GoPro Dual Battery Charger (for HERO4) with Battery Pack for $36

If you prefer to use the official chargers and batteries, the official GoPro Dual Battery Charger (for HERO4) with Battery Pack (model AHBBP-401) is on sale for $36 with free shipping at Amazon by Amazon itself. Limit up to three sets per customer. Each set comes with ONE charger and ONE battery. The charger can charge two batteries at a time. It averages 4.6 out of 5 based on over 520 customer reviews.

Imported Sony a6300 w/16-50 w/1yr seller warranty for $850

The new condition Sony a6300 with 16-50mm goes for $1000 at authorized Sony dealers (eg Adorama and Amazon), however if you are comfortable with imported cameras…

… to the eBay Deals where the 6ave eBay store (99.1%, New Jersey) is offering the imported grey-market Sony a6300 with 16-50mm for $850 with free shipping. It comes with a 1-year warranty from the seller (6ave), not from Sony USA. Limit three per buyer.

eBay coupon: 20% off purchase of $25+ (max discount $50)

eBay has launched another limited time coupon, coupon code PERFECTSTART gets you 20% off on purchases of $25+. The maximum discount is $50, other words, if the price is over $250, you get a flat $50 discount instead of 20%. Coupon expires May 4th in 2017.

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.

ASUS ZenFone 3X Optical Zoom Smartphone with FREE Garmin Forerunner 25 GPS Running Watch for $200

Smartphones are embracing dual lenses but single-lens optical zoom remains a rarity. If you are interested in single-lens optical zoom smartphones,the ASUS ZenFone Zoom (ZX551ML, 32GB, Android, Unlocked, Black) comes with a 4-11mm f/2.7-4.8 optical zoom lens with Hoya OIS (28-84mm eq) is bundled with a FREE Garmin Forerunner 25 GPS Running Watch (Large, Black/Blue), all together going for $200 with free shipping at B&H Photo. This is a limited time offer (I do not know when it expires).

No coupon, no rebate. The free item will be included automatically while this offer is running. When the offer expires, you will not see the free Garmin mentioned on the page (see screenshot below). This is factory unlocked and works with compatible GSM carriers (check bands and forums and such). This is one of a few Intel Atom powered smartphones.

Self-Stirring Lens-Shaped Coffee Mug for $12 + $2 S&H [AAA powered]

Lens-shaped coffee mugs are everywhere these days, but what if you want to take your coffee-lensing to the next level? How about a a self-stirring coffee-shaped lens-mug? It is currently on sale for $13 plus $2 flat shipping at Stacksocial. Don’t forget to use any coupons (eg new customer) or credits you may have. The self-stirring is not powered by your love of coffee, but by two AAA batteries.

This is listed as 11 ounces, so if you are buying coffee at coffee shops, it won’t match the standard 12/16/20/24 sizes. You can try to convince them to sell you the kids size (8 oz) if they have it 🙂 However, if the coffee shop has free refills (eg Starbucks Gold Rewards), then losing an extra ounce is no big deal. Then again, with some places, you don’t want to drink any more of their coffee, even with unlimited free refills 🙂

If you plan to use this regularly, this 4-pack of Eneloop AAA Pre-Charged NiMHs currently goes for $7.60 at Amazon. They are not Add-ON, so Prime members get them in 2~ days without the need to buy anything else. These AAA are 750 mAh minimum (800 mAh “type”), with up to 2100 recharges. They are also eligible for “Subscribe and Save” as well. Limit one set for each purchase option.

Speaking of Stacksocial, their Pay What You Want Photography Bundle continues. $1+ gets you two classes, while meeting/beating the average price of $12.84 gets you all nine items (seven classes, two assets (stock photos to be experimented upon for class learnings)). More Pay What You Want options at our previous post.

Today’s entertainment video, the self-stirring coffee mug:

Tamron 16-300mm f/.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD MACRO with $20 rewards and 67mm Hoya UV Haze NXT HMC Filter for $499 [C/A]

Zoom-zoom now, the Tamron 16-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD MACRO Lens is bundled with 4% promotional rewards (around $20 to be used in future B&H purchases) along with the Hoya 67mm UV Haze NXT HMC Filter, all together for $499 with free shipping in the Canon EF mount and the Sony A mount. The Nikon version is neither on sale, nor it gets a free filter. Sale ends by 5/10/17.

