Archives for 2021

Saturday: 256GB Sandisk Extreme microSDXC for $37AC w/FS

NewEgg has some Sandisk action of the Extreme kind for their Saturday deals du jour, good until 11:59pm pacific on 2/20/21 or earlier if sold out… It is the new condition 256GB Sandisk Extreme microSDXC (A2, U3, UHS-I, C10, SDSQXA1-256G-GN6MA) going for $37 with free US Shipping using promo code 93XQK42 with up to three per customer. This is sold and shipped by NewEgg herself…

Friday II: Acer Swift 3 laptop, ASUS 27″ IPS, Etc

And now we have Friday Daily Deals Episode II: The (Amazon) Empire Strikes Back!

We start with the Amazon USA Gold Box where one of the headliners is the new condition Acer Swift 3 Intel EVO laptop for $670 with free US shipping with maximum two per customer. Specs include 14″ Full HD, Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics, 8GB LPDDR4X RAM, 256GB NVMe SSD, Wi-Fi 6, Fingerprint Reader, Backlit keyboard, etc. This is model number SF314-59-75QC…

The latest Adorama daily deal (ends Saturday 10am ET) is the new condition Asus VP279Q-P 27″ 16:9 Full HD IPS LCD Monitor with Eye-Care Technology for $149 with free US Shipping… It has buzzword technology such as VividPixel and ASCR 80 million to 1, Response Time 5ms (GTG), QuickFit modes (preset photos and document sizes), stereo speakers, HDMI, VGA and Displayport, kensington lock, 4.8kg weight, etc…

Then at the NewEgg daily deals we find, among others, the Ryzen 5 3600 desktop processor, 1TB internal Seagate SSD, ASUS motherboard, etc… The $100 Lowes gift card for $90 is sold-out as of the time of writing…

SpyderCUBE RAW Calibration Tool for $25, Etc

FriYAY is here and as usual, the B&H Photo daily deals geaux until Saturday at 11:59pm ET with the caveat that orders are not accepted Fri PM to Sat PM {check their website for exact hours}. The offers are:

+ DataColor SpyderCUBE RAW Calibration Tool for $25

+ Sachtler Camera Rollpak for $170
+ just don’t roll it downhill with all your tilt-shift and f0.95 primes in it
+ risk is acceptable if the bag is filled with 18-55 and 70-300 non-USM kit lenses and double-figure old MF lenses πŸ˜‰

+ RucPac Photographer’s Winter Apparel Package for $40, two size options

+ SirUI VTJ-1.8 Video Travel Jib for $299

+ Kingston Mobilelite Plus SD Card Reader with Mobilelite Plus microSD Card Reader Kit for $15
+ because reading (even memory cards) is fundamental!

+ CasePh Wireless Charging & UVC Sanitizer Box, two options, $30 and $40

+ flash deal: SWIT S-2010 On-Camera LED Light with Pole Power Connector for $75

+ no teaser for the next flash deal as of the time of writing

For EU shoppers, one of the Friday Amazon Chermany deals of the day is the new condition Victure Wildlife camera offered for 39 euro-dollars with free S&H within Chermany and Austria. As of the time of writing it averages 4.5 out of 5 based on nearly 2000 customer reviews…

UPDATE #1: save the RAW files, save the world! Two WD external HDDs are among the Friday Best Buy daily deals, a 14TB Easystore for $230, and a 1TB for $45… And for those spending a lot of time in nature, away from civilization, the $10 portable handheld “bio bidet” may come in handy πŸ˜‰ [and the customer reviews are almost all on-topic, not the troll-LOL kind]

Datacolor SpyderCheckr Color Calibration Tool for $104

Good until Friday at 10am ET (or earlier if sold out) the current Adorama daily deal is the new condition Datacolor SpyderCheckr Color Calibration Tool going for $104 with free US shipping…

Thursday: PNY SDXC, microSDXC, flash drive sales

There’s a $40 Fire 7 tablet as one of the Thursday 2/18/21 Amazon USA deals du jour but the headliner of the day is a PNY storage sale with six options:

+ 256GB PNY Elite Performance SDXC for $32

+ 256GB Elite-X Class 10 microSDXC for $33
+ 128GB for $18 on the same listing

+ 512GB PNY Elite PRO microSDXC for $70

+ 512GB PNY Elite PRO USB 3 flash drive for $70

+ 128GB PNY Turbo Attache USB 3 flash drive for $13

+ 10pk of 16GB PNY Attache USB 2 flash drives for $28
+ these are USB 2.0 (two)
+ comes out to $2.80 per flash drive

+ limit two of each item per customer

Speaking of storage, at the Newegg daily deals they have the 256GB Team Group Elite microSDXC for $24, a $1299 Dell XPS Home & Entertainment desktop, and various other techie/computer-y things as usual…

Thursday: Litra, Dr Bag, Steiner, FilmCraft, Fat Gecko, Etc

Thursday is here and so is another set of B&H Photo daily deals good until 11:59pm ET on Thursday (or earlier if sold out):

+ Steiner 7×50 C Navigator Pro Binoculars with Compass for $350

+ Litra LitraStudio RGBWW Photo & Video LED Light for $390
+ not to be confused with Lytro, the light field photography company

+ Delkin Fat Gecko Dual-Suction Camera Mount for $40

+ KanDao QooCam Interchangeable 4K 360 and 3D 180 Camera for $230

+ Arco Video Dr. Bag 40 for $79
+ also handy for doctor cosplay and doctor stock photography πŸ˜‰

+ FilmCraft Pro Series Tall Director’s Chair (30″, Black Frame, Black Canvas) for $130
+ also handy when making “film critic” style YouTube videos πŸ˜‰

UPDATE #1: among the Woot dailies there’s another variant of the “former Android flagships” sale and a “2 t-shirts for $18” offer with coupon code 2FOR18, which is not bad given that Woot t-shirts are not priced like 6 Dollar Shirts. Speaking of which, 6DollarShirts is a great value and durable (I bought many of them; they also have an on-going offer, 10 t-shirts for $50; shipping is extra)…

UPDATE #2: Meanwhile at the Best Buy dailies they have the Sunpak YouTuber Creator Kit Vlogging Kit for $30 [combine it with the director’s chair at B&H and you’ll have the #1 film critic YouTube channel πŸ™‚ ) and a 128GB Sandisk EXtReMe PlUs for $33, select GE Grow (not Glow) LED plant lights [PRO TIP: you can grow your plant/macro photography subjects!], and such…

Plustek OpticFilm 8200i SE 35mm Film & Slide Scanner for $349

A new trio of Adorama daily deals is upon us, this lot is good until Thursday at 10am ET (or earlier if sold out):

+ Plustek OpticFilm 8200i SE – 35mm Film & Slide Scanner for $349

+ 27″ LG 16:9 4K Ultra HD FreeSync IPS Monitor for $350
+ model 27UD68-P

+ MSI Prestige 15 15.6″ Ultra HD Notebook for $1299
+ i7-10710U 1.1GHz, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q (4GB memory), Windows 10 Home

Meanwhile at the Amazon USA Gold Box for Wednesday 2/17/21 they have the Ring A19 Smart LED Bulb Starter kit (two A19 light bulbs, one Ring Bridge) for $40 OR one Ring A19 light bulb for $12.49

Wedn: GVM, Magnus, Wooden Camera, PROGrade CFexpress 2, Photoshop Elements 2021, Etc

OOOPS! I forgot to post Tuesday’s dailies, but we are back for the Wednesday 2/17/21 B&H Photo daily deals, a six-pack of them, good until Hump Day at 11:59pm ET (or earlier if sold out):

