Website Update: Trade Show Calendar for 2018 is Ready!

We have a website update! I just updated the Trade Show Calendar, adding the 2018 calendar year dates, with a lot of movements on the schedule, some a few days and some jumping around by months. And starting with 2019, Photokina will be happening in the month of May. But we are also getting the last September Photokina in September 2018.

Stock Status Tracker Changes: added Sony a7r III, removed “Stable” Cameras

I just finished a much needed pruning and updating of the Stock Status Tracker. The Sony a7r III has been added as it was expected to be out about this time of the year. But that and the Nikon D850 are not in-stock at the moment.

Removed from the Tracker were a handful of cameras that had been steadily in-stock and didn’t have price movements: Canon 6D II, Nikon D7500, Panasonic GH5, Fuji X-E3 and GFX-50S. The Fuji X100F managed to survive another round of “The Purge” πŸ™‚

If there are any other upcoming hard to find cameras or lenses you want me to add to the tracker, please leave a comment or use the online contact form. Your feedback greatly decides on what’s included!

Black Friday & Cyber Monday Postmortem

After a 16 hour detox we are baaaaack with a Black Friday – Cyber Monday post-mortem post before we return to our regularly scheduled programming.

We posted a record-breaking 272 individual deal posts here during the last seven days (ending Cyber Monday night)! The high was 50 on Thanksgiving Day. It averages to around 39 posts per day for the last seven days. This was made possible because I fell behind on updating the “Situation Room” deals summary that I used to do in previous years. Then the waves and waves of deals hit and I simply didn’t have time to post all the new deals, let alone maintain the rolling summary of the latest deals. So the Situation Room was not updated since before Thanksgiving Day. And that allowed for a lot more individual deal-posts to be posted.

So what do you think for next year’s Black Friday / Cyber Monday coverage? Do you prefer the way of this year with even more individual deal posts without a rolling summary? Or the other way around? Please leave a comment or use the online contact form to opine!

One developing item is how to deal with the daily Amazon Gold Box lightning deals. During the Black-Cyber week, they reduced the “visibility window” from the usual 20+ hours to just 4. When I checked during lunch today (yes, I’m even blog-working during lunch) the visibility window was seven hours. So before I make any further decisions, I’ll wait for a couple of days to see where things settle.

In the next few hours I will go through the various posts and try to update / (ENDED) any of the expired offers, but given the volume and chaos, there are reasonable chances I may miss some of the expired deals or expire some still running deals.

This is also a good time for general purpose blog-related feedback! Please leave a comment or use the online contact form to opine!

Search Box added to the Top of The Blog

The latest WordPress Search engine is actually pretty good! So much so that I added it to the header of the blog, on the right opposite the website name. To balance it visually, I added a tagline below the name. Thanks to the responsiveness of the theme, it sticks around no matter how small you make the window! If you experience any problems with it, please leave a comment or use the online contact form.

Update on Amazon Lightning Deals Coverage

It looks like this is the new way Amazon is doing teasers of lightning deals. Previously they gave us a 20+ hour heads-up in the Gold Box. Now the maximum future visibility we all have is four hours. More specifically four hours from the top of the hour, so it’s somewhere between 3-4 hours depending on when you check.

This means I can no longer do the nightly schedule posts because I can only “see” 3-4 hours ahead instead of 20+ hours.

Instead, I started using a brand new Gold Box tag (Bookmark This if you like; there’s also a link to it in the Blog Sidebar). I am using this blog tag to mark all the posts that talk about Amazon Lightning Deals, so you when you string them all together, you see the latest lightning deal posts.

