TEST & WOW - LCE LEAMINGTON SPA
How would you fancy a full 24 hours with your heart’s desire, with no money changing hands? Olympus is giving you the chance to try out its latest and greatest equipment before you buy, as part of its ‘Test & Wow’ promotion.
One recent beneficiary was David Overhand, who borrowed an OM-D E-M1 PRO kit from LCE in Leamington Spa.
“I found out about the Test & Wow service via the Olympus website after I had seen and handled the OM-D E-M1 at The Photography Show last year,” David tells us. “I had read about the Micro Four Thirds system for some time and was curious – I thought it looked interesting.
“I’d previously been a Nikon DSLR user for a decade, but though I was happy with the results, I found even their APS-C cameras heavy. The lack of fast lenses was also often restricting. In fact, this is the reason I never went in for a full-frame DSLR, because of the sheer weight and size. Due to this, I found myself researching on the Internet for ‘smaller, quality camera’ options – which seemed to be either Fujifilm or Olympus.
“Apart from being able to try out the Olympus kit before buying, the deciding factor for me was the Olympus in-body image stabilisation, and availability of suitable lenses – as well as, of course, the cameras being so lightweight.
“After booking online, I picked up the kit from the London Camera Exchange in Leamington Spa. I took a few shots on my way home, before taking the camera out to Lichfield Cathedral the next day for a proper try-out. I was happy with the performance and downloaded the instruction manual from the Internet in order to help me get the best out of the functions and controls.
“Overall, I found the E-M1 very comfortable to use, with all controls readily to hand. The exposure compensation on dial 1 is very useful too. I would certainly recommend the Test & Wow service to others. You can read all the reviews you like and whilst they do have an influence, it’s not the same as actually getting your hands on a camera to see how it performs and if it suits your style. This is especially true, if like me, you had a long term-relationship and financial commitment to another brand.
“The day after I’d handed back the E-M1 PRO kit, I actually went on to purchase it. I’ve since also added the 40-150mm f/2.8 PRO and 75-300mm, plus 1.4x converter. The 7-14mm PRO is on my wish list! I’ve got to say, I’m impressed with how Olympus really seem to be trying to support their customers. I’ve since been inspired to go on and try one of the McGillicuddy Training Academy courses, subsidised by Olympus, which is fantastic, as are the firmware updates that actually add functions to the camera rather than just fixing a bug. Thoroughly recommended!”
Like what you hear about Olympus’ Test & Wow and want to get testing the kit yourself? Now you can…
Simply click here take a look at the available Olympus products in our ‘Test Kit Overview’ section and then, under ‘Test Now’, select a convenient dealer to pick the test kit up from. After inputting your details you’ll then receive a confirmation email and be all set to be ‘wowed’ yourself!