Nikon D5100 w/18-55 DX VR for $400 [Imported / Grey Market]

More eBay Deals action, if you are comfortable with Imported (Grey Market; no manufacturer warranty) cameras, the new condition Nikon D5100 w/18-55 DX VR (Imported/GrayMarket) is offered for $400 with free shipping, with a limit of five per buyer, by eBay seller “bigvalueinc” (98.9%). The seller offers a one year warranty. Not the manufacturer.

There are three newer cameras (D5200, D5300, D5500) in the Nikon D5xxx line-up, so it’s trade-offs and features and price!

Caution when buying on eBay: “1yr US warranty” does not necessarily mean Authorized Dealer

eBay is the wild west of the civilized shopping internet, and as such, one must needs pay more attention to the fineprint of listings, because pretty much everyone can sell on eBay, and the level of professionalism among eBay sellers runs the whole gamut. Even among the featured eBay Deals.

One semi-disturbing trend is that some un-authorized sellers are using tricky language (accidentally or intentionally) when describing the warranty situation. For example, when one reads “1yr US warranty”, they may equate it with a manufacturer’s warranty. But that’s not necessarily so. In some cases, what a seller may be saying is that the seller is physically in the US and they are providing an equivalent warranty to the manufacturer warranty, and the people providing the warranty are residing in the US. But the camera is an import model. Sometimes this is explained further down in the listings, sometimes it is not.

For example, here is an annotated screenshot of a listing of this nature, explaining it:


Needless to say, the whole authorized dealer status situation is a complicated topic. This post is only intended to help consumers protect themselves from confusing verbiage, it is not intended to be an exhaustive analysis of the situation.

eBay could help the situation if they insist that sellers describe this clearly in the listing title and not bury it in fineprint. For example, if a camera is an import model, write “Imported” or “Grey Market” or something self-explanatory in the product title of the listing.

If you are not sure about the authorized dealer status of a seller, look it up on the manufacturers website, or call the manufacturer’s customer support, or search photography forums or use search engines. The higher the price of an item, the bigger the potential risk.

ADDED: as S. W. Anderson points out in the comments below, paying attention to the reputation and history of the grey market seller/importer is another thing to consider in your risk matrix.

Refurbished Nikon D7100 body for $700

If the price of the brand new Nikon D7200 body only ($1200) is too high, but the good old D7000 ($500~) is deemed too old in DSLR years, one possible way to triangulate between the two is the manufacturer refurbished Nikon D7100, currently on sale as such for $700 with free shipping by Adorama. This is “blessed” by Nikon USA with a 90 day warranty.

Adorama has a number of other refurbished Nikon DSLRs on sale. Peruse the listings looking for prices printed in red ink instead of the usual black ink (on the right side of the page in the aforelinked search listings).

Canon 6D body + Pixma Pro 100 + Paper + Extras for $1330 after $250 MIR has Canon 6D bundles, which require mail-in rebates (prepaid American Express gift card). You have to add to the shopping cart to see the sale prices (you don’t need to login). You get the Canon 6D (body or with 24-105), the Pixma Pro 100 printer, 50pk of Canon 13×19 photo paper, 32GB card and camera case.

For the Canon 6D body only bundle the price displayed on the page is $1798 before rebate (and $1548 after rebate). After you add it to the shopping cart, the price before rebate is $1579. When you submit/receive the $250 MIR, it will become $1329 after MIR.

A similar offer is available for the 6D with 24-105 bundle with the after add-to-cart and after MIR price of $1830.

These in-cart discounts expire 3/8/15. The mail-in rebate promotions continue per Canon’s schedule.

(ENDED) Tokina 11-16mm f2.8 ATX Pro DX II for $430 (C/N/A)

This limited time sale expired… The Tokina 11-16mm f2.8 ATX Pro DX II lens is on sale for $430 with free expedited shipping and 4% promotional rewards (=$17~) at Adorama in the Canon mount or the Nikon mount or the Sony Alpha mount.

Pentax K-3 w/50mm f1.8 and BG-5 grip for $950

K-temptations at B&H Photo, where this Pentax K-3 bundle is offered for $950 with free shipping as part of their WPPI specials. It includes the K-3 body only kit, the 50mm f1.8 prime lens, and the BG-5 battery grip.

