Archives for 2023

Sunday: Gitzo Hand Strap, Filter pouches, Flexpod, Etc

Sunday is here, and if it’s not sunny, you get your money back at the Sun Customer Service Center!

We start with a new sextet at the B&H Photo daily deals good until 8/6/23 at 11:59pm ET or earlier if sold out:

+ Gitzo Century Leather Hand Strap for Mirrorless and DSLR Cameras for $20

+ Portabrace Filter Pouch Set for up to 3 Circular Filters up to 4.5″ for $27~
+ you get three filter pouches, a different color each
+ you also get a carry pouch to put the pouches in
+ each pouch can hold up to three filters
+ actual lens filters are NOT included!!!

+ GVM Mini Waterproof RGB LED On-Camera Light for $60
+ shoe-mount
+ when they call it mini, they are not joking!

+ Magnus FT-P15 MiniFlex Flexible Tripod for Smartphones and Camera for $10
+ me personally, I’m using this for the Canon 1Ds with BIGMA 😉

+ Ruggard Herringbone Sleeve for 13″ Laptop / Tablet for $13

+ Alfatron 35′ HDMI 2.0 Cable (Black) for $15

MEANwhile Adorama continues to be in Top Deals mode

IF YOU ARE fond of magazines delivered by snail mail to US addresses, there’s another Weekend sale at DiscountMAGs featuring the usual suspects.

AND IF you like e-book reading, there’s over 200 e-book selections in the Kindle daily deals including the highly influential “Dopamine Nation” by Anna Lembke for $3 with $0.30 “Great on Kindle” future purchase store credit.

2pk 64GB flash sticks for $6, Shimoda X70, OWC CFxB, Leather TS gloves, Sirui BH w/MIR, Etc

Fri-YAY iz herez and az usualz [yes, we typez trendy like it’z 2014] the B&H Photo daily deals run until Saturday at 11:59pm ET, August 5 in 2023 in this particular case:

+ 64GB Kingston DataTraveler Exodia Flash Drive for $6
+ that’s just $3 per 64GB USB 3.2 G1 Type A flash stick!

+ Shimoda Action X70 Backpack Starter Kit with X-Large DV Core Unit for $300
+ BAG the BAG!

+ OWC 325GB Atlas Ultra CFexpress Type B Memory Card for $190
+ Atlas saw the price and …shrugged

+ Sirui K-20x Ball Head for $69 after a $10 mail-in rebate
+ yes, mail-in rebate!

+ Bright Tangerine ExoSkin Leather Armour Gloves for $19 per pair
+ size options range from “S” to “XXL”
+ hand-size, just so we are clear!
+ touchscreen fingertips
+ despite the name, they are neither bright nor tangerine colored 😉

+ SmallRIG SimoRR Vigor VT-08 Action Cam Grip and Mini-Tripod for $7
+ you know you can’t resist single-figure accessories 🙂

The Adorama daily deals for Friday 8/4/23 continue to be in “Top Deals” mode!

UPDATE: Adorama continues to be in “Top Deals” mode on Saturday as well…

One of the Kindle daily deals for Friday has a photograph as its …star! A 19th century photograph is the key in this modern murder mystery type of a book, “The Luzern Photograph” by William Bayer (no relation to Bayer Sensors?) for $2.

Shutterfly coupon: Free Shipping without Minimum Order amount

If you like free shipping, good until Sunday 8/6/23 at 11:59pm pacific time, coupon code SHIPIT gets you free shipping without a minimum purchase amount requirement at the Shutterfly website.

The coupon is good for one purchase per customer to US addresses with free economy shipping.

In parallel, as you can see at the aforelinked page, they have 40% off discounts on various things such as canvas prints, woven blankets (because as Ned Stark taught us, “Winter Is Coming!”), and such. They also have 60% off on last chance products.

PS: the coupon mnemonic is SHIP-IT, not SHI-PIT 🙂

Thursday: Fluid Head, Fat Gecko, Nanuk 925, Optoma UHD DLP

Thirsty-Thursday is here and the Adorama daily deals continue to be in “Top Deals” mode!

Then off to the B&H Photo daily deals we go where they run until 8/3/23 at 11:59pm ET or earlier if sold out:

+ Magnus VPH-20 Video Pan & Tilt Fluid Head for $28

+ Delkin Fat Gecko Triple Mount for $60

+ Nanuk 925 Cases with Foam or Dividers, ten options, further discounted with add-to-cart coupon

+ NiSi Macro Focusing Rail NM-200 with 360° Rotating Clamp (7.9″ Length) for $129
+ with push-button release for +$10

+ Optoma UHZ50 3000-Lumen XPR 4K UHD Home Theater DLP Projector for $1799 after add-to-cart coupon

+ Arcsoon video transmission type thing for $399

Trigger warning for Pour-Over and French Press fans 😉 On the Amazon Gold Box front, there’s a sale of Keurig K-Mini Plus Single Serve K-Cup Pod Coffee Maker for $79 in various color options.

