Best of 4th of July Savings

We would like to congratulate our readers from the USA with the Independence Day! Fourth of July is a big day not just because you get to see beautiful fireworks (see my article on photographing fireworks) and enjoy a day off celebrating and remembering the sacrifices of the founders of this great country, but also because you get a great opportunity to save. Below are some of the best deals that we found for you.

4th of July Savings

Let’s kick off with the best deal of the day – the Canon EOS Rebel T3 with 18-55mm IS II lens is $299 ($150 off). That’s a pretty solid DSLR with a lens for $300!

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X-Rite i1Display Pro Flash Sale, Expires Tonight at 8:30 PM EST!

Our friends at B&H Photo Video earlier today informed us that the X-Rite i1Display Pro monitor / projector calibration and profiling tool is on a flash sale, at almost half off, expiring tonight! At $139.95 ($110 off the original price of $249.95), this is an insane deal that we wanted to share with our readers. I wish this deal was available at the time when I bought mine, because I paid the full price. For those that do not know about the X-Rite i1Display Pro, it is the best device calibration tool on the market today. I previously have used the Datacolor Spyder 3 Pro calibration system and I ended up switching to the X-Rite, because it is better, more accurate and less buggy (more on that in our upcoming review).

X-Rite i1Display Pro

It does not matter what monitor you have, whether it has a cheap TN panel or a high-end professional IPS panel – calibration is something you should do on every device that you are planning to display your photographs on. The difference between a non-calibrated and a hardware-calibrated screen is night and day, so I urge every photographer to do it. Even if you do not print, you should always have a calibrated monitor. The X-Rite i1Display Pro works both on PCs and Macs. I ran the software on my Windows 8.1 PCs and the drivers work very well.

You can purchase this tool by clicking the above image, or you can click this link, which will take you to B&H Photo Video online store. Once again, this deal will expire at 8:30 PM Eastern Time tonight!

SanDisk One Day Sale at B&H

With higher megapixel cameras, storage needs are growing rapidly, especially once you start using a redundant setup with dual cards mirroring data on modern DSLRs. I have been using SanDisk cards for many years now and whenever I see a good sale, I jump on to get the best deals. B&H just let us know that SanDisk is running a one day heavy discount promo, which will end tonight. So if you are looking for a good deal, check out some of these savings on all types of cards, including SanDisk’s Extreme Pro line (up to 160 MB/sec!).

SanDisk One Day Sale

My top picks are SanDisk Extreme 32 GB SD card for $20.99 and SanDisk Extreme Pro 32 GB CF Card for $89.95. I use the latter for my Nikon D800E and it is an incredible fast and reliable storage. Unfortunately, none of the SanDisk Extreme Pro SD cards are on sale now, but I bet you can get those later this year at similar discounts!

Nikon Refurbished Camera Deals

Our friends at B&H are selling some Nikon-refurbished cameras at great prices, so I wanted to share those deals with our readers. The Nikon D610 is already available at a great price of $1,749 for a refurbished model, as well as the Nikon D7100, which you can buy now for $939. As before, the Nikon D800 is also available at $2,399 and there are a few other options for refurbished lenses. Please note that a manufacturer-refurbished item means that the camera was returned by a customer (sometimes due to flaws and other times for no reason / dissatisfaction) and the manufacturer thoroughly re-inspected the item, fixed any potential issues and put it for sale it at a significantly lower price. Just like with any new item, B&H provides a 30-day warranty for refurbished stock, so you can return the item if you are not happy with its condition. In addition, there is a 90-day manufacturer warranty in case anything goes wrong, so you can send it back to Nikon for free repair. If you would like to find out more about refurbished gear, check out this article at B&H.

Nikon D610

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Nikon D600 $1679 Deal, Limited Availability

With the introduction of the Nikon D610 (see our preview and initial reaction) and its lower initial price of $1999, we knew that prices for the remaining Nikon D600 stock would plummet. Looks like Adorama is trying to clean up its shelves to make some space for the upcoming D610, so it has slashed the price of the Nikon D600 by a $420, bringing the price of the Nikon D600 body to $1,679! Previously, we have seen prices drop this low for a refurbished camera, but this one is for a brand new version. Other Nikon D600 kits are also on sale, as shown below.

