Prime your wallet canons because a new lens is now in-stock and shipping for the Canon EF system, it is the Zeiss Milvus 135mm f/2 ZE Lens going for $2199 with free expedited shipping from B&H Photo. The Nikon version is not in-stock yet…
The Sony Sonnar T* FE 55mm F1.8 ZA E-mount lens goes for $1000 at authorized dealers which are bundling it with various freebies, including a $50 gift card at Adorama, but if you are comfortable with imported grey-market items that come with a 1-year warranty from the seller (not from Sony USA), to the eBay Deals we go where eBay seller “Electronics Valley” (99.7%, New Jersey) is offering new condition grey-market imported Sony Zeiss Sonnar T 55 mm F/1.8 ZA FE Lenses for $700 with free shipping with a limit of five units per customer. The usual grey-market trade-offs apply.
It’s touiting time, not tweeting time. The Zeiss Touit 12mm f2.8 Lens for the Fuji X and Sony E mirrorless systems is currently on sale for $699 with free shipping and 4% promotional rewards (around $28 towards future purchases) at B&H Photo until 9/30/16 or earlier if sold out.
If you like Zeiss, Primes and the Sony E-mount, there’s a new Zeiss Loxia bundle available for pre-order at B&H Photo. It includes the 21mm f2.8 and 35mm f2 and 50mm f2 along with related accessories and of course the Loxia Transport Case made for them. The pre-order price is $4228.
Grab your E-wallets, the Zeiss Batis 18mm f2.8 Lens for the Sony E-mount is now in-stock and ready to ship for $1499 with free expedited shipping from B&H Photo.
You won’t find these tweets on Twitter, but you will find them at B&H Photo, it’s the Zeiss Touit 12mm f2.8 Lens on sale for $699 with free expedited shipping and 4% promotional rewards (around $28 to be used in future purchases). It is available for the Fuji X and Sony E mirrorless systems.
This limited time 10% off promotion expired… I don’t know if it will return again…
The Sony Zeiss Sonnar T* FE 55mm F1.8 ZA E-mount goes for $900 at authorized USA dealers, but they are can bundle it with free items, and Adorama is bundling it with a $50 Adorama Gift Certificate for the same price of $900… On the other hand, if you want to go the imported grey-market route, you can get it in new condition with a 3-year warranty from the seller (not Sony Zeiss) GetItDigital on eBay for $763 with free shipping…
Hot on the heels of the Zeiss Batis arrivals, B&H Photo has another Zeiss e-mount lens in-stock and ready to ship, it is the Zeiss Loxia 21mm f2.8 Lens for Sony E Mount for $1500 with free shipping and 4% promotional rewards to be used in future purchases (around $60).
For more in-stock action (it looks a very busy month), check the In-Stock Alerts here at this blog (there’s also a menu option up top in the blue bar), and also the Jon Snow resurrection of the Stock Status Tracker.
This is the first of three in-stock alerts from B&H Photo, don’t bat an eye, you may miss them (I think I have exceeded my quota of bat/Batis jokes for this year).
Two new Zeiss Batis E-mount lenses are now in-stock at B&H Photo, and they come with 4% promotional rewards (to be used in future B&H purchases). It is the Zeiss Batis 85mm f1.8 for $1200 and the Zeiss Batis 25mm f2 for $1300. This is full frame E-mount.
For more action, check the latest B&H Mother’s Day Specials good until 5/8/16 (some require coupon code MOMDAY16).
If you bat an E-ye (bad pun, even by bad pun standards?) you may miss a new Batis lens. Zeiss has a new Batis E-mount full frame lens available for pre-order, it is a 18mm f2.8 with a pre-order price of $1499 at Adorama and B&H Photo… This too has been added to the tracking list of potentially interesting and curious Cameras and Lenses of 2016…
Zeiss Touit (Fuji X) 12mm f2.8 and 32mm f1.8 and 50mm f2.8 and Extras for $1318 after $700 MIR (Gift Card)
Twit? Tweet? Touit? We’ll stick with Touit in this post, where a $700 mail-in rebate (prepaid gift card) makes the Zeiss Touit 3-Prime Fuji X bundle a $1318 after MIR offer. You pay $2018 at checkout. The rebate offer runs March 7 until June 30 in 2016. The three lenses are the 12mm f2.8, 32mm f1.8, and 50mm f2.8. Adorama also includes three lens filters, three lenscap leashes and three cleaning kits. Note however that the kit is currently in “temporarily on backorder”.
