Pre-order the new Apple Silicon M1 computers (ship next week)

And they are finally here! The all new Apple Silicon Mac computers. And they revealed a trio of them yesterday. No more profit-leakage to Intel. Apple keeps it all, and that’s why the prices are kept reasonable despite the big performance gains that were made in the Apple presentation…

The new M1 chip has 8 cores (four fast, four efficient), (up to) 8 GPU cores, 16 Neural cores, up to 16GB RAM, up to 2TB storage, better battery life, better security and on and on and on…

During this transition period, Apple is launching “Universal” apps, a name that didn’t go so well for Windows. Universal apps will have the binary code for both the Apple M1 apps and Intel apps in a single executable to make it easier for end-users. Non-M1 apps will use Apple’s Rosetta II emulator, which Apple claims can run faster than the original Intel Apples.

Of photography interest, Lightroom’s universal app is coming next month, while Photoshop’s universal binary is expected in 2021…

Speaking of apps, these M1 Macs can also run iOS (iPhone and iPad) apps out of the box since they are using similar underlying infrastructure…

And these are now available for pre-ordering in various configurations at B&H Photo with shipment expected to happen next week, which is when the new Mac OS “Big Sur” is expected to rollout…

+ Apple MacMinis starting at $699

+ Apple MacBook Airs starting at $999 ($899 for education)

+ 13.3″ MacBook PRO starting at $1299 ($1199 for education)

If you have 50 minutes to spare, you can watch the whole socially-distanced Apple presentation recorded at “The UFO” in Cupertino::California:

Not everyone is on the hype train though, Linus of “Linus Tech Tips” has a handful of objections…

Pre-order Cricket Wireless Locked iPhone 12 and PRO with Amazon Billing and $100 drip-drop GC

If you are a big fan of both Cricket Wireless and Amazon, and you want the new iPhone 12*, and do not object to a CARRIER LOCKED phone, then keep on reading…

Cricket Wireless through Amazon is offering pre-orders of the new iPhone 12 regular for $829 (64GB), or $879 (128GB) or $979 (256GB) in many different colors including (PRODUCT RED).

They are also offering for pre-order the new iPhone 12 PRO for $999 (128GB) or $1099 (256GB) or $1299 (512GB) also in different colors but no (PRODUCT RED).

Now as I said this is CARRIER LOCKED (to Cricket Wireless) and you have to use $55/month Cricket “Unlimited” talk and data plan (Mexico and Canada included, with 15GB hotspot, Video streaming at SD quality, 4G LTE, no 5G).

This offer has a couple of twists:

  • your monthly payment to Cricket Wireless happens automatically through Amazon. Every month Amazon charges your credit/debit card and behind the scenes they pay Cricket Wireless on your behalf. No additional taxes on the $55 amount since it is a store value card (per the Amazon FAQs over there)
  • every month you remain on the plan you automatically earn a $4.17 Amazon Gift Card balance. If you stay for 24 months, it becomes a drip-drop total of $100 (24 x $4.17). $100 is the maximum you can earn in Amazon gift card balance through this promotion. On month #25 and later you earn nada gift card balance!
  • this is not a contract, you can terminate at any time, but this phone is locked to Cricket
  • there are FAQs and more details on this plan and terms and conditions further down the Amazon product page over there
  • I haven’t done this type of an offer before, so I don’t know how it works in practice

Pre-order the all new OnePlus 8T for $749 with FREEbie

It’s raining new smartphones left and right these days, and one such is the expected now-a-days “T version” of the current OnePlus model. So if all the options out there the OnePlus 8T is the one you want, it is now available for pre-ordering at B&H Photo for $749 with free US shipping and during this promotional pre-ordering period you will also receive for FREE (automatically by B&H) the OnePlus Truly Wireless Earbuds. The 8T is available in two color options…

As a quick refresher, this uses the SnapDragon 865, 12GB RAM, four back cameras, one front camera, 6.5″ IPS touchscreen (20:9 2400 x 1080, HDR10+, 1100 nits, 120Hz, Gorilla Glass 3), dual SIM, 256GB UFS 3.1 on-board storage, North America variant with 5G, unlocked, Wifi 6 (aka 802.11ax), Bluetooth 5.1. However, no microSD, no headphone jack!

