Camera Deals in the 2014 Black Friday Circular Ads

Time flies! We are in Black Friday season once again. This post goes through the various Black Friday Circular Ads for 2014 and points out the items of camera and photo interest. This post only focuses on Circular Ads. It will be updated multiple times (this is the permalink for bookmarking purposes) until we cover most of the stores or my brain turns to mush – whichever happens first (most likely the latter). For deals as they happen (eg online deals), check the Camera Deals blog with full-text RSS feed.

Latest Update: November 23 at 12:52am ET – added Target… More stores will open on Thanksgiving Night this year – you can use it as an excuse to escape annoying/pestering/drunk relatives/friends/guests ;-)… In this post, BF is short for Black Friday… As usual, keep in mind, the internets often price-match many (but not all) of the Black Friday ads, so you may not have to fight the B&M doorbuster crowds if you don’t want to…

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*** MORE COMING UP ***

Store Index and Brief Summary

  • Target: Nikon L330 compact zoom for $100, D3200 2LK, GoPros, iPads, etc
  • Sears: offers for members of their rewards program
  • Walmart: Canon D-Rebel T5i, GoPros, P&S, etc
  • Radio Shack: opens twice (!) on Thanksgiving Day, Elph 135, Chromecast, AA, etc
  • Best Buy: GoPro Hero3+ Silver, Sony a5000, a6000, Nikon and Canon DSLRs of the APS-C kind, various superzooms, Pho Elements, Chromecast, USB sticks, etc
  • OfficeMax & OfficeDepot: Lexar C10 SDHCs, printers, Duracell, Canon P&S, Adobe Elements
  • Staples: Printers, iPads, Chromecast, No Cameras


Target Black Friday 2014

Tarjay too will open on Thanksgiving day (6pm local time or so). They also offer unconditional free shipping on their website which has their Black Friday ad on their Weekly Ad page.

  • Nikon Coolpix L330 superzoom (26x) for $100
  • (Target typically has an exclusive Nikon P&S model number)
  • Nikon D3200 w/18-55 & 55-250 for $500 (vs $550 at Amazon)
  • Canon D-Rebel T5 two lens bundle (18-55, 75-300) for $450
  • $50 Gift Card with either $250 GoPro Hero 3+ Silver or $200 Hero 3 White
  • Google Chromecast for $25
  • 50% off all Picture Frames
  • $100 gift card with select iPads 10″ or 8″
  • Fri 6am-12pm: 10% off Target Gift Cards (online too)


Sears Black Friday 2014

And now time to take a look at the doorbuster side of Sears! Their 64-page (and very nicely organized – compared to the chaos of their main website) weekly ad is posted on their website (under Deals, then select the Black Friday ad). They too will open on Thanksgiving night at 6pm local time (actual times may vary by region/store).

  • Kodak PixPro AZ361 superzoom for $150 with 30% back in points for Members (starts Thur 6pm)
  • Nikon Coolpix L830 for $170 and get back 20,000 Points
  • Canon D-Rebel T5 with 18-55 for $400 and get back 25,000 Points
  • Activeon DX action camera for $300, LX for $200 and get $100 back in Members points
  • Members Points offers are for members of the Sears Rewards program (free to join)


Walmart Black Friday 2014

Walmart posted their BF ads on their website under the Weekly Ads section of their website and they have an option to download this 40-pager as a PDF file. Some items may also be available online, others may be exclusive to their brick and mortar stores or limited time (and limited quantity) doorbusters. They too will open on Thanksgiving Day. Maybe we need to move Thanksgiving Day to Wednesday since Black Friday is now taking over Thursday!

