5pk Meade EclipseView White-Light Solar Viewing Card for $10 w/FS

As we get closer to the eclipse, more offers are coming out. A 5-pack of Meade EclipseView White-Light Solar Viewing Cards is on sale for $10 with free shipping at B&H Photo. You can buy as many as you like.

This is one of a number of eclipse-related offers at B&H, including their Tamron 150-600mm G2 with Marumi 95mm bundle going for $1500 in the Canon, Nikon systems. These two are in-stock. It’s also available in the Sony A but it’s in pre-order status, so it may not get to you by the Eclipse.

One thing scientists won’t have to worry about is finding a theme song for the eclipse 🙂

PS: B&H has also set up a Solar Eclipse Gear page if interested for ideas.

Refurbished Nikon D3400 w/18-55 DX VR and 70-300 DX non-VR w/90-day warranty for $400

Back to the eBay Deals we go, where the Beach Camera ebay store is offering the manufacturer refurbished Nikon D3400 Two-Lens Kit with the 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR DX AF-P and 70-300mm f/4.5-6.3G ED DX AF-P non-VR lenses going for $400 with free shipping and a 90-day Nikon USA warranty. This is only available in the black color scheme at the moment. Limit five sets per customer. Over 2200 units have been sold from this listing.

PS: if interested in this camera, don’t forget to first opt-in to the 6% eBay Bucks promotion if you are eligible for it.

YMMV: 6% back in eBay Bucks [no minimum amount]

eBay is rotating between coupons and eBay Bucks promotions, and the pendulum has swung in the direction of eBay Bucks again!

This is YMMV ~ I do not know if eBay offers this to everyone or a subset of their registered users. Good until Monday 3am eastern (8/6/17), you earn 6% eBay Bucks on your purchases This particular promotion has no minimum purchase price, so even a $1 item will get you bonus bucks.

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. The email title announcing this promotion is not as clear as previous ones, but it has “eBay Bucks” in it, so look for that if you are skimming or filtering eBay emails.

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 Category posts.

Thursday: Vanguard Espod CX 203AGH Aluminum Tripod with GH-20 Pistol-Grip Head for $35 [Fry’s Promo Codes] {or $39 elsewhere}

The new condition Vanguard Espod CX 203AGH Aluminum Tripod with GH-20 Pistol-Grip Head, model ESPOD CX 203AGH, can be yours for $35 at Fry’s, in-store or online, if you use the Fry’s unique promo code from their email newsletters. You can sign up for their newsletters and get the promo code if you are not already subscribed. Limit one per customer.

It has not been priced but it is close enough in price at Amazon by Amazon itself where it goes for the very specific price of $39.43. This is a separate listing from the main listing of the Vanguard Espods.

PS: if you want to make a low budget 50s-style sci-fi movie, dress up your kitchen pots and pans and call them Espods 🙂

Cameraphones: Huawei Honor 6X Dual Camera Unlocked (USA warranty) for $190

If you are looking to try out dual-camera smartphones that won’t break the bank or lock you into a particular carrier, the new condition Huawei Honor 6X Dual Camera Unlocked (USA warranty) is on sale for $190 with free shipping in your choice of silver, gold or gray.

The dual camera is a 12MP + 2MP rear camera, with 3GB RAM, dual SIM, 5.5″ 1080p, Nougat out of the box, etc. It averages 4.3 out of 5 based on 360 customer reviews and it has over 600 questions answered. It works on GSM networks only.

Thursday Lightning Deals: Usual Camera/Photo accessories

There are over 50 items listed in the Camera & Photo lightning deals (old format) or Full Page format (faster to navigate on Desktop) of the Amazon Gold Box. Due to time constraints I cannot create a detailed listing of them all. The usual assortment of LEDs, Tri/Monopods, Action Cams, Bags, Studio/Lighting Kits, and more are running throughout the day.

UPDATE: one of the day-long daily-deals is the Avantree Adjustable Laptop Table going for $30, available in two colors. Offer ends 3am ET on Friday.

Meta: Font of Blog Post Titles is Now Smaller

The bold-o-vision blog-post titles are now smaller-ized. I decreased the font size from whatever it was [40px on full desktop] to 24px. It saves up space on the page, both in terms of being able to fit more text in a single line, and in terms of the actual size of the font. I will check on various devices and make minor adjustments.

If you have any preferences or observe any issues, please leave a comment here or use the online contact form.

PS: if you have a WordPress website and want to do this to your website, and you are using the WordPress Twenty-Sixteen default theme, the change is simple, add this under “Additional CSS” in the Customizer:

.entry-title {
font-size: 24px;
}

You can change the number to make it smaller or larger.