Pre-orders time: GoPRO HERO 9 Black

Our little baby GoPRO cameras have grown up, it’s their ninth birthday πŸ˜‰ Joking aside, version 9 of the GoPRO HERO Black has been revealed and orders are accepted with a late September 2020 release estimate. The price is $450 and orders can be had at B&H Photo and Adorama and eventually Amazon

UPDATE: the current Adorama daily deal (expires Thursday at 10am ET) is the Intel 1TB 665p Series Internal SSD going for $98 with free US shipping…

FREE (by mail) Sigma 45mm f2.8 L-lens with Panasonic S5 PreOrder/Purchase

This is not a Labor Day deal, but I haven’t posted about it yet, so this is a good time to post it! If you are planning to pre-order/purchase the Panasonic S5 full-frame mirrorless camera by 9/30/20, and you are willing to do some e-paperwork, Panasonic-Sigma will send you by mail [once you complete the predefined tasks] a Sigma 45mm f2.8 L-system lens for FREE! This is the first time as far as I can recall when you buy a camera from Manufacturer X and you receive a free lens from Manufacturer Y πŸ™‚

Anyway, the Panasonic S5 body only is available for pre-order for $1999 at B&H Photo and Adorama, both reputable and authorized dealers, and they both mention this promotion explicitly on their website and include a PDF file of the terms and conditions.

A copy of the receipt and the barcode of the camera are among the items needed in order to get the freebie. One gift per purchase and up to two free gifts per person. The gifts will be handed out in purchase-time order. The PDF even includes an email for questions…

PS1: the offer is also available if you purchase the Panasonic S5 with Panasonic 20-60mm f3.5-5.6 S kit for $2298 from B&H Photo and Adorama… This is not a bad starter kit, with a zoom and the Sigma prime by mail arriving later on…

PS2: the offer is not mentioned at the Amazon website. To be safe, for these type of offers, it’s better to go with the camera-centric retailers because they are more organized with the offers, and your claim cannot get caught up in “you bought from an Amazon 3rd-party seller” nonsense…

PS3: the promotional period is September 2-30 in 2020, so if you had previously pre-ordered (from an eligible/authorized dealer) without knowing about the promotion, you are still eligible to participate…

PS4: and if you file a rebate with me, I will send you a vial of certified Olympus Tears πŸ˜‰

Pre-order new sexy Ricoh GR-D III Street Edition for 600 Tall Coffees

Temptation! If you love Big Sensor Primes and you also love your wallet, STOP READING!!!

Available now for pre-ordering is the brand new “Street Edition” Ricoh GR-D III with a pre-order price of $1200 at B&H Photo et al… Check your favorite camera review sites and forums for comparisons to previous models and Fuji competitors…

With so many mirrorless systems and lens options, many of which are shrinking in size too, fixed lens cameras are becoming a harder sell for some, but thankfully not all. This camera is a bit of the opposite of the Sony RX10 Mark IV, in fact so opposite you could have them both as complements and compliments too πŸ™‚

The standard kit includes “Street Editions” of the mini viewfinder, leather strap, ring cap, and “Display Box” ~ in addition to the usual accessories (battery, cable, power adapter, hot shoe cover, etc)…

Pre-order new Tamron 28-200mm f2.8-5.6 Di-III RX [Sony E]

One more zoom-zoom lens option is coming soon for you Sony E-shooters! Tamron has just revealed their brand new 28-200mm f2.8-5.6 Di III RXD lens for the Sony E-system, and it is available for pre-ordering for $729 at B&H Photo et al…

PS: I have double-checked, this is indeed Tamron, not Tokina [because I often get them confused]

