Now shipping: Sony Xperia PRO 5G smartphone with HDMI Input

Smartphones have beautiful screens these days but very few companies have thought of using the smartphones as external monitors for actual digital cameras. One of those very few just came out, from a company that makes both cameras and smartphones, SONY! It is the brand new Sony Xperia PRO 5G smartphone. It comes with an actual HDMI input, opening its 4K OLED display to your cameras and anything else that outputs on HDMI. And that’s its defining characteristic! And it has optional wireless streaming kits for select cameras (not just select Sony Alphas but also the Nikon Z6 III and Canon R5).

And given the benefit and costs of alternative solutions, Sony has priced it very “pro”, $2500 for the smartphone kit, and about $150 to $175 more for the camera-specific wireless streaming kits. Needless to say, this is a purpose-built smartphone for photographers and videographers and YouTubers/streamers and such…

AS of the time of writing it is in-stock and ready to ship at B&H Photo at its starting price of $2500 (not a typo!)… It has a mid-Februry in-stock estimate at Amazon itself and it is in pre-order status at Adorama.

Note that this is built up on the Xperia 1 Mark II. If you only want a smartphone and not its defining HDMI input feature, you are better off with the Xperia 1 Mark II or any other modern smartphone OR you can wait for the upcoming Snapdragon 888 smartphones that include the upcoming Sony Xperia 1 Mark III…

For a brief overview of the Xperia PRO 5G used as an external camera monitor, here’s Mr Mobile’s take on it after about 1.5 weeks of use:

Thursday: refurb Sony Cybershot H300 superzoom for $85

Zoom-zoom at the NewEgg daily deals, good until Thursday 1/21/21 at 11:59pm pacifc time, or earlier if sold out, marketplace seller VIP Outlet is offering the refurbished Sony Cybershot H300 superzoom for $85 with free US shipping. This is sold and shipped by the marketplace seller, not by NewEgg itself…

Pre-order new Sony 35mm f1.4 Master Series prime

Master prime time! Sony has revealed a new 35mm f1.4 lens, this one is under their Masters (GM) series, not to be confused with the existing ZA. The new lens is now available for pre-ordering at B&H Photo for $1398. B&H Photo also has sample pictures and a brief hands-on experience at their Explora blog

Speaking of which, you can check the Explora CES coverage for some of the biggest announcement at Diet CES 2021. They include a new NVidia GeForce RTX 3060 (no pre-orders yet, good luck fighting the “miners” and their “canaries” for those), another iteration of the Moto G bargain phones ($200 to $300), new MSI gaming laptops, scary-looking ASUS gaming router, two more OnePlus Nord smartphones, Sony joining the drone market with their new AirPeak brand (just as the Chinese brand are facing scrutiny and bans), TV galore of course, Wifi 6E routers, HP Firefly laptop [no, they are not picking up the tab for Firefly TV action] and more…

Friday: refurbished Sony H300 superzoom for $89 w/FS

A Christmas Day miracle at the NewEgg dailies, they have an actual digital camera of name-brand recognition in their daily deals, good until 11:59pm pacific time (or earlier if sold out). It is the refurbished Sony Cybershot H300 superzoom (35x optical) going for $89 with free US shipping. This is sold and shipped by marketplace seller “VIP Outlet”…

Monday: refurbished Sony HDR-CX405/B camcorder for $89

Surprise! Some kind of a name-brand camera makes its way to the NewEgg deals du jour, it is the refurbished Sony HDR-CX405/B full HD flash-based camcorder going for $89, sold and shipped by 3rd-party seller “VIP Outlet”… This is a 30X optical zoom…

Meanwhile the headliner of the Amazon Gold Box for Monday is an unlocked USA-warranty Samsung Galaxy S10+ going for $550 in the 128GB variant. Check the listing for the other options…

Cyber Monday 1-Day Sale for Canon, Nikon, Fuji and Sony [226 options]

Cyber Monday sale-a-brations at B&H Photo. This set of promotions is good for Cyber Monday 2020 only. They expire on Monday at 11:59pm eastern:

+ Sony Lenses, 30 options, including primes, zooms, FE, PZ and of course some Zeiss-blessed lenses

+ Fuji Camera and Lens sales, 39 options including X-System cameras and lenses, an XP-series Finepix, and a medium format too

+ Canon Cameras, Lenses, Etc, 107 options, including EF, EF-S, RF, EF-M cameras and lenses, Powershots and various accessories

+ Nikon DSLR and Mirrorless, 50 options, cameras and lenses and a battery grip too

+ for more action, check all their Cyber Monday Deals for 2020

Sigma 56mm f1.4 DC DN [Sony E] for $339

Hooray hooray, it’s a LENS DAY at the latest incarnation of the Adorama daily deals, this lot good until Sunday at 10am ET (or earlier if sold out)…