+ Adobe Photoshop Elements 2021 for $60
+ choice of digital download or DVD by mail

+ Wooden Camera Unified BMPCC4K/BMPCC6K Camera Cage (Rubber Handle) for $159
+ mayhaps it should be called Rubber Camera? πŸ˜‰

+ MAgnus REX VT-6000 2-Stage Video Tripod with Fluid Head for $399
+ the MA is not Massachusetts but I often type the next letter before I fully release the SHIFT button, so the 2nd letter gets capitalized #BehindTheScenes

+ GVM LED Ring Light Soft Light 600S for $119

+ PROgrade 325GB CFexpress 2.0 Cobalt Memory Card for $325
+ 2-pack of them for $635, a $15 combined purchase discount, $7.50 per card

+ AUstream AU-Stream True Wireless for $40 or 2-pack for $75

UPDATE #1: among the Woot daily deals they have foldable Snaptain drones ($65 to $100), refurbished Samsung computer monitors ($230 to $500) and refurbished Kindle Oasis/Voyager e-readers ($50 to $150, 90-day Woot warranty; the ones with a 1-year warranty are the ones Amazon itself sells as certified refurbished)…

UPDATE #2 among the BEst Buy dailies they have the 12TB WD EAsystore external HDD for $200, TVs, Intel i7-10700 (10th generation; Ryzen sends its regards), 512GB Sandisk Ultra Plus microSDXC for $95, Surface Laptop GO for $520 (M1 Macbooks and Chromebooks send their regards), etc, etc, etc

UPDATE #3: oops II, I also forgot the current Adorama daily deal (changes Wednesday 10am ET), it is the 2ft Quasar Science Q-25X Crossfade Linear 25W Bi-Color LED Lamp for $75 (actual Quasar (the ones mentioned by Neil deGrasse Tyson) not included, they are against UPS/FedEx shipping policy πŸ˜‰

Monday: Tokina 11-20/2.8 for $429 [C/N], 32GB Sandisk SDXC

Mundane Monday is back once again BUT hooray-hooray it’s a LENS DAY at the new round of B^H Photo daily deals, good until Monday 2/15/21 [yes, we ate half of February already, now it’s time to eat the Valentine’s chocolates on clearance πŸ˜‰ ] at 11:59pm ET (or earlier if sold out)…

+ Tokina 11-20mm f2.8 CF ATX-I for $429 in Canon EF or Nikon F
+ APS-C, 82mm filters, around half a kilo, 0.12x max-mag, etc
+ this is blog-typo-certified to be Tokina, not Tamron
+ statement certified to be organic, gluten-free, biodynamic, kosher, Fairtrade and UTZ

+ Pelican MPB35 Backpack (35L, Realtree Edge / Tan) for $57

+ SirUI SUP204SR Aluminum-Alloy Photo/Video Monopod for $100

+ 32GB Sandisk Extreme PRO SDHC for $12 after automatic in-cart coupon
+ up to 95MB/sec, V30, UHS-I, U3, C10, etc
+ of interest especially if you have a mix of cameras that use SDHC and SDXC cards

+ MSI 15.6″ Creator Series Creator 15 Multi-Touch Laptop for $1729
+ “Creator” is the new “Gamer” in laptop marketing? πŸ˜‰
+ Intel i7-10875H 8-Core, 16GB DDR4, 512GB NVMe PCIe M.2 SSD, 15.6″ 1920 x 1080 IPS, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (with 8GB GDDR6, nom-nom-nom), etc, etc

+ CAD microphones etc, two options, $49 or $79

Sunday: FlashBoss, IDX, Tamrac, Storage Cubes, Etc

IF you like to double and triple bag things or if you like to organize-store and/or travel-a-lot, the Sunday 2/14/21 Meh daily deal is not a Valentine’s themed offering, but a 12-pack of soft storage cubes of four different sizes for $14 plus shipping. The set also included two drawstring bags, making it a 14-pack…

Not a “lens day” at the Sunday B&H Photo daily deals and no valentine’s theme here either:

+ Tamrac Arc Flash Accessory Pocket – 1.7 (Black) for $7

+ Vello FlashBoss TTL Transceiver for Canon for $40
+ two transceivers for $70

+ IDX CUE-H180 179Wh Compact Li-Ion V-Mount Battery for $219

+ My-Geko-Gear Orbit 510 1080p Dash Cam with Night Vision & 16GB microSD Card for $60
+ discover the joys of dashcam-o-graphy! πŸ˜‰

UPDATE #1: among the Sunday Amazon USA Gold Box they have the SK hynix Gold S31 3D NAND 2.5 inch SATA III Internal SSD on sale. The 1TB version goes for $83~ while the 500GB version goes for $46~…

UPDATE #2: among the Best Buy daily deals they have the 10-inch NixPlay smart digiframe for $140, and Insignia single-use batteries on sale…

FotoPro AK-64 iSpeedy Aluminum Quick Extend Monopod for $95

Adorama is back with another one of their daily deals and this item lasts until Sunday at 10am ET (or earlier if sold out). It is the new condition FotoPro AK-64 iSpeedy Aluminum Quick Extend Monopod going for $90 with free US shipping…

It’s Kindle and Fire device sale at the Amazon USA Gold Bo for Saturday 2/13/21, headlined by the new condition 8GB Kindle Paperwhite (with Special Offers) going for $95 in four color options. The option without the Special Offers is +$20, or you can remove the special offers at any point in the future by paying the one-time fee… As long as Kindle e-readers can’t show video, I personally do not find their ads annoying and on occasion I find a deal or discover an interesting and discounted e-book…

Lots of RAM is among the computer-related offers at the Saturday Newegg daily deals, too many to list here individually…

Wiral Lite Cable Cam for $329, Dell XPS 9310, Etc

The new round of the Adorama daily deals is here until Saturday at 10am ET and it is the new condition Wiral Lite Cable Cam offered for $329 with free US shipping…

Headlining the Friday Amazon USA Gold Box is the new condition Dell XPS 9310 two-in-one laptop for $1439~ with free US shipping with up to three per customer at the sale price.

This has a 13.4 inch FHD+ Touchscreen, i7-1165G7, a glorious 32GB of 4267MHz LPDDR4x RAM, 512GB SSD storage, Intel Iris Xe Graphics, Windows 10 Home, etc…

And at the NewEgg dailies they have a 512GB Team Group internal SSD for $50, more WD HDDs, laptops, gaming gift cards, 128GB Team USB 3.2 Gen I flash drive for $13, COVID masks, and mo(i)re…

And now a total freebie if you are participating the Lucky (grocery store) Rewards. You can claim an offer for a FREE tin of Sparkling Ice + Caffeine. Because everything must needs be caffeinated πŸ™‚

Spider, Genaray, Sachtler, Morphie, WD, PNY, NetGear, Etc

FriYAY is here and as usual, the B&H Photo daily deals last until Saturday at 11:59pm ET but orders are not accepted, as usual, Friday PM to Saturday PM {check website for exact hours}:

+ Spider SpiderPro Hand Strap for $21

+ GenAray Ultra-Thin Bicolor 288 SMD LED On-Camera Light for $50

+ Sachtler Lightweight Audio Bag (Large) for $149
+ large size audio bags typically hold a minimum of 100 songs πŸ˜‰

+ Bolt battery packs for select Nikon and Sony cameras, $30 to $40
+ these take 8 or 12 AA batteries, hooray for the rechargeables, ouch for the wallets of single-use battery users πŸ™‚

+ flash deal: Garmin inReach Mini Satellite Communicator (Orange) (Satellite Subscription Required) for $280

