Pre-order new Zeiss Batis (E-Mount) lenses: 25/2, 85/1.8

The new hit single by Vanilla Ice is “Zeiss Zeiss baby” ;-) Now that you can’t un-hear that line, Zeiss announced two new lenses in the Batis line, that continue the computerization trend of camera gear, they have a built-in OLED display on the lens barrel that show important lens-y information for the photographer.

The first two lenses in the line are for the Sony NEX e-mount and they are available for pre-order as follows:

+ 25mm f2 Batis E-mount for $1300 at Adorama and B&H Photo

+ 85mm f1.8 Batis E-mount for $1200 at Adorama and B&H Photo

Sony a3000 w/18-55 and PE12 for $240

More bundle offers from BuyDig.com, this one requires the full add to cart and login and proceed to the final step before finalizing the order (in order to see the sale price). They are offering the Sony A3000 w/18-55 and Elements 12 (Photoshop and Premiere Elements 12) for $240 with free shipping. Offer ends by 4/12/15. No coupon needed but you must add to cart and proceed all the way to final checkout step before you can see the discount.

Sony a3000 w/18-55mm for $250 (limit 2) [or $200 refurbished]

On the entry-point of the Sony NEX E-mirrorless system, the new condition Sony Alpha a3000 with the 18-55mm kit lens is on sale for $250 with free shipping at Amazon by Amazon itself with a limit of two per customer. This is not a lightning deal.

UPDATE: alternately, it is offered in manufacturer refurbished condition for $200 with free shipping by Secondipity thru Amazon. Thanks to S.W. Anderson for the alert in the comments!

Sony a7 with various freebies for $1200 (body) to $1500 (w/28-70)

Adorama is offering various Sony a7 kits with freebies. The body only kits go for $1200 and include free battery grip (VG-C1EM), free leather case (LCS-ELCA) and either the Shure VP83 LensHopper Camera-Mount Condenser Microphone or Lowepro holster case and such. Similar bundles are also offered for the a7 with 28-70mm FE lens for $1500.

The freebies are included automatically by Adorama while this promotion is running, there’s no coupon, no rebate.

NOTE: Adorama appears to be testing a new website design. You may occasionally get error messages while loading some Adorama pages. If so, simply reload the page or wait a few seconds and retry.

(ENDED) Rokinon 16mm f2 for $300 (seven mount options)

This limited time offer expired (the price went up to $400)… It’s Rokinon time at the eBay Deals, eBay seller “BestPriceOptics” (99.8%) is offering the new condition Rokinon 16mm f2 lens for $300 with free shipping, with a limit of five per buyer. It is available in the Canon, Sony and Pentax dSLR mounts and the Sony, Fuji, Samsung NX, and M43rds mirrornyet mounts. The Nikon dSLR version is sold out.

Zeiss Touit w/free accessories: 32/1.8 for $500 or 12/2.8 for $700

You can certainly tweet but you can’t take pictures with a tweet unless you use a touit lens ;-) Two such Zeiss lenses for mirrorless systems are currently on sale and they come with free accessories as well at Adorama. Page down on the listings over there to see the mount and free accessory options (UV filter, lens cap keeper, cleaning kit). The 32mm f1.8 Touit goes for $500, while the 12mm f2.8 Touit goes for $700. These are available in Fuji X and Sony E-mount.

Pre-order six new Sony E-mount lenses and converters

Sony has just announced four new E-mount lenses and four converter lenses, headlined by the 35mm f1.4 ZA Zeiss ($1600) and the 90mm f2.8 OSS G macro ($1100), along with the 24mm f2 prime ($450), and the 24-240mm f3.5-6.3 OSS ($1000), along with four converters for various primes lenses. You can find them all available for pre-order at Adorama.

Refurbished Sony a3000 w/18-55 for $200 {also ref HX50v for $180}

UPDATE (2/24/15): the price went up by $20 for each…

Back to the eBay Deals where eBay seller “Secondipity” (98.1%) is offering manufacturer refurbished Sony a3000 w/18-55mm kits for $200 (was $180) with free shipping and free returns and a 90 day warranty. Limit five per buyer.

In parallel, they are offering the manufacturer refurbished Sony HX50v superzoom (30x optical) for $180 (was $160) with free shipping and free returns and a limit of five per customer and a 90 day warranty.

Speaking of Secondipity, their BlackFriday-ish manufacturer refurbished Sony NEX-5TL two lens kit (16-50, 55-210) continues for $400 with free shipping.

UPDATE: speaking of eBay, they are planning another “Deal Frenzy” to start on Monday 2/23/15 at 11am eastern (8am pacific).

(ENDED) Starts Thur 10am ET: Sony NEX-5TL w/16-50mm lightning deal

The Amazon Lightning Deal expired, but if you are comfortable with refurbished, this eBay offer continues: for $400 you can get the manufacturer refurbished Sony NEX-5TL two-lens kit (16-50, 55-210) by Secondipity on eBay.

Continue reading (ENDED) Starts Thur 10am ET: Sony NEX-5TL w/16-50mm lightning deal

Woot Plus Camera Sale: refurb D5300, NX200, NEX-3, a3000, Galaxy, etc

Woot Plus has a Camera Deal Event good until 2/9/15 at 12am central. It includes, among others, the following camera and accessories:

+ refurb Nikon D5300 w/18-55 for $530
+ refurb Samsung NX200 w/18-55 for $400
+ open-box Sony NEX-3 w/16-50 for $280
+ refurb Sony a3000 w/18-55 for $220
+ new condition Sony 55-210 f4.5-6.3 for $220
+ refurb Samsung EK-GC110 Android camera for $180
+ Gitzo GT-531 Mountaineer Series tripod for $150
+ Manfrotto MK294A3-D3RC2BB 294 Aluminum Kit, Tripod 3 Sections with 3-Way Head QR for $90
+ Sunpak VL-LED-30 30 LED HDSLR Camera Video Light for $30
+ and a few more
+ see them all at Woot Plus

Expires 1/31/15: Sony a7* and FE lenses Trade-In with 15% discount

Reminder! The B&H Photo Sony a7* and FE lenses trade-in promotion with a 15% bonus credit expires on 1/31/15 at B&H Photo. You get two credits with this offer:

1) 15% of the purchase price of the eligible Sony a7* or eligible FE lenses
2) the fair market value of your trade-in used items

The B&H Photo trade-in process, as described over there (assuming I understand this correctly) is this:

1) enter the item you want to trade in (your own used item)
2) get a quote from B&H
3) if it’s a go, ship your used item to B&H
4) receive the 15% off credit code from B&H
5) use the credit code to purchase the eligible a7* or eligible FE lenses

Eligible cameras are the a7, a7r and a7s. Eligible FE lenses are the 35/2.8, 55/1.8, 24-70/4, 70-200/4, and 28-70/3.5-5.6

Expiring 1/31/15: Canon, Nikon and Sony Rebates & Savings

The various mail-in rebates (MIR) and instant savings of Canon (see PDF MIR form) and Nikon (instant savings, not MIR) and Sony (instant savings, not MIR) expire on 1/31/15. You can find them all at the aforelinked Adorama pages. I don’t know what happens after 1/31/15. Sometimes they get extended, sometimes they change, sometimes they take a break and return later.

These offers are also available at B&H Photo with a 1/31/15 expiration: Canon DSLRs and Lenses along with Nikon DSLR gear and Sony gear.