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

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…

Pre-order Canon RP with 24-105mm f4-7.1 zoom for $1299

If you are looking for a Canon RP “take pictures with” kit with a zoom lens, B&H Photo is accepting pre-orders for the new Pre-order Canon RP with 24-105mm f4-7.1 for $1299. Yes it is f4-7.1, not a typo πŸ™‚

Pre-order new Canon EOS C300 III EF Body for $11,000

IF you are a fan of the Canon video-priority cameras, we have 11,000 good news for you! Canon has revealed their brand new Cinema EOS C300 III camera body in the EF mount with a preordering price of $11,000 at B&H Photo

Also coming along for the ride is a new Canon 25-250mm T2.95-3.95 Super35 zoom lens. More on these at the B&H Explora

Pre-order Olympus E-M5 III with 12-45mm f4 ED PRO for $1599

If you are looking to jump into the promise and premise of “more compact than before” in the E-system, Olympus has created a new zoom kit based on the Olympus E-M5 III. It is the camera bundled with the Olympus 12-45mm f4 ED PRO lens (which currently goes for $649 on its own), all together for $1599 available for pre-ordering at B&H Photo. The E-M5 III body only on its own goes for $999. All three official E-M5 III kits include the Olympus FL-LM3 flash. This kit too is available in the two usual color schemes (black, silver-black)… The shipping estimate is currently early June 2019…

PS: the “Raiders edition” is not likely unless the Raiders win three Superbowls in a row πŸ™‚

Pre-order Tamron 70-180mm f2.8 Di III VXD for $1199 [Sony FE]

Going 35mm full frame has brought the Sony FE system additional lenses. Hot off the e-presses is a brand new Tamron 70-180mm f2.8 Di III VXD lens for the Sony E system only, with a pre-order price of $1199 at B&H Photo. No exact release estimate yet…

More details on the lens at the B&H Explora blog

Pre-order the new iPad PROs and the new Magically Magical and Amazingly Wonderful Keyboards

Leave it to Apple to launch a tablet keyboard that costs more than most non-Apple tablets in the market today. If that hasn’t scared you away, keep on reading πŸ™‚

Apple has just revealed the new generation of iPad PROs along with new MacBook Airs and Mac Minis! But the star of the show are the Magic Keyboards. They are really magic. The iPad levitate on the keyboard platform (well, except for the part of the iPad that is actually attached to the keyboard platform). The Magic Keyboard for the 11-inch goes for $299, while the Magic for the 12.9-inch goes for $349. iOS updates are coming for some of the older iPad PROs to be able to use this new magically magical and amazingly wonderful device πŸ™‚

The new iPad PROs are available for pre-ordering at B&H Photo with the 11-inch starting at $799 (128GB) an the 12.9-inch starting at $999 (128GB). The storage jump from 128GB to 256GB is +$100, but the other two jumps (256 to 512, 512 to 1TB) are +$200 each, with the 1TB options being +$500 of the base option for each screen size. The LTE options is +$150. Finally the days of the 16GB and 32GB and 64GB are over πŸ™‚

Did I mention these new iPad PROs use USB-C? At Last, At Last, At Last πŸ™‚

Pre-order the new Fuji X100V Big Sensor Primes for $1399

Big Sensor Prime fans unite and take over! Fuji has official announced their all new X100V big sensor prime with a 26mp APS-C X-Trans sensor and a new 23mm f2 Fujinon lens (glued to the camera of course). The pre-order price is $1399 and the camera is estimated to be released on March 31st in 2020…

Pre-orders are accepted at B&H Photo and Adorama and Amazon itself

Also offered for pre-order is the official Fuji case for said camera for $80…

Pre-order the new Mac PRO computer line-up

Just in time for the Holidays of 2019, Apple has updated the Mac PRO computer line-up and these new creative critters are now available for pre-ordering at B&H Photo along with a 32″ PRO Retina 6K display, along with assorted and related products and accessories. Apple is putting Xeon back in the tech-o-sphere radar? πŸ™‚

Pre-order new Pixel 4 and 4 XL and get a $100 Gift Card

If you are a fan of the Pixel smartphones, B&H Photo is running a limited time pre-order promotion on the just-announced Google Pixel 4 phones. They include a $100 B&H electronic gift card with pre-orders! There’s no coupon code, the e-gift card is included automatically with the pre-orders.

