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Phil Steele Event shooting

Phil Steele Training

28 March 2015, Saturday

Here's to Hobbies

Yay, it's Saturday, and I've had enough shooting for one week. TIme to goof off.

Remember when people had hobbies, like photography, working in a darkroom, building model planes and building electronic kits for when we had rainy and snowy days?

I sure do, and I'm pretty excited that I just got a Japanese tube amp kit to assemble. It's the real thing from Japan, all ready for a hot soldering iron and an afternoon spent not looking at a screen.

I was earning 100% of my income in audio engineering when I first started, and I love the smell of hot rosin. It's been 35 years since I built my Hafler DH-200, so here I go.

Elekit TU-8200 box

Elekit TU-8200 box.

 

Elekit TU-8200 box

As I open it. bigger.

 

Elekit TU-8200 box

What's under the instructions and circuit board. bigger.

 

Elekit TU-8200 box

What's inside. bigger.

 

27 March 2015, Friday

Nikon 55-200mm DX VR II

Nikon 55-200mm DX VR II.

NEW: Nikon 55-200mm DX VR II Review.

OK, back to reality. This is a swell little lens for DX.

 

NEW: How-To Pages at 1X

These are lessons showing a great photo and then explaining how it was created.

 

Neumann KH 120 A Review

Neumann KH 120 A.

NEW: Neumann KH 120 A & D Review.

When you absolutely, positively need to hear what's really in your audio before your client does.

 

Dangerous Music Source Review

Dangerous Music Source.

NEW: Dangerous Music Source Review.

Not the quality of the Neuman, but still a handy-dandy American-made desktop monitor controller, DAC and headphone amp.

 

26 March 2015, Thursday

Canon 11-24mm f/4

Canon EF 11-24mm f/4 L.

ALL NEW: Canon 11-24mm Review.

Wow, this new Canon is a landmark that expands the envelope of photographic capabilities, and this is probably the longest review I've ever written. I've been working on it all week.

It's the world's widest professional SLR lens, and it's also sharper than anything that used to come close to this wide.

It, along with the 100-400 IS L II, are landmark lenses that let us do new things we never used to be able to do.

 

NEW: Ultra-Ultrawides compared

So by how much does the Canon 11-24mm exceed the Nikon 13mm and others? Now you'll know.

 

NEW: FAA eases drone rules for newsgathering

 

New bags from Think Tank

Think Tank just released a new series of shoulder bags/backpack called the Urban Approach for mirrorless and compact DSLRs, they still have a room for a tablet, and with the backpack, up to a 15" laptop.


URBAN APPROACH 15 BACKPACK

URBAN APPROACH 10 SHOULDER BAG

URBAN APPROACH 5 SHOULDER BAG


And you get your choice of one of these free goodies with each order:

Pixel Pocket Rocket

Pro DSLR Battery Holder

Limited Edition Pixel Pocket Rocket


Modular Pixel Pocket Rocket

 

Nikon Lens Rebates End Saturday

In addition to these rebates, these bundles include a 3-piece filter kit and a free 1 year drops and spills warranty:

To add the warranty, click on "Buy together and Save with Bundle" and add the warranty to the bundle from there.

Nikon 35mm f/1.8G AF-S DX: $176.96

Nikon 50mm f/1.8G AF-S: $196.95

Nikon 40mm f/2.8G AF-S DX Micro: $246.95

Nikon 50mm f/1.4G AF-S: $396.95

Nikon 85mm f/1.8G AF-S FX: $446.95

Nikon 35mm f/1.8G AF-S ED: $496.95

Nikon 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED IF AF-S DX VR II: $496.95

Nikon 28mm f/1.8G AF-S: $596.95

Nikon 105mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S VR Micro: $796.95

Nikon 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5G ED-IF AF-S DX: $796.95

Nikon 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED IF AF-S DX VR II: $896.95

Nikon 16-35mm f/4G AF-S ED VR: $996.95

Nikon 70-200mm f/4G ED AF-S VR: $1,196.95

Nikon 85mm f/1.4G IF AF-S: $1,496.95

Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S: $1,686.95

Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S: $1,796.95

Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G AF-S VR II ED-IF: $2,096.95

Nikon 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G AF-S VR ED: $2,296.95

Link to all lenses.

