(ENDED) Sony a6500 body only drops to $1218

As of a 10/17/17 AM re-check, this sale is over; the camera is back to $1400…

A Clash of the Shopping Titans! The new condition Sony a6500 body only is currently on sale for the very specific price of $1218 with free shipping at Walmart by Walmart itself and also at Amazon by Amazon itself (limit three per customer).

Both places have open marketplaces, so make sure you pay attention to who the actual seller in the listings you are looking at is [such a tortured sentence!]. The new condition price at other dealers is $1400 (eg Adorama).

(ENDED) Sony 50mm f1.8 (SEL50F18) for $209 [E]

As of a 10/10/17 re-check, this sale ended…

The new condition Sony 50mm f1.8 (E) lens, model SEL50F18, in the black color scheme, is currently on sale for a limited time for $209 with free shipping at Amazon by Amazon itself. Limit up to three per customer.

This is an old fashioned Amazon sale, not a lightning deal. There is no ticking clock on the offer, so expiration time/date is unknown.

FREE Sony HVL-F60M Flash and Extras with Sony a9 purchase

A new promotion is now running for the Sony a9 full frame mirrorless cameras! For the same price of $4500, you can get the Sony HVL-F60M Wireless Flash for FREE. This is a $550 flash, that’s a freebie that’s worth 12% the price of the camera. But that’s not all. Some retailers are adding freebies of their own in addition to the free Sony flash:

At B&H Photo you also get a free SanDisk 64GB Extreme PRO UHS-II SDXC Memory Card.

At Adorama you also get a 32GB Sandisk Extreme PRO SDHC card, Lowepro 140 camera bag, Corel software, 3Pod table-top tripod, memory card wallet, Flashpoint remote, and the obligatory cleaning kit.

Imported Sony a7R II Body with 1-YR Seller Warranty for $2140

The Sony a7R II body only goes for $2500 at authorized dealers which are bundling it with useful freebies (eg, Lightroom 6 or 4TB Western Digital external HDD). But if you prefer a lower price instead…

… to the eBay Deals we go, where eBay seller “Department Store NYC” (99.2%, New York) is offering the Sony a7R II body in imported grey-market new condition with a 1-year seller warranty (not Sony USA) for $2140 with free shipping. Limit three per customer. Over 1300 units have been sold from this listing according to the eBay stats.

Free 4TB WD External HDD with Sony a7R II or a7S II

For a limited time (until 9/30/17 PM), B&H Photo is bundling a FREE 4TB Western Digital My Passport USB 3.0 Secure Portable Hard Drive with the purchase of select Sony a-series full frame cameras at their regular prices: the Sony a7S II Body Only goes for $2500 with free expedited shipping, while the Sony a7R II Body Only goes for $2500 with free expedited shipping.

If you don’t want/need a 4TB external HDD, there are alternative options for freebies with purchase at the same prices of $2500 and $2800 respectively:

At Adorama, the Sony a7S II Body Only freebie options include Lightroom 6 OR a Tascam DR-10SG Shotgun Mic OR a bundle of photo-accessories including the Corel software bundle.

At Adorama, the Sony a7R II Body Only freebie options include Lightroom 6 OR a Tascam DR-10S Mic OR a bundle of photo-accessories including the Corel software bundle.

Speaking of Adorama, for a limited time, they are offering the new condition Apple TV 32GB (4th Generation) for $134 with free shipping.

Pre-orders are now LIVE for Sony RX10 IV

The iPhone X ruined my joke for the Sony RX10 IV price, because it no longer costs twice as much as the iPhone 🙂 Regardless, bad jokes are not included with the pre-orders 🙂 Sony went the flagship smartphone route with separating the announcements from the pre-orders. So today is the day…

… pre-orders are now accepted for $1700 for the new Sony RX 10 IV 1-inch superzoom with RAW and much and more at B&H Photo and Adorama and Amazon itself.

If my without-calculator math is correct, this is the 13th RX-series camera, and all of them are still available for purchase. Check the most recent (July 2017) Fixed Lens Price Chart for the previous models (does not have RX0 and RX10 IV).

