17mm 1.8 preorder in Germany. Nine refurbished E-M5 too.

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Also in Europe you can preorder the new Olympus 17mm lens at Amazon DE. And it’s again a German store having some new refurbished Olympus deals (via Olympusmarket):
E-5 (Four Thirds!) body only E-M5 body only E-M5 with 12-50mm lens all nine E-M5 kits are here on Slidoo eBay.
Black E-PL3 with 14-150mm lens Black E-PL3 double lens kit all four E-PL3 on Slidoo eBay.
Black E-P3 body White E-P3 with 14-42mm lens White E-P1 with 17mm lens Black E-PM1 with 14-150mm lens all four E-PL1 on Slidoo eBay.
all two E-PL2 on Slidoo eBay.

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  • NU

    Can any one explain why there’s so many refurbished items from Olympus every 3 or 4 months? Even just released new products.
    Panasonic doesn’t seem to have the same thing?
    It just doesn’t leave me with the opinion of manufaturing quality. As I am considering buying some Olympus gear.

    • Hubertus Bigend

      Considering the amount of cameras sold even in just a couple of weeks, I don’t think that’s significant.

      There may be a reason though we don’t see as many refurbished cameras from Panasonic. At least with lenses, I have noticed that Panasonic sometimes rather will exchange instead of repair it. So they maybe tend to keep refurbished items for such purposes, which would otherwise be up for sale.

    • I have some Oly refub gear, I have made a point of buying it. Cheaper, all tested, not just boxed off an assembly line. Never had any problems. In fact referb lenses are really well set up. If pany reckons they don’t get any, they are not truthful, or they are pushing returned gear out as new and that’s illegal in many countries.

  • Nu

    Can any one explain why there’s so many refurbished items from Olympus every 3 or 4 months? Even just released new products.
    Panasonic doesn’t seem to have the same thing?
    It just doesn’t leave me with the opinion of manufaturing quality. As I am considering buying some Olympus gear.

    • Mister_Roboto

      I think it’s just that they wait until they have a certain amount of repaired/refurbished cameras, then sell them.

      I always try to get refurbished anything when I’m shopping around.

      Usually when a large amount of refurbished bodies come on the scene (mainly with Olympus) they’re about to discontinue the camera and have a new model.

  • LucioF

    any news on the fact that the focus scale on all the pict that i saw on internet is wrong?

    http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-1KG1SS0KkMA/UKDz7tzYSjI/AAAAAAAAC6I/l7GHQ7Q_Xro/s1600/PB123830.JPG

    at f22 the focus range is between 1m to 3m ?? NO WAY! am i missing something? some photographer around here ?

    http://www.cambridgeincolour.com/tutorials/dof-calculator.htm

    admin?

    • admin

      Nope. I am asking my colluges. There may be some error on that prototype I guess…

  • fl00d

    I wonder what part is most commonly being ‘refurbished’…?

  • tomas

    refurbished … Does it mean bought back by Oly and checked if all working? Or it is something extra like internal dust cleaning & sensor cleaning?

    • Refurb is product that is returned with a real or imaginary fault (or even demo stock). As with many small (physical) consumer goods the bulk of returns are not actually faulty (just wanted money back or unable to operate). They are assessed and either dumped if there is a real fault or checked over and maybe adjusted if OK. This check over is more that a new product will get off the assembly line, so its often a better item to purchase. The manufacturer will know how many returns they will get and which categories they will be in and a maximum repair cost will be set for refurb or dump (updated through product life). In many countries it is not legal to sell a returned item as new.
      Official refub items = good. Self refurb items, avoid like the plague unless the dealer/person is personally known to you.

  • Jevfp

    Admin ,.Comparison review,between Olympus F1.8/17mm , F2.8/17mm and Lumix F1.7/20mm @ mingthein,.here

    http://blog.mingthein.com/2012/11/17/olympus-zd-17-1_8/

  • I’m head to Frankfurt next week, any recommendations of good local camera stores. Looking for a better price then amazon.de

  • camaman

    $500 vs. €550
    I can’t get over that. No matter what tax or social spin you explain it with…
    When I recalculate in my own currency, that is 40% more expensive in EU than in US.

    • You are so right ! I cosign.

    • Yes, I looked at that $499 in Euro is EU392 then add 20% tax should make it EU470.
      The world subsidising the Americans again/still.

      I am sure the marketing people think the internet has not been invented yet. Or potential customers are all stupid and never look at anything beyond their local district. Maybe the Merc is due for its first service so has to be replaced.

      • Why am I waiting moderation?

        • Maybe you were rude to the price setters?

          • I only said
            “I am sure the marketing people think the internet has not been invented yet. Or potential customers are all stupid and never look at anything beyond their local district. Maybe the Merc is due for its first service so has to be replaced.”

    • A tube of Speick shaving cream cost under 3 Euro in Europe, but around $7 plus $5.95 shipping from within the US. A pound of imported Emmenthaler cheese costs 12 Euros in Germany, but $25 in the US. I shave and I eat imported cheese every single day. Do you buy photo gear every day? ;-)

    • Anonymous

      The EU also has 6.7% import duty on lenses. So if your country has 20% VAT, it will be 1.067 x 1.20 -1 = 28% more expensive than USA just because of taxes. Add on things like economies of scale, translating the manual, cost of business support, etc.

  • fh

    17/1.8 preorders are up in Japan, too, from Olympus online shop. First 200 preorders get 20% off list price (49,980yen, down from 62,450yen retail price), and a free upgrade to 3YR extended warranty.

    I got an extra 5% off my preorder with points. Lens is expected to ship mid-December.

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