Pentax woes

Discussion in 'Pentax' started by Charles Gillen, Sep 24, 2006.

  1. Just three months after its warranty expired, my *ist-DS after 5,500
    shots has gotten very flakey. The "e-dial" thumbwheel on the camera
    back, so important in making adjustments, has become extremely
    unreliable... skipping settings, etc. Cameras have become too reliant on
    little electric switches... we've all had cheap radios whose rotary
    volume control becomes noisy and "scratchy." Sometimes a squirt of
    contact cleaner solves the problem, but I wouldn't try that on an
    expensive DSLR.

    To add to my misery, two recent autofocus lens purchases (the FA 50mm 1.4
    prime and a DA 16~45mm zoom) are often not focusing where I tell them to.
    Problem must be a drifting auto-focus sensor. I did a portrait shoot with
    the FA 1.4 on autofocus today, with barely usable results. As a check, I
    ran some tests with my M-mount 50mm 1.7 wide open... focus was exactly on

    Fragile, faulty electronics makes one miss the old days when fully-manual
    cameras needed no battery, and the only electrical contact was the flash
    jack. A time when a camera's reliable life could be measured in decades.
    No, I'm not longing to get back into the darkroom, just wish these new
    gadgets were more robust.
    Charles Gillen, Sep 24, 2006
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    Stacey Guest

    This is why I took a full manual 35mm camera on my recent trip..
    Stacey, Sep 24, 2006
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    Ryan Robbins Guest

    Check your state's law to see whether you're covered by an implied warranty.
    Here in Maine, consumers are protected by an implied warranty, which under
    most circumstances lasts at least four years. It depends on the product in
    question. Pentax agreed to pay for shipping to look at one of my *ist D's
    for electrical problems even though the Pentax warranty expired two years
    Ryan Robbins, Sep 24, 2006
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