Zeiss SLR Lens Instant Savings (C/N) [25 options]

While we are patiently waiting for Vanilla Ice to be hired to perform “Zeiss Zeiss Baby”, there is a new round Zeiss SLR (Canon, Nikon) instant savings promotions featuring a total of 25 lenses. These also earn 2% promotional rewards, which are not small change considering the premium price nature of Zeiss lenses. You can see all 25 options at B&H Photo.

Pre-order new Panasonic G7 (m43) for $800+ (with free Audio-Technica mic)

Panasonic has a new micro four thirds camera available for pre-order today, it is the G7 that starts at $800 with the 14-42 kit lens or $1100 with the 14-140mm lens.

And already (!) there are deals on them. B&H Photo is offering exclusive two lens kits (14-42, 45-150) for $900, while Adorama is offering a free Audio-Technica AT8024 Stereo/Mono Camera-Mount Microphone ($250 on its own) with the $800 G7 w/14-42 kit. Also of note, B&H Photo has a super bundle with the G7, 14-140mm and 14mm lenses and Rode VideoMic Pro Compact Shotgun Microphone for $1300. These are estimated to ship around mid-to-late June 2015.

Optionally, the G7 pre-orders are also eligible for the Panasonic Bundle Savings. Among the lenses eligible for this combined purchase discount promotion are the 20mm f1.7 II, 25/1.4, 42.5/1.7, 30/2.8, 100-300/4-5.6, and more.

You can find this and other interesting and non-boring cameras and lenses in the Cameras and Lenses of 2015 tracking page. All apologies, no swimsuit edition 🙂

PS: if you are not familiar with the Panasonic line-up, this new G7 should not be confused with the older previously released GX7.

Imported Canon 50mm f1.8 II for $92 w/free ship

And also part of the eBay Deals is the grey-market imported new condition Canon 50mm f1.8 II lens offered for $92 with free shipping, with a limit of five per customer, by eBay seller “Red Tag Camera” (99.9%). Nearly 2000 units sold through this promotion. A simple double-figures prime lens is a lower risk as grey-market purchase than a $3000 pro SLR lens but again, the trade-offs are per individual. We blog, you decide (and deride if you decide to do so) 🙂

Speaking of eBay, among the latest offers you can get the new condition 32GB Toshiba microSD card with full size SD adapter (Class 10, up to 30MB/s) for $14 with free shipping, with a limit of 50 per buyer, by eBay seller “qualitycellz” (99.2%).

GoPro HERO4 Silver Camera for $330

Also part of Zee eBay Deals, Adorama’s eBay store is offering the new condition GoPro HERO4 Silver Camera for $330 with free shipping, with a limit of five per buyer.

Speaking of GoPro, REI has the GoPro HERO4 Silver Camera Bundle with 3-Way Mount/Tripod and Case for $400.

Canon SX50 superzoom for $270

Also at Los eBay Deals, Beach Camera’s eBay store (authorized Canon dealers) are offering the new condition Canon Powershot SX50 HS superzoom (50x optical) for $270 with free shipping and a limit of five per customer.

Pay $80, Get $100 iTunes Gift Card by Email (limit 4)

To Les eBay Deals we go where PayPal’s Digital Gifts is offering $100 iTunes Gift Cards (email delivery) for $80, with a limit of four per customer. This is a 20% discount. Not the lowest ever, but definitely lower than full price. Over 3700 sold so far. This is email delivery, not a plastic gift card by mail. iTunes has a variety of camera/photo apps, along with various camera and photo related e-books, some of them iOS-exclusive.

(ENDED) Sigma 10-20mm f4-5.6 EX DC HSM (Canon) for $270

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(ENDED) Tuesday Lightning Deals: Sigma 70-200 f2.8, Samsung WB 2200F (60x), B+W Filters, etc

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Pre-order new Fuji X-T10 and 90/2 lens

More new Fuji gear and pre-orders, starting with the new XF 90mm f2 R LM WR Lens with a $950 pre-order price.

On the camera front, the new X-T10 mirrorless camera is pre-orderable as body only for $800, or with 16-50mm for $900 or with 18-55mm for $1100 with a mid-June release estimate. Also pre-orderable is the X-T10 metal hand grip for $130 and the X-T10 leather case for $80.

(ENDED) Monday Lightning Deals: Rokinon 12/2.8 fish, Corel, Digiframes, etc

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New WordPress Theme Is Here

The new WordPress theme is here, no more mega-font default WordPress ugliness! Thanks to everyone for the feedback! Over 75% of the votes were in favor of either the Test2 or Test3 options, while the bigger and bolder Test1 and the previously-current mega-font combined had under 20% of the vote. So the message you sent was clear, go for something compact and concise, which led to this theme! In some ways, it looks a lot like our previous-previous TypePad theme.

This is a responsive theme, works with desktops, laptops and smartphones. The responsiveness is not ideal with some tablets but it is still readable/usable [you can adjust the browser window on a desktop/laptop to partially simulate this]. More adjustments and customizations will happen in the next few days. The Main Blog will switch to a new theme next week. Please feel free to opine using the online contact form or the comments below or Twitter.