Depending on your viewport/screen, the free items may not be very visible. Look for the tiny text that says “Includes Free”. Also included is a 3-month prepaid Mint Mobile SIM card that’s why you may see “2 items ($160.00 value)” instead of just the $100 B&H e-gift card.

Prices for the Pixel 4 start at $799 (64GB) and jump to $899 for the 128GB option.

Prices for the Pixel 4 XL start at $899 (64GB) and jump to $999 for the 128GB option.

Estimated shipping date for the Pixel 4 models is October 22 in 2019. It’s a Oh So Orange Just Black and Clearly White Tuesday πŸ˜‰

Also available for pre-ordering but not including a $100 B&H gift card are the new Pixelbook Go laptops. Scroll further down the listings to find the preorder options. For now they appear to have a “Ships to USA only” restriction. Prices start at $649 for the Intel m3 and increase as memory, storage and processor increase…

Pre-order new 10.2-inch iPads starting at $329

A sign perhaps of Apple’s need to drive more sales among the “mere mortals”, this week saw the first official live-stream of a big Apple event in the modern era on YouTube and this was backed up by a Tim Cook statistics on the iPad ~ a lot of the iPad users are new and non-iPhone users, the iPad is bringing fresh blood in the shoppe.

Which brings us to the just-announced 10.2-inch iPads, they are now available to pre-order at B&H Photo with prices starting at $329 (Wifi, 32GB) and going +$100 for the jump to 128GB. For fans of 4G LTE, they have the usual +$130 on the Wifi-only model.

And there’s good reason iPads are keep getting bought up by non-platform users. Both Microsoft and Google tablets are in a state of non-existent confusion. Google can’t decide if they want Android or ChromeOS or both or neither for their tablets πŸ™‚ Microsoft can’t decide which variant of “Windows Lite” to launch this month πŸ˜‰

PS: if the CEO of Apple can get away with saying “eggspecially” can I also do it? Or is this too part of the Apple script to make the presentation feel more conversational/human/casual/relatable? I’m eggspecially interested in finding out!

Pre-order Wacom 15.6″ MobileStudio Pro 16 Graphics Tablet

On the pre-orders front, there’s more high-end action from Wacom, B&H Photo is now accepting pre-orders for their new Wacom 15.6″ MobileStudio Pro 16 Graphics Tablet for $3499 with a mid-September 2019 release estimate. This is not something you give the kid instead of an “Etch A Sketch” (unless of course you are a [m/b]illionaire πŸ™‚

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

Pre-order new Canon 90D APS-C DSLR starting at $1199

Canon is not just releasing a new APS-C mirrorless camera, they are also ushering out a new APS-C DSLR in their long line of ??D DSLRs using the new 32mp APS-C sensors. The new 90D is available for preorder in the following standard kits:

+ 90D body only for $1199
+ 90D with 18-55 for $1349
+ 90D with 18-135 for $1599
+ the wait is not long for this one, the release estimate is mid-September 2019
+ available for pre-ordering at B&H Photo and Adorama and eventually at Amazon

Pre-order new Canon M6 II mirrorless kits starting at $850

The Canon APS-C mirrorless system is not abandoned just because Canon launched a “boutique” full frame mirrorless system [meow!]. A new APS-C mirrorless camera has been revealed, it is the M6 Mark II and it is available for pre-ordering at B&H Photo and Adorama and Amazon at these standard configurations:

+ body only for $850

+ with 15-45mm lens and EVF-DC2 viewfinder for $1099

+ with 18-150mm lens and EVF-DC2 viewfinder for $1349

+ the camera body is available in black and silver (really black-silver) color schemes

Pre-order new Sony a6100 and a6600 APS-C Mirrorless cameras

Two new cameras have joined the party of the Sony E-system, two new APS-C mirrorless cameras that are now available for pre-ordering as follows:

