B&H has the Phantom 2 Quadcopter v2.0 with Zenmuse H4-3D Gimbal Kit for just $399 today!! This is a pro level drone with an awesome gimbal. The gimbal is what makes or breaks your aerial footage, cheap drones don't have them and you have jerky and barely watchable video from those drones. Drones with quality gimbals produce amazingly smooth video- even if it is your first flight. I am living proof seriously when you let go of the controls the drone uses GPS and the gimbal to just hold in place. You can see some footage I shot in 2014 in Italy with similar gimbal setup- my first time flying and it is rock solid!Why is the drone so cheap? You need to supply your own GoPro Hero 4. And that is of course something you can use off the drone too for underwater, timelapse or just a tiny go anywhere camera.Buy from B&H Photo for $399Some example footage from an older drone with similar gimbal.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v5nHF72PDkI
Canon has dropped prices for the next week (ends Nov 28th) on several popular cameras! These are the lowest prices seen for these cameras and they will very likely not cheaper before the holidays.Your use of my links for all your holiday shopping supports this site and the work we do here. Shop Amazon | B&H | see all the link you can use
CANON 7D Mark II SALE
Phenomenal powerhouse of a camera with blazing fast focus and ridiculous fps that lets you capture the action/wildlife you are looking to photograph.Canon EOS 7D Mark II DSLR Camera (Body Only)The most powerful camera in its class- Just $1299! (I paid $1799 for mine!)BODY $1299 + 2% rewards & Free EXTRA battery and bag (on B&H) Amazon also offers free accessories, click on through both links for a complete list of included freebies. Shop B&H | Shop AmazonCanon EOS 7D Mark II DSLR Camera with 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 STM Lens $1649 + 2% rewards BODY $1649 + 2% rewards & Amazon is offering free accessories, click on through both links for a complete list of included freebies.Shop B&H | Shop Amazon
CANON 70D SALE
Best value for pickup and go photography and videography with room to grow as a serious photographer. (all include freebies include spare battery, SD card and DSLR Shoulder bag from B&H Photo Canon EOS 70D DSLR Camera (Body Only) - Just $899 Shop B&H | Shop AmazonCanon EOS 70D DSLR Camera with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 STM Lens - Just $999.00 Shop B&H | Shop AmazonCanon EOS 70D DSLR Camera with 18-135mm Lens Video Creator Kit - Just $1249.00 Shop B&H | Shop Amazon Bonus Deal from B&H - Tamrac Jazz 76 Photo Sling Pack (Black/Multi) - just $29.95- shop B&H
As we've had more than a few people starting out ask, and sometimes buy, the questionable camera kits found online this article might help clarify a few things for any first time DSLR buyers. For most cases, with a few exceptions for the larger stores, you get the right camera with little or no warranty and an assortment of poor quality accessories. For the purpose of having an example to this point I’ll be using a recent eBay purchase from one of our readers.Grey Market ProductsFor a first time buyer noticing the word import buried in the details of a really good sale is not going to be something they’re looking for usually. Generally for some of the stores it’s often hidden well enough it would be easy to gloss over without knowing the implications and some stores don’t mention it at all. Imports are commonly referred to as grey market, a product imported from another country for a lower price then resold here bypassing proper import channels such as Canon USA and Nikon USA. While the practice is somewhat shady it’s completely legal and most of the time, but not always, the camera is the same as what you would get from an authorized store such as Amazon.
Note: If you've already made your purchase and wondering if your camera is legitimate call the manufacturer, they can lookup your camera by it’s serial number.
What does this mean for you? Officially you don’t exist meaning no support, repairs, and especially no rebates. Now in reality Canon COULD refuse to honor warranty in the USA but past experience suggests that they don't really care and if you have a warranty card with matching serial numbers you SHOULD be fine. There are two COULDS AND SHOULDS in there - it is a risk during the warranty period getting repairs. Basically this means you're assuming the risk that while they may fix your camera if it breaks under warranty, while unlikely there is the chance they won’t being grey market, which Canon and Nikon repair service can be expensive.Not all stores are equal and if you've been a fan of this site for awhile you’ll see we do post grey market deals from time to time. The benefit of larger companies offering grey market products such as Adorama, B&H, and some of the more legitimate eBay stores is that while you do get a modest discount you also get a decent warranty through their stores for service. You are getting your money’s worth with their warranty over smaller companies and in this case while its not the manufacturer directly they're going to be the best option if any issues pop up.For other smaller stores such as those found on eBay and Amazon its best to do a bit of research on the sale. First check if the store is an authorized dealer with the links below, they might say they are an official dealer but it’s worth a check. I've had a couple different people send in messages for help that bought cameras from an authorized dealer just to find out they are authorized, but for Canada or another country. If its not authorized locally that usually means its not a unit local to your area and technically grey market. The internet is a good source of info make sure to read the reviews, check online, and you can always ask us for help. When it comes to a grey market on eBay a SquareTrade warranty is not equal to a manufacturer warranty and while better than nothing they can be very difficult at times dealing with warranty issues.
