Imported Nikon D810 body only for $2220

The Nikon D810 body only currently goes for $2800 at authorized dealers which are allowed by Nikon to include a variety of free extra accessories and promotional rewards (eg Adorama and B&H Photo and Amazon).

But if you are comfortable with grey-market imported camera gear that comes with a 1-year warranty from the seller (not Nikon USA), then among the offers bubbling around the eBay Deals is the new condition imported grey-marked Nikon D810 body only offered for $2220 with free shipping and a 1-year warranty from the seller “Get It Digital” (99.5%), not Nikon USA. Limit three per customer. Nearly 1000 units got sold from this listing so far according to the page over there.

As usual with situations like this, it is up to you to decide where you draw the line on risk vs price vs other related trade-offs.

Canon D-Rebel T5i w/18-55 IS STM and 75-300 non-IS and Pixma Pro 100 Printer and 50pk 13×19″ paper for $450 after $350 MIR (prepaid AMEX Gift Card)

It is time for another Canon DSLR Pixma MIR bundle promotion. This new offer at Adorama includes the Canon D-Rebel T5i with 18-55 IS STM along with the 75-300mm f4-5.6 III non-USM non-IS along with the Pixma Pro 100 printer along with a 50pk Canon SG-201 13×19 inch photo paper for $450 after a $350 mail-in rebate which will be delivered as a prepaid American Express Gift Card (not a check). Rebate details in the PDF file. Offer good through the weekend.

Tamron 35/1.8 Di VC USD + $60 rewards for $600 [C/N]

B&H Photo is offering 10% promotional rewards on a handful of lenses from various manufacturers. You can find them below or by perusing the Rewards or Lens Deals archives here.

We start as with all photography, with a prime lens. The Tamron SP 35mm f1.8 Di VC USD with 10% promotional rewards ($60~) is available for $600 in the Canon and Nikon SLR mounts at B&H Photo. This lens does not have a mail-in rebate. The promotional rewards can be used on future B&H Photo purchases.

NOTE: the Sony Alpha version (not stabilized/VC) is NOT available for purchase yet, so it is not participating in the promotion, since you can’t buy it, and the promotion is 10% of the purchase price. There is no release estimate for it as of the time of writing. [the other participating Tamron lenses are available in the Sony-Alpha mount however, unlike the Canon/Nikon versions, the Sony-Alpha-Minolta are not VC/stabilized].

Tamron 16-300mm f3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD macro + $63 Rewards for $500 after $130 mail-in rebate [C/N/A]

We continue to Tamronize (yes, it’s a verb!), this time we have something for unapologetic superzoom fans, the Tamron 16-300mm f3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD MACRO is $500 after a $130 mail-in rebate and comes with 10% promotional rewards (=$63~) at B&H Photo and available in the Canon SLR mount and Nikon SLR mount and Sony Alpha Minolta SLR mount (not stabilized/VC).

Tamron 24-70mm f2.8 Di VC USD + $130 Rewards for $1200 after $100 MIR [C/N/A]

In addition to the 70-200mm f2.8, the Tamron 24-70mm f2.8 Di VC USD is also participating in the 10% promotional rewards at B&H Photo. It is $1200 after a $100 mail-in rebate and you also get 10% promotional rewards ($130~). It is available in the Canon SLR mount and Nikon SLR mount and Sony-Minolta SLR mount (not VC).

Note that the 10% promotional rewards offers are limited time offers, but I don’t know the exact expiration date. The mail-in rebates have their own expiration date (2/29/16).

Tamron SP 70-200mm f2.8 Di VC USD Zoom Lens + $150 Rewards for $1400 after $100 MIR (C/N/A)

The Tamron SP 70-200mm f2.8 Di VC USD Zoom Lens is also participating in the B&H Photo 10% Rewards promotion. You pay $1500 with free shipping, which goes down to $1400 after a $100 mail-in rebate (MIR). You also get 10% promotional rewards (=$150~) to be used on a future purchase (I am assuming the reward is on the purchase price but I could be wrong)… This offer is available in the Canon SLR mount and the Nikon SLR mount.

UPDATE: this offer is also available for the Sony Alpha SLR mount but the Alpha version is not a stabilized (VC) lens.

