This Week’s Top Pre-Black-Friday Deals of the Week – Nikon D750, Mavic Pro, Sony A9, MZed and more

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This Week's Top Pre-Black-Friday Deals of the Week - Nikon D750, Mavic  Pro, Sony A9, MZed and more

The Black Friday craze is already kicking into full gear, and there are more great deals than in any other week. Even now there are some outstanding offerings like Nikon’s full frame D750, the Mavic Pro Fly More Combo, a discounted Sony FS5 and Panasonic EVA-1 and much more. Check it out!

After combing through all the deals our partners B&H and CVP are currently offering, we came up with these 10 items. Our American readers will have the B&H selection to choose from, while CVP might be more interesting to our European readership. Here’s what we found:

B&H: Nikon D750 with Battery Grip, Battery, SD-Card and Shoulder Bag – $600 Discount

With all the mirrorless craziness going on right now, one could easily forget that cameras like the Nikon D750 are still highly dependable and nearly indestructible workhorses for any hybrid shooter. The first of our deals features a full frame 24 MP sensor shooting  6.5 fps with continous autofocus and 1080 60p with good autofocus. The battery grip improves the FPS in photo mode, and the battery pack will keep you shooting for hours. The included shoulder bag provides ample storage space for the body, two lenses and a few accessories.

Buy link:  Nikon D750 with Battery Grip, Battery, SD-Card and Shoulder Bag  Was: $1,996.95  Now:$1,396.95 – Savings $600

B&H: Rokinon 24, 35, 50, 85mm T1.5 Cine DS Lens Bundle for Canon EF Mount – $650.00 Discount

The Rokinon Cine DS lenses for EF Mount are becoming somewhat of a classic when it comes to low budget, high quality cine lenses for most any camera system. The bundle provides fully manual, clickless apertures of T1.5 with great sharpness and a warm characteristic, that of course is constant througout the whole set. They can be used on Canon’s cinema camera line, Blackmagic’s cameras (natively on the EF mount URSAs), the Panasonic EVA-1 and adapted to E-Mount, MFT or X-Mount. Oh and by the way: the MFT, Sony FE and Nikon F Mount versions are discounted as well, in case you want to pair those with the above Nikon D750.

Buy links: Rokinon 24, 35, 50, 85mm T1.5 Cine DS Lens Bundle for Canon EF Mount

Rokinon 24, 35, 50, 85mm T1.5 Cine DS Lens Bundle for Nikon F Mount 

Was:$2,246.00 Now: $1,596.00 – Savings $650.00

B&H: Sony PXW-FS5 XDCAM Super 35 Camera System – $750.00 Discount

The FS5 might not be the new or most modern kid on the block, but it’s still a sturdy, reliable and highly versatile, with 4k image quality that doesn’t need to hide behind its age. High frame rates, variable NDs and a small form factor make it one of just a few choices for documentary filmmakers working in difficult conditions (just recently it has been used by Deeyah Khan on her Emmy-winning documentary “Meeting the Enemy”).  If you don’t absolutely need Sony’s new color science the Mark I is still a solid choice.

Buy link: Sony PXW-FS5 XDCAM Super 35 Camera System  Was: $4,248.00 Now: $3,498.00 – Savings $750.00

B&H: SmallHD 502 Bright Black Friday Bundle – $598.92 Discount

Need a monitor for your new D750 or FS5, or just about any use case under the sun?  The SmallHD 502 Bright won’t disappoint. Although it isn’t Black Friday yet, this bundle can already be preordered and consists of the full-featured 1000nits SmallHD 5″ monitor with all the expected software tools, an SDI and HDMI cable, the FOCUS Tilt Arm with the pan mod, a sun hood and two batteries with a charger. All that comes in a sturdy pelicase to last for years and years of shooting.

Buy link: SmallHD 502 Bright Black Friday Bundle  Was: $1,697.92 Now: $1,099.00 – Savings $598.92

B&H: Dell P2715Q 27″ Ultra HD 4K Monitor  – $100.00 Discount

This tried and tested 27″ 4k monitor by Dell has been popular for some time now for a reason. Featuring a long lifespan 8-bit IPS panel that covers 99.9% of sRGB it might not be the perfect monitor for grading, but for just about anything else. 9ms response time and a wide range of connectivity rounds of the displays utility: DisplayPort, Mini DisplayPort or HDMI, with a 4  slot USB-hub included.

Buy link: Dell P2715Q 27″ Ultra HD 4K Monitor Was: $509.00 Now: $409.00 – Savings $100.00

B&H: DJI Mavic Pro (Fly More Combo) – $370.00 Discount

The Mavic Pro might be a little overshadowed by its newer, shinier brethren right now. However that doesn’t change the fact that the Mavic Pro still  has exceptional 4k image quality, with a longer range than the Mavic Air and high degree of reliability in a small package. The Fly More Combo adds two more batteries (three all in all), more charging options and replacement propellers, as well as a shoulder bag . For anyone looking to get into drone piloting on a budget this set comes highly recommended.

