Canon EF 24-70mm f2.8L II USM with Platypod Pro Max Plate Mini Tripod for $1699

Another NAB 2017 special, the Canon EF 24-70mm f2.8L II USM is bundled with the Platypod Pro Max Plate Mini Tripod (goes for $100 on its own) all together for $1699 with free expedited shipping at Adorama.

If you don’t need the platypus creature tripod thing, Adorama has a different bundle for the same price, it’s an Accessorapaloooza (filters, Corel, cleaning kits, lens wrap, lens shade, tether.

Or if you don’t need any free accessories, you can instead get 4% promotional rewards (~$68) to be spent in future Adorama purchase by getting the default option.

Canon 50mm f1.8 and 10-18mm Portrait & Travel 2-Lens Kit AND EXTRAS for $350

This is a nice bundle for new Canon shooters. The official Canon 50mm f1.8 and 10-18mm Portrait & Travel 2-Lens Kit is bundled with a handful of free accessories for the same price of $350 with free shipping at Adorama. The freebies are: Adorama and Lowepro lens cases, Tiffen and Vivitar lens filters, and a cleaning kit. The lenses will ship right away, but some of the freebies may take longer to arrive per the page over there…

For more Adorama action, check their latest 48 Hour Sale

Instant Savings on select Canon, Rokinon, Sigma and Tamron lenses (92 options)

Lens fun now at B&H Photo, where a number of new instant savings (discounts, no rebate/coupon) promotions are running on select lenses from the following four manufacturers:

+ Sigma Lenses (32 options)

+ Tamron Lenses (24 options)

+ Rokinon Lenses (6 options)

+ Canon Lenses (30 options)

Canon 35mm f2.8 IS STM EF-S Gets A Price – And Available For Pre-Order Now!

The new Canon 35mm f2.8 IS STM EF-S (yes, the one with the built-in macro lite/light) now has a price! You can now pre-order it for $350 at Amazon by Amazon itself and B&H Photo and Adorama. The release estimate at the moment is June 10 (2017), which is not that far off, when you consider that Game Of Thrones Season 7 will arrive a month AFTER this lens is released 🙂

The built-in light also raises an interesting question, could we be heading into a “smartphonization” of lenses? It would certainly help manufacturers with more sales as lenses would have to be upgraded much faster than previous decades 🙂

Buy 2+ Different Canon Lenses, Get Bonus via AMEX MIR GC

If you need to buy Canon EF and/or EF-S Lenses, Canon has launched a big Buy MORE, Get MORE Lenses. You have to buy two (or more) different lenses to qualify for this offer. For example, getting a 50mm f1.4 and a 85mm f1.8 qualifies, but getting two 50mm f1.4 does NOT.

When you do that, you have to submit the mail-in rebate to Canon [PDF file], and a few weeks later, if all is well, you will receive a prepaid American Express Gift Card. I am not sure exactly how the Bonus amounts are calculated, they give a couple of examples but no formula. Promotion ends 4/29/17.

For more special offers, check the long and winding Canon USA Special Offers page.

No pre-orders yet: Canon 35mm f2.8 IS STM EF-S

Stabilized macro time now, Canon revealed the new 35mm f2.8 IS STM EF-S (APS-C) lens but pre-orders for it are not available. Nevertheless the lens has a product page up and running at B&H Photo with some details and an option to get notified by email when it’s available for pre-order/purchase.

PS: this too has been added to the 2017 Tracking page of major/interesting new cameras and lenses (NOTE: these trackers are no longer comprehensive of every single P&S camera and clone lens).

