If you are planning to buy a physical book in the next couple of days, Amazon is running a coupon promotion, coupon HOLIDAY30 gets you 30% off the current price of any physical book sold and shipped by Amazon itself. The maximum savings with this coupon is $10, in other words it phases out at $33. Any book priced $33 or higher will get a flat $10 off discount. The promotion expires 11/30/15 at 3am ET. Details on the promotional page. If you are looking for photography-related books, these are the Photography and Video pages.
Things are heating up at the Amazon Gold Box (new, giant images version) or Amazon Gold Box (old, widget with arrows version), which you can also filter using the Camera & Photo specials for Saturday 11/28/15 as follows:
+ starts 9:20am ET: ePhoto Inc The Ultimate Makeup Fashion Beauty Ring Light 65CP
+ starts 6:25pm ET: StudioPRO 3000W Continuous Output Softbox Lighting Kit with 10FT x 12FT Black, Green Chroma Key, and White Muslin Backdrops & Support System
+ price before the sale is $350
+ starts 8:10pm ET: Huion Graphics Tablet with 8G MicroSD Card and 12 Express Keys 1060 PLUS
+ starts 8:25pm ET: StudioPRO 675W 3 Light Single Lamp Black on Silver Umbrella Kit
+ additional doorbuster items may get added/removed over there at any time without prior teaser/warning
+ blog-post updated here on Saturday at 1:43am ET
Not part of the lightning deals, but they are limited time offers:
+ Fire TV stick for $25 (limit 10)
+ 7-inch Amazon Fire Tablet for $35 (limit 2)
+ Amazon Fire TV for $75 (limit 10)
+ Amazon Echo for $150 (limit 5)
+ Kindle Paperwhite (latest) for $100
+ Kindle (touchscreen) for $50
+ ASUS Chromebook 13-Inch (4GB RAM, 16GB SSD) for $180
+ Kindle (above model) Kids bundle for $70
+ $500 Amazon Gift Card with Limited Edition Gund Teddy Bear for $500 with free 1-day shipping (limit 10)
+ FREE Gift Wrap when you pay with a Mastercard and use coupon code MCGIFT15
It’s a new day in the East Coast time zone and this means a new deal of the day at B&H Photo. This offer is the 15.4″ MacBook Pro Notebook Computer with Retina Display (Mid 2014) (2.5 GHz Intel Core i7 (Crystalwell), 16GB RAM, 512GB PCIe Flash, NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M Graphics (2GB)) for $1600 with free shipping with a limit of three per customer… For more action, check the B&H Featured Deals and Black Friday Specials…
To the Trending eBay Deals we go where we find BuyDig’s eBay Store offering the new condition Sony a6000 with 18-55 & 55-210 for $580 with free shipping. Four of the six color combinations have sold out, but two remain (silver body with either silver or black 55-210 lens). Limit five per customer. These are brand new with USA warranty. BuyDig (Beach Camera) is an authorized Sony dealer.
While strolling the eBay Cyber aisles (this phrase was resurrected from 1998), there storage offers are also trending:
+ 2TB WD My Passport Ultra External Hard Drive, USB 3.0 for $65 by Adorama on eBay (limit 5)
+ 2TB Seagate Backup Plus Slim USB 3.0 Portable External HDD for $70 by NewEgg on eBay (limit 5)
+ 240GB OCZ ARC 100 2.5″ SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) ARC100-25SA for $60 by NewEgg on eBay (limit 5)
UPDATE: so I’m not starting new eBay posts every 5 milliseconds, here’s some eBay Gift Card specials:
+ Pay $80, Get $100 iTunes Gift Card via email (limit 4)
+ Pay $50, Get $60 in GameStop Cards via email (limit 4)
It is a bit interesting that two of the hot non-smartphone photography segments at the moment are instant cameras and action cameras. Which just goes to show that the market works in mysterious ways. Which brings us to the Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 Camera on sale for around $60 with free shipping in different color schemes at B&H Photo (click on the color tabs over there to switch colors in-page) and at Adorama where you can even find the Winnie the Pooh edition for $60 as well.
