Thur: Sigma 14/1.8 DG ART HSM for $1249 [C/N/E], Lumu, Tangerine, Etc

Lens Day returns at the Thursday 1/16/20 B&H daily deals good until 11:59pm ET (or earlier for anything that manages to sell out ahead of its designated daily-deal expiration time):

+ SIGMA 14mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art Lens for $1249 for Canon EF, Nikon F and Sony E

+ Bright Tangerine Misfit Atom Pola+ Matte Box for $299

+ Freehands gloves and liners, 14 options, $10 to $19

+ PElican 2740C LED Headlamp for $12

flash deals
+ LUMU Power 2 Pro Light Meter for iPhone for $349
+ next: Benro S4 video head (price before sale $110)

Thursday: Zeiss Batis 18mm f2.8 (Sony E) for $899, Etc

Thursday is Boxing Day and unboxing day for YouTubers but also a lens day at the B&H daily deals good until 11:59pm ET (or earlier if sold out):

+ ZEISS Batis 18mm f/2.8 Lens for Sony E for $899
+ this lens is only available in Sony E

+ Impact VC-500WLN 3-500Ws Digital Monolight with Transmitter Kit for $600

+ Porta Brace Light Pack for Litepanels Astra 1×1 (Black) for $100

+ Vello FreeWave Fusion Basic 2.4 GHz Wireless Trigger System for $28 in Canon or Nikon or Sony flavors

+ Fantom Rigs Camera Cage for Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K/4K for $70

+ SmallHD FOCUS SDI Monitor Kit for $199~

+ headphone holder for $12

Flash Deals
+ 64GB Panasonic UHS-II SDXC for $80
+ technical difficulties do not show teaser

Zeiss Batis 85mm f1.8 (Sony E) for $719

Zeiss, Zeiss, Baby! That’s what the world famous rapper “Vanilla Zeiss” sang and for a limited time, the Adorama Daily Deals are singing that song too, the new condition Zeiss Batis 85mm f1.8 for the Sony E-system is on sale for $719 with free US shipping. There is a countdown clock at the aforelinked daily deals page showing how much time is left on the deal. No coupon/rebate needed ~ just add to cart and proceed to Zeiss Checkout while Zeiss offer is running πŸ™‚

Wedn: Sigma 105/1.4 DG ART HSM (Sony E) for $1249, Spyder X, Bags, Browning, Etc

The Cyber Week party continues at B&H Photo…

… but so does another installment of the B&H daily deals and today (Wednesday 12/4/19, three ’til Xmas 2019) it’s a LENS day!

+ Sigma 105mm f1.4G DG ART HSM for $1249 only in the Sony E mount

+ DataColor SpyderX Pro Colorimeter for $100
+ DataColor SpyderX Elite for $170

+ Browning Strike Force Pro XD Trail Camera for $130 with FREE keychain flashlight

+ PortaBrace Carry Case for DJI Ronin-S for $129

+ MINDSHIFT GEAR Outbound Camera Holsters, four options (10 through 50 model numbers) for $28 to $40

+ Celestron PowerSeeker 127EQ 127mm f/9 Reflector Telescope, Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Bundle for $100 with FREE Moon Filter (werewolves not included)

+ Pelican lights, two options, $15 to $24

Flash Deals
+ now: COREL Painter 2019 (Multi-Lingual Retail Edition, 1-User License, Boxed) for $129
+ later: JBL Active Speaker Starter Pack Studio Monitor Enhancement Set

Used Sony a6000 body (Very Good condition) for $279

IF however you are not interested in the previously mentioned Sony a6000 new condition kits and instead you can to optimize for a lower price, Adorama has the USED a6000 body only for $279 in “Used – Very Good” condition with a 90-day warranty (from Adorama).

Sony a6000 with extras: body for $398, w/16-50 for $448

The Sony Instant Savings promotion reminds us that you can get into the Sony APS-C E-system with a step-up series camera (A6xxx) for just $398. That’s right, the a6000 body only goes for $398 and the “with 16-50mm” kit goes for $448.

