Archives for November 19, 2017

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The Trending Five: Canon G9X, 18-135 IS STM, Elph 180, Etc

If you are pressed for time and don’t want to go through our ever-growing Black Friday Situation Room, we have a new nightly feature for you during the holiday shopping season, “The Trending Five”, a quick round-up of five trending deals from the last few hours/days.

+ manufacturer refurbished Canon G9X RAWsumer with 1-year warranty for $250 at Canon USA

+ manufacturer refurbished Canon EF-S 18-135mm f3.5-5.6 IS STM w/1-YR warranty for $280 at Canon USA

+ YI 42.5mm F1.8 Lens with Macro Mode [m43] by YI fulfilled by Amazon for $100

+ manufacturer refurbished Canon Elph 180 for $50 at Canon USA

+ Samsung Chromebook Plus for $349 at Amazon by Amazon itself and Samsung itself and Office Depot and B&H Photo and Adorama

Monday: Stabilizers, Flashes, Etc (over 170 options)

It’s like a reunion of the Lighting Deal brands. Over 170 (!) items are listed in the Camera & Photo lightning deals of the Amazon Gold Box.

For the latest Black Friday related action, check the Situation Room (on-going summary of deals) and also our “digest”/round-up of the Black Friday Ads.

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GoPro HERO6 Black for $478

The latest model GoPro HERO6 Black is on a drip-drop sale again, going for $478~ with free shipping, in new condition at Amazon by Amazon itself with up to three units per customer at the sale price. Its regular price is $500.

Speaking of GoPRO, their Karma + Hero bundles are as follows:

+ Karma Drone + HERO5 Black for $899
+ Karma Drone + HERO6 Black for $999
+ limit three of each per customer

Photoshop Elements 2018 for $60 (with Premiere for $90)

The Adobe Photoshop Elements 2018 is now down to $60 at Amazon by Amazon itself in your choice of a PC or MAC download or PC/Mac media in the mail.

Likewise, Premiere Elements 2018 goes for $60 as download or by mail.

Or if you want both, you can get the Elements Photoshop + Premiere 2018 for $90 as PC/Mac disc or Mac download. For some reason the PC download is not available. NOTE: that both the regular version and the Student and Teacher (STE) version are in the same listing, so if you are checking the different options, make sure you are looking at the correct version!

Planet Earth II 4K for $30 w/free S&H

If you enjoy nature photography and videography, the new condition Planet Earth II 4K BluRay + 4K standard edition is on sale for $30 with free shipping at Amazon by Amazon itself with up to two sets per customer.

Refurbished Canon G9X w/1-YR warranty for $250

The problem with the Canon Outlet specials is that sometimes they sell out really fast, but thankfully we managed to catch one of the two colors of the Canon G9X RAWsumer still in-stock, the brown/silver color scheme of the manufacturer refurbished Canon G9X for $250 with free shipping and a 1-year warranty. The black color scheme is sold out. You also get a FREE color matching camera case and camera strap when you add the camera to the shopping cart.

In new condition, this went for $400 when I posted the RAWsumer price chart a couple of weeks ago and still goes for that price at B&H Photo (with extras) and Amazon itself.

Refurbished Canon Elph 180 for $50 w/free S&H

Nom-Nom Elph appetizer! The red color scheme is already sold out, but you can get the silver color scheme of the Canon Elph 180 P&S digital camera in manufacturer refurbished condition with a 1-year Canon USA warranty and free shipping!

This goes for $110 in new condition, eg Amazon by Amazon itself after the $10 off clip-on coupon. Cameras now have clip-on coupons? Who knew 🙂

Refurbished Canon EF-S 18-135mm f3.5-5.6 IS STM w/1-YR warranty for $280

The Canon EF-S 18-135mm f3.5-5.6 IS STM lens is bundled with a number of Canon APS-C DSLR kits but it is crazy-priced on its own in new condition at authorized dealers. It currently goes for $600, or you can get it for $400 as a white box at B&H Photo.

But fear not, the Canon Pre-Black-Friday Sale has you covered. The lens is in-stock as of the time of writing, you can get this lens in manufacturer refurbished condition for $280 with free shipping and a 1-year Canon USA warranty.

As Larry David would say, this is pretty, pretty, pretty good!

Refurbished Canon D-Rebel T6i w/18-55 IS STM and 1-YR warranty for $449

The official Canon USA store launched a 17-item Pre Black Friday sale, and one of the items offered is the manufacturer refurbished Canon D-Rebel T6i with 18-55 IS STM offered for $449 with free shipping and a 1-year Canon USA warranty and a free Magnifier MG-Ef. It is in-stock as of the time of writing.

