Archives for November 2022

Thursday: Benro, Softboxes, Interfit 2-Light Kits, Pelican, Sigma 8/3.5 EX DG Fisheye for $579 [N], Etc

We start Thursday with an offer for the MacGuyver light-painters (!!!) at the Meh website. It is a 4-pack of Bell + Howell 9-in-1 Tac Pens with Tool Cards & Extra Batteries for $20 plus shipping. Yes it’s even a zoomable flashlight. Not sure if it is optical or digital zoom 😉 Note that they take LR44 batteries but 24 of them are included in the package.

Next up, we have a real lens day at the B&H Photo dailies running until 11:59pm ET or earlier if sold out:

+ Sigma 8mm f/3.5 EX DG Circular Fisheye for $579 in Nikon F
+ this is the only options available at B&H

+ Benro MeFOTO RoadTrip Pro Aluminum Series 1 Travel Tripod with Ball Head and Monopod for $100

+ 128GB Kingston DataTraveler Exodia Flash Drive USB 3.2 G1 Type A for $7

+ Vello softbox thingies, four options, $13 to $15

+ Kaiser Slimlite Plano 5000K Battery/AC Lightbox (10.5 x 15.5″) for $136

+ Interfit Honey Badger 320Ws 2-Light Kit for $450

+ SmallHD Action 5 Touchscreen 5″ On-Camera Monitor for $269 with FREE cleaning cloth

+ flash deal: Pelican iM2700 Storm Case with Foam (Yellow) for $190 after in-cart coupon

Today’s blogging soundtrack, 80s Iron Maiden albums. Because we are so metal here 😉

Godox Tube, Zhiyun Crane M2S, SpyderX Elite

No, not the spiders from Mars, but the spyders from …DataColor can be found at this iteration of the Adorama daily deals good until Thursday at 10am ET or earlier if sold out:

+ Datacolor SpyderX Elite Color Calibration for $170

+ Godox TL30M RGB Tube Light for $59

+ Zhiyun CRANE-M2S 3-Axis Handheld Gimbal Stabilizer for $175

Wedn: Lensbaby Velvet 85/1.8, FLIR, Nanuk, Manfrotto, Sony PTZ, Oben, Etc

The stork has delivered …babies to the B&H Photo daily deals good until Wednesday 11/30/22 at 11:59pm ET or earlier if sold out:

+ Lensbaby Velvet 85mm f/1.8 for $350 in Canon EF, Nikon F, Pentax K, M43rds, Sony E, Fuji X, Canon RF and Nikon Z options

+ Manfrotto MVH502A Fluid Head and 546B Tripod System with Carrying Bag for $500

+ Sony SRG-120DU USB 3.0 Full HD PTZ Camera for $799

+ RAYA Starter Plus Kit for Webcam Conferencing for $160

+ FLIR Breach PTQ136 320 x 256 Thermal Monocular (60 Hz, Matte Black) for $1800

+ FilmCRAFT Pro Series Tall Director’s Chair (30″, Natural Frame, Black Canvas) for $150

+ NANUK 940 Case with Foam for $13 after in-cart coupon, five color options

+ flash deal: Oben ACM-2400L 4-Section Aluminum Self-Standing Monopod with Mini-Legs for $65

Godox, CLAR, 3Pod, Macro Book, Kodak

A fresh quartet of Adorama daily deals is upon us, this set good until Wednesday at 10am ET or earlier if sold out:

+ Don Komarechka Macro Photography Book: The Universe at Our Feet for $38

+ 3Pod Wander 4-Section Aluminum Travel Tripod with Ball Head for $80

+ CLAR S30 Focusing LED Light 3-Light Kit (Godox S30-D) for $699

+ Godox MoveLink M2 Compact 2-Person Digital Wireless Microphone System for Cameras & Smartphones with 3.5mm (2.4 GHz) for $99

MEANwhile among the Tuesday Amazon daily deals, the (artist formerly known as) KODAK Slide N SCAN Film and Slide Scanner goes for $136…

LAST CALL: DXo Software sale ends Tue PM

The DXo website is having a LAST CALL countdown, their Black Cyber sale ends Tuesday PM! As a refresher, it includes:

+ NiK Collection for $75

+ DXo Pure RAW for $89

+ DXo Film Pack for $69

+ DXo PhotoLAB 6 for $149

+ Dxo View Point 4 for $69

+ lifetime licenses
+ no subscriptions like Adobe’s Profitware 🙂

+ see them all at the the DXO website

UPDATE: on a totally unrelated note, we have an IN-STOCK ALERT! The Trader Joe Fearless Flyer for the Holidays is here!

