Archives for December 2019

Tue: Adobe Photoshop Elements 2020 + $10 Gift Card for $55

One of the Amazon Gold Box deals of the day for Tuesday 12/3/19 is the Adobe Photoshop Elements 2020 offered for $55 but you also receive a $10 Amazon gift card. From the looks of it, Elements you can get a Disc in the mail or a digital download for Mac or PC. However the $10 Amazon gift card will arrive as a plastic gift card by mail in a greeting card. On the plus side, you can repurpose the greeting card 🙂

Tuesday: Canon C100 Dual Pixel for $1299, Slik Lite, Etc

Many of the B&H Cyber Fri-Monday sales continue over there but a new day dawns which means…

… a new round of name-brand B&H daily deals is running until 11:59pm ET on Tuesday (or earlier if sold out) as follows:

+ Canon EOS C100 Cinema EOS Camera with Dual Pixel CMOS AF (Body Only) for $1299

+ Slik Lite AL-420S Tripod with LED Center Column Flashlight for $49, AL-420M for $59

+ Vello LENS-2020 Lens Calibration Tool for $25

+ EdelKrone FlexTILT Head 2 Pan/Tilt Camera Head for $100

+ InFocus IN136 4000-Lumen WXGA DLP Projector for $319

+ Kolibri U818A Discovery Delta-Recon Tactical Edition Wi-Fi Quadcopter with 720p HD Camera (Military Matte Green) for $30

+ CyberPower CP1000AVRLCD Intelligent LCD UPS for $80

Used Sony a6000 body (Very Good condition) for $279

IF however you are not interested in the previously mentioned Sony a6000 new condition kits and instead you can to optimize for a lower price, Adorama has the USED a6000 body only for $279 in “Used – Very Good” condition with a 90-day warranty (from Adorama).

Sony a6000 with extras: body for $398, w/16-50 for $448

The Sony Instant Savings promotion reminds us that you can get into the Sony APS-C E-system with a step-up series camera (A6xxx) for just $398. That’s right, the a6000 body only goes for $398 and the “with 16-50mm” kit goes for $448.

At Adorama you have to do some scrolling and paging up-n-down to find all the options but you will be rewards because the “with 16-50” kit gets more additional freebies (flex tripod, extra charger/battery, lens filters, better memory card) than the body only (bag, memory card, cleaning kit, software, card wallet). Note also that the camera is available in two color options, effectively doubling the number of options you have to sort through…

At B&H Photo you get a 32GB Sandisk Extreme, a 3rd-party battery and a camera bag, while the two lens kit ($598) gets a lens filter as well…

At Amazon, various 3rd-party sellers offer various freebies, a dizzying array of options as there are three official camera kits with two body colors for the camera and many 3rd party retailers 🙂

The names in the a6xx line-up are a bit confused, so confused that even the Wikipedia page is confused. The a6000 come out in 2014, followed by the a6300/a6500 in 2016, and the a6100/a6400/a6600 in 2019, all with 24mp Exmor APS-C CMOS sensors. The newer a6300 has already been discontinued but the a6000 continues as a current model. The all-new a6100 goes for $650 (body) or $750 (w/16-50)…

128GB Sandisk Extreme microSDXC for $20

If you have phones, tablets, laptops, cameras, action cameras and other gear that use microSD cards (or don’t object to using them in full-size SD slots with the included adapted), the 128GB Sandisk Extreme microSDXC (C10, UHS-I, V30, U3, A2, etc) is on sale for $20 at various dealers including Adorama and Amazon and B&H Photo and Best Buy. With so many retailers offering it, even if they have individual per-customer limits, you can scoop them up from multiple retailers…

Flashpoint Zoom Li-on X R2 TTL On-Camera Round Flash Speedlight for $159 [many systems]

With all this Cyber Monday talk, we forgot about Dre! We also forgot about Adorama’s Daily Deal which currently is the new condition Flashpoint Zoom Li-on X R2 TTL On-Camera Round Flash Speedlight for $159 with free US shipping, available for Canon, Nikon, Sony TTL, Fuji, Olympus, Panasonic, Pentax for a limited time…