At Adorama you have to do some scrolling and paging up-n-down to find all the options but you will be rewards because the “with 16-50” kit gets more additional freebies (flex tripod, extra charger/battery, lens filters, better memory card) than the body only (bag, memory card, cleaning kit, software, card wallet). Note also that the camera is available in two color options, effectively doubling the number of options you have to sort through…

At B&H Photo you get a 32GB Sandisk Extreme, a 3rd-party battery and a camera bag, while the two lens kit ($598) gets a lens filter as well…

At Amazon, various 3rd-party sellers offer various freebies, a dizzying array of options as there are three official camera kits with two body colors for the camera and many 3rd party retailers πŸ™‚

The names in the a6xx line-up are a bit confused, so confused that even the Wikipedia page is confused. The a6000 come out in 2014, followed by the a6300/a6500 in 2016, and the a6100/a6400/a6600 in 2019, all with 24mp Exmor APS-C CMOS sensors. The newer a6300 has already been discontinued but the a6000 continues as a current model. The all-new a6100 goes for $650 (body) or $750 (w/16-50)…

Sony a7 II with 28-70 and Various Freebies for $999

We all live in a yellow submarine but also in the era of the $1000 “take pictures with” 35mm full frame interchangeable lens camera in the Sony E-system with the Sony a7 II with the 28-70mm FE lens bundled together for $999 with various freebies offered by select retailers…

At Amazon for example, there is a bundle by Focus Camera that includes a Dolica tripod, Vanguard bag, 64GB Sandisk Extreme PRO, extra 3rd-party charger/battery, etc…

At B&H Photo you get a 64GB Sandisk Extreme, extra 3rd party battery, RJ bag, lens filter, etc…

At Adorama you get a 32GB Extreme PRO, Slinger bag, lens filter kit, etc…

At Best Buy you get a $25 Shutterfly store credit…

Starts 2:19pm ET: Samyang 35mm f1.4 AF (FE) Lightning Deal

According to the Camera & Photo Lightning Deals schedule, starting at 2:19pm ET today there is going to be a lightning deal on the new condition Samyang 35mm f1.4 auto focus lens for the Sony E (FE) system. The price before the sale is $499. Since this listing/lens is only available in FE, we are 99% certain the lens that will be on sale will be for E/FE πŸ™‚

Other potentially interesting lightning deals in the next few hours:

+ in-progress: APEMAN A79 4K Action Camera 20MP WiFi External Microphone Remote Control Underwater 40M Waterproof Sports Cam for $40
+ 87% claimed as of 8:53am ET

+ starts 9am ET: GoPro Hero5 Black (E-Commerce Packaging)
+ price before sale $170

+ starts 5:40pm ET: Zhiyun Smooth 4 3-Axis Handheld Gimbal Stabilizer (price before sale $99)

+ starts 6:10pm ET: Godox AD600BM Bowens Mount 600Ws GN87 High Speed Sync Outdoor Flash Strobe Light with 2.4G Wireless X System
+ price before sale $439

+ other items on lighting deal for the next few hours include Nanuk waterproof hard cases, various action cams (of course), tripods, bags, batteries/chargers, lighting and lights, digiframes, etc

Zeiss Lens Sale (68 options) [C/N/E/X/M]

Here’s a bold prediction: eventually ZEISS is going to hire Vanilla Ice to do a “Zeiss Zeiss Baby” commercial, be it a serious one or a self-parody. But until then (mayhaps don’t hold your breath) there is a sale of 68 Zeiss Lens options at B&H Photo. Note that this is lens options, not lenses, meaning a lens available in four mounts counts as four options in the listings…

Prices start at $612 and go upwards, but don’t forget to also look at the USED options shown in smaller print in the listings. For example the Tweet 32mm f1.8 for Sony E is available for $425 in “Used Condition 9″…

The most expensive individual lens of this lot is the Otus 100mm f1.4 (ZE, ZF.2) for $4242 but the most expensive items in sale are Prime 4-Packs of Loxia and Batis lenses for Sony E going for $4600~ and $4924~ respectively. Find them all, sorted by price, at the B&H Zeiss sale

The sale is a mix of DSLR lenses (Canon and Nikon) and mirrorless lenses (Sony E, Fuji X) and rangefinder (Leica M, aka ZM)…

In-Stock Now: Sony a9 II body only!!!

Full frame sometimes means full wallet if you want to have top of the line features! If so, the new Sony a9 II full frame E-system mirrorless camera is now in-stock and ready to ship to your photographic hands for its starting price of $4498 at B&H Photo

As of the time of writing, Amazon is in the nebulous “temporarily out of stock” state, while Adorama says “coming soon”…

Starts Tue 10am ET: KIPON Ibelux 40mm f/0.85 (Sony E) sale

Sony E-system fans, prime your wallets! Now that we are in the black friday – cider monday holiday shopping season, B&H Photo is bringing back “Flash Deals” (think along the lines of Amazon’s Lightning Deals) inside their Deals of the Day. And they post teasers for them…

So, starting at 10am eastern on Tuesday 11/26/19 (one month to Boxing Day 2019), they tease that they will be offering as a limited time flash sale the new condition KIPON Ibelux 40mm f/0.85 lens for the Sony E-system. The price before the sale is $1480.

