Pentax future is not clear after Ricoh acquisition, I'd wait some time to see if the company is still here.looking for info if i should buy the k-50 or not.am new to the dsrl but what i like about pentax is the weather proof but how good is the weather proof like how much wet it can get in the rain any info would be nice thank you
Speedygo - companies acquire each other all the time. Pentax will be around for the foreseeable future.
If you need a brand new weatherproof camera below $1000, the $777 K-50 and the $540 K-30 are your only choices.
That said, weathersealing and the 100% coverage viewfinder are pretty much the only reasons to buy Pentax - they have not invested in the R&D needed to put any of the latest features in their cameras - e.g., no swivel screens, wi-fi, mic input jacks, touch screens, or lenses with fast/quiet autofocus motors.
Instead of spending $777 on a K-50, you might be better off spending $789 on a manufacturer refurbished Nikon D7000 with the 18-55 kit lens and a one year warranty from Cameta via eBay.
Although introduced 3 years ago, the D7000's sensor still edges the brand new K-50's.
The D7000 also has 100% viewfinder coverage and a weather-resistant magnesium alloy body - you don't want to dunk it, but you shouldn't be afraid to take it out in a little rain:
Hope this is helpful,
Hybrid Camera Revolution