Archives for August 2015

Imported Nikon D750 body for $1400

If you are comfortable with imported grey-market cameras without the “blessings” of the USA instantiation of the manufacturer, among the latest Flea Bottom Deals, the eBay store of Red Tag Camera (99.9%) is offering the new condition imported grey-market without Nikon-USA warranty Nikon D750 body only for $1400 with free shipping with a limit of five per buyer.

The new condition price at authorized Nikon dealers at the moment is $2000 with a variety of free accessories at well-known retailers such as B&H Photo (free 12-month Creative Cloud Photography Plan (download card)) or free accessories) and Adorama and Amazonia. At B&H and Ado, you also earn 2% promotional rewards (= $40~)

PS: one of the potential benefits of buying from an authorized Nikon dealer is that you are eligible to participate in the combined purchase discounts – that’s if you also want to buy one or more lenses at the same time as the DSLR.

Free Photo Book for first time MyPublisher customers

First time customers at can receive a free photo book. You have to enter your email (nothing else) at the promotional prompt (top right corner of their page or the tape-delayed email pester-nudge window). You will receive an email with the promo code and the long terms and conditions are linked to through the email. I do not know if shipping is free.

NOTE: after you enter your email, their website automatically tries to start downloading their book creation software on your computers. On Windows, this is As a minimum they should be _clearly_ warning people ahead of time this is about to happen because many and more these days are spooked by surprise downloads of things. Or just not start automatic downloads. Grumpy mode ends ๐Ÿ™‚

20% off at Borrow Lenses with coupon

Another coupon promotion from Use coupon code GETGEAR20 to get 20% off a rental order. You must place the order by 8/31/15 and the order must be received by 9/4/15. The coupon covers rentals of cameras, lenses, lighting equipment, bundles or anything else they offer for rent. Aquatech products are excluded. This promotion can only be combined with a BL membership discount (a membership is $99 per year, with an automatic 10% off discount on rentals, free t-shirt and a couple of other benefits).

Save $1200 when Buy Pentax 645Z _and_ One Lens From Choice of 15 [two options are FREE after combo discount]

If you are interested in getting the Pentax 645Z medium format digital camera, Adorama has an “optical encouragement” for you. If you purchase the Pentax 645Z body only kit TOGETHER with ONE LENS from a list of 15 eligible 645 lenses, you will save $1200 on the total purchase amount. No coupon, no rebate, just add one of the lenses to the bundle and add the bundle to the shopping. You can only add ONE lens to this promotion – you cannot turn it into a money-maker fatwallet-style ๐Ÿ™‚

There are two lenses in the lot that go for $1200 (or less), essentially making the lenses FREE (55/2.8, 200/4). The discount cannot be bigger than the price of the lens, so the $1100 lens is only a $1100 discount. The next lowest price lens of the lot is the 45mm f2.8 (645) which goes for $1300, so with the combined purchase discount, you are essentially getting it for $100.

This is a screenshot crop of the right side of the Adorama shopping cart after you add the 645Z and the 55/2.8 lens. You still have to press the green Add Bundle to Cart to proceed with the order…


Pre-order new Canon Pixma MG-series printers

A new set of Canon Pixma MG-series printers have arrived and the 12 different options (some are different colors of the same model) are available for pre-order at Adorama with prices ranging from $100 to $200.

7% back on Tech at Rakuten with coupon

A lot of recent camera models are rarely discounted, so one way to get some kind of a discount is through rewards. Case in point, Rakuten ( is offering 7% back in Rakuten rewards on technology (and 15% back on everything else) when you use coupon code REWARDME when you make a purchase at Offer ends by the end of day on 8/20/15.

This is not a discount, but reward points added to your Rakuten account. Reward points are promotional points, they have to be spend within a specified amount of time, which makes this perhaps a better offer for frequent shoppers there.

(ENDED) Tue at Fry’s B&M: 50-inch Vivitar VIV-VPT-1250 tripod for $5 after promo

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(ENDED) Tuesday: 19 computers on sale ($800 Surface 3 Pro, Windows, ChromeOS)

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(ENDED) Wedn: Revo SR1500 DualGrip Shoulder Sprt Rig for $100

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Glidecam X-10 Dual Support Arm Stabilizer Vest System for $1800

The Glidecam X-10 Dual Support Arm Stabilizer Vest System is currently on sale for $1800 with free expedited shipping at B&H Photo… While there, the Cinevate Inc 36″ Hedron Camera Slider is on sale for $700 with free standard shipping…

Panasonic GM5 w/12-32mm and 8 free accessories (32GB Lexar, Filter, Bag, extra battery, etc) for $700

The Panasonic GM5 with the 12-32mm currently goes for $700 at authorized Panasonic dealers, but if you like lots of free accessories, for the same price, Adorama has created bundles with eight free accessories (32GB Lexar SD, extra 3rd-party battery, 16GB Sandisk Vault, Slinger bag, Vivitar filter, mini-hdmi cable, cleaning kit and tiny table tripod). Optionally you can triple the warranty via a Panasonic mail-in rebate offer (the PDF is over there). This is available in the black GM7 bundle and the red GM7 bundle.