Buy link:  DJI Mavic Pro (Fly More Combo) Was: $1,299.00 Now: $929.00 – Savings $370.00

CVP: PANASONIC AU-EVA1 – €971.11 Discount

Want something more modern than the FS5? The Panasonic EVA-1 might be for you. With its 5.7k Super 35 Sensor with exceptional image quality  using the widely availble EF-mount natively, the EVA-1 will feel at home on most any kind of shoot. Not only can this tiny camera shoot 4:2:2 10bit at 200Mbps  internally to relatively cheap SD cards, with firmware 2.0 and an Atomos recorder, you can also recored 5.7k ProRes Raw and grade the image to your hearts content.

Buy link:  Panasonic AU-EVA1 Was: €5,636.57 Now: €4,665.46 – Savings €971.11

B&H: Genaray SpectroLED 800 Bi-Color Studio LED Light – $200.00 Discount

The Genaray SpectroLED 800 seems like a deal at its regular price. With a CRI and TLCI above 95, V-Mount battery plate, included diffusor and barn doors it’s a full featured, multipurpose LED that will bring you through your shoot day be it as a key light, or soft fill. Color temperature can be adjusted from 3200K to 5600K, it dims from 10% all the way to 100% and comes with a remote control as well as a carry case.

Buy link: Genaray SpectroLED 800 Bi-Color Studio LED Light Was: $594.00 Now: $394.00 – Savings $200.00

B&H: ikan EC1 Beholder 3-Axis Handheld Gimbal Stabilizer – $330.00 Discount

The ikan EC1 Beholder isn’t as new or modern as the Ronin-S or other second generation pistol grip gimabls. That doesn’t make it a slouch though. With a load capacity of 4.5 lbs / 2 kg it will carry most DSLR or Mirrorless setups without hickups. The gimbal has full 360° degree rotation on all axes, an integrated baseplate, joystick, multiple follow modes, a status OLED, automatic inversion and will run for eight hours. Coupled with the above Nikon D750 it will get you through most any wedding or event shoot with ease.

Buy link: ikan EC1 Beholder 3-Axis Handheld Gimbal Stabilizer Was: $699.00 Now: $369.00 – Savings $330.00

B&H: Sigma MC-11 Mount Converter/Lens Adapter (Sigma EF-Mount Lenses to Sony E) – $100.00 Discount

Yes Sigma makes FE lenses now. However some reviewers have argued that those look and handle like they were the same EF-lenses Sigma generally puts out first, with an integrated MC-11 adapter. That’s how well this adapter works with adapted Sigma EF lenses. If you’re a Sony shooter, or if your B-Cam is a Sony Alpha camera, and your A-Cam sports an EF mount, this adapter will come in handy. Of course it also works perfectly with the near-legendary Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 and 50-100mm F1.8 zooms (APS-C only mind you).

Buy link: Sigma MC-11 Mount Converter/Lens Adapter (Sigma EF-Mount Lenses to Sony E) Was: $249.00 Now: $149.00  – Savings $100.00

B&H: Sony Alpha a9 Mirrorless Digital Camera – $1,000.00 Discount

The Sony a9 was the camera that layed to rest the sentiment that Sony couldn’t make camera bodies for real “Pro”s. With 24.3 MP, shooting 20 fps RAW, with continous autofocus, no viewfinder blackout and a buffer that just won’t quit the a9 convinced quite a few doubters and showed that mirrorless actually provides technical benefits apart from size. Sony might not have released a camera to directly answer the announcement by Panasonic, Nikon and Canon, but lowering the price of this camera by a $1,000.00 is not the worst  strategy. Internal 4k recording, 3.7m OLED VF, 693 AF points, ISO up to 204,800, silent shutter, built-in wifi and bluetooth, dual SD Slots, joystick and touch operation are just a few of the best features. You might also use that Sigma MC-11  with it.

Buy link: Sony Alpha a9 Mirrorless Digital Camera Was:$4,498.00 Now:$3,498.00 – Savings $1,000.00

MZed: Education for creatives

MZed has long been one of the prime resources for very high quality filmmaking (and related) education in the form of online courses. Big names are on there, such as cinematographers Shane Hurlbut and Philip Bloom, or Vincent LaForet and recently our very own Ollie Kenchington. We’ve just reviewed his course and he was kind enough to give us an interview about becoming a colorist as well. His course is among the deals presented here, as is Philip Bloom’s. You should definitely check out MZed even if you are a seasoned filmmaker already.

Buy link: MZed Pro 12 month membershipWas: $299.00 Now: $199.00 – Savings $100.00

Buy link: Philip Bloom’s Cinematic MasterclassWas: $199.00 Now: $79.00 – Savings $120.00

Buy link: Mastering ColorWas: $199.00 Now: $149.00 – Savings $50.00

Buy link: Bundle MZed Pro and Mastering ColorWas: $498.00 Now: $329.00 – Savings $169.00

Buy link: All courses at least 50% off 


What do you think about this week’s deals?  Will you pull the trigger on any of these? What kind of deals would you like to see next? Let us know in the comments!

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