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RAIN and the K200D and DA 50-135/2.8 (3 imgs)

Discussion in 'Pentax Chat' started by Done_rundleCams, Jul 30, 2008.

  1. Done_rundleCams

    Done_rundleCams AP Forum Ambassador to Canada

    As you all -- or a good majority ;) -- know I live in Vancouver which is
    famous for "rain, coffee shops, rain, beggars/drug addicts, rain, mountains,
    rain, the forthcoming Olympics, rain and, of course, more rain" ... well, after
    a drought of 4 or 5 weeks, it finally decided to rain on Tuesday (July 29th)
    morning and I took out the K200D and DA 50-135/2.8 to test them agin
    the moisture and here are the results:

    PHOTO #1 - shot with my IST*Ds and DA 12-24:


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    PHOTO #2 - shot with my IST*Ds and DA 12-24:


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    PHOTO #3 - (actually) shot with my K200D and DA 50-135/2.8 :D


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    I, then, continued on my way through the rain to my bus and on to
    work, woo who :D :D and the camera has not shown any ill-effects :)

    Cheers,

    Jack
     
  2. AlexMonro

    AlexMonro Old Grand Part Deux

    So, Jack, you can now personally assure customers that the Pentax weathersealing "does what it says on the tin"! :)

    Nice abstract shot, the last one.
     
  3. Done_rundleCams

    Done_rundleCams AP Forum Ambassador to Canada

    Thanks Alex and, yep, I can assure them BUT I still keep my
    "plastic bag and elastic bands" in my PhotoVest at
    all times :rolleyes:

    Cheers,

    Jack
     
  4. jeallen01

    jeallen01 Well-Known Member

    So, what would you have said/done if there HAD been some ill-effects?

    Warrantee Claim??
    (and I wonder if that will work for the majority of us who are'nt in the trade?! ;)))

    If so, please let us know the words to use!! :D
     
  5. Done_rundleCams

    Done_rundleCams AP Forum Ambassador to Canada

    Hi John,

    If there had been some "ill effects" I would have sent it for a
    "warranty repair" describing the malfunction along with, of course,
    the stores sale receipt and waited for the item (or items :eek:) to
    be shipped back all tickety-boo or, in the worse case scenario, receive
    a "repair estimate" describing the repair costs along why it wouldn't
    be repaired under warranty :eek: Then, like yourself and most folks,
    I would contact the repair depot and tell them that the items, whilst
    being outside in the rain, it was a light rain and only for approximately
    10 minutes and, IMO, something that this/these particular "weatherproofed
    item/s" should be able to withstand quite easily.

    And, FWIW, in all my years of shooting (22 :eek: :eek: this month and
    14 in retail) I have only sent one(1) item in for repair -- a Konica Hexar -- with
    was purchased used and then really used by me :) As a caveat, if I had tried
    to send any of my gear in for warranty repair ... generally, after the first six(6) to
    twelve(12) months even I had would have my doubts as to the possibility of the
    item(s) being repaired under warranty :eek: ... :rolleyes:

    I hope this kind of answers your question :)

    Cheers,

    Jack
     
  6. Monobod

    Monobod Phantom of the forum

    Does the IST*Ds still work, or was there a small 'Phut' and a puff of blue smoke? :D :D

    My K10D is 'weatherproof' but none of my lenses are, so if it rains, it's confined to barracks, or use a 'rainsleeve' (The one I bought from HotBlack (David) for the 'London Shoot' and is still in the bag! :)
     
  7. SammyValencia

    SammyValencia Active Member

    Hi Jack!

    Great photos! I am moving to Vancouver next year and have a GX10 i've been told is weather proof... time to put it to the test as we're in the worst drought in 100 years down here in Australia!!
     
  8. SammyValencia

    SammyValencia Active Member

    Hi Monobod

    just curious as i am fairly new to this weatherproof dSLR technology..
    are there specific lenses that are weatherproof? if so would you happen to have examples?

    I have the GX10 and a Pentax DA 18-250mm (and the standard Samsung 18-55) for my main lens, would this not be suitable to use in the rain?

    im not sure i quite understand the point of having a weatherproof body if the lenses aren't!


    thanks guys
     
  9. Dave_Cox

    Dave_Cox Well-Known Member

    I was out yesterday with the K10 and Sigma 50-500 in light rain for about half an hour - no useable shots as speeds were too slow, but no ill effects to either piece of kit either!
     
