Old 06-15-2009, 05:52 PM   #1
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Well, itís the standard story: my camera took a trip to the pavement yesterday. In the grandest of ironies, it was well I was standing still (considering some of the things Iíve done while holding it, i.e. sprinting, hurdling, etc.). So, the mirror appears to be out of alignment and the camera doesnít turn on anymore. When I put batteries in, the mirror goes up and down rapidly for about ten seconds before stopping.

So, my question isÖanyone have a similar experiences and how much did they cost to repair? Iím mostly interested in the repair cost, as it will be my deciding factor as to whether or no I repair this one or buy a new one. Even vaguely similar situations and different manufacturers would be helpful to me. All the person on the phone could tell me was "over $100."
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Old 06-15-2009, 06:01 PM   #2
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Well, itís the standard story: my camera took a trip to the pavement yesterday. In the grandest of ironies, it was well I was standing still (considering some of the things Iíve done while holding it, i.e. sprinting, hurdling, etc.). So, the mirror appears to be out of alignment and the camera doesnít turn on anymore. When I put batteries in, the mirror goes up and down rapidly for about ten seconds before stopping.

So, my question isÖanyone have a similar experiences and how much did they cost to repair? Iím mostly interested in the repair cost, as it will be my deciding factor as to whether or no I repair this one or buy a new one. Even vaguely similar situations and different manufacturers would be helpful to me. All the person on the phone could tell me was "over $100."

Sounds very similar to what happened with my old Canon Elan 2E, minus the fall to the ground part and subsequent damage. But it had some sort of electrical problem that caused the mirror to flutter like you described, and I got a low battery error with a brand new battery. Sent it in. It was $180 just for them to look at it. They cleaned the camera and electric systems but couldn't find any specific problems, and sent it back. Cost me about $210 overall. Mirror didn't flutter anymore, but it still had problems. I switched to digital a couple months later. Good luck fixing it. I'd almost recommend buying a new or used body if the price is right. Then repair your current one and sell it. Repairs are expensive as a rule.
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Old 06-15-2009, 07:28 PM   #3
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Initial cost depends on how you get it to the pentax service center, and from there it'll be a few hundred dollars...
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How old is the body, and have you been considering upgrading? It might just be better to bight the bullet and buy a new one.
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The body is almost two years old. It's a Pentax K100D, 6 megapixels.

After shipping, I was told the estimate is free, and that regardless, they would ship it back for free.

I'm looking at the K2000 as a replacement. I can get a body for $410 with free shipping right now. I should add that I'm in college, though I do have a little money at the moment.
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Sounds like the best plan is to get the new body.
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Well my Canon xti decided to quit working for no apparent reason, I didn't drop it or anything like you described, it wouldn't focus and the shutter wouldn't activate, I called and they said to send it in for an estimate, BTW it was a month and half out of warranty, long story short, it cost me $250 for the repair, ( I told them to go ahead and fix it,) they said it was a stuck sensor of some sort, so if a stuck sensor cost that much what would repair on yours be?
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Old 06-16-2009, 05:47 AM   #8
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I shoot with a k100dsuper, man i didnt know you have a pentax. I would look on ebay for just a body you can find them for like $200 or lower. Well if you come across some cash just go for the K200. Have you look at the K2000? Also i think the K20 and K200 are going to be replace this fall. So look for prices to drop and new K???. The new one is the K7 its like $1300.

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Old 06-18-2009, 02:02 AM   #9
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I'm looking at the K2000 as a replacement. I can get a body for $410 with free shipping right now. I should add that I'm in college, though I do have a little money at the moment.
I'd avoid the K2000/K-M and get the K200D instead if possible. Take a look at the following review:

http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/pentaxk2000/page34.asp

If you like having a focusing point visible in the viewfinder and an orientation sensor, you're out of luck with the K2000. Also, with either camera, it looks like you're going to need to shoot in RAW if you want the best image quality possible.

Body only K200D goes for ~$500 on Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/Pentax-10-2MP-...5286724&sr=1-2

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so if a stuck sensor cost that much what would repair on yours be?

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They mostly have one price to do all there work as it takes as long to get to that sensor as a major rebuild and if it can't be fixed for that its totaled or junk.
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Mike, although I had problems with my K200D, It was one great camera. I liked it more than my Nikon D60 I have now. I'd go for the body, since you want to stay Pentax. I have my K200D sitting as backup right now, I never really did see If its 100% fixed, but I believe its AOK now.

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Alec,

Was your K200D's JPEG output as bad as many reviewers say it is?

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I actually had purchased the K2000 by Monday night. I always shoot RAW for anything that matters. Since I purchased a P&S a while back for use at other occasions, chances are, I'll be shooting almost exclusively RAW with it. I chose it so that I could afford a new telephoto lens as well (mine hasn't produced quality images since falling in a drainage ditch back in August).

Unfortunately, the one thing they either didn't mention or I didn't see in the review was the lack of a cable release receptacle. That might have convinced me to buy the K200D. But...since I already have it, it just means I'm going to have to buy an IR Remote and be happy with it.

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Well i have three lens i was lookin to sell i have a 28-90mm 3.5-5.6 quantaray, 28-80mm 3.5-5.6 pentax, and a 70-200mm 4.5-5.6 pentax, I am from Joliet you camn message me back.
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Carl, since It was my first DSLR I really just thought it was amazing all over. I never really thought the JPEG shots were poor at all, but like I said that may be because I was biased.

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I actually had purchased the K2000 by Monday night. I always shoot RAW for anything that matters. Since I purchased a P&S a while back for use at other occasions, chances are, I'll be shooting almost exclusively RAW with it.
On that note I think it's safe to say that as long as you're okay with the focus point not showing, you'll be happy with it, as that and the JPEG output were the only real "issues" brought up about it. You are also getting faster continuous shooting than the K200D, and I'm sure there are probably a few other new tweaks as well. Good luck.

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