When Google acquired Nik Software back in September, the photographic community took it as a sign that the internet giant was focusing more intently on our passion. But last week, when Google announced it would be pulling support for the desktop version of Nik’s popular mobile editor Snapseed, the same people wondered if this spelled the end of the rest of Nik’s well-respected suite of plugins.
Fortunately, the opposite is the case. Google may have pulled their support for the desktop version of Snapseed, but the remaining offerings from Nik are not only still available, they will be sold in a record-low-priced bundle. Read more…
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.
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]
Clemson University is apparently ditching film photography and going digital. The public South Carolina-based school has just turned to government surplus auctions to unload its analog gear, and the equipment is being snatched up for ridiculously low prices. The lot of 9 “excellent condition” Hasselblad 500 EL/M medium format camera bodies seen above was just sold for $1,200, which comes out to about $133 for each camera (granted, there are some taxes and processing fees tacked on).
Since launching back in 2007, Gunnar glasses have received a considerable amount of attention in the tech world for their ability to combat computer vision syndrome (CVS). If you spend hours upon hours every day staring at your computer monitor while post-processing your photographs, you might have experienced the symptoms of CVS, which include eye fatigue, visual stress, irritation, burning, tearing, and dryness. Here’s the description of Gunnar glasses on the company’s website:
GUNNARS increase contrast, comfort and focus while minimizing eye fatigue and visual stress for anyone who spends long hours staring at digital screens. GUNNAR eyewear is powered by i-AMP lens technology comprised of a proprietary lens material in an advanced geometry tuned for intermediate viewing distance and finished with custom formulated lens filters, tints and coatings.
If you want to give it a shot, here’s some good news: until September 11, 2012, Woot is selling a number of Gunnar glasses for up to 77% off the price you’ll find at retail outlets. Instead of $100-$190, you can pick one up for just $35-$50. The ones being sold are marketed towards video gamers, but should work just fine for photographers as well.
Gunnar Gaming Glasses on Woot (via Lifehacker)
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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When Sigma released its SD1 DSLR with its fancy Foveon sensor last year, many photographers balked at the camera’s $9,700 price tag. Now, perhaps due to the launch of a new generation of Canon and Nikon DSLRs, Sigma is rethinking the camera’s price. In a press release put out today, the company announced that the camera will be re-launched the Sigma SD1 Merrill — named in honor of Foveon co-creator Richard “Dick” Merrill.
However, even with this revolutionary image sensor, we could not solve issues related to some of the manufacturing methods before the start of mass production, and the production cost ended up substantially exceeding our originally expected price. As a result, we had no choice but to set the price of the Sigma SD1 high. This caused great discouragement to all of you who looked forward to its release, and wished to experience the very unique image quality of the Sigma SD1 in person; this has become our biggest disappointment and pain.
Since then, overcoming this situation has become the first priority for us and Foveon, and we have together made improvements to reduce production cost substantially. Even though this effort took nearly a year, at last, we achieved a reduction target close to the price we originally planned. Therefore, we decided to release Sigma SD1 as a new product
The company has decided to lop off a whopping $6,400 from the MSRP, meaning the camera is now priced at $3,300. It was selling in stores for $6,899 before, so the new “street price” will likely be around $2,300.
(via BusinessWire via Photo Rumors)
Image credit: SIGMA SD1 front 01 by HAMACHI!
Update: The deal prices seem to be fluctuating. They might not be what our screenshot shows.
In the market for memory cards? B&H is currently offering SanDisk Compact Flash cards at crazy prices. They’re listing Extreme Pro cards at less than 50% of the price offered at other retailers. For example, a 16GB Extreme Pro card currently costs $60 (with free shipping in the US) from B&H but $130+ at most other places.
SanDisk Compact Flash Cards [B&H Photo Video]
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Amazon is selling the Photive ML-L3 Wireless Shutter Release Remote for Nikon DSLRs for just $2 with free shipping. The retail price is $30, so it’s a crazy 93% discount. No idea if the price will last — maybe it’s a mistake.
Photive ML-L3 Wireless Shutter Release Remote (via The Digital Picture)
Update: Looks like the remote only ships to US addresses.
Update: Here’s something similar for Canon DSLRs for $2.88.
Daily deals sites have become quite popular as of late, with Groupon and LivingSocial leading the charge. Photo Dough is a similar service that’s geared towards professional photographers. Every few days the site features a new service or product that’s heavily discounted thanks to group buying, allowing you to save money on things like photo editing programs, digital picture albums, and website templates.