Archives for 2023

Sigma 85mm f1.4 DG HSM ART for $899 [C/N]

And how about a bright prime lens? Also part of the B&H Photo BILD festivities, you can get the new condition Sigma 85mm f1.4 DG HSM Art for $899 in your choice of Canon EF or Nikon F. The Sigma SA is not on sale. Sadly this lens is not made for any other systems. Offer ends Thursday night or earlier if sold out.

Wedn: B&H Daily Deals Go Wild with BILD Offerings including LENSES (54 options)!

Today is indeed Wednesday September 6 in 2023 [#factchecked], and it is indeed day #1 of the 2-day B&H 50-Year Anniversary BILD Expo!

To sale-a-brate this, B&H Photo has all kinds of BILD Trade Show offerings but that’s not all!

The B&H Photo daily deals (aka their “Deal Zone”) has gone WILD with BILD offerings!

+ REAL LENSES, 54 options from Sigma, Tokina, Sirui, Lensbabies,

+ Lighting, On-Camera and Studio, and Accessories, 35 options

+ BAGS and TRIPODS and Gimbals and such, 66 options
+ yes, this is a dangerous BAG the BAGS, so many – use moderation πŸ™‚

+ Memory Cards and Storage, 53 options, SD, CF, flash drives, hard drives, etc, etc

+ Laptops (including MacBooks) and Monitors, 27 options

+ Batteries, Camera Monitors, Etc, 17 options

+ Audio products, 30 options

+ flash deal: Sekonic L-308X-U Flashmate Light Meter for $185 after in-cart coupon, with FREE Sekonic Grip

+ since the BILD Expo runs for two days, these offers are good for two days as well, until Thursday at 11:59pm ET or earlier if sold out

ON THE LEARNINGS front, the headliner free-to-watch Creative LIVE ON-AIR class starting on Wednesday at 12pm eastern is “Posing 101: Couples, Weddings and Families” with well-known photographer Lindsay Adler, total runtime 5 hours and 24 hours, so it should repeat about 4 times throughout the free streaming window.

PS: for those not familiar, the free-streaming classes are like the old days of over-the-air TV – you can’t pause/rewind/etc/etc.

Starts Tuesday 12pm ET (FREE to Stream): 13-hour Wedding Photography class

TIMELINE CORRECTION: the date is 5, not 6!

Starting at 12pm eastern time on Tuesday September 5 in 2023, at the CreativeLIVE ON-AIR, the headliner free to watch class is “Wedding Photography” with Joe Buissink. The runtime is 12 hours and 50 minutes, so the class will air in full only once. The second airing will be incomplete as the 24-hour window will close.

Lesson #3 of the class is already free to stream if you want to watch ahead of time to see if the instructor’s style and level is something that interests you in watching the whole thing. Think of it as the “Kindle sample” equivalent πŸ™‚

Tuesday: BILD Offerings, RotoLight NEO 3, Snypex, Tenba, SmallRIG, LeXaR CFxA, SmallHD, Etc

TIMELINE CORRECTION: the date is 5, not 6, the BILD 2-day Expo starts on Wednesday! So today is Day #0, not Day #1. As regular readers of this blog know, we are frequently unstuck in time because we don’t have a proper sonic screwdriver!

Today is Day #0 of the B&H 50 Year Anniversary BILD Expo sale-a-bration with a variety of offerings, too many to list here individually.

But we also have the regularly scheduled B&H Photo daily deals, only six in number, much easier to list here individually:

+ Tenba Cineluxe Video Shoulder Bag 16 for $116
+ Question of the Day: how many VHS tapes can you fit in a Video bag? πŸ˜‰

+ SmallRIG Heavy-Duty Video Tripod, Fluid Head, and Dolly Kit for $149

+ SnyPEX 10×32 Knight D-ED Binoculars for $300
+ no, the ED in this case does not require a prescription

+ RotoLIGHT NEO 3 On-Camera RGBWW LED Light Ultimate Bundle for $369
+ because [all together now] you can’t have photo-graphy without light!