The Prime members only restriction has now been lifted, everyone can buy the GoPro HERO entry-level action camera for $118 with free shipping, with a limit of three per customer at Amazon by Amazon itself.
If The Dave Matthews Band is licensing their songs to the Yogurt Industrial Complex, may I also suggest creating a special edition of “Crash into me” for waterproof action cameras called “Splash, into me!”. With that as a completely unnecessary introduction that took up at least 41 extra characters, we drive in to Amazon where they are offering the Nikon Coolpix AW130 for $250 with free shipping, in three color schemes, with a limit of five per customer. The same price is also available at B&H Photo (they will begin accepting orders again Saturday PM).
1TB portable hard drives at $50 or less are a good deal (assuming you want 1TB and no more), so when you can get one for $40 instead, that’s pretty good. One of the Staples doorbuster offers is the 1TB Seagate Backup Plus Slim Portable USB 3.0 External Hard Drive with Mobile Device Backup, model STDR1000100, for $40. Free ship to store, free store pickup (if your local store has it available), free shipping if you are a Rewards member. They may also have it available at their B&M stores, you can check over there by zipcode. Offer ends 11/28/15 PM or earlier if sold out.
During the Black Friday, Cyber Monday and extended Holiday shopping period, deals (and posts here) fly at a much faster pace than usual. If you want an executive summary of the latest deals or if you are checking in intermittently, you can find some of the best deals currently available at the Holiday Deals Situation Room. Every year I vow to keep it simple and short, and every year it ends up becoming a big sprawl
A link to the new Situation Room has been added to the Sidebar of both this and the main blog under the “Black Friday Coverage” segment (which will change to Cyber Monday and Holiday Shopping eventually).
Another way to catch up with the latest updates here is to use the shortcut links under the “HOME” tab of the main menu here. They quickly take you to Pages #2 through #5 (eg open in background tab/window and digest them at your pace).
You can also catch up using the full-text RSS feed which also serves as a backup site in case the actual website goes down. The RSS feed is hosted by Feedburner, so it doesn’t depend on the website being up.
The Tamron 16-300mm f3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD MACRO lens is on sale for $500 after $130 back with two mail-in rebates at B&H Photo. It is the regular $80 MIR plus a $50 bonus Black Friday MIR. The lens is available in the Canon, Nikon and Alpha SLR mounts. The $50 bonus rebate expires 12/7/15.
And we are baaaack with Tammy Wynette singing the zoom lens blues. Tamron time that is. The Tamron SP 150-600mm f5-6.3 Di VC USD Lens is on sale for $950 after $120 back with two mail-in rebates ($70 and $50) at B&H Photo. Not only that, but you also earn 10% promotional rewards on the purchase, which, considering the price of the lens, that’s a very decent amount. The $70 mail-in rebate (MIR) is the regular one, plus there is a $50 Black Friday limited time MIR (expires 12/7/15). PDFs and details at the individual product pages of the lenses. This is available in the Canon, Nikon, and Sony SLR mounts…
If you are looking at the 150-600mm range, there’s also a Sigma promotion for both the Contemporary and the Sports edition of their 150-600mm lens.
For more B&H offers, check their latest Black Friday specials…
NewEgg has ushered in their Black Friday offers. Some of the items require promo codes that work for subscribers to their email newsletter and expire 11/27/15 11:59pm pacific.
Among the various official Canon store offers, there is a 4×6 glossy photo paper special, you get 500 sheets for $10 with free shipping. These are delivered as 10 50-packs. You add one 50pk to your shopping cart, and it automatically adds another nine. The total is $10 for 500 sheets.
There are various other ink and paper offers that can be combined for more freebies. Page down to the “Ink and Paper” section of their Special Offers page for more details.