+ Sigma 56mm f1.4 DC DN for Sony E only for $339

+ Dolica 62″ Proline Aluminum Alloy Tripod and Ball Head for $35

+ Flashpoint eVOLV 200 TTL Pocket Flash Exclusive HexaPop Kit (Godox AD200 TTL Pocket Flash) for $319

+ AKG K-701 headphones for $159

Sony Black Friday Instant Savings (86 options)

We already mentioned some of them individually, but there’s plenty more in the Sony Black Friday offers. There are both full frame and APS-C mirrorless cameras, E and FE prime and zoom lenses, the ZV1 creature for $698, a couple of camcorders, flashes and other accessories, and of course some of the RX-series fixed lens cameras… Too many to list here individually…

Keep in mind a number of these qualify for our previously mentioned Sony “buy more save more” mail-in rebate promotion which gets you money (in a prepaid VISA gift card) for each qualifying lens you buy during the promotional period. You must have one of the participating Sony full frame mirrorless cameras. The details through the aforelinked link which has links to other links with other info ๐Ÿ™‚

Sony complicated mail-in promotion with conditions: Buy 2 or More participating Sony Lenses, Own a qualifying Sony Full-Framer, and Get Mail-In Rebate Per Lens

Sony is running a little bit of a convoluted “buy more save more” type of a promotion until December 6 in 2020. The start of the promotional period was September 1st in 2020. Items need not to be purchased from the same retailer or the same date.

The offer requires:

  • Buy 2 or more Sony Lenses from this eligible list of options; new condition authorized dealer only, no open-box, no used, no refurbished – look for them at B&H Photo
  • You Must Own a Sony Full Frame camera from this list A7S III, A7R III, A7R IV, A9, A9 II; purchase time does not matter for this, you could also buy the camera together with the lenses
  • you must enter the information (serial numbers, etc) at the promotional Sony page
  • you will receive $100 to $200 per eligible lens; the amounts per lens are predetermined (typically the more expensive the lens, the higher the rebate)
  • you will receive the amount in about 2 months as a prepaid VISA gift card
  • check all the terms conditions and restrictions before jumping in

Separately, Sony is running a promotion that if you own an eligible Sony camera and purchase a Sony Xperia 1 II or 5 II, you get a rebate of $150 or $120. Eligible Also a 12/6/20 expiration date… Details via the PDF file at the Xperia 1 II product page at B&H, which as of the time of writing it gets a $100 B&H gift card as well…

Sony a7R II body with either 1-year Creative Cloud (Pho) or Flashpoint Flash for $1198

The Sony a7r II body only goes for $1198 with free accessories (cards, bags, trinkets, etc) at some photography dealers but apart from those offers, there are a couple with more substantive freebies:

+ at B&H Photo and for the same price you get a 12-month Adobe Creative Cloud Photography Plan included
+ if you go through the other options at B&H, for $1396 you can get it with the Sony 28-70 f3.5-5.6 OSS lens and either the Grip Extension kit or the aforementioned 12-month Creative Cloud

+ at Adorama you get their house brand Flashpoint Zoom TTL R2 Flash with Integrated R2 Radio Transceiver for the same price

Sony Educational discounts up and running at B&H

If you are eligible and registered for the Sony Educational program, a handful of limited time Sony Educational offers is up and running at B&H Photo. You can only see the offers if you are registered for the Sony EDU program and you are logged on to that account at B&H Photo…

Some of the educational offers include:

+ Sony a7 II body for $758
+ Sony a7R II body for $1018
+ Sony a6600 body for $1158
+ Sony RX100 VII for $1068
+ a6000 with 16-50 for $433
+ FE 50mm f1.8 $161

You must be registered as an EDU/student at B&H to see the above offers…

10% Back on select Sony Cameras and Lenses when paying with the B&H PayBoo card

The B&H PayBoo card is B&H’s online store credit card that has a special benefit. If you online-shop from a state that charges sales tax on online purchases, and you pay for the B&H purchase with the PayBoo store card, you get an instant discount/credit on the PayBoo card that is equal of the sales tax you would have paid. In other words, B&H pays the sales tax for you. You can check whether your state is eligible by clicking on the “Check Savings” links over there. It opens up, asks for your zipcode and tells you the percentage. Obviously if you live in a state without a sales tax, you won’t get anything discounted. The card is from Symphony Bank. It is only a store card that can be used at B&H, not a general-use VISA/Mastercard/etc…

And now to the actual deal running until August 25 in 2020. In addition to the aforementioned sales-tax credit, you will get an additional 10% back on your card with the purchase of select Sony Cameras and Lenses that you see listed over there. They include A-series full-frames, a-series APS-C cameras, f2.8 PRO zooms, bright primes and various other lenses and bundles…

Example
To keep the example simple, I am using round numbers and a fictional state. Let’s say you live in the great state of Denial, famous for its beautiful reflective lakes and its wholesome gentle and thrifty people, so they charge a 1% sales tax. You want to buy a Sony a6400 kit that costs $998. And you pay for your purchase in whole with the B&H PayBoo card.

