Now shipping: Ruggard Lynx DSLR + Laptop Backpacks ($50 to $70)

House brands are all the rage these days, for example, AmazonBasics expanding at an exponentially expansive rate. B&H Photo has house brands too, and under their Ruggard brand, three new DSLR + Laptop backpack are now in-stock and shipping with prices ranging from $50 to $70 with free shipping. One is meant for laptops up to 13″, another up to 15″, and another up to 17″. You can’t fit the Surface Studio in these 🙂 Free expedited shipping.

Follow-Up: Loading $20+ Amazon Cash and Getting the $10 promo credit

Earlier in the week we mentioned the Amazon Cash $20+ / $10 promotion. As promised, I boldly went out to try out this promotion. This is the chronicle of said adventure 🙂

This is a long write-up, more after the break…

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Now shipping: the new Surface Laptop

Yesterday we mentioned a Chromebook, so the Fairness Doctrine requires that we must mention a Windows device within 24 hours. Which is convenient because today the brand new Microsoft Surface Laptop (actual laptop with screen glued to the keyboard) has began shipping at various authorized dealers including the official Microsoft Online Store and B&H Photo and various at Amazon.

Some options may not be available in-stock at every retailer. Prices start at $999 (i5, 4GB RAM, 128GB, HD 620), then go to $1299 (i5, 8GB RAM, 256GB, HD 620), then $1599 (i7, 8GB RAM, 256GB, HD 640), and $2199 (i7, 16GB RAM, 512GB, HD 640). The Platinum color has all four configurations. The other three colors are only the i5/256. A cellular model is coming later in the year.

NOTE: this comes with “Windows 10 S” out of the box, but you have until December 31 in 2017 for a FREE upgrade to “Windows 10 PRO”. This is officially mentioned in the Surface Laptop specs [under the “Software” box]. Once you go Windows 10 PRO however, you cannot switch back to Windows 10 S.

NOTE #2: No official Surface accessories are included, so if you want to use it with the Surface Pen, Dock, Dial, Mouse, you have to use your own or purchase them too.

Now shipping: DJI Spark for $500 or Fly More Combo for $700

Today is June 15, so the new DJI Spark quadcopter is now in-stock and shipping for $500 in the standard kit or for $700 in the Fly More combo (extra battery, propellers, etc) at the official DJI store and B&H Photo and Adorama and various at Amazon.

The Alpine White color scheme is in-stock everywhere. For other colors, check the individual listings.

(ENDED) Neewer NW-561 LCD Display Speedlite Flash for $32

This lightning deal expired…

Generating some traction among today’s Gold Box deals is the new condition Neewer NW-561 LCD Display Speedlite Flash going for $32 with free shipping. The price was $40 last night when I posted the Lightning Deals schedule. It is 14% claimed as of 10am ET. Offer ends at 1:39pm ET or earlier if sold out. It averages 4.1 out of 5 based on 169 customer reviews.

(ENDED) Saturday Lightning Deals: Neweer 8mm f3.5 Fisheye (Canon), 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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(ENDED) Bower 500 f/8 Mirror w/T-Mount for $70 (C/N/P); Photoflex StarFire Digital Flash for $40 [Free S&H]

These daily deals expired…

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Samsung Chromebook Plus Convertible Touch Laptop drops to $379

Temptation time! The Samsung Chromebook PLUS (PLUS = ARM processor; PRO = Intel) Convertible Touch Laptop, model XE513C24-K01US, is on sale for $379 with free shipping at Amazon by Amazon itself with a limit of up to three per customer.

Of interest if you want a multi-purpose device, as you get a ChromeOS laptop that can officially run Android apps through Google PLAY, a touchscreen display, a built-in and included Samsung stylus (S-Pen), a non-widescreen aspect ratio, a 360-degree rotating screen, and more.

This will not replace a Photoshop machine, but you can use it for all kinds of other tasks. Also handy when on assignment or when working with others, you can put it in Guest mode or they can login with their own Google account and pick up quickly from where they left off.

The PRO (Intel) model remains at $550 and was the one that got delayed because of hardware and software issues.

PS: I don’t know if the included S-Pen is compatible with (or which) other Samsung devices that have their own version of the S-Pen (phones, tablets, laptops, etc).

PS2: one lesser known feature of ChromeOS is that you can login with multiple Google accounts at the same time and switch between them as needed. You don’t have to login and logout all the time. Handy if you use it for both personal and work, or have one account with paid subscriptions (eg YouTube RED or Music All Access or extra Google Drive storage).

