Rokinon 8mm f3.5 fisheye for $189 (C/N)

Adorama has launched a new doorbuster/flash-sale, the Rokinon 8mm f3.5 fisheye lens (manual focus, removable hood) is on sale for $189 with free shipping and $4~ in promotional rewards in the Canon and Nikon SLR mounts.

For more action, check the Adorama Mother’s Day Special Offers.

Sigma 150-600mm f5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary with $40 rewards and Free 95mm Filter and USB Dock for $990 (C/N/Si)

The Sigma 150-600mm f5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary Lens is currently going for $990 at B&H Photo and it gets 4% promotional rewards (slightly under $40), along with a FREE Sigma 95mm Protector Filter and FREE Sigma USB dock, available in the Canon, Nikon and Sigma SLR mounts. The Sigma version is a special order, the other two are in-stock.

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

Tamron 16-300mm f3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD w/$50 Rewards for $500 (C/N/A)

The Tamron 16-300mm f3.5-6.3 Di II PZD MACRO lens is currently on sale for $500 with 10% promotional rewards (around $50 to be used in future B&H purchases) with free shipping at B&H Photo. The Canon and Nikon versions are VC (image stabilization), while the Sony Alpha Minolta A-mount is not. Offer ends 5/9/16.

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

Sigma 18-300mm f3.5-6.3 DC Macro Contemporary w/$20 Rewards and Free Close-Up Lens and USB Dock for $500 (C/N/A/P/Si)

It will be very awkward in the future to have to call a 20 year old lens a “Contemporary” lens. Perhaps Sigma marketing did not zoom far enough in the future when naming these 😉

Improv aside (please only throw organic and biodynamic tomatoes at me), the Sigma 18-300mm f3.5-6.3 DC Macro HSM Contemporary lens goes for $500 at B&H Photo and it comes with 4% promotional rewards (around $20), along with a free Sigma AML72-01 Close-Up Lens and a free Sigma USB Dock including automatically by B&H while this promotion is running (it shows the free items on the individual product pages). Offer ends 5/8/16.

This is available in a stabilized version for the Canon and Nikon and Shiguma SLR mounts, and non-stabilized for the Sony A and Pentax K SLR mounts.

PS: the (C/N/A/P/Si) or similar patterns you see in the post titles are (shockingly perhaps) not the cat typing or me trying to make an obscurely obscure joke. They are abbreviations for the various camera mounts:
+ C = Canon
+ N = Nikon
+ A = Sony Alpha A-mount fka Minolta fka Dyxum fka Maxxum
+ P = Pentax K-mount
+ Si = Sigma SA SLR mount
+ E = Sony E-mount
+ m43 = Micro Four Thirds
+ X = Fuji X mount
+ M = Leica M
+ PL = PL mount
+ CX = Nikon CX 1-System 1-Mistake
+ Q = Pentax Q ~ Star Trek’s Q made them do it
+ 645 = 645

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).

In-stock now: Sigma 50-100mm f1.8 DC HSM Art for $1100 (C/N)

If camera-gear announcements were done like post-game sports interviews, Sigma executives would be teary-eyed saying “we proved the naysayers wrong, they said it couldn’t be done, but we did it! I would like to thank my team mates and coaches…”…

… which brings us to the Sigma 50-100mm f1.8 DC HSM Art Lens, now in-stock and ready to ship at its starting price of $1100 from B&H Photo in the Canon EF mount and Nikon F mount.

In-stock now: Pentax HD FA 28-105mm f3.5-5.6 ED DC WR for $500

The last of the three in-stock alerts from B&H Photo is for the world of K-full-frame, the new Pentax HD FA 28-105mm f3.5-5.6 ED DC WR is now in-stock for its starting price of $500 at B&H Photo.

PS: it is Spring Arrival season, so I suspect there will be many and more in-stock alerts in May of this year. It is May, which means already 1/3rd of 2016 is OVER! Time flies!

Imported Nikon 50mm f1.8G for $168

More imported camera gear action at the eBay Deals, with a Nikon prime. eBay seller “PhotoVideo4Less” (99.9%, Brooklyn::NewYork) is offering the new condition imported Nikon 50mm f1.8G lens for $168 with free shipping. There is no warranty mentioned in the eBay listing, so assume it gets no warranty.

