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Olympus 17mm f1.8 price going to drop?

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by dino1891, Jan 30, 2013.

  1. dino1891

    dino1891 Mu-43 Regular

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    Jan 8, 2013
    Why do people say that they will wait for the Olympus 17mm f1.8 lens price to drop? Has this happened in the past? The only prime lenses that I can think of with a price drop were the Panasonic 25mm and Panasonic 20mm. Actually, didn't the price of the 20mm go up?

    I just got the package for the Olympus 17mm and I already really starting to bond with the lens. I have had the Panasonic 25mm for about 3 weeks now. I must say that the Panasonic 25mm is noticeably sharper and a "better" lens in the fact that I get more for the same price as the 17mm. But I have warmed up more with the 17mm in the past couple hours than I have with the 25mm in the past 3 weeks. One of them will be going up in the buy and sell forum soon. Will decide in a month or so.
     
  2. MAubrey

    MAubrey Photographer

    Jul 9, 2012
    Bellingham, WA
    Mike Aubrey
    The 12mm f/2 fluctuate relatively regularly. I've seen it new as long as $749 and as high as $849 over the past year--both of which are below is MSRP. And used it goes between $600 and $700.
     
  3. Aegon

    Aegon Mu-43 Veteran

    334
    Nov 3, 2011
    Portland, OR
    The 12-50 was introduced at $500 or so. Then they bundled it in the E-M5 kit and it resold for about $250.

    I suspect that someday the O17/1.8 will be bundled in a kit and resold for 300.

    (But I still bought one at $500, d'oh).
     
  4. dino1891

    dino1891 Mu-43 Regular

    85
    Jan 8, 2013
    I thought the 12-50mm was released WITH the E-M5. But they also allowed people to purchase it separately. That's a little different from this situation. The Olympus 17mm f1.8 wasn't part of a package right from release.
     
  5. Aegon

    Aegon Mu-43 Veteran

    334
    Nov 3, 2011
    Portland, OR
    The 12-50 was available for weeks/months before the E-M5 kit.
    The 17 has only been generally available since about Christmas, 1 month ago. It isn't in a kit yet, but I wouldn't be surprised if was offered in a kit. Maybe with the E-P5 or whatever.
     
  6. yekimrd

    yekimrd Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 14, 2012
    Cincinnati, OH
    Mikey
    I would be very surprised if the 17/1.8 would be bundled with a camera as a kit. You have to remember that we're talking about Olympus here who's too stingy to even include lens pouches and hoods. The lens being metal build is too high end, I think. (I know Panny did it with their GH2 and 14-140mm) Besides, it's not a pancake. With the 12-50, even when it was first announced, people already knew it was going to be bundled with the OM-D. And the 12-50 being a jack-of-all trades zoom makes for a perfect kit lens.