems with them.
Forum: Pentax K-5 11-09-2014, 08:17 AM  
K-5 shutter problems
Posted By emtor
Replies: 10
Views: 1,420
Nope, not until you suggested it, no change though.
By flipping the mirror up with a finger and then actuating the shutter it is easy to see how the shutter is built:
Three horizontal curtains each actuated by levers. The levers sweep down from the top and returns upwards again when the shutter action is completed.
The levers lie horizontally,-then sweeping downwards into a vertical position and finally returning upwards. However, they seem to get stuck before completing their travel towards a vertical position, which is why a part of them are visible as long as the shutter is actuated.
It seems that the levers aren't moving far enough downwards. Also there's a sound during the shutter-sequence that just doesn't sound right, like something is trying to move the possibly stuck levers. I have tried to carefully help the levers to continue their movement by pushing them with tweezers, but no luck,-they're stuck when reaching a certain position.
Forum: Pentax K-5 11-09-2014, 05:29 AM  
K-5 shutter problems
Posted By emtor
Replies: 10
Views: 1,420
I've had my K-5 for a while now, and last night the shutter started to go sour on me.
I have checked the shutter-count, and although I can't remember the actual shutter actuations, I do remember it was rather high.
Well, last night I played around in video-mode and noticed that the display stayed black a couple of times. As the evening passed, this occured more frequently.
Today I decided to have a closer look at the problem and when taking stills most of them were not exposed at all while a few were severly underexposed.
I tried with several lenses in several modes but the symptom persists.
With the lens off the body and the camera in sensor cleaning mode and with a fully charged battery the mirror flips up but the shutter is still closed.
I guess the shutter mechanism is shot.
Anybody who had the same problem?
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 07-09-2014, 05:09 AM  
K 20-D & SMC-DA 1:3,5-5,6. 18-55 WR lens
Posted By emtor
Replies: 2
Views: 804
No filters and daylight, but still no focus-lock at 18 mm FL. It never behaved that way before.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 07-03-2014, 01:48 AM  
K 20-D & SMC-DA 1:3,5-5,6. 18-55 WR lens
Posted By emtor
Replies: 2
Views: 804
Focus problem when lens is set to 18 mm and trying to focus near infinity. Sometimes focus locks on, sometimes not.
This behaviour has started recently. Anybody here having had the same problem?
Forum: Post Your Photos! 09-07-2013, 07:01 AM  
People Yet another K-5 praise
Posted By emtor
Replies: 2
Views: 770
Pentax K5 / 50mm 1.7 manual lens - ISO 80, the perfect combo for portraits.

Forum: Pentax K-5 08-31-2013, 09:41 AM  
K5-family reunion @ 3200 ISO
Posted By emtor
Replies: 6
Views: 1,546
I certainly don't mind. The best feedback one can get is someone using pics for their desktops. -Thank you.
Forum: Pentax K-5 08-29-2013, 12:33 PM  
K5-family reunion @ 3200 ISO
Posted By emtor
Replies: 6
Views: 1,546
This is why I upgraded from the K-20d, and although the K-20 d is a great camera the K-5 shoots just as nice images @ 3200 ISO as
the K-20d did @ 400 ISO.
Forum: Pentax K-5 08-29-2013, 05:16 AM  
K5-family reunion @ 3200 ISO
Posted By emtor
Replies: 6
Views: 1,546
Forum: Pentax K-5 08-29-2013, 03:01 AM  
K5-family reunion @ 3200 ISO
Posted By emtor
Replies: 6
Views: 1,546
Family reunion. Dimly lit room. Everybody expects lots of images to be taken. Welcome to ISO-noise hell.
This is the situation when I usually would be tempted to leave the camera at home and just enjoy the party.
But it so happens that my camera is a Pentax K-5, so I brought it with me and shot loads of pics all night @ 3200 ISO.



