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View Poll Results: Success of the weather sealing? (select all that apply)
Never taken it out in the rain 4016.13%
K10D exposed to light rain, no problems 6325.40%
K10D exposed to heavy rain, no problems 4919.76%
K10D exposed to rain, had problems 41.61%
K20D exposed to light rain, no problems 6325.40%
K20D exposed to heavy rain, no problems 4417.74%
K20D exposed to rain, had problems 62.42%
K7 exposed to light rain, no problems 4317.34%
K7 exposed to heavy rain, no problems 2610.48%
K7 exposed to rain, had problems 31.21%
K200D exposed to rain, had problems 52.02%
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10-30-2009, 08:50 PM   #1
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Weather sealing (with poll)

I know there have been several threads on the quality of the weather sealing on the Pentax cameras and how well they hold up, but I haven't seen a poll yet. I think being able to see this in a poll form would help people better decide if it is safe to take their camera out in bad weather.

Edit: Please vote only if you had the camera out with weather sealed (WR or WR DA* lenses). Reporting damage with a non-WR lens could skew the results. This is a highly scientific study, after all


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Ummmm...you forgot the K200D, also weather-sealed.
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I basically live in a rain forest so it's kinda hard to get away from the rain. I keep a plastic bag with my kit in case things really starts to get wet. I know my kit is supposed to be weather sealed but I'd rather have that as insurance rather than test it out....
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QuoteOriginally posted by vodoc Quote
Ummmm...you forgot the K200D, also weather-sealed.
Fixed for your convenience!


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Fixed for your convenience!
What if they used it in the rain with no problems?
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It'd be interesting to hear from those who have used it in rain and have experienced problems, and whether they were with WR or non-WR lenses (but I'm not talking about having it dunked in water or any other similar accident of the sort).
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There is another environmental factor that is not included in this poll; and that is DUST.

I have taken my K10D in VERY dustry conditions (on an iron ore site) and had no problems. Not even a dirty sensor and I changed lenses quite a few times.
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Fixed for your convenience!
Thanks but it needs fixing again

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Thanks but it needs fixing again
for sure. I have k200d, it was exposed to heavy rain few times with kit lens and nothing happened.
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Oops, thought the poll had an entry for k200D - no problems, looks like that is my vote above - it is in error.

I have had my K200D in the rain and down to the surf at the beach (only dSLR around) with no problems.
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Not rain, but waterfall

I took the k10 and DA* 16-50 behind the Moul Falls waterfall in Wells-Gray Provincial Park here in British Columbia. I was soaked. So was the camera. It worked just fine. This was perhaps equivalent to monsoon rains, definitely more than any rain I have ever encountered, except in the middle of a thunder storm.

You can see two people on the path I followed to the right of the falls. Camera and I went all the way to the left and further. The wettest part was the climb up near the top of the trail.
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I have been in rain almost every time I took my camera outside this past summer. I often take my camera in my kayak and gets occasional drip and splash water on it with no problems so far. I do try to keep the water to a minimum whether in rain or boat but a couple of times it got pretty wet. Weather sealing is well worth having. I suppose to really find out I should buy a non sealed camera and treat it the same and see if it holds up but I don't have that kind of disposable money.
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K200D - No Problems

I too have a K200D and have taken it out several times (upwards of 20) times in rain varying from a light sprinkle to full-on tropical storm, and I haven't experienced any problems yet.

I generally use weather-sealed lenses (the DA* line), although I've also used my D-FA 100 macro shielded as much as possible with my body and manually-focused before going outside as well as a few other non-sealed lenses. But with the DA* lenses, I walk around as if it weren't raining at all. I remember taking one loooong walk with the camera and the DA*200 in pouring rain most of the time. I kept the camera pointed down and against my body when I wasn't shooting, but otherwise it was exposed. There were absolutely no ill effects.
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You need a selection for the K200D in rain and no problems. I have used my K200D in the rain many times without any problems. I have used my Tammy 17-50/f2.8 a couple of times in lite rain with no problems, but I hope to get the WR version of the DA 18-55 as soon as I can convince the wife that its a good idea.

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Shamu got me at seaworld 2 times before I got out of there, still have a droplet inside my LCD but never a problem.
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