On the other hand, if the siren’s call of eight free accessories falls on deaf ears, B&H Photo offers 4% promotional rewards (= $28~) instead of free accessories.

Pentax 55-300mm f4-5.8 DA HD ED WR for $320

The Pentax 55-300mm f4-5.8 DA HD ED WR lens is currently on sale for $320 with free expedited shipping at B&H Photo.

Sunpak 423PX2 3-Section Carbon Fiber Tripod for $80

The Sunpak 423PX2 3-Section Carbon Fiber Tripod is currently on sale for $80 with free expedited shipping at B&H Photo… While there, the Manfrotto Pro Shoulder Bag 20 is on sale for $35 with free shipping (upgraded to expedited if your order total is $49+)…

Fuji X System Instant Savings (ends 8/29/15)

A total of 22 items, a combination of cameras, lenses and fixed lens cameras are currently participating in another round of Fuji Instant Savings. You can find these 22 nicely organized at B&H Photo. The price you see is the price you pay. No coupons, no rebates. Some earn 4% promotional rewards. Offer ends 8/29/15.

Refurbished Sale at official Canon USA store: select DSLRs, Lenses, Flashes, Fixed Lens cameras with 1-Year Warranty

The official Canon USA online store has a refurbished sale on select products. The sale prices are shown in red ink. These items come with a one year Canon warranty and pass a “comprehensive quality assurance inspection”. Some could argue this may be more than what they do for new condition items ๐Ÿ™‚ Participating are:

+ select refurbished DSLR kits (multiple pages)

+ select refurbished SLR lenses (multiple pages)

+ refurbished Speedlite Flashes (four options in-stock, one sold out)

+ select refurbished Fixed Lens cameras (multiple pages)

+ time-permitting I will go through them later on, but I don’t want you to miss out any potential deals that sell out until I find time to go through them all (already a few of the red-ink items are sold out).

Lowepro Sport bags with Free Shipping for $8 or $17 (after $8 MIR)

If you are not afraid of mail-in rebates, and you may need multiple camera bags, then you may find this new Adorama offer of interest. You can get the Lowepro Photo Sport 18L Shoulder Bag, Purple/Grey for $8 after an $8 mail-in rebate (MIR) with a maximum of three rebates for this bag. Free shipping.

Also on offer is the Lowepro Nova Sport 35L AW Shoulder Bag for 1-2 Pro DSLRs with Attached Lens, Pepper Red for $17 after an $8 mail-in rebate (MIR) with a maximum of three rebates for this bag. Free shipping.

This is the PDF Rebate Instructions page. You are allowed up to three rebates per bag, for a total of six rebates. Only these two specific colors/models are eligible. Rebate will be in the form of prepaid American Express Gift Card. Rebate is only good at Adorama. Offer ends 8/21/15.

Xiaomi Yi Ambarella A7LS Sport Action Camera for $82 (ships from USA)

If you are ready to jump aboard the Xiaomi hype train (with former Google/Android guru Hugo Barra), their Ambarella A7LS Yi Sport action camera is currently going for $83 with free shipping by a 3rd-party seller with the order fulfilled by Amazon (ships from USA warehouse; eligible for free 2-day Prime shipping). You can get it for less (with slower shipping obviously) if it ships from a Chinese warehouse. The official Xiaomi USA store currently has only four items, and this is not one of them.

Weekly Fry’s Deals: Panasonic ZS35 w/extras for $100, Wolverine, etc

This post covers the weekly Fry’s promo code (unique codes with subscription to their email newsletters) for the week of 8/16 until the close of business on Saturday 8/22/15. Some are good in-store only, some online only, others good both in-store and online:

+ Panasonic ZS35 compact-zoom in white with card and case for $100 (limit 1; in-store only)
+ Wolverine Super F2D 4 IN 1 Film TO Digital converter for $80 (limit 1; online only)
+ 16GB Toshiba microSD with full SD adapter for $5 (limit 2; in-store only)
+ various powerbanks on sale
+ I can’t check inventory at every store, so there’s a bit of a YMMV on available supplies
+ to get discounts, you must use personal promo code from their emails
+ offers end Saturday night 8/22/15 or earlier if sold out

