20% off on select Samsung NX lenses

Instant savings time on the NX front, fourteen different Samsung NX lenses have a 20% off instant savings discount at Amazon.

(ENDED) Tuesday Lightning Deals: Sony NEX-5TL two-lens kit, etc

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(ENDED) Targeted: up to 4X eBay Bucks (ends Wedn 3am ET)

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(ENDED) 32GB Fuji Class 10 SDHC for $10 w/free S&H {limit 10}

This daily deal expired… The B&H Photo Deal of the Day, good until 11:59pm ET on Tuesday (or earlier if sold out) is the 32GB Fuji Class 10 SD memory card offered for $10 with free shipping. Limit up to ten per customer during this sale. Even if you buy one, you still get free shipping. Shipping gets upgraded to Expedited shipping with an order total of $49 or more.

(ENDED) Refurbished DJI Phantom 2 Vision+ v2.0 Quadcopter with Gimbal-Stabilized for $700

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(ENDED) Monday Lightning Deals: DJI Ronin 3-Axis, Leica Vintage case, Veho, Hubsan

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(ENDED) Adobe Photoshop Elements 13 for $50 [ends Sun 3am ET]

This daily deal expired… The Amazon Gold Box deal of the day for Saturday 3/7/15 is the Adobe Photoshop Elements 13 software for $50 with free shipping. It is available as a software box by mail (PC/Mac) or as a digital download (PC or Mac). The offer ends at 3am ET on Sun (digital downloads very rarely “sell out” – on rare occasion when they run out of licenses for fast-selling doorbusters).

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).

(ENDED) Friday: Samsung WB350F Wifi Zoom (21x) for $130

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(ENDED) Fuji XF1 red for $150 (ends by 3pm ET Friday)

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One Year of Prime + Unlocked Fire Phone for $200

The Fire Phone discount is back at Amazon by Amazon itself. You get one year of Amazon Prime (good for new members or renewals of existing Prime subscriptions) along with the 32GB Fire Phone (GSM, Unlocked, No Contract) for $200 total. One year of Prime costs $100, so essentially you are getting a free unlocked GSM phone for $100. Limit five per customer during this promotion. This is a limited time promotion but they do not specify the expiration date.

UPDATE: speaking of Amazon, the new condition Roku 3 streaming box is on sale for $85.50.

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!

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:

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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.

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).

Panasonic GH4 with free Rode mic for $1500

The Panasonic GH4 body only kit is currently bundled with a free Rode VideoMic Pro Compact Shotgun Microphone for $1500 with 4% promotional rewards (= $60 rewards) at B&H Photo and Adorama. The free item is included automatically while this promotion is running (= you see this offer mentioned on the product page while the promotion is running).

Speaking of the GH4, if you happen to want both the GH4 body only and the FL580L flash, you can save a little bitty bit by buying them together as a bundle for $2000 at the Panasonic Store 3-day sale which ends at the end of day on 3/7/15.

Speaking of Panasonic M43rds, the GF6 with 14-42mm continues to go for $330 by Roberts on Amazon. Amazon’s own price is $340. Used prices by Amazon Warehouse Deals start at $250.

(ENDED) Friday Lighting Deals: Bower LED light, ePhoto Lighting kits, Altura filters

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(ENDED) Sony a3000 w/18-55 & Photoshop Elements 12 for $250

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(ENDED) Vello FreeWave Plus Wireless Remote Shutter Release for Canon for $30

This daily deal expired… The B&H Photo Deal of the Day good until 11:59pm ET on Saturday 3/7/15 (or earlier if sold out) is the Vello FreeWave Plus Wireless Remote Shutter Release for Canon offered for $30 with free shipping.

Speaking of B&H, they have a number of WPPI Specials to coincide with the wedding trade show.

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.

(ENDED) Sony AS100 action camera for $150 ($220 with remote; 64GB Sony microSD for $26)

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(ENDED) Thur Lighting Deals: Clamp, Holy Stone Quadcopter

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(ENDED) Hoya 82mm Variable Neutral Density Filter for $80

This daily deal expired… The B&H Photo Deal of the Day good until 11:59pm ET on Thursday 3/5/15 (or earlier if sold out) is the Hoya 82mm Variable Neutral Density Filter offered for $80 with free shipping.

Speaking of B&H, they have a number of WPPI Specials to coincide with the wedding trade show.

(ENDED) Ends Thur PM: 2-Day Camera Sale at Best Buy

This 2-day sale ended… The Best Buy website has launched a 2-day Camera Sale featuring a variety of items. The sale ends Thursday night. Among other things, you get a $60 Best Buy gift card with the flagship GoPro at $500. They have various DSLR and P&S bundles, accessories and such.

Pre-order six new Sony E-mount lenses and converters

Sony has just announced four new E-mount lenses and four converter lenses, headlined by the 35mm f1.4 ZA Zeiss ($1600) and the 90mm f2.8 OSS G macro ($1100), along with the 24mm f2 prime ($450), and the 24-240mm f3.5-6.3 OSS ($1000), along with four converters for various primes lenses. You can find them all available for pre-order at Adorama.

Facetune app for $0.10 (Google Play)

Google Play is celebrating its three year birthday, and as part of the celebrations, they are offering various digital items at heavily discounted prices including the Facetune app for just 10 cents. They have a variety of other non-photography specials, check your Android device or the Google Play website for more.

UPDATE (3/6/15): Google added more freebies, the Transformers HD movie and latest Coldplay album (Ghost Stories). These are limited time offers!