Tuesday: Sekonic, Vanguard, FEIYU, Kodak, Celestron, ShutterBoss, Etc

You could try to measure light with a digital scale but it won’t be very successful. If you are looking for a more effective way, keep on reading 😉

Another day dawns, another set of B&H Photo daily deals are in-progress, this lot good until 11/29/22 at 11:59pm ET or earlier if sold out. Yes, we already ate up Black Friday and Cyber Monday and we are full steam ahead towards 2023!

+ Sekonic L-308X-U Flashmate Light Meter for $185 after coupon

+ Vanguard Alta Pro 263ABT 100 Aluminum Alloy Tripod with SBH-100 Ball Head for $120
+ mutual fund shares NOT included 😉

+ FEIYU SCORP-C 3-Axis Gimbal Stabilizer for $190 AC

+ FEIYU Scorp Pro 3-Axis Gimbal Stabilizer for $390 AC
+ you may also recall the famous Beatles song, “Fei Yu” 😉

+ vELLo Wireless ShutterBoss 4.0 Remote Timer and Trigger for $50 for select Canon, Nikon, Oly-Pan and Sony MT cameras
+ check specs of each option for specific camera(s) compatibility

+ Sachtler Dr. Bag 3 for $129
+ you can also repurpose it for your “play doctor” adventures 😉

+ Celestron StarSense Explorer LT 114AZ 114mm f/9 AZ Reflector Telescope for $150
+ so you can be the first to see the alien spaceship armada decloaking!

+ some audio thing for $15

+ flash deal: (the artist formerly known as) KODAK 10″ Digital Picture Frame with Wi-Fi and Multi-Touch Display (Matte Black) for $90

Beschoi Bag, Flashpoint Monolight, K&F Tri-Monopod, Tanoshi Kids Laptop

Off to the Adorama daily deals we geaux, this round running until Tuesday at 10am ET or earlier if sold out:

+ Beschoi Convertible Shoulder Messenger Business Travel Bag for $23
+ BAG the BAGS!

+ Flashpoint XPLOR 600PRO TTL Battery-Powered Monolight with Built-in R2 2.4GHz Radio Remote System (Bowens Mount) – Godox AD600 Pro for $599

+ K&F Concept SA254M2 4-Section Aluminum Tripod/Monopod and Ball Head for $50

+ Tanoshi Scholar 10.1″ HD Kids Laptop Computer for Ages 6-12, Blue for $100 after coupon

Cyber Monday is here!

Yes, Cyber Monday is officially here, although, it’s really just one giant Friday to Monday Black Cyber weekend! Let’s take a look at some of the retailers participating:

+ B&H Photo Cyber Monday with all kinds of offers, scroll-down in an ever-scroll format or filter by categories and brands

+ Adorama Cyber Monday in a cool blue website color-scheme, broken down by various categories and such

+ Amazon Cyber Monday, it’s like the regular Gold Box but Cyber-Monday’ed. Use the usual filters on the left-hand side to narrow things down to product categories of interest, eg Camera and Photo
+ PRO-TIP: when you are in the Cyber Monday Gold Box, the Amazon search box up at the top of their page is pre-filtered to search for the Cyber Monday deals specifically (you can adjust it as you please though to search sitewide, or within specific product categories)

+ NewEGG Cyber Monday – back in our time kids, the NewEgg website would always crash at the Black Friday reveals. Nowadays, both the web servers and the customers have grown up 😉

+ 1-Year prepaid Netflix-style CreativeLIVE subscription for $99 after coupon code CYBERSAVE
+ or $20 off class orders of $40+ with coupon CYBER20

+ sales and coupons at 6 Dollar Shirts, I bought many times from them before, and they have stood the test of time, considering/despite the $6+ price 🙂

+ Woot sale-a-brates with a “best of woot” sale and cyber week deals

+ Best Buy sale-a-brates with a “Cyber Monday is Here” theme 🙂

Monday: MEH-rathon, Big WD/Sandisk Storage sale, Tripods, Monitors, Lighting, MBA M1, Etc

Cyber Monday is here, or as the common people call it, November 28 in 2022, and greets the day with a MEH-rathon (aka Woot-OFF) at the Meh website.

