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NEVER EVER CONSIDER PURCHASING A PENTAX K-50 DSLR BODY !!!
on 15 May 2017
Sadly I have to agree completely with the posting below from 14th January 2017. I purchased a K-50 just over two years ago, and it has been absolutely brilliant until a couple of months ago, when I started experiencing this problem with the aperture motor failing. At first it was just the occasional extremely underexposed single image when the camera had not been used for 10 minutes or so. In no time at all this has escalated into several such images, when the shutter has not been fired for maybe just one minute! I am now getting as may as a dozen extremely dark images, after a slightly longer period without use. The only answer currently is to fire all the time on motor drive, to be sure of getting the image you want! Eventually, and I suspect sooner rather than later, the aperture motor will die completely. The camera is virtually unusable at this time.
Surely this is not acceptable after only a couple of year's use?
I spoke with somebody on the technical advice number at Ricoh/Pentax a couple of weeks ago, only to be told that they had never heard of the problem before !!! That is frankly ridiculous, given the amount of information relating to this problem across the internet, not least of all on the Pentax Users Forum.
Sadly I also have to say - DO NOT BUY THIS CAMERA !!!
Read on for the previous posting -
PENTAX K50 APERTURE MOTOR FAILURE - DO NOT BUY!!!!!!
By Mupp289 on 14 Jan. 2017
Style: DAL 18-55 mm WR Lens KitColour: Black Verified Purchase
BEWARE.....the Pentax K30 and K50 suffer from a pretty terminal aperture motor failure problem which Ricoh (Pentax) will not resolve once outside of the warranty period. I purchased a K50 two years ago and sure enough the dreaded problem has struck with Jessops quoting over £440 to repair.
I can purchase a new K50 body for £389 if I was stupid enough to buy another K50.
PURCHASE AT YOUR RISK.