You will be charged $998 [the camera price] plus 1% sales tax [$9.98] but the PayBoo card will automatically credit your account for $9.98, making your out of pocket $998. And because you are buying a camera participating in this Sony promotion, you will get a separate 10% credit [10% of $998 = $99.8] on your PayBoo B&H card…

I hope this example is actually not making things more confusing ๐Ÿ™‚

Sony Flash and Battery Grip Sale (five options)

Sony is having a Flash and Grip sale with three of their on-camera flashes being on sale ($278 to $548) and two of their battery grips ($298 to $348)…

Speaking of grippy things, the new condition BlackRapid Sport Breathe Camera Strap is on sale for $59~ with free US shipping for a limited time…

Sony RX100 VA edition with Extras (SquareTrade, 32GB, Watson) for $909

Sony was doing the “New Editions” thing before Huawei (out of mordant need) made it cool with their Google Play “New Edition” smartphones. So back to Sony, their new RX100 VA edition (buffer size boost and other fixes and improvements) goes for $848~ in new condition at authorized dealers, but if you want a nice bundle with extras, for a limited time, B&H Photo is offering this VA bundle for $909. So that extra $61 gets you:

+ extra Watson-brand battery
+ 32GB Sandisk Extreme PRO SD card
+ 2-year Square Trade Spills-n-Drops warranty

On their own, the three items go for $20 + $13 + $64, so basically if you want the Square Trade warranty, you are paying less with the bundle and get the card and battery as a bonus…

PS: speaking of the RX100 cameras, they have amazing staying power for a digital camera, even defeating Leica! Despite all the newer RX100-series models, even the first generation continues to be available as a current product ($399 new, $279 used, at B&H)…

Sony Instant Savings on RX cameras and E system options

If you are a fan of the Sony RX-series of cameras, we have good news for you, there are some RX-series Instant Savings promotions that include the beastly speed-demon beast of the RX 10 Mark IV for $1598 with a free 64GB Sony SF-E UHS-II SDXC card and a RJ camera bag… Also participating in the sale are selections from the RX1* full-framer series and a gazillion different RX100 series models along with a couple of stray superzoom Cybershots…

But that’s not all. For fans of the E-system, they have over 80 instant savings options, too many to list here individually but you can easily peruse them and filter them over there…

Sony Instant Savings for May 2020 (152 options)

Sony fans, you have options. 152 options. These are part of the Sony Instant Savings for May 2020 that are currently up and running at B&H Photo. The sale includes various Sony FE and APS-C camera kits and combos. Obviously too many to list here individually…

New round of Sony Instant Savings (FE, APS-C, RX series)

If you are a fan of the way of Sony, there is a new Instant Savings promotion running at B&H Photo featuring a mix of full-frame and APS-C on the interchangeable lens front, and the RX-series on the fixed lens front. There are too many to list here individually, you need to hit “Load More” over there to see them all…

KEH Starter Kit #3: USED Sony a6000 with 16-50mm and Extras and 180-day warranty for $379

If you want to get started with a Sony APS-C E-system mirrorless camera kit, want to go the way of the USED, but also get a nice warranty (180 days), KEH Camera has created a Starter Kit centered on the Sony a6000 with 16-50mm for $379 plus shipping. This also includes a battery, charger, camera strap and a 16GB memory card…

NOTE: Starter kits are not eligible for coupons…

Sony a6000 with 16-50mm down to $484 [limit 3]

A rarity in the digital era, an APS-C iLC camera (yes, I know, it’s like saying “ATM machine”) that refuses to die! The Sony a6000 is still alive and kicking and as of the time of writing the new condition a6000 with the 16-50mm power zoom kit lens is on sale for $484 with free shipping with up to three per customer at Amazon by Amazon itself

This is not a lightning deal, so I have no clue if/when the price will change…

Sony a7r III with 24-105mm for $3896 with FREE Next Day Shipping

Anxious to get started quickly on your new full frame photographic adventures? Good until 3/29/20, B&H Photo is offering the new condition Sony a7R III with the 24-105mm lens for $3896 with free next day shipping in the USA. Of course the Corona situation may (or may not) impact delivery times, so always keep that in mind until things get sorted out…

Last Call on Instant Savings Promotions from Canon, Fuji, Zeiss, Nikon, Sony, Olympus, Sigma, Tamron

B&H Photo is having a last call on the current instant savings promotions as we get into 2020 and CES mania. Too many cameras and lenses to list individually. You can browse through the aforelinked page or filter it over there, or use the manufacturer-specific links below:

