K3 STILL Locking Up (fw 1.03) - crazy mirror syndrome and unreliability

Started Mar 11, 2014 | Discussions thread
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K3 STILL Locking Up (fw 1.03) - crazy mirror syndrome and unreliability

Original Thread is here: http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/53059469

I have been through so much testing and trials and tribulations with the camera that it's annoying, and frustrating, and disheartening. It's been well documented over on the Pentax Forums, so I'll spare you most of the details, but lets just say I've tested every which way possible. The only thing reliable about the K3 for me at this point, is that without fail, I can reproduce this issue every single day. If Pentax cannot reproduce it (as they tell me), they aren't trying very hard. Seriously.

And this is my second K3 body... so it's not a fluke. The second body produced the same problem on day one of me out shooting with it.

Here's video of the problem happening today:


And this is the kind of stuff I shoot professionally:


Any questions, let me know. The K3 is going back and I'm getting a K5-II (or two of them considering the price difference) as soon as I get clearance from Pentax to do so. I'm sorely disappointed because the K3 is a great camera in so many ways... but I need to be able to depend on it, and unfortunately, that isn't the case.


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