Archives for March 2020

Wedn: Zeiss Batis 85/1.8 (E) for $849, Fotodiox Wand, Xerox, Thorens, Etc

It’s a LENS day and a turntable day too at the Wednesday April Fool’s Day 2020 at the B&H daily deals good until 11:59pm ET (or earlier if soldout):

+ Zeiss Batis 85mm f1.8 for Sony E for $879

+ FotoDiox Pro FlapJack LED Wand C-308AS Bi-Color Edge Light Kit for $140

+ Watson Pro 14.4V 158Wh Slim Li-Ion 2-Battery Kit with Dual Charger (V-Mount) for $480

+ Xerox B215 Multifunction Printer for $140
+ because the more computers and software we have, somehow the more we have to print!
+ also of interest to those working from home that have to produce non-digital paperwork

+ Thorens TD 201 Manual Two-Speed Turntable with Built-In Preamp for $300
+ because real music is vinyl music (and cassette tape too if you are listening to lo-fi)

+ also Acorn MIDI and American DJ Moonflower thing (I have no clue what it is)

UPDATE: at the Best Buy dailies they offer a 64GB PNY Attache USB 2.0 flash drive for $9. Cheap storage vs slow storage πŸ™‚

20% off first year with SmugMug (ends April 6)

Good until April 6 in 2020, as part of the National Backup Day festivities, Smugmuf is offering 20% off your first year with SmugMug. They have four different plans, with a discount if prepaid annual (as opposed to month to month)…

6TB Seagate IronWolf NAS Internal HDD for $130 [ends Wedn 10am ET]

In progress is the previously mentioned B&H Photo National Backup/Storage Day sale for Tuesday 3/31/20 and now the Adorama daily deal (ends Wedn 10am ET) is also of the storage kind, the 6TB Seagate IronWolf NAS 6TB 3.5″ Internal Hard Drive (7200rpm, SATA 6Gbps, 256MB Cache, 210Mbps Data Transfer Rate) going for $130 with free US shipping…

Meanwhile the at the main Woot website there is a sale on refurbished 2017 model year 13-inch MacBook PROs ranging from $680 to $790 with a 90-day Woot warranty…

Tue Big Storage Sale: WD, Seagate, G-Tech, Glyph, Promise Tech, Etc

Today, Tuesday March 31 in 2020 is National Backup Day and to sale-a-brate that, the B&H daily deals have a storage theme, good until 11:59pm ET (or earlier if sold out):

+ Seagate hard drives, 7 options, $46 (1TB) to $480

+ WD hard drives, 11 options, starting at $70 (2TB USB-C external)
+ these have automatically applied in-cart coupons to arrive at the sale price

+ G-Tech G-Drive hard drives, 5 options, discounts applied automatically in the shopping cart

+ Synology DiskStation DS220j 2-Bay NAS Enclosure for $150

+ Promise Technlogy Pegasus32 Thunderbolt 3 RAID, 4 options, all in the four figures

+ Intel 1TB 660P NVMe M.2 Internal SSD for $115, 2TB for $220
+ Glyph Technology Docking Stations, 4 options, $240 to $400

+ flash deal: Sony AtomX SSDmini (2TB) for $379
+ coming later: 500GB LaCie Rugged Thunderbolt SSD USB-C (price before sale $160)

Rokinon 85mm f1.4 MF lens for $279 [Nikon Z] {ends Tue 10am ET}

The latest Adorama daily deal (ends Tuesday 3/31/20 at 10am ET) is the new condition Rokinon 85mm f1.4 UMC manual focus lens for the Nikon Z mirrorless system going for $279 with free US shipping.

10% off Cameras and 12% off Lenses with KEH Coupon (ends Mon PM)

The other KEH coupon continues until Tuesday night, but we have yet another KEH coupon! This coupon code SAVE3A gets you a 10% off discount on Cameras and 12% off on Lenses.

This coupon expires on Monday 3/30/20 at 11:59pm ET, it is a 12 hour flash sale…

Excluded are NEW and “USED – Like New”, Fuji X and Sony E and Leica branded gear, and digital starter kits.

You can test the coupon in their shopping cart without login/signup…

Monday: PowerEx 4-slot charger for $8, Zhiyun WeeBill for Mirrorless, GVM, Impact kit, Etc

Monday is upon us, April Fool’s Day is almost here, and I have not figured out any April Fool’s Day posts yet! #panic!

