Holidays 2014 Camera & Photo Deals Situation Room

It is that time of the year once again where we launch our chaotically adorkable Camera Deals Situation Room! This year we are continuing this mega-post throughout the Holiday Shopping Season, until the end of 2014! This is a permanent post that will be updated multiple times and serve as a summary of the madness. Bookmark this page! Or if you prefer, you can check the deals as they happen, one by one, at the Camera Deals blog (with full-text RSS feed).

Latest Update: Dec 17 at 9:15pm ET – new additions under Mirrorless and Action Cameras and Software… A great two-step promotion at Amazon gets you $50 off many of today’s popular DSLRs, see below or check step by step tutorial post

QUICKLY JUMP TO: DSLRs or Mirrorless or Big Sensor Primes or P&S cameras or Action or Everything Else


MAKE YOUR OWN DEAL: $50 OFF current prices of select popular DSLRs

If you are looking to buy one of these cameras (partial list below),

  • Nikon D4S, Df, D810, D800E, D750, D610, D7100, D7000, D5300, D5200, D3200, (42 options total)
  • Canon 1D X, 5D Mk III, 6D, 7D II, 70D, 60D, T5i, T5, SL1 (39 options)
  • Pentax 645Z, K-5 IIs/II, K-5, K50, K30, K-S1 (33 options)
  • Sony cameras A99, A77 II, A58 (10 options)
  • Panasonic GH4 and GH3
  • Sigma SD1 and SD15
  • Leica RFs and one MF
  • eligible cameras by manufacturer

Amazon has a two-part promotion that gets you $50 OFF their CURRENT PRICES!

STEP #1: buy this specific Amazon Camera Electronic Gift Card, with $0.50 (fifty cents) or more, delivered by email. You can send it to your own email address if you like. Must do this by 12/23/14. It has to be the “Amazon Camera” design gift card.

STEP #2: a couple of minutes later you will receive an email from Amazon notifying you that the $50 promotional credit has been automatically applied to your account. This is not a coupon code, it happens automatically. Promotional credit expires 2/7/15 if not used. You are not obligated to buy a camera.

STEP #3: pick a camera from the 185 eligible models. To test the promotion, add to cart, proceed to checkout, and if all is well, a $50 discount will appear at the top right corner of the Checkout page. Remove camera from cart and rinse and repeat to test other cameras.

STEP BY STEP: if you are not sure how it works, I posted a more detailed step by step blog-post with screenshots to guide you through it


LIMITED TIME OFFER

+ Tigerdirect has a stackable promotion good until 12/17/14 at 11:59pm ET
+ to max out, you need to place an order of $120 or more
+ you get $20 instantly on an order of $100+ if you pay using VISA Checkout as the payment option
+ you get $20 back via mail-in rebate on an order of $100+
+ orders must ship, so don’t use this on pre-orders or out of stock items
+ details, terms, conditions are shown at the aforelinked page

EXAMPLE
+ add a camera to your cart, let’s say the camera price is $150
+ pay for the order with VISA Checkout, price drops to $130 automatically
+ later on, submit the mail-in rebate, and receive $20 prepaid reward card back by mail
+ so with the mail-in rebate factored in, you pay $110 for a $150 camera


DSLR Gear

+ In-Stock Alert: Zeiss Otus 85mm f1.4 (Nikon) for $4450 at B&H Photo [IN-STOCK ALERT!]
+ Canon 6D with 24-105mm and Pixma Pro 100 and Lightroom 5 and 50pk 13×19″ photo paper and camera bag for $1900 after $650 mail-in rebate AMEX prepaid Gift Card at BuyDig.com (add to cart to see price) {exp 12/21/14} [NEW!]
+ free Tascam DR-70D recorder with free accessories ($300 on its own) with purchase of select Canon 5D Mark III kits at Adorama [NEW!]
+ Sony a58 w/18-55 & $50 Gift Card for $400 at B&H Photo (add 55-200 for +$50) [NEW!]
+ Nikon D7000 body only for $490 (was $500, was $485, was $525) at Amazon by Amazon herself [NEW!]

