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Thursday, July 31, 2008

Casio EX-Z9 on sale for $130 via J&R World

J&R World is having a special sale for the Casio EX-Z9 for $130. This is through Amazon.com. The EX-Z9 is an 8mp 1/2.5" sensor digital camera, with a 3X optical zoom lens.

None of the big digital camera review sites have reviewed the EX-Z9, but PC Magazine has.

For the announcement and detailed specifications, be sure to check dpreview.com.

Panasonic LZ7K bargain for $120

If you have the hots for the Panasonic LZ7K (6x MegaOIS zoom, AA batteries), you can get it for just $120 at Amazon via Vanns of Montana. This is a nice deal considering the specs of this camera. It is an older model, which is why you are getting the nice low price. Obviously you can't expect it to behave like a $500 digital camera.

With that in mind, this is a nice deal we think! For everything you wanted to know about it, be sure to check the detailed Imaging Resource review.

Canon 30D body only down to $700!

If you have a soft spot for the Canon EOS 30D, then this may be a good chance to get it before it disappears. It is offered by Ritz Cameras on Amazon for $700 with free shipping and no sales tax regardless.

We talked about this last week when it was offered by Calumet for $750, so there's already savings of $50 plus no shipping and handling. For a list of reviews and things like that, be sure to check the previous 30D post.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Cosina 19-35mm f/3.5-4.5 MC lens for Canon just $100

The Cosina 19-35mm f/3.5-4.5 MC lens for the Canon mount is on special at Amazon, going for $100, and offered at this price by 3rd party seller "47th Street Photo". Additional shipping and handling of $9 applies to the order.

This is a full frame lens, so you can use it on your old 35mm film SLRs without any worries. Needless to say, don't expect a $100 lens to behave on a dSLR the same way as an L-series lens or an advanced lens created especially for digital SLRs with cropped sensors.

And when mounted on such a DSLR, the equivalent focal length will be around 30-54mm (give or take), so it won't be as wide angle as you think

. Needless to say this lens is not exactly an ideal match for the 1Ds Mark III or the 5D Mark I as the 35mm full frame DSLRs are much more demanding of their lenses, than the APS-C (EF-S) dSLRs such as the Digital Rebels.

Canon A720 IS back in stock at Amazon for $192

Yes, the Canon A720-IS is back in stock at Amazon for the current price of $192. This includes free shipping of course. You also receive a coupon from Shutterfly for 20 prints of different sizes, including five 8x10 prints. Look for the coupon code in your Amazon Media Library after you make the purchase.

The A720-IS is the mid-size A-series from Canon, featuring a 1/2.5" sensor but a 6x image stabilized lens, and the usual A-series features, such as PASM, AA batteries, and things like that.

To quickly get up to speed on the A720-is be sure to check the detailed review posted by Imaging Resource. Others reviewing the A720 include Digital Camera Review, DCI, Steve's, and dC Resource. For a whole lot more on this camera, the forums and the search engines are your new best friends :)

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Affordable digital cameras at Amazon

The prices are usually falling, and that means new bargains can be created. With that in mind, we have a couple of digital cameras to consider!

Just $130 and free shipping is all you pay for the Samsung S85 black. This is an 8mp 1/2.5" digital camera with a 5x optical zoom lens and it is obviously an entry-level digital camera, but doesn't look like one!

Next up an affordable superzoom with image stabilization, the new Kodak Z8612 IS, which has an 8mp 1/2.5" sensor and a 12X image stabilized lens. This is selling for $210 with free shipping, sold and shipped by Amazon itself. This is theoretically a step below their Z1015-IS and Z1012-IS since they use the new 10mp 1/2.33" sensor, but some people may prefer fewer megapixels and the 1/2.5" sensor instead.

And another superzoom by Kodak, but without stabilization, the older Easyshare ZD710, a 7mp 1/2.5" sensor, and a 10X optical zoom lens. This is sold for $150 by reputable New York catalog dealer J&R World.

Nikon D60 two-lens bonus bundle by Cameta

Cameta Cameras on Amazon has created a special bundle of the Nikon D60 DSLR. The special bundle costs $840 plus $19 shipping and handling and consists of the following items:

  1. Nikon D60 DSLR
  2. 18-55 AF-S VR lens
  3. 55-200 AF-S lens
  4. extra EN-EL9 Battery
  5. Nikon-branded SLR case
  6. bonus trinkets

There are quite a few Nikon D60 reviews out there, including Imaging Resource.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Canon 40D special bundle at Cameta for $980

Cameta Cameras has created a tempting Canon 40D bundle and it is offering it on Amazon for $980.

What does the kit include? Very good question! Here we go:

  1. Canon 40D body only
  2. Spare BP-511 Battery
  3. 8gb Transcend 133X CF card
  4. Deluxe SLR System Camera Case
  5. memory card reader
  6. other trinkets such as cleaning kits, memory card wallet, etc.
  7. see picture and link above for all the details

A number of websites have reviewed the EOS 40D, and lots of pictures from it are available online. The top review is probably the one at dpreview.com.

2gb Kingston Ultimate 120x SD memory card for $6.50 after a $20 mail-in rebate at Amazon!

If you don't mind doing mail-in rebates, we have a nice deal for you on a 2gb Kingston brand SD memory card chip! To get the nice price, you have to submit the mail-in rebate, otherwise it's just too expensive. The price is $26.50, and after you submit, process and receive the $20 mail-in rebate, your effective price is $6.50.

And what's good is that this is already over $25, so you don't have to buy anything else, unless of course you want to :)

Be sure to buy this sold and shipped by Amazon.com itself in order to take advantage of this promotion! You must purchase this by 7/31/2008 and postmark the rebate within 30 days of purchase! The rebate will be mailed to White Bear Lake in Minnessota.

And this is also a good idea to "cash out" your Amazon gift cards, which you can use to pay for the memory card, and then receive the payment in a check. So you not only get a memory card at a nice deal, you can also "cash out" :)

Targus TGT66TR 66-inch tripod for just $21.50!

Hello bargain hunters, this is for you! The Targus TGT66TR, a 66-Inch tripod, which features a double bubble level, is on sale at the moment on Amazon via Adorama for $21.50.

Obviously you can't expect this to behave like a $200 professional tripod, but it can be a good option as a backup tripod or for people shooting on a budget. Or perhaps when you are using it in weather conditions or environments that may harm your "good" tripod.

Superzoom special: Fuji S8000fd for $300 at Adorama

Adorama is having the Fuji S8000fd superzoom digital camera on sale for just $300. This camera has an 18x superzoom lens, along with an 8-megapixel 1/2.5" sensor, face detection and things like that.

If you are not familiar, you can quickly catch up by checking its reviews at Imaging Resource and Photography Blog. For more reviews, sample pictures, and actual user opinions, the search engines and photography forums are your new best friends :)

Do note that this is not the latest model. Fuji has released a 2008 model, the S8100fd which as you can expect costs more (about $340).

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Tamron Autofocus 28-75mm f/2.8 SP AF XR Di for $360 on Amazon

The Tamron Autofocus 28-75mm f2.8 SP AF XR Di LD lens, in the Nikon flavor, with a built-In AF Motor to satisfy the D40, D40x and D60 users is available via 17th Street Photo for $360 before any rebates at Amazon.com. This is a constant aperture lens, which makes it desirable for many photographic occassions.

