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07-29-2012, 08:36 PM   #1
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K5 is Squirrelproof

i was at the beach the other day and we were goofing around... i put down my camera in the sand, and then thought it would be a good idea to catch-in focus this squirrel that was begging us for food, by putting some food on top of the camera and "camouflaging" it in sand... of course, the 18-55 didn't fire the catch in focus, i can't remember if it only works on certain lenses or if i had a wrong setting, but this iphone pic shows the squirrel eating and what not to do with your equipment.

thought i'd share.

fyi: do not try this at home, sand got into the e-dials as well as the flash pop-up hinges... though after running the camera under the faucet and turning the wheels a full 360 the sand came out. as for the 18-55WR, it actually seems pretty "dust resistant" as no sand got into the focusing or zoom rings, they both turn as smooth as ever (as smooth as the 18-55 gets anyways)

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07-29-2012, 09:16 PM   #2
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Well, at least you got a good shot out of it
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you have to be holding the shutter button for catch in focus to work, which i'd imagine would be pretty hard if the camera is covered in sand and has a squirrel on top
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That's awesome bro. First time I've seen a squirrel next to a DSLR, let alone a Pentax. Great to know about running water down a K-5 will remove dust if stuck in the dial or flash hinges!

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I had my beloved point and shoot that I used for like 5 or 6 years ruined by sand. I was in some desert in Africa along the coast and sat my camera on a dune to try and take some timer shots... well sand got into everything... the zoom and anything and everything else...my camera became doomed. It took me a month to fix it...then the little built in flash started going then the zoomer broke...and alas... she was dead.

I should have had a ceremony in the back yard to give her a proper burial.

That being said, it started me on my road for a replacement...which lead me to researching cameras---and a Nikon point and shoot (hate it) and a Panasonic point and shoot (love it) later...and I now own a K-5. So not all is lost.
07-30-2012, 01:12 AM   #6
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yeah, i don't know what i was thinking exactly...
i have had my k5 for only about a month, and might have mistaken catch in focus for a feature in another camera i used to own, but i could have swore it was a pentax (i had a k100 and a kx) that had a function that was with the remote options that would trigger the shutter when somethign came into focus, rather than when the shutter was released.but it might have been another camera i had once.
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I think I would have buried the iphone rather than risk getting sand into the mechanism of the K5 - the K5 may be well sealed BUT I personally wouldn't immerse it sand!
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you have found Otis, how nice!

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QuoteOriginally posted by RonHendriks1966 Quote
you have found Otis, how nice!
"Otis goes to the beach"

Could be a good book series, featuring Otis
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QuoteOriginally posted by JinDesu Quote
"Otis goes to the beach"

Could be a good book series, featuring Otis
Maybe an "Otis and his extended family" thread. Possibly Rupert could start it and we could add the relatives???? Cliff
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QuoteOriginally posted by RonHendriks1966 Quote
you have found Otis, how nice!
You sure that Otis? It kinda looks like his cousin Hermione
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