Tue: Lensbaby Trio 28 Lens with Filter Kit for $180 [X/E/m43/Z/EF-M], Feelworld, Sandisk, Benro, Cinetics, GVM 3-Light Kit, Etc

Lenze Dayze continue at the B&H Photo daily deals, that is if you consider Lensbabies to be lenses. A 50-page forum thread debating this follows 😉 Offers good until 11/1/22 at 11:59pm ET or earlier if sold out!

But first, a quick note. A new month is here, November 2022 is upon us all, even though it feels like yesterday we were singing Happy New Year 😉 YES, Black Friday Month is here! Expect your emails to be filled with “Early Black Friday” offers. After all, Black Friday is a state of mind, it’s a lifestyle, it’s not just a calendar period 🙂

+ Lensbaby Trio 28 Lens with Filter Kit for $180 in five mirrornyet options: M43rds, Fuji X, Sony E, Nikon ZZ Top, and Canon EF-M
+ this consists of the 28mm f3.5 lens and three 46mm filters and a carrying case

+ GVM 560AS Bi-Color LED Studio Video 3-Panel Light Kit for $229

+ Ben Ro MeFoto GlobeTrotter Carbon Fiber Travel Tripod Kit (Black) for $275
+ yes, our favorite emo-jedi is back!

+ FeelWorld F6 Plus 5.5″ 4K HDMI Monitor for $120
+ yes, our favorite Depeche Mode coverband is back!

+ Cinetics Lynx 3-Axis Motorized Slider for $1100
+ I use this to record QVGA video with my Sony Cybershot P72 😉

+ CoreSWX Hypercore NEO 150 Mini 147Wh Lithium-Ion Battery (V-Mount) for $299

+ 128GB Sandisk Ultra UHS-I microSDXC Memory Card for $15

+ flash deal: Auray MS-65HD Professional Mic Stand with Telescoping Boom Arm for $40

Mitakon Zhongyi Speedmaster 35mm f0.95 Mark II for $369 [X/E/EF-M], Etc (Godox, Sabrent UHS-II, Edelkrone, Flip Gels)

If you are looking for predictably unpredictable adventures, for Friday October 28 in 2022 there’s a Meh-ra-thon in progress with a little bit of a halloween theme!

Lenz Dayz return at the B&H Photo daily deals, this round good until Saturday 10/29/22 at 11:59pm ET or earlier if sold out – with the usual caveat of the Sabbath ordering restriction…

+ Mitakon Zhongyi Speedmaster 35mm f/0.95 Mark II for $369
+ Mirrorless version in Fuji X, Sony E and Canon EF-M
+ in black or silver
+ the silver Sony E is currently sold-out and cannot be ordered
+ so you have up to 48 hours to read the reviews and pixel-peep the samples and the comparisons 😉

+ EDELKRONE DollyONE for $449
+ Dolly Parton homage???

+ HPRC 2300 Hard Case for DJI Mavic Air 2 and Air 2S for $79

+ Magnus MaxiGrip Flexible Tripod with GoPro Mount for $10

+ Vello EZ-Flip Gel Set for $12

+ 128GB Sabrent Rocket UHS-II SDXC Memory Card for $30
+ 256GB for $55
+ 512GB for $100

+ Cecilia SD Memory Card Wallet for $12 in three color options
+ PRO-TIP: color-code the wallets by usage or card type!

