Meike 35mm f1.7 MF Lens for $80 [E/X/m43/EF-M]

It’s a LENS DAY at the current Adorama daily deals iteration that runs until Sunday at 10am ET or earlier if sold out:

+ Meike 35mm f1.7 manual focus lens for $80 in Sony E, or Fuji X, or M43rds or Canon EF-M

+ Nanuk Small Series 905 Lightweight NK-7 Resin Waterproof Protective Case, Black for $40

+ SmallRig Full Camera Cage Kit with HDMI & USB-C Cable Clamp for Canon R5/R6 for $39

+ KODAK 10″ Touch Screen Rechargeable Digital Photo Frame Wi-Fi Enabled with HD Photo Display, Rose Gold for $120

MEANWHiLE at the Sunday Amazon, there’s over 150 ebooks in the Kindle daily deals, while the Gold Box has a sale on select SK Hynix SSDs…

Canon EOS-R body only with A Feast Of Accessories options for $1599

We have another body only type of a deal, this time with a feast of accessories! We are talking about the Canon EOS-R body only, of the full frame mirrorless kind, going for $1599 with the retailers going wild with the FREE accessories bundled with it:

At the B&H Photo website you get:

+ Rode VideoMic Camera-Mount Shotgun Microphone
+ Ulanzi VL-49 Rechargeable Mini RGB Light
+ 128GB Sandisk Extreme PRO SDXC
+ Canon EOS 200ES Shoulder Bag
+ Corel PaintShop Pro 2022 Ultimate for Windows (DVD with Download Card)

Then there’s the Adorama Vlogger kit:

+ RODE VideoMicro Compact On-Camera Microphone
+ Ulanzi W49 6000K Mini LED Light
+ 64GB Sandisk Extreme PRO SDXC
+ Tamrac Jazz Shoulder Bag 50 v2.0
+ Corel Photo Video Art Suite Software Kit
+ Peak Design Camera Cuff Wrist Strap
+ Flashpoint FPX-BK-S2 Straight Bracket with Dual Shoe
+ screen protector
+ cleaning kit

OR if you don’t want the small things but prefer to get an actual name-brand tripod instead, Adorama has the spartan Tripod kit:

+ Vanguard VEO 2 235AB 5 Section Aluminum Tripod with VEO 2 BH-50 Ball Head
+ 64GB Sandisk Extreme PRO SDXC
+ that’s it here πŸ™‚

Black Friday at the official Canon stores

Black Friday has arrived at the official Canon USA store

As it is often the case, some of the bang for the buck offers can be found among their refurbished products, which you can find by using your browser’s in-page search function to look for “refurbished” at their Special Offers page

But it’s not just Canon USA that is having Black Friday sales. You can also find sales at the following Canons:

+ Canon Germany

+ Canon UK

Sigma 16mm f1.4 DC DN Contemporary for $299 [E/L/m43/EF-M]

As usual, the Friday round of B&H Photo daily deals runs until Saturday at 11:59pm ET but the website does not accept orders, as usual, Fri PM to Sat PM {check their website for details)…

The extra time can be handy because it is a LENS DAY of the mirrornyet kind. For $299 with free US shipping, you can get in new condition the Sigma 16mm f1.4 DC DN Contemporiary lens in your choice of Sony E, M43rds, Leica L or Canon EF-M…

The rest of the B&H Photo deals du jour are:

+ DJi Mini SE with Outdoor Accessory Combo Kit for $356

+ GVM LED lights, six options, $15 to $229

+ MeFOTO BackPacker Travel Tripods for $50 in eight options

+ Apple Mac Mini Mac mini for $429

+ Acer 15.6″ ConceptD 3 Ezel Multi-Touch 2-in-1 Laptop for $999 with FREE Bitdefender
+ 360Β° Hinge, Active Stylus Pen
+ 2.6 GHz Core i7 6-Core (10th Gen)
+ 16GB DDR4 RAM, 1TB NVMe PCIe M.2 SSD
+ 15.6″ 1920 x 1080 IPS Matte Touchscreen

+ Intel internal SSDs, five options, $42 to $165

+ flash deal ends Friday 10am ET: 18TB WD Elements Desktop USB 3.0 External Hard Drive for $300 after automatic in-cart coupon

+ flash deal starts Friday 10am ET: WD 6TB Elements Desktop USB 3.0 External Hard Drive

Wedn: Lensbaby Burnside 35mm f2.8 for $299 {9 options}, Etc

It’s a “kinda lens day” at the Wednesday 11/24/21 B&H Photo daily deals running until 11:59pm ET (or earlier if sold out):

+ Lensbaby Burnside 35mm f2.8 for $299 in nine system options
++ DSLR: Canon EF, Nikon F, Pentax K
++ mirrorless: M43rds, Fuji X, Sony E, Leica L, Canon RF, Nikon Z

+ Browning BTC-5HD-APX-20C Strike Force Apex HD Trail Camera (20MP) for $90

+ Genaray Ultra-Thin Bicolor 288 SMD LED On-Camera Light Basic Kit for $79

+ Cambee Professional RGB 600 Panel 2-Light Kit for $228

+ SyRP Genie Mini II Panning Motion Control System for $150 after automatic $110 off in-cart coupon

+ Samson G-Track Pro USB Microphone with Built-In Audio Interface (Silver) for $80
+ the time is right to start the camera/photography podcast you’ve always dreamed about!

