Sony a7R IVA mirrorless options start at $3000 [$500 instant savings]

If you are looking for a camera in the Sony FE system, and more specifically you are looking at the “a7R IVA”, thanks to a $500 instant savings [aka a manufacturer-initiated discount, not a mail-in rebate], you can get it starting at $3000 at B&H Photo.

They also have bundles with various zoom lenses for more. Note that the $3000 body only is, for a limited time, bundled with a FREE Think Tank Photo Retrospective 7M shoulder bag at B&H Photo.

Offers end 12/19/21 or earlier if sold out…

Sony FE 24-105mm f4 G OSS for $998 After $100 MIR

The year is almost 2022, but the pestilence that is mail-in rebates is still feasting on the thrifty shoppers 😉

If you are still patient and consistent and persistent enough and have what sportscasters call sticktoitivness, and you are in the Sony FE system, then B&H Photo and Sony are offering a $100 mail-in rebate (MIR) on the new condition Sony FE 24-105mm f4 G OSS for $998 after the $100 MIR.

Moi personally, I’m done with mail-in rebates and VCR Programming 😉

Zeiss 40mm f2 Batis [E] for $999

Oh my, more lens days! It’s a lens day at the Adorama daily deals running until Tuesday at 10am ET (or earlier if sold out):

+ Zeiss 40mm f/2.0 Batis Series Lens for Sony Full Frame E-mount for $999

+ SmallRig Pix M160 RGBWW LED Light for $39

+ also a teleprompter thing and a security camera thing

MeanwhiLe, running until Monday at 11:59pm pacific time, there’s a Nixplay digital picture frame at the Amazon USA Gold box going from $126 to $152…

Sony Educational discounts for those eligible

For those eligible for educational discounts, B&H Photo and Sony are running Holiday Specials for students… I am not eligible for this, so I cannot test/check it out…

Sony a7R III body (V2) with Serious FREEbies (Flashpoint flash or Vanguard Tripod or others) for $1998

And now we go to Sony full frame mirrorless, and credit to Sony for doing this before CaNiKoN thought it was cool. Yes, Sony is a mirrorless hipster 😉

The Sony a7R III (V2) body only is on sale for $1998 at various authorized Sony USA dealers, but Adorama, as it often the case, takes it to the next level with various FREE accessory bundles.

I am posting a link to one of the Sony a7R III body (v2) listings and you can find the rest of them through the “tab” options over there:

+ External Flash kit with Flashpoint Zoom Li-ion R2 TTL On-Camera Flash Speedlight for Sony

+ Tripod Kit with the Vanguard VEO 2 235AB 5 Section Aluminum Tripod with VEO 2 BH-50 Ball Head, slinger bag, 64GB Extreme PRO SDXC

+ Accessorapalooza kit with 128GB Lexar UHS-II SDXC, shoulder bag, Green Extreme battery, Peak Design strap, etc

Instant Savings on various Sony Lenses

If you are a fan of the Sony E-system or you have joined the party with the latest Black FRiday camera offers, well, you are in luck, because Sony is also having an Instant Savings sale on many of their E-system lenses, which you can find nicely listed at the Adorama website

Sony Lenses Instant Savings (34 options)

If you are a fan of the Sony E-system, for a limited time there’s another variation of the Sony Instant savings sale (the manufacturer initiated type) of the lens kind, 34 options of them, which you can find nicely organized at Amazon’s website

Prime Day: Sony a6000 Body for $345

Also part of the Prime Day 2021 sales, more specifically at the Outdoorsy and Photography sale you can get the new condition Sony a6000 body only for $345 with free US shipping.

This is the silver color scheme, sold and shipped by Amazon herself.

Thursday: GVM, 64GB Sony CFast 2.0, Etc

Thursday is here, aka Thirst-DAY, which is a good time for our new PSA to properly hydrate! Water, water, water and coconut water [that is not heavily pasteurized because then you lose some of the nutritional benefits]. Beware of flavored water, apart from the mysterious and all-inclusive “nature flavors” [which are rarely so], there’s other strange things [eg artificial sweeteners, and such].

