Pentax K5II Lock Up


DMACKUK

Link Posted 16/05/2014 - 22:47
Hi all,

My K5II is approximately 9 months old and still under warranty having been purchased through SRS but I am trying to find out if mine is an isolated issue.

About ten days ago when using my camera in manual mode with an A50 lens, the camera suddenly locked up, with the red focus square permanently illuminated in the view finder and no response from the shutter release button. I tried switching the camera off and on but it made no difference and I noticed that the top LCD plate was illuminated and showing details of the exposure even when the camera was switched off.

I removed the battery (OEM) and replaced it which seemed to cure the fault.

Since then, and while using a variety of lenses, latterly my DA 35mm Ltd, the fault keeps returning and the only way I can get normal function again is by removing and reinserting the battery.

I was looking for any advice and to see if anyone else has experienced a similar problem before I return the camera for repair under warranty.

Very many thanks.
Don
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davidstorm

Link Posted 16/05/2014 - 22:58
Never had any problems with my K-5IIs, gripped or gripless. A modern camera is essentially a computer and all manner of things could cause a lock-up though. The first thing I would try is to thoroughly clean the contacts on both lens and camera body with a small amount of isopropyl alcohol or similar. If problems persist, a factor re-set followed by firmware update would be my next port of call. Finally, try a different battery. If all that fails, a warranty repair may be the only answer.

Regards
David
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stub

Link Posted 17/05/2014 - 00:09
I have never experienced the problem you are experiencing with my K5ii..
K-1Gripped K-1 ungripped K-5ii K7 Various lenses

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MrB

Link Posted 17/05/2014 - 00:40
My K-5 II locked up in the first week of use when I got at the end of last year. I installed the firmware update and it has not locked up since then.

Cheers.
Philip

DMACKUK

Link Posted 17/05/2014 - 09:49
Thank you all for your responses.

David, I am a bit OCD about cleanliness so I think I can pretty much discount electrical connections but I will try a factory reset and firmware update but I might have to wait until I have a more reliable internet connection.

I have done some searching on our sister forum and apparently by his exact fault has been replicated over there and resulted in a replacement camera being issued under warranty

I am hoping but he suggestions on here work for me as the last thing I want to do is send off my little precious for repair.
Don
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DMACKUK

Link Posted 17/05/2014 - 15:35
Okay, contacts cleaned again for good measure, factory reset and latest software update carried out so now on V1.07.

I will of course let you know if my intermittent fault returns - hopefully sorted now, but i have no way of telling until I have taken a reasonable number of actuation's.

Thanks again to all.
Don
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davidstorm

Link Posted 17/05/2014 - 16:06
Hi Don

If the problem does re-occur I wouldn't discount the battery as the cause. If it is not giving out the correct voltage it could easily be causing problems. Also, don't read too much into similar issues reported on other Forums, a 'lock-up' is not a definitive problem and could be because of umpteen different things.

Regards
David
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DMACKUK

Link Posted 09/06/2014 - 13:49
David,

It appears the factory reset and latest firmware upgrade has done the trick as have not had any issues since I last posted on this topic.

Thank you all for your help.
Don
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bettyswolloks

Link Posted 09/06/2014 - 19:08
My IIs did it 3 times in the 1st couple of weeks, I said Id send it back if it did it again, it never did.
My advice is to just use it, let it settle down so to speak.
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