Wedn Kindle eBook: The Auschwitz Photographer: The Forgotten Story of the WWII Prisoner Who Documented Thousands of Lost Souls for $3

One of the Wednesday 8/2/23 Kindle daily deals is the “The Auschwitz Photographer: The Forgotten Story of the WWII Prisoner Who Documented Thousands of Lost Souls” by Luca Crippa and Maurizio Onnis for $3.

IT came out in September 2021 from Sourcebooks. It is 372 pages. As of the time of writing it averages 4.7 out of 5 based on 281 customer ratings.

In-Stock Alert: Pentax K-3 Mark III Monochrome for $2200

I don’t know when this was exactly released, but I just now noticed it. Please remember we are no longer on the daily beat of daily photography news and such 🙂

Monochrome is in and Pentax K-mount system fans now have an option to have a monochrome DSLR and they pay DSLR prices, not Leica prices 🙂

In-stock and ready to ship is the Pentax K-III Monochrome DSLR body only going for $2200 at B&H Photo and at Adorama and at the Ricoh Official Shop which offers an optional $184/mo 0% APR financing plan through Affirm.

As usual with financing plans, be sure to check the terms, conditions, restrictions and traps ahead of time!

YES, this is like decaf coffee, it’s more work and more expensive to remove the caffeine / color from the coffee / sensor 😉

PS: the standard color version of the K-3 Mark III is currently on sale for $1700 at B&H Photo and at Adorama

Wednesday: GVM NP-F750, Manfrotto Vintage, Benro Induro, MacBook PRO, ASUS, Etc

The Adorama daily deals continue to be in “Top Deals” mode featuring a variety of offerings of products old and new…

Off to the B^H Photo dailies we go where we find a fresh six-pack running until 8/2/23 at 11:59pm ET or earlier if sold out:

+ GVM NP-F750 4400mAh Batteries with Travel Chargers for $30
+ you get two batteries and two 1-slot chargers

+ Manfrotto EzyFrame Vintage Background Kit 6.5 x 7.5′ (Concrete) for $200
+ so vintage I can hear 80s Hot 100 top hits just by watching it 🙂

+ Benro CLT203 2-Series Induro Classic Carbon Fiber Tripod for $160

+ RING 1080p Video Doorbell (2020 Release) for $50

+ LexMark MB2236i Multifunction Monochrome Laser Printer for $190 after in-cart coupon
+ yes monochrome is making a comeback!

+ 14.2″ MacBook Pro with M1 Max Chip (Late 2021) for $2499
+ M1 Max 10-Core Chip
+ 64GB Unified RAM, 2TB SSD
+ 3024×1964 Liquid Retina XDR Screen
+ 32-Core GPU, 16-Core Neural Engine
+ with AppleCare+ for +$100

One of the Kindle daily deals for Wednesday is my nominee for the Dad Jokes Hall of Fame, the ebook name is … Up to No Gouda (Grilled Cheese Mysteries Book 1). Yes reading/looking at it makes me crave cheese. The book itself, I have no clue, but I just sent the sample to the Kindle 🙂

Longer Running Offers
Yes, it is the “OS Fairness Doctrine”. Since we mentioned an Apple laptop above, we had to balance it with Windows and Chrome OS options!

As part of the Woot Plus offerings, running until 8/18/23 or earlier if sold out, Woot is offering an ASUS Laptops sale with a mix of Windows and ChromeOS options and prices ranging from $130 (Flip 12″ MediaTek) to $2500 (17.3″ i9 RoG Windows gaming laptop).

Note that a number of them are factory reconditioned with a 90-day ASUS warranty. New condition get a 1-year ASUS warranty.

Stay tuned for an MS-DOS offer too. GRRM may be selling his older laptops 😉

Tuesday: Sunpak Video Light for $22, Wooden, Bushman, PlatyPOD, Laptops, Etc

The Adorama daily deals continue to be in “Top Deals” mode where they feature a variety of deals, instead of the usual “deal of the day”.