Pre-order new Surface Laptop starting at $999

Today’s Microsoft big event launched “Windows 10 S” (Windows RT reborn in the shadow of ChromeOS), and a brand new Surface Laptop that comes with Windows 10 S out of the box (but upgreable to Windows 10 PRO for $$$). The Surface Laptop is going after the MacBooks, with prices starting at $999 and pre-orders and custom configurations available at the official Microsoft Store. It is expected to begin shipping mid-June 2017.

Customization is in the processor (i5 or i7), RAM (4GB to 16GB), on-board storage (128GB to 512GB SSD), graphics card (Intel HD 620 or Iris Plus 640) and color (four options). Some of the options are interlinked, so you can’t get every combination. It is also compatible with some of the Surface accessories, making it more of a system play if you are already part of the Surface ecosystem (Surface Dial, Surface Dock, etc).

The screen is a 13.5-inch with 2256 x 1504 (201 PPI) resolution, a 3:2, with Gorilla Glass. It is compatible with the Surface Pen, however a Surface Pen is NOT included, despite the $1000 starting price 🙁 It has a full size USB 3.0 port, but not SD card reader built-in. With a renewed focus on education, it will be interesting to see whether Adobe and other photo/imaging software companies will be more motivated to put more of their software in the Windows store. Battery life promises up to 14.5 hours of video playback. It can connect to a 4K monitor using the built-in Mini Display Port.

So there are some things going for it in terms of photography-related use. It’s obviously not a mobile workstation, but for people who need a sleek and modern-looking laptop with a long battery life and access to the Surface ecosystem, this might be of interest (as long as the software options work out for your needs).

If you need some semi-funny (maybe) entertainment, I was live-tweeting / live-trolling the announcement on Twitter 🙂

25% off CreativeLIVE classes

To celebrate National Teacher’s Day, CreativeLIVE is offering 25% Off Sitewide on the various classes offered at CreativeLive. The sale is factored in on their website, no coupon needed.

OR if you prefer free classes, check the latest ON-AIR SCHEDULE. You can watch classes for FREE online when as they are recorded LIVE. So in TV terms, watch the live premiere for FREE, but you have to pay to watch the reruns 🙂

128GB Sandisk Ultra USB 3.0 flash drive for $27 [limit 3]

With USB flash drives increasing in storage amount and decreasing in price, they can be a handy backup and backup-of-a-backup option, especially when on the road or on assignment. Which brings us to the 128GB Sandisk Ultra USB 3.0 flash drive, model SDCZ48-128G-A46, on sale for $27 with a limit of three per customer at Amazon by Amazon itself.

Fuji X-T2 Body USED for $1479, NEW IN-Stock for $1600

Some good news on the Fuji X-T2 front. The body only is available in “USED – Like New” condition for $1479 by Amazon Warehouse Deals itself. It is also in-stock in new condition at its starting price of $1600 by OneCall directly and by OneCall on eBay and by OneCall via Amazon.

In other Stock Status Tracker updates:

+ the Nikon D7500 moved to the bottom of the table since it’s still a few weeks away
+ I removed the Olympus E-M1 II since it has been steadily in-stock at normal prices. However, I am saving the entries, so if it runs out in the future, I can easily add it back to the table 🙂

If there are any other cameras you want to see tracked, please leave a comment here or there, or use the online contact form or tweet on The Twitter.

Canon 77D body only drops to $850 with Free Accessories

More things uncovered while updating the Stock Status Tracker, the Canon 77D body only has now dropped from $900 to $850, AND it is getting its first bundle of FREE accessories at Adorama: Corel software bundle, 16GB SD card, 24×7 Traffic Collection camera bag, Bower 20 memory card wallet, and the obligatory trinkets, card reader and cleaning kit.

The other two kits have also dropped in price, the w/18-55 is $1000 with free accessories (you are paying +$150 for the 18-55 lens) while the with 18-135mm kit dropped to $1250 but no free accessories (you are paying $400 more to get the 18-135 lens).

Needless to say, there are plenty of Canon APS-C options out there, especially if you factor in the refurbished ones as well, so there are plenty of choices and choice-headaches 🙂

In-Stock (May 4th): Panasonic GH5 body for $2000

May the Panasonic Fourth be with you! The GH5 body only in-stock estimate is currently May 4th (2017) for its starting price of $2000 at Amazon by Amazon itself. This too restricted to Prime members.

Meanwhile Ritz Camera on eBay has it in-stock for $2100 but they include a boatload of free extra accessories: 3rd-party charger, 3rd-party battery, 64GB Transcend SDXC, Polaroid 72″ monopod, Ritz branded camera bag, and the obligatory trinkets: card reader, cleaning kit and memory card wallet.

