Pre-Order Panasonic AU-EVA1 Super35 Cinema Camera (Canon EF)

If you are a fan of Canon EF lenses, Panasonic video cameras, and the Super 35 format, your wishes are coming true! Panasonic has revealed their new AU-EVA1 Super35 Cinema Camera that takes Canon EF lenses. This is available for pre-ordering for $7345 at Adorama.

Pre-order discount: HP 14″ ZBook 14u G4 Mobile Workstation for $942

If you are a fan of using mobile workstations (as in more powreful laptops), B&H Photo has a pre-order discount on the HP 14″ ZBook 14u G4 Mobile Workstation. The entry-point model dropped from $982 to $942 with free expedited shipping. There are higher specs as well for more, including touchscreen options. The top model is $1728 with touchscreen, Core i7-7500U Dual-Core, 16GB DDR4 RAM, 512GB NVMe PCIe M.2 SSD, 14″ 1920 x 1080 TN SVA, etc. The shipping estimate is “coming soon”.

Pre-order Interfit Honey Badger 320Ws kit

Honey Badger cares about lighting! The new Interfit Honey Badger lightning gear are now available for pre-ordering at B&H Photo. The Interfit Honey Badger 320Ws Compact Flash Head goes for $300, while the Interfit Honey Badger 320Ws 2-Light Kit goes for $700. They are expected to begin shipping in mid-August 2017.

PS: actual honey badgers are not included!

PS2: obligatory viral YouTube video.

Pre-order new 49″ Samsung 32:9 Curved 4K 144 Hz FreeSync HDR LCD Monitor

If you are a fan of state of the art really-really wide monitors, the new 49″ Samsung 32:9 Curved 4K 144 Hz FreeSync HDR LCD Monitor is now available for pre-ordering for $1500 with free expedited shipping at B&H Photo with a late July 2017 release estimate.

Speaking of Samsung, their Samsung Gear 360 VR camera is on sale for $110 with free shipping with up to three units per customer. This is the US version with US warranty.

Pre-order new Gitzo 100 Year Anniversary Tripods

Nikon has launched their 100 Year Anniversary products but they are not the only ones celebrating 100 years. If you are a fan of Gitzo Tripods, they have in very limited quantities two new 100-Year Anniversary tripods. Just like the Nikon cameras, they are priced for collectors and hardcore fans in terms of pricing.

The Gitzo 100-Year Anniversary Edition Tripod with Ball Head goes for $1500, while the Gitzo 100-Year Anniversary Arsene Gitzhoven Edition Tripod with Ball Head goes for $3000. They are expected to ship in late October 2017.

The former can be purchased online, but the latter (the $3000 model) can only be ordered in-store or by calling B&H and it is not returnable and non-cancelable. The $1500 model is a regular internet purchase without the above restrictions.

Pre-order Flashpoint eVOLV Twin Head (Bowens Mount (AD-B2)) for $59

If you are a fan of the Flashpoint lighting gear, as seen often at Adorama, they have a new item now available for pre-order for $59 with free shipping, it is the Flashpoint eVOLV Twin Head (Bowens Mount (AD-B2)). Shipping date is not available yet.

Speaking of Adorama, if you are a fan of Windows 7 PRO, they have a couple of Acer PC doorbusters on sale, expiring by 7/11/17, with free shipping:

+ Acer Extensa X2 EX2610G-CJ306 Desktop Computer for $189
+ Intel Celeron J3060 1.6GHz, 2GB RAM, 500GB HDD, Windows 7 PRO

+ Acer Extensa X EX2610G-PJ371 Desktop Computer for $239
+ Intel Pentium J3710 1.6GHz, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD, Windows 7 PRO

Speaking of limited time offers, good until 7/10/17 they are offering the Robo 3D C2 Compact Smart 3D Printer with Wi-Fi for $600 with free shipping.