In the meantime, the Monday B&H daily deals have seven offers good until 11:59pm ET (or earlier if sold out) as follows:

+ POWEREX MH-C204GT 4-slot Smart Charger for $8
+ batteries NOT included
+ charge them in pairs of two
+ comes with AC adapter AND car adapter
+ six hours for a full set of batteries
+ optionally buy it together with an 8pk of PowerEx 2700 mAh non-LSD batteries for a $4 off combined purchase discount
+ LSD = Low Self Discharge

+ Zhiyun WEEBILL LAB Handheld Stabilizer for Mirrorless Cameras for $250

+ GVM RGB-10S LED On-Camera RGB LED Video Light with Wi-Fi Control for $42

+ Impact Luxbanx Duo Small Strip Softbox (12 x 36″) for $60 with FREE 12×32″ Fabrid Grid included by B&H

+ also Roland mixer, Nuforce earphones and Senal microphone

UPDATE: among the Monday Woot website deals, under “Computers”, you can get the factory-conditioned Microsoft Surface Book (actual laptop, not tablet) for $500 with a 1-year Microsoft warranty. It is i5-6300U 2.4GHz, 8GB DDR3, 256GB SSD, 267ppi 13.5″ 3000×2000 touchscreen, Windoze 10 PRO, etc… The CPU ranks #991 at

UPDATE #2: at the Best Buy dailies, they have a 5pk of 16GB PNY USB 2.0 flash drives all together for $18, and Nixplay 9.7-inch digiframes ($224 to $264)…

UPDATE #3: the Adorama daily deal (changes Monday at 10am ET) is the new condition Benro RedDog R1 Handheld Stabilizer offered for $200 with free US shipping…

Sun (starts 12pm ET): FREE to Stream: Photoshop Layer Tips, Color Fundamentals, Etc

An interest set of free-to-stream classes are scheduled, starting at 9am pacific time, for Sunday 3/29/20 at Creative LIVE ON-AIR. These continue repeating (depending on the length of the class obviously) for 24 hours…

OF potential interesT:

  • advanced Photoshop layer tips (under 2 hours)
  • color fundamentals (under 3 hours) {UPDATE: this is geared towards art/coloring/painting, not photography}
  • sound design 101 (under 3 hours)
  • screen printing

Given today’s durations, you can easily watch multiple classes even if you don’t have the whole 24 hour day available πŸ™‚

PRO TIP: some classes have the first couple of lessons in a class available to stream for free at any time as a “class teaser/trailer”, so if there’s more than one class of interest, you can watch their intro chapters to see which one sounds more appetizing/interesting…

15% off Featured Overstock/Clearance items w/KEH coupon [ends Tue PM]

KEH Camera is back with another promotion. This one is a Clearance-Overstock sale with a 15% off discount using promo code DEAL3A on the aforelinked pre-selected items eligible for the discount. The usual exclusions apply. Their shopping cart is the ultimate decider on what qualifies. You can test the coupon without login/signup…

NOTE: only items in the FEATURED products category are eligible for this particular coupon…

The coupon expires on Tuesday 3/31/20 at 11:59pm eastern time..

PWYW Photography $1+, KeepSolid VPN for $39, Etc

If you are looking for a new or another VPN, Stacksocial is currently offering KeepSolid VPN for $39 with a lifetime subscription. You can use up to five devices at the same time. You can only have five activated devices but you can add/remove one per week if needed… If you need more, the 10-devices plan goes for $59… It has around 5-stars based on 1000+ ratings…

Elsewhere on the site they have the Canon DSLR Photography A-Z Course for $11 (41 lessons, 3 hours)…

This is a general search for “camera” which brings up a mix of hardware and courses…

Speaking of Stacksocial, if you want to explore different topics without committing too much on them, they have a variety of Pay What You Want offers starting at $1. At $1+, you get some of the items listed there. If you meet or beat the average price, you get all of them. A total of 55 “Pay What You Want” (PWYW) offers are available. Of photography interest:

+ Complete Photography Bundle: $1+ gets you “DIY Food Photography” and “Advanced Creative Pho Skills” (Pho as in Photography, not Pho as in Food Pho), while $17~ gets you another seven classes…

+ note that the other PWYW Photography listing is “Assets”. You only get pictures for website/commercial use per the license. You don’t get photography lessons

+ Adobe Creative Cloud A to Z: $1+ gets you After Effects, $18~ gets you 11 more

+ other semi-related topics include design, coding/hacking, gaming, wordpress, music, etc

Sunday: Tamrac Goblins, Fujinon 10×42 Bino, Etc

Six is the magic number for the B&H daily deals for Sunday, good until 11:59pm ET (or earlier if sold out):

