Pre-order new Rokinon 35/1.4 FE AF, Leica 90/2.2 Thambar-M, Lensbabies, Etc

It’s lens pre-order round-up time now, with a handful of new lenses available at pre-order at B&H Photo:

Autofocus technology once again at Rokinonlandia, the Rokinon AF 35mm f/1.4 FE for the Sony E system goes for $799.

Leica is back too with another M system lens, pre-orders are accepted for the Thambar-M 90mm f2.2 for the Leica M system for $6500.

This too have been added to the New Lenses of 2017. Speaking of which, it’s just 2.5 months away until “Happy 2018” 🙂

If left unattended, Lensbabies multiply like bunnies! A limited edition Velvet and Twist Gift Set is available for pre-order for $1299 in the Canon, Nikon and Sony E-system. Each gift set includes:

+ Twist 60 Optic with Straight Body
+ Velvet 56mm f/1.6 Lens
+ Velvet 85mm f/1.8 Lens
+ a very expensive way to tell someone you hate them with this gift set 😉 #TROLL

Other pre-orders at B&H
While we are talking B&H Photo and pre-orders here’s a few more items that are now available for pre-ordering:

+ Lowepro m-Trekker BP150 Backpack for $120 in two color options

+ ASUS 15.6″ Republic of Gamers Strix Hero Edition Notebook for $1599
+ i7-7700HQ Quad-Core, 16GB DDR4, 256GB NVMe SSD + 1TB HDD, 15.6″ 1920 x 1080 120 Hz IPS, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (6GB GDDR5), etc

+ Lenovo Explorer Mixed Reality Headset for $349

Pentax K-P body only for $950

The Pentax KP body only, in black or silver, is on a Pentax-initiated instant savings promotion going for $950 with free shipping for a limited time at Adorama and B&H Photo and Amazon itself.

Speaking of Amazon itself, for a limited time, purchases of $25+ sold and shipped by Amazon itself can get you a FREE snack from available Amazon food house brands (Happy Belly or Wickedly Prime) using coupon code PRIMESNACK and adding one of the eligible items to your shopping cart along with the qualifying $25+ items.

Sigma 10-20mm f3.5 EX DC HSM for $399 [C/N/A/P/Si]

APS-C shooters, unite and take over! The new condition Sigma 10-20mm f3.5 EX DC HSM is on sale for $399 with 4% promotional rewards (around $16 to be spent in future purchases) at B&H Photo in the Canon, Nikon, Sony A, Pentax and Sigma SLR systems until 8/31/17 at 11:59pm ET.

Or if you prefer lens-y accessories instead of 4% promotional rewards, you can get it for the same price at Adorama.

Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III with Freebies for $1999

The new condition Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III is currently on sale for $1999 with free shipping at authorized Canon USA dealers. At B&H Photo you get 2% promotional rewards, which becomes $40~ to spend in future purchases at B&H Photo.

If you prefer free accessories instead of 2% promotional rewards, at Adorama you can get the Platypod Max Plate Camera Support for FREE, or if you prefer more general use accessories, they have their Freebies bundle that includes a Filter Kit, Corel software bundle, a lens cap tether, and a couple of cleaning kits.

Dracast LED500 Pro Bi-Color LED Light with V-Mount Battery Plate with FIVE Freebies for $450

Lighting bundle time! The Dracast LED500 Pro Bi-Color LED Light with V-Mount Battery Plate is currently on sale for $450 with free expedited shipping at B&H Photo for a limited time but that’s not all!

As of the time of writing, you get FIVE freebies with purchase. You don’t need to do anything to get the freebies, you just add the main item to the shopping cart, and the five freebies are added automatically to your shopping cart and their price is automatically adjusted to $0. No coupon, no rebate.

While this offer is running, you see this on the B&H product page (see annotated screenshot crop below):

Now shipping: 6pk of 100W Equivalent AmazonBasics LED A21 Bulbs: Daylight for $18, Soft White for $19

LED Light Bulbs, especially of the A21 kind are everywhere these days, but the ones you commonly find are of the 40W or 60W equivalent kind. If you want the 100W equivalent kind, the new 6-packs by AmazonBasics are now in-stock and shipping. A 6-pack of Soft White (2700K, 1300 lumens) goes for $19.24, while a 6-pack of Daylight (5000K, 1400 lumens) goes for $18.26. Limit three six-packs per option per customer during this sale. The 6-packs are priced very close to the 2-packs. This is not a lightning deal.

On the more conventional 60W equivalent kind, a 6-pack of TCP 9W (60W equivalent) in Daylight go for $10, and so does a 6-pack of Soft White. You may also find good deals locally at hardware stores for the 40W and 60W equivalent LED light bulbs, especially if there are any co-promotion/subsidies by the local utility company or state or any other organization involved in matters of energy and such.

