One chapter in the saga of Kodak’s escape from bankruptcy has come to an end. The company announced today that it has completed the sale of its valuable imaging patents for $525 million to a group of Silicon Valley companies. The deal involves more than 1,100 patents related to the capturing, manipulating, and sharing of digital photographs.
If you’ve recently purchased a Nikon D600 at its standard body-only retail price of $2,000, you might want to stop reading this post lest you suddenly find yourself filled with manufacturer-induced buyers remorse. If you’re a budget-conscious photographer in the market for a new full-frame DSLR, today might be your lucky day.
Nikon has launched a brand-wide fire sale of the Nikon D600. While the body-only price hasn’t changed, retailers around the web are selling the camera with a bundled lens and pricey accessories for the same price as the body itself.
Last week, New York City-based photo retailer Adorama launched a new VIP program to reward regular customers with some sweet perks. If you regularly buy your gear from the company’s website, you’ll be glad to know that membership in the program is currently free. It’s a $149 value that’s available for a limited time.
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]
Update: The deal is now over.
If you’re in need of an extra memory card or two, check out the Gold Box Deal of the Day over on Amazon. The company is selling Transcend brand SD and CF memory cards for up to 60% off their regular prices.
Today only—and just in time for the holidays—get up to 60% off memory and storage from Transcend Information. Boost the performance of your camcorders, digital cameras, and other devices with Transcend Information Class 10 SDHC memory cards and store files and photos on Transcend JetFlash retractable USB flash drives.
64GB SD and CF cards cost just $40 and $85, respectively, providing savings of 50% and 60%. The one-day offer will expire at the end of the day today.
Up to 60% Off Select Transcend Memory and Storage [Amazon via Photography Bay]
Leave it up to Samsung to hold crazy promotions for its mirrorless cameras — at least in the UK. The company recently offered to give a NX1000 mirrorless camera to anyone named David Bailey; 142 David Baileys came forward to claim their camera. Now the camera maker is doing another unique promo, and this time it’s open to the general public: it’s giving away tablet computers with its mirrorless cameras.
Looking for a cheap fog machine or fog juice for your photography? Hurry out to your local pop-up Halloween store today: David Hobby of Strobist reminds us that these seasonal stores often offer deep-discounts of those things once All Hallows’ Eve has come and gone.
The final hurdles have been cleared, and Instagram is now officially part of Facebook. The startup’s 16 employees will be relocating from San Francisco to Facebook HQ in Menlo Park. In an announcement released through its newsroom, Facebook reaffirmed its commitment to keeping Instagram running as a standalone service:
As we said from the beginning, we are committed to building and growing Instagram independently. Instagram will continue to serve its community, and we will help Instagram continue to grow by using Facebook’s strong engineering team and infrastructure. We also can’t wait to work with the talented Instagram team to improve the mobile experience.
There will certainly be more resources available at Instagram founder Kevin Systrom’s disposal: the photo sharing app is being taken in by a company with roughly 4,000 employees and legions of world class software developers.
Adorama had a Valentine’s Day discount on Adobe Lightroom 3 yesterday, pricing it at just $80. It’s back to $135 now, but if you missed out, you now have another chance: B&H has decided to one-up Adorama by selling the program for just $70. The sale will last until the end of today, so you might want to act fast this time if you’ve been on the fence.
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 [B&H Photo Video]
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We’re unclear on whether this is a permanent price drop or a temporary sale, but Adorama is current selling Lightroom 3 for just $80. That’s $59 cheaper than Amazon’s price and cheaper than the student and teacher edition.
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 [Adorama]
Update: Apparently the deal is for today (Valentine’s Day) only.