UPDATE 3/31/17 the price dropped from $120 to $110; limit still five per customer.
In addition to the HERO4 Black we mentioned yesterday, also bubbling around in the eBay Deals, the official GoPRO eBay store is offering the manufacturer refurbished GoPRO HERO Session for $110 [WAS $120] with free shipping and a 1-year warranty from GoPRO. Limit five per buyer. Over 780 units sold from this listing per the eBay statistics over there.
Oops, I forgot to add this to the Stock Status Tracker but it is already in-stock, the new Fuji GFX 50S medium format mirrorless camera is in-stock and ready to ship for $6500 at Amazon by Amazon itself. Limit three per customer.
It’s hard to take pictures without a lens, the Fujinon GF 63mm F2.8 R WR is also in-stock for $1500 with free shipping with a matching limit of three per customer as well.
This is a Prime members promotion!
This is a money-maker (in terms of buying power) if you want to buy items using the Amazon Dash buttons and make subsequent purchases using the button and then spend the store credit. They have a limited time promotion that gets you a physical Dash button for 99c with coupon code DASHBDAY. Then you wait until you physically receive your physical Dash button. Then you configure it using the Amazon app. Then when you are ready to order, you press the button to make your first order with that particular button. AFTER you place your first order with that particular new Dash button, you will receive a $5 Amazon credit on your account. Limit three discounted Dash buttons per customer during this promotion that expires 4/7/17.
Of camera and photo interest, they have an AmazonBasics Dash button that allows you to buy one of seven options of single-use AmazonBasics batteries (AA, AAA, C, D, 9V). Another easy to redeem option is a Gift Cards Dash button. Another option is a Rayovac Dash Button that offers ten options of single-use batteries. Most of the rest of the Dash buttons are consumables, foods, household items, office supplies, and other things that need to be replenished or refilled.
UPDATE: here’s another one, a True Image Dash button with nine print cartridge options.
Per the terms and conditions, you have until 12/31/17 to place your first Dash button order that will get you your $5 store credit.
NOTE: I haven’t ordered a Dash button yet, so I don’t know what happens next.
It’s ink time at the Monoprice website, coupon code INK15 gets you 15% OFF Ink and Toner purchases, and orders of $50+ get FREE Standard US Shipping (something that is not to be taken for granted at Monoprice). The ink coupon runs until April 9 in 2017.
Meanwhile the Friday coupons are back, END20 is $20 off a $100+ order, and MONTH5 is $5 off a $25+ order. The usual exclusions and limitations apply to these coupons. You can test them in the shopping cart without logging in or signing up. You can also get a S&H estimate by entering a zipcode in the cart (without logging in or signing up).
As of a 4/2/17 re-check, this is sold out from Amazon itself and cannot be ordered even…
On the adorable accessories front, the Manfrotto MTPIXI-B PIXI Mini Tripod is on sale for $16 by Amazon itself, with a limit of up to ten per customer. As of 4/1/17 re-check this is available to Prime members only, so free 2-day shipping… For many more camera and technology and other Amazon sales, check the Elsewhere at Amazon section…
Another update of the Stock Status Tracker has the first wave of free accessories bundled with the Panasonic GH5 body only at its normal price of $2000 with free shipping. PS: if you find these stock alerts/updates useful, please consider making your new camera gear purchases through our affiliate links – it is the main method of funding this poor old blog!
Cameta Camera offers a Precision Design DSLR350 High Power Auto Flash, 64GB Transced SDXC card, extra battery, flex 12″ tripod, camera bag, 1-year Outdoor Photographer subscription, free York Photo prints, and a few trinkety items.
Ritz Camera offers no flash, but has a 72-inch Polaroid monopod, extra charger, 64GB Transcend SDXC, Ritz camera bag, and a few trinkety items.