+ Tascam DR-10L Micro Portable Audio Recorder with Lavalier Microphone (White) for $125
+ kinda looks like a tape recorder of the good old days

+ flash deal: Tamrac Tradewind 2.6 Shoulder Bag (Dark Gray) for $16

Venus Laowa 15mm f2 ZeroD Lens for $749 with FREEbies Bundle [E/RF/Z] {Leica L without freebies}

Running until Wednesday at 10am ET (or earlier if sold out) the headliner of the current iteration of the Adorama dailies is the new condition Venus Laowa 15mm f2 ZeroD Lens offered for $749 with free US shipping in the Sony E, Canon RF and Nikon Z systems with the following FREEbie bundles at the same price as of the time of writing:

+ Peak Design Lens Changing Kit Adapter

+ Corel software (select Mac or PC bundle)

+ Adorama Slinger Soft Lens Case Small, 5″ x 86mm, Black

+ ProOptic 72mm Digital Essentials Filter Kit

+ also lens cap tether, lens wrap, lens pen, and cleaning kit

Meanwhile the Leica L version is also on sale for $749 but WITHOUT the extra freebies…

The other two Adorama daily deals are:

+ 128GB Lexar SILVER Series Professional 1066x C UHS-I Memory Card (up to 160MB/s Read, 120MB/s Write) for $20

+ Astro Gaming A10 Headset for PS4 & Xbox, Gray & Blue for $50

Rokinon 14mm f2.8 Series II for $349 [X/E/m43/EF/EOSM] to $389 [N chipped]

It’s a LENZE DAY {yes, it’s Alternate Spelling Week LOL} at the Adorama daily deals, running until Tuesday at 10am ET (or earlier if sold out) you can have the new condition Rokinon 14mm f2.8 Series II prime lens for $349 in the Canon EF, Sony E, M43rds, Fuji X and Canon EOS-M. The lens is also available in Nikon with AE chip for $389…

But that’s not all. There are three more daily deals running parallel:

+ Tamrac Jazz Shoulder Bag 50 v2.0 for $15
+ music NOT included

+ Green Extreme 150Wh Lithium-ion V-Mount Battery for $99

+ Green Extreme Dual Position Li-Ion Battery Charging/Power Station (V-Mount) for $110

Rokinon 85mm f1.4 Autofocus for $499 to $589 [C/N/E/RF]

Hooray-Hooray, it’s a LENS DAY at the Adorama daily deals, this incarnation running until Friday 10/15/21 at 10am ET (or earlier if sold out):

+ Rokinon 85mm f1.4 auto focus lens for $499 in Canon EF or Nikon F, $529 in Sony E, $589 in Canon RF

+ Vivitar 58mm 3-Piece Solid Neutral Density Filter Kit with ND2, ND4 & ND8 Filter for $10

+ Yeelight YLDD04YL 2m LED Aurora Lightstrip Plus with Voice Control for $43

+ Reolink Argus 2 Full HD Wire-Free Outdoor/Indoor Battery/Solar Powered Wi-Fi Security Camera with 2-Way Audio for $64

NiSi 15mm f4 Sunstar Super Wide Angle Full Frame ASPH for $479 [X/E/RF/Z]

Busy day at the Adorama daily deals running until Thursday at 10am ET (or earlier if sold out). Not only that, but it’s also a (mirrorless) lens day!

+ NiSi 15mm f4 Sunstar Super Wide Angle Full Frame ASPH for $479 in Fuji X, Sony E, Canon RF and Nikon Z
+ the Leica L is not on sale #LeicaTAX

+ Litra LitraTorch 2.0 Photo and Video LED Light with Soft Box, Adapter for $50

+ NiSi NM-180 Macro Focusing Rail with 360 Degree Rotating Clamp for $99

Rokinon 85mm f1.4 AF for $529 [E] or $629 [RF]

It’s a LENS DAY at the Adorama daily deal, this round running until Tuesday at 10am ET (or earlier if sold out):

+ Rokinon 85mm f1.4 AF lens for Canon RF for $629

+ Rokinon 85mm f1.4 AF lens for Sony E for $529

NiSi 15mm f4 Sunstar with $50 GC for $499 [X/E/Z/RF/L]

Hooray-Hooray, it’s a LENS DAY at the Adorama daily deals good until Tuesday at 10am ET (or earlier if sold out):

+ NiSi 15mm f4 Sunstar Full Frame ASPH Lens for $499 with FREE $50 Adorama gift certificate added automatically to the bundle during this promotion
+ lens is available in Fuji X, Sony E, Nikon Z, Canon RF, and Leica L

+ Flashpoint XPLOR 300 Pro TTL R2 Battery-Powered Monolight Outdoor 2-Flash Kit for $749

+ Flashpoint FV150 Hybrid R2 Continuous LED Light and HSS Flash (Godox FV150) for $259

+ LG 27UK670 27” 16:9 4K Ultra HD IPS Monitor with USB Type-C for $349

EU Prime Day Camera Gear: Canon, Sony, Pentax, Samyang, Zeiss Batis, Panasonic S5, Storage, Etc

It’s already Prime Day in Europe and at the Amazon Germany website there’s among others a Canon gear sale that includes the 90D, the G3X, and lenses of different kinds (EF, EF-S, EF-M, RF)… A total of nine options is available as of the time of writing…

But that’s not all! There’s also a big (two page) Sony-priority camera gear sale that includes various Sony lenses, the RX100 III, the 7R II body only, lenses from Samyang, Zeiss Batis, Pentax (eg 50/1.8 SMC DA for 100 euro), and Tamron, Panasonic S5, Steiner binos, and more!