+ Zeiss lenses: 68 options, Planar, Batis, Loxia, Milvus, Biogon, etc

+ Canon instant savings: DSLRs, mirrorless, lenses, accessories, (make-every-shot-a-)Powershots, etc

+ Fujifilm instant savings: X-series mirrorless cameras, X-series rawsumers (fixed lens cameras with RAW), lenses, medium format, etc
+ now that the X-system has been around for a while we are seeing more body-only promotions even for more entry-level cameras, for example the X-T100 body only goes for $349 with free accessories
+ or with 15-45mm and extras for $399
+ it’s hard not to fall in love photographically with those X-T cameras!

+ Sony Instant Savings with E-system APS-C and full frame cameras and lenses, camcorders, Cybershots, flashes and related accessories

+ Olympus Instant Savings with M43rds cameras and lenses, fixed lens cameras, and related accessories

+ Nikon Instant Savings with mirrorless Z-system, APS-C and full frame DSLRs and lenses, related accessories and the occasional Coolpix mixed in for good measure

+ Sigma Instant Savings with lenses for DSLR and mirrorless systems, accessories, etc with a total of 90 options offered

+ Tamron instant savings with 25 options including their two f2.8 PRO zooms and a mix of primes and zooms for all budgets
+ lenses only available for Canon, Nikon and Sony A DSLR systems

Used Sony a6000 body (Very Good condition) for $279

IF however you are not interested in the previously mentioned Sony a6000 new condition kits and instead you can to optimize for a lower price, Adorama has the USED a6000 body only for $279 in “Used – Very Good” condition with a 90-day warranty (from Adorama).

Sony a6000 with extras: body for $398, w/16-50 for $448

The Sony Instant Savings promotion reminds us that you can get into the Sony APS-C E-system with a step-up series camera (A6xxx) for just $398. That’s right, the a6000 body only goes for $398 and the “with 16-50mm” kit goes for $448.

At Adorama you have to do some scrolling and paging up-n-down to find all the options but you will be rewards because the “with 16-50” kit gets more additional freebies (flex tripod, extra charger/battery, lens filters, better memory card) than the body only (bag, memory card, cleaning kit, software, card wallet). Note also that the camera is available in two color options, effectively doubling the number of options you have to sort through…

At B&H Photo you get a 32GB Sandisk Extreme, a 3rd-party battery and a camera bag, while the two lens kit ($598) gets a lens filter as well…

At Amazon, various 3rd-party sellers offer various freebies, a dizzying array of options as there are three official camera kits with two body colors for the camera and many 3rd party retailers ๐Ÿ™‚

The names in the a6xx line-up are a bit confused, so confused that even the Wikipedia page is confused. The a6000 come out in 2014, followed by the a6300/a6500 in 2016, and the a6100/a6400/a6600 in 2019, all with 24mp Exmor APS-C CMOS sensors. The newer a6300 has already been discontinued but the a6000 continues as a current model. The all-new a6100 goes for $650 (body) or $750 (w/16-50)…

Sony a7 II with 28-70 and Various Freebies for $999

We all live in a yellow submarine but also in the era of the $1000 “take pictures with” 35mm full frame interchangeable lens camera in the Sony E-system with the Sony a7 II with the 28-70mm FE lens bundled together for $999 with various freebies offered by select retailers…

At Amazon for example, there is a bundle by Focus Camera that includes a Dolica tripod, Vanguard bag, 64GB Sandisk Extreme PRO, extra 3rd-party charger/battery, etc…

At B&H Photo you get a 64GB Sandisk Extreme, extra 3rd party battery, RJ bag, lens filter, etc…

At Adorama you get a 32GB Extreme PRO, Slinger bag, lens filter kit, etc…

At Best Buy you get a $25 Shutterfly store credit…

In-Stock Now: Sony a9 II body only!!!

Full frame sometimes means full wallet if you want to have top of the line features! If so, the new Sony a9 II full frame E-system mirrorless camera is now in-stock and ready to ship to your photographic hands for its starting price of $4498 at B&H Photo

As of the time of writing, Amazon is in the nebulous “temporarily out of stock” state, while Adorama says “coming soon”…

Wedn: Sony Cybershot W800 P&S camera (5x optical) for $50

Among the Hump Day Woot Electronics deals of the day is a sale on the new condition Sony Cybershot W800 P&S digital camera (20mp 1/2.3″ CCD, 5x optical zoom (26-130mm eq), Lion, 2.7″ LSD, microSD and MS Duo, etc) in the black color scheme going for $50 with free shipping for Prime members [you have to connect your Woot-Prime accounts ~ a one-time action] or $6 flat for the calendar day for non-members. The camera comes with a 90-day Woot warranty and you can buy up to ten per customer.

