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02-22-2011, 08:37 PM   #1
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Plans for 16-50 f2.8 WR?


Somewhere during the next 6 months, i will be looking to buy a 17-50 f2.8... as of now, i think that Sigma is having the most interesting offering ... But what could tip the scale in the favour of Pentax is if they had a WR version.

Does anyone know if Pentax has such plans???

To be honest, I’m a little bite surprise that WR is not a standard for all the fix aperture line-up... after all, I’m pretty sure that most of the buyer of those lens have WR bodies.


02-22-2011, 08:43 PM   #2
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The Pentax DA* 16-50 is weather sealed.
02-22-2011, 08:52 PM   #3
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DA* lenses are all weather sealed to a higher degree than the WR lenses.
02-22-2011, 09:08 PM   #4
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oups.... didn't notice the difference between the DA* and DA


02-22-2011, 09:29 PM   #5
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all DA* are weather sealed. I've used my previous owned K-7 and DA* 16-50/2.8 in the rain for 3 hours, uncovered, I had no problem with neither. unlike D-FA 100/2.8 WR, there is no rubber seal by the lens attachment...
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Seems like there is really some pressure on Pentax to make things more clear. This is not the first time someone wondered if the DA*s are WR.
Pentax not properly giving out information...novelty.

luke0622, I don't know what lens you have but the latest WR rated D-FA Macro HAS a seal on its mount.
02-23-2011, 03:32 PM   #7
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I don't see how it isn't clear. Every single even brief description of DA* lenses includes mention of them being sealed. For example here's the intro to DA* lenses straight off the Pentax site.

"The PENTAX DA * series of high grade lenses, designed exclusively for PENTAX digital SLR cameras, features the quiet SDM focus system and tightly sealed, weather-resistant and dust-resistant construction to enhance durability for use in rainy or dusty conditions."
02-23-2011, 03:56 PM   #8
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Technically, Twitch is right... but in the real life, if many people make an avoidable mistake, something need to be improve.... and i'm pretty sure that such confusion has result in lost sales for pentax.

02-23-2011, 04:15 PM   #9
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First rule of retail. If more than two people ask a question your sign isn't good enough.

Weather sealing being a key factor in the DA* lenses I think Pentax could make more of the fact in their marketing.

Oh, wait, what marketing?
02-23-2011, 04:40 PM   #10
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I guess they could put WR in their DA* lens names, but then we're going to end up with lens names a long as Tamron.

Interestingly Canon and Nikon don't put weather ressitant designations on their pro WR lenses either.
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Lens names are ridiculous already. So that's not going to spoil everything. For the sake of better emphasize on the superior sealing on the DA* lenses they could just go with ...DA* WR+ or something like that.
What I don't understand is why the D-FA 100 Macro has a red rubber seal while very other DA* lens goes with simple black. But ok - having a D-FA lens series consisting of 2 lenses is a joke in itself...

No idea why Canon and Nikon don't take "advantage" of superior build on their pro line lenses - maybe it's because their bodies aren's sealed, either. So there would be no point in designating the lenses as weather sealed.
Who knows?
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Do you really want to add more letters to a name already as long as this?

Pentax SMC-DA* 50-135mm f/2.8 ED [IF] SDM
02-23-2011, 05:29 PM   #13
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There is some obvious confusion in this thread...

Luke: there is a rubber seal on the DA* lenses, it is just black and not red like the seal on the "WR" designated lenses

Egg Salad: you misread Luke's post, he was saying his 100 macro DOES have a seal and wondering why the DA* does NOT, as he did not realize it has a black ring and not a red one.

Pentax is definitely not clear in one thing and that is the distinction between the "WR" sealing of the 18-55, 50-200, 18-135, and 100 macro, as they only tell us the DA* lenses are sealed "better" and not how or why, just that they only speak of water resistance with WR lenses but water AND dust with DA* lenses. I do like that they are clear that ALL DA* lenses are fully sealed, where as only some canon L lenses are sealed and it is not clear which ones.
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They have the *(snowflake) there already, that should be enough of indication of weather proofing, not to be confused with WR, that is a different animal.
I still can not find where I read that DA* lenses are sealed for use in rain and WR lenses are OK for fog and light mist.
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