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Best Black Friday Photography Deals at Amazon 2020

Black Friday is one of the best days to find some photography deals. Although you may need to buy a new camera bag πŸ™‚

Black Friday Photography Deals

Searching for the best Black Friday deals for photography gear? You can check out all Amazon Black Friday camera deals here or see more below.

If you have been waiting for a deal to buy the camera equipment you need, wait no longer! Along with Amazon Prime Day and Cyber Monday, Black Friday is one of the best days to find some photography deals. Although you may need to buy a new camera bag πŸ™‚

All Black Friday 2020 Camera Deals:

Helping You Find the Best Black Friday Photography Deals

Jump down to our lists for the best photography deals for Black Friday. We’ve grouped the best photography gear sales into the following categories to make it easier to answer the questions you have about camera equipment and find what you want.

Here’s What’s to Expect from Amazon Black Friday Sales 2020

Amazon isn’t the only retailer we highlight here but it is our go to source because of the endless supply of products and quick shipping options, especially if you are part of Amazon Prime (Free 30 Day Trial).

What are the Amazon Black Friday Ads for 2020?

All of the best Amazon 2020 Black Friday ads are now published! Here’s some of the top picks we’re looking at. These aren’t explicitly related to just Photography items (those are further down in the article). However, we wanted to give you a quick view of what other things are going to be available so if you need to get other items or gifts for a loved one you don’t have to go searching for what other deals are out there.

Remember that the deals in this list won’t be offered at their full discount until Black Friday officially starts.

  1. Ring Video Doorbell 3 and an Echo Show 5 β€” This is the same as the Prime Day Deal that Amazon offered this year.
  2. Fourth-generation Echo β€” According to deal trackers this is the first discount that’s been given on this newest generation of the Echo.
  3. Fourth-generation Echo Dot β€” Looks like there will be about a $21 discount off this latest generation model.
  4. Fire HD 10 tablet β€” Again another Prime Day deal republished for Black Friday. For the price range this is a good tablet to pick up.
  5. Fire TV Stick Lite β€” For Black Friday this is expected to be discounted to it’s best price once again.
  6. Save 20% or more on gift cards from select brands β€” Includes retailers such as Gap, H&M, Petco, Domino’s, and a bunch more. Offer will run from November 26 through November 30.
  7. Oprah’s Favorite Things β€” According to deal sources the items on Oprah’s list usually sell out fast.

Do I need to wait for Black Friday?

As we mention with the list above, there are some deals that you’ll only see the big savings on during Black Friday. But there are plenty of early Black Friday deals that are offered before hand.

Is Amazon Open on Thanksgiving?

Since Amazon is an online retailer they are always open. Some of you may live in areas that actually have a physical store. If that’s the case you should check with your local store to confirm what their hours are. Many stores this year will be operating with different hours due to local restrictions related to the pandemic.

I know when Black Friday is, but when does “Black Friday” start?

If you’ve looked at any ads lately you’ll see that although Black Friday is a single day on the calendar, November 27th, 2020, Black Friday savings start much earlier than that. Many retailers are already offering deals in conjunction with Black Friday, or at least some deals leading up to their official event.

For Amazon they will be kicking off their deals starting a week early, on November 20th, 2020.

What Is the Best Time to Shop for Black Friday Deals?

If you’re able to set aside a specific time, then it will be starting Thanksgiving evening through the following day. For many that’s a cherished time to be with family, so we suggest you make sure to put your family first and shop some other time that’s convenient for you. If you miss out on a deal that would’ve saved you $50 because you were enjoying some time with your family, we say Great Job! You’ll never regret losing out on a sale longer than you’ll regret losing out on time with your family.

Buying Advice

Aside from any crazy accidental price mix ups, our philosophy is buy only what you need or want. For good Black Friday camera deals don’t set an expectation of having to find the absolute lowest price that has ever been offered. If you find a product that you need or one that you’ve been hoping to buy, and can purchase it for less than normal then you’re a winner! Remember, just because something is on sale doesn’t mean it’s worth buying. Lots of sites post every single thing that is on sale, but buying a bad product just because it’s cheap doesn’t sound like a deal to me.

We are expecting some amazing camera deals for Black Friday (We also expect you see similar camera deals for Cyber Monday, although maybe more geared towards camera accessories). With everything that’s gone on this year I think companies are going to be trying to get sales any way they can, which probably means great deals on photography gear. With overall sales of many consumer products down this year companies are going to be motivated to entice buyers as a hope of salvaging a rough year.

Until Black Friday 2020 happens we’ll be watching for deals on the best photography gear and posting them here, so check back weekly to see what’s new.

