As we head into Black Friday and Cyber Monday for 2018, here are some great deals on gear, services, and other things of particular interest to photographers. There’s a torrent of deals at this time of year, but some are better than others. I’m trying to pick out some of the better ones here on gear and services I know, use, and would recommend. It’s a running list, so be sure to check back. I’ll add new ones as they go live or catch my eye.
$705 off Canon EOS 6D Mark II DSLR Camera w/ 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 zoom lens. Includes a battery grip, spare battery, Ruggard shoulder bag, SanDisk Extreme 32GB memory card, 77mm polarizer and UV filters, and wireless remote shutter release for $1799.95. You can also get just the body for $1299, which is $500 off. Find it at B&H Photo. Ends 11/26.
GoPro HERO6 Black for $319. There’s a brand new model, but the HERO6 Black is still a top-notch action cam that looks identical and shares many of the same features and capabilities. I’ve posted my side-by-side comparison of the two models here. You can find the HERO6 Black for $319 at B&H Photo.
$80 off Sony 128GB SF-G Series UHS-II SDXC Memory Card. These cards are quick and rank right near the top in my SD card speed tests. If you’re shooting with one of the newer cameras with high-bitrate video recording or fast burst modes, a fast card is essential. With the discount, it brings it down to $150.99. Find them at B&H Photo. Ends 11/26.
GoPro HERO7 Black + free chest mount, SD card, and spare battery @ GoPro.com. As a Black Friday deal, GoPro is throwing in a free chest mount, SD card and spare battery when you buy the GoPro HERO7 Black, their brand-new flagship model. I’ve been shooting with it since they came out, and it offers several worthwhile improvements over the previous models (you can find my detailed comparisons here.) Find the deal here. Ends 11/26.
$70 off the Olympus TG-5 waterproof camera @ Backscatter and B&H Photo. Underwater specialists Backscatter call it their underwater camera of the year. I’ve called it the best all-around waterproof camera available. If you’re heading out for travels that might get damp, the TG-5 is hard to beat. And if you’re taking it deep, Backscatter also has a deal on their specialized underwater wide-angle lens for the TG-5. You can find the deal at Backscatter for $379.99 and at B&H Photo for $379. Ends 11/26.
$1000 off Apple 15.4″ MacBook Pro with Touch Bar (Mid 2017, Silver). Chances are you spend more time behind a computer than a camera, after all. Brings this powerful laptop down to $2399. Find it at B&H Photo. Ends 11/26.
10-15% off at Peak Design. I’ve been fan of Peak Design clips and straps since they launched. They’ve now branched into some top-notch bags. For Black Friday and Cyber Monday, they have 15% off straps, clips, and covers, and their Everyday Bag series is 10% off. You can also get 10% off their brand new Travel Backpack 45L if you bundle it with two of their packing tools. Find it here. Ends 11/26.
Used gear discounts @ KEH. Get $200 off spending $1000+, $100 off spending $600+, and $50 off spending $300+. KEH is usually my first stop when looking for used gear. They have a great selection, good prices, and the peace of mind of excellent customer service if you discover the condition isn’t as expected. Find it here and use code CYBER11E at checkout. Ends 11/26.
$50 off Bose QuietComfort 35 Series II wireless noise cancelling headphones @ B& Photo. Okay, so these aren’t strictly photography related, but I find them pretty much essential when traveling and working on my laptop in coffee shops (or at home, for that matter, with little kids…). They’re also a great gift idea. Bose controls their prices, so it’s rare to find deals. But they’re $50 off here, making them $299. Find them here.
25% off all used gear @ BorrowLenses. This isn’t for rentals–it’s for buying their used ex-rental gear. They’re starting with a large collection of used gear on offer, although stock is obviously limited. Sale ends 11/30 or whenever stuff sells out. You can find their live listing of gear here. Use code BLACKFRIDAY18 at checkout.
Apps and Software
Luminar 2018 + Aurora HDR 2019 Bundle for $119 (down from $168). Luminar is becoming a very impressive Lightroom alternative, with some unique innovative features in its own right. Aurora is a powerful HDR app that’s both easier to use and in many respects more polished than older (but still excellent) alternatives like PhotoMatix Pro. Both Aurora and Luminar can be used as standalone apps or as plugins with Lightroom. And if you only want one or other of the apps, not both, there are deals on them individually too: Luminar 2018 for $49 (if you use code HAVECAMERA at checkout you’ll get this deal rather than the standard $59 one displayed) and Aurora HDR 2019 for $89 (again, if you use code HAVECAMERA). They’re also throwing in a bunch of bonuses. Upgrades are also discounted (use HAVECAMERA code for the best prices). The deals run 11/21 through 11/28.
