Archives for September 2015

15% off Clearance Sale at BuyDig with coupon

Buydig is offering an extra 15% off their Clearance Sale items (670+ items) when you use coupon code CLOSEOUT15 over there. The camera and photo gear is divided in multiple sub-categories (use the left side “Guided Search” over there to look for items of potential interest).

Pre-order new Fujifilm Instax Mini 70 cameras for $140

Instant cameras continue to have a mini renaissance, Fuji is back with a new model, the brand new Fujifilm Instax Mini 70 is now available for pre-order for $140 at Amazon by Amazon itself, available in three fun colors. It is powered by two CR2 batteries, and jumps on the selfie bandwagon by including a “selfie mode” with a built-in selfie mirror. And a tripod socket because there are selfie sticks everywhere these days 🙂

Official GoPro Hero 4 Black/Silver battery for $12

If you are looking for extra official GoPro batteries for your GoPro Hero 4 Black or Silver, the AHDBT-401 (1160 mAh), they are currently on sale for $12 each, with a limit of 30 per customer, at Amazon by Amazon itself. This battery averages 4.4 out of 5 with nearly 1000 customer reviews. A testament to the popularity of the GoPros when an extra battery can get close to 1000 reviews!

If you need any other GoPro accessories, there is a dedicated GoPro accessories page at Amazon with over 600 items.

Refurbished Nikon D7100 body for $600

Adorama is offering the manufacturer refurbished Nikon D7100 body only for $600 with free shipping, a 90 day Nikon USA warranty, and 2% promotional rewards (= $12).

For comparison, the new condition price is $800 with free extras at various Nikon dealers, for example, Adorama bundles it with free WU-1a wireless dongle, extra 3rd-party battery, 16GB Toshiba SD, and 2% promotional rewards. A similar bundle is offered by B&H Photo.

20% off coupon at Cowboom (mostly used/refurb)

Cowboom (formerly DealTree, part of the Best Buy Empire) has a 20% OFF coupon promotion with coupon code BOOM20 good until the end of day on 10/1/15. The coupon can be used on almost everything but it excludes the Deal of the Day, Auctions, and items sold/shipped by Best Buy. A lot of their items are used/refurbished. A DIY adventure!

Open-box Sony a7R II body with 1yr warranty for $3000 (was $2700)

UPDATE (9/30/15 PM): as of this check, the price jumped from $2700 to $3000…

Flagship action too at the eBay Deals, where BuyDig’s eBay store (authorized Sony reseller) is offering the open-box Sony A7R II body only with a one year Sony warranty for $3000 [was $2700] with free shipping with a limit of five per customer.

The description there has it as “New-Other” condition with this explanation:

“This item includes all original packaging and comes with a full 1 Year Sony USA Warranty. Box was opened and simply not able to be sold as Brand New”

At new condition, this goes for $3200 at authorized retailers such as Adorama and B&H Photo and Amazon.

Refurbished GoPro HERO3+ Silver Edition w/1yr warranty for $170

Back to the eBay Deals where the featured deal at pole position over there is the manufacturer refurbished GoPro HERO3+ Silver Edition offered for $170 with free shipping, factory sealed, and a one year manufacturer warranty, sold by GoPro’s own eBay store. Limit five per buyer. Over 2700 units got sold so far from this eBay listing.

Imported Olympus 25mm f1.8 (m43) for $270 [ships from Canada]

Lower prices simple prime lenses are one area where some photographers may feel more comfortable getting an imported model. If so, the eBay Deals has some of that too. The imported grey-market Olympus M.Zuiko 25mm f1.8 goes for $270 with free shipping by eBay seller “QuickNDone” (99.8%). The listing mentions a one year warranty but does not say who provides the warranty.

Please note this ships from Canada, with USA and Canada as the official “ship-to” addresses mentioned in the eBay listing.

At authorized Olympus USA dealers, this lens goes for $350 at Adorama (free 3yr New Leaf warranty) and B&H Photo and Amazonia.

Trade-In Bonus of up to $250 towards Sony a7 series cameras or full frame E-lenses

Adorama is running another Trade-In Promotion good until 10/31/15. You trade-in one digital interchangeable-lens camera or lens, and receive a trade-in bonus of up to $250, in addition to the trade-in value of your gear. The trade-in bonus can be used towards the purchase of a new Sony a7 series digital camera or full frame E-mount.

