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Old May 31, 2011, 7:44 AM   #1
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Oh Dear.

Went for a walkabout, shot 40/50, got home, cuppa tea in the garden, shot 4 or 5 more. Next shot, depressed the shutter .....'Thunk' and ... nothing (WTH ?!?) .... again ...... 'Thunk' .......and again and again - then 'Depleted Battery' icon appears. This 'Thunk' is a very dull noise I haven't heard before.

Strange. OK change the battery ..... 'Thunk' ..... Thunk, Thunk, Thunk .... 'Depleted Battery' icon ....WTH !?!?! Change to 3rd battery .... one 'Thunk' then ..... 'Depleted Battery'.

Camera can not take a shot. Switches on (though metering looks a bit strange 1/8,000 @ f4 ?!?) metering settles down, AF works fine on all 3 batteries.

Pentax Japan will be receiving my K5 very shortly I fear.
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Old May 31, 2011, 9:20 AM   #2
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Scary, good luck with Pentax, I hope it is something minor, with the speed of electronics changing I always look at equipment issues as an excuse to replace and get something new but your K5 is new.

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Old May 31, 2011, 10:01 AM   #3
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Hi Kevin,

Definitely unfortunate!

Hopefully they will tell you what went wrong so if it's something that could be prevented, we might all benefit, but it just sounds like a spontaneous failure of some critical component.

At least you have another body to use in the meantime, but the K-7's just not the same. . .

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Old May 31, 2011, 1:37 PM   #4
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Thanks Hans.

Yep that's the problem Scott. I was very happy with my K7 ... until I got the K5, now I'm just spoilt and I'm not going to be a happy puppy going back to the K7 as a lot of my K5 style of shooting will have to stop !
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Old May 31, 2011, 2:45 PM   #5
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At least your failure is not some intermittent thing, like the AF on my first K5. I spent so much time trying to figure out how to reproduce the fault that I never really enjoyed the camera and was all to glad when it developed stains. But still, I hated to go back to the K7, which is otherwise an outstanding camera. There were a couple of times where I just didn't bother trying something because I knew the noise would be too much. Now that I've got a trustworthy, fun K5 it would be even harder. You have my sympathies.
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Wow, I'm very sorry to hear this. I'll be very much interested in hearing how this works out. I hope some day to buy a K5, so I'd very much like to know if this is an easily remedied problem.
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Kevin I hope you get a replacement soon, nobody likes waiting.

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Hi Kevin,

Bad luck, and I do sympathise, but the thought struck me ... Is there not a reset function to get back to factory condition, I recall I had a similar problem with my K100D, and the reset did the trick for me. I haven't had a problem since. ( Hope that doesn't put the mockers on things. LOL)
It wouldn't hurt to talk to Pentax Support anyway, it could be a known issue ... just my thoughts ... Jack

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Hi Kevin,
I think likely some short circuit, as drain the battery so sudden.
Just curious, what is your shutter count?
Mine shutter count around 9500+
Hope you will get your replacement soon.
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Thanks Harriet - certainly not intermittent !

Mtnman - it seems like an electrical problem, switch on - OK, controls - OK, AF - OK, press to take a shot - nothing, 'battery depleted' flashes and camera shuts down.

Thanks Ronny - I have had a good offer for my K7 (US$670) so I may accept that and get another K5 while I'm waiting for the first one to come back. 4-6 weeks or longer is too long when our daughter, son & fiancee all arrive next month and I have other shoots as second shooter next month too.

Jack - I hadn't thought of that ! Oh well I took it back to the shop yesterday so we'll see how we get on.

AS - Thanks ! Shuttercount is 9,215 (just checked using Photome). The batteries (three that I have) were not actually drained - just the camera didn't recognise them as having any juice !
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