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 🙂
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.
The Sony Alpha a7R II body only goes for $2900 at authorized Sony dealers which are bundling it with some freebies, for example, it gets a 2TB WDD HDD at B&H Photo or 1-Year of Photographer Creative Cloud or at Adorama where it gets Lightroom 6 or a bundle of accessory joy (32GB Lexar, Corel, Bag, Extra Battery, Etc).
But if you are comfortable with imported grey-market that get a 1-year seller warranty (not Sony USA warranty), to the eBay Deals we geaux where you can get the Sony a7R II body only in such condition for $2200 by Electronics Valley thru eBay (99.7%, New Jersey). Limit five per customer.
NOTE: purchases made at B&H and Adorama and other retailers that are closed for the Passover Holidays will ship at or after April 19.
A new round of manufacturer-initiated Instant Savings promotions are out for the Sony a6* and a5* APS-C mirrorless cameras, featuring the a6500, a6300, a6000, and a5100 kits at B&H Photo. When you go to the individual product pages, make sure you check the “Free Accessories Kit” option as some of these bundles get free accessories as well (memory card, battery, bag, etc).
You can navigate the various colors, options, and kits using the root product page for each camera model but be careful not to get lost in the woods 🙂
It’s bundle time for the Sony a7S II kits at B&H Photo. All three kits get a free Rode VideoMic PRO (with Rycote Lyre Shockmount) and additional Sony NP-FW50 battery. The body only goes for $2700. Meanwhile the kits with lenses, the 24-70mm f4 for $3900 and the 24-70mm f2.8 for $4900 get two additional freebies: a 64GB Extreme PRO SDXC card and a Ruggard shoulder camera bag. Free expedited shipping for all kits.
As promised in the heads up post, two more Sony a6500 kit discounts are now live at B&H Photo. The previously mentioned a6X00 discounts continue[find them in the E-mount posts]. So to summarize the a6500 situation, here’s where the various a6500 kits stand:
+ body only not on sale, remains at $1400
+ with 16-50mm for $1546
+ with 55-210mm for $1546
+ with 16-50mm and 55-210mm for $1696
+ see them all at B&H Photo
Another option in the E-system a6XXX-series, the Sony a6300 with 16-50 and 55-210 kit is currently on sale for $1196 with free expedited shipping at B&H Photo and by Beach upon Amazon (Prime shipping speed but ships directly from Beach Camera). To detect this benefit, you have to be logged as a Prime member, and pay attention to the highlighted areas of the screenshot below:
Note also that the a6500 two-lens kit with the same lenses will be discounted to $1700 on Sunday. The usual price trade-offs of latest versus not-latest model.
The Sony 55-210mm lens goes for $350 on its own but it is combined-purchase discounted when it is bundled with camera kits or bundles.
While not reaching Nikon APS-C DSLR level of choice overwhelm, the Sony E-system is getting there with many old and new cameras and kits floating in the market. One of them, of potential interest as a “taking pictures with” starter kit is the Sony a6000 with the 16-50 and 55-210 lenses, on sale for $798 with free shipping at B&H Photo (with 5% promotional rewards = $40~ to spend in future B&H purchases) and Adorama (Slinger, 16GB Lexar, filters, Corel)
Two Sony a6500 kits discounts will go live on Sunday but one of them has already gone live, it’s a non-standard kit, the Sony a6500 with 55-210mm (f4.5-6.3 OSS E, black) is currently on sale for $1546 with free shipping at B&H Photo. The sale continues until March 4 in 2017, so you can wait until Sunday if you are not certain which one of these kits to get.
TL;DR: the a6500 with 55-210 is on sale NOW, while the other two kits (16-50 or 16-50 & 55-210) will go on sale on Sunday.
This is a Heads Up alert! Starting on Sunday 2/19/17, the following two Sony a6500 kits will be discounted at B&H Photo as follows:
+ a6500 with 16-50mm will drop from $1700 to $1546
+ a6500 with 16-50mm and 55-210mm will drop from $2044 to $1696
+ the above prices will go live on Sunday 2/19/17
For reference, the a6500 body only currently goes for $1400. I do not know if that will be discounted.