+ refurbished Nikon Df at B&H Photo:
++ body only $2100 in silver Df or black Df
++ w/50mm f1.8 for $2250 in silver Df or black Df

+ New Nikon DSLR Instant Discounts (not mail-in)
++ Nikon D610 body only for $1500
++ Nikon D810 body only for $3000 (corrected)
++ see them all at Adorama (expires 12/13/14)

+ new round of mail-in rebates for Canon include $300 mail-in rebates on the Canon 6D and 5D Mark III dSLRs. Adorama has created a number of bundles centered on these cameras:
++ 11 options for the Canon 6D with prices starting at $1500 after mail-in rebate
++ 13 options for the Canon 5D Mark III with prices starting at $2800 after mail-in rebate

+ Sony A77 II body only with free Sony VG-C77AM Battery Grip for $900 at B&H Photo and Amazon by Amazon itself (limit 3)
+ Sony A77 II body only with 16-50mm f2.8 and free Sony VG-C77AM Battery Grip for $1500 at B&H Photo and Amazon by Amazon itself (limit 3)
+ Canon EF-S 24mm f2.8 STM lens with free 52mm UV Filter, Cleaning Kit, and Capleash II for $150 at Adorama
+ Imported (Grey Market = no Nikon USA warranty) Nikon D3200 body only for $265 w/free S&H with coupon LOYALTY10 at Abe’s of Maine
+ Rokinon 8mm T3.8 Fisheye Cine Lens (Nikon F mount only!) with a 3 year New Leaf Spills and Drops warranty and a cleaning kit and cap leash for $200 with free shipping at Adorama
+ Bower 16mm T2.2 Cine lens for $300 (Nikon F mount only) at B&H Photo
+ Free One Year New Leaf Spills and Drops warranty on select Cameras and Lenses from Canon or Nikon or Sony at Adorama – step by step instructions
+ Hasselblad Medium Format DSLR sale at Adorama: H5D-40 camera for $10,000, H5D-40 with 80mm f/2.8 for $12,500, H5D-50 Camera for $23,500, H5D-50 80mm f/2.8 for $26,000
+ Canon 28-135mm f3.5-5.6 IS EF for $300 with 2% rewards at B&H Photo
+ Imported (Gray Market) Canon 1D X body only for $4665 (was $4700) by Get It Digital on eBay (warranty by seller; not by Canon USA)
+ Canon 7D with 28-135mm lens for $1100 at B&H Photo (free extras, 2% rewards)
+ Nikon DSLR Buy More to Save More Instant Rebates at B&H Photo
+ Nikon D3200 two lens non-VR kit with FREE Adobe Photoshop and Premiere Elements 12 software (previous version) for $500 at BuyDig.com (continues)
+ Price-match of Black Friday doorbuster: Nikon D3200 with 18-55 & 55-200 non-VR for $500 with accessories at Amazon by Amazon herself
+ used Nikon D800 body only for $1600 (8+ condition) at B&H Photo
+ Canon EF-S 17-85mm f4-5.6 IS for $300 B&H Photo
+ refurbished Canon 24-105mm f4L IS lens with one year warranty for $750 with free shipping at Adorama
+ refurbished Nikon 24-85mm f3.5-4.5G VR SLR lens for $310 (was $330) at Adorama [DISCOUNTED!]
+ Sony a58 with 18-55mm and 55-200mm lens and Lightroom 5 for $480 at Groupon Goods (IMPORTANT: under Options, you must select the Kit with Lightroom! Default option is without Lightroom for $450)
+ Sony A-mount Lens Instant Savings at Adorama (top half of the page)
+ Pentax K-50 offers start at $367 to $400 (with $50 GC) at Adorama with free AF-200FG flash and 4GB Eyefi card and promotional rewards and such. Here’s a summary. There are many kits with different freebie options there, so do pay attention to the individual listings
+ manufacturer refurbished Canon 320EX Speedlite for $140 by Adorama on eBay and Adorama direct