Sales and Promotional Pages

While we are talking Adorama, if you feel like deal fishing, here are some of their sales and promotions pages:

+ Specials page (over 3000 items)

+ Rebates page (over 340 items)

+ Overstock page (over 7600 items)

+ USED items on Clearance (over 440 items)

+ Refurbished items (over 70 items, many are Nikon DSLRs and Lenses)

Now if I was IBM’s Watson, I could have gone through those 11,000+ items in 5 milliseconds and created a nice report. But sadly I am not, so it is a DIY adventure 🙂

RED Professional video cameras can now be purchased at B&H

If you are a fan of the RED professional video cameras and B&H Photo, we have good news for you! The RED cameras and their accessories are now available for purchase at B&H Photo. A total of 21 options are available at B&H at the moment. They are currently in pre-order status. RED are specialty products, so you can’t stock them the same way you stock Canon Digital Rebels 🙂

Pre-order new Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD G2 (C/N)

CORRECTION: the lens price is $1200. The original post said the price was $1999.

It’s the season of f2.8 zoom lenses 🙂 Tamron has a new one out, the Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD G2 is now available for pre-ordering for $1200 [CORRECTED] in the Canon and Nikon DSLR systems at Adorama and B&H Photo and OneCALL and Beach Camera thru Amazon (with extras)

In Tamron-speak, “VC” is image stabilization, “Di” is digitally optimized (not APS-C, just digitally optimized). “Di II” is APS-C.

This lens too has been added to the New Lenses of 2017 tracking page. This is the fifth f2.8 zoom lens announced this year!

Pre-order new Canon 6D Mark II for $1999

The Canon 6D line now has a second member! The Canon 6D Mark II is now officially official with its touchscreen Vari-angle “twist and shout” display and its 26mp 35mm FF sensor! The camera is available for pre-ordering in three official kits as follows:

+ 6D II Body Only for $1999 at B&H Photo and Adorama and Amazon itself

+ 6D II with EF 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM for $2599 at Adorama and B&H Photo and Amazon itself

+ 6D II with EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM for $3099 at B&H Photo and Adorama and Amazon itself

+ Canon BG-E21 Battery Grip for EOS 6D Mark II for $249 at B&H Photo and $300 at Adorama and Amazon itself
+ prices will eventually converge

This has been added to the New Cameras of 2017, with the DSLRs now taking a 7-6 “lead” over the Mirrorless cameras 🙂

Pre-order new Canon SL2 for $550 (body) or $700 (w/18-55)

Canon took their time, but they have finally revealed a new SL-series DSLR, the aptly named SL2 is now out and about, available for pre-order for $550 in body only, or for $700 with the 18-55mm EF-S IS STM. The new SL2 has a Vari-Angle Touch-Screen, a “twist and shout” screen 🙂

+ SL2 Body Only for $550 at Amazon and Adorama and B&H Photo

+ SL2 with 18-55 EF-S IS STM for $700 at B&H Photo and Adorama and Amazon

This has been added to the New Cameras of 2017, with the DSLRs now taking a 7-6 “lead” over the Mirrorless cameras 🙂

Pre-order new Lensbaby Velvet 85mm f1.8 in eight systems

Lenses can have baby, and once they start doing so, they start multiplying like bunnies. Which brings us to a new Lensbunny, oops, I mean, Lensbaby, it is the Velvet 85mm f1.8 with a pre-order price of $500 and available in eight different systems, Canon, Nikon, Pentax, Sony A, Sony E, Fuji X, Micro Four Thirds, and …Samsung NX.

They are available for pre-order at Adorama and at B&H Photo.

Pre-order new Nikon D3400 Triple Lens DX Kit (Parent’s Kit)

Two lens kits are so last year! Nikon is boldly going with a new three lens kit! They have a new Nikon D3400 Parents Triple Lens DX kit, with these three DX lenses: 18-55 f3.5-5.6G VR, 70-300 f4.5-5.6G ED, 35mm f1.8G, along with a camera bag. This bundle is available for pre-order for $800 at B&H Photo.

