20% off Amazon Coins – only for apps/in-app purchases

Amazon has another app-related promotion for those deep into the Amazon app ecosystem. They have a 20% off sale on the purchase of Amazon Coins. The sale price is already factored in, so, for example, $80 gets you 10,000 Amazon coins ($100 equivalent). The Coins can only be used to purchase apps, games, and in-app/in-game items. They cannot be used for other purchases at Amazon but you can give them to friends… There are over 1000 for-pay/premium photography apps over there.

This promotion should not be confused with the recently launched Amazon Underground.

Personally I am not a fan of made-up digital currency, but thankfully for the rest of the universe, I am not the Czar of the Universe :)

Imported Canon 5DS for $2700 or 5DS R for $3350

After our little “coffee lens break”, we are back at the eBay Deals with one more imported grey-market promotion, also from eBay seller “Get It Digital” (99.7%). They are offering both of the new new-condition imported grey-market Canon 5D S body only cameras on the same listing. The 5DS goes for $2700, while the 5DS R goes for $3350. You have to select under “Model”, below the listing title. Limit five per buyer. They do not come with a Canon USA warranty, but the eBay seller “Get It Digital” provides their own one year warranty to parallel the benefits.

The 5DS body only, at authorized Canon USA dealers, currently goes for $3700 with various freebies depending on each retailer, such Amazon (free Audio-Technica AT8024 camera-mount mic) or Adorama (2% rewards = $74~) or B&H Photo (2% rewards = $74~).

The 5DS R body only, at authorized Canon USA dealers, currently goes for $3900 with various freebies depending on each retailer, such Amazon (free Audio-Technica AT8024 camera-mount mic) or Adorama (2% rewards = $78~) or B&H Photo (2% rewards = $78~).

The products from the authorized dealers are eligible for the various Canon USA mail-in rebate promotions, while the imported items are not.

Two Coffee Lens Mugs (Canon 24-105 f4) for $11 total

The burst mode of posts continues! You have to try really hard to convince Dxomark to measure these “lenses”… Among the latest Staples website deals, you can get two Coffee Lens Mugs in the homage-image of the Canon 24-105mm f4 lens, for $11 total. Free shipping to a local store, or free shipping if you are a Staples rewards member. The page says they hold up to 12oz of liquid per lens. Judging by the picture, it looks like they have screw-on lids. These are online only, so there’s no store pickup option. Offer ends by 9/1/15.

Imported Sony Zeiss 55m f1.8 FE Sonnar T* for $740

The grey market (imported cameras without manufacturer’s USA warranty) party continues at the eBay Deals, this time it is Get It Digital (99.7%) offering the new condition imported grey-market Sony Zeiss 55m f1.8 FE Sonnar T* lens for the E-mount offered for $740 with free shipping with a limit of five per customer. It comes with a three year warranty from Get It Digital, not Sony USA. Over 500 units sold so far from this eBay listing.

The warranty is described in the eBay listing as:


At authorized USA dealers, in new condition, this lens goes for $900, at well-respected retailers such as Adorama (lots of free lens accessories) and B&H Photo and Amazonia.

PS: if you are having a bit of a deja vu, it’s because last week we also mentioned a different grey-market imported Sony-Zeiss lens, the Sony T* E 16-70 F4 ZA OSS lens (aka SEL1670Z) which went (and still goes) for $700, also from Get It Digital.

Imported Nikon 50mm f1.8G for $184

Back to the eBay Deals with another grey-market imported prime. This time it is the Nikon 50mm f1.8G SLR lens offered for $184 with free shipping by eBay seller “Peach Photo” (99.9%). Limit five per customer.

At authorized dealers, this lens goes for $220 with free lens accessories at places such as Beach Camera upon Amazon and Adorama and B&H Photo. The last two also offer 2% promotional rewards (= $4.xx)

Yongnuo 50mm f1.8 (Canon EF) for $53 w/free s&h

Back in our time, when prime lenses were $50, we had to climb the hill backwards four times a day, in five feet of snow, with bone chilling howling winds, while the sun scorched at 130 degrees above.

Time to put back on those climbing-the-hill backwards boots, because you can now get a new condition 50mm prime for around $50. It is the new condition Yongnuo 50mm f1.8 lens (for Canon EF) offered for $53 with free expedited shipping at B&H Photo. It comes with a one year warranty even!