Aside from the standard DSLR camera and lens sales here’s a list of photography accessories and equipment you should consider picking up on Black Friday.


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Best Black Friday Deals for Photography and Camera Gear

If you’re looking to buy a new Canon, Nikon, Sony, or Fujifilm DSLR or Mirrorless Camera I don’t think you’ll find any “once in a lifetime” deals. However, we do expect to see some nice camera bundles or maybe bonuses, like a gift card with purchase. Nevertheless, there should be some nice cameras on sales for Black Friday still. If you don’t already have a model in mind check out our sister site, Best Photography Gear, for our selection of the best DSLR Cameras for beginners.

Most likely we are going to see lots of great sales on photography equipment and accessories.

Don’t expect to see ‘every deal’ out there in our list. As always, we look for the best gear and the best deals and only share those. If you want to look at every single offer available there are other sites for that. For us, saving you time and effort is our goal.

Best DSLR Cameras for Beginners

Gear a Beginner Photographer Should Buy

Everyone starts somewhere, the key is just to start! With technology these days its so easy to get into digital photography. Some times you just need a few tips to point you in the right direction.

Rating: 4 out of 5.
FUJIFILM X-T200 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 15-45mm LensEasy to use mirrorless camera that you can get started with for under $500 right now.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.
Sony Alpha a6100 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 16-50mm Lens and Accessories KitExcellent entry-level mirrorless camera for travel, family photos, & vlogging. This bundle includes a compact kit lens plus some extras that others don’t, but at the same price.

Rating: 4 out of 5.
Canon EOS 2000D Rebel T7 KitGreat introductory Canon DSLR kit for a beginner photographer.

Rating: 3 out of 5.
Canon EOS RP Mirrorless Digital Camera with 24-240mm LensIf you’re looking to get into a mirrorless camera this is a great entry-level one for under $1500. The kit lens has a really flexible focal range which is good for getting started.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.
Telescope for Kids Beginners, 70mm Aperture 400mm AZ Mount, with Tripod and Phone AdapterDoes your kid dream of flying through space? I do! This has the best reviews I could find and is still under $100.

Rating: 3 out of 5.
Canon EOS Rebel T7 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm Lens and Accessory KitGreat entry level camera kit under $500.
Best Photography Gear Accessories

Gear Every Photographer Should Have

While the investment in photography equipment and accessories isn’t usually as costly as buying a camera and lenses, it is still really important. When you buy something make sure you’re investing in quality camera equipment.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.
AmazonBasics Large DSLR Camera Gadget BagIf you don’t already have a bag this is a great size for a camera, up to 3 lenses, and still have room for other gear.

Rating: 4 out of 5.
Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM LensA great Canon Prime lens for wide angle photography, such as real estate.

Rating: 4 out of 5.
Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G EDThis is one of the trending Nikon lenses. It’s a highly rated Zoom with a wide focal range.

Rating: 4 out of 5.
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G LensOne of our favorite Nikon Prime lenses for Portraits, Weddings, and Low Light photography.

Rating: 5 out of 5.
MACTREM Professional Camera TripodReally lightweight and stable travel tripod, plus it can convert into a monopod.
Professional Photography Lenses

Gear Professionals Need

It is important to select the best photography gear, but as a busy professional it is not always easy to find the time. Finding a new lens for your Canon, Nikon, or Sony is one of the quickest ways to up your photography game.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.
DJI Ronin-SC – Camera Stabilizer 3-Axis Gimbal Handheld for Mirrorless CamerasGreat price right now on a solid 3-axis Gimbal.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.
Nikon Z50 Compact Mirrorless Digital Camera with Flip Under “Selfie/Vlogger” LCDReally nice mirrorless vlogging camera in a compact package.

Rating: 4 out of 5.
Canon Portrait and Travel Two Lens Kit with 50mm f/1.8 and 10-18mm LensesIncludes a newly-designed focus mechanism. Smooth and quiet continuous AF during video recording, as well as when shooting photos.
Best Photographer Gifts

Best Gifts for a Photographer

Know someone who LOVES photography? When you are looking for a gift for them sometimes there are too many options to choose from. Then other times it seams like there is not anything they do not already have.

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Neewer TT560 Flash SpeedliteOne of our favorite flash. It’s compatible with all the major brands and isn’t too expensive.

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Canon EOS M50 Mirrorless Video Creator KitA really nice gift to get someone started with making more professional-quality videos.

Rating: 3 out of 5.
Neewer 50-In-1 Action Camera Accessory Kit Compatible with GoPro Hero 8If you know someone with a GoPro this is a popular set of accessories for under $30.