Then to the B&H Photo daily deals we geaux where we find a fresh set of dailies running until 11:59pm ET or earlier if sold out:

+ Big Storage sale, 44 options, Sandisk and WD, memory cards, HDDs, flash drives, SSDs, RAID, etc

+ Tripod sale, 15 options, $27 to $400

+ Lighting sale, 8 options, $50 to $830

+ Computer monitors, eight options, $120+

+ 13.3″ MacBook Air M1 Chip with Retina Display (Late 2020) for $1199
+ Apple M1 8-Core, 16GB Unified RAM, 1TB SSD
+ 2560 x 1600 Retina IPS Display
+ 8-Core GPU, 16-Core Neural Engine

+ Atomos Ninja thing, $400 to $600

+ Samson mic thing for $60

+ flash deal: wireless audio sunglasses for $60

Sirui 75/1.8 1.33x Ana for $479 to $499, 3POD, Glow, Lexar CFB

More Sirui anamorphic action at the latest iteration of the Adorama daily deals, this one running until Monday at 10am ET or earlier if sold out:

+ Sirui 75mm f/1.8 1.33x Anamorphic Lens for $499 after $200 off in-cart coupon for Fuji X, Canon EF-M and Nikon Z
+ the M434ds is $479 after a $120 off in-cart coupon
+ the Sony E is $499 on a separate sale of its own
+ not on sale: Canon RF and Leica L

+ Glow ParaSnap 44″ Octa New Generation SterlingFibre Softbox With Bowens Mount for $169

+ 3Pod TREK Series 4-Section Carbon Fiber Travel Tripod/Monopod and Arca Type Ball Head for $90

+ Lexar 128GB Professional CFexpress Type-B Memory Card for $109
+ upto 1750MB/s Read and 1000MB/s Write Speed

UPDATE: if you are a fan of the Kindle e-ink e-readers Amazon is having a big line-up sale that includes the latest models, such as the Paperwhite for $95 and the Signature Paperwhite for $130. They also have “International Versions” for readers outside the USA.

Sunday: $30 Lowepro BP150LX bag, Godox TT685C II for $89, Benro, Joby, Creality, Sony HT, Etc

Sunday is here, or as many of you like to call it, Cyber Monday Eve!

We start with a fresh set of B&H Photo daily deals running until 11/27/22 at 11:59pm ET or earlier if sold out:

+ Lowepro Truckee BP 150 LX (Gray) for $30
+ BAG the BAG!

+ Godox TT685C II Flash for $89 in Canon, Nikon, Fuji, Sony MI and Oly-Pan

+ Benro #4 MCT48AF Monopod with Flip Locks and 3-Leg Base for $80

+ JOBY Gorillapod Magnetic Tripod with GripTight ONE Phone Mount for $20

+ Creality CR-10 Smart Pro FDM 3D Printer for $499
+ still waiting for a food 3D printer 🙂
+ no McDonalds doesn’t count 😉

+ Nighthawk AX12 12-Stream Wi-Fi 6 Router for $200

+ CAD mic thing for $50

+ flash deal: Sony HT-A9 4.0.4-Channel Wireless Home Theater System for $1498 after in-cart coupon

Saturday: Sandisk and WD sale

Black Friday? What was that? The Amazon Gold Box has already morphed into the Cyber Monday Gold Box and there’s plenty of offers, of particular interest there’s a WD and Sandisk sale featuring the usual assortment of memory cards, flash drives, hard drives, and the like, in a new ever-scrolling Amazon page format. Too many to list here individually I’m afraid.

