With IFA 2014 just around the corner, the new cameras are rolling out. On the K-mount front, Pentax has revealed the new K-S1 DSLR available in multiple color schemes and multiple kits. The body only will start at $750, the K-S1 with 18-55mm for $800 and the two lens kit (18-55, 50-200) for $900. Preorders are available at Adorama and B&H Photo.
Fuji has a new 2/3" compact with RAW camera out, the new X30 with no low pass filter and more advanced feature. The new camera is scheduled to arrive late September 2014 and it is available for pre-order for $600 at Amazon et al.
The new Leica M-P 35mm full frame digital rangefinder camera is now available for pre-order in two color schemes for $7950 at B&H Photo. It is estimated to start shipping in late August 2014.
Sony has revealed a new NEX E-mount APS-C mirrorless camera, the Alpha a5100, available for $550 in body only configuration and $700 with the 16-50mm lens. Black and white color schemes are available along with a trio of accessories. Pre-orders are available at Adorama and B&H Photo and Sony Style and Amazon. Release estimate is early September 2014.
Adorama is now accepting pre-orders for the DJI Ronin 3-Axis Gimbal Stabilizer for $3000 with free shipping. It is currently in pre-order status with this message: "Although this item is temporarily out of stock, you can order it now and it will ship as soon as it arrives. Your card will only be charged once item is shipped.".
If you are an early adopter of super-super-super-superzoom digital cameras, the brand new Pentax XG-1 with a 52x optical zoom ratio is now available for pre-order for $400 at Adorama.
The full frame DSLR flood gates are definitely wide open! Nikon is back with another full framer, the new D810 full frame F-mount DSLR and you can pre-order it for $3300 at Amazon by Amazon itself and B&H Photo and Adorama. Release is expected to be July 17 other things equal.
Nikon is also offering a super bundle which they call the "Film Makers Kit" which is perhaps a trendy name for a Prime Lenses Kit. You get the D810 body only plus these three f1.8 prime lenses: 35/1.8G, 50/1.8G, and 85/1.8G. It is available for pre-order for $5000 at Amazon by Amazon itself and B&H Photo and Adorama. Release for this kit too is expected to be July 17 other things equal.
Bright and mirrorless will make your wallet cry, but if you must have it, you must havef0. it. B&H Photo is accepting pre-orders for the Handevision IBELUX 40mm f0.85 lens for mirrorless systems for $2080. It is available in the Micro Four Thirds, Fuji X, Sony NEX E-mount and Canon EF-M (mirrorless, not SLR).
The new Panasonic FZ1000 superzoom (25-400mm eq) with a larger 1-inch MOS sensor and RAW (would be a waste not to offer RAW on a 1-inch sensor) and 4K video is now available at the specs-upgraded price of $900 at B&H Photo with an end of July release estimate. You can find the detailed specs over there.
The camera is also available for pre-order at Adorama.
The new Sigma DP2 Quattro is now available for pre-order for $1000 at Adorama. It will ship on a first come first served basis. No specific estimate at the moment.
B&H Photo is now accepting pre-orders for the Zoom H5 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System (IMS) for $270 with free shipping. Release estimate is late July 2014.
The Season 1 of the new Cosmos Spacetime Odyssey with Neil deGrasse Tyson will be released June 10 in 2014 and its pre-orders are discounted. You can now get the Blu-Rays for $30 or the DVD set for $25 at Amazon.com by Amazon herself. Amazon.com offers pre-order price guarantee, so you will pay the lowest price possible (offered at Amazon.com by Amazon herself) on release date. Lots of astro-photography and science!
PS: when the price drops on the website, it may take a few hours before the price of your previously placed pre-order gets adjusted. It will get adjusted, it just doesn't happen immediately.
The brand new Sony RX100M III 1-inch compact with RAW and 24-70/1.8 Zeiss (eq) lens is now available for pre-order for $800 and with a late June 2014 release estimate at Amazon by Amazon herself. As usual with pre-orders, estimates are only estimates and they do change over time.
As part of the big blog reboot, we started a new experiment where the stock status pages are now embedded on the front page of the main blog. We are using the Panasonic GH4 as the digital guinea pig for this experiment. And as of this update, there is a change in the status at Adorama as you can see at the annotated screenshot crop below...
As always, keep in mind, supplies are limited and the stock status situation changes often based on supply and demand, since the former is limited and the latter is exaggerated during the initial release cycle of highly desirable new cameras...
From the "Bag These Bags" department, we have a couple of specials. First up, you can get the Domke F-811 Photo Satchel for $80 with free shipping at B&H Photo.
Next up, B&H is offering the Petrol PD335 D-SLR Campack Plus for $135 with free shipping.
And while we are at B&H, they are offering the 27-inch HP ZR2740w LED-Backlit IPS Monitor for $470 with free shipping (2560 x 1440, DisplayPort + Dual-Link DVI-D, etc)
On the storage front, B&H is accepting pre-orders for the
Drobo 4-Bay USB 3.0 Storage Array (3rd Generation) for $350, model DDR3A21, with a June-10-2014 release estimate.
Speaking of pre-orders, the Zoom H5 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System is available for pre-order for $270 with a late July 2014 release estimate.
Not sure how to segue ("segway") to this, but they are offering the 13.3" Sony VAIO Pro 13 SVP13224PXB laptop for $1130 with free shipping (i7-4500U Haswell, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD, Intel HD 4400, touchscreen, 1920 x 1080, W8.1 Pro, etc, etc). Keep in mind, Sony is getting out of the laptop business, so if you are a laptop collector... ;-)
As usual, please keep in mind, sales are limited time offers, and pre-order shipping dates are only estimates that may change over time.
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