In new condition this kit goes for $749 at authorized Canon dealers such as Adorama.

Not a bad price for a “take pictures” with kit with a 1-year warranty.

Canon 6D Body with either FREE BG-E21 Battery Grip or 1-YR Pho Creative Cloud for $1300

Last night we mentioned some of the 6D II offers but there’s more. If you prefer the first generation Canon 6D body only, it dropped from $1400 when we did the 35mm FF Price Chart to $1300 now at authorized dealers, and there are couple of offers with useful freebies for $1300:

+ At B&H Photo you get a FREE 1-Year Adobe Photography Creative Cloud subscription

+ At Canon USA you get a FREE Canon Battery Grip BG-E21. This gets added automatically to our shopping cart while this promotion is running.

Pay $50 more to get either the Canon EVF-DC1 or Mount Adapter Together with Canon M6 Kit Purchaase

The Canon M6 dropped $100 since we posted the Mirrorless Price Charts, currently going for $680 body only and $800 with 15-45 at authorized dealers such as Amazon and Adorama.

But the official Canon USA outlet store has two optional combined purchase discounts on the new condition Canon M6 kits (not the refurbished). Thanks to a combined purchase discount, you can get either the EVF-DC1 for $50 more or the Mount Adapter (EF/S lenses to EF-M bodies) for $50 more. I don’t know if you can get both discounts if you add them all to your shopping cart.

Refurbished Canon SX710 HS superzoom (30x optical) w/1-YR warranty for $150

If you love red superzoom digital cameras, the red manufacturer refurbished Canon SX 710 HS with a 30X optical zoom and a 1-year Canon USA warranty and a free 8GB SD card goes for $150 with free shipping at the Canon USA outlet store. It is in-stock as of the time of writing. This too is one of their Pre-Black-Friday Sale items.

Canon M100 with 15-45mm and EF-EOS M Mount Adapter (EF/EF-S lenses on EF-M bodies) for $550

And now to the Canon mirrorless system we go. The new condition Canon M100 with 15-45mm goes for $500 with some free accessories at authorized dealers such as Adorama.

However, if you also want to buy the Canon Mount Adapter EF-EOS M together with the camera, the official Canon USA store’s Pre-Black Friday sale has a promotion that gets you a $150 off combined purchase discount if you buy together in the same shopping cart:

+ new condition Canon M100 with 15-45mm
+ new condition Canon Mount Adapter EF-EOS M (allows Canon EF or EF-S lenses to be mounted on EF-M mirrorless cameras)

This offer is mentioned on the product pages of both eligible cameras and the Mount Adapter.

The price math is this: $500 + $200 – $150 = $550 total.

Refurbished Canon 24-105mm f3.5-5.6 IS STM with 1-YR warranty for $379

The Canon 24–105mm f/3.5–5.6 IS STM goes for $600 in new condition (eg Adorama) but if you want to save some but still get a 1-year warranty, then…

… to the Canon USA store we go where you can get this lens in manufacturer refurbished condition for $380 with free shipping and a 1-year warranty. It is in-stock as of the time of writing.

Vanguard Aluminum Tripod Sale (7 options, $110 to $180)

Adorama is having an instant savings sale on Vanguard Aluminum Tripods with seven models participating, with prices ranging from $110 to $180. They are part of the 235, 263, and 264 lines.

Meanwhile the Manfrotto Stile Veloce V Backpack, model MBSB390-5BB, is on sale for $60 with free shipping.

LensShifter Blue for $18, Red for $20 with coupon

A 20% off green clip-on coupon drops the price of the LensShifter Blue to $18~ and the LensShifter Red to $20. Free shipping for Prime or with a $25+ order. Only items sold and shipped by Amazon itself are eligible for the 20% off clip-on coupon.

10pk Fujifilm Instax Mini Monochrome Film for $9

If you are a fan of the Fujifilm Instax Mini Monochrome Film, it is currently on sale in the 10-exposure packet for $9 at Amazon by Amazon itself. Limit up to three per customer. Free shipping for Prime members even if you buy only one (it is not an Add-ON item). Non-Prime members need the usual $25+ minimum purchase.

On the same listing you will also notice that some of the other instant films are on sale. Check also the multi-packs if you need more than ten exposures for a particular kind.

