Archives for November 26, 2021

Buy $25+ in Kindle eBooks, Get $6 promotional credit

As it is often the case during the BF/CM season, Amazon also has book-related offers. This time around, if you purchase $25+ in Kindle ebooks, you will receive a $6 Kindle promotional credit.

The Terms & Conditions describe the offer. The purchase window is November 21-28 in 2021, you don’t have to make a single $25+ purchase. The $6 promotional credit will be automagically emailed to you four days after you qualify for it, and it must be used 21 days after it is added to your account.

The good thing with this type of offer is that purchases made during the window count, regardless of when you activated the offer. So maybe you made $27 in purchases on November 21st but activated the offer on November 26, you still qualify for the bonus!

Panasonic GH5 II Body with Serious FREEbies (choice of ThinkTank OR Koah OR Capture One) for $1498

The good old market-shaking Panasonic GH5 body only is now going for $1300, but for $200 more, you can get the second generation. But that’s not all. In addition to the $1500 Black Friday sale, the GH5 II is getting some freebies at different retailers:

+ at B&H Photo you get the Think Tank Photo Retrospective 7M Shoulder Bag (Pinestone)

+ at Adorama you get Capture One PRO 21 (product key card)
+ OR Accessories kit with 128GB Lexar UHS-II SDXC, shoulder bag, etc

+ at Focus via Amazon you get a Koah waterproof hard case and 64GB Kodak UHS-II V90 SDXC

Sony a7R III body (V2) with Serious FREEbies (Flashpoint flash or Vanguard Tripod or others) for $1998

And now we go to Sony full frame mirrorless, and credit to Sony for doing this before CaNiKoN thought it was cool. Yes, Sony is a mirrorless hipster πŸ˜‰

The Sony a7R III (V2) body only is on sale for $1998 at various authorized Sony USA dealers, but Adorama, as it often the case, takes it to the next level with various FREE accessory bundles.

I am posting a link to one of the Sony a7R III body (v2) listings and you can find the rest of them through the “tab” options over there:

+ External Flash kit with Flashpoint Zoom Li-ion R2 TTL On-Camera Flash Speedlight for Sony

+ Tripod Kit with the Vanguard VEO 2 235AB 5 Section Aluminum Tripod with VEO 2 BH-50 Ball Head, slinger bag, 64GB Extreme PRO SDXC

+ Accessorapalooza kit with 128GB Lexar UHS-II SDXC, shoulder bag, Green Extreme battery, Peak Design strap, etc

Matterport Pro2 3D Camera for $2200 {or more with other accessories}

This is I believe the first time I’m mentioning this brand on this blog, it is the new condition Matterport Pro2 3D Camera on sale for $2200 for the Black Friday season. But there are also a few other bundles that cost a bit more and vary slightly at each one of the retailers offering it such as at Adorama and B&H Photo and Amazon….

Exclusive sales at Adorama Lighting Gear

If you are looking for any kind of lighting offers, Adorama has a big exclusive Lighting sale. Exclusive because a lot (but not all) of the items offered are their house-brand products (eg Flashpoint) where they have full control of pricing, so they can offer whatever they want without MAP and other restrictions…

25% off on Rentals lasting 5+ days

Coupon code CYBERMONDAY2021 gets you 25% off RENTAL orders from Borrow Lenses that run for AT LEAST five days. Rental orders of $149+ get free standard shipping. You can use the coupon code for multiple orders during this promotion.

You must place the rental orders by 11/30/21 at 11:59pm pacific time. The actual rental orders can be scheduled for as late as January 31 in 2022. Yes, we have to prepare to be writing 2022 instead of 2021 πŸ™‚

BL offers no-cost cancellations up to a day before the rental ships.

25% off Purchases of Used Gear at BL

If you like to purchase USED gear, coupon code BLACKFRIDAY2021 gets you 25% off purchases there at Borrow Lenses. As you can expect, most of these are used gear that was previously used in rentals. Coupon works until 12/8/21 at 11:59pm pacific or while supplies last…

Speaking of used camera gear, if you missed our earlier post, KEH Camera is offering 10% off and 365-day warranties on many (but not all) items they offer. Check the aforelinked post for all the details…

Temptation Ideas: Fastest Lenses in the Market

Warning! This is a “Temptation” post, not an actual deal post!

Do you like fast lenses? About a month ago B&H Photo posted a Mega Round-up of Fast Lenses and lots of lenses are mentioned, not just the major-name manufacturers but also some of the up-and-coming.

The lenses are too many to list here individually, and too many to price-check right now, but you can follow the links to the B&H product pages at the aforelinked mega round-up article and see what Black Friday offers they have.

