Black Friday 2019 Ads Digest (Camera and Photo priority edition)

Welcome to a tradition unlike any other. The Black Friday camera and photography Ads digest here at the Noisy blog 🙂 The BF Ads are no longer the cornerstone of Black Friday but they inform of deals and what to expect or beat at other online retailers as we head to the final stretch of the year…

UPDATE: this post is a digest of the leaked and teased BF ads. For the latest actual live deals, follow our dedicated Camera Deals blog and/or if you are a fan of RSS, it also offers a FREE full-text RSS feed

BF Ads 2019 TL:DR: A bit of a TL:DR, the best deals can be found at Kohl’s because it offers $15 “Kohls Cash” on every $50 spent (between November 25-29) and at Target which offers free Target gift cards with select purchases and 5% back if you pay with the Target RED cards…

NOTE that “Kohls Cash” is not cash, it’s more of a promotional coupon. It typically lasts only for a few designated dates after it is issued and must be used within the designated time period. Regular Kohls shoppers have no trouble spending them but if you are not a Kohls shopper, make sure there are enough things of interest to spend it on before buying there…

ON PRICING: as it is the nature with MAP and price-matches, the prices of standard kits are likely to be the same across most retailers, eg Best Buy, Walmart, Target, Sears, etc. The additional freebies (eg Target gift cards) and rewards promotions (eg Kohls Cash) may vary though…

LATEST UPDATE: November 17 in 2019: the digest is LIVE… WordPress just switched to the new horrible (?) “Blocks” editor, so chances of errors are elevated…


+ Nikon D3500 two lens kit (18-55 DX VR and 70-300 DX non-VR) with freebies for $400 at Best Buy and Costco and Target and others

+ Canon D-Rebel T6 two lens kit (18-55 and 75-300 III non-USM) kit at Best Buy (with free Sunpak tripod) and at Kohls (with $75 Kohls cash ~ because the sale price is $399.99, not $400.00)

+ Canon D-Rebel T7i two lens kit (18-55, 55-250) with freebies for $700 at Best Buy

+ Nikon D7500 two lens kit (18-55, 70-300 VR) for $900 at Best Buy

+ Canon 80D with 18-55 for $900 at Best Buy

+ Nikon D750 body only for $1000 at Best Buy

+ Canon 5D Mark IV body only for $2500 at Best Buy

+ up to 20% off lenses (nearly 300 options of both kinds)


+ Sony a6000 two lens kit (16-50, 55-210) with freebies for $600 at Best Buy

+ Canon M50 with 15-45 for $600, plus mount adapter for $650 at Best Buy

+ Sony a7 II with 28-70mm and freebies for $1000 at Best Buy

+ Sony a7 III with 28-70 and freebies for $2000 at Best Buy

+ Canon RP with RF 24-240mm with free mount adapter for $1500 at Best Buy

+ up to 20% off lenses (nearly 300 options of both kinds)

FIXED LENS CAMERAS (digital & analogue)

+ Fuji Instax Mini 9 bundle with $15 Target Gift Card for $50 at Target [HOT DEAL!

+ Fuji Instax Mini 9 bundle for $50 at Best Buy, free rainbow film at Staples and CVS (of interest if you have CVS coupons/ExtraBucks/etc)

+ Canon G9X II video creator kit for $600 at Best Buy

+ Canon IVY Cliq instant for $80 at Best Buy, with $15 Kohls cash at KOHLs

+ polaroid originals OneStep+ for $100 at Target

+ Canon IVY REC waterproof thingy for $100 at Best Buy


+ GoPRO Hero 8 Black 4K Special Bundle for $350 at Best Buy and Target

+ GoPRO Hero 7 Black for $300 at Best Buy and Costco

+ DJI Mavic Z PRO $1379 at the official Lenovo store

+ DJI OSMO Pocket 4k for $350 at Best Buy

+ DJI MAVIC 2 PRO w/remote controller for $1380 at Best Buy

+ DJI RONIN-S for $630 at Best Buy

+ DJI RONIN-S Esentials $480 at Best Buy

+ DJI MAVIC 2 PRO w/smart controller for $1780 at Best Buy

+ Ryze tech tello for $80 at Best Buy

+ zhiyun crane m2 3-n-1 handheld for $200 at Best Buy

+ zhiyun smooth-Q 3-axis $70 at Best Buy


+ all kinds of printers are on offer, this is just a sampling (too many to list all here individually)

