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08-09-2019, 04:48 PM   #1
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Beach family vacation - use camera or not

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I am heading to a nearby beach with family, wondering if I should use my camera at the beach. Will be taking mostly family portraits.

I have ks2 and two weather sealed lenses - the kit lens and 16-85. Other lenses in my kit - 43, 77, 50 1.8, 35 2.4

How bad is beach for the camera - can I get away as long as I use the weather sealed lenses. I am assuming non weather sealed are a complete no. I am thinking of using the kit lens to minimize the regret.

08-09-2019, 05:10 PM   #2
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I take my camera to the beach whenever I go. As long as you keep it out of the sand and water you'll be fine. Just use sensible precautions.
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I had mine on the beach several times a couple of weeks ago. I stuck to my WR lenses as a precaution primarily due to wind-driven sea spray. I also wiped it down each day.
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QuoteOriginally posted by johnyates Quote
Just use sensible precautions.
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08-09-2019, 05:25 PM   #5
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People have been taking non-weather sealed lenses and cameras to the beach for what? 70 years? I don't understand your concern to be honest. I will say I avoid the beach if there is high wind that is blowing the sand but otherwise its no different than any other place. Make sure you have a good camera bag to keep things in when not being used. Otherwise, have fun.
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I've been to a beach more in the last year than ever and taken a camera each time. I seldom change lenses there, but I don't think there's much that's going to harm it if you are sensible. Beside, there are all kinds of photo oportunities at the beach.
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Thanks a lot. Seems like I was paranoid, although I do remember reading on this and other forums about perils of taking the camera to beach. But it seems like my concerns were misplaced.
08-09-2019, 09:38 PM   #8
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Take the Kit lens and be done with it. The Kit lens is more capable than people give it credit.

08-10-2019, 02:59 AM   #9
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Took my kp with 55-300 plm with no concerns. I have a weather proof usagear carry bag. Kept all sand out between shots. Maybe have a UV filter for added lens protection. Remember to take the sun cream.
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On the beach, or in heavy rain, is about the only time I keep the UV filter on - otherwise I treat it as a transparent screw-in lens cap. Admittedly, i only use cheap, second-hand ones, since they are seldom used for their intended purpose.
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Yeah... one of benefits to choosing Pentax is the durability. Just bring something Weather sealed/WR and you should be able to shoot without incident... even in terms of sand. I've been in the water taking pictures, tripped and fell... K-3 just keeps on trucking. The biggest fear, is how to go in the water, and leave your camera behind securely.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Gbhati01 Quote
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I am heading to a nearby beach with family, wondering if I should use my camera at the beach. Will be taking mostly family portraits.

I have ks2 and two weather sealed lenses - the kit lens and 16-85. Other lenses in my kit - 43, 77, 50 1.8, 35 2.4

How bad is beach for the camera - can I get away as long as I use the weather sealed lenses. I am assuming non weather sealed are a complete no. I am thinking of using the kit lens to minimize the regret.
Stop stressing so much and just enjoy the fact you chose Pentax with WR
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Just try not to change lenses. I swear, wind or no wind I get stuff on my sensor if I change lenses at the beach.
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Most beaches are fine, some may have rogue waves which you need to watch out for so keep your stuff at a safe distance. If itís a remote area take a plastic bag in case of rain...
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