Mirrorless Gear

+ M43rds Lens Instant Savings (Panasonic, Olympus, others; 29 lenses total) at B&H Photo [NEW!]
+ Panasonic GH3 body only plus $100 Gift Certificate for $700 at Adorama [NEW!]
+ Panasonic GX7 body only $478 at Adorama (4% rewards, free 32GB Lexar, double warranty via mail-in rebate) and Amazon [NEW!]
+ Panasonic 14mm f2.5 pancake for $300 at B&H Photo (ends 12/18/14) [NEW!]
+ Handevision IBELUX 40mm f0.85 (Fuji X, m43, Sony E, Canon EF-M) for $1400 at B&H Photo [NEW!]
+ Sony a7r body only with free Oben Tripod and Ballhead for $2100 at B&H Photo [NEW!]
+ Sony a7S body only with free Rode VideoMic Pro Compact Shotgun Microphone for $2500 at B&H Photo and Adorama [NEW!]
+ Panasonic GH4 with free Rode VideoMic Pro Compact Shotgun Microphone for $1500 at B&H Photo [NEW!]
+ Panasonic GH4 with free $50 gift certificate and 32GB SDHC or free battery and 32GB SDHC and 4% promotional rewards at Adorama [NEW!]

+ Panasonic 14-140mm f3.5-5.6 PowerOIS Lens for $530 and 4% rewards at B&H Photo
+ Panasonic M43rds Instant Rebates (GH4, GH3, GX7, 12-35/2.8, 20/1.7 II, etc) extended until 12/27/14 at Adorama [UPDATED!]
+ Panasonic GH3 body only for $700 at Adorama (free extra battery, 32GB SDHC, 16GB Memory Vault, 4% rewards) and B&H Photo (4% rewards) and Amazon by Amazon itself (limit 2; no extras)
+ Panasonic GX7 body only for $477 (was $500) at Adorama (4% rewards, optional 2yr warranty via mail-in rebate (how to find PDF rebate form)) and Amazon by Amazon itself (limit 2; no extras) [DISCOUNTED!]
+ Panasonic 20mm f1.7 II for $350 at Adorama (black version or silver version; 4% rewards, 3yr Drops & Spills warranty) and B&H Photo (4% rewards) and Amazon by Amazon herself (limit 2)
+ Olympus E-M10 with 14-42mm and 40-150mm and free bag for $700 at Olympus Store (Premium Kits for $925) and Amazon by Amazon itself (no limits) [HOT!]
+ manufacturer refurbished Sony NEX-5TL with 16-50 and 55-210 for $400 (was $450) by Secondipity on eBay [DISCOUNTED!]
+ Bower 16mm T2.2 Cine lens for $300 (Sony E mount only) at B&H Photo
+ six Nikon V2 kits on sale at B&H Photo:body only $400, with 10-30mm kit $500, two lens kit $600 (10-30, 30-110), and with 10-100mm $700
+ Trade In any working DSLR/mirrorless, get the value of trade-in plus 15% discount off select Sony a7* cameras and FE lenses at B&H Photo (multi-step process!) – details
+ Sony E-mount Lens Instant Savings at Adorama (bottom half of the page)
+ Red Nikon S1 with 11-27.5mm without the Waterproof housing for $150 at B&H Photo
+ Sony a5100 body only for $350 at Adorama et al
+ Sony a7 or a7r bonus trade-in offer by Adorama


Big Sensor Primes

+ Fuji X100T in-stock for $1300 with first round of freebies (4% rewards or free case) at multiple places [UPDATED! 12/15/14] [NEW!]

