Archives for November 2018

1-Year of CreativeLIVE streaming of almost everything for $299

CreativeLIVE typically sells individual classes on by one, or sells them in bundles (eg the Photoshop Week bundles). But they also offer on occasion streaming options. For a one-time payment of $299, you get to stream almost every class they offer as much as you want for one year (365 days). This is called the Creator Pass.

They have an FAQ page for this streaming bundle, and they also list individually the Excluded classes. Over 1500 classes are including in the streaming package, and this includes new [future] classes added to the service during your subscription year.

If you are viewing at the Creative LIVE website, you can only stream. But if you use their iOS (iPhone/iPad) app, then you can also download some of the subscription classes through the iOS app for later untethered viewing. Note that they don’t currently have an Android app!

15% off various Peak Design Camera Bags

Bag the bags, Massdrop style! The membership [free to join] shopping website is offering a 15% off checkout (shopping cart) discount on select Peak Design camera bags. The price drops in the shopping cart after you add the item(s) of interest there. These come with free US shipping and this offer is currently restricted to US addresses per the listing.

A variety of styles are available, including messengers, backpacks, slings, pouches, etc. These will shp in early December 2018 by Massdrop. They come with a lifetime warranty from Peak Design. Note however that all sales are final. Nearly 500 units have been sold so far per the listing.

10% off entire order at B&N website

Good until Monday night, coupon code FALL10 gets you 10% off your total online order at the Barnes and Noble website. Because Amazon is not the only book seller left in the world ^_^. The usual exclusions to the coupon apply. But that’s not all. IF you linger on that page, you may get a pop-under offer that gets you a 15% off coupon by e-mail for ONE item of your choice (if you join their e-mailing list)… So strategically you can use the 15% off on the most expensive item you plan to order, and then place a separate order using the blanket 10% off coupon…

Extra 7% off on select YSDIGI photo filters

Amazon is having an extra 7% off discount on select YSDIGI photo filters. You simply click on the little box next to the coupon to add it to your Amazon account ~ so you must needs be logged on to an Amazon account when you do this, as it has no other way of linking the coupon to your account. Not all of the filter size have the coupon, but of the ones I checked, the coupon works on the 82mm, 77mm, 67mm, 62mm, and 58mm.

Thur (B&H): Dracast BiC OnC Light, Fat Gecko, Denon, Etc

Thursday is upon us and with it a new round of B&H Daily Deals that include this quartet of offerings:

+ DRACAST Camlux Pro Bi-Color On-Camera Light Kit for $59

+ Delkin Fat Gecko Dual-Suction Camera Mount for $40

+ DENON All-In-One Audio Lectern with Speaker, Gooseneck Mic, and USB for $349 in two color options

+ VEHO VMS-004D 400x USB Microscope for $50

PS: among the Best Buy daily deals for Thursday you can get the Polaroid Snap digital camera for $70.

Random AmazonBasics sale

Amazon is running a potpouri sale of AmazonBasics products, two pages worth of items, featuring among others a variety of cables, a laptop backpack, 60W eq LED light bulbs, and various other items of the “six degrees of separation from photography” kind…

Wedn (B&H): Manfrotto, Hollyland, Etc

Wednesday is upon us and a new quartet of B&H Photo daily deals have arrived, running until Wednesday at 11:59pm eastern time:

+ MANFROTTO 190go! Aluminum Tripod for $120
+ WITH Lowepro Flipside 300 for $150
+ WITH Lowepro ProTractic 450AW for $250

+ Hollyland COSMO 400 Wireless HDMI/SDI Transmission System for $999

+ InFocus IN2124x 4200-Lumen XGA DLP Projecto for $349

+ SKB iSeries Waterproof Case for Dual Sony UWP Wireless Mic System for $50

YMMV: 10% eBay Bonus Bucks on $150+ items

If you are participating in the eBay Bucks [reward program], check your emails or eBay Messages. You may have been invited for a new bonus bucks promotion that gets you a nice 10% back in eBay Bucks but these have to be purchases of items priced $150 or higher. Terms and conditions and exclusions apply as usual…

