100pk single-use AmazonBasics AA batteries for $16.52

Batteries are included in this item. In fact, it is batteries 🙂 The 100-pack of AmazonBasics single-use AA batteries is currently on sale for the very specific price of $16.52 at Amazon by Amazon actual with a limit of up to 27 100-packs per customer. This is not a lightning deal, so expiration time/date unknown. It comes out to six batteries per dollar, which is pretty good. Free shipping for Prime members or with a $35+ order.

Speaking of 100-packs from AmazonBasics, they have a 100-pack of 1.0mm Ballpoint pens for $4.06, half of the pens are blue, half are black. This is an Add-On item, so a $25+ order is a must. It comes out to almost 25 pens per dollar. Useful if pens keep disappearing at the studio or if you want to donate at a local school or non-profit. For more Amazon-y things, check the Elsewhere at Amazon section in the almost-daily lightning deal round-ups.

AC Delco 4-slot AA/AAA charger with two AA LSD batteries for $9

If you like to boldly-go and try new battery chargers, the AC Delco 4-slot AA/AAA slow-moving charger bundled with two AA 2000 mAh low self-discharge batteries is currently on sale for $9~ by Amazon itself or for even less if you buy it with “Subscribe and Save”. Food items are not the only ones eligible for “Subscribe and Save”, consumables (in a broader sense) are participating too. It has no customer reviews, so you can be the one to boldly go and inform the masses 🙂 Batteries must be charged in pairs. This is a slow-moving / overnight type of a charger which is a plus or minus depending on what you prefer/need.

Pre-order Panasonic ZS70 (30x) for $450

Superzoom with RAW action now, Panasonic’s new ZS70 (not to be confused with the good old FZ70 superzoom), with a 1/2.3″ MOS 20mp sensor and 30x optical zoom, and RAW is on now available for pre-order, in two color schemes, for $450 at Adorama and Amazon itself and B&H Photo. As usual, the early adopters pay the “having it first” tax, but time will eventually erode the price.

Speaking of superzooms and eroding prices, the Panasonic FZ70 is on sale for $250 by Amazon itself (limit three per customer).

The new ZS70 has been added to the New Cameras of 2017 Tracker. Only serious P&S cameras are added there. RAW is a litmus test ~ among others 🙂

Manfrotto Befree One Aluminum Tripod for $100

To the Land of the Tripods we go with another Manfrotto offering, this one at Adorama, it is the Manfrotto Befree One Aluminum Ultra-Compact and Lightweight Tripod offered for $100 with free shipping in three color schemes, in the Gray color or the Red color or the Black color. This is a weekend sale (or earlier if sold out). The different colors can be handy if you want to separate their use (eg one color for outdoor use, one color for indoor use (eg schools or hospitals where you don’t want to bring in manure from the cow photography project), one color for in-house/in-studio work.

Also running at Adorama (until 4/27/17 or earlier if sold out) is a sale on the refurbished-by-Lenovo Lenovo Flex 4 15.6″ Signature Edition 2-in-1 laptop (1080p IPS Touchscreen, i7-7500U 2.7GHz, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD, AMD Radeon R7 M460, Windows 10) for $639 with free expedited shipping. It comes with a 90-day Lenovo warranty. Trade-offs of flexibility and battery life as you get a Core U processor with SSD storage and dedicated graphics card.