Saturday, May 24, 2008

Memorial Day Digital Camera Shopping

Because of the Memorial Day holiday (shopping) weekend, we start our weekly "Weekend Shopper" a day early, and quite a few dollars short! Beat the early cyber-crowds by starting early! This post will grow in size as we run into things of interest. We start with just two cameras!

Memorial Day Temptations
Sigma DP1Yes, a discount! The Sigma DP1 is now down to $761 at Amazon. For our coverage of the DP1, be sure to check all the posts with the Sigma DP1 mania tag.
Detailed Canon Instant Rebates pageA very detailed look at the Canon Instant Rebates, and also the $50 Digital Rebel mail-in upgrader rebate, which is not getting as much love as the instant rebates, but can (or could have already) saved you $50, and you just didn't know about it! Read on to find out more!
Canon 5DThe Armies of Full Frame have taken a step closer to the mass market as the 5D is now officially under $2000 in the post-instant-rebate era. While there are rumors of a 5D Mark II, the Mark I is the only that you can actually take pictures with. Unless you print the rumors and make a pinhole camera out of them :) The 5D goes for $1900 body only and $2600 with the EF 24-105 f4 LISUSM (L + IS + USM) lens. Available at Amazon, Adorama and B&H Photo and many other reputable and not-so-reputable places.
Canon 40DThank you instant rebates say the EOS fans looking for a 40D or 5D or select lenses and accessories. The 40D has now become, overnight almost, the bang for the buck non-entry-level DSLR in the current market. The price of $940 for body only or $1130 bundled with the EF 28-135 is a temptation for both EOS and non-EOS fans. Available at B&H Photo, Adorama, and Amazon among many other places.
Pentax Gear Up RebatesThe new Pentax Gear Up rebate program encourages spending, the more you spend, the more you save. A maximum of $375 in savings if you buy the max five items allowed. Included K20D, K200D, lenses and more
Kelby Training DVDEducational super-site Kelby Training is having a Memorial Day DVD sale where you can get 50% of some of the traning DVDs there!
Cosina 70-210 f4.5-5.6 MC AFLooking for an extra, disposable or experimental lens to play with? The Cosina 70-210 for the Nikon mount is offered by 47th Street on Amazon for $40 plus $8 shipping.
Nikon D40 kit +warrantyCameta is offering the Nikon D40 with the 18-55 DX lens and a two year Nikon warranty for $440 plus $10 shipping
Nikon D60 two lens kitWith the D40/D40x slowly fading out from the spotlight, Nikon wants to give people more reasons to take a look at the Nikon D60. And the two-lens kit, which includes the D60, the 18-55 DX VR and 55-200 DX VR lenses, along with two Nikon school DVDs is now down to $800 at Cameta on Amazon, plus $15 S&H. Also available at Adorama at $828 with free shipping.
Panasonic FZ18Zoom! Zoom! Panasonic's first hyperzoom (18X zoom ratio) is back again to the tempting price of $300. The more popular black (FZ18K) edition is available through Adorama and J&R World upon Amazon. Meanwhile the silver edition is offered by Vanns on Amazon. The FZ18 was announced in late July 2007, so it is reasonable to expect a replacement when Panasonic makes their summer/fall Photokina-bound announcements.
Dell Precision M6300If you are looking for a road warrior's warrior laptop, one option is the Dell Precision M6300 Mobile Workstation on sale starting at $1900 and customizable to your liking.
Fuji A805 blue bundleThe blue Fuji A805 special bundle is a Friday-only deal at Staples and goes for $100. This includes the Fuji A805 (not A850), a camera case and two Fuji AA NiMH batteries with charger. This is Staples item #738263. Just search for that at

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