+ Fujinon 10×42 KF Binocular for $90

+ Tamrac Goblins, 18 options, $6 to $12
+ not a joke, the product name is “Goblin” πŸ™‚

+ O’Ben TS-110 Deluxe Tripod Strap with Swivel Clip for $17

+ SenSei DOC-CK Deluxe Optics Care and Cleaning Kit for $13

+ also dashcam camera and loudspeaker management system

UPDATE: at the Best Buy dailies, $100 can get you a 5TB WD EasySto’or external USB 3.0 hard drive…

Photoshop Retouching Certification Bundle for $25

Stacksocial too is on the photo-education bandwagon, they are currently offering their Professional Photoshop Retouching Certification Bundle for $25. A total of 8 courses are included consisting of 218 hours in about 19 hours of instruction time…

If you have any Stacksocial gift cards, store credits, coupons, etc, be sure to use them if they don’t appear automatically in your shopping cart…

Top 40 Classes from $14 to $29 each at CL

Back to the e-Learnings, CreativeLIVE has brought back their Top 40 Classes sale, with each one going for $29 or less. It includes fundamentals/bootcamp style classes for Photography in general, Lightroom Classic CC, Photoshop CC, Fine Art Photography, Posing, Lighting, and so much more. The price range of classes is $14 to $29

Adorama Warehouse Sale (1700+ options)

If you feel like e-browsing around, Adorama is currently running a Warehouse Sale with over 1700 options. You can filter them by manufacturer, by product type/category, price range, condition (eg refurbished) and so on. Too many to list here individually obviously, so it’s a YMMV adventure πŸ™‚

National BackUp Day Storage Sale Begins! (230+ options)

March 31st is National Backup Day (although anyone who lost or was unable to recover data will attest that Every Single Day is National Backup Day) and to sale-a-brate that, B&H Photo is having sales on:

+ External Hard Drives (110+ options)

+ Hard Drive Arrays (10+ options)

+ USB Flash Drives (110+ options)

Enjoy your Backups and may you never need to *gasp* RESTORE πŸ™‚

Godox Lighting Gear sale (75 options)

Good until April 1st in 2020, B&H Photo is having a Godox sale with 75 products participating. You can browse them through or you can use the left hand side to filter them through by category (eg non-TTL), or you can sort them by price or best seller status and such. Too many obviously to list here individually. Godox fans, unite and take over!

Some Lighting Classes for $29 each at CL

Light is very important to photography (you have to be a 7th level Master Guru of Photography for this little nugget of wisdom!) and as such, classes about lighting are also important and CreativeLIVE is having a sale on select Lighting classes for $29 each, including JoeMcNally, Lindsay Adlair (“studio lighting 101”), Marc Wallace (“Speedlights 101”) and more…

Separately, coupon code MARCH10 takes $10 off a class purchase until 3/30/20. I do not know if this can be used on already-on-sale classes. As always, their shopping cart is the ultimate decider…

GoPRO Fusion for $199

For a limited time, in a “while supplies last” type of a deal, the new condition GoPRO Fusion is on sale for $199 with free US shipping at B&H Photo. The manufacturer’s box includes useful accessories with it (case, grip, mounts) in addition to the usual (battery, USB cable, paperwork).

Rokinon 14mm f2.8 for $379 [Canon w/AE chip] {chipless Pentax K for $279}

Nikon is no longer than only one with “AE chipped” Rokinon/Samyang lenses. Canon mount options have them too. Such is the case with this limited time offer, running until 4/8/20 (or earlier if sold out), it is the new condition Rokinon 14mm f2.8 IF ED UMC lens going for $379 with free shipping in the Canon with AE chip option at B&H Photo

On the same page, you will find also on sale other SLR options without an AE chip. The Pentax version goes for $279 while the Sony-Minolta A goes for $289.

Sony a6000 with 16-50mm down to $484 [limit 3]

A rarity in the digital era, an APS-C iLC camera (yes, I know, it’s like saying “ATM machine”) that refuses to die! The Sony a6000 is still alive and kicking and as of the time of writing the new condition a6000 with the 16-50mm power zoom kit lens is on sale for $484 with free shipping with up to three per customer at Amazon by Amazon itself

This is not a lightning deal, so I have no clue if/when the price will change…

Leica Fans: Master & Dynamic MH40 Leica 0.95 Over-Ear Headphones for $212

Non-Leica fans may not know that Leica has partnered with the Master & Dynamic audio company and they have launched co-branded headphones (proof at the Leica website), the 0.95 line [yes, an homage to the Noctilux 50mm f0.95 lenses].

