Generally, these type of low prices come into play after a product has been out for a while and the company has recouped all their R&D and tooling costs. After those costs are covered, they are only paying for the material and manufacturing and the rest is profit. I doubt they are losing any money, even at $99. Canada is not a very big market compared to the USA so not sure how the deal came to be. Perhaps they were trying to stimulate the Canadian market.I can't imagine Olympus make any sales directly from their UK website with prices like these.
Another example, the 12mm,f2.0 is £817 on their site,(about $1225), postage is free though,(whoopee!).
A quick price check on other uk sites would save £200 on that lens.
I ordered it at Feb 6 and didn't have any notification. I asked them order status. Here it is their answer:Got my shipping notice from Henrys today!
My creditcard payment is still pending from getolympus.com. I wonder if they are ever gonna process the order...
It stayed pending status for the longest time, then finally posted on the day of shipping. If you ordered on getolympus.com, be patient. It will eventually come!Hi, did the payment appears in your credit card?
I ordered on the 11th, but until now the payment did not even appear in my credit card. I had send 3 emails but they don't bother to reply at all.
I did end up ordering the Oly 40-150mm for my G2, it came yesterday. I took it to my son's lacrosse practice - it worked exactly like I thought it would. I realized right away how good OIS is on the 45-200. I had to ratchet up ISO a bit but, this is a very capable lens.same here, i have G2 and Pana 45-200. i'll skip on this deal tho very tempting. i saw this comparison between 2 two.
Panasonic 45-200mm f/4-5.6 MEGA O.I.S. vs Olympus 40-150mm f/4-5.6 - Our Analysis
Thanks for following up marc that's more than I got when I tried to find out when they'd have more in stock to fulfill the discounted orders.I ordered from Olympus USA on Feb 11, followed up with an email on the 14th, finally got a human today on the phone who says they are out of stock and will be resupplied in 7-14 days as a guesstemite... time to check Amazon!