Request for Comments: Who do you want to see in the Blog Sidebar and Below Individual Posts?

This is an RFC (request for comments). What would you like to see in the Blog Sidebar and also below individual blog-post pages (which are currently fairly short)? What would you like NOT to see? Please feel free to use the online contact form or send an email (the direct email address is at the previously linked page), or leave a comment here or use Twitter. I have a long list of items I’m considering, but I won’t mention them here so they won’t influence this feedback process.

PS: in the next few days I will be experimenting with various things in the Sidebars and below blog-posts so in those two places, you may see items appear and disappear as they get tested out.

Monday Lightning Deals: Rokinon 12/2 (NEX), B+W, Case Logic, Joby, Pawtec, etc

There is some action at the Camera & Photo specials of the Amazon Gold Box for Monday 8/3/15 as follows:

+ starts 8am ET: Rokinon 12mm F2.0 NCS CS for Sony E-Mount (NEX) (Black) (RK12M-E)
+ price before sale is $320
+ I don’t know if the other mounts will be on sale as well

+ starts 8am ET for Prime and 8:30am ET for All: Joby UltraFit Sling Strap For Men, Charcoal

+ starts 9am ET: B+W 46mm HTC Kaesemann Circular Polarizer with Multi-Resistant Coating

+ starts 9am ET for Prime and 9:30am ET for All: Case Logic DSS-101 Luminosity CSC/DSLR Sling

+ starts 9am ET for Prime and 9:30am ET for All: Pawtec UltraSlim External USB 3.0 Slot-Loading BDXL 3D Blu-Ray Writer / Burner For Apple

+ starts 1pm ET: AEE Technology Action Cam S71 (4K 1080P 16MP Slim Body Wi-Fi Waterproof Wireless Action Camera with 2.0-Inch LCD)

+ items may get added/removed over there during the day
+ blog-post updated Monday 2:15am ET

Ends Tue 1am ET: Duracell Sale (2 chargers, 4AA, 4AAA for $25) {also single-use offers}

The Woot Electronics deal of the day good until 1am Eastern on Tuesday is the return of the Duracell battery. There is one rechargeable option, a two sets of this: 4-slot Duracell charger with 2AA and 2AAA rechargeables included. So for $20 plus $5 flat shipping, you get two chargers, 4 AAs and 4 AAAs. Limit three 2-packs each. The charger charges two AAs in one our hour, but takes longer for four. So in theory you could charge two per charger to get them both ready in one hour :)

The rest of the sale is single-use Duracell alkalines of various sizes (AA, AAA, C, D, 9V) with the craziest being 620 single-use AAs for $170 plus $5 flat shipping (limit 3, 40 lbs, 2020 expiration date), which, if Windows Calculator is accurate, it comes out to 28~ cents per battery.

Canon 1D X body with $92 rewards for $4600

Vroom-vroom! New sporting seasons are rolling out left and right. Time for a vroom-vroom speed-demon camera sale. The new condition Canon 1D X body only is now going for $4600 with free shipping and $92 in promotional rewards at Adorama.

Imported Nikon 24-120mm f4 VR for $550 {vs refurbished for $780}

Back to Los eBay Deals du Jour where GetItDigital is offering the new condition imported grey-market Nikon 24-120mm f4G ED VR SLR lens for $550 with free shipping with a limit of five per customer. It comes with a one year warranty from the seller (GetItDigital), not Nikon USA.

If you are not comfortable with imported grey-market items, but still don’t want to pay new condition full price, there’s a middle path, you can get it manufacturer refurbished with the Nikon USA blessings for $780 with free shipping by Adorama.

(ENDED) Starts Sunday 2pm ET: Kea Sigma Delta Flexible Tripod for Compact Cameras Sale

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Panasonic TS6 Waterproof with Many Extras (including AfterShot Pro 2) for $278

Splash, into me! If Dave Matthews was doing camera instead of yogurt covers of their own songs, this may have been what they used for waterproof cameras. With that unnecessary sentence out of the way, Adorama has Panasonic TS6 waterproof bundles for $278 with free shipping and a boatload of extras: 16GB Toshiba SD card, Lowepro case, Vivitar floating strap, cleaning kit, and more important perhaps of all, the Corel Digital Organization Creativity Software Kit which includes the AfterShot Pro 2 and Paintshop Pro X7 software (along with a couple of other titles, FileCenter, OmniPage). No coupons, no rebates, just add the thing to the shopping cart and checkout.

