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Re: What is it with Olympus lens prices?

The continued decline of our currency since the summer vote shouldn't be a surprise to anyone. Confidence in UK investments and the wider UK economy in general is at best questionable both from inside and outside these shores.
In terms of the pound in our pocket that means we will be paying more and continue to pay more for imports as the possibility of duty & tariffs loom in the uncertainty mix.

In short we better get used to it, our photography hobby is going to get more expensive if we are buying new equipment at the rate we have been inclined to do in the past.
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The continued decline of our currency since the summer vote shouldn't be a surprise to anyone. Confidence in UK investments and the wider UK economy in general is at best questionable both from inside and outside these shores.
In terms of the pound in our pocket that means we will be paying more and continue to pay more for imports as the possibility of duty & tariffs loom in the uncertainty mix.

In short we better get used to it, our photography hobby is going to get more expensive if we are buying new equipment at the rate we have been inclined to do in the past.
I'm afraid we really aren't any better off down under either. Our dollar is down (about 75 US cents/AU$) so the E-M1 price was good back in 2013/14 because it was parity or above back then. I can't remember how it related to the pound because I mostly measure it against the US dollar.
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Re: What is it with Olympus lens prices?

The worst price increase at srs is the olympus 75mm 849. Its probably an indication that some offers will be coming. A lot of companies hike prices for a period of time so it makes them look like they offering extra discount when they add offers. Screwfix are notorious for it.
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Re: What is it with Olympus lens prices?

SRS like other retailers will be simply passing on the increase that Olympus UK have dealt to them for any new stock.
The UK operation of the company I work for (German parent) will be very soon implementing a price increase. Simple economics as you try and maintain your margin and bottom line.
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Re: What is it with Olympus lens prices?

Shouldn't be a surprise given the big fall in the value of the pound. Thanks, Brexiteers - you were told it would happen. (My last word on that subject!)
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Shouldn't be a surprise given the big fall in the value of the pound. Thanks, Brexiteers - you were told it would happen. (My last word on that subject!)
I was pretty depressed at the referendum result, but my depression levels rose significantly listening to Teresa May. Amber Rudd and the rest of the cabinet during the Tory party conference. It's like we're on some nightmare journey being driven by narrow-minded little Englanders who want to take us back to some rose-tinted view of a previous imperial era that cannot exist in today's world. In the process all we're likely to do is impoverish ourselves.

Brexit means Brexit means F*ckedIt.
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Re: What is it with Olympus lens prices?

Blame the press for a lot of this. They publish every persons opinion on Brexit then people react and make brash decisions without basing on fact, then unfortunately people suffer like me who is going on holiday this week in a Euro currency. Im tired of it all they just need to get the ball rolling in which ever direction they are planning. At the moment the only timeline is March next year then 2 years of more turmoil and the 'what if' ......what if sheep turn pink, what if aligators kill millions in the uk bla. will this affect the value of wool and aligator skins? Quick lets reduce the exchange rate just in case!
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Re: What is it with Olympus lens prices?

We're going to get hit by a double dose of pain on gear prices. We've got the self
inflicted Brexit currency hit, plus camera kit prices worldwide are being hit now by Japanese earthquake fallout plus (apparently, according to TWIP) camera companies are increasing more serious kit prices to compensate for what they are losing because of phone camera inroads.

Anyway, apparently some people are still saying they think the increased 'sovereignty' is going to make it all worthwhile. Good luck with that. I hope they don't work for Nissan or Honda, is all I'm going to say for now.

This belongs in the Lounge, really...
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Re: What is it with Olympus lens prices?

Ouch!

Rumoured (leaked?) Australian prices.


I hope they're wrong, but either way I won't be buying until they come down (if my better half will let me spend that much after the price drop).
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Re: What is it with Olympus lens prices?

I feel the problem is that we should have had a general election straight after the brexit vote, then we could of had a government that was actually interested in leaving the EU. The longer we drag our heels over leaving the more time the markets have to ponder over our situation. Here we are several months later and we still haven't given official notice of leaving. I wish the government would man up and get on with it! For decades now we have shut down manufacturing sold all our assets to rely on a service industry! I mean what's it coming to when we need our own power supply's to be owned and built by French and Chinese companies it's ridiculous.

Methinks I need to go lye down in a dark room with with headphones and Pink floyd loud!
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I feel the problem is that we should have had a general election straight after the brexit vote, then we could of had a government that was actually interested in leaving the EU. The longer we drag our heels over leaving the more time the markets have to ponder over our situation. Here we are several months later and we still haven't given official notice of leaving. I wish the government would man up and get on with it! For decades now we have shut down manufacturing sold all our assets to rely on a service industry! I mean what's it coming to when we need our own power supply's to be owned and built by French and Chinese companies it's ridiculous.

Methinks I need to go lye down in a dark room with with headphones and Pink floyd loud!
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So if the Tory Government aren't moving fast enough on Brexit for you.......surely that just leaves UKIP as an alternative.........Really??!!

And however hard or brutal Brexit is, I very much doubt it will have any effect whatsoever on who owns our power supplies. The two just aren't connected.

However, I'm with you on Pink Floyd. I have become comfortably numb.

Regarding lens prices, maybe Olympus is now secretly owned by Unilever - they seem to own everything else!
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Re: What is it with Olympus lens prices?

They just need to crack on the public had to endure tv campaign after tv campaign and countless amounts of mail pre brexit vote. Not to mention the cost implications for the campaigns.
The whole process of voting seems pointless at present as nothing has changed other than interest rates are goosed.
On the plus side means the second hand value of all my kit will be worth slightly more if i want to sell it :-)
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I feel the problem is that we should have had a general election straight after the brexit vote, then we could of had a government that was actually interested in leaving the EU. ...
Nice idea but the incumbent politicians would just have stood again and none of them wanted brexit. There would have had to have been a massive de-selection of MPs first followed by re-selection based on views on europe. What if there had been an election and the new parliament did not want brexit? It would have been tantamount to a new referendum in which the populace elected to stay in europe!

The problem with most referenda is that the posed question has no single answer (much like life) and now we have to disucsss what "leaving Europe" actually means... and if the politicians come up with an answer we don't know if that is what the population meant when they thought about their choice in the referendum.
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Re: What is it with Olympus lens prices?

Dinna worry. The economy will flourish through an export lead boom providing everyone turns their cupboard out. This will in turn cause Sterling to strengthen against all major currencies. Camera kit will become cheaper, exporters will complain that they being priced out of markets and cannot sell their goods. This in turn will result in a fall in Sterling.

'Twas ever thus, timing is key provided we all live long enough

Even if interest rates fall to 0.1% as predicted today, Frau May is going to see you alright. she said so in her acceptance speech so we can all rest easy🙈

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So if the Tory Government aren't moving fast enough on Brexit for you.......surely that just leaves UKIP as an alternative.........Really??!!

And however hard or brutal Brexit is, I very much doubt it will have any effect whatsoever on who owns our power supplies. The two just aren't connected.

However, I'm with you on Pink Floyd. I have become comfortably numb.

Regarding lens prices, maybe Olympus is now secretly owned by Unilever - they seem to own everything else!
Well in the very few years that UKIP was a known party they managed to obtain there goal. Which is more than can be said of previous governments. But let's finish with floyd. US AND THEM?
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