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EM5 Mk1 plus 12-40 Pro in the rain

My EM5 has been reunited with a 12-40/f2.8 Pro, curtesy of olympuscharlie777, and I'm waiting for a nice wet day to take it out in the rain, capturing people and their umbrellas.

My query: how capable is this combo in the rain? What precautions should I take, if any?
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Re: EM5 Mk1 plus 12-40 Pro in the rain

I use mine outdoors in the rain quite often.

I did find that if its cold and wet the inside of the filter steamed up so I had to take it off!

Was using the 300 f4 outdoors in the rain on Tuesday - it was more waterproof than me!
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Re: EM5 Mk1 plus 12-40 Pro in the rain

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I use mine outdoors in the rain quite often.

I did find that if its cold and wet the inside of the filter steamed up so I had to take it off!

Was using the 300 f4 outdoors in the rain on Tuesday - it was more waterproof than me!
Are you using the same camera as me, ie the EM5 MkI. The rubber seal is in place on the 12-40, as expected.
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Re: EM5 Mk1 plus 12-40 Pro in the rain

I'm using the EM1 but the 5 is also weatherproofed (the 10 isn't).

Don't submerge it in water though it's only "drip proof" and make sure all the little covers are in their right places.
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Re: EM5 Mk1 plus 12-40 Pro in the rain

Thanks Walti, not long to wait, rain is f/c tomorrow.
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Re: EM5 Mk1 plus 12-40 Pro in the rain

When I had the E-M5 (i), I used it in the rain quite a few times. I found that the viewfinder would mist up inside a little, but otherwise I had no problems
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Re: EM5 Mk1 plus 12-40 Pro in the rain

I have experience with keeping water out of sealed components .Ignition/axles/gearboxes and the only way is to presurise the interior with a pump. The problem is that once water gets into a "sealed" unit the seal also prevents it getting out . The air inside your camera is heated by the electronics which expands it and when it contracts it sucks water through the weakest seal.. splashproof means wiping it off straight away ..using it in the rain ..forget it .
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Re: EM5 Mk1 plus 12-40 Pro in the rain

I suppose I was after anecdotal evidence to soothe my nerves!

I'm all too aware how difficult it is to seal enclosures, especially if the equipment is to be subjected to changes in atmospheric pressure, and rates of change in particular. In aerospace it's common to allow electronic enclosures to breath via drain holes, protecting the electronics with conformal coating.
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Re: EM5 Mk1 plus 12-40 Pro in the rain

Hi I have no problems, with rain, when I have had my 12-40 lens fitted, it gets a really good soaking no problem at all, not even when I lost the flash cover and didn't realise it was missing until I was putting it in my bag.
Maybe I'm lucky with it then when it's raining I don't change the lenses.
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