And now, to the B&H Photo daily deals good until 11:59pm ET on 6/10/21 or earlier if sold out:

+ Ruggard Sterilization cases, five options, $20 to $35
+ I hope these refer to COVID sterilization 😉

+ GVM 672S-B Bi-Color LED Studio Video Panel 3-Light Kit for $480 with FREE GVM Softbox automagically included by B&H while the promotion is running
+ daily reminder: you can’t have photography without light!

+ 2-pack of 64GB Sony CFast 2.0 with one USB card reader, all together now for $200

+ Apexel Gorillas Tripod for Smartphones and DSLR Camera for $18
+ could potentially become a pet toy or at least part of such a DIY contraption

+ Polsen SCL-1080 Shotgun Microphone for $40

+ IndiPRO Tools Compact 95Wh V-Mount Li-ion Battery for $145 with FREE IndiPRO Tools D-Tap Pro Battery Charger (16.8V, 1A) automagically included by B&H while this promotion is running

MEANWHILE at the Woot daily deals they have $10 t-shirts, a sale on Amazon Kindle and Fire devices ($20 to $140; ereaders start at $30; if you like reading text-only ebooks, especially with long reading/immersion sessions, they are a must have; so far I’ve bought six e-readers) and such.

EUROPEAN ONION shoppers may be interested in a big AmazonBasics sale at Amazon Chermany that includes cables, batteries, bags, and other tech/electronics offered under Amazon’s OG house brand [now they have a gazillion sub-brands]…

Monday: refurbished Sony H300 superzoom for $85 w/FS

It’s a refurbished superzoom camera day at the Monday 3/15/21 NewEgg daily deals good until 11:59pm pacific time or earlier if sold out…

More specifically, it is the refurbished Sony Cybershot H300 superzoom going for $85 with free US shipping. This is sold and shipped by marketplace seller “VIP Outlet” (not by NewEgg itself)…

If you are having a bit of a deja vu moment, this is one of those recurring NewEgg daily deals…

Elsewhere among the daily action for Monday, at the Amazon USA Gold Box the headliner is an APC UPS and surge protector sale ($11 to $75). There’s also a Tacklife Tools sale ($10 to $68), educational toys, Moen shower fixtures, and such… Meanwhile the previously mentioned AmazonBasics Lighting sales (not a daily deal, part of the “Savings & Sales”) continues… Also on sale is a Fire Stick and an Echo Dot…

Now shipping: Sony Xperia PRO 5G smartphone with HDMI Input

Smartphones have beautiful screens these days but very few companies have thought of using the smartphones as external monitors for actual digital cameras. One of those very few just came out, from a company that makes both cameras and smartphones, SONY! It is the brand new Sony Xperia PRO 5G smartphone. It comes with an actual HDMI input, opening its 4K OLED display to your cameras and anything else that outputs on HDMI. And that’s its defining characteristic! And it has optional wireless streaming kits for select cameras (not just select Sony Alphas but also the Nikon Z6 III and Canon R5).

And given the benefit and costs of alternative solutions, Sony has priced it very “pro”, $2500 for the smartphone kit, and about $150 to $175 more for the camera-specific wireless streaming kits. Needless to say, this is a purpose-built smartphone for photographers and videographers and YouTubers/streamers and such…

AS of the time of writing it is in-stock and ready to ship at B&H Photo at its starting price of $2500 (not a typo!)… It has a mid-Februry in-stock estimate at Amazon itself and it is in pre-order status at Adorama.

Note that this is built up on the Xperia 1 Mark II. If you only want a smartphone and not its defining HDMI input feature, you are better off with the Xperia 1 Mark II or any other modern smartphone OR you can wait for the upcoming Snapdragon 888 smartphones that include the upcoming Sony Xperia 1 Mark III…

For a brief overview of the Xperia PRO 5G used as an external camera monitor, here’s Mr Mobile’s take on it after about 1.5 weeks of use:

Thursday: refurb Sony Cybershot H300 superzoom for $85

Zoom-zoom at the NewEgg daily deals, good until Thursday 1/21/21 at 11:59pm pacifc time, or earlier if sold out, marketplace seller VIP Outlet is offering the refurbished Sony Cybershot H300 superzoom for $85 with free US shipping. This is sold and shipped by the marketplace seller, not by NewEgg itself…