Tamron 150-600mm f5-6.3 Di VC USD + $107 Rewards for $950 after $120 MIR (C/N/A)

We have a bit of a Sigma vs Tamron 150-600mm Reward duel, because B&H Photo is also offering 10% rewards ($107~) on the Tamron SP 150-600mm f5-6.3 Di VC USD. The lens goes for $1069 with free shipping, but thanks to a $120 mail-in rebate, you can get it for $950 after $120 MIR. As far as I can tell, the 10% reward is on the purchase price ($1069) not the after-rebate-price ($950), but I could be wrong.

This offer is available in the Canon SLR mount and the Nikon SLR mount and Sony Alpha Minolta SLR mount (not stabilized/VC).

Sigma 150-600mm f5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports + $180 Rewards for $1800 (C/N/Si)

There’s Sporty Spice, and then there’s Sporty Sigma. Part of their relatively recent Sports lens line-up, the Sigma 150-600mm f5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports Lens goes for $1800 with 10% in promotional rewards ($1800~) to be used in future purchases at B&H Photo. This offer is available in the Canon, Nikon and Sigma SLR mounts.

Sigma 300mm f2.8 EX DG HSM + $340 Rewards for $3400 (C/N)

Also good for some weightlifting exercises, the Sigma 300mm f2.8 EX DG HSM goes for $3400 but for a limited time B&H Photo is offering 10% promotional rewards with it, which comes out to $340~ to be used in future purchases at B&H. This offer is available in the Canon SLR mount and the Nikon SLR mount.

Canon 24-70 f4L IS + $85 Rewards for $850

The Canon 24-70mm f4L IS USM goes for $850 at authorized dealers, but for a limited time, B&H Photo is offering 10% promotional rewards to go with it. That’s $85 to spend in future transactions at B&H Photo. Certainly not a small amount, and more flexible that accessories bundles (unless you happen to want/need that particular set of accessories).

Canon Lens Instant Savings expire 2/27/16

The current of Canon Lens Instant savings promotion expires 2/27/16 and features 16 lenses (mix of primes and zooms) and one Speedlite. This is a plain old discount, no coupons, no rebates, no combined purchases needed. You can find all participating items nicely organized at B&H Photo.

Still good: Nikon Portrait and Macro DX bundle for $497

This Nikon prime DX duo was making the rounds at Black Friday but managed to resurface. You pay $497, and for that you get a portrait (85mm f3.5G DX VR) and a macro (35mm f1.8G DX) Nikon lenses. This is available at B&H Photo (4% rewards) and Adorama (4% rewards) and various at Amazon (5% rewards with Prime Store Credit card).

Nikon 35mm f1.8G DX: $170 refurbished OR imported/grey-market

We mentioned a few budget Nikon primes offered as grey-market/imported last week, but I forgot to mention the 35mm f1.8G DX lens. It is available in new condition but imported/grey-market with no warranty mentioned in the eBay listing for $170 with free shipping by eBay seller PhotoVideo4Less on eBay. Over 1600 units have been sold so far from this eBay listing. Of those, I don’t know how many understood the warranty trade-offs…

Alternately, also paying $170 with free shipping, you can get this lens manufacturer refurbished with a 90 day Nikon USA warranty from Adorama.

In new condition, this lens goes for $200 at authorized Nikon dealers, eg Amazon or B&H Photo (4% rewards) or Adorama (free UV filter and 2% rewards).

Pre-order new Canon 1D X Mark II for $6000

We interrupt the various offers with a new Canon flagship DSLR, the 1D X Mark II, with a body only kit available for pre-order for $6000 at Adorama and B&H Photo.

In parallel, there is an official “Premium Kit” that includes a 64GB Sandisk Extreme PRO CFast 2.0 memory card and USB 3.0 CFast 2.0 card reader. It is available for pre-order for $6300 at B&H Photo and Adorama.

A number of other accessories are coming long with the camera, including the $600 WFT-E8A wireless transmitter, along with various power/battery options, and a focusing screen. You can see all these and place pre-orders at Adorama.

This has been added to the New Cameras of 2016 Tracking page.

Rokinon 50mm T1.5 Cine DS for $379 (C/N/m43)

Prime time for video, double puns intended, the Rokinon 50mm T1.5 Cine DS lens is on sale for $379 with free shipping and 2% promotional rewards at Adorama in the Canon mount and Nikon mount and Micro Four Thirds mounts. Offer ends 2/7/16 or earlier if sold out.

