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Black Friday Deals for Filmmakers

11.25.10 @ 11:58AM Tags : , , ,

For those of you in America, happy Thanksgiving/Black Friday. In the spirit of retailers slashing prices to engender consumer stampedes, I went searching for Black Friday deals specific to filmmakers. I discovered, however, that most pro camera stores don’t participate in such an event, which is apparently constrained to the consumer world. So instead, here are some deals that might apply to filmmakers, at least on the low end (for example, you won’t see someone like RED slashing prices on a $25k camcorder).

If you’re putting together an editing PC (or Hackintosh), NewEgg has a whole list of Black Friday deals on computer components like graphics cards, hard drives, etc.

If you’re interested in Google TV, the Sony NSZ-GT1 Internet TV Blu-ray Player with integrated gTV is $100 off ($299.99 with free shipping) at SonyStyle.

While it’s not Black Friday-specific, B&H Photo has a number of holiday specials on camcorders, tripods, and more, including the Canon Rebel T2i for $699 (you have to add it to the cart to see the discount price).

Most Black Friday deals are to be had in person at brick-and-mortar stores, however, so Gizmodo has you covered with an exhaustive list of deals if you’re looking to flex your purchasing power at your local megastore.

Amazon has a number of video-specific deals for the holiday, including a 2TB hard drive for 66% off (note that it’s 5900 RPM, which is fine for storing backups, but is not the best for HD editing) as well as a 240Hz 1080p HDTV for 50% off:

More on Amazon’s Black Friday page, and even more specifically their Camera & Photo Black Friday page.

However, while 50% off deals are great, I’m finding as a poor independent filmmaker that I’m managing to save 100% on the stuff I already own! It’s amazing.

Finally, while it’s not Black Friday-specific, Tony at NextWaveDV.com let me know they’re offering a discount to NoFilmSchool readers on their HDSLR training videos. Here’s episode two of the 12-episode series, which retails for $19.99:

Discount code: nofilmschool
Savings: 20% off any order
Link: store.nextwavedv.com

If you’ve found any good deals on filmmaking equipment for this “special” holiday, please share in the comments. Let’s boost that Consumer Confidence Index!

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  • Daniel Reed on 11.25.10 @ 8:18PM

    Has anyone found deals on any of the components listed under NFS’ guide to building a Hackintosh? I’m really interested in taking a project like that on, and finding good deals on the required components would give me a shove in the right direction.

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  • BH is owned by jews, and everyone knows jews are stingy, so if anything they’re just looking to move old product.

    • I’d rather leave this comment than your response to my “censorship.” It’s not about censorship, it’s simply about leaving comments that add to the conversation. I’m pretty sure every store wants to move old AND new product. And the T2i isn’t old.

    • “kiki” – That was completely inappropriate, and also ignorant.

  • “kiki” I’m guessing your just a kid to come out with such a stupid comment,
    you really shouldn’t be so pathetic
    try and use your brain from time to time
    please….

  • Also add OWC’s Garage Sale deals to the list.

  • Wish we had such deals in India. Had to pay $940 for my T2i

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