+ 320GB LEXAR Professional CFexpress Type A Card GOLD Series with Card Reader for $350
+ OR you can buy 100 32GB SD cards πŸ˜‰

+ SmallHD 702 Touch 7″ On-Camera Monitor for $1299
+ OR you can buy 25 generic 7″ Android tablets

MEANwhilez the Adorama dailiez continue to loop in “Top Deals” mode…

B&H Launches BILD Expo Special Offers

B&H Photo’s 50 year anniversary will be highlighted at a special event in NYC September 6-7 in 2023 but for fans of deals out there, they have already launched their first wave of BILD Trade Show offerings. New deals will be added there daily!

There are way too many to list here individually, so it’s a DIY adventure!

Monday: F-Stop Backpack, Manfrotto Fluid, Etc

Monday brings us four more offerings at the B&H Photo daily deals as follows:

+ F-Stop Mountain Series Ajna Backpack (Aloe Green, 40L) for $140
+ climb the mountain just to bag the bag!

+ Manfrotto 612 Nitrotech Fluid Video Head for $$444

+ Benro ArcaSmart360 Rotating Adapter Plate for $20

+ Auray BAC-4A4HB Podcast Kit Gig Travel Case for $40
+ yes, now you can put your podcast in a bag and take it with you πŸ˜‰

MEANwhie the Adorama dailies continue to run the “Top Deals” loop…

AND on the free-to-watch front at Creative LIVE ON-AIR, starting at 9am pacific time, the headliner is “Color Theory for Photographers” with Blake Rudis, 81 minute runtime, it will repeat throughout the free-to-stream window.

Sunday: Oben, SmallRIG, Tenba, 65″ Samsung, Etc

Sunday is here and with it we have a fresh set of B&H Photo dailies good until 9/3/23 at 11:59pm ET or earlier if sold out:

+ Oben AC-1451 4-Section Aluminum Tripod with PD-117 Pan/Tilt Head for $100

+ SmallRIG All-in-One Smartphone Mobile/Vlogging Video Kit for $120

+ Tenba Tools Reload SD & CF Card Wallet (Black Camouflage/Lime) for $10

+ Case Logic Huxton 13.3″ Laptop AttachΓ© (Black) for $23

+ IO MAGIC 10,000mAh Wireless Power Bank with USB Type-C PD & QC 3.0 for $30

+ Samsung Q70C 65″ 4K HDR Smart QLED TV for $798 after in-cart coupon

MEANwhile the Adorama dailies continue to run in “Top Deals” mode…

B&H Fans: Shop co-branded 50Y anniversary items

If you are a fan of B&H Photo and/or a collector of limited time and special edition products, as part of the 50 year B&H Photo celebrations, they have co-branded a number of products from various manufacturers, having a visible B&H 50 years anniversary logo on them!

As of the time of writing there are 19 options, including camera straps (BlackRapid), solar eclipse glasses, memory cards, batteries, tripods (Gitzo), Zoom recorder anniversary case, and of course our most favorite camera item of all, BAGS, in this case, …cases from Nanuk and Pelican.

REMINDER: the B&H BILD Expo celebrating their 50 years is on September 6-7 in 2023 in New York!

PS: fun fact, bild means “image” in Yiddish and it is also a German word, thus the well-known German newspaper with the same name!

Friday: Etc

And now to the Friday round-up where the Adorama dailies continue to be in “Top Deals” mode.

Speaking of Adorama, they have a limited time coupon CAJUNEDEAL that get you in-cart discounts on select Canon products, a total of 38 options as of the time of writing from both their DSLR and mirrorless systems, both cameras and lenses. There’s also a PTZ camera and a monocular!

Speaking of Adorama, you can find some of their longer running promotions (eg manufacturer-initiated instant-savings offerings) at their Photography page.

Laptops, desktops, TV, and house-brand products are among those buzzing around at the Amazon USA Gold Box.

And at the Creative LIVE ON-AIR, the headliner free-to-watch class for Friday 9/1/23, starting at 9am pacific, is “Irresistible Mobile Food Photography: From Shoot to Social” by Andrew Scrivani, 104 minutes runtime, so it will repeat throughout the day.

CAUTION: do not watch this while hungry πŸ™‚

FLiR One, Benro Tripod, Video Stabilizer, Etc

Yes dear readers. It feels like yesterday when we cheered “Happy New Year” and we have now reached September 2023, the last trimester of the year!

