Pre-order the new M2 MacBook PROs starting at $1299

Wallets at the e-ready! B&H Photo is now accepting pre-orders for the recently revealed M2 MacBook PROs starting at $1299 for the 8GB RAM with 256GB SSD model.

Memory options include 16GB and 24GB with a +$200 jump at each step. Storage options include 500GB and 1TB with a +$200 jump at each step, and a 2TB option with a +$800 on the base price.

Optionally B&H has a “buy together and save” option with a “up to $24 off” combined purchase discount on the Logitech MX Master 3 or MX Anywhere 3 mice. Which is reasonable, you don’t pay for M2 and then use a $10 Amazon mouse πŸ™‚

Preorder the new 12.4″ Surface Laptop GO 2 for $700-$800

Per The Fairness Doctrine (TM), since we previously mentioned the M-series MacBooks we must also mention a Microsoft Surface product πŸ˜‰

And what a coincidence, the “Surface Laptop GO 2”, a multi-touch 12.4-inch actual laptop is now available for pre-ordering for $700 (128GB on-board) or $800 (256GB) at B&H Photo and Amazon and such…

This has 8GB RAM, 2.4 GHz Intel Core i5 4-Core (11th Gen), 12.4″ 1536 x 1024 PixelSense touchscreen with Intel Irix Xe graphics, Wifi 6, Bluetooth 5.1, one of each USB A and C ports, fingerprint reader, Windows 11, etc.

The laptop supports the Surface Pen but it is NOT included. It promises up to 13.5 hours battery life.

PS: 128GB is just too “Apple” (aka too little) for the price πŸ™‚

Pre-Order new Fuji XF 18-120 and 150-600 lenses

In addition to the just announced X2Hs camera, Fuji has also revealed a couple of mainline/mainstream X-system XF lenses, and they are designed to make your wallet cry capture great photos πŸ˜‰

+ XF 18-120mm f4 R LM PZ WR for $899 at ADorama and B&H Photo
+ shipping estimate is mid-September 2022

+ XF 150-600mm f5.6-8 R LM OIS WR for $1999 at B&H Photo and Adorama
+ shipping estimate is early July 2022
+ here’s a 4-minute overview by B&H:

Pre-order the new Fuji X-H2s for $2500

A very memorable memorial day for Fuji fans (it’s a self-writing pun!), as Fuji has officially announced their brand new X-H2s flagship camera with a 26mp stacked BSI X-Trans APS-C sensor, up to 7-stops of in-body stabilization, 6.2K/30P 3:2 aspect ratio, AI auto-focus, both SDXC UHS-II and CFexpress Type B, 15fps mechanical shutter (40fps electronic), both OLED EVF and vari-angle 3″ touchscreen (plus monochrome sky-facing LCD for settings), USB-C 3.2 Gen 2, full size HDMI, PC sync, uses the NP-W235 battery, etc, etc, etc…

The camera is available for pre-ordering for $2500 as a body only. It also has three “with lens” kits that bundle it with Fuji’s two T2.9 video-priority pro zooms. The third kit is with both T2.9 zooms. The prices are (of course) high (if you have to ask…).

Pre-orders are accepted at B&H Photo and at Adorama and such…Shipping estimate is early July 2022…

Here’s a 12-minute video overview of the camera by Jake Estes of House B&H:

Along with it are three H2S-dedicated accessories, a $199 camera cooling fan, and $399 VG-HX battery grip, estimated to ship along with the camera in early July 2022. There’s also a $999 file transmitter grip estimated to come out in mid-September (along with the new XF lenses)…

BUT that’s not all! Wooden Camera is also releasing a handful of H2S dedicated accessories (camera cages, etc). But they are also sneaking in a couple of general use adapters, PL lenses to either X-system bodies or GFX bodies…

PS: since the X-H2S uses the existing NP-W235 li-ion battery, if you want to save, for $30 you can get the B&H Photo Watson Li-Ion