  • Canon D-Rebel T5i w/18-55 & 75-300 & extras for $700 (goes for $800 at Amazon)
  • Canon D-Rebel T5 two lens bundle for $450
  • Nikon D3200 two lens bundle for $500
  • Fuji S8630 superzoom with extras for $120
  • Nikon Coolpix L29 P&S for $47
  • GoPro Hero3 White Edition Camera with bonus $50 Walmart Gift Card for $200
  • GoPro Hero3+ Silver Edition Camera for $250
  • iON Air Pro Lite Camera for $100
  • 52-inch Sunpak tripod for $10
  • consumer photo printers
  • Google Chromecast for $25
  • 32GB Sandisk microSD w/SD adapter for $10
  • 16GB Sandisk SDHC Class 4 or microSD or PNY Flash drive for $5 each


Radio Shack Black Friday 2014

Radio Shack too posted their BF circular ad on their Weekly Ads site. Radio Shack is pushing the “Open Thanksgiving” envelope with an AM/PM theme. They’ll open 8am to 12pm and then re-open 5pm to late. Hours may vary by store/region/etc.

  • Nikon Coolpix L830 with free 16GB SD for $170
  • Canon PowerShot ELPH 135 for $80 (goes for $100 at Amazon)
  • Midland 1080p HD Action Camera with Accessory Kit for $75
  • Kodak Pixpro SL10 16MP Smart Lens Camera with 8GB card and mini tripod for $200
  • Kodak PIXPRO SP360 Camera and $20 bonus RS Gift Card for $350
  • 48pk Radio Shack brand AA or AAA single use batteries for $10 after coupon
  • Google Chromecast for $25
  • 10% off Military Personnel with valid Military ID
  • didn’t notice any memory card or flash drive specials (they typically have some)
  • free touchscreen gloves on first 50 customers (not sure if it’s Friday or Thursday)


Best Buy Black Friday 2014

They too posted their BF Circular Ads on their website, it is 47 pages long. The Best Buy stores too will be open on Thanksgiving Day, starting at 5pm local time (time may vary depending on store and region). For high demand items, they will be giving out tickets for up to two hours before store opening.

Please note the specials below are for the Best Buy brick and mortar stores. I don’t know how many of them may also be available online for store pickup or a classic online purchase (shipment to your home/address). The links to the Best Buy website are for reference, reviews, availability check, and such.

Best Buy DSLR and Mirrorless Offers

Best Buy Fixed Lens Camera Offers

Best Buy Other Tech Offers

  • Lowepro Format 110 camera bag and Sunpak 5858D tripod together for $20
  • Photoshop Elements 13 or Premiere Elements 13 for $60 (one or the other, not both)
  • Google Chromecast for $24
  • brand new 32GB Sandisk iXpand (Flash Drive + Lightning connector) for $55
  • Sandisk Extreme 80MB/sec SDHC cards: 64GB for $40, 32GB for $20, 16GB for $15
  • Sandisk microSD Ultra sale: 64GB for $25, 32GB for $13, 16GB for $10
  • Extreme versions of above for $35, $18, $15
  • 128GB Sandisk Cruz USB 2.0 flash drive for $28, 64GB for $17, 32GB for $8, 16GB for $5


OfficeMax/OfficeDepot Black Friday 2014

The now unified Office Max and Office Depot posted their Black Friday on their own website. Under Deals, Weekly Ads, and then select the BF tab. They will open on Thanksgiving Day.

  • Canon SX600 HS superzoom for $180 (goes for $200 at Amazon)
  • Canon Elph 150 IS for $100 (goes for $130 at Amazon)
  • Lexar Class 10 SDHC and microSD sale: 64GB for $25, 32GB for $15, 16GB for $9, 8GB for $5
  • 40% all Adobe Elements Titles, no specific product prices given, limit 2 per customer
  • Epson WF-2530 for $50, HP Envy 4500 with photo card pack and one month of ink for $50, Canon Pixma MG 3520 for $30, 5520 printer for $45, and various other printers
  • 4pks of Duracell single use AA or AAA: two sets for $4 and 100% Back in Rewards (limit 2)
  • 50% off ALL their house brand inks – check ahead if they carry your printer(s) inks
  • PNY USB sticks sale: 128GB for $35 (64GB for $23, 32GB for $13, 16GB for $8)
  • 3TB external desktop Toshiba Canvio printer for $80
  • various printers, iPads, other tablets
  • 20% off if you buy $50+ in iTunes Gift Cards(think photo apps, ebooks, etc)


