Buying the Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III: Bundle or body only?

by manylaughs on January 29, 2018

I’m going to become an artist. We all have dreams and that one is mine. To help me fulfill my dream, I bought a camera. Specifically, I bought the Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III. OMD Mark III for short.

I’ll talk about what made me decide to get this camera in my next post. For now, I just wanted to show what’s in the box and talk about why you might want the carrying case bundle.

Unfortunately, there are only two ways to buy this camera: Either just the camera body or as a package deal with a 14-42mm lens, a 16GB memory card, and a carrying case. I needed the lens, so I got the carrying case bundle.

Buying the camera body only will cost $549.99. Buying the carrying case bundle costs $699.99.

Should you get the carrying case bundle?

If you need a lens, yes, buy the bundle. Buying an equivalent lens would cost about $300, so buying in the bundle saves you about $150, plus you get the memory card and the case.

I think this is poor marketing on the part of Olympus. A lot of people might not want that case. It looks like crap. I actually got another case from B&H (More on that, later.). It’s departure from the way they sell their other cameras–other cameras are available in a more standard camera body and lens bundle.

I think Olympus thought this was a better deal, which it is, but the way it’s presented and sold might turn away buyers. The big problem is the carrying case. When I saw the case, I looked for other buying options, but there weren’t any.

So get the carry case bundle if you need a lens. Save the environment one wasteful carrying case if you don’t.

You can see what’s in the case in the photo below.

Olympus OM-D Mark III carrying case bundle

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