Pre-order discount: HP 14″ ZBook 14u G4 Mobile Workstation for $942

If you are a fan of using mobile workstations (as in more powreful laptops), B&H Photo has a pre-order discount on the HP 14″ ZBook 14u G4 Mobile Workstation. The entry-point model dropped from $982 to $942 with free expedited shipping. There are higher specs as well for more, including touchscreen options. The top model is $1728 with touchscreen, Core i7-7500U Dual-Core, 16GB DDR4 RAM, 512GB NVMe PCIe M.2 SSD, 14″ 1920 x 1080 TN SVA, etc. The shipping estimate is “coming soon”.

Pre-order Interfit Honey Badger 320Ws kit

Honey Badger cares about lighting! The new Interfit Honey Badger lightning gear are now available for pre-ordering at B&H Photo. The Interfit Honey Badger 320Ws Compact Flash Head goes for $300, while the Interfit Honey Badger 320Ws 2-Light Kit goes for $700. They are expected to begin shipping in mid-August 2017.

PS: actual honey badgers are not included!

PS2: obligatory viral YouTube video.

Refurbished Nikon Coolpix P600 superzoom (60x optical, LiIon) for $199

If you are a fan of Nikon Coolpix superzooms, but not a fan of AA batteries, fear not! We have an option for you too! The black refurbished Nikon Coolpix P600 superzoom (60x optical, Li-Ion) battery is on sale for $199 with free expedited shipping at B&H Photo with a 90-day warranty. This is another one of their latest Featured Sales.

Refurbished red Nikon Coolpix L830 superzoom (34x optical, 4 AA) for $150

If of all the Nikon superzooms it is the red Coolpix L830 the one you want, in refurbished condition, it is going for $150 with free expedited shipping at B&H Photo with a 90-day warranty (I believe B&H covers the warranty; the listing does not specify it explicitly). This is a 34X optical zoom camera powered by four AA batteries.

Lowepro Slingshot Edge 250 AW for $60 w/free S&H

All that gear need to be properly bagged. Heck, even some of the bags need to be bagged for extra protection 😉 Which brings us to the new condition Lowepro Slingshot Edge 250 AW (black color scheme) on sale for a limited time for $60 with free expedited shipping at B&H Photo

For more of their offers, check their Back to School sale and their Featured Sale

UPDATE: here’s another bag sale at B&H, for $20 with free shipping, you can get the Case Logic Jaunt Backpack for 15.6″ Laptop in green or red color schemes. This is not a camera bag. This is a limited time sale.

UPDATE #2: also on sale is the Lowepro Fastpack BP 250 AW II (Black) for $80 with free expedited shipping.

Sony PXW-FS5 4K XDCAM for $4749, w/18-105 for $5249

A new instant savings promotion running throughout August 2017 offers the new condition Sony PXW-FS5 4K XDCAM Body Only for $4749 with free expedited shipping, or bundled with the 18-105mm f4G OSS lens for $5249. This camera uses a Super 35 CMOS Sensor… Optionally, Adorama offers financing opportunities, check the “Take Note” section on the product page over there for details…

Starting October 2nd, you can return items purchased from 3rd-party Amazon sellers without contacting them

Starting October 2nd in 2017, Amazon will activate a new policy that makes it easier for buyers to return products purchased and shipped directly from 3rd-party sellers. You will no longer have to contact the 3rd-party seller for a return. You will be able to do it using the Amazon website which will print a prepaid (by the seller) return-shipping label. So the return process will be similar to that of products shipped or fulfilled by Amazon itself.

There’s also a new option for (non-)returning low-cost or high-shipping items or defective items. The sellers have the option to opt-in for “returnless refunds”, where the cost or condition of the item may be such that it would cost the seller more money to process a return, so they’ll instead let the customer keep the item while still issuing them a refund.

From a Buyer perspective, this is great news as it will weed out some of the more iffy or careless sellers, and give you more flexibility in being able to easily return products that are unsatisfactory or defective or otherwise not-as-described.

But from a seller perspective, this is a “sky is falling” moment, where worries of all kinds are expressed by Amazon sellers in multiple threads in the Sellers forum. Fraudulent returns, “free rentals”, losing big on return fees and shipping, feeling pressed into using “fulfilled by Amazon” and so forth.

More details at CNBC.com.