Nikon D600

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Nik Software Suite – Now $149

Google recently announced the opportunity to purchase the entire suite of Nik software modules for the bargain price of $149. As a longtime user and fan of Nik Software, I can attest to what a sweet deal this represents.

Nik Logo

This bundle originally cost $500, putting it outside the price range of all but the more serious photographers with deeper pockets. At $149, however, this suite will appeal to a much broader range of photographers. By ways of comparison, HDR Soft, maker of the popular Photomatix HDR processing software, charges $119 for its software – and this only gets you 1/6th of the capabilities of this Nik bundle. Imagenomic software, maker of Noiseware, charges $79 for this module, or 1/2 the price of the entire Nik software bundle price. Topaz, a rapidly growing upstart, offers some quality modules that directly compete with Nik’s software. Topaz, at this time, however, requires you to spend $299 to get access to its full suite of capabilities. And while the $299 suite price appears to be a good deal, I suspect many people will not use all these modules, thus softening Topaz’s value proposition. In light of its competitors’ pricing, Nik’s $149 suite represents one of the best values relative to photo editing software. I would strongly urge people to capitalize on this pricing while it lasts.

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Current and Upcoming Holiday Deals

Starting from this week, many US retailers will be having special holiday sales for cameras, lenses, lighting equipment, various accessories and other photo gear. Instead of spamming our readers with constant deal alerts, I decided to create a single page where we will be hosting the best deals that are available as of now. The page is called “Current Deals” and it is accessible from the top navigation of this site, right next to “Contact Us”. So far I posted some great deals on the Nikon D600, third party lenses from Sigma and Tamron, Memory card deals and more.

I will be updating the page as new deals come in, although we will probably do a separate post on Black Friday deals when they become available. Check back more often this week, since you might miss some crazy deals that will only last several hours, until stock is all gone. This is that time of the year when it happens. If you miss the deals, next Monday is “Cyber Monday” and some additional deals might be available. I have gotten a number of inquiries from our readers, asking me whether the killer Photoshop deal Adobe had this summer is going to come back or not. To be honest, I do not think we will see another deal like that, but check back daily and hopefully there will be some good incentives from Adobe again.

Nikon D600 Deal

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Insane Adobe Photoshop CS6 + Lightroom 4 Deal

When I first received this special from B&H two days ago, I decided to post it on our Facebook page only. Within minutes, I received a bunch of emails and comments from our fans, asking about this deal. This morning, I found out that B&H is running this for another day, so I decided to let you guys know about this truly amazing deal.

Adobe Photoshop CS6Adobe Photoshop Lightroom

Basically, if you buy both Adobe Photoshop CS6 (latest version) and Lightroom 4 before midnight eastern time today, August 31 2012, you can get it for an insane price of $389 for both. These are retail versions of both and you can get either the Mac or the PC version. Photoshop CS6 by itself costs $650 and Lightroom retails for $139, totaling $789, so this is a crazy $400 off deal! This deal was so popular yesterday, that B&H ran out of stock quickly. They have both in stock again today, so get it before they run out again for good.

On top of all this, it looks like B&H is also bundling “Kelby Training DVD: What’s New in Adobe Photoshop CS6,Kelby Training DVD: Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 Crash Course” ($94.98 Total Value)…

Click here for the link to this special or click on any of the above images.

Amazing Nikon, Canon and Sigma Deals

Folks at B&H notified me that Nikon, Canon and Sigma are running some amazing deals that will expire in September for DSLRs, Lenses and Speedlights. Nikon is currently offering bundled deals with up to $450 in savings. Canon is running various instant rebate programs for lenses and speedlights and also doing camera + lens bundles for additional savings. And Sigma is also running an instant rebate program for their lenses and speedlights. Below are the links for these deals:

Nikon Buy Together and Save (Expires August 25, 2012):

Nikon Bundled Savings

Canon Lens and Speedlite Rebates (Expires September 1, 2012):
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Today Only: Get Lightroom for $69!

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom

I have seen great specials from Adobe on Lightroom before (Christmas sale was $149) but this post-Valentine’s Day special blows anything I have seen away! Just today, you can get Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 for just $69.95 from B&H. An incredible deal, considering the regular retail price tag of $269.95. Can’t complain about the price anymore!

While B&H does not have Lightroom in stock right now (sold out), you can still place an order and get your copy as soon as they have it back in stock, which they will very soon.