NOTE that the link points to the Sony E-system. I do not know if any of the other mount options will also be on sale. We will find out when it goes live at 10am ET on Tuesday. The lens is also available in Fuji X, Micro Three Fourths, Leica Leila (okay, L), and Canon EF-M.

The era of bright primes is definitely upon us…

Also coming up, starting at 5pm ET they will have a flash deal on the new condition Domke J-1 Journalist Shoulder Bag (Black). The price before the sale is $237. I do not know what the sale price will be. We be findin’ out when it goes live…

Thursday: Mitakon Zhongyi 20mm f/2 4.5x Super Macro Lens for $149 (C/N/E/X/m43)

Party on Wayne! It’s lens day at the Halloween B&H Photo daily deals running until 11:59pm ET (or earlier if sold out):

+ Mitakon Zhongyi 20mm f/2 4.5x Super Macro Lens for $149 in your choice of DSLR systems (Canon EF or Nikon F) and Mirrorless systems (Fuji X, Sony E, Micro Eight Sixths)
+ NOTE: some of other mounts shown at the aforelinked individual products remain at $199 and are not participating in the sale (Pentax K, Sony A, Canon EF-M)

+ SirUI N-2204X Carbon Fiber Tripod for $200

+ Bright Tangerine Misfit Atom 4 x 5.65″/4 x 4″ Ultra Lightweight 2-Stage Clip-On Matte Box for $249
+ despite the name, there’s no Vitamin C and no orange color πŸ˜‰

+ Core SWX Powerbase EDGE Battery for Blackmagic Pocket Camera 4K & 6K for $179

Thursday: Mitakon Zhongyi Speedmaster 35mm f0.95 Mark II for $419 [X, E, EF-M]

It’s a lens(e) [for fans of alt-spelling] at the Thursday B&H Photo dailies with the featured deal being the new condition MITAKON ZHONGYI Speedmaster 35mm f/0.95 Mark II lens going for $419 with free US shipping in your choice of silver or black AND also in your choice of Fuji X, Sony E or Canon EF-M.

The other three dailies for Thursday 10/3/19 until 11:59pm ET (or earlier if sold out) are the following:

+ ONA The Union Street Messenger Bag for $169 in three color schemes

+ Celestron NexStar 5SE 125mm f/10 Schmidt-Cassegrain GoTo Telescope for $499

+ Senal AWS-2000 Camera-Mount Wireless Combo Microphone System Kit for $300 in two options
+ literally A or B are the two options πŸ˜‰

Thur (EU): select Sony Cameras & Lenses, Action Cams, Surface

The End of Summer sale continues on Thursday at the Amazon Germany (or “Chermany” in german-english) Gold Box (or ange bote in german-german) and among them you can find:

+ Sony cameras and lenses sale:
++ Sony RX10 III for 999 euro
++ Sony RX10 I for 609
+ reminder the RX10 IV is the one with the speed-demon autofocus

+ Cybershot HX95 superzoom for 379

+ Alpha a77 II APS-C body only [yes a DSLR] for 799

+ Sony a6500 with SEL-P18105 lens for 1529
+ Sony a7 II with SEL-2870 lens for 1119

+ 55-210mm lens in black or silver for 209 euro
+ 35mm f1.8 OSS (SEL35F18) for 329
+ 18200LE (18-200 f3.5-6.3) for 578

In non-Sony action:

+ various BlitzWolf (no relation to Wolf Blitzer’s beard?] hybrid selfie-stick/tripods (for small things, don’t put a FF PRO DSLR with a 100-400mm f0.95 lens on them!]

+ Crosstour action cams (24 to 83 euro, six options)

+ Surface PRO tablet under 800 euro [forgot the specs]

+ 128GB Sandisk Extreme PRO SDXC (up to 170MB/sec) for 32
+ 200GB Sandisk Ultra microSDXC for 23~ euro
+ two flash drives and one internal SSD

Sony a7 II body only for $898

Once upon a time you had to put down $2000+ to get an APS-C DSLR. Nowadays under $1000 gets you a 35mm full frame DSLR or mirrorless camera and it’s not even the first generation model. You can now get the second generation Sony a7 mirrorless full framer, the “a7 II” for $898 with free US shipping at B&H Photo until 9/7/19 or earlier if sold out… No coupon, no rebate, just add to cart and proceed to a mirrorless checkout…

