In-Stock Now: Sigma 135mm f1.8 DG HSM ART for $1399 [C/N]

Prime your wallets and your Canon and Nikon DSLRs because the new Sigma 135mm f1.8 DG HSM ART lens is now in-stock for $1399 with free expedited shipping at B&H Photo in the Canon and Nikon SLR systems. The Sigma SA version is estimated to get in-stock next week.

(ENDED) Tiffen 37mm 0.65x Wide-Angle Conversion Lens for $6 with free S&H [also: Hubsan, Porta Brace]

These daily deals expired but for more action, check their Featured Sales

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Imported Nikon D7200 w/18-140 DX VR w/1yr seller warranty for $900

The Nikon D7200 is no longer the “latest model” in the D7X0 line, the D7500 was announced a few days and it is currently available for pre-order for $1250 as body only – check Stock Status Tracker.

In new condition, it currently goes for $1000 as body only or $1300 with the 18-104mm lens at various authorized dealers, such as Adorama or Amazon or B&H Photo.

However, one school of thought is that once a “newer model” is revealed, it may be a good idea to buy the previous models as refurbished or used or grey-market, to save money on the purchase of a non-latest-model, since you are not riding the Early Adopter Wave.

If you like this approach, one path is refurbished, the D7200 body only is available manufacturer-refurbished with a 90-day Nikon USA warranty at Adorama or $789 with a 90-da7 B&H warranty at B&H Photo.

Another path that will get you more bang for the buck (if you need/want the 18-140mm DX VR lens) is at the eBay Deals du jour where eBay seller 6ave (99.1%, New Jersey) is offering the imported grey-market D7200 with the 18-140mm DX VR lens and a 1-year seller warranty (from 6ave, not Nikon USA) for $900 with free shipping. Limit five per customer.

For the speed-readers, the “1555” in the eBay listing title maybe easily misread as 1855 as in the 18-55 lens. This 1515 is the MPN of this kit, it comes with the 18-140mm lens ๐Ÿ™‚ But for whatever reason, the eBay bots or humans picked a YouTube video for the D700 in the middle of the eBay listing instead of the D7200 ๐Ÿ™‚

PS: I am not sure how a one-paragraph post turned into this ๐Ÿ™‚

Ends Tonight: eBay Coupon: 20% off select $25+ items (max discount $50)

eBay is getting more and more fond of coupons these days. Coupon code PSHOPTECH417 gets you 20% off select technology/electronics items priced $25 or higher, from select sellers. The maximum discount with the coupon is $50, which means items over $250 will get a flat $50 off discount.

There are 36 camera and photo items participating from a pot-pouri of sellers and in various conditions, so scrutinize each listing, do not make assumptions about the condition or the seller. It is eBay after all ๐Ÿ™‚

Coupon expires 4/19/17. One time use per customer.

Pre-orders on Friday: Sony a9 for $4500

Canon and Nikon are no longer the only ones with used-car-priced full frame flagship cameras. Sony is joining the fray with the new Sony a9 full frame E-mount flagship, with a flagship price of $4500. Pre-orders will begin on Friday 4/21/17, so considerate of Sony to let people enjoy the holidays the days before and after. Preorders will begin at 10am ET on Friday at B&H Photo.

For more on the camera, B&H has a 1-hour video of the announcement, along with a live blog.

Also coming along with the PRO camera is a new Master series lens, the FE 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 GM OSS E-Mount with a price of $2500, and pre-orders opening on Friday.

This new camera now gives mirrorless cameras the lead in 2017, they are “winning” over DSLRs in a penalty shoot-out at 6-5. You can see them all at the New Cameras of 2017 page.

Instant Savings on select Canon, Rokinon, Sigma and Tamron lenses (92 options)

Lens fun now at B&H Photo, where a number of new instant savings (discounts, no rebate/coupon) promotions are running on select lenses from the following four manufacturers:

+ Sigma Lenses (32 options)

+ Tamron Lenses (24 options)

+ Rokinon Lenses (6 options)

+ Canon Lenses (30 options)

DJI Inspire 1 v2.0 RAW Quadcopter with Zenmuse X5R 4K and Two Extra 512GB SSDs for $4300

A DJI M43rds power bundle is now offered for $4299 with free expedited shipping at B&H Photo. It is the DJI Inspire 1 v2.0 RAW Quadcopter with Zenmuse X5R 4K and Two Extra 512GB DJI-branded SSDs made for the Zenmuse X5R camera, which is a M43rds camera. Needless to say, this has to fly, so only select M43rds lenses are cleared for fit and for flight (Panasonic 15mm f1.7 included; also works with Olympus 12/2).