As usual on Fridays, the B&H Photo daily deals run until Saturday at 11:59pm ET or earlier if sold out:

+ SPIFFY BY SPEKULAR Light Blaster Strobe Based Projector for $50

+ Sachtler Lightweight Audio Bag (Small) for $120

+ PGYtech Weighted Drone Landing Pad, two size options, $40 or $60

+ FLiR One Pro Thermal Camera for Smartphones (Micro-USB) for $200 with FREE Rocstor USB 2.0 Type-C Male to Micro-USB Female Adapter
+ yes, keep that micro-USB slot alive in your charging setups, you never know when a micro-USB device may surface πŸ™‚

+ ReVo ST-500 Handheld Video Stabilizer (Black/Green) for $25

+ Benro Aero 2 PRO Aluminum Travel Video Tripod with Twist Locks for $150
+ yes, our beloved emo jedi has become a daily occurrence after his scene was cut off from the series premiere of Ahsoka πŸ˜‰

Thursday: Viltrox f1.8 Primes for $250 each [E/Z], Kowa, Vanguard, Etc

IF you part of the Sony E or the Nikon Z system, or if you are planning to join soon, it’s your lucky day at the 8/31/23 B&H Photo daily deals good until 11:59pm ET or earlier if sold out:

+ Viltrox AF prime lens sale for $250 per lens
+ three lenses are available, the 24/1.8, 35/1.8 and 50/1.8
+ available in Sony E or Nikon Z
+ the lenses are made only in these two options

+ KOWA TSN-88A 88mm PROMINAR Spotting Scope Kit with TE-11WZ II WA-Zoom Eyepiece (Angled Viewing) for $2699
+ because the UFOs are coming!

+ VanGuard Alta Pro 263AB 100 Aluminum-Alloy Tripod Kit with SBH-100 Ball Head for $110

+ SmallRIG Top Handle with ARRI-Style Anti-Twist Mount for $42

+ Benro Sidekick Pocket Smartphone Adapter (Silver) for $23

+ Lowepro GearUp Memory Card Wallet 20 (Dark Gray) for $18~

The TOP DEALS party continues at the Adorama daily deals for today as well.

Starting at 9am pacific time on Thursday, this round of free-to-stream classes at Creative LIVE On AIR are headlining by the “Sharing and Publishing in Lightroom Mobile” by Jared Platt, a very digestable 30 minutes of runtime, so it will repeat almost 50 times during the free-to-watch window!

Wedn: Nanuk, EasyRIG, Manfrotto, Etc [also: FREE to Watch 11-hour Sue Bryce Portrait Startup class]

Set your alarms because this free-to-watch 11-hour class is going to free-stream only twice! The headliner of the Wednesday 8/30/23 CreativeLIVE ON-AIR is the “Portrait Startup” with Sue Bryce. The first streaming begins at 9am pacific time. The second about 11 hours after that… The other related free-to-watch class is stylized Photoshop portraits, runtime 83 minutes, so it will repeat multiple times during the free-to-watch 24 hour window…

Top Deals is the name of the game once again at the Adorama dailies headlined by a Green Extreme external battery discount…

THEN we head on over to the B&H Photo dailies where we find a fresh six-packs of offerings:

+ Magnus MaxiGrip Flexible Tripod for $8

+ Nanuk hard cases with foam insert, three options, further discounted with in-cart coupon

+ Angler Wide Vista Panoramic Background Screen (Chroma Green, 8 x 13′) for $199

+ EasyRiG MiniMAX for $959
+ big price for such a short …product name

+ FeelWorld F7 Pro 7″ 4K HDMI IPS Touchscreen Monitor for $179
+ also the name of a potential Depeche Mode cover band πŸ˜‰

+ Manfrotto 502AH Video Head & MT055XPRO3 Aluminum Tripod Kit for $283~ after in-cart coupon

Tuesday: 3M, 30W Car Chargers, SmallRIG Monolight, Oben CF Tripod, Etc

We start the Tuesday August 29 in 2023 with the Meh daily deal, it is a 2-pack of Hussell 30-Watt Dual USB Car Chargers with QuickCharge 3.0 going for $8 plus shipping. Or free for paying Meh-meh-meh-members.

Adorama marches on with their Top Deals mode at their daily deals.

At Amazon, we go full utilitarian, save $10 if you purchase $50 in 3M Everyday Essentials products. This includes various 3M brands such as Post-It, Scotch, Command, Scotch-Brite, etc. A progress bar at the top of that page shows you how close you are to get to $50.

