Older Bodies

I've noted on some of my other sites, mostly notably zsystemuser.com and sansmirror.com, that supply chain issues are limiting availability of a lot of the most recently-introduced cameras at the moment. I did note, however, that there are two older cameras that are still quite viable on deep discount at the moment, and in stock. 

First up, we have the Olympus E-M1 Mark II (nope, not III). With the most recent firmware updates, this camera performs quite well. Maybe not state-of-the-art autofocus, but still very usable for most types of photography. With some learning and care, I've managed to use it for birds in flight with some success (but again, not state-of-the-art compared to the Sonys). This is a really well-built camera that can survive rain and more, and once you've spent the time to figure out how to configure it, you'll find it very much like a DSLR in terms of shooting without taking your eye from the viewfinder. Current price new is US$999, which makes it somewhat of a bargain. You simply can't find a better built camera that's highly capable at that price. Yes, it's m4/3, so it's not going to be a low-light champion, but the m4/3 optics are excellent, and with some of today's raw converters, particularly DxO PhotoLab 4 running on a fast computer, you can manage that noise, too. I don't know how long this camera will last at this price [advertiser link], but I consider it a bargain at that price, and still a camera you should consider. 

Meanwhile, B&H is selling the highly capable Sony A9 at a rock bottom price of US$2998 [advertiser link], and they throw in a flash and some accessories, too. The Mark II model really only rounded off some rough edges for working pros who were using some of the more advanced features, such as FTP. In terms of the basic camera, a firmware updated A9 is still a powerhouse that will let you shoot at up to 20 fps without viewfinder blackout, and with very good focus performance. When the Mark II came out I wondered whether or not I'd use the new features and tweaks, and the answer to that is "not really." For the privilege of getting a Mark II over the original, you'll pay US$1500 more. For most people, it's not worth the extra money. Note that the original A9 is only on sale through February 21st, so you don't have a lot of time to opt for that bargain. 

While I point to B&H pages on this site, I note that most other dealers have the same bargains going at the moment (though perhaps with different kits in the case of the A9). 

Plenty of other older cameras are on sale at the moment, as well. The ubiquitous Sony A6000 with two kit lenses is US$300 off through February 21st, making for a complete kit at less than US$700. Still quite a good camera, though a little fussy in the UX for some.

What I'm trying to point out here is this: there won't be many bargains in the newest, latest, gee whiz toys the camera makers have, and you may find that you can't even find those in stock. But cameras—yes, even mirrorless cameras—have been quite good for some time now, and those older cameras are turning into real bargains as they get closer to their end of life points. If you're in the mood to purchase a camera, it's probably worth it to take some time browsing through your favorite dealer's Web site and see what they've got that might quell you GAS (gear acquisition syndrome). I'm pretty sure there are some real bargains sitting on those shelves. I've only pointed out two of them that stood out to me here, but there are more.

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