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05-27-2011, 07:07 AM   #1
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Small primes WR?

Are any of the Pentax pancake primes considered water resistant?

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So if I wanted to buy a K-5 for water resistance and for lightweight primes, I am kinda at cross purposes.
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Welcome to the club, I guess.
I'd like a nice WR lens but I know I'll have to compromise something. Probably the 18-135 is the most attractive now, but an 18-55 costs less.

How often are you in the rain or snow?

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Welcome to the club, I guess.
I'd like a nice WR lens but I know I'll have to compromise something. Probably the 18-135 is the most attractive now, but an 18-55 costs less.

How often are you in the rain or snow?
Not much bit here in South Florida when it rains it usually pours.
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only prime is DA * 55.
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I guess the smallest WR prime is the DA* 55mm f/1.4 (the remaining WR primes being DFA 100mm WR, DA* 200mm and DA* 300mm).
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WR or not WR... Let us remember that WR means only weather resistant. There are some very sturdy primes that are WR-like. One example is the Voigtlander Nokton 58mm f1.4. All metallic, very tight fit and very, very solid. I used mine under atrocious foul weather conditions, including subtropical rainstorm, mud and splashes. The lens performs superbly and I regard this lens as WR. While not a pancake, the Nokton 58mm is a relatively small prime.

More generally, some older lenses are built with some very high standards and are very solid and sturdy. The experience of the users (eg PF) is possibly the better indicator of the quality of WR-like lenses .

In my case, I deem my DA18-250mm and Nokton 58mm as WR like after using them both in foul weather (although I am carefull with the zoom pumping action of the DA18-250mm). My other lenses are not WR-like; I know it and I act accordingly.

Food for thoughts...

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In a way true about the nokton, but then if you want 50ish WR (or WR like) prime, why not just go for DA*55?
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QuoteOriginally posted by kshapero Quote
So if I wanted to buy a K-5 for water resistance and for lightweight primes, I am kinda at cross purposes.
Not really. One of the nice thing about small primes is that they are easy to keep dry with a plastic bag or some such. I use mine that way often enough. But if you're really concerned, just use another lens while it's raining.
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I think one of the reasons why primes are not often weather sealed is because the are often changed. In the rain, that is suicide for your DSLR. It makes a lot more sense to have a WR lens on there that covers all the lengths you need, to prevent nasty dust / snow / rain / sand from getting in there.
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It sounds reasonable that primes get changed more often, and hence the motivation for making them WR is not as strong as for zooms. However, I would like a fast normal lens with weather resistance. 31-35 mm, F/[less than 2] or so, and with good optical and mechanical quality. That is a lens I could use without changing it for an entire hiking trip of several days in the wilderness - a very good example of when weather resistance is extremely useful.
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Reviving this older thread since I was wondering if Pentax/Ricoh will ever be filling the WR lens gap below 55mm.

Currently the 'short' WR primes remain the DA*55 and the DFA Macro 100. Zooms are getting all the WR love nowadays.
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QuoteOriginally posted by kshapero Quote
So if I wanted to buy a K-5 for water resistance and for lightweight primes, I am kinda at cross purposes.
The 55 WR is not light but nor is it heavy. The 100 macro WR is surprisingly small and light, plus it's an amazing lens. The 18-55 WR kit is not a prime of course but it's small, light, and reliable.

Otherwise, I suggest using older, M primes. They are not WR but they often can be found cheap and are

1-empty of any electronic component

2-quite resistant to water
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QuoteOriginally posted by rawr Quote
Reviving this older thread since I was wondering if Pentax/Ricoh will ever be filling the WR lens gap below 55mm.

Currently the 'short' WR primes remain the DA*55 and the DFA Macro 100. Zooms are getting all the WR love nowadays.
Ricoh just updated the DA 15, 21, and 40 but didn't add WR. That was a missed opprtunity. Our next opportunity for a WR wide prime is *if* an FF DSLR gets released *maybe* the FA lenses will be updated for WR but don't hold your breath waiting for it.
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