Post your WR picture

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kikivrany
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Post your WR picture
Aug 25, 2012

Hello

It's close before the Photokina 2012, and I'm sure that the news about the new bodys and lens will fall like warm rain over the forum.... until then let's post our pictures, which we only could done thank's to the WR-body-lens-tools from Pentax.

K5 ISO320 / 1/800sec. / f14 withDA WR 18-55mm @40mm.

I did hold the camera very low (with the help of a Pentax Refconverter A ) and raised up the camera after the picture was done. In my case my camera and lens got only little water-splashes, but without to know that the K5 is a WR body and the DA 18-55mm is a WR lens, I never had try this picture.

so if you want...post yours

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In reply to kikivrany, Aug 26, 2012

Hi, Kikivrany! I agree to what you said about the WR body and lens. I felt safe when water was going in my direction. In this shot, you could see the water drops splashing on upper left side of the much debated DA18-135.

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In reply to leopold, Aug 26, 2012

Haven't had much rain here because of the very high altitude and the lack of humidity, but does this count?

The link for the video that was taken from is in my signature, as well as right here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eo61t5fH6Qw&feature=player_embedded

This was taken by me in Afghanistan during a dust storm at approximately 1300, a time when it is so bright it is still painful wearing sunglasses at times.

This was also taken by me, but in a thunderstorm - the first few photos were ruined because there was so much water on the lens element that I didn't notice at first. Thankfully I did later and cleaned it.

Also, came across these as well ( not my photos ). These are either of the cameras themselves, or pictures taken by Pentax DSLR's in austere environments.

Please grab some popcorn, and enjoy the show :

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It got a bit too long so here's the rest (continuation of above):

And finish it off with some good ole' Pentax Marketing

Again, these are all either of Pentax DSLR's, or by Pentax DSLR's.

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That's a great collection of bad weather, i see that you included my photo of my DFA 100mm Macro WR
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In reply to leopold, Aug 26, 2012

My friend has one, and I am thinking to buy one, but I would not take the risk to test it. I just wonder how much the K5 is resistant to water and dust and how much is advertisement/legend.

Great pics!

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Bananasplit wrote:

My friend has one, and I am thinking to buy one, but I would not take the risk to test it. I just wonder how much the K5 is resistant to water and dust and how much is advertisement/legend.

Great pics!

I can assure you it is not legend. Have you seen this video?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eo61t5fH6Qw&feature=player_embedded

And from all those different sources, you still don't trust it and chalk it up to "possibly just advertisement/legend" ?

With Pentax, you can be confident in its weather sealing.

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leopold wrote:

That's a great collection of bad weather, i see that you included my photo of my DFA 100mm Macro WR
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Thanks Leopold!

And yea, I did a Google search and I opened that page without realizing it, and was brought straight to your blog

Great stuff btw.

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In reply to kikivrany, Aug 27, 2012

Here's one with the 100mm D FA WR macro in near freezing rain in January.

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In reply to Heie2, Aug 27, 2012

Umm you got one of my pics in there as well, its OK

Its the K20D sitting in the snow; I have more out there. I also made some movies showing me putting the K20D through some tough weather. You just don't read of Pentax bodies leaking much, not much at all. Like winning the lottery to find a leakier.

They are tough as well!

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In reply to kikivrany, Aug 27, 2012

Great theme; awesome collection of images!

Thanks, everyone for posting.
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In reply to kikivrany, Aug 27, 2012

Hello

Xiaomao, Heie2 and Paphios, thanks for posting your wonderful WR-pictures !

...and Heie2, thanks also for make up and posting this great collection of WR-pictures (and Video) !

...and I have a question:

It look's like that it's no problem for the O-ring-seals when I zoom the lens in and out during a rain, but what happend when I zoom in and out the lens when it's full of fine-sand ? Are the O-ring-seals so good, that they can wipe of this fine-sand ?

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kikivrany wrote:

Hello

Xiaomao, Heie2 and Paphios, thanks for posting your wonderful WR-pictures !

...and Heie2, thanks also for make up and posting this great collection of WR-pictures (and Video) !

...and I have a question:

It look's like that it's no problem for the O-ring-seals when I zoom the lens in and out during a rain, but what happend when I zoom in and out the lens when it's full of fine-sand ? Are the O-ring-seals so good, that they can wipe of this fine-sand ?

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Hey Kikivrany!

