Sometimes the initials of camera mounts make up a real word. A cape. You can wear a cape and be a prime superhero with the Rokinon 14mm f2.8 ED AS IF UMC on sale for $280 with free shipping and 2% promotional rewards at B&H Photo with coupon code MOMDAY16 in the Canon EF, Sony Alpha SLR A-mount, Pentax K-mount and Sony E-mount. These are manual focus lenses.
The Panasonic GH4 body only goes for $1300 at authorized Panasonic USA dealers, but they are allowed to bundle it with various free accessories. Adorama has a bundle with a $150 Adorama Gift Card and a 32GB card going for the same price of $1300… They also have other bundles that include different combinations of accessories (video-priority accessories)… Of audio-video interest, they have a bundle of the GH4 + DMW-YAGH Interface Unit + Rode Microphones VideoMic for $1700, the same price as without the free accessories…
On the other hand, if are comfortable with imported items with a 1-year seller warranty, making its way into the eBay Deals Hot 100, eBay seller “Electronics Valley” (99.6%, New Jersey) is offering the new condition imported grey-market with a 1-year seller warranty (not Panasonic USA) Panasonic GH4 body only for $900 with free shipping.
The Sony a7S II body only goes for $3000 at authorized Sony USA dealers bundled with free items (eg free Lightroom 6 at Adorama).
On the other hand, if you are comfortable with grey-market products that get a 1-year warranty from the Seller, not the Manufacturer, among the latest Trending eBay Deals you can get the new condition imported grey-market Sony a7S II body only for $2400 with free shipping and a 1-year warranty from the seller, not Sony USA. Limit five per customer. The seller is “Electronics Valley” (99.6%, ships from Somerset, New Jersey).
The Fuji X-T10 body only goes for $800 or for $900 with the 16-50 at authorized Fuji USA dealers (eg Adorama).
But if you are more of a risk taker, among the latest eBay Deals, seller “Electronics Valley” (99.5%, New Jersey) is offering the new condition imported grey-market Fuji X-T10 body only for $500 with free shipping, in black or silver, with a 1-year warranty from the seller (not from Fuji USA).
I don’t mean to sound like a broken record, but when buying imported items, don’t just buy them because it’s a much lower price. Make sure you are comfortable with the risks and trade-offs of such purchases. Ultimately you are the one who is going to have to sleep and live with the decision and as such, you are the ultimate decider of what’s an acceptable risk to take. (all apologies if this may sound a little Nanny-State-ish but some people may not be familiar with the whole imported vs authorized kerfuffle. In situations like this it is mayhaps better to err on the side of caution).
The NAB specials are running in all directions, here’s another one. If you are a fan of Tokina’s Cinema T-lenses (yes, they make those too), there is a sale on nine of those lenses at B&H Photo with the Canon EF, PL, and M43rds mounts represented with various T3.0 zooms and other lenses. They also earn 4% promotional rewards.
Most of the NAB Specials at B&H expire on 4/21/16 PM, and that’s when the B&H offices will close until 5/1/16, so factor that in your purchase planning.
For the price of a used Honda Civic (not fact-checked with the Blue Book) you can get a five-pack of Rokinon Xeen Cine lenses for $9,995 with free shipping from Adorama. The 5-packs are available in the Canon and Nikon SLR mounts, the PL-mount and the Sony E and M43rds mirrorless systems. The lenses are the 14mm T3.1, and four T1.5s, 24mm, 35mm, 50mm and 85mm. The lenses go for $2500 on their own.
If you have older camera gear you are willing to part with, Adorama is having a trade-in promotion that gets you the Olympus Pen-F for $1050 with the trade-in discount factored in the price you pay. The offer is available for both the black Pen-F and the silver Pen-F.
PS: I haven’t done this trade-in promotion, so I don’t know how it works end to end.
