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04-29-2010, 08:34 PM   #1
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Is there a WR Version of the 18-250mm lens or something close to the same focal range

I'm finding more and more when I'm out with my Webelos Scout Den that I want to take a camera but don't want to take one of the good lenses.

I have a Pentax 18-250mm lens that is perfect for these outings but would love to have a WR version or something close to this. Can't begin to say how many times when we have been on a hike that it starts raining and I end up leaving the camera in the bag so that I don't ruin the lens.

Trying to find out if any of the lens manufacturers make a WR lens similar to this focal range that will work on Pentax.

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The closest thing would be the DA* 60-250mm.
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I'm leary of the DA* lenses, seems they are problematic plus they are a bit pricey.
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QuoteOriginally posted by stl09 Quote
I'm leary of the DA* lenses, seems they are problematic plus they are a bit pricey.
With exception of the WR versions of the DA 18-55mm and DA 50-200mm kit lenses, the rest of the current WR lenses are DA* lenses.

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The DA18-250mm has been discontinued unfortunately and it is in need of a replacement. There has been some discussion recently in www.Pentaxforums.com.

However the DA18-250mm lens is already a very solid and sturdy lens. See for example the story of Steve Kroeger who took his DA18-250mm and K-7 to the Aconcagua peak: https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/pentax-dslr-discussion/93367-k-7-steve-kr...gua-6962m.html. Amazing stuff....

I use my DA18-250mm outdoor together with the K-7 in some fairly tough conditions: rain, mud, storm. Although I am careful with both camera and lens, I am very happy with the solidity of the DA18-250mm (and of the K-7).
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There isn't.... but that's a REALLY good idea.

With an intermediate WR body, I think it would sell!
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The 18-250 was one of my first lenses when I first got into digital photography. I know its not a perfect lens, but its a great focal range allowing for most shots without having to take a bunch of equipment when it just does not allow...
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I'd suggest you use the 18-55 WR. It's small, light and reliable. A perfect companion when hiking. It's no tele but you can crop to some extend, and you'll have a WR lens.

The duo cam coupled with the looooong size of the 18-250 when zoomed would make it hard to seal. Not imposible but not really easy.

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Or just put a plastic bag over the 18-250.
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Wr 18-250

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Or just put a plastic bag over the 18-250.
That's not a bad idea. I didn't even think of the rain covers as a solution.

If anyone got a line on these let me know.

Thanks Mark....
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That's not a bad idea. I didn't even think of the rain covers as a solution.

If anyone got a line on these let me know.

Thanks Mark....
Op/Tech makes rainsleeves. They come in a pack of two for around $10. The front is smaller and is made to stretch around the lens. There's also an opening that stretches over the viewfinder, and the opening at the bottom with a drawstring where you put your hand in. They are very handy and a cheap solution.
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If it's really raining hard, you probably aren't going to taking pictures as very quickly, water will be dripping on the lens and spoiling the shot. I keep my camera in my bag in those conditions and if I need to get off a few shots, an umbrella does the trick. I spent an hour last fall shooting a parade in heavy, wet snow which is probably the worse stuff to deal with if you're concerned with water. An umbrella tied to a monopod with a stick of scrap wood as a spacer did a wonderful job.
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