One of them is on sale for $212~ at Amazon, it is the MH40 Over-Ear Headphones with Wire.

As you can see in the pictures over there, there’s the 0.95 on the outside of the earcups, and of course a Leica-inspired color scheme πŸ™‚

Dual Wielder, Magnus, Moultrie, Anker, Sirui, Etc (ends Sat PM)

Not a lens day but plenty of offerings at the latest B&H daily deals good until Saturday at 11:59pm ET (or earlier for any individual item that manages to sell out ahead of its designated expiration time):

+ RUCPAC camera straps, $25 to $50 (for the Dual Wielder ~ you can be a swordsman with two camera bodies!)

+ Porta Brace Wheeled Tripod/Light Case (Black) for $250

+ Magnus MegaGrip Flexible Tripod for $13, with Mini Ball Head for $20

+ Impact PowerSync Mini Transmitter and Receiver Kit for $70

+ Moultrie M-4000i Trail Camera Bundle with Batteries & SD Card for $70

+ Anker Roav Viva Alexa-Enabled Car Charger with Universal Magnetic Mount for $18

+ flash deal: Genaray MonoBright Daylight LED 1200 for $199
+ next flash deal: no teasers yet

MEANWHILE the current Adorama daily deal (changes Friday 10am ET) is the new condition Sirui EP-224S 4 Section Multi-Function Flip Leg Lock Carbon Fiber Photo/Video Monopod going for $110 with free US shipping…

Back IN-Stock at KEH Camera

Used camera gear too have “in-stock alerts” because harder to find items can sellout and you have to wait until additional used supplies are procured by sellers or by the marketplaces (eg eBay). If you are a fan of the KEH Camera way of doing things, with their 180-day warranty and all, they have a page listing their Back In-Stock Gear, so it’s your chance to scoop them up if interested.

The latest arrivals include the Leica M10 and various Leica primes, the Fuji GF670 folding camera and the 8-16mm f2.8 X mount lens, the Mamiya 6 and 7 MF RF body only, and even a good old Samsung 50-150mm f2.8 OIS lens…

Thur: Sigma 70-200mm f2.8 DG OS HSM Sports for $999 [C/N]

It’s another LENS DAY at the B&H daily deals, and not just any lens but an f2.8 PRO zoom, running until 11:59pm ET (or earlier if sold out):

+ Sigma 70-200mm f2.8 DG OS HSM Sports for $999 in your Canon EF or Nikon F

+ VelBon Sherpa 6350D Tripod with PHD-65D 3-Way Pan Head for $60

+ AngLer 865BLED Sparta Bicolor LED Light for $99

+ DraCast LED3000 Silq Bi-Color LED Panel for $479

+ TasCam DR-60DmkII 4-Input / 4-Track Multitrack Field Recorder for $130

+ also Teradek and Polsen audio gear

Meanwhile the Adorama daily deal (ends Fri 10am ET) is the new condition Acer Nitro 7 15.6″ Full HD IPS Gaming Notebook (i7-9750H 2.60GHz, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 with 3GB, W10H, etc) going for $649…

UPDATE: the Best Buy dailies include the new condition 3TB WD Black P10 external hard drive with USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type A going for $90.

UPDATE #2: the extra downtime is a great opportunity to rekindle (pun intended) the reading habit, be it fiction or non-fiction, and for that, you have plenty of affordable options in the $1 to $3 at the Kindle Monthly Deals, with over 1000 options, broken down by various categories…

UPDATE #3: speaking of ebooks, if you have an Amazon ereader hardware device, you are eligible for a FREE 2-Month Kindle Unlimited trial. If not cancelled before the expiration, it will automatically convert to a $10/month Netflix-style subscription. They have over 70,000 options now, including “designer books” (eg Harry Potter), it’s not just self-published authors… (I’m assuming the system determines that you “have” an Amazon eReader if one is registered to your account?)…

Refurbished Nikon D610 body only for $665

We have a “Refurbished Full Frame Trilogy” of posts, starting with the refurbished US model Nikon D610 body only for $665 with free S&H for Prime members or $6 flat for non-members. Yes, you can haz a full framer for under $666 πŸ™‚

Up to ten per customer at the sale price. It comes with a 90-day Woot warranty. This one does not have an optional SquareTrade warranty offer [or I didn’t find it].

