The Best Black Friday Deals for Filmmakers
You don't have to wait until November 29th to take advantage of Black Friday deals on your favorite filmmaking gear.
Black Friday is a little over a week away, but some of the most popular names in film gear and software are getting a jump on the festivities by launching their sales events early.
Brands like SmallHD and DJI are offering their stock at some of the lowest prices we've seen all year -- so if you were waiting for the right time to buy, now might be it. Here's a list of some of the deals all filmmakers should take advantage of soon.
Also, be sure to check back, as we'll be adding new deals and sales events as they go live in the coming days.
Get a little bit of Black Friday before Black Friday. Nikon's Early Access sales event will help you save hundreds on some of their best and most popular mirrorless and DSLR cameras lenses. We've listed a few options below, but the number of lenses that are on sale is huge. For the full list, head on over to Nikon.
- Z 6 Camera w/ 24-70mm Lens Kit: $2299.95 (was $2599.95)
- D750 Camera w/ 24-120mm VR Lens Kit: $1699.95 (was $2799.95)
- AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR: $1199.95 (was $1399.95)
- AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6 ED VR: $2099.95 (was $2299.95)
- AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8 FL ED VR: $2149.95 (was $2799.95)
You can save up to $1000 on some of the best gear from SmallHD from now until December 2.
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- 502 5" Field Monitor Deluxe Bundle: $799 (was $1447.92)
- 503 5" UltraBright LCD Monitor Bundle: $1699 (was $2382.94)
- 703 BOLT Monitor/Receiver Director's Bundle: $3499 (was $4382.95)
- 702 7.7" OLED Monitor Deluxe Bundle: $1199 (was $2033.94)
- 703 7" UltraBright LCD Monitor Deluxe Bundle: $2499 (was $3436.91)
- 702 "7" Touch Monitor Deluxe Bundle: $1199 (was $1618.94)
- 1303 HDR 13" LED Production Monitor FOCUS SDI Bundle: $3199 (was $4359.94)
- 1703 P3X 17" Reference Grade Monitor FOCUS SDI Bundle: $3399 (was $4539.94)
The Black Friday Sale over at DJI will save you up to 40 percent storewide. The event kicks off on November 24 and lasts until December 5. (We'll update this post with links to each product once the sale goes live.)
- Osmo Pocket Handheld Gimbal: $309 (was $399)
- Osmo Action Cam: $279 (was $379)
- Mavic 2 Pro Drone: $1379 (was $1729)
- Mavic 2 Pro (DJI Smart Controller): $1779 (was $2199)
- Ronin-S Handheld Gimbal Standard Kit: $629 (was $749)
- Ronin-S Handheld Gimbal Essentials Kit: $479 (was $559)
If you're a fan of HitFilm Pro, be sure to head over to FXhome on November 26. Everything in the store, including HitFilm Pro 13, Imerge Pro 4, Ignite Pro 4, and Action Pro 1, will be 40 percent off.
(The prices below are an estimate and may not reflect the official sale price.)
- HitFilm Pro 13: $209 (was $349)
- Imerge Pro 4: $119 (was $199)
- Ignite Pro 4: $119 (was $199)
- Action Pro 1: $59 (was $99)
- Filmstro: $149 (was $249)
- PhotoKey 8 Pro: $179 (was $299)
Accusonus has some of the biggest discounts on post-processing audio tools you'll see this year, some reaching over 70 percent off. And if you're more into beat making, they've got tools for that, too. Their Black Friday sales event is live right now and will run until December 1.
- ERA4 Standard Bundle: $99 (was $354)
- ERA4 Pro Bundle: $299 (was $952)
- rhythmiq: $99 (was 149)
- Regroover Pro: $119 (was $219)
- drumatom 2: $79 (was $299)
- Beat Making Bundle 2: $199 (was $750)
- Drum Mixing Bundle: $149 (was $398)
- All Bundle: $499 (was $2001)
If you haven't subscribed to Adobe Creative Cloud, now might be the best time to jump on that train. They're running a Black Friday special that saves you 40 percent on the one-year "All Apps" Creative Cloud subscription, which includes everything from Premiere Pro to After Effects to Photoshop. Save now until November 29.
- Annual Adobe CC plan, paid monthly: $29.99 (was $52.99)
- Annual Adobe CC plan, prepaid: $359.88 (was $599.88)
Save up to $250 on Sigma Art Primes from now until December 5.
