Dostyle Light Meter for $19 [WAS $16]

The Dostyle Light Meter (Range: 0.1 ~ 200,000 Lux and 0.01 ~ 20,000 Fc) is on sale for $19 as of 4/19/17 [WAS $16] by the maker (“Dostyle Online”) with the orders fulfilled by Amazon, so you get free 2-day shipping if a Prime member. Otherwise, the usual $35+ limit. Limit up to eight units per customer. This averages 5 out of 5 based on 11 customer reviews, and it is currently the #1 best seller in newly-released Light Meters (there’s only seven of them listed though).

MegaGear “Ever Ready” for Sony RX100 for $20

The brown color scheme of the MegaGear “Ever Ready” protective leather case for the Sony RX100 is on sale for $20 at Amazon by Amazon itself with a limit of ten units per customer. This is not a lightning deal. Check the 330+ customer reviews and 20+ answered questions for more details and see how it fits the various RX100 generations. This was released for the first generation RX100. The customer reviews have their own search box (bottom right side on a desktop web browser; position may vary depending on viewport).

20% back on $30 iTunes or Google Play Gift Cards (also 16% back on Netflix)

We are hitting two ecosystems with one blog stone 🙂 Good until Saturday night 4/15/17, at Rite Aid brick and mortar stores [check their Weekly Ad to verify your local stores are participating], by using the Plenti Rewards program (managed by American Express and free and easy to join in-store or online), you can get 20% back in Plenti points on the purchase of $30 Google Play or $30 iTunes Gift Cards. You earn the $6 spending equivalent (600 Plenti Points) to use in the future (as early as next day after purchase) at participating Plenti retailers (Rite Aid, Exxon-Mobil, Macy’s, etc). If you shop at any of these retailers regularly, this is as good as cash. I’ve done these a few times, they work like clockwork. Limit two per customer for this particular offer.

Of camera and photo interest is the purchase of photography and camera guide e-books (tablets and PCs are better suited than e-book readers and phones when reading e-books with diagrams, tables, and of course color pictures), along with the purchase of camera and photography apps, and the occasional photography-related movie or TV show.

Speaking of which, another similar deal is running at Rite Aid B&M for the same time period. Buy a $50 Netflix Gift card, and get 800 Plenti points back. That’s a 16% off virtual discount, assuming you have no problem spending the 800 Plenti points at participating retailers. Limit two per customer on this offer. You can load this card to your own Netflix account (you don’t have to gift it to someone else). These work like clockwork too, and it only takes about 60 seconds to scratch the code, logon to the Netflix website, and type in the goofy jumble of letters and numbers that is the gift card code. Netflix can sometimes take a couple of minutes to “digest” the gift card, so don’t panic if your balance does not refresh instantaneously [this word is a pain to type correctly!]

Of camera and photo interest, well, there are very few photo-related movies and docs on Netflix, but you can put the savings towards the purchase of your next camera and photo item 🙂 A 16% virtual discount on a $10 monthly plan would make it a virtual $8.40 per month. Assuming you can use the Plenti points on your everyday purchases.

I have done the above offers multiple times, they work like clockwork, and they are frictionless. All you have to do is show your Plenti rewards card when making the purchase at Rite Aid, or type in your phone number correctly. You pay full price at the cash register. You get the promotion in bonus points. You get instant verification on the bonus points on the cash register receipt, it shows the amount earned. The bonus points can be spend the next morning (after your purchase). You cannot roll the points (you cannot use them on gift cards anyway), so you must pay with “new money” (credit card, cash, debit card, check, gold bullion bars, live chickens, and all the other acceptable payment methods).

Lowepro Photo Hatchback 16L AW Backpack for $50

This ended: Bag the camera bags for extra OCD protection 🙂 The Lowepro Photo Hatchback 16L AW Backpack is currently on sale for $50 with free shipping at Amazon by Amazon itself (limit ten per customer).

These continue as of late 4/10/17: If you are not in a hurry to receive it, it is also available for the same price at Adorama and B&H Photo. Orders will ship beginning April 19.

LG G6 (Sprint) for $354 with 24-month installment plan only

If you like what you saw with the LG G6 camera samples and reviews, and you don’t want to wait for the new Galaxy and iPhone and Pixel flagships to come out, and you are okay with switching or continuing with Sprint, they have a new installment-plan promotion that gets you the new LG G6 smartphone for $354 on a 24-month installment plan. Customers with “Good Credit” pay 24 monthly installments of $14.95, while “Building Credit” pay a $200 deposit with 24 monthly installments of $6.42. They both come out to around $354 total by the end of the installment discount promotion. The offer is good on both the Ice and Black color schemes.

