Archives for October 2017

15.4″ MacBook PRO specials (4 options), 15% off Apple Care at B&H

A quartet of 15.4 inch MacBook PRO laptops are on sale at B&H Photo, along with 15% off in Apple Care. The four discounted MacBook PROs are:

+ MLW82LL/A or MLH42LL/A for $2099
+ MLH32LL/A or MLW72LL/A for $1899
+ late 2016 models

Free 24pk single-use batteries with Harbor Freight coupon

Harbor Freight has coupons in many places these days, including printed glossy magazines. This coupon I spotted in the Valpak envelope coupons that come with the weekly grocery ads in the mailbox. The coupon gets you a FREE 24-pack of single use batteries, AA or AAA, your choice. You can walk into their store and get these for free after coupon. Not sure if you have to pay sales tax. Coupon expires 3/1/18.

Refurbished Olympus 17mm f1.8 [m43] for $330

There is one refill that happened the last couple of days at the Olympus Outlet store, the manufacturer refurbished Olympus 17mm f1.8 with a 90-day Olympus USA warranty is in-stock for $330 with free shipping in the black color scheme.

I don’t know if this is the vanguard of another refill round, so an isolated incident. I will be monitoring the situation…

Pre-order new Manfrotto Nitrotech N12 [also: new arrivals from Flashpoint, Glow, 3Pod, Orlit]

Nitro is not just the trending cold brew coffee at Starbucks. It’s also trending at Manfrotto, their new line-up of Manfrotto Nitrotech tripod-alia is now available for pre-ordering at Adorama. The N12 head goes for $600, while the three tripod bundles range from $1100 to $1480.

These are not the only new arrivals at Adorama, they also have new lightning products from Flashpoint, Glow and 3Pod. The 3Pod ball heads range from $20 to $50, the Glow reflectors range from $40 to $80, while the Flashpoint Rapid Monolights range from $550 to $800, while the Orlit Roverlights range from $560 to $620.

Black Friday 2017 Season Has Began Here at The Blog!

This is not a troll post 🙂 Black Friday is happening earlier this year (November 24), so many of the usual Black Friday things will be shifted earlier. The trend is to start earlier every year after all.

The first thing in our Black Friday coverage is the Black Friday 2017 Ad Digest which I just started! This is where we summarize the various leaked and official BF ads, and group them by product category. Right now we have just two stores, but more will come out in the next few days. Once we have about half of them out, the patterns emerge of what to expect.

The next step in our Black Friday coverage is to create a new Price Charts Series. With new cameras announced at Photo Plus Expo, and new prices rolling out with the new month, I am planning to run this new series from November 5-11 in 2017.

If you have any feedback, suggestions, preferences and such, this is a good time to let me know in the comments here or using the online contact form, because it’s easier to make changes before the madness begins 🙂

Wednesday: Usual Camera/Photo accessories

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Starts 12pm ET Today: FREE to Watch Nikon D7500 Fast Start Online Class World Premiere [also: Canon 6D II rerun]

We have another “world premiere”, a new class recording LIVE today, starting at 12pm eastern (Tuesday 10/31/17), you can watch LIVE and for FREE, with John Greengo, it is the Nikon D7500 Fast Start class. This is the latest Nikon APS-C model, and it is in-stock and shipping [see Stock Status Tracker].

But that’s not all! If you missed yesterday’s Canon EOS 6D Mark II Fast Start class, it will be re-running today for FREE starting at 12pm ET.

You can find future classes scheduled to stream for FREE at the Creative LIVE On-Air Schedule. Classes with that yellow LIVE tag means they are recording for the first time on that date, a world premiere. Classes without that tag means they are rebroadcasts. The classes you see on that schedule are free to watch on the days they are listed under.

PS: the correct name of these classes is “Fast Start” but I often call them “Fast Track”. I cannot easily unwire my brain, so this is a known error 🙂

$15 photography classes at Udemy [also: some FREE] {updated}

UPDATE 11/1/17: the price is now $15 instead of $12 per class…

Good until tonight (Tuesday 10/31/17), Udemy has a $12 online class sale which includes a number of photography classes. There is no coupon code to enter, the sale is factored into their website. Use the search box over there to search for topics of interest, eg “photography” or “lightroom” or anything else you are interested in.