Pentax 645Z with 55mm f2.8, 3yr Spills/Drops for $8500

Digital medium format is more affordable these days. If you are a fan of the Pentax 645, the 40mp Pentax 645D currently sells for $4500 with 4% promotional rewards (= $180) at Adorama and B&H Photo.

But if you want the latest model, the 645Z, Adorama has created a special 645Z bundle for WPPI that goes for $8500, the standard price of the body only. Adorama is including the following extras: 55mm f2.8 lens, 3 year New Leaf Spills and Drops warranty for the Camera, and a similar warranty for the Lens, and a ProOptic filter kit.

Nikon DSLR Combined Purchase Discounts return (one DSLR, multiple lenses)

The Nikon combined purchase DSLR + Lens discounts are back at Amazon. You can purchase one DSLR and multiple lenses in the same shopping cart transaction, and receive a discount for each eligible lens. You can see all options at the Amazon promotional page.

TIP #1: not every lens is eligible for every dSLR. This is mentioned on the aforelinked page, but to be on the safe side, add the items of interest and check and double-check the discounts on the top right corner of the Amazon Checkout page

TIP #2: some of the bundles with free accessories are also eligible for this promotion. For example, when looking at the D5300 options page, carefully peruse to find the color/kit combo with the free extras. The extras are typically an AmazonBasics DSLR bag and 32GB SD card.

TIP #3: the just announced Nikon D7200 shows this promotion on its product page, but when I add it to cart with various lenses there are no discounts. There are two possible explanations: 1) because the camera is not shipping yet, the discounts are not working or 2) the promotion has not yet been activated in the shopping cart, or 3) both or 4) something else

In case you haven’t seen or done one of these promotions in a while, here is an annotated screenshot shot of the top right corner of the Amazon Checkout page with one DSLR and a few lenses added to the shopping cart.


Pre-order new Nikon D7200 for $1200

The Nikon D7000 was one of the milestone DSLRs in the APS-C segment. Fast forward to today, and Nikon has revealed the third generation model in this series, the D7200, with a body only starting price of $1200, and a with 18-140 starting price of $1500. Pre-orders are available for this at Amazon and Adorama and B&H Photo.

In parallel, they launched the $250 ME-W1 wireless microphone (Bluetooth).

Pentax K-50 two lens kit with either $50GC or Flash for $527

There are many Pentax K-50 colors and kits around. At the lowest point, $367 gets you the red K-50 body only with bonus AF-200FG flash and 32SD and 4% promotional rewards (= $14.xx~).

The bang for the buck is the black K-50 two lens kit with the 18-55 WR and 55-200 WR lenses and AF-200FG flash and 4% rewards (= $21~) going for $527 at B&H Photo and Adorama.

However, if you don’t want/need the flash, Adorama has another bundle that substitutes the flash with a $50 Adorama gift certificate for the same $527 total price.

If you prefer other body colors or kit combinations, Adorama has a total of 18 different kits to ponder over. You can try sorting by price (low/high or high/low) or other factors to get a better handle of the many and more options.

New Canon Lens Mail-In Rebates (exp 3/28/15)

A new round of Canon Lens Mail-In Rebates has gone live, covering the period of March 1-28 in 2015. Just like before, the rebates are in the form of a prepaid American Express gift card (not a paper check). You can see participating lenses at Amazon. Each eligible lens has the mail-in rebate offer on its product page. This is a direct link to the PDF form.

Canon 5D Mark III drops to $2500 without rebate [even less with mail-in rebate bundles]

The previous round of Canon mail-in rebates ended on 2/28/15. The camera rebates were not carried forward, but the price of the Canon 5D Mark III body only officially dropped to $2500 (without rebate) at various authorized dealers such as Amazon and Adorama (page down to see all the bundles with various free accessories).

However, if you don’t mind mail-in rebates, and you have use for a Pixma printer and photo paper, you can get a lower after mail-in rebates if you do one of the bundles. At B&H Photo your price is $2250 after a $250 mail-in rebate (prepaid American Express gift card) with the 5D Mark III body only and Pixma Pro 100 and 50pk Canon 13×19″ photo paper and camera bag and 32GB SD and extra Watson battery. Adorama has their own $2250 after $250 MIR bundle with 5D, printer, paper, Adorama camera bag, 64GB SD, extra Canon battery, 1yr New Leaf spills/drops warranty.

