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gartmore
Posted 14/02/2014 - 12:23 Link
K10D wrote:
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.

Best regards

thanks! I have a younger wife, that'll be the reason
Ken
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gwing
Posted 14/02/2014 - 12:52 Link
Nice to have, but not actually all that useful as none of my best lenses are WR.
gartmore
Posted 14/02/2014 - 13:07 Link
I really wonder at the necessity of the lens to body gasket/O ring, if it is light tight surely it is WR?
Ken
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RalphHardwick
Posted 14/02/2014 - 13:36 Link
On my last trip to the desert I had an Olympus E-520. After a few days the pop up flash, popped up and wouldn't go down due to sand in the mechanism and I had a lovely grinding sound each time I zoomed in or out on 2 of my lenses .

The replacement had to be dust sealed.

Rain in Britain is just one consideration for me, dust and temperature resistance are also key.

I recently, happily stood and took some pictures of a big Norwegian waterfall when others hid from the spray. A quick wipe of the lens and body afterwards and all was good in the world

My Canon wielding travel companions stood here:
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Whilst I also stood on the small balcony, you can see on the left, and took this:
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Okay, Okay, it's not an award winning, but it made me feel good at the time
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Smeggypants
Posted 14/02/2014 - 13:42 Link
gartmore wrote:
K10D wrote:
Quote:
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.

Best regards

thanks! I have a younger wife, that'll be the reason

Having a partner that is 10 years younger is OK at 50, but not so acceptable when you're 20
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gwing
Posted 14/02/2014 - 13:56 Link
Smeggypants wrote:
gartmore wrote:
Quote:
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.

Best regards

thanks! I have a younger wife, that'll be the reason

Having a partner that is 10 years younger is OK at 50, but not so acceptable when you're 20



I was tempted to write a very un-PC comment here about even younger ages but will forbear
gartmore
Posted 14/02/2014 - 13:59 Link
Ken
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petrochemist
Posted 14/02/2014 - 16:54 Link
I've only got one camera/lens combination thats weather sealed. If it's wet That'll normally be the one I use. Even if I really want 10x the focal length.

Not vitally important to me as most of my cameras/lenses aren't sealed, but it's certainly good to have the option to ignore the weather. I'd certainly rather a few more of mine were WR, but I have to limit costs and cant afford to upgrade perfectly good gear just for WR.
Mike
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bwlchmawr
Posted 14/02/2014 - 17:08 Link
I'd take the claims about weather sealing with a pinch of salt and certainly wouldn't trust it in a downpour. The viewfinders in both my K10 and K5 are full of dust and the latter has large bits of grit behind the memory card door. And I am very careful how I treat them.
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Blythman
Posted 14/02/2014 - 18:02 Link
I've got first hand experience of my K3 and 12-24 failing. Swapped to the 18-135 and all was good again.

The 12-24 spent a few days in the airing cupboard with rice, and all is good
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cabstar
Posted 14/02/2014 - 18:34 Link
As well as the DA* lenses I also use one of these if I am on the rain all day

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B000PTFDYO/ref=oh_details_o04_s00_i00?ie=UTF8...

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Posted 14/02/2014 - 18:35 Link
Very much so, Cumbria kinda covers it really, was fed up with the amount of times my previous stayed in the bag, if only I had realised how much I was going to enjoy getting back into photography I would've extended my budget the first time and been very happy with the K5 back then.
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jeffstclair
Posted 14/02/2014 - 20:15 Link
I live in a country made of dust held together with grit .. if ever I am able to up grade from the K100 I will go for a weatherproof DSLR ..... jeff....
Edited by jeffstclair: 14/02/2014 - 20:18
davidstorm
Posted 14/02/2014 - 20:46 Link
gartmore wrote:
I really wonder at the necessity of the lens to body gasket/O ring, if it is light tight surely it is WR?

Not so Ken, the lens to body join is the most likely place for water to get in. I've had this happen several times when out in the rain, it is surprising how much water gets into this join, so the O ring here is a fundamental requirement for proper weather-sealing.

Regards
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Posted 14/02/2014 - 22:12 Link
Given the weather in the UK at the moment and the "summer" we had in 2012, I think Full weather sealing on both bodies and lenses should be compulsory by law, otherwise we would never take photos.....
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