And our ebook pick of the day, a $2 Led Zeppelin biography by Bob Spitz.

75% off same day Canvas Print w/Walgreens coupon (ends 11/26)

Good until 11/26/22 at 11:59pm central time, coupon code FRIYAYCNVS gets you 75% off 16×20 inch same-day canvas prints at Walgreens Photo.

Fotopro, Zhiyun, Sirui 32/1.8 1.33x Ana for $399 [m43]

Time won’t stand still, so a new set of Adorama daily deals is here, and it is a LENZ DAY, and it is running until Sunday at 10am ET or earlier if sold out:

+ Sirui 35mm f/1.8 1.33x Anamorphic Lens for Micro Four Thirds for $399
+ only the M43rds is on sale

+ FotoPro E-6 Eagle Series 5-Section Carbon Fiber Tripod with Gimbal Head for $499

+ Zhiyun SMOOTH-X2 2-Axis Handheld Gimbal Stabilizer Combo for Smartphones, Ink Black for $75

+ Adorama Flashpoint 7′ Black Lightstand, 5/8″ Top Stud for $10

Nikon Black Friday offers (91 options)

Ninety one is the magic number of options in the B&H Nikon Black Friday with a mix of DSLR and mirrorless cameras, but surprise-surprise there’s a Coolpix P1000 superzoom (or is it a telescope?) bundle. There’s lenses of course for both DSLR and mirrorless, along with Nikon MB-D16 Multi Battery Grip for $137. Too many to list here individually…

Canon Black Friday offers (61 offers)

Make every shot a Powershot, but they are not participating in this installment of the Canon Black Friday offers at B&H Photo. They have 61 offers that are mostly DSLR and mirrorless cameras and associated lenses, flashes, and other accessories and binoculars. Too many to list here individually..

Sony Trade-IN Promotion (ends 12/31/22)

If you want to join the Sony world or you want to add more Sony cameras or lenses to your arsenal, Sony and B&H Photo are running a trade-in offer until 12/31/22.

In addition to the trade-in value of your old camera year (eg for argument’s sake let’s say my old Nikon D40 is worth $40), you also receive a trade-in bonus from Sony that varies depending on which Sony product(s) you are buying. Some gear may also have instant savings/rebate promotions that are currently in progress.

The value of what Sony offers depends on the price of the camera/lens and also on what Sony has strategically decided to encourage the purchase of.

You can trade-in your old digital or film interchangeable lens camera or lens. Check the aforelinked website for more details, as it is easier to see it in pictures than me trying to describe it with words 🙂

Fuji Black Friday offers (22 options)

Fuji is having a bit of a similar strategy to Pentax, an APS-C system and a medium format system and this is reflected in their Black Friday offerings at B&H as it is a mix of the X-System and their medium format mirrorless system. No Fuji X100V in the BF offers as there are supply issues. Hard to sell something you don’t have, it pains me to say.

Panasonic (73) and Olympus (41) Black Friday offers

A love affair that was born four thirds together, so in this post we group the OlyPan offers at the B&H Black Friday!

We start with the Panasonic offers, a total of 73 of them, a mix of mirrorless cameras and lenses (mostly M43rds, but some S-series too), and fixed lens cameras too (FZ/ZS zooms and LX rawsumers), along with the HC-X1 camcorder.

On the other side of the aisle, there are 41 Olympus offers featuring M43rds cameras and lenses.

Sigma and Tamron Lens Deals (75 options)

And now let’s group together the two major third-party lens manufacturers at the B&H Black Friday offers. Sigma offers 56 mostly lenses of DSLR and mirrorless variety for a variety of systems. Too many to list here individually. Also part of the festivities is the FP (really Sigma, couldn’t find a better name) camera for $1500 or $1600 with 45mm lens. They also have three mount adapters.