Staples Black Friday 2014

Staples officially posted their BF Circular Ad on their website, in their Weekly Ads section. From there, select “View by Page” and then from the “Now Viewing” select the Black Friday 11/27 ad. They have no camera deals, but they have a variety of consumer printers on sale (eg HP deskjet 2544 for $30, Epson WF-2540 for $60). Of power interest, they offer 24pk of Duracell AA or AAA single-use batteries for $10 with coupon (to be found in the BF ad or staples.com/coupons). If you prefer free and don’t mind Rewards, Office Max/Depot will have having 100% Back in Rewards but only on 4-packs.

Of tablet interest, they will have the previous generation new condition iPads on sale, which, from a photograph[y/er] perspective, are a good bang for the buck in terms of screen/features/performance, 10-inch Air for $320, 8-inch Mini 2 for $240. A mini doorbuster of sorts, they will have the Google Chromecast for $25, and the Amazon Fire TV for $75! Their main deal is a $100 W8 laptop with SSD – fights may break out over this one. Of storage interest, a 1TB Toshiba portable hard drive is going for $50. And if you like to read Susan Sontag’s essays on photography in e-ink form, the new 2014 model basic Kindle with touch-screen will be a $50 doorbuster.

They will open on Thanksgiving Day.

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Fuji X100T Stock Status tracking page

Fuji is continuing their Big Sensor Prime line with the all new X100T APS-C fixed lens camera! This post is tracking the stock status of the camera! With the move to WordPress, we are no longer using Javascript widgets for the Stock Status table. It is plain HTML so you can read it on more devices and browsers. You can bookmark this in your browser or your RSS News Reader or your favorite bookmarking service (XMarks, Pinboard, etc).

Latest update: November 17, 2014 at 1:07pm ET – Supplies are steady overall, in other words, if you want to get it right away, there are many options… The price is $1300. A price is only shown below if it is different from $1300…

Fuji X100T stock status tracker
Option In-Stock Pre-Order
Black Amazon (via 3rd parties)
Cameta Auctions (eBay)
Willoughby’s
Berger Bros (eBay)
Popflash (eBay)
Amazon (TOOS)
eBay Search Results
Beach Camera
Samy’s Camera
Adorama
B&H Photo
Best Buy (no preorders)
Silver Amazon (via 3rd parties)
Best Buy
Best Buy (eBay)
OneCall (eBay)
Willoughby’s (eBay)
Berger Bros (eBay)
DigitalRev
Amazon (TOOS)
eBay Search Results
Beach Camera
Samy’s Camera
Adorama
B&H Photo

Fuji X100T Key Features

  • 16mp APS-C X-Trans CMOS II Sensor
  • EXR Processor II
  • 23mm (35mm eq) f2 Prime lens (fixed)
  • Hybrid Viewfinder with real time parallax correction
  • 1/32,000sec electronic shutter
  • ISO to the moon and back, with a stop at 51200
  • 6fps
  • more film simulation options
  • 3-inch 1-megadot display
  • screen coated with unicorn tears
  • shutter button frosted with dragon fire
  • and lots more!

