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.

Tokina Cinema 11-16 T3.0 for $799 [M43]

Micro Four Thirds photographers pay $50 more for the Rokinon Cine T1.5 prime bundle but if you prefer a zoom Cine lens, M43rds is the only system getting this discount, you can get the Tokina Cinema 11-16mm T3.0 for $799 with free expedited shipping at B&H Photo. You also get 4% promotional rewards ($32~ to be spent in future B&H purchases). Offer ends 4/27/17.

PS: this is certified to be Tokina (I often mistype/confuse Tamron with Tokina, both six letter names starting with a T and sharing four out of their six scrabble squares).

Rokinon T1.5 Cine DS Prime (24, 35, 50, 85) Bundle for $1749 [C/N/E]

More B&H NAB 2017 action, it’s a 4-pack of Rokinon T1.5 Cine DS prime lenses, the 24mm, 35mm, 50mm, and 85mm are on sale, together as a bundle at B&H Photo for $1749 with free expedited shipping in the Canon, Nikon and Sony E systems. M43rds photographers pay $50 more for this bundle. Offer ends 4/27/17.

These should not be confused with the Rokinon 20mm T1.9 which is a Tuesday daily deal.

Rokinon 85mm T1.5 Declicked for $264 (Canon, Fuji, Nikon)

The Rokinon 85mm T1.5 lens with declicked aperture and follow focus capable is on sale for $264 in the Canon and Fuji and Nikon systems by Aamzon itself with a limit of up to three units per mount per customer. This is not a lightning deal, so expiration time/date unknown. Check the individual listings for the Nikon version as it is complicated (Amazon’s own is Prime only, but Precision has it for $264 but not Prime eligible).

Speaking of Amazon, they are offering the Star Trek 50th Anniversary TV and Movie Collection [Blu-ray] for $80 with free shipping. Limit one set per customer during the sale.

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

Pre-order Sony a9 and Grip and 100-400mm Master lens

The new Sony a9 flagship full frame camera along with the new 100-400 Master lens are now available for pre-order, as Sony has gone into an smartphone-esque two-phase announcement. They are pre-orderable as follows:

+ Sony a9 for $4500 at B&H Photo and Amazon itself and Adorama

+ Sony VG-C3EM Vertical Grip for Alpha a9 for $350 at Adorama and Amazon itself and B&H Photo

+ Sony FE 100-400mm F4.5–5.6 GM OSS for $2500 at Amazon itself and Adorama and B&H Photo

There’s also a few more pro-caliber accessories coming along with the a9, the Sony HVL-F45RM Compact, Radio-Controlled Gn 45 Camera Flash with 1″ Display for $400, and the Sony NPAMQZ1K Multi Battery Adaptor Kit also for $400.

The release estimate for the a9 and accessories is May 25-26 in 2017. The 100-400 lens has a late July release estimate. As usual, there is a YMMV to the estimate, especially since these are flagship/pro gear that are not made in mass-market fashion.

The a9 announcement gave the Mirrorless cameras the lead, they are leading DSLRs 6-5 in 2017. It’s starting to look like a hockey game score 🙂

Yongnuo 100mm f2 for $160 (Canon)

For Canon shooters, the Yongnuo 100mm f2 is currently going for $160 with free shipping at Adorama. It is currently temporarily backordered, so keep that in mind.

And if you want to immerse yourself in DIY deal hunting, check:

In-Stock Now: Sigma 135mm f1.8 DG HSM ART for $1399 [C/N]

Prime your wallets and your Canon and Nikon DSLRs because the new Sigma 135mm f1.8 DG HSM ART lens is now in-stock for $1399 with free expedited shipping at B&H Photo in the Canon and Nikon SLR systems. The Sigma SA version is estimated to get in-stock next week.

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 🙂

Panasonic 25mm f1.7 with 4% rewards for $148

The Panasonic 25mm f1.7 lens is currently on sale for $148 with 4% promotional rewards (around $6) at B&H Photo and Adorama. Same price at Amazon (5% back for Prime members with Amazon Chase or Store credit card).

Alternately you can get the lens with a handful of free accessories, for the same price, but you have to pay shipping ($8+) at Adorama.

NOTE: B&H and Adorama orders will ships April 19+.

In-Stock Now: Panasonic 12-35mm f2.8 II PowerOIS for $1000

The brand new, second generation, Panasonic 12-35mm f2.8 II PowerOIS is now in-stock and ready to ship for $1000 with free shipping at B&H Photo and Adorama.

PS: In comparison, the first generation of this lens goes for $700 bundled with a $100 gift card.

Panasonic 12-35mm f2.8 PowerOIS and $100 Gift Card for $698

F2.8 zoom action on the Micro Four Thirds front now, the Panasonic 12-35mm f2.8 PowerOIS is bundled with a $100 Adorama gift certificate, all together going for $698 with free shipping at Adorama. OR if you prefer free accessories instead of the $100 gift card, they have a bundle with those too.

