The Fuji X-T2 body only goes for $1600 in new condition at authorized dealers [see Stock Status Tracker], but if you are comfortable with imported grey-market cameras that get a seller’s warranty (instead of a Fuji USA warranty), then off to the eBay Deals we go…
… where 6ave’s eBay store (99.1%, New Jersey) is offering the new condition imported grey-market Fuji X-T2 body only for $1280 with free shipping and a 1-year warranty from the seller 6ave. Limit up to three units per customer.
Micro Four Thirds photographers pay $50 more for the Rokinon Cine T1.5 prime bundle but if you prefer a zoom Cine lens, M43rds is the only system getting this discount, you can get the Tokina Cinema 11-16mm T3.0 for $799 with free expedited shipping at B&H Photo. You also get 4% promotional rewards ($32~ to be spent in future B&H purchases). Offer ends 4/27/17.
PS: this is certified to be Tokina (I often mistype/confuse Tamron with Tokina, both six letter names starting with a T and sharing four out of their six scrabble squares).
More B&H NAB 2017 action, it’s a 4-pack of Rokinon T1.5 Cine DS prime lenses, the 24mm, 35mm, 50mm, and 85mm are on sale, together as a bundle at B&H Photo for $1749 with free expedited shipping in the Canon, Nikon and Sony E systems. M43rds photographers pay $50 more for this bundle. Offer ends 4/27/17.
These should not be confused with the Rokinon 20mm T1.9 which is a Tuesday daily deal.
The Rokinon 85mm T1.5 lens with declicked aperture and follow focus capable is on sale for $264 in the Canon and Fuji and Nikon systems by Aamzon itself with a limit of up to three units per mount per customer. This is not a lightning deal, so expiration time/date unknown. Check the individual listings for the Nikon version as it is complicated (Amazon’s own is Prime only, but Precision has it for $264 but not Prime eligible).
Speaking of Amazon, they are offering the Star Trek 50th Anniversary TV and Movie Collection [Blu-ray] for $80 with free shipping. Limit one set per customer during the sale.
The new Sony a9 flagship full frame camera along with the new 100-400 Master lens are now available for pre-order, as Sony has gone into an smartphone-esque two-phase announcement. They are pre-orderable as follows:
+ Sony a9 for $4500 at B&H Photo and Amazon itself and Adorama
+ Sony VG-C3EM Vertical Grip for Alpha a9 for $350 at Adorama and Amazon itself and B&H Photo
+ Sony FE 100-400mm F4.5–5.6 GM OSS for $2500 at Amazon itself and Adorama and B&H Photo
There’s also a few more pro-caliber accessories coming along with the a9, the Sony HVL-F45RM Compact, Radio-Controlled Gn 45 Camera Flash with 1″ Display for $400, and the Sony NPAMQZ1K Multi Battery Adaptor Kit also for $400.
The release estimate for the a9 and accessories is May 25-26 in 2017. The 100-400 lens has a late July release estimate. As usual, there is a YMMV to the estimate, especially since these are flagship/pro gear that are not made in mass-market fashion.
The a9 announcement gave the Mirrorless cameras the lead, they are leading DSLRs 6-5 in 2017. It’s starting to look like a hockey game score 🙂
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.
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…
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 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+.
The Sony Alpha a7R II body only goes for $2900 at authorized Sony dealers which are bundling it with some freebies, for example, it gets a 2TB WDD HDD at B&H Photo or 1-Year of Photographer Creative Cloud or at Adorama where it gets Lightroom 6 or a bundle of accessory joy (32GB Lexar, Corel, Bag, Extra Battery, Etc).
But if you are comfortable with imported grey-market that get a 1-year seller warranty (not Sony USA warranty), to the eBay Deals we geaux where you can get the Sony a7R II body only in such condition for $2200 by Electronics Valley thru eBay (99.7%, New Jersey). Limit five per customer.
NOTE: purchases made at B&H and Adorama and other retailers that are closed for the Passover Holidays will ship at or after April 19.
The brand new, second generation, Panasonic 12-35mm f2.8 II PowerOIS is now in-stock and ready to ship for $1000 with free shipping at B&H Photo and Adorama.
PS: In comparison, the first generation of this lens goes for $700 bundled with a $100 gift card.
F2.8 zoom action on the Micro Four Thirds front now, the Panasonic 12-35mm f2.8 PowerOIS is bundled with a $100 Adorama gift certificate, all together going for $698 with free shipping at Adorama. OR if you prefer free accessories instead of the $100 gift card, they have a bundle with those too.