AND FINALLY we go to a fresh six-pack of B&H Photo daily deals:

+ SmallRIG RC 450D COB Daylight LED Video Monolight for $599

+ Oben CFT-6394 Skysill 4-Section Carbon Fiber Tripod for $215

+ Hollyland Mars 300 PRO HDMI Wireless Video Transmitter/Receiver Set (Enhanced) for $329

+ Sachtler SR415 Rain Cover for Medium-Sized Video Cameras for $99~

+ PGYtech OneGo Backpack (Obsidian Black) for $110
+ pack the back-pack!

+ Polsen Omnidirectional USB Boundary Microphone with Mute for $23

B&H celebrates 50 Years with BILD Expo [Sept 6-7]

B&H Photo is celebrating 50 years and to celebrate this, they are planning The BILD Expo in New York City, on September 6-7 in 2023!

They have some videos on this matter as well, YouTube-embedded below…

Woot now uses Amazon Pay exclusively

This happened about a month ago, but since we are on the cutting edge of the latest news right now, I just now noticed it πŸ™‚

The change affects only those customers who were logging in with a Woot account and were making payments on their purchases using credit cards they had stored in their Woot account. You can no longer pay with those cards. You can only pay using the Amazon Pay option, which is basically your Amazon account.

If you were already logging in with your Amazon account, you were already paying with Amazon Pay, nothing changes.

Monday: RotoLight NEO3 3L Kit, Benro Tripod, Lowepro Backpack, Samsung S7 FE talbets, Etc

Monday is here and Adorama continue to run “Top Deals” mode on their daily deals…

THEN off to the B&H Photo dailies we geaux (yes, Geaux Tigerseaux!) good until 8/28/23 at 11:59pm ET or earlier if sold out:

+ RotoLight NEO 3 On-Camera RGBWW LED Light 3-Light Kit for $1449
+ serious lighting!

+ Lowepro PhotoSport BP 15L AW III Photo Backpack (Gray/Black) for $95
+ BAG the BAG!!!

+ Benro Aluminum Tripod with S2 PRO 60mm Flat Base Video Head for $150
+ yes, our poor Ben Ro emo jedi’s scene in the Ahsoka TV series was left on the cutting room floor πŸ˜‰

+ SmallRIG VB155 Mini V-Mount Battery (155Wh) for $229
+ a perfect companion for your mini-USB 32MB mp3 players πŸ˜‰

+ HP P22v G4 21.5″ 16:9 TN Monitor for $59
+ monitors are the new disposables?

+ ZOOM H1n Portable Handy Recorder Kit with Windscreen, AC Adapter, USB Cable & Case (Black) for $80

THEN to BezosLandia we geaux where if you are a fan of buying previous-previous generation tablets of the FE kind, you are in luck because Amazon herself is offering the new condition Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE for $415 in four color options. This is 12.4″ with 256GB storage, S-Pen included [caution: once you go S-Pen you can’t go back!], 2560 x 1600, 8GB RAM,10090 mAh battery [that’s like an entry-level powerbank!], microSD and lots more!

Speaking of Amazon, if you are fond of their Solimo (house brand) K-cup coffees, they have a sale on a variety of them. Just don’t let your coffee hipster friends see these πŸ˜‰

Canon Coupon [yes, coupon] at B&H Photo [46 options, EF and RF]

If you love coupons and Canon, you are in luck because B&H Photo is having a Canon Coupon Sale. A total of 46 products are participating. Enter coupon code CANONSAVINGS to get a discount. The discount amount varies by product and product price. Too many products to test and list here individually.

The sale includes both RF (mirrorless) and EF (DSLR) gear).

Adorama appears to be running a similar promotion with coupon code CAJUNEDEAL, this is for example the Canon R7 body only participating in the promotion.

Adorama launches Pre-Labor-Day Labor-Day Sales

Yes, we have the usual song and dance, the pre-Labor-Day Labor-Day sale, this one currently running at Adorama. Too many items to list here individually but they are organized at the aforelinked page by product category and such.

