Pre-order new Zeiss Batis (E-Mount) lenses: 25/2, 85/1.8

The new hit single by Vanilla Ice is “Zeiss Zeiss baby” ;-) Now that you can’t un-hear that line, Zeiss announced two new lenses in the Batis line, that continue the computerization trend of camera gear, they have a built-in OLED display on the lens barrel that show important lens-y information for the photographer.

The first two lenses in the line are for the Sony NEX e-mount and they are available for pre-order as follows:

+ 25mm f2 Batis E-mount for $1300 at Adorama and B&H Photo

+ 85mm f1.8 Batis E-mount for $1200 at Adorama and B&H Photo

Pre-order Olympus E-PL6 w/14-42mm for $300

Olympus has a new marketshare-grabber mirrorless camera out available for pre-order, with the 14-42mm kit lens, going for $300 at B&H Photo and Adorama and Amazon by Amazon itself. This is an Olympus USA model with Olympus USA warranty.

If you are fond of Japanese models, the white E-PL6 two lens kit (14-42, 40-150) is shipping from Japan for $375+ by various third-party sellers through Amazon. Keep in mind, this is the model for the Japanese market!

PS: we are keeping track of the interesting cameras of 2015 at this reference page at the main blog. Keep in mind, the main blog is no longer a “breaking news alert” website, so new gear is not necessarily added there immediately upon announcement.

Pre-order new Blackmagic Design Micro Cinema (M43rds) cameras

Black Magic had a couple of new compact M43rds cameras to show at NAB 2015, and they are now available for pre-order at B&H Photo: the Blackmagic Design Micro Cinema Camera for $1000, and also the Blackmagic Design Micro Studio Camera 4K for $1300. They have a mid-July release estimate (2015 that is). They also have the Ursa Mini 4K and 4.6K cameras with either EF or PL mounts ranging from $3000 to $5500.

Sony a3000 w/18-55 and PE12 for $240

More bundle offers from BuyDig.com, this one requires the full add to cart and login and proceed to the final step before finalizing the order (in order to see the sale price). They are offering the Sony A3000 w/18-55 and Elements 12 (Photoshop and Premiere Elements 12) for $240 with free shipping. Offer ends by 4/12/15. No coupon needed but you must add to cart and proceed all the way to final checkout step before you can see the discount.

Sony a3000 w/18-55mm for $250 (limit 2) [or $200 refurbished]

On the entry-point of the Sony NEX E-mirrorless system, the new condition Sony Alpha a3000 with the 18-55mm kit lens is on sale for $250 with free shipping at Amazon by Amazon itself with a limit of two per customer. This is not a lightning deal.

UPDATE: alternately, it is offered in manufacturer refurbished condition for $200 with free shipping by Secondipity thru Amazon. Thanks to S.W. Anderson for the alert in the comments!

Sony a7 with various freebies for $1200 (body) to $1500 (w/28-70)

Adorama is offering various Sony a7 kits with freebies. The body only kits go for $1200 and include free battery grip (VG-C1EM), free leather case (LCS-ELCA) and either the Shure VP83 LensHopper Camera-Mount Condenser Microphone or Lowepro holster case and such. Similar bundles are also offered for the a7 with 28-70mm FE lens for $1500.

The freebies are included automatically by Adorama while this promotion is running, there’s no coupon, no rebate.

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(ENDED) Rokinon 16mm f2 for $300 (seven mount options)

This limited time offer expired (the price went up to $400)… It’s Rokinon time at the eBay Deals, eBay seller “BestPriceOptics” (99.8%) is offering the new condition Rokinon 16mm f2 lens for $300 with free shipping, with a limit of five per buyer. It is available in the Canon, Sony and Pentax dSLR mounts and the Sony, Fuji, Samsung NX, and M43rds mirrornyet mounts. The Nikon dSLR version is sold out.

(ENDED) 25% off Olympus Outlet store with coupon

This limited time offer expired but coupons are recurring offers in the future over there… If you are interested in refurbished Olympus cameras, lenses or other accessories, from today until the end of day on March 27 (2015), you can get 25% off at the Olympus Outlet Store by using coupon code SPRING over there. Free shipping on orders of $100+.