+ more Ricoh GR combinations [DISCOUNTED AGAIN!]
++ with both GF1 Flash and GV1 Viewfinder for $650 (was $677) Adorama
++ with GF1 Flash for $567 (was $600) at Adorama
++ with GV1 Viewfinder for $567 (was $600): Adorama

+ Nikon A (either color), new condition, for $458 at MPEX and Norman Camera via Amazon [DISCOUNTED YET AGAIN!]
+ Fuji X100S black for $850 at B&H Photo (no freebies as of 12/17/14)


Fixed Lens Cameras

+ 8GB Lytro for $100, 16GB for $130 at B&H Photo [NEW!]
+ Panasonic FZ1000 with $100 Adorama Gift Card for $900 at Adorama [NEW!]
+ Panasonic ZS30 compact-zoom with 8GB SDHC and 2% rewards for $250 at Adorama

+ Lytro Illum Light Field Digital Camera for $1280 (was $1300) at B&H Photo [DISCOUNTED!]
++ optionally, submit mail-in rebate, and receive by mail the Lytro Y68OL TTL Flash
++ do not buy the flash on your own
++ you will receive the Flash by mail after you submit the mail-in rebate
+ to locate the PDF of the rebate, look for the “More Rebates Available : (PDF)” below the “Savings Available” in the middle of the top of the B&H product page

+ manufacturer refurbished 8GB Lytro camera with free case for $80 through the eBay Deals
+ Canon S110 compact with RAW for $180 at Adorama (black or silver) with free 16GB Toshiba SDHC and 1yr NewLeaf Drops/Spills warranty (same price but no freebies at Amazon itself and B&H Photo
+ Olympus VR-370 P&S camera (12.5x optical zoom) for $60 with free shippings at Adorama and Adorama upon Amazon
+ Canon SX170 IS red superzoom plus 1yr NewLeaf Spills/Drops warranty for $90 at Adorama (manually add camera to bundle, then add bundle to shopping cart) [DISCOUNTED!]
+ Panasonic LF1 black rawsumer for $230 at Amazon by Amazon herself [DISCOUNTED!]
+ Canon SX520 HS with $10 Gift Card, 16GB Sandisk SDHC and Lowepro case for $250 at Amazon by Amazon herself
+ Hasselblad Stellar (five different colors) for $1000 at B&H Photo


Action Cameras and Drones

+ manufacturer refurbished GoPro Hero 3 Black Edition for $250 (limit 5) in eBay featured deals [NEW!]
+ Aries BlackBird X10 Quadcopter is now in-stock and ready to ship for $700 with free expedited shipping at Adorama [NEW!]


Imaging Software

+ over 5000 Adobe Training Videos with lifetime access (covers all Adobe, not just LR/Photoshop) for $79 at Stacksocial [NEW!]
+ Lightroom 5 and Canon MG-5620 AiO printer for $78 with free S&H with coupon EMKSWIZZY at Buydig.com (exp 12/21/14) [NEW!]
+ Lightroom 5 and Canon MG-5520 AiO printer bundled together for $80 with free S&H _after_ you add them to the shopping cart at BuyDig.com [HOT!]


Memory Cards and Storage

+ 64GB Sandisk Extreme Pro Compactflash for $150 at B&H Photo and Amazon by Amazon itself (limit 5) [NEW!]
+ two 128GB Lexar USB 3.0 flash drives for $60 w/free S&H at BuyDig.com (add to cart to see price; no limits) [NEW!]
+ 64GB Samsung PRO Class 10 SDXC (up to 90MB/sec read, up to 80MB/sec write) for $36 at Amazon by Amazon itself (limit 5) – 32GB goes for $20 and 16GB for $12
+ 2TB Western Digital Portable USB 3.0 Hard Drive _plus_ Adobe Lightroom 5 software for $100 with free shipping at BuyDig (add to cart to see price; price before adding to cart is $140) [HOT!]