+ no teaser for the next flash deal yet

Meanwhile the Meh-rathon is over but the Friday Meh daily deal is a 2-pack of Morphie 6040 mAh power-banks with USB-C port for $18 plus shipping. That’s about one full refill of a modern flagship/big-screen type of a smartphone. BUT if you are using this to charge smaller battery devices (eg true wireless earphones or flip phones) this can last a lot longer…

PSA #1: if you have any music or music data (eg playlists) in your Google Play Music account that you want to download or preserve, Google has sent an email announcing that on February 24 (2021) your music data will be deleted. You can download all your music purchases (and freebies) using Google Takeout, and/or you can transfer them to YouTube Music. You can also transfer your playlists there. Note that YouTube Music forces you to create a YouTube Channel (!!!) in your name if you want to transfer your playlists over… More details via Google Music support

UPDATE #2: among the Woot daily deals for Friday you will find Netgear networking stuff under “Computers” and Delsey hard-side luggage under “Clearance/Sellout” and 30% off t-shirts with promo code SOLVED (t-shirt coupon expires 2/14/21 at 11:59pm central; everything else expires, as usual, at 11:59pm central time of the same day)…

UPDATE #3: more storage and lightning action at the Best Buy dailies for Friday 2/12/21:

+ 128GB Sandisk Ultra Plus SDXC for $25

+ 4-pack of Hampton Peace multicolor LEDs on sale, multiple options

+ 8TB WD easySToRE external USB 3.0 HDD for $130

+ 512GB PNY elite pro usb 3.0 flash drive for $70

+ the thing that looks like AA batteries, well actually it’s a lip balm in man-marketing presentation

+ Mount-It dual monitor gas-spring-arm desk mount for $110

Thursday: Meh-rathon, Autel 8K Drone bundle, PowerEX, Oben, Elvid, Fotodiox, Etc

Thursday is here and Meh is having a …Woot-OFF, or as they call it, a Meh-rathon at the Meh website. Offers keep on changing throughout the day, BUT you can also purchase any of the previous offers as long as they are not sold-out. Look for them in the Meh-rathon Forum, click on the item of interest, click on it again to get to the individual product page, and if it’s not sold-out, you will see a “BUY IT” button option…

Next up we head on over to the B&H Photo daily deals, good until 11:59pm ET on Thursday 2/11/21 or earlier if sold out…

+ Autel Robotics EVO II 8K Drone On The Go Bundle for $1249 with FREE 128GB Sandisk Extreme microSDXC and 3′ Hoodman Drone Launch Pad included automatically by B&H during this promotion

+ PowerEX MH-C204GT 4-bay Smart Charger and 8-Pack of Pro Rechargeable AA NiMH Batteries Kit for $24~

+ Oben ATM-2600 6-Section Aluminum Monopod for $35

+ FotoDioX C-300RS FlapJack LED Bi-Color Edge Light (10″) for $140

+ Hyper GaN 100W USB Type-C & USB Type-A Charger for $60~ after 40% off automatic in-cart coupon

+ ElVid 5″ RigVision HDR On-Camera Touchscreen Monitor for $199

UPDATE: the current round of Adorama daily deals (change Friday 10am ET) is the new condition Voyager Air Wheel Hoverboard going for $150 with free US Shipping…

Samyang 35mm f2.8 Autofocus Ultra Compact for $175 [E]

Hooray, hooray it’s a LENS DAY of the E-Kind at the Adorama daily deals, this set good until Thursday at 10am ET (or earlier if sold out):

+ Samyang 35mm f2.8 Autofocus Ultra Compact for Sony E for $175

+ iBUYPOWER TraceMR 150i Gaming Desktop Computer for $600
+ i3 10100F 3.6GHz, 8GB RAM, 480GB SSD, NVIDIA Geforce GTX 1650 4GB(), Windows 10 Home, etc

+ Nooie Smart Power Strip Wi-Fi Surge Protector with USB for $14

Wedn (eBook): The Apparitionists: A Tale of Phantoms, Fraud, Photography, and the Man Who Captured Lincoln’s Ghost for $2

Among the Wednesday 2/10/21 Amazon daily deals there is an ebook that touches up on paranormal photography. It is the 357-page “The Apparitionists: A Tale of Phantoms, Fraud, Photography, and the Man Who Captured Lincoln’s Ghost” by Peter Manseau going for $2. You also earn a $0.20 Great on Kindle credit. If you already have a “Great On Kindle” credit, it will be automatically applied to your order. Recently Amazon increased the duration of “Great on Kindle” credits to run for 30 days instead of just a week.

The ebook averages 4.5 out of 5 based on 90 global customer ratings. You can get a Kindle sample (the beginning of the book) OR you can “Look Inside” and randomly jump around inside the ebook (with a web browser, not on the e-reader)…

A brief summary of the ebook on the Amazon product page:

“A story of faith and fraud in post–Civil War America, told through the lens of a photographer who claimed he could capture images of the dead”

Adobe Photoshop Elements 2020 for $32 [Disc only]

Woot Plus is running another iteration of their Garage Sales, this round good until 2/22/21 at 11:59pm central time, or earlier for items that sell out (and quite a few items do indeed sellout before the expiration; those that don’t, get recycled to future daily deals and garage sales and bargain bins and Woot-OFFs and such)…

Not among the Electronics Garage sales but under the Computer Garage sale we find the return of an old friend from 2020, the Adobe Photoshop Elements 2020 for $32 [Disc only]. Up to three per customer. It comes with a 90-day Woot warranty [whatever that means for software]… Shipping free for Prime members (one-time connection of Woot-Prime accounts needed) or flat shipping for the calendar day purchases for non-members…

PS; you may have noticed the use of a semicolon above; That was just so I could mention this hot off the e-presses article; “The Case for Semicolons”;

DJI Ronin-S Essentials Kit down to $348

DJI fans, the Ronin-S Essentials Kit is now down to $348 with free US shipping at B&H Photo and Amazon itself and the official DJI USA store

This costs less than the Ronin-S standard kit. As you can see from above, it is a limited time manufacturer-blessed promotion that is part of the President-Valentine shopping season…

IF you are interested in DJI items, check their other products at the aforelinked stores for more offerings. Too many to list here individually. After all, I may be droning on but this is not a drone blog πŸ™‚

PS in case the joke-attempt above is creating confusion: the Ronin-S is a single-handed stabilizer for “real cameras” (DSLRs, mirrornyets, etc)…

Wedn: GVM, NiSi, Zeiss 25mm T2.9 Cine CP.2 for $1990 [EF], Etc

It feels like yesterday when I wrote “Hump Day is here again” and just like that, Hump Day is here once again πŸ˜‰

We have a new round of B&H Photo daily deals good until 11:59pm on Wednesday 2/10/21 at 11:59pm ET (or earlier if sold out):

+ put on Vanilla Ice, it’s Zeiss-Zeiss Baby!
+ ZEISS Compact Prime CP.2 25mm/T2.9 Cine Lens for $1990 in Canon EF only
+ this is only available in Canon EF
+ the only other version listed at B&H is the PL-mount which is marked discontinued
+ discontinued at B&H means it is not orderable and there are no plans for more of it to arrive (you can of course always look for it in the USED department, eBay, KEH Camera, etc, etc, etc)

+ GVM On-Camera RGB LED Video Light with Bluetooth App Control and Power Supply for $99

+ AmazFIT Bip S Multi-Sport GPS Smartwatch in two color options for $70 minus 28% off in-cart automatic coupon, which should put it, per my head-math, around $50 (because 30% of $70 is $21)…
+ all this extra text because I was too lazy to open the Calculator app or at least open a new browser tab for in-search calculator πŸ˜‰