For more B&H action, you can check their featured sales pages

Elinchrom Quadra Living Light Kit with Lead Battery, S Head and Transmitter for $699

On the lighting front, the Elinchrom Quadra Living Light Kit with Lead Battery, S Head and Transmitter is on sale for a limited time for $699 with free expedited shipping at B&H Photo. B&H is back from the holiday and orders are being processed as we speak.

On a semi-related product category (economy of blog-posts), the Vello Extendรก Wi-Fi DSLR Remote Control for Canon and Nikon is on sale for $100 with free shipping,. Check product details to see which cameras it is compatible with. It has apps for iOS, Android, Windows and Mac. Sadly, no Firefox OS apps ๐Ÿ™‚

Vanguard Quovio 44 Convertible Backpack/Sling for $120

There are convertible cars and laptops, but there are also convertible camera bags. In this case, this Vanguard Quovio 44 Convertible Backpack/Sling converts between a backpack and a sling bag, a rather “widescreen” sling. See gallery pictures for more on this, which is on sale for $120 with free expedited shipping at B&H Photo.

Sunpak 423PX2 3-Section Carbon Fiber Tripod with Compact Pistol Grip Head for $80

B&H Photo is back and accepting orders again (and previously placed orders are getting processed), and new rounds of offers are getting ushered out, including the Sunpak 423PX2 3-Section Carbon Fiber Tripod with Compact Pistol Grip Head for $80 with free expedited shipping. More posts as I digest them, but in the meantime, you can check their featured sales pages

YMMV automatic 20% off discount on some Warehouse Deals items

Over 24,000 used items offered at Amazon’s Used websites (aka, “Amazon Warehouse Deals”) are participating in an Earth Day promotion that automatically gets you 20% off their current prices. Only select items are eligible, and only those that Amazon itself (in this case, Warehouse Deals itself) is the seller. Things offered by 3rd-party sellers are not eligible. No coupon code needed, eligible items are discounted automatically and they show a 20% off marker when you look at the individual listings. Since this is an Earth Day promotion, it should end after Earth Day or so.

REI: $100 Gift Card with REI Co-Op Mastercard

If you don’t have (or had) an REI Mastercard, they are running a promotion that gets you a $100 REI Gift Card if you open an REI Co-Op Mastercard and make at least one purchase with it (any purchase, any amount) within 60 days of account opening. The usual thing with credit cards, “on approved credit”, etc, etc, etc. With this card you earn 5% back on REI purchases and 1% on all other retailers/places. This is stackable with the annual REI Membership Dividend because co-op hippies like to give money back ๐Ÿ™‚ On top of that, until 12/31/17, REI will donate 10c to the National Forest Foundation (up to $1 million) for every transaction made with the card.

20% off rentals at BL with coupon

To celebrate Earth Day, Borrow Lenses has a new coupon, 20% off rentals of camera gear with the following deadlines as shown in the screenshot below that explains it better and faster than I could with words ~ because one I go past a single sentence, then posts get longer and longer and longer as I add more and more text as disambiguations or parallels or other tidbits or attempts at joking or other meta commentary ๐Ÿ™‚

Refurbished GoPro HERO4 Black w/1yr warranty for $203 after coupon

Four GoPROs are participating in the previously mentioned eBay coupon PSHOPTECH417 (20% off select items priced $25+, discount capped at $50), including the manufacturer refurbished GoPro HERO4 Black Edition Camera offered for $253, minus $50 off coupon, becoming $203 with free shipping and a 1-year guarantee from the offiical GoPRO eBay store. Limit one per customer with the coupon discount which expires 4/19/17.

There are also a few DJI items (from the official DJI store). Expand the “Cameras and Drones” category on the top left side of the Promotional Page to find them all quickly.

MegaGear “Ever Ready” Leather Case for Sony a6* for $25

The dark brown and light brown color-schemes of the MegaGear “Ever Ready” Leather Case for select Sony a6* mirrorless cameras is currently on sale for $25 with a limit of up to ten per color per customer at Amazon by Amazon itself. The usual free shipping terms apply (Prime or $35+).

Refurbished Nikon D3400 w/18-55 and 70-300mm DX non-VR for $440

There are many ways to get into the Nikon DSLR system these days, especially if you consider refurbished kits, which brings us to the manufacturer refurbished Nikon D3400 bundled with the 18-55 DX VR and the 70-300mm f4.5-6.3G ED DX non-VR lenses, with a 90-day Nikon USA warranty, all together going for $440 with free shipping at Adorama.

This bundle goes for $600 in new condition with some free accessories included by Amazon and Adorama.

