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.

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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.

Sony a3000 w/18-55 drops to $300

On the mirrorless E-mount front, the Sony a3000 with the 18-55mm lens is now going for $300 with free shipping at B&H Photo and Amazon by Amazon itself (limit 2). You may have to do the add-to-cart song and dance before you can see the price.

Or if you prefer, you can get it manufacturer refurbished for $237 with free S&H and 90 day warranty from Secondipity on eBay.

(ENDED) Ends Mon 1am ET: New-OpenBox Sony NEX-3N w/16-50 for $285

This daily deal expired… The Woot Electronics deal of the day, ending by 1am ET on Monday, is the new (open-box condition) black Sony NEX-3N with 16-50mm offered for $280 plus $5 flat shipping. Limit 3 per customer during this promotion. Note this is a new condition camera but not in the original retail packaging. The listing says it comes with a 90 day Sony warranty.

Sony a5000 w/16-50mm & card & case & New Leaf for $300

Adorama is offering a bundle centered around the Sony a5000 w/16-50mm for $300 with a free Lowepro case, free UV MC filter, free 16GB card, free cleaning kit. Optionally you can get a free New Leaf 1yr Spills and Drops warranty – you have to add this manually by clicking under “Buy Together and save” and then selecting the “Adorama Holiday Gift” and there you will see the New Leaf offer and then add it to bundle and then add bundle to the shopping cart. All three colors of the a5000 kits are participating. Here’s the example for the silver model.

Handevision IBELUX 40mm f0.85 (X/m43/E/EF-M) for $1400

Prime your wallets, here comes a bright lens that will scorch your credit card statement! The Handevision IBELUX 40mm f0.85 Lens is on sale for $1400 with free expedited shipping at B&H Photo in four different mirrorless mounts: Fuji X, Sony E-mount, Micro Four Thirds, and Canon EF-M (yes, Canon has a mirrorless system in case you forgot!).

Sony a7r body with Oben CT-3451 Carbon Fiber Tripod With BE-113T Ball Head for $2100

If you are looking for both a Sony a7r body only and a tripod, B&H Photo is currently offering the Sony a7r body only for $2100 with free shipping with this free item included automatically by B&H, the Oben CT-3451 Carbon Fiber Tripod With BE-113T Ball Head. This promotion is good as long as you see it mentioned right below the product name at the B&H Photo website.

Bower 16mm T2.2 Cine for $300 (Nikon F, Sony E only) & Pro Video Specials

B&H Photo is offering the Bower 16mm T2.2 Cine lens for $300 with free shipping, only in the Nikon F SLR mount and the Sony E-mount. The other options go for their regular prices.

Speaking of video-themed gear, B&H Photo has specials on the following items:
+ Glidecam HD4000 Stabilizer System for $500
+ Sachtler Video 15 SB Fluid Head (100mm) Supports 35 lb (16 kg) for $3600
+ Cinetics Axis360 Pro Motorized Motion Control System and Slider for $800
+ CobraCrane 5033 Backpacker for $300
+ Sony HXR-MC2000U Shoulder Mount AVCHD Camcorder for $1000 after Mail-In Rebate
+ Sony NEX-EA50UH Camcorder with 18-200mm Servo Zoom Lens for $3200 after Mail-In Rebate

Trade-In Working dSLR/iLC, Get 15% credit towards Sony a7, a7r, a7s or FE lenses

If you are interested in getting one of the Sony a7* camera kits or FE lenses, and you have a working DSLR or mirrorless camera you no longer need, B&H Photo has a brand new Trade-In Promotion. You will receive a 15% credit (of the price of the participating Sony a7* camera or FE lenses) plus the actual value of the camera you trade-in.

Longer post, more after the break…

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Sony a5000 with 16-50mm and Lightroom 5 for $300 total

Another hot deal at the eBay Deals! For $300 with free shipping you get the new condition Sony a5000 w/16-50mm and Lightroom 5 and 16GB SDHC from BuyDig’s eBay store (authorized Sony dealer). Available in black or silver. Limit 5 per buyer. This is a limited time offer of unknown expiration date.

Sony A-mount and E-mount Lens Instant Savings

Sony has a new round of A-mount (SLR) and E-mount (mirrorless) Lens Instant Savings. You can see all the lens options nicely organized at Adorama. Over 20 lenses are participating in this promotion which expires 1/3/15. Adorama is offering promotional rewards and/or free accessories on some of them. Check the individual product listings for details.

(ENDED) Zeiss 12mm f2.8 Touit for $800 (Fuji/Sony)

This limited time offer ended… It’s a different kind of a tweet! The Zeiss 12mm f2.8 Touit mirrorless system lens is now on sale for $800 with free shipping at Adorama in the Sony mirrorless mount and Fuji mirrorless mount… Also on sale is the Zeiss 32mm f1.8 Touit for $580 in the Sony mirrorless mount and Fuji mirrorless mount

Sony a6000 with 16-50mm and Lightroom 5 for $600

More eBay Deals action, you can get a new condition bundle from authorized Sony dealer BuyDig, Sony a6000 with 16-50mm and Adobe’s Lightroom 5 and 64GB card for $600 with free shipping. This is the standard price of the a6000 with 16-50mm, so you are essentially getting LR5 for free. Available in silver or black. You can see the bundles in pictures #1 and #2 in the eBay gallery. Limit 5 per buyer.

UPDATE: if you don’t need 16-50mm lens and Lightroom 5, the Sony a6000 body only goes for $450 at Adorama and Amazon et al.

Trade-In Working DSLR or Lens, Get up to $345 towards Sony a7 or a7R + value of traded-in gear

Are you interested in getting either the Sony a7 or a7r digital cameras? Do you have a working DSLR or lens that you no longer need or you don’t want to use any more? Adorama has a Sony a7 or a7r trade-in offer that gets you an instant trade-in discount in the shopping cart when you purchase the a7/a7r. Within 30 days, you must send them your working DSLR or Lens. You also get the market value of your trade-in camera/lens. The Trade-In bonus is as follows:

+ a7 body-only up to $255
+ a7 w/28-70 up to 300
+ a7r body-only up to $345
+ only the above three kits are eligible
+ trade-in instructions will be included in your a7* package
+ you also earn 4% promotional rewards on purchase amount
+ promotion ends by 12/31/14
+ contact Adorama for more details

New Camera & Lens: Sony A7 Mark II for $1700 (70-300 for $1150)

It’s not just a Black Friday week for deals, there’s also some new full frame camera action! The all new Sony a7 Mark II, with sensor-shift image stabilization, is now officially available for pre-order for $1700 (body only) or $2000 with the 28-70mm lens, with a December-ish estimate, as follows:

+ a7 II body: Adorama and B&H Photo

+ a7 II w/28-70: Adorama and B&H Photo

+ also: Sony 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G SSM II Lens for $1150 at B&H Photo