New Cameras and Lenses in 2015 (only serious or interesting)

This reference post is a summary of new cameras and lenses, featuring only serious and/or interesting products (judgment call; please feel free to make a case for/against specific products). Unlike before, this will NOT cover every single freaking camera squirted out of a marketing department’s twisted pretzel logic ;-) The exact format will develop over time as very few new products have been announced so far in 2015.

Latest Update: Jan 22 at 8:07pm ET: new Tamron 15-30mm f2.8 SLR lens for $1200

New Cameras in 2015

+ JAN-19 [MIRR]: Panasonic GF7 (16mp M43, w/12-32 f3.5-5.6, $600)
+ JAN-15 [MIRR]: Fuji X-A2 (16mp APS-C, w/16-50 f3.5-5.6 II, $550)
+ JAN-15 [FIXD]: Fuji XQ2 (2/3″, 4x, RAW, $400)
+ JAN-15 [FIXD]: Fuji S9900W & S9800 superzooms (16mp 1/2.3″, 50x OIS (24-1200mm eq), four AA, W=Wireless, $350 and $330)
+ JAN-05 [DSLR]: Nikon D5500 APS-C ($900 body)
+ JAN-05 [DSLR]: Canon 6D w/24-105 STM IS (new official kit, $2200)
+ JAN-05 [FIXD]: Canon SX530 HS superzoom (50x, $430)
+ JAN-05 [FIXD]: Panasonic ZS50 travel zoom (RAW, 30x, $400)

New Lenses in 2015

+ JAN-22: [ZOOM]: Tamron 15-30mm f2.8 Di VC USD (Canon, Nikon, Alpha SLR mounts, $1200)
+ JAN-14: [PRIM]: Rokinon 135mm f2 (nine mounts, $550; also Cine version for $600)
+ JAN-05: [ZOOM]: Fuji 16-55mm f2.8 WR LM R XF (Fuji X, $1300)
+ JAN-05: [PRIM]: Nikon 300mm f4 VR (Nikon F, $2000)
+ JAN-05: [ZOOM]: Nikon 55-200mm DX VR II (Nikon F, $350)

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Five Good Deals (an on-going Latest Deals Summary)

This Five Good Deals perma-post is a summary of the latest deals for people checking intermittently (bookmark with the permalink). On the other hand, if you are interested in the latest and time-sensitive deals as they happen, the place to check remains the Camera Deals blog with its full-text RSS feed.

Latest Update: Jan 30 at 7:19pm ET

+ black Olympus XZ-2 compact with RAW orderable again for $217 at Amazon by Amazon itself (limit 2; shipping estimate 2/7/15)

+ 15% off on nearly 500 clearance items at BuyDig.com with coupon CLOSEOUT15
+ sort by highest price to see high-end camera gear
+ use Guided Search in left sidebar there to check by Category or Manufacturer
+ expires 2/2/15

+ Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey Blu-Ray set with Neil deGrasse Tyson for $22 at Amazon by Amazon itself (limit 3)

+ manufacturer refurbished Nikon D3300 with 18-55mm DX VR II and Lightroom 5 for $400 by Beach Camera on eBay (limit 5)

+ Sony RX100 Mark III with Lightroom 5 and pouch and 64GB SD for $800 at Groupon Goods

+ Custom Photo Books from Picaboo with free shipping, 20 pages included, 8×6 inch for $12, 11×9 for $17, 14×11 for $24 at Amazon Local

+ Panasonic GF6 with 14-42mm lens (GF6KK kit) for $350 with free shipping at B&H Photo and by Amazon itself (limit 2)
+ NOTE: the brand new GF7 w/12-32mm for $600 was announced on 1/20/15

+ refurbished Sony NEX-5TL two lens kit (18-55, 55-210) for $400 by Secondipity on eBay

+ for the latest deals as they happen, check the Camera Deals blog with its full-text RSS feed

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Latest Updates (from Twitter)

You can find our latest Twitter updates right here or go directly to the @1001noisycamera Twitter account where I struggle to fit everything into 140 characters.




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Camera Price Charts Episode IV: Serious Fixed Lens Cameras

With 2014 just barely holding on to dear life before it disappears into the history books, we have Episode IV in our Camera Price Charts mini-series, focusing on Serious Fixed Lens cameras, with Prime or Zoom lenses. This covers many but not all cameras with RAW (there are many and more these days, even a few cameraphones support RAW one way or another). In Part #1, we looked at the prices of 35mm Full Frame Cameras. In Episode II, we stopped down to APS-C DSLRs, while in Episode III, we threw away the mirrors for a look at Mirrorless Camera prices. To see the charts at a bigger size, “View Image” in browser.

Methodologie
The prices are a consensus between B&H Photo and Amazon and Adorama as of December 31 in 2014. These are new condition with USA warranty prices, in-stock or (pre)orderable from authorized dealers (iffy and unauthorized dealers selling at Amazon are ignored). For cameras with multiple colors, we use the lowest price (eg black Fuji X100S over silver). A few have non-trivial price differences or availability differences between the benchmark retailers, you can find these cameras mentioned in the Footnotes at the bottom.

