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09-09-2013, 10:41 PM   #1
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What exactly does Pentax mean when

....they describe the K-50, ( I have one), as being WR?

Does anyone know what this really means in real life....Thanks, Robert

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WR=weather resistant. With a WR lens offcourse. It means you can shoot in rain, snow, sandstoms, blizzards, hurricanes and the likes without worrying about your gear. But it`s not submergable.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Robert in Canada Quote
....they describe the K-50, ( I have one), as being WR?

Does anyone know what this really means in real life....Thanks, Robert
It means it can get rained on, snowed on, or pooped on without breaking or becoming damaged (as long as you're using a WR lens, not subjecting the camera to pressure, and keeping the battery/sd door seals clean of dust).

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Light rain is OK (95% safe?). Heavier rain should be OK (80% safe?), don't do it for hours (60%?). Submerging it is unlikely to be OK (5% chance of it being unhurt).Sometimes the smallest bit of water can kill the water if you are unlucky, while others have dropped it in a river and it's been OK. This is a percantages/liklihood situation. Treat WR like insurance. In anything more than light rain I'd be thinking about using a baggie.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Robert in Canada Quote
Does anyone know what this really means in real life....Thanks, Robert
It means this.



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It means this.



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Says it all

And I have used my K5 in bitter coldness (shooting aurora`s for 2,5hrs in -25C and below) with a non WRlens.
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QuoteOriginally posted by TenZ.NL Quote
... And I have used my K5 in bitter coldness (shooting aurora`s for 2,5hrs in -25C and below) with a non WRlens.
That sounds good! Really good!
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I must add that I used the same trick as if I were in a hot and moist jungle: let the cam acclimatize. Letting the camera sit in a cool and non-airconditioned space works well to prevent condensation. Putting it in a bag also helps to retain the achieved temperature longer.

In this case I stored the K5 with the DA14 in a shoulderbag and were put in the outside woodstorage (kept it there the whole week when not in use). A fellow canonshooter had her mirror frozen, it wouldn`t come up anymore.

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QuoteOriginally posted by TenZ.NL Quote
I must add that I used the same trick as if I were in a hot and moist jungle: let the cam acclimatize. Letting the camera sit in a cool and non-airconditioned space works well to prevent condensation. Putting it in a bag also helps to retain the achieved temperature longer.
Aha. Thank's for the tip!

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In this case I stored the K5 with the DA14 in a shoulderbag and were put in the outside woodstorage (kept it there the whole week when not in use). A fellow canonshooter had her mirror frozen, it wouldn`t come up anymore.
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Thank you all for this treasure trove of information....it is much appreciated....Robert
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I dropped my K-5 in a river and it killed it. That was stupid and obviously not recommended. But normal rain and things of that nature should be fine
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I've also had my K-x out in the rain, snow, and sub-zero temps many times. Still works perfectly fine.

Yes, I said K-x. No, it's not WR.
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I've used my *ist DL, as well as my old K1000 & Sears KSX Super film cams in all sorts of weather here in New England, and have yet to lose a camera. Of course, a towel, old bread bag, and a little common sense can mean the difference between a nice shot or a need to buy a new camera! Remember, weather sealing is fairly recent in the history of photography, yet there are tons of great pics in all sorts of weather and shooting conditions from waaaay back when!
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