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May 15, 2011

(ENDED) Best Buy starts a price war! (lenses, Nikon D700, D7000, D5100, Canon 60D, T3i/T3, G12, S95, Pana GF2, and many more)

The Best Buy Price War has ended and the prices have returned to their usual levels. Update as of May-16-2011 10:24am EST. The original post is after the jump for historical reference. The discounts have ENDED...

ORIGINAL POST *** Best Buy Discounts have ENDED ***
Best Buy has started a camera price war, with the most competitive prices offered for Canon, Nikon and Panasonic gear. Sony products are not participating, but some of the entry-level Cybershots are discounted. Pentax and Olympus DSLR/iLCs/lenses are not participating either.

Please note the items below are not updated automatically, so their availability may be different by the time you read this. Because of the Black Friday type of discounting madness, it may take a while before we notice that something has sold-out!

+ Canon 100mm f2.8L IS for $925 at Best Buy
+ backordered but you can place an order Canon 70-200mm f4L non-IS for $623 at Best Buy
+ Nikon 85mm f3.5 DX VR for $477 Best Buy and $500 by Amazon itself
+ Nikon 20mm f2.8D for $486 at Best Buy
+ Nikon 55-300mm DX VR for $311 at Best Buy, and $326 by Amazon itself
+ Nikon 55-200mm DX VR for $195 at Best Buy and $204 by Amazon itself
+ Nikon 50mm f1.8D for $104 at Best Buy (please note this is an old D-lens, not the new G-lens)
+ Nikon 70-300mm FX VR for $461 at Best Buy
+ backordered but you can place an order: Nikon 17-55mm f2.8G DX for $1191
+ store-pickup-only: Nikon 35mm f1.8 DX for $153
+ check for your lenses of interest at
+ NOT DISCOUNTED: Sony Alpha/NEX, Pentax, Olympus, and Sigma lenses

FULL-FRAME DSLRs: Nikon D700 for $2268, Canon 5D Mark II store pickup only
+ body only for $2268 at Best Buy, big picture at D700 stock status page
+ Canon 5D Mark II body for $2124 with STORE PICK-UP only at Best Buy

NIKON D5100 w/18-55 for $760
+ Nikon D5100 w/18-55 for $760 at Best Buy (big picture at stock status page)

NIKON D7000 w/18-105 for $1260 (backordered)
+ Nikon D7000 w/18-105 for $1260 at D7000 w/18-105mm at Best Buy [BACKORDERED but you can place an order to lock price]. Thanks to @Adammiarka for the alert!
+ check the just-updated D7000 stock status page for the big picture

NIKON D300s body for $1428
+ Nikon D300s body only for $1428 at Best Buy

CANON 60D $850 (body), $1107 (w/18-135)
We have the first "defeat" for Best Buy! B&H Photo comes to the rescue since they have price-matched it but they are also offering the Red Giant production bundle software for FREE!
+ Canon 60D body only $850 at B&H Photo (w/free Red Giant) and Best Buy
+ Canon 60D w/18-135m for $1107 at B&H Photo (w/free Red Giant) and Best Buy
+ Canon 60D big picture at just updated 60D stock status page

CANON 7D: store-pickup only
+ The 7D body only for $1427 is sold-out online and not available for store-pickup, but there is some hope for the 7D w/28-135 for $1595 - it may be available for Best Buy store pickup depending on how the store pickup stars align.

Canon D-Rebel T3i/600D for $672 (body), w/18-15 ($756)
+ body only: $672 at Best Buy
+ w/18-55mm: $756 at Best Buy or $800 with free Red Giant production bundle software at B&H Photo
+ see Canon T3i/T3 stock status pages for the big picture

Canon D-Rebel T2i/550D w/18-55 for $672
+ Canon EOS Rebel T2i w/18-55 for $672 at Best Buy

Canon D-Rebel T3/1100D w/18-55 for $510
+ w/18-55mm: $510 at Best Buy

Panasonic GF2 w/14-42mm for $438 (back-ordered!)
+ back-ordered but orderable GF2 w/14-42mm for $438 at Best Buy. Thanks to Jacob for the alert!

Canon Powershot G12 for $400
+ Canon G12 for $400 at Best Buy

Nikon Coolpix P7000 for $395
+ Not the lowest price ever, I think it was in the $370s at Amazon pre-Tsumani. Currently $395 at Best Buy. UPDATE: $395 at Amazon by Amazon as well.

Canon S95 for $320 in-store pick-up (not online!) [YMMV!]
+ buy online, available for in-store pickup for $320 at Best Buy
+ check S95 stock status

Fixed Lens Cameras (mostly SUPERZOOMS)
+ Nikon Coolpix S9100 (black) compact superzoom for $261 at Best Buy
+ Nikon Coolpix P300 for $261 at Best Buy (no RAW)
+ Canon SX230HS (black) for $280 at Best Buy
+ Nikon L120 superzoom for $221 at Best Buy
+ Kodak Z990 MAX superzoom for $257 at Best Buy
+ Canon SX130 IS for $184 at Best Buy

BACKORDERED but you can place order online to lock price
+ Panasonic TZ20/ZS10 (multiple colors) for $320
+ Panasonic TS3/FT3 (multiple colors) for $320

SOLD-OUT and NOT available for store pick-up
+ Olympus XZ-1 for $359
+ Canon 7D body only for $1595
+ Canon D-Rebel T2i body only for $634
+ Nikon Coolpix S9100 red for $261
+ Canon Elph 500 HS for $240
+ Nikon 70-200mm VR II for $2160
+ Nikon 24-70mm f2.8 for $1701
+ Nikon 14-24mm f2.8 for $1800
+ Nikon 10.5 fisheye for $697
+ Canon 70-200mm f4L IS for $1281
+ and more, we can't keep track of them all

In the past, some retailers (eg Amazon) sometimes price-match high-profile discounts, sometimes they do not. One question is whether to wait and see or get it while it's available. Unfortunately without a crystal ball, it's hard to answer that question!

In a situation like these, both prices and availability can change at any time and as usual when there is a big deal like this, things may get crazy!

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