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Hand-painted Olympus E-P5 comes with bonus... Vespa?

By dpreview staff on Aug 9, 2013 at 18:30 GMT
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Money may not buy happiness, but it can buy you some pretty weird things. Luxury London store Harrods has a long history of catering to the 1%, and its exclusive 'Olympus Pen Art Edition' kit includes two Olympus E-P5 camera bodies - one hand-painted - with an assortment of lenses and accessories, all bundled together with a customized Vespa scooter. We presume this must have made sense to someone.

The price for the whole kit, including a photography lesson, costs £16,000 (about $24,800 US). 

A hand-painted Olympus E-P5 (scooter not pictured).
Customized Vespa available from Harrod's as part of the Olympus Pen Art Edition.

Head over to the Olympus Art Edition Facebook page for more details and behind-the-scenes photos of this collaboration. And tell us what you think of the latest luxury camera edition in the comments. And if you've invested in the kit, we want to hear from you (pics, or it didn't happen). 

Via: Engadget, Source: Harrods
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Total comments: 51
Ermac
By Ermac (8 months ago)

Meanwhile children world wide are starving to death....

0 upvotes
yabokkie
By yabokkie (8 months ago)

should send the artist back to school

1 upvote
Lea5
By Lea5 (8 months ago)

Looks fantastic (the camera) well done! Is it a company who does the paintings? I would like to get my D4 and D800 painted.

0 upvotes
mediasorcerer
By mediasorcerer (8 months ago)

No offence to the artist, however, it's radiating gaudy/kitsch to my aesthetic sensibility.
Appreciate the effort though.

0 upvotes
Astrotripper
By Astrotripper (8 months ago)

Wow, it looks really nice (the PEN I mean). Maybe PEN sales would be better if Olympus released a few "limited", stylish editions. Or allow for some kind of visual customizations.

0 upvotes
RoelHendrickx
By RoelHendrickx (8 months ago)

Next up: buy a Leica, get a Rolls-Royce bundled for free!

Comment edited 8 seconds after posting
4 upvotes
iAPX
By iAPX (8 months ago)

This reach an entire new level in the premium market, I wonder how Leica and Hasselblad will answer to this.

Did Harrod's deliver in Dubaï?

1 upvote
ironcam
By ironcam (8 months ago)

Why do so many photographers here like to smack down the creative work of another visual artist?

Although you might not like the style, many people in the real world do and that's why she got hired by a multinational company. We don't all like the same music, we don't all like the same food and we don't all like the same visual art.

If photographers want others to value their creativity, at-least give a fellow artist some respect.

1 upvote
Simao
By Simao (8 months ago)

I saw it on Thursday when I thought of visiting the technology section at Harrods. There was a couple of Olympus cameras in a glass display with that Vespa next to them. When I looked at the price I was so shocked that I couldn't look again no matter how much I tried.

Thanks dpreview for reminding me with that unbelievable price.

0 upvotes
The Jacal
By The Jacal (8 months ago)

I'm waiting for the Samsung / Lada collaboration.

9 upvotes
ABM Barry
By ABM Barry (8 months ago)

Yup!, .... Buy a Hamburger and soft drink, ......
Get them both free!

1 upvote
The Jacal
By The Jacal (8 months ago)

It's good to see that the Vespa isn't mirrorless.

15 upvotes
Theophilus101
By Theophilus101 (8 months ago)

Hilarious!

0 upvotes
CameraLabTester
By CameraLabTester (8 months ago)

Defining a new meaning of sexy.

Might succeed...

.

1 upvote
Mescalamba
By Mescalamba (8 months ago)

Its more like Vespa + camera, than other way around..

Well they reached new level, thats sure..

0 upvotes
Craig from Nevada
By Craig from Nevada (8 months ago)

The wimp factor--should have featured it with a Hog instead of a Vespa. Put a Harley sticker on the camera and you can double the price of the camera.

Comment edited 2 times, last edit 7 minutes after posting
2 upvotes
Lights
By Lights (8 months ago)

I refuse to buy it, the grip doesn't match either the camera or the Vespa.

1 upvote
ManuelVilardeMacedo
By ManuelVilardeMacedo (8 months ago)

The handgrip doesn't blend with the paintjob, but that's the least of this camera's aesthetic issues. And the Vespa's decoration is amateurish to say the least.
Yet I'm 100% sure someone will buy this "kit".

0 upvotes
Ross the Fidller
By Ross the Fidller (8 months ago)

Maybe you should had offered to do the painting then & maybe you might have liked it.

0 upvotes
ManuelVilardeMacedo
By ManuelVilardeMacedo (8 months ago)

Why should I do that? I have good taste!

0 upvotes
Ulfric M Douglas
By Ulfric M Douglas (8 months ago)

Do I get a free Hasselblad Looney too?

2 upvotes
Braxton7
By Braxton7 (8 months ago)

LOL

0 upvotes
Optimal Prime
By Optimal Prime (8 months ago)

The Vespa should have been mirror-less as well.