(ENDED) Sigma 18-250mm f3.5-6.3 DC OS for $250 (C/N/A/P)

As of a 3/1/15 recheck, the price jumped to $350…
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Canon 7D body for $850 (with 28-135 for $950)

If of all the Canon DSLR options it is the 70D the one you want, B&H Photo has them on special until 2/28/15, you can get the 70D body only for $850 with free shipping and the 70D with 28-135 for $950 with free shipping… UPDATE: they also include a free introduction to the 70D instructional DVD…

Flashpoint TTL Mini Speedlite (C/N) for $46

Adorama is offering the Flashpoint TTL Mini Speedlite for $46 with free shipping in either Canon or Nikon flavor. Thanks to one of our readers for the alert!

Speaking of Adorama and Flashpoints, they have revealed their new Flashpoint Commander Transmitter and Receiver Set for the Zoom Li-on Flash with a pre-order price of $70. You can see all related products in their line-up.

Pentax K-3 with 50mm f1.8 and D-BG5 grip and 4% rewards for $1134

This Pentax K-3 bundle (K3 body only, 50mm f1.8 prime, D-BG5 battery grip) and 4% promotional rewards are offered all together in one add-to-cart bundle for $1134 at Adorama. They also have various other K-3 bundles with variations on a theme.

UPDATE: speaking of Pentax, a number of Pentax binoculars are on sale at Woot Plus (expires by 2/23/15 at 12am Central).

Refurbished Canon EF 24-105mm f4L IS for $700

Adorama is offering the refurbished Canon EF 24-105mm f4L IS lens for $700 with free shipping and a one year Canon refurbished warranty.

Refurbished Nikon 24-85mm f3.5-4.5G VR for $310

Adorama is offering the refurbished Nikon 24-85mm f3.5-4.5G VR for $310 with free shipping and with a 90 day Nikon warranty.

Nikon D5500 w/18-140 & 55-300 DX VR and extras for $1400

BuyDig is offering the Nikon D5500 with 18-140 and 55-300 DX VR lenses along with free accessories (32GB SD, 57″ tripod, bag, cleaning kit) for $1400 with free shipping. Offer ends 2/23/15.

BuyDig is also offering this MediaFlair Portable Wi-Fi Streaming Storage plus a 8GB SDHC Card for $23 with free shipping. Offer ends 2/22/15. This streams digital content stored on SD* memory cards. Useful if your phone/tablet is almost full and have extra SD* cards lying around. It has 33 reviews at BuyDig and 11 at amazon.

Speaking of BuyDig, coupon code DIG5 continues to get you $5 off an order of $99 or more at (coupon ends 2/28/15 unless extended later).

(ENDED) Imported Canon 5D Mark III body for $2000 [grey market]

As of a 2/19/15 recheck, this limited time eBay offer expired (the price increased to $2250)…
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Refurbished Canon Speedlite 270EX II for $95

Adorama is offering the refurbished Canon Speedlite 270EX II for $95 with free expedited shipping.

Meanwhile the refurbished Canon Speedlite 320EX is offered for $150 with free expedited shipping.

Lensbaby 5.8mm f3.5 Circular Fisheye for $230 (4% rewards)

Babies poop all the time, but Lens Babies do not. In case you were wondering 😉 The Lensbaby 5.8mm f3.5 Circular Fisheye is currently on sale for $230 with free shipping and 4% promotional rewards (= $9.2) at Adorama. Offer ends by 2/28/15. It is available in the four major SLR mounts and three of the four major mirrorless mounts (M43, NEX, NX).

New Rokinon Lenses now shipping: 50/1.4 and 135/2

Two new Rokinon lenses are now in-stock and ready to ship at B&H Photo is some of their many mounts. The 50mm f1.4 AS IF UMC goes for $400 and it is in-stock in the Canon, Nikon, Pentax K and Sony A SLR mounts (the E-mount remains in pre-order at the moment).

Meanwhile the 135mm f2.0 ED UMC Lens goes for $550 and it is in-stock in the Canon EF, Nikon F chipped, Fuji X and M43rds mounts. The others (Pentax K, Sony A, Sony E, Samsung NX) remain in pre-order status.