If you are interested in either of these kits, you may want to wait until Sunday. However, another non-standard kit with the 55-210 has already gone live. That one in the post above this!
As of a 2/19/17 recheck, this is sold out… Used supplies are limited…
To add to the option-overwhelm, the Sony a6300 with the 16-50mm is available in “Used – Condition 9” at B&H Photo for $930 with free shipping.
Used items at B&H come with a 90-day warranty from B&H. Given that B&H is a well-known and reputable dealer, this is a lower risk used purchase than buying from cookie-cutter eBay refurbishers and such.
Note also that many of the new condition a6X00 kits are on sale now and a couple of a6500 kits will go on sale this weekend – check the Sony E-System posts to see them all.
Sony has launched a new round of instant savings on select E-system and A-system cameras and fixed lens cameras. You can find all participating items nicely organized at the B&H Photo website.
The sales include, among others:
+ Sony a6300 kits get a $100 B&H Photo gift card: body for $900, with 16-50 for $1050, two lens kit for $1200
+ Sony a6000 kits get a $50 B&H Photo gift card; with 16-50mm for $650; two lens kit for $800
+ Sony a68 body for $550, with lens for $650
+ Sony RX100 Mark V with $100 gift card for $1000
+ Sony RX100: Mark IV for $850, Mark III for $700, Mark II for $550
+ various Cybershot models
+ prices in the blog-post are rounded up to rounded prices (eg $850 instead of $848)
+ see all eligible models at the B&H Photo website
The above are the changes with the latest iterations. Many of the previous offers are continuing, you can find them at the B&H Sony Instant Savings page. Hit “Load More” at the bottom to see more.
The Sony a6300 with 16-50mm kit is bundled with a $100 B&H Photo gift card, together going for $1050 with free shipping at B&H Photo, among the latest Sony Instant Savings specials.
Meanwhile the Sony a6000 with 16-50mm is bundled with a $50 B&H Photo gift card, together going for $650 with free shipping, in your choice of four a6000 color schemes.
If you are comfortable with used cameras, the Sony a6500 body only is available in “Used – Very Good” condition for $1223 with free shipping by Amazon Warehouse Deals itself. They have a description of its condition and they even have four pictures, which is rare for Warehouse Deals (may be a new experimental feature?). The new condition price at authorized dealers is $1400.
Another “take pictures with” kit on sale, the Sony a5000 with the 16-50mm is currently going for $350 at B&H Photo (white or silver or black color scheme, but no Raiders edition) and Amazon by Amazon itself.
If you want to try out the Sony RX100 series without breaking the bank, and if you are comfortable with used cameras, you can get the first generation Sony RX100 in “Used – Condition 8+” for $280 at B&H Photo. B&H Photo offers a 90-day warranty covered by B&H for the used products they sell on their website.
To compare, the new condition prices for $400 for the 1st generation, $550 for the 2nd generation, $700 for the 3rd generation, and $850 for the 4th generation, and $1000 for the 5th generation, at authorized Sony USA dealers. Notice a pattern?
SPOILER ALERT: It’s the +$150 price staircase 🙂
Back to the Trending eBay deals, if you are comfortable with imported grey-market digital cameras with a 1-year warranty from the seller (not Sony USA), you can get the new condition Sony a7s II body only for $2199 with free shipping, with a limit of up to five units per customer, by ebay seller “Deals ALL Year” (99.9%, New Jersey).
At authorized Sony USA dealers, you can get this for $2700 with a variety of free accessory bundles. For example, at Adorama you can get a $200 Adorama gift certificate, or a Tascam shotgun mic, or a bundle of other accessories.
The Sony RX100 V rawsumer is currently on sale or $888 with free shipping at Amazon by Amazon itself. This is not a lightning deal. Limit up to 30 units per customer. This sale made it the current #1 among best selling fixed lens cameras.
