It’s pre-order discount time, down from $350 to $330, you can place pre-orders for the Flashpoint eVOLV 200 TTL Modular Strobe with Built-in R2 2.4GHz Radio Remote System at Adorama. Free expedited shipping when it comes in-stock.
Pre-order discount: Flashpoint eVOLV 200 TTL Modular Strobe with Built-in R2 2.4GHz Radio Remote System for $330
If you live at the intersection of ChromeOS, Google Play and like to use a digitizer pen for your photography (and other hand-input) needs, Samsung’s new “ChromeDroid” Chromebooks have been unleashed at CES 2017, and right now you can pre-order the Samsung Chromebook Plus (model XE513C24-K01US) for $450 at Amazon by Amazon itself. The release estimate is mid-February 2017.
This has some pretty good specs (considering it is not running Windows), 12.3-inch, 2400 x 1600 resolution, 4GB RAM, 360-degree hinge, digitizer pen included, two USB-C ports, microSD slot, and such. I would have liked to see more RAM and full SD and USB slots but I suppose there’s only so many things they can stuff in a thinner device and a $450 price.
The $450 model is using an ARM processor. The “Pro” model will use an Intel Core m3 processor but details on that will come in the future.
But wait, there’s more! There’s another new Panasonic M43rds lens, yet another second generation model, it is the 100-300mm f4-5.6 II OIS with a price of $650 and available for pre-order at that price at Adorama and B&H Photo.
A summary of the new interesting and serious cameras and photo lenses of 2017 so far can be found at the brand new Cameras and Lenses of 2017 Tracker.
Zoom-zoom now! Panasonic has another superzoom camera in the FZ-series with RAW out of the box. It is the new FZ80 with a 18mp 1/2.3″ sensor and a 60x optical zoom lens (20-1200mm eq) and RAW with a pre-order price of $400 at B&H Photo and Adorama… This too has been added to our New Cameras of 2017 page…
But wait, there’s more from Panasonic in the world of Micro Four Thirds. If you want something longer than 12-35mm and you are willing to sacrifice constant aperture, their new 12-60mm f2.8-4 OIS lens is available for pre-order for $1000 at Adorama and B&H Photo.
The fourth of the new Panasonic CES 2017 lenses is more affordable, it is the 45-200mm f4-5.6 II OIS with a pre-order price of $450 at Adorama et al.
For the latest new 2017 gear of potential interest, check the New Cameras and Lenses of 2017.
+ body only for $700
+ with 18-55 DX VR for $800
+ with 18-55 DX VR and 70-300 f4.5-6.3G non-VR for $1150
+ with 18-135 f3.5-5.6G DX VR for $1200
The latest new cameras and lenses of 2017 are now tracked in the brand new New Cameras of 2017 tracker.
This may be a first. The books for a camera are listed at Amazon before the camera itself! There’s two of them now! Julie Adair King’s “Nikon D5600 For Dummies” is available for pre-order in paperback for $30 with an April 17 (20170 release estimate, while David Busch’s Nikon D5600 guide is available for pre-order at Amazon for $40 with a May 19 in 2017 release date estimate. This is the paperback edition, under the RockyNook brand (not to be confused with the Barnes and Noble Nook). Amazon has a pre-order price-guarantee [see Details], so if the price drops until its release date, you will pay the lowest price during the time period between pre-order and release date.
PS: 3rd-party goofballs (okay, sellers) have created stub listings for the Nikon D5600 at Amazon, but Amazon’s own listing is not there yet.
CES 2017 is upon us and so is the parade of new cameras! Canon has a brand new RAWsumer, it is the second generation of the G9X, the aptly named “G9X II” and it is available for pre-order in black or brown color-options for $530 at B&H Photo and Amazon itself at the moment.
Staying with the reborn G-line, Canon also announced a G7X II Video Creator’s Kit available for pre-order for $750. What makes it so not as generous as some of the DSLR kits that include Rode mics, but rather you get a Manfrotto PIXI Mini tabletop tripod, an extra battery, and a 32GB SDHC card.
Canon has revealed three new Pixma printers in the TS-series, the TS5020, the TS6020, and the TS9020, with prices going for $100, $150 and $200 respectively. You can find them all nicely organized at Adorama. Each printer is available in different colors.
If you are a fan of the “Really Right Stuff” camera accessories brand and of B&H Photo, you are in luck! They have began carrying their products and they are now available for pre-order at B&H Photo. This is breaking news, their listings will soon get populated with more details but you can place a preorder if you want to get in line as an early bird.
