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View Poll Results: Voting for Pentax Weather Sealed Flash!
Yes, I really need/want one, now! 1420.59%
Yes, I need/want & will get it one day! 1420.59%
Maybe, but I'm not sure. 1927.94%
No, I don't need/want one! 1522.06%
No, that's a stupid idea! 68.82%
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05-07-2009, 09:36 AM   #1
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Pentax Weather Sealed Flash!

Since Pentax mentioned to provide a complete Weather Sealed line up of camera gear,
what is the chance that we're getting a Weather Sealed Flash unit?

That's the only part of Pentax gear that has no weather sealing.

So, please vote your opinion for our friends in Pentax Corp!

05-07-2009, 09:42 AM   #2

I don’t think so. In case of WS failure, high voltage could seriously hurt you. That’s to much of a risk making WS flash.
05-07-2009, 09:44 AM   #3
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Hey it took them long enough to get the 540 out to begin with (something like 6 yr after the 360) so based on that, and the K10D release... I figure in about 2 more years they may have the sence to do it... Heck it took Canon 20 years to seal their flashes, Nikon still hasn't either
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It's very easy to seal a flash with a simple ziploc bag so it doesn't bother me.

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I am not sure of the need for something that is easy to get but hard for Pentax to make for a limited use.

If I need a weatherproof flash I just put my 540/360 in a zip lock bag and use the built in flash on the camera to trigger it. I need more range I just put a bag on the RF trigger on the hotshoe. If Pentax was to make a weatherproof flash the cost would be more (more then 30 cents) then the 99 percent that need/want would pay for. Most would just buy the 540/360 and use the bag.

Don’t get my wrong. I live in the Pacific Northwest. I see the need for weatherproofing, especially on the camera. Even summer weddings can get rained on here. But I don’t see the bang for buck in a weatherproof flash.

I think most Pentax uses would rather have Pentax spend R&D on a weatherproof kit lens or 2.


Edit: I see that while I was off line ManuH said about the same thing.
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QuoteOriginally posted by ManuH Quote
It's very easy to seal a flash with a simple ziploc bag so it doesn't bother me.
Ziploc bag is the best bang for the buck solution. Just make sure it holds water before hand and you're good to go.
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Wait for the new SDM flashes.
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Where is the "No, I don't need one but I'll buy it anyway" option?

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Yeah, whenever I'm out in a rainstorm, I'm just not getting the shots of all the raindrops between me and my subject that I could be.

(I mean, all other things being equal, and how much a nice flash unit costs these days, it'd be cheap enough accident insurance to isolate the electronics, but that'd be just for thoroughness' sake. Hard to see it being a selling point.)

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05-07-2009, 01:51 PM   #10
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QuoteOriginally posted by Kunzite Quote
Where is the "No, I don't need one but I'll buy it anyway" option?
That means you WANT it but don't need it so either choice #1 or 2
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If I got paid to shoot, then yeah, I would for sure be out there in the rain taking photos, but since I don't it's not a need. But if I ever take a trip to Brazil or something or some place that has amazing waterfalls and I need some extra light but don't have a flash, then I would wish I did.

Honestly, I just prefer natural light. Give me fast glass and crisp high ISO over a flash any day.
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I can see it being a real advantage for more than just rain. How about just being able to spray-clean the thing without worrying. Joe McNally has been known to stick a flash in a dead chicken to get a shot. I'm thinking, you pull that stunt a few times, and you'll appreciate the ability to clean that puppy with something a little more substantial than a cue-tip and a squirt of canned air.
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The problem with a sealed flash

Ever flashed in snow, rain or dust???
These bright raindrops, dustparticles or snowflakes on a very dark subject?
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QuoteOriginally posted by janneman Quote
Ever flashed in snow, rain or dust???
These bright raindrops, dustparticles or snowflakes on a very dark subject?
Yes but the point isn't to use the flash in adverse weather as much as if you get stuck in it you know that the flash will still work. Here in Trinidad during Carnival we had a huge down pour, I knew my K20D and 50-135 would be fine getting soaked but I stuck my flash in the bag quickly out of fear. I saw another photogs flash stop working in this same rain, now wouldn't it be nice if you knew that wouldn't happen.
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To use flash in rain is strange idea IMO.

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