Last week, Theta Chip, LLC filed lawsuits in federal court against Canon USA, Nikon, Fujifilm, Olympus, and Sigma for infringing a specific patent that covers removable memory cards in cameras and image rotation in camera menu systems, among other things. [Read more…]
Not to be outdone by Sony, Olympus now has trade-in bonus offers on some of its mirrorless cameras and lenses. The trade-in deal gives you an additional $200 off the camera and/or lenses for up to $800 off regular prices. See details and the list of applicable cameras and lenses here at B&H Photo.
Another bonus offer that isn’t on the main page but still applies to the trade-in deal is the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II kit with the 12-40mm f/2.8 lens. With the instant rebate and trade-in bonus, you get $500 total off the kit (use coupon code TRADENTIME at checkout). Check it out here at B&H Photo.
These trade-in offers are available through May 6, 2017.
We are continuing to dig into Canon USA’s case against gray market retailers here in the US. Specifically, Canon is targeting popular gray market retailers Get It Digital, LLC, All New Shop, LLC and F & E Trading, LLC (aka Big Value, Inc., Electronics Valley and others) as they cut into Canon USA’s profit margin by importing Canon cameras direct from Japan and selling them in the US.
However, this isn’t the first time a camera manufacturer has gone after a retailer selling gray market cameras on ebay. In fact, I recently discovered that F & E Trading has been sued under very similar circumstances before. The outcome of that lawsuit could foreshadow what is the beginning of the end for gray market cameras in the US. [Read more…]