+ flash deal: GoDoX V850III Li-Ion Flash for $109

Sunday: Venus 100/2.8 2X Ultra Macro APO for $399 [seven options], Samsung Storage, Godox (X), Wolverine, Pixel 6a, 2022 iPad Air, Etc

Sunday is here, and hooray-hooray, it is a LENZ DAY at the B&H Photo daily deals running until 10/24/22 at 11:59pm ET or earlier if sold out:

+ Venus Optics Laowa 100mm f/2.8 2X Ultra Macro APO for $399
+ DSLR Version with Auto or Manual Aperture in Pentax K, Nikon F and Canon EF
+ Mirrorless version in Leica L, Sony E, Canon RF and Nikon Z

+ Samsung storage sale, eight diverse options with internal and external SSDs, microSD, flash drives (256GB for $25)
+ further discounted in cart

+ GoDoX VING V860II Flash with Wireless Trigger Kit for FUJIFILM for $198

+ Wolverine Film Scanners & Movies Digitizer (3 options), $120 to $340

+ Sirui T-024SK Compact Tripod with VA-5 Fluid Head for $160 after $30 MIR

+ FurMan PST-8 Digital Power Station for $90
+ neither Fur nor Man included 😉

+ Crown XLS 1002 Stereo Power Amplifier (350W at 4 Ohm) for $269
+ because they must hear you before they can see you 😉

+ flash deal: Sony BRAVIA XR Series A80J 55″ Class HDR 4K UHD Smart OLED TV for $898

MEANwhile at Amazon there’s a Print Magazine sale for Sunday of the auto-renewal kind that includes 1-year of Conde Nast Traveler for $4.

Of TECHNOLOGY interest, Amazon offers:

+ unlocked Google Pixel 6a for $299 in three color options

+ 10.9″ iPad Air (2022) starting at $519 in various options and colors
+ options include Wifi or Wifi + Cellular, With or Without AppleCare+ and 64GB or 256GB on-board storage

Canon M6 Mark II w/15-45 IS STM and EVF kit for $879 [Prime only]

Yes dear readers, we have a surprise! Among the Amazon Prime Early Access sales there is an actual real camera! You can have the new condition black-silver color-scheme of the Canon M6 Mark II with EF-M 15-45mm STM IS and EVF Kit for the very specific price of $879.20!

If you are not a Prime member but you want this offer at this price, you can start a 30-Day Free Trial and get it!

Thur: Mitakon Zhongyi Speedmaster 50mm f/0.95 III for $479 [E/M/C/RF/Z], Intel, Nanuk, Delkin, Oben, LG, Celestron, Etc

Don’t stop believing lens-a-holic fans! We have a lens day at the B&H Photo daily deals running until Thursday 10/6/22 at 11:59pm ET or earlier if sold out:

+ Mitakon Zhongyi Speedmaster 50mm f/0.95 III for $479
+ Mirrorless version for Sony E, Nikon Z and Canon RF
+ DSLR version for Canon EF only
+ Rangefinder version for Leica M

+ Oben CT-3565 Carbon Fiber Travel Tripod and BZ-217T Triple-Action Ball Head for $150

+ Delkin Fat Gecko Dual-Suction Camera Mount for $40

+ Nanuk 925 Hard Camera Case for Matterport Pro1 or Pro2 3D (Black) for $130 after cart coupon

+ AngelBird 2TB AV Pro CFexpress 2.0 Type B Memory Card for $520

+ Intel 1TB 670p NVMe M.2 Internal SSD for $55 after cart coupon
+ really Intel inside 😉

+ LG 27BN85UN-B 27″ 4K HDR Monitor for $410
+ 16:9, IPS, UHD, USB-C, HDMI, DisplayPORT, FreeSync

+ flash deal: Celestron NexStar 90SLT 90mm f/14 Maksutov-Cassegrain GoTo Telescope for $420

UPDATE: the headliner of the Woot daily deals for Thursday 10/6/22 is another variant of the PC/Gaming Sale featuring lots of the usual suspects…

Monday: Vello Battery Grips (26 options, $35 to $60), Sirui 75mm f/1.8 1.33x Anamorphic for $500 [X/E/m43/Z/EF-M]

It’s “Lenze Dayz” at the Monday B^H Photo daily deals running until 11:59pm ET or earlier if sold out:

+ Vello Battery Grips, 26 options, $36 to $60
+ support more than 26 cameras, because some battery grips are compatible with multiple camera bodies!
+ bag the bags, grip the grips!
+ too many to list here individually!