48pk of Maxell AA single-use batteries for $10 [etc]

If you want single-use batteries but don’t want to deal with Office Depot Rewards, there are a couple of Maxell sales at Amazon, but these too have their gotchas ~ they are either PrimePantry or Add-ON!

+ 48pk of Maxell AA for $10 (4.8 batteries per dollar)
+ PRIME PANTRY (must make a PrimePantry purchase)
+ you can get free PrimePantry shipping if you buy five or more units from select qualifying products ~ any combination works, five of the same item, or five different items, or three of this and two of that
+ otherwise Prime Pantry has a $6 flat shipping for every PrimePantry box you fill-up
+ you may have a $5 PrimePantry credit in your account ~ these are a result of selecting No Rush Shipping instead of 2-day Prime shippingon Prime-eligible purchases. You can check your available credits and expiration dates anytime by going to amazon.com/norushcredits
+ easy way to remember is “no rush credits” and then append these words (without the spaces) to amazon.com/

+ 36pk of Maxell AAA for $7.21 (almost 5 batteries per dollar)
+ ADD-ON ITEM (must place a $25+ order regardless)
+ everyone can buy this, not restricted to Prime members

+ 36pk of Maxell AAA for $7.61
+ PRIME PANTRY (only Prime members can make Prime Pantry purchases)

PS: check the Comprehensive Guide to Prime Benefits if you want to detangle the different Amazon shopping options these days.

In-Stock Now: Canon D-Rebel T7i (all three kits at normal prices)

All three official kits of the new Canon Digital Rebel T7i DSLR are now in-stock at a combination of Amazon (two of the three) and B&H Photo (all three) and Adorama (two of the three).

The three official kits are body only for $750, with 18-55 for $900, and with 18-135 for $1300. Additionally, B&H Photo has created two kits of its own that add the 55-250 lens to the 18-55 and 18-135 kits for +$150 more on each.

NOTE: B&H and Adorama orders will begin shipping on Wednesday April 19 regardless of shipping method selected.

100% Duracell Battery Rewards at Office Depot/Max now offers 20pk of Quantum (instead of 16pk Coppertop)

If you are a fan of the Office Depot and Office MAX Duracell battery rewards, there is another round and this time they are “upgrading” to the 20pk of Quantum batteries instead of the 16pk of Copppertops. This new offer runs between April 16-22 (2017). You can find it at the Office Depot Rewards page (fifth row).

The graphic above says “online only” while the terms at the bottom of the page (appended at the bottom of the post below) say good online or by phone/fax. To be on the safe side, do online-only unless you are certain phone/fax orders will qualify as well.

The link there points to these two eligible Quantum 20-pack options (AA or AAA). Per the terms, you have a limit of (up to) three for this shopping week. You can get any combination, eg [two AA and one AAA] or [three AAA] or [three AA] or [one AA] or [two AAA] or [one AA and one AAA] or any other combo that totals up to three.

You pay the full price ($14.99 per 20-pack) plus sales tax (if applicable). Shipping is free with a $35+ order. A few weeks later, your Office Depot Rewards account will have a $14.99 reward for every 20-pack you buy.

Because these are “Bonus Rewards”, they will be issued separately from the monthly Depot rewards (so they are not subject to the multiples of $10 evil restriction). They don’t always send emails when rewards are loaded, so you have to check manually. Sales tax is NOT included in the Rewards, that’s out of your pocket regardless.

Office Depot rewards do NOT roll. If you pay for this order with Rewards, you will NOT earn rewards. You must needs use “fresh money” (credit, debit, gift card, cash, etc).

“Bonus Rewards: 100% Back in Rewards on select Duracellยฎ Quantum Alkaline Batteries: Valid online, by phone or fax from 4/16/17 โ€“ 4/22/17 11:59 PM ET or while supplies last, whichever occurs first. Limit 3 offers per member. This offer cannot be combined with other Bonus Reward offers on the same or similar products and services.”

$50 off select 27 and 28 inch Monoprice monitors with coupon

For a limited time, coupon code MONITOR50 gets you $50 off the purchase of the following computer monitors (coupon expiration date unspecified):

+ 27-inch Monoprice LED Backlit WQHD (2560×1440) Monitor (DisplayPort HDMI DVI-DL VGA) for $320 ($270 after coupon)
+ 28-inch Monoprice UHD Premium Series Matte 4K 60Hz 5ms Monitor (DisplayPort HDMI, DVI, VGA, Pixel Perfect Display)for $350 ($300 after coupon)
+ 28-inch Monoprice CrystalPro LED 4K 60Hz Monitor (DisplayPort HDMI/MHL DVI-DL) for $350 ($300 after coupon); limit one per customer
+ free standard US shipping for these monitors