Pre-order on Thursday new Sony RX10 IV for $1700

It’s interesting how the camera market can sometimes go in circles in some ways. The good old Olympus E-series fixed lens cameras of a decade ago may have found spiritual successors in the Sony RX10 series mayhaps, which brings us to a new addition to the line, the new RX 10 IV, available for pre-ordering on Thursday AM for $1700 at B&H Photo and Adorama et al.

One unusual accomplishment of the Sony RX-series is that every single camera in the RX-series remains a currently available. How much this is a sign of popularity and how much it is a matter of inventory, I do not know, but it still is something rare in the world of digital cameras.

This has been added to the New Cameras of 2017, making it the sixth RAWsumer of the year, and the most expensive of the lot so far.

Pre-order new Sony RX0 elementproof 1-inch RAWsumer Action Cam on 9/5/17

It’s IFA time in Berlin, which means more new tech products from all directions. Especially, in the world of photography, since this is an odd year, so there’s no Photokina [see Trade Show Calendar].

Sony had a pretty successful RX-series of RAWsumers, case in point, as you can see at the Fixed Lens Cameras Price Chart all models continue to be available in new condition at authorized dealers!

So it should not be a surprise that Sony would decide to further expand the RX-series.

Which brings us to the new brand new RX0, an ultra-compact elementproof camera but with a 1-inch 21mp sensor, and a 24mm f4 Zeiss-blessed lens, RAW of course (it wouldn’t be an RX-series without RAW!), and various tempting video features. And an RX-series starting price of $700.

In new-typical Sony fashion, pre-orders are not accepted right away. It will be available for pre-ordering on September 5, 2017.

But there are detailed pages for it at B&H Photo and Adorama.

This has been added to the New Cameras of 2017 tracking page, making it the fifth RAWsumer to be introduced in 2017. Try to guess the other four before looking. But we don’t have fabulous prizes if you guess right 🙂

Sony HVL-F43M External Flash with Extras for $398

In addition to the previously mentioned B&H flash (actual external hot-shoe camera flash) sales, there’s another flash bundle, this one at Adorama…

… it is the Sony HVL-F43M External Flash bundled with a handful of free accessories for $398 with free expedited shipping. The freebies are: a shoe-mount triple-bracket, a sto-fen omni-bounce, a mini soft box diffuser, and a Power 2000 4-slot charger with 4 rechargeable AA batteries. Shocker, I know, no Corel software and no cleaning kits 🙂

This is part of the early Labor Day Deals at Adorama…

Flash Deals: Sony HVL-F60M for $448, Canon 600EX II-RT for $479

Grouping things is today’s theme, so here we have a couple of flashes on sale at B&H Photo, among their latest Featured Sales:

+ Sony HVL-F60M External Flash for $448

+ Canon Speedlite 600EX II-RT for $479 with 4% promotional rewards as well (around $19 in future B&H purchases)
+ ends 9/2/17 at 11:59pm ET

+ free expedited shipping

Imported Sony a6300 w/16-50mm for $830

The Sony a6300 with 16-50mm goes for $1000 in new condition at authorized Sony USA dealers who are bundling it with various free accessories such as Adorama and B&H Photo.

But if you are comfortable with new condition imported grey-market cameras with a 1-year seller warranty (instead of a Sony USA warranty), then off to the eBay Deals we go, where you can get the camera as mentioned in this paragraph for $830 with free shipping by 6ave’s eBay store (New Jersey, 98.9%).

For a refresher on mirrorless prices, check the July 2017 edition of the Mirrorless Price Charts.

PS: if you are eligible for this offer, don’t forget to first activate the 8% eBay Bucks promotion. This would be a serious rewards amount, that’s around $66 to spend in the future on eBay (through the eBay Bucks rewards program).

