NiSi 15mm f4 Sunstar Super Wide Angle Full Frame ASPH for $479 [X/E/RF/Z]

Busy day at the Adorama daily deals running until Thursday at 10am ET (or earlier if sold out). Not only that, but it’s also a (mirrorless) lens day!

+ NiSi 15mm f4 Sunstar Super Wide Angle Full Frame ASPH for $479 in Fuji X, Sony E, Canon RF and Nikon Z
+ the Leica L is not on sale #LeicaTAX

+ Litra LitraTorch 2.0 Photo and Video LED Light with Soft Box, Adapter for $50

+ NiSi NM-180 Macro Focusing Rail with 360 Degree Rotating Clamp for $99

NiSi 15mm f4 Sunstar with $50 GC for $499 [X/E/Z/RF/L]

Hooray-Hooray, it’s a LENS DAY at the Adorama daily deals good until Tuesday at 10am ET (or earlier if sold out):

+ NiSi 15mm f4 Sunstar Full Frame ASPH Lens for $499 with FREE $50 Adorama gift certificate added automatically to the bundle during this promotion
+ lens is available in Fuji X, Sony E, Nikon Z, Canon RF, and Leica L

+ Flashpoint XPLOR 300 Pro TTL R2 Battery-Powered Monolight Outdoor 2-Flash Kit for $749

+ Flashpoint FV150 Hybrid R2 Continuous LED Light and HSS Flash (Godox FV150) for $259

+ LG 27UK670 27” 16:9 4K Ultra HD IPS Monitor with USB Type-C for $349

AF Adapter (Canon EF to Fuji X), Slik Tripod Kit, Flashpoint OlyPan, Reflector (ends Fri 10am ET)

Have Canon EF lenses but also Fuji X bodies? Then come on down to the current Adorama daily deals good until Friday at 10am ET or earlier if sold out:

+ Fringer Auto Focus Adapter Canon EF To Fuji X Mount Pro II for $299

+ Slik PRO AL-523DX Tripod Kit Includes PRO AL-523 3-Section Tripod with Able 300 Pan/Tilt Head for $80

+ Flashpoint R2 Pro 2.4GHz Transmitter for Panasonic & Olympus (XPro-O) for $20

+ Glow Collapsible Circular Wind Proof Reflector with Handles for $10 (42 inch) or $20 (52 inch)
+ 42 inch TVs are heading towards this price as well πŸ˜‰

Meanwhile the Thursday Woot daily deals are very computer-centric:

+ MSI gaming desktops, $750 to $3600

+ Microsoft Surface PRO 12-inch (i5, 256GB, LTE) tablet for $560

+ Lenovo business notebooks from $430 to $550

+ more Star Wars t-shirts

+ unlocked Pixel 3 XL from $215 to $255

Then off we go to the Thursday Yellow and Blue daily deals (aka Best Buy) which offers:

+ Nixplay Smart Photo Frame 10.1-inch for $140
+ an old(er) tablet could also be repurposed as a digiframe

+ Sublue WhiteShark Mix Underwater Scooter for $400
+ this device has a song πŸ˜‰
+ personal note: every time I try to troll people with this song, it backfires and it gets stuck in my head for hours

+ also TCL TV, Keurig single-cup, $30 dual-monitor mount, etc
+ pourover is great but sometimes you just want to press a button and be out the door πŸ™‚

Fuji X-E3 body for $499, w/23mm f2R for $749, w/18-55 for $799

Fuji’s X-system camera arsenal is now loaded with options. If of all the options it is the X-E3 the one you want, it is currently on sale at Amazon by Amazon itself as follows:

+ X-E3 body only for $499
+ X-E3 with 23mm f2R WR for $749
+ X-E3 with 18-55mm f2.8-4 OIS for $799

The camera is decidedly on its way out. It is marked discontinued and un-orderable at B&H Photo and at Adorama

It is available in USED condition at Adorama but out of stock as used at KEH Camera

Refurbished Fuji X-T20 w/18-55 f2.8-4 R LM OIS w/90-day warranty for $670

A trio of factory reconditioned Fuji X-system cameras with a 90-day Fuji warranty can be found at the Woot $1 Million (or less) Gifts Sale good until 12/20/20 at 11:59pm central time or earlier if sold out…

We start with the middle of the three price-wise, the factory reconditioned Fuji X-T20 with 18-55mm f2.8-4 R OIS going for $670 with free US shipping for Prime members in the silver color scheme. Up to three per customer. With a 90-day Fuji warranty…

Again, plenty of choices in the X-system, both from above and from below. The benefit of this kit is that you get the 18-55mm f2.8-4 OIS lens, which, given the lack of competitive 3rd-party auto-focus zoom lenses, does not face a whole lot of competition for what it is…

PS: if you are a Prime member, you get free upgraded 2-day shipping (instead of free standard shipping) at Woot until 12/20/20 at 11:59pm central time [coincidence that they have the same expiration time]…

Refurbished Fuji X-T2 w/18-55 f2.8-4 R LM OIS w/90-day warranty for $850

Also part of the Woot sub-$1 million gifts sale you can get the factory reconditioned Fuji X-T2 with 18-55 f2.8-4 R LM OIS for $850 with free US shipping for Prime members and a 90-day Fuji warranty… Up to ten per customer…

