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Park cameras said no!

Contacted Park Cameras for a part exchange or purchase quote. The reply worried me regarding the apparent death of four thirds kit. Park Cameras are no longer buying four thirds previously owned equipment or taking it for part exchange!
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Re: Park cameras said no!

Camera World told me the same thing 18 months ago.

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Re: Park cameras said no!

Same here (CameraWorld a couple of years back) - I think LCE will still take it, and possibly SRS Microsystems, but other than some of the more desirable lenses that people would consider using on mirrorless, I think the market for the original Four Thirds kit is very small now. Have you tried a commission sale thru Ffordes?
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Re: Park cameras said no!

Waiting for a reply from SRS and ffordes
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Re: Park cameras said no!

Yes. I bought an E500, E510, 14-42 and 17.5-45 4/3 lenses last year. Total cost under £125 on eBay and from Wex, can't remember which came from which.

The cameras were low use with <3000 actuations, boxed with all the bits in the box and apart from a slight rub on the E510 grip looked brand new.
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Re: Park cameras said no!

I suppose really its only to be expected. With the amount of new cameras coming on the market at fairly reasonable prices and all the latest features. the old four thirds were fine cameras and still are, but its the aggresive marketing and all the features of the newer cameras which even 5 years since were not dreamed of. They still take good picture. Think what you can buy an O.M.1 for now, They can't give them away at my local dealers.
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Re: Park cameras said no!

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Waiting for a reply from SRS and ffordes
On my last experience of offering some DSLR gear for part exchange a few months ago, SRS (nearby) failed to reply at all to my enquiry.

So Ffordes (other end of the country) got my custom.
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Re: Park cameras said no!

I don't even bother with them, I go straight to this site or eBay.

I've only once bought a new digital camera (E-3) from a shop, and that when Olympus had such a good promotional deal I could not miss getting it.
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Re: Park cameras said no!

I encountered something similar, a couple of decades or so ago.

My first 35mm SLR with fully interchangeable lenses (M42) was a Mamiya Sekkor. I had moved on to Canon A1 and Olympus OM series and just wanted any cash I could get for the Mamiya.

I had a telephone conversation with a well-know mail order dealer. Essentially, he was not interested. We got to that via a story he told me about how the Sekkor model had nearly broken Mamiya financially.

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Contacted Park Cameras for a part exchange or purchase quote. The reply worried me regarding the apparent death of four thirds kit. Park Cameras are no longer buying four thirds previously owned equipment or taking it for part exchange!
Whilst it’s extremely disappointing that Camera Shops are now seemingly no longer interested in trading in 4/3 equipment, at least to me there’s some consolation.
Olympus, with the E-M1, has provided a route forward into the newer Micro 4/3’s world, whilst still allowing existing ‘4/3 Users’ to take advantage of advancing technologies, to continue to get the very best out of their investments in existing 4/3 lenses.
Given the market situation identified, I’ve decided that the optimum configuration of my equipment going forward will be:
E-M1 + 12 – 40 mm f/2.8 PRO, or + MMF-3 + 50 – 200 mm f/2.8 – 3.5 SWD, or + MMF-3 + 50 mm f/2.0 Macro; together with E-5 + 14 – 54 mm f/2.8 – 3.5 II as back up.
In my mind, at least, this way I’m maximising the return on investment that I’ve made in Olympus equipment over the last several years; not losing out in poor trade in deals and, hopefully, minimising any further outlay for the next couple of years!
Also, instead of spending time ‘dreaming’ about the benefits (?) of the next new lens or camera, I’ll focus my time on how to get even better results from the gear I’ve already got. (I think my wife must have written this last paragraph!)

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Re: Park cameras said no!

Yes the major benefit of 4/3 and m4/3 is the interchangeability/continuity.
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