Posts Tagged ‘amazon’

What Amazon’s Most Wished For Cameras Tell Us About the Industry

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There are all sorts of statistics we can look up to tell us how the photography industry is doing and whether or not smartphones really are going to steamroll the market (spoiler alert: it’s not as bad as some make it out to be). One source of information that probably doesn’t cross your mind, however, is Amazon’s Most Wished For lists.

Where statistics on cameras shipped give us an idea of what the companies want, Amazon’s list gives us a glimpse of what the customers want, which might just be a good indicator of how the big players in the industry are really doing. Read more…

Amazon Accidentally Publishes Nikon Df Page, Reveals a $2,750 Price Tag

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It looks like Amazon made a major goof and accidentally (or maybe not) published the Nikon Df sales page momentarily before taking it back down again. In addition to confirming the specs we already expected were coming, the page also let the cat out of the bag in regards to how much the Df will cost… as it turns out, it’s an expensive cat.

If the sales page was accurate, the new Df will cost $2,750 for the body only… so much for hoping it would compete price-wise with the Sony mirrorless full-frames.

(via The Phoblographer)

Amazon Begins Selling Fine-Art Photos through New Art Marketplace

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In what could be called an interesting move, popular online retailer Amazon has announced that they’re launching the “Amazon Art” marketplace effective immediately, bringing more than 40,000 artistic works from various dealers and art galleries to you with one click.

More than 4,500 artists’ works are in the collection, and featured are scores (almost 6,000 pieces at the time of this writing) of fine-art photographs from the likes of Melvin Sokolsky and even Andy Warhol (priced at a whopping $200,000).
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Man Caught Trying to Sell Book of Boston Bombing Press Photographs on Amazon

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The Boston Marathon bombing was a horrific event that took three lives and left more than 170 people injured; the idea that somebody would try to profit from that is unthinkable. And yet, someone already has.

Only one day after the bombings, a man by the name of Steve Goldstein used numerous photos from The AP, Getty Images and The New York Times without permission in order to create and sell an eBook titled “The Boston Bombings First Photos” on Amazon. Read more…

Photographer Discovers Viral Success by Snapping Bizarre Sights in the Amazon

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Photographer Jeff Cremer has figured out a winning formula for masking a splash on the Internet: travel to exotic jungles and take pictures of things that are rare, interesting, and bizarre.
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Amazon Courts Photographers by Adding Lens Finder Tool

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Amazon recently added a helpful tool geared specifically towards photographers looking to supplement their camera bag with some fresh glass. This Lens Finder Tool lets photographers input their camera and then spits out a list of all the compatible lenses Amazon caries for that particular model.
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Caveat Emptor: Receiving a Used “New” Camera From Amazon

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This is a cautionary tale about a recent experience with Amazon. For Christmas I was the lucky recipient of a Pentax K-5 — a gift from a family member who bought it from my Amazon wish list (Yeah me!). Unfortunately, unwrapping was the last happy moment in this tale.
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Target’s New Year-Round Price Matching May Make it an Attractive Camera Shop

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The war between brick and mortar stores and online retailers ended a long time ago — online retailers won. “Showrooming” was born and the B&M store became no more than a place to try before you went home to buy online. Worst case scenario you needed something right away that you would then return once your online order arrived. It’s not pretty, but that’s the reality of it.

This last holiday season, in an attempt to win back some traction in the fight, Best Buy offered to match online pricing on any item. This offered a great “have your cake and eat it too” scenario for consumers; but now the holiday season is over and people are back to shopping online. Well, Target is looking to change that, and not just during the holidays.
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Beware Counterfeit Memory Cards Being Shipped From Amazon Warehouses

Check out the two memory cards above. One of them is a counterfeit card while the other is a genuine one. Can you tell which is which? If you can’t, we don’t blame you. Japan-based photography enthusiast Damien Douxchamps couldn’t either until he popped the fake card into his camera and began shooting. The card felt a bit sluggish, so he ran some tests on his computer. Turned out the 60MB/s card was actually slower than his old 45MB/s card.

While it’s not unusual to come across counterfeit memory cards — it’s estimated that 1/3 of “SanDisk”-labeled cards are — what’s a bit concerning is how Douxchamps purchased his: he ordered the cards off Amazon — cards that were “fulfilled by Amazon.”
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Black Friday Deal: Snag Adobe Lightroom 4 for Just $79

If you’ve been jostling with crowds today over Black Friday deals and are heavy laden with shopping bags, take a look at this sweet deal that won’t be any extra hassle: Amazon is currently selling the full boxed version of Adobe Lightroom 4 for just $79! It’s regularly priced at $150, and sometimes dips down to $100, but $79 for one of the most popular image editing programs is quite an attractive offer. No word on how long this pricing will last, but we’re guessing that it’ll go back up after today or the holiday season.

You can also find the complete list of camera- and photo-related Black Friday deals offered by Amazon on this page.

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 [Amazon]