True story. I was lined up to work on a shoot where I really needed Image Stabilization on a 70-200mm. I ponied up $2500 full retail price to get one shipped in time for the shoot.
Today there's a pretty amazing deal on this lens I wished I had at the time of my purchase. At B&H, the new $2500 70-200mm F/2.8L IS lens immediately drops down to just $2199, and combined with another $300 Mail-in-Rebate, your final total is just $1899. Just add the item to cart to see changes. [Update: Go beyond cart to see changes]
For a limited time, and limited quantity at this price. (found here).
Canon 70-200mm F/2.8L IS II
In case you were looking at some new Nikon or Canon equipment, here are a couple of links to current discounts for Nikon and Canon. Supposedly there are some deep discounts with some of Nikon's legacy lenses, but i'm not much of a Nikon guy to tell you if it's a great deal. The Canon Instant Rebates look similar to offers that were available the holidays, and are back for a limited time. Check them out following the links below, and keep me in the loop if you find something really good.
Save up to $350 on Nikon Lenses
Save on select Canon Lenses and Speedlights
I haven't found anything on this list that I really need at the moment, but perhaps some of you who may be ready to invest in new lenses could find something useful. The final days are coming to a close for Canon Instant Rebates on Speedlight Flashes and Lenses (including some of their newest releases) over at B&H. You can check out all of the deals at the Canon Rebate Page (click here).
Canon Instant Rebate Savings Speedlight Flashes and Lenses
Not long ago Canon released a newer version of their popular 24-70mm F/2.8L lens, but at almost double the price of the original version and without Image Stabilization (which many hoped for). Sure, there's some major differences in the design and in image quality, but not enough for someone like me to spend that extra cash to upgrade. I'm curious if anyone out there has decided on the upgrade, and if you think it was worth it? Leave a comment. One thing I will say is if you shoot Canon, this is one lens you need to have in your bag. If not the version 2, you can still find the many of the version 1 F/2.8L on eBay for a fair price (seen here).
Canon 24-70mm F/2.8L - via eBay
Regardless about my opinion, there is a great price on the new 24-70mm F/2.8L II lens if this is what you've been looking at. Normally runs for $2800 dollars (as seen here on Amazon), B&H is running a special today knocking off an extra $500 bucks (check it out here).
Canon 24-70mm F/2.8L II USM
Several people jumped on the Canon 7D deal and it sold out fast. Others weren't so lucky. I woke up today, to see that it is once again being offered via the Daily Deal. I know a bunch of people were able to take advantage of this deal, including some of my close friends, so if you received one from the last round feel free to leave some comments to the skeptics. Listed as Brand New (not refurbished). Is this grey market stuff? Nope, the auction (like the last one) shows that it includes the US Warranty registration card. Check it following the link (here).
Canon EOS 7D DSLR (Body)
Missed the 70-200mm F/2.8L IS II deal? Fear not, there might be another chance for you to get this lens at the lowest prices this year.
If you search Adorama.com for the Canon 70-200mm F/2.8L IS II (latest version), you'll find a nice $300 dollar instant rebate available. You can check out the normal price listing (here).
If you click through the Adorama banner below, the exact same SKU product number changes the price and knocks off a total of $425 dollars off the MSRP price. Not sure how long this will last, but it's here for the time being.
Click banner for Canon 70-200mm F/2.8L IS II Discount
You might have caught this as it started yesterday. Canon's offering instant rebates on a variety of Lenses (and flashes), but if you go direct to Canon's website there's tax and hefty shipping fees involved. You can find the same rebate information over at B&H and for some this means saving big on sales tax. Nothing overly exciting, and it extends throughout September 3rd. Current Canon Lens and Flash rebate information can be found following the link (click here).
Canon Lens and Flash Rebates