+ Sirui 75mm f/1.8 1.33x Anamorphic Lens for $500 in five mirrorNYET systems: Sony E, Fuji X, M43rds, Nikon ZZ Top and Canon EF-M

+ Benro Rhino Carbon Fiber Three Series Travel Tripod with VX30 Head for $300 after coupon
+ a tripod in name only? 😉

+ InterFIT F5 Two-Head Fluorescent Lighting Kit for $109

+ 128GB Delkin POWER CFexpress Type B Memory Card for $125

+ Thule Gauntlet Sleeve for 12″ MacBook for $10, two color options

+ also: Samson mic type thing

+ flash deal: Platin Audio Milan 5.1-Channel WiSA Home Theater System for $499
+ no relation to former french soccer player Platini? 😉

Viltrox EF-R2 Canon EF Lens to Canon RF Camera Mount Adapter for $69, Etc

Fri-YAY is here and as usual, the B&H Photo daily deals run until Saturday (8/27/22) at 11:59pm ET or earlier if sold out. The usual caveat, orders are not accepted Friday PM to Saturday PM {check B&H website for schedule):

+ Viltrox EF-R2 Canon EF Lens to Canon RF Camera Mount Adapter for $69
+ because your bags full of EF lenses do not want to be left out of the mirrorless revolution 🙂

+ Vanguard VEO 2 235AB Aluminum Tripod with Ball Head (Red, 4.75′) for $70

+ TenBa Sue Bryce Hat Box Shoulder Bag (Black) for $100
+ because a modern camera bag should fit your style and usage patterns, not the other way around!

+ Pelican 1050 Clear Micro Case (Yellow) for around $20 after in-cart coupon

+ SirUI LE-60 Leveling Base for $75~ after a $5 mail-in rebate
+ insert ShameBell meme here!

+ 64GB ProGRADE UHS-II microSDXC Memory Card with SD Adapter for $24

+ Apexel Selfie Ring Light with 24″ Gooseneck Stand Cell Phone Holder for $15

+ flash deal: Mindshift Gear Rotation 180 50L+ Photo Backpack for $300

Commlite AF Mount Adapter with Variable ND for EF/EF-S Lens to EOS RF-Mount Camera for $129

If you have EF and EF-S lenses that you want to use on the Canon RF mirrorless camera bodies, B&H Photo has a limited quantity offer on the new condition Commlite AF Mount Adapter with Variable ND for EF/EF-S Lens to EOS RF-Mount Camera for $129 with free US shipping.

Monday: Godox, Rotolight, Wacom, Lowepro, Magnus, Crucial, Nanuk, Sirui 24mm f/2.8 Anamorphic 1.33x Lens for $599 [X/E/m43/RF/Z], Etc

Monday is here and as usual we have a fresh round of B&H Photo daily deals running until 8/22/22 at 11:59pm ET or earlier if sold out. And it’s a (mirrorless) lens day!

+ Sirui 24mm f/2.8 Anamorphic 1.33x Lens for $599
+ in Sony E, Fuji X, M43rds, Nikon Z, Canon RF

+ GoDoX TT685C II Flash for $99 in Canon, Nikon, Sony, Oly-Pan, Fuji

+ RotoLight Titan X1 RGBWW LED Light Panel (Manual Yoke) for $2349
+ also two Titan X2 options for $2900 and $3500

+ Wacom Intuos Bluetooth Creative Pen Tablet (Small, Pistachio Green) for $50
+ non-edible pistachio 🙂

+ Magnus VT-4000 Tripod System with Fluid Head for $129
+ optionally buy TOGETHER with Magnus DWF-2 Universal Tripod Dolly for $164

+ Nanuk 918 6-Lens Case with Foam Insert for $100 after in-cart coupon
+ six color options, great for the color coders
+ also a good excuse to buy more lenses so each 6-lens case is full 😉