Imported Nikon 50mm f1.8D for $99 w/free S&H

The action continues when you scroll further down the eBay Deals (it can take half a day to go through them all). If you are going to take a chance on an imported grey-market lens, a simple prime lens with a double figure price is about as low of a risk one can take. Which brings us to the imported grey-market new-condition Nikon 50mm f1.8D Lens offered for $99 with free shipping by eBay seller “Peach Photo” (99.8%), with a limit of 50 per customer. Perfect quantity limit if you are planning to have an Oprah moment at your office or living room, “Look under your chairs, you get a 50, you get a 50, and you get a 50, and you get a 50!”

Speaking of Nikon primes, also imported grey-market new-condition, it is the Nikon 50mm f1.8G with a UV filter and cleaning kit going for $174 with free shipping by eBay seller “6ave” (98.8%) with a limit of 50 per customer. It comes with a one-year warranty from Six Avenue, not from Nikon USA.

Since we are talking low priced Nikon imports, the grey market new condition Nikon SB-300 Flash is offered for $120 with free shipping with a limit of three per customer by eBay seller Peach Photo.

Open Box Canon 70D w/18-135 STM IS and 1yr warranty for $1000

In addition to the previously mentioned Canon 70D body only kits, there’s another open-box option at Adorama, you can get the open-box 70D with 18-135mn EF-S IS STM for $1000 with free shipping and a one year Canon USA warranty.

Imported Canon 70D body only for $650

More eBay Deals action, we return to the Get It Digital eBay store with an imported grey-marked DSLR that was part of a Kit With Lens but was separated from the lens and sold separately. This time it is the new condition Canon 70D body only going for $650 with free shipping with a limit five per customer. There is no mention of warranty in the listing.

At authorized Canon USA dealers, the 70D body only kit goes for $1000, but it includes various free accessories and promotional rewards at some retailers such as B&H Photo and Adorama.

Another option, somewhere in-between, you can get it in open-box condition with a 1-year Canon USA warranty for $800 at Adorama.

Pentax 50mm f1.8 DA for $90 to $91

The Pentax 50mm f1.8 DA lens is currently going for $90 with free shipping at Amazon by Amazon itself but it is in “temporarily out of stock” state, so the shipping date is uncertain… If you prefer something more deterministic, it goes for $91 with free S&H and it is in-stock as of the time of writing at B&H Photo and Adorama

… Speaking of Adorama, they have nearly 50 Pentax Lenses on sale…

Open Box Canon EF 40mm f2.8 STM for $119

The Canon EF 40mm f2.8 STM lens is available in open-box condition for $119 with free expedited shipping from Adorama. This is described as “Open Box-Packaging may show some wear and tear. Includes all original accessories and full 1 year Canon USA warranty.”… This is one of 500+ Camera and Photo Specials at Adorama…

Imported Canon 6D Body for $1000

To the Trending eBay Deals we go, where eBay seller “GetItDigital” (99.5%) is offering the imported grey-marked new-condition Canon 6D body only for $1000 with free shipping, with a limit of five per customer.

Based on the eBay listing, this does not specify whether it comes with seller’s warranty. It definitely does not come with a Canon USA warranty. This camera was part of a Canon 6D with Lens kit, but they are selling the camera and the lens separately to “share” the kit discount with the customers :)

In new condition from authorized Canon USA dealers, the 6D body only kit goes for $1400 but it also comes with a variety of free accessories and promotional rewards at B&H Photo and Adorama.

Yet another option (if you have no use/need for the extra accessories) is open-box condition of the Canon USA version with a 1-year Canon USA warranty going for $1270 at Adorama.

Open Box Canon EF-S 10-22mm f3.5-4.5 USM for $450

If you are a fan of open-box camera gear, the Canon EF-S 10-22mm f3.5-4.5 USM is available in Open Box condition for $450 with free shipping at Adorama. Per the description there, this is:

“Open Box-Packaging may show some wear and tear. Includes all original accessories and full 1 year Canon USA warranty.”

Nikon DSLR Combined Purchase Discounts expire 1/30/16 (D3300 up to D4s)

The current iteration of the Nikon DSLR Combined Purchase Instant Discounts expires on 1/30/16. You can find the current iteration of the offers nicely organized by DSLR (D3300 all the way up to the D4s) at B&H Photo. Lens options vary depending on the DSLR level and sensor size.

