If you are thinking of switching to Micro Four Thirds or making a big lens purchase, there is a hot new combined purchase promotion at Amazon that offers stackable combined purchase discounts if you buy one of select cameras and up to nine different participating M43rds lenses.
Here is a screenshot of the shopping cart with one eligible Olympus M43rds camera (E-M5 II body) and the nine different Olympus eligible M43rds lenses. As you can see, there are nine different discounts, one for each lens. You can buy anywhere from one to nine lenses, and get a discount for each lens ~ purchased together with an eligible camera.
NOTE: ALL items must be sold and shipped by Amazon itself, NOT by 3rd-party sellers if you want to get ALL the combined purchase discounts!
Buy One Of These Eligible Cameras
+ Olympus E-PL8 (all the colors and kit options are eligible, $550 to $650; six options)
+ Olympus E-M5 II body (black) for $900
+ Olympus E-M5 II body (silver) for $900
+ Olympus E-M1 body (black) for $1100
+ Olympus PEN-F Body (black) for $1200
+ Olympus PEN-F Body (silver) for $1200
+ Olympus E-M1 II body (black) for $2000
Buy Up to Nine of these Lenses in SAME Shopping Cart
The combined purchase discount amount varies from $100 to $300 per lens, depending on which lens you select. Here they are, in discount order:
+ $300 OFF Olympus 12-40mm f2.8 PRO
+ $300 OFF Olympus 12-50mm f3.5-6.3 EZ
+ $200 OFF Olympus 40-150mm f2.8
+ $200 OFF Olympus 14-150mm f4.0-5.6 II
+ $150 OFF Olympus 14-42mm f3.5-5.6 EZ (Silver)
+ $150 OFF Olympus 14-42mm f3.5-5.6 EZ (Black)
+ $100 OFF Olympus 25mm f1.8 (Silver)
+ $100 OFF Olympus 25mm f1.8 (Black)
+ $100 OFF Olympus 30mm f3.5 MACRO
+ if you buy all nine, your total combined purchase discount is $1600
Even though two of the above lenses are available in two different colors, for the purpose of this promotion, they count as separate lenses, they each get a discount.
What DOESN’T WORK
+ items NOT sold by Amazon itself
+ buying more than one camera body in the same shopping cart won’t give you additional discounts
+ buying multiple units of the same camera won’t give you additional discounts
+ buying multiple units of the same lens won’t give you additional discounts (but the silver and black colors of the eligible lenses count as separate lenses for the sake of this promotion, so you can get one of each color)
Olympus is running a combined purchase promotion where if you buy an eligible interchangeable lens camera together (in the same shopping cart) with a eligible lens, you will get a $50 off combined purchase discount. Participating are the E-M1, E-M5 II, E-M10 I and II, E-P5, and E-P7. Ten lenses are participating in this promotion including the f2.8 TRIO (Da, Da, Da; oops, I mean 7-14, 12-40, 40-150). Three primes are participating. You can see all eligible options in a left-right spreadsheet-style grid (I’m not sure how to describe it) at Amazon by Amazon itself
If you are looking for a stabilized telephoto in the Canon mount in double figures, this may be indeed of interest, the refurbished Canon 55-250mm f4-5.6 II IS with a one year Canon USA warranty as part of their Labor Day sale which ends 9/715…
… but wait, there’s more! If you purchase this lens together with one of the refurbished Canon DSLRs, you can save an additional $20 on the total amount! This combined purchase $20 off discount ends 9/26/15…
The Nikon combined purchase DSLR + Lens discounts are back at Amazon. You can purchase one DSLR and multiple lenses in the same shopping cart transaction, and receive a discount for each eligible lens. You can see all options at the Amazon promotional page.
TIP #1: not every lens is eligible for every dSLR. This is mentioned on the aforelinked page, but to be on the safe side, add the items of interest and check and double-check the discounts on the top right corner of the Amazon Checkout page
TIP #2: some of the bundles with free accessories are also eligible for this promotion. For example, when looking at the D5300 options page, carefully peruse to find the color/kit combo with the free extras. The extras are typically an AmazonBasics DSLR bag and 32GB SD card.
TIP #3: the just announced Nikon D7200 shows this promotion on its product page, but when I add it to cart with various lenses there are no discounts. There are two possible explanations: 1) because the camera is not shipping yet, the discounts are not working or 2) the promotion has not yet been activated in the shopping cart, or 3) both or 4) something else
In case you haven’t seen or done one of these promotions in a while, here is an annotated screenshot shot of the top right corner of the Amazon Checkout page with one DSLR and a few lenses added to the shopping cart.
Just in time for the holidays, the Nikon DSLR Instant Savings have been updated at B&H Photo, you can add as many lenses as you like and the savings will keep adding up. This is a one-DSLR and multiple-lenses purchased together in the same shopping cart promotion. Here is an example, a direct link to the Nikon D750 page over there. All those lenses scrolling down are eligible for this promotion.