+ 2TB Crucial MX500 2.5″ Internal SATA SSD for $145 after coupon

+ flash deal: Lowepro Photosport Pro III 55L Backpack (M/L) for $300

UPDATE: Apple day at the Monday Woot daily deals, with the headliner being a Macbooks sale ($180 to $1500). There’s also an Apple Trackpads sale ($69 to $85)…

Monday: GVM, Nanuk, Oben, Zhiyun, Remote Triggers, Shure, Lensbaby Optic Swap Spark Kit for $399 [C/N/P/E/X/m43/Z/RF], Etc

Monday is here and it’s a loaded 7+1 formation of the B&H Photo daily deals running until 8/15/22 at 11:59pm ET or earlier if sold out:

+ Lensbaby Optic Swap Spark Kit for $399 in Canon EF, Canon RF, Sony E, Nikon F, Nikon Z, Pentax K, Fuji X and M43rds
+ kit includes:
++ Composer Pro II with Edge 50 Optic
++ Spark 2.0 with Sweet 50 Optic
++ Optic Swap System Case
++ Microfiber Lens Cloth

+ Zhiyun SMOOTH-X Smartphone Gimbal Combo Kit for $24 in two color options

+ Oben CFT-6194L Skysill 4-Section Carbon Fiber Tripod with 90° Lateral Center Column for $200

+ Oben Skysill CFT-6194L 4-Section Carbon Fiber Tripod with 90° Lateral Center Column and BE-117 Dual-Action Ball Head for $250

+ Nanuk 908 Hard Utility Case with Foam Insert for $40 after in-cart coupon
+ seven color options, great for color-code organization!

+ GVM 7S RGB LED On-Camera Video Light with Wi-Fi Control for $30

+ Vello Wireless ShutterBoss 4.0 Remote Timer and Trigger for $50 in Canon or Nikon or Sony MT or Oly-Pan

+ Shure SRH840 Closed-Back Over-Ear Professional Monitoring Headphones (New Packaging) for $79

+ flash deal: Apexel 6×20 Monocular with Smartphone Clip for $40

Canon M6 II with 15-45 f3.5-6.3 IS STM and EVF for $879

If your To-Buy Camera List just happened to have the Canon M6 Mark II mirrorless on it, and you are a Prime member (or do not object to starting a 30-day trial), congratulations, you’ve found a Prime Deal on the Canon M6 II with 15-45 and EVF going for $879~ with free US shipping, down from its regular price of $1100!

The lens is the EF-M 15-45mm F/3.5-6.3 IS STM. The offer is only on the black color scheme, not the silver-and-black (bad luck for the Raiders fans once again!)

TTArtisan 35mm f1.4 for $73 [m43/X/E/L/Z/EF-M]

This is not a daily deal but an “organic” or manufacturer-initiated sale. Or something like that. The point being, I do not know when it expires 🙂

The TTArtisan 35mm f1.4 Lens is on sale for $73 at Adorama and also at B&H Photo in either the silver or black color scheme of the lens…

The sale price is good on the M43rds, Fuji X, Sony E, Leica L, Nikon Z and Canon EF-M options. The Leica M however is decidedly NOT on sale ($449).

On a totally unrelated note (I don’t have anywhere else to put it in LOL), REI is having a name-brand clearance sale on past-season styles. Since I’m five seasons behind, past-seasons are new seasons to me 😉

UPDATE!
There’s no camera-n-photo item in this round of Adorama daily deals (change Friday 6/10/22 at 10am ET) so I’m appending them to this post instead of creating a new one:

+ ASUS ZenBook Duo UX482 14″ Full HD Touchscreen Notebook for $1250
+ i7-1165G7 2.8GHz, 8GB RAM, 512GB SSD
+ Windows 10 Home, Free Upgrade to Windows 11