For more action, check Adorama’s Cyber Monday Twilight Offers. The most recent offers appear first ~ the link above is sorted by most recently added items…

Sony a7 II with 28-70 and Various Freebies for $999

We all live in a yellow submarine but also in the era of the $1000 “take pictures with” 35mm full frame interchangeable lens camera in the Sony E-system with the Sony a7 II with the 28-70mm FE lens bundled together for $999 with various freebies offered by select retailers…

At Amazon for example, there is a bundle by Focus Camera that includes a Dolica tripod, Vanguard bag, 64GB Sandisk Extreme PRO, extra 3rd-party charger/battery, etc…

At B&H Photo you get a 64GB Sandisk Extreme, extra 3rd party battery, RJ bag, lens filter, etc…

At Adorama you get a 32GB Extreme PRO, Slinger bag, lens filter kit, etc…

At Best Buy you get a $25 Shutterfly store credit…

DJI Osmo Action 4K Camera for $249

Action cameras are one of the “survivors” of the cameraphone, so of course DJI had to jump into this segment too and right now, as part of the Black-Cyber festivities, the new condition DJI Osmo Action 4K Camera is on sale for $249 at B&H Photo and Amazon itself

Or if you prefer it bundled with various accessories, those various options go for $279 at Adorama

Google Pixel 3a for $299+, Pixel 4 for $599+ [Android]

The Nexus phones (and more importantly the Nexus mentality) are not coming back at Google any time soon, so for now, it’s the Pixels! And if you want the “pure Google Android experience” without breaking the banks, for a limited time the entry-point Pixel 3a is on sale for $299 for the standard edition and $379 for the XL, while the Pixel 4 goes for $599 (standard) and $699 (XL). Prices increase with more storage options…

The sale is at B&H Photo and Amazon and of course Google’s own online store

Canon 6D Mark II body with freebies for $1199

We are already at the second generation of the Canon 6D, and the 6D Mark II body only (and the other official Canon kits of these camera) are getting some freebie along with a $1199 sale price at various authorized dealers…

At B&H Photo you get a 64GB Sandisk Extreme SDXC card, an extra Watson battery and a RJ camera bag…

At Adorama you get a 32GB Sandisk Extreme card, a Lowepro bag, 3Pod small table top tripod, Corel software and various trinkets…

At Amazon third-party sellers offer various freebies (but check to make sure they are authorized dealers) while Amazon itself has no freebies (regardless of the seller you get 5% cashback on the official Amazon VISA and Store credit cards)…

PS: on the Amazon Store credit card, if you select a special no-interest financing promotion, you typically do not earn the 5% cashback (one of the two benefits but not both)…

FREE (with DRM): “The Camera Does the Rest: How Polaroid Changed Photography” ebook

We have an ebook freebie that is of direct camera-and-photo interest, and for a limited time, the University of Chicago (UoC) is offering it for FREE. However, the ebooks they sell come with DRM, Adobe Digital Editions, so you need to install their crap on your computer or use a mobile app that is compatible with their crap in order to read it.

The UoC freebie ebook for this month is “The Camera Does the Rest: How Polaroid Changed Photography” by Peter Buse (320 pages). UoC offers one free ebook each month but every time it is with Adobe’s nasty DRM stuff.

IF you are curious about the ebook without committing to Adobe’s DRM, you can “Look Inside” at amazon.com (they only have a Kindle preview, no preview of the hardcover).

PS: typically Kindle previews are a number of pages (or a percentage of the ebook) starting from the front cover, while hardcover previews jump all over the book and you can get a better feel for it ~ depending on the book of course…

Canon G9X II with freebies for $399 [or with Pixma PRO 100 Bundle for $389 After MIR w/GC]

If you want the new condition Canon G9X II rawsumer, it is currently on sale with some modest freebies, for $399 at Adorama and B&H Photo

IF however you want the Canon Pixma PRO 100 printer, and you do not object to mail-in rebates and prepaid AMEX gift cards, B&H Photo has a Pixma bundle for $739 minus a $350 prepaid AMEX gift card = $389. The bundle also includes the printer’s trusty sidekick, the 50pk of 13×19″ Luster photo paper.