Pre-order new Sony a6100 and a6600 APS-C Mirrorless cameras

Two new cameras have joined the party of the Sony E-system, two new APS-C mirrorless cameras that are now available for pre-ordering as follows:

+ a6100 body only for $748
+ a6100 with 16-50 for $848
+ a6100 two lens kit (16-50, 55-210) for $1098
+ release estimate November 2019
+ available for pre-orders at B&H Photo and Adorama and Amazon

+ a6600 body only for $1398
+ a6600 with 18-135mm for $1798
+ a6600 with 16-25mm f2.8 for $2796
+ release estimate November 2019
+ available for pre-orders at B&H Photo and Adorama and Amazon

Pre-order new Rokinon AF 18mm f2.8 FE for $399

If you are a fan of the Sony E-System and you like your lenses to have this new auto-focus thing [may or may not catch on ~ only the future will tell], B&H Photo is now accepting pre-orders for the new condition Rokinon AF 18mm f2.8 FE for the Sony E-System (FE = full-frame) for $399. The current release estimate is October 2019… This is only available in Sony E!

Wedn: SLR Magic Cine 35mm f1.2 FE for $279 [also: Interfit Monolite]

It’s a lens day at the Wednesday B&H daily deals with the new condition SLR Magic Cine 35mm f1.2 FE lens for the Sony E-system going for $279 with free US shipping. The other three dailies running until 11:59pm ET (or earlier if sold out) are:

+ Interfit S1N AC/DC HSS TTL Monolight for $379 with FREE Interfit TTL remote in your choice of Canon, Nikon or Sony

+ IO Gear ViewPro-C USB Type-C Male to HDMI Female Adapter for $15

+ Xerox Phaser 3260/DI Monochrome Laser Printer for $30
+ yes a $30 laser printer, once upon a time you couldn’t even buy a used cartridge for that!

Kamlan 28mm f1.4 MF lens for $150 [various systems]

For about three days and change (as of the time of writing of this blog post), Massdrop is offering the new condition Kamlan 28mm f1.4 manual focus lens for $150 with free US shipping in your choice of Fuji X, Sony E, Micro Four Thirds or Canon EF-M.

These will ship in mid-September from the vendor. The listing does not mention warranty, so assume there is none.

Monday (EU): select Sony E and RX on sale

To Amazon Germany we go for Monday 19/8/19 (European style not-quite-palindrome date) where their headliner is a Sony Electronics sale that includes the following camera and photo gear:

+ Sony a5100 with 16-50 for 389 euro
+ Sony a6000 with 16-70Z for 999 euro
+ Sony a6500 with 16-70Z for 1619 euro

+ Sony Zeiss 16-35mm f4 ZA OSS Vario T* for 1049 euro

+ Sony RX10 II for 865 (#DailyReminder, the blazing fast AF was introduced in the Mark IV)

+ Sony RX100 III with Vlogger kit (VCT-SGR1) for 509 euro

Wednesday: SLR Magic Cine II 50/1.1 (Sony E) for $269, Etc

Wednesday is here, the “Morning After” of Prime Day and B&H Photo is back with a lens in their Daily Deals running until 11:59pm ET (or earlier for any of them that may sellout):

+ SLR Magic Cine II 50mm f/1.1 Lens (Sony E-Mount) for $269
+ did you know that if you take the “y” out of Sony it becomes Soy? #DadJokes πŸ˜‰

+ Magnus VT-4000 Tripod System with Fluid Head for $110

+ Denon Commander Sport Portable Water-Resistant 120W All-In-One PA System with Wireless Handheld Microphone for $299

+ EzViz BN-1444A2 4-Channel 4MP NVR with 2TB HDD and 4 4MP Outdoor Network Bullet Cameras Kit for $130

Used Sony a7 II body for $704, a7 with 28-70 for $734 [Prime]

The 20% off Warehouse Deals promotion has two offers for Sony a7*.* fans as follows:

+ a7 with 28-70mm in “Used – Like New” condition for $734~, while the new condition goes for $998

+ Sony a7 II body only in “Used – Like New” for $704 while the new condition goes for $898

+ these are for Prime members only as part of the Prime Day 2019

Rokinon 14mm f2.8 (Sony E) for $229 [Prime Deal]

I can’t post individually for every single one of the camera and photo lightning deals ~ you can find them over there in the typical Amazon format…ilter

… but when some of them are doing well percentage-claimed wise, I give in and post about them individually. Such is the case for the new condition Rokinon 14mm F2.8 manual focus lens, model FE14M-E, going for $229 with free shipping for PRIME members until 9:25pm ET or earlier if sold out. IT is 27% claimed as of 3:53pm ET.

