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.

Zeiss Touit 12mm f2.8 with Extras for $699 (Fuji X, Sony E)

The Zeiss Touit 12mm f2.8 lens is on sale for $699 with free shipping and free extras as follows:

+ Fuji X: 4% rewards ($28~) OR free accessories (UV filter, tether, cleaning)

+ Sony E: free accessories (UV filter, tether, cleaning)

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 (!).

Free NEXT DAY shipping on select Canon, Nikon, Sony, Panasonic, Olympus, Fuji, Zeiss, Hasselblad products

Breaking shipping news alert! B&H Photo has just launched their FREE NEXT DAY SHIPPING promotion for the holidays. Over 2000 products are eligible for this promotion. You can filter them over there by product category (first set of buttons) or by manufacturer (second set of numerous buttons). Included in the promotion are 160+ Canon items, 150+ Nikon items, 80+ Sony items, 40+ Panasonic items, 20+ Zeiss items. The other camera manufacturers are not participating.

UPDATE: Fuji and Olympus and Hasselblad are also participating but they don’t have brand-name box. You can click “Photography” on the first set of boxes, and filter on the left hand by manufacturer by selecting “Fujifilm” or “Olympus” or “Hasselblad”.

Other photo-related brands part of the FREE NEXT DAY SHIPPING promotion include Tamrac, Spider, Lowepro, Impossible, Westcott, Drobo, Fotodiox, DJI, Flir, iKan, DXO, Wolverine, Impact, Vello, Oben, Ruggard, etc.

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.

(ENDED) Zeiss 8×30 B T* Conquest Binocular for $350

This offer expired… For more action, check their Featured Deals page

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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 Zeiss Loxia 21mm f2.8 (E-mount) for $1500

Prime time for E-mount photographers from Zeiss. Their brand new Loxia 21mm f2.8 is now available for pre-order for $1500 at B&H Photo. Release estimate is mid-December 2015… This has been added to the New Lenses of 2015 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 50mm f1.4 T* with 4% rewards for $525 (C/N)

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~).

Zeiss 85mm f1.4 T* with 4% rewards for $983 (C/N)

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.

Zeiss Instant Savings expire 7/31/15

The current iteration of the Zeiss instant savings expires on 7/31/15. A total of 30 items are participating in this sale, some SLR and some mirrornyet lenses. See all options in two pages of results at Adorama.

(ENDED) Sun: Zeiss 8×30 B T* Conquest Binocular for $370

This daily deal expired… The latest B&H Photo Deal du Jour is the new condition Zeiss 8×30 B T* Conquest Binocular offered for $370 with free shipping. Offer ends Sunday 11:59pm ET or earlier if sold out.

Now shipping: Fuji X-T10, Sony 16-35/2.8, 24-70/2.8

The tall ships from Japan brought new camera gear supplies at Adorama. The following three items are now in-stock and ready to ship with free expedited shipping as follows:

UPDATE: the X-T10 is also in-stock at B&H Photo along with the two new Sony lenses…

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!

(ENDED) Thur: Zeiss 10×40 T* ABK Conquest Binocular for $500

This daily deal expired… The B&H Photo Deal of the Day good until 11:59pm ET on Thursday are the new condition Zeiss 10×40 T* ABK Conquest Binoculars offered for $500 with free shipping.

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.

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.

(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

(ENDED) Camera & Photo Lightning Deals (Tue): Sandisk, Eneloop, Zeiss Bino, Sony movie SW, etc

These limited time offers expired… Check back daily for more new holiday shopping season offers from the Amazon Gold Box Lightning Deals… Expired items after the jump…

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Refurbished Sony Vario-Sonnar T* DT 16-80mm F3.5-4.5 ZA for $703

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.