Panasonic GM1 w/12-32 and $15 Rewards for $370

If of the many Micro Four Thirds camera options out there it is the Panasonic GM1 with the 12-32mm kit, in new condition, the one you want, you can get it for $369 with free shipping and $15~ in promotional rewards at Adorama in either the blue GM1 kit or the orange GM1 kit. Offer ends 6/1/16…

Optionally you can triple the original 1-year warranty by submitting a mail-in rebate to Panasonic. Details on that offer at Adorama ~ here’s the PDF file. For the speed readers out there, the expiration date of the warranty tripling offer is 3/31/17, not 3/31/16 🙂

Pre-order Olympus Portrait Lens Kit (45/1.8, 75/1.8) for $999

Olympus has launched a new Olympus Portrait Lens Kit that is comprised of the M. Zuiko Digital 45mm f1.8 and M. Zuiko Digital ED 75mm f1.8 Micro Four Thirds lenses, along with appropriately matched Lens Hoods and Lens Cases for each lens. This kit is now available for pre-order for $999 with free shipping at Adorama.

Pre-order Olympus Travel Lens Kit (14-150, 17/1.8) for $799

Manufacturer initiated lens bundles are a new trend these days, and Olympus is jumping aboard this hype train with the “Olympus Travel Lens Kit”, bundling the M.Zuiko 14-150mm f4.5-6.6 II Black lens along with the M. Zuiko 17mm f1.8 Black lens, along with appropriately sized lens hoods and more importantly lens cases (it’s a travel kit after all!). This is available for pre-order for $799 with free S&H at Adorama.

Fuji X-T1 kits with FREE Fuji VG-XT1 Battery Grip and Either More Free Accessories OR 4% Rewards at Standard prices

The Fuji X-T1 kits are on sale as part of the Fuji instant savings, but that’s not all! Adorama is bundling a handful of free accessories at the same prices as the standard kits without the free accessories. And the free accessories in this case are not trinkets! You get the Fuji VG-XT1 Battery Grip, which goes for $200 on its own.

Depending on the kit, in addition to the battery grip, you can either get 4% promotional rewards or even more free accessories, varying slightly by kit: an extra battery, a Sandisk Memory Vault, a lens filter (for the kits with lenses), a shoulder camera bag, a cable and cleaning kit. Check the different kits on each camera by clicking on the various product option tabs over there.

Kits that get these freebies include the black X-T1 body only for $1000 (battery grip and other extras) and the Graphite Silver X-T1 body only for $1200 (only the battery grip, 4% rewards) and the black X-T1 with 18-55 for $1400 (battery grip plus 4% rewards OR other free accessories) and the black X-T1 with 18-135 for $1600 (battery grip plus 4% rewards OR other free accessories)

Fuji X-System Instant Savings: Cameras and Lenses

Fuji has a new round of instant savings on various items in their X-System, good until 7/2/16.

On the camera front, among others, the X-T10 body only goes for $600, X-T10 with 16-50 for $700, the X-T10 two lens kit for $800, the X-T1 body only for $1000, the X-T1 Graphite for $1200, the X-PRO1 for $500, and more. You can see all the available kits at B&H Photo and Adorama.

In parallel, they have a sale on a variety of X System lenses, a total of 22 lenses are participating (some are different colors of the same lens), a mix of primes and zooms. You can see all the lenses at B&H Photo and Adorama (page down to find the lenses).

Pre-Order on June 9+: new Fuji XF 2x TC WR Teleconverter (for 50-140, 100-400)

As of the time of writing, there is no pre-order option, but pre-orders will open on June 9 in 2016. Fuji has a new Fuji XF 2x TC WR Teleconverter coming up, with a starting price of $450 that is compatible with the XF 50-140mm f/2.8 R LM OIS WR and XF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR lenses. Details and specs of this at B&H Photo.

Likewise, the new Fuji LH-XF23 Lens Hood for the Fuji XF 23mm f/1.4 R lens will start at $70.