+ epson xpession home xp-6100 wireless for $80 at Staples

+ HP DeskJet 2680 with free ink card for $20 at Best Buy

+ Canon Pixma MG-3620 for $30 at Target

+ HP Deskjet 3639 with $10 back in rewards for $30 at Office Depot-Max and at Kohls ($15 Kohls Cash if total purchase is $50+)

+ HP Envy 5014 wireless AiO with free inket card for $30 at Best Buy

+ Canon Pixma TR8520 for $70 at Best Buy

+ hp envy 6255 $70 at Meijers

+ HP Envy Photo 7155 for $80 at Best Buy and Office Depot-MAX

+ HP “Toad the Wet” Sprocket 2nd edition insta printer w/free photo album for $100 at Best Buy and Staples and Target

+ fecesbook portal 10″ $130, 8″ for $80 at Staples

+ Print orders: $15 off next order when you make a $50+ print order at Staples

+ Buy 1 Get 1 FREE on Photo papers at Staples


+ lots of memory card, hard drive, USB flash drives and other storage offers; this is just a sampling (too many to list all here)…

+ 128gb sandisk extreme plus $20 microSD or full size, 64gb $15 at Best Buy

+ 256gb Sandisk ultra plus microsd $30, 512gb $80, 64gb $9, 32gb $7 at Best Buy


+ sunpak 58″ platinum plus tripod 5858D for $10 at best buy

+ budget light panels and mini triods & such under $50 at Best Buy

+ Simplysmart 8″ digiframe for $80 at Kohls

+ Manfrotto 61″ compact smart action for $50 at Best Buy

+ BOGO on Powercell batteries at Meijers


A traditional unlike any other. The Duracell batteries 100% back in rewards promotion returns at the Office Max – Office Depot with the usual selection of AA or AAA single-use batteries. They also have a 100% rewards promotion on K-Cup compatible coffee pods.

As usual with these 100% back from Office Max/Depot, make sure you know how you are going to spend the rewards once they are added to your account later on ~ you don’t want to let them go unused/wasted!


+ just a few random things of potential interest…

+ 7th generation iPAD (32GB, Wifi) for $250 at Staples

+ $400 Target gift card with qualified Samsung Galaxy Note10, S10, S10+ activations at Target

+ celestron 14AZ-SR smartphone-ready refractor telescope for $85 after 15% off coupon and with $15 Kohls cash at kohls

+ $20 off on $150+ in Happy gift cards (various restaurants) at Office Depot-Max

+ 6TB seagate backup hub plus for $100 at staples

+ $10 each Targus City laptop backpack or Solo Urban briefcase at Best Buy

+ various computers, monitors ~ too many to list here (20+ page BF ad) at the official HP Store

+ latest models: Kindle (now with touchscreen) for $60, Paperwhite for $85 at Best Buy and elsewhere

+ $20 limited duration promotional credit for every $50 in clothing/shoes purchases at Sears

+ $15 in limited time promotional points on $40+ purchases at K-Mart

+ $25 next purchase discount coupon printed at checkout at Meijers depending on purchase

Photography Trade Show Calendar for 2019 [updated]

Welcome to the Trade Show Calendar, a post that tracks camera and photography related trade shows, covering 2014.Q4 to 2019, in reverse chronological order… This is not intended to be a comprehensive listing of every photography-related trade show on the planet, only the major/influential shows… For omissions/additions and corrections, please leave a comment or use the online contact form

Latest Update: January 4 (2018): added B&H’s Depth of Field… Sad news, CeBIT has been cancelled as the world continues to go more digital/virtual… and we are back with the 2019 edition with Photokina moving to May instead of the traditional September… Since it is not a leap year, many trade shows are shifted behind by one day number-wise from 2018 to 2019 [non-leap years have 52 weeks and one day, that’s why; there’s a method to the madness] – but if that doesn’t workout (eg weekday/weekends), then they change week… Trade shows that don’t have confirmed dates for 2019 have “???” as their date…

