Why no E-PL5 "body only" option?

Discussion in 'Olympus Cameras' started by JJJPhoto, Sep 28, 2012.

  1. JJJPhoto

    JJJPhoto Mu-43 Veteran

    Jul 8, 2011
    Cincinnati, OH
    Jerry Jackson Jr
    Am I the only m4/3 user who would be more interested in the E-PL5 if Olympus offered it as a body only?

    The kit lens is good for what it is (I have two of them from my various PEN purchases and I do actually use them even though I have other lenses). However, I don't enjoy being "forced" to buy a kit lens if I want to add another PEN camera to my bag of tricks.

    I know the way camera pricing works I would only save $50 at MOST if Olympus offered the E-PL5 as a "body only" and the kit lens is worth more than $50 ... but I don't want another kit lens.

    Olympus, if you're reading this, give us the option of buying the E-PL5 as a body only.
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  2. RT_Panther

    RT_Panther Mu-43 Legend

    May 4, 2011
    If you order from the Olympus store, there IS a "body only" option for the E-PL5 :smile:
  3. DeeJayK

    DeeJayK Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Feb 8, 2011
    Pacific Northwest, USA
    I just noticed that the Olympus store has the black and silver E-PL5s for $749.99 (which matches the OP's expected $50 discount off of the 14-42mm kit price of $799.99). However the white E-PL5 is listed at $479.99.

    More oddly still, when you place any of the E-PL5 body-only colors in your cart, the cart price is $649.99, while any of the E-PL5 kits are at $699.99 in cart.

    Obviously, Oly has some website kinks to iron out.
  4. Biro

    Biro Mu-43 All-Pro

    May 8, 2011
    Jersey Shore
    It's a good thing at least Olympus will sell you the body options direct. How many times have I had to buy another 14-42 kit lens variant with the latest Oly body.
  5. Djarum

    Djarum Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Dec 15, 2009
    Huntsville, AL, USA
    Yeah, I've got an E-PL2 with kit lens. I don't need another.
  6. DeeJayK

    DeeJayK Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Feb 8, 2011
    Pacific Northwest, USA
    Too be clear, the E-PL5 is also available sans lens (at the same $650 price as it is direct from Oly) from B&H. Although I haven't looked, I would assume that the other major retailers would also sell the body only.
  7. Robstar1963

    Robstar1963 Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 10, 2011
    Isle of Wight England UK
    Robert (Rob)
    The E-PL5 seems to be available upon launch here body only as Park Cameras (UK) are listing it for £549.99 body only on pre order
    With kit lens it is £599.99
  8. Spuff

    Spuff Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Dec 5, 2010
    Berkshire, UK.
    They've slashed that price by 99p!
  9. I figure that it's another good reason for me not to collect camera bodies endlessly.
  10. betamax

    betamax Mu-43 Regular

    May 7, 2011
    NSW, Australia
    Is there a link to the body only option from B&H? I can only see the kit option.