There’s also a sale of action cameras and drones

Next up we have the Storage Sale that includes Sandisk SD and microSD, Samsung, Lexar, Axe and more, three pages of them! There’s even some CompactFlash UDMA7 of the Lexar kind!

The interesting thing with Prime, even if you live in a country that does not get Prime delivery (eg within the scope of Amazon Germany), you can still sign up for the 30-day Prime free trial and get the sale price. But you won’t get the free shipping benefits or any of the other DRM-restricted benefits (video, ebooks, etc)…

Rokinon 14/2.8 AF and 85/1.8 AF for $1198 [Canon RF]

If you are a new convert to the Canon RF system and want to add prime lenses to your collection (without the use of mount adapters), then good until Thursday 6/17/21 at 10am ET {or earlier if sold out) you can find at the Adorama daies this new condition Rokinon for Canon RF bundle going for $1198 with free US shipping. For that you get:

  • Rokinon 85mm f/1.4 Auto Focus for RF
  • Rokinon 14mm F2.8 Full Frame Auto Focus for RF
  • cleaning kit
  • microfiber cloth (you can never have too many of these these-days with so many devices with screens on them

Venus Laowa 12mm f2.8 Zero-D w/freebies for $849 [C/N/K/Z/RF/FE] {ends Sun 10am ET}

Lens days continue at the Adorama daily deals, but this time it is not Sigma but a …celestial body! This round is good until Sunday at 10am ET or earlier if sold out:

+ Venus Laowa 12mm f2.8 Zero-D ultra wide for $849 with FREE accessories and Corel software
+ Mirrorless version in Sony FE, Canon RF and Nikon Z
+ DSLR version in Canon EF, Nikon F, Pentax K (no freebies)

+ also masks as daily deals

Monday: Amazon’s Lighting Deals Wake Up with three Neewer Manual Focus Primes

Meanwhile at the Camera and Photo Lightning Deals at Amazon, as of the time of writing, there are over 100 listed items including:

+ starts 12:04pm ET: Neewer 35mm f1.7 manual focus lens for the Sony E system
+ price before sale $63
+ there’s only a Sony E option on this listing

+ starts 2:34pm ET: Neewer 25mm f1.8 manual focus lens for Canon EF-M
+ price before sale $70
+ there’s only the Canon EF-M option on this listing

+ starts 7:44pm ET: Neewer 25mm f1.8 manual focus lens for Sony E
+ price before sale $66
+ only the Sony E option is on the listing

+ starts 7:44pm ET: ATLI EON Time Lapse Camera
+ price before sale $199
+ the listing also has a 20% off clip-on coupon on the silver color scheme and a 10% off clip-on coupon on the black color scheme
+ clip-on coupon may be stackable with the Lightning Deal discount
+ Gold Box Teaser points to the black color scheme; we have no way of knowing ahead of time whether both color schemes will be a lightning deal

+ starts Tuesday 3:30am ET: Neewer Battery Grip (replacement for Canon BG-E14)
+ price before sale $39

+ studio and lightning kits galore from Neewer and GVM and friends

+ stabilizer-y things: tripods, monopods, phone/camera hand stabilizers, ball heads, holders, etc
+ includes FeiYu products

+ action cams, digi frames, etc

+ flashes, monolights, etc

+ items may get added, cancelled, or rescheduled without prior warning in the Gold Box

+ also, the more things I post, the higher the chances of me introducing errors (wrong times, wrong links, etc)

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

Canon Black Friday Offerings (107 options, EF, EF-S, RF, EF-M, G-series)

Canon of course could not not participate in the Black Friday offerings and their set has 107 options that feature full frame and APS-C cameras from both their DSLR and Mirrorless worlds, along with lenses from EF/EF-S, RF and their Jon Snows (EF-M). There’s some fixed lens cameras too (eg G-series, SX-series) and some accessories too (flashes, battery grips, etc)… Too many to list here individually and stay sane πŸ™‚

Canon RF 24-240mm f4-6.3 IS USM for $699

If you want to jump on the new Canon RF mirrorless system [eg yesterday’s $1000 deal] and you also want a 10x optical zoom lens to go with it, the new condition RF 24-240mm f4-6.3 IS USM lens is on sale for $699 with free US shipping at Adorama (with extra freebies) and also at the official Canon store and at B&H Photo

Canon RP with RF 24-105mm f4-7.1 with Freebies for $999

If you are curious about Canon’s new full frame mirrorless system, and want a native “take pictures with” kit, Black Friday comes to the rescue as it crosses downwards the magical mystical “$1000 full frame” price threshold of $1000. I’m sure I could have said the above with a lot fewer words πŸ™‚

Anyway, during Black Friday festivities, the Canon RP camera bundled with the 24-105mm f4-7.1 RF lens is now down to $999 with free US shipping at B&H Photo

But wait, there’s more! If you also want free accessories, Adorama is bundling it with lots of freebies: 64GB Sandisk Extreme SDXC, Slinger camera bag [Slinger is the brand name, it’s not a sling bag, but a bag-bag], 67mm filter kit, Corel software [PC or Mac], and a few trinkets.

