Weather Sealing


Link Posted 21/06/2008 - 14:07
We were in Norway last week and there was a fair bit of wind, rain and snow (although it was never really cold) so for the first time we really started to appreciate the weather sealing on the K10D. We just carried on shooting whatever the weather and the cameras got very, very wet without any problems whatsoever.

This is fantastic, because in the days of film we wouldn't have dared the same conditions, especially with electronic bodies.

Now the lenses we have are not weather sealed, but with a judicious amount of shielding they survived well enough. They got wet, but not as wet as the camera bodies, and they survived without steaming up inside.

A good trip made better by being able to carry on shooting.
Best regards, John


Link Posted 21/06/2008 - 14:14
On AV Forums there is a chap that has a Nikon D3 that supposedly has weather sealing.
He took it out in light rain and the result .. one dead camera and a bill for over 500.
I think he has now managed to get it done for free but even so .. a 3k camera cannot stand a drizzle of rain!!
. My Flickr


Link Posted 21/06/2008 - 16:26
Good to hear your experiences John.

I have to say that I am still somewhat nervous about my cameras and water, mainly because mine are predominantly facing seawater.

I now realise that you are psychic, going to Norway the week before the competition topic is "On Ice"

Bodies: K20D (2), K10D, Super A, ME Super, Auto 110 SLR, X70, Optio P70
Pentax Glass: DA* 300, DA* 60-250, DA* 50-135, DA* 16-50, DA 70 Ltd, FA 31 Ltd, DA 35 Ltd, DA 18-55 (2), DA 12-24, DA 10-17, M 200, A 35-70, M 40, M 28, Converter-A 2X-S, 1.4X-S, AF 1.7, Pentax-110 50, Pentax-110 24
Other Glass: Sigma 105 macro, Sigma-A APO 75-300
Flash: Metz 58 AF-1 P, Pentax AF160FC ringflash, Pentax AF280T


Link Posted 21/06/2008 - 17:26
Shame about the weather, John. You should have come a couple of weeks earlier, when we had all sunshine and temperatures nearing 30 centigrades.

By the way, hope you post a few pictures from your trip.
Best regards

K20D, Optio I10, DA 18-55 1:3.5-5.6 AL II, A 1:1.7/50, D FA 1:2.8/100 Macro, Sigma 70-300 1:4-5.6 APO DG Macro, Pentax AF 360FGZ


Link Posted 22/06/2008 - 19:32
My K10D stood up well to being thrown around inflatables in the Arctic and being pretty liberally drenched with freezing sea water. Yes, I had to protect the lenses, but the body came through unscathed.


Link Posted 22/06/2008 - 23:30
Reminded me of a trip in the early 80's - during Jan & Feb. I went to North Cape (Norway) and almost up to Svalbard as well as Trondheim and Oslo - temperatures went down to -40 C/F.

I took my MX and a selection of lenses. All survived - just needed to replace some filters which had salt encrusted. I had to let the camera acclimatise, load a "warm" film, take the pictures and remove the film. Managed to get some excellent pictures especially the "midday sun" just peeking over te horizon for a few minutes.
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