$30 off PhotoMechanic new licenses; $15 off upgrades. PhotoMechanic is a staple of news and sports shooters because it’s lightning fast, but it works wonderfully alongside Lightroom for anyone who’s dealing with a large number of incoming shots. And it’s one of those apps that isn’t discounted often. You can find more info here. No code required–discount is applied automatically at checkout. Ends 11/26.
60% off Lightgram’s Lightroom presets. Lightgram have some very good Lightroom preset collections, including some that mimic the classic Instagram filters. (The 60% discount applies to all their preset collections, not just the Instagram ones.) Find them here. Use code BLACKFRIDAY2018.
15% off Exposure X4 from AlienSkin. Exposure X4 is the newest version of this popular non-destructive RAW photo editor Lightroom alternative. It bring the app to $126 (from $149); there’s also a bundle version that includes their up-sizing app that’s $169 (from $199). The deal also applies to upgrade pricing. Find it here. Expires 11/26.
75% off ACDSee Photo Studio for Mac 4. This RAW processor with built-in DAM is $24.95 (down from $99.99). More info here. Ends 11/25.
Websites and Web Hosting
40% off SmugMug. SmugMug is one of the bigger and more established places to store your photos online, build a custom portfolio, and sell prints of your photos. In a big plus, they have unlimited storage. The deal applies to annual plans and new accounts only. Find the deal here.
25% off WP Offload Media. Photographers tend to have image-heavy sites, and those can create storage issues on otherwise lean and powerful web servers. WP Offload Media is a premium WordPress plugin that moves your image files off the main server and puts them on fast Amazon S3 or DigitalOcean storage. So they’re not bogging down your server, they’re on infinite, fast cloud storage, and yet WordPress still acts and behaves as though they’re still in the system as normal. Pricing varies by the number of items in your Media Library (based on original uploads, not derivative thumbnails). It’s by the folks at Delicious Brains, who make very polished and feature-rich plugins like this and WP Migrate Pro, which is my favorite way to move WordPress sites (that’s also 25% off). Find it here.
Print Labs, Photo Books, and Photo Products
40-50% off everything @ Shutterfly. They have a huge range of print and photo products (you can even get blankets printed with photos now!). The deal is on everything, including holiday cards and stocking stuffers like Christmas tree ornaments, coasters, and coffee mugs (and even the stockings themselves). Find it here and use code SAVENOW. Ends 11/25.
50% off Photo Books @ Blurb. Blurb has been my go-to photo book service for several years now. I like the quality–they have some very good high-quality heavy-weight papers that work well for photos–and I also like the way it’s integrated right into Lightroom. This deal applies only to new customers. You can find the deal here, and it runs 11/21 to 11/27. Use code BLACKFRIDAYFIFTY.
50% off prints and products @ EZPrints. They have a full range of print products from metal prints to panoramas and gallery wraps, as well as stocking stuffers like phone cases and coffee mugs. Get the deal here. Expires 11/27. Use code 50SAVE.
15% off Collage Arrangements @ BayPhoto. If you’re looking for a different way to display several photos, these CollageWalls are made up of multiple prints, with a single photo per print that can be hung in various arrangements. It’s quite an eye-catching way to do it, and using the templates is a far more reliable and simpler way of both printing and installing than the old-fashioned, manual way. The deal applies to MetalPrints of Photo Prints. Find it here. Expires 11/29. Use code 15CWALL.
25% off gear rentals @ LensProToGo. Itching to try the new Nikon Z7 mirrorless camera or the FujiFilm X-T3 before deciding whether to take the plunge? Or just need a super telephoto before heading off on a wildlife safari? LensProToGo is my go-to for short-term gear rentals when I need a specific lens or body for a shoot that isn’t in my regular kit. Find it here and use code CYBER25. Ends 11/26 and orders must arrive by 3/29/2019.
20% off Crumpepop Better Stabilizer and SplitScreen Pro for Final Cut Pro X and Adobe Premier Pro. The deal actually applies to all of their plugins–and they have some other good ones–but these are the two I’ve found most useful. SplitScreen Pro is what I use for the side-by-side tests of GoPros. Starts 11/21 and lasts 1 week. You can find them here.