Pre-order new Sony 35mm f1.4 Master Series prime

Master prime time! Sony has revealed a new 35mm f1.4 lens, this one is under their Masters (GM) series, not to be confused with the existing ZA. The new lens is now available for pre-ordering at B&H Photo for $1398. B&H Photo also has sample pictures and a brief hands-on experience at their Explora blog

Speaking of which, you can check the Explora CES coverage for some of the biggest announcement at Diet CES 2021. They include a new NVidia GeForce RTX 3060 (no pre-orders yet, good luck fighting the “miners” and their “canaries” for those), another iteration of the Moto G bargain phones ($200 to $300), new MSI gaming laptops, scary-looking ASUS gaming router, two more OnePlus Nord smartphones, Sony joining the drone market with their new AirPeak brand (just as the Chinese brand are facing scrutiny and bans), TV galore of course, Wifi 6E routers, HP Firefly laptop [no, they are not picking up the tab for Firefly TV action] and more…

Friday: refurbished Sony H300 superzoom for $89 w/FS

A Christmas Day miracle at the NewEgg dailies, they have an actual digital camera of name-brand recognition in their daily deals, good until 11:59pm pacific time (or earlier if sold out). It is the refurbished Sony Cybershot H300 superzoom (35x optical) going for $89 with free US shipping. This is sold and shipped by marketplace seller “VIP Outlet”…

Monday: refurbished Sony HDR-CX405/B camcorder for $89

Surprise! Some kind of a name-brand camera makes its way to the NewEgg deals du jour, it is the refurbished Sony HDR-CX405/B full HD flash-based camcorder going for $89, sold and shipped by 3rd-party seller “VIP Outlet”… This is a 30X optical zoom…

Meanwhile the headliner of the Amazon Gold Box for Monday is an unlocked USA-warranty Samsung Galaxy S10+ going for $550 in the 128GB variant. Check the listing for the other options…

Cyber Monday 1-Day Sale for Canon, Nikon, Fuji and Sony [226 options]

Cyber Monday sale-a-brations at B&H Photo. This set of promotions is good for Cyber Monday 2020 only. They expire on Monday at 11:59pm eastern:

+ Sony Lenses, 30 options, including primes, zooms, FE, PZ and of course some Zeiss-blessed lenses

+ Fuji Camera and Lens sales, 39 options including X-System cameras and lenses, an XP-series Finepix, and a medium format too

+ Canon Cameras, Lenses, Etc, 107 options, including EF, EF-S, RF, EF-M cameras and lenses, Powershots and various accessories

+ Nikon DSLR and Mirrorless, 50 options, cameras and lenses and a battery grip too

+ for more action, check all their Cyber Monday Deals for 2020

Sigma 56mm f1.4 DC DN [Sony E] for $339

Hooray hooray, it’s a LENS DAY at the latest incarnation of the Adorama daily deals, this lot good until Sunday at 10am ET (or earlier if sold out)…

+ Sigma 56mm f1.4 DC DN for Sony E only for $339

+ Dolica 62″ Proline Aluminum Alloy Tripod and Ball Head for $35

+ Flashpoint eVOLV 200 TTL Pocket Flash Exclusive HexaPop Kit (Godox AD200 TTL Pocket Flash) for $319

+ AKG K-701 headphones for $159

Sony Black Friday Instant Savings (86 options)

We already mentioned some of them individually, but there’s plenty more in the Sony Black Friday offers. There are both full frame and APS-C mirrorless cameras, E and FE prime and zoom lenses, the ZV1 creature for $698, a couple of camcorders, flashes and other accessories, and of course some of the RX-series fixed lens cameras… Too many to list here individually…

Keep in mind a number of these qualify for our previously mentioned Sony “buy more save more” mail-in rebate promotion which gets you money (in a prepaid VISA gift card) for each qualifying lens you buy during the promotional period. You must have one of the participating Sony full frame mirrorless cameras. The details through the aforelinked link which has links to other links with other info 🙂

Sony complicated mail-in promotion with conditions: Buy 2 or More participating Sony Lenses, Own a qualifying Sony Full-Framer, and Get Mail-In Rebate Per Lens

Sony is running a little bit of a convoluted “buy more save more” type of a promotion until December 6 in 2020. The start of the promotional period was September 1st in 2020. Items need not to be purchased from the same retailer or the same date.