This is the TL;DR. If you are interested in more details about the making of this vegan sausage, there’s much and more after the jump…

UPDATE for Samsung S-Pen Users: you can use the S-Pen to hover over the menus on top (“Manufacturers”, “Camera Mounts”, “Camera Types”) and they automatically expand to show all the options. Then you just have to click on the option you want. (this works if the S-Pen hover feature is enabled – it’s somewhere in the TouchWiz labyrinth of menus).

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(ENDED) Photo Mag sale: Pop or Outdoor or Digital for $5 {Digital Photo Pro for $7}

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(ENDED) Blog Update: Template Change In Progress

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(ENDED) You Opine: Which One Of These New WordPress Themes Do You Prefer?

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(ENDED) LumiQuest Big Bounce Kit with Cinch Strap for $17 w/free ship

This daily deal expired… The B&H Photo Deal of the Day is the LumiQuest Big Bounce Kit with Cinch Strap offered for $16.90 with free shipping. You can buy as many as you like. Offer ends by Sunday at 11:59pm ET.

GoPro Hero3+ Silver Edition Camera with $50 Gift Card for $300

As part a Two Day Sale at Best Buy ending by Saturday night (no fever), you can get the new condition GoPro Hero3+ Silver Edition Camera with a $50 Best Buy Gift Card automatically included by Best Buy while this limited promotion is running for $300 with free shipping, or Store pick-up if available at your local sto’ors.

(ENDED) Fuji XF1 red for $126 (limit 2)

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(ENDED) 1TB Toshiba Canvio Basics USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive for $50

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(ENDED) Fri: Refurbished Nikon Coolpix S9600 for $80

This daily deal expired… The first of the bonus deals of the day at Best Buy for Friday 5/17/15 is the black refurbished Nikon Coolpix S9600 (22x optical) offered for $80 with free shipping.

(ENDED) Canon D-Rebel T5 w/18-55 for $355

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(ENDED) Friday Lightning Deals: Rokinon 12/2.8, various accessories

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(SOLD OUT) 16GB Lexar Platinum II (200x, C10) SDHC for $6.39 [limit 3]

One can never have too many SD cards these days, because this offer sold out before the full 24 hours expired…
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(SOLD OUT) Panasonic Eneloop Pro K-KJ17KHC82A Case for $35 (limit 3)

That sexy Eneloop carrying case probably did it, this offer sold out before the full 24 hour offer expired…
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95+ Visual Responsive WordPress Themes for $50 total (lifetime updates, unlimited sites)

While researching various WordPress themes for this blog, I found this offer at Stacksocial that looks very promising if you want to create visual blogs (eg photography or digital art or other creative endeavors). For $50, you get 95+ Premium Responsive WordPress themes with lifetime updates of the themes and use on unlimited blogs by Dessign LLC. They have a GPLv2 license. All sales are final. The regular price of this bundle is $100. Offer ends in about three days from today (unless it gets extended).

You can see them all at their ever-scrolling themes page. Each one has a “live demo” (look for the light blue button on the individual theme page) so you can see it on an actual blog.

PS: At this rate, I may be ready to start a WordPress Themes review blog 😉

Imported (Grey Market) Canon 5DMk3 w/24-105 for $2600

If you are a fan of grey areas, you may also be a fan of grey market (imported) camera gear 😉 Among the latest eBay Deals, eBay Seller “Get It Digital” (99.5%) is offering the new condition Canon 5D Mark III with 24-105mm f4L IS for $2600 with free shipping, with a limit of one per customer. This does NOT come with a Canon USA warranty. Instead, the seller GetItDigital offers a similar warranty of their own.

The 5DMk3 w/24-105 goes for $3100 at authorized Canon dealers, but they offer a variety of free accessories and promotional rewards, such as B&H Photo and Adorama and Amazonia.

As usual, the trade-off of $500 vs USA warranty and free accessories is up to each individual to make based on their own preferences and circumstances and such.

Speaking of eBay, the current pole position deal of the day over there is the 13.3″ Apple Macbook Pro MF840LL/A (8GB, 256GB) for $1300 with free shipping with a limit of two per customer, offered by eBay seller “digjungle” (99.3%).

Speaking of speaking of eBay, NewEgg’s ebay store is offering the new condition 3TB SAMSUNG D3 Station (USB 3.0, 3.5″ Desktop External Hard Drive, model STSHX-D301TDB Bl) for $80 with free shipping, with a limit of five per customer. [this was appended to a post yesterday that expired/buried]

(ENDED) Free Premium Apps include Photo Studio PRO, PicShop, etc [more added!]

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(ENDED) Thursday: Computer Accessories sale

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(ENDED) Blog Update: a new WordPress Theme is coming!

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(ENDED) Thursday Lightning Deals: Sony SDXC cards, Moto X, EBL

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Canon SL1 body with Elements 12 and extras for $400

The black Canon SL1 body only with the Adobe Elements 12 (Photoshop, Premiere) and 32GB SD card and 4% promotional rewards is offered for $400 at Buydig.com.

