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Jim-w
Posted 15/02/2014 - 08:42 Link
jeffstclair wrote:
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....

Crete was the reason I bought a K5 After a trip there to visit my sister my Canon compact camera ended up with bits of Samaria gorge, Elafonisi, Balos and Agia Marina beach in it's workings. So I had to look into a getting a dust/weather proof camera so a big thank you Crete .
I have had no trouble with dust or water since having a K5 and that includes taking a dive from a camel in the Sahara desert to monsoon rain in Cambodia. So for someone like myself who isn't always that protective of my stuff, having the WR protection is well worth it.

Jim...
gartmore
Posted 15/02/2014 - 09:16 Link
davidstorm wrote:
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
David

I dont have any WR lenses so last night I put the K20D under a running tap aimed at the mount area. After 2 minutes not a drop had entered.
Ken
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jules
Posted 15/02/2014 - 09:57 Link
Go Pentax build tolerances!
Go Gartmore!
We should have some gold K model tie pins made for acts of such bravery!
Cheers Jules...

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gartmore
Posted 15/02/2014 - 11:09 Link
Doesnt everyone put a hefty coat of Castrol grease around the lens mount?
Ken
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davidstorm
Posted 15/02/2014 - 11:44 Link
gartmore wrote:
Doesnt everyone put a hefty coat of Castrol grease around the lens mount?

I wondered what I was doing wrong!

Regards
David
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RalphHardwick
Posted 15/02/2014 - 13:35 Link
gartmore wrote:
Doesnt everyone put a hefty coat of Castrol grease around the lens mount?

That's just plain ridiculous.

You only use grease on the front element to get a soft focus effect
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gartmore
Posted 15/02/2014 - 13:43 Link
No, 10 denier black stocking stretched over rear element and held in place by lens mount and said Castrol.
Ken
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Mannesty
Posted 17/02/2014 - 13:03 Link
Funny how 'weather sealed' always seems to mean to many that weather = water.

I live in Spain and shoot race cars at my local track every other week from March to mid December. In the 2 years I've been their photographer, we've had one damp race night after it had rained during the day. Yes, it does rain here, just not very often.

So to me, weather sealing really means environment sealing, because whilst we get little rain, we get lots of dust, and it's important to me that the camera keeps this abrasive out of my optics and camera.

I haven't answered the poll because there is not an option that fits my situation. Environmental sealing is important to me even though my camera never gets wet.
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dougf8
Posted 17/02/2014 - 13:23 Link
Might have been handy for me at the Eden Project the other day. Outside freezing rain and a turn on the ice rink. Then into the tropical biome

Lets say it took some time for everything to equalize and evaporate
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