Heads Up: Another Wave Starts Friday at 12:01am ET

Another wave of Black Friday deals will go live on Friday starting at 12:01am eastern! So get ready πŸ™‚ Here are some tips to make the most of this:

+ use the blue menu bar at the top to quickly check if you are interested in products from a particular Manufacturer or Camera Mount or Camera Type (DSLR, mirrorless, superzoom, etc)

+ if you want to catch up to all the posts you may have missed, under the “HOME” button there are baked-in links to the first five pages of this blog. You can open them in background tabs/windows and skim/scan them all

+ subscribe to the Full-Text RSS Feed (FREE)

+ if the website crashes or slows down and such, use the Feedburner RSS feed link above as a backup. It is hosted separately by Feedburner, so it’s not affected by what happens to the website

+ I was supposed to be updating the “Situation Room” in parallel but there are so many things to sift and post, I just haven’t found time to do yet

+ UPDATE: I forgot there was a Search Box on the website – I brought it up higher in the Sidebar so it should be above the fold on Desktops and Some Laptops. It’s below the Black Friday links.

Heads Up: Lots of Deals going LIVE Thursday at 12:01am ET

Good news bargain hunters! Starting at 12:01am eastern on Thursday (9pm pacific on Wednesday) another burst of deals is going to go live including the previously teased Olympus Black Friday sales along with manufacturer-initiated price-matches of Black Friday Ads, and much and more! That’s about four hours from this post, so decaf is no allowed πŸ™‚

Tell Your Friends // Shop and Support!

This blog is like a tourist spot, the holiday season helps fund the rest of the year! If you find this useful, please seriously consider making your online holiday through our various affiliate links in the individual blog-posts, or the sidebar or the Shop and Support page which lists all the annoying advertising methods we avoid here. We have so few ads even the spambot comments are saying I need to add more ads πŸ™‚

Anything you buy using those links helps, big or small. You don’t have to buy the item shown or linked to. You can buy something from a competing manufacturer, or something totally different. Even ladybugs πŸ™‚

You can also help support this adventure without shopping:
+ tell your friends online, in social media, in the forums, and so forth!
+ tell your friends offline too!
+ subscribe to the free full-text RSS feed

Tell Your Friends // Shop and Support!

This blog is like a tourist spot, the holiday season helps fund the rest of the year! If you find this useful, please seriously consider making your online holiday through our various affiliate links in the individual blog-posts, or the sidebar or the Shop and Support page which lists all the annoying advertising methods we avoid here. We have so few ads even the spambot comments are saying I need to add more ads πŸ™‚

Anything you buy using those links helps, big or small. You don’t have to buy the item shown or linked to. You can buy something from a competing manufacturer, or something totally different. Even ladybugs πŸ™‚

You can also help support this adventure without shopping:
+ tell your friends online, in social media, in the forums, and so forth!
+ tell your friends offline too!
+ subscribe to the free full-text RSS feed

Heads Up: Going LIVE on Sunday AM Instant Savings from Canon, Nikon, Sony, Sigma, Ricoh

This is a heads up! Going live on Sunday 11/19/17 at 12:01am (or shortly thereafter) are going to be new instant savings from Canon, Nikon, Sony, Sigma and Ricoh! More details later on as I assemble the various posts.

Blog Update: WordPress Theme Issues

Of all the times in the year, WordPress decided to go bonkers a week before Black Friday. There are issues with the current WordPress theme, so I switched back to the old one until they get sorted out! That will teach me not to update to a new version of a theme or WordPress the moment it appears πŸ™‚

If you have any problems accessing the website, please leave a comment here or use the online contact form.

As a backup, you can use the Feedburner RSS feed which is not dependent on the theme and it is hosted separately by Feedburner.

You can also check the latest deals summary at the Black Friday 2017 Situation Room – this is a separate WordPress installation with a different web hosting company. It’s the poor blogger equivalent of a fault tolerant system πŸ™‚

PRO WORDPRESS TIP: always have at least one backup WordPress theme in cases like this. Preferably a theme from a different company, so if, for example, the WordPress default themes go down in flames, you can go back to something that doesn’t depend on them, in our case it’s a Genesis theme.