The focal length will be about 42-110mm in terms of 35mm equivalent when the lens is mounted on a DX Nikon DSLR, which is all of them (except of course of the D3 and D700 full frame models).

New Adorama specials

Prepare your credit cards! Adorama has new specials for you! We start with the Trek-Tech TrekPod Go, which as the name suggests is a multi-purpose tripod system that can act as a tripod, monopod or walking staff (you too can be Gandalf!). Additionally it features MagMount Quick Release. The price is $180 and it has free shipping at the moment, which is a good thing because this type of thing usually comes in a big package.

Want to feed your Digital Rebel with more Juice, but don't want to pay Canon top dollar for their accessories? Here is where Targus and friends come in. And for $70 you can get the Targus vertical grip for the Digital Rebel XT (350D) and XTi (400D). Free shipping as well. It can hold two NB2L batteries, or if you use the included AA adapter plate, you can power your D-Rebel with six AA batteries, in which case we strongly recommended rechargeable AA NiMH. If you plan to use them and rain them on a regular basis, then go for the best bang for the buck, if you don't plan to drain them frequently, then perhaps consider the ones that retain their charge over a much longer period of time, such as the Sanyo Eneloops.

And don't forget to check out the Pentax Optio A30 currently going for $160, and the 4gb Ducati SD card going for $30 after a $30 mail-in rebate.

Love Ducati? The Sandisk Extreme Ducati 4gb card is $30AR

If you are a fan of the Ducati brand, or you like bright red things, then you are in luck! Adorama has the 4gb Sandisk Extreme Ducati SD Plus USB memory card on special for just $30 after a $30 mail-in rebate. Plus shipping and handling.

Apart from the card, you get the RescuePRO Deluxe Recovery Software CD, and a Key Chain Holder. The card itself is a two-in-one, with a hinger cover that allows it to behave like an SD memory card or a USB drive, depending on what YOU want it to be. It's magic :) Well, not really magic, but it's practical for those who have a need for this.

According to the specs you get a lifetime Sandisk warranty and fast 20 MB/second sequential read/write speed.

Friday, July 25, 2008

Latest specials on Amazon

If your Sony or Minolta DSLR is hungry for lenses, then we have a low cost solution for you! You can feed it two Tamron lenses for just $160. The lenses are sold by 47th Street on Amazon. They are the 28-80 f3.5-5.6 and 75-300mm f4-5.6, together forever for $160. Remember, these are kit lenses, so if you expect Carl Zeiss performance at $160, reality check is calling on line #2 :)

More affordable lenses to feed your cameras, this time the EOS DSLRs, with the Sigma 28-70mm f2.8-4 DG lens going for $80, sold and shipped by 47th Street Photo.

Not a camera, but the Flick iPhone 3G case is generating a lot of buzz at the Amazon Electronics shop. It is offered by J&R World for $25, and available in a couple of different colors.

If you have your eyes set on the Nikon D40, don't wait for ever, it may run out of stock. With that mind, take a look at this bundle from Cameta Cameras for $720, which includes the two-lens kit (18-55 DX non-VR and 55-200mm DX VR, along with a 4gb SD card, Nikon system case, and a few more accessories. For more, check the picture below.

We already mentioned yesterday the Fuji F45fd special, but if you feel more comfortable getting the "mainline" model, the Fuji F40fd is avaialable for just $189 via Beach Camera. This is a nice point and shoot camera for those who have "noise" issues and prefer to use more than ISO 100 with their point and shoots.

If you want to take a chance on ABBA, check Mamma Mia! If you want to take a chance on the black GE E1030, then Amazon is offering it for $130 with free shipping and handling.

And we close with something for the old school 35mm film users, the Vivitar V3800N with the 28-80 lens is offered by Adorama for just $160. Film not included, and film is required to operate this 35mm film SLR.

Pentax Optio A30 only $160 with free shipping!

Bargain hunters out there, the Pentax Optio A30 is on sale at Adorama for $160 with free shipping and handling.

The A30 uses a 12-megapixel 1/1.7" sensor and was the Pentax camera whose shipment was delayed because the factory that was producing the batteries had a little bit of a problem with a fire that destroyed some of their facilities. This put the camera out of cycle, and their loss is your bargain!

If you are not familiar, the best way to get quickly up to speed is to check a few reviews, starting with Digital Camera Review, and Steve's Digicams. Also, don't forget DCI, which stands for Digital Camera Info, and the magazine-website review at Popular Photography and Imaging.

But that's just the tip of the iceberg, others reviewing the A30 include Trusted Reviews (the CNet of the UK market), the bi-lingual Megapixel.net, and things like that. For sample pictures, and discussions, the forums and google are your friends!

Canon 30D body only down to $750 at Calumet Photo

Bargain hunting DSLR buyers, the Canon EOS 30D, body only, is now down to $750 at Calumet Photo. This is the camera that came before the EOS 40D, which has currently jumped to $1000 to $1100, after the expiration of the generous Canon Instant Rebate promotion.

The 40D price jump is now making the 30D a good deal, unless of course you must have the 40D, in which case you have to pay about 50% more, at least right now.


If you are not familiar with the 30D, the best way to get quickly up to speed is to check a couple of reviews by the reputable review sites. Just about everyone and their mother reviewed the 30D, so you are in luck.

Some of the high profile reviews include dpreview, Photo.net with the talented Bob Atkins, Imaging Resource, and Canon-priority website The Digital Picture.

For a lot more on the 30D, Google is your new best friend :) And by "Google" we mean your favorite search engine.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Fuji F45fd only $169 at Amazon right now!

If you are a fan of the Fuji F45fd, then be sure to check out Amazon, where you can find the camera on sale for $169, sold and shipped by Ritz Cameras online. Shipping and handling is $7.

If you are not familiar with the F45fd, it is a different model name for the Fuji F40fd, a camera that uses an 8-megapixel SuperCCD Fuji sensor, and it's a close cousin of the critically praised for its low noise Fuji F31fd. The F45fd (F40fd) is a step below the F31fd, which fetches quite a good price used on eBay.

To quickly become familiar with the F45fd (aka F40fd), check some of the high profile reviews posted, which include specifications and sample pictures, starting with Jeff Keller at DCResource.com, and then with Steve's Digicams.

Also reviewed by Digital Camera Review, Photography Blog, Trusted Reviews, and many more!

For more details, sample and real world pictures, and discussions and debates, Google is your friend! As far as discussions, a great place to get started is the Fuji Talk forum at dpreview.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Ritz and Wolf compact digital cameras for the week (starting July 20)

We already featured the Ritz and Wolf DSLR specials for this week, now it is time to focus (no pun intended) on the compact digital cameras.

We start with the lowest prices, the Nikon Coolpix L18 goig for $130, which is a good price considering all things. This camera is AA-based and uses the popular 2008 1/2.3" 10-megapixel sensor. Then at $160 we find the Fuji Z20fd, a LiIon-based dual xD/SD memory card camera, avaialable in fashionably adorable colors, and using a sliding cover with a folded optics lens, which means image quality red flag for those who expect DSLR-level quality from a tiny cutesy utlra compact digital camera :)

Then at $170 we find a great deal in the Fuji F45fd, in an exclusive gun-metal gray color. This has the near-legendary 8-megapixel 1/1.7" SuperCCD sensor, which is the next sensor after the legendar 6-megapixel 1/1.7" SuperCCD sensor found in the likes of the F31fd, S6000fd, F30fd and such.

