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How weatherproof comparison help?

Discussion in 'This or That? (MFT only)' started by pixelvandal, Jan 23, 2013.

  1. pixelvandal

    pixelvandal Mu-43 Regular

    Jan 23, 2013
    Gold Coast - Australia
    Hey guys, im in the midst of downsizing my canon gear. i have a 7d with a bunch of big, heavy lenses that i use for mainly landscape and nature photography.

    as i do a lot of hiking, and get caught in HEAVUY rain a lot, i find myself missing shots id get with a fully weather sealed camera as i worry about it.

    so im torn between buying a om-d and a pentax k-5ii.
    id probably only buy the initial kit and a macro lens, as both companys offer weather sealed versions.
    my question to you is.... how tough is the om-d? the small size appeals to me. but the magnesium build of the k-5 just feels so solid, whilst still being small for a dslr :) 

    ive seen videos of the k5 shooting in the rain, being covered in dust and mud and being washed off. being dropped. ive even seen someone put it underwater in a pool (not that its recommended) and take photos and survive!

    i guess im concerned as to weather the olympus is just as tough? being smaller it 'feels' flimsier. though its probably a misconception of mine.
    the bonus is the kit lens is internal focus and zoom, so i could use that in the rain, where the k5 18-135 they recommend you dont zoom so you dont suck water into it.

    has anyone dropped an om-d in the mud? and washed it off? haha.

    how much have YOU tested the limits of this feature?

    im sitting on the fence! keep in mind, im no pro, i strictly do it because i love photography and learning new things. so im not concerned about what lenses are available, ill probably only invest in 4 or 5. macro. zoom. tele. and primes.

    thanks for any feedback :) 

  2. Talanis

    Talanis Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Oct 15, 2012
    Sherbrooke, Canada
    Eric Cote
    A wave spalshed over my OM-D with 12-50mm in october in Maine. As you all know, salted water and camera / electronic aren't good friends. So I washed it under the thing where you can wash your feet, All is still working good. :) 
    P.S.: Before doing that, I saw people filming waterfall with the OM-D so I was pretty sure to be safe ;) 
  3. DoofClenas

    DoofClenas Who needs a Mirror! Subscribing Member

    Nov 9, 2012
    Traverse City, MI
    Although not an EM5, my regular E5 handles flawlessly in wet or cold weather...so I wouldn't have any concerns with olympus's weather sealing technology...however there are only a few native m4/3 weather sealed lenses (12-50, 60, 12-35, 35-100). Which is one reason why I purchased a mmf-3, so that I could use my 7-14, 8, 12-60, 50 and 50-200 the then next generation omd is released (that' when I'll sell my e-5).
  4. MAubrey

    MAubrey Photographer

    Jul 9, 2012
    Bellingham, WA
    Mike Aubrey
    I've taken my OM-D up four mountains with a few drops and its been just fine. As for rain, well, since I live in Vancouver, if I didn't take it out in the rain, I'd only be able to enjoy photography between June and September. I haven't had a problem yet (received my OM-D in May).
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  5. LeoS

    LeoS Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Aug 6, 2012
    [ame=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B2678WIF15k]Olympus OMD VS Pepsi - YouTube[/ame]

    [ame="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4YHyn53AeOk"]What happens you mix a waterfall and an OM-D? - YouTube[/ame]

    I think there's another clip of OMD vs Coffee somewhere..
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  6. mcumeda

    mcumeda Mu-43 Regular

    Sep 25, 2011
    The Em-5 is the most solid feeling camera I have owned. It is small, but it feels like it was carved from a single piece of metal. I haven't had any pro bodies, but to me, it feels more solid than my D600. I have also had a nex-7, various Canon bodies, and a x100, and the omd feels the best, especially with the grip.
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