More updates to the Black Friday Ads Digest

More updates we did to the Black Friday Ads Digest, with new ads coming out from DJI, Gamestop, Groupon, and more! The DJI store will be offering additional free accessories with purchase. I do not know if retailers / authorized dealers are planning to match or beat them with their own freebies. We will find out soon enough, Black Friday is eight days away πŸ™‚

The Quick Jump Links are back in the BF 2017 Situation Room

The “Quick Jump Links” are back in our on-going Black Friday 2017 Camera & Photo Situation Room. As the post grows longer and longer, these help in quickly jumping to the main areas of interest. The last one (Accessories) takes you quickly to the bottom, while the other links are self-explanatory. I am keeping Lenses as one mega category because a lot of sales are a mix of DSLR and mirrorless lenses.

Here’s a screenshot crop of this new section over there:

More Black Friday Ads Digested

Another buffet of BF ads has been digested in our Black Friday Ads Digest of 2017 with another handful of stores including Overstock, Microsoft and more. The new additions have been integrated to the various categories as usual. The biggest addition with this group was a mystery GoPRO HERO5 bundle at Overstock with lots of accessories but no price given πŸ™

Here’s an example of the breakdown by category. As you can see, by grouping them together, the Nikon D3400 two lens kit that is offered at many places only appears once in the list, making it easier to skim and scan:

As usual, most of these will be price-matched by the internet sellers by (or often before) the actual Black Friday.

The Black Friday 2017 Situation Room is now LIVE!

Black Friday is less than 12 days away, so, as usual, we have just launched our Black Friday 2017 Situation Room. It will serve as an executive summary for the latest deals.

The latest deals as they happen will continue to be posted here as usual. You can also follow the action using our free full-text RSS feed.

Black Friday Ads Digest updated with latest BF Ads!

Task #1 of this weekend’s blog plan has been completed [the Price charts series].

As of 10:44pm ET, Task #2 has been completed: we digested the Black Friday ads that came out this week. You can find them all integrated into the Black Friday Ads digest.

DIGESTED TONIGHT
+ Best Buy
+ HP, Big Lots, NewEgg
+ Jet, Dollar General
+ Macy’s and Sam’s Club
+ Meijer and BJ’s
+ CVS and Walgreens
+ Sears and K-Mart
+ Staples and Office Depot/MAX
+ Walmart

HOW TO USE THE DIGEST
The new offers found in those ads will be integrated into the Black Friday Ads digest. Because of MAP, many offers are similar or the same across retailers.

It is faster to read a single line that shows every retailer offering the same deal, rather than having half a dozen separate entries for the same thing under each retailer. Here’s an example of the space-saving benefits:

Now Posted: the November 2017 Serious Fixed Lens Cameras (RAWsumers) Price Charts

Mission accomplished! The November 2017 Camera Price Charts series is now complete! I just published the last of the four installments, the Fixed Lens Cameras Price Chart, aka the RAWsumers. This is a segment whose doom was foretold many times, yet they are alive and kicking against all odds. Rah-rah-rah-rah πŸ™‚

NOVEMBER 2017 SERIES

+ 35mm Full Frame Cameras
+ APS-C DSLRs
+ Mirrorless Cameras
+ Fixed Lens Cameras

Blog Plan for Black Friday Season

Just like the Cylons (ha!), we have a plan! A plan for the Black Friday season which is upon us already – just two weeks away from Black Friday.

This year we are taking more of a sequential approach. Here is the Plan, approved by #6:

  1. finish the Price Charts series – only one is left, the Fixed Lens Cameras. The price-checking and spreadsheet are done, as evidenced by the flurry of RAWsumer deals posted last night. The write-up is coming later today. Since this is so close to the July 2017 installment, and Black Friday is upon us, I won’t do the “Bonus Comparisons”
  2. Digest the waves of Black Friday ads that came out the last couple of days in the BF Ads Digest
  3. Start the Black Friday Situation Room at the Main Blog!
  4. all these should happen by Sunday night. If not, then please cancel the Patreons as punishment πŸ™‚

Now Posted: the MASSIVE November 2017 Mirrorless Price Charts

Mirrorless is where most of the action is in terms of new camera gear development and that’s why we have a massive new Mirrorless Price Charts installment with a total of four charts! this is too big to read on mobile, it needs a big screen!

