Do you think dropping an Olympus M5 on the sidewalk might affect the

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clear glass Contributing Member • Posts: 814
Do you think dropping an Olympus M5 on the sidewalk might affect the

body's seals against moisture?

It seems to have hit lens first (ouch! The glass in the filter broke and I can't get the empty filter ring off). The body had only a few small nicks on both sides of the bottom plate, no outside deformation of the skin I could see. Everything seems to work A OK, including autofocus.

But the seal against moisture is important to me. Is there any sign I should look for (besides taking it out in the rain and seeing if it self-destructs) that the seals are not functional?

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eques Veteran Member • Posts: 3,205
Re: Do you think dropping an Olympus M5 on the sidewalk might affect the

clear glass wrote:

body's seals against moisture?

It seems to have hit lens first (ouch! The glass in the filter broke and I can't get the empty filter ring off). The body had only a few small nicks on both sides of the bottom plate, no outside deformation of the skin I could see. Everything seems to work A OK, including autofocus.

But the seal against moisture is important to me. Is there any sign I should look for (besides taking it out in the rain and seeing if it self-destructs) that the seals are not functional?

I guess, the rubber seals are the last thing to be damaged. I would test, if there is no wobbling any where - this might indicate that the rubber seals don't have contact to the harder structure of the lens, which could produce leaks.

Did you make optical tests after the accident? I would be afraid that the calibration of the lenses might be affected. Even more so in complicated zoom lens like the 12-40/12-35 which I quess you were using.

But my 14-45 survived a hit like this as well as my 20, so you have good chances of still having a fully functional lens!

Peter.

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MatsP
MatsP Senior Member • Posts: 2,448
Re: Do you think dropping an Olympus M5 on the sidewalk might affect the

clear glass wrote:

body's seals against moisture?

It seems to have hit lens first (ouch! The glass in the filter broke and I can't get the empty filter ring off). The body had only a few small nicks on both sides of the bottom plate, no outside deformation of the skin I could see. Everything seems to work A OK, including autofocus.

But the seal against moisture is important to me. Is there any sign I should look for (besides taking it out in the rain and seeing if it self-destructs) that the seals are not functional?

I guess, the rubber seals are the last thing to be damaged. I would test, if there is no wobbling any where - this might indicate that the rubber seals don't have contact to the harder structure of the lens, which could produce leaks.

Did you make optical tests after the accident? I would be afraid that the calibration of the lenses might be affected. Even more so in complicated zoom lens like the 12-40/12-35 which I quess you were using.

But my 14-45 survived a hit like this as well as my 20, so you have good chances of still having a fully functional lens!

Peter.

My E-M5 with the 40-150 on it dropped from a cafe table onto a concrete floor, bouncing on a stone fondament on its way down. A few scrathes, that's all. Sorry about your filter and I hope you manage to remove the ring and that the thread isn't damaged.

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alcelc
alcelc Veteran Member • Posts: 9,397
Re: Do you think dropping an Olympus M5 on the sidewalk might affect the

clear glass wrote:

body's seals against moisture?

It seems to have hit lens first (ouch! The glass in the filter broke and I can't get the empty filter ring off). The body had only a few small nicks on both sides of the bottom plate, no outside deformation of the skin I could see. Everything seems to work A OK, including autofocus.

But the seal against moisture is important to me. Is there any sign I should look for (besides taking it out in the rain and seeing if it self-destructs) that the seals are not functional?

If no obvious deformation, would there be any crack even if it would be a hair thin one? If no, probably you would be OK.

Sam in Hawaii Regular Member • Posts: 253
Re: Do you think dropping an Olympus M5 on the sidewalk might affect the

At first I thought this was a joke!  Apparently,the em5 is even tougher than I thought.  What next; "will driving  nails with my epm2 void the warrantee?"  "How high will a em10 bounce?"  "Guess what! My em1 floats!"

Jeff4500
Jeff4500 Senior Member • Posts: 1,693
Re: Do you think dropping an Olympus M5 on the sidewalk might affect the

Try heating the ring with a hair dry. Sounds counter intuitive but it has worked for me several times.

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Billharr9 New Member • Posts: 15
Re: Do you think dropping an Olympus M5 on the sidewalk might affect the

Try a large rubber band around the stuck filter for extra grip.

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MatsP
MatsP Senior Member • Posts: 2,448
Re: Do you think dropping an Olympus M5 on the sidewalk might affect the

Try heating the ring with a hair dry. Sounds counter intuitive but it has worked for me several times.

It might help but be very careful. The lens coatings are sensitive to heat. Try sone tool first like a poly-grip or the like and put something in between to avoid scratches.

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