 

24 March 2015, Tuesday

Canon 11-24mm f/4

Canon 5DS.

NOW ORDERABLE: Canon 5DS.

We now can order it at Adorama, at Amazon and at B&H.

It's important to order now, since if you don't, you'll be at the back of a very long line. Order now, and if you hate it, it's easy to return for a full cash refund.

You can't lose by ordering now (you don't have to pay until after it arrives), but if you don't order, you may get stuck having to pay a gouged price if you want yours in time for summer vacation.

Don't order it anywhere but at an approved source, since Canon doesn't seal its boxes, you'll have no way to know if you're getting one that's been kicked around a store a few times. The approved sources I use myself all ship from secured, remote warehouses where no one gets to play with your camera before you do. This is how I get the best performance; not by buying from retail stores which have open stock rooms where employees have access to the cameras — I avoid retail like the plague!

See also How to Get It.

 

21 March 2015, Saturday

My Canon 11-24mm just arrived, and it has just ended Nikon's nearly 40-year span of having the world's widest professional SLR lens, which used to be the Nikon 13mm f/5.6.

Not only is the new Canon much wider than anything before, but it's also optically magnificent. It's much sharper than anything similar, except for the Nikon 14-24mm, which is still a pretty good lens — but that old Nikon lens is nowhere near as wide.

This, along with the 100-400mm L II that I got for Christmas and for which most people are still waiting, is a world-changing lens. Each of these expands our photographic envelope and lets us do things we never could before. The 100-400 II focuses so close and fast that it replaces all 70-200 lenses, and this new ultra-ultrawide is now the widest lens there is — and it's super-sharp and reasonably free from distortion and falloff.

My review is still under construction, but the sample images I've published so far ought to be enough to let everyone in real estate know they need to get one on order before all the amateurs catch on and they become much harder to get and the prices go up.

Bravo, Canon!

 

19 March 2015, Thursday

Nikon D5500 Review

Nikon D5500 and 35mm f/1.8 DX.

NEW: Nikon D5500 Review.

Wow; this little gem is awesome. With Nikon's first and only touch-screen, it handles much faster than other Nikons.

 

Free photography presentation tonight

TONIGHT: Lev Tsimring speaks as the San Diego Photo Club — free. Be there at 7PM, Wesley Palms, 2404 Loring St, Pacific Beach.

See some of Lev's work.

 

 

18 March 2015, Wednesday

DEAL: iPad Air $200 off.

I have to laugh: I just bought my wife a black-framed 128 GB iPad Air 2 yesterday, and today's deal-of-the-day is a similar one for $200 off.

Go figure; but the wife wants black frame and the deal-of-day is white-framed.

Even worse, I bought at retail because the wife insisted (I NEVER buy retail), and as I look at Amazon so I could link to it to show the one I just got, it's $60 less than I paid at retail.

Know how great is Amazon? I picked up a friend from leg surgery yesterday. They have a knee scooter to get around, but they liked the idea of a wheelchair after being carted around in it — and especially since they just had leg surgery and it didn't dawn on them that using that scooter might not be as comfy. No big deal, I looked on Amazon, and we have this brand-new wheelchair arriving today for $125 — the same price for which people resell them used on Craigslist (I checked). Wheelchairs go for about $700 at retail, and I saved myself the trip to find one. Ha! I love Amazon.

 

Zeiss Deals

30% off 12mm f/2.8 Zeiss Touit.

30% off 32mm f/1.8 Zeiss Touit.

 

Beyerdynamic headphone deal

Beyerdynamic DT 990 Pro 250Ω: $155.00 - $35.00 Mail-in rebate = $120 final price with free expedited shipping

DT990 review. Good through March 24.

 

16 March 2015, Monday

What is this, deal day? Oh well, here they are:

 

Quadcopter deal: $59.99

Check out B&H's Deal-of-the-Day today: it's a quadcopter with camera on super-sale for $59.99.