This is where the trade-offs and options get even more confusing because at the top-end you have the X-T4 and X-T3 duo, and then you have the X-Tx0 options, so you can trade-off “generations” versus line-up standing…

It’s good to have options, but sometimes options come with bonus headaches πŸ˜‰

Sale ends at 12/20/20 at 11:59pm central time or earlier if sold out…

Refurbished Fuji X-T100 w/15-45/3.5-5.6 OIS PZ XC w/90-day warranty for $380

One of the surprise deals under the Woot under $1 million Gifts (HA!) sale is the factory reconditioned Fuji X-T100 with XC 15-45 f3.5-5.6 OIS PZ with a 90-day Fuji warranty going for $380 with free shipping for Prime members…

It is available in two color schemes with up to three per customer… There are countless options in the Fuji X-system these days, so you can do all kinds of trade-offs especially if you are willing to buy/sell (eg buy MF budget primes and sell the 15-45 XC if you don’t want/need it)…

Fuji has avoided the confusion of all the other manufacturers as they are the only ones with just one system at one sensor size [yes I know but the medium format system is a professional niche, not a general purpose photography system]…

Sale ends at 12/20/20 at 11:59pm central time or earlier if sold out…

Neewer 35mm f1.7 manual focus lens for $50 [Fuji X only]

Not part of the just mentioned Monday lightning deals, but on sale on its own is the Fuji X version of the Neewer 35mm f1.7 manual focus lens for $50…

UPDATE: the latest Adorama daily deals [change Tuesday 10am ET] are:

+ Slik Pro AL-323DX Tripod with SH-705E 3-Way Pan Head for $70
+ Green Extreme 4K HDMI Game Capture Card, HDMI to USB 3.0 for $40

Zeiss Touit 50mm f2.8 MACRO w/freebies for $849 [E/X]

Speaking of normal primes, how about one that is also a MACRO? The new condition Zeiss Touit [does it have its own Twitter account?] 50mm f2.8 MACRO is on sale for $849 in the Fuji X and Sony E systems by Amazon itself (no freebies) and at Adorama (no freebies) and at B&H Photo (with FREE Zeiss T* 52mm UV filter)…

Venus Laowa 9mm f2.8 Zero-D MF lens for $419 [X/E/m43/EF-M/DJI], Etc [ends Wedn 10am ET]

It’s LENS DAY again at the Adorama daily deals, good until Wednesday at 10am ET or earlier if sold out:

+ Venus Laowa 9mm f/2.8 Zero-D manual focus lens for $419 in your choice of Fuji X or Sony E or Canon EF-M or M43rds or DJI DL

+ Hoya SOLAS 77mm Variable Neutral Density Filter for $150

+ 2pk Flashpoint XPLOR 300 Pro TTL R2 Battery-Powered Outdoor Flash for $699

+ AKG K-702 headphones for $149

Cyber Monday 1-Day Sale for Canon, Nikon, Fuji and Sony [226 options]

Cyber Monday sale-a-brations at B&H Photo. This set of promotions is good for Cyber Monday 2020 only. They expire on Monday at 11:59pm eastern:

+ Sony Lenses, 30 options, including primes, zooms, FE, PZ and of course some Zeiss-blessed lenses

+ Fuji Camera and Lens sales, 39 options including X-System cameras and lenses, an XP-series Finepix, and a medium format too

+ Canon Cameras, Lenses, Etc, 107 options, including EF, EF-S, RF, EF-M cameras and lenses, Powershots and various accessories

+ Nikon DSLR and Mirrorless, 50 options, cameras and lenses and a battery grip too

+ for more action, check all their Cyber Monday Deals for 2020

Fuji X-T30 Body Only with Leather Case and Extras for $799

The Fuji X system has resisted the full frame mania, and if you are cool with that, there’s a new promotion on the Fuji X-T30 body only, you can have it for $799 with free US shipping with lots of freebies at Adorama:

+ Fuji leather case
+ 32GB Sandisk Extreme PRO SDXc
+ shoulder bag (Adorama house brand)
+ Corel software
+ various trinkets

Optionally, by clicking on their “Create Your Bundle and Save Up” you can buy it together with other gear for combined purchase discounts. Options include Fuji flashes for a $30 off combined purchase discount each, along with some storage options and 7artisans and Kamlan MF prime lenses ($15 to $20 off per lens). There’s also a $40 off combined purchase discount on the Fringer Auto Focus Adapter (Canon EF To Fuji X), and a $25 off on the Kirk L-bracket…

Elsewhere, Amazon has the same price but no freebies, while at B&H Photo you get a 64GB Sandisk Extreme PRO SDXC and a holster bag…

PS: don’t forget our previously mentioned offering, the Big Sensor Prime Fuji X100F for $899

Fuji X-T4 body with VG-XT4 Battery Grip for $1828

Fuji’s black friday gifts to those interested in the X-T4 body only are a combined purchase discount on the camera and the Fuji VG-XT4 battery grip. The X-T4 body only on its own goes for $1699, and the combo with the battery grip goes for $1828 at B&H Photo and also at Adorama. The battery grip on its own goes for $329.

The offer is also available on the other two official X-T4 kits, with the 18-55 and 16-80 lenses. Look for them among the options at the aforelinked links above.

