Cleaning EM-1 + 12-40

Discussion in 'Olympus Cameras' started by griswoldo, Feb 14, 2015.

  1. griswoldo

    griswoldo Mu-43 Regular

    Sep 27, 2011
    Any thoughts about running this combo under a faucet to clean it off? I've seen YouTube videos of people doing this, but thought I'd ask here if anyone has done this, or if it's not a good plan, if anyone has other tips for cleaning the exterior of the camera and lens. Thanks!
  2. mattia

    mattia Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 3, 2012
    The Netherlands
    Soft brush? How dirty is it?
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  3. Gary5

    Gary5 Mu-43 Veteran Subscribing Member

    Jan 15, 2014
    Olympus has a new E-M1 Weather Resistance guide that says:
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  4. Replytoken

    Replytoken Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 7, 2012
    Puget Sound
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  5. tkbslc

    tkbslc Mu-43 Legend

    I think there is only one question to ask yourself at a time like this:

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  6. griswoldo

    griswoldo Mu-43 Regular

    Sep 27, 2011
    Great information, thanks everyone! It's not incredibly dirty, just what comes from average use. I'd like to maintain it right, and this info is exactly what I needed. Better to ask and put a little work in rather than take the easy way out. Thanks again!
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  7. Klorenzo

    Klorenzo Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 10, 2014
    I have no experience on this, but all the IPX certifications differ mostly for the amount of water pressure and angle. The rain does not apply a lot of pressure while the faucet does (I'm just making common sense assumptions here). It think that rain drops almost completely bounce away.

    E-M1 is IPX1 that means:

    IPX-1 Protected against falling water Equivalent to 3-5mm rainfall per minute for a duration of 10 minutes.
    Unit is placed in its normal operating position.

    Often the actual resistance is higher then the declared one.

    I would expect no problems from gently pouring water over the camera with your hand a few times. But it's not my camera... :)
  8. zensu

    zensu Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Aug 8, 2012
    Alabama USA
    I don't have a "splash proof" camera but if I did I would not only worry about just rain but I'd be concerned about acid rain! I'd wipe off the camera whenever it got any kind of rain on it or the lens. As the instructions above noted I'd start with a gentle soapy solution (to neutralize the acid rain) wrung out to just be a damp cloth. Then I'd re-wipe it down again with a dry cloth and let it air dry the spots I may have missed. We've all paid a lot for our gear and I'm sure that, like me, you want it to last.