Yes, the Adorama dailies continue to run in “Top Deals” mode…

ON THE LEARNINGS front, for 8/27/23, the headliner Creative LIVE ON-AIR free-to-watch class is “Advanced Layers in Adobe Photoshop” with Ben Willmore. One hour runtime, so it will be repeating multiple times throughout the day. Classes start streaming at 9am pacific time each day.

Sunday: LED Macro Ring Light for $30, Manfrotto, Thule, 36x phone zoom, 13″ MBA for $750, Etc

Sunday is here with a fresh six-pack of B&H Photo daily deals running until 8/27/23 at 11:59pm eastern or earlier if sold out:

+ BOLT VM-110 LED Macro Ring Light for $30

+ Manfrotto Off Road Stunt Roll Organizer for Action Cameras for $10

+ Thule Gauntlet MacBook Pro Sleeve 15″ (Blue) for $15

+ Apexel 36x Telephoto Zoom Lens with Tripod for Smartphones for $40

+ Sunpak 5858D Tripod with 3-Way, Pan-and-Tilt Head for $20

+ Samsung The Frame LS03B 43″ 4K HDR Smart QLED TV for $698 after in-cart coupon
+ yes Tizen fans, this is powered by Tizen!

A QUICK LOOK at Amazon has a Gaming Laptop sale (Windows Intel-based) and per the fairness doctrine, there’s a Mac sale as well, the new condition 13″ MacBook Air (2020, M1, Retina, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, backlit keyboard) for $750. Three color options. Up to three per customer.

Rofozzi Icon Camera Bag, Sachtler, Tenba, Oben, FotoPRO, Etc

Friday is here and as usual the B&H Photo daily deals run until Saturday at 11:59pm ET or earlier if sold out:

+ TenBa Tools 20″ Protective Wrap (Black) for $10

+ Sachtler FSB 14T Mk II Touch & Go 100mm System with HotPod CF 14 for $6600
+ OR you can buy 660 Tenba Wraps above πŸ™‚

+ RoFozzi Icon Camera Bag for $74
+ oh my, bag the fashionable bag!

+ Oben BA-111 Single Lever Ball Head for $27

+ FotoPRO UFO2 Tripod Kit for $14.50

+ SOLD-OUT: NetGear wifi thing

MEANwhile the Adorama dailies for Friday continue to run in “Top Deal” mode.

On the FREE-to-WATCH educational front, at the Friday Creative LIVE On-AIR, the headliner class is “Quick Home Photo Sessions” with Vanessa Joy, 43 minutes, repeating throughout the day. The new set of free-to-watch classes starts at 9am pacific time every day!

AND if you like e-book e-reading, Amazon has a limited time promotion with sales on 420+ Kindle ebooks! Crash your Kindle!

Thur: Manfrotto CF Tripod, Benro Plate, Nanuk Wheeled, refurb Nikon bino, Crucial USB-C SSD, Etc

A discount on 1TB external Crucial USB-C SSDs headlines the current rotation of the Adorama daily deals, continuing to run in “Top Deals” mode…

MEANwhile at the B&H Photo dailies we have a fresh six-pack until 8/24/23 at 11:59pm ET or earlier if sold out:

+ Manfrotto MT190CXPRO3 Carbon Fiber Tripod for $220
+ stocking up on tripods is just not the same as BAG the BAGS πŸ˜‰

+ Benro ArcaSmart 360 Dual Plate for $70
+ no, you can’t eat from this plate πŸ˜‰

+ Nanuk 963 Wheeled Case with Foam (Black) for $250 after in-cart coupon

+ Angler Beauty Flex Twin Stick 11″ Bi-Color LED for $60

+ refurbished Nikon 8×42 Aculon A211 Binoculars for $50
+ a recurring guest of the daily deals

+ Matterport Axis Motorized Mount + Tripod for $20

ONE OF the Kindle daily deals for Thursday is Tom Ang’s “Digital Photography Through the Year” for $2, however it has just four ratings and one of the two written reviews says the digital version has formatting issues that make it “completely unusable” (March 2022). So YMMV… Note that you can return ebooks at Amazon regardless!

Wedn: Galaxy S22 Ultra, SmallRIG, Tenba, Libec, Etc

And just like that, Hump Day is here upon us all, and the Adorama dailies continue to run their “Top Deals” loop…

IF your Samsung Galaxy smartphone purchase protocol favors buying the previous year’s flagship, the Galaxy S22 Ultra is on sale, new condition, unlocked, USA warranty for $800 at Amazon by Amazon itself or $900 for the 512GB storage version. Optional 0% financing plans may be available.