Separately there are a couple of digital freebie promotions as well with the purchase of eligible Fuji cameras and lenses. A 1-year Flickr PRO subscription and a free download of the Luminar 4 software. Links with the details of the offer under “View Details” at the B&H link above…

FREE Skylum Luminar 4 with Fuji Camera or Lens purchase [Time Travelling Offer]

If you have already purchased or if you purchase in the future a Fuji camera or lens in the USA, you can get the Skylum Luminar 4 software for FREE. All you have to do is enter your product’s serial number, your name and email and zipcode and follow the instructions on the page…

The promotional period is November 15 in 2019 until December 31st in 2020. So even if you didn’t know of this promotion when you purchased your Fuji gear, you can still get the software.

Wednesday: Fuji X-A7 with 15-45 OIS PZ for $450 [four colors]

Hooray, hooray, it’s camera day at the Amazon USA Gold Box! For $450 with free US shipping, you can get in new condition, in your choice of four color schemes, the Fuji X-A7 with 15-45mm OIS PZ, sold and shipped by Amazon itself. Maximum two per color. Not sure if it’s two per color per customer, or two total regardless of color per customer. The shopping cart will tell you before the payment goes through πŸ™‚

There are two colors per “philosophy”: two serious colors in the black-silver and silver-black and two fun-pastel colors in the aforelinked brown and the hard to resist mint green

One secret benefit of the mint-green is that it’s a lot easier to get in an event that frowns upon “professional cameras” πŸ™‚ For extra effect, put a Sponge Bob or Angry Birds sticker on the camera body as well πŸ˜‰

This offer ends on Wednesday 11/18/20 at 11:59pm pacific time or earlier for any of the options that may sellout and become unorderable…

Needless to say there are many options in the mirrorless world these days and even if we dial it down to the APS-C mirrorless world, choices aplenty from Sony, Canon, Nikon and Fuji too whose X-T200 with 15-45 OIS PZ goes for $500 with free accessories at Adorama and at the B&H Photo website

In Other Daily Deal Action
Also at the Amazon USA Gold Box there’s a sale on AmazonBasics Camera and Phone Accessories and a Sony home audio products promotion as well…

At the Best Buy dailies there’s the return of the Sunpak 12″ ring light vlog kit for $70 and a 500GB A-Data internal SSD for $50 and a couple of WD Easystore external HDDs…

Fans of the Samsung Endurance PRO microSDXC cards can find the 128GB version for $20 with free US shipping at the NewEgg dailies

Meanwhile a PC Accessories sale at Woot includes the Wacom CDS-810S Sketchpad Pro for $50…

Wedn: Mitakon Zhongyi 20mm f2 4.5x Super Macro for $139 [C/N/E/X/m43], Etc

Hooray, hooray, it’s a LENS DAY at the B&H daily deals, good until 11:59pm ET (or earlier if sold out):

++ Mitakon Zhongyi 20mm f2 4.5x Super Macro for $139
+ DSLR option in Canon EF, Nikon F
+ Mirrorless option in Sony E, Fuji X and M43rds

+ IndiPRO Universal Power Grip for Devices with Canon LP-E6 Battery with FREE D-Tap PRO battery charger for $199

+ Celestron 8×32 TrailSeeker Binoculars (Green) for $130

+ gEnAray Trailblazer T40D Daylight LED Light (40W) for $119

+ Delkin Fat Gecko Triple Mount for $60
+ with the right lighting, this can also be used as a horror movie prop πŸ˜‰

+ also internal SSD and JBL true wireless

+ flash deal: Goal Zero Nomad 28 Plus Solar Panel for $150
+ next flash deal: Pelican 3310R-RA Right-Angle Rechargeable FlashLight (Yellow)

UPDATE: the current Adorama daily deal (change Wednesday 10am ET) are:

+ StabiLens Cinematographer Kit for $100

+ Alter 72mm Rapid Filter System, Includes Lens Mounting Ring for $20

+ Athlon Optics 10×32 Talos Series Water Proof Roof Prism Binocular with 6.5 Degree Angle of View for $70
+ not sure if it’s related to “Athlon Sports” season preview magazines

+ Air Selfie AIR PIX Portable Pocket-Size 12MP HD Flying Camera with Smartphone Control for $96

UPDATE #2: at the Woot daily deals they have factory refurbished Parrot drones under “Electronics” ($64 to $280), a $24 Bio Bidet (non-electric) under “Clearance”, and a budget refurbished HP AMD A9 laptop for $260 under “Computers”…

UPDATE #3: and at the Best Buy dailies they have:

+ 400GB Sandisk Nintendo Switch microSDXC for $90
+ 1TB WD Blue internal SATA SSD for $100
+ various other electronics and kitcheny items…

UPDATE #4: among the Wednesday Amazon USA dailies they have another sale on Anker accessories along with various Sabrent internal SSDs…

Wedn: Fuji X-A7 with 15-45mm OIS PZ for $450

My oh my, it’s a CAMERA day at the Amazon USA Gold Box, it is the new condition Fuji X-A7 with 15-45 OIS PZ for $450 with free US shipping. This is available in four different color schemes, two “serious” (black, silver-back) and two “pastel-y” (mint-green, brown).