Pre-order new Nokia 6 Android phone for $230 (or $180 with Ads)

Once upon a time giants of communications, Motorola and Nokia had their soap-opera paths of mergers and acquisitions. The current incarnation of the HMD era of Nokia brand is launching Android smartphones, and the current leader of their pack is now available for pre-order with USA warranty in the US market!

The Nokia 6 is available for pre-order in three color schemes for $230 each at Amazon by Amazon itself. This is fully compatible with T-Mobile, and partially compatible with AT&T (missing a couple of bands – check phone websites/forums for complete details). This is as close to a pure Android phone as a 3rd-party maker can make with Google PLAY support. Perhaps trying to fill the void of good old Nexus getting shutdown by The Google.

This is not a flagship phone, but you get 3GB RAM, 32GB on-board storage, microSD card (up to 128GB), a 5.5-inch full HD touchscreen, Snapdragon 430 quad-core, Android 7.1 (how many phones offer this now?), etc.

On the other hand, if you want to pay $50 less, and you are comfortable with the way Amazon does their Sponsored Lockscreen Offers and Ads, Amazon is also offering a Lockscreen Ads version for $180 in two of the three colors. This is restricted to Prime members only, and it appears to have a limit of one per color per customer at the moment.

IF you are not a Prime member, but you want to get the Lockscreen Ads version, you can do it by becoming a Prime member. You will pay the full price of $230, but you will receive a $50 Amazon Gift Card AFTER you become a paying Prime member (you get a 30-day free trial). The Details also note that if you return the phone or cancel your Prime membership within 3 months of purchase, they make charge you back for the $50 gift card). In other words, they are trying to prevent people from signing up just to buy the phone for $50 less and then cancelling 🙂

NOTE: as usual at Amazon, there are also listings of the international/imported versions of the phone. The Chinese version has 4GB RAM and 64GB on-board. If you are surfing around, make sure you are looking at the right version!

This has been around outside the US for a few months now, so you can find many reviews and opinions on it, such as this 9-pager from GSM Arena. Or jump to their conclusions if you don’t want to go through it all.

This is one of five new phones that joined the Amazon Prime line-up including the latest Motorola Moto E (4th gen), the Alcatel Idol 5S, and a couple more. It looks like “Blu” may be getting “punished” for their China “phone home” issue, as there are no new Blu phones added to the line-up?

Pre-order new Tamron 18-400mm f3.5-6.3 Di-II VC HLD (C/N)

SLR lenses are slowly catching up to the crazy zoom ratios of fixed lens cameras. Tamron is taking their to the “next level” with the brand new 18-400mm f3.5-6.3 DI-II VC HLD APS-C Zoom lens, available in the Canon and Nikon SLR systems. The zoom ratio is 22.22x optical. The lens is priced at $650 and it is available for pre-ordering at Adorama and B&H Photo.

This lens has been added to the New Cameras and Lenses of 2017 page.

HISTORY of TAMRON SUPERZOOM LENSES
This is the latest in a long history of Tamron superzoom lenses. Here’s a handy table in the Tamron press release, with yellow highlighter added to show the different focal length options:

Pre-order new Sigma ART 14mm f1.8 and 24-70mm f2.8 OS lenses [C/N/Si]

Sigma strikes again with two new lenses that have been added to the New Camera and Lens Tracker of 2017. They are available for pre-ordering in the Canon, Nikon and Sigma SLR systems, and they are expected to begin shipping this month ~ other things equal. They are:

+ Sigma 14mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art for $1599 at B&H Photo
+ also available as a bundle TOGETHER with the MC-11 Mount Converter/Lens Adapter for Sony E for $1848

+ Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Art for $1299 at B&H Photo
+ also available as a bundle TOGETHER with the MC-11 Mount Converter/Lens Adapter for Sony E for $1548

UPDATE: they are also available for pre-ordering at Adorama for the same prices.