Pre-ORDER new CANON APS-C R7 and R10 cameras

Managing 2+2 parallel camera systems must not be a fun adventure at the Canon and Nikon headquarters, but reality and the realpolitik of photography demand so. Okay, enough nonsense πŸ™‚

Canon has revealed today two new APS-C mirrorless cameras in the R/RF system, along with two new R/RF APS-C lenses that will be offered in official kits with these two cameras. The same DSLR APS-C playbook repeating itself? πŸ™‚

VROOOM PROMISES the CANON R7
The Canon R7, faster than the speed of life per Canon, promises 15fps using mechanical shutter, 32mp, in-body image stabilization with up to seven stops, dual UHS-II SD slots, Dual Pixel CMOS AF II, DiGiC X, EVF and vari-angle touchscreen, USB-C and such…

Sounds good but can it beat the legendary Olympus E-100 RS? I don’t think so πŸ™‚

It is available in two standard kits, body only for $1500, or with the newly announced RF-S 18-150mm f3.5-6.3 IS STM lens for $1900. Pre-orders are accepted at B&H Photo and Adorama and such…

Here’s a couple of 3-minute “trailers” for the camera by Canon herself:

CANON R10 goes for the $1K PRICE POINT
For those wanting to stay close to the psychological $1K price-point Canon has revealed the R10 APS-C mirrornyet camera. It will be available as body only for $980, with the new RF-S 18-45mm f4.5-6.3 IS STM kit lens for $1100, or with the new RF-S 18-150mm f3.5-6.3 IS STM lens for $1380.

The R10 has a 24mp APS-C sensor, and shares some but not all (single UHS-II card, only version 2.0 USB-C, etc, etc, etc) of the R7 features. It’s a $500 price difference after all πŸ™‚ The detailed comparison is your homework assignment for the week!

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

The R10 has gotten just one 3-minute “trailer” from Canon instead of the two of the R7 πŸ˜‰

DISAMBIGUATION POINT
This may potentially cause some confusion to those new to the Canon RF world. There is an existing previously released Canon BG-R10 Battery Grip that is designed for the R5 and R6 mirrorless cameras.

Life would be just way too easy if the camera name matched the battery grip name πŸ™‚

Pre-order new DJI Mini 3 PRO drone

New drone time! DJi has revealed their new Mini 3 PRO drone and its related accessories and bundles and already pre-orders are accepted at Adorama and at B&H Photo

The drone itself goes for $669, while the two controller kits go for $759 and $909…

Optionally you can pre-order various other accessories such as “Fly More” kits and charging hubs and such…

Now accepting pre-orders: iPad Airs (M1 chip)

If you are looking to buy the new M1 chipped iPad Airs, we have good news for you, B&H Photo is now accepting pre-orders, starting at $599…

We broke down the various options in our earlier post

iPad Airs with M1 chip: NO pre-orders yet

The star of the Apple March 2022 announcement were the previously mentioned MAC Studios but for fans of the M1 chip and iPads, they had some great news as well, as the fifth generation of the 10.9-inch iPad Air is getting the M1 processor now!

iPad Air (M1 chip) Pre-Orders NOT available
Pre-orders are not available yet (as of the time of writing) but you can plan ahead by perusing the detailed listing at B&H Photo. There are five color options this time, a sign that Apple is expecting a lot of sales and upgrades.

Prices start at $599 with (a rather miserable for the price) 64GB of storage. An extra +$150 takes you to 256GB of storage, but there is no 128GB option in-between. If you want 5G as well, that’s a +$150 as well. In other words, the top iPad Air is $899.

Compare to M1 iPad PROs of 2021
If you cannot wait for the Airs, or you are not mesmerized by their features/specs, let’s take a look at the existing iPad PROs that came out in 2021 with the M1 chip.

The 11-inch iPad PRO models start at $749 but with 128GB of on-board storage. 5G is a +$200. Storage options go up to 2TB, with the 256GB and 512GB steps being +$150 each.

