USA: Next Olympus E-P3 superdeal (with pancake for $680)

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And again a new E-P3 super deal! The camera plus pancake lens now sells new for $680 at Amazon (Click here). That’s $130 less than the price at BHphoto. Maybe Olympus is clearing their stocks in favour of the upcoming new E-PM5 camera…

More deals:
E-P2 body for $239 at Amazon (Click here). Silver E-M5 in Stock at BHphoto (Click here). One 14mm pancake for $259 at Amazon (Click here). Same price for the 14-42mm X zoom (Click here). The 12-35mm X lens is also in Stock in high quantities (Click here). And don’t forget GX1 with 14-42mm normal (non-x) zoom at Adorama (Click here) for $479 by entering the coupon code “S4794799“.

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  • Maybe they’re clearing the old stock, or maybe they are increasing market share…

    Either way, Photokina will either be m43 christmas or the biggest let down in 43rumors land since the GF-3 when we all hoped it would be, well, the GX-1.

    I do love the hype though. I dream of the E-P5 with rangefinder style EVF and weathersealed Zuiko 25mm f/1.2 😀 Oooooh.

  • Horacio

    Which would be the right price for E-P(L)5 ?

  • MJr

    Meh. It’s not that super…

  • Anyway it is clear something new is about to happen…

  • Doug

    Admin: you again posted a rebate code, but no mention of how to use it… The Adorama site does not give you a way to enter this code…

    • K

      its usually at checkout….

      • Doug

        Try it… There is no place to enter it…

        • babbit

          You enter it right under “payment information” and before you enter your credit card number. That’s where it has always been.

  • Voldenuit

    E-P3 is $200 more than the GX1 and:
    1. Has an older sensor
    2. Has less video features
    3. Is bundled with one of the worst-regarded lenses in m43 format
    4. Has a plastic body frame with metal panels instead of GX1’s magnesium body.

    Compared to the GF1 at $480, the E-P3 for $680 is a bum deal. It does have a better LCD than the GX1, but I’m not sure if that’s worth 2 extra benjamins.

    • BB

      EP3

      1. IBIS
      2. Replaceable Grip
      3. A screen with 50% more pixels than the ancient thing they grafted onto the back of the GX1
      4. Olympus styling. The GX1 is one incredibility boring looking camera.

      If you shoot lenses without stabilization, then real reason to get the E-P3 over GX1 is because of the IBIS.

      • Doug

        I don’t know if IBIS is relevant with the IS in the 12-35mm …. It’s IS seems to work better than the IBIS in my OMD…. I have yet to do any kind of controlled experiment though….

        • BB

          Wrong.

          Tests of the OMD IBIS have shown it to be superior to the Panasonic IS is nearly all shooting situations.

          Handheld OMD IBIS video is basically steady cam. The Panasonic tech is old school. It doesn’t approach the OMD.

  • Zachery

    It’s hard to comprehend how this can be considered a super deal. It’s a camera that was outdated the day it was released with a lens that is probably one of the very worst MFT lenses released so far.

    Oh joy.

    This combo should sell for $300, max, otherwise you’re getting ripped off.

    • rich

      Sadly, Olympus has been doing it like this for the past 5 years. I bought EP1 EP2 EPLM way too early so I had to marry to all three Olympus M43 cameras.

      $680 for EP3 is not a good deal when GX1 package is $480.

      The over-capacity of supply has to force yesterday’s model sto be clearanced out. EP3 needs to be at $380 to earn real interests from M43 users. Sorry, not good enough.

      Olympus should get E5 to blow out at $999 before too late for any meaningful sales generated.

  • The Master

    Wholly crap, what a deal. Oly must really be our friend, to offer us deals like that. With friends like that, who needs an enema? 🙁

  • Pei

    E-P3 was about $300 overpriced at release. It is still $80 higher than it should be. The new m4/3 with SONY sensor will reduce this to ~$400 range in weeks.

  • dg

    Why did Olympus have to make such a crap lens at that focal length? Should have at least been f2.

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