Every button press sounds like a photo is being taken!!


Kenty

Link Posted 12/06/2012 - 08:31
I have had a K5 for over a year now. Love it.
BUT.....over the last few weeks it has started to give me a problem. It doesn't semm to matter which button I press or whether I try and take a photo I get a sound as if I had taken a photo. But a photo is not actually taken. This happens regardless of which lens I use and also happens with no lens attached. So it cannot be due to dirty contacts on the lens.

The problem is intermittent (inevitably) and so far I have not been able to establish what sets this problem off. I have tried with a fully charged battery or a partially discharged battery - doesn't seem to matter. Also taking the battery out and then reinserting it. Sometimes this stops the problem for a while. Also switching the camera off can help but not always.

Am in Spain at present, could heat affect it? But I'm fairly sure this problem has happened in England with no high temperatures.

Hope I've clearly explained the problem. Any help or advice would be appreciated.

Cheers....John
On a dark desert highway, cool Pentax K5 in my hand.
My Kit
K5 & 18-55 Kit lens, K7, Pentax 18-250mm lens, Sigma 10-20mm lens, Sigma 105mm Macro lens, Pentax 50mm 1.7 lens, Cokin P Series Filters

Charlotte

Link Posted 12/06/2012 - 09:03
I have the same problem with my k-r and haven't been able to solve the problem and the mirror locks up on occasion.

Hope you have more luck than me.
Pentax Photo Gallery
Photography blog

Kenty

Link Posted 12/06/2012 - 11:40
Thanks Charlotte - hope you find an answer!

Anyone else out there who can assist??

John
On a dark desert highway, cool Pentax K5 in my hand.
My Kit
K5 & 18-55 Kit lens, K7, Pentax 18-250mm lens, Sigma 10-20mm lens, Sigma 105mm Macro lens, Pentax 50mm 1.7 lens, Cokin P Series Filters

Charlotte

Link Posted 12/06/2012 - 12:37
You could try some of the things that were suggested to me they might help you;

https://www.pentaxuser.com/forum/topic/i-think-my-k-r-is-dying--33956

At that stage it appeared that it was the cheap tubes but has progressed now to anything I use - I think I shall have to send my camera in somewhere to be looked at.

Good luck.
Pentax Photo Gallery
Photography blog
Last Edited by Charlotte on 12/06/2012 - 12:39

beakynet

Link Posted 12/06/2012 - 13:35
If you purchased from a Pentax Pro dealer, such as SRS, then I would contact them regarding a warrantee repair.
Bodies: K5IIs, K7, MZ5n, LX, MV
Lenses: DA*16-50, DA18-55WR, DA18-135, DAL35, M50 F2, A50 f1.4, FA50 f1.4, DA*50-135, DA55-300, Tamron 70-300, DFA 100 WR Macro, M135 f3.5, Sigma 120-400 APO DG HSM, Tokina 500 f8.0
Flash: Metz 58, Metz 48
Accessories: BG4, Pentax right angle finder, Pentax mirror adaptor lens, O-ME53 Viewfinder Loupe
Auto 110 System: Auto 110, Winder, 18mm, 24mm, 50mm, 70mm, 20-40mm, AF100P, 1.7x telecon

felix

Link Posted 13/06/2012 - 15:10
If the batteries re fully charged and you put them in, they will have the mirror flop issue. This is where you press any button and it sounds as though you are taking a photo.

Take the battery out for about 10 to 20 seconds and put it back in. That should solve the problem.
K1/K3, DA*16-50mm F2.8, FA 31mm F1.8, FA43mm F1.9 Limited, FA77mm F1.8 Limited, SMC Pentax K 85mm F1.8, DA18-135mm F3.5-5.6, FA*28-70mm F1.8, FA*200mm F1.8

MattMatic

Link Posted 13/06/2012 - 15:28
I too have had the issue a few times in the last couple of months

It has happened to me with partially charged batteries. Pressing any button flicks the mirror up and down, and even powering off does the same

Generally, powering off for a while will stop the issue (at least temporarily). Removing the battery seems to stop the issue (and I don't believe it's down to freshly charged batteries - happened to me with a battery I'd been using for several days of on and off shooting).

