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Refurbished Nikon WU-1a for $30 w/free S&H

Adorama is offering the refurbished Nikon WU-1a wireless adapter for $30 with free shipping. This is refurbished by Nikon USA.

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Pre-order new Canon 5DS and 5DS R DSLRs (with more bonuses)

The new 50mp full framer Canon 5DS* DSLRs are now available for pre-order for $3700 (5DS) and $3900 (5DS R) respectively. Pre-orders are accepted at:

+ 5DS body only ($3700): B&H Photo (2% reward, extra battery, 32GB SD, shoulder bag) and Adorama (with free Shure VP83F mic) and Amazon (no freebies)

+ 5DS R body only ($3900): B&H Photo (2% reward, extra battery, 32GB SD, shoulder bag) and Adorama (with free Shure VP83F mic) and Amazon (no freebies)

+ UPDATE 9pm ET: Amazon accepts pre-orders now… Meanwhile B&H Photo has added three more freebies to the pre-orders (shoulder bag, extra battery and 32GB SD)…

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(ENDED) Canon 55-250mm f4-5.6 IS STM for $205

This daily deal expired…
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Refurbished Nikon D5300 w/18-55 & 55-200 (both VR) for $580

The refurbished Nikon DSLR party continues at eBay Deals, this time the BuyDig eBay store (authorized Nikon dealers) are offering the manufacturer refurbished Nikon D5300 two-lens kit (with 18-55 and 55-200, both DX VR) for $580 with free shipping and a 90 day warranty, with a limit of five per customer.

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Canon 60D body only for $480

On the Canon APS-C dSLR front, the new condition Canon 60D body only is currently on sale for $480 with free shipping at B&H Photo. That’s four-hundred and eighty ($480). No coupons needed. Limit five per customer during this promotion.

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(ENDED) Refurbished Nikon 55-300mm DX VR for $180

This limited time offer ended… It’s not just DSLRs kits, there are also lenses in the refurbished Nikon eBay party. BuyDig’s eBay store is offering the manufacturer refurbished Nikon 55-300mm DX VR lens for $180 with free shipping and a 90 day warranty, with a limit of five per customer.

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Refurbished Nikon D3100 w/18-55 & 55-200 (not stabilized) for $320

The refurbished Nikon DSLR party continues at the eBay Deals where Adorama’s eBay store is offering the manufacturer refurbished Nikon D3100 w/18-55 & 55-200 DX kit (these are not stabilized (VR) lenses) for $320 with free shipping and a limit of 50 per customer. They are refurbished by Nikon USA with a 90 day warranty.

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Refurbished Nikon D3300 w/18-55 & 55-200 (both VR) for $450

To the eBay Deals we check upon again where we find the manufacturer refurbished Nikon D3300 with 18-55 and 55-200 (both DX VR) kit offered for $450 with free shipping by Beach Camera’s eBay store. Limit five per customer.

Speaking of eBay, NewEgg’s eBay store is offering the new condition 4TB SAMSUNG D3 Station 3.5″ Desktop External Hard Drive, model STSHX-D401TDB, USB 3.0, for $100 with free shipping, with a limit of five per customer.

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(ENDED) Monday Lightning Deals: Nikon D7000 w/Sigma 18-200 OS, Sony SD*, etc

These lighting deals expired… For future ones in the future, check the Amazon Gold Box and Camera & Photo page

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Refurbished Nikon D800 body only for $1700

Also part of the eBay Deals, under the Cameras sub-section, the manufacturer refurbished Nikon D800 body only is offered for $1700 by Roberts Camera on eBay, an authorized Nikon dealer. This was refurbished by Nikon USA and comes with a six month Roberts Camera warranty – per the listing.

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Canon 7D body for $750 or w/28-135 for $850 or w/18-135 for $1100

B&H Photo has a sale on the Canon 7D DSLR kits! This is a while supplies last type of a promotion! These are new condition with the usual Canon USA warranty:

+ 7D body only for $750
+ 7D w/28-135 for $850
+ 7D w/18-135 for $1100
+ these are eligible for the Pixma printer prepaid AMEX Gift Card mail-in rebate (look for these in the Combination Offers page of the PDF of the mail-in rebate; chow mein not included!)
+ BLOG-POST CORRECTION: this is the 7D, not the 70D!

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Rokinon 14mm f2.8 (Canon) for $270 {limit 2}

To the eBay Deals we go where we find the new condition Rokinon 14mm f2.8 IF ED MC lens for Canon offered for $270 with free shipping by Adorama’s ebay store with a limit of two per buyer.

Speaking of eBay Deals, NewEgg’s ebay store is offering the new condition 6TB Seagate Backup Plus USB 3.0 Desktop External Hard Drive, model STDT6000100, for $220 with free shipping, with a limit of five per buyer.

