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The dreaded K30 aperture motor failure strikes again


richandfleur

Link Posted 10/03/2016 - 00:21
laurencea wrote:
it all went dark as the mirror was stuck up.

Try shooting without a lens attached. You may need to activate this option in the menus, but mine did that once, and firing off a few shots with no lens attached sorted it out. It's never happened again.

richandfleur

Link Posted 10/03/2016 - 00:23
davidstorm wrote:
AuraTodd wrote:
Is there a problem with the K30, coz I have one which is a bit worrying?

Don't worry about something that might never happen Louise. Just enjoy using your camera.

I'd add though to be on the look out if signs begin to appear. Many aperture motors have failed progressively, so personally I'd aim to get out quick if you started to find the odd frame unexplainably white or black/much darker during a series of photos with the same settings...

AuraTodd

Link Posted 10/03/2016 - 15:09
Thanks, I cant afford to replace my DSLR body as yet.
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AuraTodd

Link Posted 17/07/2016 - 16:52
Hi I've been watching this forum with interest as the same problem has now occurred with my K30, seems like a well know fault which has started making me lose faith in Pentax.

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Early K-30's especially I'd be keeping an eye out for it, though they're probably all out of warranty now anyway.

Mine from SRS is just about three years old now.

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they have not seen this problem with K50's though.

Not yet, but i can't take the risk it could happen.

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Hopefully Pentax /Ricoh will help out anybody with this fault even if their camera is out of guarantee as this is a true well documented manufacturing fault

Would be nice but highly unlikely. If this is a well known fault, why isn't it being fixed?

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I wonder if the guys at SRS have seen much of this, might be reassuring if they could advise how many K30's they sold and what percentage are they aware of with this problem.

Sounds like a lot out there after doing a search on other forums.

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I started scanning the forums to see what was the matter with my K30 and i think I have found the issue.

Something to do with the arpeture. i'm strapped for cash and I need my camera so It's a bit worrying.
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richandfleur

Link Posted 17/07/2016 - 19:45
K-50s are affected.

There are even reports of k-s1 and 2 cameras experiencing the failure also.

By all accounts it's a component manufacturer quality control issue, as the exact same system has been used for many many years now, across multiple other models without this type of failure occurring.

I'd definitely opt for a 5 year warranty if purchasing a k-70. You have to opt for the higher spec range of the k-3 etc to get a different mechanism.

AuraTodd

Link Posted 18/07/2016 - 16:48
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There are even reports of k-s1 and 2 cameras experiencing the failure also.

That doesn't look very good does it?
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davidstorm

Link Posted 19/07/2016 - 22:21
AuraTodd wrote:
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There are even reports of k-s1 and 2 cameras experiencing the failure also.

That doesn't look very good does it?

Whilst there may be issues with certain models, which probably affects a very small percentage of the number of manufactured units, I think you should avoid getting too worried. If you google the internet you can find 'problems' with almost anything you care to mention. I once owned a Saab 9-3 and the Internet forums were full of doom about various issues on these cars. I loved mine and had 120,000 miles of great motoring from it, with very few minor problems. I now have a Vauxhall Insignia, which according to the Internet also has many serious issues, but 65,000 miles later I have had no problems at all. My wife also has an Insignia - guess what - no issues!

Any mechanical items can have faults, I'm sure Pentax cameras are as reliable (if not more so) as the rest. Just enjoy using your camera(s) and if it (they) go wrong put a claim in if it is under warranty or just outside. You may regret buying another brand if that goes wrong!

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andrewk

Link Posted 20/07/2016 - 09:31
davidstorm wrote:
I once owned a Saab 9-3 and the Internet forums were full of doom about various issues on these cars. I loved mine and had 120,000 miles of great motoring from it, with very few minor problems.

I had an Isuzu Trooper 3.0TD for 7 years and did over 120,000 trouble free miles in it. They were famed for injector failures which completely killed the engine. Mine was recalled after 100,000 miles for an injector change after Isuzu finally accepted responsibility for the problem.

I also have a 5 yr old Pentax K30 with about 17,000 trouble free shutter actuations on it.

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richandfleur

Link Posted 20/07/2016 - 11:51
I had a k-30 that failed, luckily just under warranty. For some it's very real.

davidstorm

Link Posted 20/07/2016 - 13:13
richandfleur wrote:
I had a k-30 that failed, luckily just under warranty. For some it's very real.

Hi Richard, I don't doubt you, obviously some users do have issues and that applies to any camera on the market. I was just trying to reassure Louise that there's no point in worrying about something that might never happen.

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AuraTodd

Link Posted 20/07/2016 - 18:12
I'm going to find out the results from castle cameras tommorrow, they charged me 10 just to test and look at it.
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McGregNi

Link Posted 20/07/2016 - 18:19
Hi Louise, did you get a chance to see if any of the photos from the camera can be seen on your computer?
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AuraTodd

Link Posted 20/07/2016 - 18:20
No they said they would do that.
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McGregNi

Link Posted 20/07/2016 - 18:34
Fingers crossed its just something easy to sort out with the screen ....
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AuraTodd

Link Posted 20/07/2016 - 18:40
McGregNi wrote:
Fingers crossed its just something easy to sort out with the screen ....

?

I hope so. what is the next best Pentax camera body to upgrade from. The Ki apparently.
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