The 12.9-inch iPad PRO models start at $999 with 128GB storage. 5G is +$200. Somehow storage is more expensive (!) on this model, with the 256GB being +$200 and the 512GB being +$300. Apple tax on top of the Apple tax πŸ™‚

BUT that’s not all. Optionally you can add Apple Care for +$129/$149, and the Magical Mystical Supernatural Super Serious Sweet Delirious Magic Keyboard for +$299/$340. Higher prices for the 12.9″ models…

Pre-order the all-new Apple Mac Studios with M1 Ultra and M1 Max technologies

As Morrissey sang, Panic on the streets of Wintel! Apple has revealed their new line of “Mac Studio” computer boxes, and along with them comes the “M1 Ultra” line of processors, which is literally two “M1 Max” glued together with Apple’s magic special secret sauce that does not add overhead. As Apple revealed during the event, the “M1 Max” had some of the secret sauce built-in that Apple had not previously disclosed. Or something like that.

Anyways, wallets, open wide…

M1 ULTRA PRE-ORDERS AVAILABLE
The new Mac Studios are now available for pre-ordering at B&H Photo. The official shipping date is March 18 but for some higher-demand models, the date can and will slip. YMMV as usual with highly anticipated new releases.

The 48-core GPU “M1 Ultra” models start at $3799 with 64GB RAM and 512GB on-board SSD storage, and peak at $6999 with 128GB RAM and 8TB storage. (The CPU is 20-core in both “M1 Ultra” options).

If 48 cores are not enough for your needs, the 64-core GPU “M1 Ultra” models start at $4799 with 64GB RAM and 512GB storage. That’s a +$1000 difference between this and the 48-core option. The peak of this is with 128GB RAM and 8TB for a very used Honda Civic price of $7999.

So if you want to check out the new “M1 Ultra” technology, the entry-point is $3799.

M1 MAX PREORDERS AVAILABLE
The “M1 Max” models have 10-core CPU and the variable here as well is the GPU…

The 24-core GPU options start with 32GB RAM and 512GB storage for $1999 and climb up to $4799 with 64GB RAM (no 128GB option) and 8TB storage.

If you want more GPU power, the 32-core GPU options with 32GB RAM and 512GB storage start at $2199. That’s $200 more for 8 GPU cores more. That’s just $25 per extra GPU core πŸ˜‰ These too max out at 64GB RAM and 8TB storage for $4999.

So if you want to check out the new Mac Studios without paying an “Ultra” premium, the entry point is $1999. That’s nearly half of the entry-point “Ultra”, but the entry-point Ultra has double the RAM.

Needless to say, Wintel executives wake up at night with a Tim Cook on stage announcing new Mac PROs with “M1 Super Dooper MEGA Premium MAX Ultra” technology that glues together 64 “M1 Ultra” processors with no overhead πŸ˜‰

Pre-order the all new Pixel 6 phones for $599 or $899 [PRO] with FREE Pixel Buds

Google has just revealed their new Pixel 6 flagship phones and they priced them at old-school flagship prices. The actual flagship is the Pixel 6 PRO model going for $899 and for a limited time you can get free Google Pixel Buds at the B&H Photo pre-order page. The Google Store page is currently getting hammered as the hype machine is building steam for the phone.

Meanwhile the standard Pixel 6 (B&H Photo) is pre-orderable for $599 with the free Google Pixel Buds.

The above prices are for the 128GB models. The 256GB models go for $100 more on either options. As of the time of writing B&H only offers the 128GB models.

With the Pixel 6 models, Google is offering a minimum of five years of security updates.

The PRO flagship has an insane 12GB RAM, which cannot be found on most Windows computers LOL.

Google said during the live-stream that October 28 is the official release date…

More details on these and unboxings can be found on your favorite tech and smartphone websites and YouTubes and TikToks πŸ™‚

UPDATE: meanwhile at the official Google USA store the Pixel 6 PRO models in the Unlocked option are already sold-out, while some of the options remain in the “Google FI” option. I did not check the Verizon option… The Pixel 6 standard model is not sold out because the HYPE MACHINE is roaring mainly for the PRO model.

