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My weather sealed combo

Discussion in 'Micro Four Thirds Forum' started by tonyturley, Mar 5, 2015.

  1. tonyturley

    tonyturley SC Veteran

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    Nov 24, 2014
    Scott Depot, WV, USA
    Tony
    This is nothing many of you haven't already seen, but I'm pretty pleased with my OM-D E-M5 and the weather sealed pair of ZD 14-54 Mk II and ZD 50-200 ED, which I took out today for the first time. It is mint, and I got it at a great price. I had been considering the PZ 45-175 for weight and compactness, but I'm glad I went with the faster, sealed lens. I took these pics with my Sony NEX-6 just for fun:

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  2. bartjeej

    bartjeej SC Hall of Famer

    Nov 12, 2010
    bart
    Nice kit! Olympus do have a good reputation for their weathersealing, although afaik they don't uphold the warranty when there's water damage. Still, I'd have a lot more faith in Olympus or Pentax, when it comes to weather sealing, than Sony.

    Apart from "just for giggles let's bury it in snow" shots, what kinda plans do you have for the kit?
     
  3. SnapDawg

    SnapDawg Rorschach Test Pilot

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    Apr 18, 2014
    Canary Islands
    Ken
    Dang, I wish my snappers had some adequate sealing but nope. Great little cam that EM-5 (the NEX-6 too).
     
  4. davidzvi

    davidzvi SC Regular

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    Apr 18, 2014
    David
    I might be tempted to pick up one of the 40-150 just to have something small with snappy AF since they can be had for about $100.
     
  5. Biro

    Biro SC All-Pro

    Aug 7, 2011
    Jersey Shore
    Steve
    When I had more micro four-thirds gear than I have now, I bought the E-M5 with 12-50mm kit lens specifically for the environmental sealing. I wanted at least one micro four-thirds set up that was weather resistant. I still have both the camera and lens, and both work just fine. The 12-50 is underrated IMHO.

    Just before I bought into Pentax in 2008, I almost bought an Olympus E-520 with the 14-54mm Mk I. It was a very close decision between that and the K200D, which was being offered in a special kit with a discounted DA* 16-50 and 50-135, both with WR. But I still like the Zuiko 14-54, in both Mark I and Mark II editions.
     
  6. tonyturley

    tonyturley SC Veteran

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    Nov 24, 2014
    Scott Depot, WV, USA
    Tony
    Thanks. This is my primary hiking kit. I'm out in the woods 12 months of the year, so wanted a kit that was sealed and rugged.
    I like the E-M5 a lot. The NEX-6 is a good camera, too, but if I had known how good a camera the E-M5 was, I would have bit the bullet back when it first came out and likely never entered the Sony E-mount world.
    The images I've seen from that are decent.
    I am pleased with the Mk II. While bigger than the typical m43 kit zoom, it isn't a behemoth, and is quite comfortable to hold and carry. I used to have a Pentax K30, which has great IQ, but I wasn't fond of the controls, so I sold it after owning it maybe 8 months. I like the fit and feel of the E-M5 a lot better.
     
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  7. SnapDawg

    SnapDawg Rorschach Test Pilot

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    Apr 18, 2014
    Canary Islands
    Ken
    Sealed and rugged sounds good to me, Tony, I've been traveling quite a bit.
    Re. the NEX world Fuji X arrived a bit late to the party and back then the X-Pro1 wasn't the camera it has become in the meantime. Anyway, I still enjoy the IQ of my NEX-7 with some fine glass and have no plans to get rid of it. Two APS-C systems might look like one too much but I don't know of any single compact system or camera that does it all alone and they complement each other just right.
     
  8. tonyturley

    tonyturley SC Veteran

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    Nov 24, 2014
    Scott Depot, WV, USA
    Tony
    I kind of look at the E-M5 and NEX-6 the same way, Ken. They complement each other in different areas, but I do use the E-M5 more.
     
  9. wolfie

    wolfie SC Veteran

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    Sep 19, 2010
    Good choice! I had an E-1 with a 14-54 SHG and it was a great combo that survived 1-2 hour sessions in winter rain at soccer games and saltwater splashes when taken fishing. I also just grabbed a discounted E-M5 with a 12-40 Pro combo for only $100 more than retail for the lens alone - thank goodness for the E-M5 MkII! It has already been in the rain and been fishing and survived! :2thumbs:
     
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