The new Sony a9 flagship full frame camera along with the new 100-400 Master lens are now available for pre-order, as Sony has gone into an smartphone-esque two-phase announcement. They are pre-orderable as follows:
+ Sony a9 for $4500 at B&H Photo and Amazon itself and Adorama
+ Sony VG-C3EM Vertical Grip for Alpha a9 for $350 at Adorama and Amazon itself and B&H Photo
+ Sony FE 100-400mm F4.5–5.6 GM OSS for $2500 at Amazon itself and Adorama and B&H Photo
There’s also a few more pro-caliber accessories coming along with the a9, the Sony HVL-F45RM Compact, Radio-Controlled Gn 45 Camera Flash with 1″ Display for $400, and the Sony NPAMQZ1K Multi Battery Adaptor Kit also for $400.
The release estimate for the a9 and accessories is May 25-26 in 2017. The 100-400 lens has a late July release estimate. As usual, there is a YMMV to the estimate, especially since these are flagship/pro gear that are not made in mass-market fashion.
The a9 announcement gave the Mirrorless cameras the lead, they are leading DSLRs 6-5 in 2017. It’s starting to look like a hockey game score 🙂
Canon and Nikon are no longer the only ones with used-car-priced full frame flagship cameras. Sony is joining the fray with the new Sony a9 full frame E-mount flagship, with a flagship price of $4500. Pre-orders will begin on Friday 4/21/17, so considerate of Sony to let people enjoy the holidays the days before and after. Preorders will begin at 10am ET on Friday at B&H Photo.
For more on the camera, B&H has a 1-hour video of the announcement, along with a live blog.
Also coming along with the PRO camera is a new Master series lens, the FE 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 GM OSS E-Mount with a price of $2500, and pre-orders opening on Friday.
This new camera now gives mirrorless cameras the lead in 2017, they are “winning” over DSLRs in a penalty shoot-out at 6-5. You can see them all at the New Cameras of 2017 page.
The Sony Alpha a7R II body only goes for $2900 at authorized Sony dealers which are bundling it with some freebies, for example, it gets a 2TB WDD HDD at B&H Photo or 1-Year of Photographer Creative Cloud or at Adorama where it gets Lightroom 6 or a bundle of accessory joy (32GB Lexar, Corel, Bag, Extra Battery, Etc).
But if you are comfortable with imported grey-market that get a 1-year seller warranty (not Sony USA warranty), to the eBay Deals we geaux where you can get the Sony a7R II body only in such condition for $2200 by Electronics Valley thru eBay (99.7%, New Jersey). Limit five per customer.
NOTE: purchases made at B&H and Adorama and other retailers that are closed for the Passover Holidays will ship at or after April 19.
The 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.
The new Sony Xperia XZs Android smartphone with its 19mp stacked Exmor RS Motion Eye sensor and 960fps slow motion capture is scheduled to start shipping tomorrow (April 5). It is available for outright purchase, no contract, no preconditions, no installment plans, unlocked with USA warranty for $699 in three color options by Amazon itself. It takes microSD cards (up to 256GB), has 4GB RAM, 64GB on-board, 5.2″ 1080p screen, Snapdragon 820, IP68 waterproofness, dual nano SIM, Android 7.1, etc.
Speaking of unlocked smartphones, Amazon has launched a new featured Unlocked Smartphone sale featuring various models including ASUS Zenphone Zoom, Sony XA, and more.
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 🙂
If you are a fan of single-use Sony Heavy-duty Carbon Zinc AA Batteries, the price of the 20-pack has dropped even further, you can now get it for $2.52 at Amazon by Amazon itself with a limit of three sets per customer. This is an add-on item, so your order total must be $25+ in order to buy them..
A number of other add-on items are dropping in price, you can get to $25+ with Add-on items alone too. You can find them all in the Elsewhere at Amazon, including sub-$2 Timberland touch-screen gloves and sub-$2.50 11-inch tablet sleeve, and sub $1.50 iPhone 7 Plus case.
If you are a fan of Carbon Zinc single-use batteries, the 20-pack of Sony heavy duty carbon zinc single-use AA batteries (model SUM3NLB20A) are on sale for $4.99 per 20-pack at Amazon by Amazon itself. You can buy as many 20-packs as you like within reason (the limit is 27 20-packs per customer).
These are however an ADD-ON item, so your order total must be $25+ of products that sold and shipped by Amazon or fulfilled by Amazon. You can get to $25+ with any combination of products, eg five 20-packs. If you are close to $25 and need ideas to get over the hump, check the Elsewhere at Amazon section in the daily lightning deal round-ups. Once you clear the $25 limit, the usual free shipping terms apply, free 2-day for Prime or with a $35+ order for non-Prime (or $25+ in books).
On the other hand if you need AAA batteries, their 20-pack of AAAs (single-use, Carbon Zinc too) is going for $5.38 but it is not an Add-ON item, so if you are a Prime member, you can buy one 20-pack and still get free 2-day shipping. The shipping estimate for these is 1-2 months.
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.
On the Sony XQD M series memory cards front, their 128GB version goes for $116, the 64GB version goes for $71, and the 32GB version goes for $39 at Amazon by Amazon itself. All three are on the same listing.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Another “take pictures with” kit on sale, the Sony a5000 with the 16-50mm is currently going for $350 at B&H Photo (white or silver or black color scheme, but no Raiders edition) and Amazon by Amazon itself.
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 🙂
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.
The Sony RX100 V rawsumer is currently on sale or $888 with free shipping at Amazon by Amazon itself. This is not a lightning deal. Limit up to 30 units per customer. This sale made it the current #1 among best selling fixed lens cameras.
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.
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.
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.
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.
To the eBay Deals now, the Focus Camera eBay store is offering the new condition Sony a6500 body only bundled with a $200 Focus Camera Gift card and a 64GB SD memory card for $1398 with free shipping.
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.
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.
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.
More gift card action at B&H Photo, they are bundling a $200 B&H gift card with the Sony a6300 with 16-50mm for $1148 with free shipping… Likewise, the a6300 body only goes for $1000 and gets a $200 B&H gift card as well… For more action, check their Featured Sales…
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…
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 🙂
Full frame action now, B&H Photo is including two $150 B&H Photo gift cards (total of $300) with the purchase of the Sony a7S II body only at its authorized dealer price of $2998 with free expedited shipping.
PS: silver lining of getting $300 in two gift cards is that they can make two separate holiday gifts 🙂
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
It turns out that they should have kept the limit of one per customer, because as of 1:45pm ET, this is sold out and cannot be ordered…
Continue reading “(SOLD OUT) Thursday: 16GB Sony microVault Dual USB Flash Drive for $5.55 w/free S&H”
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” 🙂
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.
I don’t remember if I mentioned this yet because it wasn’t in the Situation Room (I just added it) but the recently released Sony RX100 V continues at its starting price of $1000, but during the Black-Cyber festivities, it is getting a $100 gift card with purchase at Adorama and B&H Photo.
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 🙂
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…
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)…
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.
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)…
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.