On the other hand, if you don’t want/need the 24-105mm kit lens, Adorama has a kit for that too. For $998 you get the Canon EF-R mount adapter [EF lenses to R bodies], 32GB Sandisk Extreme PRO SDXc, shoulder bag, Corel software, 2pk of rain covers, and a few trinkets.

BUT I ONLY WANT THE BODY ONLY!
The RP body only goes for $899 instead, $100 less than the “take pictures with” kit. At B&H Photo you also get a 128GB Sandisk Extreme PRO SDXC card, RJ DSLR shoulder bag, and a cleaning kit (includes a …lipstick brush)…

At Adorama the freebies include a 64GB Sandisk Extreme PRO SDXC, shoulder bag, Corel software, 2pk of rain covers, octopus tripod with ball head and a few trinkets.

The Venus Loaoaoaoawa RF option
I should also note that at Adorama [see links above], with any of the above RP kits, you have the option to buy it together with select Venus Loawa RF lenses for a combined purchase discount. As of the time of writing there are four Venus lenses and the combined purchase discounts are either $100 off for the more expensive lenses and $25 off for the least expensive of the four lenses.

Sunday: Venus Optics Laowa 25mm f/2.8 2.5-5X Ultra Macro for $329 [C/N/K/E/Z/RF], Etc

Not only these are fun toys for kids of all ages, they are also great photography props without paying the “photography gear tax”. The Sunday Meh deal du jour is a 2-pack of Jedi Apprentice Electronic Lightsabers for $12 plus shipping [free for Mehmembers]…

Sunday has arrived at the B&H daily deals as well with happy happy joy joy it’s a LENS DAY once again! Offers good until 11:59pm ET on Sunday or earlier if sold out:

+ Venus Optics Laowa 25mm f/2.8 2.5-5X Ultra Macro Lens for $329
+ for DSLR systems in Canon, Nikon and Pentax
+ for MirrorNYET systems in Sony E, Canon RF and Nikon Z

+ 32GB Sandisk Ultra C10 microSDXC with SD adapterfor $4.45
+ 10pk of above for $43
+ with SD and USB 2.0 adapters for $5.69

+ for the gear color-coders out there, five different color schemes of the MeFoto Walkabout S travel alumin(i)um Monopod for $25 each
+ for example, red for parties, white for weddings, black for night shooting, green for nature and blue for water/sea πŸ˜‰

+ Spider Camera Holster Spiderlight Hand Strap for $10 in three color options

+ Ruggard DSLR Parka Cold and Rain Protector for Cameras and Camcorders for $40
+ because cameras have feelings too and they can feel the cold and the rain as well!

+ Vello FreeWave Plus Wireless Remote Shutter Release for $30 in your choice of Canon, Nikon, Sony Multi, Sony-Minolta, select Nikon/Fuji, select OlyPan/Canon; check individual product listings for more details over there

+ ApeXel 4-in-1 Cell Phone Camera System for $18

+ flash deal: Magnus BHSP-04 Ball Head with Built-In Smartphone Adapter for $13
+ next flash deal: Tamrac PRO strap (price before sale $50)

UPDATE: at the Woot daily deals there’s a single-use Energizer MAX alkaline sale. They are sold in bulk packaging: 100 AA for $38, 100 AAA for $39, 50 of each for $40. BUT WAIT, there’s LESS! IF you are a Prime member, you pay $5 less for each. You have to connect your Amazon Prime account with your Woot account – if you haven’t done so already. This is a one-time thing, not everytime there’s an offer!

Rokinon 12mm f2 NCS CS MF Lens for $249 [X/E/m43/EF-M]

It’s your lucky day, a union of the two towers (okay, two lenses) type of day because it’s a LENS DAY at both the B&H daily deals and now the Adorama daily deals which runs until Tuesday at 10am ET (or earlier if sold out)…

The Adorama offering is good for the Fuji X, Sony E, M43rds and Canon EF-M systems. It goes for $249 with free US shipping and it is … the new condition Rokinon 12mm f2 NCS CS manual focus lens…

There’s also a second Adorama daily deal this time, it is the new condition Polar Pro Peter McKinnon Edition 67mm Variable ND 6-9 Stop Filter going for $179 with free US shipping…

Speaking of daily deals, the Monday daily deals at the NewEgg store include the 128GB Samsung EVO (orange/cream) microSDXC for $18 and the 16TB (!) Seagate Expansion desktop external USB 3.0 HDD for $288 after a spartan $7 off promo code… And various other techie things as usual…

Meanwhile at the Monday Amazon USA Holiday Rash (is there an ointment for that?) [OOOPS, it’s holiday dash, not rash] they have a sale on Samsung SSDs both internal and external with prices ranging from $54 to $250… And they have my favorite nutrition/protein bar of all time on sale, it’s an RX sale!

