E-P5: Black or Silver?

Discussion in 'Olympus Cameras' started by Ricoh, Jan 19, 2014.

  1. Ricoh

    Ricoh Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Steve
    Apart from personal choices, are there pros and cons worth considering before hitting the 'order now' button?
    If bought in the UK, Olympus are giving away a 'free' VF-4, which is black I believe. So assuming I go ahead, I will of course be claiming the viewer.
    Looking at the prices, some retailers are charging a premium for the black version, why is that I wonder.
     
  2. pdk42

    pdk42 One of the "Eh?" team

    Jan 11, 2013
    Leamington Spa, UK
    Well, I took a look at both last week. I think that the black finish is probably a bit more durable, less resistant to scratches. The demo silver model showed a few scratches whilst the black didn't. Of course, I've no idea how long either had been on display, so it's not a good measure.

    The silver looks so much nicer though - so I bought that! I reasoned that I'll look after it much better than something that gets handled by probably a100 people a day ( and in B&H, that's probably not an exaggeration).
     
  3. gochugogi

    gochugogi Mu-43 Veteran

    Men seem to prefer goth black albeit I've noticed Japanese women tend to pick the white variant. Most cameras are black so silver or white would be a nice change, plus easier to find in the dark bag. I prefer silver but would gladly accept a white if less expensive. I'd never pay more for black...
     
  4. nardoleo

    nardoleo Mu-43 Veteran

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    Leo
    I actually prefer the white pen. Looks awesome with the silver primes too.

    Sent from my trusty Samsung Galaxy Note 2
     
  5. HarryS

    HarryS Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    White looks good with black primes too.
     
  6. JeanLucX

    JeanLucX Mu-43 Regular

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    Buy black or white. Silver could get scathed a lot easier than black or white.
     
  7. RAH

    RAH Mu-43 Veteran

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    Rich
    I prefer black for an actual photographic reason - when photographing objects that might have reflections (especially close-up macro-type things), it is easier to adjust your shooting setup with a BLACK camera. With silver you might have to cover it with a black cloth, etc, whereas with black you often don't have to.
     
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  8. Ricoh

    Ricoh Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Steve
    Thanks guys, the decision was taken away from me as I came across a nice Black version on eBay which I couldn't refuse, bought it!!
     
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  9. edwardconde

    edwardconde Mu-43 All-Pro

    Nov 8, 2012
    Los Angeles, CA
    What did you pay on eBay?
     
  10. Ricoh

    Ricoh Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Steve
    Hi, £699 on eBay traded by SRS Microsystems. That's about £100 less than the cheapest I could find on the web. The price I paid will be offset by a free VF-4, which would normally cost £210 to £230 retail.
    The camera is new with a 2 year warranty.
     
  11. I had a silver E-P1 which, aside from a few small scratches on the baseplate from resting the camera, was virtually unmarked when it was a couple of years old. After having owned a black E-M5 for over a year and a half I actually have more concerns over wear and tear on Olympus' black painted bodies.
     
  12. Ricoh

    Ricoh Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Steve
    That's not what I wanted to read, but my black E-P5 is in the post.
    If the underlying base metal is brass, a worn camera looks quite good in my opinion. From the pictures ive seen, the OMD E5 and E-P5 don't age too well when the black or silver finish wears.

    What is the underlying metal?
     
  13. pdk42

    pdk42 One of the "Eh?" team

    Jan 11, 2013
    Leamington Spa, UK
    That's a good deal. With taxes in NY, I paid £565 without the VF4. That's easily worth another £130. SRS are a great seller too - you don't have problems from them.