(ENDED) 9.7-inch 32GB iPad (2017 model) for $279

As of a late 8/2/17 re-check, this offer ended…

If you are tempted by the 2017 9.7-inch iPad, Adorama has a doorbuster sale on the 9.7-inch 32GB iPad (2017 model) on the Space Gray color scheme for $279 with free expedited shipping. Limit two units at the sale price. The other colors go for their regular price of $329. This is the Wifi-only model. This is model MP2F2LL/A.

Wednesday Lightning Deals: Usual Camera/Photo accessories

There are over 40 items listed in the Camera & Photo lightning deals (old format) or Full Page format (faster to navigate on Desktop) of the Amazon Gold Box. Due to time constraints I cannot create a detailed listing of them all. The usual assortment of LEDs, Tri/Monopods, Action Cams, Bags, Studio/Lighting Kits, and more are running throughout the day.

+ starts 3:20am ET: NIX 18.5 inch Hi-Res Digital Photo Frame with Motion Sensor (price before sale $210)

+ variety of telescopes throughout the day

Amazon Warehouse Deals Bargain Bin: Ever Ready SX-7XX Case for $4+; APE Metro for $10; Fotodiox T- to M43 for $5; Kenko, Etc

Amazon Warehouse Deals is where Amazon itself and 3rd-party sellers are offering used and refurbished products through the Amazon website. A new twist on the Warehouse Deals website is that Amazon has launched a Clearance Section for it, they call it the “Bargain Bin”, where items are further discounted. A total of 24 departments are participating at the moment.

When you drill down the categories on the left-hand side over there, under “Electronics” you will find a Camera and Photo sub-category that includes 57 items as of the time of writing.

Among them, sorted by price, in ascending order:

+ USED Kenko 49mm Pro Softon Type-A Multi-Coated Camera Lens Filter for $3.63

+ USED MegaGear “Ever Ready” Protective Leather Camera Case for Canon SX-7XX series of P&S cameras for $4+
+ multiple colors available; drill further down by color to see all the options for that particular color

+ USED Fotodiox Lens Mount Adapter (T-mount to M43rds cameras) for $4.78

+ USED Kenko 62mm Center Image Camera Lens Filter for $6~

+ USED Ape Case ACPRO342W Metro Collection Medium Camera Case (Black) for $10.32

+ USED Tamron AF 17-50mm F/2.8 SP XR Di II VC for $212 in the Canon EF version

+ free shipping for Prime members, or with a $25+/$35+ order

NewEGG with MasterPass coupon: $10 off $100+ or $25 off $200+

Masterpass is Mastercard’s answer to VISA’s “VISA Checkout”. Masterpass is running a limited time promotion at the NewEgg website. If you pay for your order with Masterpass (instead of the other payment options available there), and enter promo code MPBTS17, you will receive either $10 off a $100+ order or $25 off a $200+ order. The usual restrictions apply.

Free to Watch (with Ads): “The Invisible Wildlife Photographer” (2011)

And now, welcome to the Noisy Cinema Club 😉 Amazon has a variety of video options. One of the lesser known options is to watch some movies for FREE but with ads. One of these options is the The Invisible Wildlife Photographer (2011) (51 minutes; Bence Mate). It averages 4.7 out of 5 based on 5 customer reviews.

I added it to my Watch List but I haven’t watched it yet. We will discuss this movie at the next “Noisy Cinema Club”. Popcorn is included 🙂

PS: make sure you click on the “Free With Ads” button, not the Rent or Buy buttons that have a price on them.

25% off USED Nikon D7000 or 70-300 DX with coupon

KEH Camera has Weekly Featured Deals and you can get 25% off those weekly specials using coupon code KEHDEALS over there. As of the time of writing, the options include the Nikon D7000 body only, and the 70-300mm F/4.5-6.3 G ED DX AF-P lens. Prices before the coupon start at $367 and $228 respectively. Prices vary by condition and available stock. Their weekly deals run Sunday though Friday each week. So these offers are good until Friday night.

Dell Refurbished August Coupons: 25% off Monitors; Dell Latitude & OptiPlex coupons

Dell Refurbished is Dell’s arm that specializes in reselling off-lease computer gear. They typically come with a 100-day warranty from Dell. The coupons below are good for the whole month of August 2017. Free ground shipping. As usual, the coupons below exclude clearance items.