The camera is available in either the black or the silver color schemes…

Last Call (ends Mon 11:59pm ET): Cyber Monday Only: Buy More, Save More at KEH Camera ($50/$400+, $100/$750+, $200/$1200+)

The moment you’ve all KEH fans have been waiting for, it is the Cyber Monday coupon at KEH Camera. IT is a “buy more, save more” promotion. Coupon code CYB19A gets you a discount depending on your order total:

+ Spend $400+, Get $50 off
+ Spend $750+, Get $100 off
+ Spend $1,200+, Get $200 off

You can test the coupon by adding items of interest to the KEH Camera shopping cart ~ no need to login/signup [unless you want to]…

The coupon expires on Monday 12/2/19 at 11:59pm eastern time.

Exclusions apply as usual: no Leica-branded products, no NEW condition products, no “Used – Like New (LN)” products. No digital starter kits.

EU: 128GB Lexar Professional (633x) SDXC for 18 euro [limit 2]

And now we fly over to the other side of the pond, where Amazon Germany is offering as part of the Cyber Monday festivities the new condition 128GB Lexar Professional (633x) SDXC memory card (UHS-I, V30, U3, C10, up to 95MB/sec) for 18 euro with up to two units per customer. Free shipping in Germany-Austria with Prime or 29+ euro orders… According to Google Translate, this is in retail packaging (if they translated “Einzelhandelsverpackung” correctly)…

Nikon D5600 Options abound (NC Two Lens Kit for $600, Refurb Body for $400, Etc)

The Nikon D3500 two lens kit goes for $400 as part of the Cyber FriMonday festivities, but if you want a more advanced DSLR as a jumping point into the Nikon system, the new condition (NC) Nikon D5600 two lens kit (18-55, 70-300) is currently going for $600 at various authorized dealers (eg B&H Photo and Amazon)…

However, if you do not want/need the kit lenses and prefer a lower priced entry, Adorama has D5600 refurbished options with the body only going for $397, with 18-55 for $430, and two lens kit for $500. But if you prefer the new condition two lens kit they have a bundle with modest freebies (16GB SD, Lowerpro bag, lens filters, Corel, etc)

Camera & Photo Lightning Deals for Cyber Monday

Let’s take a quick look at the Cyber Monday Camera and Photo Lightning Deals

+++ IN-PROGRESS +++
+ 8.5×10 feet Emart backdrop for $30
+ 62″ K&F tripod for $60
+ AKASO Brave 4K action cam for $62
+ Skygenius 8×21 small binos for $11
+ Eyeskey waterproof binos for $79

+++ COMING UP +++
+ various digiframes
+ GVM video lighting kits with app control
+ Zhigyun Smooth 4-axis gimbal stabilizer (handheld)
+ Mountdog ring light, and softbox lighting kit
+ various action cams
+ RAVPower charger with batteries for Sony NP-FW50
+ GoPRO Hero 5 e-commerce packaging (recurring Lightning Deals item)
+ Godox AD200PRO
+ Powerextra on-camera flash
+ and more

Cyber Monday 2019 at Amazon revealed

Cyber Monday 2019 has arrived at Amazon. As usual, the offers are happening inside their Gold Box infrastructure and there are plenty of sales going on. In addition to the previously mentioned Canon mirrorless offer (spoiler alert: M100 with 15-45mm for $315), they have plenty of tech and electronics:

+ Chromebooks from $120 to $469

+ Computer Sale with many brands featuring laptops, desktops, computer monitors, tablets, etc (two pages of offers)

+ Gaming computer sale with gaming accessories, monitors, laptops and desktops too (two pages of offers here as well)