And starting at 4:30pm ET, there will be lightning deals on some (or may be all) of the Kenko Nyumon filters. The listing has the full range from 37mm to 82mm, but it doesn’t say ahead of time which one(s) will be on sale…

Used Sony a6000 body only w/180-day warranty for $299

KEH Camera comes to the rescue once again as it defeats Amazon Warehouse Deals even with the 20% off Prime discount. So this offer is good for everyone, KEH Camera is offering through Amazon Warehouse Deals in “USED – Good” condition (battery & charger included) with a 180-day KEH warranty the Sony A6000 APS-C body only mirrorless camera for $299 with free shipping.

Rokinon 135mm f2.8 ED UMC for $340 [Fuji X] or $369 [Sony E, A]

The Prime Festivities continue with more …prime lens action, this time they are offering the new condition Rokinon 135mm f2 ED UMC teleprime for $340~ in the Fuji X system and $369~ in the Sony A and Sony E systems. As of 3:42pm ET, the Fuji X is 20% claimed and the Sony E is 28% claimed… The lightning deal is scheduled to end at 6:50pm ET… This too is for Prime members only…

Prime Deal: Rokinon 8mm f2.8 UMC fisheye II for $208 [Fuji X, EF-M, Sony E] (ends 12:35pm ET)

Also one of the Lightning Deals of the Prime Day festivities is another new condition …prime lens. It is the Rokinon 8mm F2.8 UMC Fisheye II offered for $208~ for Prime members only in your choice of Fuji X, Canon EF-M and Sony E (APS-C). They are between 11% and 18% claimed as of 8:25am ET. The sale ends 12:35pm ET or earlier for any options that manage to sell out ahead of its designated expiration…

Prime Deal: Rokinon 35mm f1.4 Auto Focus for $441 (FE) [ends 1:30pm ET]

Prime members, grab your e-wallets. Or more specifically your Amazon e-wallets because you have until 1:30pm ET today (or earlier if sold out) to decide whether you want to buy the new condition Rokinon 35mm f1.4 Auto Focus FE lens for the Sony E-system for $441~ with free shipping. This price is for Prime members only. It is 9% claimed as of 8:22am ET so it’s unlikely to sell out…

Rokinon AF 24mm f2.8 FE for $269

B&H Photo has also launched their own Not-Prime Day sale, and among them they have a prime lens, the new condition Rokinon AF 24mm f/2.8 FE going for $269 with free shipping. This is an Auto Focus lens for the Sony E system. This is a limited time and limited quantity sale that ends Tuesday night OR earlier if the allocated sale units are depleted…

EU: Prime Day Monday at Amazon Germany with Sony Camera Sale, Photo Accessories, Storage, Action Cams, Drones, and lots of tech gear [300 separate deals!]

For European Union shoppers, Amazon Germany has already launched their Prime Day 2019 deals with a vast variety of technology and other products, among which:

+ Sony Cybershot camera sale the RX10 III for 968 euro, HX90 compact-zoom for 239 euro, RX 100 IV for 545 euro
+ Sony E-system sale with a6500 body for 949, a6500 two lens kit (18-135, 70-300, both G thangs) for 1585; a7 II w/28-70 for 1085
+ nine E-system lenses starting at 155 for the 50/1.8 FE
+ Sony A-system: a77 II for 739

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New Sony E-mount (and more) Instant Savings are LIVE!

Sony is back with another round of manufacturer-initiated instant savings promotions and you can find them all nicely organized at the B&H Photo website

The offers include (among others):

+ a7 II with 28-70 and extras for $1600
+ a7R III with extras for $2500
+ a7R III with 24-105 and extras for $4200

+ VG-C3EM Vertical Grip for $298

+ FE 24-105mm f/4 Lens with UV Filter Kit for $1400
+ 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens with UV Filter Kit for $600

And LOTS more. You can use the various tabs and price-range filters at the Promotional page for items of interest. For example, the big RX10 IV monster is down to $1598 with free accessories as well. The RX10 IV is the “(forum) dream of the 90s” ~ to paraphrase Portlandia πŸ™‚

Tuesday: Rokinon 24mm f2.8 Auto Focus (Sony E) for $269

If you are Starbucks Rewards member, Tuesday is Double Stars day, but of more on-topic interest, Adorama is running a snapshot / daily-deal with a 24 hour countdown on the new condition Rokinon 24mm f2.8 Auto Focus lens for the Sony E system for $269 with free US shipping. On the same listing you will also find options with free Mac or PC software BUT those are selling at the regular price of $349, not the sale price of $269.