That’s $10 per optical zoom unit for those buying The Costco Way ๐Ÿ˜‰

The aforementioned sale includes various other assorted electronics including the new condition Force1 U45WF Wi-Fi Camera Drone for $70, a Phantom 2 controller for $40, a couple of Rokus, a couple of gaming accessories, and more. The reason there are multiple items in a daily deal is because sometimes Woot groups together a “Plus” sale and offers it as a daily deal. I don’t know if the Plus sale will continue after the daily deal expires or it will disband or the items will join other sales and such…

If you missed yesterday’s $80 Chromebook, fear not! Woot Computers comes to the rescue with another one, this one is actually $79, it is the refurbished Dell Chromebook 11-3120 Notebook with the Intel N2840 2.16GHz Dual-Core processor, 4GB DDR3 [important these days], 16GB eMMC of on-board storage, 802.11ac, Bluetooth, etc. It comes with a 90-day Woot warranty. Limit up to ten per customer. Of interest if there’s rough usage for the laptop as it is a MIL-STD model.

IMPORTANT: now that Chromebooks have been around for quite a few years, a new twist/risk is raising it’s semi-ugly head. Google does not offer automated OS updates for platforms that are over 6.5 years old. Note that the clock starts ticking on the platform, not the individual laptop. So the clock for this device began ticking when the first Intel N2840 Chromebook came out. This particular model will get auto-updates until June 2020. Details at 11 or more conveniently at the Google Support page for ChromeOS devices ๐Ÿ™‚

UPDATE: while we are on the topic of daily deals, one of the Amazon Gold Box deals of the day is yet another Anker sale featuring various charging products: powerbanks, cables, car and wall and wireless chargers…

Thur (EU): select Sony Cameras & Lenses, Action Cams, Surface

The End of Summer sale continues on Thursday at the Amazon Germany (or “Chermany” in german-english) Gold Box (or ange bote in german-german) and among them you can find:

+ Sony cameras and lenses sale:
++ Sony RX10 III for 999 euro
++ Sony RX10 I for 609
+ reminder the RX10 IV is the one with the speed-demon autofocus

+ Cybershot HX95 superzoom for 379

+ Alpha a77 II APS-C body only [yes a DSLR] for 799

+ Sony a6500 with SEL-P18105 lens for 1529
+ Sony a7 II with SEL-2870 lens for 1119

+ 55-210mm lens in black or silver for 209 euro
+ 35mm f1.8 OSS (SEL35F18) for 329
+ 18200LE (18-200 f3.5-6.3) for 578

In non-Sony action:

+ various BlitzWolf (no relation to Wolf Blitzer’s beard?] hybrid selfie-stick/tripods (for small things, don’t put a FF PRO DSLR with a 100-400mm f0.95 lens on them!]

+ Crosstour action cams (24 to 83 euro, six options)

+ Surface PRO tablet under 800 euro [forgot the specs]

+ 128GB Sandisk Extreme PRO SDXC (up to 170MB/sec) for 32
+ 200GB Sandisk Ultra microSDXC for 23~ euro
+ two flash drives and one internal SSD

Sony a7 II body only for $898

Once upon a time you had to put down $2000+ to get an APS-C DSLR. Nowadays under $1000 gets you a 35mm full frame DSLR or mirrorless camera and it’s not even the first generation model. You can now get the second generation Sony a7 mirrorless full framer, the “a7 II” for $898 with free US shipping at B&H Photo until 9/7/19 or earlier if sold out… No coupon, no rebate, just add to cart and proceed to a mirrorless checkout…

Pre-order new Sony a6100 and a6600 APS-C Mirrorless cameras

Two new cameras have joined the party of the Sony E-system, two new APS-C mirrorless cameras that are now available for pre-ordering as follows:

+ a6100 body only for $748
+ a6100 with 16-50 for $848
+ a6100 two lens kit (16-50, 55-210) for $1098
+ release estimate November 2019
+ available for pre-orders at B&H Photo and Adorama and Amazon

+ a6600 body only for $1398
+ a6600 with 18-135mm for $1798
+ a6600 with 16-25mm f2.8 for $2796
+ release estimate November 2019
+ available for pre-orders at B&H Photo and Adorama and Amazon

Monday (EU): select Sony E and RX on sale

To Amazon Germany we go for Monday 19/8/19 (European style not-quite-palindrome date) where their headliner is a Sony Electronics sale that includes the following camera and photo gear:

+ Sony a5100 with 16-50 for 389 euro
+ Sony a6000 with 16-70Z for 999 euro
+ Sony a6500 with 16-70Z for 1619 euro

+ Sony Zeiss 16-35mm f4 ZA OSS Vario T* for 1049 euro

+ Sony RX10 II for 865 (#DailyReminder, the blazing fast AF was introduced in the Mark IV)