This lens goes for $218 with free accessories at authorized Nikon USA dealers such as B&H Photo and Adorama (including the Corel software bundle). So it’s up to you to trade off the manufacturer warranty and the free accessories versus paying $50 less.

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.

Tamron 24-70mm f2.8 Di VC USB (Nikon only) for $769 with Canada Warranty only

To the Trending eBay Deals we go now where we find Canadian retailer QuickNDone (99.8%, Ontario::Canada) offering the new condition Tamron SP 24-70mm F2.8 Di VC USD in the Nikon mount only for $769 with free shipping. This ships to Canada and the USA. People buying in Canada get a 6-year Tamron Canada warranty. Limit 18 per customer (or that’s how many they are left in this offer).

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.

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.

AUKEY 3 in 1 Clip-on Cell Phone Camera Lens Kit for $11

The AUKEY 3 in 1 Clip-on Cell Phone Camera Lens Kit (three clip-on lenses, fisheye, wide, macro) is currently on sale for $11 by the maker (Aukey Direct) with the order fulfilled by Amazon, so you get free shipping if you are a Prime member, or with a $49+ ($25+ books) order. These average 4.1 out of 5 based on 400 customer reviews, and they also have sixty questions answered by other shoppers there. This is not a lightning deal, so this could last anywhere between 1ns and forever 🙂

Sigma 24-70mm f2.8 & $28 rewards for $699 (C/N/A/Si)

The f2.8 party continues with the Sigma 24-70mm f2.8 EX Aspherical IF EX DG HSM dropping to $699 with free shipping and $28~ promotional rewards at Adorama in your choice of Canon, Nikon, Sony Alpha, Vanilla, Strawberry, and Sigma SA. Click on the mount tabs below “More Product Options”.

Refurbished Nikon DSLRs and Lenses (37 options)

We mentioned some of these earlier on, but I don’t think I got through them all, as of the time of writing there are 37 manufacturer refurbished Nikon DSLRs and Lenses on sale at Adorama. You can use the left sidebar and the menu sorting options to filter through them. There are three pages of items. They come with a 90-day Nikon USA warranty… These too are part of their Warehouse Clearance sales

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.

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…

10% off Raynox HD Lenses (32 options)

This promotion does not require a coupon, it is an instant savings promotion good until 4/21/16 at 11:59pm ET, a 10% off discount (the prices shown in the price you pay) on 32 Raynox High Definition Lenses at B&H Photo.

Imported Nikon 24-70mm f2.8 non-VR for $1200 [or refurb w/90-day Nikon USA warranty for $1400]

The Nikon 24-70mm f2.8G ED-IF AF-S goes for $1800 in new condition at authorized Nikon dealers, while the VR version goes for $2400. If you don’t want the VR version, you might as well save by going refurbished on the non-VR, it is going for $1400 at Adorama with a 90 day Nikon USA warranty.

If you want to save some more, and don’t object to imported grey-market gear without a warranty, you can get it in new condition for $1200 with free shipping as one of the eBay Deals by eBay seller RedTag Camera on eBay (99.9%, limit 5). Nearly 350 units got sold from this listing as of the time of writing.

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

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

Pre-order new Zeiss 18mm f2.8 Batis (E-mount) for $1499

If you bat an E-ye (bad pun, even by bad pun standards?) you may miss a new Batis lens. Zeiss has a new Batis E-mount full frame lens available for pre-order, it is a 18mm f2.8 with a pre-order price of $1499 at Adorama and B&H Photo… This too has been added to the tracking list of potentially interesting and curious Cameras and Lenses of 2016

Zeiss Touit (Fuji X) 12mm f2.8 and 32mm f1.8 and 50mm f2.8 and Extras for $1318 after $700 MIR (Gift Card)

Twit? Tweet? Touit? We’ll stick with Touit in this post, where a $700 mail-in rebate (prepaid gift card) makes the Zeiss Touit 3-Prime Fuji X bundle a $1318 after MIR offer. You pay $2018 at checkout. The rebate offer runs March 7 until June 30 in 2016. The three lenses are the 12mm f2.8, 32mm f1.8, and 50mm f2.8. Adorama also includes three lens filters, three lenscap leashes and three cleaning kits. Note however that the kit is currently in “temporarily on backorder”.