DJI OSMO 4K with two Batteries and Mic for $492 [updated]

If you prefer to buy the DJI OSMO Handheld Fully Stabilized 4K 12MP Camera from a more recognizable dealer, then off to Adorama we go where for $492 with free shipping you get three freebies: two DJI Part 7 Intelligent Batteries and one DJI Part 44 FM-15 Flexi Microphone. This is backordered, so don’t order if you want to receive it by a specific date.

This offer expired: Good for 6/14/17 only, the new condition DJI OSMO Handheld Fully Stabilized 4K 12MP Camera is on sale for $440 by 6ave as one of the featured deals at Rakuten. The price is automatically discount to this by an automated coupon… Don’t forget of the 15% Rewards promotion (I don’t know for sure if they are stackable but doesn’t hurt to try)…

SanDisk Extreme Pro SDHC/SDXC UHS-II Card Reader/Writer for $15 with free S&H

Fast memory cards go hand in hand with fast memory card readers, which brings us to the SanDisk Extreme Pro SDHC/SDXC UHS-II Card Reader/Writer, model SDDR-329-A46, on sale for $15 with free shipping at B&H Photo. Limit 20 units per customer. You get upgraded to faster shipping if your order total is $49+ of any eligible items (not just this one)… For more action, check their Featured Sales

GoPro HERO4 Black with GoPro LCD Touch BacPac and GoPro Dual Battery Charger with Battery for $329

If the GoPro HERO4 Black is the action camera you want of the ever-increasing number of options out there, B&H Photo has a GoPro HERO4 Black bundle for $329 with free expedited shipping. You get the standard kit plus these two free items: the GoPro LCD Touch BacPac (goes for $80 on its own) and GoPro Dual Battery Charger with Battery (goes for $49 on its own). It is a two-slot battery charger and comes with an additional battery in the box. So between the standard kit and the charger kit, you have two batteries.

Canon 2-Lens Bundle (50/1.8 STM, 10-18 EF-S) with Free Extras for $319

The new official Canon 2-Lens Bundle featuring the EF 50/1.8 STM and 10-18 EF-S f4.5-5.6 lenses is on sale for $319 at authorized dealers, but that’s not all, for the same price, Adorama is bundling it with these free accessories: 49mm and 67mm UV lens filters, a small and a medium lens pouch, and the obligatory cleaning kit.

Likewise, the other Canon 2-Lens bundle with the EF 50mm f1.4 USM and EF 17-40mm f4L lenses goes for $850 at authorized dealers, but for the same price, Adorama is bundling it with these free accessories: 58mm and 77mm UV lens filters, and lens cleaning tissue paper.

15% off Canvas and Custom Photo Books at AdoramaPIX with coupons

In addition to the three previously mentioned coupons (metal prints, paper prints, custom cards), there are two brand new coupons, also running until 6/18/17 at 11:59pm pacific time at AdoramaPIX, coupon PXABOOK15 gets you 15% off custom photo books. Meanwhile coupon code PXACANVAS15 gets you 15%5 off canvas prints.

Coupons cannot be combined with other offers. Free shipping if your order total (after the coupon discounts are factored in) is over $49 (before tax/shipping).

YMMV: 10% eBay Bucks (no minimum purchase)

This is YMMV ~ I do not know if eBay offers this to everyone or a subset of their registered users. Good until Saturday 3am eastern (6/17/17), you earn 10% eBay Bucks on your purchases. This time around there is no minimum purchase price per item. Even $1 items earn the bonus. First you have to manually activate the offer from the eBay email or your eBay messages (if invited/selected to participate). Some exclusions apply as usual and the maximum rewards you can earn is $100 per transaction, and $500 during the promotional period.

One great way to take advantage of this promotion is the new condition factory unlocked Samsung Galaxy S8+ (Midnight Black) offered for $700 with free shipping by Samsung’s official eBay store. No contract, no obligation to any carrier, and you can use it on all four major US carriers (Sprint, T-Mobile, AT&T, Verizon) and their assorted sub-carriers (MetroPCS, Cricket, etc) and MVNOs (Page, Republic, TPO, etc). 10% of $700 = $70 in eBay Bucks to be spent in future eBay purchases!

A good place to look for ideas are the eBay Deals along with the Trending Deals (shows only 100 trending deals, less overwhelming to look at than their main deals page). There’s also a dedicated search box there that searches only the Deals, not everything else on eBay.

Another way to look for ideas is our eBay Archive posts.

