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.
This sale ended…
A couple of days ago the Rokinon AF 14mm f2.8 FE was on sale for $649, but now Amazon has gone mad, and they are offering it for $499 with free shipping. This is sold and shipped by Amazon itself, not 3rd-party sellers. The shipping estimate is “1 to 2 months” often a sign the offer may be towards the end of its lifecycle. Limit up to three lenses per customer.
Another new 135mm ens, this time it is a pre-order, you can pre-order the Zeiss Batis 135mm f2.8 for the Sony E-mount for $1999 at B&H Photo. The price may be $1999 but you don’t get a boxed set of “Space 1999” 🙂
The new Sony 100mm f2.8 STF OSS Master Series (GM) lens is now in-stock and ready to ship for $1499 with free shipping by Beach Camera thru Amazon. It ships directly from Beach Camera and it is not Prime eligible. As of the time of writing, they have one left.
Using all kinds of wizardry and magic, Rokinon finally procured auto-focusing technology. The Rokinon AF 14mm f2.8 FE (Sony E full frame system) is currently on sale for $649 with free shipping at B&H Photo and also by Amazon itself (limit 3).
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 🙂
Rokinon time at Adorama, the Rokinon 14mm F2.8 AS IF ED UMC manual focus lens is on sale for $249 with free shipping in the Sony E (Full Frame) and Canon EF options.
Speaking of Adorama, for some of their latest offers, check these places:
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.
While some camera manufacturers are retracting or condensing their line-ups, Fuji is expanding. Hot on the heels of their Mirrorless Medium Format they have launched a new line of Sony E-mount (I’m not drunk, I triple checked!) Cine lenses 🙂 Two of them have been revealed and they are available for pre-order for $3799 each. The 18-55 will come out first…
+ Fuji MK 18-55mm T2.9 (E-mount) for $3799 at Adorama and B&H Photo
+ Fuji MK 50-135mm T2.9 (E-mount) for $3799 at B&H Photo
+ these too have been added to the New Lenses of 2017 tracking page
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.
UPDATE 2/9/17: the two lenses and flash Sony announced on Tuesday are now available for pre-ordering:
+ Sony FE 85mm f1.8 for $600
+ Sony FE 100mm f2.8 STF GM OSS for $1500
Also coming along for the ride is the Sony HVL-F45RM Wireless Radio Flash for $400, with the same pre-order date as the two lenses above.
These two have been added to the New Cameras and Lenses of 2017 reference page.
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.
If you are fond of E-system primes and extended lens warranties, Adorama is offering the new condition silver Sony 16mm f2.8 lens with a 5-year New Leaf extended warranty and a Vivitar 49mm filter for $223 with free shipping. This is among their Better Than Chocolate sales.
On the other hand, if you don’t like extended warranties, you can get the lens for the same price but with 4% promotional rewards (instead of the other extras) at B&H Photo, among their latest Featured Sales.
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.
Prime time for the world of mirrorless cameras! The Rokinon 35mm f1.2 ED AS UMC CS lens is now in-stock, in the Fuji X and Sony E systems, for $499 with free shipping at B&H Photo.
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.
Prime time now, the Sigma 30mm f2.8 DN ART lens is bundled with a handful of freebies for $169 with free shipping, in either black or silver color-schemes at Adorama, in either Sony E-mount or Micro Four Thirds. The freebies include the Corel software bundle (Aftershot PRO 2, Paintshop PRO X9, VideoStudio 9, etc), a Pro-Optic 46mm filters kit, a lens cap, a cap tether, and a cleaning kit… If you don’t need the extras, you can also save them and the next time you hand off a camera or lens to a friend/relative, you can also give them the extra accessories…
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.
B&H Photo has a sale on SLR Magic Cine Lenses of the Sony E and Micro Four Thirds mounts. Five options are available with prices ranging from $299 to $699.
Triple figures tilt-shift lens action now, at B&H Photo, you can get the Rokinon Tilt-Shift 24mm f/3.5 ED AS UMC for $699 along with 2% promotional rewards (around $14 to be used in future B&H purchases) in the Nikon and Pentax SLR systems and the Sony E mount.
PS: the letters at the end of blog-post titles are abbreviations for the various mounts, N = Nikon; K = Pentax K, E = Sony E, C = Canon, A = Sony Alpha A, NX = Samsung NX, Si = Sigma stubborn SLR mount, M43 (self explanatory), FT = Four Thirds, etc.
This sale ended…
More Roki action, the Rokinon 12mm f/2.0 NCS CS is on sale for $279 with free shipping until Thursday at 11:59pm ET at B&H Photo in the Fuji X and Sony E mirror-nyet systems…
For more action, check their their latest Featured Sales…
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…
Normal price action now of the Rokinon kind, their 50mm f/1.4 AS IF UMC lens is on sale for $299 with free shipping with 2% promotional rewards (around $6 to be used in future purchases) at B&H Photo in the Canon and Nikon SLR systems and the Sony E-mount. The sale ends 12/6/16 at 11:59pm ET.
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” 🙂
This flash sale expired…
The current flash sale item among the B&H daily deals at the moment, good until 2pm Eastern today (or earlier if sold out) is the Rokinon 21mm f/1.4 Lens for Sony E going for $299 with free shipping. Only the Sony E-mount version in the black color scheme is on sale. The other colors and mounts are not on sale.
With many camera systems out there, the possibilities of combinations are increasing. One such combination is bundled up with a virtual bowtie by Sigma [actual bowtie NOT included], it is the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM ART Lens in the Canon EF mount, bundled with the Sigma MC-11 Mount Converter (Sigma EF Lenses to Sony E-mount Cameras),
and the Sigma USB Lens Dock, all together for $950 with free shipping at B&H Photo. This offer ends Tuesday 11:59pm ET… This is another one of their Cyber Monday offers…
UPDATE 11/29/16 late PM: the USB Lens Dock is no longer included with this offer…
In parallel to their Batter Grip sale, B&H Photo is also having a sale on various Vello Lens Adapters. A total of three models are participating with prices ranging from $299 to $369. The target is Sony E-mount cameras, and the lenses are Nikon and Canon F and EF respectively… These too are part of their Cyber specials…
The SLR Magic Cine 50mm f/1.1 Lens for the Sony E-mount is currently on sale for $299 with free shipping at B&H Photo until 11/28/16 at 11:59pm ET.
If you are a fan of Rokinon’s Cine T-lenses, you are in luck! Adorama has a coupon sale, coupon code LENSFRIDAY gets you the following Rokinon lenses as follows:
+ 24/T1.5 for $600
+ 35/T1.5 for $450
+ 50/T1.5 for $400
+ 85/T1.5 for $300
+ in Canon and Nikon DSLR, and Sony E and M43rds mirrorless
+ use coupon code LENSFRIDAY for the discount