Refurbished Nikon Z50 with 16-50 DX VR for $697

My oh my, an iLC camera at the Adorama daily deals, it is the manufacturer refurbished Nikon Z50 with 16-50mm f3.5-6.3 DX VR going for $697 with free US shipping and a 90-day Nikon USA warranty…

This is an APS-C Nikon mirrorless camera, and I proposed that we call the Nikon Z mirrorless cameras “Zikon”, to easily distinguish them from “Nikon” 🙂

The offers end on Thursday 10/15/20 at 10am eastern or earlier for any that may sell out ahead of its designated expiration time…

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 😉

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 Nikon Z50 Creator’s Kit for $1147

To coincide with what would have been NAB 2020, for those video-curious and Nikon-Z-curious, Nikon has announced a new Nikon Z50 Creator’s Kit and this is available for pre-ordering at B&H Photo for $1147. This kit includes:

+ Nikon Z50 camera
+ Nikon Z 16-50mm f3.5-6.3 DX VR
+ Rode VideoMicro shotgun microphone
+ Joby GorillaPod 3K flex
+ SmallRig mounting plate
+ Nikon Travel bag
+ Nikon school voucher

NOTE: for those not following the Nikon Z system closely, this is an APS-C / DX camera bundled with an APS-C / DX lens…

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 🙂

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…

Refurbished Nikon Z7 with 24-70mm f4 S Z with 90-day Nikon Warranty for $2499

Dying to try the new Nikon Z system but don’t want to pay the new-condition USA-warranty prices? B&H Photo has “Option II: The Refurbished Strike Back”, you can get the refurbished Nikon Z7 with 24-70mm f4 S Z for $2499 with free US shipping and a 90-day Nikon USA warranty…

The new condition of this goes for $3400 as you can see in the Z7 searching listings

Speaking of B&H, they are offering the new condition Lenovo 15.6″ IdeaPad 5 for $755 with free US shipping and a free Bitdefender. This has i5-1035G1 Quad, 16GB RAM [can Windows have too much memory?], 512GB M.2 NVMe, 15.6″ 1080p IPS, etc…

Samyang 85mm f/1.4 AS IF UMC MF for $269 [Z]

The current Adorama daily deal (changes at 10am ET daily) is the new condition Samyang 85mm f/1.4 AS IF UMC manual focus lens going for $269 with free US shipping in the Nikon Z system. That’s the advertised deal. When you look at the other mount options of this lens it goes for $239 in Fuji X and Sony E and $269 in M43rds and $329 in Canon RF…

EU: Nikon Z and DSLR and Lenses sales [50 options]

Amazon Germany is having another Nikon gear sale featuring Z and DSLR camera bodies, along with various lenses along with a few Coolpixies as well. Lenses are all over the place, including the 20/4.5-5.6G DX VR for 225 euro and the 50/1.8G FX for 150 euro…

A total of 50 options are available, too many to list here individually…

EU: Nikon Z6 instant savings promotion

Amazon Germany is currently having an instant savings promotion on various Nikon Z6 options. Some of the discounts happen in the shopping cart, others are reflected directly on the website. For example the Z6 with the FTZ adapter goes for 1565 euro (compared to $1700 at the Amazon Mothership). Or the body only without the adapter goes for 1450~ euro after a shopping cart discount reflected after you reach the checkout page… They also have various other kits with lenses and lenses + adapter and some memory cards mixed in too…

On the other hand, if you are a friend of used deals, the Z6 with FTZ adapter goes for 1377 euro in “Used – Good” condition by Amazon Germany’s Warehouse Deals itself

Rokinon 14mm f2.8 UMC for $429 [Nikon Z]

Nikon Z photographers, don’t feel left out! You too have a Rokinon lens sale but for a limited time, Adormara is offering the new condition Rokinon 14mm f2.8 UMC lens for the Nikon Z mirrorless system for $429 with free US shipping. You also earn 1% promotional rewards to be used in future Adorama purchases…

Pre-order new Nikon Z 24mm f1.8 lens for $997

If you have already jumped aboard the Nikon Full Frame Mirrorless train, they have a new temptation for you available for pre-ordering, it is the brand new Z 24mm f1.8 S lens with a pre-order price of around $1000 at B&H Photo and Adorama and Amazon