- 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM ART Lens: $649 (was $899)
- 50mm f/1.4 DH HSM ART Lens: $829 (was $949)
- 85mm f/1.4 DG HSM ART Lens: $1079 (was $1199)
- MC-11 Mount Converter: $149 (was $249)
Fans of mobile video editing might be happy to learn that LumaTouch is running a Black Friday special on LumaFusion, one of the best pieces of editing software in its class. The sale will launch on November 29 (Black Friday) and will run until December 3.
- LumaFusion: $19.99 (was $29.99)
With up to 40% off of everything from bags to cases to gimbals to lenses from over 30 different brands including DJI, Freefly, and more, the Moment 72 Hour Sale is pretty much a one-stop shopping destination that you shouldn't miss this Black Friday season. The event officially kicks off on December 2nd and runs through the 4th, however, if you want to get an early start on the sales, it unofficially starts on November 27th at 6pm PST.
Need to stock up on VFX assets? ActionVFX has you covered. Starting November 28 until December 6, you can save up to 55 percent on the company's entire library.
- The Blood Bundle: $303.75 (was $675)
- The Fire Bundle: $796.50 (was $1770)
- The Explosion Bundle: $314.10 (was $698)
- The Smoke Bundle: $348 (was $775)
- The Debris Bundle: $261 (was $580)
- Blood Hits: $67.50 (was $150)
- Bleeding Fabric: $44.55 (was $99)
- Big Gas Fires: $51.75 (was $115)
- Atmospheric Smoke Vol. 2: $67.50 (was $150)
- Window Fire: $112.50 (was $250)
- Explosion Vol. 2: $44.55 (was $99)
- The ActionVFX Drive: $4088 (was $9085)
Save some big money on some of Teradek's best sellers, from the Bolt 4K 750 to the random accessories you can never have enough of (because you're always losing them). Here's a list of the deals that are currently live, but stay tuned. Teradek promises to drop more deals on November 26.
- Bolt 500 XT TX/RX Set: $1750 ( was $2490)
- Bolt 4K 750 12G-SDI/HDMI Transmitter/Receiver Set: $3990 (was $5490)
- Bolt 4K 750 12G-SDI/HDMI Transmitter/Receiver Deluxe Kit: $4790 (was $6290)
- Bolt Necessities Kit Long-Range: $399 (was $550)
- Bolt Necessities Kit Mid-Range: $349 (was $500)
- Bolt 500 DSMC2 & Bolt 500 XT RX: $2544 (was $3180)
- Bolt 1000 DSMC2 & Bolt 1000 XT RX: $4464 (was $5580)
A good piece of software can do wonders when writing a script, and now you can save over 30 percent on one of the most popular ones out there, Final Draft 11.
- Final Draft 11: $159.99 (was $249.99)
- Final Draft 11 Upgrade: $59.99 (was $99.99)
- Final Draft 11 for Students and Teachers: $79.99 (was $129.99)
If buying isn't in the cards right now, renting may very well be. And if you're needing to book something in the next few days, you're in luck. Chicago-based rental house, Magnimonious Rentals, is running a Flash Discount Sale that will save you 50 percent on select items (the ones with a little lighting bolt next to the price). The sale is going on now until November 25. Here are a few items from the list:
- RED Scarlet-W 5K Kit: $195/day; $585/7 days
- Canon EOS C100 Mark II EF Body Kit: $62.50/day; $187.50/7 days
- Canon EOS 5DS-R Body Kit: $45/day; $135/7 days
- ARRI S120C LED Skypanel: $97.50/day; $292.50/7 days
- Lensbaby Movie Maker's II Kit: $47.50/day; $142.50/7 days
If you're looking for some deals on media management software, both Standard and Premium editions of Kyno will be on sale for 30% and 40% respectively from November 29th for a limited time.
(The prices below are an estimate and may not reflect the official sale price.)
- Kyno Standard Edition and all updates and upgrades: $111 (was $159)
- Kyno Standard Edition Updates and Upgrades: $55 (was $79)
- Kyno Premium Edition: $209 (was $349)
Looking for some sweet gear from Kessler Crane? Well, from now until December 1st, the company's "Tiered Turkey Sale" can save you some big money on everything in their store. The more you buy, the more you save!
