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Olympus OM-D E-M1 The first Micro Four Thirds camera that offers phase detect focusing so you can use Four Thirds DSLR lenses normally as well a Micro Four Thirds lenses.

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Re: Thinking of taking the plunge on an E-M1

I am still mulling this over and am thinking of hiring one for a weekend to put it through its paces.

In the meantime, I've been offered £120 part exchange price for my E510 dual lens kit. I'm in two minds - especially as my daughter has recently started using this for her school projects. Just curious to know what other folks think - would you part with it for that money?

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Re: Thinking of taking the plunge on an E-M1

It's worth checking the current deals from Olympus. They are currently offering to add £150 to any trade-in price against the E-M1, plus you can claim a free grip worth £189.99.
Maybe you have an old camera laying around that you can trade in for your £150 and still keep the E510 for your daughter. Or perhaps gate £270 for the trade in?

It's an offer that is seriously tempting me at the moment!
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Re: Thinking of taking the plunge on an E-M1

It's not worth trading at that price give it to your daughter to use I'm sure she will thank you for it.

I have the 50mm macro, 12-60mm, 50-200mm and Sigma 150mm macro and they all perform extremely well on the EM-1 in auto focus. Don't be afraid to switch to manual focus at anytime it's what we always had to use when I got started in photography.

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Re: Thinking of taking the plunge on an E-M1

I agree with Tom, Dave. I wouldn't part with mine for that even with a card door that wont stay shut without some sticky tape! Those two lenses are worth ~£50 each anyway.
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Re: Thinking of taking the plunge on an E-M1

I have never used Four Thirds cameras, having entered the world of Olympus with an E-P3 (having previously used film SLRs and digital compact cameras), but when the E-P3 and all my lenses were taken in a burglary, I replaced them with an E-M1, and bought two Four Thirds lenses to go with it, including the 50-200 f/2.8-3.5 non-SWD and the EC14 (as well as the 9-18mm f/4-5.6).

Focussing these older lenses, especially the 9-18mm (which is a lower-end product; not in the HG series, unlike the 50-200), is slower and less reliable than with proper Micro Four Thirds lenses, and not all focus points are available; they also need contrast in the vertical direction in order to focus. It is perfectly serviceable, and I have no strong inclination to replace the 50-200 with the new 40-150.

As for am E-M2, there is no specific rumour of this, let alone official announcement, but it is a reasonable inference that there will be one eventually unless Olympus decides to stop making cameras.
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Re: Thinking of taking the plunge on an E-M1

Out of curiosity, has anyone used the Olympus 150 trade in offer?

I have been searching for the small print to tell me what camera types would be acceptable for this but I can't find any. All I can find is "any working camera".

However, when I read carefully, it says it is a "trade in bonus", not a simple trade in. The difference seems to be that the retailer must accept whatever you're offering to trade in, and then Olympus will add 150 to the value.

This is actually a quite important point since I have been in communication with WEX who have offered me a price for my E510 kit. I was thinking of following the advice on this thread and hanging on to this and was hoping to trade in an old compact camera instead (just for the 150 from Olympus!) but WEX have refused it and say that only DSLR's and CSC's qualify for the Olympus trade in.

Just wondered if anyone else has used this offer?

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Re: Thinking of taking the plunge on an E-M1

Dave,

On the London Camera Exchange website, it say '£150 Trade In Bonus (against any working camera) + Claim a free HLD-7 Battery Grip from Olympus' so I would assume from that, that it is ANY camera.

I am popping into their Bristol branch on Friday to borrow an E-M1 to trial for the weekend. I will ask the question to them then.
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Re: Thinking of taking the plunge on an E-M1

I'd be interested to hear their reply. LCE is certainly an option for me.

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Re: Thinking of taking the plunge on an E-M1

Wex is most definitely an interchangeable lens camera ...I asked the question to LCE (Leamington Spa branch) and they said they could work the offer to go against an old Panasonic Lumix camera I've got.
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Re: Thinking of taking the plunge on an E-M1

I think it's better to wait for some time as I think EM1 mark2 maybe due soon ... just my opinion....

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Re: Thinking of taking the plunge on an E-M1

i suspect September will be the announcement for the mk2
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Re: Thinking of taking the plunge on an E-M1

Would the EM1 mk2 mean a significant price drop for the old EM1?

A cost of £750 (£899 - £150 trade in) with a free grip seems pretty good, but if the price is likely to drop far lower, then as you say, might be worth waiting. Would the release of a new model which I guess will have a price tag around £1200 or so, drop the price of the old model much lower than it already is?

£1200 is out of my price range, but £750 is affordable.
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Re: Thinking of taking the plunge on an E-M1

Presumably prices will tumble, but who knows really,

You can buy a new EM-1 for 649 via DigitalRev, they are a great camera value legitimate website based out of HK, check out the reviews and their Youtube channel with millions of views.

http://www.digitalrev.com/product/ol...MTEwMjgzNQ_A_A
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Re: Thinking of taking the plunge on an E-M1

With the current offers, I really can't see the benefit of buying grey right now...IMO, of course.
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Re: Thinking of taking the plunge on an E-M1

Fair enough! HK Olympus cameras do come with Global warranties, well mine did at least!

Best of luck finding that deal. Longer you wait, the cheaper it gets! Much like computers you have to eventually dip your toe in or you'll always be waiting for the next big thing, but that's half the fun knowing when to bite! ;-)
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