+ H&A Studio Monitor Stands (Pair) for $45

+ H&A HA-OML-XLR Professional Omni-Directional Lavalier XLR Microphone for $20

Sirui 35mm f1.8 Anamorphic 1.33X Lens for $649 [m43/Z/E/EF-M]

Back to the Sirui lenses we go with this latest round of Adorama daily deals up until Wednesday 6/7/22 at 10am ET or earlier IFF sold out:

+ Sirui 35mm f/1.8 Anamorphic 1.33X Lens for $649
+ native in M43rds
+ also options for Sony E, Nikon Z, Canon EF-M with included appropriate FREE adapter
+ no Fuji X option

+ OBSBOT Tiny Full HD AI-Powered PTZ Webcam with Built-In Dual Microphones for $160

+ Proaim Atlas V2 Video Production Camera Cart for $2199

+ H&A Tripod Short Tripod Microphone Stand with Telescoping Boom for $17

$5 D&S Tripod, Sirui 75mm f1.8 1.33X Anamorphic Lens for $649 [X/E/m43/Z/EF-M], Etc

The lens party continues at the Adorama daily deals, this lot until Monday at 10am ET or earlier if sold out:

+ Davis & Sanford Vista 3-Section Aluminum Tripod with 3-Way Pan Head for $5

+ Sirui 75mm f/1.8 1.33X Anamorphic Lens for $649 in Sony E, Fuji X, M43rds, Nikon Z and Canon EF-M

+ SimplySmartHome 8″ Full HD Touchscreen PhotoShare Friends & Family Smart Frame for $80

+ that’s it, three offers this time around

Sirui 50mm F1.8 Anamorphic 1.33X Lens for $499 [X/E/m43; also Z/EF-M w/lens adapters]

CORRECTION: the HTML formatting of the original post was a mess (the usual typo in the handwritten HTML tag)…

Lenses are back at the Adorama daily deals. Just like B&H, Adorama will be closed for the Shavuot holiday until Tuesday 6/7/22.

I do not know if Adorama will have the same daily deals until then, or will change them. Only time will tell – the countdown clock on the daily deals page is for 24 hours…

+ Sirui 50mm F1.8 Anamorphic 1.33X Lens for $499 in Fuji X, Sony E, M43rds
+ the lens is also available for Nikon Z and Canon EF-M BUT this is done using the M43rds version of the lens as a base and including for FREE the appropriate Sirui 35mm f/1.8 1.33x Anamorphic Lens Adapter for either Nikon Z or Canon EF-M

+ refurbished HP Pavilion 15-eg1073cl 15.6″ Full HD Touchscreen for $629
+ i7-1195G7 2.9GHz, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD, Windows 11 Home
+ personally I’m still on the “Ryzen or Die Tryin'” hype train 🙂

+ a couple of H&A microphone-related products as well

Sirui 24mm f2.8 1.33X Anamorphic Lens for $699 [X/E/m43/Z/M]

This new round of ADorama daily deals expires on Thursday at 10am ET or earlier if sold out:

+ Sirui 24mm f/2.8 1.33X Anamorphic Lens in Sony E, M43rds, Fuji X, Nikon Z, Canon M

+ Flashpoint Foam Wraps for 1.25″ Tripod Legs, Set of 3, for $10

+ also 600L Slinger dry cabinet for $999 and $11 audio accessory

Pre-ORDER new CANON APS-C R7 and R10 cameras

Managing 2+2 parallel camera systems must not be a fun adventure at the Canon and Nikon headquarters, but reality and the realpolitik of photography demand so. Okay, enough nonsense 🙂

Canon has revealed today two new APS-C mirrorless cameras in the R/RF system, along with two new R/RF APS-C lenses that will be offered in official kits with these two cameras. The same DSLR APS-C playbook repeating itself? 🙂

