Sites You Need: Camel Camel Camel

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Each month on the blog at Pencil & Lens, we research an interesting and useful website to support you and your photography business. Welcome to Sites You Need!


As photographers, our shopping list often looks like something the Sultan of Brunei would endorse:

A light, a battery and a handy back pack for $2195? Sure!

A single light that looks like it was liberated from the Home Depot for $700? No problem!

A lens, with limited practical use and no zoom feature, for $5699? Of course!

So when we’re able to save even a few percentage points on a major photography equipment purchase, it’s cause for celebration! One of the Sites You Need that we’ve discovered at Pencil & Lens is a brilliant price shopper, Camel Camel Camel, and it is your one-stop shop for online price checking.

Enter an item and see how you’ll be able to ensure your item is actually at its lowest point when you take out your wallet. Let’s try it with the Canon 200mm prime, f2. At B&H Photo, that lens clocks in at an easy $5699.00 today.

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But if I’m a smart shopper, I’m going to hop on over to Camel, Camel, Camel and see if my whim to spend on a lens today means I’ll be paying one of the lowest-ever prices or the highest-ever! Let’s take a look:

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It looks like today might be a pretty good day to drop $5,699 on a lens, because it has been higher (up to $6,018 two years ago) and while it has been a whole lot lower, ($4,718 five years ago) it hasn’t been that low since 2010, so I probably shouldn’t wait around for that price, right?

If you aren’t a graph lover, check out the clear and simple tables at Camel, Camel, Camel, summarizing the pricing for your purchases–high, low and current. You can even set a desired price and a pricewatch, for new or used items, so you can be assured of grabbing the deal when it pops up. (I didn’t buy the 200mm, but I have it set in my price-checker!)

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And it doesn’t have to be specialty, high-priced photography equipment only. You can use Camel, Camel, Camel to upload your entire Amazon wish list into their price-checker and get notifications of price-drops, even if it’s just a new can of tennis balls, a new box of vaccum-cleaner bags or the latest Pioneer Woman cookbook.

(Public service announcement for photographers: I can confirm that Profoto lighting gear pretty much never goes on sale. Sigh.)

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