In-Stock Now: Olympus 45mm f1.2 PRO [m43]

I am posting as fast I can type, although how fast I can think is the limiting factor here 🙂 Prime your E-system cameras! The new condition Olympus 45mm f1.2 ED PRO lens is in-stock and shipping at B&H Photo at its starting price of $1199 with free expedited shipping.

The lens is not on the list of the Olympus Black Friday lenses but since these start on Thursday, you may want to add it to your shopping cart and wait until the Black Friday Olympus deals go live in case it gets discounted. It is unusual for a “just released” professional tier product to get discounted, but Thursday is just 11 hours away in the Eastern Time Zone 🙂

BF preparations: many items gone from Olympus Outlet store

I’m assuming that this is preparation for the Black Friday sales, in addition to posting a preview of their sales, Olympus has also pulled 2/3rds of the refurbished products available at their Outlet store. I’m assuming some of these will resurface during the Black Friday and Cyber Monday madness ~ unless a millionaire went a shopping spree last night and bought them all 🙂

Olympus posts Black Friday Preview (Sales Begin Thursday)

SPOILER ALERT! If you don’t want to be spoiled about the Olympus Black Friday deals that begin Thursday 11/23/17, do not check the Olympus Black Friday preview. The sale prices go live tomorrow (Thursday). These are the new condition cameras and lenses sold at various authorized Olympus dealers.

+ new low on their E-M1 II flagship, it will drop from $1800 to $1700
+ E-M10 III kits drop $100, body for $550, with lens for $650

Here are screenshots of the lens teasers, it’s much faster (and more accurate) than me transcribing pictures 🙂

Refurbished Olympus 8mm f1.8 fisheye [m43] for $660

We don’t want fans of fisheye lenses to feel left out, so here we go! The new condition Olympus 8mm f1.8 ED Fisheye PRO lens goes for $900 in new condition at authorized dealers such as Amazon itself and B&H Photo but if you want to save $240 on the price…

… then to the refilled Olympus Outlet store we go where they offer this lens in manufacturer refurbished condition for $660 with free shipping and a 90-day Olympus warranty.

Refurbished Olympus 25mm f1.8 for $200 [m43]

The Olympus 25mm f1.8 lens goes for $300 in new condition at authorized dealers such as Adorama and Amazon itself, but if you are comfortable with manufacturer refurbished, the lens is back at the just refilled Olympus USA Outlet Store as follows:

+ Black 25mm f1.8 for $200
+ Silver 25mm f1.8 for $230

Refurbished Olympus PEN-F for $700

Some people use pens to write with ink, others use them to write with light. If you are of the latter persuasion, the manufacturer refurbished Olympus PEN-F (black) is back in-stock for $700 with free shipping and a 90-day USA warranty at the Olympus USA Outlet Store.

At the moment, in new condition at authorized dealers it goes for $1000, such as B&H Photo and Amazon itself.

Refurbished Olympus 17mm f2.8 [m43] for $90

Let them have pancake lenses said Marie Photographette! And the Olympus USA Outlet Store obeyed the order…

… the manufacturer refurbished Olympus M.Zuiko Lens 17mm f2.8 (Silver) is back in-stock for $90. Free shipping or flat $5 if the order total is under $100, I don’t remember. It comes with a 90-day Olympus USA warranty.

This lens is no longer available in new condition. The most reputable dealer carrying right now is used at KEH Camera for $159+

Refurbished Olympus E-M10 II Body Only for $300

The manufacturer refurbished Olympus E-M10 II body only (second generation) is now in-stock and ready to ship for $300 with free shipping and a 90-day Olympus USA warranty as part of the Olympus USA Outlet Store refill. It is in-stock as of the time of writing…

In new condition, this goes for $550 at authorized dealers such as Adorama and B&H Photo and $650 with the 14-42 or $750 with the 12-50. This was the price of the body only two weeks ago as well when I posted the Mirrorless Price Charts.

If you prefer the refurbished E-M10 II with the 14-42mm EZ, it goes for $430 in black or silver at the Olympus Outlet store, which is exactly the price of the refurbished 14-42mm EZ lens on its own. So if you go refurbished, the delta between the body only and the “with 14-42 EZ” is +$150, while in new condition is +$100. In other words, if you don’t feel compelled to have the 14-42 EZ lens, you can also look into getting a different lens, for example, a $90 pancake.

