EM-5 2 Excitement dulled...

Discussion in 'Olympus Cameras' started by Cocoamedia, May 10, 2015.

  1. Cocoamedia

    Cocoamedia Mu-43 Rookie

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    Dave Fowler
    After a bucket load of research and a two hour round trip to an Olympus 'specialist' shop to have a hands-on session I finally made my mind up to take the plunge and switch from DSLR for my work.

    I ordered an EM-5 2 and 12-40 pro kit from the local branch of the small chain of photo shops - "yes sir, no problem, the new kit will be here in a couple of days".

    Couple of days later - "well, due to the bank holiday, and Olympus shortages, it's going to take another week I'm afraid"

    So I resheduled a couple of low key shoots I had booked, no problem, I was excited about the opportunities the IBIS and small form factor would give...

    Week later - "really sorry sir, there is an acute shortage at Olympus UK, we have wait for a delivery from Belgium, it won't get here until 28th May"

    I had a quick check online with the major retailers who are also out of shock or very low.

    Sorry for the rant... but my excitement and enthusiasm for the new format has taken a hit. Seeing the Olympus recent financial reports I'm wondering if I should reverse my decision to jump the Canon ship.
     
  2. Christilou

    Christilou Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    I notice Wex has only one white EP5 left, quite unusual as they are a big online retailer. They seem to have EM5II with and without kit lens.
     
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  3. wjiang

    wjiang Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Optics are what Olympus are about, but they make most of their money elsewhere (not imaging). The numbers being sold by the smaller players mean that their distribution chains are a little wonky. In this case it's kind of a good thing - it means they are selling more than they expected.
     
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  4. Klorenzo

    Klorenzo Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 10, 2014
    Lorenzo
    I would not give too much consideration to a single bad(?) financial report. Camera market as a whole is not healthy, ML market is becoming quite crowded, etc. Olympus had bigger problems years ago and is still running. AFAIK they are investing a lot in research (a LOT of new lenses, hi-res mode, etc.). And giving up a branch with so much visibility could be an image damage much bigger then the actual monetary loss. In a year they should complete the PRO line and that could open new market segments.

    Is buying online an option? I checked right now a few european Amazon stores and the camera is in stock.
     
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  5. Cocoamedia

    Cocoamedia Mu-43 Rookie

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    Dave Fowler
    I would feel bad now ordering and not taking it... I really try to support small chain local shops if I can. Towns are dying in the UK because of ECommerce. It's inevitable in the end I suppose, but I got a chance to try one out, which I wouldn't have if I had bought online. I just need to suck it up and stop whinging really ;o)
     
  6. Growltiger

    Growltiger Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    I can hardly remember what a shop is, and I hope not to have to visit one again. Apart from the supermarket I only buy online. House, car, refrigerator, clothes, shoes, banking, DVDs, books, light bulbs, batteries, computers, tools, cameras, lenses, bird food. Everything is cheaper and with a far better range of options, and the time to research and make the best decision. (I admit I visited the house before buying it, but nothing else.)

    I see you are in the UK like me, so here is some info.
    I bought my E-M1 with the 12-40 from here, and at the time it was far cheaper than Amazon: http://www.cotswoldcameras.co.uk
    I just looked, at the moment the EM5 II is £829 and the 12-40 is £545. The E-M1 is only £719, that is what I would buy again.
    Or they have the E-M1 combined with the 12-40 for only £1099. (I paid £1299 for that, when it was just out.)
     
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  7. dogs100

    dogs100 Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Geoff
    Stick with your local shop, if something goes wrong they will help you, online retailers don't.
     
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  8. demiro

    demiro Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Nov 7, 2010
    I think that is a commendable attitude, but it doesn't seem like your local shop can even give you a straight answer about when they will have a camera to sell you. I'd be willing to spend a little more to support a local shop, but one thing I expect from them is a higher level of service than what I can find online.
     
  9. Cocoamedia

    Cocoamedia Mu-43 Rookie

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    Dave Fowler
    My local shop agreed to match the deal at SRS - http://www.srsmicrosystems.co.uk/ca...with-12-40mm-pro-lens.html#srsTabBundleOffers
     
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  10. demiro

    demiro Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Nov 7, 2010
    Maybe it is different in the UK, but in the US, with online retailers like Amazon and B&H, the service level is generally quite high. Not sure what you mean by "help you", but my local shops, when they existed, were not necessarily better at providing customer service.
     
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  11. Growltiger

    Growltiger Mu-43 Top Veteran

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  12. Cocoamedia

    Cocoamedia Mu-43 Rookie

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    Dave Fowler
    Apparently the sensor in the EM5 2 performs as well as the EM1 but the IBIS is much improved. The new version of the EM1 is rumoured to be released in September with the same IBIS and the ability to take the ultra high res shots without the need of a tripod.

    I figure that I could always be waiting for the next best to be released though ;o)
     
  13. Growltiger

    Growltiger Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    I thought the IBIS in the E-M5 II was the same as that in the E-M1? Can you point me at a source? (The E-M1 IBIS is outstandingly good, I find it hard to believe it can be improved.)
     
  14. wjiang

    wjiang Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Pretty much every review etc has mentioned it. It ties in with the requirements of the multi-shot shift system. Better stabilisation but more power hungry.
     
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  15. BrundleFly

    BrundleFly Mu-43 Regular

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    Ontario
    The EM5 MKii also has substantially better video capabilities, a more discreet form factor and silent shutter mode.
     
  16. BrundleFly

    BrundleFly Mu-43 Regular

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    Ontario
    Cocoamedia, I also had to wait a few weeks before getting my MKii and much like you it was my first foray into the Olympus system. For me the wait was completely worth it. The camera has really reignited my passion for photography and has pushed me to think about the entire process in new and exciting ways.
     
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  17. cputeq

    cputeq Mu-43 Regular

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    Jeremy
    Olympus rates EM5 and EM1 IBIS at 4 stops, EM5 II at 5 stops. Better IBIS ;)
     
  18. cputeq

    cputeq Mu-43 Regular

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    Jeremy
    I wouldn't worry too much about financials, and when you finally get your hands on the camera and see what it's capable of (in usually a much much smaller package) you'll thank yourself :)

    That said, if you want a *bit* more of the DSLR feel over the EM-5, go for the E-M1 - still very small but a bit more spread out controls and better native grip.
     
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  19. Growltiger

    Growltiger Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Interesting about the improved IBIS, thanks.
    I love my E-M1 but I know I will be tempted when the next version of it comes out.
     
  20. tkbslc

    tkbslc Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Our local shop doesn't accept returns, period! No thanks, guys. I want to shop local, but you have to meet me half way.