THEN at the B&H Photo daily deals we have a fresh six-pack of offerings but no lens today:

+ Wooden Director’s Monitor Cage v3 with Dual Carbon Fiber Handgrips for $179
+ I’m sure some would rather buy a Director’s Cage – there are some impossibly narcissistic ones out there 😉

+ Sunpak LED-330 Video Light with Barndoors for $22
+ you have to provide your own barn animals though
+ I promise, this is the last time I use this joke 🙂

+ Bushman Claremont Bushman Monopod for $82

+ PlatyPOD Platyball Ergo Ball Head for $189

+ SynCO Mic-D2 Hypercardioid Shotgun Mic for $139

+ CaseLogic 13.3″ Laptop and MacBook Sleeve (Galaxy) for $9
+ they either have a sense of humor or they didn’t realize it – naming an Apple accessory with the Samsung flagship brand name (Galaxy) LOL

THEN at Amazon we find some new potentially interesting offerings:

+ Laptops sale from ASUS, Acer, MSI, Dell, Samsung, Lenova, etc
+ there’s a mix of “regular” and gaming laptops

+ five pages of name-brand Office Supplies including a gift set type of Schools Supplies kit that includes Sharpie, EXPO, Elmers and Papermate products for $21~
+ it has 38 pieces
+ you can probably do a lot better buying them piecemeal as needed BUT this can make a fun gift for kids of all ages, eg if you are buying school supplies as gifts for children or adults that could use a little boost in excitement from a packaged gift type thing or are in tough situations or are under-priviledged, etc, etc, etc
+ yes, I’m getting soft and emotional in my old age 😉

+ Amazon Clip-On Coupons page from many brands, it’s not just Amazon-brand products anymore
+ I don’t think Amazon knows how many coupons are being offered 😉

Monday: Tokina ATX-i 11-20/2.8 CF for $399 [C/N], ObsBOT, Lexar CF, Lowepro BP-150, SmallRIG Monolight, Etc

I don’t know if Santa Claus is coming to town, but Lenses are coming to town at the B&H Photo daily deals running until 7/31/23 at 11:59pm ET or as the normal people like to call it, the end of the month!

+ Tokina atx-i 11-20mm f2.8 CF for $399 in Canon EF or Nikon F

+ ObsBOT Meet 4K Webcam for $89 after in-cart coupon

+ LEXAR 256GB Professional 1066x CompactFlash (UDMA 7) for $100
+ 2pk for $190

+ LowePRO m-Trekker BP150 Backpack (Gray) for $55
+ BAG the BAG!!!

+ SmallRIG RC 220B Bi-Color LED Monolight for $259

+ Benro ArcaSmart Kickstand Smartphone Clamp for $30

No daily deals but it’s a Top Deals compilation as of the time of writing at the Adorama daily deals

Monoprice 6ft 8K HDMI 2.1 cable for $1

Monoprice has a cable doorbuster of sorts! For a limited time, you can get their 6-foot 8K HDMI 2.1 cable for just $1. Actually it’s $0.99 but I’m rounding it up for simplicity. You can buy as many 1-packs as you want (I added 25 of them in the shopping cart without issue). The 2-packs and 3-packs are not on sale.

Speaking of cables, they offer a 10ft Ethernet cable for $4. This is CAT6, Black PoE Patch Cable, 30W, PoE+ (IEEE 802.3at), Shielded (U/FTP), 24AWG, 500MHz, Solid Pure Bare Copper, Shielded RJ45.

Both of the above are sale prices. No coupons needed.

Free standard US shipping on orders of $39+.

Separately, they are running an Anniversary sale. Anniversary of what you ask? Who knows, it’s a SALE 🙂

Continuing over there are the previously mentioned coupon codes:

+ SUMMER5 is $5 off a $25+ order

+ SUMMER10 is $10 off a $50+ order

+ SAVE250 is $250 off a $1000+ order

Sunday: Slik PRO, Monitors, Tripod Strap, 32GB microSD, Etc

Sunday is here! Don’t look at the calendar now but we almost ate up July of 2023. Time sure does fly, whether you are having fun or not 🙂

The B&H Photo daily deals are as follows:

+ PortaBRACE Tripod-Carrying Shoulder Strap for $50~
+ yes, the tripods deserve their very own accessories!
+ assuming the tripod is worth more than the accessory 😉

+ Slik Pro CF-834 Tripod (Black) for $190

+ 32GB Kingstson Canvas Select Plus UHS-I microSDHC with SD Adapter for $3.50
+ optionally buy together with Xcellon Portable USB 3.0 Card Reader for $11.50

+ Xcellon Mighty Mini 130 30W GaN USB Type-C Charger for $13, two color options

+ flash deal: Yamaha RDS200 Seascooter for $275
+ no, it cannot play music – you have to make your own kind of music in the sea 😉

THEN to the Adorama dailies we go where we find two computer monitors:

+ AOC 27E1H 27″ 16:9 Full HD WLED for $95

+ BenQ EW3280U 32″ 16:9 4K UHD Entertainment IPS Monitor with HDRi Technology, Built-In Speakers for $500

Shutterfly Coupon: Five Free Items But You Pay S&H

If you are a fan of the Shutterfly way of doing things, good until 7/30/23 at 11:59pm ET pacific, coupon code SUNNY gets you FIVE FREE item-cost items from a list of 20 participating products. Shipping and handling is NOT free! You pay S&H!