Per the short instructions there, you fill in the short form on their website. Then they give you a trade-in code. You use that towards the purchase the a7 series camera or FF E-mount lens of your choice. In parallel, you send them your old camera/lens you agreed to trade-in.

(ENDED) 2pk 8GB EyeFi Mobi Wifi SDHC cards for $45

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Imported Canon 5D Mark III body for $1900

And we are finally back, and back to the eBay Deals where the GetItDigital eBay store (99.7%) is offering the imported grey-market new condition Canon 5D Mark III body only for $1900 with free shipping with a one year warranty provided by GetItDigital (not Canon USA). Limit five per customer.

At authorized Canon USA dealers, in new condition, this goes for $2500, along with a variety of free accessories and extras and promotional rewards, such as B&H Photo and Adorama (multiple bundles with different freebies) and Focus Camera and Amazon itself.

Somewhere in the middle between the two price-wise is an open-box version for $2250 at Adorama (no freebies but retains the one year Canon USA warranty).

(ENDED) Wednesday Lightning Deals: B+W, Fotodiox, microSD cards, 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) Tue Fry’s Promo Codes: 16GB Toshi SD for $5, AEE, etc

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Coming October 4: the new GoPro Hero+ for $200

GoPro is going in product announcement burst mode, here comes yet another new addition to its action-cam line-up, it is the GoPro Hero+ with a starting price of $200. This will be available for purchase on October 4. Pre-orders are not accepted yet. Details at Amazon et al.

Meanwhile, their Hero4 Session is bundled with a $30 Amazon Gift Card for $300 total.

5% rewards sitewide with coupon at Rakuten

If you are a fan of “The Rakuten” (sounds like a creature!), coupon code REWARDME gets you 5% back in Rakuten Rewards points site-wide (including tech/camera purchases) at the Rakuten (formerly website. Offer ends at the end of day on 9/30/15.

100pk 4×6-inch Canon Photo Paper Plus Glossy II for $7

If you are a Prime member or planning a $35+ total order, and you don’t need a big volume-discount purchase, the 100pk of the 4×6-inch Canon Photo Paper Plus Glossy II, model 2311B023, is on sale for $7 at Amazon by Amazon itself. Limit 90 per customer, but if you are a Prime member, even one gets you free shipping (thankfully it’s not part of the Add-On program – hopefully I won’t jinx it).

Samsung NX Mini with 9-27mm, SEF-7A Flash, LR5 bundled for $280

To the eBay Deals we return where we find the Mini-Me of the NX system. Buydig’s eBay store is offering the new condition Samsung NX Mini with 9-27mm NX-M and SEF-7A External Flash for $280 with free shipping, with a limit of five per customer. Lightroom 5 is bundled with the camera. You have a choice of Black, Blue or Mint. Sorry, no Basil 🙂

(ENDED) Tuesday Lightning Deals: B+W, FLIR, Fotodiox, Neewer, 128GB Sony SDXC, Corel, Toshiba, WD NAS, 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) Mon Fry’s Promo Codes: 20pk 5×7 photo paper for 99c, 20% iTunes GC, etc

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Sept 28-30: $10 off $75+ order at B&N w/coupon

If you are looking to buy photography books or camera instruction manuals (or any other books), especially ones that have the same prices at most places, the Barnes and Noble website has a three day coupon promotion, get $10 off a purchase of $75 or more using coupon code BNFALL75 over there. Coupon ends 9/30/15.

(ENDED) Ends Tue 8am ET: 50% OReilly DRM-free ebooks with coupon

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Sandisk Internal SSD Plus: 120GB for $45 or 240GB for $70

On the speeding up the computer front, two Sandisk Internal SSD Plus are on sale at Amazon by Amazon itself. The 120GB model goes for $45, while the 240GB model goes for $70 (limit up to four per customer). This is not a lightning deal.

Speaking of storage, the Staples website has a special buy on the 2TB Toshiba Canvio Basics Portable USB 3.0 External Hard Drive, model HDTB320XK3CA, for $70. Offer ends by 10/3/15. Free ship-to-store or free shipping for Rewards members (free to join)… Also, when you visit their website, you may be greeted with a couple of coupon offers (via text or via their emailing list).

23-Inch Acer G236HL-Bbd 1080p monitor for $110 (limit 3)

On the bang for the buck computer monitors front, $110 gets you the new condition 23-Inch Acer G236HL-Bbd monitor (1920 x 1080) at Amazon by Amazon itself with a limit of three per customer.