On the cutesy front, we also have the Canon SD1100 IS in multiple colors for $250 each (bad price, near $200 at Amazon), and the Coolpix S600 black for $300, which is also a horrible price.

Also horrible prices among two popular superzooms, the Panasonic Tz5 at $350 and the Sony H50 at $400. MAP and MSRP anyone? :)

But a good price, infact beating Amazon by $5 to $10, is the Fuji S5700 (aka S700), going for $150. This has a 10x optical zoom lens, but sadly no image stabilization, which explains the price :) Nevertheless, this is a very low price for a superzoom, and if your budget is at the $150 point, and you absolutely don't want to spend more for a model with image stabilizaiton, then it is a good deal. Our opinion is to go for a model with image stabilization, unless you plan to glue the camera on a monopod or tripod or you are an expert at hand-held shooting with compact superzooms.

As far as memory cards, the wireless Eye-Fi 2gb card is yours for $80, a 5x multiple on the standard Sandisk SD card, but you get the wireless capabilities. If you want them and need them, then you pay the price. If not, run away! :)

And speaking of SD cards, a three-pack fo 2gb Ritz-branded SD cards (don't know who makes them) can be yours for $18. You do have to buy all three. Not a good price though as you can get single 2gb SD cards for $14 at retail. See our Circuit City roundup.

But if you want CompactFlash cards at brick and mortar, the 2gb Sandisk Ultra II cards go for $25 each, and the 1gb go for $18. Needless to say, the 2gb ones are the better bang for the buck amogn the two, but if you search online, you can obviously find better deals.

And we close with something for the musically inclined, the Sandisk Clip mp3 players are on sale, starting at $40 for the 1gb models.

Ritz and Wolf Camera DSLR specials for this week (7/20 to 7/26)

So what does Ritz and Wolf Cameras have in-store for us this week? Let's dive into their Sunday paper circular ad!

The Nikon D40 with the 18-55 non-VR DX kit lens is featured on the front page of the four-page circular ad for $500 and it comes with a $50 gift card, which brings the effective price to $450 if you plan on spending the $50 gift card at Ritz, in other words, if you shop there regularly, or can find something to buy with that gift card.

On page 3 of the circular we find more DSLRs, including the Nikon D60 with the 18-55 DX VR kit lens with a $50 Ritz gift card for $700 , along with the bigger Nikon D300, body only, with a $50 gift card, for $1800. Bad price Ritz stores :) You can get this camera at Amazon for around $1650.

Meanwhile, the Sony A350 with the 18-70 DT lens is going for $800, while the Canon Digital Rebel XSi 450D with the 18-55 IS EF-S lens goes for less than $900. Price not revealed.

These are the DSLRs adveritsed, but there's also a couple of lenses, the popular Nikon 18-200 DX VR for $750, and the Canon EF 55-250 IS f4-5.6 for $300. Also, the Tamron 18-250mm superzoom (f3.5-6.3 Di-II LD IF Macro) goes for $500 for the available mounts, while the Quantaray (Ritz house brand) 18-200mm DC OS for Canon and Nikon mounts goes for $530. Last but not least, the Quantaray 70-300mm f4-5.6 AF DI goes for $150, for CNMP.

Lens babies are on sale too, with the Lensbaby 2.0 going for $150, and the LensBaby 3G (no relation to the iPhone we presume) going for $270.

Other SLR accessories
The Quantaray QSX 9002TM hybrid tri-monopod is on sale for $60 with claimed pro-quality. This can extend up to 62 inches, folds down to 22 inches, while its monopod aspect extends to 63 inches. It does have a 3-way panhead. This is made by Sunpak and branded as the Ritz/Wolf/CameraWorld house brand "Quantaray".

And speaking of which, their Urban U30 gear backpack is on sale for $50, in either blue or red. It can hold a DSLR with a zoom lens, along with a couple more lenses and a flash, or something like that, depending of course on the size of each item.

And if you want your DSLR to be protected, the Camera Armor Rugged Skin is available for $50, and it fits a variety of popular DSLRs, including the Canon XTi and XSi Digital Rebels, and the Nikon D40, D40x, D60, and D80.

For better lighting, the Smith Vic tor KT500U thrifty basic set can be yours for $120. This value kit includes a 2-light 500-watt total kit, with umbrellas and stands too. Obviously, you can't expect it to behave like a $1000 pro-quality studio set!

Digital camera deals at Circuit City this week

Let's dive into the Sunday paper and dig out the digital camera advertisements from the people at Circuit City.

Featured on the back of the circular is the Canon SD750, a camera that is seriously getting long in the tooth for an ultracompact point and shoot, but that doesn't stop people from buying it like hotcakes. To "encourage" them even further, Circuit City is throwing in a 1gb Sandisk SD card. The price is $180, which is fairly reasonable for brick and mortar, considering the free card as well.

Also from CAnon we have the Powershot SD870 IS, which has the distinction of having a lens starting at 28mm wide, which is rare among Elph models. The previous wide model is the SD800-IS, and it is expected that Canon will announce a new wide-angle model for Photokina 2008.

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On the memory card front, the 2gb Sandisk SDSDB2048A10 can be yours for just $14, a drop in the typical sale price at brick and mortar.

Samsung has a trio of great low prices, starting with the L100 gold going for $100. We call that color banana-gold :) This is an 8-megapixel 1/2.5" camera with a 3x optical zoom, LiIon, SD/MMC, face detection and the like. Not a bad price for an entry-level LiIon... Then at $140 you can get the Samsung L200 plum. Both of these obnoxiously loud colors are Circuit City exclusives. The L200 uses the popular in 2008 10-megapixel 1/2.33" sensor... Then we find another good price, the Samsung NV15, in sleek black color, with a free 1gb SD card, going for just $180. This is quite a good deal, because this is a closeout without rainchecks. If you are not familiar with the NV15, be sure to check its reviews at Steve's Digicams and at Digital Camera Review. This uses the older 10-megapixel 1/1.8" sensor by the way. Interested???

Next we have the Kodak M863 black paired with a Tamrac slim leather case, and a 1gb SD card, together for ever and ever for $135 as a City Deal. Also a City Deal for $285 is the Sony W150 with the Sony starter kit with battery and leather case for $285. The W150 has a typical zoom lens, the one that starts at 28mm wide is the W170, which is not advertised in this weekly circular.

Panasonic has a duo of cameras featured, first the fun-zoom TZ5 for $300, which is about $10 to $20 more than Amazon, depending on when you look, and the exclusively pink-red Lumix FS20R for just $200. This camera uses the 10mp 1/2.33" sensor, and starts wider than normal, but at 30mm wide. It stops short of the 28mm wide that the previous Panasonic FX-series models did. Apparently Panasonic decided to divide its "wide" line-up in 2008 into the FX models that start at 25mm wide and cost more, and the FS-series models that start at 30mm and are more affordable. Of course you can always pick up the 2007 and 2006 models under the FX-series banner that start at 28mm and cost less!

Last but not least among the compacts is Fuji with its Finepix S5700 (aka S700) going for $180 which is a horrible price, considering you can get it at Amazon for $155.

Two DSLRs in the ad and a special bundle
Two dSLRs are featured in the circular ad, and surprise-surprise neither one is a Canon! Oh how the mighty have fallen? Well, not quite! But Canon is clearly nowhere near the dominant force that it used to be two years ago!