+ AuRay MXB-1515B Padded Nylon Bag for Mixers & Accessories for $23
+ for the speed-readers out there, this is for Audio Mixers, not Kitchen Mixers

Meanwhile the current iteration of the Adorama daily deals [changes Wednesday 10am ET] includes a …Valentine’s Day filter kit, the NiSi V5 Pro Rose Gold Edition 100mm Filter Holder with Enhanced Landscape CPL going for $80… Also something that may look like a monopod on a smaller screen but it is not: the H&A Carbon Fiber Telescoping Boom Pole with Internal Coiled Cable & Side Exit XLR Base (9′) – Neutrik Connector – Carrying Case Included goes for $200…

In a sign of the COVID times mayhaps, the Wednesday Meh daily deal is a 54-pack of single-serve Jim Bourbon flavored (three flavors of 18 per box) K-cups for $19 + shipping… Keep in mind coffee purists freak out about flavored coffee the same way photographers freak out about digital zoom in digital cameras πŸ˜‰

UPDATE #1: lots of action at the Wednesday Best Buy daily deals including:

+ 256GB Sandisk Extreme Plus microSDXC for $58

+ 256GB PNY Elite Pro USB 3.0 Type A flash drive for $40

+ C by GE lighting kits, three options, $25 to $28

+ Energizer battery-powered LED motion sensor
+ move over car-dash-ography, here comes motion-senso-graphy!

+ 16TB WD EasyStore HDD for $280
+ 1TB WD MyPassport SSD USB-C for $140

+ Vankyo wireless mini projector for $100

Tuesday: Oben, ThinkTank, Vortex, 2TB Delkin CFExpress, Etc

Tuesday, aka TunesDay aka ToonsDay is here and we start with a new string quartet of B&H Photo daily deals good until 11:59pm ET on Tuesday 2/9/21 or earlier IFF sold out…

+ 2TB Delkin CFexpress POWER Memory Card for $750 after an automatic $250 off in-cart coupon
+ optionally buy it together with Delkin USB 3.2 CFExpress card reader for $795 total

+ Think Tank Photo Video Rig 24 Rolling Case for $270
+ tank is not included!

+ Vortex 8×42 Viper HD Binoculars (2018 Edition) for $349
+ not to be confused with The Red Viper, who breaks with a “sickening crunch” πŸ˜‰

+ Oben TAB-4M Four-Mount Tripod Accessory Bar for $60
+ two-mount for $40

Monday: Tokina 14-20mm f2 PRO (DX) for $299 [C], Etc

Monday is here with a new Tom Brady special! Buy one SuperBowl ring, get another one free πŸ˜‰

Joking aside, we have a hooray-hooray, it’s a LENS DAY at the Monday B&H Photo daily deals good until Monday 2/8/21 at 11:59pm eastern (or earlier if sold out):

+ Tokina 14-20mm f2 PRO DX lens for $299 in Canon EF only
+ that’s around 21-30mm “35mm EQ”
+ the Nikon F lens is not part of the daily deal but it is on sale on its own for $379
+ one of the benefits of the CaNiKoN duopoly is having the option to buy APS-C lenses such as these!
+ this is blog-typo-certified to be Tokina, not Tamron πŸ™‚

+ ARCO LCD Transport Case for 27-45″ Displays for $60
+ I was joking the other day about carrying around with me a 100″ display, but mayhaps it was not a joke after all? πŸ˜‰

+ GVM Teleprompter TQ-M for Tablets and Smartphones with Remote Control & App for $129

+ ACCsoon CineEye Wireless Video Transmitter with 5 GHz Wi-Fi for up to 4 Mobile Devices for $149
+ personally I’m holding out for the Big East version πŸ˜‰

UPDATE #1: the headliner of the Monday Woot daily deals is a feast of Google Pixels with six options ranging from $60 to $300, from Pixel XL all the way up to 4XL. Keep in mind, no microSD slot, no headphone jack, no Nexus soul πŸ˜‰

The headliner of the Best Buy dailies is a 2TB WD EasyStore external HDD for $60… IF you are marrying old and new computeralia, they have the Insignia HDMI to VGA adapter for $15… There’s a $40 Nimble 3-day portable charger, a $13 Insignia 350 lumen LED flashlight, a 36pk of Insignia AA/AAA batteries for $11 (unfortunately worse than 4 batteries per $1)… And on and on and on…

UPDATE #2: a handful of Fire Tablets and Echo devices are among the Monday Amazon deals of the day in their Gauld Baux…

UPDATE #3: another 24 hours have passed bringing us a new iteration of the Adorama daily deals, this one running until Tuesday at 10am ET and featuring:

+ Minolta MN80NV 1080p Full HD 3″ Touchscreen Camcorder with Nightvision for $99 in three color options

+ Bethesda Softworks Doom Eternal for $30 in either Xbox or Playstation 4
+ yes, Adorama is also Gameorama!

Insta360 ONE R Twin Edition with 4K Module and Dual Lens 360 Module for $407

The new round of Adorama daily deals, this set good until Monday at 10am ET (or earlier if sold out) includes the following:

+ Insta360 ONE R Twin Edition with 4K Module and Dual Lens 360 Module for $407

+ Electronic Arts Madden NFL 21 Deluxe Edition for Xbox One OR Playstation 4 for $30
+ MVP for $45

Outdoor Photographer for $4.71 per year

DiscountMags is back with another weekend sale and this one of course it’s a very special (in marketing terms) SuperBowl Weekend Sale that includes a 1-year subscription of the printed US-addresses “Outdoor Photographer” for $4.71 per year. That’s 11 issues. Its “default” sale price is $5/year.

AS usual there are many other “six degrees of separation” magazines like sports, fashion, nature, travel, science/tech (Wired, Discover, NatGeo, etc), etc, etc, etc. And “Consumer Reports” too for $17.57 for 1-year (= 13 issues)…

As usual, no auto-renewal. Only US addresses are eligible for obvious reasons (shipping/mailing the magazines outside the US would cost a whole lot more than the subscription price for a whole year)…

Sunday: Adobe Photoshop Elements 2020 for $32 [Disc only]

The Super-Bowl-Sunday Woot daily deals include MSI gaming desktop & laptops, a $730 unlocked Samsung Note 5G (128GB) and of photography interest, hiding in their “PC Software Deals” they have the Adobe Photoshop Elements 2020 for $32. This is a disc delivered by mail, not a digital download. It comes with a 90-day Woot warranty (whatever that means in this case LOL). Up to three per customer…

If you are looking for something to read while everybody else is getting drunk (figuratively and literally) on Super Bowl, here’s a new article at WIRED on a new company coming out of stealth on Optical Metasurface technology that hopes to (re)-revolutionize smartphone lenses…

Sunday: Kodak, ONA, TriGyn, Etc

It’s Super Bowl Sunday, too late now to buy a big screen TV from the interwebs. And the way TVs are becoming more complicated, it might be too late to buy it from the B&M store too, because the setup, connections, calibration, optimization, etc take time and there’s not enough time to get it all done before the SuperBow festivities begin.

PSA: if you are using an old TV set to watch the SuperBowl and you think you see Tom Brady on your Superbowl television, don’t throw it away, it’s not ghosting from previous SuperBowls, it’s the Tampa Bay Brady!