Meanwhile, if you have Amazon gift cards or if you are an Amazon fan, the camera is now in-stock over there as well, may ship in “1-2 days” with a limit of up to three per customer. Per the page over there, it is currently the Best Selling Mirrorless Camera. Remember, if you are a Prime member and pay with a Prime Store credit card or the Amazon Chase VISA credit card, you get 5% back as statement credit or cashback, that’s $100~ in the case of this camera, no small change 🙂
If you want to be among the first wave to get the new Sigma 100-400mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary lens, it is now availble for pre-ordering for $799 with free expedited shipping at B&H Photo in the Canon, Nikon and Shiguma DSLR systems.
Sam’s Club is offering two freebies when you pre-order the Samsung Galaxy S8 or S8+. You have to follow the steps and the deadlines and requirements of each promotion. Freebie #1 is “Gear VR with Controller” to be sent to you later on by mail. You have to submit your information after purchase at the Samsung promotions website, and then they will mail you the Gear VR. Freebie #2 is a $150 Sam’s Club gift card. To redeem this, you must pick-up and activate your phone at a Sam’s Club store between April 21-30 in 2017. Activations are free April 21-23. Check their website for more details.
I just added the Canon 77D body only to the Stock Status Tracker and already we have the first promotion from an authorized dealer, BuyDig (on eBay) is offering the body only for the same $900 price as other authorized dealers, but BuyDig includes a handful of small accessories for free:
+ Vivitar SF3000 Bounce Zoom Slave Flash
+ Vivitar 2X Converter lens (58mm threading)
+ Vivitar 0.43X Converter lens (58mm threading)
+ Canon 100ES gadget bag
+ 64GB Gigastone SDXC C10 card
+ Vivitar Filter Kit (UV, CPL, ND8, case; 58mm)
+ Vivitar 12-inch Rubberized Spider Tripod, Large (Red)
+ Vivitar Universal Wireless Shutter Release Remote Control
+ various trinkety accessories (cleaning pen, air blower, microfiber cloth, USB card reader, tears of Nikon users)
PS: if you don’t need all of the extra accessories, you can give them to friends/family who may be beginners and don’t have a lot of accessories, or donate them to a local school or non-profit or church, or if you sell unwanted cameras on eBay you can add them to your listings to make it a bundle of sorts
UPDATE 3:45pm ET: the GH5 body only is now also in-stock for $2000 with free expedited shipping at Adorama… Meanwhile, the estimate by Amazon itself is pushed forward to April 1st.
The Panasonic GH5 body only is now IN-STOCK and ready to ship for $2000 with free shipping at B&H Photo.
The GH5 is also in-stock for $2000 from well-known eBay sellers Samy’s Cameras and Kenmore Camera.
For the big picture, check the just-updated Stock Status Tracker.
UPDATE: this promotion has been extended by a day!
Flash coupon sale strikes again at AdoramaPIX! Coupon code PXFLASHMS5 gets you 25% off sitewide until Thursday 3/30/17 at 11:59pm pacific time (WAS Wednesday 3/29/17 PM). Free shipping on post-coupon order totals of $49+. Cannot be combined with other offers.
More in cameras rolling out! In addition to the Panasonic GH5, but for a fraction of the price, the new Canon 77D DSLR is now in-stock and ready to ship at B&H Photo in all three of its standard kits. The body-only goes for $900, with 18-55 goes for $1050, and with 18-135 goes for $1500. Given pricing, most people will go for the body-only and use existing lenses or buy as needed… This camera is a candidate to be added to the Stock Status Tracker after I look into its situation further…
The “Daily Deals” round-ups cover the deals that are planned to run for 24 hours in the time-zone of the retailer offering them (some may sell out earlier). The Lightning Deals (typically last 4-6 hours each) are covered separately in the Lightning Deal round-ups.
In a 2-day deal ending Friday 3/31/17, B&H Photo offers a limited time sale on 12 Apple MacBooks with prices ranging from $1300 to $2800. Hiding in the middle of the lot is a Mac Mini for $579.
Amazon GOLD BOX day-long deals
The day-long Gold Box deals of the day are headlined by a Razer PC accessories sale, headlined by the $800 Razer Blade Stealth 12.5″ QHD Ultrabook (7th Generation Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD, Windows 10) with a limit of three per customer. There’s also mice, mechanical keyboards, gaming headsets, etc.