Each one of the featured DSLRs qualifies for a bundle that includes a free printer (after rebates we presume), Resource book (dummies series), leather photo album (physical album, not software), and firedog live online training, which we presume you can also find for free since all these things are outsourced and recycled over and over and over :)

The two DSLRs are the Sony Apha A300 with the 18-70 DT lens going for $600 and the Nikon D60 with the 18-55 DX lens going for $650. But wait, you can get a better deal with the CityDeal! You bundle them with a camera case and an entry-level zoom lens and an extra battery for $750 and $975 respectively. The A300's extra lens is the SAL 55-200 f4-5.6 with the Sony-branded ACCAMFM11 camera case and battery kit. For the Nikon D60, the extra zoom lens is the 55-200 Nikkor VR, with the Nikon D40ACCKIT, which includes a camera case, extra camera battery and photography guide, along with a 2gb Sandisk memory card.

Canon Digital Rebel XSi special bundle for $980

If you are a fan of the new Digital Rebel XSi and would like to buy more than just the camera, then considering this nice bundle from Cameta Cameras at Amazon for $980:

  • Canon Digital Rebel XSi
  • Canon EF-S 18-55 IS lens
  • Tamron 70-300mm f4-5.6 Di LD Macro
  • 8gb Trascend Class 6 SD memory card
  • Spare LP-E5 Battery
  • Precision Design Deluxe SLR Camera Case
  • A few more trinkets including memory card reader, card wallet, cleaning cloth, and such.

If you are not familiar with the XSi, be sure to check the specs and the in-depth reviews posted online, including dpreview, the grand-daddy of all camera review sites, along with DC Resource, and Canon-priority website The Digital Picture.

There are a whole lot more reviews, and tons of sample and real world pictures posted online! Google is your friend :)

Two cameras at Staples this week

Staples is giving away office supplies at 5-cents, but they are a bit stingy on their digital camera specials. Only two digital cameras are listed in this week's new circular ad, but they are good low prices for those who are interested in the lowest possible prices.

One is the Kodak M753 for $100, and the other is the Canon A580 for $130. We recommend the A590-IS instead, because it only costs about $30 more, but offers image stabilization and a few other features you won't find on the A580. This is one of the few rare cases where more is actually less!

On the memory cards front, we have a price breakthrough at brick and mortar, a 4gb PNY SDHC card is now $20, putting it exactly at $5 per gigabyte. Usually 4gb SDHC cards at retail are on sale for $25. A 2gb PNY SD card goes for $15. Memory costs more for other formats, such as the 2gb PNY Optima Pro Compactflash card going for $25. Compare and contrast with SD :)

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Adorama weekly digital camera specials

Adorama has a new wave of weekly specials, and you may just find what you need at the right price!

We start with a nice and affordable deal! A $30 camera bag with free shipping! Yes, it is the Lowepro Nova 2 AW, which as the name suggests is an all-weather compact 35mm SLR camera bag, available in black color. Be sure to check the Adorama site for more specifications and details.

And now an affordable gadget for your lighting projects, a Gary Fong Puffer, a pop-up diffuser if you like, going on sale for $17. It got five stars from all but one user-reviewer at the product page. The one complainer is yelling "junk junk junk".

If you want to jump on the Nik Software Viveza Color and Light correcting and enhancing plug-in software, the price is $220. Same price for the Color Efex Pro 3.0.

An xD user? Looking for an affordable point and shoot that costs $140 and has free shipping? Then how about the Olympus FE-280 silver? It has an 8-megapixel 1/2.5" sensor, 3x optical zoom, xD card, 2.5" LCD, and things like that.

It lost the wide-angle compared to the P50, but the Nikon P60 has its own positives at $200 with free shipping. Obviously you can't expect this to behave like a $400 camera with RAW, so be prepared to trade-off!

But if you do want wide-angle, then the Nikon S600 starts at 28mm wide, and costs $250. It has a LiIon battery, SD, 10-megapixel 1/2.33" sensor, and the usual assortment of compact features one would expect. Again, please adjust your expectations, this is not a Canon G9!

Lots of Temba camera bag specials, including this medium shoulder bag going for $55 with free shipping and handling. It even has a pop-out pocket system, and it is available in tan/black.

Canon Instant Rebate specials, expire July 19!
We start with the Canon 5D with the 24-105 L-series lens, going for $2600. The lens of course is a highly regarded "L" lens.

And speaking of "L" lenses, the 70-200 f2.8 IS USM is on sale for $1575 and comes with free shipping. Not for the faint of wallet for sure, but you get IS and f2.8 throughout, so it's a trade off :)

If you wanna go prime, you better prime your credit card for $1745, which will get you the 85mm f1.2L. Free shipping and handling as well!

Friday, July 18, 2008

Late night digital photography specials at Amazon

We start with the Nikon mount, where we have two specials going on. First up, Cameta Cameras has created a special bundle of the Nikon D60, which includes the D60 itself, the two kit lenses (18-55 DX VR and 55-200mm), an 8gb memory card, an extra Nikon EN-EL9 battery, a Nikon branded case, and a few more accessories, all that for $870 plus $19 shipping and handling.

And since the D60, just like the D40 and D40x, expects the lens to have a focus motor, Tamron has a nice deal on the 28-75mm f2.8 SP XR Di LD lens for just $400, sold and shipped by Amazon itself!

Compact digital camera specials
If you like the $15 per megapixel rate, you can get the Olympus Stylus 1200 for $180 via J&R World. This uses the 1/1.7" sensor and has the usual assortment of features you would expect from a compact. See reviews for more details and specifications as usual.

If $80 is all you want to spend, you are in good luck, the GE A735, available in silver and red, can be yours! It does have a 3x optical zoom lens, but do adjust your expectations considering the price. Google is your friend for reviews and user commentary.

Kodak created a splash and caught people by surprise by the popularity of their new Zi6 HD Pocket video hybrid gadget. The pre-order price is $180 and this goes up against the Flip thingy that has been popular and even got a column on it by New York Times tech reporter and author David Pogue.

Tripods and monopods under $30
The price is nice, but obviously don't expect them to behave like $100 tripods. But these can be good as backups, throw-arounds or experimental tripods.

We start with the Kodak 60-incher, with a quick release by the way, going for $18 plus $10 shipping and handling via Cameta Cameras.

The second one is the Kodak 68" Go Anywhere monopod, offered by 47th Street Photo for $15 plus $8 shipping and handling.

Digital cameras in the Fry's circular ad

Let's take a look at what Fry's electronics is advertising in their newspaper ad! We start with two pretty in pink items, the Olympus FE-340 going for $150 after instant savings (8mp, 5x optical, 2.7" LCD, LiIon, xD), and the DIGIGO GO-80P 8-inch digital picture frame going for $130. This has 800x600 screen resolution, with a slide show function and a built-in calendar and clock.

On the more expensive cameras, the Olympus E510 is listed for $500 as body only and $600 with the 14-42mm kit lens. Similarly, the E410 is listed in similar bundles, but each one costs $100 less than the E510 equivalents. Do keep in mind that the E510 has sensor-shift image stabilization, while the lovely and smaller E410 does not.

Moving along, also from Olympus, the Stylus 1030SW is available in multiple colors for $350. This is not a bad brick and mortar price, since you can get it at Amazon for about $340 to $350. Of course you do have to factor in sales tax and delivery cost/speed and things like that.

Canon is represented by the SD950-IS, the 12-megapixel 1/1.7" Poweshot, which offers image stabilization as well, for $360. This price is not as competitive, since you can get it at Amazon for $330.