The offer requires:

  • Buy 2 or more Sony Lenses from this eligible list of options; new condition authorized dealer only, no open-box, no used, no refurbished – look for them at B&H Photo
  • You Must Own a Sony Full Frame camera from this list A7S III, A7R III, A7R IV, A9, A9 II; purchase time does not matter for this, you could also buy the camera together with the lenses
  • you must enter the information (serial numbers, etc) at the promotional Sony page
  • you will receive $100 to $200 per eligible lens; the amounts per lens are predetermined (typically the more expensive the lens, the higher the rebate)
  • you will receive the amount in about 2 months as a prepaid VISA gift card
  • check all the terms conditions and restrictions before jumping in

Separately, Sony is running a promotion that if you own an eligible Sony camera and purchase a Sony Xperia 1 II or 5 II, you get a rebate of $150 or $120. Eligible Also a 12/6/20 expiration date… Details via the PDF file at the Xperia 1 II product page at B&H, which as of the time of writing it gets a $100 B&H gift card as well…

Sony a7R II body with either 1-year Creative Cloud (Pho) or Flashpoint Flash for $1198

The Sony a7r II body only goes for $1198 with free accessories (cards, bags, trinkets, etc) at some photography dealers but apart from those offers, there are a couple with more substantive freebies:

+ at B&H Photo and for the same price you get a 12-month Adobe Creative Cloud Photography Plan included
+ if you go through the other options at B&H, for $1396 you can get it with the Sony 28-70 f3.5-5.6 OSS lens and either the Grip Extension kit or the aforementioned 12-month Creative Cloud

+ at Adorama you get their house brand Flashpoint Zoom TTL R2 Flash with Integrated R2 Radio Transceiver for the same price

Sony Educational discounts up and running at B&H

If you are eligible and registered for the Sony Educational program, a handful of limited time Sony Educational offers is up and running at B&H Photo. You can only see the offers if you are registered for the Sony EDU program and you are logged on to that account at B&H Photo…

Some of the educational offers include:

+ Sony a7 II body for $758
+ Sony a7R II body for $1018
+ Sony a6600 body for $1158
+ Sony RX100 VII for $1068
+ a6000 with 16-50 for $433
+ FE 50mm f1.8 $161

You must be registered as an EDU/student at B&H to see the above offers…

10% Back on select Sony Cameras and Lenses when paying with the B&H PayBoo card

The B&H PayBoo card is B&H’s online store credit card that has a special benefit. If you online-shop from a state that charges sales tax on online purchases, and you pay for the B&H purchase with the PayBoo store card, you get an instant discount/credit on the PayBoo card that is equal of the sales tax you would have paid. In other words, B&H pays the sales tax for you. You can check whether your state is eligible by clicking on the “Check Savings” links over there. It opens up, asks for your zipcode and tells you the percentage. Obviously if you live in a state without a sales tax, you won’t get anything discounted. The card is from Symphony Bank. It is only a store card that can be used at B&H, not a general-use VISA/Mastercard/etc…

And now to the actual deal running until August 25 in 2020. In addition to the aforementioned sales-tax credit, you will get an additional 10% back on your card with the purchase of select Sony Cameras and Lenses that you see listed over there. They include A-series full-frames, a-series APS-C cameras, f2.8 PRO zooms, bright primes and various other lenses and bundles…

Example
To keep the example simple, I am using round numbers and a fictional state. Let’s say you live in the great state of Denial, famous for its beautiful reflective lakes and its wholesome gentle and thrifty people, so they charge a 1% sales tax. You want to buy a Sony a6400 kit that costs $998. And you pay for your purchase in whole with the B&H PayBoo card.