+ yet another computer gear sale this one using the “Content Creator Savings” theme

+ Samsung flagship smartphones bundled with AKG headphones (owned by Samsung too)

+ UPS systems, coffee machines of different kinds, kitchen, sports, standing desks, tax software, and a lot more

Canon M100 with 15-45mm for $315 [limit 3]

One of the Amazon Cyber Monday deals of the day is a sale of lots of Celestrons (telescopes, binoculars and related items) but hiding underneath them in sheep’s clothing is a sale on the new condition Canon M100 with 15-45mm in the black color scheme going for $315 with free US shipping with up to three per customer. This is sold and shipped by Amazon itself…

The camera looks like it is on its way out from retail as already some of the kits have sold out during Black Cyber Fri-Monday and are marked as discontinued at B&H Photo

DJI Osmo Pocket Gimbal for $295

The new condition DJI Osmo Pocket Gimbal is currently on sale for $295 with free US shipping at B&H Photo until 12/4/19 PM or earlier if sold out…

1-Year Prepaid Adobe Creative Cloud (all of it) for $360

If you are all in on Adobe’s Creative Cloud’s subscription, the whole Creative Cloud, not just the Photographer edition, for a limited time B&H Photo is offering it for $360 total for the 12 months. This is a digital download and cannot be cancelled and cannot be refunded. USA only ~ it needs a US billing address in order to activate…

For more action, check the latest B&H Cyber Monday offerings…

Last Call (ends Mon PM): iPad sales

Last call on the Apple-sanctioned iPad sales for Black Cyber Fri-Monday! A variety of iPad models (I’ve lost track now) are on sale going from the Mini to the 12.9-inch models. Find the latest offers at B&H Photo and Target and yes, Amazon itself (when interests intersect, Amazon and Apple become frenemies ~ one gets to sell more items, the other gets to boost their iPad sales and market share)…

Monday: 15% off entire order with B&Noble coupon

If you are a fan of Barnes and Noble, their Cyber Monda offer is 15% off your entire order using coupon code CYBER15. As usual, terms, conditions, restrictions and exclusions apply.

Monday: “Sontag: Her Life and Work” for $4 (w/60c store credit)

One of the hundreds Kindle ebook deals of the day at Amazon for Cyber Monday is the “Sontag: Her Life and Work” e-book by Benjamin Moser (793 pages, September 2019) for $3.99 but because it’s a “Great On Kindle” ebook, you will receive a $0.60 store credit towards future “Great on Kindle” ebooks. The 60c credit happens automatically and gets applied automatically in future orders. It is a promotional credit so it expires if not used. The ebook averages 4.1 out of 5 based on 12 customer ratings.

A TL;DR refresher on her career at Wikipedia. In terms of photography, her “On Photography” essays are often a recommended read…

Monday: 13.3″ Macbook PRO, WD Drives, Studio Lighting, Etc

The B&H Cyber Monday offers have gone live!

In addition to those, the B&H Daily Deals for Monday 12/2/19 (Monday the ordinary weekday, not Monday the Cyber Monday) are also running until 11:59pm ET (or earlier if sold out):

+ WD hard drives, 18 options, $80 to $1100 (internal, external, SSD, NAS, etc)

+ Studio Lighting equipment, nine options from various brands, $24 to $350

+ 13.3″ Apple MacBook PRO, 14 options, $1100 to $2400

+ also Acer and Dell monitors, $350 15.6″ Acer Aspire 5 laptop, $20 Sennheiser earphones

Flash Deals
+ now: Advanced Camera Backpack Compact 1 for CSC (Black) for $40
+ later: Magnus 3-way pan and tilt head, Boling LED RGB video light, Tascam headphones and Accsoon wireless video transmitter

EU: lots of Nikon Lenses sale including 50mm f1.8G for 149 euro

Lots of nice price on Nikon lenses at Amazon Germany including the obligatory headliner of the sale, the new condition 50mm f1.8G AF-S lens going for 149 euro with free shipping within Germany and Austria. Limit two per customer. Hard to argue with the price and if/when you want to sell it alone or with a DSLR bundle, it makes for a more attractive kit…