If you are a B&H fan, they offer it for the same price, but bundled with a $50 Gift Card.
This sale ended…
A couple of days ago the Rokinon AF 14mm f2.8 FE was on sale for $649, but now Amazon has gone mad, and they are offering it for $499 with free shipping. This is sold and shipped by Amazon itself, not 3rd-party sellers. The shipping estimate is “1 to 2 months” often a sign the offer may be towards the end of its lifecycle. Limit up to three lenses per customer.
Another new 135mm ens, this time it is a pre-order, you can pre-order the Zeiss Batis 135mm f2.8 for the Sony E-mount for $1999 at B&H Photo. The price may be $1999 but you don’t get a boxed set of “Space 1999” 🙂
If you are interested Micro Four Thirds, B&H Photo has put together the 32 Panasonic and Olympus lenses that participating in current instant savings promotions. A mix of primes and zooms are participating, with prices ranging from $148 to $1398.
The new Sony 100mm f2.8 STF OSS Master Series (GM) lens is now in-stock and ready to ship for $1499 with free shipping by Beach Camera thru Amazon. It ships directly from Beach Camera and it is not Prime eligible. As of the time of writing, they have one left.
Using all kinds of wizardry and magic, Rokinon finally procured auto-focusing technology. The Rokinon AF 14mm f2.8 FE (Sony E full frame system) is currently on sale for $649 with free shipping at B&H Photo and also by Amazon itself (limit 3).
A new round of manufacturer-initiated Instant Savings promotions are out for the Sony a6* and a5* APS-C mirrorless cameras, featuring the a6500, a6300, a6000, and a5100 kits at B&H Photo. When you go to the individual product pages, make sure you check the “Free Accessories Kit” option as some of these bundles get free accessories as well (memory card, battery, bag, etc).
You can navigate the various colors, options, and kits using the root product page for each camera model but be careful not to get lost in the woods 🙂
UPDATE 4/3/17 PM: as of this re-check, this sale ended, the price is back up to $750…
Continue reading “(ENDED) Panasonic G7 with 14-42 and $150 Gift Card for $600”
Oops, I forgot to add this to the Stock Status Tracker but it is already in-stock, the new Fuji GFX 50S medium format mirrorless camera is in-stock and ready to ship for $6500 at Amazon by Amazon itself. Limit three per customer.
It’s hard to take pictures without a lens, the Fujinon GF 63mm F2.8 R WR is also in-stock for $1500 with free shipping with a matching limit of three per customer as well.
Another update of the Stock Status Tracker has the first wave of free accessories bundled with the Panasonic GH5 body only at its normal price of $2000 with free shipping. PS: if you find these stock alerts/updates useful, please consider making your new camera gear purchases through our affiliate links – it is the main method of funding this poor old blog!
Cameta Camera offers a Precision Design DSLR350 High Power Auto Flash, 64GB Transced SDXC card, extra battery, flex 12″ tripod, camera bag, 1-year Outdoor Photographer subscription, free York Photo prints, and a few trinkety items.
Ritz Camera offers no flash, but has a 72-inch Polaroid monopod, extra charger, 64GB Transcend SDXC, Ritz camera bag, and a few trinkety items.
Meanwhile, if you have Amazon gift cards or if you are an Amazon fan, the camera is now in-stock over there as well, may ship in “1-2 days” with a limit of up to three per customer. Per the page over there, it is currently the Best Selling Mirrorless Camera. Remember, if you are a Prime member and pay with a Prime Store credit card or the Amazon Chase VISA credit card, you get 5% back as statement credit or cashback, that’s $100~ in the case of this camera, no small change 🙂
UPDATE 3:45pm ET: the GH5 body only is now also in-stock for $2000 with free expedited shipping at Adorama… Meanwhile, the estimate by Amazon itself is pushed forward to April 1st.
The Panasonic GH5 body only is now IN-STOCK and ready to ship for $2000 with free shipping at B&H Photo.
The GH5 is also in-stock for $2000 from well-known eBay sellers Samy’s Cameras and Kenmore Camera.
For the big picture, check the just-updated Stock Status Tracker.
Another update of the Stock Status Tracker has two new updates on the Panasonic GH5 and Fuji X-T2 front!