Getting bonus points for stylish design is the Casio eX-S10, available in multiple deliciously fashionable colors for $230. And it takes pictures too :) This is a very slim camera by the way, and it uses a 10mp 1/2.3" sensor which a lot of cameras announced in 2008 are using. It also has a 2.7" widescreen LCD, 3x optical zoom using the ceramic lenses, and has popular features such as face detection, YouTube mode, and things like that.

But we are not done yet, the Panasonic TZ4 is featured at $250, which is a bad price considering you can get the TZ5 at Amazon for around $290, or the TZ4 there for around $225.

Last but not least, the Samsung NV24hd, which was just "replaced" - sort of - with the newly announced NV100HD (aka TL34HD). But the new ones is only 28mm wide, while the NV24hd is 24mm wide which is a big difference for those who love wide angle. The price is $300 after instant savings and smoke and mirrors :)

A couple of camcorders are also advertised, the Canon FS100 for $370 and the FS10 for $450. Also the Vixia HF100 high def camcorder goes for $850 and the HF10 goes for $1000.

We do round up the Fry's prices to make them easier on the eyes. Some of them end in 9 or in 7 instead. But it's easier to read and write in round numbers :)

Memory Cards at Fry's
We didn't forget the memory cards, fear not! We start with an 8gb Ritada CompactFlash going at 233x for $40, putting it exactly at $5 per gigabyte. Olympus users can take panoramas out of the box with the 2gb Olympus-branded xD card for $25 (yes, a sham, I agree with you!).

Patriots can buy a twin-pack fo 2gb SD cards for $18, which is a nice deal, or a 4gb microSDHC for the smaller than small devices for $20.

If you don't object to mail-in rebates, a 4gb Patriot SDHC can be yours for $12 after a $6 mail-in rebate.

And for Sony users, the 4gb Lexar Memory Stick Pro Duo is all yours for $25. Speaking of MemorySticks, there is a $2.49 special at J&R World for 256MB memorysticks. Yes, 256MB, that's why the low price :) These are Sandisk, not generic brand!

256MB Sandisk SDMSPDS256A Memory Stick Pro Duo for just $2.49!

If you want to stock up on super-cheap memory sticks, keep reading! J&R World is having a special sale offering the Sandisk SDMSPDS256A 256MB Shoot & Store Memory Stick Pro Duo for $2.49 each. This is a great sale if you have older cameras, or you want to use these when you go to print your pictures at the local digital prints machine and don't want to take/risk your regular cards.

Considering the price of $2.49, you can almost use them as disposable. Of course if you are planning to use this with the Sony W300 and take full-resolution 14-megapixel pictures, that's probably a bad idea. But if you want to use them in cameras where you usually take low-res photos, then you can't go wrong with $2.49!

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Nikon D3 is now $4700 at Adorama!

Not a budget DSLR by any means, but the big Nikon D3 just got another $100 discount! You can now get it for $4700 at Adorama with free shipping!

The Nikon D3 of course is the flagship of the Nikon DSLR line-up, and has received lots of critical acclaim and praise by many photographers and reviews alike. Some of the sites who have reviewed the D3 include dpreview, Photo.net, Luminous Landscape and other "gurus" including Rockwell, Bjorn, Uwe, and Moose.

How about a $40 Cosina lens for Nikon?

Bargain hunting? Well, what do you think of an "old" but brand new in box, Cosina lens for the Nikon mount? 47th Street Photo is offering just that on Amazon, the Cosina 70-210 f4.5-5.6 lens, for the Nikon mount, for $40 plus $8 for shipping and handling.

Remember, this is a 35mm-full-frame lens, so when you place it on most of today's DSLRs, the ones with DX/APS-C sensors (which are the vast majority), you will get the equivalent of 105mm-315mm. No image stabilization of course, and Nikon does not offer sensor-shift stabilization, so tripods and monopods and bean bags can be your friend :)

The Amazon product descriptions mentions that this was made in Japan. We obviously have no way to verify that, but we don't have a reason to question it either.

There are two user reviews at the product page, one gave it five stars, the other gave it four stars. For more on this lens, Google is your friend :)

Monday, July 14, 2008

Hot specials at Amazon right now!

We'll jump right in, no intros. If you like extra lenses, a Tamron two-lens kit can be yours for $190 + shipping via Cameta Cameras. These are the 28-80 f3.5-5.6 and 70-300 f4-5.6 Di LD kit lenses. This is for the Canon mount. For the Nikon mount, you can get the 28-80mm lens for just $45 plus S&H, also from Cameta!

A nice bundle for those interested in getting started in DSLRs, or getting started with the Four Thirds system is offered by Adorama. It costs $697 and goes as follows: Olympus E510 + 14-42mm + 40-150mm + spare BLM-01 battery + Slinger camera case + 2gb CF card. All that for just less than $700. Of course if you don't need the extra, then you can buy the standard 2-lens kit, but an extra battery or two are always a good idea!

On the other hand, if paying as little as possible is your #1 priority, we have a $39 almost-toy-camera for you, the Argos DC3185. This has a 3-megapixel sensor, 1.1" LCD, and belongs in a camera museum :)

Similar to the Olympus E510 kit we mentioned above, but from Cameta Cameras, we have a super Nikon D80 kit for $1100 plus shipping. This includes the Nikon D80 DSLR of course, the 18-55 DX and 55-200 DX lenses, a 4gb SDHC card, an extra EN-EL3e battery, along with a Nikon camera case, a memory card reader and a few other trinkets thrown in by Cameta Cameras.

And speaking of the past, the old and not-replaced-since Canon SD40 sepia brown is offered by Cameta Cameras for $160. Lots of newer cameras have been released since, but if you like this camera for a particular reason this is not a bad price to get it as brand new, considering there are not that many brand new ones out there.

If you like those cutesy Casio digicams, and want to pay less, then the Casio EX-Z77 is yours! All you have to do is pay Ritz cameras $139 :)

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Office Max weekly circular has just one camera (7/13 to 7/19)

Let's take a look at what Office Max has in-store and online for us this week! Remember, what you see is what you pay, there are no rebates to hassle with at Office Max!

The featured digital camera is the Nikon Coolpix S210, bundled with a free starter kit (valued at $15) for a total price of $160. The S210 is the entry-level non-AA based Coolpix camera, and it is available in multiple fashionable colors.

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The memory card offers include a 2gb Lexar SD card for $13 and a 4gb Lexar SDHC chip for $25. The latter being now the standard "sale price" at brick and mortar stores. For Sony fans, a 2gb Lexar MS Pro Duo II goes for $18, which is almost as much as you'd pay for a 1gb Olympus-branded xD card. Oh Olympus, will you ever wake up and smell the xD reality?

Digital cameras at Office Depot (July 13 to 19)

A page full of digital cameras is what we see in this week's circular ad from Office Depot, which shall be known as "ODP" from now on in this post!

The prices start at $160 with the Casio EX-Z80, an affordable yet stylish entry-level 3x optical zoom camera for the technologically stylish people. For an extra $20, you can get the Sony W120 but keep in mind that the Sony needs to be fed MemorySticks which cost 1.5x to 2x more than the SD/MMC memory cards that most of the other digital camera manufacturers use in their compact digital cameras. Look for prices and availability in the ODP box below!