For the big picture, check the Stock Status Tracker.

In-stock now: Fuji X100F black for $1300

If you had been looking for the black Fuji X100F, rejoice! It is currently in-stock for its starting price of $1300 at Amazon by Amazon itself. At the moment this is restricted to Prime members only.

Meanwhile, if you are a more adventurous shopper and love eBay auctions, an individual eBay seller started an auction on the silver Fuji X100F starting at $900. The auction ends on Monday at 12:08pm eastern time.

For the big picture, check the Stock Status Tracker.

Canon 50mm f1.4 and 17-40mm f4L for $850

Two-lens bundles in a manufacturer box are the Loot Crate equivalent of photography. Okay, not quite that, but Canon’s new 2-lens bundle of the Canon EF 17-40mm f4L USM AND the Canon EF 50mm f1.4 USM is now on sale for $849 with free shipping at Adorama. On their own, the two lenses go for $750 and $330 respectively, making it a value play if you need/want both lenses, or don’t mind gifting/selling/trading the one you don’t want.

Vanguard VEO CM-264 4 Section Carbon Fiber Monopod for $80

The action continues at Adorama where the Vanguard VEO CM-264 4 Section Carbon Fiber Monopod is on sale for $80 with free shipping for a limited time.

Speaking of Adorama, good until 5/5/17, they are offering the Apple MacBook Pro 15″ with TouchBar (model MLW72LL/A; i7, 16GB RAM, 256GB SSD, 2880 x 1800, AMD Radeon Pro 450 GPU, Late 2016) for $2099 with free shipping.

Manchester-by-the-Sea Residents: FREE 1-Year of PRIME

If any of our readers reside in the actual Manchester-by-the-Sea city (around 5K residents there), Amazon will be sending you a gift box at your addresses with a 1-Year PRIME membership, along with three bags of popcorn. The press release has a picture of the box. Both will be as gift cards, no popcorn in the box, you have to order it separately. This is to celebrate awards won by the movie “Manchester by the Sea” which will begin streaming for FREE for Prime members on May 5.

PS: Trigger Warning: Casey Affleck is trying to act acting in the movie. You have been warned 🙂

LensShifter (Balanced Focus and Zoom Grip) for $20 with coupon

The LensShifter (Balanced Focus and Zoom Grip for DSLR and Mirrorless Camera Lens) currently has a 20% off clip-on coupon at Amazon.com, dropping the price from $25 to $20. The coupon is easy to use, you simply press the green Clip button and the coupon is automatically applied. You don’t have to type anything. The discount will be reflected in the top right corner of the Amazon Checkout page. Here’s a screenshot if you are not familiar with Amazon’s coupons:

This is available in Blue or Red. With the coupon, the individual colors are cheaper than the 2-pack which goes for $45 and it is not coupon-eligible. These average 4.6 out of 5 based on 28 customer reviews. The maker is “Engineerable”, which also makes a Focus Shifter but there’s no coupon on that one.

96pk EverBrite AAA batteries for $13.60

If you need single-use AAA batteries, good until 4:15pm ET today, you can get a 96pk EverBrite AAA batteries for $13.60 as a lightning deal. This was not included in last night’s Lightning Deals schedule [lots of Neewer lightning/studio offers today] as it was either a last minute addition or it was not in the categories I check every night (I can’t check all categories, there’s a LOT of them).

Speaking of batteries, the previously mentioned 100pk AC Delco single-use AA is going for $12.12 or slightly less if you do “Subscribe and Save”. The AC Delco is Prime-only and limit one per customer. Meanwhile the AmazonBasics 100pk sale ended, they jumped to $24 as of this recheck.

Sony Camera and Lens Instant Savings (50 options)

A new round of Sony instant savings is also up and running, again nicely organized at B&H Photo. A total of 34 camera kits (not 34 individual cameras, but 34 individual kits, eg different colors and different lens combinations) are participating, along with 16 E-System lenses featuring a mix of primes and zooms with prices ranging from $198 (50mm f1.8 FE) to $1398 (70-400 f4G OSS, 50/1.4 ZA FE T* Zeiss)

Panasonic M43 Lens Instant Savings (27 options)

In addition to the previously mentioned Panasonic M43rds cameras, a total of 27 Panasonic M43rds are participating in the latest Panasonica instant savings. You can find all the participating lenses nicely organized by B&H Photo. It includes a mix of primes and zooms, with prices starting at $148 (25mm f1.7) and climbing to $1798 (100-400 f4-6.3 Power OIS).