UPDATE: Adorama has another featured eBay Deal, it is the new condition GoPro HERO4 Black Action Camera #CHDHX-401 for $400 with free S&H (limit 5).

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8GB Toshiba microSD w/SD & USB for $6 shipped (also refurb D3200 $300, 18-55 non-VR $70)

On the single figure shipped front, among the featured eBay Deals, we find the new condition 8GB Toshiba microSD card with both USB and full-SD adapters included for $6 with free shipping. Limit five sets per customer. This is offered by eBay seller QualityCellz (99%). If nothing else, you can turn them into an Etsy art project ;-)

Speaking of eBay deals, first generation 32GB Wifi-only Nexus 7 is offered manufacturer refurbished for $100 with free S&H by DrivenGPS (98.9%) with a limit of five per customer.

Speaking of eBay, they have a Refurbished Tech Sale that includes Camera Gear including the refurb Nikon 18-55 DX non-VR for $70 and refurb D3200 body only for $300 – both of these . sold by BuyDig’s eBay store (authorized dealer).

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Nikon D5100 w/18-55 DX VR for $400 [Imported / Grey Market]

More eBay Deals action, if you are comfortable with Imported (Grey Market; no manufacturer warranty) cameras, the new condition Nikon D5100 w/18-55 DX VR (Imported/GrayMarket) is offered for $400 with free shipping, with a limit of five per buyer, by eBay seller “bigvalueinc” (98.9%). The seller offers a one year warranty. Not the manufacturer.

There are three newer cameras (D5200, D5300, D5500) in the Nikon D5xxx line-up, so it’s trade-offs and features and price!

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Caution when buying on eBay: “1yr US warranty” does not necessarily mean Authorized Dealer

eBay is the wild west of the civilized shopping internet, and as such, one must needs pay more attention to the fineprint of listings, because pretty much everyone can sell on eBay, and the level of professionalism among eBay sellers runs the whole gamut. Even among the featured eBay Deals.

One semi-disturbing trend is that some un-authorized sellers are using tricky language (accidentally or intentionally) when describing the warranty situation. For example, when one reads “1yr US warranty”, they may equate it with a manufacturer’s warranty. But that’s not necessarily so. In some cases, what a seller may be saying is that the seller is physically in the US and they are providing an equivalent warranty to the manufacturer warranty, and the people providing the warranty are residing in the US. But the camera is an import model. Sometimes this is explained further down in the listings, sometimes it is not.

For example, here is an annotated screenshot of a listing of this nature, explaining it:

warranties_and_eBay

Needless to say, the whole authorized dealer status situation is a complicated topic. This post is only intended to help consumers protect themselves from confusing verbiage, it is not intended to be an exhaustive analysis of the situation.

eBay could help the situation if they insist that sellers describe this clearly in the listing title and not bury it in fineprint. For example, if a camera is an import model, write “Imported” or “Grey Market” or something self-explanatory in the product title of the listing.

If you are not sure about the authorized dealer status of a seller, look it up on the manufacturers website, or call the manufacturer’s customer support, or search photography forums or use search engines. The higher the price of an item, the bigger the potential risk.

ADDED: as S. W. Anderson points out in the comments below, paying attention to the reputation and history of the grey market seller/importer is another thing to consider in your risk matrix.

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Refurbished Nikon D7100 body for $700

If the price of the brand new Nikon D7200 body only ($1200) is too high, but the good old D7000 ($500~) is deemed too old in DSLR years, one possible way to triangulate between the two is the manufacturer refurbished Nikon D7100, currently on sale as such for $700 with free shipping by Adorama. This is “blessed” by Nikon USA with a 90 day warranty.

Adorama has a number of other refurbished Nikon DSLRs on sale. Peruse the listings looking for prices printed in red ink instead of the usual black ink (on the right side of the page in the aforelinked search listings).

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Canon 6D body + Pixma Pro 100 + Paper + Extras for $1330 after $250 MIR

BuyDig.com has Canon 6D bundles, which require mail-in rebates (prepaid American Express gift card). You have to add to the shopping cart to see the sale prices (you don’t need to login). You get the Canon 6D (body or with 24-105), the Pixma Pro 100 printer, 50pk of Canon 13×19 photo paper, 32GB card and camera case.

For the Canon 6D body only bundle the price displayed on the page is $1798 before rebate (and $1548 after rebate). After you add it to the shopping cart, the price before rebate is $1579. When you submit/receive the $250 MIR, it will become $1329 after MIR.

A similar offer is available for the 6D with 24-105 bundle with the after add-to-cart and after MIR price of $1830.

These in-cart discounts expire 3/8/15. The mail-in rebate promotions continue per Canon’s schedule.

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(ENDED) Tokina 11-16mm f2.8 ATX Pro DX II for $430 (C/N/A)

This limited time sale expired… The Tokina 11-16mm f2.8 ATX Pro DX II lens is on sale for $430 with free expedited shipping and 4% promotional rewards (=$17~) at Adorama in the Canon mount or the Nikon mount or the Sony Alpha mount.