This too surfaced through the Woot Categories, a much easier way to see what else the still-chaotic Woot is offering πŸ™‚

Refurbished Canon 6D body only for $795

Also digging through the Woot offerings we find in refurbished condition the US model of the Canon 6D body only (the first generation) going for $795 with free S&H for Primes (or $6 flat for non) and a 90-day Woot warranty.

Up to three per customer at the sale price. SquareTrade offers an optional 1-year protection plan for +$110.

Refurbished Canon 5DS body only for $1100

Among its longer running Camera Offerings Woot has the refurbished US model Canon 5DS body only offered for $1100 and free shipping for Prime (or $6 flat for non) and a 90-day Woot warranty.

Up to ten units per customer at the sale price. Optionally they offer a 1-year SquareTrade plan on it for +$180. So, as you can see, there is a value difference between a 90-day and a 1-year warranty…

Send $50+ Amazon eGift Cards via SMS, Get $5 store credit

Running until June 28 in 2020, Amazon is running a Gift Cards by SMS promotion. You send $50+ in Amazon eGift Cards by SMS, and you receive a $5 store credit in your account towards your next eligible purchase.

You must either use coupon code SMS2020 or if you are at the aforelinked page while logged on to your Amazon account, click on the “Click to add the code to your account” to add the promotion to your account and it will be utilized automatically when you order the gift cards by SMS.

The $50+ can be reached with multiple gift cards but they must all be in the same shopping cart, at the same time. The delivery selected must be “Text Message”. The $5 promotional bonus in your account must be used by 8/13/20.

NOTE that the offer is good for electronic Gift Cards (aka eGift Cards), not plastic gift cards…

Annotated screenshot below. To click on the button go to the SMS eGift Card promotion page at Amazon…

Magnus REX VT-6000 2-Stage Tripod w/Fluid Head for $549

A new limited time promotion is running at B&H Photo, for $549 with free US shipping you can get the new condition Magnus REX VT-6000 2-Stage Video Tripod with Fluid Head. No coupon, no rebate, just add to cart and proceed to checkout…

PS: and for those of you working from home and in need of additional equipment or upgrade of older devices, B&H has created a Work From Home portal…

DJI Osmo Pocket Handheld 3 Axis Gimbal Stabilizer with integrated Camera for $279

Woot is running a Liquidation sale and one of the items under Electronics offered over there is the new condition DJI Osmo Pocket Handheld 3 Axis Gimbal Stabilizer with integrated Camera offered for $279 with free S&H for Prime members or $6 flat during the calendar day for non-Primes… It has a 90-day Woot warranty per the listing…

Woot is also running another variant of their Bargain Bin sale with randomness as usual.

They are also running a Centon storage sale with various USB flash drives (eg 2pk 256GB USB 3.0 for $50, 5pk 32GB USB 2.0 for $23, etc), and a 3pk of microSD memory cards…

And if you are looking for refurbished HP printers they have a sale featuring eight models ranging from $37 to $86 with a 90-day HP warranty. The ink pack shown there separately is not refurbished πŸ™‚

Wedn: ASUS Zenfone and 29″ Monitor, Tiffen VND (72 to 82mm), Dr. Bag, SteadiCam, Panasonic HomeHawk, Etc

It’s ASUS day at the B&H daily deals for Wednesday 3/25/20, good until 11:59pm ET (or earlier if sold out):

+ ASUS ZenFone 5Z ZS620KL Dual-SIM 64GB Smartphone (Unlocked) for $279
+ because not everything revolves around iPhones and Galaxies
+ okay, scientifically yes to the Galaxies πŸ˜‰

+ ASUS MX299Q Ultra-Wide Cinematic Monitor (29″, Silver and Black) for $199
+ 21:9 2560 x 1080, 0.8mm Bezel Thickness,16.4mm at Thinnest Point, etc

+ Tiffen Variable Neutral Density Filters, 72mm, 77mm, 82mm, $50 to $70 each AFTER a $20 mail-in rebate

+ SteadiCam AIR 25 Monopod for $199

+ ARCO Video Dr. Bag 20 for $69
+ also useful for your Grey’s Anatomy cosplays?