Zhongyi Mitakon 85mm f1.2 MF for $649 (Canon, Sony E), $699 (Nikon F), $749 (Pentax K), $849 (Sony A), $899 (Fuji GF)

Do you like fast primes, and manual focus? If so, there is a sale on the Zhongyi Mitakon Speedmaster 85mm f1.2 manual focus lens as follows:

+ at B&H Photo the Canon EF and Sony E go for $650, the Nikon F for $700, the Sony A for $800, and the Fuji GF for $850

+ at Adorama.com the Sony E and Canon EF go for $649, while the Nikon F goes for $700
+ the Pentax K and Sony A are special orders and go for $750 and $800 respectively
+ the Fuji GF (not X) goes for $849

+ if you prefer to shop through Amazon (eg the 5% cashback rewards), the above price are available by various sellers (including Adorama) through amazon.com

Kamlan 50mm f1.1 APS-C mirrorless lens for $139 [limited time]

Good for another day and change, Massdrop is offering the new condition Kamlan 50mm f1.1 APS-C lens for $139 with free US shipping and a 1-year warranty from Kamlan. It is available in your choice of Fuji X, Sony E, M43rds and Canon EOS-M.

Orders will ship in mid-July 2019 from the vendor. Massdrop has sold over 430 units so far from their listings per the website over there…

Wednesday: Zeiss Batis 25/2 (Sony E) for $899, ONA Backpack, E-Image Tripod, 55″ LG, Zoom, Etc

It’s a Lens Day at the Wednesday B&H Photo daily deals with a six-pack of offers running until 11:59pm ET (or earlier if any of them manages to sell out ahead of its designated expiration time):

+ Zeiss Batis 25mm f/2 for $899 for the Sony E system

+ E-Image 2-Stage Aluminum Tripod with GH03 Head for $159
+ with Dolly for $219

+ ONA The Leather Clifton Camera and Everyday Backpack for $169

+ Zoom H1n 2-Input / 2-Track Portable Handy Recorder with Onboard X/Y Microphone for $80

+ LG C7C 55″ Class HDR 4K UHD Smart OLED TV for $1000
+ UHD 3840 x 2160, OLED, HDR10, Dolby Vision, HLG HDR, Wi-Fi & Ethernet, etc

+ THRUSTMASTER T-GT Racing Wheel for $400

In other daily deals action, at the Amazon USA Gold Box there’s a sale of Estalon laptop bags, an Audeze gaming headphone for $299, a Roomba 860 for $270, and of more practical and mundane interest, various Gilette razors and blades…

Meanwhile at the Best Buy dailies the headliner is the new condition 12.3″ Surface PRO, 6th generation, going for $699. This is without the Pen and without the keyboard-case-thing. It has 8GB RAM (which should really be minimum for any Windows computer without a single core processor), 128GB SSD, Core i5 processor, and things like that…

Having said that, the promise and premise of a Surface is kinda defeated when it is sold without the pen and keyboard-cover ~ you are essentially buying an expensive Windows tablet. When you add the Type Cover, the Pen, and the Moon Dial, the prices goes up up and away.

On the other hand, Surface fans can become Surface households, so they may already have the necessary accessories and they just need more devices. Oops, this is turning into an out of control post, so the time is writing to stop writing in this post, stop writing NOW πŸ™‚

Sony Summer Kick Off sale includes a6000 2-lens kit, a7 II, a7R II

It’s the summer and the marketing team at Sony USA looked outside their windows and discovered so. Inspired by such change in the weather, they decided to launch a Summer Kick Off sale that includes a mix of Sony electronics and camera gear, including their all-star WH-1000X-M3 headphones for $298, the ones many think are beating Bose on noise cancellation (!!!)