The daily deals also include the RAVPower 60W 12A 6-Port USB Charger Desktop Charger Charging Station with iSmart Technology for $16.79 in black or white, Prime-eligible, and one per color per customer. These type of chargers are really handy since many and more electronics these days can be charged by USB.
Offer expire at 3am ET on Friday or earlier if sold out.
B&H PHOTO DAILY DEALS
The latest B&H Photo Daily Deals continue until 11:59pm ET on Thursday (or earlier if sold out) as follows:
+ Westcott Round Halo Mono Softbox (45″) for $50
+ VELLO Rapid Lens Changer for $40 in Canon or Nikon (for the speed-readers, this is changer, not charger)
+ Apple 11.6″ MacBook Air Notebook Computer (Early 2015) for $850 (2.2 GHz Intel Core i7 (Broadwell), 8GB of 1600 MHz LPDDR3 RAM, 512GB PCIe-Based Flash Storage, HD Graphics 6000)
+ free shipping on the B&H daily deals
+ for more action, check their Featured Sales…
Another update of the Stock Status Tracker has two new updates on the Panasonic GH5 and Fuji X-T2 front!
On the Panasonic GH5 front, the body only kit is bundled with a dizzying variety of extra small accessories for $2100 with free shipping by BuyDig on eBay: a Vivitar flash, Vivitar battery and charger, Vivitar bag, Corel Paintshop PRO X8 software, 64GB Lexar SDXC 300x card, spider tripod, and cables and cleaning supplies.
On the Fuji X-T2 front, the Graphite Body Only is available for $1665 in “Used – Like New” condition by Amazon Warehouse Deals itself, Amazon’s own used products persona. They even have two pictures of the actual item.
As usual, supplies of both used and high-demand new products are limited, so it may be sold out by the time you read this.
Another “take pictures with” kit among the refurbished Canon DSLRs that might be of interest for a first DSLR, perhaps for kids/teens since it is a bit smaller than the typical DSLRs, is the manufacturer refurbished black Canon SL1 with 18-55 IS STM with a 1-year Canon USA warranty going for $350 with free shipping. You also get a free badget bag and 16GB memory card. The white color scheme is out of stock.
PS: they also have an option with the 70-300mm non-IS non-USM added for $40 more, but how much that makes sense on a smaller DSLR without in-body IS, is up to the buyers to decide 🙂
Both Canon and Nikon have a large number of APS-C DSLR options in the market, especially if you are also willing to consider open-box and refurbished and used, so deciding which one to get can be more complicated than it appears. One such option adding to the complications is this manufacturer refurbished Canon D-Rebel T6i w/18-55 IS STM bundle at the official Canon USA store for $580 with free shipping that includes two freebies, the Canon BG-E18 Battery Grip and the Battery Pack LP-E17. You can find this offer mentioned in small red print on the product page (screenshot below):
This kit is the only one of the refurbished Canon DSLR kits that have a free battery grip promotion on them that are currently in-stock. The rest are out of stock (and cannot be ordered while they are out of stock). To see them all, use your browser’s in-page search function to search for “battery grip” over there after you increase “Items per page” to 72.
Another update of the Stock Status Tracker has breaking news for Panasonic GH5 hunters, the camera is in-stock, bundled with the 12-60mm Elmarit lens (gold writing; H-ES12060 name versus H-FS12060 for the non-Elmarit) along with a few free accessories (batteries, memory card, etc) for $3000 by Focus Camera on eBay. The GH5 goes for $2000 on its own, and the 12-60mm Elmarit lens goes for $1000 on its own (eg Adorama). As of the time of writing, they have TWO bundles available.
Instant cameras continue to survive and advance, partly as a counter-culture to the abundance of digital photography, and Fuji is taking advantage of this by continuing to develop their Instax line of products. Their new Instax Mini 9 instant camera is now available for pre-order for $69 with free shipping, in five pastel-y color-schemes at Amazon by Amazon itself.