NOTE this has VGA and DVI-D inputs. No HDMI, but there are DVI/HDMI adapters sold separately. No VESA mount support. This is part of a five monitor line-up that averages 4.3/5 based on 2200+ customer reviews. This particular monitor has 650+ customer reviews of its own. Unfortunately the Amazon page does not provide an average on the filtered review page, and due to time (and sanity) constraints I cannot go through 650+ reviews and average them 🙂

GoPro Hero4 Session + $40 Gift Card for $300

An even better price for the GoPro Hero4 Session. Now $300 gets you both the GoPro Hero4 Session camera and a $40 plastic Amazon Gift Card (delivered by mail). Simply add both the camera and the gift card from the promotional page and proceed to checkout. The price of the gift card will be adjusted in the shopping cart with a “-$40” discount.

Fuji X-A1 body only for $269 [was $274] (blue)

And we are baaaaack as the Radio DJ on SNL used to say. The Fuji X-A1 two lens kit for $400 sold-out, but if you blue is your thing, the new condition blue Fuji X-A1 body only is available for $269 (was $274~) with free shipping at Amazon by Amazon itself. You can buy as many as you like. Of potential interest if you have no interest in the kit lenses or you need an additional X body.

CORRECTION: the original post title mistype the price as $247 instead of $274… Regardless, the price as of late 9/29/15 is $269~…

(ENDED) Monday Lightning Deals: Rokinon 12/2.8 (N), B+W, Neewer, 1TB, Corel, Evercase, etc

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(ENDED) Refurbished HP Envy 4500 Wireless Color Photo Printer for $40

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(ENDED) Canon 70D body + Pixma Pro 100 + Extras for $600 after $350 MIR

This particular offer ended with 150 units sold, but fear not, there should many more 70D offers in the future at various retailers…

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256GB Toshiba Q Internal SSD for $81 [limit 5]

If you are looking for internal 256GB SSDs, the 256GB Toshiba Q Series Pro PC Internal 2.5″ Solid State Drive, model HDTS325XZSTA, is currently on sale for $80 plus $1 shipping, with a limit of five per customer at NewEgg by NewEgg itself.

IF their sale ends or they run out, you can get them for $94~ with free shipping and a limit of five as well at Amazon by Amazon itself.

Speaking of Toshiba, for early adopters (it has zero reviews as of the time of writing), their brand new 1TB P300 Desktop 3.5 Inch Internal Hard Drive (SATA 6Gb/s 7200rpm) is on sale for $50 with free shipping. This is just $5 more than then 500GB.

Weekly Fry’s Promo Codes (Sept 27 to Oct 3): refurb ZS35 for $100, Vanguard, etc

These are the Fry’s Weekly promo codes for the week running from September 27 until October 3 in 2015:

+ refurbished Panasonic ZS35 with card and case for $100 (limit 1; in-store only)
+ 61″ Vanguard ESPOD CX 203AP Tripod for $40
+ Vanguard Adjustable SLR Messenger Bag, model “UP-RISE II 38” for $80 (limit 1)
+ 100pk Ridata DVD-R blanks for $11 (limit 5)
+ variety of storage sales (SSD, HDD, flash)
+ Roku 3 (with Voice Search) for $85
+ offers good using the individualized promo codes from Fry’s emailing list
+ offers good Sun Sept 27 until Sat Oct 3

New Adobe Elements 14 announced and shipping

We have both an announcement and an in-stock alert at the same time. It is Fall, and this means a new version of Adobe’s Elements software. We are now up to version 14. As usual, they start at early adopter prices ($100 in this case), and as time goes by, discounting begins. So this is for the early adopters. They are available in either boxed software by mail or digital downloads (Mac or PC). They are ready to go for $100 each at Amazon (your choice of box or download): Photoshop Elements 14 and Premiere Elements 14.

Pay $95, Get $100 eBay Gift Card via e-mail (limit 1)

Among the latest eBay Deals, PayPal’s Digital Gifts is offering a $100 eBay Gift Card (by e-mail) for $95. Limit one per customer. This is essentially a 5% discount on everything you buy using this gift card. Over 7850 gift cards got sold so far.

They have more gift card offers (discounts up to 20% off) available through the Trending eBay Deals.