Panasonic M43rds Instant Savings (7 options, GX8, GX85 with free lenses; GH4 with 2TB HDD)

The instant savings party at B&H Photo continues, this time with Panasonic cameras. A total of seven options are available, including the GX8 body with the FREE 12-60mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH. POWER O.I.S. Lens for $1000, the GX85 with 12-32 and FREE 45-150 for $700, the GX85 body with the 45-150 for $600, the GH4 with a 2TB hard drive for $1000, and the 35-100 f4-5.6 MEGA OIS lens for $250. Many of these also get 4% promotional rewards, and they are eligible for the 3-year warranty via mail-in rebate.

NOTE: the free lenses in the GX8 and GX85 bundles are included by B&H Photo automatically during this promotion. Once the promotion is over, you will no longer see the free lens mentioned there. Screenshot of what to expect if you are not familiar with the B&H website follows before:

Pelican 1510SC Studio Case with Divider Set, Lid Organizer, TSA Lock, Desiccant Gel for $239

This Pelican cannot fly but it can make sure your camera gear does not fly 🙂 The Pelican 1510SC Studio Case with Divider Set, Lid Organizer, TSA Lock, Desiccant Gel (a B&H bundle) is on sale for $239 with free expedited shipping for a limited time only.

PS: a new keyboard has been installed, the possibility of typos and errors and HTML snafus is elevated in the short term until the human-machine “burn in” takes place 🙂

New Tamron Mail-In Rebates on 45/1.8, 24-70/2.8 VC USD [C/N/A]

There’s no doubt Tamron (affectionately called “Tammy” by some) would be Tammy Wynette’s favorite lens manufacturer. which brings us to a new round of mail-in rebates and instant discounts on select lenses, organized by B&H Photo. The lenses are:

+ 45/1.8 Di VC for $499 after $100 MIR
+ 24-70/2.8 Di VC USD for $1100 after $200 MIR
+ 18-200/3.5-6.3 Di II VC for $200
+ they are available in Canon, Nikon and Sony Alpha SLR systems
+ they also get 4% promotional rewards

This is blog-certified to be Tamron, not Tokina. I am posting this because I often mistype the two 🙂

PowerExtra Charger with 2-Pack Replacement Batteries for Fuji NP-45, Canon LP-E5, LP-E8, Nikon EN-EL19

Powerextra has some of their own replacement batteries on sale. Their bundle include one charger and two batteries of their own. They are as follows:

+ Powerextra 2 Pack Li-ion Battery and Charger for Fujifilm NP-45 NP-45A NP-45B NP-45S for $12

+ Powerextra 2 Pack 7.4V 1800mAh Replacement Canon LP-E5 and Charger for $16

+ Powerextra 2 Pack Replacement Canon LP-E8 and Charger for $19

+ Powerextra 2 Pack Replacement Battery and Charger for Nikon EN-EL19 for $12

These are sold by PowerExtra with the orders fulfilled by Amazon, so Prime members get them in around days for free. Non-Prime members have the usual $35+ to get free shipping.

As usual, be sure to check reviews, and questions and forums and such if you are not familiar with them and the potential restrictions and limitations the OEM manufacturer places on 3rd-party batteries.

Sigma Lens Instant Savings (37 options)

A new round of Sigma lens instant savings is now running at B&H Photo featuring a total of 37 options. Some of them are eligible for 4% promotional rewards, some of them get free extras such as the Sigma USB dock or a lens filter. Check each the individual listings to see what each lens of interest gets.

Prices include:
+ 24/1.4 DG ART for $749, 35/1.4 DG ART for $799, 50/1.4 DG ART for $849
+ 18-35/1.8 DC HSM ART for $699, 50-100/1.8 DC HSM ART for $999
+ 24-105/4 DG OS HSM ART for $799
+ see them all at the Instant Savings page
+ available in various mount options

Manfrotto MB MS-SB-IGR Shoulder Bag for $46 [updated]

This sale continues as of 5/1/17 recheck: Meanwhile the Manfrotto MB MS-SB-IGR Shoulder Bag for DSLR with Additional Lens (Green) is on sale for $46 by Amazon itself and various sellers. This looks like it may have been a computer-generated price match.

This sale ended: The Manfrotto MB SB390-5BB VELOCE V Backpack is currently on sale for $57 by a 3rd-party seller with the order fulfilled by Amazon. Limit one per customer.<

Both of these WERE Best Buy daily deals, but Best Buy’s daily deal prices are higher, $60 and $50 respectively.