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

As for cameras and lenses, I am sure many will be on sale, although it is hard to say by how much. Both Canon and Nikon already have some good deals and looks like retailers are bundling more stuff with cameras as an incentive. The price of the Nikon D600, for example, has been lowered by $100 from Nikon, dropping the price under $2K. B&H is throwing a bunch of freebies worth $115 on top of that and it is giving another 2% in rewards back for you to spend on other gear. And if you purchase an Epson R2880 Printer together with the D600, there is an additional $300 rebate available.


  1. 1) André
    November 19, 2012 at 7:36 am


    I’vs heard about the dust & oil problem on the D600 sensor – How serious is this problem?
    I was thinking about buying this camera, but I live in Brazil, so it would be even more difficult for me to handle with this problem than if I lived in the US.

    Congratulations and my best wishes.

    • November 19, 2012 at 9:47 am

      André, I own the Nikon D600 and I have been enjoying it ever since I bought it. Dust was an issue, as I highlighted in my review, but it is something that can be cleaned, it is not a permanent damage on the sensor or anything. Having owned various Nikon DSLRs during the last 6 years, I am very used to cleaning sensors when they get dirty – dust is a natural thing to have in cameras. I was disappointed that Nikon had dust on the sensor on a brand new unit, but it was not that big of a deal for me, since I was able to quickly clean the sensor myself. I have a number of tutorials on cleaning sensors on our site for this very reason – people need to learn how to do it themselves. Sending your DSLR to Nikon for sensor cleaning can get quite costly and there is nothing you can really do to prevent dust from getting on the sensor. Even if you use an expensive, weather-sealed prime lens, dust will still make its way onto the sensor overtime. So do not be scared and alarmed by all the noise around the sensor dust – most of it comes from people who actually do not own a D600.

      In my personal experience, judging from the several units I tested, the dust is there from the factory. I think Nikon left the cameras open in a dusty environment for a while, before packaging and shipping the units. The dust came back after I cleaned the sensor for the first time, but it is pretty much gone after several cleans. I think the chamber was rather dusty from the factory, which is why dust made its way back.

      If the above is an issue for you, then return the camera if it has severe dust on it, or send it to Nikon and have them clean it for you. Nikon will do it for free on a new unit, but you will have to pay for shipping. Or if you do not want the hassle, then don’t buy the D600 or wait and buy it later. I am sure Nikon will address the problem on later batches. The new ones might not have this problem anymore by now, but it is hard to say at the moment…

      Hope this helps!

      • 1.1.1) André
        November 19, 2012 at 10:00 am

        Thanks for the very helpful answer, Nasin.

        Your site is really excellent.

      • 1.1.2) André
        November 19, 2012 at 7:13 pm

        Obs.: I think it is silly not cleaning the units that where in the factory at the time the problem became known.

      • 1.1.3) Jan
        November 27, 2012 at 1:22 pm

        i sent my first copy back because the dust was really terrible. i don’t know how to clean my own sensor, in fact, i’m quite intimidated by that! i’m afraid of causing damage. my second copy is much better. there’s still dust, but not so extreme.

  2. 2) Shruthi Gautham
    November 19, 2012 at 9:13 am

    Hi Nasim,
    Is the dust on sensor problem a real bad issue? Kindly enlighten us.

  3. 3) Vlad
    November 20, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    If only Nikon released D5200 on sale for these holidays. Ahh… Dreams, dreams, dreams.
    Based on latest info and specs, D5200 is stepping into D7000 territory at lower price point.

    As I would like to upgrade from my D40, D5200 might be optimal solution.

  4. 4) Jan
    November 27, 2012 at 1:20 pm

    thank you for bringing this sale to my attention. i purchased my d600 just a week prior to the sale, and i contacted adorama about not getting the sale price. with no questions asked, they gave me store credit. thanks for saving me $100!

  5. 5) Jan
    November 27, 2012 at 1:23 pm

    oh, and i’m really excited to hear how you like the 70-200 f/4 that’s coming out this week! can’t wait!

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