Accessories, Gadgets and Everything Else

+ free shipping with no order minimum at National Geographic Store [NEW!]
+ Domke F-832 Medium Photo Courier Bag (Black Canvas) for $65 at B&H Photo [NEW!]
+ 7-inch 32GB Google Nexus 7 with Wifi and 4G cellular first generation for $140 at B&H Photo [NEW!]
+ sale on cylindrical Apple Mac Pro Desktops ($2600 to $8800 for 12-core flagship) and $200 off 27-inch iMac Retina 5K at B&H Photo [NEW!]
+ $150 prepaid VISA mail-in rebate on 51 different Gitzo tripods and accessories at B&H Photo [NEW!]
+ Google Chromecast for $30 with free Standard Shipping for all (not just Prime members; you must select Standard Shipping in the shopping cart) with $20 Google Play credit if you activate it before the deadline – at Amazon by Amazon itselfAmazon details and the chromecast.com/offers details [NEW!]
+ Eneloop 4-position charger and 4 AA for $18 with free shipping (limit 30) at NewEggFlash
+ Pixelstick by Bitbanger Labs for $310 (sold by the maker on eBay) [EARLY ADOPTERS!]
+ unlocked 32GB no-contract Amazon Fire smartphone with One Year of Prime membership for $230 (limit 5) at Amazon by Amazon itself (was $200 during BF/CM)
+ Manfrotto Advanced Travel Backpack for $80 after $20 MIR (mail-in rebate) at Adorama
+ 3Pod P5CRH 5-Section 8X Carbon Fiber Compact Reversable Tripod with K3 BallHead for $100 with free expedited shipping and 10% promotional rewards at Adorama
+ Apple Mac Pro MD878LL/A for $3500 (limit 4; late 2013; six core, 16GB, 256GB flash, Dual AMD FirePro D500 GPUs, etc) at B&H Photo


New Camera Alert!

+ Canon EOS C100 Mark II Cinema Camera body only for $5500 pre-order at B&H Photo
Sony a7 II full-frame E-mount mirrorless with sensor shift image stabilization
+ $1700 body only: Adorama and B&H Photo
+ $2000 w/28-70: Adorama and B&H Photo


STOREWIDE DEALS

+ Amazon’s Gold Box Lightning Deals
+ eBay’s Deals
+ B&H Photo
+ BuyDig


HOW TO MAKE THE MOST OF THIS

+ New deals typically go at the top of each sub-section (eg DSLR, Mirrorless, etc), and have the [NEW!] tag
+ When there are “Hot Deals” (judgement call) they appear at the top in their own sub-segment but they are also posted in their respective sections (eg DSLR, Mirrorless, etc)
+ If something is discounted again after it is posted here, it gets the [DISCOUNTED!] tag. If it is discounted for a second time, it gets “Discounted Again”. For a third yet, “Discounted Yet Again” and so forth :)
+ These posts are updated manually, the Latest Update date/time at the top tells you when the last update happened
+ Deals without built-in expiration dates are harder to catch when they expire, especially if they have a convoluted way of price-checking

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New Experimental Feature: The Black Friday Camera Deals Situation Room will continue until the end of 2014

We have a new experimental feature for 2014! The Black Friday Camera Deals Situation Room will continue throughout the Holiday Season, until the end of 2014! It has now morphed into the Holidays 2014 Camera & Photo Deals Situation Room (permalink to bookmark). It is the same url as before, I just changed the name to convey the message that it continues and it’s not just Black Friday.

If you are following the action through RSS, you are covered too. You can get the latest deals play by play using the full-text RSS Feed of the Camera Deals blog.

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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: December 15, 2014 at 12:20am ET – a week later, supply situation improves a bit, plus we have some freebies at a couple of places…

Fuji X100T stock status tracker
Option In-Stock Pre-Order
Black
$1300
Adorama (4% rewards)
Amazon (via 3rd parties)
Samy’s Camera (free case)
Focus Camera
Popflash (eBay)
Focus Camera (eBay)
Kenmore (eBay)
Best Buy
Best Buy (eBay)
Berger Bros (eBay)
Amazon (Amazon itself; TOOS)
Beach Camera
eBay Search Results
B&H Photo
Silver
$1300
Samy’s Camera (free case)
Adorama (4% rewards)
B&H Photo
Best Buy (Store Pickup)
Best Buy (eBay)
Amazon (Amazon itself; TOOS)
eBay Search Results
OneCall
Beach Camera

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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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.

*** FOR THE LATEST ONLINE DEALS ***
*** check Black Friday 2014 Situation Room mega-post ***
*** or follow them play by play at the Camera Deals blog (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…

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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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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