+ a6100 body only for $748
+ a6100 with 16-50 for $848
+ a6100 two lens kit (16-50, 55-210) for $1098
+ release estimate November 2019
+ available for pre-orders at B&H Photo and Adorama and Amazon

+ a6600 body only for $1398
+ a6600 with 18-135mm for $1798
+ a6600 with 16-25mm f2.8 for $2796
+ release estimate November 2019
+ available for pre-orders at B&H Photo and Adorama and Amazon

Pre-order new Rokinon AF 18mm f2.8 FE for $399

If you are a fan of the Sony E-System and you like your lenses to have this new auto-focus thing [may or may not catch on ~ only the future will tell], B&H Photo is now accepting pre-orders for the new condition Rokinon AF 18mm f2.8 FE for the Sony E-System (FE = full-frame) for $399. The current release estimate is October 2019… This is only available in Sony E!

Pre-order new Leica M-E (Typ 240) for $3995

In the middle of the 4th of July fireworks we have a pre-order alert as well! The new Leica M-E (Typ 240) is available for pre-ordering for $4K (okay, $3995) with a late July 2019 release estimate (the date shown on the page is July 26, 2019) at B&H Photo and friends… It has a 24mp FF CMOS sensor, the Maestro image processor, 3″ LCD, up to 3fps, 2GB buffer, etc…

Pre-order the all new Kindle Oasis e-reader starting at $250

Sunday is customarily a day for reading, be it newspapers, magazines, fiction or non-fiction. So the time is right to mention this, Amazon has revealed a brand new Kindle Oasis e-reader starting at $249 (Wifi-only, 8GB on-board storage, with Special Offers).

The 32GB option is +$30 only [not bad if you read manga or other data-hungry files]. To option without the Special Offers is +$20 but you can also remove them later after you start using the device [eg, if you don’t find them annoying or intrusive you can ignore them and use the $20 towards more e-books, eg “The Ruin of Kings”]…

This is available in two color schemes. Amazon also offers accessory bundles with a $30 off combined purchase discount.

NOTE that if you are buying this for someone else or you don’t want them to automatically link it to your purchasing Amazon account, you must needs click the “This is a gift…” link over there. There are multiple places during the checkout process that remind you of this [depending on which device/OS/viewport you are in].

As of the time of writing, your purchase includes a FREE 6-month prepaid Kindle Unlimited subscription. You will receive info via e-mail after Kindle order ships. It only activates if you activate it. Note that this is auto-renewing after the first six months, so leave a note in your calendar. Six months is plenty of time to read many e-books from the KU library!

Pre-order new Olympus MC-20 2X TeleConverter for $430

Olympus fans, it is time to convert your wallet cash to a converter lens πŸ˜‰ The new Olympus MC-20 2X teleconverter lens is now available for pre-ordering for $430 at B&H Photo and Amazon and Adorama among others… Lens compatibility in the aforelinked listings… This is a M43rds, aka M.Zuiko product…

Pre-order new Nikon Z 24-70mm f/2.8 S lens

If Canon has something up for pre-order, of course Nikon must needs match it, so Nikon is offering for pre-ordering their brand new Z 24-70mm f/2.8 S lens for $2300. Pre-orders are available at Adorama and B&H Photo and Amazon herself… Obviously, a compatible Z camera is needed to best utilize this lens πŸ™‚

Pre-order the new Canon RP portable mirrorless full framer

It’s full frame mirrorless party! Canon has reveled a brand new full frame camera in their new mirrorless R system, a more “portable” camera, named so with the “RP” name, as in an R-system camera that is P-ortable! Pre-orders start at $1300 for the body only which is bundled with an EF-to-RF adapter (EF lenses on the new R bodies). Also, for a limited time during the pre-order festivities you can get your choice of a free Canon EG-E1 extension grip [this is not a battery grip]. The extension grip is available in your choice of body color.

All the aforementioned are available for pre-order at B&H Photo with a late February 2019 availability estimate.