Footnotes

  • Prices and availability are not updated automatically but they are as of the Latest Update date
  • For Amazon, eBay, Best Buy, Rakuten, NewEgg and other retailers with open marketplaces that allow third party sellers, be sure to check who the seller is
  • If you are not familiar with a particular third party seller, it is a very good idea to research them first! Do not assume!
  • for Questions, Corrections, Suggestions and such, please leave a comment or use the Online Contact Form
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How to Opt-Out of Adobe’s Tracking of Desktop App Usage Information

Adobe is not exactly a champion of user privacy. In addition to the high profile hacking case of a few months ago, they also got caught red handed data hoarding on ebook users. And that’s before you consider all the issues with the Adobe PDF Reader software and Flash. So if you want to limit your exposure to Adobe’s data hoarding a little bit more, there is one option in your Adobe.com account profile that you can control, it tells Adobe not to collect “Desktop App Usage Information”. It is turned ON (ON = collect data) by default. I have no way of knowing how much of the spying/data-hoarding this will curtail, so don’t assume this is a catch-all safety net.

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Latest Short Updates (from Twitter)

You can find our latest Twitter updates right here or go directly to the @1001noisycamera Twitter account where I struggle to fit everything into 140 characters.




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Site News: the Camera Deals Blog is now running on WordPress!

Success! The Camera Deals blog is now up and running on WordPress! We have a long post with more details and with shortcuts to the various camera manufacturers, mounts and camera types for quick access. More things need to get sorted out in the next few days, but the website is up and running and loaded with new deals as well. The Old TypePad blog has moved to an archival sub-domain and will no longer be updated. If you notice any problems, issues, or have suggestions and such, please let us know!

And just like that, we no longer have any active blogs on TypePad. It’s WordPress time! Finally :)

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Camera and Photography eBooks in Kindle Unlimited (a reference list)

And now something for book readers. No, not steamy stories of photographers and models, but learning about photography along with some camera guides :) This post is an on-going reference list. While ebooks are not particularly ideal (yet?) for pure photography books, they can be quite handy for the many instructional books in the world of camera and photography, such as how-to, tutorials, camera-specific guides, Photoshop and post-processing, essays (we need more of these to inspire people in a world full of cameraphones), and the like.

The Kindle Unlimited (KU) subscription service is like a Netflix of eBooks. You pay a monthly fee and get to read participating ebooks for free. No contracts, you can cancel at any time for any reason. And you can restart later. There is a limit of ten ebooks checked out at any time, but you can exchange them as often as you like. In other words, no limit on how many ebooks you can read, but you can only have ten checked out at any time (similar to some brick and mortar library systems). You start with a free 30 day trial, and if you don’t cancel within the 30 initial days, you get charged $10 every 30 days thereafter (unless you cancel).

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Curiosity Factor: HTC “Double Exposure” event reveals new inhaler-size HTC RE kinda-action kinda-wearable camera

This was a curiosity item: HTC had their “Double Exposure” (photography related) event in New York! It started at 4pm eastern and ended 47 minutes later. You can rewatch the HTC video feed at YouTube and the live blog from CNET. Coverage of the announcement by various technology sites can be found through Techmeme

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Photography Trade Show Calendar for 2015 and Beyond

And we are baaaack! This is the first “content post” in the new WordPress era! This is a reference post, a list of camera and photography related Trade Show Calendars for the remainder of 2014 and 2015. With mobile photography increasing in popularity and importance, some mobile trade shows were added as well. It is not intended to be a comprehensive listing of every photography-related trade show on the planet… For omissions and corrections, please leave a comment or use the online contact form

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October 2014
+ 7-11: CEATEC in Tokyo (Japan)
+ 12-16: GITEX in Dubai
+ 29 to Nov 1: Photo Plus Expo in New York (USA)

November 2014
+ 13-17: Le Salon de la Photo in Paris (France) – also in english

December 2014
+ winter is coming

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January 2015
+ 6-9: CES 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada (USA)
+ 6-9: PMA at CES 2015 (the exhibit) in Las Vegas (USA) – the conference is January 4-5
+ 14-18: Society of Social and Wedding Photographers in London (UK), convention and trade-show

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Welcome to the new powered by WordPress 1001noisycameras.com

Welcome to the brand new WordPress reincarnation of 1001noisycameras.com. WordPress is very flexible and versatile and customizable. If you notice that over time I go crazy with plug-ins and customizations, please feel free to e-yell at me :)

Template: The current template is the simplest default WordPress theme, a good way to start and slowly make adjustments. The annoying green banner at the top is there only temporary – to make sure everyone who visits notices the change. All apologies for the blinding color :)

RSS Feed: the Feedburner full-text RSS feed has now been switched over to the new WordPress blog. You will see these posts now. If you were already subscribed, you should be seeing the new posts now.

