(ENDED) Tuesday Daily Deals: Vello EF to E Accelerator, refurb Surface 3 PROs, $40 Brother AiO printer, 128GB USB 2.0 for $20, etc

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(SOLD OUT) Fuji Instax Mini 8 Instant Camera and Twin Pack Instant Film for $45

As of 2/22/17 recheck, this sold out… It’s an …instant party! The black color scheme of the Fuji Instax Mini 8 instant camera is bundled with 20 sheets of Instant Film, TOGETHER going for $45.43 with free shipping, sold and shipped by Amazon itself. Limit up to ten bundles per customer. The free shipping minimum for non-Prime members is now $35, so you can get free S&H on this without buying anything else.

(ENDED) Tuesday Daily Deals: Altura 8mm f3.5 fisheye (C), Olympus ECG-3 Grip, B+W, Pelican, Fotodiox, CowboyStudio, Action Cams, Etc

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

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Sony a6500 Sales Live: w/55-210 for $1550 [add 16-50 for $150 more]

As promised in the heads up post, two more Sony a6500 kit discounts are now live at B&H Photo. The previously mentioned a6X00 discounts continue[find them in the E-mount posts]. So to summarize the a6500 situation, here’s where the various a6500 kits stand:

+ body only not on sale, remains at $1400
+ with 16-50mm for $1546
+ with 55-210mm for $1546
+ with 16-50mm and 55-210mm for $1696
+ see them all at B&H Photo

Duracell Batteries Rewards are back at Office Depot (Sun to Sat)

The Duracell Batteries Penny (+ Sales Tax) After Rewards promotion is back at Office Depot and Office Max stores. You can find the offer online at their Rewards page and in-store in their Weekly circular ad. The terms are as before, you can buy one or two 16-packs of Duracell single-use AA or AAA batteries, and get back the purchase price (minus one penny) in Rewards a few weeks later. The Sales Tax amount is NOT included in the Rewards amount. Rewards do not roll over, so don’t pay with rewards if you expect to get rewards on the offer. These Rewards will arrive separately from their monthly rewards (a good thing because monthly rewards are only issued in $10 increments). Offer runs Sunday 2/19 until the close of business on Saturday 2/25/17.

(ENDED) Monday Daily Deals: 256GB Lexar SDXC, Neewer, Fotodiox, Tiffen, Drobo, Etc

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

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(ENDED) Sunday: 15% off Monoprice coupon

The Sunday coupon is over… For Sunday only, coupon code FUNDAY gets you 15% off at the Monoprice website. The usual exclusions apply.

Not eligible for the coupon, but still going on at Monoprice are two Canon DSLR sales for $400 each, the T5i w/18-55 IS OR the T6 with 18-55 and 75-300, as part of their Camera Clearance sale.

Bag The Bags with Free Shipping starting with a $13 Tamrac

Bookmarking the Tripod round-up, how about a Camera Bags round-up? The ones mentioned below are all at Adorama and all come with free shipping:

+ Tamrac 3535 Express 5 Camera Bag, Ultra-Compact Messenger Bag, Black for $13

+ Brenthaven Collins Sleeve, 13″, Indigo for $13 (for laptops/tablets; not cameras)

+ Lowepro Toploader 45 AW Bag for $15

+ Tenba Lightweight Messenger Camera Bag for $50 in Olive or Black (but not Orange)

+ Case Logic SLRC-206 SLR Camera/Laptop Backpack Case for $65

+ Think Tank 484 Airport Helipak Backpack for DJI Phantom Quadcopter for $120

+ Tamrac Corona 26 Backpack, Black for $140

Panasonic GX7 with 14-42mm and $50 Gift Card and $24 Rewards for $597

To the land of the Micro Four Thirds we return, where Adorama is offering the Panasonic GX7 with the 14-42mm and a $50 Adorama gift certificate and $24 in promotional rewards (to be used in future Adorama purchases) for $597 with free shipping in the black color scheme and the silver color scheme.

For more action, check the latest Adorama featured sales.