(ENDED) Monday Fry’s: 20pk 5×7 inch photo paper for $2 {limit 3}

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(SOLD OUT) Monday: Nikon D3200 w/18-55 for $299

This daily deal sold out before its expiration but if you missed it, the D3200 is making the rounds at various deals websites…

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(ENDED) Monday Lightning Deals: Epson scanner, olloclip

These lighting deals expired… For future ones in the future, check the Amazon Gold Box and Camera & Photo page

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(ENDED) Monday: Corel PaintShop Pro X7 Ultimate (DVD) for $35

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Book: Through the African American Lens for $8.50 to $11 (shipping situation depends on order size and location)

Photography Books action now, the “Through the African American Lens” book, part of the Double Exposure series from GILES (February 2015) is currently on sale in new condition for $8.50 at Free shipping with an order of $35+ or if it is available for store pick-up at a nearby brick and mortar store.

If the Walmart options don’t work out for you, Amazon itself has discounted it but not fully price-matched it, it goes for $11 and it is eligible for free 1-day delivery if you are a Prime member where it is available (and place a $35+ order) or free 2-day shipping for Prime members or free supersaver shipping with a $35+ order for non-Prime members..

120GB Sandisk 2.5″ internal SSD for $45 {limit 5}

The 120GB Sandisk 2.5″ internal SSD, model SDSSDA-120G-G25, is currently on sale for $45 with free shipping, with a limit of five per customer at Amazon by Amazon itself. There are many options in SSDs these days, this may be of interest if it fits the price and storage trade-offs of your IT situation.

Kodak S1 two lens kit (12-45, 42.5-160) for $380 to $400

The not-Rochester-Kodak S1 two lens kit (12-45, 42.5-160mm) is currently offered for $380 with free shipping in two color scheme choices at Costco. Non-members can buy it with a 5% surcharge bringing it up to $400.

Panasonic ZS50 compact-zoom with Four Extras for $400

Zoom-zoom, the Panasonic ZS50 is going for $400 at authorized dealers with a variety of freebies. At Adorama (page down to see them), you get the Basic Accessory Bundle for the same price. So the freebies are: Panasonic Travel Power Pack (extra charger and battery), Lowepro camera pouch, 16GB Toshiba SD, and Camera Cleaning Kit.

Optionally you can do the PDF paperwork and extend your warranty from one year to three years. Panasonic is running this promotion for a number of their cameras. Eligible models in the PDF. This is a mail-in rebate proper, you have to send receipts and butcher the UPC code from your camera box.

UPDATE: speaking of Adorama, their eBay store currently has the featured eBay deal, it is the new condition Dell Inspiron I3847-3851 Desktop PC offered for $350 with free shipping with a limit of five per buyer and over 800 units sold during the last 24 hours per the stats over there. Main specs: Intel i3-4160, 8GB RAM, 1TB HDD, Win 8.1 (with free Win10 salvation from Win8 upgrade), Intel HD graphics, etc. The processor ranks #356 at, almost $1 PC dollar per CPU ranking spot. Yes, this is the birth of the PC Price CPU Ranking Equilibrium Metric (Copyright 2015) ๐Ÿ™‚

8pk POWEREX MH-8AAI-BH AA (2400mah pre-charged) for $16 w/free s&h [limit 5]

There is power in King’s Blood insists Ms. Melisandre, but there’s also power in rechargeable batteries, especially the 2400 mah kind. Among the latest weekend promo code specials at NewEgg, promo code EMCAWKS25 gets you the 8pk of POWEREX MH-8AAI-BH 2400mah AA rechargeagbles for $16 with free shipping. They promise to retain up to 85% of charge after one year of storage (in close to ideal conditions). The picture seems to suggest you also get a case with them. Limit 5 per customer. These average 4/5 based on 41 customer reviews over there. Offer ends Monday 8/17/15 at 3am ET. If the promo code doesn’t work, you may need to be subscribed to their email newsletters with the email address associated with your NewEgg account in order for the coupons to work.

Internet shopping is so complicated these days. What happened to the promise of just add to cart and slide fingerprint and it arrives 30 minutes later? ๐Ÿ™‚

15% off Borrow Lenses coupon offers a 15% off discount by using coupon code BTS15 on any rental order that starts by Friday 8/21/15. The coupon expires 8/17/15.