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The next step up from Sony is the Cybershot W150 which goes for $220 and has a 5x optical zoom lens (not wide angle though), along with a 2.7" LCD. Meanwhile Kodak has an answer with the Easyshare M1033 going for $180 and competing with everybody else's LiIon-based compacts. At least on paper :)

If you are on a tight budget, fear not, Kodak is here to save the day with a bundle for $115 that includes the Easyshare C813 (8mp, 3x optical zoom, AA, SD/MMC), a 1gb Ativa SD card, a Kodak camera case and some software no one really cares about :)

Trendy Canon fans willing to spend $220 can get their choice of color in the popular SD 1100 IS, a modestly cutesy little Elph digicam, while brave superzoom fans can take a chance on the Sony H10 at $260. The H10, which is Sony's 2nd generation "fun zoom" did not get very good reviews, so be sure to check them out, to see what the reviewers took issue with, and whether those are issues that might affect you, or things that you don't really care about.

Memory Cards and friends
What is bound to sell out real fast at ODP this week are the $6 USB memory card readers. They combine the convenience of a portable stick drive and the ability to read/save your files on a memory card. No rebates, so expect them to fly off the shelves.

Also flying, they may do, the memory cards on sale they are. Bad Yoda? Probably yes! A 2gb Sandisk SD card is yours for $15, while Ativa, the house-brand of ODP, offers a 4gb SDHC card for $20, which is as you can see, a nice $5 per gigabyte which is a good price for brick and mortar.

Meanwhile a 2gb Sandisk CF card goes for $25, which is about the standard sale price of a Sandisk 4gb SDHC card. Ouch on the double-up! And a 2gb Sandisk MemoryStick Pro Duo II costs even more, $30! Ouch!

Quiet Sony deals at Staples this week (July 13 to 19)

Things are very quiet with regards to digital cameras, and products in general in this week's Staples weekly circular ad. Just four pages long, it only features two Sony Cybershot W-series models on sale. The hot selling W120 is offered at $190, which is the "replacement" for the popular W55, and the W150 is going for $230. The one that starts at 28mm is the W170, which is not listed in the ad. There's also the W130 and W110, and who knows how many more :)

On the storage front, Staples is having a sale on USB sticks, sold in two-packs and three-packs as if they are chewing gum. Prices still higher than chewing gum however!

Another item of interest for photographers is portable storage, and external hard disk such as the Maxtor One Touch 4 Mini (250gb) is on sale for $116, while the 500gb Plus edition goes for $145. And if you prefer the newer Black Armor storage solutions, you pay almost $1 per gigabyte, it's $140 for the 160gb edition.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Hot price drops at J&R World (DSLRs and digicams)

There is a price drop party at J&R Worldiconand everyone's invited!

The price drops are all over the place, with the Nikon D300 plus the 18-135 digital (DX) lens going for $1870 with free shipping. Then there's the big Nikon D3 for $4800.

But Canon has its own share of deals, the EOS 5D is now $1800 for body only, the lowest price 35mm full frame digital SLR sold as a brand new-in-box model. And for those needing a slight encouragement to get the 1Ds Mark III, it is now selling for $7850.

On the lens front, the Tamron 18-200 f3.5-6.3 XR Di-II LD for the Canon and Nikon mounts goes for $280. That's of course because the newer model is even zoomier, it goes from 18-250mm. So this is actually a good deal when you translate it to bang for the buck, unless of course you need the extra zoom range.

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Flash! Not Gordon, but the Olympus FL-50R is selling for the new low price of $430. This works with compatible Olympus cameras, such as their Four Thirds DSLRs.

And a filter, the Heliopan 67mm UV Lens Filter can be yours for $45, but don't sleep on it, J&R informs us that qualities are limited for this guy.

Among the fixed lens (not DSLRs) digital cameras we have the Canon SD890 IS at $300. This Elph is a new 2008 model, so this is a cyclical price drop, not a clearance sale. It has the 10mp 1/2.33" sensor, along with a 5x optical zoom, but it does not start wide.

The Samsung NV24hd which made a splash at PMA because of its lens starting at 24mm is now down to $300 but do read the reviews first if you are not familiar with it. Also from Samsung, the NV30 goes for $200, and they are giving away the pink S860 (AA-based) for $90.

And at $100 exactly is the "oldie" Kodak Easyshare V803, which uses an 8-megapixel 1/1.8" sensor. Today's 1/2.5" sensor cameras have already "mastered" 8-megapixels and are moving to 9-megapixels, with cameras like the Nikon S52 and Kodak C913.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Nikon D300 with 18-135 DX lens for $1870 via J&R World on Amazon

Hello DSLR bargain hunters out there! J&R World has temporarily discounted the Nikon D300 with the 18-135DX lens at Amazon. The price there is $1870 with free shipping. Meanwhile the price at JR.com itself is actually higher, it is $1920. So you were on the fence when and where to get the D300, and you like the 18-135 DX lens, this is a good opportunity.

Of course we all know that the only way camera prices can go is down, so the question is whether you want or need the new camera right now, or you can wait a few weeks or months. Newer models will always come out, but also keep in mind, each day that passes never comes back. So blending the two together can hopefully result in a good decision.

The D300 has been reviewed a lot of websites, including dpreview, and ImagingResource.com, arguably the top two review sites, at least among the english-speaking sites.

Lots of other experts have reviewed the D300, including Thom Hogan, Photo Net, Jeff Keller at DCR, and many more! Google is your friend for all the D300 reviews!

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Free after rebate PhotoPlus X2 Digital Studio from Sage Serif (until July 13, 2008)

If you like free after rebate, this is for you! You can get the PhotoPlus X2 Digital Studio - Mini Box for free, after you submit and receive a $68 mail-in rebate. Standard shipping and handling is free, but depending on where you live, you may have to pay sales tax. Sales tax is not refunded by the rebate, which is pretty much the standard practice.

PhotoPlus X2 Digital Studio - Mini Box
PhotoPlus X2 offers an affordable digital darkroom, with lots of features, but not breaking the bank. It is Vista certified. Do note the rebate offer expires on 7/13/2008, so don't sleep on this promotion! Be sure to buy this from Buy.com itself, not from any of the third party marketplace vendors listed there.

Samsung S73 red for $71 and Corel Painter for $40

This is a good day to be bargain hunting at Amazon for the thrifty buyers! First up, the red Samsung S73 is on sale for just $71. This is an entry-level digital camera with a 7mp sensor, 3x optical zoom lens, SD memory cards, AA batteries, and a 2.5" LCD. Obviously you can't expect this to behave like a DSLR :)

Then we have a gold box daily deal, which means this special price is only good for today, Wednesday July 9, 2008, and it expires at 11:59pm pacific time, since Amazon is in Seattle, Washington. The deal is the Corel Painter 4 software package, for Windows or Mac, for just $40 and free super saver shipping. The main function of this software package is to help you turn your photos into paintings and digital art in a painless, quick and easy fashion.

Deos the software package achieve that? We don't know. But there are 82 customer reviews posted at Amazon for you to peruse. The average star rating is just over four. Out of five stars that is. This includes reviews from the "Amazon Vine" program as well. Check it out!

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Pentax Optio A30 just $160 at Amazon with free shipping!