The brand new Olympus E-M1 II micro-four-thirds price-flagship is now available for pre-order as a body only kit with a starting price of $2000 at B&H Photo. Shipping estimate is early December… This camera too is included in the Stock Status Tracker…
In today’s live-streamed announcement, Apple finally revealed their new generation of MacBook Pro laptops, with their brand new “Touch Bar” technology. They are available in 13.3″ and 15.4″ sizes, with prices ranging from $1500 to $2800 and they are available for pre-orders at B&H Photo and MacMall and other authorized Apple dealers.
PS: I forgot about this event, so I wasn’t able to live-tweet it.
Sony switched to an Apple style two-step announcement, with the pre-orders coming in Step #2 of the whole song and dance. Which brings us to step #2, the new Sony RX100 Mark V Compact-with-RAW (1″ sensor, 24-70mm eq f1.8-2.8 Zeiss-blessed lens) is now available for pre-order for $1000 at B&H Photo and Adorama and Amazon by Amazon itself. The release estimate is somewhere between October 14-28 in 2016.
This camera has just been added to the Stock Status Tracking page…
Google generated some waves in multiple dimensions with today’s Google-centric Made-by-Google announcement (raw video stream which I was live-tweeting at high speed). One of those waves was a new flagship “made by HTC for Google” Pixel phone duo. Already this phone got reviewed by DxoMark which gave it the highest camera score ever for a smartphone camera.
The said phones are now available for pre-orders. If you prefer to go through a carrier, it is available through Verizon Wireless only which is running a trade-in credit promotion.
If you prefer an unlocked no-contracts no-obligations phone or to prefer the other carriers, you can purchase it from the Google Store (not to be confused with the Google Play Store) or through Project Fi. Yes, it is Project Fi compatible! They offer financing as well (through Symphony Bank) and for a limited time, you can get a free Daydream View VR headset for FREE ($79 value).
Prices are flagship prices here, the 5-inch model goes for $650 (32GB storage) while the 5.5-inch model goes for $770 (32GB). If you prefer the 128GB model is an extra $100 for each model. If you are used to Nexus pricing, it’s a bit of a sticker shock 🙂
UPDATE: Best Buy is offering pre-orders for the Verizon Wireless versions with a free $100 Best Buy Gift Card and a free Chromecast.
Pre-Order new Nikon Key Mission 360 or 170 Action Cams with Free Accessory Bundles (same prices as without)
Nikon’s new Key Mission action cameras that were launched at Photokina 2016 are currently available for pre-order with Free Accessory Bundles, and these bundles have the same price as the standard camera kits. They are:
+ Nikon KeyMission 360 with FREE System Case, Extra EN-EL12 battery and Extension Arm for $500
+ Nikon KeyMission 170 with FREE System Case, Extra EN-EL12 battery and Extension Arm for $400
+ the KeyMission 80 does not have a free accessory bundle
For many Canon fans, the 75-300mm lens being non-IS non-USM in the digital era sticks out like a sore thumb, but at that price, Canon will probably not offer an IS lens. But they have a new IS lens in this ballpark range, the new EF 70-300mm f4-5.6 IS II USM lens, available for pre-order for $550 at Amazon itself and Adorama and B&H Photo. The early shipping estimate is around Thanksgiving 2016 :)… This too has been added to the Interesting New Lenses of 2016 Tracking page…
Some thought the day would never come, but here it is, a more serious Canon mirrorless camera, the brand new Canon EOS M5 mirrorless camera available in three official kits: body only for $980, with 15-45 for $1100 and with 18-150 for $1480. Pre-orders of these three are available at Amazon and Adorama and B&H Photo. The early shipping estimate is around Black Friday 2016, which is *GASP* just two months away :)… This has been added to the Interesting New Cameras of 2016 tracking page…
Leica has joined the Instant Film Bandwagon/craze of the 21st century with a brand new camera, available in three cameras, it is the Sofort Instant Film Camera available for pre-order for $299 with free shipping at Adorama.
Another new item is available for pre-order at B&H Photo, it is the new DJI Osmo+ Handheld Gimbal Camera with a pre-order price of $659 and an early September 2016 release estimate.