JPEGmini Pro Photo Optimization Software for $80

Adobe is not the only one making digital imaging related software. B&H Photo is currently offering the digital download of JPEGmini Pro Photo Optimization Software for $80. This will be delivered via email in 1-3 business days. This is part of their WPPI specials.

Blackmagic Pocket (M43) + Pana 14-140 OIS + extras for $1000

As part of their WPPI specials B&H Photo has a bundle centered around the Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera, Micro Four Thirds edition. You get the camera body only kit, the Panasonic 14-140mm f4-5.8 HD OIS lens, an extra battery, and a 64GB Sandisk Extreme Pro SDXC for $1000 with free expedited shipping.

(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.

(ENDED) Wedn Lighting Deals: ePhoto Ball Head, 32GB Sony C10 UHS-3 SDHC

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(ENDED) Bolt VM-110 LED Macro Ring Light for $50

This daily deal expired… The B&H Photo Deal of the Day good until 11:59pm ET on Wednesday 3/4/15 (or earlier if sold out) is the Bolt VM-110 LED Macro Ring Light offered for $50 with free shipping.

Speaking of B&H, they have a number of WPPI Specials to coincide with the wedding trade show.

(ENDED) Ends Wedn 1am ET: Sony alkaline single-use battery sale

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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.

Fuji X-T1 kits get free Fuji VG-XT1 battery grip

The various Fuji X-T1 go for $1300 (body), $1600 (w/18-55), $1700 (w/18-135), $1400 (graphite silver), and during this promotion, B&H Photo automatically includes the Fuji VG-XT1 battery grip for free. While this promotion is running, it is mentioned on the camera’s product page and in the search results. No coupon/rebate/action needed.

2TB WD My Passport Ultra USB 3.0 Portable HDD for $80

The 2TB WD My Passport Ultra portable USB 3.0 hard drive is currently on sale for $80 with free shipping at Amazon (limit 2) and by Buy.com on eBay (now Rakuten; limit 5; black color scheme only). Because you can never have too many backups? 🙂

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.

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

Pre-order new Nikon Coolpix P900 with 83x optical (!)

The Size Wars continue in the world of superzoom digital cameras with Nikon taking a Zoomiagra with their all new Coolpix P900, which comes with an 83x (eighty three) optical zoom VR lens, with a 24-2000 mm equivalent range. It is available for pre-order for an appropriately-zoomed price of $600 at B&H Photo and Adorama and Amazon.

You can find this and more at the Interesting Cameras of 2015 Reference page.

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).

(ENDED) Mon: Fuji JX 665 blue P&S camera for $60 w/free S&H

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(ENDED) Tue: Panasonic TS5 orange for $200

This daily deal expired… The B&H Photo Deal of the Day good until 11:59pm ET on Tuesday 3/3/15 is the orange Panasonic TS5 elementproof digital camera offered for $200 with free shipping.

Speaking of B&H, they have a number of WPPI Specials to coincide with the wedding trade show.

(ENDED) Ends Tue 3am ET: Gold Box on Hard Disks, SSDs, Monitors, USB Flash drives, etc

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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.

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.

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.

Samsung NX3000 w/20-50 for $280 (or w/16-50 for $300)

In a galaxy not so far away, Samsung has a sale on their NX3000 digital cameras, with the price being $280 for the with 20-50mm kit and $300 for the with 16-50mm kit. These are available in multiple colors, with a limit of two per color per customer. You can see all color/lens options at Amazon by Amazon itself. These are new condition.

Panasonic FZ70 for $250 (or $262.50 for non-members)

It’s not just 500-packs of toilet paper. Costco has cameras too and at the moment they are offering the Panasonic FZ70 superzoom for $250 thanks to an instant savings discount ending by 3/29/15. If you are not a Costco member, you can buy it with a 5% surcharge, so in this case $250 + $12.50 = $262.50. The kit also includes a camera bag and 16GB SD card, both Panasonic branded. With free shipping. Sorry, a rotisserie chicken is not included 😉

Costco memberships are $55/year or $110/year for Executive (you earn 2% rewards up to $750 in rewards). Sometimes however they have special new member promotions that get you a handful of household freebies – including the rotisserie chicken – well you get a certificate for it so you can grab it whenever it’s convenient, they won’t force you to eat chicken the moment you sign up 😉

Speaking of Costco, their relationship with American Express as the main credit card of choice at B&M stores will end on 3/31/2016 (next year). So if AMEX exclusivity (for the B&M stores; website is more flexible) was the main reason you didn’t become a member, there might be better payment options.

(ENDED) Mon: Impact Octacool-9 Fluorescent Light with Octabox (9 Lamps) for $174

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Now shipping: Panasonic GF7 w/12-32 kits

The Panasonic GF7 with the 12-32mm II kit lens, in their various color schemes, are now in-stock and ready to ship at Adorama for $600. Adorama has bundles with free 16GB card, VidPro case, Tiffen UV filter and cleaning kit for 2 pennies more, so page-down the listings to find the bonus accessory listings ($599.99 vs $600.01).

SLR Magic Noktor 50mm f0.95 for $1000 (NEX, M43, Fuji)

Prime your wallet, and prime your camera for this discount. The SLR Magic Noktor 50mm f0.95 lens is now going for $1000 with free shipping and 4% promotional rewards (= $40) at Adorama in the Micro Four Thirds or Sony NEX e-mount or Fuji X-mount.

(ENDED) Sigma 18-250mm f3.5-6.3 DC OS for $250 (C/N/A/P)

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