We have a nice bargain for you at Amazon, the Pentax Optio A30 is on sale for $160 and this includes shipping and handling. The A30 uses a 10mp 1/1.8" sensor, with a 3x optical zoom lens, and was the camera that was delayed in its release because of a factory at a Matsushita factory that was producing its lenses. This derailed its normal marketing cycle, and their loss is your bargain :)

Not familiar with the Optio A30? Fear not! There's a number of reviews posted on this camera online, including Steve's Digicams, Digital Camera Review, and the bilingual Megapixel.net. So you can practice your french and read the review in french instead :)

In the reviews you will also find the camera specifications and links to its original announcement and press release. If those are not enough, be sure to check pbase, flickr and other places for real world digital camera samples taken by photographers around the world. And for even more reviews, Google is your friend :)

DSLR specials at Ritz and Wolf Camera this week

We already mentioned the point and shoot and memory card deals at Ritz and Wolf this week, so now let's take a look at what DSLR specials they are having!

The lowest price is $100, but obviously not for a DSLR! You can get the Canon 75-300mm f4.5-5.6 III AF lens for just $100, as long as you buy a DSLR as well. The promotion does not say whether it has to be a Canon DSLR. Obviously you can only use it natively on a Canon dSLR, but if you are a person with multiple DSLR systems, you may want the lens anyway. If you are in such a situation it is best to contact the Ritz online or in-store customer service and ask whether this is possible.

And before we go to the DSLR themselves, we also have a nice tripod deal at $60, the Manfrotto Modo-Maxi 785B, a travel-friendly tripod that can go from 7 inches to 59 inches in height. Weight is not listed.

The DSLRs advertised
Obvioulsy the hottest DSLR under $1000 at the moment is the Canon Digital Rebel XSi, and the kit with the 18-55 EF-S IS lens goes for $850. Ritz apparently lost the Canon Instant Rebate memo (or is pocketing the difference), because they offer the 40D body only for $1100 and the kit with the EF 28-135 lens for $1300. You can get these at Amazon, Adorama, etc for $940+ and $1100+ respectively.

Nikon has more reasonable prices as their hottest camera under $1000 is the D60 with the 18-55 DX VR lens, going for $700 with a $50 gift card, which brings the effective price down to $650, assuming of course you have a use for the gift card. This price is very close to Amazon. Meanwhie the entry-level Nikon DSLR, the D40 with the 18-55 DX (no VR) kit lens goes for $500 but also with a $50 gift card instantly which brings the effective price to $450 which is near Amazon levels as well. Remember, both of these DSLRs, along with the D40X, expect the lens to have a focus motor, so if you want luxuries such as autofocusing, you need to use lenses with focus motors. Which is why you may have seen Sigma and friends re-issue a number of their existing lenses for the Nikon mount. Bad Nikon, bad!

Good Nikon D80 bundles at Ritz/Wolf!
Good Ritz good because they are throwing in a free Quantaray 55-200mm zoom lens with the purchase of a Nikon D80, which is of course due (or long overdue) for a refresher. But that doesn't mean the D80 is not a good camera. Let's not forget that it gave the higher spec'ed D200 a run for its money when it was announced. And this camera does not demand a focus motor in the lens, making it a better choice for peopel who want to mix and match newer and older lens and retain luxuries such as autofocus :) The D80 body only, with the bonus Quantaray 55-200mm lens goes for $800, which is about $70 more than Adorama and J&R World. Considring the price of a 55-200mm lens, this is a better deal at Ritz, assuming of course you have a use or need for that lens.

But if you prefer a kit with the newer VR kit lens, you pay an extra $100. Not a bad price here, since you are getting the 18-55 DX VR lens, the 55-200mm Quantary for $900 total. And if you want a more versatile and mid-range type of lens, the 18-135 DX (no VR), along with the aforementioned Q-Ray 55-200mm, then you pay a cool $1000. That is not a bad way to get started in photography!

DSLR Accessories
Continuing with Nikon, the very popular 18-200mm DX VR f3.5-5.6 AF-S lens goes for $750, which is a little bit more than the online dealers are charging. This gives you the 28-300mm equivalent on a DX DSLRs (all current Nikon mount DSLRs, except the Nikon D3 and Nikon D700).

And if you buy lots of gear, you need a way to carry it and store it safely, which is where the Tamrac Backpack #4372 comes into your living room and studio for $50, and avialable in fashionable red or black. It can hold a DSLR with a lens attached, along with a couple of other lenses, along with other gear and accessories.

And don't forget that a purchase at Ritz and Wolf stores can get you extra stuff, which you may, or may not have any use for. These include "no interest until May 2009" for purchases over $299, which is nice, assuming you are organized enough to make the minimum payments on time, and also pay the full amount before the special financing promotion is over. You also get free classes if they are available in your lcoal stores, along with free 20 prints and a CD (oh my!), a free personalized photo book, and an all-in-one photo printer from HP after two separate $50 mail-in rebates.

EyeFi cards
IF you want your pictures to fly wireless off the camera, the 2gb EyeFi cards are onsale, starting with the "Home" version for $80. If you want special computer bonuses with the card such as unlimited webshare and uplaods, then you can get the "Eyefi Share" for $100, and if you want unlimited geotagging and hotspot access for one year, along with unlimited webshare, you can get the Eye-Fi Explore for $130. A hefty price to pay for this convenience and flexibility, but if it is something that vastly improves or speeds up your workflow, then it is definitely worth it. It's obviously up to you to decide how much extra value this provides!

Ritz and Wolf weekly ad camera specials

Let's take a look at what Ritz and Wolf stores are offering in this week's weekly circular. Any good deals?

Well, it looks like Ritz is having a Fuji sale, starting with the critically acclaimed Fuji F45fd going for $180. This camera uses an 8mp 1/1.7" SuperCCD sensor, that is just one generation after the critically acclaimed 6mp low-noise SuperCCD sensor. Not quite as good as the Fuji F31fd in terms of noise, but quite possibly the second best. If the name F45fd does not sound familiar, it is because the F45fd is simply a different version of the Fuji F40fd. The F45fd is available in a different body color and sold through a few select retailers such as Ritz and Wolf in the USA market and Jessops or Argos or something like that in the UK market.

You can find F40fd reviews at DCResource.com, TrustedReviews.com, and Digital Camera Review among many other places which include CNet and Steve's Digicams.

But enough F45fd. How about the other Fuji cameras? The adorably colorful Z20fd (10mp 1/2.3" standard sensor) goes for $160, while the AA-based A900 can be yours for $150. Two superzooms are on sale as well but sadly neither one has IS. The S5700 (aka S700) goes for $180 and is a continuation of the older Fuji 2800/3800/etc line-up but with a 10x optical zoom instead of a 6x optical zoom. Meanwhile the Finepix S1000fd looks more serious, but lacks IS as well which is really shooting it in the foot, unless of course your shooting style does not require IS - camera glued to tripod or monopod or use "organic" stabilization techniques.

A special bonus for all these Fujifilm digital cameras mentioned is that Ritz/Wolf are offering 9c digital prints for a whole year! See website or store for the details of this promotion.

Okay, enough with Fuji! How about the other brands at Ritz? Well, you don't need to buy a hybrid to become an eco-smug! All you need to pay is $200 for the green Nikon Coolpix S52. What makes this camera eco-special is that Ritz will make a donation that would offset 2 tons of Carbon Dioxide. Why didn't I think of carbon credits before? :) This camera has a 3" LCD, 9mp 1/2.5" sensor (ouch!), and a 3x optical zoom with folded optics. It may remind some a little bit of a bad attempt to clone the Sony Cybershot T-series :)

And speaking of Nikon a trio of Coolpix models are in the weekly circular, the S210 for $180 plus a $20 gift card instantly, so you can buy the camera, and then turn around and buy a bag or memory cards with the gift card :) Then the Coolpix S550 goes for $230 with a $20 gift card and the S600 for $270.