Of camera and photo interest:

  • a6000 with 16-50 and 55-210 for $648, a potentially interesting “take pictures with” getting-started with E type of a bundle
  • Alpha A7 II body only for $998
  • Alpha A7R II body only for $2600

Monday (EU): select Sony cameras on sale (a6500, RX-series, 55-210, action cam)

Good for Monday in the Amazon Germany time zone, among their Gold Box daily deals, there is a Sony cameras sale that includes the a6500 body only for 1065 euro, the 55-210mm lens for $199 (either color), the monster RX10 II for 797 euro, the RX100 II for 389 and the A550 action cam for 129 euro. There’s also a TV and 4K Bluray player…

Sony 12mm f2 NCS CS MF for $249 [E/X/m43/EF-M]

For a limited time, Adorama is having a flash sale on the new condition Rokinon 12mm f2 NCS CS MF manual focus lens going for $249 with free US shipping in the Sony E, Fuji X, M43rds and Canon EF-M in the black color scheme. Additionally, the Sony E version is also on sale for $249 in the silver color while, while the silver Fuji X and M43rds go for $20 more…

Speaking of Adorama, they are having a limited time Studio/Lighting gear sale of their house brands (along with a few name brands like iKAN) for the weekend…

Kamlan 28mm f1.4 MF lens for $150 [X/E/m43/EF-M]

If you are a fan of mirrorless systems and manual focus prime lenses, the Kamlan 28mm F1.4 is currently offered for $150 at the Massdrop website for the next five days and change. This is available in four different mirrorless systems, Fuji X, Sony E-mount, Micro Four Thirds, and Canon EF-M.

Orders will ship in mid-April 2019. The product description has no mention of a warranty, so assume there is none. Shipping is free in the US. International shipping is around $5, with the exact amount depending on individual countries and regions. A prime lens is not that hard to ship after all πŸ™‚

Rokinon 24mm f2.8 Auto Focus Full Frame for $289 [E]

Now it’s 80s flashback time. Here I am, Rokinon you like a hurricane πŸ˜‰ Which brings us to the latest Adorama limited time (aka “Snapshot deal”) which is the new condition Rokinon 24mm f2.8 lens, a rare bird in that this is a Rokinon auto-focus lens(e), a full frame lens at that, and available in the Sony E system for $289 with free US shippings.

Thur (EU): Sony sale: a7 II, a6300, a77 II, 50/f1.8 FE, RX100 IV, HX90, etc

It’s Sony time on Thursday at the Amazon Germany Gold Box with a total of eight Sony camera-related products as follows:

+ a7 II with 28-70 for 1142 euro
+ a6300 with 16-50 for 689

+ 50mm f1.8 FE for 169

+ a77 II body only DSLR for 799

+ RX100 Mark IV for 579 euro
+ HX90 superzoom (30X optical) for 276

+ two camcorders for 175 to 1019

Also part of the Thursday action are Lenovo tablets and a few laptops of various manufacturers, along with some TP-Link products

Rokinon 12/2 NCS CS MF for $249 [E/m43] or $269 [X/EF-M]

Adorama is running a limited time promotion [they call them “snapshot deals”] on the new condition Rokinon 12mm f2 NCS CS MF lens for $249 in the silver color scheme in the Sony E and Micro Four Thirds systems and $269 in the Fuji X and Canon M systems. Meanwhile the black color scheme goes for $269 with free shipping in all four aforementioned systems…

Mon: Sigma 35mm f1.4 DG ART HSM for $749 (C/N/A/P and E)

If lenses are kings, it’s the Return of the King at the Monday B&H Photo daily deals with a lens leading the way. It is the new condition Shiguma 35mm f1.4 DG ART HSM lens going for $749 with free shipping in five different systems. Yes, there are at least four young mirrorless-generation of photographers: Canon, Nikon, Sony A, and Pentax K. The lens is also available for Sony E… I don’t know if it’s foreshadowing or a bad omen, but the lens has …404 customer reviews as of the time of rating πŸ™‚

There’s two more items in the B&H daily deals, the MeFoto GlobeTrotter (not from Harlem through) Air Travel Tripod going for $50 in your choice from five trendy/trending color schemes of the pastel-inspired kind. There’s also a TP-Link smart-something thing…

Of potential interest to EU shoppers in the Monday Amazon Germany Gold Box, it’s the Huawei P20 going for 399 euro, the P Smart+ [mayhaps they didn’t think of the giggle-inducing name in casual-speak english] for 219 euro, and the 10.1-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab A (T585) tablet with LTE going for 190 euro…

Meanwhile at the Woot website there’s yet another MacBook sale, some HP Pavilion desktops, and an Android blast from the past with an unlocked Droid Turbo 2 smartphone…

Ends Fri PM: 15% off Sony gear with KEH coupon

Never fear, KEH is here! Coupon code KEHSONY2A gets you 15% off the current price of select Sony camera gear. There are at least five pages of options over there. The coupon ends on Friday at 11:59pm eastern… AS usual, their shopping cart is the ultimate decider on what qualifies for the coupon. You can test the coupon by adding items of interest in the cart and entering le couponeaux. You don’t have to signup/login to test the coupon…

