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01-28-2011, 01:58 PM   #1
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Does anyone make Weather Resistant lenses other than Pentax?

I've been looking at getting a sealed lens for my K20d to do all weather walkabout duty, but I'd prefer something with a longer top end than an 18-55. I tend to take a variety of shots on our walks, from wide angle landscape/skyline type shots to close ups of wildlife (well, squirrels and bunnies anyway). Some of the Tamron's look good and relatively inexpensive, but we walk drizzle or dry so I was really hoping to get a WR lens. Any thoughts?

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For Pentax, Pentax is the only maker of sealed lenses. Options are:

18-55 WR
50-200 WR
18-135 WR (new)
55MM DA*
16-50mm DA*
50-135mm DA*
60-250mm DA*

The WR lenses are a 'simplified' weather sealing, while the DA* lenses are better sealed for moisture and dust.
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DFA100WR as well
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DA* 200 and 300.

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I think I would look at the DA 18-135 WR that came out recently. It has a nice range for a walk-around lens and has pretty zippy auto focus as well.

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I have used my Sigma 70-300 in some pretty awful weather without ill effect along with my other Pentax lenses. None of them are weather sealed lenses. A few common sense precautions and you will be fine with most any lens.
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Sigma is talking about making some WR lenses. Nothing on the market that I am aware of yet.

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I never had any dust or moist related problems with either the m or K lenses of Pentax.
Not with any other decent mechanical solid mf prime lens for that matter....
Modern AF zoomlenses are needing WR maybe, but you don't need them for landscapes, do you?

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Even a manual lens can be hurt by water, be it rust on components, fungus, fogged optics, etc.

No third party manufacturers make WR lenses for the time being. Canon has WR on some of their top-of-the-line white huge tele lenses, but no Canon body comes close to Pentax bodies in terms of WR.

For the record, I believe Pentax is doing the right thing in focusing on WR lenses and bodies. They are getting praise after praise for their w90 and WR bodies and lenses in hiking/outdoors sites and magazines.
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Sigma is going to release the SD1 body that will be weather sealed. To go along with it, according to their press releases, lenses like the Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM also have weather sealing. I'm guessing eventually the high-end stuff they release on the Pentax mount will have weather resistance. A lens like the 120-300mm will be extremely expensive though.
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50-200 f/4-5.6 can be a fair choose wrt weather conditions.
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I think the 18-135 sounds like the perfect fit as a walkaround WR lens for the OP. Able to handle wide angle to moderate telephoto like he wants, without having to change lenses (something you don't want to do in the rain). It can definitely handle a relative downpour (at least by Seattle's standards), which I tested first hand, even zooming in and out frequently (something you're going to be doing often if you target both landscapes and people/animals).

Bonuses include:
- Optically better than 18-55 and presumably the 50-200
- Lighter than the DA*s
- Blazingly fast and quiet AF
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We've had our 18-135 DC for about 2 weeks now and I have to say, it is the perfect walk around lens. On a full frame this is the equivalent of a 50-200. So I like to have my 10-17 in the bag for when I need a wide angle. But since I got this lens, I've become comfortable leaving the lens bag home, and just taking this lens. It just makes moving so much more comfortable, and the camera is in my hand, instead of in the bag.

Did I mention that optically it's a great lens as well?
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QuoteOriginally posted by normhead Quote
We've had our 18-135 DC for about 2 weeks now and I have to say, it is the perfect walk around lens. On a full frame this is the equivalent of a 50-200.
You mean 28-200? I have a 35-135 and that is the equivalent of a 50-200.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Cannikin Quote
I think the 18-135 sounds like the perfect fit as a walkaround WR lens for the OP. Able to handle wide angle to moderate telephoto like he wants, without having to change lenses (something you don't want to do in the rain). It can definitely handle a relative downpour (at least by Seattle's standards), which I tested first hand, even zooming in and out frequently (something you're going to be doing often if you target both landscapes and people/animals).

Bonuses include:
- Optically better than 18-55 and presumably the 50-200
- Lighter than the DA*s
- Blazingly fast and quiet AF
Perfect, thank you.
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