Olympus 100-400mm Availability

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I understand how you feel about the price but I don’t see it as ROI but rather ROJ (return on joy). I saved every penny I could for a very comfortable retirement. I plan to spend some of my money to enjoy my retirement. Not everything has to appreciate in value. Joy/happiness are certainly an appreciable asset. Otherwise, why retire?
Some of us need to keep the peace in a marriage too though. :whistling: I was thankful I was able to get the 100-400. :dance4:
 
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And mine arrived from Amazon today. Didn't do much more than a couple quick test shots. Was pretty impressed that I could handhold it at 400 with the 1.4 TC, and get a pretty sharp shot. Though the light was good. I'll try again in dimmer light.
On the other hand...boo on Olympus. $1500 lens and no soft case included? Really? Any of you that have one have any recommendations for a case that will fit?
 

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I am using a video camera case that I bought years ago just to use as a camera bag. A video bag is a good form factor for holding a lens - long and narrow.
 
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And mine arrived from Amazon today. Didn't do much more than a couple quick test shots. Was pretty impressed that I could handhold it at 400 with the 1.4 TC, and get a pretty sharp shot. Though the light was good. I'll try again in dimmer light.
On the other hand...boo on Olympus. $1500 lens and no soft case included? Really? Any of you that have one have any recommendations for a case that will fit?
Just ordered mine - on back order but the firm is pretty reliable. Looking forward to trying it out.
 

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I understand how you feel about the price but I don’t see it as ROI but rather ROJ (return on joy). I saved every penny I could for a very comfortable retirement. I plan to spend some of my money to enjoy my retirement. Not everything has to appreciate in value. Joy/happiness are certainly an appreciable asset. Otherwise, why retire?

That's certainly a valid point of view. However, we know many people (especially in the US) spend money foolishly and outlive their savings. The high cost of healthcare doesn't help.

It's a little off topic but since this forum doesn't prohibit that, why not?

Spending on the ROJ, as you call it, is not rational. After all, you can say "why not eat licorice all day? I'm going to die anyway?". But it's your money. I hope you don't outlive your savings.

I bought the Olympus 100-400, which I really enjoy. My non-photographer friends think that's insane to spend that much on a lens. I wish it was less but it's the price of admission.

Do I think the Oly 150-400 would bring me five times as much enjoyment as the Oly 100-400? It's hard to quantify but I really don't think so. I know security in my retirement is important and that requires good money management.

We do know that if the Olympus 150-400 (or any lens) was not selling well then the price would drop. That would help all of us photographers.

So thank you for keeping the price high. :)
As compensation to us I hope you can share some images, SOOC to show the lens' true abilities (and not your post-processing abilities).
 

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That's certainly a valid point of view. However, we know many people (especially in the US) spend money foolishly and outlive their savings. The high cost of healthcare doesn't help.

It's a little off topic but since this forum doesn't prohibit that, why not?

Spending on the ROJ, as you call it, is not rational. After all, you can say "why not eat licorice all day? I'm going to die anyway?". But it's your money. I hope you don't outlive your savings.

I bought the Olympus 100-400, which I really enjoy. My non-photographer friends think that's insane to spend that much on a lens. I wish it was less but it's the price of admission.

Do I think the Oly 150-400 would bring me five times as much enjoyment as the Oly 100-400? It's hard to quantify but I really don't think so. I know security in my retirement is important and that requires good money management.

We do know that if the Olympus 150-400 (or any lens) was not selling well then the price would drop. That would help all of us photographers.

So thank you for keeping the price high. :)
As compensation to us I hope you can share some images, SOOC to show the lens' true abilities (and not your post-processing abilities).

Speaking of health expenditure, my dentist suggests capping after root canal therapy or implant after an extraction. I tell him, "no thanks, I'd rather put that money into something others can enjoy when I'm gone, like a camera & lens". ;)
 

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Speaking of health expenditure, my dentist suggests capping after root canal therapy or implant after an extraction. I tell him, "no thanks, I'd rather put that money into something others can enjoy when I'm gone, like a camera & lens". ;)

Maybe your dentist is just trying to get the money so he can afford this lens, and take care of his heirs?

I hope you're not in pain.
 

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Maybe your dentist is just trying to get the money so he can afford this lens, and take care of his heirs?

I hope you're not in pain.
Root canal with filling is fine, but may not last so long with the tooth possibly breaking at some point. The last extraction from my jaw was only painful afterwards because of bone removal to get it out, now there is a gap where the tooth was. I'm fine & have a $2000 lens too (AU$2,238 to be precise). :dance4:
 

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@Ross the fiddler Ross, I had to have full mouth Xrays prior to starting on Prolia for osteoporosis. As a result of these, I had to have a couple of ~60 year old fillings replaced prior to the commencement of Prolia. Apparently, osteonecrosis of the jaw is an uncommon, but very nasty, potential side effect of Prolia, but Prolia is extremely good at rebuilding bone structure. My wife has been on it for a couple of years now, and her bone density has gone from osteoporosis to osteopaenia. A good outcome.
 
