Archives for 2015

Refurbished Nikon P610 (60x) superzoom for $255

We have two back to back superzooms. We start with a 60x optical zoom ratio, the Nikon Coolpix P610 is offered in manufacturer-refurbished condition with a 90 day Nikon USA warranty for $255 with free shipping at Adorama. The new condition price is $380 at authorized dealers.

Offer ends at 1/5/16 and it part of an on-going refurbished Nikon sale at Adorama.

To save up on blog-posts, I am mixing in a camera bag sale as well, also at Adorama, it is the Crumpler 3 Million Dollar Home Camera Bag for $15 with free shipping. NOTE: “3 million” is the camera bag’s name. You will not find $3 million in cash inside the bag 🙂

Fuji S9900W Superzoom (50x) for $180

Fuji makes many superzooms. One of them, the 50x optical zoom Finepix S9900W is on sale for $180 with free shipping and $7~ promotional rewards at Adorama. Offer ends 1/5/16.

White Box Canon 24-105 f4L IS USM for $606 (Grey/Imp)

The Canon 24-105 f4L IS USM lens is bundled with some of the more advanced Canon DSLR kits. Some enterprising retailers are taking advantage of the kit bundle discounts and they sell the camera and the lens separately, partially passing some of the savings to the lens buyers. Once such case is found in the eBay Deals where eBay seller “Get It Digital” (99.5%) is offering the white-box (does not come in outer retail packaging) Canon 24-105 f4L IS USM lens for $606 with free shipping, with a limit of 3 per customer. Over 1400 lenses got sold so far from this listing per the eBay statistics over there.

NOTE: the eBay listing has no mention of a warranty. It does not state whether the lens was split from a USA warranty kit, or if it was split from an Imported kit. To be on the safe side, assume this is an imported grey-market item. They would have probably charged more if it was a USA warranty lens.

The lens on its own in retail packaging with Canon USA warranty goes for $1000 at authorized Canon dealers (eg Adorama with boatload of free accessories). A white box option (again with no specifics on warranty) goes for $610 by AudioDealz fulfilled by Amazon (with six free lens-related accessories).

(ENDED) Popular Photography All Access (Print + Digital) for $5 (1-Year, then AutoReniews)

These daily deals expired, but magazines are recurring promotions, so they’ll very likely return at some point in the future…

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(ENDED) Reminder of 12/31/15 deadline for Chase and Discover with 5% to 10% Amazon Rewards

The Year of 2015 ended, and as such, this strategy is no longer relevant for 2015, however, the same principle applies to future years and similar promotions. Amazon is typically reserved for Q4 promotions. For on-going 5% at Amazon there’s the Citi Forward credit card and the Amazon Prime Store credit card (not to be confused with the Amazon Chase VISA credit card)…

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(ENDED) Thur Lightning Deals: Bags, ePhoto, and such

These daily offers expired…

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(ENDED) Vanguard Espod CX 234AP Tripod for $40 after $10 MIR

These daily promo codes are dead as a doornail now, but some of these items are recurring offers from the Fry’s promo codes department…

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Nikon DSLR + Lens Combined Purchase Discounts expire 1/2/16

The Nikon DSLR + Lens combined purchase discounts expire on 1/2/16 as well in their current iteration. You can see the various options and combinations nicely organized by DSLR at B&H Photo. Some of these offers may not return later on, but again, I have no way of knowing for certain. Participating Nikon DSLRs range from the D3300 all the way up to the Df and D4S.

Canon Lens Instant Savings (38 options; Expire 1/2/16)

The current iteration of the Canon Lens Instant Savings expires 1/2/16. A total of 38 items are participating at the aforelinked B&H Photo page, 34 lenses and 4 flashes. There are too many to list here individually. Many of them have promotional rewards as well. Some of these offers may not return after 1/2/16, but I have no way of knowing for certain either way.

UPDATE: I forgot to mention, running in parallel, also with a 1/2/16 expiration date are the instant savings on Canon DSLRs. These are not combined purchase discounts, just discounts on the DSLR prices.

Trendspotting: Fuji Instax and GoPro

In a very long press release, Amazon revealed a number of tangible and semi-tangible factoids about their Black Friday 2015 Holiday shopping season. The camera and photo segment there reveals that the Fuji Instax (instant film camera), the GoPro Hero4 Silver, and its AB headstrap mount were their top selling items under the Camera and Photo category…

It is interesting to see how things change for the mythical average consumer. A few years ago, every techie wanted to have a dSLR to call his/her own, and the various tech blogs were heavily covering the latest hot cameras du jour. Now it seems the average mythical person wants an instant film camera and an action camera :)… The retro theme was also there in Audio, a turntable was ahead of a classic A/V receiver and a fancy-techie SONOS player :)…

Another interesting factoid, “Members worldwide uploaded more than a billion photos for free with Prime Photos this holiday.”. They certainly did not do that with Kindle Fire Phones, so the app must be popular with other devices 🙂 [remember, if you are a Prime member, you automatically get unlimited Cloud Photos!]