+ Sony RX100 III with Vlogger kit (VCT-SGR1) for 509 euro

Used Sony a7 II body for $704, a7 with 28-70 for $734 [Prime]

The 20% off Warehouse Deals promotion has two offers for Sony a7*.* fans as follows:

+ a7 with 28-70mm in “Used – Like New” condition for $734~, while the new condition goes for $998

+ Sony a7 II body only in “Used – Like New” for $704 while the new condition goes for $898

+ these are for Prime members only as part of the Prime Day 2019

Used Sony RX100 Mark III for $393 [Prime only]

It’s up to you to sort out the various versions of the Sony RX100 and its competitors, but if you are interested in the RX100 Mark III and you are a Prime member, thanks to the 20% off Warehouse Deals in-cart discount you can get it for $393~ in “Used – Like New” (damaged original packaging) condition by Amazon Warehouse Deals itself. Look for them as the seller – that black-green “amazon warehouse” logo in the “Seller Information” column…

BUT if you are not a Prime member, hope is not totally lost ~ over there, KEH Camera is offering it for $429 in “Used – Good” condition and with a 180-day warranty…

Blast from the Past: Used Sony Cybershot P32 for $16 [Prime]

And now our obligatory flashback / blast-from-the-past type of deal, made possible by the previously mentioned 20% off Warehouse Deals in-cart discount for Prime members… We dial way back in the time machine for the “Used – Good” condition Sony Cybershot P32 digital camera dropping from $20~ to $16. This is the sold by Amazon Warehouse Deals itself listing.

Used Sony a6000 body only w/180-day warranty for $299

KEH Camera comes to the rescue once again as it defeats Amazon Warehouse Deals even with the 20% off Prime discount. So this offer is good for everyone, KEH Camera is offering through Amazon Warehouse Deals in “USED – Good” condition (battery & charger included) with a 180-day KEH warranty the Sony A6000 APS-C body only mirrorless camera for $299 with free shipping.

EU: Prime Day Monday at Amazon Germany with Sony Camera Sale, Photo Accessories, Storage, Action Cams, Drones, and lots of tech gear [300 separate deals!]

For European Union shoppers, Amazon Germany has already launched their Prime Day 2019 deals with a vast variety of technology and other products, among which:

+ Sony Cybershot camera sale the RX10 III for 968 euro, HX90 compact-zoom for 239 euro, RX 100 IV for 545 euro
+ Sony E-system sale with a6500 body for 949, a6500 two lens kit (18-135, 70-300, both G thangs) for 1585; a7 II w/28-70 for 1085
+ nine E-system lenses starting at 155 for the 50/1.8 FE
+ Sony A-system: a77 II for 739

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New Sony E-mount (and more) Instant Savings are LIVE!

Sony is back with another round of manufacturer-initiated instant savings promotions and you can find them all nicely organized at the B&H Photo website

The offers include (among others):

+ a7 II with 28-70 and extras for $1600
+ a7R III with extras for $2500
+ a7R III with 24-105 and extras for $4200

+ VG-C3EM Vertical Grip for $298

+ FE 24-105mm f/4 Lens with UV Filter Kit for $1400
+ 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens with UV Filter Kit for $600

And LOTS more. You can use the various tabs and price-range filters at the Promotional page for items of interest. For example, the big RX10 IV monster is down to $1598 with free accessories as well. The RX10 IV is the “(forum) dream of the 90s” ~ to paraphrase Portlandia ๐Ÿ™‚

Sony Summer Kick Off sale includes a6000 2-lens kit, a7 II, a7R II

It’s the summer and the marketing team at Sony USA looked outside their windows and discovered so. Inspired by such change in the weather, they decided to launch a Summer Kick Off sale that includes a mix of Sony electronics and camera gear, including their all-star WH-1000X-M3 headphones for $298, the ones many think are beating Bose on noise cancellation (!!!)

Of camera and photo interest:

  • a6000 with 16-50 and 55-210 for $648, a potentially interesting “take pictures with” getting-started with E type of a bundle
  • Alpha A7 II body only for $998
  • Alpha A7R II body only for $2600

Monday (EU): select Sony cameras on sale (a6500, RX-series, 55-210, action cam)

Good for Monday in the Amazon Germany time zone, among their Gold Box daily deals, there is a Sony cameras sale that includes the a6500 body only for 1065 euro, the 55-210mm lens for $199 (either color), the monster RX10 II for 797 euro, the RX100 II for 389 and the A550 action cam for 129 euro. There’s also a TV and 4K Bluray player…

Wedn (EU): Canon and Sony and M43rds and more camera sale

Amazon Germany decided to continue their Gold Box Spring Sale until Thursday instead of its previous ending of Monday. The Wednesday group of daily deals includes a Canon and Sony camera sale among other things:

+ Canon camera sale
+ 80D with 18-135 for 1125 euro
+ M50 body for 495 euro
+ M50 with lens for 585 euro
+ M50 two lens kit for 720
+ XC10 4K professional camcorder for 1420
+ G9 X II for 313 to 323
+ G7 X II for 473
+ also superzooms and camcorders

+ Sony and Friends camera sale
+ Sony a6500 body for 1055
+ Sony HX90 superzoom for 249
+ Sony RX100 III w/selfie grip for 499
+ various Sony and Sigma and Olympus lenses
+ Olympus E-PL9 with kit lens for 539
+ Panasonic G70 with kit lens for 429
+ Panasonic TZ58 superzoom for 149
+ camcorders

Among the other sales, it’s the return of the PC Gaming sale featuring many accessories, from keyboards/mice to headsets to mics and audio. There’s LEGOs and cat food and Fire tablets and coffee machines and various kitchen-y things of all sizes…

Tuesday (EU): Sony Camera Sale, Xperia XZ2, Budget Action Cams

Until April 15, Amazon Germany is having a big “Spring Sale” with a large number of offers rolling out every day. For Tuesday April 9 in 2019 they have, among others:

++ Sony Camera Sale which includes:
+ Cybershot HX90 superzoom for 259 euro
+ HX400v superzoom for 319
+ RX100 Mark III with Vlogger Grip for 499
+ a6500 body only for 1079 euro
+ 18-200 f3.5-6.3 (18200LE) OS APS-C for 579
+ 55-210 f4.5-6.3 OSS for 222
+ 24-240 f3.5-6.3 OSS for 749

There’s also a Sony Xperia smartphone sale there with the XZ2 going for 600 euro and the XZ2 Compact for 400 euro.

On the budget side of things, there’s a Victure action camera sale with prices starting at 30 euro, and they have some wildlife cameras there too.

Thur (EU): Sony sale: a7 II, a6300, a77 II, 50/f1.8 FE, RX100 IV, HX90, etc

It’s Sony time on Thursday at the Amazon Germany Gold Box with a total of eight Sony camera-related products as follows:

+ a7 II with 28-70 for 1142 euro
+ a6300 with 16-50 for 689

+ 50mm f1.8 FE for 169

+ a77 II body only DSLR for 799

+ RX100 Mark IV for 579 euro
+ HX90 superzoom (30X optical) for 276

+ two camcorders for 175 to 1019

Also part of the Thursday action are Lenovo tablets and a few laptops of various manufacturers, along with some TP-Link products

Ends Fri PM: 15% off Sony gear with KEH coupon

Never fear, KEH is here! Coupon code KEHSONY2A gets you 15% off the current price of select Sony camera gear. There are at least five pages of options over there. The coupon ends on Friday at 11:59pm eastern… AS usual, their shopping cart is the ultimate decider on what qualifies for the coupon. You can test the coupon by adding items of interest in the cart and entering le couponeaux. You don’t have to signup/login to test the coupon…

Tuesday (EU): Sony a7s for 1358, a7r II for 1729

A duo of Sony E-system full frames can be found in the Tuesday JAN-29-2019 Amazon Germany Gold Box, both body-onlies, with the a7s going for 1358 euro, and the a7r II going for 1729 euro… Today’s sales also include the Motorola G6 Plus (4Gb RAM, 64GB onboard) going for 239 euro. You definitely needs a Wiki page to sort out the G6 models, let alone the whole Moto G line

The choices now in full frame mirrorless have exploded after Photokina 2018, with Canon and Nikon throwing their own hats in the ring, and a new ragtag alliance of three launching Micro Four L ๐Ÿ˜‰

Thursday (EU): Sony E-system and RX sale, etc

It’s another camera and tech busy day at the Amazon Germany Gold Box. Among the various offerings there, prices below in euro of course since this is sold in the EU:

+ Sony E-system sale including:
++ A7 II body for 1145
++ a6000 with kit lens for 444
++ a77 II DSLR body for 809 [this DSLR sings Pearl Jam’s “I’m still alive”]

++ RX100 IV rawsumer for 769
++ RX10 II rawsumer for 798 [daily reminder: it is the RX10 IV that has the blazingly fast AF]
++ HX60 travelzoom (30x optical, can your smartphone do this?] for 169

++ seven E-system lenses, a mix of primes and zooms from 182 to 715

+ various Sony electronics, lots of whiskey (!!!) {winters are cold and the white walkers are coming!), various home/household/fashion items, and this SECACAM wildlife camera bundle for 159 euro (includes remote, card, batteries, etc)