Sony a6500 body only drops to $1200 [corrected]

CORRECTION 11/20/17 the blog post title originally said $1100 instead of $1200. Those sneaky $1199 prices still trick me 🙁

The Sony a6500 body went for $1500 a couple of weeks ago when I posted the Mirrorless Price Charts but as of today’s massive Instant Savings madness, it is now down to $1200 with free shipping at authorized dealers as follows:

+ At Amazon where you can also see all the instant savings bundles with participating lenses; 5% cashback with Prime VISA or Prime Store card

+ At Adorama with free Corel software, 16GB SD, 24/7 TC holster, etc

+ At B&H Photo with a 64GB Sandisk SDXC card and shoulder bag

On the same listings shown above at the above retailers you will find the “a6500 with 16-50mm” kit going for $1300, and the two lens kit (16-50, 55-210) going for $1450, and the “with 18-105” for $1750, and the “with 16-70” for $2100.

New Offer for Nikon D750 kits: FREE MB-D16 Battery Grip, $80 Hiker Backpack and 128GB Samsung EVO microSD

Last night when I posted the Nikon D750 Free Battery Grip promotions, Amazon’s humans, hybrids, and bots were asleep and did not have their own offers running.

But as of this recheck, Amazon created its own bundle, it’s a nice one, you get a FREE $80 AmazonBasics Hiker Camera and Laptop Backpack (link is for reference only; you don’t add it to shopping cart separately), and a 128GB Samsung EVO Select microSD (with matching SD adapter included), along of course with the Nikon MB-D16 Multi Battery Power Pack/Grip for D750.

So the bundles are, the Nikon D750 body only with the MB-D16 battery grip, AB Hiker Backpack and 128GB Samsung EVO microSD for $1500 or the Nikon D750 with 24-120 with the same three freebies for $2000.

All items will be included in the shopping cart automatically and priced accordingly. Amazon finally figured out how to do consumer-friendly bundles 🙂

If you pay with an Amazon Chase Prime VISA credit card, or the Amazon house store credit card, you get 5% back as a statement credit, which is a pretty nice amount considering the price of the cameras, $75 for the body only or $100 for the “with 24-120”.

If you are not a Prime member, but you have the Amazon Chase VISA credit card, you get 3% back as a statement credit, still a solid $45 or $60. Or if you have a Discover credit card, they are running 5% caskback promotions for Q4 of 2017. Note however that the maximum is $1500 per credit card for the quarter (October 1st until December 31st).

I suppose that’s one of the benefits of Amazon having its own brands of products like AmazonBasics, they can bundle them up as they please.

Sony RX100 Mark V with $50 Gift Card and Extras for $950

CORRECTION: the blog-post title said Mark IV instead of Mark V! This post is for the Mark V! All apologies for the confusion!

The Sony RX100 Mark V is the current “leader” of the RX 100 series and it was going for $1000 a couple of weeks ago when I posted the Fixed Lens Cameras Price Charts.

Fast forward to today, and its price dropped to $950 and it is getting a $50 house gift card along with free accessories as follows:

+ At B&H Photo you get a $50 B&H e-gift card, a 32GB Sandisk Extreme SD, and a case

+ At Adorama you get a $50 gift certificate (it is #6 in the list of freebies in the linked page), along with a 32GB Lexar SD, Corel software, Lowepro pouch, and a cleaning kit

+ At Amazon [CORRECTED LINK] you get a $50 physical Amazon gift card in a classically styled black gift card box
+ this happens rarely at Amazon, but if the gift card arrives before the camera ships, you can use the value of the gift card towards the price of the camera. Billing Inception 🙂

Green Extreme Battery Grips for select Canon DSLRs for under $40 shipped

If you have a Canon 6D or plan to buy one and need another battery grip or one that won’t break the bank Canon-style, the latest Adorama featured sales include the new condition Green Extreme BG-E13 Battery Grip for Canon EOS 6D for $33 plus shipping (around $5, may vary slightly by location).

But that’s not all, other Green Extreme Battery grips are on sale as well:

+ Green Extreme for Canon 5D Mark IV for $39 with free S&H

+ Green Extreme for Canon 7D Mark II for $33 plus shipping (around $6)

+ Green Extreme for Canon 70D or 80D for $33 plus shipping (around $7)

Pay $85, Get $100 in Sears e-mail Gift cards

If you are a fan of Sears, to the eBay Deals we go where PayPal Digital Gifts has an unnecessary complicated offer. Buy TWO $50 Sears e-gift cards in the same shopping cart, and get $15 off your total. This is a 15% off discount. You pay $85 and you get $100 in gift cards. No coupon is needed, this happens automatically in the shopping cart while this promotion is running. As with all PayPal Digital Gifts offers , these are emailable gift cards, not delivered by mail. Limit two per customer.