Then we take a look at the Tamron offers where we find 19 lenses, a mix of DSLR (Canon, Nikon) and mirrorless (mostly Sony E but also a Fuji X option)…

Sony Black Friday offers (68 options)

Sony time now, B&H Photo is running 68 Sony offers at their Black Friday featuring mirrorless cameras, lenses, memory cards, and system accessories too (flash, grip, battery, etc). There’s also one fixed lens camera, the ZV-1 going for $650…

Epson Workforce WF-2860 All-In-One Printer for $85

We haven’t mentioned a printer this BF season so far, so to tick the boxes, to fill out the Bingo card, to complete the drinking game, okay, this sentence is out of control…

As part of the BF festivities, B&H Photo is offering the new condition Epson Workforce WF-2860 All-In-One Printer for $85, with a 1-year warranty. As usual with printers, you review both the printer and the inks and the cost of the inks 🙂

For more action, check the B&H Black Friday festivities…

Sony a6000 with 16-50mm f3.5-5.6 OSS w/FREE Matterport smartphone mount for $529

We interrupt the Black Friday stream (of deal consciousness?) with a new round of the Adorama daily deals, this one running until Saturday at 10am ET or earlier if sold out:

And surprise-surprise, Adorama has saved an actual camera deal for their Black Friday daily deal! Yes, a real APS-C mirrorless camera kit!

+ Sony a6000 with 16-50mm with FREE Matterport Axis Motorized Smartphone Mount for $529
+ lens is Sony 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS

+ SmallRig Lightweight Fluid Video Head for $64 after in-cart coupon

+ Flashpoint XPLOR 600PRO TTL Battery-Powered Monolight with Built-in R2 2.4GHz Radio Remote System (Bowens Mount) – Godox AD600 Pro for $599

+ Flashpoint eVOLV 200 Pro TTL Pocket Flash Kit – Godox AD200 Pro for $269

For more Adorama action, check their Black Friday offerings

11″ iPad PRO M2 Chip (128GB, Late 2022) for $739

We already mentioned the Apple M1 offers, but some of you may say, M1 is so last year, I want an M2 deal. Well, B&H has that too, good for the Black Friday festivities, you can get the new condition Apple 11″ iPad Pro M2 Chip (Late 2022, 128GB, Wi-Fi Only, Space Gray) for $739, down from its Apple price of $799. The 256GB version goes for $849. The silver color schemes for some reason [insert invisible hand of the market explanation here] are more expensive.

And per the “OS Fairness Doctrine”, since we mentioned an Apple product, we must also mention a non-Apple product, also part of the BF 2022 festivities, B&H offers the new condition ASUS 13.3″ ZenBook Flip S13 OLED Multi-Touch 2-in-1 for $900. Specs include 2.8 GHz Intel Core i7 4-Core (11th Gen), 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD, 13.3″ 3840 x 2160 OLED HDR Touch-Screen, Iris Xe, Stylus and Sleeve included, Thunderbolt 4, NumberPad 2.0, promise of up to 16hr battery life, Windows 11 PRO, MIL-STD-810G, Wifi 6, Bluetooth 5, etc… (reading the specs I want to buy it LOL!)

For never-ending action check the B&H Photo website

NOTE that B&H closes on Friday PM for the Sabbath, so be sure to place your orders earlier on Friday if you want to lock them in. Or wait until they re-open on Saturday PM.

PS: unrelated, but for post-economy reasons, DiscountMAGS is having a Black Friday Blowout sale with various print magazine offers for US addresses without auto-renewal…

Black Friday officially dawns at Amazon, NewEgg, Etc

Black Friday is here and in the pacific time zone, and pretty soon in Hawai’iii too, so more websites are officially and formally “dressing up” their websites in Black Friday gear!

More specifically, the NewEgg website is now a Black Friday crash test for your browser and phone and tablet and laptop. Yes, it’s that bad 🙂 Save any open files before going there 🙂

Amazon too has updated their Black Friday page, which looks pretty much like a special edition of their usual Gold Box 🙂 Another browser crashing test! Speaking of which, there’s another drop of 230+ Kindle ebooks on offer. Because reading is FUN-da-MENTAL!

Already in Black Friday mode are the websites of B&H Photo and Adorama and
Monoprice and KEH Camera and many and more…

On a blog-related note, I have temporarily increased the number of posts that show on the home page from 30 to 50, so you can see all the recently-posted deals on a single page, so you don’t have to navigate 2nd and 3rd pages. It may slow down access a bit but probably not ~ unless for some strange reason this blog goes viral with the web or the forums or the search engines (unlikely LOL).