Note that in the two kit bundles you see over-there there-are [“-” to prevent a double “there there” in a sentence] two different 24-105 lenses. The $1699 kit comes with the EF [yes, EF] 24-105mm f3.5-5.6 IS STM lens, while the $2199 kit comes with the RF 24-105mm f4L IS.

These are also available for pre-ordering at Adorama and also by Amaozn itself [note that the kits at Amazon are a bit confused, so pay attention to which option you are ordering]

In Europe, Amazon Germany has two kit options, both bundled with the EF-to-R adapter since that opens up a lot of lenses for the new R cameras. The body only (with adapter) goes for 1500 euro, while the kit with the adapter and the RF 24-105mm f4L IS lens goes for 2500 euro…

Pre-order new Leica D-Lux 7 for $1199

A new LeicaSonic camera is born! The brand new Leica D-Lux 7 RAWsumer is now available for pre-ordering for $1199 with free shipping at B&H Photo and Adorama

Pre-order new Manfrotto PRO Reloaders

Bag the bags now, but of the pre-ordering kind! Manfrotto has launched a new burst of Light and Reloader camera bags, and these eight new models are now available for preordering at B&H Photo with prices ranging from $160 to $400 depending on the model…

Coming Up: Zeiss ZX1 Full Frame Fixed Lens Camera

It is not available for pre-ordering just yet, but it will become available at some point in time! Yes, Zeiss is in the digital camera game too with their brand new ZX1, a 35mm full frame fixed lens camera with a [of course] prime lens of the 35mm f2 kind. Early details and specs of the camera can be found at B&H Photo

Speaking of B&H and Zeiss, they are offering the new condition ZEISS Distagon T* 18mm f/3.5 for $895 and 4% promotional rewards [around $36 to be used in future purchases] in your choice of Canon or Nikon system…

Pre-order new iPad PRO, Macbook AIR, Mac Mini

The biggest news of yesterday’s 2018 Apple event taking place in Tim Cook’s new favorite city is that *gasp* the beloved iPad Mini 4 continues to be in the line-up as an active and “latest” model πŸ™‚

On a more serious note, Apple revealed a handful of new products, a total of over 90 SKUs (when colors, storage, etc options are factored in). The new products include a promising upgrade of the 11″ and 12.9″ iPad PROs with USB-C [good thing I stopped buying accessories at 30-PIN ;-)] with prices starting at $800 for the 11-inch model and $1000 for the 12.9-inch and go as high as $1900.

Also arriving is the highly anticipated Retina MacBook Air with prices starting at $1200 and going up to $2600. All these come with on-board SSD ranging from 128GB to 1.5TB and either 8 or 16GB of RAM.

Last but not least, the most numerous of the new products with over 50 SKUs is the new MacBook Mini with prices ranging from $800 to $4100.

So if one wants to buy one of each, at the entry-point model, that’s $2800. On the other hand, if you want to buy the flagship of each product, that’s $8600. Still less than a decent used CR darling Honda Accord πŸ™‚

Pre-order new compact Sony HX99 Travel Zoom (30X optical)

It looks like Sony may have potentially produced an interesting new compact travel-zoom [pending the usual reviews, samples, comparisons and such]. It is the new Cybershot HX99 with a 30x optical zoom (24-720mm eq) Vario-Sonnar T* lens, 4K video, 18mp Exmor R CMOS 1/2.3″ sensor, 10fps, Bionz X, and RAW [B&H has a detailed spec sheet under the “Specs” tab – see link below]! It is a small sensor but RAW is better than not having RAW for those who like to squeeze more out of their camera.

It is available for pre-ordering for $448 at Adorama and B&H Photo and Amazon itself with a early November 8 release estimate.