Forum: Pentax K-5 07-08-2013, 12:06 AM  
K-5 and HDR timelapse
Posted By emtor
Replies: 0
Views: 1,043
I upgraded from K20d to K-5 to partly use the extended ability of the K-5 to shoot up to 999 images in interval-mode, as opposed to the 99 max. images you get with the K20d. The K20d lets me shoot interval AND exposure bracketing at the same time, but with the K-5 this seems NOT to be the case. Yes,-I have set the K-5 to shoot the full bracket with only one shutter button push/actuation. I would very much like to avoid the use of an external intervalometer since the K-5 has one built into the camera, so is there a hidden secret to shoot interval AND exp. bracketing at the same time with the K-5?
Forum: Pentax K-5 06-24-2013, 09:29 PM  
This is why I bought the K5
Posted By emtor
Replies: 23
Views: 4,072
Menu ---> D-range setting (page 3) ---> choose "Highlight Correction".
Forum: Pentax K-5 06-24-2013, 09:52 AM  
Crazy time to buy a K-5? (mk1)
Posted By emtor
Replies: 14
Views: 2,487
Buy it! The high ISO capability will put a big grin on your face.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-23-2013, 10:24 PM  
SMC-M 50/1.7 - a must have.
Posted By emtor
Replies: 23
Views: 2,479
I recently bought a second hand K-5, and the seller recommended me to throw in a few extra bucks and get the
SMC-M 50/1.7 to go with it. I'm amazed that such a cheap lens can be this good.
The lack of AF doesn't bother me one tiny bit, neither does the fact that I need to go manual-mode on the K5,
just like in the old days. (Yes, I grew up in the film era long before AF and camera-modes were invented.)
My recommendation is go get one of these lenses and learn how your camera works without all that fancy stuff.

Forum: Post Your Photos! 06-21-2013, 01:03 AM  
People This is why I love the K5
Posted By emtor
Replies: 4
Views: 725
K-5, 400 ISO. Pentax SMC-M 50mm f. 1,7. Shot at f. 1,7 natural lighting.




Forum: Post Your Photos! 06-21-2013, 12:57 AM  
People This is why I love the K5
Posted By emtor
Replies: 4
Views: 725
Babies are always camera friendly aren't they?
Nice sharp eyes, a must in portrait photography.
I have the Tamron too, and it's a great lens.
Forum: Pentax K-5 06-20-2013, 10:24 PM  
This is why I bought the K5
Posted By emtor
Replies: 23
Views: 4,072
Blemishes on the skin is dealt with by using the "spot healing brush" in PS.
Then "new layer via copy", then heavy noise reduction on the whole layer,-then a mask is created and the NR effect is removed
from the hair, eyes and lips.. Another layer and then sharpening by quite a large amount,- mask,-and the sharpening is
removed from everything but the eyes, lips and hair.
In the film-era, the same was done by studio lighting, make-up and retouching the paper copies. Thank God for Photoshop.
Forum: Pentax K-5 06-20-2013, 08:49 AM  
This is why I bought the K5
Posted By emtor
Replies: 23
Views: 4,072
No catchlights were used at all. The image was shot using the natural light that was available at the moment,
The only thing I can think of that could have acted as a light source was a large window located behind me.
As I remember there were no lamps lit in the living room either.
Forum: Pentax K-5 06-18-2013, 02:25 PM  
This is why I bought the K5
Posted By emtor
Replies: 23
Views: 4,072
Thanks for the link. -It all became quite clear now.
Forum: Pentax K-5 06-18-2013, 12:49 PM  
Am I nuts to sell a K20D and get a closeout K5?
Posted By emtor
Replies: 36
Views: 4,680
I've just upgraded from the K20d to K5, and I find the AF of the K5 to be faster and quite accurate.
Also the WB of the K20d was something I never liked, especially in artificial light conditions.
With the K5, WB seems spot on in every situation even when set to auto.
The K5 also has a wider DR which is helpful when shooting portraits.
I could never revert back to the K20d although it is a lovely camera.
Forum: Pentax K-5 06-18-2013, 12:40 PM  
This is why I bought the K5
Posted By emtor
Replies: 23
Views: 4,072
I do think it applies to RAW as well. I did a test with highlight protection on and off, shooting RAW,-and the highlights were less burned out with highlight protection on.
Forum: Pentax K-5 06-18-2013, 11:04 AM  
This is why I bought the K5
Posted By emtor
Replies: 23
Views: 4,072
I've just upgraded from K20d to K5+ SMC 50mm f 1.7 manual lens.
It's a wonderful combo,-perfectly suitable for portraits.
The pic below was shot with the lens wide open and the K5 at 400 ISO and with highlight protection on.
Note the highlighted area at on the left side of the face. With the K20d this area
would have been pretty much burned out. Not so with the K5.
A wonderful camera indeed.

Forum: Pentax K-5 06-06-2013, 12:47 AM  
Am I nuts to sell a K20D and get a closeout K5?
Posted By emtor
Replies: 36
Views: 4,680
I'm doing the exact same thing these days,-upgrading from k20d to K-5.
The K20d is a decent camera, but shooting a wedding inside a dimly lit church made me realize that I needed the K-5 for its low light performance.
Also the extended DR of the K-5 will come in handy. No, you're not a nut.
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