Archives for November 27, 2020

CreativeLIVE introduces monthly billing with annual commitment for their “Netflix-style” plan

Some people prefer to pa for things monthly, not prepay annually for plans (think car and home insurance for example). For those who prefer the monthly billing option, CreativeLIVE has now launched a monthly billing option of their Netflix-style Creator Pass. You pay $15 per month WITH a 12-month commitment… On the other hand, if you don’t mind prepaying ahead of time, the annual one-payment option is $129, which is less than $15×12 = $180… The month to month plan (no commitment) is currently at $40/month…

Meanwhile continuing is their Black Friday sale that is 80% off site-wide. Don’t forget to try coupon code CART10 for a potential $10 off stackable discount…

Fuji X-T30 Body Only with Leather Case and Extras for $799

The Fuji X system has resisted the full frame mania, and if you are cool with that, there’s a new promotion on the Fuji X-T30 body only, you can have it for $799 with free US shipping with lots of freebies at Adorama:

+ Fuji leather case
+ 32GB Sandisk Extreme PRO SDXc
+ shoulder bag (Adorama house brand)
+ Corel software
+ various trinkets

Optionally, by clicking on their “Create Your Bundle and Save Up” you can buy it together with other gear for combined purchase discounts. Options include Fuji flashes for a $30 off combined purchase discount each, along with some storage options and 7artisans and Kamlan MF prime lenses ($15 to $20 off per lens). There’s also a $40 off combined purchase discount on the Fringer Auto Focus Adapter (Canon EF To Fuji X), and a $25 off on the Kirk L-bracket…

Elsewhere, Amazon has the same price but no freebies, while at B&H Photo you get a 64GB Sandisk Extreme PRO SDXC and a holster bag…

PS: don’t forget our previously mentioned offering, the Big Sensor Prime Fuji X100F for $899

Nikon Black Friday Savings (51 options, DSLR, Z, Lenses, etc)

Nikon too has joined the Black Friday Instant Savings with 51 options DSLRs and mirrorless cameras of the 35mm full frame and APS-C kind, along with prime and zoom lenses for the aforementioned systems. There are some Coopixies too (eg B500), accessories of course (battery grips, etc)… Prices range from $137 (the previously mentioned MB-D16 battery grip) to $3647 (the Z7 II with 24-70/4 and FTZ)… Sorry to disappoint, but no offers in the 1-inch mirrorless system ๐Ÿ™‚

Canon Black Friday Offerings (107 options, EF, EF-S, RF, EF-M, G-series)

Canon of course could not not participate in the Black Friday offerings and their set has 107 options that feature full frame and APS-C cameras from both their DSLR and Mirrorless worlds, along with lenses from EF/EF-S, RF and their Jon Snows (EF-M). There’s some fixed lens cameras too (eg G-series, SX-series) and some accessories too (flashes, battery grips, etc)… Too many to list here individually and stay sane ๐Ÿ™‚

Sony Black Friday Instant Savings (86 options)

We already mentioned some of them individually, but there’s plenty more in the Sony Black Friday offers. There are both full frame and APS-C mirrorless cameras, E and FE prime and zoom lenses, the ZV1 creature for $698, a couple of camcorders, flashes and other accessories, and of course some of the RX-series fixed lens cameras… Too many to list here individually…

Keep in mind a number of these qualify for our previously mentioned Sony “buy more save more” mail-in rebate promotion which gets you money (in a prepaid VISA gift card) for each qualifying lens you buy during the promotional period. You must have one of the participating Sony full frame mirrorless cameras. The details through the aforelinked link which has links to other links with other info ๐Ÿ™‚

Zeiss Lenses Instant Savings (66 options, C/N/E/X/M)

Black Friday is also a time for singing, o/~ Zeiss, Zeiss Baby! o/~ That’s right a total of 66 options are participating in the Zeiss Black Friday offers. You won’t find a zoom lens here no matter how hard you try ๐Ÿ™‚

They have options for Sony E, Nikon F, Canon EF, Fuji X, and of course the good old rangefinders (ZM). Prices range from $610 (32/1.8 for Fuji X) to $4999 (Otus 100/1.4 ZE (EF)). Some of them get freebies (Zeiss lens filters)…

Sigma Lenses Instant Savings (74 options, C/N/E/K/A/SA/L/m43)

Sigma is participating in the Black Friday festivities with an Instant Savings promotion that includes 74 options. While it may sound like a lot, keep in mind that Sigma makes lenses for various camera systems, and each one is a separate listing. There’s also some mount adapters and flashes too. Oh, and a couple of dp-series Quattro Big Sensor Primes!