+ Panasonic HomeHawk SHELF 1080p Home Monitoring Camera with Night Vision for $60
+ NOT micro four thirds πŸ™‚

+ flashdeal: Pelican 7060 Gen 5 Rechargeable LED Flashlight for $70
+ next: JOBY GripTight POV Kit (price before sale $19)

Panasonic GH5 body only for $1398 w/FREE Next Day Shipping

IF of all the M43rds and other assorted mirrorless cameras out there it is the new condition Panasonic GH5 body only the one you want, you can get it for $1398 with free next day shipping in the USA. Offer ends 3/28/20. As usual, you can triple the original 1-year warranty by filing with Panasonic (PDF with the details is at the aforelinked B&H product page)…

Optionally, when you click on the “Build Bundle” button, you are presented with various combined purchase offers. One of them is a lens, the Panasonic Leica 10-25mm f1.7 and getting them together gets you a $200 off combined purchase discount. The other options include software, camera bags, and a $150 off combined purchase discount on the Panasonic DMW-BGGH5 battery grip…

Sony a7r III with 24-105mm for $3896 with FREE Next Day Shipping

Anxious to get started quickly on your new full frame photographic adventures? Good until 3/29/20, B&H Photo is offering the new condition Sony a7R III with the 24-105mm lens for $3896 with free next day shipping in the USA. Of course the Corona situation may (or may not) impact delivery times, so always keep that in mind until things get sorted out…

Sigma 105mm f2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro for $469 [C/N]

And a macro and a prime and stabilized! Photographers of the Canon and Nikon SLR systems can part with $469 and for that you can get the new condition Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro lens with B&H including a free Tiffen UV filter as well. With the extra down time, it is a good time to photograph the spring in your backyard and all the little things you (re)discover [and sell on eBay?] while getting an early start on spring cleaning inside the home/apartment/etc…

Offer ends on 3/31/20 or earlier if it sells out…

20% off Reconditioned products w/GetOlympus coupon [ends Tue 11:59pm ET]

Good until Tuesday 3/24/20 at 11:59pm eastern time, coupon code SPRING20 gets you 20% off on certified reconditioned products at the Get Olympus website. New condition products are not eligible for the coupon. The usual restrictions/limitations apply…

Tuesday: Adobe Photoshop Elements 2020 for $60

The headliner Amazon Gold Box deal of the day for Tuesday 3/24/20 is the Adobe Photoshop Elements 2020 going for $60 in your choice of digital download or Disc delivered by mail…

In other daily action, the Adorama daily deal (changes Wedn 10am ET) is the new condition Polar Pro Mavic 2 Pro Cinema Series Gradient Filter Collection (with ND8GR, ND164 & ND328) going for $50 with free US shipping…

Tuesday: Zeiss Batis 40/2 CF (E) for $949, Wooden Camera, DraCast, SmallHD, Etc

Hooray, we have another lens day, Tuesday 3/24/20 is the second in a row at the B&H daily deals good until 11:59pm ET (or earlier if sold out):

+ Zeiss Batis 40mm f2 CF for $949 in Sony E only (full frame of course)
+ CF = close focusing, not carried forward

+ Wooden Camera Unified BMPCC4K/BMPCC6K Camera Cage (Rubber Handle) for $169
+ “Wooden Camera” is the company’s name, you will not receive an actually wooden camera πŸ™‚
+ add this to the company/product naming faux-pas πŸ™‚

+ DraCast BoltRay LED600 Plus Daylight LED Light for $139

+ SmallHD FOCUS OLED SDI Monitor Gimbal Kit for $299

+ also NetGear NightHawk and Denon Audio Commander
+ very impressive sounding names πŸ™‚

Meanwhile the headliner of the Tuesday Best Buy dailies is the Microsoft Surface PRO 7 tablet going for $900 after you add it to the shopping cart (12.3″, i5, 8GB, 256GB SSD, latest model). Keyboard and Pen are NOT included…

USED 128GB Lexar Professional 3500x CFast 2.0 for $129

The new condition 128GB Lexar Professional 3500x CFast 2.0 memory card is currently on sale for $226 at various retailers (eg B&H Photo) but if you are comfortable with USED memory cards, Adorama has a few USED units in “Excellent Minus condition” going for $129 plus shipping. A price difference of almost $100 is certainly no small change πŸ™‚

As usual, used supplies are limited, so it may be gone by the time you are reading this…

Dracast LED500 Plus Series Bi-Color LED Light for $287

On the lighting front, B&H Photo is having a limited time offer (longer than a daily deal though) on the new condition Dracast LED500 Plus Series Bi-Color LED Light going for $287~ with free US shipping. No coupon, no rebate, just add to cart and proceed to purchase…

PS: speaking of B&H, if you are working from home and need related hardware and/or upgrades to existing equipment, B&H has launched a Work from Home portal