PS: I don’t know if camera manufacturers now seem to think they are Apple at the height of the iPhone hype with all these multi-stage announcement/pre-orders, but what do I know? 🙂

Zeiss Touit 12mm f2.8 with 4% Rewards or Free Accessories for $699 [E/X]

Twitter is not the only thing that tweets. Zeiss does too and their Zeiss Touit 12mm f2.8 lens is on sale for $699 with 4% promotional rewards at B&H Photo or with free lens-y accessories (filter, tether, cleaning kit) at Adorama.

Canon M3 with 18-55mm and EF-EOS M Mount Adapter and Canon EVF-DC1 EVF for $602

If you are curious about the Canon Mirrorless system, there’s a practical bundle available at Adorama. They offer the Canon M3 with the 18-55mm lens and EF-EOS M lens mount adapter for $599 with free expedited shipping. But you are not done yet. Expand the yellow “Special Offer” segment. The first option there is to add the Canon EVF-DC1 Electronic Viewfinder (for G1 X Mark II, G3X & EOS M3 Cameras) for just $2.58 more. Just press the blue “Add to Bundle” button and then below it the green “Add Bundle to Cart” and proceed as usual.

Annotated screenshot crop below if you are not familiar with the layout of their website:

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Imported Grey Market Fuji X-PRO2 Body for $1500

The Fuji X-PRO2 goes for $1700 with free accessories at authorized dealers, eg Adorama (Corel imaging software included).

But if you are comfortable with imported grey-market items with a 1-year seller warranty (instead of Fuji USA warranty), among the latest eBay Deals, eBay seller “Electronics Valley” (99.6%, ships from New Jersey) is offering new condition imported grey-market Fuji X-PRO2 Body Only for $1500 with free shipping, with a limit of five per customer.

Pre-order Canon 28mm f3.5 Macro IS STM EF-M for $299

Canon is rolling out a brand new lens for their Mirrorless System (yes, they have one), the Canon 28mm f3.5 Macro IS STM EF-M is available for pre-order for $299 with free shipping with a late June 2016 release estimate at Adorama and B&H Photo and Amazon itself.

This too has been added to the New Cameras and Lenses of 2016 tracking page.

Costco Members: Sony a6000 with 16-50mm and 55-210mm and Extras and $50 Costco Cash Card by Mail for $730

The Adorama Sony a6000 two-lens kit bundle expired but if you missed it or didn’t need Lightroom 6, or can’t wait for future deals, and you are a Costco member, they are offering the Sony a6000 two lens kit bundle (with 16-50mm and 55-210mm and bag and 32GB card and DVD learnings) along with a $50 Costco Cash Card by mail (four weeks after camera delivery) for $730 with free shipping. Lightroom 6 is NOT included with the Costco offer. The price is for members. If you are not a member, you have to pay a 5% surcharge. Limit three bundles per customer. Promotion ends 5/29/16.

(ENDED) Sony a6000 Kits with $50 Gift Card and Free Accessories (at $450 body, $600 w/16-50)

As of 5/16/16, the gift card offers are still there, but the prices of the a6000 kits jumped up…

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(ENDED) Sony a6000 with 16-50 and 55-210 and $50 Gift Card and Lightroom 6 for $746

As of 5/16/16 recheck, this tempting offer expired. The price is $1050 as of this check…

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Panasonic GM5 with 12-32 and $25 Rewards and Extras for $500

The Panasonic GM5 is making its farewell tour, but if you are interested in it, you can get it with the 12-32mm kit lens, in new condition, along with $25 promotional rewards and free accessories (16GB Sandisk Extreme SDHC, extra Power2000 battery, Lowepro bag, a card reader and cleaning kit) at Adorama in either the red color option or the black color option… This is one of their Mother’s Day Specials

In-stock now: Sony FE Lenses: 50mm f1.8 and 70-300 f4.5-5.6

Two more Sony FE E-mount lenses are now in-stock and ready to ship to your front door from B&H Photo as follows:

+ Sony FE 50mm f/1.8 Lens for $250
+ Sony FE 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G OSS Lens for $1200

For more in-stock action (it looks a very busy month), check the In-Stock Alerts here at this blog (there’s also a menu option up top in the blue bar), and also the Jon Snow resurrection of the Stock Status Tracker.

