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03-01-2013, 07:32 AM   #1
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Why are there not more weather-sealed Pentax lenses?

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I am new on this website and finished registration just couple of days back.

So far, I am extremely pleased with the situation I am in because obviously people on this forum are really friendly and quite eager to help novices like me.

I am interested to purchase a Pentax DSLR - most likely a K 5, maybe a K 5 II - mainly because those cameras are weather-sealed.

Searching for adequate glass, I found out that the number of weather-sealed lenses seems to be quite limited. But if I buy a weather-sealed camera, then the lens should also be
weather-sealed.

Even though it would be a bit pricy, the DA* 16-50mm could be an option. But the excellent 15mm lens of the Limited edition for example which seems to be an outstanding photographic
tool is NOT weather-sealed.

Would appreciate to hear your suggestions.

03-01-2013, 07:37 AM   #2
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They need more weathersealed lenses, that is true. Currently we don't have many weather sealed primes. There is the DA*55 and the DFA 100 WR. I personally would love to have one or two wider WR primes, something in the 15-20mm and a 24-35mm range.

For zooms, we have the 18-55 WR. 18-135 WR, 50-200WR, DA*16-50, DA*50-135, and DA*60-250. It would be nice if the DA 55-300 came in WR as well, to complement the 18-135 - but oh well.
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Welcome Aboard. I agree we need more weather sealed lenses. The 18-135 is a competent lens and a good general purpose one, it never leaves my camera bag.
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Yeah, I'll agree -the 18-135 is a good walkaround lens - if you do keep an eye on settings, it's very nice. I'd like a longer zoom or just a 300mm weathersealed tele, though.

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The 55-300 in WR would be absolutely wonderful. It's such a good lens optically at its price point and adding WR would make it so much more versatile.
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I'd murder for a D-FA* 24mm f/1.4 (FF capable, weather sealed)
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Typically, people tend to ask for more WR primes, but I find primes and WR an odd combination. Imagine standing in the pooring rain or dusty environment with your bag full of primes and needing to switch lenses!? A good WR ultrazoom would be a lot more usefull. But maybe I'm just to carefull with my gear.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Clavius Quote
Typically, people tend to ask for more WR primes, but I find primes and WR an odd combination. Imagine standing in the pooring rain or dusty environment with your bag full of primes and needing to switch lenses!? A good WR ultrazoom would be a lot more usefull. But maybe I'm just to carefull with my gear.
The way I see it - a walk-around prime is usually in the 20-28mm range, wide enough for most scenes. I know that I like to carry just one prime and my camera, and use that for my entire journey. I currently am using my Sigma 50 F1.4, but I know that it's a bit long for many scenes. If I had a DA* 24 F1.4 or 1.8, that would be welded to my future k-5II for my general walking around.

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Arent some of the Sigma WR?
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Arent some of the Sigma WR?
No, none are sealed
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QuoteOriginally posted by enoeske Quote
I'd murder for a D-FA* 24mm f/1.4 (FF capable, weather sealed)
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I count 11 lenses covering a range from 16mm to 560mm.

Ok, the 560mm is not affordable for most people, so that's 10 covering a range from 16mm to 300mm.

Is that not sufficient both in terms of the number of lenses and the focal length coverage?
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QuoteOriginally posted by TER-OR Quote
I'd like a longer zoom or just a 300mm weathersealed tele, though.
Does the DA*300mm not fulfill that desire?
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QuoteOriginally posted by JinDesu Quote
They need more weathersealed lenses, that is true. Currently we don't have many weather sealed primes. There is the DA*55 and the DFA 100 WR.
There are also the DA*200 and the DA*300.
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QuoteOriginally posted by MPrince Quote
Does the DA*300mm not fulfill that desire?
Being quite new to this whole world, I have quickly learned that the DA* 300mm is an outstanding lens. However, I echo what other have said in the fact that I would love to see a 55-300mm WR lens. The DA* is fantastic but pricey and very big (and I assume quite heavy). A 55-300 WR would attract entry level users and be a great walk around lens for people like me who intend to use it for outdoors adventures like hunting, fishing, hiking, etc.
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