NOVEMBER 2017 SERIES

+ 35mm Full Frame Cameras
+ APS-C DSLRs
+ Mirrorless Cameras
+ Fixed Lens Cameras (COMING UP)

Now Posted: the November 2017 APS-C DSLR Price Charts

We have completed Episode II of the 2017 Camera Price Charts series with the APS-C DSLRs! Two down, and two to go. The plan is to have one per day, so Mirrorless should be out on Thursday and Fixed Lens Cameras on Friday.

NOVEMBER 2017 SERIES

+ 35mm Full Frame Cameras
+ APS-C DSLRs
+ Mirrorless Cameras (COMING UP)
+ Fixed Lens Cameras (COMING UP)

New Price Charts series: the 35mm Full Frame Cameras

As promised, the first installment in the November 2017 Price Charts series is complete, the 35mm Full Frame Digital Cameras. Our previous edition was in July 2017. I won’t spoil the findings here, but we have a new feature, visual cues on price changes since the previous version. Red for price going down, green-ish for going up ~ partial screenshot of that right below:

You can find all previous editions going back to 2014 at the Price Charts archives.

Black Friday 2017 Season Has Began Here at The Blog!

This is not a troll post πŸ™‚ Black Friday is happening earlier this year (November 24), so many of the usual Black Friday things will be shifted earlier. The trend is to start earlier every year after all.

The first thing in our Black Friday coverage is the Black Friday 2017 Ad Digest which I just started! This is where we summarize the various leaked and official BF ads, and group them by product category. Right now we have just two stores, but more will come out in the next few days. Once we have about half of them out, the patterns emerge of what to expect.

The next step in our Black Friday coverage is to create a new Price Charts Series. With new cameras announced at Photo Plus Expo, and new prices rolling out with the new month, I am planning to run this new series from November 5-11 in 2017.

If you have any feedback, suggestions, preferences and such, this is a good time to let me know in the comments here or using the online contact form, because it’s easier to make changes before the madness begins πŸ™‚

New Tracking Post: Labor Day 2017 Deals round-up

This is Phase #1 of our attempt to bring back a permanent “Latest Deals Summary” post. With 20+ posts per day on many weekdays, things are flying fast off the front page, making it harder for y’all to keep up if you are not checking on a regular basis. So the “Summary” posts will serve a summary of the best (subjective of course) available deals.

Phase #1 of this experiment is the Labor Day 2017 Camera Deals round-up post. It will be updated throughout the Labor Day holiday weekend. If you have any feedback on it, this is a good time to leave it as it can help shape the future “Summary” posts. You can leave a comment on any of the post or use the online contact form.

The Summaries are intended to be a compliment/complement to this blog. The latest deals will always be posted here as they happen. The Summaries are best suited for keeping track of the surviving deals that have fallen off the top of the blog.

(ENDED) Live-Tweeting the LG V30 LIVE Stream from IFA 2017

The live-stream and live-tweeting expired. You can relive the live-stream on LG YouTube channel and you can relive the live-tweeting using the live-tweet thread. Twitter’s recent threading feature is handy for events like this because you can read all of them together in the future without going through everything else in a Twitter timeline…

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(ENDED) 3-Day Monoprice coupon: 20% off $200+ orders

This coupon expired…

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Meta: Font of Blog Post Titles is Now Smaller

The bold-o-vision blog-post titles are now smaller-ized. I decreased the font size from whatever it was [40px on full desktop] to 24px. It saves up space on the page, both in terms of being able to fit more text in a single line, and in terms of the actual size of the font. I will check on various devices and make minor adjustments.

If you have any preferences or observe any issues, please leave a comment here or use the online contact form.

PS: if you have a WordPress website and want to do this to your website, and you are using the WordPress Twenty-Sixteen default theme, the change is simple, add this under “Additional CSS” in the Customizer:

.entry-title {
font-size: 24px;
}

You can change the number to make it smaller or larger.

Meta: “Latest Deals Summary” Coming Back!