The five freebies must be five different items, not five units of the same item. Terms, conditions, restrictions and such apply.

Eligible items include 5×7″ easel-back canvas, coffee mug, notebook, mousepad, poster, can cooler (these look cool), drawstring bag, etc.

Saturday: GoPro HERO11 Black Mini Action Camera for $200

Action time, the Adorama daily deal running until Saturday 7/29/23 at 11:59p pacific or earlier if sold out is the new condition GoPro HERO11 Black Mini Action Camera offered for $200!

Please note that per the individual product listing, this is a final sale, no returns, no exchanges!

Elinchrom Softbox To Go Kit, Benro TablePod Tripod Kit

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

+ Elinchrom Softbox To Go Kit for $130
+ you get two of each item, that’s what the “2 Pieces” means over there

+ 32GB Sandisk Ultra SDHC UHS-I C10 Memory Card (2-Pack) with one USB 3.0 Card Reader for $14
+ two memory cards, one card reader

+ Benro TablePod Pro Kit Carbon Fiber Tripod and Ball Head with ArcaSmart 70mm Smartphone Adapter Plate for $80
+ tripod-accessorapalloooza!

+ ACCsoon PowerCage for the iPad for $79

THEN to the Friday Adorama daily deals we go where we find a $10 webcam and a $73 acoustic guitar kit…

THIS WEEKEND brings us a trio of coupons for the Monoprice website as follows:

+ SUMMER5 is $5 off a $25+ order

+ SUMMER10 is $10 off a $50+ order

+ SAVE250 is $250 off a $1000+ order
+ yes, all of a sudden it got real 🙂

+ terms, restrictions, conditions, limitations, etc apply

Pre-order the new Samsung Galaxy TAB S9 tablets with some discount offers

In addition to the previously mentioned Z Fold 5 and Flip 5 pre-orders, Samsung has also launched their new TAB S9 flagship tablet in three flavors. The base model starting at $800, the Plus starting at $1000 and the Ultra starting at $1200 for the Wifi-only versions. Thankfully the naming is consistent with their S-series smartphone flagships 🙂

The official Samsung website has various pre-order and trade-in and financing offerings, and offers a free storage upgrade as follows:

+ 11-inch S9 base model from 8GB/128GB to 12GB/256GB
+ this is the most impactful free upgrade as both RAM and storage go up

+ 12.4″ S9 Plus with 12GB RAM, from 256GB to 512GB

+ 14.6″ S9 Ultra with 12GB RAM, from 256GB to 512GB

+ carrier options are available for the Plus model

$50 pre-order discount for the S9 Base and Plus models
If you don’t qualify or you are not interested or the dizzying Samsung website turns you off, B&H Photo is offering a $50 off in-cart discount, in addition to the free storage upgrade as follows:

+ 11-inch Tab S9 Base (Wifi only) with 12GB RAM and 256GB storage for $750 after in-cart pre-order discount
+ the little tab at the B&H page incorrectly says 16GB instead of 12GB
+ the product description correctly says 12GB
+ Samsung does NOT make a 16GB version, so no matter how much one can “Karen it”, they can’t get a 16GB version 😉

+ 12.4″ TAB S9 Plus (Wifi-only) with 12GB RAM and 512GB storage for $950 after in-cart pre-order discount

+ as of the time of writing the 14.6″ TAB S9 Ultra is not listed at the B&H website

+ optionally, when you click on the “Build a Bundle” you can get a combined purchase discount if you buy it together with the Samsung Slim Book Cover Keyboard

+ the S-PEN is included with all the TAB S9 models (as it should)

Pre-order the new Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 and Flip 5 with Extra Storage and Gift Cards and Such

Yesterday Samsung revealed (we live tweeted it) their new flagship foldable phones along with their new smartwatches. Now it’s time for pre-ordering! The estimated release date is August 11 in 2023!

The official Samsung website has a variety of offers and trade-in promotions. You can buy it unlocked or you can buy it for your favorite carrier. Trade-in and financing offers also abound. And at the moment you get the extra storage option for the same price. Meaning the 512GB version of the Z Flip 5 goes for $1000 (same as the 256GB), while the 512GB version of the Z Fold 5 goes for $1800 (same as the 256GB).

Samsung also has offers for first responders, government employees, educational offers (yes, parents are included as well, not just students/teachers), military and families, and employee purchase programs.