Up to three per customer at the sale price which ends on 11/4/20 at 11:59pm pacific time or earlier if sold out. As of the time of writing this camera averages 4.4 out of 5 based on 65 customer ratings…

Rokinon 12mm f2 NCS CS MF Lens for $249 [X/E/m43/EF-M]

It’s your lucky day, a union of the two towers (okay, two lenses) type of day because it’s a LENS DAY at both the B&H daily deals and now the Adorama daily deals which runs until Tuesday at 10am ET (or earlier if sold out)…

The Adorama offering is good for the Fuji X, Sony E, M43rds and Canon EF-M systems. It goes for $249 with free US shipping and it is … the new condition Rokinon 12mm f2 NCS CS manual focus lens…

There’s also a second Adorama daily deal this time, it is the new condition Polar Pro Peter McKinnon Edition 67mm Variable ND 6-9 Stop Filter going for $179 with free US shipping…

Speaking of daily deals, the Monday daily deals at the NewEgg store include the 128GB Samsung EVO (orange/cream) microSDXC for $18 and the 16TB (!) Seagate Expansion desktop external USB 3.0 HDD for $288 after a spartan $7 off promo code… And various other techie things as usual…

Meanwhile at the Monday Amazon USA Holiday Rash (is there an ointment for that?) [OOOPS, it’s holiday dash, not rash] they have a sale on Samsung SSDs both internal and external with prices ranging from $54 to $250… And they have my favorite nutrition/protein bar of all time on sale, it’s an RX sale!

Monday: Mitakon Zhongyi Speedmaster 35mm f/0.95 Mark II for $419 [X/E], Aputure, WD, K&F, Etc

Hooray hooray, it’s a LENS DAY at the Monday 11/2/20 B&H daily deals good until 11:59pm ET (or earlier if sold out):

+ Mitakon Zhongyi Speedmaster 35mm f/0.95 Mark II for $419 in your choice of Fuji X or Sony E
+ lens is available in silver or black (but not in the Raiders silver-and-black)

+ 64GB Sandisk Ultra UHS-I microSDXC (C10) for $9.49

+ 1TB WD Blue 3D NAND SATA III 2.5″ Internal SSD for $93

+ K&F Concept M284 Aluminum Tripod for $70

+ Aputure Amaran AL-MW Mini LED Light for $129 after automatic in-cart coupon

+ Shure SE 535 earphones for $199

UPDATE: the headliner of the Woot dailies is the refurbished 13.5″ Surface Laptop 3 (i5-1035G7 quad, 8GB RAM, 128GB, Wifi6, etc) going for $750 with a 1-year Microsoft warranty…

And at the Best Buy dailies there’s a $330 budget HP SSD desktop (Pentium Gold G6400, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, UHD 630, dual display support, etc)…

Fujifilm VF-X21 External OVF for $60

Fuji fans, good until Tuesday at 10am ET (or earlier if sold out) you can get the new condition Fujifilm VF-X21 External OVF for $60 with free US shipping as the current Adorama daily deal

Ends Wedn 1:05am ET: Rokinon 12mm f2 NCS CS (Fuji X) for $263 [UPDATED]

UPDATE: the price is $263…

After digging through the “Upcoming” Camera and Photo Lighting Deals of the gargantuan Amazon USA Gold Box, there is one lens currently on the “Upcoming” schedule, starting at 7:05am eastern on Wednesday, the Rokinon 12mm F2.0 NCS CS manual focus lens for the Fuji X system. The price before the sale is $329. The product listing only has the Fuji X, no other options.

You need to be a Prime member to get the sale price. If you are not, but you like the price when it goes live, you can start a 30 day free trial. Just make sure you put an alert in your calendar to cancel it if you don’t fall into the trap that millions of paying Prime subscribers fell into. Which is why they are very generous with the 30-day trials because a very satisfactory [for their accountants] percentage appears to become paying members for life (or at least for many years)…

For more action, check the on-going Prime Dayz Situation Room ~ without Wolf Blitzer πŸ™‚

Profoto A1X Flash with Extras for $895 [C/N/S/F]

Profoto [the brand name] fans, your time has come! Good until Thursday at 10am ET [or earlier if sold out] the current Adorama daily deal is a sale on two Profoto options:

+ Profoto A1X On/Off-Camera Flash with Built-in AirTTL Remote with FREE A1 Grid kit and Wide Lens for A1 Studio Light and Gel Kit for $895 in your choice of Nikon, Sony, Canon or Fuji system

+ Profoto A1X AirTTL On/Off-Camera Flash and Profoto Connect Flash Trigger for $995 in your choice of the same four systems as above

Kipon Auto Focus Adapter (Canon EF lenses to Fuji X bodies) for $190

If your photographic interests intersect at the corner of Canon lenses and Fuji X camera bodies, then you will be thrilled to learn that the current Adorama daily deal, good until Monday at 10am ET [or earlier if sold out] is the new condition Kipon Auto Focus Adapter for Canon EF and EF-S lenses to Fuji X camera bodies for $190 with free US shipping.