Now that we are posting 20+ deals on most weekdays, things are flying off the front page much faster, so the return of the “Latest Deals Summary”, aka, an on-going “Situation Room” (like those we have during Black Friday, Prime Day and the Holiday shopping season) is in order!

I will also tweak the website to fit more posts per screen since the giant font style is not very effective when there are posts flying left and right πŸ™‚

As usual, please feel free to leave feedback in the comments or using the online contact form.

Meta: Full Frame Deals tag updated

This is a meta update! The (35mm) Full Frame Deals blog tag has now been updated with the latest 35mm full frame camera offers. I had forgotten that I actually started using this tag. I have now tagged the relevant recently posted cameras with it. This only includes 35mm full frame cameras of all kinds [see 35mm Full Frame Price Chart to see which cameras are these], not lenses.

Final Price Charts Installment: DSLRs vs Mirrorless (Full Frame Edition)

And now we have the final installment in the July 2017 Price Charts series, it is another DSLR vs Mirrorless Price Comparison, this one focusing on cameras with 35mm full frame sensors. In this particular chart, mirrorless includes only the made-for-digital 21st-century systems, not rangefinders.

JULY 2017 SERIES

+ 35mm FULL FRAME digital cameras
+ APS-C dSLRs
+ Mirrorless Cameras
+ Fixed Lens Cameras
+ APS-C dSLRs vs Mirrorless
+ 35mm Full Frame dSLRs vs Mirrorless

New Price Charts: DSLRs vs Mirrorless with APS-C Sensors

The bonus “Price Charts” installment that was promised is here! It is a DSLR vs Mirrorless edition! I merged the data from APS-C DSLRs and APS-C Mirrorless cameras into the APS-C DSLR vs Mirrorless Price Chart. How do they stack up? Are there more DSLRs or Mirrorless cameras in this segment? Try to guess before looking at the spoilers πŸ™‚

You can find all the previous editions in the list below. But wait, there’s more! Since this APS-C comparison turned out to be a fun thing to do, there will be another bonus installment, using the same data set. You can guess what it will be, 35mm Full Frame, DSLR vs Mirrorless. Coming soon to a Noisy blog near you πŸ™‚

JULY 2017 SERIES

+ 35mm FULL FRAME digital cameras
+ APS-C dSLRs
+ Mirrorless Cameras
+ Fixed Lens Cameras
+ APS-C dSLRs vs Mirrorless
+ 35mm Full Frame dSLRs vs Mirrorless

Camera Price Charts Update: Mirrorless Charts post Revised with Three Missing Cameras

The Revision that was Promised is here! The Mirrorless Cameras Price Charts post has just now been revised with the three missing cameras, the Sony a6500, Fuji X-A10 [CORRECTED!], and the YI Technology M1. Thanks to our readers for the corrections/alerts! The original/previous post without those three was preserved as a separate page for historical reference.

You can find all the current and previous installments of the Price Charts in the Price Charts Archives, going back to December 2014.

To make up for the delays, there will be a bonus fifth chart using data from the previous ones. You can probably guess which one it is if you think about it for a couple of minutes but I won’t spoil it. I won’t promise a date to be on the safe side πŸ™‚

Since the data was captured, the YI M1 with 12-40mm dropped from $350 to $300, just in time for the Prime Day festivities. Because the Price Charts are snapshots in time, and not live price-trackers, that’s why you see a $350 price over there. Also dropping is the YI M1 with 12-40 and 45/1.8, currently going for $379.

Serious Fixed Lens Cameras Price Charts Series is POSTED!

It was delayed by the Prime Day madness, but not defeated! The Fixed Lens Cameras has just been posted. It goes through Fixed Lens Cameras, with this year, removing 1/2.x” cameras from consideration. It’s 2017 πŸ™‚

To make up for the delay, I will launch a brand new fifth installment in the series by the weekend. This will be based on existing data. You can probably guess what it will be if you think it through but I won’t spoil it ahead of time πŸ™‚

TIP: these can get long, but you can send them to your favorite “read it later” / bookmarking service for undistracted reading.