On the Panasonic GH5 front, the body only kit is bundled with a dizzying variety of extra small accessories for $2100 with free shipping by BuyDig on eBay: a Vivitar flash, Vivitar battery and charger, Vivitar bag, Corel Paintshop PRO X8 software, 64GB Lexar SDXC 300x card, spider tripod, and cables and cleaning supplies.
On the Fuji X-T2 front, the Graphite Body Only is available for $1665 in “Used – Like New” condition by Amazon Warehouse Deals itself, Amazon’s own used products persona. They even have two pictures of the actual item.
As usual, supplies of both used and high-demand new products are limited, so it may be sold out by the time you read this.
Another update of the Stock Status Tracker has breaking news for Panasonic GH5 hunters, the camera is in-stock, bundled with the 12-60mm Elmarit lens (gold writing; H-ES12060 name versus H-FS12060 for the non-Elmarit) along with a few free accessories (batteries, memory card, etc) for $3000 by Focus Camera on eBay. The GH5 goes for $2000 on its own, and the 12-60mm Elmarit lens goes for $1000 on its own (eg Adorama). As of the time of writing, they have TWO bundles available.
We mentioned in detail the Olympus E-M1 II combined purchase discounts at Amazon, but Amazon is not the only one offering these. You can also get them at Adorama. Start at the E-M1 II product page and expand the yellow “Special Offer” area to see all the options.
To celebrate the upcoming release of the new Panasonic GH5, B&H Photo is planning a GH5 Live Stream Discussion Panel on Wednesday 3/29/17 1pm Eastern time. The timing is good, because it’s two hours after the Samsung Unpacked live-streaming event that will reveal the Galaxy S8 flagships.
As part of the festivities of the GH5 event, B&H Photo is bundling a $100 B&H Photo gift card with pre-orders of the GH5 Film Maker’s Kit for $2870. This kit goes for $870 more than the standard GH5 kit and includes four Panasonic accessories (official Battery Grip, DMW-XLR1 XLR Microphone Adapter, AC adapter, DC coupler), along with the $100 gift card.
This offer ended and cannot be ordered as of a 4/2/17 re-check…
The Panasonic G7 promotion expired, but Adorama is back with another gift certificate bundle promotion. They offer the Panasonic G85 with the 12-60mm lens, bundled with a $100 Adorama gift certificate, for $998with free shipping, which is the same price at other authorized dealers, but without the $100 Adorama gift certificate. This is temporarily back-ordered, but you can place an order if you like the price.
We have a trio of Fuji initiated instant savings promotion at B&H Photo. We start with the Fuji X-T10 mirrorless camera, available in these options:
+ black X-T10 body only for $600 with $24~ promotional rewards
+ or with free accessories (32GB Sandisk Extreme SDHC, Watson battery) but no promotional rewards
+ black X-T10 with 16-50 for $700 with $28~ promotional rewards
+ silver X-T10 with 16-50 for $700 with $28~ promotional rewards
+ black X-T10 with 18-55 for $900 with $36~ promotional rewards
+ or with free accessories (32GB Sandisk Extreme SDHC, Watson battery, Ruggard holster bag) but no promotional rewards
+ silver X-T10 with 18-55 for $900 with $36~ promotional rewards
+ with free accessories (32GB Sandisk Extreme SDHC, Watson battery, Ruggard holster bag) but no promotional rewards
If it’s Sunday, it’s Meet the Manufacturer Initiated Instant Savings! Fuji has a $500 off instant savings promotion on their Fuji X-T1 cameras, with the following current prices after the instant-savings promotion is factored in:
+ X-T1 body only for $800 with $32~ promotional rewards
+ or with free accessories (16GB SD card, Ruggard holster bag, extra Watson battery, cleaning cloth) instead of the promotional rewards
+ X-T1 with 18-55 for $1200 with $48~ promotional rewards
+ X-T1 Graphite Body only for $1000 with $40~ promotional rewards AND free accessories (16GB SD card, Ruggard holster bag, extra Watson battery, cleaning cloth)
+ or with different set of free accessories (32GB Extreme SDXC, extra Watson battery, Power2000 travel charger, cleaning cloth) but no promotional rewards
As of a 3/26/17 PM re-check, the promotion expired, the price increased from $600 to $800…
Continue reading “(ENDED) Panasonic G7 with 14-42 and $150 Gift Card for $600”
If you are thinking of switching to Micro Four Thirds or making a big lens purchase, there is a hot new combined purchase promotion at Amazon that offers stackable combined purchase discounts if you buy one of select cameras and up to nine different participating M43rds lenses.