Refurbished Canon T3 w/18-55 for $252 or T3i w/18-55 for $336

Canon’s official online store is having a sale on refurbished Canon DSLRs including the T3 w/18-55 for $252 and the T3i w/18-55 for $336. Sort by lowest price to see the T3 and T3i offers. Sort by highest price to see the full frame DSLRs. Thanks to one of our readers for the alert!

Refurbished Nikon D5200 w/18-55 & 55-200 (both VR) for $500

Back to the eBay Deals we geaux, where BuyDig’s eBay store (BuyDig is an authorized Nikon dealer) is offering the manufacturer refurbished Nikon D5200 two lens kit (18-55, 55-200, both VR) for $500 with free shipping, with a limit of three per buyer.

New round of Nikon DSLR and Lens Instant Savings

A new round of Nikon DSLR Instant Savings went live today, featuring DSLRs and Lenses and combined purchase discounts. See them all at Adorama and B&H Photo (DSLRs and Lenses).

Canon 60D w/18-135 with extras for $900 (updated)

The daily deal expired, as of 2/15/15, the Canon 60D with 18-135mm goes for $900 at Amazon by Amazon herself

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(ENDED) Wedn: Canon D-Rebel T5 w/18-55 for $333

This daily deal expired… The new condition Canon D-Rebel T5 with 18-55mm is offered for $333 as the deal of the day at, founded by former Woots. The page goes into an unfiltered discussion of MAP pricing, which, even if not interested in the camera, makes for an interesting read 🙂 Thanks to one of our readers for the alert!

Pre-order new Pentax K-S2, 18-50mm lens, AF201G flash, WG-5 P&S

Pentax launched a second wave of DSLR gear in 2015 [see Interesting Cameras & Lenses of 2015 reference page (no swimsuit edition I’m afraid), headlined by the new K-S2 dSLR, with a 20mp APS-C sensor shying away from the anti-aliasing status quo. The camera starts at $700 body only, goes $800 with the new 18-50mm f4-5.6 WR DC DA RE AX GI ZO ER kit lens, and $900 with the 18-50 and 55-200 lenses. Also coming along is a new weather-friendly AF-201G flash ($150), and a new WG-5 elementproof P&S camera under the Ricoh brand ($380).

The K-S2 is available for pre-order at Adorama and Amazon et al at the aforementioned prices.

The 18-50mm f4-5.6 lens (which is the new kit lens included with the K-S2 bundles above) goes for $300 on its own at Adorama and B&H Photo.

The new AF-201G weather-friendly flash pre-orders for $150 at Adorama and B&H Photo.

The new Ricoh branded WG-5 elementproof P&S pre-orders for $380 at Adorama and B&H Photo.

No Pre-Orders for Canon 5DS* yet

The new Canon 5DS DSLR duo is the biggest and most expensive new camera of 2015 so far. However, pre-orders are not accepted just yet. Amazon’s estimate says you will be able to pre-order it on 4/30/15. B&H Photo’s page estimates the camera will be available in June 2015. Adorama has a June estimate as well. Needless to say, this is too early, more details and more specifics will become available as we get closer to actual release. In a tech world of near-instant gratification, waiting for months before one can pre-order can feel a bit unusual.

Pre-order Canon D-Rebel T6s or T6i, get $50 Accessories credit after it ships

The new Canon D-Rebel T6s and T6i dSLRs already have pre-order deals. If you pre-order one of the Canon T6s kits or one of the Canon T6i kits, within 72 hours after shipment of the camera (shipment, not order), a $50 promotional credit will be automatically applied to your Amazon account. The promotional credit can only be used towards the purchase of these these accessories (16GB or 32GB or 64GB Sandisk Extreme SDHC, AmazonBasics camera bags and tripods). The terms and conditions over there have all the details. As usual, all eligible items must be sold and shipped by Amazon itself, not 3rd-party sellers.

Pre-order new Canon EF 11-24mm f4L

Canon is back with another serious SLR lens, the Canon EF 11-24mm f4L, with a pre-order price of $3000 at Adorama and B&H Photo and Amazon itself.

Now shipping: the various Nikon D5500 kits w/freebies

The Nikon D5500 APS-C dSLR was announced at CES 2015 time, and a month later, all three official kits of the camera are in-stock and ready to ship. In fact, if you page down the various offerings at Adorama, they have bundles with free 32GB SD, camera holster case, lens filters, and cleaning kit for the same price as the standard kits. Some of the standard kits are also in-stock at BuyDig (free case, 16GB card, etc) and at B&H Photo (free shoulder bag, Watson battery, 16GB card) and at Amazon by Amazon itself (no freebies).