Each class’s individual listing has a box below the price that lists the length of the class along with the terms and access. Udemy classes can be viewed with a desktop web browser, a mobile web browser, iOS and Google Play apps, along with Apple TV (only watch/listen; the other features don’t work on Apple TV).

If you are not familiar with them, you can get a feel of the website, the apps and how the courses work by getting some of the free courses. This includes an 8-hour “Learn Photoshop from Scratch” class by Eduonix Learning Solutions available for FREE.

Also FREE is a 4.5-hour “Photoshop In-Depth: Master all of Photoshop’s Tools Easily” online class by Chad Neuman, Ph.D.

(ENDED) YI Lite Action Camera for $82

This lightning deal expired but the YI action cams are regulars in the Amazon Gold Baux…

Into the Amazon Gold Box, good until 9:35pm ET, you can get the new condition YI Lite Action Camera for the very specific price of $81.59 with free shipping (price before sale $100).

Tuesday: YI, Usual Camera/Photo accessories

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Flashpoint Reporter Super Compact 150 LED On-Camera Light for $50 w/free S&H

Flashpoint lighting gear are also part of the October sales at Adorama, with free expedited shipping, as follows:

+ Flashpoint Reporter Super Compact 150 LED – On Camera Light for $50

+ Flashpoint CL-1300B LED PanelLight – BiColor LED Light for $330

Elsewhere among these sales, $20 gets you the Hammer & Anvil MX-SLR100 Two Channel DSLR Micro Mixer with free shipping.

Green Extreme EN-EL14A Battery for $10 w/free S&H

Another doorbuster deal among the Adorama October sales, if you are a fan of 3rd-party batteries, the Green Extreme EN-EL14A Lithium-Ion Battery Pack is on sale for a limited time for $10 with free shipping for all at Adorama. You can buy as many as you like at this price.

Think Tank Trifecta 10 Backpack for DSLR Body with 2 Lenses and iPad for $70 w/free S&H [and more bags]

Also part of the end of October sale is a handful of other camera bags on sale as follows:

+ Think Tank Trifecta 10 Backpack for DSLR Body with 2 Lenses and iPad for $70

+ Manfrotto Stile MBSM390-5BB Unica V Messenger Bag for DSLR with Attached Lens and 17″ Notebook for $50

+ Lowepro DroneGuard CS 300 Backpack for $30

+ free shipping for the above

(ENDED) Lowepro Scout SH 100 shoulder bag for $8 w/free S&H

This sale ended…

Adorama has launched an End of October sale, and the doorbuster among those offers is the new condition Lowepro Scout SH 100 shoulder bag offered for $8 with free shipping. No coupon, no rebate, no minimum purchase requirement for free shipping. Just add to cart and proceed to checkout!

10% off AdoramaPIX site-wide

It’s coupon time again at Adorama PIX. Good until the end of day on 11/2/17, coupon code ADORAMAPIX10 gets you 10% off site-wide. Coupon cannot be combined with other offers. Free shipping with orders of $49+.

Refurbished Dell Latitude E5440 Laptops for $249 w/free S&H

If you are a fan of refurbished Dell computers, Dell Refurbished is offering all in-stock Dell Latitude E5440 Laptops for $249 with free ground shipping. Coupons cannot be used on them. Offer expires 11/20/2017 at 11:59 PM central.

Speaking of Dell Refurbished, their 50% off $500+ orders coupon promotion expires Tuesday night.

DJI Phantom 4 Quadcopter 4K Camera for $799

More eBay Deals action, the official DJI eBay stores is offering the new condition DJI Phantom 4 Quadcopter 4K Camera for $799 with free shipping and a 1-year warranty. Limit up to five units per customer at the sale price.

