Pentax Physiology


alfiemooon

Link Posted 11/11/2009 - 16:12
After sitting here since July,twiddling my tumbs,I have just learnt from LCE`s 3rd Party Repairer that replacement parts for my K10D are not available and furthermore,LCE tell me that the K10D is discontinued...

So,one now wonders...

1)What are the Physiological differences within the Pentax range?.I appreciate that software may be different from one model to the next but is there really that much difference from,say,the shutter of the K7 to the K100 (physically speaking)?.

2)Do I now take a look at the K20 as a replacement?.

Nic
K10D,K20D
Pentax 18-55,Tamron AF 70-300,Sigma 150-500
Kenko 2X Teleplus MC7
AF 360 FGZ

MattMatic

Link Posted 11/11/2009 - 16:19
Nic, perhaps you should try an alternative repairer first.
The K10D has been discontinued for some time...

Try Asahi Photo - they still hold parts for many looooong since discontinued Pentax items

Matt
http://www.mattmatic.co.uk
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womble

Link Posted 11/11/2009 - 16:20
Nic,

Sorry to hear about your K10.

1) Yes, there appear to be big differences. The shutter in the K7, for example, is much quieter and faster than the K10, and even the K20 seems (to my ears at least) quieter suggesting differences in manufacture.

2) The K20D is a good upgrade from the K10D while being familiar enough that there is no learning curve.

Best wishes, Kris.
Kris Lockyear
It is an illusion that photos are made with the camera… they are made with the eye, heart and head. Henri Cartier-Bresson
Lots of film bodies, a couple of digital ones, too many lenses (mainly older glass) and a Horseman LE 5x4.

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fatspider

Link Posted 11/11/2009 - 16:22
I would have thought that a bit odd, the K10D has only been out of production for what, a year?
I would try and find out what part was required and contact another repairer for a second opinion, link for instance or another highly recomended one who name escapes me, no doubt someone will be along to provide you with a link.
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fatspider

Link Posted 11/11/2009 - 16:24
AAARGHH!!!!

beaten to it by other members, of course if I'd not broken off typing my reply to find the link to Asahi Photo then I'd have beaten Matt and Kris.
My Names Alan, and I'm a lensaholic.
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johnriley

Link Posted 11/11/2009 - 16:24
The obvious thing would be to contact the official Pentax repairer and, if you are a Pentax User subscriber, take advantage of the 20% discount.

If not, it might pay you to subscribe to the club first and enjoy the quarterly magazine as well.
Best regards, John

alfiemooon

Link Posted 11/11/2009 - 16:26
Believe it or not,I`m being told the same thing about spares from another "repairer" too.

LCE are suggesting the K20 as a relacement but I`m wondering how long it is before parts for this model become unavailable...for example,replacement of "the bit that captures the light"...(dunno what it`s called but you know what I mean...I hope),afteral,how long before an image receptor burns out?.

Seriously thinking about approaching the UK`s approved Pentax Repairer...but I`ll give Asahi a try first.

Thanks for your suggestion Matt

Nic
K10D,K20D
Pentax 18-55,Tamron AF 70-300,Sigma 150-500
Kenko 2X Teleplus MC7
AF 360 FGZ

womble

Link Posted 11/11/2009 - 16:29
The official repairer did a good job on my lens but weren't quick...
Kris Lockyear
It is an illusion that photos are made with the camera… they are made with the eye, heart and head. Henri Cartier-Bresson
Lots of film bodies, a couple of digital ones, too many lenses (mainly older glass) and a Horseman LE 5x4.

My website

dangie

Link Posted 11/11/2009 - 16:40
For a camera that is ONLY three years old, and cost approx £600-700 (or more) when introduced, I don't think it's asking too much for spares and repair to be available for say ten years. I know digital technology is moving on quite fast, but the K10D was an excellent camera when it came out and will still be an excellent camera in ten years time. Just because most want the latest, doesn't mean the old is no good.
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alfiemooon

Link Posted 11/11/2009 - 16:41
Thanks Kris,

1) But would there really be that much difference in physical size?...not being an engineer...ha ha ha

2) Well,you`re the first one to post a positive point for the K20 although I`m now surfing the Interweb for price comparisons...where`s Peter Jones when you need him...ha ha ha

impotentspider,

Not a problem,that`s not like you,you`re usually on the ball

John,

Good point...although another monthy mag to go along with my RadCom,what would SWHTBO say?...he he he


I suppose my options are.