Sony HVL-F60M External Flash with Various Freebies for $448

The new condition Sony HVL-F60M External Flash is currently on sale for $448 with free shipping at authorized dealers (eg B&H Photo), but if you also like to get some free accessories, the following retailers bundle it with freebies for the same price of $448:

+ Beach Camera thru Amazon includes a 72-inch Vivitar tripod, a 64GB SDXC C10 memory card, a 4-slot AA charger with four 2950 mAh (non-LSD) batteries, a Sakar diffuser and a lens cleaning pen.
+ yes, I am aware you cannot put an SD card inside the flash or put the flash on a 72-inch tripod, but you can use these accessories with your other devices 🙂

+ Adorama includes a Glow S-Type Speedlite Bracket With Bowens Mount AND Flashpoint Reflector for Speedlights AND Flashpoint Mini Soft Box Diffuser for Shoe Mount Flashes AND Power2000 4-slot charger with four AA NiMH 2900mAh non-LSD Batteries

Sony 28mm f2 FE with Many Freebies for $398

Prime time for Sony FE shooters, the new condition Sony 28mm f/2 FE lens is bundled with a handful of freebies at Adorama while still going for its standard authorized dealer price of $398 with free shipping: the Corel software bundle (five titles, including two photo and one video), a 49mm Digital Essential Filters Kit with case, a medium soft lens case, a lens wrap, and a cleaning kit.

OPTIONALLY when you expand the yellow “Special Offer” section, you have the combined purchase option to add Elements 15 to your order for +$39 (Photoshop or Premiere) or you can add the bundle of the two for +$69.

Sony 70-200mm f4 G OSS (E) with FREE Focus Shifter and more for $1398

The Sony 70-200mm f/4.0 G OSS for the E-mount goes for $1398 at authorized Sony USA dealers. For the same price, Adorama is including the following FREE items:

  • FocusShifter DSLR Follow Focus & Rack Focus (goes for $49 on its own)
  • Corel software bundle
  • 72mm Pro Optic Digital Essentials Filter Kit
  • cleaning kit

Sony a9 body with FREE 128GB and 32GB Sandisk Extreme PRO SDXC cards for $4500

The sony a9 body only mirrorless full frame camera goes for $4500 at authorized dealers. At the moment, Adorama is bundling two Sandisk Extreme PRO UHS-II Class 10 U3 SDXC Memory Card, Up to 300MB/s Read and Up to 260MB/s Write Speed. One is 128GB, and the other is 32GB. You also get free Overnight shipping which is nice for a flagship camera, you don’t want it lingering around in shiplandia.

Sony PXW-FS5 4K XDCAM for $4749, w/18-105 for $5249

A new instant savings promotion running throughout August 2017 offers the new condition Sony PXW-FS5 4K XDCAM Body Only for $4749 with free expedited shipping, or bundled with the 18-105mm f4G OSS lens for $5249. This camera uses a Super 35 CMOS Sensor… Optionally, Adorama offers financing opportunities, check the “Take Note” section on the product page over there for details…

In-Stock Now: Samyang 35mm f2.8 AutoFocus (Sony E)

If you like auto focusing technology and Samyang/Rokinon lenses, and you are part of the Sony E System, the Samyang 35mm f2.8 AutoFocus lens is now in-stock and shipping for $399 at B&H Photo and Adorama and by Adorama on Amazon.

Or if you prefer the Rokinon brand, the Rokinon flavor is also in-stock for the same price including Amazon itself and Adorama and B&H Photo.

Used Sony a99 II Body with 90-day warranty for $2600

The Sony a99 II 35mm full frame DSLR goes for $3200 in new condition at authorized dealers (eg Amazon itself or Adorama) but if you are comfortable buying DSLRs in used condition from reputable dealers…

… you can get the Sony a99 II body only in “USED – 9 Condition” (shows signs of use but very clean) for $2600 with free expedited shipping at B&H Photo with a 90-day warranty offered by B&H Photo. The list of included items (as with all the used listings at B&H Photo) can be found under the “In The Box” section further down the right hand side of their website…

As usual, it’s up to you to trade off the price vs condition vs warranty…

Imported Sony a6000 with 16-50mm for $560

Sony has many options now-a-days in the E-mount, both APS-C and full frame cameras, just look at all the Sonys in the Mirrorless Price Chart. If of all those options you are settled on the Sony a6000 with 16-50mm, it currently goes for $650 at authorized Sony USA dealers, which are allowed to add a handful of free accessories such as Adorama.

