Archives for July 2, 2019

Zhongyi Mitakon 85mm f1.2 MF for $649 (Canon, Sony E), $699 (Nikon F), $749 (Pentax K), $849 (Sony A), $899 (Fuji GF)

Do you like fast primes, and manual focus? If so, there is a sale on the Zhongyi Mitakon Speedmaster 85mm f1.2 manual focus lens as follows:

+ at B&H Photo the Canon EF and Sony E go for $650, the Nikon F for $700, the Sony A for $800, and the Fuji GF for $850

+ at the Sony E and Canon EF go for $649, while the Nikon F goes for $700
+ the Pentax K and Sony A are special orders and go for $750 and $800 respectively
+ the Fuji GF (not X) goes for $849

+ if you prefer to shop through Amazon (eg the 5% cashback rewards), the above price are available by various sellers (including Adorama) through

Wednesday: Marcus VT-3000 Tripod w/FH for $90 (or w/Dolly for $122), FotorGear Wand, Etc

It’s a Trio but it doesn’t sing “Da Da Da”. It’s not a bird, nor a plane, it’s the Wednesday B&H Photo daily deals running until 11:59pm ET (or earlier if any sells out during Hump Day):

+ Magnus VT-3000 Tripod System with Fluid Head for $90
+ or with Magnus Dolly for $122

+ FotorGear Magilight LED Light Painting Stick / Wand for $199

+ Jarv Mobile 20W Dual Wireless Charging Pad for Qi-Enabled Devices for $15
+ looking at the screen from afar this may look like something DJs use 🙂
+ no relation to DA Jarvis or Bixby

Meanwhile on the other side of the pond, among the Amazon Germany daily deals, there is a PacSafe sale featuring 14 items with prices ranging from 36 to 108 euro…

Complete Photography Bundle for $35 [Stacksocial]

Stacksocial is offering for a limited time this $35 Complete Photography Professional Bundle that includes eight courses with a combined 250+ courses. You will find a detailed list of the classes further down the page over there. They include Wedding, Mac-related, candid moments, finding great light, perspective and some “getting started” type of classes for DSLRs and photography in general.

These are online streaming courses with lifetime access. There are deadlines on redemption. Unredeemed licenses can be returned for Stacksocial store credit within 15 days of purchases.

128GB Sandisk Ultra Fit USB 3.1 Type A for $17 [limit 4]

If you need USB 3.1 Type A flash storage of the compact kind and don’t want to wait for the next big Sandisk sale, at the moment, Amazon itself is offering the new condition 128GB Sandisk Ultra Fit flash drive, model SDCZ430-128G-G46, for $17 with up to four per customer at the sale price. Free shipping for Prime members or with a $25+ order (eg two of these).

I had one of these (not sure if it is this exact model) that I was using as storage for one of those small OTA Antenna budget-chinese DVR boxes and it worked without missing a beat. Problem was that the budget DVR recorded things at MPEG2, so you’d use about 4GB per hour (depending on how it was transmitted, 1080i? 720? etc?)…

PS: “Fit” is the name Sandisk uses to describes the small USB flash drives. It is a bit longer but decidedly thicker than a microSD memory card. You can even forget you have them in your laptop’s or desktop’s USB port.

AMEX Membership Points on Amazon: $30 off on $60+ purchases

This is a YMMV promotion ~ if you are eligible it will appear in your shopping cart or follow you around as you visit various Amazon pages…

The offer is this: if you make a purchase with an American Express credit card at Amazon over $60, you will receive a $30 off discount in the shopping cart. To get this discount, you must pay at least partially for the purchase using American Express Membership Rewards points. But first, you must manually activate the offer for your account ~ eg at the aforelinked page…

You typically have an option how much to pay with AMEX Membership Rewards points, and this is good because it is not a favorable ratio. So you could pay $2 worth with the AMEX points and the rest with your credit card.

The offer works only on products sold and shipped by Amazon itself, not by 3rd-party sellers. Digital content purchases are not eligible. You can find all the terms/conditions over there…