1 upvote
JohnH4260
By JohnH4260 (8 months ago)

A fool and his money are soon parted.

0 upvotes
Philip Young
By Philip Young (8 months ago)

If you were a billionaire and you daughter or girlfriend wanted one, I guess you'd be too cheap to buy one for her? I don't think anyone who can afford one (or 100 of them) can be easily regarded as a fool.

0 upvotes
ABM Barry
By ABM Barry (8 months ago)

Being a Billionaire means that the ability to keep money is strong.
If the girlfriend is that shallow, .... a better decision would be to replace her for an intelligent model and then just buy the camera you would like. .... Billionaire = No Need to impress!

1 upvote
Philip Young
By Philip Young (8 months ago)

Obviously, your answer would be "no". Then go buy her a $50.00 camera. It's all up to you. But it tells me how tight you are. You're the one that is shallow in that case.

0 upvotes
ABM Barry
By ABM Barry (8 months ago)

I really shouldn't answer this Philip, however.
I bought my daughter a D4 just a tad over AUD$50

"I'm shallow"? Unusual and uneducated comment?
My shallowness led to supporting charity and scholarships to the tune of AUD$702,000 last year alone.
You might just ask yourself: "What do you do for others Philip Young?

Comment edited 1 minute after posting
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GeorgeD200
By GeorgeD200 (8 months ago)

Why does the top photo look hazy, lack contrast, and show harsh, annoying bokeh?

It must have been shot with the other E-P5!

2 upvotes
lazy lightning
By lazy lightning (8 months ago)

m4/3 users will cite this as another example of why dslr's are a obsolete technology.

1 upvote
ironcam
By ironcam (8 months ago)

This is another example why dslr's are obsolete technology.

14 upvotes
lazy lightning
By lazy lightning (8 months ago)

See? That didn't take long at all!

0 upvotes
ManuelVilardeMacedo
By ManuelVilardeMacedo (8 months ago)

This is another example of why dslr's are an obsolete technology.

Comment edited 17 seconds after posting
3 upvotes
Arhat
By Arhat (8 months ago)

You would not be able to do this kind of art with a dslr, unless if it was a Pentax...

Comment edited 3 times, last edit 5 minutes after posting
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mister_roboto
By mister_roboto (8 months ago)

at least they included the lens hoods

6 upvotes
ironcam
By ironcam (8 months ago)

Here's the website of the artist.

http://susielowe.carbonmade.com/

She has some pretty cool stuff. I like her canvas portraits.

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ManuelVilardeMacedo
By ManuelVilardeMacedo (8 months ago)

Perhaps, but this kit won't add to her reputation.

1 upvote
LucasO
By LucasO (8 months ago)

This will do wonders for her reputation. Thousands of people who don't happen to go to Harrods have now read about her work on engadget, dpreview and probably elsewhere. She doesn't need all or even most to like it, she just needs a handful to love her work so much that they'll buy it. It's clear that you would not and you've made your opinion clear. She may or may not ever get deemed a "great" by the art snobs, but I love seeing another artist succeed.

0 upvotes
vesa1tahti
By vesa1tahti (8 months ago)

Leica and Harley-Davidson?

3 upvotes
Mescalamba
By Mescalamba (8 months ago)

Not a bad idea, but Porsche + Leica is better (or if it must have two wheels, BMW).

Harley-Davidsons are nice, but unfortunately dont have either reliability or high manufacturing quality. Most of these japanese "look-a-like" have both better comfort and reliability.

2 upvotes
absentaneous
By absentaneous (8 months ago)

LOL! but then, if one has the money why not?!

0 upvotes
BobYIL
By BobYIL (8 months ago)

I checked and was told the £16,000 cost is real because" the photography lesson is given by Cindy Sherman".

0 upvotes
audijam
By audijam (8 months ago)

i wanna re-paint my 5D3

1 upvote
Jon Stock
By Jon Stock (8 months ago)

Good for Olympus, there is no such thing as bad publicity. Especially publicity that costs you nothing.

2 upvotes
Johannes Zander
By Johannes Zander (8 months ago)

Is the lens extra?
Or is it just another new pancake lens from oly?
The grip is to small and not impressive at all like hasselblad, that's why I pass.

0 upvotes
mpgxsvcd
By mpgxsvcd (8 months ago)

Why is it that when some company does something really weird it becomes News?

1 upvote
Revenant
By Revenant (8 months ago)

Probably for the same reason it becomes news when celebrities get drunk and embarrass themselves in public.

2 upvotes
hobbit mob
By hobbit mob (8 months ago)

Because "Company sells products just like everyone else" isn't interesting.

1 upvote
massimogori
By massimogori (8 months ago)

That's truly mobile photography!

Comment edited 22 seconds after posting
7 upvotes
KariIceland
By KariIceland (8 months ago)

Harrod's has just outdone Hasselblad in TERRIBLE design, Well done, the Impossible has been achieved!

0 upvotes
peevee1
By peevee1 (8 months ago)

Bought two yesterday. Disappointed with the helmet - a visor is not included.

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Total comments: 51