Tripods round-up: Manfrotto XPRO for $70; 3Pod Anodized + LED Light for $100; Etc

In this post, we round-up some Tripod offerings (with free shipping):

+ Manfrotto XPRO Land Aluminum Monopod, 5 Sections for $70 at Adorama
+ 3Pod Video Tripod System Anodized Aluminum with 2-way Fluid Head & Quick-Release Plate Kit plus FREE Flashpoint 160 LED – On Camera Light, together for $100
+ Vanguard Alta Pro 263AB 100 Aluminum Tripod Kit for $135

10% off refurbished at Nikon store (80+ options)

The weekend festivities bring back the 10% off in-cart discount at the official Nikon USA refurbished store. Over 80 products are available including DSLR, Lenses, fixed lens cameras and accessories. The discount happens automatically AFTER you add an item to your shopping cart. There’s no coupon to enter. When the promotion is over you will no longer see the 10% off discount mentioned in their product listings…

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 🙂 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.

In-Stock Now: Fuji X-T2 body only for $1600

I just updated the Stock Status Tracker and the Fuji X-T2 body only is currently in-stock at its normal price of $1600 as follows:

+ OneCall thru Amazon (one left)
+ OneCall directly
+ OneCall on eBay (one left)
+ Amazon itself (PRIME ONLY)

Refurbished Samsung S29E790C Ultra Wide Curved WFHD LED backlit Monitor for $310

If you are a bit of an adventurous shopper, and your world view is wide and slightly curved, there is currently the certified refurbished 29-inch Ultra Wide Curved Samsung S29E790C WFHD LED-backlit Monitor is offered for $310 with free shipping by Woot with the order fulfilled by Amazon. It only has three customer reviews, one is happy, one is happy but the first one was a dead-on-arrival, and the third got the wrong power cord. So there is some risk here. If you are risk averse and start fuming at the thought of having to return/exchange something, you may want to skip it.

The monitor has 2560 x 1080 resolution (21:9), Picture in Picture, HDMI, DisplayPort, VESA, etc. Gallery picture #6 shows the connections on the back but it’s a small picture. Zooming in, it looks like there are three, maybe the two are the HDMI (I’m only guessing).

64GB Sandisk Ultra microSDXC for $16 [plus a few lightning deals in progress]

On the storage front, the 64GB SanDisk Ultra microSDXC UHS-I Card with Adapter (Grey/Red, Standard Packaging, model SDSQUNC-064G-GN6MA) is currently on sale for $16 at Amazon by Amazon itself with a limit of three units per customer. If you are not a Prime member, free shipping is now with $35+ orders instead of $49+ (most likely they “feature-matched” the Walmart/Jet shipping fees). This is not a lightning deal.

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(SOLD OUT) Nikon 70-300mm f4.5-5.6G ED IF AF-S VR for $379

As of a 2/22/17 recheck, this is sold out… Zoom-zoom for Nikon DSLR users. The Nikon 70-300mm f4.5-5.6G ED IF AF-S VR lens is currently on sale for $379~ with free shipping at Amazon by Amazon itself with a limit of up to ten units per customer. This is not a lightning deal, it’s either a sale or a price-match (manual or computer-generated). This is a new condition with USA warranty.

Amazon reduces Free Shipping minimum from $49 to $35 for non-Prime members

As the Amazon World Turns! At the moment when you surf around Amazon product pages without being logged on to a Prime Amazon account, you will notice that the free shipping minimum has changed again. Instead of $49+, you only need $35+ in products sold and shipped by Amazon, and/or sold by 3rd-party sellers but fulfilled by Amazon’s facilities. The $25+ book option also remains in place. I am not sure yet whether this is a temporarily experiment or permanent. It is possible that Amazon is price-matching the Walmart-Jet $35 minimum.

For example, here’s a random $40 item that shows free shipping for non-Prime members.

UPDATE: the Prime benefits comprehensive guide has been updated with this, along with a screenshot of the rare Prime shipping from 3rd-party sellers option [see a6300 post].

40% off select items at Dell Refurbished with coupon

If you are interested in off-lease refurbished computers, Dell Refurbished (formerly Dell Financial Services)i is offering 40% off select computer items (excludes Clearance items and 7010 Desktops) with free ground shipping when you use coupon code PRESIDENT2017 until Monday 2/20/2017 at 11:59pm central time. You can buy as many eligible items as you like. Dell Refurbished offers a 100-day warranty on most of these (check individual listings as usual to be sure).

