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Olympus OM-D E-M10 MKIII Mirrorless Camera with 14-42mm + 40-150mm Lens Kit $1197@ Harvey Norman

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Hi All,

My first post because it's a ridiculous deal. I'm starting to phase out using my phone for photos and using a proper camera. I've been recommended by all stores (JB, Teds, DigiDirect) to go with the Olympus Mirrorless Camera OM-D E-M10 MKII or MKIII. The main difference is the 4K recording capabilities and better processor and other small changes you expect on a new model. There's a big price difference of aobut $300 across these two models. I found a bargain on Harvey Norman see the link. It says sold out around the Melbourne area however I popped into the Highpoint (VIC) store and they were able to order the individual parts and discount it so it's essentially the same price.

Here's the JB equivalent: $1199 Same model but only comes with 14-42mm lense

Worth a try.

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      Nice find! I think it's just my experience with buying expensive tech over ebay hasn't been too well so I didn't stop by there and went straight to the store. What I would have liked was AMEX having a nice cashback deal at the same time!

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        Is this you Gerry?

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          Haha, that's funny, but he does have a fair point…… The op, not Gerry.

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    I think that 40-150mm lens might be eligible for olympus cashback too.

    try this

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      I had a look, and it's only the PRO version that' gets the cashback. Here's a one from JB

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      Only pro eligible for cash back.

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    I'm curious why they recommend that over something like the Panasonic GX85 or GX8?

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      No idea…especially at mention of 4K…Panasonic is legendary for their 4K features IMO. GX85 also has in body stabilisation. And GX85 would be cheaper.

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      For images > Olympus
      For video > Panasonic

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    And why not sony a7 with $150 cash back or sony a7ii with $300 cash back. Full frame camera.

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      Spoke to JB about the different options and it was due to their lack of lense option and also the price spike not many people will choose it. Don't quote me on this though.

    • +1 vote

      Cost FE lenses are expensive.

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      Sadly, Olympus have been heavily recommended for mirrorless cameras because of their higher profit margins, compared to other brands like Sony (which are sold close to cost price).

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        To be fair, it is not as if recommending Olympus or m43 is wrong or somehow unethical - they are excellent cameras and will produce great images.

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          They are good cameras.

          What bothers me if the heavy focus during team meetings to "sell sell sell" Olympus at all cost because it brings the company a lot of money.
          And unless you do your own research, you will be recommended a high profit product instead of the best camera for your budget (value for your money).

          And that doesnt even take into consideration suppliers' promotions like "sell as many of my cameras as you can and I will give you one for free". Then you get a totally skewed recommendation.

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        That's laughable Pielo. Picked up an a6000 years ago for $600 and Sony just kept ramping the price up year after year. It's only the last few months it finally dropped a bit.

        Also the RX series has been absurdly overpriced. They add another few frames a second and some slo-mo and slap an extra half a grand on the price. "Sold close to cost" my left nut. Sony are neck and neck with Canon for the title of most exploitative manufacturer in the industry (and I'm an RX100IV and a6500 owner).

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          Sold close to cost for retailers. I am not talking about manufacturers' margins.

          Retailers have a 4-6% profit margin on Nikon, Canon, Sony etc. Compare this with the 20-25% on Olympus and you get an idea why they favour one brand over the other.

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      I have an a7, definitely worth the price and a far better camera than this, despite having its quirks. Biggest problem is the lack of (affordable) lenses as it's full frame. It's definitely worth it though, as full frame is just incredible if you have only shot with APSC before.

      I haven't purchased a second lens yet, but I've been looking into getting an adaptor and using old manual SLR lenses with it, a cheap adaptor from ebay is 20-50 bucks, and you can get all sorts of fun lenses for various prices, as the aftermarket for SLRs back in the day was just booming. Good luck affording a range of lenses if you buy new full frame lenses.

      That would be my recommendation - a7 with a kit lens, adaptor, and start building a collection of old lenses.

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    Why not Nikon D3400 for $500. Best camera to start learning dslr

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    Shame it’s not the EZ 14-42 but still a pretty good deal.

    DCW have body only for $849. Id buy this and put the difference toward a nice prime. I have both the 14-42 and 40-150 and my Pana 20mm gets used 10x more than both.

    https://www.digitalcamerawarehouse.com.au/olympus-om-d-e-m10...

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    I think the consensus is the E-M10 III is not really worth the upgrade over the mk II, unless you want 4K.

    You'd probably be better off getting a mk II (grey or local stock) and using the price difference on some better lenses when the time comes.

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      I wouldn't upgrade from a MK II to a MKIII however having used both, the MKIII is a better camera.

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    $1200 for an entry level m43 camera is not a bargain.

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      yah, for half price you get canon or nikon.

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        But then you have to carry around a Canon or a Nikon,

        The best thing about M43 is the size and weight saving over the Canon or Nikon.

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    While it may cost a bit more, I'd also recommend checking out the Fujifilm X-T20 as part of the recent ebay 20% off sale. The Fuji cameras are really fun to use and a great choice if you are getting into photography. The controls are designed to focus on the fundamental aspects of a photo (shutter speed, aperture, iso) rather than specific PASM modes (which I found really confusing when I got my first camera), and the kit lens is apparently quite good compared to other kit lenses.

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    This is a fairly compact camera that works well with a compact lens. I have the 25 mm lens and use it exclusively. https://www.olympus.com.au/Products/Interchangeable-Lens-Cam...

    I'd buy a wide-angle lens and take that with me too if I could afford it

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      Thanks tomkun01 for the recommendation! I'll check it out and other products once I start using it more and get a good feel for it!

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        So you bought this? Please follow this guide for camera settings: https://robinwong.blogspot.com.au/2015/07/the-robin-wongs-om...

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        I also recommend that you install Adobe Lightroom. Install Olympus Viewer and convert your photos from RAW to high quality .jpeg. Then import into Lightroom, edit and export to curate an uploadable album. Make sure your monitor is representing true colours when you do this (maximum brightness, balanced colours etc.)!

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          I've only placed an order because it was out of stock.

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