As of the time of writing it has one customer review, unhappy because of inconsistency of AF support, so be sure to read up on it on various forums and blogs and review sites and such if interested…

FREE to Watch [starts Wedn 12pm ET]: Fuji X-T3 Fast Start Class

Fuji Learnings time! Starting at 12pm eastern on Wednesday 9/9/20, CreativeLIVE will be re-broadcasting for FREE their 5 hour and 12 minute Fast Start class with John Greengo on the Fuji X-T3 mirrorless camera. This goes through the camera in 23 lessons (controls, menus, etc). The list of chapters is shown over there. Once the free-streaming begins, you can watch it like over-the-air TV. You cannot rewind or start from the beginning [unless you buy it of course].

Since the free-streaming lasts for 24 hours, and the is 5 hours and 12 minutes long, the re-re-broadcast start-times are:

+ 12pm ET
+ 512pm ET
+ 1024pm ET
+ 336am ET
+ 848am ET [this will be incomplete because the 24 hour window closes just before 12pm ET]

This is a good opportunity to learn about the camera if you are curious about buying it. John Greengo has a very even-keeled matter-of-fact easy-listening teaching-style that is conducive to e-learnings…

PS: disambiguation: it’s easy to add or remove a “0” from Fuji camera model names, so this PS is certifying that this is indeed the Fuji X-T3, not the X-T30 πŸ™‚

Monday: Rokinon 12mm f2 for $239 [X] to $249 [m43] to $269 [E]

Prime fans of the Mirrorless World unite and take over! It’s LENS DAY at the B&H Daily Deals [CORRECTED LINK], good until 11:59pm ET [or earlier if sold out] as follows:

+ Rokinon 12mm f2 NCS CS MF lens in two colors:
+ black: $239 Fuji X, $249 M43rds, $269 Sony E
+ silver: $249 Fuji X and M43rds [Sony E is regular price]

+ Anker 10,000mAh PowerCore Slim 10000 PD Portable Charger for $20
+ USB-C input and output, as well as USB-A output

+ NanLite MixPad 27 Tunable RGB Hard and Soft LED Panel for $229

+ aStatic microphone things, various options, $39 to $79

UPDATE: Samsung is the theme du jour at the Amazon USA Gold Box where the new condition factory unlocked Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is on sale for $499 (128GB) or $649 (512GB)… Note that the Note 20 will be revealed later this year and has already been leaking like a sieve. The “current model” as of the time of writing is the Note 10… Also on sale are Samsung audio products… Remember, Samsung is now the proud owner of Harman Kardon, JBL, and AKG [among many others]…

Monday: SLR Magic MicroPrime Cine 25mm T1.5 for $399 [X/E/m43], Etc

Monday is here and it’s a lens day at the B&H daily deals, good until 11:59pm ET [or earlier if sold out] as follows:

+ SLR Magic MicroPrime Cine 25mm T1.5 for $399 in your choice of M43rds or Fuji X or Sony E systems

+ Sirui T-1004SK T-S Aluminum Travel Tripod for $68 after $12 mail-in rebate

+ IndiPRO 2 x Micro-Series 98Wh Li-Ion V-Mount Batteries with Dual Battery Charger Kit (RED Compatible) for $449

+ DraCast LED180 Mobile Broadcast Kit for $109

+ SaraMonic VmicLink5 RX+TX Camera-Mount Digital Wireless Microphone System with Bodypack Transmitter and Lavalier Mic (5.8 GHz) for $129

+ reusable face mask kits, seven options, $19 to $23 per kit

Lots of small things of potential interest at the Best Buy Monday 6/22/20 daily deals:

+ 32GB Sandisk Cruzer USB 2.0 flash drive for $6.50
+ Philips Hue smart lightbulbs
+ car power adapter splitter for $8
+ $30 nice-looking coffee machine with visible water reservoir

And under “Clearance/Sellout” at Woot’s dailies there’s the new condition Force1 U34W Dragonfly Wi-Fi FPV Camera Drone going for $55, up to three per customer, with a 90-day Woot warranty…

In the EU market, Amazon Germany is offering the new condition DJI Osmo Action Cam Digital Action Camera for $269 with up to three per customer at the sale price…

Samyang/Rokinon 85mm 1.4 MF lenses start at $248 [m43], $259 [X, K], $269 [Z], Etc

IF the new $399 Rokinon 85mm f1.4 II manual focus lenses do not tempt you and you want to optimize for a lower price, $269 is what it takes to get into the new condition Samyang 85mm f1.4 MF lens with the Nikon Focus Confirm

The other Samyang and Rokinon 85mm f1.4 options [look for them in the aforelinked search results]:

+ M43rds for $248
+ Pentax K mount and Fuji X for $259
+ Nikon Z for $269
+ Sony E for $299
+ Canon RF for $319
+ the search results also include the Auto Focus (AF) lenses which obviously cost double or more

I know, I know, it is 2020, some of you will argue, there’s no way I’m dealing with Manual Focus Lenses in 2020. Next thing you’re gonna tell me to buy a Huawei P40 phone and spend 20 hours every single frakking week hunting for new hacks and loopholes to run Google Play on them πŸ˜‰

And you would be right if your typical subject matter or your style of photography requires autofocus. But a lot of things don’t move at all, others move in predictable ways, and in these COVID-stressful times there’s a certain level of relaxation and grounding when you use manual focus. And in some ways, it forces you to pay closer attention to the scene you are photographing…

Pre-order new Rokinon 14/2.8 II and 85/1.4 II Manual Focus Lenses [C/N/E/X/m43/EF-M]