The sale is only good on the installment plan. The pay-full-price-now price is $708. Sprint has a new “Unlimited plan” (with 10GB of mobile hotspot per month) for $50 per month, guaranteed until June 2018 (then it goes to $60/month). These prices are with Auto PAY activated. Add an extra $5/month if you don’t want AutoPAY. They also have promotions on adding lines (the second line is +$30/month, more lines for +$20/line; the prices on the additional lines will also increase in July 2018). You also get a FREE Google Home (hardware device, not a house made by Google) from LG by filing the necessary e-paperwork online.

Day #3 of Joe McNally Lighting Class Streaming at 12pm ET

Day #3 (the last day) of Joe McNally’s Lightning Class “Lighting, Logistics, and Strategies for a Life in Photography” will begin streaming LIVE at 12pm eastern on Friday and will be free for all to watch while it is recording live.

CreativeLIVE uses a different model when it comes to online classes. Each class streams live online as it is recorded (in other words, classes are recorded live) and everyone can watch it without paying. After the original live stream is over, then you have to pay to watch or rewatch it. So if you have a flexible schedule and fast-enough internet access you can watch a LOT of content for free.

For more details, check CreativeLive’s Free On-Air Classes page. Other upcoming classes include Lindsay Adler, Jeremy Cowart, Ben Willmore, and more.

Meta: Blog Remodeling Coming

A blog remodeling is coming. Now that the default WordPress theme has been “burned it”, it is time to start adding more utility to it and fix some of the issues (for example, those GIANT blog-post headlines). This will happen in the next few days on a time permitting basis.

This is a good opportunity to change and fix things, so if there are any things that bother you or you want to see changed or updated or tweaked and such, please feel free to leave a comment or use the online contact form.

Ape Case ACPRO346W Metro Large Camera Case for $27

Bag the bags, literally. the Ape Case ACPRO346W (Metro Collection) Large Caemra Case is on sale for $27~ at Amazon by Amazon actual with a limit of up to ten per customer. It only has two customer reviews so far. Note that there is a Coldplay song inside ~ it is all yellow 🙂 Plenty of repositionable dividers inside which you can repurpose in other bags as needed. This is not a lightning deal.

Speaking of camera bags, there a few other offers running as well, check the Camera Bags archive which include a quarter of doorbuster-y Lowepro bags at Adorama going for $10 to $20 with free shipping.

In-Stock Now: Panasonic 12-35mm f2.8 II PowerOIS for $1000

The brand new, second generation, Panasonic 12-35mm f2.8 II PowerOIS is now in-stock and ready to ship for $1000 with free shipping at B&H Photo and Adorama.

PS: In comparison, the first generation of this lens goes for $700 bundled with a $100 gift card.

Panasonic 12-35mm f2.8 PowerOIS and $100 Gift Card for $698

F2.8 zoom action on the Micro Four Thirds front now, the Panasonic 12-35mm f2.8 PowerOIS is bundled with a $100 Adorama gift certificate, all together going for $698 with free shipping at Adorama. OR if you prefer free accessories instead of the $100 gift card, they have a bundle with those too.

If you are a B&H fan, they offer it for the same price, but bundled with a $50 Gift Card.

Free Profoto Air Remote with select B1 or B2 purchases

On the $$$profesisonal$$$ side of lightning, B&H Photo has another Profoto promotion. If you purchase one of select Profoto B1 or B2 models (four options, $1995 to $4148), you will receive with them a FREE Profoto Air Remote. You have a choice of a Transceiver or a TTL for Canon or Nikon or Sony. You select the free item on the product page of each participating product, screenshot below:

Day #2 of Joe McNally Lighting Class Streaming at 12pm ET

Day #2 of Joe McNally’s Lightning Class “Lighting, Logistics, and Strategies for a Life in Photography” will begin streaming LIVE at 12pm eastern on Thursday and will be free for all to watch while it is recording live.

CreativeLIVE uses a different model when it comes to online classes. Each class streams live online as it is recorded (in other words, classes are recorded live) and everyone can watch it without paying. After the original live stream is over, then you have to pay to watch or rewatch it. So if you have a flexible schedule and fast-enough internet access you can watch a LOT of content for free.

For more details, check CreativeLive’s Free On-Air Classes page. Other upcoming classes include Lindsay Adler, Jeremy Cowart, Ben Willmore, and more.

No pre-orders yet: Canon 35mm f2.8 IS STM EF-S

Stabilized macro time now, Canon revealed the new 35mm f2.8 IS STM EF-S (APS-C) lens but pre-orders for it are not available. Nevertheless the lens has a product page up and running at B&H Photo with some details and an option to get notified by email when it’s available for pre-order/purchase.

PS: this too has been added to the 2017 Tracking page of major/interesting new cameras and lenses (NOTE: these trackers are no longer comprehensive of every single P&S camera and clone lens).