Now shipping: 6pk of 100W Equivalent AmazonBasics LED A21 Bulbs: Daylight for $18, Soft White for $19

LED Light Bulbs, especially of the A21 kind are everywhere these days, but the ones you commonly find are of the 40W or 60W equivalent kind. If you want the 100W equivalent kind, the new 6-packs by AmazonBasics are now in-stock and shipping. A 6-pack of Soft White (2700K, 1300 lumens) goes for $19.24, while a 6-pack of Daylight (5000K, 1400 lumens) goes for $18.26. Limit three six-packs per option per customer during this sale. The 6-packs are priced very close to the 2-packs. This is not a lightning deal.

On the more conventional 60W equivalent kind, a 6-pack of TCP 9W (60W equivalent) in Daylight go for $10, and so does a 6-pack of Soft White. You may also find good deals locally at hardware stores for the 40W and 60W equivalent LED light bulbs, especially if there are any co-promotion/subsidies by the local utility company or state or any other organization involved in matters of energy and such.

YI 4K+ Action Camera and YI Gimbal 3-Axis Stabilizer and YI Floating Grip for $440 after coupon

GoPRO is no longer the only game in town when it comes to action cameras. YI technology (apparently action cameras hate long brand names mayhaps because there’s not a lot of space on the compact devices to write them on) is generating some buzz with their models, and at the moment, they have a combined purchase coupon and a freebie as well. The offers are stackable.

Here are the steps:
* start at the YI 4K+ Action Camera product page; page down until you…
* … locate the offer that says “Receive 1 Floating Grip free” (you will receive one FREE YI Floating Grip (randomly chosen color)
* hit the yellow “Add Both to Cart”
* if you don’t want the Gimbal, that’s it, proceed to checkout
* if you also want the Gimbal at 50% off, add the YI Gimbal 3-Axis Handheld Stabilizer to the shopping cart and enter coupon code YIGIMBAL
* the coupon cuts the price of the Gimbal from $200 to $100
* your total is $340 (Action Cam) + $100 (Gimbal after coupon) = $440

The top right corner of the Amazon Checkout page looks like this when all is well and this offer is stacked:

Free Hand Delivery and 1 Hour Flight Training with DJI Spark for $500 [select US metro areas]

The new DJI Spark will be released to the world on June 15 in 2017. If you’d like to receive it in person and receive a 1-hour FREE flight training, and want to buy the “Alpine White” color scheme, the official DJI store is offering these two freebies for the regular price of $500. The hand delivery and free flight training are only available in eight big metro areas in the USA: Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, and San Francisco. You also receive a free 16GB microSD card 🙂

If you don’t want the Alpine color scheme, or don’t want hand delivery, or you are not in those eight metro areas, you can pre-order it for $500 with a June 15 release at various retailers including Amazon itself and various other sellers.

NOTE that DJI is a Chinese company, and as it is often the case with Chinese products, a number of the online sellers offering their products directly or through marketplaces (like Amazon, eBay and such) are based in China. If you are not familiar with a particular seller, do not assume that they ship from the USA. Make sure you check before buying!

(ENDED) Wednesday: 15% back in Rakuten Rewards points with coupon

This 1-day offer expired…

If you are a fan of shopping at Rakuten (formerly Buy.com), for Wednesday (today), promo code 15BACK gets you 15% back in Rakuten Rewards points at the Rakuten website. Exclusions and limitations apply as usual. You have to be a member of their Rewards program in order to get the 15% back in Rewards points.

B&M only: Load $20+ Cash to your Amazon Account, Get $10 promo credit

This may sound a bit counter-intuitive if you hadn’t heard of it before, but Amazon has a new feature where you walk into a brick and mortar chain store, you hand them cold hard cash, and said cold hard cash magically appears as a balance in your Amazon.com account. You pay no fees for this service (take that PayPal!).

To encourage people to use this relatively new Amazon Cash service, Amazon has launched a new promotion. If you load $20+ before 7/31/17, you will receive (later via email) a $10 Amazon promotional store credit to spend in the future. So if you load exactly $20, it’s like getting 50% more. The $10 promotional store credit must be spent by 8/31/17. The $20+ balance is a gift card balance, it never expires.

A barcode is generated that is a link to your Amazon account. You show that barcode at the B&M store when you load your cold hard cash. The bar code can be generated with a web browser or using the Amazon app. Details on how to generate and save it at the linked pages. You can even print it.

A number of chain stores are participating in this promotion, including GameStop, CVS, Fred’s, Speedway, KwikTrip, and more.

Make sure you get a receipt of the transaction ~ in case any enterprising employees decide to be “adventurous” with the promotion during the early days 🙂

I will attempt this promotion the next time I’m near one of the participating stores. I will post another post chronicling my “adventure” 🙂

It is interesting how Amazon is sending foot traffic to brick and mortar stores in order to encourage customers to shop online 🙂

Petcube Camera for $78 [Prime members only!]