THEN we head on over to the B&H Photo dailies where we find a fresh six-pack of offerings good until 8/23/23 at 11:59pm ET or earlier if sold out:

+ SmallRIG Star-Trail Lightweight Multifunctional Modular Matte Box Basic Bundle (95mm Back) for $89

+ Tenba Reload SD 9 Card Wallet (Camouflage/Lime) for $10
+ memory cards deserve their very own BAG the BAGS!

+ Libec TH-X Head and Tripod System for $219
+ optionally buy together WITH Magnus DWF-2 Universal Tripod Dolly for $249

+ also Sachtler audio bag, CoreSWX battery for select Canon camcorders and IPEVO USB document camera

It took SONY a while but they finally figured out it’s a good idea to bundle Sony 4K TVs with PS5! Various bundles, starting at $1498.

Tuesday: Lensbaby PRO Kits (7o) for $780, F-Stop backpack, Gitzo CF Monopod, Etc

Tuesday at the B&H Photo daily deals brings us these offerings until 8/22/23 at 11:59pm ET or earlier if sold out:

+ Lensbaby PRO Kits, seven options, $780 per kit
+ kit includes three lenses and system case
+ Canon EF and RF, Nikon F and Z
+ Fuji X, Sony E, M43rds

+ F-Stop Mountain Series Ajna Backpack (Anthracite Matte Black, 40L) for $140

+ ReVo SR-1500 Dual Grip Shoulder Support Rig for $80

+ Manfrotto EzyFrame Vintage Background Kit 6.5 x 7.5′ (Smoke) for $200

+ Gitzo GM4562 Series 4 Carbon Fiber Monopod for $300 after in-cart coupon

+ SmallHD INDIE 5 Touchscreen On-Camera Monitor for $945

MEANwhile at Adorama the “Top Deals” party continue at their daily deals

Slowly but steadily the Amazon Gold Box is taking a more “back to school” hue with, among others, this Household products offer, spend $60+ on the shown eligible items, use coupon code BTSSTOCKUP (mnemonic for coupon: BTS (back to school) STOCK UP), and receive a $15 promotional Amazon store credit that must needs be spent on future orders by 12/31/23. Of photography interest/use, there’s a few Energizer single-use battery options eligible for the promotion. And of course the original “bag the bags”, trash bags πŸ™‚

AND among the Tuesday Kindle daily deals there’s the “Leonard Cohen: The Mystical Roots of Genius” by HArry fReedman for $2. It came out October 2021 from Bloomsbury Continuum, 258 pages, 4.6 out of 5 on 165 customer ratings as of the time of writing.

Monday: Magnus, Godox Dive Tube lights, Etc

It’s Monday! And it’s a new set of B&H Photo dailies good until 8/21/23 at 11:59pm ET or earlier if sold out:

+ Godox Dive Tube lights, six options (Daylight or RGB), $100 to $250
+ I didn’t come up with this name πŸ™‚

+ Magnus VT-4000 Tripod System with Fluid Head for $100
+ buy TOGETHER with Magnus DWF-2 Universal Tripod Dolly for $130

+ Poly Studio P21 21.5″ 16:9 Personal Meeting LCD Monitor for $65
+ one of the side-effects of c*v*d is these type of monitors πŸ™‚

+ Feelworld live stream type thing, I have no clue what it does LOL

+ 4pk arlo night security cam type things for $250

+ Ruggard Slim Briefcase for 13-14″ Laptop for $13
+ OR you can use it to put your 11-12″ laptop briefcase for double protection πŸ˜‰

MEANwhile the “Top Deals” mode continue to run/rotate over at the Adorama dailies

THEN at Shutterfly, good until Wednesday night, coupon code BOOKIT gets you 8×8″ Custom Photo Books for $8 plus shipping. This is for a 20-page hardcover.

Sunday: FLiR, Case Logic, 50″ 4K Samusng, 9n1 USB Dock, Solo Strap, Vlog Kit, Etc

Sunday is here and we have a fresh six-pack of B&H Photo daily deals good until 8/20/23 at 11:59pm ET or earlier if sold out. Yes, we ate up 2/3rds of August 2023 already! Oh my!