12-mo Adobe Creative Cloud for $192 [Edu] or $480

There is a big Adobe sale at B&H Photo as well, headlined by a 12-month Creative Cloud subscription that goes for $192 for those eligible for the academic (student/teacher) edition and $480 for the rest…

Apple sales at B&H including M chips!

For fans of all things Apple, B&H Photo is running an Apple Holiday sale that includes all kinds of Apple products (too many to list here individually) including some of the products using Apple’s new ground-breaking and Intel-panicking M chips! πŸ™‚

Gift Ideas: Headphones w/Bluetooth & Noise Cancelling

And now we have a tech gift idea round-up [why not?], whether it is for you, or for your friends and family and frenemies πŸ˜‰ We are talking about one of the hottest items in the market, major name-brand large headphones with both bluetooth and active noise cancelling…

+ SONY WH-1000X M4 (aka Mark 4) for $248 in two color options at B&H Photo and Amazon and Adorama (which offers a FREE Morphie 20,800 mAh powerbank and a cleaning cloth)

+ BOSE Quiet Comfort 45 for $279 in two color options at B&H Photo and Amazon and Adorama

+ APPLE Airpods MAX for $479 (Apple Tax (but not Sales Tax) included in the price) in various color options at B&H Photo and Amazon
+ not on sale at Adorama

GoPRO Hero 10 Black w/choice of FREEbies for $450

Surprise-surprise, this time around Adorama does not offer any freebies, while Amazon wins the “Freebies War” as they offer an extra GoPRO dual-charger [the standard kit does not include a charger, only a charging cable] and an extra GoPRO Hero 9 battery (I’m assuming it is compatible) with their GoPRO HERO 10 Black for the standard BF sale price of $450.

Finishing second in the freebies game is B&H Photo which offers the 128GB Lexar 1066x UHS-I U3 A2 V30 microSDXC…

Lowepro Slingshot SL 250 AW III for $60

Time-permitting we’ll have a proper “Bag the Bags” round-up but for now, we have a deal on one of the most popular/recognizable bags, the Lowepro Slingshot SL 250 AW III, on sale for $60 with free US shipping at B&H Photo until 11/28/21 or earlier if sold out… As of the time of writing Amazon and Adorama have it at the regular price of $100.

Nikon Z5 Body with choice of FREEbies for $997

And we are back with another round of Black Friday postings! We start with Nikon’s Full Frame Inch πŸ˜‰

The Nikon Z5 body only is down to $997, yes, a triple figure 35mm full frame mirrorless, but that’s not all!

Adorama has various FREEbie bundle options for the same price. You can find them all by clicking on the various options at the aforelinked listing:

+ Free Accessories kit includes shoulder bag, 64GB Lexar UHS-I SDXC, Ulanzi MT-11 Multifunctional Octopus Tripod with Ball Head

+ Essentials kit includes 64GB Sandisk Extreme SDXC, shoulder bag, extra battery

+ Free Software includes Corel Art Suite kit (Mac or PC), shoulder bag, 64GB Lexar UHS-I SDXC

50% off all DXo software until 11/29/21

This is a great deal that got buried in an avalanche of long BF posts, so I’m re-posting it for anyone who may have missed it!

If you are a fan of the DXo software, their official Dxo online shop is offering 50% off all their software as part of the Black Friday festivities. Offers end on 11/29/21…

This includes the refugee Nik Collection, DXo’s PhotoLAB and FilmLAB and PureRAW and ViewPoint and more…

Furthermore, they have combined-purchase bundles of two or more of their titles bundled together…

Panasonic G95 with 12-60mm OIS and FREE Accessory Options for $698

The Panasonic G95 with the 12-60mm f3.5-5.6 OIS lens is on sale during Black Friday dayz for $698 at authorized Panasonic USA dealers, but as it is often the case, Adorama has gone crazy with the FREE Accessory bundle options.