(ENDED) Sat Fry’s Promo Codes: 20pk 4×6 photo paper for 20c total, Toshiba HDDs

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(ENDED) Sunday: Canon D30 waterproof P&S for $250

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(ENDED) Starts Sunday 10am ET: Midland XTC285VP 1080p HD Wearable Action Camera camouflage Sale

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(ENDED) Canon D-Rebel T5i with 18-55 STM IS for $535 (ends by Mon 1am ET)

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(ENDED) Sunday: LensCoat 3 Axis Hot Shoe Bubble Level for $12 w/free s&h

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Refurbished Sony a6000 w/18-55 & 55-210 for $620

The action never stops at the eBay Deals where Secondipity (97.8%) is offering the manufacturer refurbished Sony a6000 two lens kit (18-55, 55-210) for $620 with free shipping with a limit of five per customer.

Refurbished WD My Cloud Personal NAS as low as $32.5 per TB

The main Woot Deal of the Day is a sale on factory reconditioned Western Digital My Cloud Personal Cloud Network Attached Storage. There are four options, 6TB for $200, 4TB for $130, 3TB for $100 and 2TB for $85 with a limit of two per customer. Shipping is +$5 flat. They come with a six month warranty from Western Digital. In terms of $/TB, the 4TB options eeks out ahead with $32.5/TB, while the 3TB and 6TB are around $33.3/TB.

Meanwhile the Sellout Woot deal of the day is the refurbished Roku 3 4200XB (previous flagship) offered for $58 with limit of three plus $5 flat shipping and 90 day Roku warranty. This has a lot of photography-viewing related features but does not have the voice-search remote control the current flagship has.

Offers end 1am ET on Sunday or earlier if sold out.

Panasonic AG-AF100A (m43) for $2000

The micro four thirds Panasonic AG-AF100A is currently on sale for a limited time for $2000 with free expedited shipping and free Wooden Camera WC-142000 1/4-20 Shoe Mount at B&H Photo.

Vanguard Auctus Plus 283CT Carbon Fiber Tripod for $200 (Legs Only)

A few more B&H specials for PSW 2015, on the tripod front, the Vanguard Auctus Plus 283CT 3-Section Carbon Fiber Tripod (Legs Only) is on sale for $200 with free standard shipping.

Photo Magazines per year: Pop Photo $4.60, Outdoor $4.81, etc

The theme for this weekend’s magazine sale at Discount Mags is an employee discount sale (you don’t have to be an employee, it’s just one of those things marketing does to confuse the innocent). The usual terms apply, US addresses, up to 3 years, renewals or new subscriptions or gifts, no automatic auto-renewal, printed magazines by mail, etc. The prices are not uniform with this sale:

+ Popular Photography for $4.60
+ Outdoor Photographer for $4.81
+ Digital Photo for $4.83
+ Digital Photo Pro for $8.80
+ variety of other six degrees of photo-separation
+ to quickly locate Photo magazines, use your browser’s in-page search feature to search for “photo” or look for Photo under the “More” option on the rightmost spot in the grey menu bar at the top of the Discount Mags page
+ offer ends on Sunday 11:59pm ET (magazine subscriptions don’t sell out)

YMMV Targeted Offers from eBay (sell) and PayPal (buy)

These are separate targeted offers, so there is a big YMMV depending on how their computers decide how to offer these, but both eBay and PayPal are running separate promotions until 8/31/15. PayPal’s offer says if you spend $150+ in August, you will earn a mystery reward for September that ranges between $10 and $100… Meanwhile eBay goes to the other end, you earn a $25 bonus coupon if you list and sell something before the deadline… Both offers require manual opt-in before you can take advantage of them… Again, this is a YMMV depending on one’s activity and/or inactivity with these services…

(ENDED) Ends Sat 5pm ET: XIRO Xplorer Aerial UAV Drone Quadcopter with 1080p FPV live Video Camera for $600

You can no longer hear the thunder because this lightning deal is over… This joke may get me rotten tomato emojis ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Aug 16-22: Photo Paper specials at Staples (HP, Epson, Kodak)

The free after Easy Rebate photo paper specials ain’t walking through the deal door any time soon, but for the week of August 16-22 in 2015, Staples is planning to have three different photo paper specials, per their Weekly Ad for that week posted on their website. The first two offers are in-store only, while the last is good in-store and online:

+ 60pk 4×6 inch Staples brand glossy photo paper for $4
+ Buy One Get One on all available Kodak photo papers
+ 50% off HP 4×6 or 4×5 inch photo paper
+ no coupons, no rebates, just straight up sales
+ however you can use general purpose coupons or rewards or gift cards to pay for these

Interfit Fluorescent Ring Light (19″) with FREE 4-Section Stand for $100

The Interfit Fluorescent Ring Light (19″) currently has a special promotion, with it you will automatically receive for free a 4-section air-cushioned stand (7.5). No coupon/rebate, this will be included automatically by B&H Photo. The price is $100 with free standard shipping.

