Olympus OM-D E-M1 Camera and 12-40mm F2.8 PRO Lens Price

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Olympus OM-D E-M1 Camera and 12-40mm F2.8 PRO Lens Price
11 months ago

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Olympus OM-D E-M1 Camera and 12-40mm F2.8 PRO Lens Price

See below for the price information of the new camera and lens kits.

  • Olympus E-M1 Camera Body Only (with BCL-1580) – JPY ¥145,000 – USD $1,450
  • Olympus E-M1 Camera Body with 12-50mm F3.5-6.3 Lens - JPY ¥170,000 - USD $1,700
  • Olympus E-M1 Camera Body with 12-40mm F2.8 Lens - JPY ¥220,000 - USD $2,200
  • HLD-7 Battery Grip - JPY ¥20,000 – USD $200
  • PT-EP11 underwater housing - JPY ¥100,000 - USD $1,000
  • Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO lens - JPY ¥90,000 - USD $900
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In reply to Rriley, 11 months ago

Rriley wrote:

NOTE: as yet 'unofficial'

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Camera and 12-40mm F2.8 PRO Lens Price

See below for the price information of the new camera and lens kits.

  • Olympus E-M1 Camera Body Only (with BCL-1580) – JPY ¥145,000 – USD $1,450
  • Olympus E-M1 Camera Body with 12-50mm F3.5-6.3 Lens - JPY ¥170,000 - USD $1,700
  • Olympus E-M1 Camera Body with 12-40mm F2.8 Lens - JPY ¥220,000 - USD $2,200
  • HLD-7 Battery Grip - JPY ¥20,000 – USD $200
  • PT-EP11 underwater housing - JPY ¥100,000 - USD $1,000
  • Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO lens - JPY ¥90,000 - USD $900
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Time to make sure the piggy bank has $1,650 worth of pennies in it. Thanks for posting this one.

The 12-40mm F2.8 Lens does look enticing.  Perhaps down the road a bit.

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Rriley wrote:

NOTE: as yet 'unofficial'

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Camera and 12-40mm F2.8 PRO Lens Price

See below for the price information of the new camera and lens kits.

  • Olympus E-M1 Camera Body Only (with BCL-1580) – JPY ¥145,000 – USD $1,450
  • Olympus E-M1 Camera Body with 12-50mm F3.5-6.3 Lens - JPY ¥170,000 - USD $1,700
  • Olympus E-M1 Camera Body with 12-40mm F2.8 Lens - JPY ¥220,000 - USD $2,200
  • HLD-7 Battery Grip - JPY ¥20,000 – USD $200
  • PT-EP11 underwater housing - JPY ¥100,000 - USD $1,000
  • Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO lens - JPY ¥90,000 - USD $900
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If this turns out to be real, I'm in for the E-M1 + 12-40 kit.

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Rriley wrote:

NOTE: as yet 'unofficial'

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Camera and 12-40mm F2.8 PRO Lens Price

See below for the price information of the new camera and lens kits.

  • Olympus E-M1 Camera Body Only (with BCL-1580) – JPY ¥145,000 – USD $1,450
  • Olympus E-M1 Camera Body with 12-50mm F3.5-6.3 Lens - JPY ¥170,000 - USD $1,700
  • Olympus E-M1 Camera Body with 12-40mm F2.8 Lens - JPY ¥220,000 - USD $2,200
  • HLD-7 Battery Grip - JPY ¥20,000 – USD $200
  • PT-EP11 underwater housing - JPY ¥100,000 - USD $1,000
  • Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO lens - JPY ¥90,000 - USD $900
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If this turns out to be real, I'm in for the E-M1 + 12-40 kit.

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I am pleasantly surprised by the price of the lens.  Assuming something that approaches HG quality, that is not bad.  If it exceeds HG, it is deal at $900 and even better when packaged with the camera

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Yes, none of the EM-1 12-40 info and prices are official but...

What is the history of Olympus' MSRP and what we actually paid for items in the stores?

I mean...is the (Japanese)MSRP always what we (North Americans) pay here for newly released products?

Why am I thinking the price we pay in the stores for new Oly gear is usually less than early (MSRP Japan) figures?

I could be wrong?!?

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Paul Auclair wrote:

Yes, none of the EM-1 12-40 info and prices are official but...

What is the history of Olympus' MSRP and what we actually paid for items in the stores?