A trio of Canon Powershots follows, with the A580 going for $150 + $15 gift card, while the A720-IS is waiting for you at $200 plus $20 gift card, which is actually a good price considering this camera is not as a generally avaiable as it used to. But also keep in mind that Canon will likely announced a replacement for this model at this year's Photokina 2008 trade show. LAst but not least, also with a $20 gift card is the SD1100-IS, available in multiple delicious colors. This is intended to be Canon's new mass-market Elph (Ixus and Ixy too) and once the older models are cycled out of the market, this should be a super hot seller, certainly a very popular gift during the holiday shopping season of 2008, where a big chunk of digital cameras are sold. Statistics seem to indicate that December and November may account for as much as 40% of annual digital camera sales!

What is quite possibly the worse price difference in the world among Amazon and Ritz, the Panasonic TZ4 is going for $270 at Ritz, while you can buy it at Amazon for under $210! Ouch!

Memroy Cards
Ritz has a fetish of bundling memory cards together. I guess that's one way to get people to buy more, like Costco ;-) A three-pack of 2gb Ritz-brnded SD memory cards is $30, making it $15 per card, which is an okay, but not very good, brick and mortar price. A 2-pack of 4gb Ritz SD cards goes for $50, making it the standard brick and mortar price of $25 per 4gb SD memory card.

If you are the gadgety type and like to mix and match cards and technologies, the Sandisk 1gb Ultra II SD Plus USB card will help do all that as it offers a USB connector built-in the memory card. Obviously you are paying a small price premium for this convenience. And Ultra cards usually have a price premium over the standard Sandisk cards.

Last but not least, Sandisk Ultra II CompactFlash for those DSLRs who refuse to embrace SD. Oh the memory card stone age? :) A two gig card is $30 while a one gig card is $23.

Sunday, July 06, 2008

Samsung L100 red for $105 at Amazon

Yes, bargain hunters, you can get this cute red Samsung L100 digital camera for just $105 and with free shipping at Amazon.com! Yum! This is an 8-megapixel 1/2.5" camera, with a 3x optical zoom lens, 2.5" LCD, LiIon battery, SD/MMC memory card support and of course face detection which is all the range among the consumer digital cameras these days.

We couldn't find any Samsung L100 reveiws online, but there are two one-sentence reviews at Amazon. With hundreds of new digital cameras announced each year, the major review sites tend to focus on the most expensive models, or the ones from Canon, Sony, etc.

Camera specials at Office Depot this week

This week Office Depot tends to the entry-level of the digital camera market, with a speical offer on the Kodak M753 for just $100, making it a $100 camera deal! But wait, there's more! You can make it a "combo meal" by adding a Kodak case, a 1gb Ativa SD memory card and a 25pk of Maxell blank Pro CD-Rs for $120. Clearly targeting first time digital camera buyers and the entry-level with this combo. A starter kit if you must.

The most advanced camera listed there is the Panasonic TZ5 offered at $300 after $50 of instant savings. This price is okay for brick and mortar, but you can also get this camera for $270 at Amazon and other similar online discounting retailers.

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If you want to pay bottom dollar, literally, the Kodak Easyshare C713 can be yours for $80! Watch out cameara-phones and webcams, there's a new game in town ;-) For about twice as much, at $150, you can get the Sony Cybershot S750, part of Sony's entry-level S-series of market-share grabber models. Last but certainly not least, the Canon SD1100-IS for $220. which is a fairly reasonable price for brick and mortar.

Memory Cards
Hey, what about the 4gb Sandisk SD card for $25? That's pretty much the standard brick and mortar sales price for the 4gb standard card! Hey, what about a 4gb microSDHC from Sandisk with an adapter for use in other SD-family drives? It goes for $30! Forty dollars will get you a Sandisk Extreme II Compactflash and $45 will get you a 4gb Sony MemoryCrapProDuo. Asy you can see, MemoryStick costs almost twice as much as SD. Pay up Sony fans :)

Camera Deals at Amazon on Sunday

The special prices keep on coming at Amazon, starting with the poor GE A735, going for the poor price of $80. Their discount, your win! This is the silver "it came from space" body, but they also have it available in other colors for different prices, partly depending on which sellers have it in stock.

If you want to bling it out with your digicam without actually paying for the gold, you can get the Casio EX-Z80 gold, offered for around $150 via OneCall.com. This is your typical LiIon-based 8-megapixel, 3x optical zoom, SD-based compact digital camera, with all the Casio extras, such as YouTube mode and such. But hurry up, supplies are limited!

If you have a Nikon DSLR, you know you can't resist the Nikon 18-200 DX VR lens. It gives you the equivalent of 28-300mm in a DX DSLR, and that versatility along with the "VR" (vibration reduction, aka image stabilization), are just too tempting. You don't have to throw away your primes or your shorter zooms, but you just can't carry the whole lens collection everywhere you go! Oh the special? For $690 via Cameta, you get the 18-200 DX VR Nikkor lens (USA warranty), along with a Hoya 72mm UV haze glass filter, a CapKeeper strap, and a cleaning kit too. Shipping is an additional $13 by Cameta.

If you are a fan of the Sigma DP1 camera, we have some good news, the price has finally gone down from the list price of $800. This is sold and shipped by Amazon itself to $763 with free shipping and a bonus discount on Tiffen software if purchased together. Note that the Tiffen software is not free, you just get an extra 10% off discount if you purchase them together. Together as in in the same transaction, in the shopping cart!

And now back to the bargains! For under $90 you can get the black Samsung S730, which has a 7-megapixel sensor and a 3x optical zoom lens. You can't complain too much considering the price :)

If you are looking for a superzoom and don't want to spend more than $150, Kodak has you covered! You can get the EasyShare ZD710 for just $150 from J&R World. Keep in mind though that this 10X superzoom does not have image stabilization. And neither does the Fuji S5700 (S700) that also sells for around $150. Coincidence? NOT!

Image stabilization is a valuable feature and we recommend that you get a superzoom with it if you have the price flexibility. Of course different implementations have different effectiveness in different models, so you should take a look at reviews and photography forums if that's a concern. You can get a camera with image stabilization starting at around $200, where you can find the lovely Panasonic TZ4 flirting with the $200 pride point. Also at $220 you can find the Canon SX-100-IS, and for under $200 you may be able to find the older Kodak Z712-IS at select reputable third party sellers.

Well, we could go on for days, but we have to stop here. Stay tuned for a lot more update! If you don't want to miss a thing, subscribe to the blog's full text RSS and Atom feed. It's FREE to subscribe and you'll get all the bargains right in your newsreader!

Olympus E410 with 14-42 lens for just $370 at Calumet Photo

DSLR fans your dream may be coming true! You can get the adorable Olympus E-410 DSLR with the 14-42mm Lens for just $370 at Calumet Photo. That's right, a DSLR and lens kit! This is using the Four Thirds mount, and is one of the smallest, if not the smallest DSLR built so far!

EVOLT E-410 DSLR with 14-42mm Lens

If you are not familiar with this DSLR, be sure to do your research online by looking at real world and studio sample pictures, checking forums, and also checking professional and user reviews. A number of camera review sites have tested the E410, including dpreview.com with Phil Askey himself, Jeff at DC Resource, Megapixel.net, and specialist site Four Thirds Photo.

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