Amazon prioritizing deliveries during Corona Days

Amazon is prioritizing and reprioritizing deliveries and delivery dates based on the current CoronaVirus situation, with some items deemed lower priority and not high demand getting long shipment estimates even though they are in-stock and you may be a Prime member. The shipping estimate on the product page and in the shopping cart, especially when you are logged on to your Amazon account, should give you an idea what to expect, but of course we are in uncharted territory and things develop all the time, so keep that in mind…

More on this via Techmeme

Samyang 85mm f1.4 AutoFocus for $599 [Sony E] {ends Tue 10am ET}

Prime time at the latest Adorama daily deal (changes 10am ET daily), it is the new condition Samyang 85mm f1.4 Auto Focus lens for the Sony E system going for $599 with free US shipping. This is only available in the Sony E system and unlike the other mounts, this is an actual autofocus lens…

YMMV eBay Bucks: 5% (no minimum amount) [ends Wedn PM]

IF you are participating in the eBay rewards program {it’s free to join anytime}, AND you have been invited by eBay via email or their eBay messages to participate, and you have clicked to activate the promotion for your account {you must click to activate before you earn the bonus}, you have until Wedn 3/25/20 at 11:59pm to earn 5% on eligible purchases. This particular offer does not have a minimum purchase amount (hooray!)…

As usual, maximum rewards you can earn are $100 per transaction and $500 for the duration of this promotion. Terms, conditions and restrictions and exclusions apply as always…

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

Monday (Free to Watch starting at 12pm ET): Pets and People Photography

The Monday 3/23/30 rotation of free-to-stream classes starting at 12pm eastern time at CreativeLIVE On-AIR is headlined by the “Pets and People Photography” class by Vicki Tauper, 42 lessons running 13.5 hours. Given the #CoronaSituation2020, CL is mixing in a variety of other interest in their daily freebies, and today we have making your own tote bag (can also be useful for DIY promotional material for your home studio/photography freelancing), songwriting, watercolors and ganache (or is it gouache) paints and “What Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast” (spoiler alert: most of them have rich parents πŸ˜‰

Looking at the new schedule here are some other potentially interesting classes coming this week:

  • Tuesday: Animal Photography
  • Wednesday: Business of Fashion Photography, Build a successful blog, become a working artist, songwriting class
  • Thursday: Typography fundamentals, turn personal projects into a career
  • Friday: Wedding Photojournalism, Color for designers
  • Saturday: commercial fashion photography, color techniques for drawing, story telling techniques
  • Sunday: advanced Photoshop layer tips, color fundamentals, sound design 101, screen printing
  • Monday 3/30: Pricing, Pitching Clients
  • Tuesday 3/31: Start-n-Grow your Photography business, Illustrator CC, Art Journaling, Command the Fees you Deserve

Monday: 2pk 32GB Sandisk Ultra microSD for $11 after coupon

If you need 32GB microSD cards, or you have older devices that don’t work with higher capacities, good until Monday 3/23/20 at 11:59pm central time (or earlier if sold out) Woot is offering a new condition 2pk of 32GB Sandisk Ultra microSD cards (A1, U1, Class 10, up to 98MB/sec transfer read) for $11 after using coupon code SANDISK in their shopping cart. It comes out to $5.50 per 32GB card after the coupon. The price before the coupon is $16. They come with the Sandisk Limited Warranty. Limit one offer per customer.

PS: another use, if you have higher capacity memory cards in devices that end up not using them, you can swap out the higher capacity cards and put the 32GB cards in them. You may think you’re gonna fill up the tablet’s 128GB microSD card but when you look six months later, it uses up just 12GB πŸ™‚ Not that I’ve done this, this is purely an example for example purposes. Really! πŸ™‚

Monday: Rokinon 14mm f2.8 for $249 [C/E] or $269 [N w/AE]; Sony CFast 2.0, Adobe, Etc

Hooray, it’s LENS DAY at the Monday 3/23/20 B&H daily deals running until 11:59pm ET or earlier for any that manages to sellout ahead of the designated expiration time…

+ 2pk 64GB Sony CFAST 2.0 G series memory card and Card Reader for $200

+ Rokinon 14mm f2.8 IF ED UMC for $249 in Canon EF or Sony E manual focus and $269 for Nikon with AE chip
+ ED is Extra-low Dispersion (does not need blue pills to function)

+ Adobe Premiere Elements 2020 for $60 in your choice of DVD or digital download

+ Impact Panel Frame Reflector Kit – Zebra Gold / Zebra Silver (43 x 67″) for $200

+ Ruggard Electronics dry cabinets, 8 options, $70 to $1000
+ consult with your gurus whether these work for cigars and/or puerh teas πŸ™‚