Comments: We are starting the blog using the native WordPress Comments with an anti-spam plug-in that will hopefully make it easy for real people to post: you just have to check an additional box that says you are not a computer, but no CAPTCHA, and no separate third-party accounts. There is a trade-off here. The third-party commenting services (Disqus, LiveFyre, CommentLuv) have more features and flexibility, but it’s a third-party widget added to the site. They can import the native WordPress comments later on, so they are always an option for the future if this doesn’t work out.

For any questions, issues, problems, please use the new online contract form or you can use the old contact form as well. Note that there will be all kinds of issues until things get sorted out.

Other things equal, we will repeat this exercise with the Camera Deals blog this weekend (October 10-12).

What About The Old TypePad Blog?

The Old TypePad blog will no longer be updated, it will remain as an archive. You can get to it with this new url http://blog1.1001noisycameras.com/. Due to the sheer size (over 10,000 posts) and various technical and creative issues, unfortunately we can’t port all the posts from the old TypePad blog. You can get to the old TypePad blog-posts by changing the url of any previously bookmarked or linked posts from www.1001noisycameras.com/some-blog-post to blog1.1001noisycameras.com/some-blog-post – see more details.

Any broken links from the old blog will be redirected to a special page here. Any individual posts that stand the test of time will be updated/refreshed and reposted here; for example the Trade Show Calendar for 2015 is the first content post to be posted here this week.

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Where did the Old TypePad blog And Other Sub-Domain Mini Blogs go? (Reviews Streams, etc)

The fall-out from moving forward with the WordPress blog (transition details here), affected a lot of the previous TypePad and sub-domain mini-sites. To summarize, the previous TypePad Main Blog is now archived under a sub-domain, while a lot of the other sub-domain mini-blogs are dead and gone [wherever necessarily, their function will be folded into the main blog]. Details below, first the Old Main blog, and next the sub-domain Mini blogs.

Old TypePad Blog is now an Archive Sub-Domain Blog

The previous good old gray-green TypePad blog now has its own sub-domain, you can get to it at http://blog1.1001noisycameras.com/ – this is the same thing we did when we moved from Blogspot to Typepad a few years ago. The TypePad blog is now preserved as an Archive, it will not be updated with new content.

IMPORTANT: Many of the internal links at the old TypePad blog over there won’t work initially. Over time some will be sorted out, but there are over 10,000 posts and pages over there. There is a workaround to get to them, right below…

IMPORTANT: if you have bookmarked any individual blog-posts from the old TypePad blog or you are following a link to them that doesn’t work, replace the “www” in the url with “blog1″. If it doesn’t have a “www”, add “blog1″.

Example
This won’t work: http://www.1001noisycameras.com/new-digital-cameras-in-2012.html
This won’t work: http://1001noisycameras.com/new-digital-cameras-in-2012.html

Change it to: http://blog1.1001noisycameras.com/new-digital-cameras-in-2012.html (bold added for emphasis)

GONE / DEAD: Reviews Stream & Stock Status

Also part of the rebooting, two of the previous sub-domain mini-sites are gone.

The Stock Status mini-site (instock.1001noisycameras.com) is gone, dead. If stock status trackers are needed, they will be included here in the main blog.

Also gone/dead is the Camera Reviews stream (reviews.1001noisycameras.com). We are decidedly going away from 24×7 newsy timeline type of blogs and content. So this was an equal parts technical and creative decision.

More of the sub-domain blogs will get “processed” in the next few days. They will be added here when they disappear.

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