You saw the video, so using that as an example, I can say that I never had any sand/dust have issues with my lenses. What you saw in that video is not realistic for daily shooting, so I wouldn't worry about that - it was an extreme demonstration to prove a point. Assume that did happen though? I'd take a bottle of water or my shirt if I didn't have any around, and try to get as much dust off the inner telescoping parts as possible, and still zoom in and out. The lenses are not only sealed as a whole, but each chamber is individually sealed for maximum protection.

The only issue I had was some dust/small sand getting in the dials (front/rear) which came out after a few spins - no lasting effects at all. All the buttons and panel seals held up perfectly. Also, the reason the flash stayed down on the K-7 is 1) the spring is weaker than the K-5's, and 2) some sand got under the housing, which jammed it. The flash is sealed, but the space between the pop-up and the body is not (obviously), so once you get it out of there, no issues. But again, remember how much crap I put on those cameras lol.

That was over a month ago (almost 2), and not a single issue with either camera

Hope this helps

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In reply to kikivrany, Aug 27, 2012

I'm on the US east coast now so I haven't shot much in dust and sand in recent years. It is my understanding that the WR lenses are mositure resistant while the DA* lenses are moisture and dust resistant.

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Paphios wrote:

I'm on the US east coast now so I haven't shot much in dust and sand in recent years. It is my understanding that the WR lenses are mositure resistant while the DA* lenses are moisture and dust resistant.

If look above in some of the pictures, I think it's pretty apparent the DFA 100 WR, 18-135 WR and 18-55 WR are more than just "moisture resistant." I'd assess them as "Sealed from Water, except for full submersion; dust resistant but not sealed from dust entirely" Yes it's a long classification, but I think it get's my point across.

And I while I don't take it out too much, I still haven't had any issue with my DFA 100 macro keeping Afghan baby powder-style dust out, and it's had some pretty good coatings of it.

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Heie2 wrote:

If look above in some of the pictures, I think it's pretty apparent the DFA 100 WR, 18-135 WR and 18-55 WR are more than just "moisture resistant." I'd assess them as "Sealed from Water, except for full submersion; dust resistant but not sealed from dust entirely" Yes it's a long classification, but I think it get's my point across.

Have you tried both the 18-135 WR and 18-55 WR? if so, can you compare build and optical performances? thanks

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In reply to Heie2, Aug 28, 2012

That's definitely a pretty significant test of dust resistance. Glad to hear its wroking so well for you.

I've had the 100 f2.8 WR out in the rain a few times. I enjoy shooting things that are covered with water droplets with it.

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Bananasplit wrote:

Heie2 wrote:

If look above in some of the pictures, I think it's pretty apparent the DFA 100 WR, 18-135 WR and 18-55 WR are more than just "moisture resistant." I'd assess them as "Sealed from Water, except for full submersion; dust resistant but not sealed from dust entirely" Yes it's a long classification, but I think it get's my point across.

Have you tried both the 18-135 WR and 18-55 WR? if so, can you compare build and optical performances? thanks

I personally have never used the 18-135, however pictures I have seen from it have been stellar. I have seen some "official" and "professional" reviews state it was very poor (photozone, for one), however real-world tests from the majority of users seem to indicate that it is an excellent lens. Yes, there will be some poor IQ because of the zoom range, relative low cost (compared to DA*'s), and compactness of the lens (less glass/smaller apertures). But honestly, most of the pictures I've seen from it have been very sharp - surprisingly so in fact.

Regarding the 18-55 WR - I no longer have it (I felt there was no need since upgrading to the DA* 16-50), however it was my first lens. I even had two of them that each came with my K-7 and K-5 as the same WR kit each. For the price--which is as low as $50 in some kit bundles--it is OUTSTANDING. To me the kit lens only really lacked a fast max aperture (3.5-5.6 vs 2.8 throughout). The IQ wasn't the sharpest, but it was PLENTY sharp when you take into consideration 1)how cheap it is, and 2) how compact it is - there's NEVER a reason to not throw it in your bag and have a weather sealed combo should you need one. Feel free to check this out: http://pentaxphotogallery.com/photos/gallery/query?camera=&lens=3790 A collection of shots taken with that lens - and some excellent ones there.

I know I kind of squirted around directly getting to your question regarding optical quality, however you have to realize it's just a kit lens - you aren't going to get DA* quality (although the 18-135 is certainly much sharper than the 18-55). However, for the price and size (and the 18-135 isn't much bigger), there's no excuse to not own at least the 18-55 (if you don't have WR lenses and need/want one) - it's a fantastic little lens.

Hope this helps

-Heie

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