Here is a screenshot of the shopping cart with one eligible Olympus M43rds camera (E-M5 II body) and the nine different Olympus eligible M43rds lenses. As you can see, there are nine different discounts, one for each lens. You can buy anywhere from one to nine lenses, and get a discount for each lens ~ purchased together with an eligible camera.
NOTE: ALL items must be sold and shipped by Amazon itself, NOT by 3rd-party sellers if you want to get ALL the combined purchase discounts!
Buy One Of These Eligible Cameras
+ Olympus E-PL8 (all the colors and kit options are eligible, $550 to $650; six options)
+ Olympus E-M5 II body (black) for $900
+ Olympus E-M5 II body (silver) for $900
+ Olympus E-M1 body (black) for $1100
+ Olympus PEN-F Body (black) for $1200
+ Olympus PEN-F Body (silver) for $1200
+ Olympus E-M1 II body (black) for $2000
Buy Up to Nine of these Lenses in SAME Shopping Cart
The combined purchase discount amount varies from $100 to $300 per lens, depending on which lens you select. Here they are, in discount order:
+ $300 OFF Olympus 12-40mm f2.8 PRO
+ $300 OFF Olympus 12-50mm f3.5-6.3 EZ
+ $200 OFF Olympus 40-150mm f2.8
+ $200 OFF Olympus 14-150mm f4.0-5.6 II
+ $150 OFF Olympus 14-42mm f3.5-5.6 EZ (Silver)
+ $150 OFF Olympus 14-42mm f3.5-5.6 EZ (Black)
+ $100 OFF Olympus 25mm f1.8 (Silver)
+ $100 OFF Olympus 25mm f1.8 (Black)
+ $100 OFF Olympus 30mm f3.5 MACRO
+ if you buy all nine, your total combined purchase discount is $1600
Even though two of the above lenses are available in two different colors, for the purpose of this promotion, they count as separate lenses, they each get a discount.
What DOESN’T WORK
+ items NOT sold by Amazon itself
+ buying more than one camera body in the same shopping cart won’t give you additional discounts
+ buying multiple units of the same camera won’t give you additional discounts
+ buying multiple units of the same lens won’t give you additional discounts (but the silver and black colors of the eligible lenses count as separate lenses for the sake of this promotion, so you can get one of each color)
Good news for people who like in-stock news. I just updated the Stock Status Tracker and the Fuji X-T2 body only is back in-stock for its normal price of $1600 at Adorama and B&H Photo.
Meanwhile the Olympus E-M1 II body only remains in-stock for its starting price of $2000 with Adorama offering $80 promotional rewards (to be used in future Adorama purchases). Or if you are a Prime member AND pay with either the Amazon-branded Chase VISA credit card or the Prime Store card, you can get $100 cashback or statement credit if you buy from Amazon.
The first generation Panasonic 12-35mm F/2.8 O.I.S M43rds lens goes for $700 at authorized dealers that bundle it with free accessories, such as Adorama (filter kit, Corel, shade, tether, cleaner) or 4% promotional rewards (B&H Photo).
But if you are comfortable with imported grey-market (from the USA market perspective) purchased from a Canadian seller, Canadian seller QuickNDone (Ontario, 99.9%) is offering the new condition Panasonic 12-35mm F/2.8 O.I.S M43rds lens for $560 with free shipping. Limit five per customer. Note that this will ship from Ontario, Canada.
Note also that the second generation version of this lens goes for $1000 in new condition and it is expected to ship at the end of the month, with pre-orders accepted at B&H Photo and Adorama and Amazonia.
The new Leica TL APS-C mirrorless cameras is now in-stock in all three color schemes for $1695 with free shipping at B&H Photo and Adorama.
Rokinon time at Adorama, the Rokinon 14mm F2.8 AS IF ED UMC manual focus lens is on sale for $249 with free shipping in the Sony E (Full Frame) and Canon EF options.
Speaking of Adorama, for some of their latest offers, check these places:
As of a late 3/12/17 re-check, this sold out… The big picture of the various X-T2 options at the Stock Status tracker.
The Fuji X-T2 graphite body only is currently available (one unit) in Used / Open-box condition for $1619 with free shipping by Cameta Camera on eBay. The new condition price is $1800.
It’s bundle time for the Sony a7S II kits at B&H Photo. All three kits get a free Rode VideoMic PRO (with Rycote Lyre Shockmount) and additional Sony NP-FW50 battery. The body only goes for $2700. Meanwhile the kits with lenses, the 24-70mm f4 for $3900 and the 24-70mm f2.8 for $4900 get two additional freebies: a 64GB Extreme PRO SDXC card and a Ruggard shoulder camera bag. Free expedited shipping for all kits.
