Thrifty Thursday: Mother’s Day Deals and big savings on a wide variety of camera bags!


posted Thursday, May 11, 2017 at 1:29 PM EDT


Mother’s Day is coming right up – it’s this Sunday, May 14 - and if you’re looking for a gift for your mom, here are some great deals. Is your mom a shutterbug? Why not show her how much you care with a brand-new camera? A new camera doesn’t have to break the bank thanks to some great Mother’s Day deals. 

If you're looking for awesome deals on camera bags, scroll down below for a wide selection of camera carrying solutions currently on sale. 

Save big on Canon and Nikon DSLR kits

Deals don’t get much better than this in early May. B&H is offering instant savings of $300 and $150 on Canon and Nikon DSLR kits, respectively.

If mom is a Canon fan, why not get her a Canon EOS Rebel T6 DSLR with 18-55mm and 75-300mm lenses? You can grab that bundle with a free Zeiss Lens Care Kit and 16GB SanDisk SDHC memory card for around US$450, an instant savings of $300! If that sounds good, click the link below.

Canon EOS Rebel T6 DSLR with 18-55mm and 75-300mm lenses

B&H has the Nikon D3400 kit with an 18-55mm lens on sale for under US$400. Not only do you get the camera - one we like a lot, by the way – and the AF-P kit lens, but B&H is also throwing in a 16GB memory card and Lowepro Passport sling camera bag, which have a value over $50. Click the links below to grab this great deal and instantly save $150. Note that the red kit below does not come with a free bag and is currently backordered, so if you wanted the camera by Mother’s Day and the free bag, the black kit is your best bet.

Nikon D3400 Kit: Black or Red

Nikon D3400

To see the rest of B&H’s Mother’s Day sales, click here.

Finally, you should check out this touching story about photographer Benjamin von Wong working with The Heart Project and Photoshop artist Karen Alsop to bring a paralyzed mother’s adventurous story to life. (Via ISO 1200

Camera Bag Deals

Like one of the camera deals above or simply need a new camera bag? Check out this selection of awesome deals from B&H.

Vanguard Quovio 49T Roller/Trolley Bag - $180 after $70 instant savings

This rolling bag from Vanguard can hold 1-2 pro DSLRs, 5-7 lenses and a pair of flashes or a DSLR with a 400mm f/5.6 lens attached. You can fit a 14-inch laptop in the wheeled carry-on style bag. The handle is retractable and it has a fully customizable interior.

Vanguard Skyborne 45 Daypack - $130 after $100 instant savings

This backpack can hold a DSLR with an attached 70-200mm f/2.8 lens and a pair of additional lenses. The backpack has a customizable interior, water bottle holders and more. It also includes a removable 12-inch laptop sleeve.

Vanguard VEO 37 Shoulder Bag - $50 after $20 instant savings

For photographers who don't need a large bag, this messenger-style bag holds a DSLR with 80-300mm lens, an 11-inch laptop and a small tripod.

Tenba Messenger Series: Photo/Laptop Daypack - $70 after $84 instant savings (deal ends May 14 at 11:59 PM EDT) - Black, Orange and Olive ($80)

Tenba Messenger Series Photo/Laptop Daypack

Capable of holding a 15-inch laptop (or potentially even larger), the Tenba Photo/Laptop Daypack can hold a DSLR camera with 2-3 lenses, has a foam padded interior and 30 pockets for accessories.

Lowepro Top Loader Pro 70 AW Camera Bag - $40 after $30 instant savings

A compact bag, the Lowpro Top Loader Pro 70 AW holds a professional DSLR with a short zoom lens and includes a quick release buckle and removable shoulder strap.

Lowepro Slingshot Edge 250 AW - $60 with $50 instant savings

If you want a Lowepro bag with more space, the Slingshot Edge 250 holds a compact DSLR with two lenses and a flash. There's also a zippered front packet for a small tablet and interior pockets for a variety of accessories. You can access the main gear compartment via the front or side of the bag.

Lowepro Photo Sport BP 200 AW II - $100 after $70 instant savings

For adventurous photographers, the Lowepro Photo Sport BP 200 AW II holds a DSLR with 1-2 lenses and a flash. It has a weather flap and cinching top compartment to keep your gear safe in difficult environments. It also has an optional 2-liter reservoir storage area to help photographers on the move stay hydrated without needing a second pack.

Lowepro DSLR Video Fastpack 350 AW - $90 after $60 instant savings

An even larger Lowepro carrying soluton is the DSLR Video Fastpack 350 AW. This one holds a DSLR with a 70-200mm f/2.8 lens plus a pair of additional lenses and a flash. There's also attachments for an audio utility and a DSLR video rig or tripod.

Lowepro PhotoStream RL 150 Roller - $200 after $50 instant savings

For the ultimate protection, this rolling case holds 1-2 DSLR cameras and 8 lenses/flashes. It has touch-fastening dividers, a dedicated panel for a 15-inch laptop, multiple pockets and top/side handles. It is sized to conform to most carry-on restrictions.

Lowepro PhotoStream RL 150 Roller

Think Tank Photo StreetWalker HardDrive - $183 after $46.75 instant savings

We reviewed this bag and consider it one of the best options for photographers looking for a large backpack in which to carry their gear. It holds a DSLR with long lens attached and many other additional lenses inside its customizable, well-protected interior. I've even managed to get a 400mm f/2.8 lens in mine before.