Canon Lenses with Free Manfrotto or Vanguard “Real” Tripods

Some people like bundles with lots of small accessories, others don’t because they don’t need/want extra small accessories. But they may be a lot more interested when camera gear are bundled with “real” accessories, in this case, “real” Manfrotto and Vanguard tripods! Adorama is offering some of these bundles as part of their Canon Instant Rebates special promotion:

With Manfrotto MT055XPRO3 Aluminum Tripod
+ Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM for $1699
+ Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM Lens for $1848

+ tripod on its own goes for $179 by Amazon itself which is a sale/price-match of 3rd-party sellers
+ tripod on its own goes for $250 at B&H Photo

With Vanguard 264AB-100 Tripod
+ Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM for $1899
+ Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L II USM IS for $1999

+ tripod on its own goes for $155 by Amazon itself which is a sale/price-match of 3rd-party sellers

Canon 100-400mm f4.5-5.6L II USM IS + Vanguard 264AB-100 4-Section Aluminum Alloy Alta Pro 264-AT Tripod Legs with SBH-100 QR Ballhead for $2000

The Canon 100-400mm f4.5-5.6L II USM IS is one of the Adorama VIP sales with a bundle of many free small accessories for $2000 BUT if you prefer one big accessory instead of a handful of near-consumables, Adorama has another bundle, also going for $2000 with free shipping, bundled WITH the Vanguard 264AB-100 4-Section Aluminum Alloy Alta Pro 264-AT Tripod Legs with SBH-100 QR Ballhead. The Vanguard goes for $180 on its own. The bundle is “temporarily on backorder” because the tripod is backordered, but you can order it if you like the price/combo.

New Canon Two-Lens Bundle coming

Camera manufacturers have “(re)discovered” bundling! Canon has a brand new lens bundle, one prime, one zoom, and they are offered together, the 50mm f1.4 and the 17-40mm f4L, available for pre-order at B&H Photo for $1200. This however is NOT a good price as it stands, because the lenses can be purchased individually $330 (50mm f1.4) and $750 (17-40mm f4L). I suspect the bundle price will be adjusted when it gets closer to release, because $1200 is the list price of each lens before the seasonal “instant savings” promotions.

Refurbished Canon 24-105mm f4L IS w/1yr warranty for $540

The new condition Canon 24-105mm f4L IS USM EF lens goes for $1000 at authorized dealers, bundled with a handful of lens-y accessories, eg Adorama (filters, cleaning kit, tether, lens shade, Corel software bundle).

But if you want to pay almost half of that, you can get it in manufacturer refurbished condition with a 1-year warranty at the official Canon USA store for $540 with free standard US shipping. You can almost buy two for the price of one!

PS: I wonder how authorized dealers feel when the manufacturer undercuts them dramatically in price, while at the same time the manufacturer places strict restrictions on what prices authorized dealers can offer. Sounds -opoly-ish to me but I’m not an expert in this field, just a bloviator with a keyboard 🙂

15% off refurbished items at official Canon USA store with coupon

To celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day festivities, the official Canon USA store offers 15% off on select refurbished camera gear with coupon code POTATOES (yes, POTATOES is the coupon code). That pot of gold on the page is actually a pot of potatoes 🙂 Offer ends 3/19/17.

Eligible for the promotion are Canon DSLRs, Lenses, Speedlites, Powershot cameras, inkjet printers and consumer camcorders. More details when I get to a faster computer.

16GB Sandisk SDHC Class 4 for $6.45 with free S&H [and other eBay Offers]

To the Trending eBay Deals we go, where you can get the new condition 16GB Sandisk SDHC Class 4 memory card, model SDSDB-016G-B35, for $6.45 with free shipping. Over 1370 units have been sold so far. It ships from California by eBay seller “allizwell2k10” (99.9%).

Speaking of eBay and storage, the NewEgg eBay store is offering the new condition 4TB Seagate Backup Plus Portable External Hard Drive (with 200GB of Cloud Storage) for $105 with free shipping. Limit five per customer. Nearly 300 units have been sold so far.

Speaking of eBay, the current featured Daily Deal there is the new condition Surface PRO 3 (i7, 8GB RAM, 512GB SSD, model PU2-00017) offered for $830 with free shipping by eBay seller “Always.Deals” (98%, New Jersey). Over 175 units sold so far per the listing over there.

Might as well turn this post into an eBay round-up. eBay seller “DigJungle” (99.2%, undisclosed USA location) is offering the new condition imported grey-market Canon 55-250mm f4-5.6 IS STM lens for $149 with free shipping. There is no mention of warranty in the listing, so assume there is none!