In last week’s Mirrorless Price Charts (see the first chart, the flagship comparison) the Olympus E-M1 body only was going for $950. Fast forward to now, and you can get it for $900 at the Get Olympus store and B&H Photo (4% rewards, ON1 Effects) and Adorama (4% rewards, also look at yellow “Special Offer” for combined purchase discounts) and Amazon by Amazon itself.
Things are too chaotic at the moment for a “Bag The Bags” round-up but here’s a camera bag for $20 with free shipping, it is the black Tamrac 5422 Aria 2 Camera Bag at Adorama. Picture #2 shows the internal configuration.
Adorama ushered in a number of Black Friday specials. To get things moving fast, we are rounding a lot of them here in a single post:
+ 15 Rokinon lenses including 3-Prime bundles and single lenses for various mounts
+ 59 Sandisk options including SD, microSD, CompactFlash, USB Flash Drives (too many to list individually)
+ 8 Lexar storage options including 32GB and 64GB CF and SD Pro cards. The 32GB (1000x) and 64GB (633x) SDs go for $18 and $25, while the CF goes for $40 (1066x) and $50 (800x). There’s also a Platinum II 300x SD for $10
+ 5 X-Rite products from $49 to $389
+ DJI Phantom 3 Standard Quadcopter Aircraft with 3-Axis Gimbal and 2.7k Camera, with Remote Controller for $500 with promo code MBT1236001
+ DJI Phantom 3 Professional Quadcopter Aircraft with 3-Axis Gimbal and 4K UHD Video Camera, Remote Controller Included for $1060 with promo code MBT1236001
+ 27-inch Dell E2715H Widescreen LED Backlit IPS Monitor for $200
+ 27-inch Dell UltraSharp U2715H Quad HD IPS LED Monitor with Stand, 2560×1440 Resolution for $380 after $50 mail-in rebate (PDF details)
+ 34-inch LG Electronics 34UC87C-B Curved Ultra Wide Monitor, WQHD, 3440 x 1440, SRGB Over 99%, 4-Screen Split for $630 after $50 mail-in rebate (PDF details)
+ 32-inch Class Samsung UN32J4000 HD 720p Slim LED TV, 60 Motion Rate for $150 (add to cart) or $140 after $10 mail-in rebate (PDF details)
+ 32-inch Class Samsung UN32J5003 Full HD 1080p LED TV, 60 Motion Rate for $200 (add to carT) or $190 after $10 mail-in rebate (PDF details)
Another one of the Black Friday Ads is now price-matched by the internets. The Sony a6000 2-lens kit with the 18-55 and 55-210 lenses is going for $700 at Black Friday and it is now going for $700 at Amazon by Amazon itself (with free camera bag and 16GB Sony SD)… On the other hand, if you don’t need these particular lenses, the a6000 body only (with a number of free accessories) goes for $400 at Adorama and B&H Photo…
The 2TB My Passport Ultra Portable Hard Drive (USB 3.0) is currently on sale for $65 with free shipping, with a limit of two per customer as the B&H Photo Deal of the Day… Optionally you can bundle it with a case for $72~… For many more new specials, check their latest Black Friday specials…
We have new analysis + summary post at the main blog, Grading the Black Friday Offers and summarizing them if you don’t feel like getting knee-deep in the previously-mentioned long and sprawling store by store listing of the ads. You can also find these posts linked to in the Sidebar for quick cross-reference.
Amazon is expanding in all directions. One of their areas of expansion are Home Services that include everything from technology (printer setup, smartphone related, backups, virus removals, etc) to home improvement to car services to electrical work to home theater to equipment assembly and more. During the holidays, good until December 4, if you book a $75+ service, you will receive a $30 Amazon Gift Card via email in about 3 weeks after the paid service is completed. More details over there.
On the budget front, the Canon PIXMA MG3522 Wireless Inkjet Photo All-in-One Printer is on sale for $30 with free shipping at Adorama as one of their 6000+ Black Friday specials… On the other hand, if you have Amazon gift card burning in your e-pocket, you can get it for the same price by Adorama thru Amazon…
A quick note, I increased the number of posts shown on the front page of the blog to keep up with the increased volume of Black Friday postings and also increased the number of items to be shown in the RSS feed as we have been doing 20+ per day the last few days (and it’s only gonna get crazier). If any of these cause any issues technical or otherwise, please let me know in the comments or using the online contact form.