Fuji X System: three Zeiss Touit Primes (12/2.8, 32/1.8, 50/2.8) for $2018 after $700 MIR (prepaid Gift Card)
If you like Touit lenses and the Fuji X system and don’t mind mail-in rebates and prepaid gift cards, the X-System trio of Zeiss Touit lenses (12/2.8, 32/1.8, 50/2.8) is bundled together for $2018 after a $700 mail-in rebate (prepaid gift card) at Adorama (with free filters and cleaning kits).
NOTE #1: this is currently “Temporarily On Backorder”, there is no shipping estimate
NOTE #2: the PDF of the rebate form (available at the aforelinked page) says that your rebate form must be postmarked within 30 days of purchase. Since the shipment date is an unknown, if you are planning to do the mail-in rebate, you may want to wait until it is back in-stock before buying it!
NOTE #3: the PDF rebate says “prepaid gift card” but does not specify which one. VISA? Mastercard? AMEX? Store Gift Card? It certainly won’t be a cashable check.
Close your eyes Zeiss prime fans of the Nikon persuasion. Your wallet will thank you if you just close your eyes now! B&H Photo is offering a Four Lens Zeiss ZF.2 Nikon F-mount Bundle with matching protective transport case for $4500 with free expedited shipping. You get two f2.8 Distagon T*s (21mm, 28mm) and two f1.4 Planar T*s (50mm, 85mm).
PS: A laser disc with the music video for the super smash hit “Zeiss, Zeiss Baby” is NOT included (perhaps because it does not exist!).
Adorama has a limited time promotion, good until 12/31/15, you receive 10% promotional rewards on a handful of Lenses from Zeiss, Tamron, Rokinon, and Sigma lenses. The lenses are shown in this brand-name order. This includes pre-orders for the new Tamron 35mm and 45mm f1.8 Di VC lenses, along with Rokinon Cine T1.5 primes, some big Sigma lenses (500/4.5, 300/2.8, 150-600, etc). Zeiss has the most eligible lenses, including CP.2s, Ikons, Distagons, and more. The highest priced lens is $23,900 which gets you $2,390 in promotional rewards (!).
The latest B&H Photo Deal of Days promotion is a Hasselblad and Zeiss Touit sale featuring many of Hasselblads re-incarnations of Sony cameras. This includes E-mount cameras and lenses, along with an A-mount SLR, and RX-series cameras. Also joining in the sale party are three Zeiss Touit E-mount lenses, the 12/2.8 for $700, the 32/1.8 for $500, and the 50/2.8M for $1000. Also participating is the Hasselblad 16mm f2.8 (E-mount) for $150.
And now, 35mm full frame camera at the magical $1000 price point. The Sony a7 body only is now down to $1000 with free shipping at Adorama… This was going for $1100 last week (see 35mm Full Frame price charts)…
Speaking of Sony, a couple of their lenses are on sale as well. The FE 24-240mm F3.5-6.3 OSS goes for $900 with free shipping, while the Carl Zeiss 24mm F/1.8 goes for $900 too but also earns a $36 promotional reward.
If this lens wants to license a theme song, how about Vanilla Ice with “Zeiss Zeiss Baby!”. Now that you have that song stuck in your heads for the next 24 hours (you are welcome), let’s get back on topic. The Zeiss 50mm f1.4 Planar T* Manual Focus for the Canon EF mount (ZE) is on sale for $625 with free expedited shipping and 4% promotional rewards (about $25) AND a free 58mm Carl Zeiss T* UV Filter included automatically by B&H Photo while this promotion is running… This is among the 2015 Photo Plus Expo Specials…
I cannot find the Nikon version at the B&H website using the search function, but you can get it for the same price and 4% rewards but without the free Zeiss UV filter at Adorama.