You must first activate the offer using the links in the eBay email/message before you can earn the bonus. Promotion ends 11/7/18 at 11:59pm pacific time…

For ideas on what to buy, check the latest eBay Deals and the latest Trending Deals

Starts 12pm ET: Crappy Light (HA!) photography class

They certainly picked the day for a “Crappy” theme 🙂 The Tuesday round of CreativeLIVE ON-AIR classes that starts up at 12pm eastern as usual [their studio is in Seattle, they exist in the Pacific time zone] is headlined by the “Conquering Crappy Light” classes with Lindsay Adler and Erik Valind. Two of the other classes are of general creative interest: buildling a creative’s blog and becoming a working artist. I am assuming the “making money with music” class targets record labels ^_^

Tue (B&H): Lume Cube, Benro Tripods, Etc

It is Tuesday in the B&H Photo Daily Deals and you decide among these options:

+ LUME CUBE Professionals’ Pack for $150

+ BENRO Carbon Fiber Tripod Kit with BV8H Head (75mm) for $399
+ with BV10H head instead for $499

+ Celestron AstroMaster 70AZ 70mm f/13 Alt-Az Refractor Telescope for $70

+ Lorex security DVR set for $250

UPDATE: in other daily deals action, Woot is offering 1TB Seagate external HDDs bundled with a 1TB Amazon Cloud (only for one year) for $40 with free shipping for Prime members. NOTE however that this averages 3 out of 5 based on 79 customer reviews, so be sure to read up on it if you are not already familiar…

Save up to 20% on BorrowRentals Gear Rentals

BorrowRentals is having another limited time coupon promotion for the rental of camera gear. I’m saying this because they also sell some of the rental gear. This coupon only works on gear rentals, not purchases. Their promo explains it much better with one picture than I could in words, so here’s the annotated screenshot with all the revenant info…

AdoramaPIX “Buy More, Save More” print offers

For a limited time, AdoramaPIX has a “buy more, save more” coupon promotion! Your order total determines your discount and it can be up to $30 off. You can find the coupons in the annotated screenshot below:

Imported Canon M50 with 15-45mm for $490

Back to the eBay Deals we go where eBay seller [and camera importer] 6ave of the East Coast is offering the new condition grey-market Canon M50 with 15-45mm in the black color scheme for $490 with free shipping and a 1-year warranty from 6ave… In new condition at authorized dealers, this kit goes for $700, eg Adorama

PSA: the Flickr 1TB Tragedy has Jan and Feb 2019 deadlines

After languishing among the Yahoo wahoos, Flickr was sold to Smugmug. As part of this “digesting” of the service, Smugmug decided to do away with the free 1TB plan. Users who want to keep all their photos on the 1TB free plan must upgrade to a PRO plan by January 8 in 2019.

People who do not upgrade to a PRO plan by then will only keep their 1000 most recent photographs. So start processing/downloading/saving now if you don’t plan on upgrading to a PRO plan! If you don’t adjust your account yourself (if you have over 1000 photos), starting February 5 in 2019 flickr-Smugmug will begin deleting your older photos until your account is at 1000 or less [STANNIS: Fewer!]…

To make the PRO plan more tempting, they are adding some features (eg unlimited) and they are also offering a one year 30% off discount for the 1st year of PRO for the “Free 1TB” plans.

Details and discussion via Techmeme and official takes on the changes in multiple posts at the official flickr blog

Holiday Season: Free shipping at Amazon for non-Prime members for orders under $25

Shipping fees are the bane of an online shoppers’ existence! From now until the Christmas-delivery shipping deadline, if you are not a Prime member, you get free shipping at the Amazon website for orders under $25.

A couple of things to note. This will be the same free slow shipping that they previously offered for orders over $25. “Slow shipping” is not always slow ~ depending on each order’s situation.

