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- In the no man's land between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, camera deals still roam free.
In the no man's land between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, camera deals still roam free.
With Black Friday slowly winding down, the dust has begun to settle over big-box store parking lots across this great land. With the doorbuster deals all done, one could be forgiven for thinking that the best course of action for savvy shoppers would be to return home, regroup, and wait till the inevitable camera sale bonanza Cyber Monday will bring.
But it seems Cyber Weekend is now a thing, so those looking for a good deal on a camera will be pleased to learn that this weekend still offers some great prices on enviable gear. Although a number of these deals are bound to expire over the course of the next few days, those looking for a bit of retail therapy should take heed.
Pentax K-5 II
Store: B&H Photo Video
Camera superstore B&H is currently offering the K-5 II (body-only) at the surprisingly low price of $599. Although listed as a Black Friday deal, this offer is available until the 2nd of December, or while supplies last. The camera is also available in kit form, and can be paired with either the SMC DA 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AL WR, SMC DA 50mm f/1.8, or DA 35mm f/2.4 lenses. That said, we recommend using the $500 you'd save on the camera to invest in one of Pentax's excellent Limited prime lenses.
Canon EOS 60D
Adorama, Amazon, and B&H are currently selling the 60D (body-only) for a tempting $599.00, $300 down from the list price of $899.00. The camera is also available with the 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS UD Standard Zoom lens($899.00) and EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Standard Zoom lens ($999.00).
Canon EOS 70D printer bundle
Predictably, there is a catch: Part of the discount involves a mail-in rebate, but for that price it may be worth the inconvenience of a trip to the post office and the interminable, possibly dicey wait for a check.
The camera itself features Canon's groundbreaking Dual Pixel AF technology, which allows for incredibly smooth autofocusing in video mode. Despite a few misgivings regarding missing features, we were impressed enough to give the 70D our Best High-End DSLR award for 2013.
Olympus OM-D E-M5
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6
Kit: 14-42mm and 45-150mm lenses
In fact, the majority of our reservations regarding the G6 involved the price, something that this deal from B&H remedies nicely. The camera superstore has shaved $330.00 off the list price, and is offering the Micro Four Thirds system camera along with the 14-42mm and 45-150mm lenses for only $619.00. That's one heck of a deal.
We'd recommend the Pentax K-5 II listed above over this option, since it's both newer and cheaper. But die-hard Nikonians might find B&H's offering body-only price of $699.00 too hard to resist. For them, there couldn't be a better time to purchase this time-tested gem.
Various Fujifilm Cameras
We loved each of these cameras to a different degree, but the X-E1 seems to be the best bargain of the bunch. But regardless of which you pick, if you're in the market for one of Fuji's retro-gorgeous rangefinder-style mirrorless cameras this looks like the time to buy.
[Hero image: Flickr user "Andresv"]