K30 fried after using in rain

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Zvonimir Tosic
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One more problem: 18-55 WR is not suitable for rain
In reply to Simon Devlin, Jan 6, 2014

Kit lenses with WR designation are not designed for continuous use in rain. I'm not sure how long you've been out, though, so I'm only writing an overview for others to inform too.

Occasional little drizzle, moisture or snowflakes are acceptable, but if shooting in the rain or in sandstorm continuously, Pentax recommends use of DA* lenses.

I do use 18-55 WR sometimes, with occasional little drizzle (if the rain is coming, then I take my camera away) but if it rains, no, I do not use it at all because I know it is not designed for such use. Then, DA* lenses are recommended.

From Pentax material: (click to open PDF)

DA* lenses are designated as dustproof and water resistant (each part is tightly sealed).

WR lenses are designated as weather-resistant (as they have simpler sealing).

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