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Amazon's Selling EPL-1 for $150!

Discussion in 'The Olympus Outlet' started by Peter Guy, Jun 20, 2012.

  1. Peter Guy

    Peter Guy Divemaster

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    My wife and I are both shooting the EPL-1 in an Olympus housing with an Inon D2000 strobe. I got an email from Amazon this morning that the EPL-1 body (no lens) is going for $149.99 including shipping. I bought a third body -- cheaper than insurance and this means I'll have a camera topside for dolphin (and other) pictures.

    Just thought I'd pass this along.
     
  2. chile7236

    chile7236 Instructor, Scuba

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    now i have a dilemma, another body...or housing for my e-pm1? i guess it's a good dilemma to have...
     
  3. deeper thoughts

    deeper thoughts Solo Diver

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    I am doing the same thing
     
  4. Jason McAnear

    Jason McAnear Nassau Grouper

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  5. chrpai

    chrpai Great White

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    Ok, need quick advice please! My wife owns a Sony NEX-5 and I haven't bought a housing yet. I could but risk flooding her camera and upsetting her. Or I get this EPL-1 now for $150 and not have to share.

    If I do this, what's the housing options and cost for the EPL-1? Also I see it doesn't come with a lens. What is a good choice for underwater and what does that cost?
     
  6. LeeParrish

    LeeParrish Nassau Grouper

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    Be careful jumping on the first deal you see on the Olympus line. The pricing right now is all over the place as products go on and off sale. I just bought an E-PM1 and housing last week. The E-PM1 was on sale up until last week for $399.00, body and 14-32mm lens. I actually ended up buying a refurbished setup with e-pm1, 14-42 series II R lens, and a 40-150mm zoom series I lens as a package including a 16GB SD card (which is worth about $10) for $449.00 total. When I got it this week it looked like factory brand new, not one scratch or fingerprint. The 14-32 lens still have factory protective plastic on it, as did the camera. The only way I could tell it was a refurb was it didn't have original boxes. It only has a 90 day factory warrantee, but the company I bought it from will cover it for the first year, and buying on a credit card doubles my warrantees, so I felt pretty good about that side of things. Refurbs may not be for everyone, it's up to you.

    So right now the E-PL1 body is $149.00, and the housing seems to be going for around $599.00, or at least that's the lowest I can find it for. But if you look at the E-PL2, also on Amazon and in this case the body is going for $249.95, so $100.00 more, but the housing for it is going for $449.00 (also on Amazon). So the net is that the E-PL2 is $50 lower than the E-PL1 when you factor in the housing. Of course with either you need a lens, but that's a wash between the two as they can both use any of the available lenses.
     
  7. Peter Guy

    Peter Guy Divemaster

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    If I didn't already habe the 1 with the houing (actually we have two identical systems) I would not buy the epl1 on this deal. But for people who have the system, this is a great price for a backup.
     
  8. slowhands

    slowhands Divemaster

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    I would definitely buy a separate system, cheaper than divorce. You need to consider the cost of a whole system before making the leap. A whole system includes E-PL1 body, lens, housing, lens port, tray and strobe, same for the NEX. My estimate for the OLY system would be $1500-2000, while for the NEX, $2500-3000. The E-PL1 is discontinued, and I would definitely consider later models in the series, though the housings cost more for less. E-PL1 housings may become hard to find, too, so make sure one is available before you commit to OLY E-PL1.

    The Olympus system is much cheaper, mainly because the OLY housing is relatively inexpensive, compared to the available housings for the NEX. The NEX housings are definitely a step up in quality, but I doubt that a person starting out would benefit, and the risk of flooding is high for any first system. For a pro, my gut feel is the NEX system would be better, even though I own Olympus E-PL1 etc.

    For OLY, you need a lens. The kit lens with the E-PL1 is noisy and slow, so I would buy the later 14-42 IIR version separately. Cost is about the same, and the lens is definitely better. Later you may want a close up or wide lens, but the kit lens is surprisingly good for starting out, and it fits the standard port you get with the OLY housing. For a flash, the Inon S2000 seems to be very well liked. Very compact and works well, but not cheap.

    I would also suggest you read everything you can about UW photography, and practice in a pool. Get to know the equipment, and you should have a lot of fun with it.
     
  9. TSandM

    TSandM Missed and loved by many. Rest in Peace ScubaBoard Supporter

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    All I can say is that my husband literally twisted my arm (underwater!) to make me use his EPL-1, and it was the first time I ever really had FUN taking pictures. That's why we own three bodies, two kit lenses and a telephoto, and two housings . . . :)
     
  10. dwhthediver

    dwhthediver Instructor, Scuba

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    I love my my EP-L1 and housing, I also have the 9-18 wide angle lens and Zen dome port. For $150 will buy back up body.
     

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