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About to buy Olympus E-P3 - Black, Silver or White?

Discussion in 'Olympus Cameras' started by AlexUKinMalaysia, Jan 30, 2015.

  1. AlexUKinMalaysia

    AlexUKinMalaysia New to Mu-43

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    Jan 30, 2015
    Hi,
    An online shop in Malaysia is flogging off new Olympus E-P3s for a price I just can't pass up.. But what colour to buy?

    I currently have an Olympus e-p1 in silver which I love.
    I also have a Panasonic G3 which, while in some ways (resolution, iso) is better than even a new E-P3, just feels plasticky and looks boring, plus I just can't get the right colour balance sometimes (slightly blue-ish faces just don't look great). So I'm hoping the E-P3 will bring a lot of joy before I can pick up an E-P5 at a lower price in a couple of years (hopefully..).

    I have black lenses: Pana-Leica 25mm f1.4 and the Panasonic 12-32mm (both wonderful).

    When I saw the silver in the shop it looked just too silvery, especially the black plate. I know they don't look quite as prestigious as the e-p1/2 and e-p5 in some ways, but I want to know, does the silver dull a bit over time, and away from those dreadful shop lights? I don't want it to look like a Christmas decoration!

    I'm tempted by the white model too-- what's it like to live with?

    Black - is it not just boring?? or really the best option?

    Thanks!
     
  2. Vivalo

    Vivalo Olympus Loser

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    Nov 16, 2010
    Finland
    To my eyes the silver looks just fine ;)

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  3. AlexUKinMalaysia

    AlexUKinMalaysia New to Mu-43

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    Jan 30, 2015
    Wow, looks great :) Especially the strap too. Better get something like that!
     
  4. RichardB

    RichardB Snapshooter

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    Nov 19, 2012
    Maryland, US
    Richard
    The E-P3 is a great camera. You can get an awesome classic look if you buy the silver camera and put a black skin on it. I got a skin from Aki-Asahi.com and it was beautiful and got admiration from friends and strangers alike. The silver and black combination makes the camera a perfect match for both silver and black lenses. Some of Aki-Asahi's other colors look cool, too, if you want a more distinctive look.

    PC030027a.
     
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  5. AlexUKinMalaysia

    AlexUKinMalaysia New to Mu-43

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    Jan 30, 2015
    Thanks, I agree, the silver and black thing together is great. Probably my favourite option right now..
     
  6. Atom Ant

    Atom Ant Mu-43 Veteran

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    Oct 24, 2012
    Melbourne, OZ
    Adam
    Silver, currently with the red skin. It makes a very friendly statement. My 17/1.8 and 45/1.8 are both silver, so they work well wit the silver and red body.

    I had a black skin until the copy-cat E-P5 was introduced. The navy and burgundy skins also look quite classy with the silver body.

    As well as making the E-P3 look better, the skins also improve the feel - the bare metal just feels too slick for my taste.
     
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  7. AlexUKinMalaysia

    AlexUKinMalaysia New to Mu-43

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    Jan 30, 2015
    Interesting ideas, thx

    The reason I think this is important is because when I take pictures of people, they have a different reaction depending on the look of the camera. The silver e-p1 makes people want to have their picture taken, and it's interesting and non-threatening. The reaction is a little better than from the small blobby plastic Panasonic g3. It's interesting that people who know absolutely nothing about cameras identify with the classic silver e-p1 look.
     
  8. Fred S

    Fred S Mu-43 Veteran

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    Feb 20, 2012
    Calgary
    Fred S
    Then buy a Black one
    Every one knows that black camera take better pictures of people

    ( sorry could not resist ) LOL
     
  9. Atom Ant

    Atom Ant Mu-43 Veteran

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    Oct 24, 2012
    Melbourne, OZ
    Adam
    I attached my 12 to the E-P3 as the OP has black lenses.