Refurbished Olympus E-M10 Body Only for $200

The manufacturer refurbished Olympus E-M10 body only (first generation) is now in-stock and ready to ship for $200 with free shipping and a 90-day Olympus USA warranty as part of the Olympus USA Outlet Store refill. It is in-stock as fo the time of writing…

The first generation Olympus E-M10 is no longer available in new condition at authorized dealers. Olympus already revealed the third generation (E-M10 III), one among the 12 new mirrorless new cameras of 2017.

Olympus Outlet store refilled: 13 new items

This is a breaking news alert! The Olympus USA Outlet Store has been refilled! Thirteen new items have been added since I checked earlier today!

You can find some of the highlights broken down individually under the Olympus category

Refurbished Olympus 60mm f2.8 macro for $320 [m43]

The new condition Olympus 60mm f2.8 macro M434ds lens at authorized dealers goes for $500 such as Amazon itself and B&H Photo and Adorama.

But if you want to save a nice chuck, to the Olympus outlet store we go where they offering this lens in manufacturer refurbished condition for $320 with free shipping and a 90-day Olympus USA warranty.

There are lots of M43rds deals in progress at the moment, look for them under the Mirrorless and Lenses categories at the Black Friday Situation Room or use the various categories and tags here.

Olympus f1.8 M43rds Portrait (75mm and 45mm) for $900

We already mentioned the $700 Olympus Travel Lens Kit (17/1.8 and 14-150/4-5.6 II), but Olympus also has another official lens kit, this one goes for $900 and it is the Portrait Kit, it bundles two f1.8 primes, the 75mm f1.8 and the 45mm f1.8.

The $900 Portrait Kit is currently available at Adorama and B&H Photo (with $36~ promotional rewards) and by various at Amazon ($45 statement credit if paid with Prime VISA).

Individually, the 45mm f1.8 goes for $300 at authorized dealers (eg Amazon), or you can get it as low as $174 refurbished.

Individually, the 75mm f1.8 goes for $900 at authorized dealers, eg B&H Photo (with $36~ promotional rewards).

So with this promotion, based on the current prices, you are essentially getting the 45mm f1.8. The Portrait Kit also includes matching barrel lens cases and hoods for the two lenses. The lenses are obviously of different size, and so are their cases and hoods.

Refurbished Olympus 25mm f1.8 for $200 [update: 45/1.8 sold out]

Refils are not free at the Olympus Outlet store but they can be discounted. As of this recheck, the following refurbished products with 90-day Olympus USA warranty have been re-added:

+ refurbished black M.Zuiko Digital ED 40-150mm f4.0-5.6 R for $60
+ the silver was already there

+ refurbished M.Zuiko ED 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 EZ for $150 in black or silver but not in Las Vegas Raiders edition

+ refurbished M.Zuiko 25mm f1.8 Black for $200, while the silver goes for $230
+ in new condition these go for $300

+ SOLD OUT: refurbished M. Zuiko Digital ED 45mm f1.8 (Silver) for $174
+ goes for $300 in new condition, eg Adorama
+ it is also included in the 75mm and 45mm f1.8 kit for $900

(ENDED) YI 42.5mm F1.8 Lens with Macro Mode for $100 [m43]

As of a 11/22/17 recheck, the price went back up to $200… I will be monitoring the situation to see if the discount returns in the next few days…

YI is back with another doorbuster, this time it is not an action camera, but a Micro Four Thirds lens! The silver color scheme of the YI 42.5mm F1.8 Lens with Macro Mode is on sale at the moment for $100 with free shipping by YI with the orders fulfilled by Amazon. You can buy as many as you like. This is an old fashioned sale, not a lightning deal.