Imported Sony a7r III body for $2250

The new condition Sony a7r III body only goes for $2800 at authorized Sony USA dealers such as B&H Photo and Adorama and Amazon (with FREE Manfrotto Befree Advanced 4-Section Tripod with Ballhead and a free Joby GorillaPod 5K Stand and a free Lowepro m-Trekker BP 150 Backpack)…

… but if you are comfortable with grey-market/imported camera gear, to the eBay Deals we go where the Department Store NYC eBay store is offering the new condition imported/grey-market Sony a7r III body only for $2250 with free shipping. There is no mention of any warranty included in the listing, so assume there is noen. They offer a 30-day return policy…

Sony a7 II body with FE 28-70/3.5-5.6 OSS for $998

The year is 2018 and now you can get “take pictures with” full frame camera kits for $1000! At the start of the century, at a very influential PMA trade show [I forgot the exact year – 2002?], we were all getting excited because APS-C DSLR body onlies could be had for under $2500 ๐Ÿ™‚

Good for a limited time only, during the Black Friday festivities, you can get the Sony a7 II full frame mirrorless camera with the 28-70 f3.5-5.6 OSS FE lens for $998 with free shipping at select Sony dealers:

+ at B&H Photo you also get a 64GB Sandisk Extreme PRO and a camera bag

+ at Adorama you get all kinds of free accessories including a 32GB Extreme SD

+ at Amazon you get no freebies but if you pay with a Prime credit card you get 5% back (that’s $50~ to your credit card statement or cashback balance)

If you don’t want/need the 28-70 lens, the body only goes for $898. The lens currently goes for $400 on its own, so even if you don’t need the lens, you can sell/trade it or gift it.

Tue (EU): Sony a7 II, a6500, 24-240; Canon 10-18, Ixus 185; Fuji Square; Nikon D5300, A900, W300; Panasonic FZ82, G70, GX80

More action at Amazon Germany for Tuesday Nov-20-2018 which includes a Camera and Photo sale including:

+ Canon EF-S 10-18/4.5-5.6 IS STM for 199 euro
+ Canon Ixus 185 for 70 to 74 depending on color

+ Sony a7 II with 28-70 for 1205
+ Sony a6500 body only for 1069
+ Sony 24-240/3.5-6.3 OSS for 759
+ Sony FDR-AX100 4K UltraHD camcorder for 955
+ PS: separately, Amazon-Sony are running a Big Cashback Promotion of the full frame kind

+ Fuji Instax Share Gold for 97
+ Fuji Instax Square SQ 10 hybrid instant camera for 139

+ Kodak Mini Mobile printer for 75

+ Nikon D5300 with 18-55 for 595
+ Nikon Coolpix A900 for 297
+ Nikon Coolpix W300 element-proof camera for 340

+ Panasonic GX80 with 12-32 and Rollei City tripod for 600
+ Panasonic G70 with 14-42 and Rollei C5i tripod for 567
+ Panasonic FZ82 superzoom with Rollei tripod for 310

+ 1 Year of Dropbox PLUS for 59 euro

+ see them all at the Camera and Photo sale

New Sony Instant Savings promotions are LIVE!

Sunday has brought with it, as it is often the case, a new round of Sony Instant Savings promotions featuring a variety of E cameras, lenses and accessories including the lowest prices ever for the a7 R II for $1600 and the a7 R III for $2800, while the a9 body only is down to $3500. Full frame camera, empty frame wallet ๐Ÿ™‚ But fear not, a handful of lenses are on sale as well including affordable primes such as the 50/1.8 E OSS for $273 and the 50/1.8 FE for $223…

Sony RX10 Mark IV drops to $1598

With so many DSLR and mirrorless camera bodies and kits and lenses under the price, some may hesitate to buy a fixed lens camera at the Sony RX10 price range. But but but but if you can’t resist the temptation of an all-in-one camera that ticks soooooooooooooo many boxes and offers speed-demon autofocus for its kind…

… the new condition RX 10 Mark IV is now down to $1598 at authorized Sony dealers such as Adorama (with 1% rewards, 32GB Extreme PRO, Corel software, 72mm MC UV, etc) and Amazon and B&H Photo (with free bag and 64GB Extreme SDXC)….

PS: if the speed-demon autofocus of the Mark IV does not tempt you, and you can buy electronics favorably to your wallet in the EU, good for Wednesday NOV-14-2018, you can get the new condition Sony RX 10 Mark III for 999 euro as part of the Amazon Germany daily deals

2-Pack of 128GB Sony SF-M UHS-II U3 C10 SDXC for $120

Adorama has launched another limited time offer [they call them “Snapshot Deals”], this time they are offering the 2-pack of 128GB Sony SF-M Series UHS-II U3 Class 10 SDXC memory cards for $120 with free shipping. It comes out to $60 per memory card. This promise read speeds up to 260MB/sec.