Pre-order new Pentax 50mm f1.4 SDM AW HD FA

50mm primes have a “special relation” with photography, and to celebrate this, Pentax has a brand new 50mm prime lens, it is the Pentax HD FA 50mm f/1.4 SDM AW Lens available for pre-ordering for $1200 at B&H Photo

Pre-order new Rokinon 24mm f2.8 [Sony E] for $399

More Rokinon action! In addition to the 14/2.8 AF Canon version being a B&H Daily Deal, Rokinon is back with another brand new autofocus prime lens available for pre-ordering, it is the 24mm f2.8 auto-focus for the Sony E-system going for $399 with pre-orders accepted at B&H Photo

Pre-order the new Sony RX100 VI for $1200

Sony strikes again with another RX-series camera, the sixth of its name in the RX100 series, it is the brand new RX100 Mark VI, available for pre-ordering for $1200 at Adorama and B&H Photo and Amazon itself. The release estimate is July 10 in 2018.

It has a 1″ 20mp sensor, 28-200mm eq f2.8-4.5 Zeiss Vario Sonnar T* blessed lens, 315-point phase detection, touchscreen, 4K, etc. Just like the RX10 IV, this new model has also moved the chains forward in terms of pricing…

Pre-order new DJI Ronin-S for $699

B&H Photo has scored an exclusive, you can now pre-order the brand new DJI Ronin-S gimbal stabilizer for $699 with free expedited shipping when it is released. The current release estimate is mid-June 2018, other things equal… No relation to Ronin or Samurai or Shoguns or Westworld I presume πŸ™‚

Speaking of B&H Photo, their Optic 2018 Conference runs June 3-6 in 2018. You can attend for free in person if you are gonna be in New York at that time (registration required; seating limited) or you can watch it all online from the comfort of wherever there’s Wifi or 4G LTE πŸ™‚

Pre-order new Sigma 105/1.4 ART HSM [C/N/E/Si]

Another day, another new lens available for pre-ordering. It is Shiguma time once again, their new 105mm f1.4 DG HSM Art lens is available for pre-ordering for $1599 at B&H Photo in your choice of Nikon, Canon, and Sigma SLR systems and Sony E full frame mirrorless system.

Pre-order new Tamron 18-270 Di II VC PZD [C/N]

Speaking of pre-ordering, another Tamron superzoom lens is now available for pre-ordering, it is the Tamron 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD going for $350 in your choice of Nikon or Canon DSLR systems at B&H Photo

Pre-order new Fuji X-T100 mirrorless for $600 to $700

Fuji is back with another X-System interchangeable lens digital camera, part of the X-T series. it is the new X-T100, available for pre-order for $600 in body only in three color schemes at Adorama and B&H Photo… It is also available in a “take pictures with” kit with the XC 15-45mmF3.5-5.6 OIS PZ for $700 available for pre-ordering at B&H Photo and Adorama

Pre-order the new OnePlus 6 from China for $800

If you like what you see so far from the previews, specs, hands-on and announcements of the all new OnePlus 6 flagship smartphone, you can place pre-orders for it for $800 from GearBest.com. This will ship from China in early July. Various shipping options are available in addition to the free slow shipping. It has dual cameras, 8GB RAM (!), 128GB on-board storage, and much and more…

Pre-order new Sigma 70/2.8 DG ART Macro for $569

Macro prime time now, Adorama is accepting pre-orders for $569 for the new Sigma 70mm f/2.8 DG ART Macro Lens in the following systems: Canon EF system and Sigma system and Sony E system.

UPDATE: pre-orders for these are also accepted at B&H Photo.

There is no Nikon option yet…

Pre-order new AMD Ryzen 7* and 5* processors

The new AMD Ryzen 7 and 5 processors are now available for pre=ordering at NewEgg and Amazon by Amazon itself with prices ranging from $200 for the Ryzen 5 2600 to $330 for the Ryzen 7X 2700. Both places have an April 19 release date, giving you plenty of time to start or finish your taxes πŸ™‚

Z CAM E1 Mini 4K M43rds Camera for $199

Among the latest B&H NAB 2018 Specials running until 4/14/18 is the new condition Z CAM E1 Mini 4K Interchangeable Lens Camera going for $199 in the Gift Box Packaging or $249 in the Standard Packaging. This is a Micro Four Thirds little thing.