Imported Canon 50mm f1.8 II SLR lens for $90

To the eBay Deals we go with a rare occurrence, a prime lens under $100. It is new condition, but it is imported (grey market). However, a basic 50mm f1.8 prime lens is a much lower risk than $5000 tilt-shift walking-on-eggshells lens, so it’s up to you to enter your risk matrix and reach a decision.

Mumbling aside, this is a new condition imported grey-market Canon 50mm f1.8 II SLR lens offered for $90 with free shipping with a limit of five per buyer by eBay seller “Red Tag Camera” (99.9%). Over 2400 units have been sold so far from this listing.

At authorized dealers, this lens goes for $125, such as Amazon and B&H Photo where the imported goes for $110.

Olympus M43 Lens Instant Savings ends 9/5/15

The Olympus M43 Lens Instant SaAvings promotion ends by 9/5/15. You can find participating items with priced in red ink at the official Olympus USA store.

Walgreens Photo coupon: 60% off Wood Panels, 40% off Everything Else

Knock, on wood! Good until the end of day on Saturday 8/29/15, the Walgreens Photo website is offering 60% off on Wood Panels with coupon code code WALLDECOR60 entered at checkout. The 40% off everything else coupon STOCKUP40 continues until Saturday night as well. Limit five uses per customer per coupon during this promotional period. Many items are eligible for free store pickup (some same day). Items that have to be mailed follow their website’s shipping terms (I don’t recall them off the top of my head).

GoPro Hero+ LCD drops to $280

The new GoPro Hero+ LCD action camera is already having its first wave of discounting, you can now get it for $280 with free shipping at BuyDig.com (with free microfiber cloth) and at Adorama (free expedited shipping)… No discount at Amazon, but they offer a Starter Bundle for $300 (32GB Lexar 633x microSD, AmazonBasics Head Strap Camera Mount) and it is eligible for One Year of Unlimited Amazon Cloud

Free One Year of Unlimited Amazon Cloud storage with Camera Gear purchase of $50+ (33,403 options available)

Amazon is very big on cloud (side-effects of living in Seattle?), and now they have yet another unlimited cloud storage promotion. This one is not limited to Prime members or Fire Phone users. During this promotion, you get One Year Unlimited Amazon Cloud storage if you purchase camera gear individually priced $50 or more. This is The List of Eligible Items, a total of 33,403 items are eligible.

They must be sold and shipped by Amazon itself (not by marketplace sellers). The offer is one per customer, so you cannot stack cloud-years. You can find the Terms And Conditions below the giant thumbnails over there. The expiration date is not mentioned.

After the one year ends (12 months), the subscription fee for this is $60/year. You can cancel it later if you don’t want to continue with it once the free year expires.

How to Check If Your Item Of Interest is Eligible?
If you don’t feel like traversing a list of 33,403 items to find whether you are interested in is eligible, there is an easier way. Go to the product page of the items of interest, and page down to the Special Offers section. If an item is eligible, you will see this offer mentioned there. Remember, Amazon herself must be the seller, not 3rd-party sellers! Squeezed annotated screenshot crop below…


YMMV 2x eBay Bucks on $50+ items (must opt-in, ends Sat 3am ET)

eBay has yet another bonus eBay Bucks promotion, check your emails or eBay inboxes to see if you are eligible. As usual you have to manually opt-in. The standard eBay Bucks are 2%, so 2X = 4%. This promotion gives you 2X (= 4%) promotional rewards on every individual item that is priced at $50 or higher. This works on as many eligible items as you purchase during this promotion period, with a maximum of $100 rewards per transaction and $500 rewards per customer during this promotional period. Offer ends at 3am ET on Saturday 8/29/15… A good place to start looking for deals (after you manually opt-in for the offer) are the eBay Daily Deals

Canon Pixma printers with free shipping: MG2520 for $20 or MG2922 for $30

Adorama is offering a couple of Canon Pixma printers with free shipping (this is the slower super-saver shipping, unless your combined order total is $49+ in which case you upgrade to expedited shipping) as follows:

+ Canon PIXMA MG2520 Inkjet Photo All-in-One Printer for $20
+ Canon PIXMA MG2922 Wireless All-In-One Inkjet Printer for $30
+ no coupons, no rebates, just add to cart
+ offers end by 8/29/15 or earlier if sold out

32GB Lexar SDHC (200x) + Polaroid card wallet for $10 {limit 30}

If you are okay with the slower 200x (up to 30MB/s) Lexar SD cards, and could use (or repurpose) memory card wallets, Ritz Camera upon Amazon (with the order fulfilled by Amazon, so it is eligible for free 2-day Prime shipping or with a $35+ order for non-members), is offering the 32GB Lexar SDHC (200x) + Polaroid card wallet for $10 total. You can buy up to 30 of these combos. This bundle averages 4.8/5 based on 9 customer reviews. The listing says bulk packaging.

Thursday Fry’s promo codes: Tenergy charger, AC Delco AAs, etc

The promo code deals (unique coupon codes for each Fry’s email subscriber) for Thursday 8/27/15 include:

+ Tenergy clamshell charger (up to 4 batteries, various sizes) for $10 (limit 2; B&M only, product page for reference, averages 3.6/5 with 240 reviews at amazon)
+ Bower table top tripod for $5 (limit 1)
+ Duracell 3-in-1 charger for $5 (limit 5)
+ Polaroid waterproof very basic P&S for $40 (B&M only, limit 1)
+ 24pk AC Delco AA or AAA alkalines for $4 (B&M only, limit 2)
+ for Thursday 8/27/15 only, using personal coupons from Fry’s individual emails
+ PS: the Fry’s website is having temporary loading issues (they should get resolved eventually)

Pre-order new Canon Lenses: 35/1.4L II (SLR) and three EF-M mirrorless

In addition to the M3 mirrornyet camera, Canon has also revealed four new lenses, one serious SLR prime and three EF-M mirrorless as follows:

+ EF 35mm f1.4L II (SLR) with $1800 pre-orders at Adorama and B&H Photo
+ EF-M 22mm f2 STM with $250 pre-order at Adorama and B&H Photo
+ EF-M 11-22mm f4-5.6 IS STM with $400 pre-order at Adorama and B&H Photo
+ EF-M 55-200mm f4.5-6.3 IS STM Lens with $350 pre-order at Adorama
+ see them all along with various new accessories at Adorama

These have been added to the New Lenses of 2015 Tracker

Pre-order new Canon M3 mirrorless camera

Canon has not forgotten mirrorless. They have a new official camera, the new 24-megapixel M3 with an APS-C sensor, DiGiC 6, Wifi and things like that. Pre-orders are accepted as follows:

+ M3 body only for $680 at Adorama and B&H Photo
+ M3 with 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 IS STM for $800 at Adorama and B&H Photo
+ two lens kit (M3 with 18-55 and 55-200) for $1050 at Adorama

This has been added to the New Cameras of 2015 Tracker

Ten premium Photography Apps FREE (with free in-app purchases) as part of the new Amazon Underground

The Amazon free premium Android-y app of the day is DEAD. But it has a more user-friendly replacement. It is called the Amazon Underground. Hundreds of premium (normally for pay) Android apps are available for you to download and use for FREE. In-app purchases are free too. No ads. Amazon will pay the developers for use of the apps using the experimental scheme they launched with Kindle Unlimited earlier in the year. You must get the Underground version of the app, not the regular one. Amazon estimates a value of over $10,000 if you get them all.

Of those Underground apps, there are ten under Photography at the moment, including PhotoSuitePro 4, Perfectly Clear, pFolio, FlickFolio, etc. The Underground apps have a distinctive logo in their thumbnail as you can see below:

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AmazonBasics Compact Camera Case drops to $2.09

The small AmazonBasics Compact Camera Case was going for $2.57 when we mentioned it last week. As of the time of writing, it has dropped to $2.09, and Amazon has removed the typical limit of 30 per customer. You can buy up to 90 of these per shopping cart. It is still part of the Add-On program, so you need to place an order of $25+ in physical goods shipped/fulfilled by Amazon, otherwise the shopping cart won’t let you buy it. I am also keeping an eye towards the ever-increasing number of other AmazonBasics camera bags in case they too get discounted.