Pre-order new Canon SX730 HS superzoom (40x) for $399

Superzooms are alive and kicking, partly because neither smartphones nor DSLRs/iLCs can offer the crazy zoom ratios of smaller-sensor fixed lens cameras. Which brings us to a new 40x optical zoom model revealed by Canon, the Powershot SX730 HS with a 20mp 1/2.3″ sensor, available for pre-order at B&H Photo for $399 with free expedited shipping in silver or in black, but not in Las Vegas Raiders silver-and-black 🙂

(ENDED) Rokinon AF 14mm f2.8 FE drops to $499

This sale ended… A couple of days ago the Rokinon AF 14mm f2.8 FE was on sale for $649, but now Amazon has gone mad, and they are offering it for $499 with free shipping. This is sold and shipped by Amazon itself, not 3rd-party sellers. The shipping estimate is “1 to 2 months” often a sign the offer may be towards the end of its lifecycle. Limit up to three lenses per customer.

In-Stock Now: Sigma 135mm f1.8 DG HSM Art (Nikon)

It’s Prime time for Nikon DSLR shooters, the Sigma 135mm f1.8 DG HSM Art is now in-stock for its starting price of $1399 with free expedited shipping at B&H Photo. The Canon and Sigma mounts are not in-stock yet. B&H orders placed before Sunday at 8am ET will ship before B&H closes for the Passover Holidays. Orders placed after that, will ship after B&H re-opens on April 19.

Watch FREE LIVE: starts Wednesday 12pm ET: Joe McNally 3-Day Lighting Class

Starting on Wednesday at 12pm Eastern, and continuing on Thursday and Friday, there will be a 3-day class live-streaming for FREE for everyone to watch at CreativeLIVE by the one and only Joe McNally, “Lighting, Logistics, and Strategies for a Life in Photography”. Look under “Class Materials” for the topics that will be covered. The stream will take place 12pm to 7pm eastern during each day.

CreativeLIVE uses a different model when it comes to online classes. Each class streams live online as it is recorded (in other words, classes are recorded live) and everyone can watch it without paying. After the original live stream is over, then you have to pay to watch or rewatch it. So if you have a flexible schedule and fast-enough internet access you can watch a LOT of content for free.

For more details, check CreativeLive’s Free On-Air Classes page. Other upcoming classes include Lindsay Adler, Jeremy Cowart, Ben Willmore, and more.

Flashpoint CL-500R LED Circular Light for $140

Flash! Not Gordon, but a flash sale on a flash-related Flashpoint product 🙂 The Flashpoint CL-500R LED Circular Light is on sale for a limited time for $140 with free expedited shipping at Adorama.

On the other hand, if you are a veteran of used gear, you can get it from them in “Used – Excellent” condition for $94 plus shipping and handling. Shipping and handling is charged on almost all of the used products sold through Adorama, even if you are a VIP360 member. Used items get a 30-day return policy and a 90-day warranty from Adorama.

And if you want to immerse yourself in DIY deal hunting, check:

Ships tomorrow: Unlocked Sony Xperia XZs for $699

The new Sony Xperia XZs Android smartphone with its 19mp stacked Exmor RS Motion Eye sensor and 960fps slow motion capture is scheduled to start shipping tomorrow (April 5). It is available for outright purchase, no contract, no preconditions, no installment plans, unlocked with USA warranty for $699 in three color options by Amazon itself. It takes microSD cards (up to 256GB), has 4GB RAM, 64GB on-board, 5.2″ 1080p screen, Snapdragon 820, IP68 waterproofness, dual nano SIM, Android 7.1, etc.

Speaking of unlocked smartphones, Amazon has launched a new featured Unlocked Smartphone sale featuring various models including ASUS Zenphone Zoom, Sony XA, and more.

Plan Ahead: Passover Closing at B&H

If you are planning a near-term time-sensitive purchase at B&H Photo, please note that the company will be closed for Passover and shipment of orders and online ordering will be impacted. You can find a detailed schedule of what’s available when at their website, the gray stripe below the green menu stripe. Friday 4/7/17 [CORRECTED] at 12pm eastern is the cut-off point for orders that will ship before the store closes for the holidays, but don’t wait until the last minute if you have a time-sensitive purchase.

Deposit $50+ in Amazon Cash, Get $10 Digital Credit

This would have sounded like a reasonable April Fools Day joke a couple of days ago, but it’s actually not a joke! Amazon has launched yet another new feature, “Amazon Cash”. This allows you to load cash into your Amazon account without a credit or debit card. You go to a participating local brick and mortar store, you hand them cold hard cash, and it magically appears in your Amazon account.

And in typical Amazon fashion, to get more people to try the service right away, they are offering a $10 digital credit if you load $50 or more in cash. I haven’t done this offer yet. Here are details on the Amazon Cash service and details on the $10/$50 promotion. The $10 digital credit can be used towards the purchase of digitally-delivered digital content (ebooks, movies, apps, computer software, video games, etc). This promotion is good until 5/31/17, so there’s no need to hurry 🙂

PS: this is open to everyone, not restricted to Prime members.

PS2: Coinstar has been doing this for a few years now by issuing Amazon gift certificates without a service fee.