There’s enough lenses in this bundle to justify a YouTube “Haul video” 🙂 Four Rokinon Cine DS primes are bundled together for $1900 (technically $1896) with free expedited shipping at B&H Photo in the Canon, Nikon and Sony SLR mounts and Sony E and Micro Four Thirds mirrornyet mounts… The four lenses are all T1.5, 24mm, 35mm, 50mm, 85mm… No coupon is needed for this particular offer, but like many of the B&H NAB specials they expire on 4/21/16…
The Rokinon 50mm T1.5 AS UMC Cine DS lens is on sale for $450 with free shipping at B&H Photo when you enter coupon code BHNAB16 at checkout. It is available in the Canon, Nikon, Sony A SLR mounts and M43rds and Sony E mirrornyet mounts… This coupon, like many of the B&H NAB specials expires on 4/21/16…
Sony a6000 kits are selling at MAP prices at authorized dealers, $550 body only, $700 with 16-50mm, $900 with 16-50 and 50-210. But retailers can offer free items with purchase, so if you are a regular Adorama customer or do not object to becoming one, they are offering $50 Adorama Gift Cards with the purchase of select Sony a6000 kits, namely the white a6000 body only and the a6000 with 16-50mm kits (black, silver, white)…
If you prefer a boatload of free accessories instead of a $50 gift card, peruse the aforelinked listings to see if there’s any combination you find interesting…
The two lens kit does not get a $50 gift card, but the black two-lens kit includes the Lightroom 6 software…
No coupon, no rebate, the free items shown in the individual product listings are included automatically by Adorama while these promotions are running…
PS: the original post was a giant bloby paragraph, it’s now broken up for readability/skimmability…
Adorama has a couple of Fuji X-E2 specials, whether the camera is bundled with the Fuji HG-XE1 Hand Grip for free. You can get the silver X-E2 body for $499 with free shipping, or the X-E2 with the 18-55 f2.8-4 R LM OIS for $699 in either silver kit or black kit. The free Hand Grip will be included automatically by Adorama while this “while supplies last” promotion continues.
Enough droning around, time to take action (oh dear!) on the real cameras front. The official Olympus Outlet Store is back with another coupon, coupon SHOWERS gets you 20% off all certified refurbished products in their outlet. These come with a 90-day warranty. Free shipping with orders of $100+. If you are planning to get something here, and you are interested in Olympus-branded gear (hats, tshirts, coffee cups, etc), you can add them to this order to avoid the shipping fee.
+ Lenses: four options, 14-42, 14-150, 40-150, adapter kit
+ Digital Cameras: sixteen options, including E-M5, E-M10, E-P5, E-PL5, Stylus 1, SH50, and TG-series
+ Accessories: four options including the FL-300R flash for $96 before coupon
+ all the items above are refurbished
+ coupon expires 4/18/16
The DJI Inspire 1 RAW Quadcopter with Zenmuse X5R 4K Camera and 3-Axis Gimbal is now in-stock for $6000 with free expedited shipping at B&H Photo. This is the most expensive of the six standard DJI Inspire 1 kits, which come with a Micro Four Thirds mount and include a Panasonic 15mm f1.7 lens. And RAW.
If you bat an E-ye (bad pun, even by bad pun standards?) you may miss a new Batis lens. Zeiss has a new Batis E-mount full frame lens available for pre-order, it is a 18mm f2.8 with a pre-order price of $1499 at Adorama and B&H Photo… This too has been added to the tracking list of potentially interesting and curious Cameras and Lenses of 2016…
Zeiss Touit (Fuji X) 12mm f2.8 and 32mm f1.8 and 50mm f2.8 and Extras for $1318 after $700 MIR (Gift Card)
Twit? Tweet? Touit? We’ll stick with Touit in this post, where a $700 mail-in rebate (prepaid gift card) makes the Zeiss Touit 3-Prime Fuji X bundle a $1318 after MIR offer. You pay $2018 at checkout. The rebate offer runs March 7 until June 30 in 2016. The three lenses are the 12mm f2.8, 32mm f1.8, and 50mm f2.8. Adorama also includes three lens filters, three lenscap leashes and three cleaning kits. Note however that the kit is currently in “temporarily on backorder”.
