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Re: Grey Imports

I wish.. I can only stretch to a MkI, I have a classic car to support!!
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Ah... One learns something new every day! Do Olympus have fixed price repairs or does it vary? I only ask as I am after a s/h E-M1 but could be concerned if any repair would cost more than the camera? I have read that there are a couple of common 'issues" :-)
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Fortunately, I have never had to use the Olympus repair service so maybe another member who has used it can answer your question better than I can.

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Re: Grey Imports

Actually, just about to place an order for a "grey" item: http://www.hdewcameras.co.uk/olympus...pro-4214-p.asp

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Actually, just about to place an order for a "grey" item: http://www.hdewcameras.co.uk/olympus...pro-4214-p.asp

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Ouch ! And I thought I was being extravagant buying a 75-300

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Ouch ! And I thought I was being extravagant buying a 75-300

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Bit of an impulse decision (funds will available next week); wanted one for ages and the old 300mm f/2.8 was always way out of my budget. Looks like the Lensmaster Gimbal (from another post here) will be an obligatory companion

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Ah... One learns something new every day! Do Olympus have fixed price repairs or does it vary? I only ask as I am after a s/h E-M1 but could be concerned if any repair would cost more than the camera? I have read that there are a couple of common 'issues" :-)
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There is a price list for Olympus cameras. https://www.olympus.co.uk/site/media...ist_GBP_UK.pdf

A lot of the higher end bodies and lenses are ESTIMATE which is pretty opaque. I imagine there are a variety of components that might need to be replaced so the labour and parts vary widely.
Being a cynic I imagine the lower end fixed prices relate to the manufacturing cost of a total replacement

If you're seriously concerned then I would look at a retailer who offer a warranty on their used goods.
For example WEX will offer you 12 months on used equipment, excluding misuse and wear and tear but they don't have an EM-1 listed today.
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http://www.wexphotographic.com/help/...nd-conditions/

MPB offer 6 months
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https://www.mpb.com/en-uk/help/
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HDEW have an ex demo EM1 MK II for 1279 - good buy for someone, possibly, not for me I prefer film.
Yes, I had seen that. Very tempting

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Re: Grey Imports

There were similar concerns in the film era, in the 1980s' when e.g.Tamron were bringing out new models quite frequently. So far as I know, I bought only "grey".

As for warrantees, most problems will arise after the expiry date.

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There were similar concerns in the film era, in the 1980s' when e.g.Tamron were bringing out new models quite frequently. So far as I know, I bought only "grey".

As for warrantees, most problems will arise after the expiry date.

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At which time the next new model will be out, meaning your present 'pride and joy' will be heading asymptotic.
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Re: Grey Imports

If you buy a camera body from Amazon the chances are that your order will be fulfilled from one of their European warehouses, (usually Germany) so it will be grey import in all but name and price.
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Re: Grey Imports

I bought my 12-40 Pro from a grey importer (something electronics, Slough, I think) and it's been fine. With a lens of this quality you have to be pretty unlucky to have it go wrong.

I swapped my M5 for an M1 at Wex a couple of weeks ago. I had a good deal, the swap cost me just 67; and the M1 came with a 12 month warranty. It has 4200 frames recorded and is immaculate, so why should it go wrong? i also know a local camera repairer, Canon trained, so why worry? We don't worry when we buy a car, new or used, so why worry about a mere camera?
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Re: Grey Imports

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That's a very good deal, my local camera shop offered me an upgrade from M5 to M1 (both with extra grips) for 350!! Was yours a M5 MkII? With cars you tend o have a choice of garage who can fix them, with cameras your choice is pretty limited as I assume it's not so easy to get spares...


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I bought my 12-40 Pro from a grey importer (something electronics, Slough, I think) and it's been fine. With a lens of this quality you have to be pretty unlucky to have it go wrong.

I swapped my M5 for an M1 at Wex a couple of weeks ago. I had a good deal, the swap cost me just 67; and the M1 came with a 12 month warranty. It has 4200 frames recorded and is immaculate, so why should it go wrong? i also know a local camera repairer, Canon trained, so why worry? We don't worry when we buy a car, new or used, so why worry about a mere camera?
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That's a very good deal, my local camera shop offered me an upgrade from M5 to M1 (both with extra grips) for 350!! Or was yours a M5 MkII?
No,. it was a Mk 1. It had its grip and the 12-50 kit lens, box, disc, manual, original charger; but it's still obsolete, and the M1 was much more expensive when new.
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With cars you tend o have a choice of garage who can fix them, with cameras your choice is pretty limited as I assume it's not so easy to get spares...
The repairer that I know had no problems getting spares for any makes.
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Re: Grey Imports

My 350 quote was without and lenses... You got a great deal.
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No,. it was a Mk 1. It had its grip and the 12-50 kit lens, box, disc, manual, original charger; but it's still obsolete, and the M1 was much more expensive when new.
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