Canon D-Rebel T5i with 18-55mm IS STM for $400 (limit 1)

This feels like the old days. It’s raining sales left and right! As part of the Monoprice Camera Clearance, the new condition Canon D-Rebel T5i with 18-55 IS STM is on sale for $400 with free standard US shipping. Limit one unit per customer. The T5i was one of the influential-affordable APS-C DSLRs back in the earlier days. Canon has released many and more APS-C DSLRs since including the brand new D-Rebel T7i that is coming out in the next few weeks. The T7i with 18-55 goes for $900.

32GB Sandisk Blade USB 2.0 Flash Drive for $7 with free S&H

Doorbuster time! Monoprice appears to be “discovering” doorbusters. They are currently offering the 32GB Sandisk Blade USB 2.0 Flash Drive for $7 with free standard US shipping. Yes, Monoprice free shipping! You can buy as many as you like. Per the shopping cart test, they appear to have thousands available. This is one of the items in their current Clearance Sale – click on the sub-tabs there, eg Computer items or Camera items.

Sony a6300 with 16-50 and 55-210 for $1200

Another option in the E-system a6XXX-series, the Sony a6300 with 16-50 and 55-210 kit is currently on sale for $1196 with free expedited shipping at B&H Photo and by Beach upon Amazon (Prime shipping speed but ships directly from Beach Camera). To detect this benefit, you have to be logged as a Prime member, and pay attention to the highlighted areas of the screenshot below:

Note also that the a6500 two-lens kit with the same lenses will be discounted to $1700 on Sunday. The usual price trade-offs of latest versus not-latest model.

The Sony 55-210mm lens goes for $350 on its own but it is combined-purchase discounted when it is bundled with camera kits or bundles.

Sony a6000 with 16-50mm and 55-210 and Freebies for $798

While not reaching Nikon APS-C DSLR level of choice overwhelm, the Sony E-system is getting there with many old and new cameras and kits floating in the market. One of them, of potential interest as a “taking pictures with” starter kit is the Sony a6000 with the 16-50 and 55-210 lenses, on sale for $798 with free shipping at B&H Photo (with 5% promotional rewards = $40~ to spend in future B&H purchases) and Adorama (Slinger, 16GB Lexar, filters, Corel)

Sony a6500 with 55-210mm OSS for $1546 (on sale NOW)

Two Sony a6500 kits discounts will go live on Sunday but one of them has already gone live, it’s a non-standard kit, the Sony a6500 with 55-210mm (f4.5-6.3 OSS E, black) is currently on sale for $1546 with free shipping at B&H Photo. The sale continues until March 4 in 2017, so you can wait until Sunday if you are not certain which one of these kits to get.

TL;DR: the a6500 with 55-210 is on sale NOW, while the other two kits (16-50 or 16-50 & 55-210) will go on sale on Sunday.

Heads Up: Starting Sunday: Sony a6500 kit discounts

This is a Heads Up alert! Starting on Sunday 2/19/17, the following two Sony a6500 kits will be discounted at B&H Photo as follows:

+ a6500 with 16-50mm will drop from $1700 to $1546
+ a6500 with 16-50mm and 55-210mm will drop from $2044 to $1696
+ the above prices will go live on Sunday 2/19/17

For reference, the a6500 body only currently goes for $1400. I do not know if that will be discounted.

If you are interested in either of these kits, you may want to wait until Sunday. However, another non-standard kit with the 55-210 has already gone live. That one in the post above this!

(ENDED) 20% off one item at B&N with coupon (think Camera and Photo books)

This offer expired… If you looking to buy camera or photography books, especially ones that have the same price at all retailers or ones that rarely get discounted, good until Monday night (2/20/17), coupon code BNPRES20 gets you 20% off a single item at the Barnes and Noble website. Free shipping with orders of $25+ or if you are a paying B&N member ($25 per year). The usual B&N coupon terms apply (ebooks are not eligible, but printed physical books are eligible).

(SOLD OUT) Used Sony a6300 with 16-50 for $930

As of a 2/19/17 recheck, this is sold out… Used supplies are limited…

To add to the option-overwhelm, the Sony a6300 with the 16-50mm is available in “Used – Condition 9” at B&H Photo for $930 with free shipping.

Used items at B&H come with a 90-day warranty from B&H. Given that B&H is a well-known and reputable dealer, this is a lower risk used purchase than buying from cookie-cutter eBay refurbishers and such.