Panasonic 12-35mm f2.8 (M43) with 4% rewards for $698

For a limited time, in the Land of Micro Four Thirds, where fractional math is always over 1.0, the Panasonic Lumix G X Vario 12-35mm f2.8 lens is on sale for $698 with free shipping and 4% promotional rewards (around $28 to be used in future purchases) at B&H Photo and Adorama… The usual Panasonic tripling of the warranty via a mail-in rebate song-and-dance apply… Why can’t Panasonic just offer a three year warranty for all? 🙂

Leica 75mm f2.5 Summarit-M for $1195 [total of 29 Leica M-lenses on special]

Leica rangefinder lens-deal-finder action now, B&H Photo is offering the Leica 75mm f2.5 Summarit-M lens on special for $1195 with free expedited shipping. The offer ends 4/30/16 or earlier if sold out.

A total of 29 Leica M-lenses are participating in this Exchange Range Instant Savings promotion. They are not 29 unique lenses, because some of them are available in two different colors each.

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.

Imported Nikon 35mm f1.8 for $149 _VS_ $197 in new condition with Nikon USA warranty and Extras and Corel Software

A quick look at the eBay Deals shows a prime lens offer if you are not risk averse. The eBay store of PhotoVideo4Less (99.9%) is offering new condition imported grey-market Nikon 35mm f1.8 DX lenses for $149 with free shipping. There is no manufacturer warranty on this. In fact there is no mention of warranty, so you can assume that you get no warranty (unless you find out otherwise). Limit five per customer. Over 2000 units got sold so far from this eBay listing. This is a simple prime lens, which reduces the risks of issues, but again, do whatever helps you sleep better at night 🙂

On the other hand, if you prefer Nikon USA blessed items and you have use for Corel’s imaging (and other software) Adorama is offering the new condition version of the Nikon 35mm f1.8 DX lens along with the Corel software bundle (includes AfterShot PRO and Paintshop PRO among others), along with a 52mm MC UV filter, a tether, and a cleaning kit, along with $4~ in promotional rewards for $197 with free shipping. This is temporarily on backorder, but you can order it if you like the offer and don’t object to waiting.

Refurbished Canon 55-250mm EF-S IS STM for $160

The Canon 55-250mm f4-5.6 IS STM lens is available in manufacturer refurbished condition for $160 with free shipping at B&H Photo with a 1-year warranty (does not specify if the warranty is from Canon or B&H).

Still Good: Panasonic 14-140mm f3.5-5.6 OIS and $100 Gift Card for $498

This offer is still good, the Panasonic G 14-140mm f3.5-5.6 OIS M43rds lens is bundled with a $100 Adorama gift certificate, all together for $498 with free shipping from Adorama as one of the items in their latest 48 hour sale… You can optionally triple the original warranty by submitting a mail-in rebate to Panasonic…

Sigma 70-300mm f4-5.6 APO DG Macro with $25 Gift Card and $6 Rewards for $149 (Canon)

If you are a frequent Adorama shopper, or you do not object to make more future purchases there, and you are interested in the Sigma 70-300mm f4-5.6 APO DG Macro lens in the Canon mount, they have a nice Lens Gift Card bundle, you get the lens and a $25 Adorama Gift Certificate for $149 with free shipping and $6~ promotional rewards… This too is featured in their latest 48 hour sale.

Nikon 16-35mm f4G ED VR II for $900 (limit 10)

The Nikon 16-35mm f4G ED VR II is currently on sale for $900 with free shipping with a limit of ten units per customer at Amazon by Amazon itself. This is not a lightning deal, so I do not know when it ends.

Imported White Box Canon 18-135mm f3.5-5.6 IS STM for $229 (limit 5; 30-day seller warranty)

For the risk takers out there, the eBay Deals have an imported lens at a big discount, with just a 30-day seller’s warranty. It is the new condition imported grey-market white-box Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM offered for $229 with free shipping with a limit of five per customer by eBay seller “Red Tag Camera” (99.9%). It ships from Brooklyn (NY) with over 600 units sold from this listing per the eBay data over there.