Optionally if buy the lens together with the YI M1 Battery and Charger, you can use coupon code WCRQLY4P to get 20% off the price of the charger/battery (20% off $20 = $16). The lens does not use the battery, it is used in the YI M1 camera 🙂

(ENDED) Refurbished Olympus 12mm f2 silver for $429 [m43]

As of a 11/17/17 AM recheck, this sold out… Prime fans scooped it up at almost half the current price of the new condition… For the latest refurbished options, check the Olympus Outlet store

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Olympus Travel Lens Kit (14-150mm f4-5.6 II and 17mm f1.8 and extras) for $699 [m43]

Official manufacturer created two-lens bundles are all the rage these days. Olympus too has joined the party with the official Olympus Travel Lens Kit with the 14-150mm f4-5.6 II and 17mm f1.8 micro four thirds lenses. It is currently on sale for $699 at Adorama (with $28 rewards) and at B&H Photo (with $28 rewards) and at Amazon itself (5% rewards with PRIME VISA) and Get Olympus. The kit also includes a lens pouch and a lens hood for each one of the lenses (they are of very different size obviously).

On their own, the 14-150mm II goes for $600 while the 17/1.8 goes for $400. So that’s a $300 combined purchase discount.

Refurbished Olympus Body Cap Lens 15mm for $30

Some things are selling out in the Olympus Outlet store but other things are coming in. On the small things front, the manufacturer refurbished Olympus Body Cap Lens 15mm is back in-stock for $30. I believe shipping is extra ($5) unless the order total is $100+, so if interested, you may also want to combine it with something else now or later.

New Lens Instant Savings II: Pentax, Sigma, Rokinon, Samyang, Olympus

The previous Lens Instant Savings post got crowded, so now we have a Part II with some of the other lens manufacturers!

+ Pentax K-Lenses: 42 options including 24-70/2.8 SDM for $1100, 70-200/2.8 AW for $1600, 100/2.8 WR Macro for $500, etc

+ Sigma Lenses (various systems): 96 options including 17-50/2.8 DC OS HSM for $369, 105/2.8 HSM Macro for $569 and many more

+ Olympus M43 lenses: 15 options including 30/3.5 Macro for $199

+ Samyang Lenses (various systems): 49 options with a mix of photography-priority and video-priority lenses

+ Rokinon Lenses (various systems): 92 options with a mix of photography-priority and video-priority lenses including Sony E-system autofocus lenses
+ CORRECTED: an “option swith” is “options with” with the “s” at the wrong place 🙂

More on these later on, as, unfortunately, I am not IBM’s Watson and I cannot “digest” hundreds of lenses (over 500 of them in these two posts) on the fly. Not to mention that glass causes indigestion. Mayhaps I’ll start with the plastic lenses first 🙂

Olympus and Nikon Instant Savings organized at Adorama

If you want to quickly take a look at what M43rds cameras and kit options are participating in the Olympus Instant Savings and what DSLR lenses are participating in the Nikon Lens Instant Savings, Adorama has organized both visually in the aforelinked pages.

A mix of zooms and primes participate in the Nikon lens savings, while a variety of E-M (M1 II, M5 II) and E-P (Pen-F, E-PL8) cameras participate in the Olympus camera savings.

Refurbished Olympus M.Zuiko 14-42mm f3.5-5.6 II for $90 [m43]

Another refill at the Olympus Outlet store, it is the manufacturer refurbished M.Zuiko 14-42mm f3.5-5.6 II (Micro Four Thirds) in the silver color scheme going for $90 with a 90-day warranty. I believe shipping is $5 flat unless the order total is $100+ but I could be wrong.

Refurbished Olympus FL-600R flash for $200

The Olympus FL-600R flash goes for $300 at authorized dealers in new condition, such as Adorama and Amazon itself, but if you want to pay 2/3rds of that price…

… then to the Olympus USA Outlet store we go where they are offering it in manufacturer refurbished condition for $200 with free shipping and a 90-day Olympus USA warranty.

Olympus E-PL8 body for $450, PEN-F body for $1000

Parallel to the E-M sales are the Olympus E-P sales.

We start with the good old PEN-F! The PEN-F body only goes for $999 with free shipping and 4% promotional rewards ($40~ to be used in future B&H purchases). On the same listing over there at B&H Photo you will also find PEN-F bundles discounted as follows:

+ PEN-F with 17mm f1.8 for $1498
+ PEN-F with 45mm f1.8 for $1298
+ PEN-F with 25mm and 45mm f1.8 lenses for $1599

Then to the Olympus E-PL8 we go, where the E-PL8 body only is down to $450 with free shipping with 4% promotional rewards ($18~ to be used in future B&H purchases). Meanwhile the E-PL8 with 14-42mm goes for $550 with 4% rewards. Offers are available in various colors.