On the other hand, if you prefer to buy the unlocked phone and you don’t want or don’t qualify for the various Samsung offer programs, Amazon is throwing in Amazon Gift Cards with purchase! You also get the 512GB version for the 256GB price!

+ Z FOLD 5 (512GB) for $1800 with FREE $200 Amazon Gift Card
+ three color options

+ Z FLIP 5 (512GB) for $1000 with FREE $150 Amazon Gift Card
+ four color options

+ Galaxy Watch 6 starts at $300 with $50 Amazon Gift Card
+ Galaxy Watch 6 Classic starts at $400 with $50 Amazon Gift Card
+ the LTE versions (obviously) cost more

Thursday: GVM slider, Sachtler, 12pk Smart LEDs, External Camera “Batteries”, Etc

Consumer-y lighting at the Thursday 7/27/23 Meh daily deal, a 12-pack of Merkury Multicolor + White Dimmable Smart LED Bulbs for $30 plus shipping. These work with the Geenie app or Alexa or Google Home. Per the specs they are 1050 lumens, E26 base, A21 shape, 2700K, 2.4GHz Wifi, 11W (75W in 35mm equivalent LOL), etc…

THEN at the Adorama dailies we find two headphones and the Sachtler aktiv10 Sideload Fluid Head System with flowtech100 Tripod & Ground Spreader for $4275. Or you can buy 427 Ritz/Wolf tripods for the same price 😉

IF YOU ARE a Prime member, for $20 you can get the Boost Infinite Unlocked Phone SIM Kit that gets you unlimited data, talk and text. You pay $20 but the kit includes a $25 bill credit. This is 5G. The monthly fee is $25 per month.

NEXT up we have four offerings at the B&H Photo dailies:

+ Jupio PowerVault External Battery Packs for select Canon,
Nikon and Sony batteries, $37 to $60

+ Sachtler Camporter Camera Bag (Small) for $118~

+ GVM Professional Brushless 2-Axis Carbon Fiber Motorized Camera Slider (32″) for $549

+ GlocalMe hotspots, four options, 4G to 5G, $56 to $200 (5G)

Live-Tweeting Samsung Unpacked: Wednesday at 7am ET

Yes, it’s Samsung time again! And this time the Samsung Unpacked will take place in Korea, that’s why the starting time is 7am eastern (4am pacific time).

Because I can’t help it, I will be live-tweeting the event (see note below) on Twitter or Twitter-X or X or Musk-X or Tesla-X or whatever it’s new name is 🙂

NOTE that Musk changed Twitter so you have to be logged in to read what other people are writing. The link above will take you to a Twitter login page if you are not already logged in to Twitter. BOO to Gates and Walled Gardens!

Here’s the video YouTube-embedded below:

Wedn: Datacolor SpyderX Elite Color Calibration for $135

Don’t you just wish there was a device that with the press of a button would recalibrate your life? Well, as of the time of writing there isn’t 🙂

But there is one for computer monitors and it is the Adorama daily deal running until 7/24/23 at 11:50pm pacific or earlier if sold out: the new condition Datacolor SpyderX Elite Color Calibration for $135…

MEANwhile, new additions have appeared at the Amazon USA Gold Box including:

+ don’t you just wish there was budget Windows 11 laptop that had LOTS of RAM so you can open things without running out of memory?
+ well here comes the new condition jumper Laptop for $290 with 12GB RAM, 256GB storage, 14″ FHD but note this has a Celeron processor. Because Intel is not free 🙂

+ a practical kitchen-priority back-to-college sale featuring AmazonBasics-branded products

+ find smartwatches too ephemeral? there’s a six page sale of REAL watches from Timex, Fossil, Skagen, Anne Klein, Invicta, etc

+ of health interest, among the 110+ Kindle ebook daily deals you will find Dr William Li’s “Eat to Beat Disease” for $4. This is 644 pages, March 2019 from Balance (publisher). As of the time of writing (aottow) it averages 4.6 out of 5 on 7860 customer ra(n)tings.

Wedn: Westcott Solix Bi-Color 1-Light Compact Kit for $140, Etc

Note that B&H will be closing on Wednesday at 5pm ET and reopening on Friday, so keep that in mind if you have any time-sensitive orders!

This four-pack of B&H Photo dailies runs until Wednesday 7/26/23 at 11:59pm ET or earlier if sold out. Yes, it’s five months until Boxing Day 2023!

+ WestCott Solix Bi-Color 1-Light Compact Kit for $140
+ [all together now] because you can’t have photography without light!