Most of the lenses get either one or two freebies. The freebies are mainly a Sigma USB Dock or some filter kit (Sigma or Tiffen or other ~ partially depending on the price of the lens)…

There are options for Canon EF and EF-M, and Nikon F, and Sony E, and M43rds and Pentax K and Sony A and Sigma SA and Leica L too!

There are too many options to list here individually, here are some examples:

+ Sigma 17-50mm f2.8 EX DC OS HSM for $369 in C/N/K/A

+ Sigma 70-200mm f2.8 DG OS HSM Sporty Spice for $1339 with FREE USB Sigma Dock and B+W 82mm filter in C/N/SA

+ Sigma 85mm f1.4 DG HSM Art for $1049 with FREE Sigma USB Dock and B&W 86mm filter in C/N/SA

Panasonic GH4 body only with freebies for $698

Remember the good old Panasonic GH4? It remembers you too with a $698 offer in new condition at authorized Panasonic dealers, and Adorama has various freebies, four different options of freebies in fact you can browse through at the aforelinked page. One of the options is the V-Log. The others are the usual assortment of accessories (memory cards, Marantz mic, Corel software, etc)… Same price but no freebies at Amazon and at B&H Photo… This too you can triple the original warranty by registering with Panasonica…

Friday C&P Lightning Deals: Neewer, Zhiyun, no cameras/lenses

To the Amazon Gold box we geaux ~ as of the time of writing there are 131 items in the Camera & Photo Lightning Deals but none of them this year are a camera or lens. In previous years, even if we didn’t have a camera, you could count on some Samyang/Rokinon lenses. Mayhaps they too are too good for lightning deals now? ๐Ÿ™‚

Of potential interest, in order of scheduling:

+ Victure action camera for $34
+ GVM RGB Video Lights with APP Control, 50W Full Color Studio for $438
+ GVM GVM RGB LED Video Lighting Kit with APP Control, 50W 360ยฐ Full for $319
+ also more GVM and Neewer lighting kits
+ Neewer ball head, tripod, more RGB light kits
+ Mohoo backgrounds
+ Zhiyun Weebill S Gimbal Stabilizer
+ Neweer bi-color LED, Bowens-mount soft-box
+ Neweer T-shape support, 2pk Advanced lighting kit
+ K&F Concept 62″ tripod
+ various ring lights of all sorts
+ Akaso action cams
+ ZHIYUN Crane M2 3-Axis Gimbal Stabilizer for Light Mirrorless
+ etc

Olympus E-M1 Mark II Body Only for $849 [or USED for $637]

It’s the same song and dance every time. When a new flagship comes out, the prices of the previous flagship go down. And as of the time of writing, the new condition Olympus E-M1 Mark II body only is down to $849 at authorized Olympus USA dealers such as B&H Photo and Amazon and also at Adorama’s where you can optionally hit the “Create Your Bundle and Save” and purchase together with the camera various Sigma, Rokinon, 7artisan and Kamlan lenses for small combined purchase discounts. The discounts are small ($15 to $30 per lens, but some of these lenses are very low cost), but the discounts are stackable, so if you buy three different lenses, you’ll stack three different discounts.

On the other hand, if you believe in “The Way of The Used”, you can get it for $638 in “Condition 9 – minor scuffs and surface marks” at B&H Photo USED

Fuji X100F Big Sensor Prime for $899

No doubt the Fuji X100 series was one of the most influential photographic cameras of the previous decade. And if you want to get a piece of the action during Black Friday season, B&H Photo has a nice offer for you, the new condition Fuji X100F is currently on sale for $899 with a free 64GB Sandisk Extreme PRO SDXC and a camera bag. This for the black color scheme.

The silver Fuji X100F also goes for $899 but doesn’t get the two freebies.

IF you are fond of used camera gear, the used silver X100F goes for $647 at B&H Photo, while the used black X100F goes for $700…

Remember, B&H wonโ€™t be accepting orders between Friday 4:30pm ET and Saturday 5:45pm ET, so plan your purchases accordingly!