You will be charged $998 [the camera price] plus 1% sales tax [$9.98] but the PayBoo card will automatically credit your account for $9.98, making your out of pocket $998. And because you are buying a camera participating in this Sony promotion, you will get a separate 10% credit [10% of $998 = $99.8] on your PayBoo B&H card…

I hope this example is actually not making things more confusing 🙂

Sony Flash and Battery Grip Sale (five options)

Sony is having a Flash and Grip sale with three of their on-camera flashes being on sale ($278 to $548) and two of their battery grips ($298 to $348)…

Speaking of grippy things, the new condition BlackRapid Sport Breathe Camera Strap is on sale for $59~ with free US shipping for a limited time…

Sony RX100 VA edition with Extras (SquareTrade, 32GB, Watson) for $909

Sony was doing the “New Editions” thing before Huawei (out of mordant need) made it cool with their Google Play “New Edition” smartphones. So back to Sony, their new RX100 VA edition (buffer size boost and other fixes and improvements) goes for $848~ in new condition at authorized dealers, but if you want a nice bundle with extras, for a limited time, B&H Photo is offering this VA bundle for $909. So that extra $61 gets you:

+ extra Watson-brand battery
+ 32GB Sandisk Extreme PRO SD card
+ 2-year Square Trade Spills-n-Drops warranty

On their own, the three items go for $20 + $13 + $64, so basically if you want the Square Trade warranty, you are paying less with the bundle and get the card and battery as a bonus…

PS: speaking of the RX100 cameras, they have amazing staying power for a digital camera, even defeating Leica! Despite all the newer RX100-series models, even the first generation continues to be available as a current product ($399 new, $279 used, at B&H)…

Sony Instant Savings on RX cameras and E system options

If you are a fan of the Sony RX-series of cameras, we have good news for you, there are some RX-series Instant Savings promotions that include the beastly speed-demon beast of the RX 10 Mark IV for $1598 with a free 64GB Sony SF-E UHS-II SDXC card and a RJ camera bag… Also participating in the sale are selections from the RX1* full-framer series and a gazillion different RX100 series models along with a couple of stray superzoom Cybershots…

But that’s not all. For fans of the E-system, they have over 80 instant savings options, too many to list here individually but you can easily peruse them and filter them over there…

Sony Instant Savings for May 2020 (152 options)

Sony fans, you have options. 152 options. These are part of the Sony Instant Savings for May 2020 that are currently up and running at B&H Photo. The sale includes various Sony FE and APS-C camera kits and combos. Obviously too many to list here individually…

New round of Sony Instant Savings (FE, APS-C, RX series)

If you are a fan of the way of Sony, there is a new Instant Savings promotion running at B&H Photo featuring a mix of full-frame and APS-C on the interchangeable lens front, and the RX-series on the fixed lens front. There are too many to list here individually, you need to hit “Load More” over there to see them all…

KEH Starter Kit #3: USED Sony a6000 with 16-50mm and Extras and 180-day warranty for $379

If you want to get started with a Sony APS-C E-system mirrorless camera kit, want to go the way of the USED, but also get a nice warranty (180 days), KEH Camera has created a Starter Kit centered on the Sony a6000 with 16-50mm for $379 plus shipping. This also includes a battery, charger, camera strap and a 16GB memory card…

NOTE: Starter kits are not eligible for coupons…

Sony a6000 with 16-50mm down to $484 [limit 3]

A rarity in the digital era, an APS-C iLC camera (yes, I know, it’s like saying “ATM machine”) that refuses to die! The Sony a6000 is still alive and kicking and as of the time of writing the new condition a6000 with the 16-50mm power zoom kit lens is on sale for $484 with free shipping with up to three per customer at Amazon by Amazon itself

This is not a lightning deal, so I have no clue if/when the price will change…

Sony a7r III with 24-105mm for $3896 with FREE Next Day Shipping

Anxious to get started quickly on your new full frame photographic adventures? Good until 3/29/20, B&H Photo is offering the new condition Sony a7R III with the 24-105mm lens for $3896 with free next day shipping in the USA. Of course the Corona situation may (or may not) impact delivery times, so always keep that in mind until things get sorted out…