Sigma 18-35mm f1.8 DC HSM ART w/USB Dock, Filters, Etc for $639 [C/N/A/K/Si]

We do not have a DX/APS-C theme today, it just happened that the last three lens deals posted are APS-C 🙂 This time we zoom brighter, the new condition Sigma 18-35mm f1.8 DC HSM ART is bundled with the official Sigma USB dock, lens filters and cleaning kits for $639 at Adorama in your choice of Canon, Nikon, Pentax, Sony-Minolta A, and Sigma DSLR systems…

At B&H Photo all but the Canon version for some reason get the free Sigma USB dock. All of them get a free 72mm UV filter and a Zeiss cleaning kit…

At Amazon it’s the usual Wild West of 3rd-party sellers and bundles, more so in this case because there are five options for the lens, so multiply the 3rd-party seller chaos by five. Plus the 5% cashback if paying with an Amazon credit card…

Spend $20+ in Kindle ebooks, Get $5 ebook credit [YMMV]

This is a YMMV promotion as it may be targeted, and you have to login to your Amazon account to activate the offer (if you don’t see an activation button it means your account is not eligible ~ how they decide these, I have no clue)…

The offer is this: spend $20+ in Kindle ebooks by the end of day on December 4 and receive a $5 promotional Kindle e-book store credit. You must first activate the offer, so you won’t earn anything before that…

The link is the second box, the cyan-blue color at the Amazon Book Deals page. Click on that while logged on to Amazon (or login if prompted) to see if you are eligible…

PS: I’m not posting the direct link to the offer because that’s a login page, and that’s bad practice from a security standpoint ~ not to mention that people get spooked if they click a link that takes them directly to a login page…

Adorama first wave of Cyber Monday (nearly 3000 options)

Adorama has launched its first wave of Cyber Monday offers with nearly 3000 items participating. Of those 1260+ are in the Photography category. As usual, you can filter them by product category, types and subtypes, brand, price-ranges, new releases and so forth. Obviously too many items to list here individually so fish around for what you might be interested in…

Cyber Monday live at Canon USA official store

Cyber Monday has arrived at the official Canon USA online store with a mix of DSLR, mirrorless, lenses, Powershots, printers and such.

Of greater interest is their refurbished gear sales since they too come with a 1-year manufacturer warranty. To find them, expand the “Camera Deals” section at the Sales page and use your browser’s in-page search feature to search for “refurbished”. In total, there are four refurbished sales on iLCs and Powershots and one refurbished sale on Lenses…

Dell Cyber Monday Doorbusters launch 5pm ET

Per their website, Cyber Monday doorbusters will launch at 5pm eastern time at the Dell Home website. But they also have on-going offers at the moment.

There’s also 6-month and 12-month no-interest-IF-paid-in-full financing promotion on up to $5,000. As usual with the financing offers, check the terms and conditions and restrictions and make sure you will pay the full amount on time, otherwise you’ll pay interest on the full amount from day zero…

Nikon D3500 with 18-55 & 70-300 & Lots of Extras for $397

A Black-Cyber (and holiday shopping season) tradition, a Nikon D3XX two-lens kit limited time promotion and indeed a great gift idea considering the D3500’s battery life, it’s the new condition Nikon D3500 with the 18-55mm DX VR AF-P and 70-300mm f4.5-6.3G DX non-VR AF-P official two lens kit (with the official Nikon bag and learnings online course [goodbye DVDs?]) going for $397 at authorized Nikon dealers but that’s not all, retailers are adding their own freebies as well!