Sony 30mm f3.5 (NEX) with extras for $253

The Sony 30mm f3.5 NEX lens goes for $253 at various authorized dealers (eg Amazon (limit 2)), but if you want a better bang for your buck, Adorama is also offering 4% promotional rewards ($10~) and Pro Optic 49mm Digital Essentials Filter Kit, cleaning kit, and cap tether.

Phottix Indra500 TTL 4-channel Studio Light and Battery Pack Kit for $1200

On the Lighting front (which half of the time I spell Lightning), Adorama is offering this Phottix Indra500 TTL 4-channel Studio Light and Battery Pack Kit (USA) that includes Reflector and Multi-Voltage Charger for $1200 with free shipping.

Panasonic GM1 w/12-32 and $200 Gift Card for $600

More Panasonic Gift Card action at Adorama. The GM1 with the 12-32mm kit is bundled with a $200 Adorama gift certificate for $600 with free shipping, in either the orange camera or the blue camera. Adorama will include the gift certificate in your package automatically while this promotion is running (ends by 5/16/15).

(ENDED) Wedn: HTC One M8 (no contract) for $300

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(ENDED) Thur: DJI Phantom 2 Quadcopter (Original Version, Refurbished) for $430

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Sony a7S with Atomos 7″ Shotgun and sling bag for $4493

Adorama is offering the Sony a7S body only along with the 7″ Atomos Shotgun 4K HDMI & 12G-SDI Monitor & Recorder and Sony active sling bag (LCS-ASB1) for $4493 with free shipping. No coupons/rebates.

Panasonic GX7 w/14-42 and $250 Gift Card for $800

Adorama has a new gift card promotion on the Panasonic GX7 with 14-42mm kit. You pay $800 and you receive the standard kit plus a $250 Adorama Gift Certificate and 4% promotional rewards on the full amount (= $32~). The offer is available on silver color scheme and the black color scheme.

Manfrotto ML240 Mini-24 LED Panel for $34 w/free S&H

The Manfrotto ML240 Mini-24 LED Panel for Micro Four Thirds Cameras and DSLRs (6000K) is on a while-supplies-last sale for $34~ with free shipping at Adorama.

Refurbished Nikon 18-140mm f3.5-5.6G DX VR for $240

Refurbished can save a lot in some cases, such as the refurbished Nikon 18-140mm f3.5-5.6G DX VR lens going for $240 with free shipping at B&H Photo and Adorama.

20% off Camera Accessories at Monoprice with coupon

Monoprice is offering 20% off on Camera and Video Accessories when you use code code CAM20 over there. The coupon offer expires on 5/18/15 11:59pm pacific time. The usual coupon restrictions apply.

(ENDED) Wednesday Lightning Deals: Sigma 50-500mm (starts 9am ET), etc

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(ENDED) The WOOT-OFF continues for Day #2 (started Tue 1am ET)

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Pre-order New Olympus 7-14/2.8, 8/1.8 PRO Lenses and E-M5 II LE body

Olympus has three new products in their Micro Four Thirds PRO world available for pre-order right now, two lenses and a new limited edition of the E-M5 II as follows:

+ 7-14mm f2.8 PRO M43rds lens for $1300 at Adorama and B&H Photo

+ 8mm f1.8 fisheye PRO M43rds lens for $1000 at Adorama and B&H Photo

+ E-M5 II Limited Edition body only for $1200 with August release estimate at Amazon and Adorama and B&H Photo

Join Vimeo Pro, Receive $150 B&H Photo Gift Card

Vimeo has a new subscriber promotion good until the end of day on May 17 in 2015. If you join Vimeo Pro, you will receive a $150 B&H Photo gift card as a bonus. Vimeo Pro is an annual subscription of $200 per year. Current Vimeo Pro subscribers are not eligible and Vimeo Plus members won’t receive prorated pricing. Terms and conditions at the bottom of that page in smaller print.

Pelican 1740 Black Long Case with Foam for $260

The brand new Pelican 1740 Black Long Case with Foam is currently on sale for $260 with free shipping at Amazon by Amazon itself with a limit of three per customer.

Refurbished Nikon D3100 body for $200

If you are looking for an older Nikon DSLR body, Adorama is offering the manufacturer refurbished black Nikon D3100 body only for $200 with free shipping, and 2% promotional rewards.

Refurbished Nikon sale (20 options)

Adorama has a sale on select refurbished Nikon camera gear, denoted by the price shown in red ink. There are:

+ five refurbished DSLR options
+ five refurbished Lens options
+ ten refurbished Coolpix options

Used Nikon D300 body for $400

B&H Photo is offering the used Nikon D300 body only in Used condition with an 8+ rating for $400 with free shipping. Instead if you prefer it refurbished by Nikon USA with the usual 90 day warranty, it goes for $800 at Adorama.

Refurbished Nikon Coolpix L810 for $110

The black Nikon Coolpix L810 (26x optical zoom, four AA batteries) is offered as manufacturer refurbished for $110 with free shipping at Adorama.

Refurbished Nikon D2X for $1000

If of the many professional Nikon DSLRs it is the old D2X the one you want, you can currently get it refurbished by Nikon USA for $1000 at Adorama. Extended warranty (NewLeaf) options start at +$28.