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Olympus Specials - Get Serious About Mirrorless Now


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There’s never been a better time to get into mirrorless than right now with the amazing special prices Olympus have on offer for various items in their micro four thirds range.

When it came out three years ago the OM-D E-M5 caused quite a stir in the photography world. For the first time there was a micro four thirds camera that could hold its own against many of the DSLR’s of the day. In fact it won camera of the year at a couple of big name photography sites, beating out some very solid competition from all the other names in the game.

The E-M5 could also go way beyond what you could do with a DSLR and I won’t linger on too much about the advantages this little camera offers because I have already written many articles on this theme here on Fotozones - just look them up. Suffice to say that if you’re looking for something small and unobtrusive with great image quality, you can’t really do a lot better than the current special deals on the E-M5 being offered around the web for $599. If those deals were available here I’d certainly consider getting another one.

$599 is about half of the amount I paid for mine in 2012 sans lens. Hard to believe that we’re on the short march to 2015 already, but man, that little camera has served me incredibly well in the two and a half (or more) years I have owned it. I have used it to produce documentary work, landscape work, product work in studio, stage work and more. It has been more of a workhorse for me than the Nikon D700’s that formed the basis of my career up until the point the OM-D system came into my life. It has proven itself to be a very capable camera system for me. I couldn’t be happier.

If you’re thinking about getting the E-M5, you should also look into some of the lenses that Olympus also have on special at the moment when purchased with the body. These include $200 off the amazing 12-40/2.8 PRO or 12-50 EZ general purpose zooms, as well as $200 off the 9-18mm wide angle and the utterly fabulous 75/1.8 ED. Serious bargains!

Here’s a full list of the various options together with the amount you’ll save when you buy them with the E-M5 at $599:

Save $200 on the Olympus 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 Ver. II R Lens

Save $200 on the Olympus M Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm f/2.8 Pro Interchangeable Lens

Save $200 on the Olympus M ED 9-18mm f/4.0-5.6 micro Four Thirds Lens

Save $200 on the Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-50mm F3.5-6.3 EZ Lens

Save $200 on the Olympus M. Zuiko Digital ED 12mm f/2.0 Lens

Save $200 on the Olympus M. Zuiko Digital ED 75mm f1.8 Lens

Save $200 on the Olympus ED 14-150mm f/4.0-5.6 micro Four Thirds Lens

Save $100 on the Olympus M.Zuiko 17mm f1.8 Lens

Save $100 on the Olympus MSC ED-M 75 to 300mm II f4.8-6.7 Zoom Lens

Save $100 on the Olympus M. 25mm f1.8 Lens

Save $100 on the Olympus M. Zuiko 14-42mm f3.5-5.6 EZ Lens

Save $100 on the Olympus M. Zuiko Digital ED 45mm f1.8 Lens

Save $100 on the Olympus MSC ED M. 60mm f/2.8 Lens

Save $100 on the Olympus M. 40-150mm F4.0-5.6 R Zoom Lens

Save $100 on the Olympus M.Zuiko 17mm f/2.8 Lens

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Happy shooting!

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£550 on Amazon.co.uk

I guess that's about the closest we could expect, given the usual ratio of prices when compared between the US and the UK.

Trouble is, I'd really want the features of the EM-1, which now lists for around £1,000 on Amazon. I'm sure other deals are available elsewhere too.

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The E-M5 is like an entrée to the m43 system without ordering the full course. You try it out, see how you get along with it, where it impresses you, where it doesn't. Then you get the E-M1 and you're hooked completely. Selling off your DSLR system while there are still buyers for it gives you enough operating capital to attend the buffet.

And it's an all-you-can-eat affair. :)

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E-M10 has some things that the E-M5 doesn't and vice-versa. The link Luc posted is to Heather & Matthieu's site all about mirrorless cameras. They do quite a lot of testing and writing about the various systems they encounter. 

 

If you were able to get an E-M5 at the current special prices I would say that it is a better deal than the E-M10. 

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I think on the strength of features the E-M5 comes out on top. The wifi is a cool thing to have, but I don't use it every day, whereas 5-axis IBIS is something I would enjoy use of everyday. 

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Getting into mirror less I would recommend the LX100.  You get a lot of the benefits of m43 and you get a "system" lens that is better than almost any CSC zoom on the market.

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Not for me.

I do not zoom.

Olympus PL7
Olympus Electronic Viewfinder VF-4

 

Panny pancake 20mm

Olympus 1.8/45mm or Leica 1.2/42.5mm

 

It is more the optics I am not so sure about. The panny pancake makes the PL7 fit into my pocket

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Not for me.

I do not zoom.

