Sony a6500 Sales Live: w/55-210 for $1550 [add 16-50 for $150 more]

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

Sony a6300 with 16-50 and 55-210 for $1200

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.

Sony a6000 with 16-50mm and 55-210 and Freebies for $798

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)

Sony a6500 with 55-210mm OSS for $1546 (on sale NOW)

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.

Heads Up: Starting Sunday: Sony a6500 kit discounts

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!

(SOLD OUT) Used Sony a6300 with 16-50 for $930

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.

Pre-orders open: two new Sony FE Primes (85/1.8, 100/2.8 OSS)

UPDATE 2/9/17: the two lenses and flash Sony announced on Tuesday are now available for pre-ordering:

+ Sony FE 85mm f1.8 for $600
+ Sony FE 100mm f2.8 STF GM OSS for $1500

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.

New Sony Instant Savings on iLCs and Fixed Lens Cameras: a6300 body for $900 with $100 GC, Etc

Sony has launched a new round of instant savings on select E-system and A-system cameras and fixed lens cameras. You can find all participating items nicely organized at the B&H Photo website.

The sales include, among others:
+ Sony a6300 kits get a $100 B&H Photo gift card: body for $900, with 16-50 for $1050, two lens kit for $1200
+ Sony a6000 kits get a $50 B&H Photo gift card; with 16-50mm for $650; two lens kit for $800
+ Sony a68 body for $550, with lens for $650
+ Sony RX100 Mark V with $100 gift card for $1000
+ Sony RX100: Mark IV for $850, Mark III for $700, Mark II for $550
+ various Cybershot models
+ prices in the blog-post are rounded up to rounded prices (eg $850 instead of $848)
+ see all eligible models at the B&H Photo website

The above are the changes with the latest iterations. Many of the previous offers are continuing, you can find them at the B&H Sony Instant Savings page. Hit “Load More” at the bottom to see more.

Sony a6300 with 16-50 and $100 Gift Card for $1050

The Sony a6300 with 16-50mm kit is bundled with a $100 B&H Photo gift card, together going for $1050 with free shipping at B&H Photo, among the latest Sony Instant Savings specials.

Meanwhile the Sony a6000 with 16-50mm is bundled with a $50 B&H Photo gift card, together going for $650 with free shipping, in your choice of four a6000 color schemes.

Used Sony a6500 body for $1223

If you are comfortable with used cameras, the Sony a6500 body only is available in “Used – Very Good” condition for $1223 with free shipping by Amazon Warehouse Deals itself. They have a description of its condition and they even have four pictures, which is rare for Warehouse Deals (may be a new experimental feature?). The new condition price at authorized dealers is $1400.

Sony 16mm f2.8 with 5yr New Leaf and Filter for $223 (E-mount)

If you are fond of E-system primes and extended lens warranties, Adorama is offering the new condition silver Sony 16mm f2.8 lens with a 5-year New Leaf extended warranty and a Vivitar 49mm filter for $223 with free shipping. This is among their Better Than Chocolate sales.

On the other hand, if you don’t like extended warranties, you can get the lens for the same price but with 4% promotional rewards (instead of the other extras) at B&H Photo, among their latest Featured Sales.

Used Sony RX100 first gen for $280

If you want to try out the Sony RX100 series without breaking the bank, and if you are comfortable with used cameras, you can get the first generation Sony RX100 in “Used – Condition 8+” for $280 at B&H Photo. B&H Photo offers a 90-day warranty covered by B&H for the used products they sell on their website.

To compare, the new condition prices for $400 for the 1st generation, $550 for the 2nd generation, $700 for the 3rd generation, and $850 for the 4th generation, and $1000 for the 5th generation, at authorized Sony USA dealers. Notice a pattern?

SPOILER ALERT: It’s the +$150 price staircase 🙂

Imported Sony a7S II body w/1yr seller warranty for $2199

Back to the Trending eBay deals, if you are comfortable with imported grey-market digital cameras with a 1-year warranty from the seller (not Sony USA), you can get the new condition Sony a7s II body only for $2199 with free shipping, with a limit of up to five units per customer, by ebay seller “Deals ALL Year” (99.9%, New Jersey).

At authorized Sony USA dealers, you can get this for $2700 with a variety of free accessory bundles. For example, at Adorama you can get a $200 Adorama gift certificate, or a Tascam shotgun mic, or a bundle of other accessories.

Sony a5000 with 16-50mm for $300

If you are looking for a budget entry-point into the Sony E-system, the new condition white color scheme of the Sony a5000 with the 16-50mm OSS lens is on sale for a limited time for $300 iwth free shipping at Amazon by Amazon itself with a limit of up to ten units per customer. The shipping estimate is a floating “1 to 2 months” but you can lock up the price by ordering.