If you are looking for a budget entry-point into the Sony E-system, the new condition white color scheme of the Sony a5000 with the 16-50mm OSS lens is on sale for a limited time for $300 iwth free shipping at Amazon by Amazon itself with a limit of up to ten units per customer. The shipping estimate is a floating “1 to 2 months” but you can lock up the price by ordering.
The Sony E-system has been around long enough to have assembled a variety of cameras and lenses, so there are plenty of options in new and used and refurbished. One such option is the new condition Sony a6300 bundled with the 16-70mm f4 ZA OSS Vario-Tessar lens and a $100 Adorama gift certificate, all together for $1900 at Adorama.
A total of 14 Sony cameras, a mix of E-mount iLCs and RX fixed-lens cameras are bundled with gift cards with amounts ranging from $50 to $500 at B&H Photo. The Sony a7S II body only is the one getting the $500 gift card. The a6300 and a couple of RX models are getting $200 gift cards, while the rest are getting either $50 or $100 free B&H gift cards.
The Sony 18-105mm F4.0 G OSS (E-mount) lens currently goes for $598 at authorized dealers, but as of the time of writing, you can get it for this price bundled with a $50 Adorama gift certificate at Adorama… Alternately they have a bundle with free accessories (including Corel software) but no $50 gift card…
Likewise, Adorama is bundling a $50 Adorama gift certificate with the silver Sony a6000 body only while still selling it at the authorized dealer price of $398.
For more action at Adorama, check their Pre-New-Year sale and their Year-Ending Rebate close-outs.
To the eBay Deals now, the Focus Camera eBay store is offering the new condition Sony a6500 body only bundled with a $200 Focus Camera Gift card and a 64GB SD memory card for $1398 with free shipping.
More Sony + Gift Card promotions, this time it is for the Sony RX10 III at Adorama, you pay the authorized dealer price of $1600 but you also receive $300 in Adorama gift cards: one $200 and one $100, which is handy if you are planning to give gift certificates as gifts 🙂
UPDATE: I forgot to mention, for the other Sony + Gift Card promotions, check the Sony category (posts) here.
The one that started it all, the new condition Sony RX100 (first generation) is currently bundled with a $50 B&H Photo e-gift card, along with 5% promotional rewards (around $20 to be used in future B&H purchases) for $398 with free expedited shipping at B&H Photo… For more of their specials, check their Featured Sales page…
PS: for a rolling summary of the latest specials, check the Holiday Deals 2016 Situation Room.
More gift card action at B&H Photo, they are bundling a $200 B&H gift card with the Sony a6300 with 16-50mm for $1148 with free shipping… Likewise, the a6300 body only goes for $1000 and gets a $200 B&H gift card as well… For more action, check their Featured Sales…
Hype is building up for Monday as “Green Monday” (more on that later today), but for now, here’s a gift card loaded promotion, the Sony a7s II body only is bundled with $500 worth of B&H Photo gift cards (a $300 plastic gift card and a $200 e-gift card) going for $2998 with free expedited shipping at B&H Photo. This is one way for manufacturers to offer a discount while “defending” their price points… For more action, check the latest B&H Photo Featured Sales…
The Sony a6000 two-lens kit continues for $700 (look for the options under the Mirrorless Section of the Situation room), but if you don’t want/need the 55-210mm lens, you can get the Sony a6000 with the 16-50mm for $548 with free shipping and a $50 B&H Photo electronic gift card in three of the four color schemes at B&H Photo. The only color that doesn’t get a $50 gift card is the “Graphite” (shipping is extra for this particular color).
PS: a similar promotion is available at Adorama for those three colors (they don’t carry the “Graphite”). You can optionally get combined purchase discounts there by expanding the various sub-tabs under the yellow “Special Offer” section.
PS2: it looks like a similar offer is also available at Amazon where navigating the various options and colors takes a few deep breaths and some patience 🙂
Full frame action now, B&H Photo is including two $150 B&H Photo gift cards (total of $300) with the purchase of the Sony a7S II body only at its authorized dealer price of $2998 with free expedited shipping.