But if you are comfortable with imported grey-market cameras, then to the eBay Deals we go, where RedTag Camera is offering this kit as imported grey-market for $560 with free shipping. There is no mention of warranty in the listing, so assume there is no warranty included.

Sony a6500 w/16-50 f3.5-5.6 OSS PZ and 64GB SDXC and Bag and Extra Battery for $1500

The Sony a6500 [which I forgot to include in the original Mirrorless Price Chart but was added in the revised edition thanks to corrections from our readers] with 16-50mm f3.5-5.6 OSS PZ goes for $1500 at the Best Buy “Black Friday” but their offer has been “defeated” by B&H Photo which includes a 64GB Sandisk Extreme SDXC card, an extra Watson battery and a Shoulder Bag for the same price, versus Best Buy’s only one free accessory (a basic Sony-branded camera case).

$50 Gift Card with either Sony RX100 III or V

Also part of the Best Buy 2-DAY Sale is a promotion that gets you a $50 Best Buy Gift card and a 32GB SD card with the purchase of the Sony RX100 III or V at their regular prices of $750 and $1000 respectively. Sale ends Saturday night.

On the other hand, if gift cards don’t tempt you, and you are comfortable with open-box cameras, they are also available in open-box condition (without gift cards) as follows: the open-box RX100 III goes for $637 with free shipping, and the open-box RX100 V for $850 with free shipping.

For a refresher on RAWsumer price ranges, check the Fixed Lens Cameras Price Chart.

Sony Cybershot HX80 superzoom with $50 Gift Card for $370

Best Buy launched a Black Friday sale (no, you haven’t slept through the summer, it’s still July 2017) and among the offers is a $50 Best Buy Gift Card bundled with the Sony Cybershot HX80 superzoom selling for its regular price of $370 with free shipping. This is a 30x optical zoom camera, more of the travel/compact-zoom than the mega-barrel-zoom. Offers end Saturday night or earlier if sold out.

Resurrection Ship: Sony SLT-A99V Body for $1998

The Cylon DSLR Resurrection must be in orbit, hiding on the dark side of the moon, because the good old Sony a99V body only SLT dSLR has re-materialized at Amazon by Amazon itself in “temporarily out of stock” status. This is of interest only to those who may have been specifically hunting for this particular camera in new condition. It is a 2012 model.

PS: this post may appear random and out of the blue ~ there is a reason for it ~ this camera surfaced while I was price-checking cameras for the upcoming July 2017 edition of the “Price Charts” 🙂

Sony a7 Body (first gen) for $948

We haven’t mentioned this milestone on this blog yet, but thanks to a $50 instant savings promotion, we officially have a 35mm full frame interchangeable lens camera in new condition at authorized dealers going for under $1000. It is the Sony a7 body only (first generation), going for $948 with free shipping at Amazon by Amazon itself (limit 3) and at B&H Photo and Adorama.

Sony a6500 with 16-50 and 55-210 and Extra 64GB SDXC, Battery, Bag for $1594

This is an interesting mix of an advanced APS-C camera with two kit lenses, but if you have use for them or plan to gift/sell/trade the lens(es) you don’t need, this is a value play. “This” being the Sony a6500 bundled with the 16-50mm and 50-210mm lenses, along with three free extras, a 64GB Sandisk Extreme SDXC, a free Watson extra battery, and a free Ruggard shoulder bag, all together going for $1594 with free expedited shipping at B&H Photo.

Sony a5000 with 16-50mm and Extra Battery for $379

If of all the Sony mirrorless APS-C cameras it is the A5000 with the 16-50mm the one you want, in new condition, you can get in the black or silver color schemes for $379 with free shipping at B&H Photo with a free Watson additional battery included. The white color scheme goes for the same price but does not include a free Watson battery.

Sony a6500 with 16-50 and 55-210 and various freebies for $1594

Accessories time! If you are interested in the Sony a6500 with the 16-50mm and 55-210mm lenses, it is bundled with a variety of accessories for $1594 with free shipping as follows:

At B&H Photo you get a 64GB Sandisk Extreme SDXC card, a Watson extra battery, and a Ruggard shoulder bag.

