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12-30-2012, 10:25 AM   #1
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K30 in the rain with a regular lens

I have never owned one of those WR lenses and as far as I can see, the rear part of the WR lens has
no coating which would set it apart from non-WR lenses.

I have some cheap DAL lenses, which I would not mind using during rainy days. Even if they are damaged
by water, the economic loss would be insignificant.

So, my question is: can the K30 be used with a non-WR lens in the rain or is a WR lens an absolute
necessity with a view to protecting the camera body itself?

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12-30-2012, 10:37 AM   #2
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I'm pretty sure that if you use a non-WR lens, the water would be able to get through it and into the camera near the lens opening.

If I were you, I wouldn't try it...
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Without a WR lens (or a da*) water can get into the camera through the lens openings. So to answer your question: no. But remember that WR is just water resistant not water proof.

My only WR is the DFA 100WR and it has a red gasket at the camera mount to prevent leakage in that area.

I have shot in the rain and snow with a k-x and Takumar lenses, neither of which are WR and with due precaution it has worked well. Even with a full WR kit (k-30 and WR lenses) I would not be standing out in a downpour.

I would have no problem using a DAL lens in the rain provided I protected it properly, which means keeping it under my rain coat when not in use, wearing a wide brimmed hat to keep as much off as possible and carrying a towel to wipe things dry. It is also very important to dry your gear properly when you get back in. Spend some time to warm everything up and wipe it all down, inspect everywhere to make sure you have it all dry.
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Without a WR lens (or a da*)
Would you say that a DA with SP coating will repel water as well as a WR lens?

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QuoteOriginally posted by DominicVII Quote
I have never owned one of those WR lenses and as far as I can see, the rear part of the WR lens has
no coating which would set it apart from non-WR lenses.

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WR seal (In Red):

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QuoteOriginally posted by DominicVII Quote
Would you say that a DA with SP coating will repel water as well as a WR lens?
No, its how they are sealed (internally and to the camera mount).
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QuoteOriginally posted by DominicVII Quote
Would you say that a DA with SP coating will repel water as well as a WR lens?
No, SP coating is to protect the front element only. If you want proper weather sealing, you will need to get a WR lens.

What you can do, though, is get a rain sleeve like this and then use any lens: OP/TECH USA 18" Rainsleeve (Set of 2) 9001132 B&H Photo

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QuoteOriginally posted by DominicVII Quote
Would you say that a DA with SP coating will repel water as well as a WR lens?
SP is a lens element coating, has nothing to do with sealing the lens AFAIK.

Edit: +1 to what Adam said.

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No, SP coating is to protect the front element only. If you want proper weather sealing, you will need to get a WR lens.

What you can do, though, is get a rain sleeve like this and then use any lens: OP/TECH USA 18" Rainsleeve (Set of 2) 9001132 B&H Photo
I just got something similar. But I must add that I have used my K-r with a regular lens in mild rain; there never was
a problem.

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QuoteOriginally posted by DominicVII Quote
I have never owned one of those WR lenses and as far as I can see, the rear part of the WR lens has
no coating which would set it apart from non-WR lenses.

I have some cheap DAL lenses, which I would not mind using during rainy days. Even if they are damaged
by water, the economic loss would be insignificant.

So, my question is: can the K30 be used with a non-WR lens in the rain or is a WR lens an absolute
necessity with a view to protecting the camera body itself?

Dom
Just get a cheap camera condom. Here's one:

OP/TECH USA 18" Rainsleeve (Set of 2) 9001132 B&H Photo
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