64GB Toshiba 1000x CF for $40 (or 32GB for $25) w/free S&H

I’m not sure who came up with the name “Exceria” for the Toshiba memory cards because it sounds like a really painful disease or medication with nasty side effects. But this is not a medical blog, so let’s get back on track… The 64GB Toshiba Exceria 1000x CompactFlash CF Memory Card (Up to 150MB/s Read, 120MB/s Write) is on sale for $40 with free shipping at Adorama, while the 32GB version goes for $25 with free shipping. You can buy as many as you like. Offer ends by 12/31/15 or earlier if sold out.

PS: the website was down for a few minutes around midnight (503 error). It is back up again!

Tamron 24-70/2.8 Di VC USD with 10% rewards for $1100 after $200 MIR (C/N/A)

It’s not just Sigma! Tamron has f2.8 Pro Zooms too! This offer has both Promotional Rewards and a mail-in rebate. You can get the Tamron 24-70mm f2.8 Di VC USD SP for $1100 after a $200 mail-in rebate, but you also get 10% Promotional Rewards (~$130 or $110~ if the MIR price is not included in the promotional rewards) at B&H Photo in the Canon, Nikon and Sony-Alpha-Dyxum-Maxxum-Dzixum-Mfoxum SLR mounts. Offer ends 12/31/15 (but the free Next Day cutoff is Wedn 4pm ET).

Canon 5DS R body with $360 rewards and Next Day for $3600

This DSLR is at the Union of the Two Offer Towers (but in a good way), it is eligible for 10% promotional rewards (a juicy $360) and Free NEXT DAY delivery (cut-off is Wedn 4pm ET). It is the Canon 5DS R body only going for its usual price of $3600 at B&H Photo… If you don’t need next day delivery, you can swap that for the Audio-Technica AT8024 Stereo/Mono Microphone and still get the 10% promotional rewards and the Corel software kit (AfterShot P2, PSP X7, etc) for $3600 at Adorama… It’s good to have choices!…

Sigma 50mm f1.4 DG ART w/Next Day for $850 (C/N/A/Si)

Sigma must be big fans of Art Bell, because they named a big line-up of lenses “ART” 🙂 Their new 50mm f1.4 DG ART HSM lens is going for $850 with free Next Day Delivery (cutoff Wedn 4pm ET) and 4% promotional rewards (~$34~) at B&H Photo in the Canon, Nikon, Sony and Shiguma SLR mounts… If you don’t need Next Day delivery, you have two options at Adorama: either 4% rewards and the Sigma USB Lens Dock included, or the usual lens-accessories and Corel software bundle…

Sony FE 24-240mm f3.5-6.3 OSS Lens with $90 rewards for $900

If you are a Sony FE superzoom fan, there’s a sale for you too! The Sony FE 24-240mm f3.5-6.3 OSS Lens gets 10% promotional rewards ($90~) and free Next Day Delivery (cutoff Wedn 4pm ET) at B&H Photo… If you don’t want promotional rewards and next-day delivery, you can get it for the same price but with the Corel software bundle and extra lens-related accessories at Adorama

Sony E PZ 18-200mm f3.5-6.3 OSS Lens with 4% rewards and Free Next Day Delivery for $1048

You can zoom your way into the new year with the Sony E PZ 18-200mm f3.5-6.3 OSS Lens going for $1048 with free Next Day Delivery (cutoff is Wedn 4pm ET) and 4% promotional rewards at B&H Photo… If you don’t need Next Day Delivery and prefer actual accessories instead of promotional rewards, you can get it for the same price with expedited (not next day) shipping along with the Corel software bundle (Aftershot Pro 2, Paintshop Pro X7, etc) and a 67mm ProOptic Filter Essentials Kit, and a soft lens case and lens cap tether and two cleaning kits at Adorama

Sigma 70-200 f2.8 OS APO with $48 rewards for $1200 (C/N/A/Si)

Pro zoom action now, the Sigma 70-200mm f2.8 EX DG APO OS HSM lens is on sale for $1200 with 4% promotional rewards (~$48) at B&H Photo in the Canon, Nikon, Sony and Sigma SLR mounts… NOTE: the Canon and Nikon mounts get free NEXT DAY delivery (cut-off is Wedn 4pm ET), while the other two get free Expedited shipping…

If you prefer free lens-y accessories included instead of 4% promotional rewards, you can also get it for $1200 at Adorama

(ENDED) Transcend Sale: 64GB SDXC for $16, 128GB SDXC for $42, 64GB microSDXC for $14 (11 options)

This offer ended but memory card sales are recurring every few weeks at Amazon…

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(ENDED) Ends Wedn 2:40am ET: Sony a6000 w/16-50 & $75 Gift Card for $550

This late night lightning deal expired…

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(ENDED) Wedn Lightning Deals: Eyefi, Lowepro, Bestek, Lightdow, Torkia, ollo, etc