TIP: look for the aforementioned bundles in the long list of 20 options there. This offer is currently available in black or orange or blue or cameo (camouflage).

For the TL;DR crowd, the aforementioned bundles look like this in the search results (note the tiny little software boxes in the annotated screenshot below):


$5 per magazine per year: Pop Photo or Outdoor Photographer

This weekend sale at Discount Mags has two photography magazines offered for $5 per year per magazine, Popular Photography or Outdoor Photographer. The usual terms, up to three years (independently adjustable), offer good for renewals, gift subscriptions or new subscribers, US mailing addresses, printed magazines, no autorenewals, and such. Offer ends Sunday at 11:59pm ET (I’ve never seen magazine subscriptions sell out since they can print as many as needed – in fact it would be a nice problem to have – many new subscribers – considering where things are with print).

Imported Sony a7S body for $1800

Back to the eBay Deals where GetItDigital (99.7%) is offering the new condition imported (grey market) Sony a7S body only for $1800 with free shipping, with the usual limit of five per customer. The main picture has the a7 box, while the rest of the listing talks about the a7s. That and the unusual look of the box in the listings perhaps causing people to not buy it. It comes with a one year warranty from the seller GetItDigital, not from Sony USA.

At authorized Sony USA dealers this goes for $2500 such as Adorama (free Shure or Audio Technica mic) or B&H Photo (2% rewards = $50) or Amazonia.

1TB External 2.5″ Seagate HDD for $50 with coupon (four color choices for color coded backups)

If you like to backup your data in 1TB increments, or color-code your backups by the color of the external hard drive, good until 8/5/15 (or earlier if sold out), coupon code 1TBJULY015 entered at checkout at Adorama gets you the 1TB Seagate Backup Plus Slim 2.5″ external hard drive for $50 with free expedited shipping. It is available in the following colors: silver 1TB and blue 1TB and red 1TB and black 1TB. So as you can see, colorful electronics can be practical, not just cosmetic :)

(ENDED) 75% off Walgreens Photo Books with Coupon

This limited time offer expired… The Walgreens Photo website has a new coupon code, code INABOOK gets you 75% off their Photo Book options until the end of day on August 1 (2015). Limit five uses of the coupon per customer during this promotional period. Books include 20 pages (ten sheets). Additional pages per book are extra. Store pickup may be available. Shipping is not free. Check details over there.

(SOLD OUT) Ends by Sun 1am ET: refurbished 13.3″ Toshiba Chromebook 2 (CB35-B3340) for $185

As speculated, this sold out during the day (and got replaced by a Windows laptop) before the full 24 hours elapsed…

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32GB Sony SDHC Class 10 for $10 w/free s&h {limit 10}

With the bigger memory card prices coming down, the smaller denominations are getting squeezed, which means more deals if you prefer 16GB or 32GB cards. Case in point, the 32GB Sony Class 10 UHS-1 (up to 40MB/sec) is currently on sale for $10 with free shipping, with a limit of ten of them per customer at B&H Photo as one of their Featured Deals.

PocketWizard Plus III Transceiver for $127

The PocketWizard Plus III Transceiver is currently on sale for $127 in black or yellow B&H Photo and Amazon.

Nissin Sale plus Mail-In Rebates (18 options)

Adorama has a sale on Nissin Lightning Gear along with a mail-in rebate promotion on some of them. A total of 18 items are participating in the promotion.