Pre-order the new 6.8-inch Kindle Paperwhite starting at $140 (w/Ads, 8GB) OR Signature Edition for $190 (no Ads, 32GB, wireless charging, auto-adjusting light sensors)

Hooray-hooray e-reader fans! As rumor-leaked, Amazon has finally decided to increase the screen-size of the Paperwhite Kindle e-reader!

The new waterproof 6.8-inch Kindle Paperwhite e-reader is available for pre-ordering with an October 27 (2021) release date estimate. This is also known as the 11th generation Kindle.

The price of the 8GB base-model Paperwhite with Sponsored Ads is $140, and Without Ads is $160.

Unlike the past, this time around Amazon is adding more features and a different name to the 32GB model. IT is the Paperwhite Signature Edition and it goes for $190 (without Ads option only). So that’s only $30 more than the without-Ads base-model Paperwhite and you get three more benefits see paragraph below:

In addition to 32GB instead of 8GB, the Signature edition offers wireless charging AND auto-adjusting light sensors. These three features are NOT available on the 8GB base model. So 32GB is no longer just for manga and long complicated ebooks and PDFs and large libraries of ebooks/docs πŸ™‚

Amazon also offers bundles with various accessories (cork case, fabric case, leather case) that include a wireless charging dock (for the 32GB Signature edition – NICE!). Needless to say these cost more but not a lot more. For example, the Leather bundle is only $230 (so it’s +$40 for the Leather accessories bundle)…

You can see most of the available bundles at the Kindle Bundle Best Sellers list…

For a limited time, the two adult Paperwhite models come with a 4-month FREE Kindle Unlimited subscription. A great way to read a LOT of ebooks (especially if you like to binge-read). Just post a couple of alerts in your calendar to cancel if you don’t want it to auto-renew. Or if you forget, pester the customer service to undo it πŸ™‚

There’s also a Kids edition that is based on the base 8GB Paperwhite for $160 that includes enough freebies that some adults may choose to buy it? (free access to select Kindle Kids ebooks, 2-year worry-free guarantee). Three color options, one is black, the other two are kidz-stylez πŸ˜‰

The now previous generation 8GB 6-inch Paperwhite (with Ads) has dropped to $80. I doubt the new 6.8″ Paperwhite is gonna get anywhere this close in price, somebody has to pay for the R&D that went into the new 6.8″ display and e-reader innards and wireless charging and such πŸ˜‰

There’s also a 20% off Trade-In promotion. You get 20% off on this new purchase, PLUS a gift card for the value of your old Kindle. The system finds the Kindles linked to your account and automatically makes offers on them. For example, I got a $5 gift card ofer for one of the prehistoric Kindle with Keyboard devices. So the benefit is not the $5 I would get on the value of the old Kindle, but the 20% off discount I would get on the purchase price of the all new device!

PS: if you have any old unused Kindles hanging around, and want to get the 20% Trade-In discount, you may want to revitalize them (charge, link to your account, etc), to become eligible for the 20% off trade-in discount. Having said that, I don’t know if their system has any measures in place to prevent making upgrade offers on newly-registered devices. Unfortunately I don’t have any extra unregistered Kindles lying around to test it.

PS2: please feel free to send me the new 6.8″ Paperwhite Signature edition if you don’t want it πŸ˜‰

Pre-order the NOT-YET-Announced Samsung flagship phone with extras (from Samsung herself!)

Trying to jump ahead of the crowd, the official Samsung website is accepting reservation pre-orders of the yet to be announced Samsung flagship smartphone. This will be officially announced on Tuesday August 10 in 2021 at 10am eastern in an online-streaming Samsung Unpacked event.

