To the eBay Deals we boldly go, where the Buydig Ebay store is offering the manufacturer refurbished Nikon D7200 body only for $699 with free shipping and a 90-day Nikon USA warranty. The usual limit of up to five units per customer applies.
This goes for $1000 in new condition at authorized Nikon dealers, which include a handful of free accessories, such as Adorama (Sunpak FlexPod Pro, 16GB Lexar SDHC, Slinger bag, memory card case, cleaning kit, Corel software bundle (Windows only)) and to a lesser extent B&H Photo (2% rewards, 16GB ExTreme SDHC, DSLR shoulder bag).
As time goes by, we get more creative monopod-tripod tweeners, one such is the new line of Libec Hands-Free Monopods. Two models in that line are now in-stock and shipping for $150 and $250 respectively (with free shipping) at Adorama. I suppose one could describe these as a monopod-priority tripods, or monopods with tripod tendencies 🙂
Nikon has many APS-C DSLRs out in the market, and if you are comfortable with manufacturer-refurbished, the options increase so much so that a spreadsheet may be necessary to sort them out. One of these options is a new condition two-lens kit based on the Nikon D5300 for $597. You get the black Nikon D5300 DSLR with the 18-55mm f3.5-5.6G DX VR lens (not the newer VR II as far as I can tell), along with the 70-300mm f/4.5-6.3G ED DX (not VR) lens. From here, you get additional freebies based on the retailer.
At Adorama you also receive a Lowepro Format 160 Camera Bag, 16GB Lexar SD card, a Bower 58mm UV filter, a Pro Optic 55mm Digital Essentials Filter kit, two lens cap tethers (one for each included lens), a cleaning kit, and the latest Corel software bundle that includes three photo-related titles: AfterShot 2 Pro, PaintShop Pro X9, VideoStudio 9, plus two more. Note that the Corel software is Windows only! Free expedited shipping.
At B&H Photo, you a 16GB Sandisk ExTrEmE SDHC card, a Ruggard Journey 34 Shoulder Bag (Steve Perry NOT included), 2% promotional rewards to be used in future purchases, and free expedited shipping.
A handful of recognizable sellers offer this kit for $600 through Amazon but no freebies. However, if you are a Prime member and pay with either the Amazon Chase VISA or the Prime Store card, you get 5% cashback on your statement.
On the accessories front, Adorama is offering the Flashpoint Battery Grip for the D5300, D5200, D5100 DSLRs for $20 plus shipping (around $4 based on zipcode).
The “Olympus Portrait Kit” (Micro Four Thirds) currently breaks down as getting the Olympus 45mm f1.8 for FREE when you purchase the Olympus 75mm f1.8. The 75mm on its own goes for $900, and so does the Portrait kit. Meanwhile the 45mm f1.8 on its own goes for $324. You also get 4% promotional rewards on the bundle (about $36 to be used in future purchases) at Adorama and B&H Photo. The same price is available by various at Amazon but you don’t get 4% rewards. However, if you are a Prime member and pay with either the Amazon Chase VISA or the Prime Store Card, you get 5% cashback on the credit account [see Prime benefits].