If you haven’t figured it out already, the software makers websites are not the place to get the best deal.  It is strange to me that so many software makers sell the boxed version of the software themselves at full price and also in online retail channels at discount. For example, Adobe sells Photoshop Elements 7 for $99 in its US online store, but the same product is available for $79 at Amazon.com (it is actually $59 with a $20 rebate). It is similar situation for Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2: $299.99 at Adobe store and $259.99 at Amazon. The examples are plenty and are not limited to Adobe. Nikon Capture NX2 full version is $179.95 at NikonMall but $137.38 at Amazon.

Sometimes the difference is insignificant and the scale may tip over to the other side in certain situations. Many software makers offer downloadable version of their software for a reduced price. If you need a software license code to unlock your expired trial version or you need the software right away and the trial version has limitations, the software maker’s online store can be a better choice. You pay online and get the license code in email within few minutes.

Are there better places than Amazon.com? I tried to google for some popular digital photography software. Most cheap offers are for academic version, which you cannot legally use unless you are an educator or a student. Others may not be trustworthy. Definitely checkout out the company or website at http://www.resellerratings.com before making a purchase from an online store you have not used.

Personally I won’t buy software from eBay. There is no good way of finding out if the software is genuine or pirated.

Posted in Photography Deals, Software on January 3rd, 2009. No Comments.

According to Forbes reporter Zack O’Malley Greenburg, the Nikon D90 is the priciest of the 10 most-sought-after gifts of 2008. How expensive is it? Well, “the D90 costs as much as the seven hottest items below it–combined“. Read the full story, or check out the slideshow.

As Nikon’s newest mid-level DSLR camera, the 12.4 megapixel Nikon D90 scores well in the DxOMark’s image quality database. It is also one of the few DSLR cameras that can record HD (720P) videos.

Posted in Miscellaneous, Photography Deals on December 15th, 2008. No Comments.

Nikon Capture NX 2 After the Shoot is a new Capture NX2 book written by Mike Hagen of Out There Images. Published by Wiley, this 288-page paperback is said to be available May 11, 2009. According to Mike, this book is being published by Wiley as part of a new series called “After the Shoot”. The book format is designed so that people can take the book with them as they travel with their laptop computers to help them edit photos while on the road.

Another title in the “After the Shoot” series is the Photoshop CS4 After the Shoot, which will be available February 3, 2009.

Posted in News, Photography Deals on December 14th, 2008. No Comments.

Have you ever wondered why the memory card are becoming so cheap? Well, the NAND flash chips that go in those CF SD cards are in severe over-supply as the manufacturers such as Samsung, Hynix, Toshiba, Micron, etc continue to fight for market share. The average selling price (ASP) of NAND flash chips has declined 30% last quarter. This and the next quarter will be uglier for the chip manufacturers. Obviously the current global economic situation does not help either. We can expect the price trend to continue for a while, before some chip makers quit the market for good, or the solid-state drives (SSD) pick up the demand.

Posted in Accessories, News, Photography Deals on December 3rd, 2008. No Comments.

Nikon’s Black Friday Sale will be on for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday (November 28-30)! Find your local authorized Nikon dealers or shop at Amazon and B&H to support us.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Please note: This is an old post, originally published in 2008.

Posted in Photography Deals on November 27th, 2008. No Comments.

Here are some deals I received in the email for digital photography gears. You can support us by shopping through the links here.

For best possible deals, please always do comparison shopping and use reputable dealers to avoid scums.
Posted in Photography Deals on November 20th, 2008. No Comments.

I received an email from NikonMall yesterday notifying me the shipment of my pre-ordered Nikon School DVD “A Hands-on guide to Creative Lighting”. Strangely, the NikonMall page still says “Temporarily Out of Stock”.

The DVD also showed up on Amazon for the same price of $39.95. If you are Amazon Prime user, you can get free 2-day shipping (There are also some special offers available). However I am not sure if it is really shipping or not because the page says “Temporarily out of stock” but it is already ranked #130 (as of today) bestsellers in Bestsellers in Camera & Photo.

Update [6PM Nov. 14, 2008]: Amazon has it In Stock now.

Posted in Photography Deals on November 14th, 2008. No Comments.

Previously, Canon offered instant rebate deals on lenses and flashes. I have received another Canon EOS News Special Edition newsletter in the email. Canon is currently running an instant rebate program on its EOS 50D ($100), EOS 40D ($50),  EOS Rebel XS + EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS ($100), and EPS Rebel XSi + EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III ($100). For more details of this offer please visit this Canon USA page. Here is all current Canon promotions in USA.

Posted in Photography Deals on November 9th, 2008. No Comments.
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