Imported Canon EF 50mm f1.8 STM w/1yr seller warranty for $92

Also bubbling under in the Trending ebay deals, eBay seller is back again with another offer, they have the new condition imported grey-market Canon 50mm f1.8 STM EF lens for $92 with free shipping, with a limit of up to five per customer. This comes with a 1-year warranty from the seller, not Canon USA. Given the price and the simplicity of 50mm lenses, this is a lower risk grey-marekt purchase.

Imported Canon 24-70mm f2.8L II w/1yr seller warranty for $1399

The new condition from authorized dealers Canon EF 24-70mm f2.8L II USM goes for $1750 bundled with free accessories (eg Adorama) or free 4% promotional rewards to be used in future purchases (eg B&H Photo). But if you are more of a risk taker…

… among the latest Trending eBay Deals, you can get this lens in new condition as an imported grey-market model for $1399 with a 1-year warranty from the seller 6ave on ebay. Limit five units per buyer.

Canon EF 50mm f1.2 L for $1149 [limit 5]

Surprise! An actual lens on …sale! The Canon 50mm f1.2 L is currently on sale, in new condition, for $1149 with free shipping, at Amazon by Amazon itself. Limit up to five per customer at this point. This is not a lightning deal, so it’s either an actual sale an error or an internal (3rd-party sellers) or external (other websites/retailers) price-match.

Canon Lens Discounts (9 options, Primes and Zooms)

Nine Canon lenses are currently on sale at B&H Photo, a mix of Primes and Zooms, all of them get 4% promotional rewards, as follows:

+ 35/f1.4L USM for $899
+ 40/2.8 STM for $129
+ 50/1.4 USM for $299
+ 85/1.8 USM for $319

+ 16-35 f2.8L II USM for $1399
+ 24-70 f2.8L II USM for $1699
+ 70-200 f2.8l IS II USM for $1899
+ 70-300 f4-5.6 IS USM for $399
+ 100-400 f4.5-5.6L IS II USM for $1899

Canon EF 50mm f1.4 USM Lens with Extras for $329

The Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Lens comes with 4% promotional rewards (around $13 to be used in a future purchase) at B&H Photo… On the other hand, if you prefer bird in the hand freebies, Adorama is bundling it with the Corel software bundle (including Aftershot PRO 2 and PSP X8), along with a ProOptic Filter Kit, Cleaning Kit and lens cap tether…

Canon 24mm f2.8 STM EF-S w/Filter Kit and more for $129

More prime lens action, a discount along with freebies, at Adorama you can get the new condition Canon 24mm f2.8 STM EF-S prime lens for $129 with free shipping with the following freebies included by Adorama: ProOptic 52mm digital essentials filter kit (filter case and three filters), cleaning kit, lens cap tether, and 2% promotional rewards (around $2.50 to spend in future Adorama purchase). You get everything with this pancake except for the syrup 😉

Canon Instant Savings (cameras, lenses, flashes)

The Instant Savings party continues with Canon, they too have launched a new manufacturer-initiated instant savings promotion featuring a variety of cameras and lenses, along with some flashes. You can find them all nicely organized at B&H Photo… You can compare the current price situation to early November using the November 2016 price charts

Canon 2-Lens STM Bundle: 50mm f1.8 EF and 10-18 f4-5.6 IS EF-S for $350

Nikon launched its own 2-lens bundle last year (currently available for purchase but not discounted, it goes for $800+), so obviously Canon had to come up with their own 2-lens bundle, it is the EF 50mm f1.8 STM prime lens bundled together with the EF-S 10-18mm f4.5-5.6 IS STM together going for $350 with free shipping at Amazon by Amazon itself and B&H Photo.

Open-box Canon 75-300 f4-5.6 III w/full warranty for $80

More open box action, this time we fly to Adorama where they offer the open-box Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III for $80 with free shipping and full warranty since Adorama is an authorized Canon USA dealer. Note that this is NOT a stabilized lens, and it is NOT a USB lens. You also get $1.60 in promotional rewards to use in future purchases.