(ENDED) Sony a6500 Class at CreativeLIVE (Free to Watch LIVE)

UPDATE: the live recording of this class ended…

Streaming LIVE today for FREE is a “Sony a6500 Fast Start” class with John Greengo at CreativeLive’s Free On-Air Classes. While the class is recording live, it is FREE to watch for all.

You can page further down the page to see other upcoming free-streaming classes. Of camera interest, there is a Nikon D5600 Fast Start class starting June 7, a Canon 77D Fast Start on July 6, and a D-Rebel T7i Fast Start on July 7. You can also filter the upcoming classes by clicking on the gray horizontal tabs over there.

CreativeLIVE: 49 classes for $49 or Less (also upcoming FREE On-Air schedule)

CreativeLIVE is running a new promotion, 49 Classes for $49 or less. Offer ends 4/28/17.

They have also updated their Upcoming Free On-Air Classes. You can filter by topic, eg the “Photo & Video” sub-tab under the “All Upcoming photo & video Classes” section.

You can watch these for FREE when they broadcast LIVE and get recorded. Once the recording finishes, you have to pay to watch/rewatch them in the future. But while they are originally airing/recording, they are free for all to watch. Upcoming instructors include Art Wolfe (in progress and back again May 5-6, 7-8), Joel Comm, Lindsay Adler (twice), Peter Hurley and many more.

If you are a fan of Photoshop, the CreativeLIVE Photoshop Week is May 15-20 (2017). As usual, it will be FREE to watch while it is recording LIVE during that week, but you have to pay if you want to watch it in the future.

Drones, Action Cameras and Stabilizers at B&H roundup: 3DR, GoPro, Glidecam, Axler, Etc

After the Lighting/Studio round-up of some of the latest B&H Featured Sales, now we have a drone/action-camera and stablizers themed round-up. These too are limited time offers with varying expiration dates:

+ 3DR Solo Quadcopter with 3-Axis Gimbal for GoPro HERO3+ / HERO4 with FREE 3DR Smart Battery for Solo Quadcopter included by B&H for $299

+ GoPro HERO4 Black for $299

+ Glidecam Centurion for $999

+ Glidecam XR-PRO Handheld Camera Stabilizer for $199

+ Axler Handheld Gimbal for Mirrorless Cameras for $450

+ YUNEEC Typhoon H Hexacopter with GCO3+ 4K Camera for $1000

+ DJI Inspire 1 v2.0 RAW Quadcopter with Zenmuse X5R 4K and Two Extra 512GB SSDs for $4300

Thursday Daily Deals: Macbooks, $800 Razer Ultrabook, Westcott Softbox, Lens Changer, Etc

The “Daily Deals” round-ups cover the deals that are planned to run for 24 hours in the time-zone of the retailer offering them (some may sell out earlier). The Lightning Deals (typically last 4-6 hours each) are covered separately in the Lightning Deal round-ups.

In a 2-day deal ending Friday 3/31/17, B&H Photo offers a limited time sale on 12 Apple MacBooks with prices ranging from $1300 to $2800. Hiding in the middle of the lot is a Mac Mini for $579.

Amazon GOLD BOX day-long deals

The day-long Gold Box deals of the day are headlined by a Razer PC accessories sale, headlined by the $800 Razer Blade Stealth 12.5″ QHD Ultrabook (7th Generation Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD, Windows 10) with a limit of three per customer. There’s also mice, mechanical keyboards, gaming headsets, etc.

The daily deals also include the RAVPower 60W 12A 6-Port USB Charger Desktop Charger Charging Station with iSmart Technology for $16.79 in black or white, Prime-eligible, and one per color per customer. These type of chargers are really handy since many and more electronics these days can be charged by USB.

Offer expire at 3am ET on Friday or earlier if sold out.


The latest B&H Photo Daily Deals continue until 11:59pm ET on Thursday (or earlier if sold out) as follows:

+ Westcott Round Halo Mono Softbox (45″) for $50
+ VELLO Rapid Lens Changer for $40 in Canon or Nikon (for the speed-readers, this is changer, not charger)
+ Apple 11.6″ MacBook Air Notebook Computer (Early 2015) for $850 (2.2 GHz Intel Core i7 (Broadwell), 8GB of 1600 MHz LPDDR3 RAM, 512GB PCIe-Based Flash Storage, HD Graphics 6000)

+ free shipping on the B&H daily deals
+ for more action, check their Featured Sales

Manfrotto XPRO Land Aluminum Monopod, 5 Sections, 55″ Max Height for $65

Back to the Land of the Monopods (sounds like a 50s scifi movie title), where Adorama is offering until 1/28/17 the new condition Manfrotto XPRO Land Aluminum Monopod, 5 Sections, 55″ Max Height for $65 with free shipping and handlig… For more action, check the Adorama Latest Specials featuring over 3150 products at the moment…

Atomos Ninja Flame 4K + 480GB Sandisk SSD + iKan Mount for $1095 after $200 MIR (prepaid gift card)

Bundle time that involves a mail-in rebate as well! At Adorama, you pay $1295 at checkout with free shipping. For that, you receive the Atomos Ninja Flame 4K HDMI 7″ Recording Monitor AND SanDisk Extreme PRO 480GB Solid State Drive (SSD) AND iKan Ultra-Heavy Duty Camera Shoe Mount AND cleaning kit trinkets. Once you receive your order and all is well, you can submit a mail-in rebate (PDF file) and receive a $200 prepaid VISA gift card by mail, making it a $1095 after mail-in rebate offer.

