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Old Sep 24, 2011, 4:59 AM   #11
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Sorry to say but this looks like one you'll have to return. I can understand that the camera doesn't ask anything about focal lengths when removing an re´nserting the sd card without turning the camera off.

I would return it to.

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Old Sep 24, 2011, 8:11 AM   #12
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Glad to hear that we are all in concensus that I need to return. I did take the battery out and left it out a while. When I put it back in, it seems to be okay. I haven't taken any more photos yet.

I did try pushing the card a bit harder when taking it out. It still only goes up to the same spot for removing it. It does come out eventually, but seems like it's getting hung on something and you have to wiggle to get it past that.

Even though I hate to do this now that is seems to be working, I am not going to cancel the RMA request. Something made that happen. Will it ever happen again? Maybe, maybe not? But, to have paid this much and it stop after the 4th photo taken is just too scary. I've had digital cameras since late 2002. This is not my first experience with them. (Yes, you'd think I would have remembered to format it, but I think the excitement took over.) And, I still can't see how that would have made this happen anyway. I should have no problems about the number of images taken with it. I've taken 4. I opened them in PhotoMe and saw that it says I'm only on shutter count 5. That's better than my K100 which I think was at 100 or so.

My husband has an electrical background and even he, who hates to return things even if they arrive broken, but still work, is telling me to return it ASAP. So, guess it'll be a few more days before I have a working camera. I will see if I can do something about getting them to send a replacement overnight. Can't hurt to try.

I noticed yesterday the leaves are starting to change here. We were worried as we've got company coming to see the fall leaves the second weekend in October. We were afraid they'd be too early. Now I'm thinking they'll be too late!

A very disappointed, but optomistic fellow photographer. I've still got my perfectly fine K20.
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Old Sep 24, 2011, 11:47 AM   #13
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You definitely made the right choice. Even if the camera worked flawlessly, my guess is that every time you go out with it, there would be this little voice in the back of your mind, constantly wondering if the camera is going to work properly. With everything else to think about -- lenses, settings, which filter to use, etc. -- no one needs that extra distraction.

My experience is that if something is going to fail, it usually does it at the worst possible moment. My K100 worked flawlessly for years, then when my wife and I were on a wildlife tour in Nova Scotia, it suddenly stopped working. I eventually realized that it still worked fine in jpeg mode, but for about 30 minutes on that tour, when I should have been taking photos of puffins, eagles, and whales, I was pulling my hair out obsessing over my non-functioning camera. Nothing lasts forever, and electronic devices eventually fail, but you have every right to expect your brand new K5 to work properly for many years.

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Old Sep 26, 2011, 12:18 PM   #14
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That's a bummer, Patty. I hate it when that happens!
The good thing is you'll be able to swap it for another one. I have found working with B&H is a lot faster than going through Pentax!
Good luck, hope you get it taken care of quickly.
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Old Sep 27, 2011, 8:33 AM   #15
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IMHO you have to have confidence in your equipment so you can concentrate on taking the best shots you can. Back to B&H in a heartbeat.
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Old Sep 27, 2011, 6:32 PM   #16
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Sounds like some really odd problem - you seem to have made the correct decision... Hope the new one comes soon, and works perfectly!
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Old Sep 27, 2011, 9:42 PM   #17
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Well, after many e-mails and a few phone calls I have a replacement on the way. Due to the Rosh Hashanah holiday, I had to order the second one so they would ship it today and not wait until next week when they returned to ship it. It will clear with the credit of the returned one, thank goodness.

So, the replacement should arrive by end of day Thursday. I KNOW this one will be okay. Can hardly wait to get out there this weekend with it.

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Old Sep 28, 2011, 8:55 AM   #18
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Hi Patty. Even when you get your replacement K5, you will find the SD card hard to take out. It needs technique. Lots written on blogs. Its spring loaded. You press down and remove your finger very quickly and the card springs up. If not high enough, just push it back in and repeat. Why the design has such a tight fitting card only Pentax knows. Cheers
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Old Sep 28, 2011, 11:06 AM   #19
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Hi Patty. Even when you get your replacement K5, you will find the SD card hard to take out. It needs technique. Lots written on blogs. Its spring loaded. You press down and remove your finger very quickly and the card springs up. If not high enough, just push it back in and repeat. Why the design has such a tight fitting card only Pentax knows. Cheers
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The Kr has the same tight fitting SD card, not an issue once you get used to it

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Old Sep 29, 2011, 1:03 PM   #20
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Pentax cameras are not the only ones with tight slots - it is a safety factor. That is why Sandisk (and others) put a groove near the edge that just fits the thumbnail so you can get it far enough out to grasp. Too loose a slot or too strong a spring and in some cameras the card can shoot out and hit the floor - I have had that happen, too.

Your new camera should be there any moment - better luck with this time.
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