+ Alesis Elevate 3 MKII – 20W 3″ Two-Way Active Desktop Studio Monitors (Pair) for $59
+ that’s a pretty good value per pound, they weigh 6.3 lbs (shipping weight 8.6 lbs) ~ if we were buying speakers like groceries πŸ™‚

Best Buy launches Curbside PickUp (and other social distancing measures)

If you would like to purchase or pickup something from your local Best Buy stores, starting today they have introduced Curbside Pickup. You have to select this option in the shopping cart (where available/possible). Once you receive an order confirmation with pickup instructions, go to the designated place (with photo-ID and credit-card of payment) and open your car’s trunk for contactless delivery πŸ™‚

As far as at home deliveries and installations, Best Buy employees will not enter your home no matter what. So installations and setups are being cancelled. Deliveries of items (even if heavy and hard to move) will be at your doorstep, not inside the house.

Patience is a virtue until all this is behind us…

… in the meantime, this is a great opportunity to start on all those resolution charts and lens calibration tests you had been postponing πŸ™‚

Zhiyun Crane V2 3-Axis Brushless Handheld Gimbal Stabilizer for $326 [ends Mon 10am ET]

The latest Adorama Daily Deal (expires 10am ET Monday or earlier if sold out) is the new condition Zhiyun Crane V2 3-Axis Brushless Handheld Gimbal Stabilizer going for $326 with free US shipping…

And an update from Adorama’s shipping, the same-day shipping cut-off point for orders, whether they are regular or rush, will be 11:30am eastern time on Monday through Thursday and 10:30am ET on Friday.

REI Members: 20% off One Full Price and One Outlet Item

Outdoorsy photographers your time has come if you are a member of the REI Commune! A one-time $20 membership fee made you (or makes you if you sign up now) a lifetime member (no annual subscriptions, just a one-time fee!). And one of the perks of membership in the commune is discounts!

Coupon code MEMPERKS2020 until 4/6/20 gets you 20% off a single full price item [you won’t earn a dividend since it’s not full price], while the same coupon code gets you an additional 20% off on a single REI Outlet item (formerly REI Garage)…

Last but not least, you get 25% off on all REI branded products (except for bicycles). This one appears to be open to all, not just members. Expires 3/26/20…

Sunday (Free to Watch at 12pm ET): The Art of Wildlife Photography

The headliner of the free-to-watch online streaming classes at Creative LIVE On-AIR on Sunday 3/22/20 is the “The Art of Wildlife Photography” class by Tom Mangelsen. It has 24 lessons and runs for 10.5 hours.

The classes stream for 24 hours, so you can watch whenever it is convenient. Of course some may find it more helpful if they watch a class from start to end. Every day the new classes start at 9am pacific time. In the meantime, the classes from the previous day continue to stream. So in a way, if you wake up early or are in the eastern time zone, you can watch yesterday’s and today’s classes in marathon binge πŸ™‚

Sunday: Tamrac Nagano, SpiderPRO, Xcellon USB Hub, Vanguard VEO2, Etc

Every day is like Sunday during the Corona Days but we have some excitement, six new B&H daily deals good until 11:59pm ET (or earlier for any that sells out ahead of its designated time):

+ Tamrac Nagano 12L Camera Backpack for $50 in two color options

+ SpiderPro Hand Strap for $29

+ XCeLLon 7-Port USB 3.0 HubΒ² with Intelligent Charging for $30
+ five data ports, two charging ports, full size Type A all
+ NOTE: the 2 superscript appears to be part of the model name? Not sure πŸ™‚ Just like the final “s”, these type of potentially confusing things are best avoided in product names πŸ™‚

+ JarvisMobile Dual-Port USB Type-C PD + QC 3.0 Wall & Car Charger Kit for $20

+ also NetGear router and AKG wireless mic set ~ both with automatic add-to-cart discounts

MEANWHILE at the Adorama Daily Deal (changes daily 10am ET) they are offering the new condition Vanguard VEO 2 235CB 5-Section Carbon Fiber Travel Tripod for $110 with free US shippings…

UPDATE: reading is fun-da-mental at the Amazon Gold Box where the headliner deal of the day is a sale on 98 Kindle eBooks from a various of genres, fiction and non-fiction…

At the Best Buy dailies, there’s a refurbished Epson Workforce ES-50 sheetfed [memo to self: be careful with typos here!] scanner going for $70… and a 27″ Acer Predator XB272 LED G-Sync FHD computer monitor going for $350. Pretty soon, all communication will happen with TLAs! (Three Letter Acronyms]…