As Wikipedia reminds us, the X100F came out in January 2017 and it is the “previous generation” model, with the X100V being the “current generation” that came out earlier this year…

Pentax K-1 II Body Only with $200 Gift Card and Various Freebies for $1798

Who knew one could build a camera company just by taxing pens in Japan? Everything is possible when you set your mind to it, show incredible sticktoitiveness and work hard! And that’s how Pentax was born #FakeNews ๐Ÿ˜‰

Okay, on a more serious note, there’s a Black Friday offer on the Pentax 35mm DSLR flagship as well, the K-1 Mark II body only! The offer is for $1798 and the freebies are as follows:

+ at B&H Photo you get a $200 B&H Photo gift card, a Pentax strap, a 64GB Sandisk Extreme PRO SDXC, an RJ DSLR shoulder bag and the Corel Paintshop Pro 2021 Ultimate software in a mini-box

+ at Adorama you get a $200 Adorama gift certificate, Corel software (you have to select PC or Mac option before placing the order), 32GB Sandisk Ultra SDHC, camera bag, a trio of trinkets AND a Pentax camera accessory (you have three options, Adventure bag, camera strap or hand-strap ~ click on the “Hand & Neck Strap + Adventure Bag” to select which one you want)

Fuji 7S, 2pk 128GB Lexar UHS-II, Vanguard VEO2, Flashpoint (end Sat 10am ET)

It’s 10am somewhere, and in the eastern time zone it means a new set of Adorama daily deals has gone live, Black Friday or not! This set is good until Saturday at 10am ET (or earlier if sold out). It is a foursome as follows:

+ Fuji Instax Mini 7S instant film camera (red color scheme) for $30
+ we just mentioned this before the new daily deals went live

+ 2pk of Lexar 128GB SDXC (UHS-II U3 1667x) for $55

+ Vanguard VEO 2 265CB 5-Section Carbon Fiber Travel Tripod with BH-50 Ball Head for $110

+ Flashpoint XPLOR 600 HSS Battery-Powered Monolight with Built-in R2 2.4GHz Radio Remote System – Bowens Mount (AD600) for $339

Manfrotto MT190CXPRO4 Carbon Fiber Tripod for $375

Since I mentioned a camera bag, by the rules of the Fairness Doctrine, I must needs also mention a tripod. It is the new condition Manfrotto MT190CXPRO4 Carbon Fiber Tripod on sale for $375 with free US shipping at B&H Photo until 11/30/20 at 11:59pm ET or earlier if sold out…

Speaking of tripods, B&H is also running a sale on various Robus Tripodalia, headless tripods, tripods with a head (okay, gimbal or ball head), tripod feet, monopods, and assorted related accessories. There’s a total of 32 options on sale…

For more action, check the B&H Black Friday deals. Remember, B&H won’t be accepting orders between Friday 4:30pm ET and Saturday 5:45pm ET, so plan your purchases accordingly!

Lowepro Flipside 200 AW II camera backpack for $65

No time for a proper “Bag the Bags” round-up, but this looks like a good limited time deal (expires 11/30/20 at 11:59pm ET), it’s the new condition Lowepro Flipside 200 AW II camera backpack going for the very specific price of $64.88 at B&H Photo. This is a black color scheme with up to ten per customer at the sale price.

Fuji Instax Mini 7S instant film camera (red color scheme) for $30 [by Fri 4:30pm ET]

Doorbuster time of the hipster kind! The red color scheme of the new condition Fuji Instax Mini 7S instant film camera is on sale for $30 at B&H Photo until Black Friday at 430pm ET. Get yours now if interested!

For more action, check the B&H Black Friday deals. Remember, B&H won’t be accepting orders between Friday 4:30pm ET and Saturday 5:45pm ET, so plan your purchases accordingly!

UPDATE: the same $30 price is also available at Adorama which says this comes in blister packaging. Get your cutters and scissors and saws and shark teeth ready ๐Ÿ˜‰

Olympus E-M10 Mark III with 14-42 EZ for $450 (or instead E-M10 III w/25mm f1.8 for $650)

“Take pictures with” kits are all the rage during the Black Friday – Holiday shopping season for the obvious reasons. So if you or someone you know wants to get started with M43rds, one of the offers right now is the new condition Olympus E-M10 III with 14-42 f3.5-5.6 EZ going for $450 in the black color scheme. This is currently the same price as the body only!