The brand new Panasonic 45-200mm f4-5.6 II Power OIS m43rds lens is now in-stock and ready to ship for $448 with free shipping at B&H Photo and Adorama and Amazon itself (5% statement credit if a Prime member paying with Amazon Chase or Store credit cards).
This gives the first generation more discounting room, you can get it for $300 with free shipping and $12 promotional rewards at Adorama. The first generation is no longer offered for sale at B&H (discontinued; B&H SKU PA45200).
If you had been waiting for the Fuji X-T2 body only Graphite edition, the way is finally over! The camera is now in-stock for $1800 with free shipping as follows:
The wait is finally over! The Olympus E-M1 II body only is now in-stock and ready to ship at its starting price of $2000 as follows:
If you buy from Amazon, and are a Prime member, and pay with either the Chase VISA or Amazon Store card, you get 5% back ($100~) as a statement credit… For the big picture, check the Stock Status Tracker…
Zoom-zoom for Micro Four Thirds photographers! The new condition Olympus ED 40-150mm f4.0-5.6 R in either black or silver color options is currently on sale for $99 with free shipping with 4% promotional rewards (around $4) to be used in future purchases at B&H Photo and Adorama.
Amazon itself also offers it for $99 but you don’t earn promotional rewards. However, if you are a Prime member and pay with either the Amazon Chase VISA or the Amazon Store Prime credit card, you get 5% back on your statement.
A brand new Olympus M43rds Trade-In Promotion is now Live at B&H Photo. Use promo code TRADENTIME to get $200 off each item from the list shown there when you trade-in any camera or lens for it. Maximum bonus savings $800. The promotion runs until 5/6/17. The promotional page outlines the three step process:
A total of three cameras and three lenses are participating, including the E-M1 II with 12-40mm f2.8 which goes for $2700 before the trade-in promotion.
NOTE: I haven’t done this promotion (being a poor blogger I can’t buy a $1000+ camera just so I can test the checkout process), so I don’t have a step by step for the whole process…
While some camera manufacturers are retracting or condensing their line-ups, Fuji is expanding. Hot on the heels of their Mirrorless Medium Format they have launched a new line of Sony E-mount (I’m not drunk, I triple checked!) Cine lenses 🙂 Two of them have been revealed and they are available for pre-order for $3799 each. The 18-55 will come out first…
+ Fuji MK 18-55mm T2.9 (E-mount) for $3799 at Adorama and B&H Photo
+ Fuji MK 50-135mm T2.9 (E-mount) for $3799 at B&H Photo
+ these too have been added to the New Lenses of 2017 tracking page
As promised in the heads up post, two more Sony a6500 kit discounts are now live at B&H Photo. The previously mentioned a6X00 discounts continue[find them in the E-mount posts]. So to summarize the a6500 situation, here’s where the various a6500 kits stand:
+ body only not on sale, remains at $1400
+ with 16-50mm for $1546
+ with 55-210mm for $1546
+ with 16-50mm and 55-210mm for $1696
+ see them all at B&H Photo
To the land of the Micro Four Thirds we return, where Adorama is offering the Panasonic GX7 with the 14-42mm and a $50 Adorama gift certificate and $24 in promotional rewards (to be used in future Adorama purchases) for $597 with free shipping in the black color scheme and the silver color scheme.
For more action, check the latest Adorama featured sales.
I just updated the Stock Status Tracker and the Fuji X-T2 body only is currently in-stock at its normal price of $1600 as follows:
+ OneCall thru Amazon (one left)
+ OneCall directly
+ OneCall on eBay (one left)
+ Amazon itself (PRIME ONLY)
Another option in the E-system a6XXX-series, the Sony a6300 with 16-50 and 55-210 kit is currently on sale for $1196 with free expedited shipping at B&H Photo and by Beach upon Amazon (Prime shipping speed but ships directly from Beach Camera). To detect this benefit, you have to be logged as a Prime member, and pay attention to the highlighted areas of the screenshot below:
Note also that the a6500 two-lens kit with the same lenses will be discounted to $1700 on Sunday. The usual price trade-offs of latest versus not-latest model.
The Sony 55-210mm lens goes for $350 on its own but it is combined-purchase discounted when it is bundled with camera kits or bundles.