Olympus PEN E-P5 and all black Lenses now available at Amazon for pre-order
The new Olympus PEN E-P5 and all new accessories and black lenses are now available at Amazon and B&H photo for pre-order. THESE ARE ALL scheduled to be released and shipped by June 15th – about 30 days from now but 1st come, 1st serve. Amazon does not charge you until the item ships, not even an authorization. B&H does not charge you but may do an Authorization at the time of order. Both are easily canceled online if you change your mind. Links below:
The best bang for the buck is to get the package with lens and EVF which saves you some cash..to the tune of $
The Silver Kit:
Amazon – Olympus E-P5 Silver with black 17 1.8 Lens and new VF-4 EVF – $1449
B&H Photo – Olympus E-P5, Silver with black 17 1.8 Lens and new VF-4 – $1449
The Black Kit:
Amazon – Olympus E-P5 BLACK with black 17 1.8 lens and new VF-5 EVF – $1449
B&H Photo – Olympus E-P5 BLACK with black 17 1.8 lens and new VF-5 EVF – $1449
The new EVF – VF-4
Amazon – VF-4 – $279
B&H Photo – VF-4 – $279
The new Black 75 1.8 Lens (see my review of this amazing lens HERE)
Amazon – The black Olympus 75 1.8 Lens – $899
B&H Photo – The black Olympus 75 1.8 Lens – $899
The new Black 45 1.8 Lens (Review Here)
Amazon – The black Olympus 45 1.8 Lens
B&H Photo – The black Olympus 45 1.8 Lens
The new Black 17 1.8 Lens (Review Here)
Amazon – The black Olympus 17 1.8 Lens
B&H Photo – The black Olympus 17 1.8 Lens
So who and why should you pre-order? If you know for a fact you want this new E-P5 or any of these lenses, pre-ordering ensures you get them 1st, when they are released. Sometimes, like with the OM-D E-M5 there is huge demand and when the camera ships, they are not available as they are all shipped to those who pre-ordered 1st. Pre-ordering is a zero risk thing to do. How so? Well, you do not get charged until the item ships. For example, I pre-ordered the silver set at Amazon with the new EVF and black 17 1.8. I did this so I can review it and get it when it is released. My debit card (I do not believe in credit cards) was not charged, nor was it authorized. It will not be charged until the items ship on or around June 15th. Anytime before this I can go into my Amazon account online and cancel my order or change my shipping speed. So if I decide in 2 weeks that I don’t want it, I can cancel it – no harm.
When the camera does ship..what if it sucks? What if I hate it? What if it has quirks? Easy, I can return it for a full 100% refund. I log into Amazon, go to my account and find the order. I click on “return item” and instantly Amazon presents me with a UPS shipping label I can print or they offer me the option of having UPS pick it up from my home on the next day where the driver will have a label. All I have to do is box it up. When I return an item to Amazon, my refund is usually processed as soon as they see UPS have picked it up from me or when I have dropped it off at a UPS location. Amazon has the best return process in the business, just do not abuse it.
When a camera is returned to Amazon (as long as it is not a defect) they sell it as used at a discount, sometimes pretty nice discounts. They do not resell it as new, ever.
I have been shopping with Amazon for MANY years and have bought many items from them. I have returned a few as well from Headphones, Cameras, Lenses and other misc. items. Never an issue or problem. Always a joy.
So pre-ordering a camera is actually quite smart if you know you will want it. It makes sure you get it when it is released and that you will not be waiting in some line for your name to come up. That is how I get most of my cameras 1st :)
As I have done in the past over the last 5 years, I provide pre-order links on new cameras and lenses for your convenience and also because it helps this site to continue on. When you use those links above, I get a small percentage that helps pay for web hosting and all of the other expenses that add up to run this site (which are much more than you could know). That is the only thing that keeps this site rolling along. So thanks in advance to anyone using my links for their purchase. It costs you nothing more at all, but really helps me out. So thank you :)