+ Case Logic BRYBPR-116 Bryker Backpack Roller (Black) for $70
+ Roll the BAGS!

+ FLiR One Pro Thermal Camera for Smartphones (USB-C) for $370
+ buy this and join our new website, 1001 Noisy UFO Hunters!

+ Kensington SD4845P 9-in-1 USB Docking Station for $100

+ RucPAC Solo Camera Strap (Black) for $20

+ SmallRIG Vigor VK-50 Vlog Kit (Black) for $20

+ Samsung Q60C 50″ 4K HDR Smart QLED TV for $$498 after in-cart coupon with FREE Samsung WMN750M Mini Wall Mount for Select Samsung 33 to 65″ TVs

MEANwhile the Adorama dailies are headlined by a new card reader promotion…

Good until Sunday night, Shutterfly is offering you five freebies (from a choice of 20) using coupon code TREATS. Shipping is EXTRA! Freebies include a 16×20 print, 8×10 art print, desktop plaque [take it to your dentist as a #DadJoke], tote bag, mug, notebook, etc. You have to select five separate freebies, not five of the same.

IF you are looking for photo-op ideas that you can combine with vacations, one of the Sunday Kindle daily deals is this DK ebook, “Natural Wonders of the World (DK Wonders of the World)” for $2. It came out in October 2017 (the book, not the wonders LOL), 442 pages, 4.8 out of 5 on 905 ratings. It is a big download, as you can imagine, nearly 400K!

Speaking of DK ebooks, their Human Brain ebook goes for $2, January 2019, 264 pages, 4.7 out of 5 on 914 ratings.

Alt Facts: in the above book, we learn that people who are called “bird brains” actually have a tiny bird trapped in their brains πŸ˜‰

Saturday eBook: 83 Composition Tools from the Masters for $4

One of the Saturday Kindle daily deals is a photography ebook! For $4 you can haz the “The Secrets to Creating Amazing Photos: 83 Composition Tools from the Masters” by Marc Silber. IT came out in May 2018 from Mango Media, 172 pages, 4.4 out of 5 based on 330 customer ratings as of the time of writing.

Elsewhere, at the risk of sounding like a broken record, the Adorama dailies continue to be in “Top Deals” mode.

On the freebies front, if you are a member of the Lucky’s Rewards program, you can get a FREE 16oz Sparking Ice Energy drink at Lucky’s and SaveMart and associated B&M grocery stores.

FREE to WATCH on Saturday
Starting at 9am pacific, a new day of free-to-watch e-classes dawns at the Creative LIVE ON-AIR including:

+ Lighting 401 with Pye Jirse and SLR Lounge, 6 hours and 12 minutes, repeats throughout the day

+ Image Trace in Ilustrator CC

+ Compositing for Digital Scrapbookers

Like the old magazines, we have a tech tip of the day! Are you using a Chromebook? The time is right to freshen up on the keyboard shortcuts. You’ll be surprised to find some exciting new shortcuts (unless you already know them all) πŸ™‚

Shutterfly Update: Temporarily Pausing Deletion of Accounts Inactive for Less Than 5 Years

We have an update on the Shutterfly front for inactive Shutterfly accounts! A new email from the new Shutterfly CEO says that they are temporarily pausing the deletion of accounts that have been inactive for less than five years.

“This means we are temporarily stopping the deletion of photos for accounts like yours. However, for very old accounts that have been inactive for more than five years, we will still proceed with deleting photos. Rest assured, your photos will remain in your Shutterfly account until we give you further updates about our photo deletion policy.”

This gives people the more opportunities to download photos from their Shutterfly accounts if they don’t plan on continuing with the service.

Accounts that have been inactive for more than five years will proceed with deletion.

Their definition of an active account, per the email:

“… currently defined as anyone who has made a purchase in the previous 18 months…”

Cynic’s View
Because I’m a professional cynic, but my heart’s not in it [TM Blur], I may be tempted to say that they crunched the numbers and they saw that if they deleted all those accounts, their user base would shrink to the point where it would become an existential risk to their bonuses or even the company itself πŸ˜‰

GVM Slider, Benro Plate, Oben Tripod Thing, Manfrotto Scrim, Etc

Fri-YAY iz here and as usual the B&H Photo daily deals run until Saturday at 11:59pm ET or earlier if sold out:

+ Ruggard EPP-CCM Cable Case Mini (4 x 8) for $10
+ yes, the cables need their own BAGS too!

