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Old Jun 6, 2014, 8:27 AM   #1
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Default Just how "splash proof" is the Oly OM-D E-M5 ..

... with the kit lens 12-50mm? Anyone her with enough experience with this camera, who can elaborate a little? Does this combo stand up to a day of shooting in rainy condition?

I seem to remember that when the M5 was introduced there was this video of the camera with water being poured on...?

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Old Jun 6, 2014, 9:23 AM   #2
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Walter,

It is one of the main reasons I bought the OMD-E5 and second the portability.

When is rain on the forecast or visiting extreme weather places this is my camera to use, I have the 12-50mm and never had problems with water or dust.

The following were shoot under a heavy storm in NYC:

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Old Jun 6, 2014, 9:47 AM   #3
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... with the kit lens 12-50mm? Anyone her with enough experience with this camera, who can elaborate a little? Does this combo stand up to a day of shooting in rainy condition?

I seem to remember that when the M5 was introduced there was this video of the camera with water being poured on...?

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Hi Walter,

I agree with Marcelo,

I can even add that I used it (along with the EM-1) in cold weather (-20c) without any problems. I also used the EM-1 with the MMF-3 and the 50-200SWD under heavy rain and I had no problems

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Walter,
It is one of the main reasons I bought the OMD-E5 and second the portability. When is rain on the forecast or visiting extreme weather places this is my camera to use, I have the 12-50mm and never had problems with water or dust. The following were shoot under a heavy storm in NYC:
Hi MarceloLi - and thank you for Your reassuring comment. I can clearly see how much rain there was when you took those pictures. Water-droplets on the front lens as well. This gives it a really stormy expression, I like it!!


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Hi Walter, I agree with Marcelo,
I can even add that I used it (along with the EM-1) in cold weather (-20c) without any problems. I also used the EM-1 with the MMF-3 and the 50-200SWD under heavy rain and I had no problems - Regards, Gilles
Thanks also to Giles for a quick comment, reassuring even more. Two opinions are always better than one.

I am basically a Nikon-guy with 4 Nikon DSLRs (D300s - D700 - D5100 - D5300) at home, and also have 3 Panasonic m4/3 cameras (G1 - GF3 and G5) for a "light" pack. Unfortunately, none of those are "splash proof".

But I need to cover a forthcoming event in July, the TSR (Tall Ships Race) held in my hometown --> https://twitter.com/TSRF2014 - where 50 of the biggest square-riggers (old sailing boats) are coming to Fredrikstad in Norway, and to be on the safe side, if it rains, I desperately need something to rely on.
http://www.visitoslofjord.no/no/fred.../Lei-en-skute/


Last time we had the same event in 2009 (I think) there were hardly any pictures around after the 3 day long event, because it POURED every single day.


So my options are either to go for a water-proof camera (Nikon 1 AW1 med 11-27,5mm) which is really waterproof down to 15 meters) - or this Olympus OM-D E M5. I would prefer the Oly because the Nikon 1 has a tiny sensor only.


Anyway, thanks again for you valued comment!


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I would still get a lightweight dry bag for it. I use a hiking food bag, which rolls up and has a clasp. That way, you can take it out, or clip it around your waist, shoot for a few minutes, and safely store it on you.
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Thank you drew881 for your sensible input!
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