November 27, 2015

15 Great Black Friday Deals for Filmmakers

Digital Bolex D16 MFT Mount
Waiting in line on Black Friday has become a national holiday, but the truth is that some of the best deals are online.

Though many of these deals are for Friday only at major retailers in-store, if you're online, plenty last through the end of the month or at least through the weekend. We've assembled a list of 15 of the best deals, but you can find a whole list of great stuff besides cameras, lenses, and rigs here. In addition, companies like Convergent Design (Save $200 on Odyssey RAW), RedrockZacuto, Rhino, FilmConvert, Ditogear, and SmallHD (in addition to many others), have some great sales for Black Friday.

In addition, though this isn't gear related, the 50% Criterion Collection sale is going on right now at Barnes and Noble, and you can save an additional 30% off with the code 30BFRIDAY.

Here's the brief list of >15 deals (we keep adding to it):

  1. FilmConvert grading plugins (Save up to $100) — $39-199
  2. WriterDuet screenwriting software (Save $40) — $59
  3. Sennheiser ew 122-p G3 Wireless Audio with Lav (Save $50) — $580
  4. Sennheiser AVX Wireless Audio with Lav (Save $150) — $750
  5. Canon 7D Mark II (Save $500) — $1,300 Body only, $1,650 with 18-135mm Lens
  6. Canon 5D Mark III (Save $300)— $2,500 Body only
  7. Nikon D810 (Save $500 & $1,100) — $2,800 Body only, $3,300 with 24-120mm Lens
  8. Rokinon Cine DS 50mm T1.5 (Save $150) $400 
  9. Rokinon Cine DS 24mm, 35mm, 50mm, 85mm T1.5 (Save $250) — $1,800
  10. SLR Magic 12mm Cine MFT (Save $170) — $400, SLR Magic 2X Anamorphic (Save $350) — $850
  11. Sigma 105mm f/2.8 Macro (Save $400) — $570
  12. X-Rite ColorChecker Passport (Save $50) — $50
  13. DJI Inspire 1 Quadcopter (Save $400) — $2,500
  14. DJI Ronin 3-Axis Gimbal (Save $500) — $2,000
  15. Sandisk Extreme 90MB/s Class 10 SD Card — 16GB $10, 32GB $15, 64GB $30,128GB $60, 256GB $120
  16. Apple 5K iMac Mid 2015 — 3.3GHz i5, 1TB HDD, 2GB AMD, 8GB RAM (Save $450) — $1,550
  17. Digital Bolex (Save $100-200 in-cart)

If you've got any hits on some great deals for Black Friday, feel free to share them below. The more we all save on gear the better!     

Your Comment


Good list!

November 27, 2015 at 3:59PM, Edited November 27, 4:00PM

Philip Heinrich
Director, Producer

We also have a 50%-off campaign running until Monday. 16 coupons still available, valid for any new Production Minds subscription.


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November 27, 2015 at 5:08PM, Edited November 27, 5:08PM


Seems like a great product you have there. Its expensive for smaller productions companies though. Im just starting up and doing a lot on my own, occasionally 3-4 person projects, I would like to pay 20/30 euro's for a product like this. But 80 is just too much...

Im not a student though. Maybe an idea for another pricing plan?

November 30, 2015 at 2:17AM

Gerbert Floor
DP / Director / Camera / Editor

The entire Lightwave 3D Production Suite, which includes Lighwave 2015, Chronosculpt and Nevermotion for only $695. Unbelievable for what you get.

Modo 40% off
Mari 40% off

Of more specialised use is the highly advanced motion tracking software PFTrack from Pixel farm at 50% off. Amazing for what it is

November 27, 2015 at 5:15PM, Edited November 27, 5:45PM

Saied M.

Triune Store:
Huge discounts on digital downloads (music, sfx etc.)

November 28, 2015 at 8:13AM, Edited November 28, 8:13AM



November 28, 2015 at 8:25AM

Stefan Foderingham-Garraway

My best BF/CM deals so far have been:
Panasonic GH3 $497 (B&H)

Panasonic DMC-CM1 20 mp smartphone $379 (was $1000 -- B&H)

Canon EOS M3 with Canon electronic viewfinder $447 (B&H)

3DR Solo with gimbal $1099 (B&H)

Go Pro Hero 4 Black $349

Depending on your budget and whether 1080P or 4K is your desired raster, there have been TONS of low-buck options. Just sayin'

Samsung NX1 body $1099

December 3, 2015 at 3:39PM

Ray Trout
TV commercial editor, photographer

Not a black friday deal, but Blackmagic Video assist and AtomOS Ninja Blade Complete are still each $495.

December 3, 2015 at 3:52PM, Edited December 3, 3:52PM

Ray Trout
TV commercial editor, photographer

great product..

February 22, 2018 at 1:30AM, Edited February 22, 1:30AM

Lisa Anderson
I enjoy instructing martial arts