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07-24-2011, 08:31 AM   #31
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I do also put a lot of weight on the WR and do use the camera in wet weather and near the ocean. I even wade out into surf with it, but I don't expect it to survive a dunking especially if turned on.

Here is a picture using the K5 on a tripod in light surf.


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I've been out in two hail/thunderstorms(for about half an hour each) with a K7 and the kit lens (temp was about -5 C/23 F) and it was in perfect condition after both of them.
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I've been out in many rain storms with my K-7/K-5 with DA* 16-50mm/55mm/100mm and have never once had any trouble. Go shoot: pentax delivers.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Skog Quote
cant be all that difficult to include a 1 bar pressure sticker or something inside the housing. That way they could easily determine if it was submerged or not. WR was and is the main reason I chose pentax.
The atmospheric pressure is roughly 1 bar (about 1013 mbar) and in the water depth of 10 meters that is roughly doubled. So I don't see how any pressure meter could detect being submerged in for example just 10 cm of water because the change in pressure is so minimal.

But of course there could be other kinds of detectors.

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Well the wheaterreport stated different all week, but I was for more then 2 hours standing in a very sunny city event. Next time less luck maybe.

Still nice to read all this advices and experiences.

To share my not so rainy wheater sealing test:

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Glad it worked out for you, Ron! Good weather is always preferred, but good to know you can shoot rain or shine!
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QuoteOriginally posted by Raffwal Quote
The atmospheric pressure is roughly 1 bar (about 1013 mbar) and in the water depth of 10 meters that is roughly doubled. So I don't see how any pressure meter could detect being submerged in for example just 10 cm of water because the change in pressure is so minimal.

But of course there could be other kinds of detectors.
You're right. For some reason I thought there was 1 bar (or ~1atm) difference between surface and 1 m depth. I used to know this , but got it mixed up. Thank you for not making an ass out of me

I guess a sensory device of that sort would have to be super sensitive yes. But I cant imagine this to be impossible in this space age time
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Well me and the K20D with 135 SDM lens on went for a swim both still working alright .

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I took this picture yesterday with my K20D and the 18-55 WR. I take my K20D and my K5 to places no Nikon or Canon will dare to go. Pentax weather sealing is the best.



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I don't shoot in the rain....but I would love to try it...been over three months here without a single drop of rain.....and every day over 105F.
I can tell you for sure, the sealing in my K20D and K5 keep out the dust....we have tons of dust!
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i posted this elsewhere recently, a burst of shots from a large wave that soaked my K5 and DA15 Limited (non WR). My tripod was knocked over and i caught the gear just before it was submerged. I continued to shoot for an hour after this and the camera and lens both recovered nicely.

fyi, there was water seeping out from the on/off dial on my camera for several hours after and the DA15 lens had salt/sand and water dripping out from the focus ring for about 12 hours after. It was a little scratchy the next time i used it but now smooth as ever and no residue on the elements. i am no longer worried about it. My Manfrotto tripod had a leg segment pulled off by the wave and the leg locks were seized up with sand but as usual i just disassembled it and cleaned it well in the bathtub.

here is the keeper i got:


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QuoteOriginally posted by mikeSF Quote
http://mikeoria.zenfolio.com/img/v10/p338179221-4.jpg

i posted this elsewhere recently, a burst of shots from a large wave that soaked my K5 and DA15 Limited (non WR). My tripod was knocked over and i caught the gear just before it was submerged. I continued to shoot for an hour after this and the camera and lens both recovered nicely.
Dang! I was sure that camera was a goner.
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I took this picture yesterday with my K20D and the 18-55 WR. I take my K20D and my K5 to places no Nikon or Canon will dare to go. Pentax weather sealing is the best.



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Wait what?! You held the camera half submerged in a pool? OR just the lens tip? Hehe that is taking it further for sure. I'm not over cautious with rain or water either, but I wont do that! I take it this is your back up camera, and you don't really fear for it :=) Please do keep us posted on what it can do.
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My experience is that the weather sealing works well. Obviously the cameras aren't water proof, but they are very nicely sealed and my cameras seem to be able to out last me in poor conditions -- whether it is snow, ice or rain. Just don't change lenses in the rain and you should be fine.
Same here. Spent a month all over China. It rained almost every day but the K10 with the kit lens survived.
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QuoteOriginally posted by sebberry Quote
That stupid mode dial lock is just one more place for water to get into.
I LOVE the mode dial lock! Coming from a Canon 5DII and 7D where you have to pay an additional $100 and send the camera in to get one it's a great feature of the K-5.

I can't tell you how many times I was shooting along and my mode dial had moved by itself with the Canon's. The lock is easy once you get used to it compared with constantly having to guess what mode the camera has set itself to now!
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