Preorder new Veydra 85mm T2.2 Mini Prime Lens for $900 to $950

It’s a season of primes these days, and here comes another one available for pre-order in the Sony E-mount, C-mount and Micro Four Thirds, it is the Veydra 85mm T2.2 Mini Prime Lens going for $900 to $950 depending on mount and focus distance markings (meters or feet) at B&H Photo. This is not a full frame lens.

In-stock now: Zeiss Loxia 21mm f2.8 with $60 rewards for $1500 (E-mount)

Hot on the heels of the Zeiss Batis arrivals, B&H Photo has another Zeiss e-mount lens in-stock and ready to ship, it is the Zeiss Loxia 21mm f2.8 Lens for Sony E Mount for $1500 with free shipping and 4% promotional rewards to be used in future purchases (around $60).

For more in-stock action (it looks a very busy month), check the In-Stock Alerts here at this blog (there’s also a menu option up top in the blue bar), and also the Jon Snow resurrection of the Stock Status Tracker.

5% Rewards on select Nikon, Canon and Panasonic iLCs

Part of the Cinco de Mayo celebrations, Adorama is offering 5% promotional rewards on select DSLRs and Mirrorless models. The offer is good until 5/9/16. The promotional rewards are in addition to any other free accessories the camera may be eligible for. Participating kits include the Nikon D5300 and D5500 and J5, the Canon D-Rebel T5 and T5i, and the Panasonic GM5.

Sony a6000 w/18-55 and 55-210 and Lightroom 6 and $50 Gift Card for $750

A potentially good “Getting Seriously Started with the Photography” kit is now available at Adorama for $750 with free expedited shipping. You get the Sony a6000 two lens kit with the 18-55mm and 55-210mm lenses, the Adobe Lightroom 6 software, and a $50 Adorama gift certificate. One could then use the $50 gift certificate to purchase other necessities for new photographers (tripod/monopod/etc).

Costco: Sony a6000 w/18-55 and 55-210 and Extras and $50 Costco Cash Card for $730

This Costco offer is open to all, but if you are not a member, you have to pay 5% premium over the listed prices. The Sony a6000 two lens kit with the 18-55mm and 55-210mm lenses and 32GB card and Learning DVD and Bag along with a $50 Costco Cash Card (via mail within four weeks of completed delivery) for $730. Promotion is good until 5/29/16. Limit three bundles per member.

PS: there’s also a competing offer at Adorama, coming in the next post.

Imported Fuji X-T1 body only for $700 (or w/18-55 for $1150)

The Fuji X-T1 body only goes for $1300 at authorized dealers, while the kit with the 18-55mm goes for $1700. Authorized dealers are allowed to bundle it with free accessories and promotional rewards, eg Adorama.

But if you are more of a risk taker and comfortable with imported grey-market items, among the latest eBay Deals, eBay seller “Electronics Valley” (99.6%) is offering the new condition imported grey-market with a 1-year seller warranty (not Fuji USA) Fuji X-T1 body only for $700 with free shipping. On that listing, you can also select the X-T1 with 18-55mm for $1150. Change the “MPN” option in the menu to switch between the two. It shows product numbers instead of human-readable model names, but there are only two options, 16421452 (Body Only),16432786 (Body+18-135mm Lens).

Kudos to this eBay seller for clearly filling in the warranty details in the eBay “Item Specifics” where it specifies that it does not come with a manufacturer warranty and that it is an import item with a 1-year seller warranty. Also kudos for having a big banner further down the product description saying this is an “IMPORT MODEL”. Annotated screenshot crop below:

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This is a step in the right direction for retailers: giving the consumer all the information needed to make an informed decision.