VROOOM PROMISES the CANON R7
The Canon R7, faster than the speed of life per Canon, promises 15fps using mechanical shutter, 32mp, in-body image stabilization with up to seven stops, dual UHS-II SD slots, Dual Pixel CMOS AF II, DiGiC X, EVF and vari-angle touchscreen, USB-C and such…

Sounds good but can it beat the legendary Olympus E-100 RS? I don’t think so 🙂

It is available in two standard kits, body only for $1500, or with the newly announced RF-S 18-150mm f3.5-6.3 IS STM lens for $1900. Pre-orders are accepted at B&H Photo and Adorama and such…

Here’s a couple of 3-minute “trailers” for the camera by Canon herself:

CANON R10 goes for the $1K PRICE POINT
For those wanting to stay close to the psychological $1K price-point Canon has revealed the R10 APS-C mirrornyet camera. It will be available as body only for $980, with the new RF-S 18-45mm f4.5-6.3 IS STM kit lens for $1100, or with the new RF-S 18-150mm f3.5-6.3 IS STM lens for $1380.

The R10 has a 24mp APS-C sensor, and shares some but not all (single UHS-II card, only version 2.0 USB-C, etc, etc, etc) of the R7 features. It’s a $500 price difference after all 🙂 The detailed comparison is your homework assignment for the week!

Pre-orders are accepted at B&H Photo and also at Adorama

The R10 has gotten just one 3-minute “trailer” from Canon instead of the two of the R7 😉

DISAMBIGUATION POINT
This may potentially cause some confusion to those new to the Canon RF world. There is an existing previously released Canon BG-R10 Battery Grip that is designed for the R5 and R6 mirrorless cameras.

Life would be just way too easy if the camera name matched the battery grip name 🙂

TTArtisan 35mm f1.4 APS-C Lens for $49 [L] or $73 [X/E/m43/Z/EF-M]

Another lens day at the Adorama daily deals which run until Monday at 10am ET or earlier if sold out:

+ TTArtisan 35mm f/1.4 APS-C Lens for $49 in Leica L in the black color scheme, $73 in silver
+ for $73 in Fuji X, M43rds, Sony E, Canon EOS-M, Nikon Z in either black or silver
+ the Leica M is decidedly not on sale ($449)

+ K&F Concept Large DSLR Camera Backpack for $80

+ Mirfak Vlogging Kit, Includes Moin L1 Fill Light, Extension Pole, Microphone, Tripod, Phone Holder for $49

+ Gretsch Hardshell Case for G2420T Electric Guitar, Black (Open Box) for $85

Venus Laowa 65mm f2.8 2X Ultra Macro APO for $299 [Z/EF-M]

Party on Wayne! Lenz Dayz continue at the Adorama daily deals with this lot running until Wednesday at 10am ET:

+ Venus Laowa 65mm f/2.8 2X Ultra Macro APO for $299 in Nikon Z and Canon EF-M
+ Fuji X and Sony E go for $359

+ Godox VL150 150W LED Video Light for $339

+ Green Extreme BP-U90 Lithium-Ion Battery Pack (14.4V 10500mAh) for $100

+ XLR cable for $10

Meike 12mm f2.8 with FREE Accessories for $170 [m43] or $190 [E/X/EF-M]

The lens party continues at the Adorama daily deals, this round running until Friday at 10am ET or earlier if sold out:

+ Meike 12mm f2.8 with FREE accessories for $170 in M43rds and $190 in Sony E, Fuji X, Canon EOS-M
+ the FREE accessories are: ProOptic 72mm Digital Essentials Filter Kit, and lens-wrap, and cap keeper and lens-cleaner and cleaning kit

+ Godox SZ200Bi Bi-color Zoomable LED Video Light for $309

+ Godox Geniusmic UC Ultracompact Smartphone USB-C Microphone for $25

+ Casio CT-S200 61-Key Digital Piano Style Portable Keyboard with 48 Note Polyphony and 400 Tones for $130

Meike 25mm f1.8 MF for $60 [E/X/Z/EOS-M]

Mayhaps the slowdown in the economy during the COVID era has encouraged the more frequent appearance of lenses in the daily deals? It’s only a guess, I know not more than that!