I have a different $55 mini quadcopter which Ryan and I love to fly all over. It's not as nice as the deal-of-the-day one, and the deal-of-the-day copter includes a rotor guard, which is $10 extra for the one I have. Of course I'm flying around kids and indoors, so I need a rotor guard.

My $55 quadcopter is impressively stable; it's gyros always keep it level so it's easy to fly or land on tilted surfaces. It lacks GPS so it takes skill to get it to hover in one place, but boy can it fly fast and high!

I got my little copter as a trainer for the hard-core DJI Inspire 1 quadcopter I also have just gotten. The DJI is hard core: it can cruise at 50 MPH! As you pilots know, pilots need supplemental oxygen above 10,000 feet, and the DJI has a rated ceiling of 14,500 feet. That's OK, because the the transmitter is rated for 2 km (1.2 miles).

I'm afraid of the DJI; it's a serious aircraft made of billet aluminum and carbon fiber. It has no rotor guards (just like an Osprey), so as the son of a CFI (certified flight instructor), I'm not going to just charge it up and see how it crashes without a lot of practice first.

When I'm up to the DJI, it has a great camera on it and we'll see what it can do.

HINT: LiPo batteries get hot when flying, since they are run so hard they are completely drained in just 10 minutes or so. For the best long-term battery health, give it 10 minutes of more to cool down before you put it on the charger. Your battery will thank you.

 

D3300 deal

This is the latest D3300: Nikon D3300 + 18-55 VR + 55-200VR: $449. Refurbished, with with free shipping.

 

Sandisk deals - last day

SanDisk Sale ends at 11:59pm NYC time Monday night.

 

Speaker Monitor deals


PreSonus Ceres C4.5BT Two-Way 4.5" Powered Studio Monitor Speaker with Bluetooth, 70Hz-20kHz, 1" Silk Dome Tweeter, Pair: Special: $169.95 and free expedited shipping


PreSonus Ceres C3.5BT Two-Way 3.5" Powered Studio Monitor Speaker with Bluetooth, 80Hz-20kHz Frequency Response, 1" Silk Dome Tweeter, Pair
Special: $129.95 and free expedited shipping

 

Printer deals

Save up to 50% on Canon imageCLASS wireless printers.

Ricoh Aficio SG 3110SFNw GELJET Wireless Multifunction Color Printer, 29ppm Print, 3600 x 1200dpi Print, 250 Sheets Paper Tray - Print, Copy, Scan, Fax
Only $89.99 with free shipping


Dell C2660dn Color Laser Printer, Up to 28ppm Simplex, 600x600dpi, 150 Sheet Multipurpose Tray, USB 2.0/Ethernet
$188.95 with free shipping.


More Ricoh printers on sale.

Lighting deals

Up to 50% Off Of ExpoImaging Rogue Lighting Accessorie:s

ExpoImaging Rogue FlashBender Bounce Card: $14.95 (Reg. 24.95)

ExpoImaging Rogue FlashBender Small Positionable Reflector: $17.50 (Reg. $34.95)

ExpoImaging Rogue Small Soft Box Kit: $24.95 (Reg. $24.95)

3.1415 ≈ Pi Day

Rollei Factory Auction

Rollei finally gave up.

The entire factory and archives are up for auction starting on the 20th.

Here are some photos of the lots to be auctioned.

This simply shows that there is only one immortal camera brand, and that brand is LEICA. Other brands come and go, but when they start selling commemorative junk that's simply rebranded cameras made by others, it's their doom. Make all the fun we want of LEICA's crazy special editions, but the key is that people buy those as fast as LEICA can make them, and that LEICA has a martyr, ensuring its divine immortality.

Contax went out of business twice, and now Rollei's gone, too. Of course we'll still see the Rollei name licensed to junk makers just as Polaroid did after it was gone, but no more new real Rollies.

 

Joke Camera Fire Sale

FIRE SALE: Hasselblad Stellar: $999.99.

The Hasselblad Stellar was a camera so foolish I couldn't bring myself to mention it before. It was and is a common small-sensor point-and-shoot tarted up by Hasselblad and offered at $3,299.99. Geesh.

