Another 20% Outlet Sale

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Outlet Store | Olympus


I managed to score a 75mm, finally. I didn't even stop to think when I saw the e-mail from Olympus -- just click, click, click and BUY. Unfortunately my local sales tax (10%) eats away almost half of the savings. Now i'll have to figure out whether this lens is really worth $500 to me.
 

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Outlet Store | Olympus


I managed to score a 75mm, finally. I didn't even stop to think when I saw the e-mail from Olympus -- just click, click, click and BUY. Unfortunately my local sales tax (10%) eats away almost half of the savings. Now i'll have to figure out whether this lens is really worth $500 to me.
The 75 1.8 is an amazing lens for outdoor portraits. I'll bet that, once you get used to the focal length, you'll love it.
 

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Ugh, nothing left. I'm not sure what bother's me more; the fact that they're out of stock of pretty much everything or that Olympus continues to show products that are out of stock making me click 3 times to figure that out. :dash2:
 

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Yup, the 75mm and a few other good lenses were there when I first checked a few hours ago. Now, most are gone. I held off: I'm looking for the 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO.
 

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I had to buy a 25mm. Darn you Olympus, I've got to unsubscribe :confused:
 
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I managed to score a 75mm, finally. I didn't even stop to think when I saw the e-mail from Olympus -- just click, click, click and BUY. Unfortunately my local sales tax (10%) eats away almost half of the savings. Now i'll have to figure out whether this lens is really worth $500 to me.
Totally worth it. One of the best lenses in the entire MU43 lineup.
 
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Ugh, nothing left. I'm not sure what bother's me more; the fact that they're out of stock of pretty much everything or that Olympus continues to show products that are out of stock making me click 3 times to figure that out. :dash2:
Their website is extremely primitive. Bookmark the lens you are interested in and check back frequently.
 

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I was able to pick up the Fisheye Tough Pack for my TG-4 which I've been wanting to pick up. I should have it just in time for my trip to Florida.
 

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I had to return a refurb 25mm several weeks ago...it was one if the worst decentered copies of this lens I've tried (and there are a lot of them out there). There is no refurbishing/reconditioning being done on these products - the returns go to a warehouse in Texas that contracts with Olympus somewhere in the northeast. The last refurb lens I bought (75mm) also had what looked like mold growing in the lens, so had to return that as well. Now they tell you that it takes up to 25 business days to refund you once the TX warehouse logs the return as received, which is nuts.

Anyway, I've had my hits and misses with Oly refurbs, but the hits were from products that were basically new products sold as refurbs, and the duds were obvious defective products with no attempt made at refurbishing them. No middle ground.
 

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The 75 1.8 is an amazing lens for outdoor portraits. I'll bet that, once you get used to the focal length, you'll love it.
Totally worth it. One of the best lenses in the entire MU43 lineup.
Oh, I'm pretty sure I'll love the lens. It's the $500 out of my wallet that stings just a little bit :) Especially in the middle of an adventure in orthodontics with my son. But it should hold most of that value on the used market for some time to come (that's what i'm going to tell my wife). Plus it's my birthday in less than two weeks, sooooo..... shall I go on rationalizing?


P.S. The lens shipped last evening, it should be here Monday. Hoping it is a like-new demo sample and not a defective one like some others have seen. I have had really good luck with Olympus refurbs in the past.
 
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I had to return a refurb 25mm several weeks ago...it was one if the worst decentered copies of this lens I've tried (and there are a lot of them out there). There is no refurbishing/reconditioning being done on these products - the returns go to a warehouse in Texas that contracts with Olympus somewhere in the northeast. The last refurb lens I bought (75mm) also had what looked like mold growing in the lens, so had to return that as well. Now they tell you that it takes up to 25 business days to refund you once the TX warehouse logs the return as received, which is nuts.

Anyway, I've had my hits and misses with Oly refurbs, but the hits were from products that were basically new products sold as refurbs, and the duds were obvious defective products with no attempt made at refurbishing them. No middle ground.
Yes, I've seen reports of that as well. Some people get what look like brand-new cameras, and others get cameras that have dirty sensors, skipping rear dials, etc.

I was very fortunate with the E-M1 I recently acquired that it appears to be a brand-new camera that I managed to get at a steal of a price. I've read reports from others who haven't been so lucky.

Like you said, there is no refurbishing taking place with these items, so it's a complete crapshoot as far as what you'll actually get.
 

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Like you said, there is no refurbishing taking place with these items, so it's a complete crapshoot as far as what you'll actually get.
When I was using Canon, I would swear their refurb stuff was more reliable than brand new. You could tell everything that got shipped out had been inspected. They even started giving the standard 1 year warranty on refurbs, too. Disappointing to hear that Olympus does not operate that way, too.
 

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When I was using Canon, I would swear their refurb stuff was more reliable than brand new. You could tell everything that got shipped out had been inspected. They even started giving the standard 1 year warranty on refurbs, too. Disappointing to hear that Olympus does not operate that way, too.
I think it used to be that way. Only VERY recently have I heard any negative things about Olympus Refurbs. Maybe they have some personnel issues, or they have changed their operating procedures.
 

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I had to return a refurb 25mm several weeks ago...it was one if the worst decentered copies of this lens I've tried (and there are a lot of them out there). There is no refurbishing/reconditioning being done on these products - the returns go to a warehouse in Texas that contracts with Olympus somewhere in the northeast. The last refurb lens I bought (75mm) also had what looked like mold growing in the lens, so had to return that as well. Now they tell you that it takes up to 25 business days to refund you once the TX warehouse logs the return as received, which is nuts.

Anyway, I've had my hits and misses with Oly refurbs, but the hits were from products that were basically new products sold as refurbs, and the duds were obvious defective products with no attempt made at refurbishing them. No middle ground.
I bought a 25mm on the previous reconditioned sale and it arrived DOA. But, instead of returning it, I sent it to Olympus for repair and it came back fine. It is the only reconditioned product I've bought that failed me.
 
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