PS: silver lining of getting $300 in two gift cards is that they can make two separate holiday gifts 🙂
The Sony a7r II body only is offered for $3200 at B&H Photo where you can choose one free item from a choice of three: A) $200 B&H Gift Card, B) Rode Videomic PRO, C) Sigma MC11 (EF to E). You are promoted to select which one right after you press the regular “Add to Cart” button. The pop-under presents you the three choices. The gift card is obviously the most flexible of the three choices.
Typically offers expire or lose some of the extras after the Black-Cyber 4-day weekend ends, but while updating the Holiday Shopping Season Situation Room, this offer actually added a bonus since the last time I checked it…
… the Sony a6000 two-lens kit (16-50, 55-210) now gets a $50 B&H Photo e-gift card, along with the previous 4% promotional rewards (around $28 to be used in future purchases at B&H Photo. The price is $700 with free expedited shipping.
UPDATE: price added to the blog-post title. Previously it read “for $” instead of “for $700” 🙂
I don’t remember if I mentioned this yet because it wasn’t in the Situation Room (I just added it) but the recently released Sony RX100 V continues at its starting price of $1000, but during the Black-Cyber festivities, it is getting a $100 gift card with purchase at Adorama and B&H Photo.
The Sony a6300 mirrorless body only camera is bundled with a $100 B&H e-gift card, together for $1000 with free shipping at B&H Photo… Or if you prefer the a6300 w/16-50 kit, in addition to the $100 gift card, you also receive a Rode VideoMIC Go on-camera mic, all together for $1150 with free shipping…
Since we last saw her in the Stock Status Tracker, the Sony RX10 III got some new promotions. You can get it for $1600 with free shipping and a $100 store gift card and a 64GB Sandisk Extreme PRO memory card at B&H Photo and Adorama… At B&H, you get a $100 B&H gift card, at Adorama, you get a $100 Adorama gift card… Check the Serious Fixed Lens Cameras price-chart for a frame of reference on this market segment (as of early November 2016)…
I am going through the Black Friday Ads and price-checking to see which cameras have already been price-matched by the internets. The Sony a5000 w/16-50mm is advertised for $350, and the internet has matched the price, but that’s not all, Adorama is bundling it with lots of free accessories including the Corel software bundle (Aftershot X2, PSP X8), Bag, SD, Filters, etc). The same price is at B&H Photo and Amazon itself but no freebies.
On the other hand, if you want to optimize for a lower price, you can get it in open-box condition for $298 at B&H Photo with a 1-year warranty from B&H (not Sony USA).
PS: while I’ll try to price-check as many things as I can, I won’t post individual alerts for every single one of them. But they will be added to the Black Friday Ads digest post.
Just like previous years, the internets have began price-matching (or rolling out) some of the Black Friday offers. In this case, it is the Sony a6000 two-lens kit (16-50, 55-210) going for $700 at Adorama (with lots of free accessories: Corel, Bag, SD, Filters, etc) and B&H Photo (4% rewards) and Amazon itself… The same price is also offered for the two lens kit with the 18-55 instead of the 16-50 lens but without any freebies (eg B&H Photo)…
Sunday is typically when new manufacturer-initiated instant-savings promotions roll out, and this Sunday is no exception on the Sony front, where a number of new MAP-blessed sales have gone live featuring various Sony cameras (DSLR, mirrorless, fixed lens), along with various Lenses and Accessories and Camcorders. You can find them all nicely organized at B&H Photo… You can compare the current price situation to early November using the November 2016 price charts…
If you are comfortable with open-box camera-gear, B&H Photo is offering the open-box Sony a5000 with 16-50mm for $379 plus shipping and handling. My three test zipcodes (east coast, west coast, in-between) all show $9.01 shipping but I can’t test every zipcode… To see how it stacks up price-wise, check the Mirrorless Price charts, especially the bottom chart, the “Take Pictures With Kits”.