If you like Zeiss, Primes and the Sony E-mount, there’s a new Zeiss Loxia bundle available for pre-order at B&H Photo. It includes the 21mm f2.8 and 35mm f2 and 50mm f2 along with related accessories and of course the Loxia Transport Case made for them. The pre-order price is $4228.
DSLRs and Mirrorless cameras have some things in common, for example, the 4th letter of both is “R”. Which brings us to a new mirrorless camera, the new entry-point into the Fuji X-system line-up is the X-A3 bundled with the 16-50mm lens for $600 and available in three consumer-friendly colors (silver, pink, brown). Pre-orders are available at B&H Photo and Adorama and Amazon by Amazon itself with an early October 2016 release estimate. This has been added to the Interesting New Cameras of 2016 tracking page.
Last night we got the new Canon 5D IV and lenses, today it is Fuji’s turn to have new products available for pre-order, starting with the brand new 23mm f2 XF R WR lens available in silver or black (but not in a Las Vegas Raiders uniform) with a pre-order price of $449 at B&H Photo and Adorama. Shipping estimate is late September 2016. This has been added to the New Lenses of 2016 Tracking page.
In addition to the two new lenses, Canon has launched a brand new Canon 5D DSLR, the fourth generation model, aka 5D Mark IV, available in three kits:
+ body only for $3500
+ with 24-105 f4L IS II for $4600
+ with 24-70 f4L IS for $4400
UPDATE: speaking of the 5D Mark IV, B&H Photo is planning a Live Discussion Panel starting at 2pm Eastern on Thursday 8/25/16.
But wait, there’s more. There’s some more action the Canon 7D Mark II front, two new kits are being released that bundle it with the Canon Wi-Fi Adapter Kit, going for $1850 for the 7D II body only and $2450 for the “with 18-135mm IS STM lens” kit. They are available for pre-order at Adorama and B&H Photo.
Speaking of the Canon W-E1 Wifi Adapter, it is available for pre-order on its own for $50 at Adorama.
The new DSLR and lenses have been added to the Interesting New Cameras and Lenses of 2016 Tracking page. This is a Photokina year [see Trade Show Calendar], so we’ll have more new gear before the holidays.
The 5D Mark IV will be one of the cameras included when I reboot the Stock Status Tracking page with unreleased cameras in the next few days. Let me know what other cameras you’d like to see tracked in the comments or using the online contact form.
Alongside the Canon 5D Mark IV DSLR, Canon has unleashed two new four-figure Canon EF (D)SLR lenses and they are available for pre-ordering as follows:
Pre-order Kipon Baveyes Ultra 0.7x Adapter for Hasselblad MF Lenses to Sony E or Leica M or SL bodies
Adorama is now accepting pre-orders for the new Kipon Baveyes Ultra 0.7x Adapter available in three different options. It lets you attach Hasselblad Medium Format Lenses to either Sony E/NEX camera bodies or Leica M, or Leica SL. The pre-order price is $495 for each option.
While the new Nikon D3400 kit options were straightforward, things are a bit more complicated in the new AF-P Nikon lenses. Two different lenses are available in two different options each, with and without VR. An interesting decision here, perhaps with an eye towards bundling them in different ways and discounting them? Regardless..
… the four new AF-P lenses are now available for pre-order as follows:
These have been added to the new Interesting New Lenses of 2016 tracking page. We no longer track most non-RAW P&S fixed lens digital cameras over there.
With IFA and Photokina 2016 just around the corner [see Trade Show Calendar], many and more new tech items will see the light of day in the next few weeks.
Which brings us to Nikon, revealing their new entry-point in their APS-C DSLR line-up, it is the new Nikon D3400 DSLR that comes with two official kits. One is bundled with the new AF-P (yes, P as in Pea) 18-55mm f3.5-5.6G DX VR lens for $650, and another bundled with the new 18-55 and the new AF-P 70-300mm f4.5-6.3G ED DX non-VR for $1000.
This too have been added to the interesting New Cameras and Lenses of 2016 tracking page.
Santa brought Auto Focus technology to Rokinon-Samyang, and their putting that gift to good use with another new Sony E-mount FE lens with AF, it is the 14mm f2.8 and it is available for pre-order for $849 with free expedited shipping and a October 2016 release estimate at B&H Photo.
Gaming consoles are not following the general technology cycle of a new model every year (or sooner), so it’s a bigger event when it happens, which brings us to the new Microsoft Xbox One S, whose reviews began popping out today (review embargo), and they are available for pre-order starting at $300 for the 500GB bundle and $350 for the 1TB bundle and $400 for the 2TB Launch Edition and $450 for the 2TB Gears of War bundle.