Sony a6300 with 16-70mm f4 ZA OSS and $100 GC for $1900

The Sony E-system has been around long enough to have assembled a variety of cameras and lenses, so there are plenty of options in new and used and refurbished. One such option is the new condition Sony a6300 bundled with the 16-70mm f4 ZA OSS Vario-Tessar lens and a $100 Adorama gift certificate, all together for $1900 at Adorama.

14 Sony Cameras (RX and E-mount) with Free Gift Cards (amounts range from $50 to $500)

A total of 14 Sony cameras, a mix of E-mount iLCs and RX fixed-lens cameras are bundled with gift cards with amounts ranging from $50 to $500 at B&H Photo. The Sony a7S II body only is the one getting the $500 gift card. The a6300 and a couple of RX models are getting $200 gift cards, while the rest are getting either $50 or $100 free B&H gift cards.

Sony 18-105mm F4.0 G OSS (E) + $50 Gift Card for $598

The Sony 18-105mm F4.0 G OSS (E-mount) lens currently goes for $598 at authorized dealers, but as of the time of writing, you can get it for this price bundled with a $50 Adorama gift certificate at Adorama… Alternately they have a bundle with free accessories (including Corel software) but no $50 gift card…

Likewise, Adorama is bundling a $50 Adorama gift certificate with the silver Sony a6000 body only while still selling it at the authorized dealer price of $398.

For more action at Adorama, check their Pre-New-Year sale and their Year-Ending Rebate close-outs.

120pk Sony AA Carbon Zinc Single-Use Batteries for $25 w/FS

Batteries are included with this offer, since the batteries are the offer 🙂 One hundred twenty (120) Sony single-use Carbon Zinc AA batteries on sale for $25 with free shipping at Adorama. These are delivered as three 40-packs, which make it easier to split or share orders with friends and neighbors. Offer ends by 1/7/17 or earlier if sold out.

Sony RX10 III and $300 Gift Certificates for $1598

More Sony + Gift Card promotions, this time it is for the Sony RX10 III at Adorama, you pay the authorized dealer price of $1600 but you also receive $300 in Adorama gift cards: one $200 and one $100, which is handy if you are planning to give gift certificates as gifts 🙂

UPDATE: I forgot to mention, for the other Sony + Gift Card promotions, check the Sony category (posts) here.

Sony RX100 + $50 Gift Card + $20 Rewards for $398

The one that started it all, the new condition Sony RX100 (first generation) is currently bundled with a $50 B&H Photo e-gift card, along with 5% promotional rewards (around $20 to be used in future B&H purchases) for $398 with free expedited shipping at B&H Photo… For more of their specials, check their Featured Sales page

PS: for a rolling summary of the latest specials, check the Holiday Deals 2016 Situation Room.

Sony a7S II Body with $500 Gift Card for $2998

Hype is building up for Monday as “Green Monday” (more on that later today), but for now, here’s a gift card loaded promotion, the Sony a7s II body only is bundled with $500 worth of B&H Photo gift cards (a $300 plastic gift card and a $200 e-gift card) going for $2998 with free expedited shipping at B&H Photo. This is one way for manufacturers to offer a discount while “defending” their price points… For more action, check the latest B&H Photo Featured Sales

Sony a6000 w/16-50 and $50 Gift Card for $548

The Sony a6000 two-lens kit continues for $700 (look for the options under the Mirrorless Section of the Situation room), but if you don’t want/need the 55-210mm lens, you can get the Sony a6000 with the 16-50mm for $548 with free shipping and a $50 B&H Photo electronic gift card in three of the four color schemes at B&H Photo. The only color that doesn’t get a $50 gift card is the “Graphite” (shipping is extra for this particular color).

PS: a similar promotion is available at Adorama for those three colors (they don’t carry the “Graphite”). You can optionally get combined purchase discounts there by expanding the various sub-tabs under the yellow “Special Offer” section.

PS2: it looks like a similar offer is also available at Amazon where navigating the various options and colors takes a few deep breaths and some patience 🙂

72pk Sony Stamina Plus single-use AA or AAA for $19

The longer-running Woot Electronics deals feature a Sony Stamina Plus single-use battery sale featuring 72pks of AA or AAA for $19 each, with a limit of up to three per option. The sale also includes C, D, and V packs (of different sizes and prices). The AA + AAA is sold out but the rest are in-stock. Shipping is the usual $5 flat for everything you buy at Woot during a calendar day in the Central time zone. The sale ends 12/31/16, so one could wait until they find something else to buy from Woot (eg daily deals or future Woot-Off), so they can pay shipping only once.

