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11-07-2015, 03:19 PM   #1
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My K-5 is officially a Tank

I have used so far a Sony A5000, Canon Powershot, Canon t3i (instantly returned to get the sony), a K30, K1000, K2, and other cameras but today, today truly showed my K-5 being the tank of all cameras. With an M42 adapter and Mamiya 55 f1.4 lens. I shot in pouring rain for an hour with not a drop of water in the body and a fully function camera. Not to mention wood shavings from the wood worker at the junkyard. The K-5 is byfar the Tank to all cameras!



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Wow!! Suprised it survived without a weather sealed lens!! Lucky you!
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QuoteOriginally posted by virgilr Quote
Wow!! Suprised it survived without a weather sealed lens!! Lucky you!
My m42 adapter has a giant open hole (Pentax original equipment) that would drown my bodies (k3/k50).
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QuoteOriginally posted by UncleVanya Quote
My m42 adapter has a giant open hole (Pentax original equipment) that would drown my bodies (k3/k50).
If the Mamiya is as wide as my Sears it would cover the hole pretty effectively. Certainly better than an Industar 50-2

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"My K-5 is officially a Tank"

I had an incident that will back up that statement. A little over a year ago I was out shooting with a Super Takumar 35mm ƒ3.5 on my K-5, with the battery grip attached, on a tripod, or so I thought. Apparently I hadn't properly secured the camera to the tripod and it fell about 5 ft (1.524 meters) onto asphalt. The point of impact turned out to be the corner of the battery grip, where it did crack the plastic housing. But that was the only damage incurred. The camera, lens and battery grip still work as though the fall had never occurred.
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Wow!! Suprised it survived without a weather sealed lens!! Lucky you!
Blew my mind. I was in the " well I known the Canikons can't shoot the shots so I'm gonna" mode lol. I watched a guy ruin a T5i by shooting in the rain. His lens just stopped functioning.
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LOL.. Yesterday I was at the Conowingo Dam shooting Eagles with my K5iis and my 55-300mm Wr, along came the rain and all the Canikons scrambled to either put their gear away, put umbrellas over them or put on rain sleeves while I kept merrily shooting away. Many looked at me like I was nuts, one asked me if I didn't care if my equipment could get ruined, I replied nope I'm using Pentax WR equipment and kept shooting.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Oldbayrunner Quote
LOL.. Yesterday I was at the Conowingo Dam shooting Eagles with my K5iis and my 55-300mm Wr, along came the rain and all the Canikons scrambled to either put their gear away, put umbrellas over them or put on rain sleeves while I kept merrily shooting away. Many looked at me like I was nuts, one asked me if I didn't care if my equipment could get ruined, I replied nope I'm using Pentax WR equipment and kept shooting.
So that is the secret to finding an open spot at the dam. Most days you cant turn left or right without hitting a tripod leg.

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My question is, does the flash hot shoe mount need to be covered? If it gets wet, will the flash connections be grounded or something?
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So that is the secret to finding an open spot at the dam. Most days you cant turn left or right without hitting a tripod leg.
Yep, especially in November.
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My question is, does the flash hot shoe mount need to be covered? If it gets wet, will the flash connections be grounded or something?
Probably would be best. I can say mine wasn't and the hot shoe works great today. Now I could of just gotten lucky but it all worked pretty good for being a non WR lens without the hot shoe cover and the lens was an M42 lens at that.
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Tank ? Yes!
I am always proud to show off when it rains and being able to get out there and still take shots without worrying much about the gear!
For me it is the K5 and DA*300/4 ... it's been through some though times.
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Would it be possible to add a thin o-ring to the rear of a non WR lens to improve weatherproofing of the body when using such a lens?

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Would it be possible to add a thin o-ring to the rear of a non WR lens to improve weatherproofing of the body when using such a lens?
You'd have to machine a small channel near the outer edge of the lens mount to retain it and, of course, find a suitable O-ring, but, given that, of course it's possible. Don't forget that you'd have to seal any other potential points of entry, too, such as the focus and aperture rings. That would take more effort than the mount seal.
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Thanks. Didn't think about the machining part, or the other rings. I guess that's why I'm not an engineer....
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