Refurbished Nikon D7200 Body with 90-day warranty for $680

To the eBay Deals we go, where the BuyDig eBay store is offering the manufacturer refurbished Nikon D7200 body only for $680 with free shipping and a 90-day Nikon USA warranty. Limit up to two units per customer. Nearly 700 units have been sold as of the time of writing.

Speaking of eBay, the SVW Gift Cards eBay store is offering a $100 Lowe’s Gift Cards for $91 with free shipping. This is a plastic gift card delivered by mail. Limit up to three per customer. Over 1000 units have been sold in the last 24 hours.

Meanwhile the PayPal Digital Gifts eBay store is offering the $100 Groupon e-Gift Card delivered by e-mail for $90 with free email delivery. Limit up to five units per customer.

In other eBay action, you can get this generic Multimeter for $9 with free shipping and a 1-year warranty from eBay seller “nubeestore” (98.9%, California).

Starts 12pm ET Today: FREE to Watch Canon 6D II Fast Start Online Class

Starting at 12pm eastern today (Monday 10/30/17), you can watch LIVE and for FREE the world premiere (it is recording LIVE) of the John Greengo Canon EOS 6D Mark II Fast Start class. You can watch it for free while it is recording. If you want to watch it in future dates, you can purchase it for a pre-order special of $34 or wait for a future free re-airing.

This is the first of two “Fast Track” camera training classes premiering this week. Per the Creative LIVE On-Air Schedule:

+ Tuesday 12pm ET: Nikon D7500 Fast Start

+ November 4th: Adobe Lightroom CC Photo Editing: The Complete Guide

B&N coupons: 15% off $50+ OR 20% off $100+

If you like to buy books at the Barnes and Noble website, they have a new promotion running until 10/31/17 at 11:59PM, coupon code LETSREAD gets you a discount depending on your order total:

+ 15% off orders of $50+
+ 20% off orders of $100+
+ the usual coupon exclusions apply

Independently of the coupon, a redistribution of the old Apple Price Fixing e-Book Settlement is in progress, so if you find small store credits in your e-book seller accounts, this is probably it.

Strategically this is good for books and such that have the same price everywhere, whether they are big photography books or camera guides, or instructional guides. Publishers love having price control, so coupons like this are a good way to get a discount on books that are price fixed.

The Clearance section is another place to look for deals. You can drill down the sub-categories or go directly to the Photography Clearance section. There’s also this 30% – 75% off Clearance page.

2pk Lens-Shaped Coffee Mugs for $11.70 after coupon

Coupon code SALE3 drops 10% off the price of lens-shaped coffee mugs at Groupon Goods. The 2-pack goes for $13 before coupon, with the coupon dropping it to $11.70. The 1-packs go for $8, with the coupons dropping them to $7.20.

Free shipping with pre-coupon orders of $34.99 or higher, so you may want to combine these with something else at Groupon if you want to get free shipping. Or you can sign up for their 90-day Prime-like prepaid free shipping service for $15 and get free shipping without the $34.99+ prerequisite (on eligible items sold and shipped by Groupon itself, not 3rd-party sellers).

The coupon expires Tuesday night (10/31/17).

60pk Fujifilm Instax Mini Film Value Pack for $34

The 60 sheet Fujifilm Instax Mini Film Value Pack is currently on sale for $34.49 at Amazon by Amazon itself with a limit of up to three value packs per customer. This comes out to $11.50 per 20-pack.

This is perhaps a price-match of sorts to the Groupon coupon SALE3 that drops the price of the 60 sheet Value Pack from $38 to $34.20 with free shipping. The coupon terms are limit one unit per deal, so only one 60-pack goes for $34.20. The other four will be at $38 each. Free shipping because the order total is over $35 before the coupon.

20% off custom print offers w/Groupon coupon

Groupon has a new coupon, coupon code SALE3 gets you 20% off Local Deals, which include most of the custom photo print offers. You can use the coupon on up to three separate Local offers.

You can also use the same coupon on Groupon Goods with a 10% off discount and up to three different offers. This is where physical products reside, like cameras, photo accessories, etc.

