Olympus low pricing; Never again?

Discussion in 'Olympus' started by RichA, Jul 30, 2005.

  1. RichA

    RichA Guest

    Apparently, there is another price drop scheduled for
    Aug 1st, according to one source. This means the E-300
    might (incredibly) be even less than it is now for the
    body and two zooms. Also, the E-1 is dropping in price
    as well. It's possible this will never happen again.
    Both cameras (especially the E-1) are better built than
    the current crop of entry-level DSLRs from other mfgs
    and the lenses are good quality for their pedigree.
    The two new cameras Olympus is releasing (apparently,
    not until at least Mar 06) are going to be "high end"
    replacements, one for the E-1 the other, unsure at the
    moment. I'm pretty certain something radically different
    (better?) is coming from them, but the urge to get
    something now to take advantage of the pricing today is
    strong.
     
    RichA, Jul 30, 2005
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  2. RichA

    Pete D Guest

    Yeah right, of course they will drop again.
    By who's reckoning? Did you review them?
    If they are high end the how are they replacments? They would just be
    "other" cameras in the range.

    I'm pretty certain something radically different
    Better? go figure???

    is coming from them, but the urge to get
    One day Rich I am sure you will stop trolling and actually buy one and take
    some photos. We live for the day.
     
    Pete D, Jul 30, 2005
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  3. RichA

    RichA Guest

    Well, the E-300 isn't all plastic, like some other cameras at the
    entry level and the E-1 is in a class above the Canon 20D in terms of
    build quality. Aside from the top end Canon and Nikons, there is
    nothing comparable to it as far as build quality goes.
    One is to replace the E-1 which is high end.
    The only people who think "troll" are those unintelligent enough and
    rabid enough to be baited by something completely harmless.
    Besides, I have taken photos with them. I just haven't bought one
    of them yet.
    The DSLR people could take a hint from the prosumer users and try
    taking some pictures for a change though. You look at the forums on
    dpreview and most of the posts for the DSLR groups are endless
    discussions of which lens to buy next and how it's taking more and
    more money from them whereas the prosumers posts tend to include FAR
    more actual pictures taken.
    -Rich
     
    RichA, Jul 30, 2005
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  4. RichA

    Pete D Guest

    You need to get on some different forums then like I do, join one that is
    about photography not about mines bigger than yours.
     
    Pete D, Jul 30, 2005
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  5. RichA

    Skip M Guest

    Comparing the E-1 to the current crop of entry level cameras isn't really
    fair. It was introduced as a pro level camera, but at mid level pricing, a
    strategy that could have been devastating to the market, had the camera not
    had a small sensor with fewer pixels than even the entry level cameras from
    all the other manufacturers. Its construction is on a par with the 20D, for
    instance, but with weather sealing that comes close to the 1D. But it was
    only 5mp. Had it been introduced with the sensor that the Evolt/E-300 has,
    it might have made some serious inroads, especially if the lenses currently
    in the lineup were there upon its introduction.
     
    Skip M, Jul 30, 2005
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  6. RichA

    Skip M Guest

    When the E-1 was introduced, it was aimed at the pro market...
     
    Skip M, Jul 30, 2005
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  7. RichA

    SMS Guest

    It's like GM, Ford, and Chrysler dropping prices to clear out their
    massive 2005 inventory that no one wants to buy, while at the same time
    Toyota announces a price increase.

    The Olympus D-SLRs with the 4:3 standard should be avoided at all costs.
    See "http://digitalslrinfo.com/" for more information.
     
    SMS, Jul 30, 2005
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  8. RichA

    SMS Guest

    So was the Sigma SD9.
     
    SMS, Jul 30, 2005
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  9. RichA

    Alan Browne Guest

    RichA wrote:

    What lenses / flash system do you currently own? Where do you want to
    leverage your investment? Where do you want to lock yourself in?

    Cheers,
    Alan.
     
    Alan Browne, Jul 30, 2005
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  10. RichA

    SMS Guest

    I think that for Olympus to survive in the D-SLR market, the next
    generation is going to have to be radically different. This must mean
    that they are abandoning 4:3 and moving to a larger, lower-noise,
    sensor. I wonder what lens mount they will use.
     
    SMS, Jul 30, 2005
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  11. RichA

    Skip M Guest

    Not really, I can't believe that, despite claims by both the mfr and Steve
    G. that Sigma had any real expectation that the SD9 would work as a pro
    camera, since the film body upon which it was based was never considered at
    that level, not even by Sigma. On the other hand, Oly built the E-1 with
    features that, had it had image collecting hardware to match, certainly
    would have put it in the pro class, like the weather sealing.
     
    Skip M, Jul 30, 2005
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  12. RichA

    RichA Guest

    I suppose if the structure of the groups was more about specific
    topics than camera makes it would be possible.
    -Rich
     
    RichA, Jul 30, 2005
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  13. RichA

    RichA Guest

    There are still magazines claiming the Fuji S-3 is a consumer camera
    and it's nothing of the sort.
    -Rich
     
    RichA, Jul 30, 2005
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  14. RichA

    RichA Guest

    Zero. I sold all my SLR equipment because I assumed since the move
    was to digital, it would be rendered useless/worthless. Even Olympus
    didn't cooperate initially, only coming out with a OM lens adapter
    after people complained there was none.
    So, the field is open.
    -Rich
     
    RichA, Jul 30, 2005
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  15. RichA

    RichA Guest

    They keep releasing new lenses which would seem (unless those lenses
    will support a larger sensor) that they mean to stay with 4/3.
    -Rich
     
    RichA, Jul 30, 2005
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  16. RichA

    Pete D Guest

    How many have you seen the pro's using?
     
    Pete D, Jul 30, 2005
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  17. RichA

    Stacey Guest

    Pete D wrote:

    And your below coment was meant as?

    Yes there are pro's using these just like there are pro's using nikon and
    canon. Just because they aren't using them on the sidelines of the football
    field doesn't mean "pro's" don't use them.
    ------------
    How many have you seen the pro's using?
     
    Stacey, Jul 30, 2005
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  18. RichA

    Stacey Guest

    How is the 1D MORE weather sealed than the E1? Just wondering why you think
    YOUR brand MUST have better weather sealing..
     
    Stacey, Jul 30, 2005
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  19. RichA

    Stacey Guest

    SMS wrote:

    Why? Because -YOUR- main criteria is low noise at high ISOs? You're right if
    YOUR main concern is low noise at ISO 800 and up, the current olympus
    offerings aren't a good choice. There is more to image quality than this to
    me.
     
    Stacey, Jul 30, 2005
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  20. RichA

    Pete D Guest


    You are actually serious, aren't you??
     
    Pete D, Jul 31, 2005
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