I mean...is the (Japanese)MSRP always what we (North Americans) pay here for newly released products?

Why am I thinking the price we pay in the stores for new Oly gear is usually less than early (MSRP Japan) figures?

I could be wrong?!?

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You mostly are, judging by what the E-3/12-60 kit, the E-5, the OM-D/12-50 kit and the PL5/14-42 kit cost me. I've was able to save a couple of hundred and I think about a hundred on the E-5 (in both cases less than 10%) due to some Christmas pricing and free shipping on the first.  Again, I managed to get a bit of a deal on the OM-D and PL-5 kit with free shipping and by saving 5% sales tax buying from Alberta (the one Canadian province that has no sales tax).

But on the whole, Olympus prices were pretty close to MSRP for all four cameras, and tended to remain that way for many months, even well over a year for the E-5 and OM-D, with the savings due to minor price drops and certainly not being enough to justify waiting that long.

Mostly, this has seemed to be a good thing to me, because of retained value for the equipment I bought and for the Olympus brand.

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I think I'll aim for the body and grip now, 12-40 later if it tests well.

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It's good to see a new source for this info. I think the story mentioned another source for the info. When I spoke to the sales rep a few weeks ago I heard there were going to be two fast, constant aperture lenses released with this camera. Maybe a 40-150 mm f/2.8 is still well hidden? That would be the other zoom lens you'd need to go with this lens.

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I'll echo what Erick said.  The E-M1 and lens will sell at the suggested retail price for the first 6 months for sure.

In the past, Olympus has priced high for early adopters. Then they offer rebates. Before the E-5 bodies were priced really high then dipped very sadly near the end of their product cycle. Waiting a year or two meant saving 40-50%. The E-1 was $1800 list and I paid $1250 for a new E-1 + 14-54mm after 1.5 years on the market. I think they just made a lot of E-1s that sat. Other E bodies also seemed to be priced really high at first, then had quite a steep decline. The E-5 was the first to really hold the price for a long time. I think it's because they cut the other lines and because the competition had slowed down their product cycles a bit for enthusiast (non-FF) DSLRs. The OM-D has kept it's price for a long time and I think it was also one of the first Olympus bodies to be taken seriously by zealous Canon/Nikon camps. It's done very well.

I expect the E-M1 will do very well too. They overpriced former bodies, but this seems about right and if they offer a small rebate around Christmas, it seems like a good deal.

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dave gaines wrote:

It's good to see a new source for this info. I think the story mentioned another source for the info. When I spoke to the sales rep a few weeks ago I heard there were going to be two fast, constant aperture lenses released with this camera. Maybe a 40-150 mm f/2.8 is still well hidden? That would be the other zoom lens you'd need to go with this lens.

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There have been rumors of a 40-200mm for a while.

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There's not a great deal to complain about, In terms of the price of the camera or the lens.  But is this perhaps a tipping point for some on this forum?  I ask because the cost of a D600 or 6D, plus a general zoom lens (i.e. the 24-105 f4L) is not going to be too far off what Olympus is asking. I recently almost pulled the trigger on a D600 + Sigma 50mm f1.4.  Not to make a system move, but because dipping one's toe into full frame has never been more affordable.

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tinternaut wrote:

There's not a great deal to complain about, In terms of the price of the camera or the lens. But is this perhaps a tipping point for some on this forum? I ask because the cost of a D600 or 6D, plus a general zoom lens (i.e. the 24-105 f4L) is not going to be too far off what Olympus is asking. I recently almost pulled the trigger on a D600 + Sigma 50mm f1.4. Not to make a system move, but because dipping one's toe into full frame has never been more affordable.

You make a very good point.

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Don't forget though that many four thirds users have a bag full of Zuiko glass.  So the investment in a full frame alternative would be exponentially more adding in the cost of replacing the glass.  That's why I've been waiting for the EM1's release, to determine if it's a more prudent investment to continue with the "four thirds/micro four thirds system, or alternatively to pack it in and go full frame.

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SteveS58 wrote:

Don't forget though that many four thirds users have a bag full of Zuiko glass. So the investment in a full frame alternative would be exponentially more adding in the cost of replacing the glass. That's why I've been waiting for the EM1's release, to determine if it's a more prudent investment to continue with the "four thirds/micro four thirds system, or alternatively to pack it in and go full frame.