On the memory card front, the 64GB Sandisk Extreme PRO SDXC UHS-I, Class 10, V30, model DSDXXG-064G-GN4IN, is on sale for $34.95 at Amazon by Amazon itself. Free shipping for Prime members or with a $35+ order (which is why I didn’t round the price, because those $0.05 block non-Prime members from free shipping). If you are looking for low-cost items to climb over $35+, check the Add-ON section (the very bottom) of the Elsewhere at Amazon segment. There’s half a dozen sub-$3 items there.
It’s almost time, the official release estimate for the Panasonic GH5 is March 30 (2017), so I just added to the Stock Status Tracker. It is currently available for pre-order for its starting price of $2000 at Amazon itself (March 30) and Adorama and B&H Photo. You can also dive into the Wild West of eBay.
We mentioned in detail the Olympus E-M1 II combined purchase discounts at Amazon, but Amazon is not the only one offering these. You can also get them at Adorama. Start at the E-M1 II product page and expand the yellow “Special Offer” area to see all the options.
Another tech doorbuster, in certified refurbished condition, you can get the Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ with 4G AT&T LTE for $65 with free shipping by Woot fulfilled by Amazon. Two-day free shipping for Prime members! 32GB on-board storage and 1920×1200 resolution. This is a second generation model. Can be used as a digital picture frame among other things given the screen size/resolution 🙂
You can find this and other on-going non-lightning Amazon deals in the Elsewhere at Amazon sections of the lightning deal roundups.
This coupon expired but it returns every few days/weeks…
If you are planning a big Monoprice purchase, today is the day, coupon code MIDWEEK20 gets you 20% off an order of $300+ in eligible products at the Monoprice website. The usual exclusions apply. You can add items and coupon in the shopping cart (without logging in or creating an account) to test the coupon. You can enter a zipcode to get a shipping fee estimate because most items over there don’t get free shipping.
The Samsung Unpacked and B&H Photo Panasonic GH5 streams ended, but you can re-watch them at any time in the future…
Continue reading “(ENDED) Wednesday Streams: Panasonic GH5 B&H and Samsung Unpacked Galaxy S8”
This promotion ended but eBay runs more and more of-these these-days…
Continue reading “(ENDED) eBay Bucks: 6% to 10% (YMMV)”
A secret fire sale (pun intended) has gone live at Amazon! The Amazon Fire HD 6 Tablet is on sale for $34.99 as certified refurbished by Woot fulfilled by Amazon. Free shipping with a $35+ order for non-Prime members. Primes get the usual free 2-day shipping. This has a six inch 1280 x 800 touchscreen, 8GB storage, no memory card, and the Amazon-obligatory Special Offers. The new condition price is $70. You get a 90-day warranty and all original accessories.
This is open to everyone, unlike the Kindle e-reader sale that’s restricted to Prime members. Limit 30 units per customer.
Free photo app time for iOS users! The Paint FX Photo Effects Editor by Sprite Labs is currently FREE to grab at the iTunes store, good for compatible iPhones and iPads. The latest version of the app is early March 2017, 218 MB big, and requires iOS 6.0 or later, so it should work with older i-devices.
The Canon 100-400mm f4.5-5.6L II USM IS is one of the Adorama VIP sales with a bundle of many free small accessories for $2000 BUT if you prefer one big accessory instead of a handful of near-consumables, Adorama has another bundle, also going for $2000 with free shipping, bundled WITH the Vanguard 264AB-100 4-Section Aluminum Alloy Alta Pro 264-AT Tripod Legs with SBH-100 QR Ballhead. The Vanguard goes for $180 on its own. The bundle is “temporarily on backorder” because the tripod is backordered, but you can order it if you like the price/combo.
The Domke Propack 414 DSLR Backpack is on sale for a limited time for $40 with free shipping at Adorama as one of their VIP 1-Day Sales.
