Saturday, March 1, 2008

Noisy Shopper: Weekend edition (1D Mk III at $3868, etc)

Welcome to the Weekend Edition of the Noisy Shopper! If you are not interested in shopping, be sure to check our 25 most recent posts. If you don't find something interesting there, let us know wha type of topics you would like to see covered!

DSLR Specials
The biggest special in terms of price is the Canon 1D Mark III for $3868 at! More details here.

Also from OneCall, the Nikon D200 (Body Only) is $1219 with free shipping, and the Olympus EVOLT E-410 2 Lens Kit is $549, a good way to get started with DSLRs or "explore" the Four Thirds mount.

Meanwhile the Nikon D60 is shipping from B&H Photo for the list price of $750 (with the kit lens).

Oh my! The Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4.0-5.6 IS is shipping right now by Vanns at Amazon - current price $290! Only two left in stock as of the time of writing. Amazon itself has a 1 to 2 month wait before shipment.

And another special on the Nikon D200, this time from Cameta Camera on Amazon, bundled with the Nikon MB-D200 battery grip and an extra EN-EL3e battery for the one price of $1380. The MB-D200 alone is about $150, while the battery is around $40, valuing the D200 just under $1200.

Non-DSLR Specials

Yum!!! At just $130 you can get the Casio Exilim EX Z75 silver. Offered by J&R World. This is a sleek ultracompact with a 7mp 1/2.5" sensor, SD/MMC, LiIon battery, 3x optical zoom lens, and sleek looks.

Hot hot hot! The $300 price point has made the Panasonic FZ18K (black finish) jump ten spots in the Camera Charts. The current price at Amazon is $300, offered by J&R World. Next lower price is $330 via OneCall.

The Canon PowerShot SD850 IS is $236, with free 3-day shipping at Also at OneCall, the pink Panasonic FX55 has crashed to $200. Panasonic is re-doing their line-up with the newer FS-series and FX35/FX500 models, using 10mp 1/2.33" sensors. This may be your last chance to get an 8mp 1/2.5" FX-series camera!

Meanwhile the Panasonic FX33 is offered by Vanns on Amazon for $180. If you prefer the fewer megapixel sensors, instead of the new 10mp 1/2.33" it's your choice! Also be sure to check the first review posted of one of the new Panasonic cameras using the new Venus Engine. The review is of the Lumix FS20 posted at the Photography blog.

Everything Else
$15 off $100 at Calumet Photographic plus free shipping over $75!. More details in our earlier post. This promotion is good throughout March 2008 (March 1st through March 31st). More details here.

Various specials at Adorama. Prices good for the whole week.

Reviews Galore
DSLR Reviews can be found in the DSLR Review Matrix. Reviews of power-compacts (G9, GX100, LX2, F31fd, etc) can be found in the Power Compacts Review Matrix. The Super Zoom Review Matrix is a work in progress, there's only one camera there (Panasonic FZ50). You may also be interested in our DSLR Stock Exchange where are faux-analysts rate the DSLRs are "Strong buy", "buy", "moderate buy", "hold", "avoid", and such. We don't have a sell rating ...yet :)

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