Preorder new Pentax 70-200/2.8 and 150-450/4.5-5.6 lenses

Pentax wants to empty your K-wallet with just two lenses. Announced this week are two high-end lenses. First up, it is the 70-200mm f2.8 HD D FA* ED DC AW with a pre-order price of $2300 at Adorama and B&H Photo. Next up, it is the 150-450mm f4.5-5.6 HD D FA DC AW with a pre-order price of $2500 at Adorama and B&H Photo.

Note: the “DC” in the model names is for the Direct Current (DC) autofocus motor, not to be confused with the Sigma-speak “DC” for APS-C lenses.

Sony a58 w/18-55 & 55-200 & LR5 & $50 VISA GC for $450

If you are looking for a “getting started with” Sony SLT APS-C dSLR bundle, the latest eBay Deals includes this new condition Sony a58 mega bundle. For $450, you get the new condition Sony a58 with 18-55 and 55-200, Lightroom 5, and a $50 VISA gift card. The gift card and LR5 are included in the bundle, they are not mail-in rebates. This is offered by Beach Camera on eBay, an authorized Sony dealer.

Preorder new Tokina 11-20mm f2.8 DX (C/N) for $600

Tokina has revealed a new APS-C DSLR, the 11-20mm f2.8 DX available in the Canon and Nikon SLR mounts for $600, with pre-orders at Adorama. Tokina also has a new Cinema 50-135mm T3.0 for the same mounts, with a cinematography preorder price of $4500 at Adorama.

For 2015, we are keeping track of only interesting new cameras and lenses in this Interesting Cameras of 2015 Reference post. Keep in mind, we are now out of the breaking news cycle, so that reference post will not be updated the moment a new camera or lens is announced.

Refurbished Nikon D3100 w/18-55 & 55-200 for $300 (non-VR)

To the land of the eBay Deals we return where Adorama’s own eBay store is offering the manufacturer refurbished Nikon D3100 w/18-55 and 55-200 two lens kit for $300 with free shipping with a limit of five per customer and a 90 day Nikon warranty. Please note these are non-VR lens (not stabilized).

Canon 1D C body only drops to $8000

The Canon 1D C body only is now down to $8000 with free shipping at B&H Photo. Please note this is not returnable! It’s interesting how just one letter change in the model name had previously doubled the price of the 1D X 🙂

Woot Plus Camera Sale: refurb D5300, NX200, NEX-3, a3000, Galaxy, etc

Woot Plus has a Camera Deal Event good until 2/9/15 at 12am central. It includes, among others, the following camera and accessories:

+ refurb Nikon D5300 w/18-55 for $530
+ refurb Samsung NX200 w/18-55 for $400
+ open-box Sony NEX-3 w/16-50 for $280
+ refurb Sony a3000 w/18-55 for $220
+ new condition Sony 55-210 f4.5-6.3 for $220
+ refurb Samsung EK-GC110 Android camera for $180
+ Gitzo GT-531 Mountaineer Series tripod for $150
+ Manfrotto MK294A3-D3RC2BB 294 Aluminum Kit, Tripod 3 Sections with 3-Way Head QR for $90
+ Sunpak VL-LED-30 30 LED HDSLR Camera Video Light for $30
+ and a few more
+ see them all at Woot Plus

Sony a77 II body drops to $950

The Sony a77 II body SLT-dSLR is now down $50 to $950 in the body only configuration at Amazon by Amazon itself and B&H Photo and Adorama and and other authorized dealers. The various others a77 ii kits with various lenses are also adjusted accordingly.

12-month Equal Pay Offer with 0% APR on select DSLR/Lens/Mirrorless Gear (subject to credit approval)

Amazon is offering a subject-to-credit-approval 12-month Equal Pay Offer with 0% APR on select camera gear with the Amazon Store Card (not to be confused with the Amazon VISA credit card by Chase). This offer requires twelve equal payments with the amount paid in full at the end of the 12 months in order to avoid interest and fees. Eligible for the offer are 475 camera gear listed here (DSLRs, lenses, mirrorless, rawsumers, etc). The offer applies to the “qualifying purchase (and all other items on the order) made during the promotional period with an Store Card. Excludes 1-click purchases and purchases of products sold on by third-party sellers.”. Check the Terms & Conditions for all the details.

