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Posted 13/02/2014 - 23:07 Link
Major consideration for upgrading from my K-r. The idea of not taking my camera out because of the real possibility of rain in Britain was a real issue. Might not go out in rain but a very high possibility of being stuck out in it.

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Posted 13/02/2014 - 23:34 Link
K10D wrote:
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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As mentioned above, my K-x failed due to being out in rainy conditions. I had to have the insides completely replaced.


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Posted 13/02/2014 - 23:39 Link
So who has actually had a camera fail due to water ingress and what were the circumstances?

Long walk in pouring rain - my daughter has polished off two cameras in this way.

For me, weather sealing is now pretty much an essential feature for the DSLRs.
Posted 13/02/2014 - 23:55 Link
It's good to be able to take photos of architecture and landscape when it's raining - for the colour saturation and reflections, and of people for their reaction to a downpour and on seeing a dripping wet camera. It's good to be able to take the camera out when sailing and not just at anchor. It's nice to photograph the rain.

And it's so good to have the peace of mind; to not have to worry about weather causing equipment failure.
Edited by ronniemac: 13/02/2014 - 23:56
Posted 13/02/2014 - 23:56 Link
Ive not had a failure, i did however suffer a rear lcd fill with condensation in extreme rain which meant reviewing images proved impossible.
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Posted 14/02/2014 - 00:28 Link
So there are valid examples of WR requirement and benefit.

I generally don't get to be where it rains too often but it can get very dusty. That said, my istD has survived over the years having been in some very dusty situations.

It seems it is becoming the norm now with other brands as well. The top Canikons are WR but not the lower range models or cheaper lenses.

If I get back to the UK this year for a visit, I'll make sure I bring some dry weather with me.

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Posted 14/02/2014 - 07:04 Link
Not at all important to me because I've been using cameras in the rain for four decades without any mishaps.
Posted 14/02/2014 - 07:07 Link
ChrisA wrote:

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!!

Sorry, I don't think we can
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Posted 14/02/2014 - 07:43 Link
gartmore wrote:
Not at all important to me because I've been using cameras in the rain for four decades without any mishaps.

and I had you down as a youngster.

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Posted 14/02/2014 - 07:54 Link
Not had a Pentax Fail but I've only had Weathersealed ones!
My Canon 5DMKII Used to pack in in mist, fog and any type of rain.
Quite the worst camera I have ever owned on a lot of fronts!

Couple of internal condensation problems with D700's...
My mates Fuji Xe-2 has just fried itself (What he gets for going out photographing with me in my home patch!)
Which is a shame as I was actually thinking of buying one but not anymore!
I go out in most conditions, I do not want to worry about the camera, with Pentax I don't, with everything else I did...
Cheers Jules...

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Edited by jules: 14/02/2014 - 07:56
Posted 14/02/2014 - 10:13 Link
It was one of the deciding factors when choosing Pentax. But i've only been out once in 5 years where i've truly tested the sealing. And now i don't even have a WR lens for a fully sealed system. I should really buy another DA 18-55WR just so i have that option again.
Posted 14/02/2014 - 10:25 Link
It was one of the reasons I chose Pentax but to me it's virtually i rrelevant - I hardly ever take pictures in bad weather
Posted 14/02/2014 - 10:25 Link
The seals also helps keeps dust out of lens and body complementing the superb ultrasonic sensor cleaning on the higher models.
Posted 14/02/2014 - 10:59 Link
If you manage to destroy your other than Pentax/unsealed camera through water ingress, you are likely to loose your warranty and become liable to cover the bills. With weather-sealed Pentax you will likely get your camera repaired under warranty. Just another advantage of the well advertised Pentax weather sealing. I, personally, do rather a lot of early morning/late evening, foggy landscape and sky-at-night photography, so it's pretty comforting to know, that your camera is being cosily wrapped in sound sealings
Posted 14/02/2014 - 11:37 Link
richandfleur wrote:
It's not important to anyone, right up until it suddenly is


When on a club outing in Yorkshire with the typical light drizzle to peeing down, I had a K5 and the 18-135mm WR. If I hadn't I doubt I would have got off the bus


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