JULY 2017 SERIES

+ 35mm FULL FRAME digital cameras
+ APS-C dSLRs
+ Mirrorless Cameras
+ Fixed Lens Cameras
+ COMING NEXT: NEW Installment using Existing Data

Note for RSS Readers: Prime Day Situation Room Tracking Mega Post is In Progress

This note is for those of you following on RSS news readers and services that depend on RSS. The Prime Day Situation Room tracker-style mega-post will be continuing with Prime day coverage until Wednesday AM. I will be posting some hot deals as individual blog posts (which you’ll see through RSS), but I can’t post everything as an individual blog-post, it will create blog and RSS overflow.

Your RSS reader may be able to automatically refresh the Prime Day Situation Room post. You can put it in a folder or bookmark it or favorite it if you want to check throughout Prime Week. Unfortunately there are too many RSS readers and services and each use various apps of their own along with 3rd-party apps, so testing which ones refresh and which ones don’t would be a big project in its own right.

Find this Useful? Then Please Tell Your Friends!

If you find our non-stop coverage of Prime Day 2017 useful, then please consider telling all your friends who are interested in camera and photo shopping and madness! This is one of the best ways to help support this blog, the more interested people, the merrier πŸ™‚

You can point them to the Home Page or the on-going Prime Deals Situation Room (a goofy name for an on-going round-up). You may also point out to them that we have a free full text RSS feed.

Thanks πŸ™‚

Mirrorless Cameras Price Charts installment is UP!

A new installment is out today in our Price Charts series of July 2017, it is the Wild West of the Mirrorless Cameras, with three charts! Next up in the series will be the (serious) Fixed Lens Cameras…

JULY 2017 SERIES

+ 35mm FULL FRAME digital cameras
+ APS-C dSLRs
+ Mirrorless Cameras
+ COMING NEXT: Fixed Lens Cameras

Shop and Support

Do you find this blog useful and want to help support it and keep it alive and kicking? This new post is one of the best ways to do so: simply begin your online shopping adventures with this post, using the various affiliate links below. The various retailers and services below pay a small advertising fee on purchases/transactions and they can go a long way towards funding this poor blog.

Why Should You Do This?

We have been running this website with very minimal advertising. These are forms of advertising you see on most other websites out there, but we don’t use them here:

+ NO ad boxes everywhere you look (we have only one ad box in the Sidebar)
+ NO ads that make you wait 15 seconds before you can see the actual page
+ NO double underline ads in the blog text
+ NO clickbait viral nonsensical “around the web” boxes below individual posts
+ NO ads that expand and takeover the page
+ NO sponsors (specific advertisers that pay a flat amount to be featured)
+ NO advertorials (aka paid blog posts or articles)
+ NO auto-play video boxes
+ NO pop-up or pop-under ads (yes, they still exist)
+ NO annoying “give us your email” boxes within seconds of visiting the page
+ NO 3rd-party commenting systems that are basically data harvesters for the ad networks
+ NO one-line RSS feed (we offer free full-text RSS feeds)

BIG INTERNET MARKETPLACES

+ Amazon.com – also Trade In Your Gear
+ eBay.com – check also eBay Deals

WELL-KNOWN CAMERA AND ELECTRONICS DEALERS

+ Adorama
+ B&H Photo
+ KEH.com – also Sell Your Gear
+ OneCall

MORE RETAILERS (alphabetical order)

+ All 4 Cellular (aka A4C)
+ Buy.com = Rakuten
+ Dell Home
+ Dell Refurbished
+ Game Stop
+ Groupon
+ MacMall
+ Meritline
+ Microsoft Store
+ Monoprice
+ Office Depot / Office Max
+ Sears
+ Tanga
+ YES Asia

BOOKS and LEARNING

+ Barnes and Noble
+ Creative LIVE
+ eBooks.com
+ Kobo
+ National Geographic
+ Zinio

CELL PHONE / WIRELESS COMPANIES

+ Republic Wireless
+ Sprint Wireless
+ Verizon Wireless

MEDIA and ENTERTAINMENT

+ Roku

WEB SERVICES

+ Name Cheap (domain registrar for less)

WHY ARE SOME RETAILERS MISSING?

