If you’re reading this you’re aware that in our field, gear matters, and you’d have to have a bank balance bigger than your bank account number for you to acquire all you likely would want when the whim takes you. However, if you keep your ear to the ground like we do, you come about the best photography deals currently on the market, and within our Deal Dashes, we share them with you:
*Many of the camera and lens deals below will expire soon.
When the Samsung T1 arrived last year we were all impressed, and Pye and myself both adopted them into our arsenal and workflow. The size was astonishing, the performance equally so, and for the price, it was hard to ignore. Samsung released the T3 as the next step in the evolution, and now you can get certain T3s for less than their comparable capacity T1s. The 500 GB T3 is now $179 and the 250GB T3 for $99. I use mine almost daily and perfect for moving around, traveling, and managing Lightroom catalogues on multiple devices. Check out our review of the T1, and get yours here.
It’s not hard to imagine that you might be a Lightroom user, and if you are, and if you haven’t tried it already, adopting SSDs into your workflow are among the few things you can do to give LR a little kick. I typically use different catalogues for each shoot, and whatever current files (LRCAT) I am working on I will keep on a dedicated SSD, typically a 250GB Samsung 850 EVO. They are fast, reliable, and surprisingly robust – I know from dropping mine numerous times. Right now you can get a 500GB EVO for $149 and a 250GB for $86. If you’re curious about enclosures for these drives and how to implement a set-up, check out this article.
The D810 is one of the most accomplished cameras to come to market in recent memory, with wide adoption from wedding photographers, fashion photographers, portrait shooters, architectural and the rest. There’s a reason for that: With 36MP, no optical low pass filter, 51 point AF system and in a robust body, competitively priced, it’s now an industry staple for many. You can see our full review here, and right now you can score one for $500 off dropping the price from $3,296 to $2,796. It’s the largest savings we’ve seen on the D810 to-date. Get it here.
This is the jackknife DSLR at the moment and the one I found almost no fault in when reviewing it (full review here). With its 24MP sensor, low light capability, extended exposure comp, speed, and video capability it made you stop to wonder if you really needed a D810, and if you didn’t need the extra resolution, this was your answer. Typically $2,296, it’s currently going for $1,996 for a $300 break in price. Get it here.
The Nikon D610 is the Nikon ‘entry’ full frame camera, and has been one of the best buys for those wanting to get into full frame since its release. It is, in fact, my day-to-day workhorse of choice, and despite the agility and speed advantages of its big brother, the D750, the D610 remains a staple for many pro photographers. Currently listed at $1,296, a cool $700 less than standard list price, it’s an exceptional buy. You can see our full review here, and get yours here.
The Nikon D5000 sparked a bit of a small revolution because the series was so small, and so capable, and adopted much from its much larger more expensive brothers. The D5300 is a highly capable camera, and the series is one we refer to in our Photography 101 workshops because they are so good, and for so little. With 39 AF points, 24MP CMOS sensor, built-in Wi-Fi and GPS, no optical low pass filter, and 1080p video at 60fps, it’s impressive. Typically listed at $1,096, it can be had right now for only $796, shaving $300 off the list. Get it here.
The venerable 5D’s third iteration comes from a lineage whose reputation precedes it, and is loved the world over. It can be found along the sidelines at major sporting events, weddings, and everywhere in between. If you’re in the market it’s $300 off the normal price sitting at $2,499. Get it here.
With a 20MP refined APS-C sensor with dual pixel AF, the 7D MK II quickly became an item to get for many pros and enthusiasts. It’s got a rugged shutter designed for 200,000 actuations, a whopping 65 point AF system, and full 1080p at 60FPS. It’s one of the really attractive offerings from Canon and now is $300 less than normal sitting at $1,499 and even bundled with Lightroom. Get it here.
**Expiring soon!: Sigma has a large spread of lenses with manufacturer-issued discounts which will expire on April 30th. Savings range from $350 on the beautiful Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX Macro (1:1) that’s brilliant for portraiture and detail, to $250 on the 70-200 f/2.8.