At B&H Photo you get a 32GB Sandisk Extreme SDHC memory card and a digital download of Skylum Luminar 4 (it’s imaging software, even though its name might remind some of Skyrim)…

At Adorama there is a 16GB Lexar SD card, a card reader and a cleaning kit…

The only freebie at Amazon is the official Nikon bag and course that are Nikon-included. But if you pay with an Amazon credit/store card, you get 5% back, $20~ in this case…

Stackable CreativeLIVE offer: $5 off coupon and 60% off sitewide

CreativeLIVE’s Cyber Monday offer is stackable. They are offering 60% off site-wide (factored in the website prices automatically) but you can stack this offer with $5 off coupon code CYBERMON. No minimum purchase required so the lower the price of a class, the more percentage-impact the $5 off coupon code has…

EU: Sigma 17-50mm f2.8 EX DC OS HSM for 266 euro [C/N]

As you can tell from the reviews, this lens has its share of trade-offs but then again, you are only paying 266 euro, so can you scrutinize it the same way you’d scrutinize a four-figures f2.8 constant-aperture zoom? It’s up to you (of course)…

“This” being the new condition Sigma 17-50mm f2.8 EX DC OS HSM on sale for a limited time for 266 in your choice of Canon or Nikon DSLR systems at Amazon Germany by Amazon Germany itself. Limit two per system per customer…

EU: Nikon 35mm f1.8G DX for 119 euro [limit 2]

Hard to go wrong with this lens at this price if you have/use a DX DSLR, it is the new condition Nikon 35mm f1.8G DX AF-S lens going for 119 euro with free shipping within Germany-Austria at Amazon Germany. Limit two per customer.

Think Tank Photo Spectral 10 Shoulder Bag for $50

More sifting through the B&H Cider Monday (okay, Cyber Monday), you can “bag the bags” with the new condition Think Tank Photo Spectral 10 Camera Shoulder Bag (Black) going for $50~ with free US shipping…

Vanguard VEO2 204AB Alum Tripod + Compact BallHead for $50

You don’t have to an arm and three legs (oh dear) for a tripod with a ball head. The new condition Vanguard VEO 2 204AB Aluminum Tripod with Compact Ball Head is a Cyber Monday deal at B&H Photo for $50 with free US shipping. No coupons, no rebates, just add to cart and proceed as usual…

For more action, check the latest B&H Cyber Monday offers

Fuji Instax Mini 9 + $5 GC + 10 exposures for $50

For those with the instant camera bug, the Fuji Instax Mini 9 is currently on sale for $50 and you can get it at B&H Photo bundled with a $5 B&H Photo gift card and 10 exposures of Rainbow film in three of the camera’s color schemes…

On the other hand, if you are a fan of Tarjay, you can get it with a $15 Target gift card but no free exposures at Target online and also at their B&M stores…

Lowepro DroneGuard BP 400 Backpack for DJI Phantom for $35

The current limited time Adorama daily deal is the Lowepro DroneGuard BP 400 Backpack for DJI Phantom Drone going for $35 with free US shipping. It averages 4.8 out of 5 based on 160+ customer reviews…

Sunday: Oben Tripod w/BH, Vello wireless, Zoom H5, Lenovo, Etc

Good until Sunday at 11:59pm ET (or earlier if sold out) you have the following set of B&H daily deals:

+ OBeN AC-1441 4-Section Aluminum Tripod with BA-111 Ball Head for $80

+ Zoom H5 4-Input / 4-Track Portable Handy Recorder with Interchangeable X/Y Mic Capsule
for $210

+ Vello wireless shutter releases, six options, $30 each

+ also Lenovo Ideapad S340 laptop with MS Office (or mistyped as Occife), JBL sound, TP-Link Archer and Kanex docking station for iPads

+ flash deal: LowePro ViewPoint BP 250 Backpack for DJI Mavic Drone or Action Cameras (Black) for $50
+ next: Corel VideoStudio Ultimate 2019 (Box)

12 classes for $12 each [C-LIVE]

Creative LIVE is back with another limited time offer, this time around it is 12 classes for $12 each. Topics include table-top (not tablet-top) photography, studio lighting, commercial photography, videography, composite, fine-art, business stuff, etc. The price you see is the price you pay ~ no coupon needed…