Pre-order new Zeiss Milvus 35mm f1.4 for $1999 (C/N)

Zeiss, Zeiss, Baby! I’m surprised Zeiss hasn’t hired Vanilla Ice yet for an April Fool’s Day “Zeiss Zeiss Baby” music video 🙂 While we are waiting for that though, Zeiss has revealed a new Milvus lens, the 35mm f/1.4, available for pre-order for $1999 with a late August 2017 release estimate at B&H Photo in the Canon EF (ZE) and Nikon F (ZF.2) systems.

This has been added to the new Cameras and Lenses of 2017 tracking page. This tracks the more interesting items, eg P&S 1/2.x” digital cameras are not included.

Pre-order new Nikon 100 Year Anniversary Leather Bag and Camera Strap

Nikon mayhaps recognized that they priced the 100 Year Anniversary Lenses ($4000+) and Anniversary DSLRs ($2800+) out of reach for many of their fans, so they are also releasing two less un-affordable anniversary products as well, these too with a late July 2017 release estimate:

+ Anniversary Camera Strap in brown or black for $100 each at B&H Photo

+ Anniversary Premium Leather Bag (Antique Cognac) for $400 at B&H Photo

Pre-order new Nikon 100 Year Anniversary F2.8 PRO ZOOM Lenses

In addition to the 100 Year Anniversary DSLRs, Nikon is also releasing select Lenses as 100 Year Anniversary editions, these too with a late July 2017 release estimate.

+ Triple F2.8 PRO ZOOM set for $8000 at B&H Photo
+ it consists of the 14-24 f2.8G ED, 24-70 f2.8E ED VR, and 70-200 f2.8E FL ED VR
+ they have a Metallic Gray finish to distinguish them

+ Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR for $4000 at B&H Photo
+ the standard edition goes for $2800

Pre-order new 100th Year Anniversary Editions: Nikon D500 and D5

Nikon is celebrating its 100 years of existence and to celebrate this milestone they are releasing two “100 Year Anniversary Editions” of two of their current DSLRs with a late July 2017 release estimate. They are priced for collectors and super-fans. They are currently available for pre-ordering as follows:

+ Nikon D500 Body Only for $2800 at B&H Photo
+ the standard version goes for $1800 with temporarily includes the Battery Grip

+ Nikon D5 Body Only for $8000 at B&H Photo
+ the standard version goes for $6500

Free Hand Delivery and 1 Hour Flight Training with DJI Spark for $500 [select US metro areas]

The new DJI Spark will be released to the world on June 15 in 2017. If you’d like to receive it in person and receive a 1-hour FREE flight training, and want to buy the “Alpine White” color scheme, the official DJI store is offering these two freebies for the regular price of $500. The hand delivery and free flight training are only available in eight big metro areas in the USA: Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, and San Francisco. You also receive a free 16GB microSD card 🙂

If you don’t want the Alpine color scheme, or don’t want hand delivery, or you are not in those eight metro areas, you can pre-order it for $500 with a June 15 release at various retailers including Amazon itself and various other sellers.

NOTE that DJI is a Chinese company, and as it is often the case with Chinese products, a number of the online sellers offering their products directly or through marketplaces (like Amazon, eBay and such) are based in China. If you are not familiar with a particular seller, do not assume that they ship from the USA. Make sure you check before buying!

6pk of 100 Watt Equivalent LED A21 Light Bulbs for $18 (Daylight) or $19 (Soft White)

If you are looking for 100 Watt Equivalent A21 LED light bulbs, and don’t need to receive them yesterday, Amazon has a pre-order sale on their upcoming 6-packs in the Daylight Color (5000 Kelvin; 1400 lumens) for $18.26, and in the Soft White Color (2700 Kelvin, 1300 lumens) for $19.24. They are rated 15,000 hours per light bulb.

The 2-packs are shipping but the 6-packs are currently in pre-order status. Amazon’s pricing is so crazy that the 2-packs cost more (!) than the 6-packs, eg a 2-pack of 100W Daylight goes for $22.49, but a 6-pack goes for $18.26. You also get to keep the sturdy cardboard container the 6-pack comes in ~ see gallery picture #3 over there.