The Canon DSLR bundles party at Adorama continues! This time the centerpiece of the bundle is the Canon D-Rebel SL1 w/18-55. Add to that the 75-300 lens, Pixma Pro 100 printer and 50pk of 13×19″ photo paper, and proceed to checkout. The price you pay at checkout is $850. Once you receive the order and submit the mail-in rebates, you will receive $350 back by mail from the mailin rebate promotion. Thus, a $500 after $350 MIR offer. This is the PDF rebate form. Free expedited shipping… If you are not sure how this works, check our previous visual post on a similar D-Rebel T5 offer… Offer ends 11/2/14…
Adorama also has a parallel promotion to the T5i w/18-55. This time the centerpiece of the bundle is the Canon D-Rebel T5i w/18-135. Add to those the 75-300 lens, Pixma Pro 100 printer and 50pk of 13×19″ photo paper, and proceed to checkout. The price you pay at checkout is $1150. Once you receive the order and submit the mail-in rebates, you will receive $350 back by mail from the mailin rebate promotion. Thus, a $800 after $350 MIR offer. This is the PDF rebate form. Free expedited shipping… If you are not sure how this works, check our previous visual post on a similar D-Rebel T5 offer… Offer ends 11/2/14…
Adorama has another mail-in rebate bundle, this one is centered around the Canon D-Rebel T5i w/18-55. Add to those the 75-300 lens, Pixma Pro 100 printer and 50pk of 13×19″ photo paper, and proceed to checkout. The price you pay at checkout is $950. Once you receive the order and submit the mail-in rebates, you will receive $350 back by mail from the mailin rebate promotion. Thus, a $600 after $350 MIR offer. This is the PDF rebate form. Free expedited shipping… If you are not sure how this works, check our previous visual post on a similar D-Rebel T5 offer… Offer ends 11/2/14…
The Sony a3000 with 18-55mm is currently on sale for $300 with free shipping at Amazon by Amazon herself with a limit of two per shopping cart during this sale…
Optionally, it is part of the Combined Purchase Discounts. The a3000 is only eligible for one lens, the 55-210 and the $200 off combined purchase discount happens automatically when you add both the a3000 kit and the 55-210 to your shopping cart. Here’s an annotated screenshot crop of the top right corner of the Amazon checkout page with the a3000 w/18-55 and the 55-210 added to the shopping cart:
Note: the other E-mount cameras participating in this promotion (NEX-5T, a5000, a5100, a6000) get smaller discounts on the 55-210 and require promo codes.
Fuji has a new round of Instant Savings (no mail-in rebates) running between October 26 until November 29 in 2014. It includes both cameras (X-T1, X-Pro1, X-E1, X-M1) and some lenses. You can see all available options at the nicely organized Fuji Instant Savings page at Adorama.
To go with the new Canon dSLR Mail-In Rebates, B&H Photo has a bundle centered around the Canon 1D X dSLR. You buy the bundle (just add to cart) and once you receive it and all is well, you file the mail-in rebates. A few weeks later you will receive your rebate amount by mail in the form of a prepaid gift card. This bundle has a checkout price of $6800 and an after-rebate price of $5650. The bundle includes the 1D X body only kit, the Pixma Pro 100 printer, 50pk of 13×19 inch photo paper, shoulder bag, 32GB Extreme Pro Compact Flash card, and Vello wireless remote.
Canon has a new incarnation of their mail-in rebates, featuring most of their APS-C dSLRs, including the brand new 7D Mark II. These are mail-in rebates (MIR), not instant savings, so you do have to do the whole MIR song and dance. This round expires on 11/22/14. You can see the available options at B&H Photo.
UPDATE: The Canon mail-in rebates continue until 11/22/14…
NOTE: this promotion expires at the end of day (Eastern Time) Saturday October 25 in 2014 but don’t wait until the last minute!
This is an intermediate level deal, so please pay attention to the details of the promotion. It is a bundle and a mail-in rebate promotion! You start at this Canon D-Rebel T5 promotional page. Then manually add the items to your shopping cart (see the purple arrow below):
When you do, you will notice the price totals on the right side of the screen will automatically change, and with all three items added, you will have a total of $708:
After your order ships and all the items are performing to your expectations, you can submit the mail-in rebate, paying attention to deadlines and things that need to be included. A few weeks after you submit the mail-in rebate, you will receive a $350 American Express prepaid gift card.
As you can see in the pictures above, this offer includes the Canon D-Rebel T5 with 18-55, plus the 75-300 f4-5.6 III lens, the Pixma Pro 100 printer, and a 50pk of 13×19 inch Canon photo paper.
Expiring on Saturday October 25 in 2014 is the current round of Canon DSLR gear promotions that include both mail-in rebates and instant savings. You can see the available options nicely organized at B&H Photo, the DSLR Bundles and the lens and flash options.
Olympus is currently running a Micro Four Thirds combined purchase promotion. Purchase one camera (eligible options are the OM-Ds (E-M1, E-M5, E-M10), the E-P5, the E-PL7) and up to four lenses from a choice of 15 lenses. Each lens added to the cart has a discount of either $100 or $200 attached to it. You can add up to four lenses for a maximum savings of $800 per shopping cart! Eligible lenses are high and low, from the 12-40/2.8 to the 14-42/3.5-5.6 II R. It’s a mix of zooms and primes, including one pancake. I didn’t find a promotion-wide expiration date, but the prices of the individual products are good until 11/1/14, so we can perhaps assume that’s the expiration date of this promotion.
In a separate promotion, you can get the VF-4 viewfinder for $100 if you purchase it together with the E-P5 body only. This VF4 promotion ends 10/25/14.
In yet another promotion, Olympus offers free 2-day shipping with orders of $50 or more. This shipping promotion ends 10/23/14.