On the other hand, if you prefer the body only and a prime lens, start at the E-M10 III body only page and then click on the “Build a Bundle” little cyan link. This will bring an option to add to your shopping cart the Olympus 25mm f1.8 Step Up Kit (the lens with a bag and a memory card) for $200 more. So you’d be paying $650 for the E-M10 III with the 25mm f1.8 lens. The lens goes for $300 on its own (without the bag and card).

Panasonic ZS70 travel zoom with Panasonic Battery/Charger Kit and More Extras for $298

No matter how many extra lenses and smoke and mirrors smartphones use, they can’t replace a superzoom digital camera. Which is why they still exist ๐Ÿ™‚

Which brings us to the Panasonic ZS70 with its Leica-blessed 30x optical zoom stabilized lens going for $298 with free US shipping and including for FREE by participating authorized deals the Panasonic Battery & Charger kit. But that’s not all. Some retailers are sweetening the pie even more with freebies of their own:

+ at B&H Photo you also get a 64GB Sandisk Extreme PRO SDXC

+ at Adorama it’s the usual accessorapalooza that also includes Corel software options…

Since we are speaking Panasonic ZS-series [we already mentioned the ZS100 offer yesterday], there’s also an offer on the ZS200 for $598 but no free Panasonic battery/charger kit. But retailers do include their own freebies as follows:

+ at B&H Photo you get the 64GB Sandisk Extreme PRO SDXC and a Ruggard camera case

+ at Adorama it’s the usual accessorapalooza

For both of these cameras you have the option to extend the original 1-year warranty to a 3-year warranty for FREE from Panasonic by registering. Details on the PDF file at the participating dealers above…

10% off USED with coupon at KEH Camera until Sunday night

They are back with a general purpose coupon, KEH Camera is offering 10% off many things until Sunday 11/29/20 at 11:59pm ET using coupon code BF20A in the shopping cart over there.

They have exclusions are usual: no NEW condition products, no Leica-branded products, no “USED – Like New”, and no “Digital Photography Starter Kits”. If there’s anything left that is not excluded, enjoy the coupon ๐Ÿ˜‰

Top 100 Black Friday deals at Adorama

Black Friday, the actual day, can be a huge information overload, especially if you are interested in products that fall into different categories and types. To help with that, Adorama is running a Top 100 Deals page that lists what are in their opinion their Top 100 deals. Each product category has L and R arrows to see more in the slider type thing, and of course it has a “See All” to see a lot more products of that type…

Capture ONE PRO 20 (FREE upgrade to 21) download with $25 B&H Gift Card for $199

Adobe is not the only game in town! Capture One is around too! Good until Saturday at 11:59pm ET, B&H Photo is offer in digital download format the Capture ONE PRO 20 software for $199 with a $25 B&H Photo gift card bonus. With this purchase, you are eligible to receive for free Version 21 which come out in December 2020.

You can check out at B&H until 4:30pm ET on Friday. After that, you have to wait until Saturday 5:45pm ET, so plan your purchases accordingly. These are the rest of their Black Friday offerings

Black Friday only: NewEgg’s 24 hour e-newsletter offers

If you like your eggs new [HA!], NewEgg has launched a 24-hour Black Friday e-newsletter promotion. For items that have promo codes, it requires the “enter your email address” song and dance. Too many items to list here individually, so this is a DIY YMMV egg-y adventure…

Friday: Kodak Instant Cameras and Printers (14 options, $70 to $105)

Here we geaux! Black Friday proper has arrived in the pacific time zone, and there’s a KODAK promotion in the Amazon Gold Box as follows, good until 11:59pm pacific (or earlier if sold out):

+ KODAK Smile Instant Print Digital Camera (slide open, 2×3 ZINK) for $70 in three color options

+ KODAK Smile Instant Digital Bluetooth Printer (2×3 Zink photos) for $70 available in five color options

+ KODAK Smile Classic Digital Instant Camera for 3.5 x 4.25 Zink Photo Paper for $105 in four color options

+ when I say “color options” above, I mean the body of the camera/printer, not the color of the photo prints ๐Ÿ™‚

PS: separate posts coming after I digest the rest of the Amazon Gold Box