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Pentax K-3 w/50mm f1.8 and BG-5 grip for $950

K-temptations at B&H Photo, where this Pentax K-3 bundle is offered for $950 with free shipping as part of their WPPI specials. It includes the K-3 body only kit, the 50mm f1.8 prime lens, and the BG-5 battery grip.

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Pentax 645Z with 55mm f2.8, 3yr Spills/Drops for $8500

Digital medium format is more affordable these days. If you are a fan of the Pentax 645, the 40mp Pentax 645D currently sells for $4500 with 4% promotional rewards (= $180) at Adorama and B&H Photo.

But if you want the latest model, the 645Z, Adorama has created a special 645Z bundle for WPPI that goes for $8500, the standard price of the body only. Adorama is including the following extras: 55mm f2.8 lens, 3 year New Leaf Spills and Drops warranty for the Camera, and a similar warranty for the Lens, and a ProOptic filter kit.

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Nikon DSLR Combined Purchase Discounts return (one DSLR, multiple lenses)

The Nikon combined purchase DSLR + Lens discounts are back at Amazon. You can purchase one DSLR and multiple lenses in the same shopping cart transaction, and receive a discount for each eligible lens. You can see all options at the Amazon promotional page.

TIP #1: not every lens is eligible for every dSLR. This is mentioned on the aforelinked page, but to be on the safe side, add the items of interest and check and double-check the discounts on the top right corner of the Amazon Checkout page

TIP #2: some of the bundles with free accessories are also eligible for this promotion. For example, when looking at the D5300 options page, carefully peruse to find the color/kit combo with the free extras. The extras are typically an AmazonBasics DSLR bag and 32GB SD card.

TIP #3: the just announced Nikon D7200 shows this promotion on its product page, but when I add it to cart with various lenses there are no discounts. There are two possible explanations: 1) because the camera is not shipping yet, the discounts are not working or 2) the promotion has not yet been activated in the shopping cart, or 3) both or 4) something else

In case you haven’t seen or done one of these promotions in a while, here is an annotated screenshot shot of the top right corner of the Amazon Checkout page with one DSLR and a few lenses added to the shopping cart.

nikon_combined_purchase_discounts_march_2015

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Pre-order new Nikon D7200 for $1200

The Nikon D7000 was one of the milestone DSLRs in the APS-C segment. Fast forward to today, and Nikon has revealed the third generation model in this series, the D7200, with a body only starting price of $1200, and a with 18-140 starting price of $1500. Pre-orders are available for this at Amazon and Adorama and B&H Photo.

In parallel, they launched the $250 ME-W1 wireless microphone (Bluetooth).

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Pentax K-50 two lens kit with either $50GC or Flash for $527

There are many Pentax K-50 colors and kits around. At the lowest point, $367 gets you the red K-50 body only with bonus AF-200FG flash and 32SD and 4% promotional rewards (= $14.xx~).

The bang for the buck is the black K-50 two lens kit with the 18-55 WR and 55-200 WR lenses and AF-200FG flash and 4% rewards (= $21~) going for $527 at B&H Photo and Adorama.

However, if you don’t want/need the flash, Adorama has another bundle that substitutes the flash with a $50 Adorama gift certificate for the same $527 total price.

If you prefer other body colors or kit combinations, Adorama has a total of 18 different kits to ponder over. You can try sorting by price (low/high or high/low) or other factors to get a better handle of the many and more options.

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New Canon Lens Mail-In Rebates (exp 3/28/15)

A new round of Canon Lens Mail-In Rebates has gone live, covering the period of March 1-28 in 2015. Just like before, the rebates are in the form of a prepaid American Express gift card (not a paper check). You can see participating lenses at Amazon. Each eligible lens has the mail-in rebate offer on its product page. This is a direct link to the PDF form.

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Canon 5D Mark III drops to $2500 without rebate [even less with mail-in rebate bundles]

The previous round of Canon mail-in rebates ended on 2/28/15. The camera rebates were not carried forward, but the price of the Canon 5D Mark III body only officially dropped to $2500 (without rebate) at various authorized dealers such as Amazon and Adorama (page down to see all the bundles with various free accessories).

However, if you don’t mind mail-in rebates, and you have use for a Pixma printer and photo paper, you can get a lower after mail-in rebates if you do one of the bundles. At B&H Photo your price is $2250 after a $250 mail-in rebate (prepaid American Express gift card) with the 5D Mark III body only and Pixma Pro 100 and 50pk Canon 13×19″ photo paper and camera bag and 32GB SD and extra Watson battery. Adorama has their own $2250 after $250 MIR bundle with 5D, printer, paper, Adorama camera bag, 64GB SD, extra Canon battery, 1yr New Leaf spills/drops warranty.

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