These lighting deals expired… For future ones in the future, check the Amazon Gold Box (new, giant images version) or Amazon Gold Box (old, widget with arrows version) and Camera & Photo page

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(ENDED) Pay $95, Get $100 eBay eGift Card (limited time)

This iteration ended as well, but this is recurring…

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(ENDED) Wedn: Vivitar 58mm 24-Piece Filter Kit for $50 w/free S&H

This daily deal expired… For more action, check their Featured Deals page

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10% Rewards on 44 Canon and Nikon DSLRs and Lenses

For a limited time, B&H Photo is offering 10% Promotional rewards on 44 different Canon and Nikon DSLR kits and Lenses. This is mostly four-figure items, such as the D810, 5D Mark III, 6D, f2.8 professional zooms, peaking with the $10,300 Nikon 500mm f4E VR which will get you $1,030 rewards to use on future B&H purchases. There are two pages of eligible items, so don’t forget to check page #2 over there. No coupon is needed. An expiration date is not mentioned. When it expires, you will no longer see it mentioned there (that’s how you’ll know it’s over).

Still Good: Olympus E-P5 body only and $40 rewards for $350 (yes, E-P5, not E-PL5)

Things can fly fast during the holiday season, so if you missed this post last week, the sale is still continuing, the Olympus E-P5 body only (yes, E-P5, not E-PL5) is currently on sale for $350 with free shipping and $40 promotional rewards at Adorama in either the black E-P5 body only or the silver E-P5 body only. Offer ends by 12/31/15 or earlier if sold out.


Tokina 11-20mm f2.8 PRO DX for $424 (C/N)

For a limited time, the new Tokina 11-20mm f2.8 PRO DX lens is on sale for $424 with free shipping at Adorama in the Canon mount and the Nikon mount… The same price is available at B&H Photo

64GB Samsung EVO+ SDXC for $19+ (32GB for $11+)

Samsung has yet another memory card line, the EVO+. These are element-proof just like the EVO line, but prioritize Read Speed (up to 80MB/s) over Write speed (up to 20MB/sec). On the other hand, the EVO cards can go up to 48MB/sec (Read or Write). The sale prices depend on how many you want to buy.

On the 64GB front, if you only want one, you can get it for $22 with free shipping at B&H Photo. If you want exactly two, you can get them for $20 with free shipping at Adorama, or if you want three or more, you can get them for $19 each with free S&H at Adorama.

On the 32GB front, if you only want one, you can get it for $12 with free shipping by Adorama on Amazon and B&H Photo. If you buy three or more, you can get them for $11 with free shipping at Adorama.

The Volume Discounts at Adorama are automatically applied based on the quantity in your shopping cart. If you are not familiar with the Adorama website, this is how you can tell if an item is eligible for Volume Discounts (annotated screenshot crop right below):


If you are not interested in the red EVO+, the orange EVOs are on similar prices, but without the volume discounts: the 32GB for $12, and the 64GB for $23.

Buy Lowepro Flipside 400AW PRO Backpack (Black) for $100, Get $50 Promotional Credit for Future Camera and Photo purchases

The Amazon $50 Camera and Photo Promotional Credit Promotion continues. With this, if you buy one of 30 eligible items (there’s a page #2 over there full of Nanuk foam briefcases), sold and shipped by Amazon itself (not marketplace sellers), you will get a $50 promotional credit to spend on future Amazon Camera and Photo purchases. The promotional credit expires 1 year after your purchase. You will receive the $50 promotional credit 30 days after your order ships (not after you place your order – the distinction matters for items that are out of stock or backordered).

So we already mentioned the Vitamin C Strong (in terms of Orangeness) Lowepro Extreme Padded Sport Style Backpack for $90 (you pay that, and later receive a $50 promotional credit for future purchases)…

… but some people prefer to get their Vitamin C from oranges and tangerines, not from their camera bags. In this case, the black Lowepro Flipside 400 AW Pro DSLR Camera Backpack is available for $100 (you pay that, and later receive a $50 promotional credit for future purchases).

Eligible items mention this promotion on their product pages, under the “Special Offers and Product Promotions” and/or they have a promotional box in the middle of the screen (see annotated screenshot crop below).


NOTE: the promotional page does not say when this promotion expires, so it is good until it disappears from the relevant pages…

(SOLD OUT) Refurbished Panasonic ZS40 travel zoom for $145

As of a 4:50pm ET recheck, this sold out… The Woot Electronics deal of the day, good until 1am ET on Tuesday, is the refurbished Panasonic ZS40 travel-zoom offered for $140 plus $5 flat shipping. Limit 3 per customer. The listing says it comes with a 90 day Woot warranty.

(ENDED) Tue Fry’s Promo Codes: Battery Holder of 12 AA for $0.09 (B&M only)

This daily deal expired…

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(ENDED) Mon Fry’s Promo Codes: 20pk 5×7″ Colorway Photo Paper for $0.49 w/free S&H

This daily deal expired…

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