The coupon expires Tuesday 10/31/17 night.

(ENDED) refurbished Canon D-Rebel T6S with 18-135 and 55-250 with 1-YR warranty for $748 after coupon

This coupon expired…

If you are looking for a “take pictures with” Canon DSLR kit with a couple of zoom lenses, good until Tuesday night (I’m guessing 11:59pm ET), coupon code TREATPLEASE drops the price of the manufacturer refurbished Canon D-Rebel T6S with 18-135 and 55-250 from $880 to $748 with free shipping and a 1-year warranty from the official Canon USA Outlet store.

(ENDED) Wednesday: Glidecam Centurion, 24″ SmallHD, 12TB G-RAID, 12.5″ Thinkpad Yoga

These expired but for more action, check the B&H Featured Sales

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(ENDED) 15% off refurbished Canon Gear sale

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Monday: YI, Feiyu, Usual Camera/Photo accessories

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4TB WD MyPassport Wireless Pro USB 3.0 External HDD for $198

If you like the idea of external hard drives but hate the cables getting in the way, prices of the wireless models have been coming down. For example, the new condition 4TB WD MyPassport Wireless Pro USB 3.0 External HDD, model WDBSMT0040BBK-NESN, is now under $200, going for $198 with free shipping at Amazon by Amazon itself and at B&H Photo.

Speaking of B&H, their Photo Plus specials expire Monday night.

On the other hand, if you value speed over wireless, the new condition 240GB SanDisk Extreme 500 Portable SSD, model SDSSDEXT-240G-G25, is going for $100 at Amazon by Amazon itself (limit up to three per customer).

Olympus TG-5 element-proof camera for $400

Superzooms and waterproof fixed lens digital cameras are surviving the smartphone Zombie Apocalypse because they are offering something a typical smartphone cannot. Which brings us to the new Olympus TG-5 element proof on sale for $400 with free shipping in the black color scheme or the red color scheme by Best Buy, and in black color scheme by Amazon itself (limit 3).

B&H Photo Expo Plus 2017 Deals expire Monday night

As usual, the Photo Plus Expo show brought some new cameras, lenses and development announcements, and of course some deals. The B&H Photo Photo Plus Expo specials end Monday at 11:59pm ET. Some of the require promo code PPEBH17 to be entered in the shopping cart as indicated in the offers.

The Panasonic GM5 Menu System Simplified for $5

David Thorpe is not a chef but he is a menu guru as he specializes in M43rd camera menu books. The Kindle e-book version of his “The Panasonic GM5 Menu System Simplified” is on sale for $5 at amazon.com. The paperback is not, it goes for $12. It averages 4 out of 5 based on five customer reviews.

Manfrotto 5-Section Compact Action Aluminum Tripod for $59

A storm of price-matches! The new condition Manfrotto 5-Section Compact Action Aluminum Tripod in the black color scheme, model MKCOMPACTACN-BK, is on sale and price-matched to the very specific price of $58.88 with free shipping at Amazon by Amazon itself (limit 5) and Adorama and B&H Photo.

PS: I don’t know who “started it”. That’s for the Deal Historians to figure out 🙂

Sunday: certified refurbished Apple MacBook Sale ($800 to $1400; six options)

One of the main Gold Box deals of the day at Amazon is a sale of half a dozen certified refurbished Apple MacBooks with prices ranging from $800 to $1400. These are sold by Woot with the orders fulfilled by Amazon (Prime eligible) and come with a 90 day warranty. Sale ends on Monday at 3am ET or earlier if any of them sell out.

Speaking of the Gold Box, another offer buzzing in there is a combo meal, Fire TV Stick with Voice Remote + Echo DOT, together for $70. Limit one per customer as a discounted combo.

(ENDED) Tuesday: Rokinon 12mm f2 NCS CS for $279 [four mounts], Etc

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Sunday: YI, NIX, Usual Camera/Photo accessories

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In-Stock Now: Samsung Galaxy Note 8 (Factory Unlocked USA version) for $950

Flagship time! Hide your wallets! The new condition factory-unlocked USA version with USA warranty of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 smartphone flagship with dual OIS back cameras, in the Orchid Gray color scheme, is, as of the time of writing, in-stock and ready to ship to your front door for $950 at Amazon by Amazon itself. The other color (“Midnight Black”) is only in-stock by 3rd-party sellers.

