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04-08-2010, 01:06 PM   #1
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Weather Sealing Effectiveness

I LOVE to read about the weather sealing on my k20d and some of the Pentax lenses but my question is have you ever gotten your "weather sealed" labeled gear wet? How wet? And what happened?

Personally I'd be affraid to get even 1 drop of water on it but that's just because I'm poor lol.

04-08-2010, 01:11 PM   #2
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I haven't been out in the rain with it yet, but I did take the K7 + 18-55WR out into the snow this winter. No problems and I got some great photos. I wouldn't hesitate to do so again. I admit that having my camera out in the pouring rain makes me a little nervous, even if on paper it's supposed to be good for it.
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I've had mt K7 and 60-250 out in the rain, and got the kit quite wet with no ill effects.
The SDM quit on the lens, but was fixed under warranty, which I suspect would not have been the case if the guts of the lens had been drowned.
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I've not found any real statement of pentax that they give any warranty, and the manual reads : Page 3 - do not subject the camera to high Humidity...

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I have brought my K-7 and DA18-250mm and Nokton 58mm in the rain, splashes and mud. Neither lenses are WR, and I am off course more careful with the DA18-250mm. The Nokton on the other hand is almost WR although not WR rated. I had no problem what so ever. I tend to care for the DA 18-250mm lens, but I had no trouble otherwise.

I add that I take great care of my lenses and camera when outdoor. In practice, I found that my worst nightmare is to change/swap lenses when I am outdoor under the rain or during a dust storm. It does not matter whether the camera and lenses are WR when swapping lenses: you do it at your own risk and it does not matter if the lenses and camera are WR.

Importantly the notion of weather resistance (WR) should be understood like an insurance that you take for your dSLR and lenses. True, some non-WR cameras were able to sustain some harsch conditions once or twice. True: the WR does not mean waterproof, shock proof or dust proof...

There have been other relevant threads by the way that mya be relevant to this thread:

Hope that the comments will help....
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I took my K200 with 16-50* to the Maid Of The Mist attraction in Niagara Falls. The camera was completely wet. Water on the UV filter even seen on the pictures I shoot there as blured areas. The camera is fine.
And 3 days ago me and my friend took some pictures under the heavy rain. I used the kit mentioned above and my friend had k7 with 18-55 WR. Both cameras was doing great. And they still are!
p.s. All Nikonians around us hide their cameras in ones bosoms or under umbrellas.
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I shot several weddings in rain last year with a pair of K20D's Not an issue and I was wet einough to need a change of clothing on more than one occasion. I'd never pour water on it but rain and snow are not a big issue. Even used the AF540FGZ with a DIY raincoat. Worked great, just never do it unprotected.
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I basically only shoot in the woods and my K20D has been through a lot of water. It has been in multiple rainstorms where I just slung it over my shoulder uncovered and at the end of the day I wiped it off with a rag and it was fine.

I also have dropped it in a deep pool of water after a 20ft drop and recovered it after around a minute. Pulled it out and the camera was fine. Still using it today.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Plankton Quote
I also have dropped it in a deep pool of water after a 20ft drop and recovered it after around a minute.
Why did it take you a minute to jump after the camera, 20ft down?
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About a week after buying the K7 I took the plunge and shot two accident investigations in the pouring rain (about 2 hours of work), even switched lenses in the middle of it - although I was quite careful to shield the lens. After I brought the camera in, dried it off and let it further air dry, everything is a-okay still (including more shots in rain/cloud banks)!

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QuoteOriginally posted by Plankton Quote
I also have dropped it in a deep pool of water after a 20ft drop and recovered it after around a minute. Pulled it out and the camera was fine. Still using it today.
I can just see my K-7 bobbing in the water after a drop like that and it makes me ill.

Still it's nice to know that the weather sealing is good enough to handle both a plunge like that and a full minute of saturation.

How did the camera get away from you?
04-09-2010, 10:13 PM   #12
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I was wondering the same thing about my K20 especially after reading reviews on the Olympus E-3 and the photos of it getting drowned in water.
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i was in Melbourne, Australia when it was hailing(when crown casino's roof caved in) i was outside taking photos, with no effects to the camera or the lens. the lens was my DA 12-24. both of them took it really well, i know the 12-24 isnt WR but it held up well, and it still works fine to this day! Both shots were taken at 12mm.

P.S. it was really pissing down when these photos were taken.
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The pentax weather sealed camera's seem to cope with rain well, there is a another thread around here somewhere from today, and the op left his k200d outside over night in the rain and it still works!
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My K20d has also handled a few rain storms and is still working great. I only thing I need now is a WR lens so I don't have to worry about the lens getting wet.

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