Open-box Canon 70-200 f2.8L IS II w/warranty for $1700

The Canon 70-200mm f2.8L II IS USM goes for $1950 in new condition at authorized dealers (eg B&H Photo) but if you are comfortable with open-box lenses, you can get it for $1700 with free shipping and original accessories and 1-year warranty at Adorama.

On the other hand, if you prefer the new condition lens and also want the Pixma PRO 100 printer, you can get them bundled together at Adorama for $2050 after a $250 mail-in rebate (prepaid AMEX gift card). In addition to the lens and printer, you also get the printer’s sidekick (50pk 13×19″ paper), a ProOptic 77mm filter kit and a lens care kit.

Instant Savings on the Canon f2.8 Zoom Trio (16-35, 24-70, 70-200)

The Canon f2.8 Zoom Trio is on an instant savings promotion as well with free shipping and 4% promotional rewards (to be used in future purchases) as follows at B&H Photo:

+ 16-35mm f2.8L II USM with 4% rewards ($58~ in future purchases) for $1450

+ 24-70mm f2.8L II USM with 4% rewards ($70~ in future purchases) for $1750

+ 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM with 4% rewards ($78~ in future purchases) for $1950

Pre-order new Canon 16-35mm f2.8L III ($2200) and 24-105mm f4L IS II ($1100) Lenses

Alongside the Canon 5D Mark IV DSLR, Canon has unleashed two new four-figure Canon EF (D)SLR lenses and they are available for pre-ordering as follows:

+ 16-35mm f2.8L III for $2200 at Adorama and B&H Photo and Amazon by Amazon itself

+ 24-105mm f4L IS II for $1100 at Adorama and B&H Photo and Amazon by Amazon itself

Imported Canon 50mm f1.8 STM with 1-Year Seller Warranty for $99 with free shipping

Back to the eBay Deals action we go, where eBay seller DealsAllYear (99.8%, New Jersey) is offering new condition imported grey-market with a 1-year seller warranty (not Canon USA) Canon 50mm f1.8 STM lenses for $99 with free shipping with a limit of ten per customer. Given the low price, and simplicity of 50mm prime lens designs, this is a fairly lower risk purchase if you are going to go for an imported/grey-market item. Over 600 units got sold so far.

In comparison, this lens goes for $125 with free shipping at authorized dealers, eg Adorama (with $5 promotional rewards).

Refurbished Canon EF-S 55-250mm f4-5.6 IS II for $120

Nikon’s entry-point telephoto is going for $120 refurbished, so of course Canon’s too would be on sale. Probably a coincidence but the narrative is fun 🙂 Regardless…

… B&H Photo is offering the manufacturer refurbished Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II lens for $120 with free expedited shipping. It comes with a 1-year Canon USA warranty.

Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II with Extras for $1999

The Canon EF 100-400mm f4.5-5.6L IS II is currently going for $1999 with free shipping and 4% promotional rewards to be used at a future purchase ($80~, not small change for sure!) at B&H Photo… Alternately, for the same price, you can get it without promotional rewards but with a handful of freebies (including the Corel software bundle) at Adorama

Imported Canon EF 100-400mm f4.5-5.6L IS II for $1650

The Canon EF 100-400mm f4.5-5.6L IS II goes for $2100 at authorized dealers which are allowed to bundle it with various free accessories and/or promotional rewards (eg Adorama).

But if you are comfortable with imported grey-market items that come with a 1-year seller warranty (not Canon USA warranty), off to the eBay Deals we go where eBay seller “Electronics Valley” (99.6%, New Jersey) is offering the new condition imported grey-market with 1-year seller warranty Canon EF 100-400mm f4.5-5.6L IS II lens for $1650 with free shipping with a limit of five per customer.

Canon DSLR & Lens Instant Savings end Friday 8:15pm ET {196 options}

The current iteration of the Canon DSLR Instant Savings (138 DSLR Kit options) and the Canon Lens Instant Savings (58 options) expire at 8:15pm ET tonight, Friday 6/10/16. After that, the B&H Photo website will not accept online orders until Monday 6/13/16 at 9:45pm ET [corrected dates and times]

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.