Prime Day #2: Canon M6 Mark II with 15-45 and EVF APS-C Mirrorless for $799 [updated]

UPDATE: this is the Canon M6 Mark II. In the chaos of the original post, I did not write “Mark II”, so some may have thought it was the Mark I… All apologies for the confusion… Silver lining, this is good practice for Black Friday 2020 πŸ™‚

Hooray! A real camera has appeared in the Wednesday Amazon USA Prime Day #2, it is available in black or silver-black, and for $799 you can get the new condition Canon M6 Mark II with 15-45 EF-M and EVF sold and shipped by Amazon herself.

If the price is right and you are not a Prime member, fear not! You can grab it right away by simply starting a 30-day free trial!

The offer ends on Wednesday at 11:59pm pacific time or earlier if sold out…

For more action, check our on-going Prime Day #2 round-up

PS: more things are getting added as I write these at the Amazon USA Prime Day #2, it’s a bit chaotic at the moment πŸ™‚

CURIOUS ABOUT THE CANON M6 MARK II?
Since this is a 24-hour deal and the camera comes in two color-options, you have plenty of time to research it. Here are some reviews to get you started:

+ the most readable and pleasant to read (compared to most of the other ad-attack websites) review at Camera Labs

+ Richard Butler sings writes the dpreview review, late November 2019, “our favorite Canon mirrorless yet”

+ Theano Nikitas at Tom’s Guide
+ NOTE: the Tom’s Guide website is an avalanche of ads, literally boxing you in as you are trying to read the review πŸ™‚

+ short review at F/Stoppers

+ 3.5 out of 5 at PC Magazine

+ standard review format at Photography Blog

+ longish review at Digital Camera World but “ads attack” almost as bad as Tom’s Guide

+ review, not unboxing at Verizon’s Engadget

+ hands-on at Trusted Reviews

+ field test at Imaging Resource

+ detailed review at The Digital Picture

+ readability suffers but there is content at Camera Jabber

+ if you need more reviews, opinions and such, the internet is your friend and also The YouTube and such…

This concludes this impromptu and incomplete review round-up πŸ™‚

Canon M200 with 15-45 EF-M for $449 [ends Tue 3pm ET]

Surprise! There’s an actual camera that is part of the Amazon Prime Day offers. It is the new condition scheme Canon M200 with 15-45 EF-M offered for $449 with free US shipping for Prime members… The offer ends on Tuesday at 3pm ET or earlier if sold out…

As of the time of writing, the black color scheme is 66% claimed, while the white color scheme is 14% claimed…

For more action, check our on-going Prime Day situation room

Sigma 30mm f1.4 DC DN Contemporary w/FREE Tiffen UV for $289 [E/m43/EF-M]

Prime time for fans of Sony E, Micro Four Thirds and Canon EF-M, the new condition Sigma 30mm f1.4 DC DN Contemporary lens is on sale for $289 with free US shipping and a free 52mm Tiffen UV filter at B&H Photo as part of their OPTIC deals…

Samyang/Rokinon 85mm 1.4 MF lenses start at $248 [m43], $259 [X, K], $269 [Z], Etc

IF the new $399 Rokinon 85mm f1.4 II manual focus lenses do not tempt you and you want to optimize for a lower price, $269 is what it takes to get into the new condition Samyang 85mm f1.4 MF lens with the Nikon Focus Confirm

The other Samyang and Rokinon 85mm f1.4 options [look for them in the aforelinked search results]:

+ M43rds for $248
+ Pentax K mount and Fuji X for $259
+ Nikon Z for $269
+ Sony E for $299
+ Canon RF for $319
+ the search results also include the Auto Focus (AF) lenses which obviously cost double or more

I know, I know, it is 2020, some of you will argue, there’s no way I’m dealing with Manual Focus Lenses in 2020. Next thing you’re gonna tell me to buy a Huawei P40 phone and spend 20 hours every single frakking week hunting for new hacks and loopholes to run Google Play on them πŸ˜‰

And you would be right if your typical subject matter or your style of photography requires autofocus. But a lot of things don’t move at all, others move in predictable ways, and in these COVID-stressful times there’s a certain level of relaxation and grounding when you use manual focus. And in some ways, it forces you to pay closer attention to the scene you are photographing…

Pre-order new Rokinon 14/2.8 II and 85/1.4 II Manual Focus Lenses [C/N/E/X/m43/EF-M]

Rokinon fans, unite and take over! Rokinon lenses are now old enough that we have “II” models, and two new “II” primes are now available for pre-ordering at B&H Photo as follows:

+ 85mm f1.4 II for $399 in Sony E, Canon EF, Nikon F, Fuji X, Canon EF-M, M43

+ 14mm f2.8 II for $499 in Sony E, Canon EF, Nikon F, Fuji X, Canon EF-M, M43

These are manual focus lenses. Try finding a 85/1.4 for this price for Canon EF or Nikon F or Sony of any kind

Pre-order Canon RP with 24-105mm f4-7.1 zoom for $1299

If you are looking for a Canon RP “take pictures with” kit with a zoom lens, B&H Photo is accepting pre-orders for the new Pre-order Canon RP with 24-105mm f4-7.1 for $1299. Yes it is f4-7.1, not a typo πŸ™‚

Refurbished Canon camera and lens offerings (115 options)

The official Canon USA store is running a number of offers at the moment on refurbished Canon camera gear as follows:

+ 14 refurbished Powershot fixed lens cameras, a mix of G-series, superzooms and three Elphes too (okay, so the plural of “Elph” is “Elphs” or “Elves” or “Elphes”?)