Canon CarePak 13-month FREE Accident Insurance Offer extended for Eligible purchases made up to 2/27/16 (19 Canon DSLRs and Lenses Eligible)

The Canon CarePak 13-month FREE Accident Insurance for some of their camera gear has now been extended for purchases of eligible products made until 2/27/16. A total of 19 Canon DSLRs and Lenses are eligible. You have to manually activate the 13-month free insurance using the serial number of your product through the Canon Carepak website. You can find the eligible Canon products nicely organized at B&H Photo.

Refurbished Nikon D7200 body for $770 (w/90-day Nikon-USA warranty)

Adorama has another manufacturer-refurbished Nikon DSLR, this time a more recent model, discounted perhaps partially thanks to the announcement of the D500 APS-C flagship. It is the manufacturer-refurbished Nikon D7200 body only for $770 with free shipping and a 90-day Nikon USA warranty.

Refurbished Nikon D5300 body only for $400

We have two more back to back refurbished Nikon D5x00 DSLR offers from Adorama. We start with the manufacturer refurbished Nikon D5300 body only offered for $400 with free shipping and a 90 day Nikon USA warranty. Offer ends 1/31/16 or earlier if sold out.

Refurbished Nikon D5200 w/18-55 VR and 64GB SD for $380

The other refurbished Nikon D5x00 offer at Adorama is the manufacturer refurbished Nikon D5200 with 18-55mm DX VR with a 90 day Nikon USA warranty along with 2% rewards and a 64GB Lexar Class 10 UHS-I U1 SDXC Memory Card included by Adorama for $380 with free shipping. Offer ends 1/31/16 or earlier if sold out.

Refurbished Nikon D3300 with 18-55 & 55-200 (both VR) for $369

The party continues at the eBay Deals where the BuyDig eBay store is offering the manufacturer refurbished Nikon D3300 Two Lens Kit with the 18-55 VR II and the 55-200mm f4-5.6G ED VR II lenses for $369 with free shipping and a 90 day Nikon USA warranty. All items included are refurbished. Limit five per customer.

Strategically, there are many options in the sub-$500 Nikon DSLR world and one has to trade-off the number of lenses, the newness of the DSLR, the feature comparison of newer vs older models, new vs refurbished vs used, and things like that. It’s good to have choices, but sometimes choices mean more homework and spreadsheets for assisting in comparisons and trade-offs :) Certainly if we ask our 2002 selves that had to pay $2000 for an APS-C dSLR, most of us would gladly take the decision-headache at $400 versus the one choice per mount at $2000 :)

Speaking of eBay, if you print pictures at CVS, this offer is almost over, Pay $88, Get $100 CVS Plastic Gift Card by Mail from eBay seller svmgiftcards (99.6%). Limit 3 per buyer. As of the time of writing, 1905 gift cards got sold. I don’t know if it expires at exactly 2000 units.

As usual with the eBay featured deals, they are limited time offers that last from a few hours up to a few days…

Sigma 10-20mm f4-5.6 EX DC HSM for $259 (C)

The Canon version (it’s the only one they have available) of the Sigma 10-20mm f4-5.6 EX DC HSM lens is currently on special for $259 with free shipping at B&H Photo. Offer ends 1/27/16 at 11:59pm ET.

Pentax 16-85mm f3.5-5.6 DC WR for $447

Pentax time now, with the Pentax HD DA 16-85mm f3.5-5.6 ED DC WR Lens currently on sale for $447 with free shipping at B&H Photo. Offer ends 1/27/16 at 11:59pm ET.

Canon 18-135mm f3.5-5.6 IS STM for $229 (white box/grey)

Also part of the featured eBay Deals, the GetItDigital (99.5%) eBay store is offering the new condition white box Canon 18-135mm f3.5-5.6 IS STM for $229 with free shipping with a limit of five per customer. There is no mention of warranty in the listing, but it says it is a “white box” lens with all accessories included. Assume this is an imported/grey-market since it doesn’t specify, and does not have a UPC (since it was probably separated from a DSLR kit). Nearly 1200 units got sold as of the time of writing.