Rokinon fans, unite and take over! Rokinon lenses are now old enough that we have “II” models, and two new “II” primes are now available for pre-ordering at B&H Photo as follows:

+ 85mm f1.4 II for $399 in Sony E, Canon EF, Nikon F, Fuji X, Canon EF-M, M43

+ 14mm f2.8 II for $499 in Sony E, Canon EF, Nikon F, Fuji X, Canon EF-M, M43

These are manual focus lenses. Try finding a 85/1.4 for this price for Canon EF or Nikon F or Sony of any kind

Fuji Instant Savings at Adorama (201 options)

If you are a fan of all things Fuji, another round of Fuji Instant Savings is running at Adorama, with 201 options available that are part of the X-system, their Medium Format system, and there are some fixed lens cameras too… In addition to the instant savings discount, check also the USED prices if you are a fan of used camera gear. Adorama offers a 90-day warranty of their own for used items (those in usable condition; for example, the “spare parts only” obviously do not get a 90-day warranty)…

And if you are jumping on the COVID-19 Gadgets Hype Train, Adorama is offering their new condition Green Extreme TH-100 Digital Non-contact Infrared Forehead Thermometer for $49 with free US shipping. You can also use it with your Star Trek cosplays! It’s a 2-in-1 πŸ™‚

New Fuji X-System Instant Savings (Cameras, Lenses, MF, RAWsumers)

If you are mesmerized by the Fuji X-system, you are in luck and your wallet is potentially in tears as there’s a new round of Fuji Instant Savings running at B&H Photo that includes both camera kits and lenses on their own. Fuji cameras may be easier to adapter-use 3rd-party lenses on, but for fans of native AF lenses the options are fewer than other mirrorless systems, which keeps the Fuji lens prices without a lot of competition. People are not even willing to let go of the kit lenses when selling the cameras πŸ™‚

The sale includes the X-T30 with the 15-45 and freebies for $999, the 16-55 f2.8 lens with freebies for $900, and so on… Too many camera kits (X-T200, X-E3, X-A7 in the adorkable mint-green color scheme, etc) and lenses to list here individually…

In addition to those, the sale also includes some of the Fuji medium format gear along with their fixed-lens compact cameras (aka RAWsumers)… There’s also a couple of stray Finepix P&S cameras (of the water/elementproof kind)…

In-Stock Now: Lensbaby Velvet 28mm f2.5 for $549 [C/N/E/X/Z]

If they made Lensbabies in the blue color scheme, they could have mayhaps licensed the “Blue Velvet” song? Well, they didn’t ask me for my marketing advice, so let’s move on πŸ™‚

IF you are a fan of the Lensbaby way of lens-ing, the Lensbaby Velvet 28mm f2.5 is now in-stock in multiple color systems for $550 with free US shipping at B&H Photo, in the Canon EF, Nikon F, Nikon Z, Sony E, and Fuji X systems. Still not in-stock are the Canon R and M43rds…

$70 OFF SLRMagic MagicPrime Cine T: $429 to $529 [X/E/m43]

If you feel like today’s lenses are so big they block out the Pink Super Moon, then you may mayhaps be potentially interested in considering considering the SLR Magic MicroPrimes. And what a coincidence, they are currently on a $70 OFF instant savings promotion at B&H Photo.

The promotion drops the prices as follows:

+ $429: Cine 12mm T2.8, 15mm T3.5

+ $529: Cine 18mm T2.8, 21mm T1.6, 25mm T1.5, 35mm T1.3, 50mm T1.2, 75mm T1.5

The lenses are available in the Sony E, and Fuji X and to a lesser extend for Micro Four Thirds. Note that the 50mm is a T1.4 for M43rds, but T1.2 for the two APS-C systems. A total of 19 options are available…

Thur: Rokinon 12/2 NCS CS for $239 [X/E], Moza, MacBook PRO

Hooray, Thursday is a LENS DAY at the B&H daily deals, good until 11:59pm ET (or earlier if sold out):

+ Rokinon 12mm f/2.0 NCS CS for $239 in your choice of Sony E or Fuji X

+ MoZa AirCross 2 3-Axis Handheld Gimbal Stabilizer for $369

+ Apple 13.3″ MacBook Pro (Mid 2017, Space Gray) for $1099

+ Sachtler Eargonizer Audio Bag for $120 in Small or $140 in Large

Fuji Instant Savings include FREE Battery Grip with X-T3

A new round of Fuji instant savings is up and running at Adorama with a total of 26 options available, including a FREE Fuji VG-XT3 battery grip with the purchase of select Fuji X-T3 kits. Some options are bundled with free accessories as well. Some kits include a Fuji flash. And on page #2 of the offers you can find instant savings of the Fuji GFX kind (camera kits and lenses)

Tue: Kipon Ibelux and Iberit lenses (mirrorless), Etc

HoorAY, Tuesday too is a lens day at the B^H daily deals with four items one of which are Kipon Ibelux primes for mirrorless systems. You can find them all at the aforelinked daily deals page. They are:

+ Ibelux 40mm f0.85 for $1000 in your choice of M43rds or Sony E or Fuji X

+ Iberit 35mm f2.4 for $278 in Fuji X
+ the other options are not on sale

+ Iberit 50mm f2.4 for $200 in Fuji X
+ the other mounts are not on sale

+ Studio Essentials 100W LED Monolight
for $130

+ also Auray mic filter and Roland video processor

Fuji X-T30 body for $799, with 15-45 for $849, w/18-55 for $1099 WITH Extras and Fuji Metal Hand Grip

And now it’s Adorama’s turn to have a blockbuster, they are offering a FREE Fuji metal hand grip with the purchase of various Fuji X-T30 kits at their Black Friday sale prices. The free grip is included automatically with your order (while this promotion is running) by Adorama.