Speaking of bags, they have the Brenthaven Collins Slim Briefcase (Graphite) for $30 with free shipping. This is a general-use briefcase, not a camera-bag.
Adorama just launched a VIP 1-Day Sale featuring 20+ products. More on this later as I am posting it on the fly.
UPDATE: in parallel with the above flash sale, Adorama also has an Apple TV flash sale, the 32GB version goes for $130, while the 64GB version goes for $170 with free shipping.
For more Adorama action, check their:
The sale is back on again, to the Trending eBay deals we go, where the Buydig eBay store is offering the manufacturer refurbished Nikon D3400 two lens kit with the 18-55mm f3.5-5.6G DX VR and the 70-300mm f/4.5-6.3G ED DX (not VR) lenses, along with a 90-day Nikon USA warranty for $400 with free shipping. Limit up to five bundles per customer. This is only available in the black color scheme.
While surfing around eBay, trendy at the Trending eBay Deals, the BuyDig ebay store is back with the new condition 34-inch Samsung SE790 Curved Ultra Wide WQHD display offered for $600 with free shipping. Limit five per customer. This has 3440 x 1440 resolution, and various connection options (zoom in on gallery picture #4 to see them).
If you are comfortable buying camera gear that was previously offered for rental, Borrow Lenses has a new coupon promotion, you get 15% off the purchase of used gear on their website. Over 170 options are available. The coupon is only good for the purchase of used camera gear there; it is not good for rentals (even though the website name is “Borrow” :))
Coupon and expiration details in the screenshot below:
And now a bang for the buck deal on the lighting front. Clearance/refurbishing specialist A4C (All 4 Cellular) is offering the manufacturer refurbished Chromo Macro Ring Light for $15 with free shipping for the 48 contiguous states. It comes with a 90 day warranty from A4C. Everything on the A4C website comes with free shipping, even the $2 cables and adapters.
This is not one of their daily deals, but one of their weekly sales. Expiration date unknown since they may run out before the weekly offers expire. This goes for $29 to $30 in new condition (eg Groupon Goods, Amazon)
The Best Buy daily daily deal expired, but the 64GB Sandisk Ultra PLUS SDXC memory card continues for $30 with free shipping (instead of $28) by Best Buy on eBay.
One of the Tuesday Best Buy daily deals is a sale on the Sandisk Ultra PLUS SD cards with the 64GB going for $28 and the 32GB going for $18 with free shipping and store pickup. It’s easier to offer free shipping on a tiny little thing such as a memory card 🙂
The PLUS models are faster than the non-PLUS models according to the Sandisk website. The model numbers are different too. The 64GB Ultra PLUS is SDSDUSC-064G-AN6IN while the non-PLUS is SDSDUNC-064G-GN6IN. Visually you can tell the non-PLUS by the absence of the PLUS in the pictures (assuming the retailers use the correct pictures which is not always guaranteed; eg Best Buy on eBay linked in the first paragraph). If you don’t need the extra speed, the non-PLUS currently goes for $22 at Amazon by Amazon itself.
The Best Buy daily deal price ends Tuesday night. The Amazon price is an organic or price-match or dynamic market-driven price; to cut a long story short, I have no clue when that price will change 🙂
Amazon has a new sale on their ebook readers that is currently for Prime members only [exclusive discounts on select products at random points in time is one of the ever-expanding Prime benefits], with the discount appearing after you add the item in the shopping cart. No coupon needed. The offer continues as long as you see the discount mentioned over there in the product pages of the eligible products [see screenshot below]:
+ entry-level Kindle for $50
+ Paperwhite for $90 [bang for the buck model features-wise] ~ also available in White [select that in “Customize & Add to Cart”]
+ Voyage for $150
+ limit two of each per customer during the sale
Photography ebooks and camera manuals are not ideal to be read on an e-ink screen for most people with the current technology level, but there is a small number of text e-books about photography, eg, photography essays including the classic read “On Photography” by Susan Sontag.
PS: you can also find these in the Elsewhere at Amazon sections of the near-daily lightning deal round-ups.
