Every Photographer knows the drama that comes with shopping for new kit; particularly that moment of deliberating over whether it’s worth remortgaging the house or selling a kidney so that you can get a new zoom lens. Thankfully, Black Friday (23 November) and its geeky cousin, Cyber Monday (26 Monday), are upon us! With just a few days to go, retailers are falling over each other to offer the best tech deals for savvy shoppers. The only trouble is; do you buy now, or wait to see whether there’s a better deal on the big day?
Trends show that retailers are moving away from the battle royale’s of yesteryear in favour of ‘static’ offers that give people a bit more time to consider their options, but don’t let that trick you into leaving things until the last minute. After all, great deals + limited time = fast-moving stock.
We know you’re too busy living the dream to spend hours sifting the web, so we’ve done the hard work for you. From Currys and John Lewis to Wex and Jessops, we’ve hunted for bargains to suit anyone, from the casual enthusiasts to the photography veterans:
Canon EF 24-70mm f4 L IS USM Lens – save £350
A high-performance lens with fast, near silent focusing. The signature 9 bladed aperture provides an attractive, soft blur for out of focus areas; the lens is compatible with both full-frame and cropped sensor cameras.
Canon EF 100-400mm f4.5-5.6 L IS II USM Lens – save £600
We couldn’t help but notice this epic £600 cashback deal on the Canon EF 100-400mm lens; the perfect companion to any photographer looking to up the ante on their wildlife, travel and landscape photography.
GoPro HERO7 Silver Camcorder – save £60
With voice control, an improved touchscreen and crisp 4K , the GoPro HERO7 is a must-have for those looking to create engaging video content. This rugged bit of tech can is waterproof to 10m and comes with mounts and accessories to get your adventure started.
Available at John Lewis
Panasonic Lumix GX9 with 12-32mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens – save £100
This compact beauty boasts an impressive 20.3MP Micro Four Thirds sensor with 4K video compatibility. Coupled with a fast 12-32mm f/3.5-5.6 lens, this is a great piece of kit for photography enthusiasts.
Canon EOS 77D with 18-135mm IS USM Lens – save £140
The Canon EOS 77D features a 24.2MP CMOS sensor and boasts the world’s fastest Live View autofocus performance (thanks to its Dual Pixel CMOS AF). This ambitious piece of tech is ideal for those looking to upgrade their kit.
Available at WexPhotoVideo
Canon EOS M50 camera with lens kit – save £140
This is definitely one of the best deals we’ve seen out there! The high-tech Canon EOS M50 has a 24.1MP sensor and comes packed with features and has both a wide-angle lens and a zoom lens – perfect for those looking for a complete camera bundle at a great price.
Available at Currys
Canon EOS 4000D DSLR kit – save £50
Featuring two lenses (standard and zoom), an 18MP CMOS sensor, and full HD video capability, the Canon EOS 4000D is the perfect starter kit for the budding photographer in your family.
Available at Argos
DJI Mavic Pro Bundle – save £150
The DJI Mavic Pro series is arguably the best-value cinematography drone range on the market. The ultimate bundle comes with two extra batteries, an extra set of spare foldable propellers, a car charger, charging hub, powerbank adapter and a leather carry case.
Available at DronesDirect
Canon Speedlite 430EX III-RT Flashgun - save £120
Brilliant for portraiture, cost-effective, Canon's Speedlite 430EX III-RT improves on prior models with an enlarged display screen, wireless TTL, simplified controls, optical triggering, movable head with integral reflecting panel and a 3.2s cycle time.
Available at WexPhotoVideo
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G80 with 12-60mm Lens - save £200
With a 16MP MOS sensor and dual image stabilisation, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G80 is a great piece of kit for the intermediate or casual photographer. Coupled with a 12-60mm lens, this versatile, mirrorless camera is ideal for a broad range of subjects.
Available at Jessops
Adobe Creative Cloud - save up to 39% on all applications
Creative Cloud gives you access to the world’s best applications and services for video editing, photography, and web design. With discounts on all services, this is the ultimate production suite for freelance photographers.
Available at Adobe
For those who don’t always have the luxury of time to read our articles in full, we’ve included some bite-sized essentials below:
Best Overall Deals
We definitely think that Wex are the overall winner this year – the photography retail giant is discounting an increasingly large number of items, from camera bags to drones and pretty much everything in-between. There are rumours that Wex are going to release even more deals on the big day itself, so keep an eye on their website so that you don’t miss out!
Best for Camera Lenses
Canon have launched ‘double cashblack 2018’ for select Canon items purchased between 19th November and 3rd December 2018. The double cashback special is valid across all Canon-approved retailers, so if you’re after a few items as well as a new lens this Black Friday, make sure you take advantage of this epic offer. A full list of eligible items, with their corresponding savings, can be found here. As an aside, MPB are offering an additional 10% off all used lenses until 26th November.
Best for Camera Bodies
Once again, we think that Wex have this one in the bag – with regards to price, quality and convenience, you’ll be hard pressed to find better Black Friday deals out there. That said, it’s still worth taking a look at other industry stalwarts like Jessops, Park Cameras and MPB for deals to suit more varied tastes and budgets (handy for those still finding their footing in the photography world).
Best for Camera Accessories
Jessops definitely take the cake for this one – although a fair few of their camera and lens deals are available on other sites, they’re currently offering the best deals on photography accessories. In addition to great discounts, Jessops are also throwing in free items with select purchases, like this deal for a free battery grip when purchasing the Canon EOS 5D (which has also been discounted by £250).
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If you’ve seen any bargains that we haven’t mentioned, then please get in touch in the comments below and we’ll be sure to add them!