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Nov 102014

As the deals keep coming in I will post them. Target posted the 2014 Black friday ad, and they will have deals on GoPros, Canon DSLR bundles and Nikon DSLR bundles.  Target will be open and ready for business at 6PM on Thanksgiving. The GoPro Hero3+ Silver Edition and GoPro Hero3 White Edition are doorbuster deals, meaning you have to buy them quick before they go out of stock.

  • GoPro Hero3+ Silver Edition + a $50 gift card for $250
  • GoPro Hero3 White Edition + a $50 gift card for $199

Definitely get the Hero3+, it’s a much better deal. Normally it sells for $300, so you are getting $50 off, plus another $50 worth via the gift card. If you have a REDcard, that’s another 5% off on top bringing your purchase price down to $237.50. The GoPro Hero3 White Edition is not a great deal because it normally retails for $200. So essentially you are only getting the $50 gift card as extra.

Also for sale is the following Nikon bundle:

  • Nikon D3200
  • Nikon DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED II Lens
  • Nikon DX NIKKOR 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED Lens
  • Nikon Bag

Costing you $497. Normally this bundle will run you $550, so you save $50 (~$75 if you use a Target REDcard). Bot really a stellar deal if you ask me. A much better deal is the following Canon bundle:

  • Canon EOS Rebel T5
  • Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II Lens
  • Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III Lens
  • 8GB SD Card + Bag

Costing you $449. This is a much better deal considering this bundle would normally cost you $600. If you don’t like Target’s Black Friday deal, you can jump on some early savings: Canon is running a mail in rebate promotion until November 22.  Click here to view Canon’s mail in rebate deals.

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Although Target’s Canon deal is nice, I would skip the Target offer and buy an imported (does not carry the 1 year warranty) Canon T3i from Abe’s of Maine. The body only costs $420 and it’s a better camera than the Canon T5. I would also skip the Canon EF-S 18-55mm and the Canon EF 75-300mm because neither of those lenses are extraordinarily good. Instead I would get a Canon 24mm STM and a used Canon 55-250 IS. The STM is a brand new lens that retails for $150, and the 50-250 is Canon’s best cheap telephoto zoom lens. It has image stabilization which is extremely important for telephoto lenses.

An imported Canon T5i + 24mm STM + used 55-250IS will cost you about $720. That’s almost $300 dollars more than the Target bundle, but trust me when I say this: you, or whoever will be using this gear will be very happy that you spent the extra money and got a better DSLR, and extremely sharp prime lens, and a much more capable telephoto zoom lens. Oh, and don’t forget the amazingly popular Canon 40mm STM, it only costs $150 after the Canon mail in rebate.


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