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01-24-2012, 11:31 PM   #16
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The other guys have weather sealed cameras too but for considerably more. When I switched to digital 5 years ago, I chose Pentax because of all the cameras I owned through the years, my Pentax SP 1000 was still my reliable workhorse after 30+ years and it went through some tough use. The K10D was described by a review as "built like a tank" and being the only weather sealed camera under $1000 and I already owned some Pentax glass, the decision was a no brainer. Last week I took my new K5 to Killington for a few days of shooting extreme skiing in extreme cold and blowing snow. It performed reliably as I expected it to. My only gripe is that while I can work all the buttons and dials on the K10D with gloves, I can't as easily with the K5. Fortunately, I didn't need to change settings much and I can work the shutter with gloves.

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I think there are plenty of reasons to like Pentax (hopefully more on the way, but I guess we'll see). In body SR, good camera builds, small lenses, weather sealing available in both bodies and lenses.

I have to say that I came to Pentax in the film days for the lenses and have never left. I know that Canon and Nikon have excellent upper end lenses too, but I couldn't replace my lens line up without selling a kidney with either one of them....
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I haven't been in any tough weather situations, but sometimes I do attach my 18-135mmWR to my K-5 as a just in case measure, like when I went on a river ferry last week.

I'm surprised the peace of mind I get having such a combo.

Anyone else feel that way?
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I started with Pentax 45 years ago. Learnt how to "shoot" with a Pentax Spotmatic. Moved up on through various Pentax bodies. Allways been satisfied. Allways felt it was a superior product. Never got on the Nikon or Canon bandwagon although, I must admit they too have a good product. Only problems I have ever had was the on camera flash blowing on my K10. (my daughter was using at the time). My K5 is a dream and I love it dearly. I get a bit scared by some of the posts identifying a meriad of potential problems. I just have crossed my fingers and hope I am lucky and sail through my ownership without any production issues or malfunctions. I will be honest, if that happens - I would not hesitate to buy another K5. It is more than enough camera for me and does everything that I ask. Too bad Pentax didn't manufacture a wife.............

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I went with getting the 18-55 and 50-200 WR for those just in case situations and I find I like them just fine, anyway. I have been out in the rain with them and its worked out well. I went pentax (K200D) because of its affordability in terms of quality and build, by comparison with other brands, and I've stayed with it for the same reason.
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Hey Mick - me too - I started out with a Spotmatic, and I actually still have it. I don't really ever use it anymore, but it is such a sweet machine that I just can't get rid of it. My P&S cameras were Canons but when I was ready to buy a DSLR I came back to the Pentax family.

So last fall I bought a K-5 and I am really, really happy with it so far. I will probably only ever use WR lenses, because I don't want to have to hide my camera away when the weather is not perfect - which in Ohio would turn out to be about 75% of the time.
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Similar story for me this past weekend. Had my K5 and 16-50 at Great Wolf Lodge, an indoor waterpark....chasing after my 2 year old. A few dropped jaws as the K5 got splashed and I just shook it off and kept snapping. Great combo.
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