The second thing to note is that this offer only applies to products sold and shipped by Amazon and products fulfilled by Amazon. Amazon physically and logistically controls the shipping for these two types, and they are the majority of listings over there. However, products that ship directly from 3rd-party sellers will still have a shipping fee as usual [Prime members pay this fee too except for a few rare occasions where they get Prime-like shipping – a lesser known Prime benefit]…

Speaking of Amazon, they are offering the new condition Acer Spin 5 SP515-51GN-83YY for $760 with free shipping. A maximum of TWO per customer at the sale price. This is not a lightning deal but an old fashioned sale. This haas a 15.6″ FHD Touchscreen, 8th Gen i7-8550U, GeForce GTX 1050, 8GB DDR4, 1TB HDD, Convertible design, Win 10, etc.

Nikon D750 body with MB-D16 Grip with Extras for $1400 [w/24-120 VR for $1900]

If you were interested in getting the Nikon D750, either in the body only or the 24-120 VR kit, authorized Nikon dealers are bundling with it for FREE the new condition Nikon MB-D16 battery grip. But that’s not all. Some retailers are including on their own additional freebies such as Adorama (32GB Extreme, Corel software, Lowepro, extra battery, 2% rewards, free Overnight shipping). Meanwhile B&H Photo is including a 64GB Sandisk Extreme PRO, 2% rewards, extra battery and a shoulder bag… Amazon itself offers the battery grip for free, but as of the time of writing they do not offer additional free accessories BUT you get 5% rewards if you pay with a Prime credit card…

Mon: 25% off orders of $300+ at Monoprice

If you are planning a big Monoprice purchase, Monday is the day, as they have the 25% off orders of $300+ in coupon-eligible items using coupon code DOUGHNUT [yes, old school spelling] at the Monoprice website

More In-Stock Nikon D850 for $3300

In addition to B&H Photo, the Nikon D850 body only is now in-stock and ready to ship for its starting price of $3300 at Adorama and also by Amazon itself where some of D850 Guides & e-books are also on sale to tempt new owners of the full framer…

Flashpoint XPLOR 600 Monolight w/Built-in Radio (Bowens) for $499

AS part of their Fall Back Sale featuring over 800 items, Adorama is offering the new condition Flashpoint XPLOR 600 HSS TTL Battery-Powered Monolight with Built-in R2 2.4GHz Radio Remote System – Bowens Mount (AD600 TTL) for $499 with free shipping. No coupon, no rebate, just add to cart and proceed to checkout…

Mon: PaintShop Pro 2019 Ultimate (Win) for $35

Some action in the Best Buy daily deals for Monday, also running approximately in the central time zone of the day. It is the PaintShop Pro 2019 Ultimate for Windows offered for $35. The sale is only for the physical copy of the software. The digital version remains at its list price.

Mon: Parrot Jumping Night Mini Drone for $27

Among the Monday Woot daily deals, running until 1am ET on Tuesday [or earlier if sold out], you can get the new condition Parrot Jumping Night Mini Drone for $27 with free shipping for Prime members. You have a choice of three colors and up to ten units per Woot customer during the sale. It comes with a 1-year warranty from Parrot and it has a wide angle camera streaming through your phone.

Mon (B&H): Rokinon 14/2.8 AE (C), SmallHD, etc

The Monday B&H daily deals are headlined by a lens, so a good get. As usual, they run until Monday at 11:59pm ET, or earlier if sold out:

+ Rokinon 14mm f2.8 IF ED UMC with AE chip for Canon for $349
+ not part of the daily deal, but the Pentax K version goes for $279 and the Sony A for $274 (with 2% rewards)

+ SmallHD 702 Bright on-camera monitor for $799

+ Pioneer studio headphones for $100

Sun (B&H): Papago, Think Tank, Etc

Fall back, spring forward, as the Time Lords of our time force us twice a year to remember how to change the time in old clocks and watches and appliances 😉

Good until new-time Sunday 11:59pm eastern, these are the latest B&H Daily Deals:

+ Think Tank Skin Strobe V2.0 (Black) for $15~

+ Flare Buster Flexible Arm with Lens shade, Reflectors & Vignettes Kit for $16, Arm only for $12

+ Papago GoSafe 230 1080p Dash Camera for $50

Top 100 Sale at DiscountMags

The theme of this weekend’s sale at DiscountMags which ends Monday night includes two photography magazines (among the Top 100) at $5 per magazine per year: “Outdoor Photographer” and “Digital Photo”. The other 98 magazines are not photography magazines 🙂

LIVE NOW: Sony a7 II with 28-70/3.5-5.6 OSS FE and extras for $998

UPDATE: it is now LIVE!!!

