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02-23-2012, 05:29 PM   #1
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Weather Sealed Lens and body capabilities

I'll soon be getting DA*50-135 and was wondering its weather sealing capabilities.
I'll be using that on my K20D, and was wondering just how much rain it can take.

I mean, I know it's weather sealed for extra protection, but just how much rain can it withstand?

02-23-2012, 05:33 PM   #2
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No-one knows for sure, but people have used these lenses in some pretty extreme circumstances. Search the forums and you might find examples.

The question is really how much rain do you want to shoot in? After a while you're not likely to get very good shots, no matter what the kit.

I've used non-sealed lenses directly under Niagara Falls. So long as you are careful there's no reason not to get any shot you might realistically want to get.
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I will repeat the advise I have given others. Consider the WR as insurance. If you get caught out shield the camera as much as possible, and if you intend to get wet use a camera bag or other protection. Rely on WR if your primary protection fails. Although there are people who will swear by the WR, there are others who have posted that the camera fogged up when they got home after a full day in the rain, to one idiot(I'm sorry but that is the only way to describe him) who complained that his K7 failed after being washed in the sink for the 50'th time.
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I used my k200D and a WR kit lens at mt. Rainer in rain and snow. In the middle of the drip I looked down into my camera bag, and there was a couple centimeters of water in there. There were no problems at all.

I would not worry too much about shooting in the rain.

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I never had a WR lens until now, so I was just curious.
I kept hearing stories of how you could pour a bottle of water on the camera and lens and scare people.
It rarely rains here in Las Vegas, so it's a bit tough to test it out, you know. Just wanted to know of its capabilities and resistance to rain.
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Just as important as the resistance to rain is the extra resistance to dust, perhaps even more so where you live. You will be very happy with the *50-135mm it is a great lens!
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I just took mine through several thunderstorms in Florida and it keep on going without missing a beat. Just remember that you CANT open any of the flaps, compartments, covers while its either in the rain or wet. You also can't change the lens under those conditions (duh?). Still, with the 18-135 on it I was pretty well covered. Enjoy.
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It's sealed enough that you could take a shower with it and nothing would happen


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DA* lenses will shoot all day long in the rain no problem
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QuoteOriginally posted by Adam Quote
you could take a shower with it
But why would you be in the .................... oh never mind, each to his own
But good question from the OP - I'm picking IP 51 or similar?
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so, no putting the camera and the lens in the washing machine?
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Consider WR to be what it says, resistant. Given adequate time and/or great enough pressure and the seals will fail. Sort of like a water resistant watch.


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QuoteOriginally posted by stevebrot Quote
Consider WR to be what it says, resistant. Given adequate time and/or great enough pressure and the seals will fail. Sort of like a water resistant watch.


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But didn't the timed in the commercials keep on tick'n
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QuoteOriginally posted by RickyFromVegas Quote
so, no putting the camera and the lens in the washing machine?
Honestly, it's your camera, you can do what you want, you already have my advise though
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Yeah...that washing machine part was a joke...
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