In-stock: Voigtlander Super Wide-Heliar 15mm f4.5 Aspherical III Lens for Sony E

Prime time for Sony E-mount photographers, the Voigtlander Super Wide-Heliar 15mm f4.5 Aspherical III Lens is now in-stock and ready to ship for $799 with free expedited shipping at B&H Photo.

Speaking of in-stock-related-matters, the Stock Status Tracker is back covering some of the upcoming DSLRs. You can also keep up with in-stock alerts using the In-Stock ALERT! category here at this blog.

In-stock now: Zeiss Batis 25mm f2 and 85mm f1.8 (FF E-mount)

This is the first of three in-stock alerts from B&H Photo, don’t bat an eye, you may miss them (I think I have exceeded my quota of bat/Batis jokes for this year).

Two new Zeiss Batis E-mount lenses are now in-stock at B&H Photo, and they come with 4% promotional rewards (to be used in future B&H purchases). It is the Zeiss Batis 85mm f1.8 for $1200 and the Zeiss Batis 25mm f2 for $1300. This is full frame E-mount.

For more action, check the latest B&H Mother’s Day Specials good until 5/8/16 (some require coupon code MOMDAY16).

Sony a6000 kits with $50 Gift Card and Extras

B&H Photo has a promotion bundling a $50 B&H Photo Gift Card along with either 4% promotional rewards or free accessories for a variety of the Sony a6000 kits. A total of 24 bundles are available. Some get free accessories, some get 4% rewards, some get both, some get neither. Check each individual listing of interest to see what is included. Offers end 5/8/16.

For more action, check their latest Mother’s Day Specials good until 5/8/16 (some require coupon code MOMDAY16).

Rokinon 14mm f2.8 ED AS IF UMC for $280 with coupon (C/A/P/E)

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.

Panasonic GH4 body and $150 Gift Card for $1300 [OR Imported GH4 body only for $900]

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.

Imported Sony a7S II body w/1yr seller warranty for $2400

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).

Imported Fuji X-T10 body only with 1-Year seller warranty for $500

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).

Tokina Cinema T- Lenses Sale (9 options) {EF, PL, m43}

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.

Five Rokinon Xeen Cine T-Primes for $10,000 [C/N/PL/E/m43]

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.

Olympus Pen-F for $1050 using Trade-In Promotion

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.

Rokinon T1.5 Cine Prime 4-Lens Bundle (24, 35, 50, 85) for $1900 [C/N/A/E/m43]

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…

Z Camera E1 Mini 4K Interchangeable Lens Camera for $599 [M43]

The Z Camera E1 Mini 4K Interchangeable Lens Camera (micro four thirds mount) is on sale for $599 with free expedited shipping at B&H Photo. No coupon is needed for this offer, but like many of the B&H NAB specials, it expires on 4/21/16 at 11:59pm ET…

Rokinon 50mm T1.5 AS UMC Cine DS for $450 with Coupon (C/N/A/E/M43)

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…

Panasonic GH4 body and $200 Gift Card and Accessories for $1300

The NAB Specials continues at B&H Photo with a Panasonic GH4 Body Only bundle with a $200 B&H Photo Gift Card and a Lowepro accessory kit (Adventura 170 shoulder bag, 64GB Lexar SDXC, Watson LiIon battery). This promotion expires 4/21/16.

Sony a6300 w/16-50 and $100 Gift Card for $1200

The Sony a6300 with the 16-50mm lens goes for $1200 at authorized Sony USA dealers, but for a limited time, you can get it with a $100 B&H Photo Gift Card included at B&H Photo… This is one of their many NAB Trade Show Specials

Sony a6000 kits at MAP prices with $50 Gift Card included

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…

Fuji X-E2 Body with Fuji HG-XE1 Hand Grip for $499 [with 18-55 for $699]

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.

20% off Olympus Refurbished Cameras and Lenses with Coupon

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

In-stock now: DJI Inspire 1 RAW Quadcopter with Zenmuse X5R 4K Camera and 3-Axis Gimbal

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.