For the Olympus user,exponential, yes.  It would also require a very high upfront cost just to gain entry with have a few decent lenses. First cost, is a substantial barrier for any user.

With the EM-1 you can keep your lenses and swap out overtime with upgrades.

I wonder how many of those who jumped ship to Canikon, will doubt this choice in the coming months?

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Don't forget though that many four thirds users have a bag full of Zuiko glass.  So the investment in a full frame alternative would be exponentially more adding in the cost of replacing the glass.  That's why I've been waiting for the EM1's release, to determine if it's a more prudent investment to continue with the "four thirds/micro four thirds system, or alternatively to pack it in and go full frame.

Your right Steve I invested in the 14-35 / 35-100 and a 150mm optics. It would be crazy to take a loss on the HD optics that you own with out checking the performance on the M-1. We will see shortly.

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I would certainly look into it.  I am more interested in 12-40mm f/2.8 Pro than E-M1, but I won't make any decision until I have a hand-on on the E-M1.  12-40mm f/2.8 + 75mm f/1.8 on my E-PM2 is pretty much what I need to cover all the focal lengths I use on a m4/3 body (I really don't use super telephoto on m4/3).

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tinternaut wrote:

There's not a great deal to complain about, In terms of the price of the camera or the lens. But is this perhaps a tipping point for some on this forum? I ask because the cost of a D600 or 6D, plus a general zoom lens (i.e. the 24-105 f4L) is not going to be too far off what Olympus is asking. I recently almost pulled the trigger on a D600 + Sigma 50mm f1.4. Not to make a system move, but because dipping one's toe into full frame has never been more affordable.

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Not a bad analysis, but it's probably more true for people who haven't invested in a system like others have said.  I almost went for Sony A900 myself when it was on sale, but figured the total cost of going to Sony route to replace my HG Zuikos was not worth it (plus it had no LiveView).  Sure the body is cheap, but the same grade lenses are not (same grade Nikkor/Zeiss to replace HG Zuikos are often 2x as expensive.  I am not spending to downgrade my "system" to use standard grade Nikon).  While Nikon D600/Sony A900 might be worth pondering, but Canon 6D is totally out of question for its poor AF (one cross hair AF point, seriously?  Even the advanced entry-level Olympus E-620 has five).  Don't get into the other lawn is greener mentality.  Research it further before jump the ship, or the pocket will be several hundreds in the hole.  Canon 7D is more of an equivalent choice if you really want Canon (7D is a professional APS-C whereas 6D is an entry-level FF).

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I've heard the rumor of 40-150/200mm-ish f/4.  If that's true, it'll be great in term of size/cost/IQ compromise.  f/4 is more than enough at longer end (and 40mm end can be covered by 12-40mm f/2.8 if shallow DoF is needed).

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citizenlouie wrote:

(I really don't use super telephoto on m4/3).

While it is certainly possible, it doesn't initially seem to make a lot of sense.  The main benefit of mFT - small size and light weight - becomes pretty marginal when a PL or PM serves as the rear lens cap of a 50-250 or 300 f2.8.

However, if mFT provides the only route for better sensor performance for such optics, then the lesser incongruousness of mounting an OM-D with both grips or the new EM-D with grip will just have toi be something the lucky owners of those have to learn to live with.

For those cases, Olympus should indeed step up to the plate and comer out with a new, heavier duty adapter (the MMF-3 has been OK with lenses up to the 150f2, 50-200SWD for me.)

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tinternaut wrote:

There's not a great deal to complain about, In terms of the price of the camera or the lens. But is this perhaps a tipping point for some on this forum? I ask because the cost of a D600 or 6D, plus a general zoom lens (i.e. the 24-105 f4L) is not going to be too far off what Olympus is asking. I recently almost pulled the trigger on a D600 + Sigma 50mm f1.4. Not to make a system move, but because dipping one's toe into full frame has never been more affordable.

You make a very good point.

The D600 does look like a very capable camera, but, over at the Nikon forums, there do seem to be some fairly serious sensor-dust issues with it. I don't want to disparage an impressive product but am mindful of the "greener grass" proverb, the wisdom of which life has shown me time and again.

And I know - and know- of too many pro and semi-pro photographers, some with a stoop, ,or a limp or both, who are moving in the opposite direction after decades of "enjoying" "full-frame".

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