This is a pre-preorder alert. Another day, another new Zeiss lens. This time it is in the land of (D)SLRs, the new Zeiss Otus 28mm f1.4, will be available in the Canon EF and Nikon F mounts. Price and release estimate are not available yet.
The new lens has been added to the New Lenses Tracking page.
Zeiss time. Six new SLR Prime lenses under the Milvus line have been revealed today. They are available in the Canon and Nikon SLR mounts and they are wallet onions (proposed new term: purchases that make your wallet cry uncontrollably) ranging in price from $1117 to $1843, and they are available for pre-ordering as follows:
All these are also available for pre-order at B&H Photo which has created a very handy Specs Comparison Table of all six lenses at the bottom of their post over there. Specs include weight and dimensions, which show some differences between the Canon and Nikon versions of each lens.
These have been added to the growing list of New Lenses in 2015 tracking page.
The grey market (imported cameras without manufacturer’s USA warranty) party continues at the eBay Deals, this time it is Get It Digital (99.7%) offering the new condition imported grey-market Sony Zeiss 55m f1.8 FE Sonnar T* lens for the E-mount offered for $740 with free shipping with a limit of five per customer. It comes with a three year warranty from Get It Digital, not Sony USA. Over 500 units sold so far from this eBay listing.
The warranty is described in the eBay listing as:
PS: if you are having a bit of a deja vu, it’s because last week we also mentioned a different grey-market imported Sony-Zeiss lens, the Sony T* E 16-70 F4 ZA OSS lens (aka SEL1670Z) which went (and still goes) for $700, also from Get It Digital.
One of the further-down-the-page eBay Deals is the new condition imported grey-market Sony T* E 16-70 F4 ZA OSS lens (aka SEL1670Z) offered for $700 with free shipping and a three year warranty from the seller GetItDigital (99.7%) with a limit of five per customer. This does not come with a Sony USA warranty. Offer ends by 8/24/15.
For Canon and Nikon manual focus lens fans, B&H Photo is offering the Zeiss 50mm f1.4 Planar T* for $525 with free expedited shipping and 4% promotional rewards (= $20~).
Rumors of Zeiss hiring Vanilla Ice for a new “Zeiss Zeiss Baby” TV commercial are completely unfounded, but founded in your wallet is a new sale on the Zeiss 85mm f1.4 Planar T* manual focus lens for Canon and Nikon DSLRs for $983 with free shipping and 4% promotional rewards (= almost $40) at B&H Photo.
To celebrate its 125 year anniversary, Zeiss has a sale on some of their SLR lenses, more specifically 12 ZE (Canon) and 14 ZF (Nikon) lenses are on sale plus they earn 4% promotional rewards at B&H Photo. The promotion ends by 7/31/15. Given the prices of most Zeiss lenses, the 4% promotional rewards are a very decent amount, for example, a $2000 lens gets you an $80 reward!
While we are patiently waiting for Vanilla Ice to be hired to perform “Zeiss Zeiss Baby”, there is a new round Zeiss SLR (Canon, Nikon) instant savings promotions featuring a total of 25 lenses. These also earn 2% promotional rewards, which are not small change considering the premium price nature of Zeiss lenses. You can see all 25 options at B&H Photo.
The new gear party is not over yet. Sony full frame A-mount photographers must needs hide their wallets! Sony announced two new professional f2.8 lenses. The 24-70mm f2.8 ZA SSM II VS T* for $2100, and the Sony 16-35mm f2.8 ZA SSM II VS T* for $2250. The shipping estimate is mid-June 2015. (VS as in Vario-Sonnar).
UPDATE: they are also available for pre-order at Adorama.
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:
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.
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…
The official Sony Store is offering the refurbished Vario-Sonnar T* DT 16-80mm F3.5-4.5 ZA lens for $703 plus you earn 704 Sony Rewards points with the purchase (if you are a member of their rewards program). This is an APS-C lens for the Sony Alpha SLR mount.