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paulw 27th January 2018 08:41 PM

Are Olympus Accessories overpriced
 
Well I think so, being new to Olympus MFT cameras and lenses I was a bit astounded at the price of genuine accessories; Lenshoods, lens cases and I certainly wanted an extended eyecup for my E-M5. The cheapest price I could find for an E11 eyecup was was a smidgen less that 30 which seemed totally over the top IMO, so in the end bought one from Japan for 15.22 delivered!
http://e-group.uk.net/forum/picture....pictureid=2708
Also, I like to have my lenses in good quality cases within my bag, but ended up having to source genuine lens pouches from America at 1/3rd the price(inc. delivery) of the UK ones!
Now I actually like to spend money, it's why I have a 9 to 5 job, so I can enjoy stuff, but I do hate feeling I'm being overcharged for things and I have to say Olympus is nearly at the top of the pile for bad value >:( so thank goodness for internet sellers:)

CJJE 27th January 2018 10:15 PM

Re: Are Olympus Accessories overpriced
 
All true... but I used to have exactly the same problem with Canon before I switched to M4/3. At least Panasonic supply lens hoods and lens pouches with most of their lenses unlike Olympus who restrict them to their PRO lenses.

paulw 27th January 2018 10:39 PM

Re: Are Olympus Accessories overpriced
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by CJJE (Post 438469)
All true... but I used to have exactly the same problem with Canon before I switched to M4/3. At least Panasonic supply lens hoods and lens pouches with most of their lenses unlike Olympus who restrict them to their PRO lenses.

I'd expect boutique accessories to be costly but not what I'd consider essentials such as lens hoods, but I guess its just the way thing are these days! However, there definitely seems to be a considerable price advantage in some other countries over the UK. Guess cheap Chinese clones are what I'm going to end up with if I can't source the genuine item at what I'd consider a good price!

drmarkf 28th January 2018 07:16 PM

Re: Are Olympus Accessories overpriced
 
Yes, it's one area where Oly have an often deserved reputation for 'avin a larf.

Often worth a look, since their prices are good and they can sometimes source bits and pieces that aren't listed on this page: http://www.lutoncameras.co.uk/SparesFrame.html

Oly are sometimes laughably more expensive than Canon - e.g. these, which are both nicely made and work on the E-M1ii:

https://www.parkcameras.com/p/415007...0aAqrFEALw_wcB

https://www.harrisoncameras.co.uk/pd...0aAk-zEALw_wcB

iso 28th January 2018 07:39 PM

Re: Are Olympus Accessories overpriced
 
JJH hoods are a good example of honest value. It's the 'Power of the Brand' that turns us into sheep, with fear that somehow the alternative won't be up to it. Same with car stuff. Anyone buy a pair of 'Genuine Land Rover' Wiper Blades recently.
And OK there are always exceptions.

MJ224 28th January 2018 09:44 PM

Re: Are Olympus Accessories overpriced
 
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Originally Posted by iso (Post 438512)
It's the 'Power of the Brand' that turns us into sheep, with fear that somehow the alternative won't be up to it. .

Do you think that is true of cameras themselves??????????????*chr

iso 29th January 2018 07:46 PM

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Some I could mention:rolleyes:

Wee man 30th January 2018 09:22 AM

Re: Are Olympus Accessories overpriced
 
It is interesting that due to price we feel the need to buy alternatives from China, the same country were the cameras are made for Olympus.

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CJJE 30th January 2018 10:55 AM

Re: Are Olympus Accessories overpriced
 
Yes, and they are presumably not paying Olympus for copying their designs!

Keith-369 30th January 2018 01:01 PM

Re: Are Olympus Accessories overpriced
 
But, if companies charged reasonable prices for their products there would be no call for copies. Same as with 'named' clothes. Stupid prices for normal gear.

CJJE 30th January 2018 02:08 PM

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But the named goods have to repay the development costs, unlike the Chinese copies! It's like the Chinese Range Rovers... all they have to do is take a Range Rover apart and copy the bits, whereas Jaguar Landrover had to spend millions testing and developing the prototypes first!

Yes, there is a mark-up for fashion items that are all made in the same Bangladeshi sweatshop, but that doesn't excuse fake items pretending to be the 'real thing'.

Keith-369 30th January 2018 02:20 PM

Re: Are Olympus Accessories overpriced
 
To charge eg. 100 for a T shirt because it has a different label sewn into it by the same people who sewed, for instance a normal high street stores label into the next one is not mark-up, it's downright greed. I do understand about recovering development costs but surely those costs are well recovered by the sale of the full item rather than the spares in cases like cars or cameras. Surely there should not be too much demand for spares if a product is made properly so the manufacturers should not be reliant on spares sales.

Bikie John 30th January 2018 02:23 PM

Re: Are Olympus Accessories overpriced
 
Design of complex items like cameras and lenses is a difficult and expensive business, and this will be reflected in the price of the end product. But how much design is there in a lens hood or pouch? All you need is something that works and is robustly made.

I can't help feeling that for these simple accessories, some manufacturers will overprice them in an attempt to use them as cash cows to offset design and development costs on big-ticket items. But as we have seen, it doesn't work as it is pretty easy to produce cheaper equivalents.

John

DerekW 2nd February 2018 12:12 PM

Re: Are Olympus Accessories overpriced
 
One wonders if the moulds used to make plastic items both authentic and "pirate" are made in the same factory from the same designs, with only the makers name being changed.

Bikie John 2nd February 2018 01:58 PM

Re: Are Olympus Accessories overpriced
 
Likewise batteries. In some cases, anyway.

John


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