If you are a B&H fan, they offer it for the same price, but bundled with a $50 Gift Card.

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).

(ENDED) Rokinon AF 14mm f2.8 FE drops to $499

This sale ended… A couple of days ago the Rokinon AF 14mm f2.8 FE was on sale for $649, but now Amazon has gone mad, and they are offering it for $499 with free shipping. This is sold and shipped by Amazon itself, not 3rd-party sellers. The shipping estimate is “1 to 2 months” often a sign the offer may be towards the end of its lifecycle. Limit up to three lenses per customer.

In-Stock Now: Sigma 135mm f1.8 DG HSM Art (Nikon)

It’s Prime time for Nikon DSLR shooters, the Sigma 135mm f1.8 DG HSM Art is now in-stock for its starting price of $1399 with free expedited shipping at B&H Photo. The Canon and Sigma mounts are not in-stock yet. B&H orders placed before Sunday at 8am ET will ship before B&H closes for the Passover Holidays. Orders placed after that, will ship after B&H re-opens on April 19.

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

Tamron 70-200mm f2.8 DI VC USD and $44 rewards for $1099 (C/N)

Adorama is celebrating April Fools Day with a new round of Camera Deals, including the new condition Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 DI VC USD Lens offered for $1099 with free expedited shipping and $44 promotional rewards (to be used in future Adorama purchases) in the Canon mount and the Nikon mount. The Sony goes for $1100, it is not stabilized but it gets a free digiframe 🙂

UPDATE: it is also going for $1100 by Amazon itself. No promotional rewards here, unless you are a Prime member and you pay with either the Prime store card or the Amazon Chase VISA, then you get $55 in statement credit or cashback.

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.

Imported Panasonic 12-35mm f2.8 OIS (first gen) for $560

The first generation Panasonic 12-35mm F/2.8 O.I.S M43rds lens goes for $700 at authorized dealers that bundle it with free accessories, such as Adorama (filter kit, Corel, shade, tether, cleaner) or 4% promotional rewards (B&H Photo).

But if you are comfortable with imported grey-market (from the USA market perspective) purchased from a Canadian seller, Canadian seller QuickNDone (Ontario, 99.9%) is offering the new condition Panasonic 12-35mm F/2.8 O.I.S M43rds lens for $560 with free shipping. Limit five per customer. Note that this will ship from Ontario, Canada.

Note also that the second generation version of this lens goes for $1000 in new condition and it is expected to ship at the end of the month, with pre-orders accepted at B&H Photo and Adorama and Amazonia.

Imported Nikon 35mm f1.8G DX without warranty for $150

The Nikon 35mm f1.8G DX VR goes for $197 with various freebies or promotional rewards at authorized Nikon USA dealers (eg Adorama and B&H Photo).

But if you are a bit of a risk-taker, you can get this in imported grey-market with no warranty for $150 with free shipping by eBay selelr “PhotoVideo4Less” (100%, New York). Limit five per customer. Over 3100 units got sold so far from this listing. For the speed-readers, there is no warranty included.

A simple, low priced prime lens is certainly a lower risk than buying a zoom or pro or complicated lens, but still, it’s up to you to decide where your risk and comfort levels are.

Refurbished Nikon 55-200mm f4-5.6G DX VR II with 52mm Filter Kit for $147

The manufacturer refurbished Nikon 55-200mm f4-5.6G DX VR II is bundled with a Pro Optic 52mm Digital Essentials Filter Kit and $3~ promotional rewards (to be used in future Adorama purchases) for $147 with free expedited shipping at Adorama. The lens gets a 90-day Nikon USA warranty.

This is part of their March Madness Sale where different product categories “compete” (aka, they are on sale).

New Irix 11mm f4 and 15mm f2.4 DSLR lenses begin shipping ($400 to $775) [C/N/P]

Pentax fans were not left out of these brand new third-party lenses. Some of the new Irix prime lenses are now in-stock and ready to ship at Adorama. Check each individual lens for availability on it. These are DSLR lenses available in the Canon, Nikon and Pentax K DSLR systems. There are two prime lenses, a 15mm f2.4 and a 11mm f4. Each lens comes in two variations, a Firefly, and a higher-quality Blackstone (costs $200 more than the Firefly equivalent). There is a table at the aforelinked page with the differences between the two lines.

The 15mm f2.4 goes for $400 in Firefly and $600 in Blackstone, while the 11mm f4 goes for $575 in Firefly and $775 in Blackstone. Another benefit of having two lines, is two opportunity for discounts instead of one 🙂

Nikon 18-140mm f3.5-5.6G DX VR for $299 (limit 3) [corrected link]

The new condition Nikon 18-140mm f3.5-5.6G DX VR lens is currently on sale for $299 with free shipping at Amazon by Amazon actual with a limit of up to three units per customer. This is not a lightning deal.