+ 25% off any Dell Monitor with Coupon Code AUGDEAL4

+ $250 off any Dell Latitude E7440 Laptop with Coupon Code: AUGDEAL1

+ $175 off any Dell Latitude E6440 Laptop with Coupon Code AUGDEAL2

+ $150 off any Dell OptiPlex 9020 Desktopwith Coupon Code AUGDEAL3

+ coupons expire 8/31/17 at 11:59pm central time

In-Stock Now: Sigma 14mm f1.8 DG ART for $1599 [C/N/Si]

Good news if you are interested in the Sigma 14mm f1.8 DG ART HSM lens! All three versions of the lens (Canon, Nikon, Sigma SLR systems) are in-stock and ready to ship at its starting price of $1599 with free shipping at Adorama.

At B&H Photo, they have the Canon EF version in-stock for the same price.

At Amazon some 3rd-party sellers have some versions in some kits, for example, Cameta has the Canon EF version bundled with a handful of accessories going for the same price (ships directly from Cameta but Prime-members get Prime-like free delivery).

USED Zeiss 135mm f2 (Canon EF) for $900+

The sale of the new condition is also good news if you are interested in buying USED lenses from reputable dealers. The used version of the Zeiss 135mm f/2 Apo Sonnar T* ZE (Canon EF) is available for as low as $900 with free shipping in USED Condition 8+ at B&H Photo.

If you are not familiar with B&H Used pages, each individual listing page has detailed on the Condition, and further down the page, on the right side, under “In The Box” shows what’s included. Here’s an example, the aforementioned lens. Used items sold by B&H come with a 90-day warranty covered by B&H (not the manufacturer). Given some spotty service by some manufacturers on some products, this may actually be a plus 🙂

PS: the Nikon version is nowhere near as low, it starts at $1200+…

Zeiss 135mm f2 (Canon EF) with $52 rewards drops to $1299

This was on sale for $1499 last week, but if you are a Canon EF shooter, we have an even bigger discount for you! The Zeiss 135mm f/2 Apo Sonnar T* ZE Lens is down to $1299 with free expedited shipping (you don’t want a four-figure lens bouncing around in slow shipping) at B&H Photo along with 4% promotional rewards (around $52 to spend in the future at B&H). This is a limited time offer.

The Nikon F (ZF.2) remains at $1499.

Tuesday: Elements 15 (Pho and Prem combo) for $75, Epson WF3620 for $70, Moto Z PLAY for $350

To the eBay Deals we go where the Best Buy eBay store is offering the Photoshop Elements 15 & Premiere Elements 15 software for $75 with free shipping. This is delivered by mail, not a digital download. Limit one per customer during this limited time sale.

Speaking of Best Buy, they are offering the Epson WorkForce WF-3620 Wireless All-In-One Printer for $70 with free shipping or store pickup (where possible/available), and the unlocked Moto Z PLAY (first generation but the one with the giant battery) for $350, which has also been price-matched at Amazon. The “Z PLAY” phones are also compatible with the modular attachments (aka Moto Mods) such as the Hasselblad True Zoom (10X optical zoom).

Tuesday Lightning Deals: Usual Camera/Photo accessories

There are over 50 items listed in the Camera & Photo lightning deals (old format) or Full Page format (faster to navigate on Desktop) of the Amazon Gold Box. Due to time constraints I cannot create a detailed listing of them all. The usual assortment of LEDs, Tri/Monopods, Action Cams, Bags, Studio/Lighting Kits, and more are running throughout the day.

+ certified refurbished Fire HD 10 tablet (10 inches, 16GB storage, micro-SD card slot) goes for $120 with a 1-year warranty from Amazon itself.

Sigma 17-50mm f2.8 EX DC OS HSM with Extras for $369

The new condition Sigma 17-50mm f2.8 EX DC OS HSM is on sale for $369 with free shipping at B&H Photo with 4% promotional rewards, or if prefer free lens-accessories, you can get it for the same price at Adorama. This is available in the Canon, Nikon and Sigma SLR systems with OS (optical image stabilization) and in the Pentax and Sony A without OS.

SLR Magic 8mm f4 for $200 [m43]

The new condition SLR Magic 8mm f4 Micro Four Thirds lens is on sale for a limited time for $200 with free shipping at Adorama, or for $199 plus shipping at B&H Photo.

Speaking of alternative M43rds manufacturers, the YI with 12-40mm continues for $299, and even better the YI M1 with 12-40mm and 42.5mm f1.8 goes for $379 with free shipping in either black or silver.

Sigma 105mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM with Extras for $569

The new condition Sigma 105mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM in the Canon and Nikon systems is on sale for $569 with free shipping and 4% promotional rewards at B&H Photo or with free extra lens-accessories instead at Adorama. Or if you are a Prime member, you can get 5% back if you pay with one of Amazon’s own payment vehicles (Chase VISA or Store credit card).