1)send to Authorised/Other Repairer and be without my dSLR for a further undisclosed period
2)Purchase a K20 and cut my losses
3)Purchase a K20 & continue to try to get my K10D repairered
4)Move to another manufacturer...but then,I`ve sorta got a feel for my K10D...and then there`s my Tamron and my 2x Converter

Decisions,decisions...ho hum


Nic
K10D,K20D
Pentax 18-55,Tamron AF 70-300,Sigma 150-500
Kenko 2X Teleplus MC7
AF 360 FGZ
Last Edited by alfiemooon on 11/11/2009 - 16:43

alfiemooon

Link Posted 11/11/2009 - 16:50
MattMatic wrote:
Nic, perhaps you should try an alternative repairer first.
The K10D has been discontinued for some time...

Try Asahi Photo - they still hold parts for many looooong since discontinued Pentax items

Matt

Oooooh!,not far from Kew Gardens,according to their website.Off to London next week,so I might just pop in...if I get my poor wounded camera back by then..ha ha

Nic
K10D,K20D
Pentax 18-55,Tamron AF 70-300,Sigma 150-500
Kenko 2X Teleplus MC7
AF 360 FGZ

womble

Link Posted 11/11/2009 - 17:21
Personally I'd go for your option 3.

K.
Kris Lockyear
It is an illusion that photos are made with the camera… they are made with the eye, heart and head. Henri Cartier-Bresson
Lots of film bodies, a couple of digital ones, too many lenses (mainly older glass) and a Horseman LE 5x4.

My website

Hyram

Link Posted 11/11/2009 - 17:32
womble wrote:
Personally I'd go for your option 3.

K.

I would as well.
Hyram

Bodies: K20D (2), K10D, Super A, ME Super, Auto 110 SLR, X70, Optio P70
Pentax Glass: DA* 300, DA* 60-250, DA* 50-135, DA* 16-50, DA 70 Ltd, FA 31 Ltd, DA 35 Ltd, DA 18-55 (2), DA 12-24, DA 10-17, M 200, A 35-70, M 40, M 28, Converter-A 2X-S, 1.4X-S, AF 1.7, Pentax-110 50, Pentax-110 24
Other Glass: Sigma 105 macro, Sigma-A APO 75-300
Flash: Metz 58 AF-1 P, Pentax AF160FC ringflash, Pentax AF280T

alfiemooon

Link Posted 11/11/2009 - 18:12
Hyram wrote:
womble wrote:
Personally I'd go for your option 3.

K.

I would as well.

Have to admit I am sorely tempted,if only for the fact that one can live with my 18-55 (Pentax) and one with my 70-300 (Tamron).
However,I was quoted £250 for the repair that hasn`t materialised and to be far,The K10D only had under 3000 clicks under it`s belt (I save all my captures to a "doorstop of an external hard drive)...good job I`ve got a little of the disposable stuff still available..ha ha ha

Thanks for your input Guys,much appreciated.

Nic
K10D,K20D
Pentax 18-55,Tamron AF 70-300,Sigma 150-500
Kenko 2X Teleplus MC7
AF 360 FGZ

alfiemooon

Link Posted 11/11/2009 - 19:37
Would be interested in the General Census of Opinion.

C*M*R*B*X are showing a K20D Body for £569.99 inc VAT on the Interweb.


Nic

(My Message Mail Box show be operational now for thumbs up/down)
K10D,K20D
Pentax 18-55,Tamron AF 70-300,Sigma 150-500
Kenko 2X Teleplus MC7
AF 360 FGZ
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