Friday, September 5, 2008

Weekend Shopper beats the Stock Market Blues

Think how much camera gear one can get with just one share of Berkshire Hathaway (oh my!)! Now back to reality, with our customary Weekend Shopper.

Save money, but still splash in the water with the older Pentax Optio W30, going for $195 with free shipping at Adorama. Sure, it's not as new or as cool blue as the new W60, but costs almost half as much.

Remember the $150 rebate talked about in the forums and the blogs? Well, here it is in action, the Canon 40D + EF 70-300 f4-5.6 IS USM lens for $1370 and free shipping and "handeling" at Adorama. The lens alone goes for $550 and the 40D body only goes for $970. After some complicated calculations, $970 + $550 = $1520, and voila, the $150 instant rebate Canon promised.

On the other hand if you or one of your friends and relatives are looking for an affordable DSLR starter kit of the Nikon variety at a reasonable price, the Nikon D40 2-lens kit might be it. Be sure though to note that this DSLR (just like the D40x and D60), expect the lenses to have focus motors if they are to offer modern luxuries such as autofocus. The two lenses included are the 18-55 DX (not VR), and 55-200 DX (not VR).

Meanwhile Dell has a Camera Sale with various models at various prices. It would take forever to list them all, some are good deals, some so-and-so, some not-so-much. It depends on what you are looking for.

And speaking of Dell, on the computer front, they may have to call in King Solomon to sort this potentially great deal out: Buy one get one 1/2 half on select laptops and desktops. This includes their new Studio Hybrids. No relation to the Samsung "Hybrids" or the Battlestar Galactica "Hybrids".

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