+ 23 refurbished interchangeable lens cameras of the EF, EF-S and EF-M (mirrorless) variety

+ 73 refurbished Lenses of the EF, EF-S, EF-M and RF kind

+ get the refurbished Canon 75-300mm f4-5.6 III for +$80 when purchased together with select Canon APS-C DSLR kits (five options)

Canon Lenses Extra Savings with Coupon Code (EF, RF, EF-M)

It’s coupon time of the Canon kind at Adorama! For a limited time, coupon code CA3YG4ERG gets you additional discount on select Canon EF, EF-S, RF and EF-M lenses, along with some accessories (flashes, etc). The lenses are too many to list here individually, and I can’t coupon-test every single lens, but here are some examples with the post-coupon discounts:

+ EF 70-200/2.8L IS III USM for $1619~
+ EF 100-400/4.5-5.6L IS II USM for $1619~
+ EF 24-70/2.8L IS II USM for $1439~

+ EF-M 22/2 STM for $206~

+ RF 70-200/2.8L IS USM for $2429~
+ RF 24-70/2.8L IS USM for $2069~

PS: the tilde (~) in the price is because the coupon code creates penny prices, many of them ending in .10

Last Call (ends 12/31): 10% off refurbished Canon Cameras and Lenses

Last Call! Coupon code HOLIDAY19 gets you 10% off refurbished Canon cameras and lenses at the official CAnon USA online store. The coupon can be used once per customer during this promotional period which began in mid-December 2019. Refurbished Canon gear get a 1-year warranty from Canon, not the more customary 90-day that most manufacturers offer…

Best Buy …bested on its Canon EOS R Wednesday daily deal

Sorry, but I couldn’t resist the word play! Best Buy has been …bested at its headliner daily deal for Wednesday 12/18/19. They are offering the new condition Canon EOS R full frame mirrorless camera for $1499 with a free 32GB Sandisk Ultra SD card, but as we previously mentioned B&H and Adorama are offering better memory cards (Extreme PRO with more storage) along with various other freebies (bags, etc).

All offer the Canon mount adapter since that is a Canon-blessed promotion. And they have to ~ millions of EF lenses exist but orders of magnitude less [King Stannis, The One True King of Book Westeros: “FEWER!”] RF lenses…

Canon M6 body for $299, with 15-45mm for $349, w/18-150 for $449 [also M5 offers]

If you are Canon EF-M mirrorless curious or want to add or gift kits/bodies, B&H Photo is running some M5 and M6 promotions as follows:

+ M6 body only for $299
+ M6 with 15-45mm for $349
+ M6 with 18-150mm for $449
+ M6 with 15-45 and 55-200 for $499

+ M5 body only for $349
+ M5 with 15-45mm for $449
+ M5 with 18-150mm for $569

+ some combinations are available in different colors

These are limited time offers!

Canon EOS R mirrorless drops to $1500 (with freebies)

As we previously mentioned the Canon RP mirrorless camera is down to $999 with freebies, but if you want a more advanced mirrorless full framer from Canon, we have good news for you too. The EOS R body only is now down to $1499 at authorized dealers with some freebies mixed in by the various sellers, along with the (obviously) must-have Canon Mount Adapter (EF lenses to mirrorless bodies):

+ at B&H Photo you also a 128GB Sandisk Extreme PRO card, a Manfrotto Street backpack, and a Zeiss cleaning kit

+ at Adorama you get a 64GB Sandisk Extreme PRO, Slinger holster, Corel software and trinkety accessories

+ at Amazon it’s the usual 3rd-party seller mess as Amazon itself does not offer any bonus accessories (only the Mount Adapter)

In parallel, at the same listings above, you will find a bundle of the R with the RF 24-240mm f4-6.3 IS USM lens for $2200 or the R with the RF 24-105mm f4L IS USM going for $2400…

PS: now I have to be careful to include the various EF, RF, EF-S, EF-M lens designators as Canon is now a lens-a-palooza of options πŸ™‚

Canon RP body with Mount Adapter (EF lenses to RP bodies) and Extras for $999

A full frame Canon mirrorless camera can now be yours for under $1000 as the war for the mirrorless full-frame soul continues in a 3-way battle between the two DSLR titans and Sony who decidedly got an early start on them both…

So, back to our deal at hand, the Canon EOS RP body only, bundled with the official Canon Mount Adapter (EF lenses to RP bodies ~ obviously, it wouldn’t make much sense the other way round ~ with this camera) is also bundled with additional free accessories by select retailers, all together now for $999 with free US shipping:

+ at B&H Photo the freebies are a 128GB Sandisk Extreme PRO SDXC card, a RJ shoulder bag, and a Sensei cleaning kit

+ at Adorama you get a 32GB Sandisk Extreme PRO SD card, a Slinger holster case, Corel software, 2pk of rain covers (general use, not just the RP), and various other trinkety accessories (card wallet, USB 2.0 card reader, cleaning kit)

+ at Amazon, Amazon itself does not include any extra freebies, but some of the 3rd-party sellers over there offer various bundles of accessories
+ as usual with 3rd-party sellers at Amazon, make sure they are authorized/reputable/etc/etc
+ regardless of the seller, if you pay with a Amazon Prime credit card you get 5% cashback

Canon M100 with 15-45mm for $315 [limit 3]

One of the Amazon Cyber Monday deals of the day is a sale of lots of Celestrons (telescopes, binoculars and related items) but hiding underneath them in sheep’s clothing is a sale on the new condition Canon M100 with 15-45mm in the black color scheme going for $315 with free US shipping with up to three per customer. This is sold and shipped by Amazon itself…

The camera looks like it is on its way out from retail as already some of the kits have sold out during Black Cyber Fri-Monday and are marked as discontinued at B&H Photo

Canon R mirrorless body with Canon Mount Adapter (EF lenses to R bodies) and Freebies for $1799

As fate would have it, both Canon and Nikon have competing relatively-recent full-frame mirrorless systems out, so there is competition to “sign up” as many new photographers as early as they can. Which brings us to the Canon EOS R mirrorless body only kit bundled with the Canon EF-to-R mount adapter (EF lenses to R cameras) along with various freebies chosen by the retailers going for $1799 with free shipping.

B&H Photo offers a 128GB Sandisk Extreme PRO SDXC, along with a bag and cleaning kit, while Adorama has a feast of options ~ you have to page down to find them all ~ some include general use free accessories while another bundle further down includes a free Vanguard tripod ~ along with the free mount adapter which is a Canon promotion.

At Amazon, various 3rd-party sellers offer various sets of freebies ~ just make sure if you are buying from a 3rd-party seller that that 3rd-party seller is an authorized Canon dealer (so you can get the USA warranty)…

Canon M6 mirrorless body only with freebies for $349

Doorbuster of the mirrorless kind at B&H Photo! You can get the Canon M6 body only in your choice of silver or black color scheme along with free accessories for just $350 with free US shipping. This is new condition! The freebies are a 64GB Sandisk Extreme SDXC card, a Ruggard camera bag and the obligatory cleaning kit…

Sale ends 12/2/19 at 11:59pm or earlier if sold out…

Tuesday Canon Lenses: EF-M 11-22/4-5.6 IS STM for $250, EF-S 55-250 IS STM for $160

One of the Woot deals of the day for Tuesday 11/26/19 is a Tech Basement sale that features a variety of tech items. Among them there are two Canon new condition lenses as follows:

+ EF-M 11-22mm f/4-5.6 IS STM Wide Zoom Lens (Japanese Version) for $250 with 90-day Woot warranty

+ EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM Lens for $160 with 1-year Canon warranty

Limit up to ten of each per customer while this promotion runs ~ it ends at 11:59pm central time or earlier if sold out. Prime members get free shipping (you must needs (one time) connect your Woot and Amazon accounts) or $6 flat shipping for the calendar day for non-Primes…

Thursday: Mitakon Zhongyi Speedmaster 35mm f0.95 Mark II for $419 [X, E, EF-M]

It’s a lens(e) [for fans of alt-spelling] at the Thursday B&H Photo dailies with the featured deal being the new condition MITAKON ZHONGYI Speedmaster 35mm f/0.95 Mark II lens going for $419 with free US shipping in your choice of silver or black AND also in your choice of Fuji X, Sony E or Canon EF-M.

The other three dailies for Thursday 10/3/19 until 11:59pm ET (or earlier if sold out) are the following:

+ ONA The Union Street Messenger Bag for $169 in three color schemes

+ Celestron NexStar 5SE 125mm f/10 Schmidt-Cassegrain GoTo Telescope for $499

+ Senal AWS-2000 Camera-Mount Wireless Combo Microphone System Kit for $300 in two options
+ literally A or B are the two options πŸ˜‰

Pre-order new Canon M6 II mirrorless kits starting at $850

The Canon APS-C mirrorless system is not abandoned just because Canon launched a “boutique” full frame mirrorless system [meow!]. A new APS-C mirrorless camera has been revealed, it is the M6 Mark II and it is available for pre-ordering at B&H Photo and Adorama and Amazon at these standard configurations:

+ body only for $850

+ with 15-45mm lens and EVF-DC2 viewfinder for $1099

+ with 18-150mm lens and EVF-DC2 viewfinder for $1349

+ the camera body is available in black and silver (really black-silver) color schemes

Kamlan 28mm f1.4 MF lens for $150 [various systems]

For about three days and change (as of the time of writing of this blog post), Massdrop is offering the new condition Kamlan 28mm f1.4 manual focus lens for $150 with free US shipping in your choice of Fuji X, Sony E, Micro Four Thirds or Canon EF-M.