To keep this post at a reasonable size, I’m linking to one of the Panasonic G95 FREEbie bundles and you can find the rest by clicking on the tabs for the various other options over there…

+ Filter kit includes two Hoya NXT Plus filters (UV, CPL), 64GB Lexar UHS-II SDXC, camera bag

+ External Flash kit includes a CLAR 160 on-camera LED light, H&A on-camera microphone, shoulder bag, 64GB Sandisk Extreme PRO SDXC

+ PC/Mac Software kit includes Corel Essentials Suite software, 64GB Lexar UHS-I SDXC, shoulder bag, Pro-Optic filter kit

+ if you are still sane after reading all these, then congratulations, you have EARNED the FREE bundled accessories πŸ˜‰

Instant Savings on various Sony Lenses

If you are a fan of the Sony E-system or you have joined the party with the latest Black FRiday camera offers, well, you are in luck, because Sony is also having an Instant Savings sale on many of their E-system lenses, which you can find nicely listed at the Adorama website

Panasonic GX85 Two Lens Kit (12-32/45-150) with Panasonic Half Fitted Case (OR other FREE accessories) for $598

Another “Feast Of Accessories” OR “One Name-Brand Accessory” choice drops upon you if you are interested in the Panasonic GX85 two lens kit that comes with the 12-32 f3.5-5.6 and 45-150mm f4-5.6 lenses for the Black Friday authorized dealer sale of $598.

Adorama, as usual, goes crazy with the FREE Accessory offers

+ Option #1: the official Panasonic half-fitted case

+ Option #2: the VidPro AT-72 VentureMaxx 72″ Pro Aluminum Travel Tripod, Quick Release Ball Head

+ Option #3: the crazy bundle with a Slinger bag, 3+1 lens filters [there’s two lenses in the bundle after all], 64GB Sandisk Ultra SD, Corel software, and trinkets too

+ you can find all the options above, while the offers are running, through the Adorama GX85 root listing

Canon EOS-R body only with A Feast Of Accessories options for $1599

We have another body only type of a deal, this time with a feast of accessories! We are talking about the Canon EOS-R body only, of the full frame mirrorless kind, going for $1599 with the retailers going wild with the FREE accessories bundled with it:

At the B&H Photo website you get:

+ Rode VideoMic Camera-Mount Shotgun Microphone
+ Ulanzi VL-49 Rechargeable Mini RGB Light
+ 128GB Sandisk Extreme PRO SDXC
+ Canon EOS 200ES Shoulder Bag
+ Corel PaintShop Pro 2022 Ultimate for Windows (DVD with Download Card)

Then there’s the Adorama Vlogger kit:

+ RODE VideoMicro Compact On-Camera Microphone
+ Ulanzi W49 6000K Mini LED Light
+ 64GB Sandisk Extreme PRO SDXC
+ Tamrac Jazz Shoulder Bag 50 v2.0
+ Corel Photo Video Art Suite Software Kit
+ Peak Design Camera Cuff Wrist Strap
+ Flashpoint FPX-BK-S2 Straight Bracket with Dual Shoe
+ screen protector
+ cleaning kit

OR if you don’t want the small things but prefer to get an actual name-brand tripod instead, Adorama has the spartan Tripod kit:

+ Vanguard VEO 2 235AB 5 Section Aluminum Tripod with VEO 2 BH-50 Ball Head
+ 64GB Sandisk Extreme PRO SDXC
+ that’s it here πŸ™‚

Fuji GFX 50R body only for $2999 [MF]

And now our Medium Format Deal of the Week, also part of the Black Friday action, the new condition Fuji GFX 50R medium format body only is down to $2999 at authorized Fuji dealers including B&H Photo and Amazon and Adorama

Black Friday at Barnes and Noble

Barnes and Noble has survived the ebook turmoil and they too are running their Black fRiday specials including:

+ 50% off print books for all ages
+ get a $10 e-gift card for every $100+ you buy in Barnes and Noble gift cards
+ buy 1, get 50% the 2nd collectible edition
+ FREE LEGO Harry Potter book type thing with $50 LEGO Harry Potter purchase
+ $30 off the 10-inch Nook HD Lenovo tablet
+ 50% off Criterion Collection

85% off near site-wide sale at CreativeLIVE

CreativeLIVE has gone wild. As part of the Black Friday festivities, they are offering 85% off nearly site-wide, on almost all the classes they offer. The price you see on the individual class page is the price you pay. No coupon code needed…

Note however that a small number of classes/bundles are not eligible for the discount because of prior agreements/arrangements with the instructors…

Adorama launches Top 100 Black Friday Deals

If you are drowning in Black Friday information overload, Adorama has your back. They have just now published their Top 100 deals for Black Friday 2021, so you can peruse without the risk of drowning in a sea within a sea of deals πŸ™‚

1-Year of CreativeLIVE Season Pass for $99 after coupon {ends Friday 3pm ET}

Time is of the essence for this offer. Running until Black Friday 11/26/21 at 3pm eastern time, coupon code FRIDAY99 gets you a 1-Year prepaid CreativeLIVE Creator Pass for $99. That’s 365 days of access to almost all the classes on their website. The offer price is only for one year (12 months) of a subscription.