- 15% off at $100
- 20% off at $500
- 25% off at $1500
Need some new filmmaking gear for your smartphone? Beastgrip is launching their biggest Black Friday Sale yet on November 27th. They're also offering exclusive discounts to subscribers, so if you don't mind giving up your email, you could save big money on some of the best mobile filmmaking gear on the market, like the Beastgrip Pro and DOF Adapter MK2. (We'll update you once we know what's exactly on sale.)
Now through December 6th, Divergent Media is running a Black Friday Sale that gets you 40% off all products and upgrades, which includes their powerful transcoder EditReady 2 and custom scopes toolset ScopeBox 4. Just use the coupon code zeroIREfriday and save.
From now until December 1st, you can get select post-production software from VEGAS for over 50% off. This includes VEGAS Pro 17, Movie Studio 16, and VEGAS Post, both perpetual licenses and year-long subscriptions.
- VEGAS Pro 17 Edit: $199 (was $498)
- VEGAS Pro 17: $299 (was $698)
- VEGAS Pro 365: $140.04/yr. (was $199.99/yr.)
- VEGAS Pro 17 Suite: $399 (was $898)
- VEGAS Movie Studio 16 Platinum: $59.99 (was $79.99)
- VEGAS Movie Studio 16 Suite: $99.99 (was $139.99)
- VEGAS Post 365: $251.93/yr. (was $419.88/yr.)
- EOS 5D Mark IV DSLR Body: $2499 (was $3099)
- EOS 6D Mark II DSLR Body: $1199 (was $1599)
- EOS R Mirrorless Full Frame Digital Camera Body: $1799 (was $2299)
- EOS 80D DSLR Body: $849 (was $1099)
- EF 100mm f/2.8L IS USM Macro Auto Focus Lens: $699 (was $899)
- EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Zoom Lens: $1799 (was $2199)
- EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM Zoom Lens: $399 (was $649)
- EF 50mm f/1.2L USM Lens: $1269 (was $1449)
- Alpha A6000 Mirrorless Camera Body: $398 (was $548)
- a7R II Alpha Full Frame Mirrorless Digital Camera Body: $1398 (was $1798)
- Alpha a7 III 24MP UHD 4K Mirrorless Digital Camera Body: $1798 (was $1998)
- a7R III Mirrorless Digital Camera Body: $2498 (was $2798)
- Lumix DC-GH5 Mirrorless Camera Body: $1298 (was $1998)
- Lumix G9 Mirrorless Camera Body: $998 (was $1498)
- Lumix DC-GH5 Mirrorless Camera w/ Leica Lens: $1898 (was $2598)
- Lumix DC-GH5 Mirrorless Body With Accessory Bundle: $1298 (was $1998)
- 2.0 SSD 1TB Rugged Backup Device: $799 (was $899)
- 2.0 SSD 1TB Rugged Backup Device W/ Accessory Bundle: $960 (was $1060)
- AL-MW Bright and Rugged Waterproof Mini LED: $169 (was $209)
- LS C120d LED Daylight Light Kit: $479 (was $645)
- LS C120d II Daylight LED Light Kit: $645 (was $745)
- LS-mini20d Daylight LED Light: $239 (was $260)
- Amaran Tri-8 3 Point Light Kit: $1188 (was $1398)
Go Pro is running a special on a HERO8 Black Bundle that will not only save you $100, but will include $150's worth of accessories, including a Shorty Grip, Head Strap, a 32GB SD card, and a spare battery, for free.
- HERO8 Black Bundle: $350 (was $450)
- Q50-X Q-LED-X Crossfade Linear LED Lamp: $138 (was $275)
- Q100-X Q-LED-X 8' Crossfade Linear LED Lamp: $238 (was $475)
- Q15-X Q-LED-X 1' Crossfade Linear LED Lamp: $63 (was $100)
- Lume Cube AIR with Diffusion Bulbs & Lanyard: $40 (was $70)
- Lume Cube 2.0 Daylight LED Light Dual Pack: $140 (was $175)
- Lume Cube AIR LED Light, White & Warm Diffusers, and Suction Cup Mount: $40 (was $80)
- Lume Cube 2.0 Professional Lighting Kit: $225 (was $299)
That's it for now! We'll be adding to the list as more deals come in, so be sure to check back regularly.