The prices are:

+ X-T30 body only for $799
+ X-T30 with 15-45mm for $849
+ X-T30 with 18-55 for $1099
+ look for kits with other lenses over there as well

On top of this, there are kits with extra free accessories (cards, filters, bags, etc), so check the listings to find the best kit that fits your needs…

The prices are the same, with some free accessories but no free Fuji metal hand grip at B&H Photo and Amazonia

Zeiss Lens Sale (68 options) [C/N/E/X/M]

Here’s a bold prediction: eventually ZEISS is going to hire Vanilla Ice to do a “Zeiss Zeiss Baby” commercial, be it a serious one or a self-parody. But until then (mayhaps don’t hold your breath) there is a sale of 68 Zeiss Lens options at B&H Photo. Note that this is lens options, not lenses, meaning a lens available in four mounts counts as four options in the listings…

Prices start at $612 and go upwards, but don’t forget to also look at the USED options shown in smaller print in the listings. For example the Tweet 32mm f1.8 for Sony E is available for $425 in “Used Condition 9″…

The most expensive individual lens of this lot is the Otus 100mm f1.4 (ZE, ZF.2) for $4242 but the most expensive items in sale are Prime 4-Packs of Loxia and Batis lenses for Sony E going for $4600~ and $4924~ respectively. Find them all, sorted by price, at the B&H Zeiss sale

The sale is a mix of DSLR lenses (Canon and Nikon) and mirrorless lenses (Sony E, Fuji X) and rangefinder (Leica M, aka ZM)…

Thursday: Mitakon Zhongyi 20mm f/2 4.5x Super Macro Lens for $149 (C/N/E/X/m43)

Party on Wayne! It’s lens day at the Halloween B&H Photo daily deals running until 11:59pm ET (or earlier if sold out):

+ Mitakon Zhongyi 20mm f/2 4.5x Super Macro Lens for $149 in your choice of DSLR systems (Canon EF or Nikon F) and Mirrorless systems (Fuji X, Sony E, Micro Eight Sixths)
+ NOTE: some of other mounts shown at the aforelinked individual products remain at $199 and are not participating in the sale (Pentax K, Sony A, Canon EF-M)

+ SirUI N-2204X Carbon Fiber Tripod for $200

+ Bright Tangerine Misfit Atom 4 x 5.65″/4 x 4″ Ultra Lightweight 2-Stage Clip-On Matte Box for $249
+ despite the name, there’s no Vitamin C and no orange color πŸ˜‰

+ Core SWX Powerbase EDGE Battery for Blackmagic Pocket Camera 4K & 6K for $179

EU: Fuji 50mm f2 R WR XF for 399 euro [limit 2]

Off to Amazon Germany we geaux now where the new condition black color scheme of the Fuji 50mm f2 R WR XF goes for 399 euro with free shipping in Germany-Austria. Limit two per customer at the sale price. The silver color scheme goes for over 450 euro. This is sold and shipped by Amazon.de itself, not 3rd-party sellers.

IT is not a lightning deal, so expiration time unknown to me…

Meanwhile at Amazon USA this lens goes for $449 with free shipping by Amazon itself, with up to three per color per customer.

Thursday: Mitakon Zhongyi Speedmaster 35mm f0.95 Mark II for $419 [X, E, EF-M]

It’s a lens(e) [for fans of alt-spelling] at the Thursday B&H Photo dailies with the featured deal being the new condition MITAKON ZHONGYI Speedmaster 35mm f/0.95 Mark II lens going for $419 with free US shipping in your choice of silver or black AND also in your choice of Fuji X, Sony E or Canon EF-M.

The other three dailies for Thursday 10/3/19 until 11:59pm ET (or earlier if sold out) are the following:

+ ONA The Union Street Messenger Bag for $169 in three color schemes

+ Celestron NexStar 5SE 125mm f/10 Schmidt-Cassegrain GoTo Telescope for $499

+ Senal AWS-2000 Camera-Mount Wireless Combo Microphone System Kit for $300 in two options
+ literally A or B are the two options πŸ˜‰

Kamlan 28mm f1.4 MF lens for $150 [various systems]

For about three days and change (as of the time of writing of this blog post), Massdrop is offering the new condition Kamlan 28mm f1.4 manual focus lens for $150 with free US shipping in your choice of Fuji X, Sony E, Micro Four Thirds or Canon EF-M.

These will ship in mid-September from the vendor. The listing does not mention warranty, so assume there is none.