+ OWC Atlas FXR Thunderbolt CFexpress Type B Card Reader for $79
+ Atlas did not shrug when he saw this price 😉

+ PortaBRACE MB-1B Matte Box Case (Black) for $159

+ Alesis Virtue 88-Key Digital Piano with Wooden Stand and Bench (Black) for $329
+ this is the “take pictures with” equivalent of a piano kit 🙂

DON’T YOU just wish there was a power-user power-station that offered a lot of flexibility yet had the weight of an average …puppy? That’s the Wednesday Meh daily deal, Puleida 600W/518Wh Portable Power Station going for $150 plus shipping. The free shipping comes in handy for paying MEH members.

You can charge up to nine devices (110V AC, USB-C, USB-A, 12V DC) at the same time, has five ways of recharging, battery size is 140,000 mAh, AC charging cord included. NOT included are USB-C PD cables.

Tuesday: DJI Mavic Air accessories

Tuesday at the Adorama daily deals is a DJI Mavic Air accessories day!

+ Aries ND Filters Set with CPL, ND16, ND32, ND64 Filters for DJI Mavic Air 2S for $10
+ four filters in the set

+ Aries Carrying Case for DJI Mavic Air 2 / Air 2S for $10

+ SmallRig L10 Portable Beauty-Enchancing & Eye-Caring LED Lamp, White for $24

It’s amazing how quieter your email inbox gets when you quiet down all the various and assorted Groupon emails!

Tuesday: SmallRIG Dual-Charger with TWO Batteries (EL14, EL15, W235), KRK, PROGRADE CFx Typ B, Etc

Heads UP! B&H Photo will be closing on Wednesday at 5pm ET and reopening on Friday morning, so if you have any time sensitive orders, be sure to act accordingly!

The Tuesday 7/25/23 ~ yes, just five months until Christmas and Dollar Tree is already out of stock on the Holiday decorations 😉 Oh where were we? The Tuesday B&H Photo daily deals good until 11:59pm ET or earlierif sold out are as follows:

+ SmallRIG Dual Charger with TWO Batteries INCLUDED for $23 in EN-EL14 or $28 in EN-EL15 or $35 in NP-W235
+ as usual with third-party batteries be sure to check compatibility, reviews, specs and things like that
+ the price is certainly right compared to the camera manufacturer prices 🙂

+ Xcellon CFast 2.0 USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C Card Reader for $40
+ imaging having a CFast 2.0 card and running it through USB 2.0 😉

+ 128GB PROGRADE CFexpress 2.0 Type B Gold for $80
+ two-pack of above for $150

+ 512GB PROGRADE CFexpress 2.0 Type B Gold for $130
+ two-pack of above for $250
+ handily defeats (in GB/$) the 128GB version

+ TetherPro USB 2.0 Active Extension Cable (16′, Black) for $10
+ that’s 16 feet, not inches
+ yes, that’s USB 2.0!

+ KRK GoAux 3 Portable Near-Field 2-Way Studio Monitor (Pair) for $199

+ ACCSOON CineView HE Multi-Spectrum Wireless Video Transmission System for $364
+ ACC soon is also heard in the board rooms of many big universities as the conference re-alignment carousel spins out of control
+ waiting for UCLA to join the ACC, and then new generations of college students will think Los Angeles is near the Atlantic ocean 😉

Monday: Rokinon 135/T2.2 PRO Cine for $899 [C/E/PL]

Hooray-Hooray it’s a LENZ DAYE (okay, a LENS DAY) at the Adorama daily deals good until 7/24/23 at 11:59pm pacific or earlier if sold out:

+ Rokinon XEEN 135mm T2.2 Pro Cine for $899 in Canon EF, PL-mount and Sony E
+ sadly the M43rds and Nikon F remain at full price, which is TWICE the sale price, WOW!

+ Pelican 1510 Watertight Carry On Hard Case with Foam Insert & Wheels for $195 after instant coupon

+ Anton Bauer Titon SL 150 14.4V 143Wh Lithium Ion Gold Mount Battery for $617.50

TRIGGER WARNING for students! Just as you finally got a deserved break from school, the back to school sales are here to remind you that the clock is ticking and it’s only a matter of time before you go back to school! Amazon couldn’t stay out of this game, they have a 2-Page AmazonBasics back to school sale. Which is headlined by a different kind of “bag the bags”, a …24-pack of 14-inch laptop/tablet cases for $230. That’s under $10 per bag! Do you have enough tablets/laptops to fill up the bags? OR time to buy some more laptops and tablets? 🙂

Monday: Nanuk 910, Savage Edge LIT, Elements 2023, Etc

Monday is here with a fresh six-pack of B&H Photo daily deals good until 7/24/23 at 11:59pm ET or earlier if sold out:

+ Savage Edge Lit Pro LED Light for $120
+ this is very popular with the kidz, savage and edge-y and lit!