PS: for more on the Add-On program and such, check the longer post of last week. Because if I try to summarize it, I will end up writing an even longer post :)

PS2: I added one of these to my last Amazon order so I can get a better feel of its actual physical size. I will post another post after it arrives… UPDATE: here is the update that was promised, it turned into a long filibustery description

Pre-order Polaroid Cube+ Mini Lifestyle Action Camera with Wi-Fi for $150

Scheduled to roll out on October 1st (or thereabouts), the new Polaroid Cube+ Mini Lifestyle Action Camera with Wi-Fi is now available for pre-order in three fashionable color schemes (with the Polaroid rainbow) for $150 at Amazon by Amazon itself.

Bag The Bags: Tenba, CaseLogic, KellyMoore, ThinkTank, Pelican, etc

And now the moment you have all (not) been waiting for, a new edition of the “Bag The Bags” segment. Free shipping unless otherwise indicated. This limited time sale is happening at Adorama:

+ Kelly Moore Riva Shoulder Bag (navy color scheme) for $70
+ Case Logic DCB-319 SLR Camera Backpack (Anthracite) for $70
+ Tenba Shootout 14L ActionPack for GoPro for $100
+ Think Tank Urban Disguise 40 Classic Shoulder Bag for $150
+ Think Tank Retrospective Laptop 15 for $60
+ Shutterbug Designs Dragon Fly Cover Canvas Bag with Shoulder Strap for $15
+ Pelican S140 Sport Elite Tablet Backpack for $70 (three color choices)
+ Incase Cargo Backpacks for MacBooks for $50 (three color schemes)
+ Cocoon GRID-IT! Wrap 10 for iPads for $10 (red)

Vixen 35505 Polarie Star Tracker (Astrophotography Compact Mount) for $300

Photographing the stars used to be perceived as astral photography by the average person. Now the average person thinks of celebrities when one says “I’m photographing the stars tonight”. But who cares? The sky is full of stars regardless. Which brings us to the Vixen 35505 Polarie Star Tracker Astrophotography Compact Mount, on sale for a limited time for $300 with free expedited shipping at Adorama.

Vixen? That brings us back full circle, a device named vixen is not a celebrity/paparazzi photography accessory, but one for the stars in the night sky :)

Monoprice 3D printer drops to $700, filament 20% off with coupon

Since we have a mini printing theme today, the Monoprice 11614 3D printer has dropped to $700 with free shipping. It is currently out of stock but it is expected to return on 8/28/15. In parallel, Monoprice offers 20% off on 3D printer filament with coupon code FILAMENT (expires 9/4/15). See both printer and filament options at the Monoprice website.

Next Free Entrance at National Parks is September 26

Ooops, I am definitely not Doctor Who – time confusion, August 25 was yesterday. But the next free day is about a month away, September 26 in 2015 (National Public Lands Day), plenty of time to plan ahead, since planning ahead for -1 days (August 25) is slightly difficult without the use of a Tardis…

If you live near one of the 127 national parks (out of 408 total) that charge admission/entrance, on specific days every year (MLK, Prez weekend, Park Week, National Park Service Birthday, Public Lands Day, Veterans Day), you can get FREE admission. Details, restrictions, list of parks, and days/dates that offer free admission for all can be found at the National Park Service website.

TIP: great way to build a large library of “busy day at national park” stock photos :-)

YMMV: $10 Bonus with $100+ Amazon Gift Card Auto Reload

This is a YMMV promotion. You receive a $10 bonus if you setup an Amazon Gift Card Auto Reload with $100+. Only some Amazon customers are eligible for this promotion (depending on however their computers determine this). You can tell if you are eligible if you are logged on to your Amazon account and then visit the Auto-Reload FAQ page. If you are eligible, you will see it there. Unfortunately I am not eligible for this offer, so I can’t tell you how it works…

If you are not eligible for this offer, you will see the FAQs but at the top of the page you will see this message: “Thank you for your interest in Amazon.com Gift Card Balance Auto-Reload. Unfortunately, you are not eligible for this offer.”

If you are not logged to an Amazon account, you will see this message: “Oops! You aren’t signed in. Please sign in and refresh this page to confirm if you qualify for this offer.”.