Unfortunately not all retailers have affiliate programs. Some retailers may have affiliate programs but only invite or accept a small subset of websites (eg famous websites or ones with high traffic). Some retailers have affiliate programs that are restricted by State because of the various Internet sales tax laws. Some retailers have affiliate programs but their advertising fees are very close to zero for cameras/electronics.

MORE WILL BE ADDED

More retailers will be added over time. If you have any suggestions or recommendations, please leave feedback (see section below)…

IDEAS? OPINIONS? SUGGESTIONS?

Please leave a comment below or using the online contact form.

The APS-C DSLR Price Charts of July 2017 are UP!

More chart-mania 2017 action! The The APS-C DSLR Price Charts of July 2017 are UP at the main blog. The price-checking of these did not produce as many deal-posts as the full framers did yesterday, but there is one notable APS-C deal, the used Sigma DP1 Merrill for under $700.

All the new installments are in the Sidebar of both this blog and the main blog, so you can easily access them as needed.

Previous Installments
+ Part #1: The 35mm Full Frame Digital Cameras (DSLRs, Mirrorless, Fixed Lens, Rangefinders)
+ NEXT UP: Mirrorless and then Fixed Lens Cameras

July 2017 Price Chart Series: The 35mm Full Frame Cameras

It is finally here! A new “Price Chart” series has began! We just posted the 35mm Full Frame Digital Cameras Price Chart for July 2017, with prices taken today (July 3, 2017). We will have about one of these per day for the rest of the week. Next up are APS-C DSLRs, then Mirrorless cameras, and finally Fixed Lens Cameras.

To celebrate the launch of this brand new new Price Chart, we created a new Full Frame Deals category here at this blog [see unnecessarily long explanation]. This explains the number of 35mm FF camera deals that got posted earlier today πŸ™‚

New Blog Category: 35mm Full Frame Deals

Since we have now a rather robust selection of 35mm full frame cameras, in DSLR, mirrorless, rangefinder and fixed lens cameras, and since 35mm full frame has a historical significance in the world of photography, I created a brand new blog category (WordPress “tag”) for fans of 35mm full frame. The Full Frame Deals tag will be used on all cameras that have a 35mm full frame sensor.

PS: I am not going to go back and tag every single camera mentioned through the years. This new tag covers cameras since the Canon 6D Mark II announcement last week.

PS2: errors and miscategorizations are expected given the volume of posts, so on occasion some cameras may not be tagged or some non-35mmFF may get accidentally tagged. If you see any of those, please let me know (I love corrections!). If you see a blog error, the chances are that I don’t know about it. And if I don’t know about it, the chances of it getting corrected are zero πŸ™‚ Thanks! πŸ™‚

PS3: “full frame deals” is easier to type and easier for the WordPress tag auto-complete to find it (without the need to use the keypad or the numbers row), that’s why it’s not the full (no pun intended) “35mm Full Frame Deals” πŸ™‚

PS4: I am not sure how I managed to complicate a one-sentence blog announcement πŸ™‚

Meta: Blog Remodeling Coming

A blog remodeling is coming. Now that the default WordPress theme has been “burned it”, it is time to start adding more utility to it and fix some of the issues (for example, those GIANT blog-post headlines). This will happen in the next few days on a time permitting basis.

This is a good opportunity to change and fix things, so if there are any things that bother you or you want to see changed or updated or tweaked and such, please feel free to leave a comment or use the online contact form.

(ENDED) Wednesday Streams: Panasonic GH5 B&H and Samsung Unpacked Galaxy S8

The Samsung Unpacked and B&H Photo Panasonic GH5 streams ended, but you can re-watch them at any time in the future…

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New In the Sidebar: Permanent Link to Latest Lightning Deals round-up

I’m not sure why I hadn’t thought of that before, but epiphany sometimes takes centuries πŸ™‚ I added a link in the Sidebar of the blog pointing to the latest Lightning Deals round-up post (this is the live link if you are reading in RSS or on mobile and want to bookmark it). This is using a WordPress Tag, so it automatically shows the latest active update. The previous posts are after-the-jump.

