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09-30-2009, 05:54 PM   #1
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How weather resistant is the K200d with a DA* lens on it?

Can I take it out in the rain?

If not, what gear would you recommend I use to take it out in the rain?

09-30-2009, 07:01 PM   #2
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Good question in general which is why it comes up fairly often. A quick seach here and in the lens forum should give you plenty of opinions.

As far as deliberately shooting in the rain, get a raincoat/shield for your gear. I wouldn't expose mine to extended use in the rain at all, unless absolutely necessary.
That said, at work mine has been rained on, snowed on, exposed to salt spray and in one case sleet and ice. No problems at all yet.

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i wish i could remember where i saw this interview with a pentax rep., but he was asked the same question and his answer was it could not only handle a rain shower but a hurricane, but he wouldn't recommend standing in a hurricane. makes you wonder if he was just blowing smoke you know where. I will try to find this video and post the link.
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There's a YouTube video of a guy (I think a member here) hosing off his K20D with DA* 16-45 in the shower. IIRC, he did that fairley regularly. I, for one, would not want to tempt any electronic device in that way weather sealing or not..

Here's a more recent video with a K7... YouTube - PENTAX K7 Sales Pitch in the shower!

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QuoteOriginally posted by code4code5 Quote
There's a YouTube video of a guy (I think a member here) hosing off his K20D with DA* 16-45 in the shower. IIRC, he did that fairley regularly. I, for one, would not want to tempt any electronic device in that way weather sealing or not..

Here's a more recent video with a K7... YouTube - PENTAX K7 Sales Pitch in the shower!
He's a member of PF. His camera became broken eventually, so he was asking for advice
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If it's anything like my E-1, it will take almost anything you can imagine. Sadly, I don't have a WR or DA* lens for my K200D... So I haven't tried, yet.
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No knowledge about 16-50 seals, but my k200d was more than hour in the heavy rain and nothing happened to it.
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Also had my K20D + 16-50 out in rain for about 15 mins as well as over 45 mins in that recent duststorm we had - no dust inside nor any problem with the camera as yet...

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QuoteOriginally posted by octavmandru Quote
He's a member of PF. His camera became broken eventually, so he was asking for advice
Was the broken camera related to the shower stunt?
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QuoteOriginally posted by r0ckstarr Quote
Was the broken camera related to the shower stunt?
I think he was just hosing it off occasionally to clean it..he just did it in the shower 'coz it was more convenient.
It actually wasn't a stunt as he thought the camera could take it as it took a really long while (I think more than 50 times) before it actually acted up or broke down.
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My wife and I shot outside in the pouring rain the other day with our K10/16-50 and K20/50-135 for about 2 hours. I was pretty much making no effort to keep anything but the front element dry. Both cameras are fine, and it made for some pretty good photos.
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Thanks for the info. Sucks that he broke his camera though. Probably pushed too much water pressure into it with the hose.
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I went with a Shutter Hat as I only recently acquired a WR lens.






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QuoteOriginally posted by Russell-Evans Quote
I went with a Shutter Hat as I only recently acquired a WR lens.

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Hey, that's a good find at a very reasonable cost. Thanks.
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At $39.95, that is some cheap insurance. I especially like how portable it is. The site shows that it folds up small enough to stuff in the camera bag. Thanks for posting this.
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