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.
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…
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 🙂
The Panasonic GH5 body only is now IN-STOCK and ready to ship for $2000 with free shipping at B&H Photo.
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.
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 with 16-50 for $700 with $28~ promotional rewards
+ silver X-T10 with 16-50 for $700 with $28~ 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 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…
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)
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.
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.
This particular 2-day coupon promotion expired, but Olympus brings these back every few weeks/months…
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).
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 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.
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.
While not reaching Nikon APS-C DSLR level of choice overwhelm, the Sony E-system is getting there with many old and new cameras and kits floating in the market. One of them, of potential interest as a “taking pictures with” starter kit is the Sony a6000 with the 16-50 and 55-210 lenses, on sale for $798 with free shipping at B&H Photo (with 5% promotional rewards = $40~ to spend in future B&H purchases) and Adorama (Slinger, 16GB Lexar, filters, Corel)
Two Sony a6500 kits discounts will go live on Sunday but one of them has already gone live, it’s a non-standard kit, the Sony a6500 with 55-210mm (f4.5-6.3 OSS E, black) is currently on sale for $1546 with free shipping at B&H Photo. The sale continues until March 4 in 2017, so you can wait until Sunday if you are not certain which one of these kits to get.
TL;DR: the a6500 with 55-210 is on sale NOW, while the other two kits (16-50 or 16-50 & 55-210) will go on sale on Sunday.
This is a Heads Up alert! Starting on Sunday 2/19/17, the following two Sony a6500 kits will be discounted at B&H Photo as follows:
+ a6500 with 16-50mm will drop from $1700 to $1546
+ a6500 with 16-50mm and 55-210mm will drop from $2044 to $1696
+ the above prices will go live on Sunday 2/19/17
For reference, the a6500 body only currently goes for $1400. I do not know if that will be discounted.
If you are interested in either of these kits, you may want to wait until Sunday. However, another non-standard kit with the 55-210 has already gone live. That one in the post above this!
As of a 2/19/17 recheck, this is sold out… Used supplies are limited…
To add to the option-overwhelm, the Sony a6300 with the 16-50mm is available in “Used – Condition 9” at B&H Photo for $930 with free shipping.
Used items at B&H come with a 90-day warranty from B&H. Given that B&H is a well-known and reputable dealer, this is a lower risk used purchase than buying from cookie-cutter eBay refurbishers and such.
Note also that many of the new condition a6X00 kits are on sale now and a couple of a6500 kits will go on sale this weekend – check the Sony E-System posts to see them all.
As of an early 2/18/17 recheck, this sold out… For future updates, check the Stock Status Tracker…
Continue reading “(SOLD OUT) In-Stock Now: Olympus E-M1 II for $2000”
You could sell the Audi Quattro and buy the whole Sigma Foveon line-up. Just a thought 🙂 Which brings us to the Sigma SD Quattro H mirrorless camera, it is now in-stock and ready to ship for its starting price of $1200 with free expedited shipping at B&H Photo. Yes, Sigma has mirrorless APS-H cameras that take Sigma SA lenses. Yet Nikon insisted on the 1-inch system 🙂
This Friday lightning deal expired…
As of a late 2/16/17 re-check, the used option got scooped up and is no longer available. Used supplies are typically limited, especially for new-release and hard-to-find cameras… For future updates, check the Stock Status Tracker… Original post after the jump for historical reference only…
Meanwhile Canon is slowly started to take mirrorless a bit more seriously than Nikon, and today they have revealed a brand new EF-M mirrorless camera, the M6. This 24mp APS-C camera is available in three official kits, the body only for $779, the with 15-45mm f3.5-6.3 IS STM for $900, and the with 18-150mm f3.5-6.3 IS STM for $1279. Pre-orders are accepted as follows, with a late March 2017 release guestimate:
Canon M6 pre-orders
- BODY ONLY ($779): Adorama and B&H Photo and Amazon itself
- with 15-45mm ($900): B&H Photo and Adorama and Amazon itself
- with 18-150mm ($1279): Adorama and B&H Photo and Amazon itself
Both the 15-45mm and 18-150mm lenses are f3.5-6.3 IS STM. It is not a typo 🙂 Also part of this new product group is the Canon EVF-DC2 Electronic Viewfinder available for pre-ordering in either silver or black (sorry, no Raiders edition) for $249.
This camera has been added to the New Cameras of 2017 page, making this the fifth mirrorless camera to be announced this year (along with the Panasonic GH5 and GX850 and the Fuji X-T20 and GFX 50S).
Make sure your wallet is in …range because Adorama has unleashed a new Leica M System Promotion. The offer is a $2000 combined purchase discount if you buy a camera and lens (from a choice of eligible products) TOGETHER in the same shopping cart. The options are:
+ PICK ONE: three camera options: M Typ 240 OR M-P Typ 240 OR M Monochrom Typ 246
+ PICK ONE: sixteen lens options
+ you can see eligible cameras and lenses at the promotional page
HOW to get the LEICA COMBINED PURCHASE DISCOUNT
- add one of the cameras from the promotional page to your shopping cart
- do not Proceed to Checkout yet!
- look below the camera in your cart. You will see sixteen lens choices, each one having a $2000 combined purchase discount – see annotated screenshot
- press the blue “Add to Cart” on your chosen lens
- only one lens can be purchased with the combined discount
- press the green “Proceed to Checkout”
- then proceed as usual
These lightning deals expired…
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].
UPDATE 2/9/17: the two lenses and flash Sony announced on Tuesday are now available for pre-ordering:
Also coming along for the ride is the Sony HVL-F45RM Wireless Radio Flash for $400, with the same pre-order date as the two lenses above.
These two have been added to the New Cameras and Lenses of 2017 reference page.
The mystery of how lenses have babies remains, but that does not stop sales from happening. The Lensbaby Composer Pro II with Sweet 50 Optic for is currently on sale for $250 in the Canon, Nikon, Sony and Pentax SLR systems, and the Fuji X, Sony E, and Samsung NX mirrorless systems at Adorama, another one of their latest WPPI 2017 specials.
If you are comfortable with used camera gear, the brown color-scheme of the Fuji X-A3 with the 16-50mm lens is available in “Used – Like New” condition for $549~ by Amazon Warehouse Deals itself. They even have three pictures of the actual unit.
Or if you prefer a lower price but with slower shipping, you can get it in “Used – Demo condition” for $529 plus shipping (around $10 for the slowest shipping method) at Adorama.
Another one of the new cameras is now in-stock and ready to ship, it is the Fuji X-A10 wtih the 16-50mm f3.5-5.6 OIS II kit lens, in the one color scheme it is available (black/silver) going for its starting price of $499 with free shipping by B&H Photo and Adorama and Adorama thru Amazon (eg if you have Amazon gift card or promotional credit waiting to get spent).