Olympus E-M1 Mark II price - USD $1,999.00

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MinAZ
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Just wanted to let everyone know I received word from the manager of a large chain in New England that the E-M1 II will launch for USD $1,999.00. I bought my first DSLR camera from this group and have dealt with them numerous times in the past, they always have been very reliable.

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junk1 Senior Member • Posts: 1,726
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Good luck with that Olympus.  I suppose if margins are 3x higher than they'd be at $1200, but they sell only half as many, they still come out ahead, ignoring potential/lost lens sales.

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Everyone has a break point and that price is above mine. I can live with my current EM-1 for at least another year.

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Why would they put the prices up so high. you could go full frame and have better low light and dynamic range for that price.

The Sony A7ii is $1,698.00 at B&H.

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drj3 Forum Pro • Posts: 10,512
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shibbs wrote:

Why would they put the prices up so high. you could go full frame and have better low light and dynamic range for that price.

The Sony A7ii is $1,698.00 at B&H.

How much would a lens with the equivalent FOV of the 300mm f4 cost?  Is there an equivalent for the A7xx?  With only 24MP cropping for equivalent field of view would not be an option.

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Robert Garcia NYC Senior Member • Posts: 2,196
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That is steep.

shibbs
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drj3 wrote:

shibbs wrote:

Why would they put the prices up so high. you could go full frame and have better low light and dynamic range for that price.

The Sony A7ii is $1,698.00 at B&H.

How much would a lens with the equivalent FOV of the 300mm f4 cost? Is there an equivalent for the A7xx? With only 24MP cropping for equivalent field of view would not be an option.

How often would most use a 300mm lens. those that like wildlife and sports but for everything else you would be better off with the A7ii. I have the 24-240mm lens it's a 72mm filter size and cheaper than the new 12-100mm lens this is also a 72mm filter size . and I bet there's not much difference in size.

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Well, I am very disappointed. I hoped it would be around $1,500/$1600. I may still buy it in a year or two if I have not switched to Fuji or Sony during that period.

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It will no doubt be worth it to some. I suppose Olympus may view cameras like the Nikon D500 and Canon 7Dii as the direct competition. The former was initially priced at $1999 and the 7Dii was at $1799, if I recall correctly. Both are selling for less. I know, if you're in the system have an investment in lenses an extra $300 might not be a deal breaker. But it'll have to be really outstanding to get my attention at $1999. It's not going to hit the market with hand holdable hi-resolution. That would have been a huge selling point for me. I use CAF and  high frame rates when doing stuff like chasing our dogs, but that's only a small part of my photography interest. So the IQ improvements are going to have to awfully damn impressive, and I just don't think that's going to happen. I thought it would be about in the ball park of the XT-2. At $1999 I think my next camera may well say Lumix. For a birder or sports photographer, this might really offer a major upgrade. I'm not so sure I can justify it.

g7_chord Regular Member • Posts: 172
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Makes a reconditioned E-M5 II at $800 a bargain!

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lmeng wrote:

Well, I am very disappointed. I hoped it would be around $1,500/$1600. I may still buy it in a year or two if I have not switched to Fuji or Sony during that period.

Switching to Panasonic might be easier

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That would keep me from buying. It shouldn't be more than a XT2 or and A7 ii

Saxton Regular Member • Posts: 127
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g7_chord wrote:

Makes a reconditioned E-M5 II at $800 a bargain!

I'd say that was already a bargain regardless. While I'm happy with mine and wasn't planning to upgrade right away anyway, this price point probably moves the E-M1 II from a second to a third year purchase for me.

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MinAZ wrote:

Just wanted to let everyone know I received word from the manager of a large chain in New England that the E-M1 II will launch for USD $1,999.00. I bought my first DSLR camera from this group and have dealt with them numerous times in the past, they always have been very reliable.

Hmmm - I guess that they are throwing in a very nice lens for the deal?  If this is body only then it is likely to be near AUD$2,600 in Australia.  Worth the money? - well only those who really want one can tell.

But as it is a new flagship with features that are quite unique then maybe there will be a waiting list no matter what price is asked.  Still cheaper than an A7RII.

We cammot have it all ways - we demand the very best and then maybe get amazed at its cost.

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Tom Caldwell wrote:

MinAZ wrote:

Just wanted to let everyone know I received word from the manager of a large chain in New England that the E-M1 II will launch for USD $1,999.00. I bought my first DSLR camera from this group and have dealt with them numerous times in the past, they always have been very reliable.

Hmmm - I guess that they are throwing in a very nice lens for the deal? If this is body only then it is likely to be near AUD$2,600 in Australia. Worth the money? - well only those who really want one can tell.

But as it is a new flagship with features that are quite unique then maybe there will be a waiting list no matter what price is asked. Still cheaper than an A7RII.

We cammot have it all ways - we demand the very best and then maybe get amazed at its cost.

Aus 2.6k is the price estimate I'm hearing at my local camera shop, which causes my head to droop. I'm increasingly interested in Sony A7ii/rii as my next camera if that's the price point.

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Higher than what I would have guess.  Still Olympus kind if claims it beats the leading cropped sensor dslr in image quality and AF performance.   So if this means the D500 then why not price the new camera close to the D500 price.

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drj3 Forum Pro • Posts: 10,512
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shibbs wrote:

drj3 wrote:

shibbs wrote:

Why would they put the prices up so high. you could go full frame and have better low light and dynamic range for that price.

The Sony A7ii is $1,698.00 at B&H.

How much would a lens with the equivalent FOV of the 300mm f4 cost? Is there an equivalent for the A7xx? With only 24MP cropping for equivalent field of view would not be an option.

How often would most use a 300mm lens. those that like wildlife and sports but for everything else you would be better off with the A7ii. I have the 24-240mm lens it's a 72mm filter size and cheaper than the new 12-100mm lens this is also a 72mm filter size . and I bet there's not much difference in size.

If wildlife was not a priority for me, then I probably would purchase the E-M5 MKII or E-M10 MkII or the Pen F.  The Sony doesn't give me the option of wildlife of the option using one camera ( E-M1 MkII) for wildlife and a different one (my E-M10) when I want to go small without having to worry about lens for two different systems.

I certainly would have preferred a price of $1399 (like the MkI), but I don't see any other good options.  I thought about the Nikon D500, but have not been very impressed with the bird images I have seen (with the exception of those with the 500mm f4 which costs considerably more than the Olympus 300mm f4 + MC14 + new E-M1 MkII).

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Maybe that's a kit price but if not, it's solidly on my "no hurry at all" list. If nothing else I'll wait to see if it has fixed the shutter shock issue with the Panny 100-400mm before I even consider it.  Might even pick up an EM5mkii because it works well with that lens.

If that's just the body price then I predict lots of sales on other Olympus products because the mk ii isn't going to drive their numbers. I guess that's good news!

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MinAZ wrote:

Just wanted to let everyone know I received word from the manager of a large chain in New England that the E-M1 II will launch for USD $1,999.00. I bought my first DSLR camera from this group and have dealt with them numerous times in the past, they always have been very reliable.

The rumors seemed to suggest it was going to be 'just' above the Fuji X-T2 price which seems to be around $1599. At least now we know what just means...$400 US. In Canada that translates to about $550 Canadian minimum. So probably the same price as the Aussies will be be paying....I think I will wait to see what Sony offers for the 77ii upgrade or what the Canon 6D upgrade brings. By then the EM1ii may be at a different price and I will reconsider.

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I will wait for the official announcement as IMO this is still a rumor.

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