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E-M1 Mk II Pre-Order

As of today, the E-M1 Mk II is available for pre-order. The price here in the U.S. is $2000. I desperately want the camera, and probably the HLD-9 grip ($250) and a spare battery ($70), and I do have the money, but the cost feels excessive to me. This is full-frame territory . . . by all accounts, it's an outstanding camera with amazing high-speed capabilities, and Olympus is positioning it as a pro-level machine. I find it hard to swallow. I'll probably wait and see if they offer a special deal in a few months, like the free grip offers they sometimes run. The deals right now are discounts on specific lenses (none of which I really want) when purchased with a camera.

Other opinions and perspectives? Are you jumping on the Mk II or waiting? Do you find the price reasonable, and do you think it will stand where it is for a long time or come down soon?

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Re: E-M1 Mk II Pre-Order

Hi Hal -

I have one of the first Mk 1's that landed in the UK which has given sterling service apart from the odd return to Portugal.
Like you a free grip would help the hefty price, although I note today Olympus (UK) will give a 100 cashback if you purchase any lens.
I have read some early reviews which makes the camera IMHO a desirable camera to buy.

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Re: E-M1 Mk II Pre-Order

I have been an early adopter since the E3 having since owned and enjoyed using an E5, E-M5(mk1) and an E-M1.
I intended to order the new mk2 keep my mk1 as my back-up and pension my E-M5 which is my current back-up for travelling off ie give it to my daughter.
I was also tempted by the 12-100 as I don't get on to well with the 12-40 and end up using my 12-60 most of the time.
A few weeks ago the head of Olympus camera division came out with the words the E-M1 mk2 would be a little more expensive than the mk1. Now I paid 1299.00 for my mk1 and the mk2 is priced at 1849.00 in the Uk. I don't call 500.00(nearly half as much again) a little more expansive.
As an early adopter of the mk1 and as an existing E system user I was entitled to a free MMF3 and grip. Added to this SRS(my prefered supplier) gave a free battery and an Olympus branded backpack.
There seems to be no such offers this time apart from 100.00 cash back if you bundled the camera with a lens.
I went out today with the mk1 photographing the autumn colours and was more than happy, I also have the 3 year extended warranty which I purchased last year.
I'm sure the new camera is great and I was looking forward to the fully articulated screen but for now I'll stick with what I've got(might be tempted by the 12-100 though).

The general consensus on the other Olympus forums I frequent seems to be the same and I've not seen anyone putting their hand up and admitting to ordering one.
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Re: E-M1 Mk II Pre-Order

I think I"ll wait for better deal. Price is well beyond my expectations plus new grip new batteries etc etc
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Re: E-M1 Mk II Pre-Order

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. . . I was also tempted by the 12-100 as I don't get on to well with the 12-40 and end up using my 12-60 most of the time.
Thanks for all of your thoughts and experiences, Andy. I'm curious, what issues do you have with the 12-40? And are you satisfied with the AF performance of the E-M1 using the 12-60? Does it match that of the 12-40?

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Thanks for all of your thoughts and experiences, Andy. I'm curious, what issues do you have with the 12-40? And are you satisfied with the AF performance of the E-M1 using the 12-60? Does it match that of the 12-40?

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It's hard to put my finger on, I just feel it's not as tack sharp and contrasty as my 12-60. Might be my copy.
Also I miss the extra 20mm.
As for focusing speed I find as long as you bear in mind that the focus points are not cross type and find something appropriate to focus on it's just as quick as the 12=40.
Also if I'm taking static subjects I use manual focus a lot and the action on the 12-60 is much smoother and somehow less rushed(hard to explain).
I have the m4/3 40-150 and it's step up for image quality from the 12-40.
My thinking for the 12-100 is it would be great as a travel lens for going light. But I'll wait for the reviews.

Hope this makes sense.
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Re: E-M1 Mk II Pre-Order

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Hi Hal

It's hard to put my finger on, I just feel it's not as tack sharp and contrasty as me 12-60. Might be my copy.
Also I miss the extra 20mm.
As for focusing speed I find as long as you bear in mind that the focus points are not cross type and find something appropriate to focus on it's just as quick as the 12=40.
Also if I'm taking static subjects I use manual focus a lot and the action on the 12-60 is much smoother and somehow less rushed(hard to explain).
I have the m4/3 40-150 and it's step up for image quality from the 12-40.
My thinking for the 12-100 is it would be great as a travel lens for going light. But I'll wait for the reviews.

Hope this makes sense.
My concerns about the 12-40 seem similar to your experience. I think that I would definitely miss the additional range of the 12-60 (50% longer at the long end). And the reviews I've seen indicate that the 12-40 is a very good lens, but not quite up to the image quality of the 12-60. The smaller size and constant f/2.8 aperture are appealing, as is the focus clutch mechanism. And Olympus are offering $300 of the 12-40 when purchased with an OM-D body. So it's a little tempting, but not enough to make me give up the 12-60.

The new 12-100 is intriguing. I had never specifically wanted a "travel" lens, but I could see using this for hiking, and leaving the big 50-200 home. It's expensive, though, and I have not been impressed by most of the sample images I've seen so far--they seem to lack sharpness and detail. Lenses with such a big range always have compromises. Despite the "pro" designation, Olympus have not seemed able to overcome the laws of physics. I too will wait for some instrumented tests before I make a final judgement.

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