Yes grey market can be a good deal but for a first time buyer you're still better off buying from an Authorized dealer. For our reader it was unfortunate but the listing did show it was an import and lacked a warranty, albeit far down in the details and easy to miss. When you buy grey market its like buying a used car from someone in that you assume all the risk yourself. Starting out this also means you’ll have trouble with support as any questions or issues you have with your camera could be turned away.Included Parts and AccessoriesYes you’re getting a DSLR but before purchasing and when you get the camera you should check the included accessories listed with the camera against the manufacturer’s website. If you think you purchased from an authorized dealer the first hurdle would be the correct warranty card for your country, without it getting your camera fixed can be difficult. Checking the listing for issues can solve a lot of problems but after getting your camera its worth that double check for the correct manuals and manufacturer batteries as with some previous cases these items have been removed or replaced with inferior items.Check the kit lens! A lot of these cameras were bought body only so make sure you’re getting the proper lens. The Nikon D5300 should come with a new VRII 18-55mm lens which in the readers case was swapped for the older VRI lens that ships with the D5200, a lens which is not recommended if possible due to its photo quality. Take the time to check your lenses, a D5300 uses AF-S lenses and not AF except for manual focus. Kit lenses for the Canon Rebel line should be listed as STM.One of the issues you can have buying a unit of this kind is the battery charger, fortunately in this case the readers was swapped for a US charger but reading online about this listing not everyone got that luxury. The camera was meant for another country so it’s not a big surprise you're still out money for a charger in Nikon’s case, for Canon $4-6 for a 2 slot non-polarized power cord to plug in the charger. Unfortunately for someone starting out unless they can find one at a local store you’re stuck waiting for one in the mail with a nice shiny paperweight after that partial battery charge dies.“Free” ExtrasThere's no such thing as a free lunch, if your kit comes with 3000 items yet still costs the same as an authorized camera from B&H things don’t exactly add up. A memory card, cleaning cloth, bag, and maybe an extra battery makes a decent starting point. Starting out most of the accessories they offer are nice and shiny but they are also cheap items, most of these are less than $10, with negligible quality in most cases. While I won’t cover all the accessories in the kit I’ll hit a few of the frequently asked ones and provide alternative options. While the recommended options might be a bit more expensive the quality is worth the price to get good items the first time.
|Nikon 70-300 F/4-5.6 AF LensThe big extra in this kit that doesn't fit is the Nikon 70-300 AF lens. The seller did list all the camera bodies that did and didn't auto focus with this lens, they just didn't mention the D5300 isn't one of them. Having no auto focus for this telephoto would be a bit of a pain and isn't something a first time buyer is going to know. $159 lens by itself so with the older kit lens above and a grey market body it’s not hard to fit it under the budget of an authorized D5300 price.|
|UV FilterUnless you live in a desert or dealing with touchy kids you don’t need a UV filter just get a hood for your lens. The majority of these filters in kits are such low quality that it will affect the quality of your photos because you're putting extremely cheap glass in front of your good glass.|
|TripodActually my Dad has the exact one from the listing, it came with a spotting scope, not a DSLR. Unless you absolutely have to use this it’s just a pain to use compared to a decent tripod and its plastic build is not something to hold up to much abuse. Unless you're Toby and lose a Tripod leg getting a good tripod is something that's going to last you through multiple camera bodies and many years of work.For a decent budget tripod get the Dolica 62”, it might cost more in the short term but long term it works better and you don’t have to worry about it breaking. Later on when you get more established and want something a bit more light & portable for hiking and moving about you can always pick up a MeFoto travel tripod.|
|Memory CardIf you buy a kit from Amazon or B&H depending on their current sales they sometimes throw in a Sandisk card for free. Unfortunately the listing doesn't say particularly what you get so it’s up to them, as for reviews its a grab bag situation, our reader received a non listed generic and Sony. If you need to pick any up you’re better off getting a couple 16-32GB cards over one 64GB card so not all your photos are in one basket.|
|Padded Cases and BackpacksBags are definitely one of those things that is up to the person. Like the SD card above both Amazon and B&H among others occasionally offer a free bag of better quality. While these kit bags would certainly work there are much better options available, just make sure to get one with a bit of extra room for additional gear purchases or you've got to go bag shopping all over again.