Refurbished Canon DSLR Gear w/1yr warranty: 50mm f1.8 STM for $90, Etc

It is the weekend, among along with it comes another Canon USA store sale that includes a number of refurbished Canon SLR Lenses. The ones on sale have their price shown in “red cyber ink”. Among them:

+ 50mm f1.8 STM EF for $90
+ 55-200mm f4-5.6 IS STM EF-S for $130
+ 70-300mm f4-5.6 IS STM EF for $400
+ 50mm f1.4 EF for $270
+ the above are refurbished with a 1-year Canon USA warranty
+ there are five pages in the Lenses page, increase the “Items per Page” or make sure you check them all

In parallel they have a refurbished DSLR sale with the 5DS R body going for $3000, 5DS for $2800, the T6s (the name, not plural) w/18-135 for $800, 6D body for $1100, 7D II body for $1200, D-Rebel T5 two lens kit (18-55/75-300) for $290, etc. There are two pages of sale items.

Canon CarePAK Offer extended until 7/31/16

Canon’s free 13-month CarePAK (free accidental damage protection for select registered products) has been extended until the end of July 2016. You can learn about the plan at Canon’s website and you can see a list of eligible Canon DSLRs and Lenses for this promotion at B&H Photo. Eligible items include the full frame DSLRs, the 7D Mark II, and a few lenses. You have to manually register for the promotion after purchase though, it does not activate automatically.

Refurbished Canon DSLR Lens Sale w/1yr warranty

If you are interested in refurbished Canon SLR lenses that come with a 1-year warranty from Canon, they have a sale on a number of them (the ones on sale have a price in red ink) at the official Canon Outlet store. Unlike Amazon, the Canon Outlet store won’t let you buy out of stock items, so it’s finders keepers for these type of deals.

You can sort price (high or low) or alphabetical (either direction) or by “recommended”. You can also increase the items per view to up to 72 if you are on a bigger screen and computer with enough power to handle a bigger page.

Refurbished Canon Friends and Family Sale: refurb DSLRs (5D*, 6D, 70D, T6s, T5, SX520, N, etc), 10% off Lenses, Etc

The official Canon USA store has a Friends and Family Sale that includes a 10% off sale on refurbished Lenses (77 options, multiple pages, some binoculars are mixed in with the lenses), along with DSLR kits featured on the first link above that include:

+ refurb 5DS R body only for $3000, non-R body for $2800
+ refurb 5D Mark III body for $2100
+ reufrb 6D body for $1100
+ refurb 70D with 18-55 IS STM for $680 or with 18-135mm instead for $850
+ refurb D-Rebel T6s w/18-135 IS STM for $800
+ refurb D-Rebel T6i w/18-55 & 75-300 for $640
+ refurb SL1 with 18-55 & 75-300 for $390
+ refurb D-Rebel T5 with 18-55 for $230 (plus 75-300 for $290)
+ refurb Powershot SX520 HS superzoom for $90
+ refurb Powershot SX600 HS red for $80
+ refurb G1X II for $550
+ refurb Phowershot N for $90
+ the items mentioned in this block are in-stock as of the time of writing (there are more but they are out of stock and I don’t know if they will return in-stock before the sale ends)
+ you can see these at the Friends and Family Sale
+ NOTE: there are three pages of items, increase “Items per Page” or browse pages #2 and #3 as well
+ the refurbished items come with a 1-year Canon USA warranty

Pre-order new Canon EF Super35mm ME200S-SH Camera and 18-80mm T4.4 EF Lens

The EF Mount is trying to kill the Video Star perhaps 🙂 Which brings us to a brand new square don’t-call-me-RED-competitor EF-mount blocky camera from Canon, the Canon ME200S-SH Multi-Purpose Video & Still Super35mm Camera, available for pre-order for $5000 at Adorama. Coming along with it is the brand new Canon Compact-Servo 18-80mm T4.4 EF Lens available for pre-order for $5225.

UPDATE: this is also available at B&H Photo including a Cinema Package for $21K that includes a variety of video gear that go with it.