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Wonder what these are going to do for the used market on some of those. It was only recently that second hand E-M1.2s dropped below $800-ish and now you can buy a brand new one for $899.
 

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There's a part of me that is all "oooh maybe I should grab that secondhand Olympus 12-200 for ~$620 since the big ones are on sale" and the rest of me goes "but, all you have is a GX85 and you prefer tiny lenses, discretion, and good handling..." and an even smaller part of me goes "but maybe EM5-III" and then I make my GAS shut up and take pictures with the stuff that I have.

Nice sales, though.
 

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They are decent sales. I think they match what getolympus.com is doing (Olympus sent a sale email yesterday).

As for me I am pretty spent out on camera acquisition stuff right now, having recently bought an E-M5 Mk III. If I buy any camera stuff in the near future it's likely to be something like a few memory cards or a tripod or flash unit, or some extra batteries.
 

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The 12-200 would have to be under $200 to interest me. That lens does not interest me, in part because it seems to be merely adequate.

I'm saving up for the Olympus Pro 150-400.
I'm very happy with the Olympus 100-400, however.
 

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Wonder what these are going to do for the used market on some of those. It was only recently that second hand E-M1.2s dropped below $800-ish and now you can buy a brand new one for $899.
They have a used one on there now for $629 in "9" condition. B&H is pretty conservative on their ratings, so it probably looks really clean.
 

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I have everything I need and then some. The only thing I'm keeping an eye out for is a used 45mm f1.8. There's one at a local store for $350 including hood but it's silver and I'd much rather have black.
 

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The only thing I'm keeping an eye out for is a used 45mm f1.8. There's one at a local store for $350 including hood but it's silver and I'd much rather have black.
If you don't mind second hand, the 45/1.8 is usually around $200-ish usd so a big savings over that $350 retail price. I bought mine from Olympus in the refurb store with one of their 20% promotions. I think I paid something like $238 once tax was added. Looked brand new when I got it and has been working fine for 5 years now.
 

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Is the extra $300 worth it to get the E-M5 Mark III with the 14-150mm Lens? $1199 with, $899 body only
 

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If you don't mind second hand, the 45/1.8 is usually around $200-ish usd so a big savings over that $350 retail price. I bought mine from Olympus in the refurb store with one of their 20% promotions. I think I paid something like $238 once tax was added. Looked brand new when I got it and has been working fine for 5 years now.
Canadian buyers don't get to buy refurbished equipment - it's for the US only.
 

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Canadian buyers don't get to buy refurbished equipment - it's for the US only.
Right but you can still go second hand. I think the 45mm tends to be a little bit of an awkward focal length for most people and I suspect a lot of the ones being resold are little used and in great shape. Plus there is not a lot to that lens so not much to go wrong with it (not buttons, switches, clutches, zooming, etc.) Just a focus ring.
 

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Totally off topic but why do you say that? It's really close to 85mm on a full frame which is probably the most popular portrait focal length. I'm just surprised to hear it because probably 20-30% of my images are with the 45mm.
I meant for general purpose uses. It really is great if you are a portrait shooter. But many people, myself included, don't shoot a lot of formal portraits (or none) so this lens to us is simply a medium-telephoto and therefore not as versatile as something like the 17/1.8 or the 25/1.8 for general purpose walking around unless you don't mind changing lenses on the fly as you go. I love mine and don't mind changing lenses especially since it is so tiny you can keep it in a jacket pocket for easy access and the 17/25 can easily go into your pocket in the meantime. But it doesn't get nearly as much use for me & when I am carrying it I might get 10% of my images with it or sometimes none at all. But effortless to have along just in case.

Because it is a highly regarded & very affordable lens, a lot of people bought this lens. Many then ended up reselling it for the reasons I mentioned (oddly most people with interchangeable lenses do not like changing their lenses on the fly :rolleyes: ) which is why I am speculating that a lot of these second hand ones are probably lightly used, nicely discounted, and a great buy to try out. If the buyer also decides the focal length is not for them, they can probably get back most of what they spent on it.
 

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So E-M5 III dropped to 900 already, wow. Interesting that PEN-F is the same price there and in stock.

I surely would have bought E-M5 III if it had cost 550 € used, rather than my PEN-F.

Wonder who will buy those last ones if the price is that high in comparison.
 
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So E-M5 III dropped to 900 already, wow. Interesting that PEN-F is the same price there and in stock.

I surely would have bought E-M5 III if it had cost 550 € used, rather than my PEN-F.

Wonder who will buy those last ones if the price is that high in comparison.
I sent the first one back because it had cost 1000€, but kept the second one I bought used for 650€.
 
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It really is great if you are a portrait shooter. But many people, myself included, don't shoot a lot of formal portraits (or none) so this lens to us is simply a medium-telephoto and therefore not as versatile as something like the 17/1.8 or the 25/1.8 for general purpose walking around
I'd call myself a people, rather than portrait, photographer hence my regard for it but I get where you're going

(oddly most people with interchangeable lenses do not like changing their lenses on the fly :rolleyes: )
Yeah, that's DEFINITELY not me. I prefer primes so I always have the P14, P20, and Oly45 with me and swap constantly.
 

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Is the extra $300 worth it to get the E-M5 Mark III with the 14-150mm Lens? $1199 with, $899 body only
Guess so, the lens itself is $499 for black friday sales. My kit just arrived today, hopefully I didn't jump the gun!
 
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