U.S. soldier tests Pentax DSLRs’ weather sealing in sand and rain “storm” in Afghanistan (VIDEO)


posted Monday, July 9, 2012 at 8:56 AM EST

Solider-pentax-testPentax has built a reputation for creating tough, weatherproof digital SLRs that can stand up to the elements. (For reference, see our preview of the new, all-weather Pentax K-30.) U.S. soldier and photography buff Alex Jansen decided to challenge that reputation recently, when he put the Pentax K-7 and K-5 through a simulated sand and rain storm in Afghanistan.

In the below video, which is not an endorsement by the U.S. Army (nor sponsored by Pentax, for that matter), Jansen covered the two cameras in sand, small rocks, and dust, and then rinsed them off in the shower.

(The Pentax K-7 has a DA* 50-135mm f/2.8 lens attached while the K-5 has a D-BG4 Battery Grip and DA* 16-50mm f/2.8 lens attached.)

Do you think these Pentax' cameras' dust and weather sealing stood up to the test? Check out the video below and find out.

(Via DIY Photography)

Can these two Pentax DSLRs stand up to a simulated sand and rain storm?