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Camera Price Charts Episode III: The Mirrorless Menace

In Episode I of this late 2014 Camera Price Charts mini-series, we took a look at the 35mm Full Frame Cameras. In Episode II, we focused on APS-C DSLRs. In this episode, Episode III, we focus on the wild world of Mirrorless cameras. To see the charts at a bigger size, “View Image” in browser.

Methodologie
The prices are a consensus price between B&H Photo and Amazon and Adorama as of December 30 in 2014. These are new condition with USA warranty prices, from authorized dealers (iffy and unauthorized dealers selling at Amazon are ignored).

In the first and second charts, prices are the body only prices with the exception of cameras that are not available as body only kits. The last chart is a comparison of “Getting Started With” kits (lens is included). Older cameras that are no longer available in new condition with USA warranty at the above retailers as set forth in this paragraph are not included (for example, Canon EOS-M Mirrorless, Pentax K-01 mirrorless and such). None of these have mail-in rebates.

For a small number of these mirrorless cameras, finding a consensus price was not an easy task, with various colors and lenses and options/kits. You can find these in the footnotes at the bottom.

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Camera Price Charts Episode II: APS-C dSLRs – the ones that started it all

APS-C dSLRs ushered in the era of “affordable” digital interchangeable lens cameras starting at the historic PMA 2002, where a quartet of dSLRs were announced at what was then considered groundbreaking and accessible $2000~ price range (Nikon D100, Canon 60D, Sigma SD9, Fuji S2 Pro). Converted to 2014 money, that’s $2600+. Fast forward twelve years later to today, and one can get an APS-C at almost an order of magnitude the 2002 prices.

As with all technology products, prices steadily went down, and today, APS-C dSLRs are competing in a very crowded field, going up against more affordable Full Frame cameras, an avalanche of mirrorless options, and large-sensor fixed-lens cameras.

In Episode II, we take a look at their prices using two charts. To see the charts at a bigger size, “View Image” in browser.

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Camera Price Charts Episode I: Full Frame Fantasies Fulfilled?

As we close 2014, we begin a new mini-series, taking a snapshot of the prices of various digital cameras of interest. In Episode I, we take a look at 35mm full frame digital cameras. As of the end of December 2014, the picture is different from a couple of years ago, we have a mix of DSLRs, Mirrorless, Rangefinders and Fixed Lens Cameras. To see the charts at a bigger size, “View Image” in browser.

Methodologie
The prices are the consensus price between Amazon and B&H Photo and Adorama as of December 28-29 in 2014. These are new condition with USA warranty prices, from authorized dealers. All the prices are the body only kit prices. Mail-in rebates are factored in when they are offered unconditionally on the camera. In this chart specifically, these three cameras have mail-in rebates: Canon 1D X, 5D Mark III and 6D. Older cameras that are no longer available in new condition with USA warranty at the above retailers as set forth in this paragraph (eg Nikon D600) are not included.

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Fuji X100T Stock Status tracking page

Fuji is continuing their Big Sensor Prime line with the all new X100T APS-C fixed lens camera! This post is tracking the stock status of the camera! With the move to WordPress, we are no longer using Javascript widgets for the Stock Status table. It is plain HTML so you can read it on more devices and browsers. You can bookmark this in your browser or your RSS News Reader or your favorite bookmarking service (XMarks, Pinboard, etc).

Latest update: December 27, 2014 at 1:22am ET – two weeks later, supply situation improves even more…

Fuji X100T stock status tracker
Option In-Stock Pre-Order
Black
$1300
Adorama (4% rewards)
Amazon (Amazon itself)
Amazon (via 3rd parties)
B&H Photo
OneCall
Popflash (eBay)
Focus Camera (eBay)
Kenmore (eBay)
Best Buy
Best Buy (eBay)
Berger Bros (eBay)
Beach Camera
Samy’s Camera (free case)
Focus Camera
eBay Search Results
Silver
$1300
OneCall (eBay) ($1200, New-Other condition)
Adorama (4% rewards)
Amazon (Amazon itself)
OneCall
B&H Photo
OneCall (eBay)
Popflash (eBay)
Best Buy (Store Pickup)
Best Buy (eBay)
eBay Search Results
Samy’s Camera (free case)
Beach Camera

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Photography Trade Show Calendar for 2015 and Beyond

And we are baaaack! This is the first “content post” in the new WordPress era! This is a reference post, a list of camera and photography related Trade Show Calendars for the remainder of 2014 and 2015. With mobile photography increasing in popularity and importance, some mobile trade shows were added as well. It is not intended to be a comprehensive listing of every photography-related trade show on the planet… For omissions and corrections, please leave a comment or use the online contact form

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January 2015
+ 6-9: CES 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada (USA)
+ 6-9: PMA at CES 2015 (the exhibit) in Las Vegas (USA) – the conference is January 4-5
+ 14-18: Society of Social and Wedding Photographers in London (UK), convention and trade-show

February 2015
+ 1-3: Imaging USA in Nashville::TN (USA)
+ 12-15: CP Plus in Tokyo (Japan)
+ 19-22: Nature Photography Summit in San Diego California
+ 26 to March 5: WPPI (full conference) in Las Vegas (USA) – the trade show is March 2-4

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