Speaking of PSAs, here’s a real PSA, Google has patched an actively exploited zero-day issue with the Chrome browser version 88 and it recommends immediate updating. Details via Techmeme… The last time I checked this applied to the Windows, Mac and Linux versions of the web browser… Neither Google Play nor ChromeOS have shown me updates pending… Eric Lawrence did some digging on the twitter

And after that long and winding prologue of sorts, we are here with the B&H Photo daily deals good until 11:59pm ET (or earlier if sold out):

+ Kodak 10″ Digital Picture Frame with Wi-Fi and Multi-Touch Display for $100
+ for our younger viewers, Kodak is not just a rapper but was also a company out of Rochester, New York that was big during the film photography years and during the very early days of digital

+ ONA The Leather Clifton Camera and Everyday Backpack (Camouflage) for $150

+ TriGyn 8″ Ring Light with Smartphone Holder and Desktop Tripod Stand for $35

+ Holmes Odor Grabber Air Purifier for $15
+ when people say their pictures stink, may be they are right? πŸ˜‰

Bower 500mm f/8.0 Manual Focus T-Mount Lens for $79, Etc

As usual, the Fri-YAY B^H daily deals are good until Saturday at 11:59pm ET with the caveat that their website does not accept orders Friday PM to Saturday PM (check their website for exact hours):

And in a rarity for the Friday offernings, it’s a LENS DAY, hooray-hooray!

+ Bower 500mm f8 Manual Focus T-Mount Lens for $79
+ B&H Photo has T-mount adapters for just about any camera system, with the more popular systems obviously having more options (eg EF, F, M43) but you can also find options for the “Nu Mirrorless” (name I just came up for the new Nikon and Canon and Pana-Leica-Sigma full-frame mirrorless) and old rangefinders, and many things in between
+ B&H currently has adapters for 31 systems with a total of 144 options from 23 makers including KIPON, Fotodiox, Novoflex, Vivitar, lens-maker name-brand (Leica, Tokina, Schneider), astro-telescopy companies, etc…
+ prices range from $8 (Vivitar for M43rds) to $175 (Leica digiscoping adapter)
+ the T-mount adapters are not part of the daily deal, I’m mentioning them for anyone who may want to buy the lens at the sale price and pair them with their camera system(s)

+ Freehands gloves, 8 options, $10 to $18

+ Tamrac Arc Flash Accessory Pocket for $8

+ Apexel 4-in-1 Smartphone Lens with Tripod for $25

+ Nanuk 923 15″ Laptop Case for $140 after automatic in-cart $160 off coupon

+ MyGekoGear Orbit 122 1080p Dash Cam with 8GB microSD Card for $40
+ Dashography is the next big thing, trust me (not) I know (not) what I’m talking about πŸ™‚

UPDATE #1: under “Electronics” at the Friday Woot daily deals they have a Parrot drones sale, $125 to $530, factory reconditioned, five options available, with a 90-day Tech Rabbit warranty, up to three per item per customer…

In-Stock Alert: Panasonic 85mm f1.8 S for $600 [L]

In-Stock come the camera gear and out of stock go the money in the wallet πŸ™‚

This is the most affordable of this trilogy of in-stock alerts today, it is of interest to fans of the Panasonic-and-Friends L-mount, it is the Panasonic 85mm f1.8 S lens, in-stock and ready to ship at B&H Photo for its starting price of $598 with free US shipping…

In-Stock Alert: Nikon 58mm f0.95 Z lens

In our second of three back-to-back in-stock alerts, we have something very bright for Nikon Z shooters. F/0.95 is in town! That’s right, the Nikkor 58mm f0.95 Z lens is now in-stock and ready to ship for the very bright price of $7997 with free US shipping at B&H Photo… It comes with a 1-year warranty and a 4-year extension with online registration…

PS: for the speed-readers out there, there’s only one Z in the name, this is not a ZZ Top Fan Edition lens πŸ˜‰

In-Stock Alert: Leica M10-P Reporter

How can you tell which reporters are telling the truth and which reporters are spreading myth-information, fake news and alternate facts? There’s only one way tell! The true reporters use the Leica M10-P “Reporter” digital rangefinder camera, which, as fate would have it, it is now in-stock and ready to ship for its starting price of $8795 at B&H Photo

The other two color options (Silver-Chrome, Black-Chrome) go for $1000 less…

Thursday: GVM, Elvid, Litra, PortaBrace, Etc [UPDATED]

Never fear, Thirst-DAY is here! We start with a new round of B&H Photo daily deals good until Thursday 2/4/21 at 11:59pm eastern (or earlier if sold out):

+ Porta Brace PR-C2LED Compact Padded Case for LED Lights for $79~
+ bag the bags: because you need bags for everything, not just cameras and lenses and laptops and tablets!

+ Litra LitraPro Bi-Color On-Camera Light with Dome Diffuser, Shoe Mount & USB Cable for $140 after $80 off automatic in-cart coupon
+ with Softbox for $165 after $100 off after automatic in-cart coupon
+ not to be confused with the old yet short-lived Lytro camera maker

+ Elvid FieldVision 7″ HDR IPS LCD On-Camera Monitor for $380
+ personally, I carry a 100-inch 64K Super-Ultra-Hyper-Amazeballs-HD monitor with me everywhere I go

+ GVM 3D 3-Axis Wireless Carbon Fiber Motorized Slider with Bluetooth Remote (32″) for $719
+ can also be repurposed as a pet toy πŸ˜‰

+ TelMax PRO-IP-EX Universal Tablet & Smartphone Teleprompter for $339
+ nothing says authentic more than reading from a teleprompter like an elementary school student

+ Polsen MO-IDL2-MK2 Dual Omnidirectional Lavalier Microphone for DSLR Cameras and Smartphones (20′ Cable) for $25

+ Elvid, Litra, Polsen, Telmax, Porta, sounds like the names of an Elf/human fantasy-romance novel
+ you see, Elvid is married to Litra, but Porta wants Elvid and Polsen wants Litra, while Telmax wants all of them

UPDATE #1: among the Newegg deals du jour you can get a 10TB WD desktop external HDD (Elements series) for $160 after the limited time promo code shown over there…

UPDATE #2: the headliner of the Best Buy deals du jour is a 4TB WD EasySTore external HDD for $90, while further down you will find the 18TB version for $330.

UPDATE #3: the latest Adorama daily deals (change Friday 10am ET) include their H&A studio headphones for $50 and the Manfrotto 72mm Circular ND500 Lens Filter for $30…

Rokinon 24mm f2.8 Auto Focus Full Frame for $175 [E]

Hooray, hooray, it’s prime lens day at the current iteration of the Adorama daily deals good until Thursday at 10am ET (or earlier if sold out):

+ Rokinon 24mm f2.8 full frame auto focus lens for Sony E for $175
+ this is only available in Sony E

+ Green Extreme 4K HDMI Game Capture Card for $40

+ LG Ultra PC 17″ laptop for $999
+ WQXGA IPS i7-10510U 1.8GHz, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 (with 4GB), W10H, etc…

Wedn: DJI Osmo Pocket Stabilizer with Camera for $199

DJI is one of the Amazon USA Gold Box deals of the day, running until Wednesday 2/3/21 at 11:59pm pacific time or earlier if sold out. They are offering the new condition DJI Osmo Pocket Stabilizer with Camera for $199 with free US shipping, sold and shipped by Amazon herself. Up to three per customer at the sale price…

Their other daily deals include another round of discounted on Amazon-branded hardware including the Fire Cube TV (2019, 4K, Alexa) for $105 and their Echo Auto (add Alexa to your car) for $25…

Meanwhile at the NewEgg daily deals it is the return of Samsung storage. This time around it is the new condition 256GB Samsung Fit Plus USB 3.1 Type-A flash drive, model MUF-256AB/AM, going for $31 with free US shipping, sold and shipped by NewEgg itself. Up to three per customer. As the borrowed-from-Sandisk name suggest, these are the compact type of flash drives.

