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Just how weather sealed is the GH3 & 12-35?

Discussion in 'Panasonic Cameras' started by deang001, Oct 13, 2013.

  1. deang001

    deang001 Mu-43 Veteran

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    Sep 16, 2013
    Hong Kong
    Dean
    Having recently picked up a GH3 & 12-35, I was wondering just how weather sealed this combo is for shooting in the rain?

    Initially I bought this camera for video, but I just love it for stills as well now ... the weight and ergonomics are such a breath of fresh air !!!

    I love shooting street pics especially in the rain where I usually use my D800E & 24-70, but this isn't exactly the most ideal set-up for street. When I say rain, I mean real rain ... not little drops. As yet I have not tested this combo (GH3 & 12-35) out on the rain as I don't think it would survive it.

    Now with the release of the new E-M1+12-40 and the videos I've seen where they are just running the camera under a tap, I'm seriously thinking of jumping ship.

    The GH3 & 12-35 has no where the level of sealing as the new E-M1+12-40 does it?
     
  2. meyerweb

    meyerweb Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Sep 5, 2011
    IM not sure how the em1 is rated, but the gh3 and em5 share the same IPX rating.
     
  3. deang001

    deang001 Mu-43 Veteran

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    Sep 16, 2013
    Hong Kong
    Dean
    I am not sure either, but judging from some of the videos I saw, the EM1 must be just as good as anything out there such as the D3S etc. I read yesterday that Ming Thiem left it (and the 12-40) under a warm shower for 10 mins while periodically firing the shutter with no issues at all.

    That is seriously impressive stuff and a lot of piece of mind for people who enjoy shooting in the rain.
     
  4. flash

    flash Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Apr 29, 2010
    1 hour from Sydney Australia.
    Gordon
    I've gently hosed my EM5 with the Panny 12-35 on the front. Rain is no problems.

    Gordon
     
  5. drd1135

    drd1135 Zen Snapshooter

    Mar 17, 2011
    Southwest Virginia
    Steve
    I've always wondered what would make a man gently hose his EM5. :smile:
     
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  6. deejayvee

    deejayvee Mu-43 Regular

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    Feb 3, 2013
    Sydney, Australia
    David
    How else would you clean it?
     
  7. flash

    flash Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Apr 29, 2010
    1 hour from Sydney Australia.
    Gordon
    :smile: that's a whole other thread........

    ... it was covered in sand.

    Gordon
     
  8. ntblowz

    ntblowz Mu-43 Veteran

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    Nov 13, 2011
    Auckland, New Zealand
    GH3 doesn't have IPX rating while E-M5 does, the 12-35mm and GH3 have much less sealing points than E-M5 and 12-40mm. The SD card slot is not sealed on GH3

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  9. meyerweb

    meyerweb Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Sep 5, 2011
    I can't fine it now, but when the GH3 was introduced I saw a reference that it was IPX1, the same as the EM-5. The EM-1 appears to be IPX1, as well.

    I have seen statements that the GH3 is actually rated at IPX2, but have found no documentation to that effect.

    At IPX1, I wouldn't use any of these in conditions I would place a Canon 1D or Nikon D3/4 in.

    Oh, and an o-ring is not the only way to keep water out.