It is very important when buying phones at Amazon to pay attention to the seller of record and the listing, and also double-check to verify. It is chaos and disorder when it comes to the 3rd-party sellers over there 🙂

But that’s not all. If “Orchid Gray” is not your thing, and you are comfortable with International Variants (not the US model with US warranty but compatible with some GSM carriers – check carrier and frequencies before buying), the “Maple Gold” is in-stock for $950 at B&H Photo, while the “Midnight Black” goes for $1000. These are International versions!

The US versions are not yet in-stock at B&H Photo. B&H Photo will begin accepting orders again Saturday night, so they won’t sell out, giving you time to research the phones 🙂

Starting Saturday 12pm ET: nine different Lightroom online classes FREE to watch

If you are interested in learning more about Lightroom, today is a good day! There are nine different Lightroom online classes scheduled to stream for FREE starting at 12pm eastern today (Saturday 10/28/17) at Creative LIVE per their On-Air Schedule:

October 28 Lightroom-palooza
+ Adobe Lightroom CC Photo Editing: The Complete Guide with Ben Willmore
+ same day: Combining Lightroom CC and Photoshop CC for a Seamless Workflow
+ same day: Lightroom CC: Organizing Your Digital Photo Life
+ same day: Beginner Workflows in Lightroom
+ same day: Adobe Lightroom CC for Beginners
+ same day: Advanced Workflows in Lightroom with Tim Grey
+ same day: How to Use Adobe Lightroom CC Mobile
+ same day: SLR Lounge Lightroom Presets
+ these are all previously recorded classes, they are re-airing as FREE to watch during this promotional day. After the streaming window closes (typically next day by 12pm ET), you can either purchase them if you want to watch them again, or wait for a future free re-airing – check their On-Air Schedule to see what’s coming…

CAMERA FAST START CLASSES COMING
+ October 30: Canon 6D Mark II (world premiere!)
+ October 31: Nikon D7500 (world premiere!)

Saturday: 18.5″ NIX, Usual Camera/Photo accessories

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(ENDED) Sunday: ViewSonic VFD820 8″ Digital Photo Frame (Black) for $25 w/free S&H

These daily deals expired but for more action, check the B&H Featured Sales

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(ENDED) Monday: Brother AiO Printer for $50, Etc

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(ENDED) Dell Refurbished Coupons: 50% off $500+ OR 40% off $400+ OR 30% off $300+ OR 20% off $200+

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8TB Seagate Backup Plus Hub External Desktop HDD for $160

Save the Data! Save the World! The new condition 8TB Seagate Backup Plus Hub External Desktop Hard Drive Storage (STEL8000100) is on sale again, going for $160 with free shipping at Amazon by Amazon itself with up to three units per customer at the sale price. Multiple things are on the same product page, so keep that in mind when reading reviews and answered questions over there.

Corel Paintshop PRO 2018 for $55 (or $40 eligible upgrade)

Tired of Adobe’s cloudy and greedy ways of dealing with photographers? The time is right to try out imaging software from other companies! The official Corel online store has a sale on their brand new time-traveling Corel Paintshop PRO 2018 software for $55 full version or $40 as an eligible/qualifying upgrade. This is the digital download.

When you add to cart, they automatically add “Download insurance” for +$8. You can remove that. It’s a stupid thing they are doing for just $8 more, it can alienate consumers and drive them back into the greedy arms of Adobe 🙂

For other Corel software, check their latest sales at their Online Store. Here you will also find the “Ultimate” version of Paintshop PRO 2018 which goes for $15 more ($70 full version; $55 eligible upgrade).