Wednesday: Luxli, Oben, EdelKrone, Lenovo, TeraDek, ASUS Flip C433, refurb iPads, MacBooks (29 options), refurb 27″ LG 5K IPS

And just like that, another Hump Day has arrived, as we half-way ate yet another week!

We start with the latest round of B&H Photo daily deals, good until 11:59pm ET (or earlier if sold out):

+ EdelKrone HeadONE for $259

+ Oben Lander CT-3565 5-Section Carbon Fiber Travel Tripod System & TVH-108 Video Head for $170
+ Lander, not Moon Lander!

+ 3pk of Luxli Cello 10″ RGBAW LED Light for $529
+ normally multi-packs are associated with consumer consumables, but photography needs MOAR light!

+ AmazFIT Band 5 Health & Fitness Tracker with Alexa for $28 after automatic 30% off in-cart coupon (three color options)

+ TeraDek Bolt Sidekick XT Universal Wireless Receiver for $1490

+ Lenovo 14″ IdeaPad Slim 9 Multi-Touch Laptop for $1429
+ 2.8 GHz i7 4-Core (11th Gen), 16GB of LPDDR4x RAM, 512GB M.2 SSD, 14″ 3840 x 2160, IPS Touchscreen, etc

Then we Meh where we find a 3-pack of iEssentials 5W wireless charging pads (with 2 USB ports each) going for $16 total plus shipping (free S&H for paying Meh-meh-meh-mehmbers)…

Meanwhile Best Buy is running a limited time flash sale on their website and fans of Chromebooks may be interested in the new condition ASUS C433 two-in-one (full name C433TABM3T8) going for $329, or starting at $250 in open-box condition. This is a 360-degree with a 14-inch full-HD touchscreen display, with an Intel m3 processor, 4GB RAM, 64GB storage, Intel UHD 615 graphics, card reader, etc, etc, etc. It averages 4.5 out of 5 based on 300+ customer reviews as of the time of writing… It includes a 6-month 3-device Trend Micro internet security subscription…

Per the Google AUE page this will get automatic updates until June 2026, that’s five years and five months from blog-posting time…

PS: regardless of when you got your Chromebook, don’t forget to check the Chromebook Perks page from time to time to see if they added any new freebies…

PS2: Chromebook has a LOT of keyboard shortcuts. Be sure to check this Google Support page to discover new ones or re-remember old forgotten ones!

UPDATE #1: among the Wednesday 2/3/21 Best Buy daily deals they have the new condition 12TB WD EasyStoor external USB 3.0 hard drive offered for $190 with the usual Shutterfly coupon-freebie…

UPDATE #2: some action at the Woot dailies as well where the headliner is a big refurbished iPad and MacBook sale (29 options) and a refurbished 27″ LG 5K IPS Ultrafine monitor hiding among them for $945… If you need an extra Kindle e-reader or want to get started, under “Computers” they have refurbished Kindles for $40 and refurbished Voyages for $50 to $55…

Tuesday: Universal Power Grip, FeelWorld, Vortex, Etc

Four is the magic number for the Tuesday (aka TunesDay aka ToonsDay) B&H Photo daily deals good until 11:59pm ET (or earlier IF sold-out):

+ Indipro Universal Power Grip with Built-In Battery for $150
+ optionally buy it together with its custom charger for $189 total
+ just like you can’t have photo-graphy without light, you can’t have digital cameras without power!
+ this master of the obvious tip of the day was brought to you by Mr Obvious, Your New Destination For Photography Tips You Didn’t Know You Already Knew!

+ FeelWorld F5 Pro 5.5″ V2 4K HDMI IPS Touchscreen Monitor for $120

+ VorTex 10×42 Diamondback HD Binoculars for $170

+ Apexel Telephoto Zoom Lens for Smartphones for $45, two options, one 36x, the other 20X-40X

UPDATE #1: there are two Adorama daily deals in the lot that runs until Wednesday at 10am ET:

+ Manfrotto 72mm Circular ND64 Lens Filter for $25

+ AmazFit Stratos Smartwatch for $99

Amazon Outlet Sale has 75 C&P items

Not to be confused with Amazon Warehouse Deals which sells used items, Amazon has an Outlet store which sells new condition overstock items. As of the time of writing they have nearly 9000 items. You can use the left-hand side categories over there to filter them by areas of interest.

They have 75 items under the Camera & Photo Outlet of the C&P (= Camera & Photo) accessory kind. No cameras, no lenses. Except for a couple of generic kids cameras that is.

Of related interest is the Electronics Outlet with over 830 items as of the time of writing…

These are not daily deals. They are on-going overstock outlet offerings which have their own schedule (or mayhaps determined by the Amazon AI Price Bots, who knows…)

RoundUp: Rotolight, Gitup, Anker, Echo Frames, Etc

WE have a 2-in-1 update with this post, first up we start with the Adorama daily deals which are good until Tuesday at 10am ET (or earlier if sold out):

+ Rotolight AEOS Ultra-Portable Bi-Color Location LED for $618

+ Eggtronic 63W 20,000mAh Universal Power Bank for USB-C devices for $50

+ Gitup Git2 1080p Full HD Gyro Video Wi-Fi Action Camera for $55

NEXT we check the Amazon USA Gold Box deals du jour where among them we find the Alexa-enabled Echo Frames for $225. Yes, you can now talk to your glasses too, not just your phone. Note that these are clear lenses. Prescription lenses are not included in the price. But you can get them done for $$$ at LensCrafters or order your own and show them the Echo Frames installation instructions.

On a more practical level, they also have another variant of the Anker accessories sale which includes a 10,000 mAh solar powerbank with flashlight for $30, a USB-C powerstrip (AC, USB-A, USB-C ports) for $25, and a couple of other things…

Speaking of Amazon, this is a good time to check up again on the Camera and Photo Lightning Deals to see what’s happening there. As of the time of writing they have 115 items either in-progress or upcoming. Too many to list here individually, so here’s an executive summary:

+ digiframes

+ stabilizer-y things including movie-holding-thing, tripods, Moza selfie stick and gimbal

+ monolights, on-camera flashes, light panels

+ studio and background kits

+ action cam accessory kits

+ ring-lights

+ on-camera monitors

+ camera bags

+ kids cameras, binos, monocular, action cams

+ yes, Neewer wins the day once again!

Monday: Think Tank Photo, MeFoto, APC, IDX, Etc

Never fear, just like clockwork Mundane Monday is here and we start the excitement with a new set of B&H Photo daily deals good until Monday at 11:59pm ET (or earlier if sold out):

+ MeFoto GlobeTrotter S Carbon Fiber Travel Tripod for $166 in two color options
+ with this, you can be a GlobeTrotter, just not a Harlem GlobeTrotter πŸ™‚

+ APC Back-UPS BN900M Battery Backup & Surge Protector for $65

+ IDX power options, $148 to $419

+ Think Tank Photo Video Rig 18 Rolling Case for $250

UPDATE #1: forgot about the Adorama daily deals, this duo is good until Monday at 10am ET:

+ iBower Smartphone LED Video Light for $20

+ Flashpoint Folding Wheeled Base Stand (Black/Chrome-plated, 11′) for $95

Sunday: Morphie, Tamrac, H&R, CameraMuzzle, NatGeo Telescope, Etc

Charge me up! That’s the theme of the day at the Sunday 1/31/21 [yup, just like that we ate up the first month of 2021] Meh daily deal. It’s a bundle of charging-related gear for $19 plus S&H (free S&H for Meh-meh-members). You get:

  • two Morphie 8000 mAh powerbanks with one USB-A and one 3A USB-C output ports (today’s phone flagships are too hungry for this, but can be great for smaller/older phones and other not-very-hungry electronics (Kindle e-readers, headphones, etc)
  • four 1-slot USB-A car charges
  • one 3-port 21W AC Wall charger