Refurbished DJI Phantom 3 Standard Quadcopter Aircraft with 3-Axis Gimbal and 2.7k Camera with $20 promo Gift Card for $349

NewEgg is running a limited time Refurbished Sale (the sale is not refurbished, the products featured are refurbished; okay, file this under #BadJokes) that includes the factory refurbished DJI Phantom 3 Standard Quadcopter Aircraft with 3-Axis Gimbal and 2.7k Camera sold by the DJI NewEgg store for $349 with free shipping. You also receive a $20 promotional NewEgg e-gift card. Limit five sets per customer.

Dracast LED500 Pro Bi-Color LED Light with V-Mount Battery Plate with FIVE Freebies for $450

Lighting bundle time! The Dracast LED500 Pro Bi-Color LED Light with V-Mount Battery Plate is currently on sale for $450 with free expedited shipping at B&H Photo for a limited time but that’s not all!

As of the time of writing, you get FIVE freebies with purchase. You don’t need to do anything to get the freebies, you just add the main item to the shopping cart, and the five freebies are added automatically to your shopping cart and their price is automatically adjusted to $0. No coupon, no rebate.

While this offer is running, you see this on the B&H product page (see annotated screenshot crop below):

Pay $60 and Get 1-Year Costco Gold Star Membership AND $20 Costco Cash Card AND Freebies and $25/$250+ Online Coupon

Costco does not carry the vast majority of the digital cameras out there, but they are able to get some good deals from time time, some of which are available in-store only, others online, and some at both places. If you are Costco-curious and need some extra motivation to start a new membership, there is a Costco membership promotion at Groupon Goods.

This offer is only good for new members. You cannot use it to renew an existing subscription. If you previously had a membership that expired before 4/1/17, then you use this promotion. If your membership expired after 4/1/17, then you cannot use this offer. That’s per the terms over there.

The offer is this: you pay $60 for a 1-Year Costco Gold Star Membership. This is the standard price for the Gold Star membership [see Costco membership page]. What makes this Groupon offer a good deal are the six bonus items you receive:

  • $20 Costco Cash Card – this is $20 to spend at Costco and the main reason to get this offer
  • $25 off an order of $250+ at the Costco website – great if you are planning a big order or an expensive item, eg something that has the same prices everywhere
  • $75 to spend at Costco Travel (only if you are planning to book one of their eligible travel offers)
  • and a trio of utilitarian products: FREE Pizza, FREE VitaRain flavored water, and FREE Paper Towels

As to the mechanics of redeeming this offer, look for the “Frequently asked questions” link towards the middle of the Groupon offer page. You have to activate your offer at a Costco store. Your $20 Cash Card will be mailed to you 4-6 weeks after you activate your membership. The coupons will be mailed to you within 4 weeks of redeeming the offer online. You have a choice of pizza toppings (cheese, pepperoni or both). I haven’t done this offer, so I’m only going by the what the FAQ page says.

If you want to scout their online selection of digital cameras, this is their main Cameras and Photo page.

128GB Lexar JumpDrive C20i (Lightning, USB 3) for $50 w/FS

If you are looking to transfer photos and files from both your Lightning iPhone/iPad and a USB 3.0 Type A device (PC, laptop, Surface, etc), the new condition 128GB JumpDrive C20i Flash Drive, model LJDC20i-128BBNL, is on sale for $50 with free shipping at Adorama and B&H Photo. Both have it in-stock and shipping. The same price is also offered by Amazon itself but the shipping estimate is “1-4 weeks”.

Trade-In Fuji GFX-50S Offer: $650 off discount + Value of your Used Serious Camera

If you are interested in buying the Fuji GFX-50S medium format camera body-only kit in new condition, AND you have a serious DSLR or mirrorless or medium format camera you are willing to part with, Adorama has a Fuji GFX-50S Trade-In Promotion.

You can only trade-in one of the cameras listed in the aforelinked promotional page. They are serious cameras, for example, among Canons, it starts with the 6D and goes up to the 1D*; among Nikons it is D600 and up, among Sonys it is Sony a850/900, a7* and up, and so forth. Some medium format cameras are also eligible. See the complete list in this PDF file (direct link to PDF file).

I haven’t done this promotion, but based on the Promotional page, the steps are these:

  • fill in your information in the Trade-In form
  • send your used camera to Adorama
  • after Adorama receives your used camera and evaluates it, they will send you:
    1. a check for the value of your used camera
    2. a coupon code that gets you $650 off the purchase of the Fuji GFX-50S
  • using the coupon code, you can them purchase the GFX-50S for $650 off its current price