USED Zeiss 135mm f2 (Canon EF) for $900+

The sale of the new condition is also good news if you are interested in buying USED lenses from reputable dealers. The used version of the Zeiss 135mm f/2 Apo Sonnar T* ZE (Canon EF) is available for as low as $900 with free shipping in USED Condition 8+ at B&H Photo.

If you are not familiar with B&H Used pages, each individual listing page has detailed on the Condition, and further down the page, on the right side, under “In The Box” shows what’s included. Here’s an example, the aforementioned lens. Used items sold by B&H come with a 90-day warranty covered by B&H (not the manufacturer). Given some spotty service by some manufacturers on some products, this may actually be a plus 🙂

PS: the Nikon version is nowhere near as low, it starts at $1200+…

Zeiss 135mm f2 (Canon EF) with $52 rewards drops to $1299

This was on sale for $1499 last week, but if you are a Canon EF shooter, we have an even bigger discount for you! The Zeiss 135mm f/2 Apo Sonnar T* ZE Lens is down to $1299 with free expedited shipping (you don’t want a four-figure lens bouncing around in slow shipping) at B&H Photo along with 4% promotional rewards (around $52 to spend in the future at B&H). This is a limited time offer.

The Nikon F (ZF.2) remains at $1499.

Used Zeiss 135mm f2 for $1100 (C)

If you are comfortable with used lenses, and don’t want to pay $1499 for the new condition, fear not, B&H Photo also has used options for you. The Zeiss 135mm f2 Sonnar T* in the Canon EF mount (ZE) is available in “USED – Condition 8+” for $1100 at B&H Photo, while the prices start at $1200 in “USED – Condition 9” in the Nikon F mount (ZF.2).

Used items carry a 90-day warranty covered by B&H Photo. For all their used options, look under the “In The Box” section (right hand side, further down the page over there) to see what’s included.

As usual, it is up to you to decide where to draw the price vs risk lines on new vs refurbished vs used.

Pre-order new Zeiss Milvus 35mm f1.4 for $1999 (C/N)

Zeiss, Zeiss, Baby! I’m surprised Zeiss hasn’t hired Vanilla Ice yet for an April Fool’s Day “Zeiss Zeiss Baby” music video 🙂 While we are waiting for that though, Zeiss has revealed a new Milvus lens, the 35mm f/1.4, available for pre-order for $1999 with a late August 2017 release estimate at B&H Photo in the Canon EF (ZE) and Nikon F (ZF.2) systems.

This has been added to the new Cameras and Lenses of 2017 tracking page. This tracks the more interesting items, eg P&S 1/2.x” digital cameras are not included.

Now shipping: Zeiss Batis 135mm f2.8 Lens (Sony E)

Prime your wallets! The new Zeiss Batis 135mm f2.8 (Sony E-mount) lens is now in-stock and ready to ship for $2000 at B&H Photo and Adorama and various at Amazon.

PS: if you are a Prime member and pay with a Prime Store credit card or Chase VISA credit card, you earn a 5% statement credit, which is a cool $100 in this case.

Zeiss Distagon T* 35mm f2 ZE with $28 rewards for $699 (Canon EF)

Rumors that Zeiss is planning to hire Vanilla Ice to record a “Zeiss Zeiss Baby” version of his famous song are completely unfounded, but what is founded is a new Zeiss lens sale, the Zeiss Distagon T* 35mm f/2 ZE Lens is on sale for $699 with free expedited shipping at B&H Photo. You also get 4% promotional rewards (about $28~ to spend in future B&H purchases). Only the Canon EF mount version is on sale.

Zeiss Distagon T* 35mm f2 ZE with $32 rewards for $799 (C only)

We have four back to back Zeiss SLR lens discounts. This one is for Canon only (ZE), but the other three below are for both Canon and Nikon (ZF.2). The Zeiss Distagon T* 35mm f/2 ZE Lens (Canon EF Mount) is on sale for $799 with free shipping at B&H Photo. You also get 4% promotional rewards ($32~) to be used in future purchases at B&H…

For more B&H action, check their Featured Sales

Zeiss Distagon T* 15mm f2.8 and $94 rewards for $2350 (C/N)

Good until 2/12/17, it’s Z-prime time for your Canon and Nikon DSLR gear, B&H Photo is offering the Zeiss Distagon T* 15mm f2.8 lens for $2350 with free expedited shipping and 4% promotional rewards. Given the price of the lens, the promotional rewards are a decent $94~ to be used in future B&H purchases.

Imported Grey-Market Sony Zeiss Sonnar T 55 mm F/1.8 ZA FE for $700

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.

Pre-order Zeiss Loxia Prime Bundle with Transport Case for $4228 (21/2.8, 35/2, 50/2)

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.

Zeiss Touit 12mm f2.8 with $28 Rewards for $700 (Fuji X, Sony E)

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.

Sony Zeiss Sonnar T* FE 55mm F1.8 ZA E-mount and $50 Gift Card for $900 [or Imported for $763]

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…

In-stock now: Zeiss Loxia 21mm f2.8 with $60 rewards for $1500 (E-mount)

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.

In-stock now: Zeiss Batis 25mm f2 and 85mm f1.8 (FF E-mount)

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).

Pre-order new Zeiss 18mm f2.8 Batis (E-mount) for $1499

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.

Four Zeiss ZF.2 Primes (21, 28, 50, 85) with Transport Case for $4500 (Nikon F)

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!).

10% Promotional Rewards on select Zeiss, Tamron, Rokinon, Sigma Lenses

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 (!).

Hassleblad (Sony E-, A-, RX-) and Zeiss Touit (E) Sale

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.

Sony a7 body drops to $1000 (plus two lenses on sale)

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.

Zeiss 50mm f1.4 (ZE) with Zeiss 58mm UV filter and 4% rewards for $625

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.

New Zeiss Otus 28mm f1.4 SLR Lens (C/N) – price/pre-orders not yet

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.

Pre-order SIX new Zeiss Milvus SLR Prime lenses ($1117 to $1843)

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:

+ 21mm f2.8 Canon for $1843 at Adorama
+ 21mm f2.8 Nikon at Adorama

+ 35mm f2 Canon for $1117 at Adorama
+ 35mm f2 Nikon at Adorama

+ 50mm f1.4 Canon for $1200 at Adorama
+ 50mm f1.4 Nikon at Adorama

+ 50mm f2 Macro Canon for $1283 at Adorama
+ 50mm f2 Macro Nikon at Adorama

+ 85mm f1.4 Canon for $1800 at Adorama
+ 85mm f1.4 Nikon at Adorama

+ 100mm f2 Canon for $1843 at Adorama
+ 100mm f2 Nikon at Adorama

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.

Imported Sony Zeiss 55m f1.8 FE Sonnar T* for $740

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:


At authorized USA dealers, in new condition, this lens goes for $900, at well-respected retailers such as Adorama (lots of free lens accessories) and B&H Photo and Amazonia.

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.

Imported Sony T* E 16-70 F4 ZA OSS lens for $700

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.

This lens goes for $900 at authorized Sony retailers such as B&H Photo (4% rewards = $36~) and Amazon and Adorama (six free accessories).

Zeiss ZE and ZF Lens Sale with 4% rewards (26 lenses participating)

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!

Zeiss SLR Lens Instant Savings (C/N) [25 options]

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.

Pre-order new Sony f2.8 ZA lenses: 16-35 and 24-70

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.

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

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.