CORRECTION: this offer starts on Sunday at 12:01am eastern time!

Full frame is slowly but steadily getting more affordable. If you want a “take a picture with” kit entry-point into the Sony full frame e-system, at the moment, B&H Photo is offering this Sony a7 II with 28-70/3.5-5.6 OSS FE bundle with extras (32GB Extreme card, extra battery and charger) for $998 with free shipping and handling…

Adorama Pre-Holiday Clearance Sale (4700 options)

Adorama has launched a Pre-Holiday Clearance sale with 4700 products participating. That’s a lot of products to go through one by one, but you can use the left hand side of their website to filter them in various ways, eg by manufacturer, by product type, by price-range, by reviewing rating, and so forth… Speaking of which, they have the latest Google Chromecast (third generation) in-stock for $35…

Starts Sunday 12:01am ET: Olympus Holiday Deals

This is a heads-up! Starting at 12:01am eastern time on SUNDAY, the Olympus Holiday Deals of 2018 will be launched at B&H Photo. The sale prices will be adjusted when the sales go live but you can use the link to scout which products will be offered…

In-Stock Now: Nikon D850 body only!

Grab your e-wallets, call your CFO/CEO Spouse to approve the purchase! The new condition Nikon D850 body only is FINALLY in-stock and shipping at B&H Photo for its starting price of $3300…

Canon M100 w/15-45 STM and Extras for $399

If you are looking for an entry-point into the Canon mirrorless system, for a limited time, the Canon M100 with 15-45mm STM kit is on sale, in either color, for $400 at authorized dealers, some of which, such as Adorama and Various on Amazon include a variety of free accessories. B&H Photo has the same price, but no free accessories…

Get $5 bonus with $50+ Amazon Gift Card by Text Message

Amazon always tries to find creative ways to get you to load up your Amazon account or buy gift cards. This latest promotion running until December 22, 2018 gets you a $5 bonus if you buy a $50+ Amazon gift card by text message. First you have to click on the aforelinked page to “add code to your account”.

If you don’t see this offer while logged on to your account, it means Amazon’s computers decided not to offer it to you. Limit one redemption of this particular offer per Amazon account. Complete terms and conditions over there.

Remember, you can send the gift card to your own email address, you don’t have to send it to another person! Assuming you do a $50 purchase, this is a 10% bonus.

Select Alexander White Camera Guides for $8 to $10 [updated]

If you like reading camera guides, Alexander White has a number of his titles, in e-book format, on sale for $8 to $10 for the Amazon Kindle. They have “Kindle samples” and you can also “Look Inside” from within the web browser without the need of a Kindle or Kindle reading app.

UPDATE: the one below I somehow managed to post it in a Canon mirrorless post instead of here, so I’m moving it here below:

Speaking of camera guides, on the Micro Four Thirds front, a number of “menu simplified” e-book titles from David Thorpe range from $4 to $5 depending on the age of the camera…

Used Panasonic GH2 body for 247 euro

If you feel like taking a photographic-camera-trip down memory lane, Amazon Germany’s Warehouse Deals have one units available of the good old Panasonic GH2 body only offered for 247 euro. This is sold by marketplace seller “Camera Club” (99%, 1946 ratings in last 12 months) with Prime-like shipping. Per the listing, this comes with a 12-month warranty, and the camera has just over 2000 clicks. The condition is “Used – Very Good” and they have a detailed description over there…

NewEgg has a “Black Friday NOW” sale

The word is abused so much it no longer has any actual meaning. No, this is not an English Language diatribe but rather, the word “Black Friday”… Speaking of which, NewEgg has a 24-hour Black Friday NOW sale. YMMV as usual with these type of sales…

Vanguard Tripod Sale (35 options)

B&H Photo is currently having a limited time sale on select Vanguard tripods. A total of 35 options are available with prices ranging from $50 to $300…

Sigma 150-600mm f5-6.3 DG OS HSM (C) + MC-11 EF to E Converter for $1238

What if you have both Canon DSLRs but also Sony E cameras and want a big zoom lens you can use for both? B&H Photo has the answer to that, they are bundling two things for $1238:

+ Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary Lens for Canon EF
+ Sigma MC-11 Mount Converter/Lens Adapter for Sony E

Both items are included automatically by B&H during this promotion.