White box typically is when they take a lens out of a DSLR kit. Typically Lens + DSLR kits sell for less than buying them separately, and imported gear sell for less than authorized dealer gear. So there’s a double discount on this, the imported discount and the disassembling the kit discount.

Speaking of eBay, the Star Wars The Force Awakens BluRay + DVD + Digital set continues to sell for $17 with free shipping and free returns by Target’s eBay store. Over 11,500 units sold so far.

Pre-order new Hasselblad H6D Cameras and Nine New HC Lenses

New Hasselblad camera gear have been revealed and they are now available for pre-order at B&H Photo as follows: the Hasselblad H6D-50c Medium Format DSLR Camera for $26,000 (50mp), the Hasselblad H6D-100c Medium Format DSLR Camera for $33,000 (100mp) and nine Hasselblad HC Lenses (eight primes, one zoom) with prices ranging from $2970 to $6010 (the zoom).

The cameras are expected to ship in June, while the lenses at the end of April 2016. As usual, estimates are estimates and can change over time.

These too have been added to the New Cameras and Lenses of 2016 tracking page.

Sony Vario-Tessar T* FE 16-35 F4 ZA OSS with $100 Gift Card for $1250 [or $1000 Grey Market]

Choices are nice to have! If you are interested in the Sony Vario-Tessar T* FE 16-35 F4 ZA OSS lens, aka the SEL1635Z, there are two offers running, one authorized USA dealer, one imported at a lower price with a seller’s warranty.

The authorized dealer promotion is the lens for $1250 with a $100 Adorama Gift Certificate included at Adorama.

On the other hand, if you are comfortable with imported grey-market lenses that are covered by a seller’s warranty (instead of a Sony USA warranty), to the eBay Deals we go, where frequent grey-market eBay seller Get It Digital (99.4%) is offering the new condition imported grey-market lens for $1000 with a 1-year warranty from the seller.

Speaking of eBay, the main deal there is a blockbuster doorbuster by Target’s eBay store, the Star Wars: The Force Awakens BluRay Set (BluRay and DVD and Digital HD copy) for $17 with free shipping and free returns, with a limit of three per Jedi. Fans of the Dark Side will just create more eBay accounts and get more 😉

Sony Alpha Lens Instant Savings (both DSLR and MirrorNyets)

Another round of manufacturer initiated instant savings promotion (the main form of discounting current prices in the MAP era) is out, this time featuring various Sony Alpha lenses (both DSLR and mirrorless), and you can see them all nicely organized at B&H Photo. This is an “ever scrolling” type of a page, keep clicking the orange “Load More” button to see more options.

Tamron SP 24-70mm f2.8 DI VC USD and $130 Rewards for $1100 after $200 MIR [C/N]

For Canon and Nikon DSLR photographers, the Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 DI VC USD is available for $1100 after a $200 mail-in rebate at B&H Photo and Adorama. It also earns 10% promotional rewards on the purchase price (around $130 to be used on future purchases). So this is a double dip, both a mail-in rebate and promotional rewards.

Note that the Alpha Minolta version is also participating in this promotion but it is not a stabilized (VC) lens.

Lensbaby Fisheye Optic for $80

The Lensbaby Fisheye Optic is currently on sale for $80 with free shipping at B&H Photo and Amazon itself.

Refurbished Nikon 55-200mm DX VR II for $110

The Nikon 55-200mm DX VR II lens is available in manufacturer refurbished condition for $110 with free shipping with a 90-day B&H warranty from B&H Photo.

Hasselblad LF 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 OSS (E mount) for $149 plus Shipping

IF you like Hasselblad-branded products for your Sony E-mount mirrorless APS-C cameras, the Hasselblad LF 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 OSS is currently on sale for $149 plus shipping at B&H Photo.

Refurbished Canon Lenses with 1yr warranty (8 choices)

The official Canon store has a sale on 8 refurbished Canon lenses with a one year warranty as follows:

+ Primes: 50/1.8 STM for $90, 50/1.4 USM for $290, 85/1.8 USM for $300
+ Zooms: 17-40 f4L for $590, 70-300/4-5.6 IS USM for $470, 24-105 f4L IS USM for $600
+ the 75-300 f4-5.6 III non-IS: non-USM for $70, USM for $90
+ above lenses are refurbished with 1yr Canon USA warranty