CORRECTION: the original link pointed to the certified refurbished instead of the new condition lens. The $299 new condition price was (and still is) correct!

Rokinon 14mm f2.8 ED AS IF MF for $249 (Canon EF, Sony E FF)

Rokinon time at Adorama, the Rokinon 14mm F2.8 AS IF ED UMC manual focus lens is on sale for $249 with free shipping in the Sony E (Full Frame) and Canon EF options.

Speaking of Adorama, for some of their latest offers, check these places:

(ENDED) Sunday: Tamron 18-200mm f3.5-6.3 XR Di-II LD for $85 with coupon (Canon only)

The coupon expired, the price is back to $100~…. The coupon EXTRA20 does not work on the Tamron lenses, but the Sunday-only coupon FORWARD15 (15% off purchases at Monoprice) works on them! Which makes the new condition Tamron 18-200mm f3.5-6.3 XR Di-II LD for Canon EF only drop from $100~ with free standard US shipping to $85~. This is not stabilized. Coupon ends Sunday night.

(ENDED) Sunday: Tamron 18-270mm f3.5-6.3 Di-II PZD (Sony A-mount) for $153 after coupon (or $103 after $50 MIR)

UPDATE: The coupon expired, the price is back to $180 or $130 after the $50 mail-in rebate….

More action in the Camera and Photo Clearance sale, the the new condition Tamron 18-270mm f3.5-6.3 Di-II PZD for Sony A-mount (the Sony version of this lens is not VC) is on sale for $180 plus shipping. Shipping is under $10 for most zipcodes. The lens also has a $50 mail-in rebate from Tamron, which can make it $130 after the $50 MIR.

But wait, there’s more! The lens is eligible for the Sunday-only 15% off Monoprice order coupon FORWARD15 which brings the pre-rebate price down to $153 after coupon. If you submit the mail-in rebate, it will become $103 after mail-in rebate.

These are the last Tamron lenses Monoprice carries, it looks like a clearance sale to get rid of available inventory.

(ENDED) Sunday: Tamron 70-200mm F2.8 Di LD IF Macro for $523 (Canon only)

UPDATE: The coupon expired, the price is back to $615….

Also participating in the Camera and Photo Clearance sale is the new condition Tamron 70-200mm F2.8 Di LD IF Macro lens in the Canon mount going for $615~ with free standard US shipping. This is the non-stabilized version of the lens. The stabilized goes for a lot more. Only the Canon mount is available on their website.

But wait, there’s more! Use Sunday-only coupon FORWARD15 and the price of the lens drops to $523~ in the shopping cart. The Friday coupon was a slightly better deal though at 20%, but if you missed it or lack a time-travel machine 🙂

Enter zipcode in the shopping cart to see shipping options if you want to receive it faster than “standard”.

Tamron 70-200mm F2.8 Di LD IF Macro for $615 (Canon only) [updated]

Also participating in the Camera and Photo Clearance sale is the new condition Tamron 70-200mm F2.8 Di LD IF Macro lens in the Canon mount going for $615~ with free standard US shipping. This is the non-stabilized version of the lens. The stabilized goes for a lot more. Only the Canon mount is available on their website.

The Friday only coupon expired but Monoprice has new coupons on a regular basis…

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(SOLD OUT) Tamron 17-50mm f2.8 VC Di II for $208 (Nikon only)

As of a Friday 8:42pm ET re-check, this lens is sold-out, gone, and can no longer be ordered. It is not coming back. Monoprice is clearing out their Tamron inventory… The rest remaining Tamron lenses continue in the Camera and Photo Clearance sale

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(ENDED) 20% off Certified Refurbished items at Olympus Outlet with coupon (32 options)

This particular 2-day coupon promotion expired, but Olympus brings these back every few weeks/months…

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Tamron SP 70-200mm f2.8 Di VC US + $48 rewards for $1200 (C/N/A)

We now have a trio of Tamron f2.8 zoom posts, starting with the new condition SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD going for $1200 plus 4% promotional rewards (around $48~ to be used in future purchases) at B&H Photo in your choice of Canon, Nikon and Sony A SLR systems. No mail-in rebate on this one. The price you see is the price you pay.

Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 DI VC USD + 82mm Hoya + 4% Rewards for $1200 after $100 MIR (C/N)

There are many more options in f2.8 zooms these days, especially for Canon and Nikon. One of them is the Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 DI VC USD bundled with an 82mm Hoya UV Haze NXT HMC Filter and 4% promotional rewards, going for $1200 after a $100 mail-in rebate at B&H Photo in the Canon and Nikon systems. VC = optically stabilized in Tamron-speak.