Pentax 50mm f2.8 P-D FA Macro for $263

To paraphrase “Ghost Hunters”, it’s not your normal paranormal/macro. But unlike the former, many things happen when you take the lens out and take pictures 😉 Okay, let me start making sense. The Pentax P-D FA 50mm f2.8 Macro is currently on sale for $263 with free expedited shipping at B&H Photo. Not just a normal lens that works with film and digital but a macro too (up to 1:1).

(ENDED) Nikon D3200 w/18-55 VR II for $355 (ends Tue 1am ET)

This “substitute teacher’ daily deal expired…

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Tokina 11-20mm f2.8 PRO for $430 (C/N) [USA warranty]

CORRECTION: this is Tokina, not Tamron. They always get me. Side-effects of having both companies with T-names with six characters each. All apologies for the confusion. I propagate confusion :)

To the eBay Deals we hurry where Robert’s Digital (aka Robert’s Imaging of Indianapolis, popular in the Midwest) is offering the new condition Tokina 11-20mm f2.8 PRO lens for $430 with free shipping in either Canon or Nikon, with a limit of five per customer. It comes with a 3-year USA warranty.

While there on eBay, the BuyDig eBay store is offering two 128GB Sandisk Ultra microSDXC UHS-I Class 10 memory cards with full SD adapters for $90 with free shipping. Limit five 2-packs per customer.

For a slight discount on the above, you can first get this $200 eBay Gift Card (via email) from PayPal’s Digital Gifts for $195. It’s only a 2.5% discount, but if you were going to pay full price, 2.5% less is 2.5% less :)

Pre-order new Tokina 14-20mm f2 DX for $900 (C/N)

It’s pre-orderin’ time, and not a typo, it’s f2 as in f2.0 as in f-two. The new Tokina 14-20mm f2 DX PRO AT-X is available for pre-order for $900 at Adorama in the Canon mount and the Nikon mount. The Canon mount is expected to come out early February, while the Nikon mount in early March. The credit cards are charged when the item ships, not when you place the pre-order. Happy f-two-oooing.

PS: this too has been added to the New Cameras and Lenses of 2016 tracking page… (for the previous year, check the Cameras and Lenses of 2015 tracking page)…

Nikon 85/3.5 DX VR + 35/1.8 DX + $20 Rewards for $500

If you missed this one during the holiday shopping season, it’s back, it’s the Nikon Macro Portrait DX lens kit, with the 85mm f3.5 DX VR and 35mm f1.8 DX sold together, along with $20~ in promotional rewards with free shipping at B&H Photo. This is an actual Nikon kit, it also includes two short photography guides (macro, portrait) and a voucher for a free Craftsy online class.

Refurbished Nikon D7000 body only for $350

If of all the Nikon APS-C dSLRs (including the upcoming D500 APS-C flagship), it is the good old Nikon D7000 body only the one you want, it is currently featured as one of the front page eBay Deals, offered in manufacturer refurbished condition for $350 with a 90 day Nikon warranty and free shipping by Roberts Digital of Indianapolis, with a limit of five per customer.

Refurbished Nikon D3100 w/18-55 DX VR for $280

To the eBay Deals we geaux where BuyDig’s eBay store is offering the manufacturer refurbished Nikon D3100 w/18-55 DX VR for $279 with free shipping, with a limit of five per customer. They come with a 90 day Nikon USA warranty.

Canon 100-400 f4.5-5.6L IS for $2100 with Your Choice of FREEBIES

Jealous of the new Panasonic 100-400mm lens, Canon has an instant savings promotion on their own 100-400mm lens :) Kidding aside, the Canon EF 100-400mm f4.5-5.6L IS II USM is on an instant savings promotion going for $2100 at authorized dealers. At Adorama, you have two options for bonus items: you can either get 4% promotional rewards ($84~) or you can get 2% rewards ($42~) + Boatload Of Accessories (ProOptic 77mm Digital Essential 3-filter kit, FocusShifter DSLR Follow Focus & Rack Focus, lens cap teether and cleaning kit).

Sigma 150-600mm f5-6.3 OS with $180 Rewards for $1800 (C/N/Si)

The Sigma 150-600mm f5-6.3 OS DG HSM Sporty Spice SLR lens for the Canon, Nikon and Sigma mounts is going for $1800 but it is also earning 10% promotional rewards (around $180) to be used in future purchases at B&H Photo. This promotion ends 1/7/16.