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02-26-2009, 05:35 PM   #46
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QuoteOriginally posted by Maxington Quote
The only place that the 10mm rain in 3 minutes has been referenced is on DPReviews preview of the 5Dmk2, which the Canon forum is pretty sure is a mistake. In another interview, Canon said 10 minutes of light rain in an hour, which makes more sense.

Under "Key Features"
Canon EOS 5D Mark II Review: 1. Introduction: Digital Photography Review

Anyhow, here is an interesting old thread on the K10D's weather sealing, which is what the OP asked about. Same sealing as the K20D so that's ok.

Pentax k10d water resistant and SR test: Pentax SLR Talk Forum: Digital Photography Review

Bugger doing that to my camera!
Yep! This was the other article I came across but didn't save the pix.
Actually pretty good! Although I won't do it intentionally!
I'm glad though that somebody did!

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brave or stupid...

i bought my k10d to use primarily in wetish conditions... kayaking and sailing etc. and it has performed great! i've drenched the camera body on rainy days (being carefull not to drench the lens too bad) and i still have a fully functioning camera.
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"What does "weather-resistant" really mean?"

What it means to me is that, all else being equal, I'm probably better off with a camera that claims to be "weather-resistant" than one that does not.
I think wildman's answer is the best. Weather resistance seems like a good thing to have: but there's no warranty involved, and no precise line that you should not go past. It's very hard to say what you can safely do with a K20D that you would be stupid to do with, say, a Canon 5D (which isn't weather resistant, if I recall) or any other camera that isn't weather resistant or weatherproof.

Some photographers here reported that they've shot outdoors in the pouring rain, without damage to the camera. I'm happy for them. I've had to walk through a light rain a couple of times with my K10D and/or K20D in my hand. If it starts to sprinkle, I don't freak out like the Wicked Witch of the West (the one that Dorothy melted accidentally in the Wizard of Oz). But I can't afford to push my luck, so I head for cover as quickly as I can. When I'm hiking, I always bring a plastic bag for the camera. Shooting whooping cranes down in Port Aransas, Texas, I was out on a boat in the salt water. When the boat started to move and the spray came up, I put the camera into my bag and later, I removed it from the bag carefully. Shooting swimming events, I have a drying cloth handy. If the camera gets splashed, I wipe it off right away.

So I do not personally regard it as a license to play in the rain. If I were shooting monsoons for National Geographic and really had a good motive to be out in the rain, I'd get a truly water proof camera. Like wildman, I regard the weather resistance of the K10D/K20D mainly as an aspect of the solid build of the camera, which is a very good thing even if there's not a cloud in the sky.


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I do a lot of mountaineering,rockclimbing & also photog these events, covering comps - some at 3000m and above.

Camera and lenses get "stuffed" into a backpack (no room for specialist camera bags) and have have to endure all sorts of conditions.

So far "up there" I have never seen a Canon DSLR used - definitely the Nikon D200 (which initially was my 1st choice) & Nikon D300.

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The weather sealing works, I can attest to that.

I had my K20D with grip and DA★ 16-50mm set up on a tripod in the pouring rain for 10-15 minutes. The rain didn't affect anything at all.
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QuoteOriginally posted by yeedub Quote
The weather sealing works, I can attest to that.

I had my K20D with grip and DA★ 16-50mm set up on a tripod in the pouring rain for 10-15 minutes. The rain didn't affect anything at all.
Holy cr@p... It works indeed
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I had my K20D with grip and DA★ 16-50mm set up on a tripod in the pouring rain for 10-15 minutes. The rain didn't affect anything at all.
Nice to hear. I didn't have suck luck with the same combo on a rainy day. After about half an hour the camera stopped focussing and started to act weirdly. I got home and in the evening I tried to turn it on, I got strange characters on the LCD, like the camera was possessed

I let it dry for the night and next morning it was working perfectly. I just had to adjust the date and I went shooting indoor tennis for about 600 shots during 2 hours with absolutely no problem. Still working very fine now.

The lesson I learned: weathersealing doesn't mean it will resist any heavy rain. The camera internals didn't get completely soaked, but probably a very small amount of water got their way in. With a non-weathersealed camera I would probably got a paper weight by now... Next time I'll be more prudent but not excessively. I've seen the limits of the system and I know what to do to avoid it in the future.
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Took my trusty K10D to Seaworld San Antonio, since the weather was a lil chilli there was a rumor thar Shamu would not splash, so being the idiot that I am, my wife and I sat closer than we normally would.. Guess what?.. Someone forgot to message Shamu about not splashing, there sat my poor K10 soaking wet, not damp.. Soaked.. That was about a year ago, there are 2 water droplets inside the lcd but the camera never missed a lick.. maybe I just got lucky so please don't try this on purpose.. but I'm a Pentax fan for life after that..

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My family went to Disney World in October of last year and it dumped down rain while we were there. I had the 50-135 lens on my K10 and the camera did better than I did.

Previously, I had lost my K100 when I got caught in rain storm. My camera was in a non-waterproof back pack and when it dried out, the LCD was completely nonfunctional. The reality is that weathersealing is a must for people who use there cameras in a real world and not in a studio.
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Weather resistant means that you can keep shooting when snow squalls like this blow up. Sunday at Mt. Snow Vt. Freeskiing Open.

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I just treat my K20d with the usual amount of prudence I'd treat a non-computerized camera with: very handy just to be able to point the lens down if there's a little water in the air and not worry. I think the most I've really tested it was during a recent unusual snowstorm, here, was coming down in great globs of snowflakes, which kept leaving little pools around the mode dial and such, nice that there's no need to panic. No ill-effects whatsoever.
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Some water movies

I've search YouTube, and found some movies like:

And the best one:

I guess (not that I'll do it) the the K10D, K20D and the latest K7 will work just fine after getting wet.

And a question:
After taking pictures at the beach, in case the camere get wet with sea water (salty ...), what would you do:
1. Just wipe the camere well
2. Wipe the camere, and when you get home you put it under a tap water and wipe it again?

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I take it as, say your out is the sun on a clear day..."resistant" is wearing SPF 50, "proof" is wearing a burkah.

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Just thought to resurrect this thread to share this video on the K-5's WR seals in real terms:

How 'weather sealed' are Pentax flagship models? Let's see with this demonstration:


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