    It looks better in RL, but this should give a general idea of the effect.
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    (I'll have to sneak back later with a better image)
     
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  10. fransglans

    fransglans Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Jun 12, 2012
    Sweden
    gus
    And that grip above is a must have for the ep3. Cost a bit, but its soo worth it. Great camera btw. Didnt like the shutter siund though. Sounds like it brakes apart:)

    Sent from my GT-I9300 using Mu-43 mobile app
     
  11. AlexUKinMalaysia

    AlexUKinMalaysia New to Mu-43

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    Jan 30, 2015
    Ya I like the grip, will buy one if I can get hold of it here.
    Warming towards silver body with black skin as an option.

    E-p3 should be a great compliment to the 25mm f1.4 and 12-32mm. I also have the Olympus 17mm f2.8 but the flare is often a problem, .. One day the 17mm f1.8 will be mine! (Kit e-p5 with 17mm - hoping Oly discount these kits maybe next year)
     
  12. budeny

    budeny Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 4, 2014
    Boulder, CO
    Why not EP5? Prices are around $400 now and it's so much better camera with.. well, I guess you know all differences.
    I have new EP5 body and couple accessories here in Buy & Sell section.
     
  13. ean10775

    ean10775 Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 31, 2011
    Cleveland, Ohio
    Eric
    +1
     
  14. VinVin

    VinVin Mu-43 Veteran

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    Jun 7, 2010
    GTA, Canada
    Kevin
    My personal preference is with the Silver, but if you find it too silvery you can always do what has previously been shown, get a leather/leatherette skin. At the same time I don't think all black is boring, it's sleek, it's pretty, and looks good! I just have a personal preference for Silver because all through my photographic life I have used silver cameras from film to digital. I love that retro look!
     
  15. AlexUKinMalaysia

    AlexUKinMalaysia New to Mu-43

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    Jan 30, 2015
    @fransglans - I'll get the larger grip if I can find a shop here with it here at the right price. All the eBay sellers want 40usd!! 20usd in USA from bhphotovideo.

    @richardb - thx for the photo of silver e-p3 with black leatherette, I think that's sold it for me :)
     
  16. AlexUKinMalaysia

    AlexUKinMalaysia New to Mu-43

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    Jan 30, 2015
    @fransglans - I'll get the larger grip if I can find a shop here with it at the right price. All the eBay sellers want 40usd!! 20usd in USA from bhphotovideo.

    @richardb - thx for the photo of the silver e-p1 with black leatherette, I think that's sold it for me :)
     
  17. AlexUKinMalaysia

    AlexUKinMalaysia New to Mu-43

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    Jan 30, 2015
    Prices in Malaysia:

    Olympus e-p5 with 17mm f1.8: 680 USD
    Olympus e-p5 body only: 520 USD
    Olympus e-p3 with 14-42mm: 190 USD

    Price premium for that new 16mp sensor is remaining stubbornly high!

    I guess after 18 months I could buy the e-p5 and still have the e-p3 for the same overall cost. Hmm it's hard to justify economising with camera stuff!
     
  18. RichardB

    RichardB Snapshooter

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    Nov 19, 2012
    Maryland, US
    Richard
    Great price! An E-P3 in the US costs more than twice that much, if you can find one.
     
  19. AlexUKinMalaysia

    AlexUKinMalaysia New to Mu-43

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    Jan 30, 2015
    I know, the price is crazy! I think this is the final clear out of slow moving stock. My gain!

    A bit of a weird purchase in 2015 to be buying an Olympus 12mp camera.. But I think I'm a bit nostalgic for that 12mp sensor, and I want the best (smallish) camera made with th! My history of cameras is Oly e-510, Pana g3 (a quantum leap forwards), back again to e-p1, and now e-p3.

    I'm a bit meh over the Panasonic g3 - the sensor can sometimes have incredible ability - great highlights and no burning out, even at high ISO. I love over-exposing a little and seeing beautiful highlights. But the problem with colour especially on skin tones shows that the sensor isn't everything. I need Olympus!