The bonuses offered by Samsung are:

  • first 12 months of Samsung Care are included (with purchase of a 36-month Care plan)
  • up to an extra $100 in trade-in value
  • a yet to be revealed “extra special offer”

As this is a reservation pre-order, no prices or model names are revealed πŸ™‚

PS: if I decide to live-tweet the Samsung Unpacked event, I will post an alert on this blog as well; do people still live-tweet things or is that a thing of the past nowadays? πŸ™‚

Pre-order bonuses with Samsung Galaxy S21* pre-orders

Yesterday, a day after the official “Diet CES 2021” ended, Samsung revealed their new Galaxy S three-headed flagship monster, the S21, S21 Plus and S21 Ultra [see Footnote #1]. If you missed the live unveiling, you can watch the 88 minute socially-distanced presentation (silver lining, COVID-era pre-recorded presentations start on time)

And as usual, Samsung is running a pre-ordering promotion until January 28 in 2021 with the freebies depending on which model you buy:

+ $100 store credit with the S21
+ $150 store credit with the S21 Plus
+ $200 store credit with the S21 Ultra
+ store credit at the Samsung.com online store and/or the Shop Samsung app

+ when you redeem the store credit at Samsung’s, a Galaxy SmartTag will be included automatically for free during checkout
+ neat trick to “encourage” using the store credit

+ promotion ends 1/28/21

The terms and conditions are a little hard to find and with fineprint at the Samsung website, so I’m cut-n-pasting them here. The terms are as of the time of writing of this blog-post. I do not know if they plan to change them in the future…

“18+ & 50 US/DC/PR/USVI only. By 1/28/21, pre-order and purchase a Samsung Galaxy S21 5G, S21+ 5G, or S21 Ultra 5G on device installment plan, 2-year contract plan, lease or outright purchase at full retail price (β€œQualifying Purchase”), & receive a Samsung Galaxy SmartTag ($30 value) + Samsung Credit either (i) $100 (S21 5G), (ii) $150 (S21+ 5G), or (iii) $200 (S21 Ultra 5G) (β€œGift”). Only available while supplies last. By 2/28/21, using your Qualifying Purchase device, follow instructions on the Shop Samsung app (β€œApp”) to submit required info. Gifts will be emailed apprx 4-6 weeks after verification of Qualifying Purchase. Only 47,000 $100, 37,000 $150, and 47,000 $200 Samsung Credits available. Samsung Credits are valid only at www.Samsung.com or in the App for use towards an eligible purchase, and valid through 4/30/21. Gifts subject to availability and are non-transferrable. Limit 1 Gift per Qualifying Purchase. Void where prohibited or restricted by law. Additional restrictions apply. Offer subject to additional terms here. Samsung reserves the right to modify or discontinue offer at any time by posting notice on the app or website”

FootNote #1 once upon a time it was a three-headed monster. With the S20 flagship, it’s actually a five-headed monster because there’s also the “Lite” and the “Fan Edition”. Who knows how many variants we’ll get for the 2021 model? The “Stan” edition? The “Shipper” edition? The “Limited Edition”? The “Insiders” edition? The “Valentine” edition? πŸ˜‰

Pre-order new Sony 35mm f1.4 Master Series prime

Master prime time! Sony has revealed a new 35mm f1.4 lens, this one is under their Masters (GM) series, not to be confused with the existing ZA. The new lens is now available for pre-ordering at B&H Photo for $1398. B&H Photo also has sample pictures and a brief hands-on experience at their Explora blog

Speaking of which, you can check the Explora CES coverage for some of the biggest announcement at Diet CES 2021. They include a new NVidia GeForce RTX 3060 (no pre-orders yet, good luck fighting the “miners” and their “canaries” for those), another iteration of the Moto G bargain phones ($200 to $300), new MSI gaming laptops, scary-looking ASUS gaming router, two more OnePlus Nord smartphones, Sony joining the drone market with their new AirPeak brand (just as the Chinese brand are facing scrutiny and bans), TV galore of course, Wifi 6E routers, HP Firefly laptop [no, they are not picking up the tab for Firefly TV action] and more…

$30 to $50 e-GiftCards with pre-orders of new OnePlus Nord smartphones ($180 and $300)