Lowepro (Bagfinder)• SlingShot 202AW Amazon | B&H• Photo Sport Pro 30L AW (Review) Amazon | B&HVanguard (Bagfinder)• Sydney (Review) Amazon | B&HThink Tank (Link)• Sub Urban Disguise 20 (Review)• TurnStyle 10 (Review)• Retrospective 20Timbuk2 - options for those that want a custom bag (Link)Kelly Moore - makes purse styled bags (Link)Pacsafe - bags built with security options (Link)
|FlashIf you're starting out and it’s available use the built in flash until you get a grip on how to use the camera. At that point, get a Yongnuo flash, a good product the first time saves money in the long run. Otherwise spend more money and get the manufacturer brand which does the same thing for twice the cost. This one in the kit is a $13.95 flash and for the reviews it has in a sense standing outside with a flashlight duct taped to the top of the camera might be preferable.|
|Cleaning AccessoriesDespite everything your lens can take a lot of abuse and even crack slightly without damaging your photos quality so you don’t need a lot of cleaning supplies. A lens wipe and cleaning solution work well, or if you're Toby a shirt. For dust inside the camera a rocket blower is handy to get it out but not needed right immediately.|
|Card ReaderYou can’t really complain about a free card reader but you do have to be iffy about quality as the listed unit is not even USB 2.0 making your card load at a snails pace. While they all do the same basic function some card readers do have a tendency to wear out a SD faster than others so its better to choose a quality reader.|
|Close-up lenses “Macro on the cheap” While we do get Macro questions quite frequently, and yes technically these would work, just like the cheap UV filter you are putting more poor quality glass in front of the lens. If you're starting out in photography managing what you have and learning to use the camera properly is better than playing with gimmicks. If you're dead set on going macro checking out Toby’s macro photography options below is your best bet.|
|BatteryWhile not included in this seller’s kit it’s recommended you get an extra battery. For every battery you do get quite a few shots but having more than one as a backup or a long trip is a good investment. In colder climates especially the battery will die faster as the cold will sap the battery life. Fortunately for us 3rd party battery makers have stepped in so we’re not paying $40 for a battery.|
The best answer is do your homework to get a authorized, warrantied camera, and if you get stuck send us a message on Facebook as we are happy to help. In this case it comes down to who are you buying the camera from and are you getting what you think you are paying for in the sale versus what actually arrives. Grey market can potentially mean a good sale but it creates issues down the road for getting service or repairs from the manufacturer. When it comes to accessories even small $10 items add up, when there are 18 of those and another lens yet the price is the same or lower than Amazon it’s time to ask questions. While this deal in particular wasn't a complete loss, it wasn't what the person asked for, which is shady at best and a warning for others.As for our reader, everything in the listing came in as described which is what he expected after messaging our page. Everything works and now he's picking up the basics but if I wrote this a bit earlier they probably would have went a different route.
Buy from an authorized dealer, you get a proper warrantied camera from a reputable source while supporting future Digital Photo Recommendations work in the process.B&H | Amazon | AdoramaPhotorec.tv DSLR sales page
March 1, 2015 - Permanent price drops on Full Frame Canon Cameras. Up to $300 savings. Additional Rebates on lenses good till March 28, 2015. A few of the lenses are back to their holiday pricing, excellent deals!
Canon Camera Price Drops
$300 price drops for the lowest prices ever
Canon 5D Mark III (Body Only) $2,499 Buy from: B&H Photo | AmazonAdditional deal with Pro Printer Bundle- Everything you see below for $2,249 Buy from B&H Canon 5D Mark III with 24-105 f/4 L Buy from: B&H Photo | AmazonCanon 5D Mark III with 24-70 f/4 L Buy from: B&H Photo | Amazon
$100 price drops
Canon 6D (Body Only) Buy from B&H Photo | AmazonCanon 6D with 24-105 f/4 L Buy from B&H Photo | AmazonCanon 7D Mark II (Body Only) Buy from B&H Photo | Amazon*Note - $100 INSTANT rebate only, no permanent price drop yetCanon 70D (Body Only) Buy from B&H Photo | AmazonCanon T5 with 18-55 $399!! Buy from B&H Photo | AmazonCanon Sl1 (Body Only) $399!! Buy from B&H Photo | Amazon
Canon Lens Price Drops
