Who would buy a waterproof M4/3?

Started Jun 16, 2014 | Discussions thread
Michael Meissner
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Re: Who would buy a waterproof M4/3?

Potemkin_Photo wrote:

How many of you would buy a waterproof micro 4/3 camera?

I'm surprised that one hasn't come out yet.

I don't need to dive with the camera, so I don't need a total waterproof like the Tough cameras.  I do need weather sealed cameras that can survive rainstorms, etc.  My E-1 has been through many thunderstorms, Niagara Falls boat rides, amusement park flume rides, etc.  The E-3 and E-5 have been through their share as well.  I haven't yet shot with the E-M5 in wet conditions, but I bought it for that.

I am kind of disappointed that there are so few weather sealed micro four thirds lenses, particularly under $1k.  In the classic four thirds cameras, you had two levels of weather sealed lenses, the middle tier (11-22mm, 14-54mm or 12-60mm, 50mm, 50-200mm) and the upper tier (7-14mm, 14-35mm, 35-100mm, 90-250mm, 150mm, 300mm), while in the micro four thirds space, you have one slow lens (12-50mm), and three high end lenses (Olympus 12-40mm, Panasonic 12-35mm, and Panasonic 35-100mm).  So for the $1k I spent on the 50-200mm, which goes out to 400mm equvalent, the Panasonic 35-100mm only goes out to 200mm.  For $400 more, I could add the EC-14 which brings the focal length to 560mm equivalent.

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