Used Fuji X-A5 with 15-45mm XC for $337 [Prime Deals]

Another potentially interesting offer in the Warehouse 20% off promotion that is part of the ever-expanding Prime Day(s) deals…

We go back to X-Landia where the “Used – Like New” (original packaging; not even damaged packaging) Fuji X-A5 with 15-45mm XC goes for $337~ in the brown color scheme with multiple listings by Amazon Warehouse Deals itself ~ look for them as the seller ~ as explained in our earlier post which feels like it was written three days ago (but it was just 8 hours ago) πŸ™‚

The other two Fuji X-A5 color schemes don’t appear to be participating in the promotion (but I didn’t try it in the shopping cart)…

Rokinon Prime Day Deals Have Began: 14/2.8 (N) for $236, 12/2 NCS CS (X) for $199, and more to come [Prime members only]

The first of the scheduled Rokinon prime lenses has gone live, it is the new condition Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 IF ED UMC manual focus lens with a built-in AE chip for the Nikon system going for $236~ with free shipping. Prime members only. It is 20% claimed as of 10am eastern. It expires at 3:20pm ET or earlier if sold out.

Also gone live is the new condition Rokinon 12mm F2.0 NCS CS in the black color scheme for the Fuji X system going for $199. It is 17% claimed as of 10:09am ET. It expires 3:30pm ET or earlier if sold out.

You can find the rest of the Rokinon primes in the Camera & Photo Lightning Deals or you can see the list of times in our previously posted Coming Up post

Used Fuji X-T20 with 18-55/2.8-4 R OIS for $629 [Prime Deal]

The Warehouse Deals 20% off promotion for Prime members has another Fuji temptation, this time of the X System kind. The Fuji X-T20 with the 18-55 f2.8-4 R OIS lens goes for $899 in new condition at authorized dealers, but PRime members, thanks to the 20% off in-cart discount, can get it for $629 in “Used – Like New” condition (damaged original packaging) by Amazon Warehouse Deals itself

With the Fuji X-T30 being the “latest model”, going for $899 body only and $1299 with the 18-55 lens , it is not unreasonable to go used for the “previous generation” model.

Rokinon 135mm f2.8 ED UMC for $340 [Fuji X] or $369 [Sony E, A]

The Prime Festivities continue with more …prime lens action, this time they are offering the new condition Rokinon 135mm f2 ED UMC teleprime for $340~ in the Fuji X system and $369~ in the Sony A and Sony E systems. As of 3:42pm ET, the Fuji X is 20% claimed and the Sony E is 28% claimed… The lightning deal is scheduled to end at 6:50pm ET… This too is for Prime members only…

Prime Deal: Rokinon 8mm f2.8 UMC fisheye II for $208 [Fuji X, EF-M, Sony E] (ends 12:35pm ET)

Also one of the Lightning Deals of the Prime Day festivities is another new condition …prime lens. It is the Rokinon 8mm F2.8 UMC Fisheye II offered for $208~ for Prime members only in your choice of Fuji X, Canon EF-M and Sony E (APS-C). They are between 11% and 18% claimed as of 8:25am ET. The sale ends 12:35pm ET or earlier for any options that manage to sell out ahead of its designated expiration…

Fuji X-H1 body only for $1200

It’s an interchangeable lens camera offered in the Prime Day deals of 2019! It is the new condition Fuji X-H1 body only going for around $1200 by a trio of recognizable camera sellers through amazon.com: Green Mountain Camera, and The Pixel Collection and Green’s Camera World. These ship directly from the sellers but get Prime-like free shipping [they are not however “fulfilled by Amazon” ~ it is a lesser known Prime Benefit).

Kamlan 50mm f1.1 APS-C mirrorless lens for $139 [limited time]

Good for another day and change, Massdrop is offering the new condition Kamlan 50mm f1.1 APS-C lens for $139 with free US shipping and a 1-year warranty from Kamlan. It is available in your choice of Fuji X, Sony E, M43rds and Canon EOS-M.

Orders will ship in mid-July 2019 from the vendor. Massdrop has sold over 430 units so far from their listings per the website over there…

Sony 12mm f2 NCS CS MF for $249 [E/X/m43/EF-M]

For a limited time, Adorama is having a flash sale on the new condition Rokinon 12mm f2 NCS CS MF manual focus lens going for $249 with free US shipping in the Sony E, Fuji X, M43rds and Canon EF-M in the black color scheme. Additionally, the Sony E version is also on sale for $249 in the silver color while, while the silver Fuji X and M43rds go for $20 more…

Speaking of Adorama, they are having a limited time Studio/Lighting gear sale of their house brands (along with a few name brands like iKAN) for the weekend…

Grey-market Fuji XC 50-230mm f4.5-6.7 OIS II for $189

The new condition Fuji XC 50-230mm f4.5-6.7 OIS III goes for $399 at authorized Fuji USA dealer such as B&H Photo

But if you want to pay half the price but not get any warranty, AND you are okay with the second generation (II) of the lens, for the next five days you can get it as international grey-market for $189 with free US shipping at Massdrop… Orders will ship at the end of April by Massdrop… This offer is only available to US addresses…

PS: speaking of Massdrop, they have brought back the Peak Design camera straps sale with the straps dropping to $40 ONCE you select a specific option in their shopping cart. The price you see on their website before these steps is $50… There are optional add-ons for $more$ as well… All available options are listed in the product description… They come with a Peak Design limited lifetime warranty… They will ship in late April 2019 by Massdrop…