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08-13-2013, 01:08 PM   #1
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Rain ever ruin your lens?

I have never heard of anyone so far that says their non WR lens has been effected by the rain.
I had my old k10 with a non WR sigma die in the pouring rain, along with the memory card, but my trusty 17-70mm 2.8 -4.5 has kept rocking even to this day (my k10 now holds the door open )
Anyone have a non WR lens get affected in the rain?



08-13-2013, 01:28 PM   #2
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i used to have my da 18-250 in the rain...thought it was wr when i first got it...still going issues!!
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I think lenses without OS and internal motors are very resilient to water damage.
08-13-2013, 02:30 PM   #4
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I was at a rodeo in very light mist/rain. I would just wipe the drops off my K20/55-300. Then I tilted forward and all the water in my straw hat douched right on my lens. Wiped it off, all was well.

Here is the Canon WR answer.

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Years ago, I dropped a Fujifilm P&S (not WR, at all) into a river. It was completely submerged by the time I fished it out. The screen's backlight died, but the camera kept working for three more months until the shutter finally seized.

Now, there's no rain here, but I have shot in a dust storm with an A 50 without issues.

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I used my 31/1.8 on my K-5 on a hike on the Isle of Skye with rain flying sideways at me. I didn't have a good cloth or squeegee to get the water off of my front element, which was a major bummer. As soon as I was back at the car I left the lens in my camera bag and didn't touch it until the next day. It works like a charm. This is probably one of the benefits of screw-drive AF.

Mind you, I don't advocate taking non-WR lenses into the rain on a regular basis. But I have had good luck with it on occasion.
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Hummm here are my experience:
16-45 (definitely Non-WR). Used in light rain and wipe it out. Nothing seriously happened.
18-55 (the first Gen), Used in light-mid rain and shoot around 20 pics. nothing seriously happened.
However I won't do so cuz, dude it's terrifying XD
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I live in a very rainy part of the world and have been photographing stuff here in all weather for almost 45 years without lens or camera damage. The key is to use reasonable caution. Most legacy manual focus glass is fairly resistent to water incursion due to the nature of how they are made with zooms having less tolerance. I take greater care with my AF stuff, however.



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