Last Minute Year-End Deals

Lexar 32GB SDHC Card

If you’re looking for a nice little year-end tax deduction, or you just want to save a buck on some camera gear, we’ve got you covered.  Here are a few great deals that expire today.

Lexar 32GB Class 10 SDHC card – $32.95
(just ordered one for myself)  Class 10 speed rating with a maximum transfer speed of 15MB/s.  A very good (probably the best you’ll find) price for a competent 32GB memory card.  This card is good for all HD video cameras and still images on digital cameras up to entry-level DSLRs.  If you want to know the ins and outs of what the SD card speed ratings and classifications mean, check out Demystifying SD Cards.

Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM – $1974
This deal has popped up and down a handful of times over the past couple months.  For now, it looks like it will come to an end tonight. [Read more...]

Canon Rebel Kits at Amazon as Good as Most Black Friday “Doorbusters”

Canon Rebel T3

As I have been perusing through the Black Friday ads this week, the one thing I’ve noticed is how underwhelming most of the DSLR “doorbuster” deals have been.  And how Amazon’s ordinary prices are inline with these Black Friday deals.

For instance, almost every major brick & mortar retailer is selling the Canon Rebel T3 at $479 as some kind of huge deal.  It was $478 on Amazon earlier this week and is $468 at the time of this post.

Amazon is offering a free basic backpack and an 8GB memory card with several Canon Rebel kits (e.g., T3, T2i, T3i), most of which are already cheaper than what’s you’ll find if you happen to make it into a store at 4AM and find them in stock.  Throw in the Transcend 8GB card and basic camera backpack, and you’ve got all the more reason to stay inside on Black Friday.

Stay on top of all the photo gear Black Friday and Cyber Monday Deals here.

Canon PowerShot S95 & Fuji F505 Deals at Amazon

Canon PowerShot S95

Amazon is still rolling with its Black Friday Deals Week offerings.  Now, you can find the Canon PowerShot S95 for $289, as well as the Fuji F505 for $199.  Both cameras retail for $400. I think both of these are pretty solid deals for RAW-shooting compacts.

Stay on top of all the photo gear Black Friday and Cyber Monday Deals here.

Deal Alert: Canon 5D Mark II + 24-105mm f/4L Lens [Update: It's Gone]

5D Mark II on Amazon

I wouldn’t expect his deal to last too long, but Amazon has the 5D Mark II with a 24-105mm f/4L lens for $2749.

This is substantially lower that this kit normally runs (usually in the $3200 or higher range).  The lens alone goes for over $1000, which would put the value of the 5D Mark II body in the $1700 range.  Again, I don’t expect this to last long.

[Update: And it's gone. Hope you got one...]

Panasonic Lumix GX1

Panasonic GX1

The Panasonic Lumix GX1 is a new Micro Four Thirds camera that steps up from the GF-series.  The GX1 features a 16MP image sensor, 1080/60i AVCHD video capture and a 3-inch touchscreen display.  The GX1 offers a sensitivity range of ISO 160-12800 and is compatible with the new LVF2 electronic viewfinder (a 1.44-million dot resolution viewfinder).

The Panasonic Lumix GX1 should be available in December at an initial retail price from $699 for body only, $799 with a standard kit lens, or $949 with an X-series kit lens.  Check availability on Amazon.com.

More details in the press release below. [Read more...]