Very YMMV: 15% back on select Sony products with Amazon Prime Store Credit Card

This is a very YMMV promotion. I saw this banner for a Sony co-promotion with the Amazon Prime store credit card when surfing around Amazon, and when I clicked on it, I was apparently not eligible for the promotion because when I clicked on the banner I saw the standard Amazon Prime store card application page. I don’t have a Prime store credit card, so I don’t know if you see something else if you have that card. YMMV.

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There is no magical link to this, just pay attention to the Amazon horizontal banners in the main column of the page. Since the page won’t show me any details, I don’t know how it works, so a double YMMV.

Here’s a bird’s eye view of where to look for it on the Amazon product pages:

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PS: the Amazon (Prime) Store Card is a store credit card, not to be confused with the Amazon Chase VISA credit card by Chase. You can only use the Amazon Store credit card at Amazon. It becomes a Prime Store Credit card if you are a Prime member and as a Prime benefit, you get 5% back on purchases made with it as a Prime member.

Sony a7R II Body with $200 Gift Card (or Rode VideoMic or Sigma MC11) for $3200

The Sony a7r II body only is offered for $3200 at B&H Photo where you can choose one free item from a choice of three: A) $200 B&H Gift Card, B) Rode Videomic PRO, C) Sigma MC11 (EF to E). You are promoted to select which one right after you press the regular “Add to Cart” button. The pop-under presents you the three choices. The gift card is obviously the most flexible of the three choices.

Sony a6000 w/16-50 and 55-210 and $28 rewards and $50 Gift Card for $700

Typically offers expire or lose some of the extras after the Black-Cyber 4-day weekend ends, but while updating the Holiday Shopping Season Situation Room, this offer actually added a bonus since the last time I checked it…

… the Sony a6000 two-lens kit (16-50, 55-210) now gets a $50 B&H Photo e-gift card, along with the previous 4% promotional rewards (around $28 to be used in future purchases at B&H Photo. The price is $700 with free expedited shipping.

UPDATE: price added to the blog-post title. Previously it read “for $” instead of “for $700” 🙂

(ENDED) Rokinon 21mm f1.4 Lens for Sony E for $299 (ends 2pm ET)

This flash sale expired…

The current flash sale item among the B&H daily deals at the moment, good until 2pm Eastern today (or earlier if sold out) is the Rokinon 21mm f/1.4 Lens for Sony E going for $299 with free shipping. Only the Sony E-mount version in the black color scheme is on sale. The other colors and mounts are not on sale.

(SOLD OUT) Sony PlayStation 4 Camera for $30 (limit 3)

This sold out as of 11/29/16 PM recheck… I don’t know how many “Playstationographers” are out there, but the official Sony PlayStation 4 Camera (latest model) is on sale for $30 with a limit of three per customer at Amazon by Amazon itself. Shipping estimate is currently December 3, which feels like it’s far away, yet it’s only next week 🙂

Sony a6300 Body with $100 Gift Card for $1000 [OR a6300 w/16-50 & $100 Gift Card & Rode VideoMic for $1150]

The Sony a6300 mirrorless body only camera is bundled with a $100 B&H e-gift card, together for $1000 with free shipping at B&H Photo… Or if you prefer the a6300 w/16-50 kit, in addition to the $100 gift card, you also receive a Rode VideoMIC Go on-camera mic, all together for $1150 with free shipping…

Sony RX10 III, $100 Gift Card, 64GB EXtreme for $1600

Since we last saw her in the Stock Status Tracker, the Sony RX10 III got some new promotions. You can get it for $1600 with free shipping and a $100 store gift card and a 64GB Sandisk Extreme PRO memory card at B&H Photo and Adorama… At B&H, you get a $100 B&H gift card, at Adorama, you get a $100 Adorama gift card… Check the Serious Fixed Lens Cameras price-chart for a frame of reference on this market segment (as of early November 2016)…

Internet meets and defeats Sony a5000 Black Friday Ad

I am going through the Black Friday Ads and price-checking to see which cameras have already been price-matched by the internets. The Sony a5000 w/16-50mm is advertised for $350, and the internet has matched the price, but that’s not all, Adorama is bundling it with lots of free accessories including the Corel software bundle (Aftershot X2, PSP X8), Bag, SD, Filters, etc). The same price is at B&H Photo and Amazon itself but no freebies.

On the other hand, if you want to optimize for a lower price, you can get it in open-box condition for $298 at B&H Photo with a 1-year warranty from B&H (not Sony USA).

PS: while I’ll try to price-check as many things as I can, I won’t post individual alerts for every single one of them. But they will be added to the Black Friday Ads digest post.

