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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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Re: EM5 Mk1 plus 12-40 Pro in the rain

Sorry to be late to the party as I have only just spotted this.

I have found my E-M5 with 12 ~ 40 Pro combination to be remarkably waterproof, having had to use it in some torrential Mediterranean downpours.

On one occasion there were several of us working from a launch alongside a large yacht in Genoa. The intensity of the rainfall was such that we had to keep the bilge pump on continuously to avoid sinking. However, a couple of very close lightning strikes persuaded us that perhaps we should wait for the weather to clear!

However, I have experienced problems with the E-M5's grip after working in the rain, which were never resolved by drying out. It doesn't help that the black 'seal' between the camera and grip absorbs water like a sponge.

I still don't know what happened but the E-M5 effectively bricked itself, with none of the exposure controls doing anything. It was still taking photographs but I couldn't change any settings, and was unable to verify that the images were properly exposed. This was only resolved by connecting the camera to a PC, which I couldn't do until I got home.

To sum up; by all means use the E-M5 in the rain but don't use the grip.
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Re: EM5 Mk1 plus 12-40 Pro in the rain

My old E-M5 got a fair bit of use in rainy conditions with my 12-40 too. My daughter now has that camera and its going just fine (no problems).
I've also not been shy about using my recent E-M5 MkII (now gone to pastures new) my old E-M1 (also now moved on) and now my E-M1 MkII in the rain, never had a single issue with any of them.
Equally Pentax (K20D and K7) cameras I've owned in the past are good all weather bets as was my Oly E-5
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