You are a photographer and have your arsenal of camera gear but what of your pets? If you are a Prime member, you can get a $20 off discount on the Petcube Camera. Simply add to cart (while logged on to your Prime account) and the price will automatically drop from $98 to $78 by the time you get to the Checkout page. Screenshot of that below:

Exclusive discounts on select products is one of the many and ever-growing list of Prime benefits.

Sony a6500 with 16-50 and 55-210 and various freebies for $1594

Accessories time! If you are interested in the Sony a6500 with the 16-50mm and 55-210mm lenses, it is bundled with a variety of accessories for $1594 with free shipping as follows:

At B&H Photo you get a 64GB Sandisk Extreme SDXC card, a Watson extra battery, and a Ruggard shoulder bag.

At Amazon, sold and shipped by Focus Camera (but at Prime-like speed for Prime members) you get a 32GB Sandisk Extreme PRO SDHC card, two Wasabi batteries (do not eat!), a 3rd-party two-slot charger, a Tiffen UV filter, and a Focus Camera branded bag with trinkety accessories inside (cleaning kit, card reader, etc).

PS: the Adorama website is currently down so I can’t check there.

AdoramaPIX coupons: 15% off Photo Prints, Metal Prints, Custom Cards

More coupon action at AdoramaPIX. A trio of new 15% off coupons are running until June 18 (2017) at 11:59pm pacific time as follows:

+ PXFPRINT15 for 15% off Photo Prints
+ PXFMET15 for 15% off Metal Prints
+ PXFCARD15 for 15% off Custom Cards

Coupons cannot be combined with other offers. Not valid on Posters. Free shipping for orders of $49+ after the coupons are factored in and before taxes and shipping.

Panasonic GH4 Body with Free Mic or Free V-Log software for $1000

If you are not tempted by the more expensive siren’s song of the Panasonic GH5, there are a couple of promotions on the Panasonic GH4 body only for $1000.

At B&H Photo you get a FREE Polsen VM-180M DSLR/Video Microphone included by B&H automatically.

At Adorama, you have two options for freebies: with the Rode VideoMic Pro R Cardioid Condenser Microphone OR with the Panasonic DMW-SFU1-VLOG V-Log L Function Firmware Upgrade Kit.

12pk AmazonBasics Rechargeable AAA for $12

To the rechargeable batteries we go, where the 12-pack of AmazonBasics pre-charged AAA rechargeable batteries is on sale for $12 by Amazon itself. You can buy as many as you like. It is not a lightning deal. It is also available through “Subscribe and Save”.

If you don’t need that many, the 8-pack goes for $10. They ship in the typical frustration-free AmazonBasics cardboard boxes which are almost always repurposable and recyclable.

8GB Sandisk Ultra Class 10 SDHC for $7 with free S&H [and more eBay action]

To the eBay Deals we go where the Ritz Cameras eBay store is offering the new condition 8GB Sandisk Ultra Class 10 SDHC card, model SDSDUN-008G-G46, for $7 with free shipping (from New Jersey). You can buy as many as you like. You get free shipping whether you buy one memory card or a trillion.

Speaking of eBay, if you want baseball caps to color match your shooting location, a variety of colors is offered for $6 with free shipping each. They ship from New Jersey. They have almost 30 different color schemes. They are the typical one size fits all. Details and size charts further down the product description.

Meanwhile the official Google eBay store is offering new condition Chromecast devices for $30 with free shipping, with a limit of up to five units per customer.

Factory Unlocked Samsung Galaxy S8+ for $700 with USA warranty

The official Samsung eBay store (yes, almost everyone is on eBay these days), is offering the factory unlocked new condition Samsung Galaxy S8+ (Plus; the larger model), model SM-G955U, in the Midnight Black color scheme, with 64GB on-board storage, for $700 with free shipping and a Samsung USA warranty. Limit up to five per customer.

You own the phone and you can use it on any carrier, it is one of only a few smartphones that are what I call “uber carrier”, they work with all four major USA carriers (AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile) and their various MVNOs. There are many benefits to getting an unlocked no-contract phone, but historically Samsung has not been giving their previous unlocked flagship phones OS updates as fast as they did the carrier-branded ones. There’s only one unlocked color at the moment.

