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06-24-2010, 06:00 PM   #1
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Pentax DA 40mm is it weather resistant?

I am thinking of getting the da 40mm pancake lens to pretty much be my default lens.

With this in mind I am wondering if it is weather resistant and can be used in the rain?


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06-24-2010, 06:01 PM   #2
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None of the Limited lenses is WR.
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Spray it down good with water repellant.
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Not specificallty WR, but as small as it is, it's simple to protect it from rain just cupping your hand over it, or using a small plastic bag.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Marc Sabatella Quote
Not specificallty WR, but as small as it is, it's simple to protect it from rain just cupping your hand over it, or using a small plastic bag.
That works only in light rain for the front glass. If the rain gets a bit stronger, there is a risk that water streams coming from top of the camera will stream down around the lens mount. Without the O ring they will enter lens and camera.
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The front glass is not sealed and water can sneak in, not a pretty sight.
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QuoteOriginally posted by ytterbium Quote
That works only in light rain for the front glass. If the rain gets a bit stronger, there is a risk that water streams coming from top of the camera will stream down around the lens mount. Without the O ring they will enter lens and camera.
So much for spraying it down with water repellant.

Maybe you should consider the weather resistant 18~55... I just bought one and it's pretty decent lens at a give away price. Relatively speaking, the value here is tremendous. This is a good and inexpensive alternative to the DA* lenses.
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QuoteOriginally posted by ytterbium Quote
That works only in light rain for the front glass. If the rain gets a bit stronger, there is a risk that water streams coming from top of the camera will stream down around the lens mount. Without the O ring they will enter lens and camera.
True enough - so in heavy rains, a larger plastic bag is in order.

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