Rating: 3 out of 5.
SNAPTAIN S5C WiFi FPV Drone with 720P HD Camera and Voice ControlFor around $60 this will provide hours of fun and give you an amazing new view on the world.

Rating: 3 out of 5.
Crenova 10” LED Ring Light for Selfie Live Streaming/Makeup/YouTube VideosNice gift for under $20 if you have someone that likes to post videos or do live streaming.

Will Amazon Prime save me anything on Black Friday?

Here are some common questions people have about Amazon Prime:

Are there any advantages to having Amazon Prime for Black Friday Camera deals?

There are plenty of perks for being a member and sometimes you may also gain early access to some of the ‘doorbuster deals’ that get posted. Without Prime you’ll still be able to buy great gear at a great price, but could miss out on some of the steep discounting.

The camera and photography deals that will be offered will fall into two categories. For alliteration sake we’ll refer to them as Lighting and Long-term deals. Lighting Deals, as the name implies, are short lived and go quick. As we’ve mentioned above, these are the deals where being a Prime Member can get you quicker access. These tend to be deeper discounts but could also be a bit of a trap. Companies obviously want you to purchase their products so they create a sense of urgency for you to purchase something. It takes awareness and some restraint but just make sure you’re following our philosophy to buy only what you need or want.

The Long-term Deals have a bit less urgency since they often are available for days or sometimes weeks.

What are the benefits of Amazon Prime?

I won’t bore you with ALL the perks that come with a membership. For me the best ones are Prime Video, Prime Music, and the FREE 2-Day shipping. Enough said.

What’s the cost of an Amazon Prime Membership? 

The cost right now for Amazon Prime is $12.99 per month or a little less if you buy an annual membership, $119 per year.

To put that into perspective, that’s the same monthly cost for your standard Netflix account. Just with Amazon you get the video streaming AND the 2-Day shipping.

What’s even better? If you are a qualifying customer with an EBT or Medicaid card then it’s just half price, only $5.99 per month.

Then for all you qualifying photography (or other types) of students, you can get a sweet 6-month Prime Student trial. Just be sure that after you finish your finals that you cancel your membership if you don’t want to keep it. Although as long as you are a student it’s also 50% off the normal cost. 

Is Amazon Prime worth the cost?

That really depends on your shopping habits, and I’ll say patience as well πŸ™‚

If you are buying stuff often then the monthly or yearly fee will get offset pretty quickly. Think of your Costco or Sam’s Club membership. If you’re going there a couple times a month (or weekly like my dad) then it’s a no brainer.

The other thing to consider is if you’re okay waiting for the regular shipping. I know whenever I buy something without 2-Day shipping it’s a bit of a struggle to wait for it to arrive. Thus you have to plan ahead a bit more. With the typical holiday rush is can also be really nice to get shopping and shipping out of the way so that you can get your gifts taken care of early. Or if you’re one of those last minute shoppers Prime can give you a few more days to procrastinate πŸ™‚

If you didn’t know, you can actually sign up for a Free 30 Day Trial with this link. That gives you access to the FREE 2-Day shipping for all you Prime Day shopping. Then just set a calendar reminder to cancel it before the 30 Days is up.

If you’re a professional photographer then maybe an Amazon Business Account makes sense. It doesn’t have the same perks as Amazon Prime, but it’s still a little better then just a normal account. They have FREE shipping on eligible items and some stuff you can get a ‘business price’ on. Plus the base account is FREE!

Make your purchases worth a little more!

One other tip we wanted to share is that you can give to a favorite charity while you shop for stuff you are planning to buy anyway!

You can select a charity to link to your Amazon account. Thousands of options available! The cool thing is a lot of the ones you can select are local options. Such as a local school, or my choice is a homeless shelter in my city. Then you just need to make sure you are using smile.amazon.com when you are shopping on Amazon. 

You can either start your shopping by going directly to https://smile.amazon.com/ or just replacing the www. with smile. on whatever page you land on.

I missed out on Black Friday photography deals, now what?

If you missed Black Friday camera deals this year or couldn’t find anything that seamed worth buying don’t lose hope.

Cyber Monday is always a great option for deals on Mirrorless or DSLR camera equipment and accessories. In recent years Cyber Monday camera deals have kind of turned into ‘Cyber Week’ deals so you can still find a lot of similar deals to what was available on Black Friday the days and week following. So take a minute to check out what deals are still available.

When will Cyber Monday Camera Deals start?

Based on past years you can expect to see Cyber Monday Deals start as soon as Black Friday shopping ends. So that means Saturday, November 28th, 2020.