On the other hand, if you want an “uber carrier” phone without breaking the bank, B&H Photo comes to the rescue! They offer the Motorola Moto G (4th Generation) for $160 in the 2GB RAM / 16 GB storage) option, or for $200 you can get a better value/performance combo with the 4GB / 64 GB storage. RAM being the more important factor as you have a lot more flexibility in terms of multi-tasking and using big apps.

Rokinon Sale: 16mm f2 for $319, 10mm f2.8 for $349, 24m f3.5 Tilt Shift for $679 [various mount options]

More B&H action, this time it is a Rokinon Lens Instant savings sale featuring 16 different options in various mounts as follows:

+ 16mm f2 ED AS UMC CS for $319 in Canon, Nikon, Pentax, Fuji X, M43 Sony E

+ 10mm f2.8 ED AS NCS CS fro $349 in Pentax K, Samsung NX (!), Fuji X, M43, Canon
+ Nikon version for $399

+ 24mm f3.5 Tilt Shift ED AS UMC for $679 in Sony E, Canon, Nikon and Pentax

+ they also earn 2% promotional rewards

Pentax Lenses Instant Savings (20 options, $272 to $1997)

B&H Photo is running a Pentax Lenses Instant Savings promotion with a total of 20 lenses featured with prices ranging from $272 (35mm f2 FA LA LA LA LA LA) to $1997 (150-450mm f4.5-5.6 DC AW D FA HD). The price you see is the price you pay. It is a mix of primes and zooms, with primes having a government-forming majority.

10% off entire B&N order with coupon

Another coupon is live at the Barnes and Noble website, get 10% your entire order with coupon code BESTDAD by the end of day on 6/13/17. Strategically this is good for items that have the same prices everywhere or rarely go on sale. Free shipping with $25+ orders or if you are a paying member ($25/year). Some exclusions apply (no Nooks, no ebooks, no Lego, etc).

The Clearance section is another place to look for deals. You can drill down the sub-categories or go directly to the Photography Clearance section.

Used Fuji X-T2 with 18-55 for $1662

This begins a burst of Stock update posts after updating the Stock Status Tracker. We start with the Fuji X-T2 with 18-55mm kit, out of stock in new condition, but available in “Used – Very Good” condition (repackaged) for $1662~ by Amazon Warehouse Deals itself. This is Amazon’s own USED sales persona, not 3rd party sellers.

Open-Box / Used Fuji X-T2 body for $1400

Various options are available for the Fuji X-T2 body only during this update of the Stock Tracker.

On the USED front, the price seems to have settled at $1400
+ OneCal (OPEN BOX)
+ Adorama (USED)
+ eBay (USED)
+ Amazon Waerehouse Deals (USED)

New Condition remains $1600
+ Adorama
+ Amazon (various)
+ OneCall

Panasonic GH5: USED for $1748, Grey for $1893, Authorized $2000 [or less]

And now it is the Panasonic GH5 time for updating in the Stock Status Tracker and you have many options here.

+ USED condition for $1748 at Amazon Warehouse Deals in “Used – Very Good” condition (repackaged, tested, no cosmetic imperfections, two pictures of the actual camera included)
+ this is by Amazon Warehouse Deals itself, not 3rd-party sellers
+ below that, there’s a “Used – Like New” for $1799 by Cardinal Photo

+ GREY MARKET (new condition) for $1893 by 6ave on eBay)

+ NEW CONDITION ($2000 or less): make a “Best Offer” using the eBay “Make Offer” button by Willoughby’s (eBay)

+ NEW CONDITION for $2000 at Adorama and Amazon itself and various on eBay

IN-STOCK: Fuji X100F Silver for $1300 [also: eBay Auction In Progress]

And now we have updated the Fuji X100F segment of the Stock Status Tracker. The black X100F is out of stock everywhere at $1300, but some places sell it with the usual “limited availability premium”.

However, we have good news for the silver X100F. It is in-stock and ready to ship for $1300 by Best Buy (eBay) with a limit of three per buyer.

Also, if you are a fan of eBay auctions, one individual (100%, West Virginia) has an eBay AUCTION for this. It is currently at $920 with 28 bids and the auction closed on Thursday at 9:25pm ET. The condition is USED with 280 shutter actuations. Half a dozen pictures of the actual camera are also included in the listing.

IN-STOCK: Nikon D7500 Body for $1250 [Not Yet: w/18-140]

A new update of the Stock Status Tracker has the Nikon D7500 with 18-140mm out of stock but getting closer at the discounted price of $1550 (Nikon’s original price was rather crazy at $1750).

Meanwhile the D7500 body continue is in-stock and ready to ship for its starting price of $1250 (actually, $1247 but I try to round numbers) at Amazon itself and Adorama and various eBay dealers.