Note also that many of the new condition a6X00 kits are on sale now and a couple of a6500 kits will go on sale this weekend – check the Sony E-System posts to see them all.

8pk Panasonic Eneloop AA for $16

If you go loopy for Eneloop(s), the 8pk of Panasonic Eneloop AA 2000 mAh rechargeables, model BK-3MCCA8BA, is currently going for under $16 at Amazon by Amazon actual. You may be able to get them for slightly less if you sign-up for “Subscribe and Save”. Point of potential number confusion: it’s 2100 recharges, and 2000 mAh. It’s easy to get those two numbers confused 🙂

Refurbished Canon 80D with 18-135mm IS w/1yr warranty for $1149

If you are comfortable with manufacturer-refurbished DSLRs with a 1-year warranty, for just $49 more than the new condition Canon 80D body only, you can get the manufacturer refurbished Canon 80D with the 18-135mm f3.5-5.6 IS USM for $1149~ from the official Canon USA online store with a 1-year warranty.

Another option, if you also want one of the Canon Pixma PRO printers, is to look for or wait for DSLR + Pixma bundles that qualify for the American Express prepaid gift card mail-in rebates.

Pay $5, Get $10 Target eGift Card (YMMV maybe)

Groupon has a new doorbuster type of an offer, Pay $5, Get a $10 electronic Target Gift Card. You can also buy it as a gift for other people.

The page there says only those invited by email can get it. I checked my Groupon emails and I wasn’t invited but I can add to cart and go to the “Place Order” page, so maybe they opened up the offer to everyone. I don’t need a Tarjay gift card at the moment, and being a poor blogger, I can’t buy it just so I can test the offer 🙁

So, to cut a long story short, this may be YMMV.

Sunpak 423PX2 3-Section Carbon Fiber Tripod with Compact Pistol Grip Head for $90

So many cameras, not enough tripods? If that describes your situation, B&H Photo is offering the Sunpak 423PX2 3-Section Carbon Fiber Tripod with Compact Pistol Grip Head for $90 with free expedited shipping… This is among their latest Featured sales which include among others the new Google Chromecast Ultra for $59 with free expedited shipping…

In-Stock Now: Sigma SD Quattro H Mirrorless Camera for $1200

You could sell the Audi Quattro and buy the whole Sigma Foveon line-up. Just a thought 🙂 Which brings us to the Sigma SD Quattro H mirrorless camera, it is now in-stock and ready to ship for its starting price of $1200 with free expedited shipping at B&H Photo. Yes, Sigma has mirrorless APS-H cameras that take Sigma SA lenses. Yet Nikon insisted on the 1-inch system 🙂

PSA: AVOID Too Good To Be True “Just Launched” Amazon Sellers

It is human nature to be tempted by a deal that looks too good to be true, even if all the signs scream RED ALERT. Listen to those signs. An on-going scam at Amazon, that Amazon has not yet been able to block automatically, is “Just Launched” sellers offering high-demand electronics at a fraction of their price. They want you to pay them directly (which violates Amazon’s terms of service for sellers). Needless to say, you will never get the item and your personal and financial information will be at risk. Check various forums, people still fall for this crap and describe their adventures trying to sort this out. So to summarize, AVOID like the PLAGUE!

Here’s an example of the Olympus E-M1 II whose price is $2000 (or higher since it’s hard to find) at real retailers:

VISA Checkout: $25 off $100+ at Best Buy website

The VISA Checkout is back at Best Buy’s website. You get $25 off a purchase of $100+ or more until 2/22/17. Not available in-store.

The conditions and restrictions, from their page, simplified:

+ Discount will be automatically applied to a qualifying BestBuy.com purchase of $100 or more when you select Visa Checkout as your only payment method
+ offer can expire earlier ~ “at any time without notice”
+ not good on gift cards or prepaid cards or services or taxes
+ Excludes Amazon streaming players; Amazon Echo; Amazon Echo Dot; Google Wifi; Bose® audio products; Sonos; Polk Audio; Denon; select Samsung home audio, TVs, Sony audio, TVs and 3D glasses, select LG TVs and Blu-ray players; subscription software services; GoPro cameras and accessories; digital music services and download cards; select Dyson products; Pacific Sales products; and all Magnolia Home Theater products.