A “Clear” light bulb option (2700 Kelvin, 1000 lumens) is available in the listing, but it’s neither available at 100W, nor it is on sale on par with the other two options.

Pre-order new Nikon W300 elementproof P&S camera

Another new elementproof/waterproof digital camera emerged, as these cannot be easily replicated by smartphones. It is the new Nikon Coolpix W300 P&S digital camera, available in three different colors, with a pre-order price of $390 at Amazon and B&H Photo.

This poor camera hasn’t even come out yet, and it’s getting trolled in yet another daily bloviation at The Verge 🙂

Orderable Again: Samsung Chromebook PRO for $550

If you are a boldly going early adopter, the Samsung Chromebook PRO is orderable again for $550 at Amazon by Amazon itself. It had returned a few days ago but then quickly became un-orderable again. But as of the time of writing, this is orderable again in the all-encompassing “temporarily out of stock” status.

The difference between this and the $436 PLUS model is that the PRO has an Intel processor versus ARM of the PLUS.

More details on what caused the delays and their plans for the future of the ChromeOS + Android marriage can be found in this Google I/O 2017 Verge post. It turns out the delays were a mix of software and hardware:

“The Chromebook Pro hardware itself needed to be redesigned. Issues with the thermals and antennas meant some things had to get shifted around. Google itself handles the software stack, so it needed to tweak that software as Samsung tweaked the hardware.”

Of photography interest is the combination of the S-Pen (for retouching and such), touchscreen, combination of Android and ChromeOS apps and options, a 3:2 QHD screen (if you prefer to work in this aspect ratio), and such.

Note however that it may take a few weeks/months before everything gels as Android apps are in Beta. On the plus side, it is on a six week update cycle, so fixes will definitely come faster than they do with Android phones.

If I wasn’t a poor blogger I would scoop this up 🙂 Please feel free to send me one 🙂

Pre-order new DJI SPARK drones for $500

DJI has a brand new colorful drone, the $500 DJI SPARK, available in multiple color schemes. This new models are now available for pre-ordering at the official DJI store and at Adorama and B&H Photo.

There is also an official “Fly More Combo” that includes additional accessories for $700 (remote controller, extra battery and propellers, and more).

Pre-order brand new Surface PRO Tablets ($800 to $2700; 4G LTE Cellular coming later)

Microsoft’s Panay said no new Surfaces a few weeks ago during the Microsoft Educational event, but that was then, this is now! Microsoft is taking a page of the iPad marketing book, and is releasing a new Surface tablet that simply has the name “Surface PRO”, not Surface 5 PRO. So it will probably become the “Surface PRO (2017)” model. Details and specs organized nicely at Techmeme.

The new Surface PRO is now available for pre-order at the official Microsoft store with prices starting at $800 and topping out at $2700. RAM options range from 4GB to 16GB, on-board storage ranges from 128GB to 1TB, processors range from m3 to i7. However, not all combinations are available, there are six pre-configurated models at the moment.

These will begin shipping in June 15 (2017). They are eligible for the 10% Academic discounts for people who qualify per Microsoft’s terms (there’s a link there to find out if you qualify ~ requires login).

If you are a fan of Cellular 4G LTE on your Surface devices, there is some hope! 4G LTE models are coming in the future. Dates and prices will be revealed in the future. Patience is a 2G virtue for this 4G LTE device 🙂

NOTE: the Surface PEN is NOT included with this new model (the 2017 model, aka the 5th generation).

Pre-order new Sony FE 16-35/2.8 and 12-24/4 Lenses

Sony has embraced the smartphone flagship pre-ordering model for their camera gear, where the pre-orders start a few days after the announcement. So starting today, you can pre-order their two new constant aperture FE lenses as follows:

+ Sony FE 12-24mm f4 G for $1700
+ July 31 release estimate

+ Sony FE 16-35mm f/2.8 GM for $2200
+ August 31 release estimate

Keep in mind, estimates are only estimates and are subject to change as various factors known and unknown can affect their release and delivery.