Paperback: “The Olympus E-M1 MkII Menu System Simplified” for $9

The paperback edition of the book “The Olympus E-M1 MkII Menu System Simplified” by David Thorpe is currently going for the very specific price of $9.34 at Amazon by Amazon itself. Free 2-day shipping for Prime members. The usual $25+ limit for free shipping applies to non-Prime members. The e-book goes for $6.

IF you click on the main gallery picture over there, it will take you inside the book where you can see the Tablet of Contents, along with various random pages within the book. This is a good way to get a very good feel of whether this book is something you may or may not find useful.

It averages 4.1 out of 5 based on 34 customer reviews. It is 175 pages long. Book dimensions: 5.1 x 0.4 x 7.8 inches per the listing.

Friday FREE to Watch ReBroadcast: Lightroom CC for the Professional Photographer

If you missed the world premiere of this class on Wednesday, fear not! Creative LIVE is re-running this class online and for FREE until Saturday 11:50am ET. This calls being Jared Platt’s Lightroom CC for Professional Photographers.

It consists of 14 video lessons, the transcript of some of them is available under the “Class Materials” sub-tab. During this promotional window, if you like this class well enough to want to watch it in the future, you can purchase it for a one-time $39 price.

UPCOMING CAMERA CLASSES
Per the On-Air Schedule, the following camera “Fast Start” classes are scheduled, along with a Lightroompalooza for Saturday October 28:

October 28 Lightroom-palooza
+ Adobe Lightroom CC Photo Editing: The Complete Guide with Ben Willmore
+ same day: Combining Lightroom CC and Photoshop CC for a Seamless Workflow
+ same day: Lightroom CC: Organizing Your Digital Photo Life
+ same day: Beginner Workflows in Lightroom
+ same day: Adobe Lightroom CC for Beginners
+ same day: Advanced Workflows in Lightroom with Tim Grey
+ same day: How to Use Adobe Lightroom CC Mobile
+ same day: SLR Lounge Lightroom Presets

+ October 30: Canon 6D Mark II (world premiere!)
+ October 31: Nikon D7500 (world premiere!)
+ November 4: Adobe Lightroom CC Photo Editing: The Complete Guide with Ben Willmore

Friday: YI, Usual Camera/Photo accessories

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Used Nikon D7500 body with 90-day warranty for $1000

Don’t stop believing! The update of the Stock Status Tracker has good news for fans of used DSLRs! The Nikon D7500 body only is now available in “Used – Condition 9” for $1000 with free expedited shipping and a 90-day warranty covered by B&H Photo, at B&H Photo.

The new condition price at authorized dealers remains $1250, while grey market on eBay goes for $1100.

Used Fuji GFX-50S MF Mirrorless for $5347+

The new condition Fuji GFX-50S medium format mirrorless camera holds steady at $6500, but the number of used listings have increased, and with the today’s update of the Stock Tracker, we have these used priced:

+ Amazon (USED) for $5347 by 3rd-party seller

+ Adorama for $5500 with multiple listings

+ B&H Photo for $5525

+ KEH Camera for $5900 with one listing with EVF included

Used Fuji X100F for $1100 to $1125

The update of the Fuji X100F segment of the Stock Status Tracker shows a steady stock at the original price of $1300 in new condition at authorized dealers, while in USED condition, the lowest price by Amazon Warehouse Deals itself is $1125 in the silver color scheme, while the lowest price by 3rd-party sellers fulfilled by Amazon is $1100 in the black color scheme.

For a lot more used options from a variety of sellers [be sure to thoroughly research them if you are not familiar with them] check the eBay Search Results.

All six official Fuji X-E3 Kits now IN-STOCK at normal prices

All systems go for the Fuji X-E3! All six official camera kits of the camera are in-stock at their normal prices at B&H Photo. These are:

+ X-E3 body only for $900
+ X-E3 with 23mm f2 for $1150
+ X-E3 with 18-55 for $1300
+ these are available in either black or silver

Meanwhile at Amazon some of the kits are in-stock at normal prices by Amazon itself, some by 3rd-party sellers, and some by no one… Adorama remains in pre-order status…

This as we have began updating the Stock Status Tracker