But Z Cam is not just small little things, they have a couple of VR Cinematic cameras, the Z CAM S1 6K Professional for $1800 (in-stock) and the S1 PRO Cinematic for $8580 in pre-order status.

Pre-order the Nikon D850 FilmMaker’s Kit for $5500

Nikon has a hard time making enough Nikon D850s to satisfy demand but that didn’t stop them from creating the “FilmMaker’s Kit”, it is the D850 body only bundled with a trio of f1.8G FX lenses (20, 35, 85), the ME-1 Stereo Microphone and ME-W1 wireless microphone, a 7 inch Atomos Ninja Flame and a spare EN-EL15a battery.

The price of this bundle is $5500 and it is available for pre-ordering at Amazon by Amazon itself and by Adorama and by B&H Photo… This has been added to our Stock Status Tracker

WHEN DOES IT MAKE SENSE TO BUY THE FILMMAKER KIT?

The three f1.8G lenses on their own go for $800, $527, $477 respectively, totaling (with the help of a calculator) $1804. The Atomos goes for $795 on its own, increasing the bundle value to $2600. The battery goes for $60 on its own, while the two microphones go for $134 and $199 respectively. So that’s a total under $3000 for the Filmmaker kit, plus $3300 for the camera = $6300, with an asking price of $5500 for the bundle.

So with a difference of $2200 between the D850 body only ($3300) and the Filmmaker kit ($5500), you’d need to want at least $2200 worth of the kit items to make this a good deal. In other words, if you want all three lenses AND the Atomos, then it’s worth doing it, otherwise it becomes a too close to call type of a situation.

Pre-order new 9.7″ “Educational” iPad, Get $25 e-Gift Card

Apple’s Education Event yesterday revealed a new iPad targeting education, but also generating a lot of interest among the general consumer looking for a $300-ish iPad with support for the Apple Pencil (aka digital stylus). For consumers, this new 9.7″ inch iPad is available for pre-ordering for $330 with a $25 Best Buy e-gift-card at the Best Buy website. The $330 price is for the base Wifi-only model with 32GB storage.

The prices increase as usual with more storage, the 128GB goes for $430 (the usual +$100 storage tier bump). Meanwhile the 32GB Cellular model goes for $460 and the 128GB Cellular goes for $560 (the usual +$130 bump).

OF photography interest is support for the Apple Pencil. The Apple pencil is NOT included. It is also compatible with the upcoming Logitech Crayon.

The iPads are still not available for purchase by Amazon itself (various 3rd-party sellers offer them but not Amazon itself), so the iPad tablet market is still doing okay. If they were close to the panic button, they’d be sold by Amazon itself as well πŸ™‚

Pre-order new HTC Vive PRO for $799 (non-PRO drops to $499)

If you are a boldly going early adopter of this decade’s attempts at VR technology, Amazon itself is now accepting pre-orders for the HTC VIVE Pro Virtual Reality Headset for $799 with an April 5 release estimate. Maximum of up to three units pre-ordered per customer at the moment.

Meanwhile the previous non-PRO models, the HTC VIVE Virtual Reality System is down to $500 with free shipping by Amazon itself. Also maximum of up to three per customer at the sale price.

Pre-order new Z CAM K1 Pro Cinematic VR180 Camera

Another new “alternative camera” is now available for pre-ordering. It is the Z CAM K1 Pro Cinematic VR180 Camera going for $2995 with free shipping at B&H Photo. The shipping estimate is “coming soon”…

For more pre-order alerts, check our … pre-order alerts posts πŸ™‚

Pre-order new Elinchrom ELB 500 TTL portable flash system

New on the lighting front! If you are a fan of the Elinchrom way of things, they have just launched their new Elinchrom ELB 500 TTL system with preorders accepted at B&H Photo for $1250. The ELB 500 TTL Flash head goes for $500 on its own. Or you can pre-order the ELB 500 TTL To Go Kit for $1900 (ELB 500 TTL with battery, flash cable, cable, charger, etc) or you can get that with two heads for $2125. The flash head has a March 12 in-stock estimate, while the rest are “coming soon”.