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What is it with Olympus lens prices?

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  • What is it with Olympus lens prices?

    Regards Paul.
    One day I hope to be the person my dogs think I am.

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    Andy
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      Re: What is it with Olympus lens prices?

      I'd imagine it's to do with the weak pound. Back in May the exchange rate GBP/JPY was around 160, today it's 132. So for Olympus Japan to get the same amount of Yen selling their lens, the GBP price has to go up around 20%.

      Or it could be one of those sale techniques of putting prices up for two months in order to put on sale in January with a large discount?

      This doesn't explain why the lenses in USA are historically so much cheaper than buying the same lens in the UK.
      All comment and criticism welcome
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        It's not what inspires us that is important, it's where the journey takes us.

        Wally and his Collie with our Oly bits & bobs

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          Re: What is it with Olympus lens prices?

          I think it has started to happen to other marques as well. It might be worth checking out John Lewis as I have just ordered a lens from them and they do not (yet) seem to have put the price up

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              Re: What is it with Olympus lens prices?

              Well, the benefits of 'sovereignty' will indeed work through in time ( ;-) ), but in common with reliable assessments of the whole process it's going to take a while yet: for example, see the graph here -

              http://www.camerapricebuster.co.uk/O...1.4x-Converter

              That site has a lot of interesting information and is always worth checking before every significant purchase.

              Now, Sony has more to answer... http://www.camerapricebuster.co.uk/S...II-Camera-Body
              Regards,
              Mark

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              Too much Oly gear.
              Panasonic GM5, 12-32, 12-35, 15. Laowa 7.5.
              Assorted legacy lenses, plus a Fuji X70 & a Sony A7S.

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                Re: What is it with Olympus lens prices?

                BREXIT means BREXIT
                John

                "A hundredth of a second here, a hundredth of a second there � even if you put them end to end, they still only add up to one, two, perhaps three seconds, snatched from eternity." ~ Robert Doisneau

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                  Re: What is it with Olympus lens prices?

                  Six months or so then Euro was 70 pence to a euro I got the 40-150 pro and TC for the same in euro as the pounds saving 30% now the Euro is 86 pence to the Euro . But the shops in Dublin are no longer selling with pound prices matching Euro.

                  Wee Man
                  Ed

                  What if the Hokey Cokey is what its all about?

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                    Re: What is it with Olympus lens prices?

                    >> BREXIT means BREXIT <<

                    Nah, your cliches are out of date, mate!

                    Seriously, Olympus prices seem to be holding rather better than some other manufacturers. Nikon are broadly up, for example.
                    Regards,
                    Mark

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                    Too much Oly gear.
                    Panasonic GM5, 12-32, 12-35, 15. Laowa 7.5.
                    Assorted legacy lenses, plus a Fuji X70 & a Sony A7S.

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                      Re: What is it with Olympus lens prices?

                      My advice would be to wait for the Amazon flash sales. Lens prices in January were really a lot cheaper than those quoted here.
                      http://www.flickr.com/photos/flip_photo_flickr/

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                        Re: What is it with Olympus lens prices?

                        Originally posted by Phill D View Post
                        My advice would be to wait for the Amazon flash sales. Lens prices in January were really a lot cheaper than those quoted here.
                        All comment and criticism welcome
                        OMD-EM5ii : OLY 12-40mm f2.8 PRO : OLY 45mm f1.8 : OLY 12-50mm : OLY 60mm macro
                        http://www.flickr.com/photos/49831405@N06/

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                          http://www.flickr.com/photos/flip_photo_flickr/

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                            Re: What is it with Olympus lens prices?

                            Wot Mark G sed.
                            In my other hobby, railway modelling, a main dealer in Japanese kit has just upped all prices by 20%!
                            Too many cameras!
                            E-500, E-510, EPM1, EPL5, EP3, EP5, OM-D E M10, OM-D E M5, Trip 35mm, Samsung WP10 and Panasonic G6 plus lots of lenses many manual focus.

                            Photos at http://www.flickr.com/photos/42941818@N07/

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                              Re: What is it with Olympus lens prices?

                              It's government policy! Destroy interest rates so people spend money instead of saving it, then drive the exchange rate down so imported goods cost more and British goods are much cheaper overseas. The only problem is that we are producing less and less in the UK and rely on imports for everything from clothes to food to high-tech items like lenses and electronics! So inflation will also zoom up!! As I write the 'experts' on TV are forecasting parity of the pound and the euro (so importers can officially just change the dollar or euro sign into a pound sign!
                              Chris

                              Black OM-D E-M1 MkII, Silver PEN-F, Black Lumix GX7, and too many lenses!

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