+ Nanuk 910 Hard Utility Case with Foam Insert for around $40 after in-cart coupon
+ nine color options
+ color-coding organizing party!

+ DRM-Lover Adobe Photoshop Elements 2023 for $55 in box or download

+ Ring 1080p Wired Video Doorbell (Black) for $32
+ more over light-painters, here come doorbell-ographers!

+ Anton x Bauer Titon SL 150 143Wh 14.4V Battery (Gold Mount or V-mount) for $357.50 each

+ SynCO WAir-G2-A2 Ultracompact 2-Person Digital Wireless Microphone System for Mirrorless/DSLR Cameras (2.4 GHz) for $99

Sunday: Dual Camera Strap, Fat Gecko, 64GB flash drive for $3.50, HP Omen, Lexar CFx Type A, Etc

Sunday is here and we have a fresh set of B&H Photo daily deals running until 7/23/23 at 11:59pm ET or earlier if sold out:

+ RucPAC Dual Camera Strap for $50
+ yes, you can be a dual wielder, as many celebrated swordsmen are/were in reality and in fantasy novels
+ not to be confused with dual yielder, that’s when you yield to two people at the same time 😉

+ 64GB Kingston Exodia USB 3.2 Flash Drive (White) for $3.49
+ Gen 1 Type A
+ keyring loop and protective cap

+ LExAR 160GB Professional CFexpress Type A Card GOLD Series for $250
+ OR for the same price you can buy 71 flash drives mentioned above 🙂

+ Delkin DDMOUNT MINI Fat Gecko Mini Camera Mount for $20
+ kinda looks like clumsy work of modern art as well 😉

+ GoGREEN COB LED Pop-Up Lantern (Gray) for $10
+ light-painting is so 2022, 2023 is the year of the lantern-ographers!

+ Sachtler SR410 Rain Cover for Small Video Cameras for $97

MEANwhile two offers make up the Adorama daily deals for Sunday:

+ Galaxy microphone and stand kit for $23

+ HP OMEN 30L Liquid Cooled Gaming Desktop Computer for $1000
+ Intel i7-10700K 3.8GHz, 32GB RAM, 2TB SSD
+ NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti with 8GB
+ Windows 11 Pro

In-Stock Alert: Nikon Z8 starting at $4000

IF the Nikon Z8 is the mirror-nyet full-frame camera the one you want, you are in luck because it is now in-stock and ready to ship at Adorama and by various thru Amazon and at B&H Photo.

Some of the third-party accessories (SmallRig cages, 3Legged bracket, Ikelite underwater) are still in pre-order status.

The body only goes for $4000, the FTZ adapter can be added for +$150 to any kit, while the “take pictures with” kit with the 24-120mm f4 lens goes for $4900. Sadly there’s no 18-55 kit lens option ~ yes, you can be that ironic hipster photographer who carries a $4000 full-frame camera with a $100 18-55 DX non-VR lens attached to it 🙂

Optionally you can click on the “Build a Bundle” buttons at Ado and B&H for “combined purchase discounts” with other lenses and such.

Saturday: B&D Smart kit, Belle Drape Collapsible Background, Etc

As usual, the Saturday B&H daily deals are the same as yesterday, except for the flash sales that expire and any items that potentially sells out ahead of its designated expiration time.

It has a light bulb, therefore it is lighting, therefore it is kinda on-topic, the Saturday 7/22/23 MEH daily deal is a Black & Decker Smart Home kit that consists of a smart light bulb, a smart outlet, and a smart thermostat, all together now for $30 plus shipping.

One item makes up the Saturday Adorama daily deals, the Belle Drape Collapsible Background – 60×72″ (Blue/Green Chroma) going for $30.

Keurig coffee brewers ($79 in different colors), replacement travel mugs ($8) and assorted other “system” accessories have been added to the list of featured Amazon Gold Box offerings. Yes, there’s another K-system, it’s the Keurig K-system 🙂 Still no Pentax branded coffee machines though 😉

If you are looking for new e-books to e-read, there’s over 110 new sales in the Kindle daily deals. On the other hand, if you are a voracious reader, and don’t want to e-own the e-books you e-read, it may be more affordable to subscribe to the Netflix-style Kindle Unlimited subscription.

Speaking of reading, if you are fond of romantic type of ebooks, there’s a Love is in the air sale with 200+ options. Me personally, I’m writing a romance novel about three film-only photographers who meet on a bird watching trip and a dramatic triangle ensues! Working title, “When Canon met Nikon” 😉

And to the FREEBIES, if you are participating in the Lucky’s or SaveMart rewards program, this weekend’s freebie is a 12oz Celsius (brand name) energy/vitamin type of zero sugar type of drink – in a tin.