And one last thing, which I should have mentioned at the start of Black Friday week (yes, I’ve become very rusty), we have a FREE Full-Text RSS Feed with Feedburner if you want to keep up with the offers using your favorite RSS readers and such. If we had Patreon, this would have been a great Patreon reward tier, but back in our time, we didn’t have such things on the internets, we just had text-based browsers and dial-up 🙂

15% off at GoPRO’s website

Good until Cyber Monday, the official GOPRO online shoppe is offering 15% “add to cart” discount on most items sold on their website. There are some restrictions on the offer, up to ten items per customer, one shopping cart discounted per customer. There is a little link right where the offer is mentioned at the top of their website that has the whole lawyer-y terms and conditions of the promotion…

1-Year Prepaid CreativeLIVE Sub for $99 AC

Coupon code FRIDAY50 gets you $50 off an annual CreativeLIVE subscription, dropping it from $149 to $99! This is for the first year of the subscription, that is, the first 12 months, aka the first 365 days. Some exclusions and restrictions apply…

Budget-o-Palooza: Meike 7D Mk2 Grip for $25, MegaGear Straps, Coupon-cheap Lighting cable, Etc

In this post, I round up various random budget-priority products that I just can’t create individual blog-posts for 🙂

We start with Canon 7D Mark II photographers, $25 is what it takes to grip (yes, pun intended, do not ignore the low hanging fruit puns!) this Meike MK-7D2 Battery Grip that replaces the Canon BG-E16. Batteries not included!

Straps and bags and such from the MegaGEAR brand with shoulder straps starting at $6, leather at $11, and such.

A seemingly random selection of Tiffen lens filters is on sale, starting with the metal 43-49 Step-UP Ring going for $7. If only Frodo knew you could get Step-UP rings 😉

Neewer is not the only game in town when it comes to budget Amazon-ian studio/lighting type of accessories, in this sale, there are 30 options of UBeeSIZE products. You can be the photo-hipster at the Thrifty Photographers Club that keeps irritating everyone by telling them “I was using these before they were cool” 😉

Not sure if this is a Black Friday sale, or the impending European Union Lightning Cable Death Sentence that is causing this, but coupon code BUYCABLE ges you $3 off these AmazonBasics brand Lightning Cables at Woot. Various sizes and colors, prices range from $4 to $8 before coupon. Prime members get free shipping, so that is mayhaps what encouraged this offer to become the #2 best seller at the Woot Charts

Neewer 35mm f1.4 for Fuji X for $35 AC

I had opened way too many browser tabs for the previously-posted chinese manual budget lenses and when closing the tabs because the computer became unusable, I found a tab with this deal that is good for all, not just prime members.

It is a 30% off clip-on coupon, and it drops the price of the new condition Neewer 35mm f1.4 for Fuji X APS-C from $50 to $35. You can’t even buy Fuji-branded toilet paper for $35 😉

Gift Ideas: $400 iPad Mini (2021) & $40 512GB Sandisk microSD

The iPad Mini (4th generation) achieved legendary status in terms of technology-product staying power, four years as “the current model” in a world where flagship phones “fell” every year, or even every six months. But time won’t stand still, and it is now 2022, and the iPad Mini 4 just won’t cut it.

Fast forward to now, the “current model” is the sixth generation (2021, 8.3-inch) iPad Mini and it is currently on sale for $400 with up to three per customer at Amazon by Amazon herself.

And a couple of other things, if you are tired of complaining that your laptop’s screen is too small but you don’t want to change the laptop, AND if you are a PRIME MEMBER, for a limited time, they are offering this 15.6″ ARZOPA Portable Monitor for $119. It averages 4.4 out of 5 on nearly 3000 customer ratings.

You can load up the microSDs without fear, Sandisk is here, and $40 is all it takes to get you a 512GB Ultra microSDXC. Up to four per customer. There are two options on the listing with the same price, shown as previous/new generation, I don’t have the energy/time/mental-capacity to figure out what the difference is, that’s your homework 🙂