For a limited time, in the Land of Micro Four Thirds, where fractional math is always over 1.0, the Panasonic Lumix G X Vario 12-35mm f2.8 lens is on sale for $698 with free shipping and 4% promotional rewards (around $28 to be used in future purchases) at B&H Photo and Adorama… The usual Panasonic tripling of the warranty via a mail-in rebate song-and-dance apply… Why can’t Panasonic just offer a three year warranty for all? 🙂
Leica rangefinder lens-deal-finder action now, B&H Photo is offering the Leica 75mm f2.5 Summarit-M lens on special for $1195 with free expedited shipping. The offer ends 4/30/16 or earlier if sold out.
A total of 29 Leica M-lenses are participating in this Exchange Range Instant Savings promotion. They are not 29 unique lenses, because some of them are available in two different colors each.
It’s bundle time at Adorama that nets you the Panasonic GM5 body (in your choice of black or red) along with the 35-100mm f4-5.6 MegaOIS lens for $648 with free shipping. To get this offer, you start at Panasonic 35-100mm page, then select the GM5 body only color of your choice, click on the blue “Add to Bundle” button and after that, scroll below and click on the green “Add Bundle to Cart” button. And you will see the total price of $648. Promotion ends 4/30/16 or earlier if sold out.
The Panasonic GX8 body only is bundled with a $100 store gift card and 4% promotional rewards ($40 on future purchases) at B&H Photo (black or silver) and Adorama (silver or black)… You can optionally triple the original manufacturer warranty via a mail-in rebate…
PS: for about 60 seconds the original version of this post was confused ~ it thought the GX8 was the GX85 🙂
This offer is still good, the Panasonic G 14-140mm f3.5-5.6 OIS M43rds lens is bundled with a $100 Adorama gift certificate, all together for $498 with free shipping from Adorama as one of the items in their latest 48 hour sale… You can optionally triple the original warranty by submitting a mail-in rebate to Panasonic…
Digital Video killed the VHS star (I think that’s what that old song said) 🙂 Which brings us to further price sliding on the Panasonic AG-AF100A Digital Cinema Camcorder (M43rds mount) going for $1999 with free expedited shipping at B&H Photo.
Choices are nice to have! If you are interested in the Sony Vario-Tessar T* FE 16-35 F4 ZA OSS lens, aka the SEL1635Z, there are two offers running, one authorized USA dealer, one imported at a lower price with a seller’s warranty.
The authorized dealer promotion is the lens for $1250 with a $100 Adorama Gift Certificate included at Adorama.
On the other hand, if you are comfortable with imported grey-market lenses that are covered by a seller’s warranty (instead of a Sony USA warranty), to the eBay Deals we go, where frequent grey-market eBay seller Get It Digital (99.4%) is offering the new condition imported grey-market lens for $1000 with a 1-year warranty from the seller.
Speaking of eBay, the main deal there is a blockbuster doorbuster by Target’s eBay store, the Star Wars: The Force Awakens BluRay Set (BluRay and DVD and Digital HD copy) for $17 with free shipping and free returns, with a limit of three per Jedi. Fans of the Dark Side will just create more eBay accounts and get more 😉
Another round of manufacturer initiated instant savings promotion (the main form of discounting current prices in the MAP era) is out, this time featuring various Sony Alpha lenses (both DSLR and mirrorless), and you can see them all nicely organized at B&H Photo. This is an “ever scrolling” type of a page, keep clicking the orange “Load More” button to see more options.
The new $800 Panasonic GX85 with in-body IS and support for lens IS is coming soon, but if you are not mesmerized by that possibility, the Panasonic G7 with the 14-42mm lens is bundled with a $100 B&H Photo Gift Card, all together for $598 with free shipping at B&H Photo. This is available in either black or silver G7. The silver gets 4% promotional rewards (around $24 to be used in future purchases)… NOTE: the G7 with 14-140 shown at the bottom of the aforelinked page does not get the $100 gift card…
Panasonic is offering photographers their choice of IS with the brand new GX85, featuring in-body stabilization but also bundling it with a 12-32mm OIS lens, so we can has more choices! Not only that, but Panasonic is not shying away from offering a combination of the two systems with what they call “Dual IS”. With the 12-32mm f3.5-5.6 OIS it is available in black or silver, with a pre-order price of $800 and a May 2016 release estimate at Amazon itself and Adorama and B&H Photo.
