Olympus up to something......

Discussion in 'Olympus' started by RichA, Nov 15, 2007.

  1. RichA

    RichA Guest

    Prices have just dropped like a stone on Olympus stuff at the largest
    Canadian retailer. In some cases, 25%, almost 40% since the
    introduction of the new E-series cameras. In addition, Olympus Canada
    is offering these rebates:

    Someone on dpreview suggested something could be about to happen with
    them. However, the just released E-3 is not price-volatile yet.
    RichA, Nov 15, 2007
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    TRoss Guest

    Are you complaining that Henry's prices for Olympus kit is now
    comparable to B&H? Rander, for the past month you've been bitching
    about price-rape in Canada.
    Y'know, for someone who never misses an opportunity to slam DPReview
    you sure are quick to use it as a source.

    TRoss, Nov 15, 2007
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    Tony Polson Guest

    Of course the rapid appreciation of the Canadian dollar couldn't
    possibly have anything to do with that. Oh no.
    Tony Polson, Nov 15, 2007
  4. It's not the Canadian dollar which is rising, it's the US dollar which
    is falling, more seriously than for many decades.
    Chris Malcolm, Nov 15, 2007
  5. RichA

    Tony Polson Guest

    I regularly do business in Canada. The Canadian dollar has risen
    against world currencies, not just against the falling dollar.
    Tony Polson, Nov 15, 2007
  6. RichA

    RichA Guest

    No, but substantial price drops usually indicate something about to
    happen. Nikon pricing still stinks in Canada, no drops there.
    I slam them for Phil's toadying to Canon, which has little to do with
    a private poster's observations.
    RichA, Nov 15, 2007
  7. RichA

    RichA Guest

    Then how come the D80 still costs as much as it did 3 months ago?
    RichA, Nov 15, 2007
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    Doug Jewell Guest

    In Australia, the E410 has dropped from $1299 at release, to
    about $800 after rebates - a drop of $500 or almost 40%.

    The reason is simple - no-one wants them. Was recently
    talking to one of my local stores, which is one of the
    largest stores within one of the largest photo groups in
    Australia - they sell bucketloads of Canon & Nikon, and
    moderate numbers of Pentax and Sony. Since release of the
    E410, they've sold about half a dozen - this would be a
    typical morning's sales of 400Ds or D40x's.
    Doug Jewell, Nov 16, 2007
  9. RichA

    Douglas Guest

    I bought a few E300s for $580 each (with lenses) to use as "santa's
    little helper" cameras a couple of years ago. Fantastic cameras. but they
    couldn't give them away. I eventually sold them on Ebay and replaced them
    with FZ50 Panasonic. The flash still says Olympus but works OK on the FZ!

    Douglas, Nov 16, 2007
  10. RichA

    Doug Jewell Guest

    I had an E300 for a while on a kind of never-never loan, but
    never really liked it - which was a shame because I
    absolutely adored the E1 that preceded it. While I had the
    E300, I pretty much went back to film, because I just wasn't
    happy with what was coming out of it.
    I had 4 main gripes with the E300 - colour, dynamic range,
    noise and clarity. The colour always seemed off, even after
    manual WB - in fact the colour shift seemed to change with
    the exposure, so brighter areas tinged toward magenta, while
    darker areas tinged toward green. Seemed no amount of
    fiddling could get colours that seemed accurate.
    The dynamic range was very limiting - less than slide film.
    I had some side-by-side shots with the E300 and Velvia, and
    the velvia did better in both the highlights and the
    shadows, and we all know how bad velvia's reputation is.
    The noise was pretty disgusting at 400 and above - too many
    pixels crammed into too small space.
    Finally I think the lens I had may have been a bit iffy, but
    the shots it took never seemed quite sharp - this came as a
    shock after the E1 with the 14-54. It also had an odd sort
    of diffraction? effect outside the centre third. Hard to
    describe, but it was sort of similar to the effect that you
    get with those diffraction magnifiers. It could have just
    been the lens, but since it was a loaner, I wasn't about to
    start spending up on glass for it.
    Correct me if I'm wrong, but doesn't the FZ50 only have a
    single connection hotshoe? (or am I thinking of the Fuji
    S9500)? - so in theory it should work with any flash, but
    only in manual mode.
    Doug Jewell, Nov 16, 2007
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