In other B&H action, they have specials on a couple of Dell laptops:

+ Dell 15.6″ Inspiron 15 5000 Series 5579 Multi-Touch 2-in-1 Notebook for $899
+ 1.8 GHz i7-8550U Quad, 16GB DDR4, 512GB SATA 2.5″ SSD, UHD 620, SD reader, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, 360° Hinge, W10 Home, etc

+ Dell 17.3″ Inspiron 17 5000 Series Notebook for $929
+ 1.8 GHz i7-8550U Quad, 8GB DDR4, 2TB HDD _and_ 256GB SSD, 17.3″ 1920 x 1080 AG IPS, UHD 620, SuperMulti DVD Burner [as rare as Bigfoot?[, SD reader, HDMI 1.4b, 802.11ac, W10 Home, etc

Dell Refurb coupons: 40% off Monitors, 50% Desktops $249+, Etc

Among the recurring Friday coupons is the weekend offers at the Dell Refurbished website. The offers expire Monday at 11:59pm in the central time zone. Free US ground shipping. The coupons (which exclude clearance items as usual) are as follows:

+ 50% off any Dell Desktop priced $249 & up with Coupon code: DESK$249DEAL

+ 45% off any Dell Laptop priced $349 & up with Coupon code: LAPTOP$349DEAL

+ 40% off any Dell Monitor with Coupon code: MONITOR40DEAL

Fri/Sat: 20% off $150+ or $5 off $25+ at Monoprice

November did not just spawn a monster [per Morrissey], and the holiday drinks at Starbucks, but also has brought a new duo of 2-day coupons (end Saturday night) at the Monoprice website. Coupon NOV20 is 20% off orders of $150+, while coupon NOV5 is $5 off orders of $25+. Limit two redemptions per customer. Only coupon-eligible items count towards the $150/$25 minimums for each coupon. Restrictions and exclusions apply. See website for details.

Friday: Anker Charging products sale (11 options)

Friday is here in the pacific time zone and that means a new Amazon Gold Box set of offers has gone live. If you like to use car lights as a lighting source, they have a sale on select LED headlight lamps ^_^. They also have a sale on LOTR/Hobbit bundles of $joy$, especially now that Amazon has procured the rights and is developing an epic [okay expensive, epic remains to be seen] LOTR-based TV series.

Of more tech interest, they have a soccer team of Anker charging products on sale including a 26,800 mAh powerbank, a slim 10K mAh powerbank, wall chargers, wireless chargers, cables, and USB car chargers too…

LitePanels Astra Soft BiC NextGen LED Light Panel w/10′ Stand for $1000

Adorama has launched another snapshot deal, a limited time offer of sorts, it is a bundle of two, the new condition Litepanels Astra Soft Bi-Color Next Gen LED Light Panel bundled with the Flashpoint 10′ C Stand on Turtle Base Kit, 40″ Grip Arm & Two 3″ Gobo Heads [the description makes it sound like a 50s scifi movie monster but it is NOT] for $1000 with free expedited shipping…

Speaking of lighting matters, Adorama has a limited time sale on 250+ Lighting products from in-house (eg Flashpoint) and out-house brands (eg iKan).

Fri/Sat (B&H): Vello, Pelican, Studio Essentials

The Friday daily deals at B&H Photo last 48 hours instead of 24, so this quartet below runs until Saturday 11:59pm ET instead:

+ Studio Essentials 600 Bi-Color LED Panel 2-Light Kit for $300

+ Pelican 1910B MityLite LED Flashlight for $15

+ numerous Vello screen protectors for $15 each