  10. Done_rundleCams

    Done_rundleCams AP Forum Ambassador to Canada

    Hi David,

    Nope, the IST*Ds is still alive and kicking :D and, speaking of
    plastic bags, it was raining when I left work tonight (Thurs) and bagged
    both bodies and lenses :eek: .... better safe than sorry :rolleyes:

    Cheers,

    Jack
     
  11. Done_rundleCams

    Done_rundleCams AP Forum Ambassador to Canada

    Hi Sammy,

    Hey, that's great .... look forward to meeting you, at some point, next year :) and, depending
    when you are arriving, I can pretty assure you that you might be thinking: "maybe that drought
    wasn't so bad afterall" :eek: ................... :rolleyes:

    Cheers and thanks very much (regarding the pics)

    Jack
     
  12. Done_rundleCams

    Done_rundleCams AP Forum Ambassador to Canada

    Hi Sammy,

    These are the weatherproof lenses:

    As for not having 'weatherproof lenses" matched up with the "weather proof bodies";
    unfortunately, the weatherproof lenses are more expensive than the bodies :eek:
    well more expensive than the K200D :rolleyes: But, I have to admit that the purchase
    of the DA 50-135 lens has been one of the best expenditures I have made ..... thus far :rolleyes:

    Cheers,

    Jack
     
  13. Done_rundleCams

    Done_rundleCams AP Forum Ambassador to Canada

    Hi Dave,

    ya gotta take off that polariser on those rainy/cloudy days .... cuz they make your shutter
    speeds too slow :D

    I was just speaking to some folks from England and whlist we here in Vancouver are having
    rainy cool weather England is, apparantly, having a heat wave :eek: :eek: ... well, at least,
    elsewhere in England:rolleyes:

    Cheers,

    Jack
     
  14. john60wales

    john60wales Well-Known Member

    Hello there,
    Some time ago [as I think I've already mentioned in this forum :eek:] I left my K10D out, all night, in a thunderstorm [after a rather boozy BBQ].
    The next morning I found that the camera was fine but that the standard lens had water ingress & was knackered. Since then I think I've managed to dry out the 'damp' lens [just stuck it on a radiator for a couple of nights]... & it now seems to be OK.... of course only time will tell?

    Cheers
    John
     
  15. SammyValencia

    SammyValencia Active Member

    thanks jack! look forward to meeting you as well!!

    are you able to suggest some 'workarounds' for me if im using the GX10 with a non weather proof lens...
    ive never looked into this before but are there lens 'sleeves' you can get that will keep the water out?

    thanks
     
  16. SammyValencia

    SammyValencia Active Member

    ah yes
    it appears i have found a solution until i can afford a weatherproof lens

    http://www.wildlifewatchingsupplies.co.uk/lens.htm

    do you guys have any thoughts on this?

    Jack: I am really curious about all this as I have a big passion for wildlife and want to see if i can head into Alaska and the Yukon to photo wolves / bears..etc. lots of snow and ice and rain up there!
     
  17. Benchista

    Benchista Which Tyler

    This sort of thing works fine, and is what everyone used until weatherproofed cameras and lenses arrived.

    Incidentally, I quite happily use my non-weatherproofed DSLR even in quite heavy rain. The secret is simply to minimise exposure, and dry it off as soon as you can. I doubt if it would stand up to being left outside all night in a thunderstorm, but a couple of minutes at a time isn't an issue - I think people are more scared than they need be on this issue.
     
  18. Done_rundleCams

    Done_rundleCams AP Forum Ambassador to Canada

    :eek: :eek: :eek:

    Hi John,

    Wow, that blows my story out of the water :rolleyes:

    Cheers,

    Jack
     
  19. Done_rundleCams

    Done_rundleCams AP Forum Ambassador to Canada

    RAIN the K200D/DA 50-135/2.8 Me in action - the old days (10 img)....

    Hi Sammy,

    The following pic shows my 'workabout' for the last twenty(20) years of shooting in less than
    ideal climes....

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    Not very pretty but cheap and (so far) effective :)

    As for shooting wildlife in Alaska, there are lots of cruises up there and
    I am guessing plenty of "wildlife photo tours/expeditions" ... or, if you don't
    mind staying within the Vancouver (actually North Vancouver) city limits you can
    shoot the following:

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    :eek: :eek: and, of course, you can end the day with a ...
    .
    .
    .
    .
    .... ... with a lovely sunset ... similar to the one shown here :)

    Cheers,

    Jack
     
  20. Monobod

    Monobod Phantom of the forum

    Re: RAIN the K200D/DA 50-135/2.8 Me in action - the old days (10 img)....

    Them there bears are a bit dangerous aren't they? Were you in a steel cage? :D :D
     

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