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07-19-2012, 03:19 AM   #1
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How WR is the kit lens?

Sean Reid in a July 17 article about using the K5 and the Olympus OMD M5 in the rain,(Welcome to ReidReviews) makes the comment that the WR kit lens is only partially sealed - just at the lens mount - whereas the 16-50* is more robustly weather sealed and thus he used that lens in the test. Anyone know if this is this true?

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The thing about partial sealing isn't true, as the kit lens has numerous other seals around the other shell. The reason DA* lenses are usually better, though, is that many of them have internal focusing / zooming (the 16-50mm only has the former), which means fewer moving parts.

I don't have a diagram for the 18-55, but this is more or less what the seals look like in non-DA* lenses:

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Welcome Aboard! Here is a previous thread that discusses this topic at some length:
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I`ve used the 18-55WR for 1,5 hours in a severe snowstorm at -10C, both (K5 and lens) survived without a hickup. No signs of moisture, nothing.

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Went to see the original article and the guy wants $32+ a year to subscribe? Wow. People pay him for information and he can't even get his facts right about the seals in WR lenses?

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