Lens Stories May 25, 2017

If you’re a new GH5 owner and still debating on which lenses to get, then this post is for you. Of course, much will depend on your personal needs and budget, but in many cases it’s hard to go wrong with the Panasonic 12-35mm f/2.8 II. expand full story

Lens Stories April 25, 2016

Apple has continually done a top-notch job of improving the iPhone’s internal camera system with each release. That said, third-party manufacturers have made a mark with accessories focused on upgrading optics in a variety of ways. Olloclip has made a name for itself with add-on lenses while other brands like Aukey are now pushing low-cost alternatives.

When it comes to replicating a true camera experience, the options have been much more limited. DXO released a Lightning-attached add-on last year, but the price tag and form-factor have remained a deterrent for many. That’s where PICTAR comes in. This retro-inspired accessory add physical controls and functionality via a companion app. The best news is that the price isn’t going to break the bank.

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Lens Stories April 4, 2016

expiredolloclip 4-in-1 Photo Lens for iPhone 6/s & Plus $50 shipped (Reg. $80)

 

Today only, B&H offers the olloclip 4-in-1 Photo Lens for iPhone 6/s and Plus for $49.99 shipped. That’s $30 off the regular sale price/ Amazon’s current listing and the lowest we can find. It comes with a fisheye and a wide-angle lens and two lens caps.

Features:

  • Professional-style lenses give you creative options
  • Lightweight, compact design works on both front and rear-facing cameras
  • Switch between lenses in seconds with no extra parts needed
  • Precision coated ground glass optics deliver superior clarity
  • Wearable pendants keep the lens instantly accessible
  • Works with all your favor photo and video apps

Rated 3.8/5 stars by nearly 200 Amazon shoppers and we reviewed it as well on 9to5Mac.

The olloclip Active Lens for iPhone 6/6s/6 Plus/6s Plus is also available in this sale for $60.

Lens Stories October 27, 2014

The official Canon store has the refurbished PowerShot A4000 IS Silver for only $39.99 shipped. That’s $70 off the regular price and the lowest we could find.

It has a 8x optical image stabilized zoom 28mm wide-angle lens with 720p HD Video Recording and 3.0-Inch LCD. It comes with a 16.0 MP CMOS sensor and a remote controller adapter. It will work with EF and EF-S lenses and shoots HD video as well. It received 4/5 stars on Amazon where it sells for $145 (new).

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Canon will take an additional 20% off refurbished lenses when you enter coupon code PUMPKIN2014 at checkout. Out favorite deal is the refurbished EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II telephoto lens for $159.99 shipped with the aforementioned coupon. It’s rated 4.6 out of 5 stars from over 1,200 Amazon reviewers. Expires 10/31.

All refurbished Canon products include a one year warranty. If the real thing is out of your price range, why not get a replica you can drink your morning coffee out of.

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Lens Stories October 13, 2014

Buydig via eBay is offering the Samsung NX Mini Mirrorless Digital Camera with 9mm Lens in white for only $249.99 shipped. That’s $200 off the list price, $129 less than Amazon, and the lowest we’ve seen.

It features a 20.5MP BSI CMOS Sensor for “high-quality images and life like colors with crystal clear resolution.” It can also upload to social media sites and has a host of other smart features. It has built-in Wi-Fi with NFC and can also shoot 1080p HD video. Amazon customers gave it 4/5 stars with great reviews.

Nikon 1 J3 14.2MP Black Digital Camera with 10-30mm VR LensBuydig also has great prices on the refurbished Nikon 1 J3 Mirrorless Digital Camera as well as a couple of refurbished lenses when you enter the coupon code: CLMBS at checkout.

More great point and shoot options:

PowerShot ELPH 510 HS Silver Refurb: $72.99 (Drops in cart) shipped

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Lens Stories September 2, 2014

expiredSony DSC-QX10 smartphone attachable lens kit w/ WiFi: $84 shipped (orig. $250)

Update: Tiger Direct is currently out of stock of the lens kit, however they have a refurbished version for only $75+$4.22 shipping after coupon (on page).

Tiger Direct offers the Sony DSC-QX10 smartphone attachable lens kit for $249.99. Coupon code ATU139441 drops it down to $79.99 and econo shipping costs roughly $4.22, which results in a total cost of $84.21 shipped. That’s 66% below the original list price and by far the lowest price we have ever seen. This deep discount can almost certainly be attributed to the news that Sony is readying a new line of interchangeable lenses.

Compatible with iOS and Android smartphones, the Sony DSC-QX10 lens kit features an 18.9MP sensor, 10x optical zoom, WiFi/NFC connectivity, and SteadyShot image stabilization.

It’s rated 3.4 out of 5 stars, but keep in mind that most mixed reviewers were a result of the astronomical original price tag.

Lens Stories May 19, 2014

expiredNikon D3200 Digital SLR Camera refurb $330 shipped (Reg. $530), Nikon 1 J1 DSLR bundle refurb $200 (Reg. $800)

BuyDig via eBay is offering the Factory-Refurbished Nikon D3200 Digital SLR Camera with the Nikon18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 VR Lens, and Adobe Lightroom 5 (PC or Mac) for only $329.99 shipped. That’s $200 off the list price for the Nikon and Adobe Light Room 5 retails for around $80, making this bundle worth approximately $610.

The camera features a 3″ LCD, 1080p video recording with sound, 4 fps shooting, and HDMI. The camera comes with a 90-day Nikon warranty.

BuyDig via eBay also offers the factory-refurbished Nikon 1 J1 10.1-Megapixel Digital Camera bundled with the Nikon NIKKOR VR II 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens and the refurbished Nikon NIKKOR 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6 Lens and Nikon One Deluxe System Case, for $199.99 with free shipping. That’s the lowest we could find for this bundle anywhere. 

The camera features a 3″ LCD, 1080p HD video recording, USB connectivity, SD card slot, and HDMI. This Nikon also comes with a 90-day warranty from Nikon.

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