Grateful for Weather Sealed Gear

Discussion in 'Open Gear Talk' started by Penfan2010, Oct 12, 2014.

  1. Penfan2010

    Penfan2010 All-Pro

    Jul 21, 2012
    NJ, USA
    Was taking photos in the rain yesterday at a nearby nature reservation, and at one point was walking along the dried up bed of a man-made lake. Turns out it was not a good idea because what looked like solid ground covered with vegetation turned out to be some serious muck. Found myself stuck above my knees in very heavy and sticky mud/clay mixture, and needed to lay down my E-M5 and RX-10 in the muddy ground. After 20 minutes of digging out, still went on and shot anyway. Got back home and spent the morning cleaning up the gear. They all seemed to have survived since I used the same gear to shoot an event that evening.


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  2. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    OMG Ed. If there are any messy gear fetishists, they are over the moon with these shots.
  3. Ray Sachs

    Ray Sachs Legend

    Sep 21, 2010
    Not too far from Philly
    you should be able to figure it out...
    Pretty impressive. I've been in a couple of pretty serious downpours with the EM5 and EM1, but never anything like putting them down in the mud. Glad to know the RX10 is that tough too...

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  4. Penfan2010

    Penfan2010 All-Pro

    Jul 21, 2012
    NJ, USA
    Redefines camera porn, I guess? Too funny.
  5. Penfan2010

    Penfan2010 All-Pro

    Jul 21, 2012
    NJ, USA
    Ray, these tend to be my rainy day cameras since they are both weather-sealed. I was a bit worried about the Olympus 75-300 mk II since it is technically not a water-proof lens (unlike the mud-smeared Panasonic 12-35 in the photo). Held up pretty well with some protection from my cap. But then, not three hours later, I was covering my son's marching band at a local high school football game; I switched to the 75-300 in a rush and thought i had secured it to the E-M5, pulled my hand away to check the RX-10 and saw the lens come off and….bounce off the astroturf! The darn thing had nary a ding or scratch and everything worked perfectly. it may not be certifiably weather-sealed, but it seems to be quite drop-resistant (and idiot-proof) as well.
  6. donlaw

    donlaw All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Sep 14, 2012
    My EM-5 took a pretty heavy soaking on the tour boat at Niagara Falls. This despite a large sealed plastic bag (which turned out to have a faulty seal). Never stop working!
    Should have taken a selfie so we could see how mud soaked you where. :smile:
    Anyway glad you invested in some robust gear!
  7. Penfan2010

    Penfan2010 All-Pro

    Jul 21, 2012
    NJ, USA
    Don - funny you say that, I did have half a mind to take a selfie (and then toss the phone away in case I did sink into the mud all the way; at least there would be some evidence of what happened!). Glad to hear your E-M5 withstood Niagara, makes me more confident about taking it out into the rain.
  8. drd1135

    drd1135 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Jul 13, 2011
    Lexington, Virginia
    You need to go out during the next rainy day to clean them off.
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