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A Request for K20 owners that use Photome

Posted 22/08/2009 - 20:07 Link
This is a request for K20 Owners who use Photome could you please check the camera manufacture date reported by photome against the date you purchased your camera and post the results here please.

The reason for this is I have a K20 purchased May this year and photome reports the manufacture date as 24/02/2008 which seams odd to me

Thanks Karl
Posted 22/08/2009 - 21:01 Link

Not sure if it proves anything but I bought mine in either March or April this year and mine say 03/03/2008. Of more concern to me is that for the picture I chose - being one of the last I have taken on the camera it gives a shutter count of 2693 but the image number is 0028 having just gone over 10,000 images
Posted 22/08/2009 - 21:02 Link
Manufacture Date 2008-06-04 with the camera bought 10th Jan 2009. Hope it helps.
Posted 22/08/2009 - 21:03 Link
Mine says 2008-05-07. I bought it in November last year.
Posted 22/08/2009 - 21:13 Link

Unlikely I think.

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Posted 22/08/2009 - 21:34 Link
My guess is it's batch date which relates (in some way) to the serial number. Allows Pentax to double check warranties, grey imports etc.
Posted 22/08/2009 - 21:56 Link
Thanks all for the replies

PentaxBabe mine is the same the shutter count is about 600 more than I have taken.

thanks again Karl
Posted 23/08/2009 - 10:24 Link
I bought mine 2 months ago and the date is 2008-02-24. As far as the shutter count is concerned, I checked mine after a couple of shots and it was 5008.
Posted 24/08/2009 - 20:15 Link
so what conclusions do we draw? If the manufactured date is correct most K20Ds have sat on a shelf somewhere for 6-9 months before being sold?

I don't understand the shutter count. John941, are you saying you only took two shots from new and already it showed up as 5008? Are they not set to zero at 'birth' then?!

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Posted 24/08/2009 - 22:52 Link
The date might come from when the chip or computer in the camera was manufactured, when I used to build computers the motherboard could be up to a year old but the computer was brand new when I built it.
Posted 24/08/2009 - 22:58 Link
Sorry about that typo it should have been 508 shutter count which I believe is due to pentax testing at the factory.
Posted 28/08/2009 - 17:17 Link
I've just got mine new today and on Photome the manufacturers date is 01/01/08, I've taken 37 pics but the shutter count is 275.
What's going on.
Posted 28/08/2009 - 17:52 Link
Ratcatcher wrote:
I've taken 37 pics but the shutter count is 275.
What's going on.

Maybe Pentax test the cameras before sending them out :
Edited by Mike-P: 28/08/2009 - 17:53
Posted 28/08/2009 - 18:06 Link
Mike-P wrote:
Ratcatcher wrote:
I've taken 37 pics but the shutter count is 275.
What's going on.

Maybe Pentax test the cameras before sending them out :

To be honest I'd be very disappointed if they didn't test them thoroughly.
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Posted 28/08/2009 - 18:17 Link
I would have thought they would zero the clock after testing.

A couple of hundred shots isn't going to hurt really, they may be from "test shots" at the dealer. I know when I've tried bodies at dealers I have always (after asking) released the shutter a few times. These bodies would be sold "as new" I'm sure so that may explain it.

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