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Black Friday and Cyber Monday Deals for Videographers

Johnathan Paul

‘Tis the season for turkey, stuffing, and awesome Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals. Let’s take a look at what’s out there for filmmakers and videographers.

The Black Friday and Cyber Monday chaos is already underway, and good seasonal bargains make it a great time to add to your arsenal of video gear! The killer deals begin November 25th across various brick and mortar and online store fronts. We’ll be highlighting some of our favorite deals, but you can get the full rundown from retailers like B&H Photo, Adorama, Sweetwater, Amazon, eBay, Best Buy, BuyDig, Borrow Lenses, and more. Now, let’s go shopping!

Camera Deals

As far as cameras go, you won’t find any killer deals on RED, ARRI, or even Blackmagic Design models. But if you’re in the market for solid DSLR options, there are several deals out there. We found three decent deals that could be worth the money in the Canon 5D Mark III, Nikon D810, and Panasonic GH4.

Canon 5D Mark III Refurbished

Black Friday Canon 5D MKIII
Image: Canon 5D Mark III via ISO50

The Canon 5D Mark III is a workhorse. Used by many documentary and big-budget cinematographers, the 5D Mark III is a great professional camera. The deals below are through standard retailers, as well as from Canon Direct, which offers a refurbished model.

Nikon D810

Black Friday Nikon D810
Image: Nikon D810 via Today Online

The Nikon D810 is a solid CMOS sensor DSLR and pretty comparable to the Canon 5D Mark III, though its price tag (even at a discount) is going to be a little more than the 5D MKIII. However, it’s a quality camera for someone just starting to get content together.

Panasonic GH4

Black Friday Panasonic GH4
Image: Panasonic GH4 via Pro Photo Supply

Lastly, there’s the Panasonic GH4, one of the more cost-effective 4K DSLR camera options. In fact, this camera is used by many timelapse photographers. So this would also be a solid starter option for anyone looking to get into the game.

Camera Lenses

Lens images from B&H

Now that we’ve found some quality body options, let’s find some solid glass for those cameras. Again, we’ll be looking for quality lenses that wont break the bank. In terms of lens mounts, we’ll try to give options for the cameras listed above.

Rokinon T1.5 Cine Lens Bundle for Canon EF-Mount

Black Friday Rokinon Lenses

For many filmmakers and videographers, this lens series consistently performs well against Canon and Zeiss primes.

Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 ED Lens (Canon, Nikon, or Sony)

Black Friday Rokinon Lens Deals

Here’s another Rokinon lens option, the 14mm ED Lens. This super-wide-angle lens comes in a variety of mounts such as Canon, Nikon, and Sony. So no matter what camera you choose from above, this super-wide-angle lens will work for you.

Panasonic GH4 Lens Option

Black Friday GH4 Lenses

B&H is running a long list of specials over Black Friday and Cyber Monday. The discounts on lenses compatible with the Panasonic GH4 are especially impressive, with many of the lenses marked down $100-$200.

Zeiss 50mm Lens Options

Black Friday Zeiss Lenses

B&H Photo is also offering a wide range of 50mm lens options as well. The Zeiss 50mm Prime lens isn’t a bank-breaker. With at least a $100 discount and options for Canon and Nikon, this is a pretty good deal.

Post-Production Software and Hardware

Red Giant Software

Black Friday Red Giant

Red Giant is also offering a special, but it’s not for Black Friday or Cyber Monday. Even so, we thought it would be good to include this upcoming offer. Starting December 8th, Red Giant will be offering all individual software and bundles for 40% off.

Macbook Pro Retina Display Laptop

Black Friday Macbook Pro
Image: Macbook Pro via CNET

The newest Macbook Pros are solid options for any film or video producer. They’re also great for those working with motion graphics. Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals for this line of laptops are pretty wide… Best Buy has a some nice discounts, but B&H Photo has some of the better deals.

Windows Laptops

Black Friday Alienware

If PCs are more your thing, then you’ll want to look at the line of Alienware Laptops. Again, deals can be found for these all over the net, but just like with the Macbooks, B&H Photo seems to have the best deals available.

Additional Discounted Film and Video Gear

There’s more out there than just cameras, lenses, software, and hardware. If location shooting is in your future, these gear deals should be right up your alley.

Seen any killer deals that we missed? Share them with the community in the comments below!