Strategically, this offer is good if you are certain that you will pay the amount in full by the end of the 12 month promotional period.

(ENDED) Refurbished Nikon D5300 w/18-55 for $535 (refurb S9700 for $175)

This daily deal expired… The Sellout Woot Deal of the Day ending by 1am ET on Sunday, is a sale of two different factory reconditioned Nikon cameras. The refurbished D5300 with 18-55mm for $530 plus $5 flat shipping and the refurbished black Coolpix S9700 (30x optical) for $170 plus $5 flat shipping.

Imported Canon 50mm f1.8 II for $85 w/free S&H

More eBay Deals action, if you are comfortable with imported (non-USA warranty) double-figure lenses, the new condition Canon 50mm f1.8 II is offered for $85 with free shipping by Red Tag Camera on eBay (99.9%) with a limit of five per buyer. Over 1000 of these primes got sold through this listing. The simplicity of a prime lens and the low price perhaps may make this a low/lower risk import/grey-market purchase.

Speaking of eBay, Adorama’s eBay store is offering the new condition 22-inch Dell E2215HV computer monitor for $100 with free shipping with a limit of five per buyer.

Expiring 1/31/15: Canon, Nikon and Sony Rebates & Savings

The various mail-in rebates (MIR) and instant savings of Canon (see PDF MIR form) and Nikon (instant savings, not MIR) and Sony (instant savings, not MIR) expire on 1/31/15. You can find them all at the aforelinked Adorama pages. I don’t know what happens after 1/31/15. Sometimes they get extended, sometimes they change, sometimes they take a break and return later.

These offers are also available at B&H Photo with a 1/31/15 expiration: Canon DSLRs and Lenses along with Nikon DSLR gear and Sony gear.

Refurbished Nikon D3300 w/18-55 and Lightroom 5 for $400

To the eBay Deals we return, where we find Beach Camera’s eBay store (authorized dealer) offering the manufacturer refurbished Nikon D3300 w/18-55 DX VR II _and_ Lightroom 5 for $400 with free shipping. Limit 5 per customer. The D3300 is now the “previous generation” as Nikon recently announced the D3500 (see interesting cameras of 2015, I’m afraid the “swimsuit edition” is not ready yet ;-))

Nikon D7000 w/18-140 extras for $630

If of all the Nikon DSLR combinations it is the Nikon D7000 and the 18-140mm DX VR lens you want, this is offered as a bundle for $630 at Best Buy’s website along with a free case and 16GB SD card.

If you only need the D7000 body only, Amazon itself continues to have it in-stock, with the price fluctuating, currently at $505 (limit 3).

Pre-order new lens: Tamron 15-30mm f2.8 (C/N/A)

If you are a fan of f2.8 SLR zooms, Tamron has 1200 new reasons to empty your wallet with the new 15-30mm f2.8 Di VC USD, available in the Canon, Nikon, and Sony Alpha SLR mounts. It is available for pre-order for $1200 at Adorama (with 4% promotional rewards = $48) and B&H Photo.

Canon C100 Cinema EOS body onlies drop $1000

The two Canon Cinema C100 EOS body only video cameras have dropped $1000! The Dual Pixel CMOS AF body only now goes for $4500, while the non-DualPixel body only goes for $4000. Please note that these cameras are NOT returnable.

Refurbished Nikon D7100 body for $700

The manufacturer refurbished Nikon D7100 body only is currently available for $700 with free shipping by Adorama and Adorama’s eBay store.

Canon 6D with Pixma Pro 100 AMEX MIR bundles

If you are looking for a Canon 6D kit and the Pixma Pro 100 printer, and don’t object to mail-in rebates that pay in the form of a prepaid American Express gift card, Adorama has a couple of Canon 6D bundles, with the Pixma Pro 100 printer and 50pk 13×19 inch Canon photo paper as follows:

+ 6D body only bundle for $1250 after $650 MIR
+ 6D w/24-105mm f4 L IS bundle for $1750 after $650 MIR
+ direct link to rebate’s PDF file
+ limited time offers