Olympus E-M1 II drops to $1800, E-M5 II drops to $800 [add 12-40/2.8 for $700 more]

Sunday is here and with it a new round of Olympus Instant Savings! Their current flagship, the E-M1 II body only is now down from $2000 to $1800 at B&H Photo where it also earns 4% promotional rewards (around $72 to be used in future B&H purchases).

The discounting also propagated to the E-M1 II with 12-40mm f2.8 currently going for $2498 with free shipping, and at the same time, the E-M1 II with 12-40mm and 40-150mm f2.8s go for $3798 with free expedited shipping.

On the E-M5 II front, the E-M5 II body only in silver or black, goes for $799 with free shipping and 4% promotional rewards ($32~ to be used in future B&H purchases).

The discounts are propagating to the “with lens’ kits, the E-M5 II with 12-40 f2.8 goes for $1498 in either color scheme.

KEH Weekly USED Coupon Deals: Used Olympus 12-60/2.8-4 FT DSLR lens for $225+, Canon 30D Body for $70+

Another week is in progress which means another round of featured USED Weekly Sales at KEH has been added. These are eligible for 25% off with permanent coupon KEHDEALS and continue until Friday night of the same week.

This week includes a DSLR blast from the past:

+ USED Olympus Zuiko 12-60mm F/2.8-4 ED SWD Four Thirds DSLR lens for $225+ in USED “EX” condition after coupon

+ USED Canon 30D body only for $70+ in USED “BGN” condition, $100+ in USED “EX” condition after coupon

+ also eligible for the coupon are a lucky 13 more photo-accessories – details at the Weekly Sales at KEH

Refurbished Olympus M43 Primes return: 25mm f1.8 for $230, 45mm f1.8 for $240, 60mm f2.8 MACRO for $320

Among the six refills since yesterday at the Olympus USA Outlet, they returned three Micro Four Thirds Prime lenses, with a 90-day Olympus USA warranty, and free shipping as follows:

+ refurbished 25mm f1.8 (silver) for $230

+ refurbished 45mm f1.8 (black) for $240

+ refurbished 60mm f2.8 MACRO for $320

Refurbished Olympus 40-150/f4-5.6 R [m43] for $60

More refills at the Olympus USA Outlet, you can get the manufacturer refurbished M.Zuiko Digital ED 40-150mm f4.0-5.6 R for $60, in the silver color scheme, with a 90-day Olympus USA warranty. I believe free shipping with $100+ orders otherwise it’s $5 flat.

(ENDED) KEH Weekly USED Coupon Deals: Used Canon 50D for $186+, Olympus 14-45 f3.5-5.6 (Four Thirds DSLR) for $34+, Etc

These weekly offers expired…

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Refurbished Olympus 17mm f1.8 [m43] for $330

There is one refill that happened the last couple of days at the Olympus Outlet store, the manufacturer refurbished Olympus 17mm f1.8 with a 90-day Olympus USA warranty is in-stock for $330 with free shipping in the black color scheme.

I don’t know if this is the vanguard of another refill round, so an isolated incident. I will be monitoring the situation…

Olympus TG-5 element-proof camera for $400

Superzooms and waterproof fixed lens digital cameras are surviving the smartphone Zombie Apocalypse because they are offering something a typical smartphone cannot. Which brings us to the new Olympus TG-5 element proof on sale for $400 with free shipping in the black color scheme or the red color scheme by Best Buy, and in black color scheme by Amazon itself (limit 3).

Pre-order new Olympus 17mm f1.2 and 45mm f1.2 PRO Lenses for $1200 each

Micro Four Thirds bright prime time! Olympus has revealed two brand new f1.2 PRO micro four thirds lenses, for $1200 each, with a mid-November release estimate for the 45mm and mid-January release estimate for the 17mm.

+ pre-order Olympus 45mm f1.2 PRO for $1200 at Amazon by Amazon itself and Adorama and B&H Photo

+ pre-order Olympus 17mm f1.2 PRO for $1200 at Amazon by Amazon itself and Adorama and B&H Photo

+ these two have been added to the New Lenses of 2017 tracking page

Olympus MCON-P02 Macro Converter for $49 w/free S&H

The new condition Olympus MCON-P02 Macro Converter is currently going for $49 with free shipping at B&H Photo and Adorama, defeating the refurbished price of $56 + S&H at the Olympus Outlet store.