Accessories: $10 Tripod, $20 Toshiba 16GB FlashAir II, $30 bounce

In this post we round up a trio of discounted camera accessories at Adorama, with free shipping, even for the $10 item. They are:

+ Aiptek ZAC-STD-5 Lightweight Aluminum Tripod with 3-Way Pan Head for $10
+ 16GB Toshiba FlashAir II Wireless SD Card, Class 10 for $20
+ LumiQuest Bounce Flash System for $30

Bag The Bags: $10 or $18 Lowepros shipped, Manfrottos, Kelly Moores, Tenba, Brenthaven, Tamrac

And now we have a new installment of “Bag the (Camera) Bags”. Free shipping on the items mentioned in this post:

+ Lowepro Nova Sport 7L AW Shoulder Bag for DSLR or CSC Cameras, in Pepper Red color scheme, for $10
+ ends 8/10/15 or earlier if sold out

+ Lowepro Passport Sling II Camera Bag in Black/Red for $18
+ ends 8/5/15 or earlier if sold out

+ Manfrotto Stile MBSH-2BB Solo II Holster for DSLR for $18
+ ends 8/5/15 or earlier if sold out

+ Tamrac Travel Pack 73 Photo Backpack for DSLR with Lens Attached, Extra Lenses and Flash, Black for $30

+ Brenthaven BX2 Camera Messenger Bag – fits MacBook Pro 13.3″, 14″, 15.4″ & DSLR Camera for $60

+ Tenba Switch 7 Mirrorless Camera Bag, Faux Leather Flap, Black for $60

+ Manfrotto Advanced Gear Backpack, Large, Black for $75
+ ends 8/4/15 or earlier if sold out

+ Kelly Moore Bag Sale
+ 22 options available there, price range $99 to $199

In-stock nao: Sigma 24-35mm f2 (Canon) for $1000

The new Sigma 24-35mm f2 DG HSM Art lens in the Canon EF SLR mount is now in-stock and f2-zoom on your DSLR for $1000 with free shipping at B&H Photo.

In-stock Nao: Ricoh GR II for $700

The Ricoh GR II, with its 16mp APS-C sensor and f2.8 prime lens and no LPF is now in-stock and ready to ship to you for $700 prime dollars at B&H Photo and Adorama and various at Amazon (Amazon itself is 1-2 months away) and TheCameraBox on eBay.

On the other hand, if you prefer the original Ricoh GR, it is bundled with the Ricoh GV-1 EVF and 32GB Sandisk SDHC and 4% promotional rewards for $600 at Adorama.

Pentax K-3 body with 50mm f1.8 and AF-200FG for $750

An old school SLR photography bundle with a camera, a 50mm prime and a flash! Adorama is offering this Pentax K-3 bundle that consists of the K-3 body only kit, the 50mm f1.8 DA lens, and the AF-200FG flash for $750 with free shipping. Add bundle to cart. No rebates/coupons. Offer ends by 8/15/15 or earlier if sold out. Annotated screenshot below:


Petrol PC102 Deca U-Bag (Black) for $180

For a limited time, B&H Photo is offering the Petrol PC102 Deca U-Bag (Black) for $180 with free standard shipping. This is filed under Pro Camcorder cases.

PS: a camera bags sales roundup post should be coming later today (I’ll group them in one post for expediency)… UPDATE: it is now posted

Canon Lens and Flash promotions expire 8/1/15

The current iteration of the Canon Lens and Flash promotions (some instant savings, some mail-in rebates) expire on 8/1/15. You can see all available options nicely organized at B&H Photo. Some may be eligible for promotional rewards or other specials – check on the individual lens page for those details. A total of 25 lenses and 5 flashes are participating.

Rokinon 8mm f3.5 HD Fisheye CS II E-mount for $200

The Rokinon 8mm f/3.5 HD UMC Fisheye CS II with Removable Hood for the Sony E-mount is currently on sale for $200 with free shipping at Adorama. Offer ends 8/10/15 or earlier if sold out.

Also at Adorama, good for a limited time only (ends 7/31/15), you can get the Rokinon 8mm f3.5 HD Fisheye Manual Focus Lens with Removable Hood for Nikon SLRs for $215 with free shipping.

Imported Nikon 55-300mm DX VR for $190

Back to the land of the eBays where we find the new condition Nikon 55-300mm f4.5-5.6 DX VR lens offered for $190 with free shipping with a limit of five per customer by eBay seller “BestStopDeals” (98.1%). The listing says one year worldwide warranty. Assume it is a gray market (imported) lens since it doesn’t explicitly mention Nikon USA warranty.

(ENDED) Friday Lightning Deals: B+W, Rokinon 12/2.8 (N), Fat Gecko, etc

These lighting deals expired… For future ones in the future, check the Amazon Gold Box and Camera & Photo page

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