Pre-order new Olympus TG-5 Elementproof and Underwater Housing

If you are a fan of elementproof cameras and ones that have an official underwater housing, Olympus has announced the new Tough TG-5 and its accompanying underwater housing, available for pre-order as follows:

+ TG-5 Camera for $450 at Adorama and Amazon itself

+ Olympus Underwater Housing PT-058 for $300 at Amazon itself and Adorama

Pre-order new Element 4K Fire TV Edition HDTVs

If you are a fan of the Amazon ecosystem, you can now place pre-orders for brand new Elements 4K HDTVs with Fire TV built-in (aka Fire TV editions) in 43, 50, 55, and 65 inch sizes, with prices ranging from $450 to $900. Many of them also have a bundle with a free HDTV antenna. The Sound Bar bundles go for more. The shipping estimate is mid-June 2017. Detailed pictures of the TV and remove further down the product pages.

Of photography interest, FireTV has a handful of photo-related apps, including Smugmug, VLC, and a variety of gateway apps by 3rd-parties that offer access to Flickr, Google Photos, OneDrive, file managers, along other mirror/casting apps.

Pre-order TWO new Amazon Echo Show devices for $360 total (or One for $230)

If you are part of the Amazon ecosystem, their brand new “Amazon Echo Show”, the one with a 7-inch touchscreen built-in, is now available for pre-order at Amazon for $230.

But if you are sold on the Echo/Alexa ecosystem, you can pre-order two of them and use coupon code SHOW2PACK to get $100 off. So it is $460 – $100 = $360. Essentially it is a “Buy One, Get a Second one for $130 more”.

The shipping estimate is late June 2017.

Speaking of Amazon, they are offering the Lord of the Rings: Theatrical Trilogy on BluRay for $10 total (three movies). Limit three sets per customer.

PS: I am trying to figure out how to do the on-going Amazon deals without having a daily bloat appended to the end of the Lightning Deals post. I am leaning towards having a separate permapost (done in the fashion of the Stock Status Tracker that gets frequently updated). Please feel free to opine on this in the comments or use the online contact form or le twitter.

Pre-order new Surface Laptop starting at $999

Today’s Microsoft big event launched “Windows 10 S” (Windows RT reborn in the shadow of ChromeOS), and a brand new Surface Laptop that comes with Windows 10 S out of the box (but upgreable to Windows 10 PRO for $$$). The Surface Laptop is going after the MacBooks, with prices starting at $999 and pre-orders and custom configurations available at the official Microsoft Store. It is expected to begin shipping mid-June 2017.

Customization is in the processor (i5 or i7), RAM (4GB to 16GB), on-board storage (128GB to 512GB SSD), graphics card (Intel HD 620 or Iris Plus 640) and color (four options). Some of the options are interlinked, so you can’t get every combination. It is also compatible with some of the Surface accessories, making it more of a system play if you are already part of the Surface ecosystem (Surface Dial, Surface Dock, etc).

The screen is a 13.5-inch with 2256 x 1504 (201 PPI) resolution, a 3:2, with Gorilla Glass. It is compatible with the Surface Pen, however a Surface Pen is NOT included, despite the $1000 starting price 🙁 It has a full size USB 3.0 port, but not SD card reader built-in. With a renewed focus on education, it will be interesting to see whether Adobe and other photo/imaging software companies will be more motivated to put more of their software in the Windows store. Battery life promises up to 14.5 hours of video playback. It can connect to a 4K monitor using the built-in Mini Display Port.

So there are some things going for it in terms of photography-related use. It’s obviously not a mobile workstation, but for people who need a sleek and modern-looking laptop with a long battery life and access to the Surface ecosystem, this might be of interest (as long as the software options work out for your needs).