EDIT: Tried cleaning the contacts; removing battery (which I have two originals). Have K5 and DA*16-50 on most of the time.

Since I've been through a few firmware upgrades, I decided to reset all custom functions and settings, remove the battery over night and try again. ...the jury's still out... but it hasn't happened yet

Just for the record.... what firmware do you have? (Hold the MENU button down while powering up to check)

Matt
http://www.mattmatic.co.uk
(For gallery, tips and links)
Last Edited by MattMatic on 13/06/2012 - 15:30

Peter Elgar

Link Posted 13/06/2012 - 17:02
Come back K10D -- all is Forgiven !! I never have any trouble like that with my K10D -- it seems the latest Pentaxes have much more trouble -- I have never 'updated the Firmware' thingy on mine either.
been a member of Pentax Club since the Ron Spillman era! Got COMPUTERISED at last - DIGITISED? Taken the PLUNGE - BUT FILM STILL RULES !!!

MattMatic

Link Posted 14/06/2012 - 13:29
Peter - are you saying that you do have trouble with a K5 now yourself?

If anyone has the same issue, could you let me know what firmware version you are running?
I am running 1.13 - and wonder if somehow the batch of firmware released on 2012-03-01 is the issue (because I've never seen this on any other Pentax, and didn't see this before on the K5)

Matt
http://www.mattmatic.co.uk
(For gallery, tips and links)

Frogherder

Link Posted 14/06/2012 - 13:35
v1.13 on my K5 also.
In over 1500 shots (since Christmas) have not had the slightlest hiccup.
Original battery and a clone both perform identically (as far as I can tell) right down to battery exhaustion.

regards
Bernard

Charlotte

Link Posted 14/06/2012 - 14:25
It seems to be fairly common problem - with the K-r and the K-5

Some one's put a video on you tube for those who aren't sure what being talked about;
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YV3R2YXKCyM


Pentax seems to know about it but there doesn't seem to be a known solution out there for it - if you send it for repair it might be OK for a while and then start again.

It's extremely frustrating as you don't know when it's going to start mucking about - I've lost countless insect shots because of it. I'm starting to wish I bought a cannon instead.
Pentax Photo Gallery
Photography blog

MattMatic

Link Posted 14/06/2012 - 14:32
Charlotte - which firmware version?

I know that the majority of 1.13 users won't have a problem. I really want to collate which firmware is running on the cameras that have this problem. I don't believe it's battery related, and am not at all sure that it's a hardware fault. I'm looking for some evidence for this mirror issue occurring either only in 1.13 or in other versions too

Matt
http://www.mattmatic.co.uk
(For gallery, tips and links)
Last Edited by MattMatic on 14/06/2012 - 14:34

Darkmunk

Link Posted 14/06/2012 - 14:40
I'm on 1.03, never had any problems.
Facebook Page
Plymouth Photographer

Charlotte

Link Posted 14/06/2012 - 15:02
Mine's a K-r and 1.12 firmware.
Pentax Photo Gallery
Photography blog

Kenty

Link Posted 14/06/2012 - 21:02
Matt

I'm on 1.11 - should I upgrade to 1.13?? Perhaps no point if you have the problem with 1.13!

I've tried taking the battery out and re-inserting and also tried a 'cheap' battery (InoV80), both either fully charged or not fully charged but the problem persists. It's quite bad - I sometimes can take a couple of shots but then whatever button I press flicks the mirror or shutter - no idea which - but it makes the sound of a photo being taken - but no photo is taken.

I'm on holiday in Spain - wish I'd taken my K7 as a back up!! Next time I will - hindsight is wonderful.

John
On a dark desert highway, cool Pentax K5 in my hand.
My Kit
K5 & 18-55 Kit lens, K7, Pentax 18-250mm lens, Sigma 10-20mm lens, Sigma 105mm Macro lens, Pentax 50mm 1.7 lens, Cokin P Series Filters
Add a Comment
You must be registered or logged-in to comment.