Oh boy. We're shopping today.
Thanksgiving—yesterday—is my favorite holiday of the year, not only because of my personal connection to it (as Steve R. mentioned in the comments yesterday) but because it seems like such a simple and useful holiday. You gather with friends or loved ones and have a feast, and hopefully spend at least a few minutes meditating on what you have to be thankful for. Clean. Modest. Continent. You're not required to haul a tree indoors or infect your mind with ditties that will get stuck in your head and drive you crazy. You don't have to suspend disbelief over a confusing welter of nonsensical beliefs and belief-constructs, like what in the world a giant bunny has to do with eggs. Thanksgiving is sensible. It doesn't make demands.
Well, except on the person who's doing the cooking.
The one problem with Thanksgiving is that the concept of a "feast" no longer has much meaning—we feast all the time now, eating whatever we want whenever we want. It's not like we subsist on a paltry gruel for most of the year and cut loose on Thanksgiving. Or maybe I'm just speaking for myself.
Similarly with Black Friday. A special shopping day. Yeah, like we need a special day for that: we shop constantly anyway. It's like serving a feast to people who overeat regularly.
Shut up already and post the links, Johnston
Too much preamble? Sorry. I do go on. (And don't always get with the program.)
Anyway, here are a few great Black Friday deals for photographers:
Best current deal anywhere on the Canon EOS 5D Mark III (with 24–105mm lens)
One-Day Only Deals on Memory Cards (this one makes me cranky—I just bought memory cards for Ye Dragoon, for like twice what these cost. Those high-speed Lexar Professional 800X cards are supposed to be particularly good)
Apple 15" MacBook Pro Notebook Computer (and other computers and accessories)
Hope this helps, and happy shopping! But remember what Tom Jefferson said.
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Suggested links from Kevin Purcell:
Sigma 30mm ƒ/2.8 at B&H Photo, only $149
Olympus VF-2 electronic viewfinder, $169 at Amazon
Olympus VF-3 electronic viewfinder, only $99 at Amazon
(Note that TOP doesn't get credited for things you put in your cart and buy later. B&H reopens at sundown Saturday.)
James Sinks: "Personally, the only B&H Black Friday deal that had me reaching for my credit card were the 7200 RPM 4TB drives for $80 off (meaning only about $60–80 more than a top of the line consumer HD should be at this point in its life cycle). I've been holding off on HD purchases since the Thailand floods, and things have been getting tight, so it was a wise purchase."
Jack: "Timely article as I had just received an email from Amazon's Deal of the Day offering a Canon S100 for peanuts. I almost ordered it, but recalled that I should respond through your Amazon link so you could collect $9. Alas, your site told me I shouldn't buy something just because it is cheap. So I didn't. I saved $245, but your advice cost you. Sorry Mike, I will buy you a drink when we meet."
Mike replies: And I don't drink! A fine mess we've gotten ourselves into this time, Stanl...er, Jack. [g]
MJFerron: "I work retail (company is Fortune 500) and I am a lowly Dept. manager for said company. Today was our biggest day of the year. Not arguing about traditional statistics of who makes what and when by the way, just sayin' I was in at 4:00 a.m. and we killed it today. $70,000+ for my dept alone. Only wish I sold cameras instead of refrigerators. :-) I'd have an even better time!"