TIP: with “automatically included for free” type of offers, you can tell whether the offer is still running or not by whether you see it mentioned on the product page. If you don’t see it mentioned, it means the offer expired. Here’s an annotated screenshot crop of what to look for:


Not to get existential, but it is harder to find what is not there, than find what is there ๐Ÿ™‚

Tripods: Gitzo (16 options with MIRs) and Oben (11 options)

We continue the B&H PSW 2015 roundup with tripods. First up, there are 16 Gitzo Systematic Tripods eligible for a $150 mail-in rebate promotion. The PDF and details are over there… Next up, no mail-in rebates, there are 11 Oben Tripods on sale.

Imported Canon 5DS R body only for $3500

Back to the eBay Deals where as of the time of writing the featured deal of the day is the new condition imported grey-market Canon 5DS R body only offered for $3500 with free shipping and a one year warranty from the seller GetItDigital (99.7%). The warranty is not from Canon USA. Limit 5 per customer.

At authorized Canon dealers, this goes for $3900, currently in-stock at Adorama (with 2% rewards = $78~) and by third-party sellers at Amazon. Same price at B&H Photo but it is not in-stock there as of the time of writing.

Bag The Bags: Ape, Kelly Moore, Ruggard, Undfind (49 options) + 27 Spider Camera Holsters

And now another installment of the new reality TV series, Bag The (Camera) Bags. This time the sales are at B&H Photo as follows:

+ Ape Camera Cases (4 options, all come with free Ape Case TD140 Monopod included automatically by B&H while the promotion is running)
+ Kelly Moore bags (22 options)
+ Ruggard bags (11 options)
+ Undfind Camera Bags (12 options)

Not camera bags, but I didn’t want to create an extra post for it, Spider Camera Holsters sale, 27 options, use coupon code PSWBH15 which expires 8/16/15 or so.

Printing related: HP Roll Paper, Kodak inkjet paper, Inkpress (124 options)

More B&H action from their Photo Shop World 2015 specials, now print-related items:

+ Inkpress films and adhesives (six choices)
+ HP Roll Paper (42 options, use coupon PSWBH15 at checkout)
+ Kodak Inkjet paper (76 options, use coupon PSWBH15 at checkout)

Datacolor SpyderSTUDIO Color Calibration Bundle for $300

The Datacolor SpyderSTUDIO Color Calibration Bundle is currently offered for $300 at B&H Photo as one of their featured deals (this is not the deal of the day, it just happened that I am posting it near 12am ET).

YMMV Targeted AMEX Offers: Best Buy, Walmart, Amazon, Google Play, Sam’s Club, etc

American Express has a number of new targeted offers. To see if you are eligible, you have to login to your account(s) and check the Offers section. Their computers decide on how and when to offer these, probably a combination of all the data they have hoarded on the accounts ๐Ÿ™‚ You have to first add the offer to your account, and then make the purchase. AMEX is pretty good at this, you usually get an email confirmation shortly after an eligible transaction goes through. Needless to say, you have to pay with the AMEX credit card that the offer is on. If you have multiple cards on the same account, make sure you pay with the one that has the offer activated! Some of the floating offers:

+ Spend $5+ at Amazon, Get $5 statement credit
+ Spend $5+ at Google Play, Get $5 statement credit
+ Spend $20+ at Sam’s Club, Get $20 statement credit
+ Spend $79+ at Walmart, Get $15 statement credit
+ Spend $250+ at Best Buy, Get $25 statement credit
+ Spend $250+ at Unique Photo, Get $50 statement credit

Some may be good online only, others in-store only, some both. Check the details of each particular offer. Some may be one time use during the promotional period, others may have multiple uses.

Best Buy’s eBay store has tech sale on eBay

The Best Buy eBay store is having a featured tech sale on eBay with free store pickup (where available) or free shipping with an order of $35+. You can filter the camera and photo items using the sidebar on the left side over there. There are sixty items listed under Camera and Photo. Due to time constraints I cannot price-check them at posting time, so it is a DIY adventure.

Action Cams & Phones: GoPro, Sync, Kodak

In this post we round up a trio of action cameras and serious smartphone accessories offered by Adorama:

+ Sync Smartphone Stabilizer, Compatible with Most Phones for $200
+ GoPro HERO4 Black Action Camera with Adorama Accessories kit for $454
+ Kodak PIXPRO SP360 Action Camera with Extreme Pack for $200 after $80 mail-in rebate