ELSEWHERE AT MONOPRICE
+ NOTE: shipping is too expensive for the small things if you buy them on their own, but if you buy an item that qualifies for free standard US shipping (eg the monitors above), then the small items (like the HDMI cable below) will likely get free shipping as well.
+ Unfortunately Monoprice does not have simple free shipping rules like Amazon or Best Buy or Walmart, so figuring out shipping fees is an extra step for Monoprice orders unless you are buying only items that come with free shipping

+ 6ft 30AWG High Speed HDMI Cable for $0.99 + shipping

+ 77mm Center Pinch Lens Cap for $0.93 plus shipping

+ Monoprice Small Neoprene Lens Cap for $0.98 + shipping

+ Monoprice Medium Neoprene Lens Cap for $1.06 + shipping

+ Monoprice Large Neoprene Lens Cap for $1.17 + shipping

+ Monoprice Compact Camera Extender for $2.21 + shipping

+ 63-inch Lightweight Aluminum Portable Monopod (model (aka PID) 10264) for $5.48 + shipping

+ Camera Skate Dolly 11″ Arm for $8.20 plus shipping

+ LED Video Camcorder Light with 140 Pieces LED and 1000 Lumens Brightness With Adjustable Color Temperature for $18~ plus shipping

+ Aluminum Tripod Expert Series – Small for $24~ plus shipping

+ Photo Studio

+ Hubsan X4 H107D: FPV Mini Quadcopter Drone with Live Video Feed Controller for $52.55 + shipping

+ NOTE: except for the HDMI cable above, the camera-n-photo items above are all clearance items

+ open-box and refurbished products

(ENDED) Monday: 20% off a $300+ Monoprice order

Monday is over and so are its coupons… It’s a repeat of the Friday discount, coupon code MONDAY20 gets you 20% off orders of $300+ at the Monoprice website for Monday 4/17/17. Some brands and some sale items and some newly released items are excluded. You can test coupon and get S&H fee estimates without logging-in or creating an account. These should not work with the $50 off Computer Monitor coupon.

Used Fuji GFX-50S body for $5979 to $6000; New In-Stock for $6500

New addition to the Stock Status Tracker, the Fuji GFX-50S, it is in-stock for $6500 at multiple dealers, but if you are comfortable with used, you can get it for $5979 by Amazon Warehouse Deals itself (Amazon’s used sales persona, Prime eligible for members), or for $6000 by OneCall (Prime eligible) with a 1-year warranty from OneCall. Amazon’s own Warehouse Deals only promises a 30-day return policy, they don’t promise a warranty. From there, Adorama has it in “Used – Demo” condition for $6349 plus shipping (which is very close to the new condition price).

It is in-stock in new condition for $6500 at the usual places, including Adorama and B&H Photo and Amazon. Keep in mind, B&H and Adorama orders will ship beginning Wednesday April 19.

PS: blanket warning reminder for Amazon ~ Amazon has yet to figure out how to block the armies of spam/scam/bot sellers that offer high-demand items at ridiculously low prices in order to harvest customer data (and who knows what else they plan). These are typically “Just Launched” sellers, and they ask you to email them before buying.

The IN (Fuji X-T2, Canon 77D, Olympus E-M1 II) and OUT (Panasonic GH5) Report

With taxes finally done (don’t forget, Tuesday is the deadline for both the 2016 Tax Year and the first quarterly payment estimate for 2017), it is time to focus (pun intended) on the Stock Status Tracker. The bad news first, the Panasonic GH5 is out of stock at all the retailers I checked. The rest of the cameras tracked are good news for availability (bad news for your tax refund and/or wallet).

The Fuji X-T2 body only is back in-stock at Amazon by Amazon itself and a couple of 3rd-party sellers over there. The Prime-only restrictions are only for items sold and shipped by Amazon itself. 3rd-party sellers are happy to sell to anyone and everyone willing to pay ๐Ÿ™‚ It is also in-stock at B&H Photo but note that orders will ship April 19+ even if you select overnight shipping!

The Canon 77D has been steadily in-stock every time I checked, the BuyDig bundle with a handful of accessories (3rd-party flash, converter lenses, filters ,bag, 64GB card, remote, and the usual assortment of trinkets (card reader, cleaning kit, microfiber cloth, air blower) included for the same price of $900.