And we close with a PSA, Trader Joe sent an email recall, a couple of their almond-related products have “Surprise” rocks (!!!) inside! Check their email or website or social media or B&M stores for specifics.

Flashpoint Studio Lighting, GVM Batteralia, Oben Head, Raya BiC Light w/Stand, Etc

Friday as always has the set of B&H Photo daily deals running until Saturday at 11:59pm ET or earlier if sold out:

+ Raya Bi-Color Round LED Panel Light (9″) for $74 with FREE Impact Telescoping Tabletop Light Stand

+ Oben MVH-4490 Mini Video Head for $50

+ GVM 2 x NP-F970 6600mAh Batteries with Dual Charger and V-Mount Adapter (2-Pack) for $149

+ Philips TAS7505/00 Portable Bluetooth Speaker for $70

+ flash deal: 330GB AngelBIRD AV Pro XT MK2 CFexpress 2.0 Type B Memory Card for $330
+ yes, exactly $1 per GB, or one GB per $ 🙂

MEANwhile the Friday Adorama daily deals break the 2-day lens-day streak as they return to “lighting and audio” type of deals:

+ Flashpoint Studio Pro 400 III-V 400W R2 Professional Studio Flash with LED Modeling Lamp (400Ws, 2-Light Kit) for $499

+ Flashpoint Studio Pro 800 III-V 800W R2 Professional Studio Flash with LED Modeling Lamp (800Ws, 2-Light Kit) for $619

+ Bose headphones and Bose bluetooth speaker deals as well

IF you are hardcore into the Meh shopping lifestyle, today they have their variant of a mail-in rebate. If you buy the $50 “Instant Regret Kit” (IRK) at the Meh website, and then spend on the same day $50+ at SideDeal (their sister site), they will refund you the price of the Instant Regret Kit after a week or so. Shipping and taxes are NOT refunded. I have not done this type of a deal, so I have NO CLUE how it works!

Thursday: Rokinon 16/T2.2 for $300 [E], 24/T1.5 for $450 [C/E]

Back to back lens days at the Adorama daily deals, there’s even two of them today!!!

+ Rokinon 16mm T2.2 Cine DS for $300 in Sony E or $349 in Canon EF
+ the rest are not on sale

+ Rokinon 24mm T1.5 Cine DSX for $450 in Canon EF or Sony E, and $550 in Fuji X
+ is the Fuji X tax real? Details at 11!
+ the rest are not on sale

+ Samsung 990 PRO 1TB NVMe PCIe 4.0 x4 M.2 Internal SSD with Heatsink for $110

Elsewhere on the interwebs
Headlining the Thursday Amazon USA Gold Box is a sale on Fire TV accessories (yes, some are “Made for Amazon”), along with a Fitbit sale with prices ranging from $59 (Ace 3) to $80 (Inspire 3 in multiple color schemes) to $230 (Sense 2).

Buy One, Get One FREE at the RX BAR website, offer ends on 7/20/23 at 11:59pm
+ no coupon code needed, the prices are adjusted automatically in the shopping cart
+ maximum 10 free items, meaning you can buy 20 items to max out the offer
+ since this is BOGO, you need even-numbered items in the shopping cart to get the full benefit of it

Thursday: LitePanels, LEXAR CF, 16.2″ MacBookPRO (M1 Max)

Thirsty-Thursday arrives with a little bit of a storage theme at the B&H daily deals [CORRECTED, B&H, not Adorama] good until 7/20/23 at 11:59pm ET or earlier if sold out:

+ 128GB LEXAR Professional 1066x CompactFlash Memory Card (UDMA 7) for $55
+ 3pk of above for $160, that’s $53.33 per card

+ SecureDATA SecureDrive KP 250GB Encrypted SSD with Keypad Authentication for $59
+ on the other hand, having a keypad on an SSD, it kinda makes it a thief magnet, because you wouldn’t have an encrypted thing if your data had little value? 🙂

+ Ruggard FotoTrek PKR-730BL Hiking Photo Backpack (Blue) for $60
+ Bag the Hiking BAG!

+ LitePANELS Caliber LED Light for $178~

+ SkyWATCHER EvoStar 100mm f/9 Doublet APO Refractor (OTA only) for $799 with FREE Klean Kanteen Insulated Classic Water Bottle
+ flying discs NOT included!

+ 16.2″ MacBook Pro with M1 Max Chip (Late 2021, Silver) for $2999
+ with AppleCARE+ for $3300
+ M1 Max 10-Core, 64GB Unified RAM, 4TB SSD
+ 16.2″ 3456×2234 Liquid Retina XDR
+ 32-Core GPU, 16-Core Neural Engine