No Olympus E-400s end up Stateside in stores

Discussion in 'Olympus' started by RichA, Nov 19, 2006.

  1. RichA

    RichA Guest

    More or less supports the idea that the production run of these cameras
    was so low only a select few European and Asians stores got them.
    "Grey" market bodies are non-existent.
     
    RichA, Nov 19, 2006
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  2. Proves nothing! It is not economical to make a tiny run.
     
    Not Disclosed, Nov 20, 2006
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  3. RichA

    J. Clarke Guest

    However sometimes early on a problem surfaces.
     
    J. Clarke, Nov 20, 2006
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  4. I would believe that, look at the Canon 20D they had to issue 3 firmware
    updates while PhotoKina 2004 was running. By the end of the run there
    was 8(?) firmware updates for the 20D. I understand there is a sensor
    issue with the Oly E-400
     
    Not Disclosed, Nov 20, 2006
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  5. As Olympus announced at Photokina, the Olympus E-400 is available in
    Europe and Asia only. There is no mystery or anything else about that,
    it is as expected!
    In German online stores, the Olympus E-400 seems to be very good
    available (see
    http://www.preissuchmaschine.de/psm_frontend/main.asp?produkt=394734),
    and I know many people who did already get one.

    Clemens
     
    Clemens Dorda, Nov 21, 2006
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  6. RichA

    Tony Polson Guest


    The reason that the E-400 will not be available in the USA is that the
    US Olympus importer decided that the camera would not sell well in the
    USA. Apparently the reason given was that it was too small for
    American buyers.

    Back in the 1990s, Olympus UK declined to offer the OM-2000 35mm SLR
    because it was unlikely to be reliable. The camera was made by Cosina
    and was basically junk, so it was a good call by Olympus UK. However,
    Olympus UK came under a lot of pressure from Olympus in Japan to sell
    the camera.
     
    Tony Polson, Nov 21, 2006
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  7. OK, this statement is pretty close to the official statement, where
    Olympus stated that the E-500 sells still very well in the US, so that
    they don't want to worsen the E-500 sellings by introducing the E-400 in
    the US ...

    True or not, a German photo shop dealer told me that the E-500 didn't
    sell very well regarding his shop compared to Nikon or Canon sellings,
    so this could be an explanation - if this is representative for the
    European market - why Olympus decided to stop the E-500 in Germany to
    introduce the E-400.

    Clemens
     
    Clemens Dorda, Nov 22, 2006
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  8. RichA

    Tony Polson Guest


    Interesting, thank you.
     
    Tony Polson, Nov 22, 2006
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