UPDATE: eBay seller AntOnline is offering the 2TB Launch Bundle for $400 with a $25 eBay Gift Card.
They said it couldn’t be done, but slowly and steadily we see more lenses that the naysayers said they couldn’t be done! Or something like that if lens-making was a sporting-event post-game interview 🙂 Which brings us to the brand new Nikon 105mm f1.4E ED lens, available for pre-order for $2200 at Adorama and B&H Photo… This too has been added to the Interesting Cameras and Lenses of 2016 Tracking page…
Never say never and indeed, Rokinon has found an ancient alien crash landing site where they have procured… Autofocus technology! Pre-orders are also accepted now for the E-mount version of the Rokinon 50mm f1.4 FE Autofocus for $699… Shipping estimate is August 2016… This too has been added to the Interesting Cameras and Lenses of 2016 Tracking page…
Prime time is Tea time, it’s a new video-priority lens from Rokinon, the Xeen 135mm T2.2 is now available for pre-order for $2500 at B&H Photo in the Canon and Nikon DSLR mounts, the Sony E and M43rds mirrornyet mounts, and since it is a video-priority lens, the PL mount too… This has been added to the Interesting Cameras and Lenses of 2016 Tracking page…
Wedding season is upon us, and there are plenty of reasons to film documentaries these days, which is perhaps why this Canon EOS C100MK II Wedding/Documentary Kit (EF mount version) is on sale for $5500 with free expedited shipping at B&H Photo. This is a pre-order sale, there is no estimated shipping date yet for this bundle that includes a Ronin-M Stabilizer among other things.
Sony has gone to an Apple-style multi-tier announcement/order/release cycle, and today is the first day photographers can pre-order some of their latest gear. A total of seven items are available for pre-order at B&H Photo, including the 70-200mm f2.8 FE GM OSS for $2600 and the 50mm f1.4 ZA FE T* for $1500. Also part of the seven are two teleconverters (1.4x, 2x), two wireless radios, and a multi-terminal cable. These are estimated to ship late July 2016.
Fuji time! A new camera is coming along with a new flash, and they are now available for pre-ordering. The new Fuji X-T2 body only goes for $1600, while the kit with the 18-55mm lens goes for $1900. The new EF-X500 flash goes for $450. Pre-orders for all these are available at Adorama and Amazon itself and B&H Photo.
This too has been added to the New Interesting Cameras of 2016 tracking page.
The drones are getting smarter and smarter, it was about time to develop more effective obstacle avoidance systems. It is pre-order for one such new drone system, the YUNEEC Typhoon H Hexacopter with Intel RealSense, GCO3+ 4K Camera, and Backpack is available for pre-order for $1900 with free expedited shipping at B&H Photo with a late July 2016 release estimate… For more new/recent arrivals, check their New Arrivals page…
The mirrorless party jumps to the Medium Format world as well, Hasselblad has a new Medium Format mirrorless system with the new X1D-50c camera and two prime lenses (90/3.2 and 45/3.5). The new items are available for pre-order with a late July 2016 release estimate. The pre-order prices are $9000, $2700 and $22300 respectively and can be pre-ordered at Adorama and B&H Photo… These have been added to the New Cameras & Lenses of 2016 Tracking page…
Canon has launched official Video Creator Kits for the Canon 80D w/18-135mm kit and the Canon M3 w/18-55 kit. They are available for pre-order at B&H Photo for $2050 and $900 respectively.
It’s a new DSLR! Pentax has officially revealed their new K-70 DSLR, available in black or silver color schemes, as either a K70 body only kit for $650 or as a K70 with 18-135mm for $900. Pre-orders are available at Adorama and B&H Photo. Amidst a sea of DSLRs, one distinguishing feature is a selectable Anti-Aliasing filter, along with the usual weather-resistant features, sensor-shift image stabilization and such. Interestingly there is no “with 18-55” kit… This has been added to the Cameras and Lenses of 2016 page…
Olympus has launched a new Olympus Portrait Lens Kit that is comprised of the M. Zuiko Digital 45mm f1.8 and M. Zuiko Digital ED 75mm f1.8 Micro Four Thirds lenses, along with appropriately matched Lens Hoods and Lens Cases for each lens. This kit is now available for pre-order for $999 with free shipping at Adorama.