There are also two Canon 6D bundles with the Pixma AMEX mail-in rebates. The first bundle is centered on the 6D Body Only and Pixma Pro 100 and 50pk 13×19″ photo paper and gadget bag and 32GB Lexar SD for $1150 after a $350 mail-in rebate (prepaid American Express Gift Card).
I got sidetracked before finishing all the Canon Pixma rebates last night, here’s more at Adorama, these ones centered around the Canon D-Rebel T6i. There are two bundles: the D-Rebel T6i w/18-55 IS STM and Pixma Pro 100 and 50pk 13×19″ photo paper and gadget bag and 32GB Lexar SD go for $600 after a $350 mail-in rebate (prepaid American Express Gift Card).
Meanwhile the D-Rebel T6i w/18-135 IS STM with the same bundle as above goes for $750 after a $350 MIR. So you are swapping the 18-55 for the 18-135 for an extra $150. Decisions, decisions… Rebate details in the PDF file…
Another one of the DSLR offers of the Black Friday Ads is now price-matched by the internet. The Nikon D7100 2-Lens kit with the 18-55 DX VR and 55-300 DX VR lenses and extras (Wifi adapter, case, card) is price-matched to $1000 at B&H Photo (with 2% rewards) and Adorama and Amazon by Amazon.
On the other hand, if you only need the camera, and don’t care for the 18-55/55-300 lenses, you can get the body only manufacturer-refurbished with a 90 day Nikon USA warranty for $490 at Adorama
The $380 limited time offer on the Panasonic CM1 Android Camera-SmartPhone expired on Thursday at 11:59pm ET, but as of Friday at 12:02am ET, the price did not skyrocket, it is currently going for $500 with free shipping at B&H Photo… For many more new specials, check their latest Black Friday specials…
Free USB Dock with Sigma 150-600mm f5-6.3 DG OS HSM Lenses: $1090 for Contemporary, $2000 for Sports [C/N]
There is a double promotion for the Sigma 150-600mm f5-6.3 DG OS HSM lenses at B&H Photo: you get a free USB Sigma Lens Dock automatically along with 4% promotional rewards. The lens is available in two versions, the Contemporary (no, you are not reading a furniture and style blog!) goes for $1100 (= ~$44 rewards), while the Sports version goes for $2000 (= ~$80). It is available in the Canon and Nikon SLR mounts. No coupons, no rebates, just add to cart and proceed as usual… For many more new specials, check their latest Black Friday specials…
PS: those letters in brackets at the end of post titles for lenses are shortcut codes for their lens mounts: C for Canon, N for Nikon, A for Sony Alpha Minolta Maxxum Dyxum Pixxum, P for Pentax, S for Sigma, NX for Samsung NX, E for Sony E-mount, X for Fuji X, M43 for Micro Four Thirds, FT for Four Thirds, etc.
The Fuji X30 compact with RAW was going for $500 last week when we posted the RAWsumer price chart but you can now get it for $400 with free shipping and 4% promotional rewards in either color scheme at B&H Photo and Adorama and Amazon (no rewards but you get a semi-free Shutterfly 8×8 photo book [the book is free but you have to pay shipping]).
PS: our customary “Black Friday / Holiday Season Camera Deals Situation Room” at the Main Blog should go live in the next few hours. I am waiting for the early Friday wave to start, it would make that a good starting point.
Prime time now, the Sigma 50mm f1.4 DG HSM ART is going for $850 with some extras in the Canon, Nikon, Sony and Sigma SLR mounts. At B&H Photo you get 4% promotional rewards (= $34~), while at Adorama you get a handful of free accessories and a 3-year NewLeaf spills-n-drops warranty. No freebies at the moment at Amazon.