These will ship in mid-September from the vendor. The listing does not mention warranty, so assume there is none.

Prime Deal: Rokinon 8mm f2.8 UMC fisheye II for $208 [Fuji X, EF-M, Sony E] (ends 12:35pm ET)

Also one of the Lightning Deals of the Prime Day festivities is another new condition …prime lens. It is the Rokinon 8mm F2.8 UMC Fisheye II offered for $208~ for Prime members only in your choice of Fuji X, Canon EF-M and Sony E (APS-C). They are between 11% and 18% claimed as of 8:25am ET. The sale ends 12:35pm ET or earlier for any options that manage to sell out ahead of its designated expiration…

Kamlan 50mm f1.1 APS-C mirrorless lens for $139 [limited time]

Good for another day and change, Massdrop is offering the new condition Kamlan 50mm f1.1 APS-C lens for $139 with free US shipping and a 1-year warranty from Kamlan. It is available in your choice of Fuji X, Sony E, M43rds and Canon EOS-M.

Orders will ship in mid-July 2019 from the vendor. Massdrop has sold over 430 units so far from their listings per the website over there…

Sony 12mm f2 NCS CS MF for $249 [E/X/m43/EF-M]

For a limited time, Adorama is having a flash sale on the new condition Rokinon 12mm f2 NCS CS MF manual focus lens going for $249 with free US shipping in the Sony E, Fuji X, M43rds and Canon EF-M in the black color scheme. Additionally, the Sony E version is also on sale for $249 in the silver color while, while the silver Fuji X and M43rds go for $20 more…

Speaking of Adorama, they are having a limited time Studio/Lighting gear sale of their house brands (along with a few name brands like iKAN) for the weekend…

Kamlan 28mm f1.4 MF lens for $150 [X/E/m43/EF-M]

If you are a fan of mirrorless systems and manual focus prime lenses, the Kamlan 28mm F1.4 is currently offered for $150 at the Massdrop website for the next five days and change. This is available in four different mirrorless systems, Fuji X, Sony E-mount, Micro Four Thirds, and Canon EF-M.

Orders will ship in mid-April 2019. The product description has no mention of a warranty, so assume there is none. Shipping is free in the US. International shipping is around $5, with the exact amount depending on individual countries and regions. A prime lens is not that hard to ship after all πŸ™‚

Pre-order the new Canon RP portable mirrorless full framer

It’s full frame mirrorless party! Canon has reveled a brand new full frame camera in their new mirrorless R system, a more “portable” camera, named so with the “RP” name, as in an R-system camera that is P-ortable! Pre-orders start at $1300 for the body only which is bundled with an EF-to-RF adapter (EF lenses on the new R bodies). Also, for a limited time during the pre-order festivities you can get your choice of a free Canon EG-E1 extension grip [this is not a battery grip]. The extension grip is available in your choice of body color.

All the aforementioned are available for pre-order at B&H Photo with a late February 2019 availability estimate.

Note that in the two kit bundles you see over-there there-are [“-” to prevent a double “there there” in a sentence] two different 24-105 lenses. The $1699 kit comes with the EF [yes, EF] 24-105mm f3.5-5.6 IS STM lens, while the $2199 kit comes with the RF 24-105mm f4L IS.

These are also available for pre-ordering at Adorama and also by Amaozn itself [note that the kits at Amazon are a bit confused, so pay attention to which option you are ordering]

In Europe, Amazon Germany has two kit options, both bundled with the EF-to-R adapter since that opens up a lot of lenses for the new R cameras. The body only (with adapter) goes for 1500 euro, while the kit with the adapter and the RF 24-105mm f4L IS lens goes for 2500 euro…

Rokinon 12/2 NCS CS MF for $249 [E/m43] or $269 [X/EF-M]

Adorama is running a limited time promotion [they call them “snapshot deals”] on the new condition Rokinon 12mm f2 NCS CS MF lens for $249 in the silver color scheme in the Sony E and Micro Four Thirds systems and $269 in the Fuji X and Canon M systems. Meanwhile the black color scheme goes for $269 with free shipping in all four aforementioned systems…

Imported Canon M50 with 15-45mm for $490

Back to the eBay Deals we go where eBay seller [and camera importer] 6ave of the East Coast is offering the new condition grey-market Canon M50 with 15-45mm in the black color scheme for $490 with free shipping and a 1-year warranty from 6ave… In new condition at authorized dealers, this kit goes for $700, eg Adorama

Canon M100 w/15-45 STM and Extras for $399

If you are looking for an entry-point into the Canon mirrorless system, for a limited time, the Canon M100 with 15-45mm STM kit is on sale, in either color, for $400 at authorized dealers, some of which, such as Adorama and Various on Amazon include a variety of free accessories. B&H Photo has the same price, but no free accessories…

Wedn: Kamlan 28mm f1.4 manual focus for $150 [X/E/M/FT]

Good until the end of day on Wednesday in the pacific time zone, Massdrop is offering the new condition Kamlan 28mm f1.4 manual focus lens for $150 in your choice of Fuji X, Sony E, M43rds or Canon EF-M. These will be shipped in late November. US orders will be shipped by the vendor [unspecified], while international orders will be shipped by Massdrop itself…