New Reference Mega Post: Comprehensive Guide to Prime Benefits

With two hours left before the self-imposed deadline, this brand new reference mega-post is ready! If you were curious to see a comprehensive list of benefits you get with an Amazon Prime membership, this post is ready for you, the Comprehensive Guide to Prime Benefits. This will be updated over time as benefits get added or get changed or on rare occasion get removed.

So, how many of these were you familiar with before reading or skimming that post? Opine in the Comments below or on Twitter

Website Performance/Loading Issues – Troubleshooting In Progress – Switching to Default WordPress Theme for now

All apologies for the slowness and performance issues of the website. I am trying to figure out the problem with the help of the hosting service’s support. As part of the troubleshooting I am switching to the default WordPress 2016 theme, which is a known entity and removes one possible unknown variable. The Categories and Tags are now on the left of each individual post, instead of below each individual post. This is a responsive design, so the website shrinks as you make the window/viewport smaller. The Sidebar eventually goes to the bottom of the posts if you are at phone/tablet viewports. The Menus converge together into a Menu hamburger type thing (without the hamburger).

In the meantime, if the website is down or slow to load, here are two alternatives:

+ The RSS Feed – it is hosted by Feedburner and does not depend on the website’s performance

+ our main Twitter account @1001noisycamera (without the final “s” – because of Twitter username max character limit) will be posting time-sensitive deals in case of technical issues

Expired Offers Pruned from This and Situation Room

I went through the first two pages of this blog (100 posts) and marked all the expired offers as ENDED, and I also updated the Holiday Shopping 2016 Situation Room by removing all the expired offers. Its name has morphed as well, it is now “Holiday Shopping” since Black Friday and Cyber Monday are already in the rear view mirror timeline-wise. The “Situation Room” will continue until 12/31/16.

I will also begin some experimentation on how to do things in this post-MAP world. This blog was/is optimized for market-driven changes in prices. But manufacturers are controlling pricing more and more, so there are fewer market-driven deals, at least on the cameras and lenses many photographers are interested in.

Latest deal summary is available at Cyber Monday Situation Room

Posts are getting posted here fast and furious! If you are just now getting started, you can get a summary of the current situation with the Cyber Monday 2016 Situation Room.

For more tips on how to quickly catch-up and keep-up, check the How to Make the Most of this Blog post.

The Situation Room has been fully refreshed (removed expired offers)

The Cyber Monday Situation Room (nΓ©e Black Friday Situation Room) has now been updated, with all the expired offers removed (if I missed any, please let me know). This will continue to be updated until the end of the year. After “Cyber Monday” ends, it will be renamed “Holiday Shopping Situation Room”.

I am keeping them all in the same post to make it easier for people who have bookmarks, so they don’t have to keep changing their bookmarks. Instead, the same link will work Black Friday to December 31st.

Tell Your Friends!

Do you find our Black Friday coverage useful or entertaining or practical? Then please tell your friends about it, online, by email, word of mouth, on social media, and so forth! The more the merrier! Here are some places to get them started:

The Black Friday 2016 Situation Room is now LIVE

The Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2016 Situation Room is now LIVE. It is a rolling summary of all the latest deals, a companion to this blog which will continue to post deals as they come out one by one. So if you want to get a summary or if you haven’t checked this blog for a few hours/days, you can quickly get up to speed with the “Situation Room”… See also the How to Make The Most Of This Blog post for more tips…

Fixed: Broken Links in Blue Menu bar

I just noticed that some of the links in the blue Menu bar at the top of the blog were broken, eg the “Manufacturers” and “Camera Types” menus. They are now fixed. If you spot any still broken, please let me know.

Reason they were broken: when I switched from Typepad to WordPress, I used redirection from the WordPress categories to the old ones to make it easier with the transition for people with bookmarks. Eventually I removed the redirection, but forgot those links were in the Menus.