Olympus PL7

Olympus Electronic Viewfinder VF-4

 

Panny pancake 20mm

Olympus 1.8/45mm or Leica 1.2/42.5mm

 

It is more the optics I am not so sure about. The panny pancake makes the PL7 fit into my pocket

 

The E-PL7 with the VF-4 is huge and an ergonomic nightmare, and the 45mm lens mounted won't fit into anyone's pocket.

 

I think you are right to adopt the primes you describe, they are all winners for the system... but m43 is quirky, and e-PL7 is about $300 more than the e-PL5, which does exactly the same thing, minus the selfie screen, a vintage filter, and peaking options.  Not a great way to get into the system.  Perhaps you should consider the $99 E-PM1?... which is a great price for that camera.

 

I own the 20mm panny and 45mm olympus, and the LX100 is like having both with me at the same time, in a smaller package than the GX7 with just the 20mm.

 

Optics are a difficult thing to quantify when it comes to photography, which is rather subjective, needless to say the LX100 is one of two lenses in the world that eliminates onion rings in bokeh.  My subjective opinion is that panasonic makes better lenses than Nikon.

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Yunfat. Yes. It is the pocketable size I am looking for. Could as well be the em-1 with a pancake. I am still considering. I see that I leave my Nikons at home due to size and wheight too often. Could even be a fuji X100T too.

The Nikon D600 with 60G Micro or 85G1.8 is the benchmark in IQ I am trying to meet.

I feel that Olympus and Leica are capable to match these with their lens offerings on 16MP.

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Frank, I recently got a great deal on a PEN E-PM2 which is now the smallest camera I own. Same sensor as E-M5 but stripped down interface for less complicated users. With a Pan 20/1.7 it was still too big to go in a pocket comfortably, but it was small enough to not be a bother. I take it with me when I go cycling or walking and I keep it in a Lowepro pouch (can't remember the name; Dashpoint 30, I think?).

However, if you want the camera for professional use then I think you will want nothing less than the E-M1. That's the granddaddy of mirrorless right now. And I suppose the Panasonic GH-4 too but that one is DSLR sized.

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How does this work?

 

When I choose now to have the items sent to my friend in the US who will forward them, where do I claim the 200US$?

 

This is my cart:

 

Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 75mm f1.8 Lens for Olympus and Panasonic Micro 4/3 Cameras by OLYMPUS $799.00

Olympus OM-D E-M5 16MP Live MOS Interchangeable Lens Camera with 3.0-Inch Tilting OLED Touchscreen $599.00

 

When will the 200 US$ be reducted from the sum?

 

 

For 1200 US$ I will not wait another second

 

 

$599 is about half of the amount I paid for mine in 2012 sans lens. Hard to believe that we’re on the short march to 2015 already, but man, that little camera has served me incredibly well in the two and a half (or more) years I have owned it. I have used it to produce documentary work, landscape work, product work in studio, stage work and more. It has been more of a workhorse for me than the Nikon D700’s that formed the basis of my career up until the point the OM-D system came into my life. It has proven itself to be a very capable camera system for me. I couldn’t be happier.

Save $200 on the Olympus M. Zuiko Digital ED 12mm f/2.0 Lens
Save $200 on the Olympus M. Zuiko Digital ED 75mm f1.8 Lens


And if you would really like to show your appreciation for the Fotozones community you can help our Christmas stocking by using this link to get to Amazon and make your purchase there. It won’t cost you anything more, but will send a little Christmas love our way, courtesy of the Amazon affiliate program.

 

 

 

 

 

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Not entirely sure, Frank. I thought it would be added at the reduced price. I wonder if the special was not just for Black Friday?

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      Recycle time is pretty good. I use the GP Recycko AA cells in mine and unless I have forgotten to charge them up before a shoot, I get good recycle times. If you have an older Olympus E-series camera you will be happy to learn that this flash is fully compatible with those cameras too. I used it on both the E-3 and E-30 when I had them.
       
      Improvements I would like to see are a simpler interface with the camera and also easier controls to use on the flash itself. The custom settings don’t make a lot of sense unless you have them memorised. Olympus could also provide a much better user manual for such a complex device. Another thing that could be improved is to provide some kind of audible sound to show that the light has recycled when it is off camera. In remote mode the LED blinks when the flash is ready to fire, but this can be distracting so I would prefer to have a beep (that can also be turned off when it isn’t wanted).
       
      As mentioned at the start of this article, the FL-600R compliments the OM-D range quite nicely and gives you a lot of flexibility to get creative with bounce flash and also off-camera flash. They are very small and light so they don’t take up a lot of space in a camera bag either. If you have an OM-D and are looking for something better than the clip on flash (or pop-up in the case of the E-M10) this FL-600R should suit your needs very well. It may take a little getting used to, but once you have the hang of it you wil be able to use it quite creatively. All in all these units show that the Olympus micro four thirds system is very well fleshed out and mature. There is little you can't accomplish with it.
       

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