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January 2019
+ 8-12: CES 2018 in Las Vegas (USA), better dates this year, some breathing room after the New Year’s Eve festivities
+ 16-19: Society of Social and Wedding Photographers in London (UK), convention and trade-show
+ 17-22: Imaging USA in Nashville, Tennessee (USA)
+ 31-3: Photo LA in Santa Monica (LA area, California, USA)

February 2019
+ 5-6: B&H Photo’s Depth of Field in New York
+ 21-25: PhotoPro Expo in Northern Kentucky & Cincinnati (USA)
+ 25-28: Mobile World Congress in Barcelona::Spain
+ 25-1: WPPI (full conference) in Las Vegas (USA)
+ 28-3: CP Plus in Tokyo (Japan)

March 2019
+ 7-10: Society for Photographic Education in Cleveland, OH (USA)
+ 16-19: The Photography Show (Birmingham, UK)

April 2019
+ 6-11: NAB in Las Vegas (USA)
+ ???: Photo & Imaging in Seoul (Korea)

May 2019
+ 8-11: Photokina in Cologne (Germany) [NEW MONTH!]
+ NOTE that starting with 2019, Photokina takes place in May, breaking with the tradition; in Cologne as usual
+ 28-1: Computex Taipei in Taipei
+ 30-1: Photoshop World, in Orlando, Florida (USA)
+ 30-2: Cine Gear Expo in Los Angeles (USA)
+ ???: The Photography Show (Los Angeles)

June 2019
+ CANCELLED: 24-28: CeBIT in Hannover (Germany)

July 2019
+ no events?

August 2019
+ 21-23: Photoshop World II, in Las Vegas, Florida (USA)

September 2019
+ 6-11: IFA in Berlin (Germany)
+ 12-17: IBC in Amsterdaaam (Holland)
+ ???: Pro Photo Expo

October 2019
+ 6-10: GITEX in Dubai
+ 10-15: CEATEC in Tokyo (Japan)
+ 24-26: Photo Plus Expo in New York (USA)
+ ???: Cine Gear Expo II in Atlanta (USA)

November 2019
+ 7-11: Le Salon de la Photo in Paris (France) – also in english

December 2019
+ winter is coming

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Black Friday 2018 Coverage at the Noisy Blog

Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2018 are almost upon us! This year, we are planning a more back-to-basics approach. The deals will be posted one by one (as usual) at our Camera Deals blog. This blog has a full-text RSS feed which is hosted at Feedburner, so if anything happens to the website, you can use Feedburner as a backup. Feedburner is hosted on Google’s own servers which are much more reliable than what a poor old blogger can afford 🙂

This year I won’t be doing rolling summary round-ups here at the main blog. I may do a “best of” type of a post if circumstances dictate it, but the on-going MEGA summary post won’t happen because it eats up time that I could be using to post even more new deals [instead of never-ending summaries/editing].

If you have any ideas and thoughts for BF/CM coverage and such, please feel free to leave a comment here or use the online contact form

Update: Trade Show Calendar added for 2019

Another year is almost over and as it has been our tradition here, we updated the on-going Trade Show Calendar with the 2019 events. A couple of events don’t have posted dates, that’s why you see the ??? as their dates. As usual, please feel free to leave comments or use the online contact form for additions, corrections and deletions…

PS: this post also serves as an alert for those of you following on RSS readers and email notifications….

And we are back [once again!]

UPDATE NOV-06-2918: the Trade Show Calendar for 2019 will be added later this week! If you have any updates, eg new trade shows starting up in 2019 [or corrections of any kind], please use the online contact form or leave a comment here…

And we are back once again! We have already started picking up momentum in the Camera Deals blog as we are building up to the Black Friday 2018 madness which will come a bit earlier this year, Friday [obviously] November 23.

Time sure does fly! We’ve been doing this for 13 (!!!) years [e-Dinosaur alert!]. Here are some of our early posts back when I was using Livejournal. After all, up until a few weeks ago, George R. R. Martin himself was using Livejournal [then again he writes his voluminous books using Wordstar on MS-DOS] 🙂

To put 13 digital camera years in perspective, some of the cameras we were talking about then: the early stages of the Canon 5D “Beatle mania”, Panasonic launched the LX-series with the LX1, Minolta had its own 5D DSLR, the Samsung PRO 815 superzoom [up to 420mm eq], the Nikon D2X professional DSLR, the Leica Modul-R, the Fuji F10 [early precursor to the Fuji F31fd cult camera], and so forth… Meanwhile among the hot topics of discussion back then was the Figure of Merit formula… . Numbers-wise, Kodak was the #1 in digital camera unit sales in the US market, with HP (!!!) being number five… And on and on and on…