To celebrate the upcoming release of the new Panasonic GH5, B&H Photo is planning a GH5 Live Stream Discussion Panel on Wednesday 3/29/17 1pm Eastern time. The timing is good, because it’s two hours after the Samsung Unpacked live-streaming event that will reveal the Galaxy S8 flagships.
As part of the festivities of the GH5 event, B&H Photo is bundling a $100 B&H Photo gift card with pre-orders of the GH5 Film Maker’s Kit for $2870. This kit goes for $870 more than the standard GH5 kit and includes four Panasonic accessories (official Battery Grip, DMW-XLR1 XLR Microphone Adapter, AC adapter, DC coupler), along with the $100 gift card.
Starting April 1st in 2017, Amazon will collect sales tax on all states that collect sales tax. It is already doing so in the vast majority of the states, but with this latest group, it will complete the puzzle. It will obviously not collect sales tax in states where sales tax is not collected (Oregon, Alaska, etc). Details via CNBC.
But because things are never quite as simple, there is a distinction, for tax collection purposes, between products sold and shipped by Amazon (they collect taxes) and products sold by 3rd-party sellers through the Amazon website. The latter category is still up in the air as literally any and every person on earth (and beyond) can be an Amazon seller.
Camera manufacturers have “(re)discovered” bundling! Canon has a brand new lens bundle, one prime, one zoom, and they are offered together, the 50mm f1.4 and the 17-40mm f4L, available for pre-order at B&H Photo for $1200. This however is NOT a good price as it stands, because the lenses can be purchased individually $330 (50mm f1.4) and $750 (17-40mm f4L). I suspect the bundle price will be adjusted when it gets closer to release, because $1200 is the list price of each lens before the seasonal “instant savings” promotions.
If you are looking to buy physical/printed photography books or camera guides (or any other physical/printed book), especially ones that rarely get discounted or have the same prices everywhere you look, there is a new coupon for the Barnes and Noble website, coupon code BNMAR40 gets you 15% off an order of $40+. Free shipping with order totals of $25+ for all (which is probably why Amazon has the $25+ free shipping tier on books). The usual restrictions apply. Coupon expires 3/30/17 at 3am ET.
This coupon promotion is for NEW customers only! Coupon code AFF20MARCH gets you 20% off one class at Creative LIVE. Cannot be combined with other purchases. You must have one class in your shopping cart for the coupon to work. Coupon expires 3/31/17 or when it is used 200 times; whichever happens earlier!
PS: you can watch classes at CreativeLIVE for FREE when they are recording/broadcasting live on the internet. Check their On-Air schedule for dates and classes. After they air, you cannot watch them for free.
Further discounted from last week, trending at the Trending eBay Deals is another offer from the official DJI eBay store, offering the manufacturer refurbished DJI Phantom 3 Professional with 4K Video for $550 [WAS $579 last week] with free shipping and a 1-year DJI warranty. Limit up to five per customer. Over 1480 units got sold so far from this listing.
PS: if you are eligible, don’t forget to also use $10 off $25+ coupon. The eBay page will remind you (subtly) if you are logged on to an eBay account that is eligible for the promotion.
eBay is on the attack again! This time they have a new non-targeted coupon code, coupon code C20FLASH gets you 20% off products offered by 42 eBay sellers, a mix of known (BackCountry, eBags, VM Innovations, WW Stereo, Red Tag Camera, Samsonite, etc) and unknown sellers.
The coupon expires Monday March 27 (2017) at 11:59pm pacific time. Minimum price for eligible items from eligible sellers is $25. MMaximum discount received is $50 (in other words, purchase amount that can be discounted capped at $250 [CORRECTED MATH!]).
eBay created listings for different categories of eligible products from eligible sellers. The Camera and Photo listings have over 1000 items, while the Digital Cameras sub-category has over 600 items.
Check each individual listing for the condition and warranty situation of each item, since this is a mix of various sellers. Due to time constraints I can’t go through the 1000+ listings right now, so this is a DIY adventure if interested.