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My Pentax *ist* ds doesn't power on half the time!

Hello, I have a pentax ist that I recently received and it worked for a few days and then it decided to not come on at all. I switched batteries and that is not the problem. please help if you know what the problem is. thank you. have a great day!

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Re: My Pentax *ist* ds doesn't power on half the time!

Check the battery contacts in the camera. Perhaps they are dirty and need a clean. Make sure you're not using Alkaline battereis and if you use rechargeables they are fully recharged and not getting too old to hold a full charge. Apart from that, without further information I can't help any more. BMW

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