A small number of classes are excluded from the Creator Pass (aka Netflix-style watching) due to prior arrangements with the instructors…

Sigma 16mm f1.4 DC DN for $250 [Leica L]

If you are a fan of the Leica L system, you are in luck! Adorama is offering the new condition Sigma 16mm f1.4 DC DN contemporary for the Leica L system for $250 with free US shipping. Only the Leica L is on sale at this price.

This along with the other Adorama daily deals run until Saturday at 10am ET (or earlier if sold out):

+ Flashpoint XPLOR 600 HSS TTL Battery-Powered Monolight with Built-in R2 2.4GHz Radio Remote System – Bowens Mount (AD600 TTL) for $499

+ Slidgo X6 8.5″ Electric Scooter with Wider Deck and Higher Bar for $349

+ Godox MoveLink M2 Compact 2-Person Digital Wireless Microphone System for Cameras & Smartphones with 3.5mm (2.4 GHz) for $139

NewEgg launches their Black Fwidae too

NewEgg is in the game too, they have launched their Black Friday specials as well. As usual you can filter them by various product categories and sub-categories on their website… Time-permitting I will digest these later on…

Fuji X-E3 body for $560 OR with 23mm f2 for $760 OR with 18-55/2.8-4 XF for $800

The Fuji X-E4 ($850 body only) is the latest model, but if you prefer to pay less for the Fuji X-E3, it is one of the Amazon Black Friday offers, buried in the Content Creators sale, which was buried in our Amazon Black Friday round-up πŸ˜‰

So, the Fuji X-E3 is on sale for $560 as body only, for $760 with the 23mm f2 R WR lens, and $800 with the 18-55 f2.8-4 XF lens… You can find all the options interlinked at the same root listing page…

Black Friday arrives at Amazon USA

Black Friday (aka 11/26/21) has arrived at the Amazon USA website including:

+ what they call a Content Creators sale that includes:
++ Fuji X-E3 body for $560, with 23/2 R WR for $760, w/18-55 for $800
++ seven Rokinon prime lenses
++ DJI Mavic Mini Combo for $299
++ GoPro HERO10 Black with Dual Battery Charger + Battery for $450
++ four tripod-y things

+ two pages of PC Components and Accessories, from $14 to $430, including WD, Crucial, ASUS, Thermaltake, Intel, Gigabyte, MSI, Corsair, and more

+ two pages of Laptops, Desktops and Monitors, from $120 to $2430, with Dell, Acer, Sceptre, LG, Alienware, CyberPowerPC, AOC, ASUS, MSi, BenQ, iBuyPower, Razer, Skytech, Viewsonic, HP, and more

+ Amazon’s own hardware including Fire TV stick for $20, Echo Dot (4th gen) for $30, Echo Show, Kindles, etc

+ Samsung Galaaxy Tab S7 and S7+ from $500 to $730, 14 options

+ Anker charging things from $7 to $110

+ six pages of real-world watches from $16 to $390
+ by “real world” I mean non-smartwatches πŸ™‚

+ networking gear sale, $14 to $350, from the usual suspects

+ powered toothbrushes and Waterpik Sonic Fusion and such, because a nice clean smile is more authentic than Photoshop? πŸ˜‰

+ Ninja blenders and other cooking things

+ Keyboard, Mice and Such, from $11 to $148
+ also Samsung SSD sale

+ all the usual consumer electronics, TV, audio, video, shiny coffee machines, shiny kitchen machines, etc

+ over 220 Kindle Best Selling eBooks
+ if you like bang for the buck ebooks, for $6 you can get a Kindle-crashing 4855 pages (!!!), eight books in the Sarah J. Maas “Throne of Glass” book series
+ that’s over 800 pages per $1 πŸ˜‰

Black Friday arrives at Best Buy as well

Black Friday has also arrived at the Best Buy website which includes a dedicated “Apple Shopping Event”… Bubbles with the various product categories are shown, and yes, there is one for Cameras and such

Leica TL2 with 18-56mm for $2495 [OR USED TL2 Body Only for $1422]

Per the Fairness Doctrine, we must needs also mention a Leica offer and we have one with a “free lens” promotion, it is the new condition Leica TL2 with the 18-56mm f3.5-5.6 Vario-Elmar-T lens going for $2495 at B&H Photo in either black or silver. You are also eligible for a 1-year LHSA membership (via rebate, details over there)…

On the other hand, if you don’t want the kit lens and you are comfortable with used Leica digital cameras, used prices start at $1422 (condition 9 with scuffs and marks) at B&H Photo