(ENDED) KEH Weekly USED Coupon Deals: Used Canon 60D body for $284+, 18-55 for $42, Oben Monopod for $23+, Etc

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SLR Magic Cine M43rds Lenses: 25/T0.95 for $399, 35/T1.4 II for $299, Etc

In addition to the previously mentioned E-mount sales, SLR Magic also has sales on their Micro Four Thirds Cine primes as follows:

+ 25mm T0.95 Hyperprime Cine III for $394 at Adorama and $399 at at B&H Photo

+ 35mm T1.4 Mark II Lens for $299 at B&H Photo with $12~ promotional rewards

+ 10mm T2.1 Hyperprime for $499 at B&H Photo

+ 17mm T1.6 Lens with MFT Mount for BMPCC for $299 at B&H Photo

Speaking of Micro Four Thirds and alternative lens makers, the YI 42.5mm f1.8 with Macro Mode continues to sell for $100.

SLR Magic Cine E-mount: 25/1.4 for $299, 35/1.2 for $300, 50/1.1 for $279, 75/1.4 for $299

Bright primes have their own cult following, after all, photography is all about the light! A number of SLR Magic Cine E-mount primes are now on sale as follows:

+ 25mm f1.4 for $299 at B&H Photo

+ 35mm f1.2 FE for $300 at B&H Photo

+ 50mm f1.1 for $279 at B&H Photo

+ 75mm f1.4 FE for $299 at B&H Photo

+ yes, it still doesn’t get old, a company named “SLR Magic” that mostly makes mirrorless gear 🙂

Canon 77D body only with extras for $749

The Canon 77D body only went for $800 when I posted the APS-C DSLR Price Chart but this week’s round of instant savings madness drops the 77D body only to $749 at B&H Photo (with 2% rewards) and by various at Amazon (some 3rd-party sellers offer free accessories for the same price) and at Adorama with free 16GB SD card, 24/7 TC holster bag, Corel software and more.

The other two official kits mirror the discounting, the 77D with 18-55 goes for $899 and the 77D with 18-135 goes for $1149.

Fuji X-T1 body only for $650, Graphite for $750, X-T1 w/18-55 and VG-XT1 for $1099

Fuji X-T1 time again! The free 35mm promotion has NOT returned, but B&H Photo has a new set of discounts on the camera in new condition:

+ X-T1 body only for $649

+ X-T1 body only with Extras for $649
+ Extras: 16GB Sandisk SD, Watson extra battery, Ruggard holster, microfiber cloth

+ X-T1 Graphite Silver body only for $749 with $30~ promotional rewards

+ X-T1 with 18-55 and VG-XT1 Vertical Battery Grip for $1099

Samsung Chromebook Plus for $349

And so it begins, today’s madness of posts with the Samsung Chromebook Plus discount that was promised. It is now down to $349 in new condition at Amazon by Amazon itself and Samsung itself and Office Depot and B&H Photo and Adorama.

This is a great combo if you want both a new ChromeOS touchscreen laptop and an Android tablet with a 3:2 aspect ratio and a built-in stylus. If the included stylus is too small for some of your pixel peeping, fear not, there is also a Samsung-blessed made-in-Germany Staedtler Noris Digital Samsung Pencil (EMR Technology, Yellow Black, GP-U999ERIPAAB) that is now on sale for $17 in new condition. IF the color scheme is familiar, it is the famous German pencil manufacturer. It averages 4.3 out of 5 based on 74 customer reviews. This not only works with these Chromebooks but also various other Samsung Note phones, tablets and laptops.

Speaking of others, the Samsung Chromebook PRO with the Intel processor had a parallel discount, dropping to $450 with free shipping at Amazon by Amazon itself (limit five) and at B&H Photo and Samsung itself.

PS: the Amazon same-day delivery window closes in a couple of hours, the PLUS is calling me at this price 🙂 And the discount on the Staedtler stylus is a sign 🙂 #Temptation

PS2: note that these only have two multi-purpose USB-C ports (one on each side) and a microSD slot. There are no full-size USB ports, no HDMI, no Ethernet.

(ENDED) Monday: $130 ONA Backpack, 24″ Small HD, Loupedeck, Etc

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(ENDED) Voking VK430 I TTL Speedlite LCD Display Shoe Mount Flash for Nikon for $38 w/free S&H

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(ENDED) Neewer Crane V2 3 Axis Brushless Handheld Gimbal Stabilizer for $439

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(ENDED) Voking VK750 Manual LCD Display Universal Flash Speedlite for $30 w/free S&H

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