My Top picks for value$140 Rebate on EF 17-40mm f/4L USM Price: $699-Buy from: B&H Photo | Amazon-For less than $700 you get an excellent landscape lens for full frame cameras.$100 Rebate on EF 70-200mm f/4L USM Price: $609-Buy from: B&H Photo | Amazon-A versatile lens that offers awesome sharpness, colors and contrast$150 Rebate on EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM II Price: $2,049-Buy from: B&H Photo | Amazon-The absolute lowest price on Canon's best zoom- This lens is attached to my camera for 75% of the wedding day - useful for portraits, in low light and allows me to stealthily get emotional moments.Zooms$50 Rebate on EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM- $1,299 Buy from: B&H Photo | Amazon$200 Rebate on EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM- $1,499 Buy from: B&H Photo | Amazon$100 Rebate on EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM- $1,099 Buy from: B&H Photo | Amazon$150 Rebate on EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM- $1,849 Buy from: B&H Photo | Amazon$200 Rebate on EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM- $799 Buy from: B&H Photo | Amazon$200 Rebate on EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM- $1,099 Buy from: B&H Photo | Amazon$150 Rebate on EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM- $1,299 Buy from: B&H Photo | Amazon$100 Rebate on EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM $1,349 -Buy from: B&H Photo | AmazonPrimes$150 Rebate on EF 35mm f/1.4L USM-Price: $1,329 Buy from: B&H Photo | Amazon I suggest you buy the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 - sharper and cheaper $899. Buy from: B&H Photo | Amazon$150 Rebate on EF 50mm f/1.2L USM- $1349 Buy from: B&H Photo | Amazon I suggest you buy the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 - for the same reasons I suggest the Sigma 35. $949 Buy from: B&H Photo | Amazon$100 Rebate on EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM- $1,999 Buy from: B&H Photo | Amazon$50 Rebate on EF 135mm f/2.0L USM- $999 Buy from: B&H Photo | Amazon$50 Rebate on EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro $899 IS USM-Buy from: B&H Photo | Amazon
Nikon has announced INSTANT REBATES - HUGE savings on lenses, DSLRS and DSLR/Lens Bundles including the new D5500! Rebates end Feb 28, 2015. These rebates come once a year.Savings on DSLRs/Lens Bundles - Shop B&H Photo | Adorama | Amazon
Nikon DSLR Savings
Nikon D810 is now $300 off: B&H Photo | Adorama | AmazonNikon D5500 kits are now $200 off: B&H Photo | Adorama | AmazonNikon D5300 kits are now $100 off: B&H Photo | Adorama | AmazonNikon D3300 kits are now $150 off: B&H Photo | Adorama | AmazonComplete line of Nikon DSLR Savings at Adorama
Nikon LENS Savings
Additional Nikon Lens Savings:
Nikon 28mm f/1.8G: $100 off B&H Photo | Adorama | AmazonNikon 35mm f/1.8G: $100 off B&H Photo | Adorama | AmazonNikon 50mm f/1.4G: $85 off B&H Photo | Adorama | AmazonNikon 85mm f/1.8G: $50 off B&H Photo | Adorama | AmazonNikon 85mm f/1.4G: $200 off B&H Photo | Adorama | AmazonNikon 105mm f/2.8G VR Micro: $185 off B&H Photo | Adorama | AmazonNikon 14-24mm f/2.8G: $200 off B&H Photo | Adorama | AmazonNikon 16-35mm f/4G VR: $260 off B&H Photo | Adorama | AmazonNikon 24-70mm f/2.8G: $200 off B&H Photo | Adorama | AmazonNikon 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G VR: $400 off B&H Photo | Adorama | AmazonNikon 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5G DX: $100 off B&H Photo | Adorama | AmazonNikon 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G DX VRII: $100 off B&H Photo | Adorama | AmazonNikon 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G DX VRII: $100 off B&H Photo | Adorama | Amazon
allnewshop with 99.6% feedback rating has NEW Canon 5D Mark III for just $2254.0 - View on EbayNote - I do not expect the 5D Mark III prices to drop drastically or even much at all when the 5DS and 5DS R are finally available in June. Those two cameras are NOT direct replacements for the 5D Mark III and mostly meet a different use case.They also have 6D body only and with 24-105.Canon 6D body only for $1299 - View on EbayCanon 6D with 24-104 for $1,912.99 - View on Ebay
Amazon has dropped the price of the 70D and the T5i and with a little know-how (see the video below) you can pile on tons of free extras that are heavily discounted(many free after the discount) and end up with a camera and a load of goodies all for free. It is important to note that these items all need to be purchased from Amazon, not 2rd party vendors selling via Amazon. The complete shopping list is below the video70D Start Here -Add the 70D and desired Lens to Cart.Add Canon 70D CameraAdd 18-55 Lens, The 18-135 STM does not give you as big a discounted bonus (which lens to buy?)Add LP-E6 BatteryAdd Dolica MonopodAdd AmazonBasics Camera CaseAdd 32GB SD CardAdd 16GB SD Card (some have reported success adding multiples of this card and Amazon discounts each time, giving you up to 4 free SD Cards with camera)See what else I recommend buying with the Canon 70D and T5i Cameras