Refurbished Olympus F2.8 PRO Zoom Trio Back In-Stock

The more doorbustery refilled offers at the Olympus Outlet store are sold out as of this recheck, but the trio of professional f2.8 zoom lenses are back in-stock, in manufacturer refurbished condition with a 90-day Olympus USA warranty as follows:

+ refurbished 12-40mm f2.8 for $680
+ goes for $900 in new condition at authorized dealers, eg Adorama

+ refurbished 7-14mm f2.8 for $975
+ goes for $1300 in new condition at authorized dealers, eg Adorama

+ refurbished 40-150mm f2.8 for $1125
+ goes for $1400 in new condition at authorized dealers, eg B&H Photo

Refurbished Olympus 300mm f4 IS PRO for $2125

A surprise PRO lens also made its appearance at the official Olympus Outlet store, it is the manufacturer refurbished Olympus M.Zuiko ED 300mm f4.0 IS PRO going for $2125 with a 90-day Olympus USA warranty.

This is a “miracle lens” as it has Optical Image Stabilization, a rarity for Olympus M43rds lenses since their camera body had embraced sensor-shift stabilization a few digital-centuries ago.

The price is a close call though, in new condition at authorized deals such as Adorama and B&H Photo it goes for $2500 with $100 promotional rewards.

This in-stock in “extremely limited availability” per the listing…

(SOLD OUT) Refurbished Olympus E-PL7 with 14-42mm II R for $225

The price was too good to last, as of 2:35pm ET recheck, it is sold out and its page removed temporarily (404)… Check to see which offers “survived” at the Olympus Outlet store

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(SOLD OUT) Refurbished Olympus 9-18mm f4-5.6 ED for $400 [m43]

These too sold out as of a 10/10/17 PM recheck and its page has been removed temporarily (404) as usual… Check to see which offers “survived” at the Olympus Outlet store

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(SOLD OUT) In-Stock Again: refurbished Olympus PEN-F Body Black for $700

One by one they sell out, as of late 10/11/17, the black PEN-F sold out as well…

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(SOLD OUT) Refurbished Olympus 17mm f2.8 pancake for $90 [m43]

The price was too good to last, as of 2:35pm ET recheck, it is sold out and its page removed temporarily (404)… Check to see which offers “survived” at the Olympus Outlet store

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Refurbished Olympus M.Zuiko ED 40-150mm f4.0-5.6 R for $60

A couple more items have been added to the Olympus Outlet store. If you are looking for a budget M43rds zoom lens, the manufacturer refurbished M.Zuiko Digital ED 40-150mm f4.0-5.6 R is back in-stock for $60. Shipping is extra unless your order total is $100+ (I think).

Olympus EC-20 2.0X Teleconverter: USED for $250, Imported for $290, Manu Refurb for $345 [FOUR THIRDS DSLR]

This is a Four Thirds DSLR product, not a micro four thirds mirrorless product! The Olympus EC-20 2.0X Teleconverter is available in different conditions at different retailers as follows:

+ USED (condition 9) for $250 at B&H Photo with a 90-day B&H Photo Used products warranty

+ imported grey-market by unknown seller for $290 with the order fufilled by Amazon (Prime eligible)
+ NOTE: some of the other sellers are shipping from Asia, so pay attention to the individual listings and shipping estimates

+ manufacturer refurbished for $345 by the Olympus Outlet store with a 90-day Olympus USA warranty.

All Olympus E-M10 III Kits In-Stock at Normal Prices

All four official Olympus kits for their new E-M10 III micro four thirds mirrorless camera are now in-stock at B&H Photo at their normal prices of $650 (body only) or $800 (with 14-42 EZ) in the silver or black color schemes.

On the other hand, if you prefer the previous generation models or their price-ranges, you might as well go manufacturer refurbished at the Olympus USA outlet store where the manufacturer refurbished E-M10 II body goes for $300, or with the 14-42mm EZ for $430. These come with a 90-day warranty from Olympus USA.