Internets Price-Match Sony a6000 Black Friday 2-Lens Kit for $700

Just like previous years, the internets have began price-matching (or rolling out) some of the Black Friday offers. In this case, it is the Sony a6000 two-lens kit (16-50, 55-210) going for $700 at Adorama (with lots of free accessories: Corel, Bag, SD, Filters, etc) and B&H Photo (4% rewards) and Amazon itself… The same price is also offered for the two lens kit with the 18-55 instead of the 16-50 lens but without any freebies (eg B&H Photo)…

Latest Canon, Nikon, Sony specials at Adorama

Adorama launched another round of early Black Friday specials featuring some of the latest promotions and bundles with free accessories featuring Canon, Nikon and Sony cameras and lenses and assorted accessories. The cameras and lenses are broken down in sub-groups, nested within the manufacturer listing blocks in the order mentioned above.

New Sony Cameras, Lenses and Accessories Instant Savings

Sunday is typically when new manufacturer-initiated instant-savings promotions roll out, and this Sunday is no exception on the Sony front, where a number of new MAP-blessed sales have gone live featuring various Sony cameras (DSLR, mirrorless, fixed lens), along with various Lenses and Accessories and Camcorders. You can find them all nicely organized at B&H Photo… You can compare the current price situation to early November using the November 2016 price charts

Open-box Sony a5000 w/16-50 for $379 + S&H

If you are comfortable with open-box camera-gear, B&H Photo is offering the open-box Sony a5000 with 16-50mm for $379 plus shipping and handling. My three test zipcodes (east coast, west coast, in-between) all show $9.01 shipping but I can’t test every zipcode… To see how it stacks up price-wise, check the Mirrorless Price charts, especially the bottom chart, the “Take Pictures With Kits”.

(ENDED) 16GB Sony MicroVault Dual USB 2.0 Drive for $6

As of 11/4/16 AM recheck, the price increased to $7.50, still with free S&H, as is everything at A4C… If you are looking for a USB flash drive to use both full size USB 2.0 ports along with microUSB ports (as long as your phone/tablet supports OTG), among the A4C daily deals is the new condition 16GB Sony MicroVault Dual USB 2.0 Drive offered for $6 with free shipping, with a limit of one unit per customer.

(ENDED) Sony RX100 V drops $948 to $956

As of a late 10/30/16 update of the Stock Status Tracker, the discount almost ended (it is $979 by Cardinal Photo, not Prime eligible). Alternately you can get it with a handful of free accessories for $1000 by Cameta thru eBay.

ORIGINAL POST: We just updated the Stock Status Tracker and we have some interesting news for fans of the Sony RX100 V, a discount! It looks like it may be a computer-generated price-match, so it may (or may not) last long. Amazon itself offers it for $956 while 3rd-party seller Cardinal Photo has it for $948 with free shipping (but not Prime eligible).

In-Stock Now: Sony RX100 V for $1000 [updated]

UPDATE: the Cameta eBay store is bundling a handful of free accessories for the same price (64GB Transcend SDXC, extra 3rd-party charger and battery, trinkety accessories, 1-year Outdoor Photographer (prepaid subscription voucher), free 4×6″ York Prints, etc).

ORIGINAL POST: The estimates were correct for the Sony RX100 V, the camera is now in-stock and shipping at multiple retailers as you can see at the just-updated Stock Status Tracker. This includes many of the major retailers including Amazon and Adorama and B&H Photo.

16GB Sony Microvault Dual USB Flash Drive for $8 w/free S&H

One of the A4C daily deals is the new condition 16GB Sony Microvault Dual USB Flash Drive for $8 (was $7) w/free S&H. You can buy as many as you want. The Dual part is because storage is accessible two different ways, from a full size USB 2.0 connector or a microUSB connector. Remember, your phone/tablet must support OTG in hardware and software for the microUSB connection to work. This is more something to check for older phones since newer phones (at least ones with microUSB that is) support it.

Wednesday: Sony RX100 III and $50 Gift Card for $750

The Sony RX100 III currently goes for $750 at authorized Sony dealers, but as one of the daily deals at the Best Buy website you can get it bundled with a $50 Best Buy gift card…

If you don’t want to deal with Best Buy, it is available in open-box condition for $679 + shipping at B&H Photo, however, Best Buy may have it in open-box condition for $600. Click on the open box link at the Best Buy page to check availability. No gift card for the open-box.

PS: the latest model is the RX100 Mark V which is scheduled to be released by the end of the month (see bottom row in the Stock Status Tracker).

Imported Sony A7R II Body for $2700 w/1yr seller warranty

The Sony A7R II body only goes for $3200 at authorized dealers (eg Amazon) but if you are comfortable with imported grey market cameras…

… to the Trending eBay Deals we go where eBay seller “Electronics Valley” (New Jersey, 99.7%) is offering the new condition imported grey-market Sony A7R II Body Only for $2700 with free shipping with a 1-year warranty from the seller (not from Sony USA. Over 70 units got sold so far from this listing.