The tech world works in mysterious ways. While the most recent OnePlus flagship series was not greeted as a liberator, OnePlus had a surprise hit with their Nord affordable line. And they have revealed two new models in the Nord line at Diet CES 2021…

For a limited time, if you pre-order them during this window, B&H Photo will include a $30 or $50 (depending on model) B&H Photo e-gift card. The offer is good while you see it mentioned at the B&H product page, look for something like this: “Includes Free: 1 item ($30.00 value)”

The Nord N100 (64GB) goes for $180 with the $30 B&H e-gift card included automatically by B&H. This phone has 4G LTE (no 5G, so you won’t regrow a tail), with 4GB RAM, SnapDrogon 460 with Adreno 610, 6.52″ (1600×720, 90Hz, IPS-type LCD, Gorilla 3) screen, USB-C, headphone jack, microSD slot, Wifi 5, Bluetooth 5, fingerprint, etc.

If you want higher specs, the 5G Nord N10 (128GB) goes for $300 with a $50 B&H e-gift card included automatically by B&H while this promotion is running. This has 6GB of RAM, SnapDrogon 690 with Adreno 619L, 6.49″ (2400×1080, 90Hz, 405ppi, Gorilla 3, IPS-type LCD) screen, USB-C, headphone jack, microSD, Wifi 5, Bluetooth 5.1, etc…

NOTE: I don’t see NFC in the B&H specs of either at their aforelinked product pages, so this is something you may want to further look into if you want to use it for contactless payments and such… Under Q&A, for the Nord N10, a B&H staff member answered a customer-question saying this has NFC… But to be certain, be sure to google around multiple places, including the usually-reliable “phone arenas” and such…

Pre-order the new Tokina 65mm T1.5 Cinema Vista [C/E/m43/PL]

This year’s “Diet CES” has brought us a not-so-diet-priced lens, it is the new Tokina 65mm T1.5 Cinema Vista prime lens available for pre-ordering at B&H Photo for $7499 in the Sony E, Micro Four Thirds, Canon EF, Arri PL, and for $7799 in Arri LPL…

Pre-order new Tamron 17-70mm f2.8 Di III-A VC RXD for $799 [E]

Sony E fans, in mid-January 2021 you can have in your hands a brand new f2.8 zoom lens for the APS-C E system! That’s when the estimate is for the release of the just-announced Tamron 17-70mm f2.8 Di III-A VC RXD lens. It has a pre-order price of $799 and already B&H Photo is accepting pre-orders

Interesting decision to release a brand new APS-C lens in a world where full frame E-system cameras are close in price to the higher tier APS-C E-system cameras. But for those who are bought into the APS-C E-system, certainly having a compact(er) f2.8 17-70mm (25-105mm eq) lens can be quite tempting

Pre-order new Manfrotto PRO Scrim kits

Pre-order time of the Manfrotto kind! Their new PRO Scrim kits (four options, $460 to $930) are now available for pre-ordering at Adorama… Product details over there…

They come with a 2-year warranty which can be extended to a 5-year extended warranty when you register the product [which goes to show the value of one’s personal data, which most people readily hand off to Facebook and Google and such without expecting compensation for the commercial use of their personal data, but that’s a story for another day]…

Pre-order the new Sigma I-series compact mirrorless lenses (E/L)

Shiguma strikes again with a new line-up of lenses, the I-series. These are mirrorless-exclusive full-frame compact-priority lenses and they are coming out for the Sony E and Leica L 35mm-full-frame mirrorless systems. The three lenses are:

+ 24mm f3.5 DG DN for $549
+ 35mm f2 DG DN for $639
+ 65mm f2 DG DN for $699

Initially at least, the prices are the same, there is no “Leica tax”. Of course prices can change over time, eg the E-system lenses getting discounted but not the Leica [pure speculation of course].

You can preorder these lenses at B&H Photo and Adorama

Read more about them at the B&H Explora which includes hands-on impressions and sample pictures…

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