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How many people actually need weather sealing?

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Posted 13/02/2014 - 20:02 Link
I'm not talking about it being a nice to have. I'm talking about, how many people actually do a significant proportion of their photography in conditions that demand either a weather sealed camera and lens, or alternatively a waterproof cover?

Just curious

Edit... doh, I can't seem to edit the typo in my last option. If a passing mod could kindly stick an 'i' before 'rrelevant' I'd be grateful. And perhaps edit this edit out too, many thanks!!
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Edited by ChrisA: 13/02/2014 - 20:03
Posted 13/02/2014 - 20:09 Link
The reason I bought my first DSLR which was the K200D was that it had weather sealing. I considered it handy for being a geology student out in wet places.
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Posted 13/02/2014 - 20:22 Link
My camera goes out in all weathers. Weather sealing is very important to me.
Posted 13/02/2014 - 20:53 Link
It was a prime concern for me.
Posted 13/02/2014 - 21:10 Link
Most important feature when I chose Pentax over Nikon. I spend a lot of time at the local kart track and it's kind of nice to be the only one left out on the track when it's raining catching photos of rooster tails.
Posted 13/02/2014 - 21:15 Link
It was important for me when i worked the music festivals but still used one of those plastic bag type things in extreme wet conditions.
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Posted 13/02/2014 - 21:16 Link
Interesting question this... I do tend to go out quite a bit in heavy rain, storms etc, and it's definitely good to know you don't have to be too careful with it, both in terms of carrying it, and using it...

But for me, a big part of the usefulness of the weather sealing is that you don't worry about using the camera in places or conditions where it MIGHT (as opposed to definitely WILL) get wet eg standing in the sea, lots of spray, tripod very close to sea level, just above breaking waves etc...

I once did a workshop with a couple of nikon users who wouldn't go anywhere near the waters edge for fear of damaging their beloved...

Posted 13/02/2014 - 21:25 Link
It is important to me. I have been out often in very wet weather and continued to use the camera, but not always with weather-sealed lenses!

One of my K-x's got water damaged after being out in the wet, but the K-5's and K-3 have never suffered. I think it's more important for the camera to be weather-sealed than the lenses; with some simple precautions it is possible to keep the lenses acceptably dry, but I've found that a bit of water on the lenses usually does no harm as long as they are properly dried out afterwards.


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Posted 13/02/2014 - 21:29 Link
It's not important to anyone, right up until it suddenly is
Posted 13/02/2014 - 22:06 Link
Not a game changer for me, but it's nice to have. It was great a few weeks ago on a snowy day in the alps, I could take my time a pick the shots I wanted without having to worry about a bit of snow.

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Posted 13/02/2014 - 22:18 Link
But we all know that weather sealing is not only about splashing around. Let's take those sand grains on the beach. They can be really painful and sad sometimes. Sealing comes handy then. Low temperatures (not necessary on the beach) can also be dealt with properly thanks to the weather sealing. So it's not only about moisture, although it surely was the main concern at the start point
Posted 13/02/2014 - 22:35 Link
Not a deal breaker for me but handy. I've had non weather sealed lenses on the cams in a bity of rain and not worried about it though. if it was really pissing down I'd put bag over the camera and lens
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Posted 13/02/2014 - 22:37 Link
I don't do a significant proportion of my photography in inclement conditions needing WR, but I don't think that's the point. Like insurance, you don't need it at all until one day, you completely need it.

I need it only occasionally but I always carry at least one WR lens with me, just in case.
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Edited by Dave-L: 13/02/2014 - 22:42
Posted 13/02/2014 - 22:59 Link
So who has actually had a camera fail due to water ingress and what were the circumstances?

I had a video camera stop for a while many years ago in Oban due to extremely wet damp weather but have never had anything fail due to rain or damp since.

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Posted 13/02/2014 - 23:05 Link
I've not replaced the Kx yet but one of the main reasons i want to replace it is so that I can take images all year round and not just for half the year, although granted i'd be limited initially to the 18-55 DA WR if the weather was really wet.

As other people have said

a) its not just the rain protection you benefit from,


b) The extra 'peace of mind' WR gives is a tangible benefit

Can't answer the Poll as none of the options is close enough. I can say however that if Pentax didn't offer a WR DSLR at about the 500 mark then I would look elsewhere or not purchase at all.

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