For more action, check their New Years Sales and also their CES 2017 specials

Lowepro Ridge 30 Camera Bag for $2 w/free S&H {limit 5}

More eBay Deals action, this time it is the official Best Buy eBay store having a doorbuster of sorts, the new condition Lowepro Ridge 30 Camera Bag (arctic blue color scheme) is on sale for $2 with free shipping with a limit of five per customer.

You have to add it to the shopping cart to see price. Screenshot below:


NOTE: this is a small thing, check the 100+ reviews on the various colors at Amazon.

Nikon Semi-Curated eBay sale (149 items)

eBay has another one of their semi-curated sales, this one featured Nikon camera gear with a total of 149 items participating. They feature DSLRs and fixed lens cameras and lenses. You can filter by those category and also select a price range. You can also sort by price high or low. As usual a variety of sellers and conditions are included, so be sure to pay attention to the individual listings as eBay is not a uniform market like dedicated camera-gear sellers.

Amazon Prime Day is Tuesday July 12 in 2016

It’s like Black Friday in July for Amazon Prime members. Amazon officially announced Tuesday 7/12/16 as this year’s Prime Day. They even have Prime Day Teaser page. The offers will work more or less like their regular deals but will be (hopefully) next-level good.

If you are not currently a Prime member, you can join the party by signing up for a FREE 30 Day Prime Trial, which will easily cover July 12. You can easily cancel the free trial from the Amazon account pages. You don’t have to contact customer service, you just go to the page and click click click and it is cancelled.

Other things equal, I am planning to do wall to wall coverage on that day. If nothing else, it’s practice for Black Friday which is less than five months away 🙂

Members: 20% off One REI Outlet Item with coupon

REI has a coupon of its own as well, for members only. To become a member you pay a one time lifetime membership fee of $20 to join the outdoorsy Borg collective. Coupon code REIMEMBER2016 gets you 20% off one REI Outlet item (outlet items have prices ending in .73 cents). The same coupon also gets you 20% off one full price item (online, in-store or by phone). Click on the “Details” link there to see the terms/conditions of this offer. REI has some camera-related items, mostly of the outdoorsy kind (eg action cameras). Coupon expires 5/30/16.

Groupon Coupon: 20% off Local (most Photo Print offers live here) and 10% off Goods (hardware)

Groupon has launched a new 48 hour coupon, coupon code SALE3 gets you 20% off Local Deals or 10% off Groupon Goods. There is no purchase price minimum for the coupon. The maximum savings from the coupon is $50. The coupon is good for one units per item, but you can use it on up to three Local Deals and up to three Goods.

Local Deals is where most of the photo print offers live. They have a variety of custom photo books, canvas prints, photo gifts, wood, metal, etc. Groupon Goods is where most hardware lives, cameras, bags, accessories, etc. In case of miscategorized items, the ultimate decider on the discount is their shopping cart after you enter the coupon.

Use the search bar at the top of the Groupon website to search for product types or brands of interest, or use their menu navigation. The typical coupon exclusions apply.

Offer ends 4/22/16 at 11:59pm local time.

Refurbished Nikon Coolpix L620 (14x) for $70

To the eBay Deals we magically return, where the current “Mystery Deal of the Day” is the manufacturer refurbished Nikon Coolpix L620 compactzoom (14x optical) offered for $70 with free shipping and a 90 day Nikon USA warranty by the BuyDig eBay store. Limit five per customer. The “Mystery” daily deals often don’t last as long as some of the other featured eBay Deals, but that’s not set in stone.

New Weekly B&H Photo specials

We have a new round of Weekly Specials at B&H Photo. Here are some of them (all items mentioned below come with free shipping unless otherwise indicated):

+ Westcott Mini Apollo Softbox for Flash Only – 16×16″ (40x40cm) with free Westcott Adjustable Shoe Mount Umbrella Bracket for $45

+ 8GB Dane-Elec Compact 133X Compact Flash Memory Card for $5

+ 23 Leica M Lenses discounted
+ Leica M Type 240 digital RF camera for $6500

+ Camera-Centric offers: Nikon D610 kits and Canon 60D kits and Olympus E-M5 kits

+ 64GB Sandisk USB 3.0 flash drive for $35

+ Crumpler Kashgar Outpost Camera Bags with free strap for $50 (medium) or $60 (large)

+ Apple MacBook Pro sale (four options; late 2013 models, prices range from $1150 to $2000)

+ check also 85 Gift Ideas (variety of products)