Then we head on to the B&H daily deals where we find a 7-pack of offerings good until 11:59pm ET on Sunday {or earlier if sold out}:

+ Camera Muzzle Sound Blip for $80
+ because there’s always someone in the room that is finely tuned to the camera-sounds and likes to complain about it early and often πŸ˜‰

+ Ruggard Lux Strap with 3/8″ Connector for $7

+ Tamrac Stratus 10 Shoulder Bag (Black) for $60
+ a Dodge Stratus is NOT included in the bag πŸ˜‰

+ National Geographic 50mm f/12 AZ Refractor Telescope for $40

+ H&R Block 2020 Deluxe + State Tax Software (Digital) for $22.50 in either Windows or Mac
+ all apologies for reminding you of taxes so early in the tax year BUT if you are expecting a nice refund…

+ Conair Travel Smart TS35Q Ladderkart for $60

+ 10pk Blizzard disposable KN95 masks for $20
+ I wonder what will happen to the billions of masks currently residing in homes and offices and warehouses if/when/after COVID is gone
+ I know, start working on your viral videos and listicles, “10 Ways to Repurpose Masks”, “5 Surprising Uses of Single-Use Masks”, “Out of Coffee Filters, You Got Masks!”

UPDATE #1: it’s a mix of things at the Woot daily deals for Sunday headlined by Samsung TVs (yes, SuperBowl season is fully upon us, $180 to $5600), $30 Kindle Paperwhite e-readers (but the 2013 model, aka 2nd generation – current model is 4th generation, see Wacopedia), and consumer lighting (table and floor lamps, $25 to $55), and some A/V action too with Logitech Harmony Ultimate One for $55 and a Vizio sound bar for $100…

Saturday: Sunpak, Intel i9/i7, Sandisk, WD, Apples, Etc

The current iteration of Adorama daily deals is good until Sunday at 10am ET (or earlier if sold out) and it is headlined by the Sunpak VideoPro-M 4 Tripod with True Fluid Pan Head and Case going for $55 with free US shipping…

Meanwhile at the Saturday 1/30/21 Woot daily deals they have yet another iteration of the Apple sale (iMacs, MacBooks, iPads) and the LG V30 for $200 among others…

Off we go to the Best Buy dailies where the headliners are Intel i9 and i7 processors. They also have the 12TB WD external USB 3.0 HDD for $200…

You can’t buy scrambled eggs there despite the name, but the Saturday NewEgg daily deals include a 2TB Sandisk SSD and Nintendo microSDXC, Intel i7, 8TB Seagate internal, WD Red, Acer Aspire 5, etc…

PS: is it me or is it easier to write the correct year this COVID year #2? I rarely catch myself writing x/x/20…

Now shipping: Sony Xperia PRO 5G smartphone with HDMI Input

Smartphones have beautiful screens these days but very few companies have thought of using the smartphones as external monitors for actual digital cameras. One of those very few just came out, from a company that makes both cameras and smartphones, SONY! It is the brand new Sony Xperia PRO 5G smartphone. It comes with an actual HDMI input, opening its 4K OLED display to your cameras and anything else that outputs on HDMI. And that’s its defining characteristic! And it has optional wireless streaming kits for select cameras (not just select Sony Alphas but also the Nikon Z6 III and Canon R5).

And given the benefit and costs of alternative solutions, Sony has priced it very “pro”, $2500 for the smartphone kit, and about $150 to $175 more for the camera-specific wireless streaming kits. Needless to say, this is a purpose-built smartphone for photographers and videographers and YouTubers/streamers and such…

AS of the time of writing it is in-stock and ready to ship at B&H Photo at its starting price of $2500 (not a typo!)… It has a mid-Februry in-stock estimate at Amazon itself and it is in pre-order status at Adorama.

Note that this is built up on the Xperia 1 Mark II. If you only want a smartphone and not its defining HDMI input feature, you are better off with the Xperia 1 Mark II or any other modern smartphone OR you can wait for the upcoming Snapdragon 888 smartphones that include the upcoming Sony Xperia 1 Mark III…

For a brief overview of the Xperia PRO 5G used as an external camera monitor, here’s Mr Mobile’s take on it after about 1.5 weeks of use:

GVM, Watson CX AA Rechargeables, Porta Brace, Etc [UPDATED]

Friday’s daily deals at B&H Photo last until Saturday at 11:59pm ET, but as usual, no ordering between Friday PM and Saturday PM {check website for exact times}. On to the offers then:

+ Watson CX AA Rechargeable NiMH Batteries (1.2V, 2000mAh)
+ 8pk for $7.50, 8pk for $15

+ Porta Brace PR-C3B Projector Case for $138~

+ GVM Aluminum 5-Section Monopod with Video Fluid Head for $99

+ Apexel 4K HD Mobile Phone 5-in-1 Camera Lens Kit for $35

+ KJB Automatic Digital Thermometer & Sanitizer Dispenser for $85

+ Google Pixel Buds (1st generation) for $59

UPDATE #1: among the current iteration of the Adorama daily deals they have the Alter Rapid Filtering system (with lens mounting ring), available in 55mm to 72mm, starting at $20…

UPDATE #2: among the Friday Amazon USA Gold Box offers they have a “Need Workstation” office desk sale featuring a soccer team of options (eleven of them with prices ranging from $79 to $119…

Buying Trade-Offs on a Pricepoint: Old Flagship vs Latest Entry

Now that we have about 20 years of consumer-accessible interchangeable lens cameras, the options in the used and new market are numerous! And that can trigger some interesting buying trade-offs. Especially if buying on a price-point, and you are fine comparing “apples and oranges” regardless of camera size, sensor size, camera type and so on. For example, would you buy an older flagship or a newer “latest technology” model? And how far back in time would you go?

Such a question was just posed (and answered [no spoilers in the text here]) at the Hyun Ralph Jeong YouTube Channel with two actual cameras, the legendary Canon 5D Mark II versus the all new Canon M50 Mark II. That’s over a decade in age difference, and obviously they are different types of cameras, BUT for someone buying at a price-point and wanting to see what their options are, this is an interesting theoretical and/or practical exercise.

As of the time of writing, the M50 Mark II starts at $600 as body-only in new condition (eg B&H Photo, Adorama) while the Canon 5D Mark II body-only ranges from $470 to $660 at KEH Camera and (obviously) has a wider range on eBayLandia

Needless to say, you can’t take pictures with a body only, so you’d have to figure in the price of a lens, and that opens more comparison threads, eg both with a prime lens, both with a zoom lens, each one with the best available lens money can buy at your designated price-point, and so on…

The possibilities are not infinite, but they can be headache inducing. For example, with an older camera (lots of 5D Mark II used options) you could go for a more beat-up body so you can spend more on the lens… OR you can go the way of adapters with the M50 II… A whole website could be devoted just on this type of a buying comparison (not by me though; that’s your project) πŸ™‚

Thursday: 256GB Samsung EVO Plus SDXC for $32 [limit 3]

A Samsung storage sale is one of the Thursday 1/28/21 Amazon USA Gold Box deals of the day featuring two internal SSDs ($48 and $112) but of photography interest the headliner is the new condition 256GB Samsung EVO Plus SDXC going for $32 with up to three per customer… This is a new-ish line of SD cards; as of the time of writing this averages 4.6 out of 5 based on 123 global ratings….