+ 2-pack of 32GB Kingston Exodia USB 3.2 Type A Flash Drive for $6
+ that’s $3 per 32GB flash drive!
+ back in our time we paid $300 for 32MB πŸ˜‰

+ GVM Wireless Carbon Fiber Motorized Camera Slider (47″) for $289

+ Benro 70mm Arca-Swiss Plate with Smartphone Adapter for $30

+ O’Ben Skysill ALF-6194L 4-Section Aluminum Tripod with 90Β° Lateral Center Column and BE-117 Dual-Action Ball Head for $160

+ Manfrotto Medium Pro Scrim All-in-One Kit (3.6 x 6.5′) for $298

MEANwhile the Adorama dailies continue to run their “Top Deals” loop!

ON THE EDUCATIONAL FREE-to-watch front at the Creative LIVE website, the headliner free-to-watch class is “Mastering the Art of Photography” by Chris Weston. Total runtime 2 hours and 25 minutes. It will keep repeating during the 24 hour free-to-watch window which begins at 9am pacific time.

ON THE SCIENCE front, the headliner of the Friday Kindle daily deals is Brian Cox’s “Black Holes: The Key to Understanding the Universe” going for $3.

What is science in 2023 you ask? Well here’s my take πŸ™‚

“science is opinion with equations”

RECALL ALERT at Trader Joe, potential “bonus” metal material in their “Multigrain Crackers with Sunflower and Flax Seeds”. Check their email, stores or website for specifics.

Open Box Offers at Adorama (1686 in Photography)

Adorama is launching a new round of Open-Box Offers with over 7500 items participating as of the time of writing!

The Photography Category has 1686 items as of the time of writing. Of those, there are 53 Cameras and 74 lenses. If you are not familiar with the used price ranges of specific gear, be sure to also look them up at KEH Camera.

Apart from Photography, photo-related items reside in other categories as well, such as Drones, Video, Optics/Binos, Tech/Computers, etc, etc, etc…

Per the Adorama condition descriptions, open box gear come with the manufacturer warranty or the Adorama warranty for house-brand or grey-market products. Apple products however do not come with AppleCare and are not eligible for AppleCare. Because Apple πŸ™‚

Meanwhile the Adorama dailies continue to be in “Top Deals” mode…

Thursday: Nanuk, Robus, 100W PD PB, PRO-GRADE CFxB, Rollbag, Etc

Thirsty-Thursday is here, and because this is a health and wellness blog, our beverage of the day is apple cider vinegar with unflavored carbonated water πŸ˜‰

We start with the B&H Photoo daily dealz good until 8/17/23 at 11:59pm ET or earlier if sold out:

+ Sachtler Camera Rollpak for $218
+ roll the roll-bag!

+ Nanuk 930 Case with Foam, in black, with or without lid organizer kit, further discounted in-cart

+ Robus RC-5558 Vantage Series 3 Carbon Fiber Tripod for $280
+ not to be confused with Rooibos tea

+ IndiPRO 2 x Micro-Series 98Wh Li-Ion V-Mount Batteries with Dual V-Mount Battery Charger Kit for $419
+ so close to 420!

+ Tether ONsite 26,800 mAh USB Type-C Battery Bank (100W PD) for $100
+ 2x USB-A outputs
+ 1x USB-C for input and output (obviously not at the same time)

+ 2TB PRO-GRADE CFexpress 2.0 Type B Gold Memory Card for $590
+ 2-pack of above for $1130
+ or you can buy 111 C10 SD cards πŸ˜‰

FREE TO WATCH on Thursday
The free-streaming classes for 8/17/23 at Creative LIVE ON-AIR include:

+ classes start at 9am pacific time, Creative Live is on the West Coast, aka Best Coast πŸ™‚

+ How To Create Beautiful Portraits By Simplifying Light by Audrey Woulard, 2 hours and 35 minutes, repeating throughout the day

+ other topics include podcasting, drawing fundamentals and such

Speaking of Creative Live, for a limited time coupon code WELCOME99 gets you $50 off a prepaid 1-year subscription (Netflix-style), dropping it from $149 to $99.