(ENDED) Woot Camera Sale (ends 9/30): Fuji S1, S8650, DSLRs T5i, D3200, Lenses 55-200, 55-250

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(SOLD OUT) Fuji X-A1 with 16-50 and 50-230 for $400

As of a late 9/27/15 recheck, this sold out and it is not orderable at the moment… The Fuji X-A1 two lens kit, with the blue Fuji X-A1 camera and the silver Fuji 16-50 and 50-230 lenses is currently offered for $400 with free shipping at Amazon by Amazon itself with a limit of ten per customer.

(ENDED) Monoprice DSLR Travel Blogger Backpack 14L for $68 w/free s&h

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(ENDED) Tamrac 5546 Adventure 6 Backpack (Grey) for $45 w/free s&h (limit 2)

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Refurbished Nikon SB-700 Speedlight for $240

Adorama is offering the manufacturer refurbished Nikon SB-700 Speedlight for $240 with free shipping and a 90 day Nikon USA warranty.

Lighting Sale: Flashpoint Flashes, Glow ParaPop [also: B+W, Hoya]

Adorama has a sale on a variety of Lighting and studio products as follows:

+ Flashpoint Camera Flashes
+ manual for $100, TTL for Canon or Nikon for $180

+ Glow ParaPop 38″ Portable Softbox for $220
+ more Glow items on sale (total of 36 options)

+ Adorama 18×18″ Softbox for the 100 watt Second Budget Monolight for $30

+ Hoya 77mm 4X (0.6) Neutral Density Multi Coated Glass Filter for $41~

+ B + W 77mm #110 3.0 (1000x) Neutral Density Glass Filter with Single Coating for $71~

Shipping: Monoprice opens Kentucky Distribution center

On the shipping front, there are good news for Monoprice fans in the East and Mid-West regions. They have opened a distribution center in Kentucky carrying 1400+ of their most popular products.

Speculation: one frustrating thing with shopping at Monoprice is that there is consistent way to predict whether you will pay shipping or not. Most other retailers have predictability (purchases over a certain amount or membership or free shipping for almost everything). Maybe the launch of an Eastern/Midwest distribution center can make it easier to give customers a non-moving target. Again, this is pure speculation.

(ENDED) One Year Of Amazon Prime for $67 (for New Members Only; Ends Sat 3am ET)

This 1-day Emmy-inspired sale ended…

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(ENDED) Fri Frys Promo Codes: $15 Manfrotto Monopod, Lenmar AiO charger, etc

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(ENDED) $5 magazines: Pop Photo or Outdoor or Digital

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(ENDED) Sat Fry’s Promo Codes: 20pk 4×6 photo paper for 25c, 7″ photo frame for $15, etc

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(ENDED) Refurbished Western Digital External USB 3.0 HDDs (3TB for $75)

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Now shipping: DxO ONE for $600

The new DxO One camera for the iPhones/iPads is now in-stock and ready to ship at its early adopter price of $600 at Amazon by Amazon itself and B&H Photo.

Pre-order new Pentax HD FA 24-70mm f2.8ED SDM WR for $1300

Pentax fans, it is your turn to make your wallet cry constant-aperture tears. Pentax has now revealed the new Pentax-D HD FA 24-70mm f2.8ED SDM WR lens and it is available for pre-order for $1300 at B&H Photo where you can find detailed specs of said lens. Release estimate is late October 2015.

The lens has been added to the New Lenses of 2015 tracking page (if you page up on that page, you will also see the new cameras of 2015).

5% rewards site-wide with coupon at Rakuten

If you are a fan of the Rakuten, coupon code REWARDME gets you 5% back in Rakuten Reward points when you shop at Rakuten ( website. Offer ends 9/30/15.

GoPro HERO4 Session Action Camera drops to $300

The new condition GoPro HERO4 Session Action Camera is now down to $300 as a limited time special offer at Adorama.

Sept 27-October 3: B1G1 or 50% off Photo Papers

For the week of September 27 until October 3 in 2015, at Staples they have photo paper promotions as follows (no coupon/rebate needed for the sale):

+ 50% off all Canon paper or 5×7 HP photo paper
+ Buy 1 Get 1 on Epson and Kodak photo papers
+ details in their weekly ad and stores

Impossible Instant Lab for iPhone with free Cradle kit for $170

Adorama is offering the Impossible Instant Lab for iPhone for $170 with free expedited shipping. While there, locate the yellow “Special Offer” button. Press see details, and you will see the offer, “Impossible Universal Cradle”. Press the blue “Add to Bundle” button, then page down and locate the green “Add Bundle to Cart”. Press that, and both will be added to your shopping cart with a $170 total price. Annotated screenshot shots of how to locate that below…

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