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Live View and Water seals -- Just how important are water seals?
I've been analyzing which starter dslr to purchase and today I finally went to B&H Photo and handled a few for a very short period of time. It's amazing how much handling a camera can communicate to a prospective consumer that words alone cannot. I was leaning towards a Pentax k10d, but upon handling the Olympus E-510, I am now steering towards that camera for it's small size, excellent pricing, kit lens, and live view. I've decided that I am a participant first and photographer second and I don't want to schlep around a big, heavy camera and lens wherever I go nor do I want to carry additional lenses, etc. However, the longer I held the k10d the more used to it I became so size alone is not the issue (and it's not really that big.).

On the hand, live view is really useful for someone like myself who wears glasses. Also, I've got to believe that live-view will come in handy at parties to capture impromptu shots of friends and family members and my baby to be. And live-view would come in handy for underwater photography if at some point I decide to buy a housing for it. Besides, it's nice to look at an image without pressing my glasses against a tiny little box and peering through a tiny hole. Despite some posters suggesting that live-view is a mere gimmick I think they're wrong. It's also telling that live-view is offered on higher end dslr's, just not the Pentax k10d, Nikon D40/40X, or Canon 400D, which is the competition I've been comparing the E-510 against..

The one sticking point for me is the k10d's weather seals, which is a feature that the E-510 does not have. Just how much water/weather can the k10d tolerate that the E-510 cannot? Does anyone know? It would be nice to not have to worry about my camera if it starts to rain. If I can get information on that question then I think I'll be ready to make my decision. I would appreciate any advice anyone can provide. Thanks..

Jay..

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The weather seals are more effective if one has weather sealed lens too. Such lenses are costly and few. These are more important if you shoot in very humid environment (water sports, swimming, shooting in rain, etc.). Else a wipe of cloth and storing the equipment in dry condition with Silica Gel pouch in bag is good enough.The most important thing is : Store after drying only..

Jaydubbs15 wrote:.

The one sticking point for me is the k10d's weather seals, which is afeature that the E-510 does not have. Just how much water/weathercan the k10d tolerate that the E-510 cannot? Does anyone know? Itwould be nice to not have to worry about my camera if it starts torain. If I can get information on that question then I think I'll beready to make my decision. I would appreciate any advice anyone canprovide. Thanks..

Jay.

Best Wishes, Ajayhttp://picasaweb.google.com/ajay0612..

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Jaydubbs15 wrote:.

The one sticking point for me is the k10d's weather seals, which is afeature that the E-510 does not have..

Only useful if the lens you put on the K10D has weather seals too. I think the only ones offered by Pentax are the 16-50mm f/2.8 SDM and the 50-135mm f/2.8 SDM. Ironically, Olympus has much more sealed lenses to offer, but only two of their bodies - the E-1 and the new E-3 - are weatherproofed. The E-1 can be had for very little money now used, but it does not offer LiveView or IS. The E-3 has both, plus the seals. But it's a lot heavier than the E-510 or indeed the K10D and costs between $1600 and $1700...

Comment #2

I have used it, as have many others, in the rain..

Here is a picture of the K10Ds twin in a sink - other similar pictures exist specifically with the K10D. http://www.slrclub.com/...amp;select_arrange=headnum&desc=asc&no=9910http://jcharding.zenfolio.com/..

Comment #3

Yes, it's odd that Pentax offers so few lens options. And advanced photographers say that the biggest impact on picture quality is the skill of the photographer and the quality of the lens...

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Jaydubbs15 wrote:.

Yes, it's odd that Pentax offers so few lens options. And advancedphotographers say that the biggest impact on picture quality is theskill of the photographer and the quality of the lens..

Pentax offer a vast array of excellent prime lenses - it is just that they are not sealed...

Comment #5

Besides, it's nice to look at an image without pressing myglasses against a tiny little box and peering through a tiny hole..

Pressing your glasses up against a tiny little box actually helps stabilize the camera - something that holding it out in front of you doesn't. Just because a camera has image stabilization doesn't mean you can get sloppy in your hand holding technique...

Comment #6

I was talking about using live-view to take pictures instead of the tiny view-finder, which is what live-view was created for...

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