As of a late 10/30/16 update of the Stock Status Tracker, the discount almost ended (it is $979 by Cardinal Photo, not Prime eligible). Alternately you can get it with a handful of free accessories for $1000 by Cameta thru eBay.
We just updated the Stock Status Tracker and we have some interesting news for fans of the Sony RX100 V, a discount! It looks like it may be a computer-generated price-match, so it may (or may not) last long. Amazon itself offers it for $956 while 3rd-party seller Cardinal Photo has it for $948 with free shipping (but not Prime eligible).
UPDATE: the Cameta eBay store is bundling a handful of free accessories for the same price (64GB Transcend SDXC, extra 3rd-party charger and battery, trinkety accessories, 1-year Outdoor Photographer (prepaid subscription voucher), free 4×6″ York Prints, etc).
ORIGINAL POST: The estimates were correct for the Sony RX100 V, the camera is now in-stock and shipping at multiple retailers as you can see at the just-updated Stock Status Tracker. This includes many of the major retailers including Amazon and Adorama and B&H Photo.
The Sony RX100 III currently goes for $750 at authorized Sony dealers, but as one of the daily deals at the Best Buy website you can get it bundled with a $50 Best Buy gift card…
If you don’t want to deal with Best Buy, it is available in open-box condition for $679 + shipping at B&H Photo, however, Best Buy may have it in open-box condition for $600. Click on the open box link at the Best Buy page to check availability. No gift card for the open-box.
PS: the latest model is the RX100 Mark V which is scheduled to be released by the end of the month (see bottom row in the Stock Status Tracker).
The Sony A7R II body only goes for $3200 at authorized dealers (eg Amazon) but if you are comfortable with imported grey market cameras…
… to the Trending eBay Deals we go where eBay seller “Electronics Valley” (New Jersey, 99.7%) is offering the new condition imported grey-market Sony A7R II Body Only for $2700 with free shipping with a 1-year warranty from the seller (not from Sony USA. Over 70 units got sold so far from this listing.
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…
We just updated the new Stock Status Tracking page and we have a new development for the Sony RX10 II. It is available in “Used – Very Good” condition for $1387 [was $1313~] by Amazon Warehouse Deals itself, the used arm of Amazon. They offer a 30-day return policy but there is no manufacturer warranty… On the other hand if you prefer it i new condition, it is now in-stock for $1600 at both Adorama and B&H Photo… Price updated 9/9/16 [it flipped again]…
Meanwhile both the Fuji X-T2 and the Canon 5D Mark IV have September 8 release estimates, so they should be coming out soon. They are both tracked in the new Stock Status Tracking page.
Early adopter in-stock alert! The Sony RX10 III is now in-stock and ready to ship for its starting price of $1600 with free expedited shipping from B&H Photo.
This as we just updated the Stocks Status Tracking page, now covering the Fuji X-T2, Canon 5D Mark IV and Canon G7 X II, along with the aforementioned. This is the first in-stock alert for this set of tracked cameras.
A new DSLR is shipping, it’s translucent Sony time as their brand new Alpha a68 is in-stock and ready to ship for $600 as body-only or $700 with the 18-55mm lens at B&H Photo.
If you are interested in getting the new condition Sony RX100 I or II from an authorized dealer at the current authorized dealer prices of $500 and $650 respectively, for a limited time, B&H Photo is also including a $50 B&H Photo Gift Card until 7/24/16 as one of their Photoshop World Specials.
This surprise late night Prime Day Deal expired…
This one sneaked in during the madness, but it is good until Wednesday at 3am ET, it is the Sony a6000 w/18-55 and 55-210 going for $758 with free shipping. This is good for Prime members only. It is 48% claimed as of Wednesday 12:18am ET, so it won’t likely sell out before the expiration time.
It’s on a discounting cycle again, the Sony a6000 two lens kit, with the 18-55mm and 50-210mm lenses is back on sale again, going for $950 with free expedited shipping at B&H Photo… For the speed-readers out there, this is the kit with the 18-55mm lens, not the 16-50mm…
As of 6/20/16, this is sold out and not available. Used items have typically limited quantities…
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