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I took Fosamax for a bunch of years and it did work for boosting my bone density (except my skull, which was already much too thick). Only trouble was that one dentist (a specialist I needed for one special treatment) refused to work on me because of that potential jaw problem.

Just want to point out, relative to photography (so we don't get slammed for diverging too much) - if you carefully husband your resources, you can get the dental work done, buy a pretty nice macro lens, and take pictures of it. Life is good!!
 

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@Ross the fiddler Ross, I had to have full mouth Xrays prior to starting on Prolia for osteoporosis. As a result of these, I had to have a couple of ~60 year old fillings replaced prior to the commencement of Prolia. Apparently, osteonecrosis of the jaw is an uncommon, but very nasty, potential side effect of Prolia, but Prolia is extremely good at rebuilding bone structure. My wife has been on it for a couple of years now, and her bone density has gone from osteoporosis to osteopaenia. A good outcome.
Yikes, bad recent memory for me. about 12 months ago I started experiencing bone fragments coming through the gums. Dr Google quickly put me in fear it was osteonecrosis of the jaw.
Fortunately it was not. Pretty unpleasant experience though. It was where I had had a wisdom tooth extraction a couple of years earlier and I must have damaged the socket somehow.
 

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That's certainly a valid point of view. However, we know many people (especially in the US) spend money foolishly and outlive their savings. The high cost of healthcare doesn't help.

It's a little off topic but since this forum doesn't prohibit that, why not?

Spending on the ROJ, as you call it, is not rational. After all, you can say "why not eat licorice all day? I'm going to die anyway?". But it's your money. I hope you don't outlive your savings.

I bought the Olympus 100-400, which I really enjoy. My non-photographer friends think that's insane to spend that much on a lens. I wish it was less but it's the price of admission.

Do I think the Oly 150-400 would bring me five times as much enjoyment as the Oly 100-400? It's hard to quantify but I really don't think so. I know security in my retirement is important and that requires good money management.

We do know that if the Olympus 150-400 (or any lens) was not selling well then the price would drop. That would help all of us photographers.

So thank you for keeping the price high. :)
As compensation to us I hope you can share some images, SOOC to show the lens' true abilities (and not your post-processing abilities).
Will do! And, BTW, I am very rational. I will not run out of money in retirement. I planned extremely well including health insurance. Enjoy what you can afford. 😉
 
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Had a conversation today with a London Camera Exchange manager (that we have become friends after a couple of years) and I asked him about the status and queue they have on Olympus 100-400mm f 5-6.3 and he said that the number of pre-orders they have can't be fulfilled until the end of the year. I was so heartbroken I couldn't shed a tear, I really wanted this less this summer as it will be my last "free summer" while having my first baby is on the way.
So I started a search for the major sellers in UK and Clifton Cameras has currently a queue of 15 customers for pre-order and they are estimating a shipping arrival in early May. I am waiting for an email about this from Jessop and Park Cameras.

Looking for an alternative is not going too well because on the high-quality end it's only the Olympus 40-150mm f 2.8 Pro with 2x TC (and 1.4x TC) with 200mm less reach and no budget for the Olympus 300mm f 4 Pro.

Update: Park Cameras are estimating the deliveries will go out next Friday BUT (of course) it's not a guarantee and the support contact could not give me the pre-order queue number. There seem to be some import issues relating to Brexit that Olympus is having trouble with.

Another Update: Jessops is unwilling to release any information of the queue length or when the lenses might be received in stock ... probably to cover their butts.
 
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Had a conversation today with a London Camera Exchange manager (that we have become friends after a couple of years) and I asked him about the status and queue they have on Olympus 100-400mm f 5-6.3 and he said that the number of pre-orders they have can't be fulfilled until the end of the year. I was so heartbroken I couldn't shed a tear, I really wanted this less this summer as it will be my last "free summer" while having my first baby is on the way.
So I started a search for the major sellers in UK and Clifton Cameras has currently a queue of 15 customers for pre-order and they are estimating a shipping arrival in early May. I am waiting for an email about this from Jessop and Park Cameras.

Looking for an alternative is not going too well because on the high-quality end it's only the Olympus 40-150mm f 2.8 Pro with 2x TC (and 1.4x TC) with 200mm less reach and no budget for the Olympus 300mm f 4 Pro.

Update: Park Cameras are estimating the deliveries will go out next Friday BUT (of course) it's not a guarantee and the support contact could not give me the pre-order queue number. There seem to be some import issues relating to Brexit that Olympus is having trouble with.

Another Update: Jessops is unwilling to release any information of the queue length or when the lenses might be received in stock ... probably to cover their butts.

Have you tried SRS? That's where I got mine from.
 
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