$60 is what it takes for you to get the lens that is featured in this incarnation of the Adorama daily deals running until Saturday at 10am ET or earlier if sold out:

+ Meike 25mm f1.8 manual focus for $60 in Sony E, Fuji X, Nikon Z and Canon EOS M
+ however the M43rds is not on sale

+ Vanguard VEO 2 233CB 3-Section Carbon Fiber Tripod with Ball Head for $75

+ Ibanez NTS Tubescreamer NuTube Overdrive for $250
+ with a name like this, if you are not sure what this is, I won’t spoil the surprise 😉

+ K&F Concept Multi-Functional Waterproof Large DSLR Camera Backpack with Tripod Holder & Laptop Compartment for $60
+ multi-bag the multi-bag!

Rokinon 14mm f2.8 II for $279 [EF-M] {more for other systems}

Lens Days are back at the Adorama daily deals, running until Monday at 10am ET or earlier if sold out:

+ Rokinon 14mm f2.8 II for $279 in EOS-M and $329 in M43rds, Sony E or Canon EF

+ HP 24-dd0010 23.8″ Full HD All-In-One Desktop for $500
+ AMD Athlon Silver 3050U 2.3GHz, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD
+ Windows 10 Home, Free Upgrade to Windows 11
+ you can buy 16 of this for the price of the flagship Apple Studio computer 😉

+ Yamaha EZ220 Lighted 61-key Portable Keyboard for $200

+ refurbished Swann Wi-Fi 1080p Outdoor Floodlight Security Camera for $80

Mitakon Zhongyi Speedmaster 35mm f0.95 Mark II for $299 [X/E/m43/EOS-M]

Lens days are back at the Adorama daily deals, this round running until Friday at 10am ET or earlier if sold out:

+ Mitakon Zhongyi Speedmaster 35mm f/0.95 Mark II for $299 with free US shipping
+ mounts vary by lens color
+ silver: Fuji X, M43rds, Canon EOS-M
+ black: Sony E, M43rds, Canon EOS-M

+ Slinger Alpine 120 Multi-Device Shoulder Bag for $10

+ Yamaha PSR-EW310 76-Key Portable Keyboard for $270

+ HP 14-dq2038ms 14″ HD Touchscreen Notebook for $400
+ i3-1115G4 3.0GHz, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD
+ Window 10 Home S Mode, Free Upgrade to Windows 11
+ don’t be afraid of “S mode”, you can get rid of it in just seconds

Venus Laowa 9mm f2.8 Zero-D Ultra MF Lens for $429 [six options; also ProGrade UHS-II SDXC]

It’s a LENS-DAY once again at the Adorama daily deals and this lot is good until Wednesday at 10am ET AND it is available in six different systems:

+ Venus Laowa 9mm f/2.8 Zero-D Ultra manual focus lens for $429
+ available in six mirrorless systems: M43rds, Fuji X, Sony E, Leica L, Nikon Z, Canon EOS-M

+ 128GB Prograde SDXC UHS-II U3 C10 V90 Cobalt (up to 300MB/s Read, up to 250MB/s Write) for $105
+ 256GB for $189

+ Hollyland Mars 300, 300′ Dual HDMI Wireless HD Video Transmission System for $280

TTArtisan 11mm f2.8 Full Frame Fisheye for $185

Running until Tuesday at 10am ET we have a LENS DAY at the Adorama daily deals:

+ TTArtisan 11mm f2.8 Full Frame Fisheye for $185 in your choice of Sony E, Leica L, Canon RF or Nikon Z

+ Adobe Photoshop Elements 2022 for $60

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 🙂

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
+ 360° 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 🙂

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 🙂

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 😉

+ 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 🙂

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 🙂

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 🙂

+ 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 🙂

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 😉

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…