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04-23-2010, 04:14 AM   #1
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k-x in rainy/stormy weather

How safe to carry k-x in rainy/stormy weather ? Would it be okay if camera & lens is properly wrapped with plastic? Any suggestions?

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Have you looked at this kind of solutions?:
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04-23-2010, 05:23 AM   #3
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awesome, I was thinking exactly the same but with the polythin bags, have tons of them from local stores what say? It's not easy to procure such specialty item quickly here.
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Just make sure that it doesn't get too wet by covering it up with your jacket or something. If it gets any water on it make sure you wipe it off right away, but I wouldn't really worry too much about it, the camera may not be weather sealed but it's not very easy to get water in it unless you're moving components around without drying it off first. It should be fine though.

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Yea, I would be careful taking the K-x out into the rain. Even though it could probably take a light shower, I would be careful as it is not a weather resistant camera body. If I were you I would keep that camera as dry as possible if shooting in the rain.
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QuoteOriginally posted by yusuf Quote
How safe to carry k-x in rainy/stormy weather ? Would it be okay if camera & lens is properly wrapped with plastic? Any suggestions?

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If you have to work in rainy/stormy weather, you should really get a WR camera: K20D, K-7, ... It is very easy to get the camera and the lens wet in bad weather, and that is why so many of outdoor photographers and Pentaxians use WR cameras.

Ask yourself wether it is, or not, worth to risk your camera ....
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Walmart bags make great rain sleeves

Before I purchased my first Pentax I shot a Nikon D50 and a Pana FZ-20. Out of necessity I figured out that the thin plastic Walmart bags make excellent rain sleeves. Just cut a hole in the bottom of the bag just smaller that the lens hood mount. Remove the hood and push the lens through the hole in the bag so that it just covers the hood mount. Snap on the lens hood as normal. The bag is thin enough that it only adds a little more effort. Place your right hand inside the bag with the camera. Your left hand stays outside and works the lens as normal. The bag is large enough to allow you to use the viewfinder normally. The only issue I have ever had is with lenses that rotate their front element when focusing. There is enough play in the bag to allow for focus but sometimes you do have to readjust the bag to allow it. Zooming was never an issue for the same reason. I spent over 4 hours in steady rain one afternoon and never had an issue with the camera getting wet. The lens on my D50 was the Tamron 70-300 LD Di. The bags are free and light enough to carry a couple in the camera bag. they don't take up much room either. Does anyone else ever use the bags this way?
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No, but they make great small trashbags. I think I'll try your way the next time I go out in the rain.

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Forgot about the trashbags. We "recycle" them into trashbags as well. : )
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ive been shooting a month ago in the rain with my KX,
of course i take cautions but the kx did handle a light shower, I just wipe it all of right away and put many desiccants on my bag.


but the rain cover might be a great investment indeed.
Ill get one, in case of emergency.
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plastic raincoats

Hi everybody,
dont have a KX, but have done with other bodies, try to keep stable
temperature, no quick changes, say rain starts, everthing wrapped up,
dont let sunshine heat everything up latter.
I was careless earlier this year with my M100/4 mac, was shooting
in cold weather, came indoors and did not keep stable, allowed to heat too
quickly, hazed inside of front element, just sent to essex to have cleaned.
A little paitence on my part would have saved $80 cleaning fee.
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Hi gyus, i want to take my k-x skiing with my new Da 18-135 WR. Im concerned about the body though.. What do you think about this? Camera Pouches - BodyGuard CB LensCoat

Would the k-x fit in or it would be very roomy?
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Stanley Clarke w. Hiromi at Atlanta Jazz Festival May/30/2010:



Link to first Stanley Clarke pic of 21

Concert shots were with the humble K-x and 50-200 kit zoom -
I was sitting in the rain out with the crowd
on the "wrong" side of the barrier -
no preferential treatment, no photo pass....

Camera rain "protection" for the K-x and 50-200 was a thin plastic bag used for supermarket produce -
hole cut in corner to just fit lens hood through, held on by wide rubber band.

My rain protection was a 2 for $1 plastic rain poncho kept K-x under while not shooting.
12-13-2010, 01:41 PM   #14
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That's an approach too.. But in skiing i will be constantly on the move in a bit more intense situations..So i want something more stable on the cam so i wont have to push it or grab it in a specific way to stay in place..Also the look's of the camera conserns me a bit.. No offense.. Offcourse if i was in pouring rain i would do the same..So anyone has try this? Or something else?
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