At Amazon, sold and shipped by Focus Camera (but at Prime-like speed for Prime members) you get a 32GB Sandisk Extreme PRO SDHC card, two Wasabi batteries (do not eat!), a 3rd-party two-slot charger, a Tiffen UV filter, and a Focus Camera branded bag with trinkety accessories inside (cleaning kit, card reader, etc).

PS: the Adorama website is currently down so I can’t check there.

Sony a99 II Body + Steadicam Merlin 2 for $3368

Good until Tuesday night, B&H Photo is offering the Sony a99 II body only bundled with the Steadicam Merlin 2 Camera Stabilizing System, together for $3368 with free expedited shipping.

The a99 ii body only goes for $3200 on its own, while the Steadicam goes for $270 on its own (it’s on sale too), so based on current prices, you are getting a combined purchase discount of $100.

Now shipping: Zeiss Batis 135mm f2.8 Lens (Sony E)

Prime your wallets! The new Zeiss Batis 135mm f2.8 (Sony E-mount) lens is now in-stock and ready to ship for $2000 at B&H Photo and Adorama and various at Amazon.

PS: if you are a Prime member and pay with a Prime Store credit card or Chase VISA credit card, you earn a 5% statement credit, which is a cool $100 in this case.

Save the Date: Sony a9 LIVE STREAM by B&H on May 23 at 7:30pm ET

If you are curious about Sony’s new a9 flagship mirrorless camera (available for pre-order for $4500), B&H Photo is planning to have a Live-Streaming Panel talking about the camera on May 23 at 7:30pm eastern time. Yuo can submit questions ahead of time and have a chance to win the a9 by asking a Twitter question using the #BHPhotoLive twitter hashtag.

Five photographers will be participating on the panel. Details on all that at the B&H Event page.

Pre-order new Sony FE 16-35/2.8 and 12-24/4 Lenses

Sony has embraced the smartphone flagship pre-ordering model for their camera gear, where the pre-orders start a few days after the announcement. So starting today, you can pre-order their two new constant aperture FE lenses as follows:

+ Sony FE 12-24mm f4 G for $1700
+ July 31 release estimate

+ Sony FE 16-35mm f/2.8 GM for $2200
+ August 31 release estimate

Keep in mind, estimates are only estimates and are subject to change as various factors known and unknown can affect their release and delivery.

Imported Sony Alpha a7R II Body w/1yr seller warranty for $2200

The new condition Sony Alpha a7R II currently goes for $2700 at authorized Sony dealers, some of which are bundling it with free extras, for example, free Lightroom 6 at Adorama or free accessories bundle at Adorama (including Corel software)…

… but if you are comfortable with imported camera gear, to the eBay Deals we go where eBay seller “Department_Store_NYC” (99.2%, New York) is offering the imported grey-market Sony a7r II body only with a 1-year seller warranty (not Sony USA warranty) for $2200 with free shipping. Limit three units per customer.

Students and Educators ONLY: 10% off Sony a6000, RX100 III, a7 II

These discounts at B&H Photo are only available for Students and Educators, not the general population. They are 10% off discounts on the current prices of the following cameras:

+ Sony a6000 Body only for $493~ after discount
+ Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III for $673~ after discount
+ Sony Alpha a7 II body only for $1528~ after discount

In-Stock Now: Sony a99 II body for $3200

If you are not tempted by the siren’s call of the new a9 FE flagship, and you much prefer the a99 II DSLR, we have good news for you, the body only is now in-stock and ready to ship for $3200 with free expedited shipping at B&H Photo. Given the price of the camera, it’s not a bad idea to select the faster delivery option as possible, depending on price and location of course 🙂

Imported Sony a6300 w/16-50 w/1yr seller warranty for $850

The new condition Sony a6300 with 16-50mm goes for $1000 at authorized Sony dealers (eg Adorama and Amazon), however if you are comfortable with imported cameras…

… to the eBay Deals where the 6ave eBay store (99.1%, New Jersey) is offering the imported grey-market Sony a6300 with 16-50mm for $850 with free shipping. It comes with a 1-year warranty from the seller (6ave), not from Sony USA. Limit three per buyer.