In-Stock Alert: Olympus E-M10 III Body for $650

The “smartphonization” of digital cameras (the addition of smartphone-like features, Wifi, touchscreens, NFC, companion apps, syncing, etc) has the added benefits to manufacturers of encouraging photographers to follow the upgrade cycles, similar to the smartphone upgrade cycles.

With that master of the obvious generalization out of the way, we have a new in-stock alert! The recently revealed [see New Cameras of 2017] Olympus E-M10 III body only is now in-stock and ready to ship for its starting price of $650 at Adorama in the black color scheme and the silver color scheme! Free expedited shipping is included!

If instead you prefer a previous generation model, getting reliable used (eg from places that test and stand behind their used products like KEH, B&H, Adorama) or manufacturer refurbished can save you money while lowering the risks of a eBay purchases from unreliable sellers.

Which brings us to the Olympus Outlet store currently offering the E-M10 II body only in manufacturer refurbished condition for $300 with a 90-day Olympus USA warranty, or with the 14-42mm EZ lens for $430.

Refurbished Olympus 8mm f1.8 fisheye [M43] for $660

The Olympus 8mm f1.8 fisheye lens (Micro Four Thirds) goes for $1000 at authorized dealers such as Adorama and B&H Photo with 4% promotional rewards, or 5% statement credit for Prime members paying with a Prime credit card at Amazon.

But if you want to save, then off to the Olympus Outlet store we go where they are offering this lens in manufacturer refurbished condition for $660 with free shipping and a 90-day Olympus USA warranty.

Refurbished Olympus E-M10 II Body for $300

Olympus has began refilling their refurbished camera gear at the GetOlympus USA store, and as of the time of writing, the refurbished E-M10 II body onlies are back:

+ refurbished Olympus E-M10 Mark II Body (Black) for $300

+ refurbished Olympus E-M10 Mark II Body (Silver) for $300

+ they come with a 90-day Olympus USA warranty

+ both of these are in-stock as of 5:53pm ET

Refurbished Olympus PEN-F silver for $750 [updated]

Never a dull moment today! Olympus has began refilling their refurbished camera gear at the GetOlympus USA store, and as of the time of writing, the refurbished PEN-Fs are back:

+ SOLD OUT as of 9/22/17 AM re-check
+ refurbished Olympus PEN-F black for $700

+ refurbished Olympus PEN-F silver for $750

+ they come with a 90-day Olympus USA warranty

+ both of these are in-stock as of 5:53pm ET

(SOLD OUT) Refurbished Olympus 25mm f1.8 for $160 with coupon [m43]

As of a 9/14/17 AM recheck, this too got sold out and its page became a 404. I do not know if they’ll be able to “find” additional inventory before the coupon expires today…

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(SOLD OUT) Refurbished Olympus 7-14mm f2.8 PRO for $780 with coupon

It’s a day of things selling-out today, the 7-14mm is sold out as of a 8:22pm ET recheck, thanks to the Olympus Outlet store promotion with coupon code SEPTOUTLET running until Thursday night…

can get you the manufacturer refurbished Olympus 7-14mm f2.8 PRO for $780 with free shipping and a 90-day Olympus USA warranty.

Coupon expires Thursday 11:59pm ET or earlier if sold out.

In new condition at authorized dealers, the lens goes for $1150 with 4% promotional rewards (around $46 in future purchases) at B&H Photo and Adorama.

(ENDED) Olympus Telephoto Tough Lens Pack TCON-T01 & CLA-T01 Adapter for $64 after coupon [for Olympus TG-series cameras]

This 2-day coupon expired, but Olympus launches these every few weeks…

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(ENDED) Refurbished Olympus E-M1 II Body for $1600 with coupon

This 2-day coupon expired, but Olympus launches these every few weeks…

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(ENDED) 20% off Olympus Outlet Items with coupon

This 2-day coupon expired, but Olympus launches these every few weeks…

Good until Thursday 11:59pm ET, coupon code SEPTOUTLET gets you 20% off eligible refurbished items at the Olympus Outlet store

Most items are 20% off but some items have a maximum discount of $100 per item with the coupon.

(SOLD OUT) Refurbished Olympus 12-40mm f2.8 PRO for $544 with coupon

Another one goes down! As of late 9/14/17 PM, the 12-40mm lens sold out too, and cannot be purchased at the time. Its product page has been yanked, returning a 404 error…

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