Tuesday (EU): Sony a7s for 1358, a7r II for 1729

A duo of Sony E-system full frames can be found in the Tuesday JAN-29-2019 Amazon Germany Gold Box, both body-onlies, with the a7s going for 1358 euro, and the a7r II going for 1729 euro… Today’s sales also include the Motorola G6 Plus (4Gb RAM, 64GB onboard) going for 239 euro. You definitely needs a Wiki page to sort out the G6 models, let alone the whole Moto G line

The choices now in full frame mirrorless have exploded after Photokina 2018, with Canon and Nikon throwing their own hats in the ring, and a new ragtag alliance of three launching Micro Four L πŸ˜‰

Thursday (EU): Sony E-system and RX sale, etc

It’s another camera and tech busy day at the Amazon Germany Gold Box. Among the various offerings there, prices below in euro of course since this is sold in the EU:

+ Sony E-system sale including:
++ A7 II body for 1145
++ a6000 with kit lens for 444
++ a77 II DSLR body for 809 [this DSLR sings Pearl Jam’s “I’m still alive”]

++ RX100 IV rawsumer for 769
++ RX10 II rawsumer for 798 [daily reminder: it is the RX10 IV that has the blazingly fast AF]
++ HX60 travelzoom (30x optical, can your smartphone do this?] for 169

++ seven E-system lenses, a mix of primes and zooms from 182 to 715

+ various Sony electronics, lots of whiskey (!!!) {winters are cold and the white walkers are coming!), various home/household/fashion items, and this SECACAM wildlife camera bundle for 159 euro (includes remote, card, batteries, etc)

Voigtlander Lenses Sale (21 options; Leica M, Sony E, Nikon F)

Voigtlander fans, unite and take over! B&H Photo is running a Voigtlander Instant Savings promotion featuring 21 options, a mix of systems offered, Leica M, Sony E, Nikon F, but not Canon EF πŸ™‚ Prices range from $349 to $949…

Imported Sony a7r III body for $2250

The new condition Sony a7r III body only goes for $2800 at authorized Sony USA dealers such as B&H Photo and Adorama and Amazon (with FREE Manfrotto Befree Advanced 4-Section Tripod with Ballhead and a free Joby GorillaPod 5K Stand and a free Lowepro m-Trekker BP 150 Backpack)…

… but if you are comfortable with grey-market/imported camera gear, to the eBay Deals we go where the Department Store NYC eBay store is offering the new condition imported/grey-market Sony a7r III body only for $2250 with free shipping. There is no mention of any warranty included in the listing, so assume there is noen. They offer a 30-day return policy…

Last Call: Rokinon 24mm f2.8 AutoFocus FE for $299

This is a last call on this deal, the new condition Rokinon 24mm f2.8 autofocus FE lens (Sony E system) is on sale for a limited time for $299 with free shipping at B&H Photo

Sony a7 II body with FE 28-70/3.5-5.6 OSS for $998

The year is 2018 and now you can get “take pictures with” full frame camera kits for $1000! At the start of the century, at a very influential PMA trade show [I forgot the exact year – 2002?], we were all getting excited because APS-C DSLR body onlies could be had for under $2500 πŸ™‚

Good for a limited time only, during the Black Friday festivities, you can get the Sony a7 II full frame mirrorless camera with the 28-70 f3.5-5.6 OSS FE lens for $998 with free shipping at select Sony dealers:

+ at B&H Photo you also get a 64GB Sandisk Extreme PRO and a camera bag

+ at Adorama you get all kinds of free accessories including a 32GB Extreme SD

+ at Amazon you get no freebies but if you pay with a Prime credit card you get 5% back (that’s $50~ to your credit card statement or cashback balance)

If you don’t want/need the 28-70 lens, the body only goes for $898. The lens currently goes for $400 on its own, so even if you don’t need the lens, you can sell/trade it or gift it.

New Sony Instant Savings promotions are LIVE!

Sunday has brought with it, as it is often the case, a new round of Sony Instant Savings promotions featuring a variety of E cameras, lenses and accessories including the lowest prices ever for the a7 R II for $1600 and the a7 R III for $2800, while the a9 body only is down to $3500. Full frame camera, empty frame wallet πŸ™‚ But fear not, a handful of lenses are on sale as well including affordable primes such as the 50/1.8 E OSS for $273 and the 50/1.8 FE for $223…