Meanwhile at the Adorama daily deals (change Friday 10am ET) they have:

+ CLAR Illumi Max 300 High Power 5600K LED Light (132,000 lux @ 0.5m) for $329

+ LetsFit ID152 Fitness Tracker Smart Bracelet with Heart Rate and Sleep Monitor, IP68 Waterproof for $17

Thursday: Nanuk, Anker, Genaray, Manfrotto, Etc

ThirstDAY aka Thursday is here and we have a new 6-pack of B&H daily deals good until 11:59pm ET (or earlier if sold out) as follows:

+ Genaray LED-6200T 144 LED Variable-Color On-Camera Light for $69

+ Manfrotto MK290LTA3-BHUS 290 Light Aluminum Tripod with Ball Head for $100

+ Nanuk 925 Case with Foam for $80 after $70 off automatic in-cart couponeaux

+ Anker 10,000mAh PowerCore Slim 10000 PD Portable Charger for $18
+ have the Rolling Stones yet licensed “Start Me Up” for charging eqiupment? “Charge Me Up!”

+ IndiPro 14.8V 95Wh Lithium-Ion Battery & Pro Charger Kit (V-Mount) for $150
+ the sun has near-infinite power, the rest of the light sources, not so πŸ˜‰

+ reusable masks for childrenz

UPDATE #1: refurbished iPads starting at $70 (iPad 2) headline the Woot daily deals for Thursday, with a total of 17 options, including iPad 2 through 7, Mini 1 through 5, Air 2 and 3, iPad PROs 1 and 2… With a total of 25 (!!!) models as of the time of writing, Wikipedia may be in-order to sort-them-out… But that’s not all, under “Electronics” is another variant of the Fuji EnviroMax single-use battery sale with AAA, C, D and 9V options (the AA sold out)…

UPDATE #2: meanwhile at Best Buy’s they have the 256GB Sandisk Ultra Plus microSDXC for $45 [still not sure what the difference is between the “PLUS” and the non-PLUS), 5TB WD EasyStore External USB 3 HDD for $100, etc etc etc (including… Poo Pourri, a great troll gift!)…

Profoto Off-Camera Flash Kit (C/N/S/F), ASUS ROG, Sylvania Light Bulbs, Etc

A new round of Adorama daily deals has been launched, and this photo-centric set is good until Thursday at 10am ET (or earlier if sold out):

+ Profoto Off-Camera Flash Kit with A1X AirTTL On/Off-Camera Flash and Profoto Connect Flash Trigger for $795
+ in your choice of Canon, Nikon, Sony and Fuji

+ ASUS ROG Strix SCAR G532 15.6″ Full HD 240Hz Gaming Notebook for $1700
+ i7-10875H 2.3GHz, 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER 8GB, Windows 10 Home

+ Explore Scientific FirstLight 70mm f/10 Alt-Az Refractor Telescope with Alt/AZ “U” Yoke Mount for $75

+ VIOFO A129 Pro 4K UHD 2160p Dual Band Wi-Fi Front Dash Camera with GPS Module for $150

Meanwhile at the Wednesday Amazon USA Gold Box, good until 11:59pm pacific time [or earlier if sold out] is a sale on Sylvania light bulbs, smart and otherwise, headlined by 24-packs of Daylight Color (A19, 60W-EQ (9W actual)) for $17 (limit three sets per customer) or Soft White Color for the same price…

Wedn: Lenovo i5-10400 Desktop for $449, Atomos, Zeapon, CLAR, Etc

And just like that we are almost at mid-week, Hump Day is here and we have a new 4-pack of B&H daily deals good until 11:59pm ET (or earlier if sold out):

+ Lenovo IdeaCentre 5 14IMB05 Desktop Computer for $449
+ you can’t get an Apple Silicon Mac Mini at this price πŸ™‚
+ 2.9 GHz i5-10400 six-a-core, 8GB 2933 MHz DDR4, Intel UHD Graphics 630, 256GB M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD, etc
+ processor ranks #320 at
+ keyboard, mouse, power cord included
+ if they don’t include powerbricks with smartphones, why do they include semi-disposable keyboards/mice with desktops? They make the boxes larger and you may end up paying for the extra box size and weight!
+ they should instead include coupons towards useful keyboards/mice/accessories
+ Max RAM 24GB (2 user-replaceable slots, 2x of 4GB included)
+ DVD burner
+ two USB 3.0, four USB 2.0 (soy vey!), two USB-C
+ HDMI and VGA outputs
+ Ethernet, Wifi 5, bluetooth 5, 260W, 1-yr warranty
+ 5.8 kg = 12.79lb (desktop)
+ averages 4.6 out of 5 on 73 customer reviews as of the time of writing
+ option for a $20 off combined purchase discount with Microsoft 365

+ Apexel Gorillas Tripod for $18

+ Atomos Connect 4K for $49

+ Zeapon Micro 2 Micro Rail Slider with EasyLock 2 & Ball Head Bundle for $200

Next up we have the Adorama daily deals (change Wednesday 10am ET) headlined by the CLAR Basic 2-Light LED Softbox Kit going for $80… There’s also single-use 3-ply masks. Masks and more masks. !@#$!@#$!@#$ COVID πŸ™‚

Tuesday: Macro Ring Flash with Transceivers (C/N/S), Etc

Tuesday aka Toonsday aka Tunesday is here and with it we have a new round of B&H daily deals good until 11:59pm ET (or earlier if sold out) as follows:

+ BOLT TTL Macro Ring Flash with Transceiver Set with Additional Transceiver for $300 in your choice of Sony, Nikon or Canon system options

+ Carson JC-1000 2.4″/60mm Refractor Telescope Kit for $60

+ IDX batteries, two options, $230 to $550

+ Letscom fitness tracker for $13

Meanwhile at the Woot daily deals there’s a $100 Chromebook and a $46 coffee machine that brews both K-cups and traditional basket-style… Either way, you may risk expulsion from the Hipster Coffee Club unless you exclusively make PourOver coffee πŸ™‚

Rokinon 24mm T1.5 Cine for $229 [N]

It’s a lens day of the Nikon F kind at the Adorama daily deals, good until Tuesday at 10am ET (or earlier if sold out) you can get the new condition Rokinon 24mm T1.5 Cine for $229 with free US shipping… The other three options go for a lot more as of the time of writing…

Monday Camera and Photo Lightning Deals

It’s been a while since we dove into the Amazon USA Gold Box, more specifically to take a look at the Camera and Photo Lightning Deals. This is an “instant reaction post”, I’m writing it as I see it for the first time… << cue suspense music >>

And as of the time of writing there are 127 items participating. Now let’s see some highlights:

+ stabilizery things including sliders and gimbal stabilizers and tripods

+ LED panel lights

+ monocular-telescope creature

+ ring lights of different kinds including macro and selfie and twins

+ binoculars and action cams

+ studio background and lighting kits
+ if the sky is blue and water is wet, these are in the lighting deals too

+ monolights and on-camera flashes

+ green screen green suit for humans

+ generic camcorder and time-lapse camera

+ Neewer reigns supreme once again, challenging Cal Ripken Jr’s record πŸ˜‰

Prime Only: Fuji Instax Mini 9 Clear Camera for $50

Good until the end of January 2021 (or earlier if sold out) Woot is running a …running Prime members only sale. You have to login with a Prime account through Woot in order to buy these. And surprise surprise, there is a camera among them!

It is the new condition Fuji Instax Mini 9 Clear Camera in the yellow color scheme going for $50 with up to three per customer. It comes with a 90-day Woot warranty. Since this is a Prime-only offer, you get free shipping by default (one of the many Prime benefits)…

UPDATE: among the Monday Amazon USA Gold Box deals of the day (these are open to everyone, not Prime only) you can get:

+ HiSense 43″ Android TV with Remote (2020 model, 43H5500G) for $200

+ Fire Stick TV Lite with Alexa for $22