If you need some semi-funny (maybe) entertainment, I was live-tweeting / live-trolling the announcement on Twitter 🙂

Become an EchoLookographer with new Amazon Echo Look with LED Lighting and Standard Tripod Socket

Now you can take photography to the next (lower) level with the new Amazon Echo Look device. It is like an Echo, but with a camera! It has built-LED lighting and a standard tripod socket, along with AI that evaluates your fashion (bad enough we have to deal with the humans, now machines will be trolling our fashion choices). The price is $200 at Amazon’s website but you cannot pre-order it yet. It is by invitation only at the moment, so request an invitation if interested.

I requested an invitation for blog-testing purposes, and I almost immediately got an automated email from Amazon with this body of text:

Pre-order new Fuji Square SQ10 Instant for $280

Smartphones can cannibalize entry-level P&S digital cameras, but they can’t do that to instant film cameras, which continue to thrive! Case in point, Fuji has a new square format instant camera (that is also a digital hybrid), the Square SQ10, and it is available for pre-order for $280 at B&H Photo for $280. The digital part is a 1/4″ CMOS sensor that produces 1920 x 1920 digital stills.

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 🙂

Pre-order Panasonic ZS70 (30x) for $450

Superzoom with RAW action now, Panasonic’s new ZS70 (not to be confused with the good old FZ70 superzoom), with a 1/2.3″ MOS 20mp sensor and 30x optical zoom, and RAW is on now available for pre-order, in two color schemes, for $450 at Adorama and Amazon itself and B&H Photo. As usual, the early adopters pay the “having it first” tax, but time will eventually erode the price.

Speaking of superzooms and eroding prices, the Panasonic FZ70 is on sale for $250 by Amazon itself (limit three per customer).

The new ZS70 has been added to the New Cameras of 2017 Tracker. Only serious P&S cameras are added there. RAW is a litmus test ~ among others 🙂

Pre-orders on Friday: Sony a9 for $4500

Canon and Nikon are no longer the only ones with used-car-priced full frame flagship cameras. Sony is joining the fray with the new Sony a9 full frame E-mount flagship, with a flagship price of $4500. Pre-orders will begin on Friday 4/21/17, so considerate of Sony to let people enjoy the holidays the days before and after. Preorders will begin at 10am ET on Friday at B&H Photo.

For more on the camera, B&H has a 1-hour video of the announcement, along with a live blog.

Also coming along with the PRO camera is a new Master series lens, the FE 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 GM OSS E-Mount with a price of $2500, and pre-orders opening on Friday.

This new camera now gives mirrorless cameras the lead in 2017, they are “winning” over DSLRs in a penalty shoot-out at 6-5. You can see them all at the New Cameras of 2017 page.

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 🙂

Pre-order new Nikon D7500 for $1250

Nikon has a new APS-C dSLR in the popular D7XX series, the new D7500 is now available for pre-order for $1250 as body only or $1750 with the 18-140mm DX VR lens at Amazon by Amazon itself. No shipping estimate yet.

This was added to the Cameras of 2017 Tracking page where the DSLRs have now scored an equalizer goal, making it DSLRs vs Mirrorless 5-5.

Pre-order new 32-inch LG 32UD99-W 4K UHD IPS for $999

LG is busy this time of the year, in addition to rolling out their LG6 flagship phone with a big installment promotion deal at Sprint, they are now offering their new flagship computer monitor for pre-order for $999. The 32-inch LG 32UD99-W has 4K UHD (3840 x 2160), IPS, HDR-10 For PC, DCI-P3 95% Color Standard, FreeSync support, and various connectors. It has a “1 to 4 weeks” shipping estimate at Amazon by Amazon itself.

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).

Pre-order new Canon SX730 HS superzoom (40x) for $399

Superzooms are alive and kicking, partly because neither smartphones nor DSLRs/iLCs can offer the crazy zoom ratios of smaller-sensor fixed lens cameras. Which brings us to a new 40x optical zoom model revealed by Canon, the Powershot SX730 HS with a 20mp 1/2.3″ sensor, available for pre-order at B&H Photo for $399 with free expedited shipping in silver or in black, but not in Las Vegas Raiders silver-and-black 🙂