The sales people for the Olympus camera I was using in Venice make a big deal about its weather sealing. I’m always cynical about marketing claims, so when I found myself by the Ospedale Civile and as Italians (apparently) say it started “piove da morire” (raining to death), I gave this claim a real world test. These are a couple of the snaps I took during the deluge.
The camera fared a lot better than the flimsy coat I was wearing, so I took shelter in a barn like structure covering an alleyway and took this photo of some bemused looking newly arrived tourists.
One local wasn’t letting the rain stop his lunch time run.
I’ve got to say it wasn’t all hype. The Olympus camera continued to work, it’s just a shame the photographer had to call it a day after getting soaked through to the skin.
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