As far as this [the main blog] we will continue with some of our recurring features, and also start new projects, more specifically things that are not typically covered, eg niche topics. If you have any pet ideas you want to see done/covered, please feel free to leave a comment, or use the online contact form

Stock Status Tracker: Sony a7 III, Nikon D850 [updated]

LATEST UPDATE: on 6/25/18 at 12:25pm ET: good news, the Nikon D850 body in-stock in new condition at normal price at reputable dealer…

The Stock Status Tracker is back with a new set of yet-to-be-released or hard-to-find in-stock cameras. If you want us to track other cameras, please leave a comment or use the online contact form

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New Cameras and Lenses of 2018

LATEST UPDATE on 2/28/18: updating throughout the day with some of the recent camera and lens announcements of the last few days…

Camera Type

WHAT IS THIS? here we track serious/interesting products, we no longer attempt to track every single camera out there. This is a reference page, not a “breaking news” tracker, so cameras/lenses won’t necessarily be added the millisecond they are officially announced – we no longer chase the “news cycle” after all 🙂

For previous years, check the New Cameras of 2017 and the New Cameras of 2016 and the New Cameras of 2015

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Camera Price Charts February 2018 Episode IV: Fixed Lens Cameras

Mission accomplished! The mid-February 2018 price chart series is now complete! The Fixed Lens Cameras had some price activity, but we only had one new camera, but at the same time, we “lost” zero cameras since the November 2017 update.

We continue to have a healthy mix of sensor sizes and zoom ratios, from primes to superzooms, and 1 inch all the way up to 35mm full frame. Just don’t expect a 35mm full frame superzoom any time soon 🙂

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Camera Price Charts February 2018 Episode II: APS-C DSLRs – The Madness of King Canon

And we are back now with Episode II in our mid-February 2018 series of the Camera Price Charts, we take a look at the APS-C DSLRs. We had no new APS-C DSLRs since our November update and we “lost” the Nikon D5300 as it is no longer available in new condition at the three reference retailers [details at the bottom of the post].

The story of this update is the madness of Canon’s pricing. Both the D-Rebel T6s and T6 prices have skyrocketed, while the illogical pricing of the D-Rebel T5i continues (the body only costs $100 more than the T5i with the kit lens).

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Camera Price Charts February 2018 Episode I: 35mm Full Frame Price Drops from Sony and Canon

And we are back with another edition of the Price Charts series! We take a snapshot of the prices and compare them to each other and previous installments of the Camera Price Charts. As before, we start with 35mm full frame cameras. Not just interchangeable lens, but any camera that has a 35mm FF size sensor!

In order to make this chart readable, manageable and relevant, the various Leicas ranging from $4K to $8K are not included.


Prices were upticking in our November 2017 edition but the theme this time around is discounting. And not just trivial discount. The Sony a7r II and a7 II dropped $500 each, the Canon 5D Mark III dropped $300, and the Canon 1D X II and Sony a7s II dropped $200 each. The prices in yellow in the chart right below indicate cameras with price drops…

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Comprehensive Guide to Amazon Prime Benefits

We have a new reference post here at the main blog, a “living document” of the ever-expanding benefits (and restrictions) of the Amazon Prime program. This will be updated many times as things change, thus the “Latest Update” section below…

LATEST UPDATE: April 28 in 2018: Prime Membership fees will increase to $119… the Prime Chase VISA now gets 5% rewards at Whole Foods… major new benefit, free standard shipping at Woot… If you want to quickly skim/scan this long post, focus on the bold phrases :)… Created on 2/8/17… For the most recent additions, follow the [NEW!] tags below…

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Latest 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 more than 140 characters now 🙂

Trade Show Calendar updated with 2018 Dates

This is a short alert for our readers following this on RSS feed! I just updated the Trade Show Calendar with the 2018 dates. We have quite a few changes this and next year, as Photokina will have its last September show in 2018, and then, starting with 2019, will move to Mays, still in Cologne (Germany) of course. A number of other trade shows are also shifting around the calendar…