Multiple Olympus E-M1 II Options
The Olympus E-M1 II body continues to go for $2000 at authorized dealers with stackable Combined Purchase Lens Discounts but there are some opportunities for discounting if you don’t need the stackable offer:

+ USED (Demo Condition) for $1859 + S&H at Adorama

+ USED (Like New Condition) for $1879 by Cardinal (via Amazon)
+ NOTE: ignore/AVOID those “Just Launched” sellers at Amazon that offer it for less. They are trolling/phishing for customer/financial data

+ NEW CONDITION but you can negotiate using eBay’s Built-In and Blessed “Best Offer” process by Pixel Connection (starting price is $2000)

Refurbished Canon SX410 IS with Free Case and 1-YR warranty for $130

The official Canon USA store has promotion that gets you Free Accessories with select Powershots, headlined by the refurbished Canon SX410 IS (in black or red) with a free Deluxe Soft Case PSC-4050, for $130 with free shipping and a 1-year Canon USA warranty. The sale includes a mix of new condition and refurbished, so check each individual’s listing for the condition.

Canon 35mm f2.8 IS STM EF-S Gets A Price – And Available For Pre-Order Now!

The new Canon 35mm f2.8 IS STM EF-S (yes, the one with the built-in macro lite/light) now has a price! You can now pre-order it for $350 at Amazon by Amazon itself and B&H Photo and Adorama. The release estimate at the moment is June 10 (2017), which is not that far off, when you consider that Game Of Thrones Season 7 will arrive a month AFTER this lens is released ๐Ÿ™‚

The built-in light also raises an interesting question, could we be heading into a “smartphonization” of lenses? It would certainly help manufacturers with more sales as lenses would have to be upgraded much faster than previous decades ๐Ÿ™‚

Buy 2+ Different Canon Lenses, Get Bonus via AMEX MIR GC

If you need to buy Canon EF and/or EF-S Lenses, Canon has launched a big Buy MORE, Get MORE Lenses. You have to buy two (or more) different lenses to qualify for this offer. For example, getting a 50mm f1.4 and a 85mm f1.8 qualifies, but getting two 50mm f1.4 does NOT.

When you do that, you have to submit the mail-in rebate to Canon [PDF file], and a few weeks later, if all is well, you will receive a prepaid American Express Gift Card. I am not sure exactly how the Bonus amounts are calculated, they give a couple of examples but no formula. Promotion ends 4/29/17.

For more special offers, check the long and winding Canon USA Special Offers page.

Free 2-Hour Night Photography Critique Session (Video Class)

FREE time! CreativeLIVE is offering a 2-Hour Night Photography Video Class. This is a critique session with photographers Matt Hill and Gabriel Biderman. Once you claim it for free, you have lifetime access to the class! You can watch classes with a desktop/laptop, or with a mobile browser (as long as your mobile device can handle it) or using their iOS app.

Panasonic 25mm f1.7 with 4% rewards for $148

The Panasonic 25mm f1.7 lens is currently on sale for $148 with 4% promotional rewards (around $6) at B&H Photo and Adorama. Same price at Amazon (5% back for Prime members with Amazon Chase or Store credit card).

Alternately you can get the lens with a handful of free accessories, for the same price, but you have to pay shipping ($8+) at Adorama.

NOTE: B&H and Adorama orders will ships April 19+.

Shipping Soon: 30-inch OLED Dell Ultrasharp UP3017Q for $3500

The dream of the 90s 10s is alive in Portland Dellandia! Shipping in 1-2 weeks is the brand new 30-inch OLED Dell Ultrasharp UP3017Q for $3500. Image a Samsung Galaxy S8 screen but 30-inches and without Samsung Experience TouchWiz ๐Ÿ™‚ This has 3840 x 2160 at 60 Hz resolution, DCI-P3 97.5%, Adobe RGB 100%, and various connectors including USB Type C but not Type A. Of course the OLED thing is what makes it priced like that.

Meanwhile Dell’s other star monitor, their 32-inch 8K Ultrasharp has been pushed to June continuing with its $5,000 price tag. 8K being 7680 x 4320 at 60 Hz, that’s a 30+ megapixel image on-screen.

New Walmart feature rolling out: Store Pickup discount on select items

Starting April 19 (2017) Walmart will begin rolling out a new feature, if you select store pickup for a purchase, you may be able to get a small discount on the purchase price. In other words, they are paying you to do the delivery to yourself ๐Ÿ™‚ This feature will slowly ramp up, they are planning to include 1 million items by the end of June. As usual, YMMV depending on product availability and location. This will be offered on the 48 contiguous US States.

I am guessing this is a feature that got inspired by the Jet team, which has all kids of nickle-dimer discounts on the Jet website (pay less if you forgo returns, pay less if you pay with debit card, pay less if you buy in quantity, etc). I don’t know if the other Jet features will make it to Walmart, but for now, if you are fond of store pickup, you may be able to save!

More details on the Walmart blog.