Olympus Lens Bundles, are they worth it?

Olympus has recently released two interesting lens bundles, a Travel Kit and a Portrait Kit:

Olympus Travel Kit
Olympus Travel Kit

 

PortraitBundle
Olympus Portrait Kit

The Travel Kit includes an all around compact superzoom, the well rated M.Zuiko ED 14-150mm f/4-5.6 II (28-300mm equivalent), as well as a fast moderate wide-angle for indoor shots, the tiny and excellent M.ZUIKO Digital 17mm f/1.8 (34mm equivalent). This kit is the better value of the two at $799. Those two lenses alone normally cost $599 and $499 respectively, although the 17mm currently has a $100 instant saving.  So you are saving between $300 and $400 depending on the rebate and you get two free lens hoods and lens cases.

The Portrait Kit isn’t as much of a bargain. It does contain two of the best rated M4/3 lenses: the outstanding M.Zuiko Digital ED 75mm f/1.8 (150mm equivalent) and the superb M. Zuiko Digital ED 45mm f/1.8 (90mm equivalent). So a very interesting bundle with two prime lenses that are high on my to-buy list. But, while the 75mm normally costs $899, it currently has an instant saving of $200. The 45mm normally costs $499 but currently has an instant saving of $100. Given that the bundle costs $999, you are currently paying the same price as if you bought the two lenses separately. However, you are also getting two free lens cases and lens hoods.

So two very interesting bundles, depending on your needs. But the savings vary depending on the bundle.

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Olympus M.Zuiko Travel Kit.

Olympus M.Zuiko Portrait Kit.