This too has been added to the New Cameras of 2016 tracking page.
IF you like Hasselblad-branded products for your Sony E-mount mirrorless APS-C cameras, the Hasselblad LF 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 OSS is currently on sale for $149 plus shipping at B&H Photo.
Zoom zoom for Micro Four Thirds fans, the Panasonic G 14-140mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS lens, in the black color scheme, is bundled with a $100 Adorama gift certificate, all together for $500 with free shipping at Adorama. Only the black option gets the gift card. The silver only gets 2% rewards… This is part of the Adorama April Fool’s Day Sale…
The new camera gear Sony announced earlier in the week are now available to pre-order at authorized dealers as follows:
Olympus E-M5 II Body and 7-14mm f2.8 and 12-40mm f2.8 and 40-150mm f2.8 and HLD-8 Battery Holder and extra BLN-1 Battery and System Bag and 5% Rewards for $3700
On the Micro Four Thirds front, if you are ready to make an f2.8 commitment to the system, the Olympus E-M5 II PROFESSIONAL kit is now on sale for $3700 with free shipping and 5% promotional rewards (that’s $185 to spend on a future purchase) at B&H Photo. The same price but without 5% rewards is available at Adorama.
The PROFESSIONAL KIT (so many products use the term “Pro” as just marketing, so since this is actually a pro kit, it deserves full capitalization) consists of the following:
+ Olympus E-M5 II body only ($900 on its own)
+ Olympus 7-14mm f2.8 ($1200 on its own)
+ Olympus 12-40mm f2.8 ($900 on its own)
+ Olympus 40-150mm f2.8 ($1400 on its own)
+ Olympus HLD-8 Power Battery Holder for OM-D E-M5 Mark II (goes for $239 on its own)
+ additional Olympus BLN-1 battery ($40 on its own)
+ CBG-10 Camera System Bag (priceless)
So let’s do the math, you pay $3700 versus $4679 buying the items separately. No coupons, no rebates, just add the pro thing to the shopping cart and proceed to checkout.
If you have Canon EF lenses or Sigma SA lenses and you would like to use them on your Sony E-mount camera bodies, Sigma has a new mount converter adapter, the MC-11 available for pre-order for $249 each at B&H Photo with a mid-April release estimate.
Sony has two new FE E-mount full frame lenses that will also become available for pre-ordering/purchase on March 31st in 2016. One prime, one zoom. The prime is the 50mm f1.8 for $248, and the zoom is the 70-300mm f4.5-5.6 G OSS FE for $1198. You can see their specs and pre-order pre-details at B&H Photo… These too have been added to the new of New Lenses in 2016 tracking page…
Fuji X System: three Zeiss Touit Primes (12/2.8, 32/1.8, 50/2.8) for $2018 after $700 MIR (prepaid Gift Card)
If you like Touit lenses and the Fuji X system and don’t mind mail-in rebates and prepaid gift cards, the X-System trio of Zeiss Touit lenses (12/2.8, 32/1.8, 50/2.8) is bundled together for $2018 after a $700 mail-in rebate (prepaid gift card) at Adorama (with free filters and cleaning kits).
NOTE #1: this is currently “Temporarily On Backorder”, there is no shipping estimate
NOTE #2: the PDF of the rebate form (available at the aforelinked page) says that your rebate form must be postmarked within 30 days of purchase. Since the shipment date is an unknown, if you are planning to do the mail-in rebate, you may want to wait until it is back in-stock before buying it!
NOTE #3: the PDF rebate says “prepaid gift card” but does not specify which one. VISA? Mastercard? AMEX? Store Gift Card? It certainly won’t be a cashable check.