Once the few foolish collectors with infinite disposable incomes bought three of them, Hasselblad is stuck with the rest, so you can get it now for the fire-sale price of $999.99.

I find the whole concept of using a sacred act, the landing of Americans on The Moon, as a marketing ploy for something completely unrelated as offensive — and so did you, which is why Hasselblad is stuck with these. People are stupid, but not that stupid.

$3,300 for a camera not as good as a $210 Canon S110? Good riddance. Canon has the secret sauce for great colors that no other compact camera maker has been able to match; Canon Powershot snaps just look better.

The Stellar, on sale, has a point-and-shoot sensor. The more foolish Hasselblad Lunar costs even more and still only has an APS-C sensor - not full frame and certainly not medium format, and not made in Sweden or West Germany. The Lunar is a Sony NEX 7 with the Sony lens (which is pretty bad).

When I want a lunar Hasselblad, I'll get a real Hasselblad 501 or whatever from eBay — the real thing for a whole lot less.

Of course the Nikon D5500 takes even better pictures than any of these modern Hasselblad imitations. How dare a foreign company attempt to profit from America's achievements with sad commemorative editions - of nothing.

The real Hasselblads that went to the moon made great images, even today, like this one.

Did you know LEICA just announced an M camera with simulated wear marks, so rich people with low self-esteem can pretend that they actually shoot? It sold for about $25,000 a set and sold out within minutes. There is never a shortage of people with big wallets and small self esteem. LEICA can do this, others can not.

 

From where do pictures come?

A reader sent me some great photos, and thanked me saying "I am taking better pictures because of you!"

Au contraire, I replied.

"Your pictures are because of YOU. Hopefully I help clear some of the tech mumbo-jumbo out of the way so the YOU can come through."

Pictures come from our hearts and imaginations. Cameras are just there to grab those thoughts; cameras and technique have very little to do with making a picture — but oh boy, do camera makers and camera sellers have a field day getting everyone's panties in a wad trying to convince us otherwise!

Your imagination and powers of observation are everything. The camera is just along for the ride.

It's not the 1950s anymore; today, we point and shoot our DSLRs or iPhones, and we've got it.

The important part is the "it" that they capture. As Jay Maisel so brilliantly writes in his book, the only hard thing about photography is finding the picture in the first place. Once you've found it, it's trivially easy to capture it today.

 

Nikon D5500

My Nikon D5500 continues to enchant me with its stellar image quality, tiny size and great ergonomics.

FREE: Nikon D5500 High ISO Sample Images.

 

12 March 2015, Thursday

Nikon D5500

Nikon D5500 USA Warranty

USA D5500 warranty papers and manuals. more

I just added an illustrated section on how to check that you have a legal USA version to my D5500 review.

 

Canon 100-400mm II

It seems to be in stock at Adorama and at B&H (Adorama also has a kit that throws in some free goodies for the same price).

It's such a world-changing lens since it focuses faster and closer than any of the 70-200 lenses that it's hard to find, and some places gouge prices if they do have it in stock.

Remember, only buy from approved sources.

 

11 March 2015, Wednesday

Nikon D5500

I'm loving my new Nikon D5500 and need to update its review.

I was thinking it was the same as last year's model, but no!

The D5500 touch screen is so well done that it makes using the D5500 twice as fast as old-fashioned DSLRs that needed us to fiddle with a thumb-controller to move a cursor around a screen like a 1970s PC.

With the D5500, I tap the screen, and bingo, I've selected my resolution or ISO or whatever in one tap, not three clicks. This is huge, and makes the D5500 a huge step up from the D5300.

The D5500 is a flyweight camera, while today's bloated LEICA M240 is a big, fat flabby shadow of what LEICAs used to be. This isn't 1965 anymore; today, the D5500 works much faster and weighs less and and has a much better viewfinder and is far more reliable and has over twice the battery life of the kludgy M240.

50 years ago, the Nikon F weighed almost twice what a LEICA did, which is why LEICA was a top choice of news pros who needed to get in, get the shot, and get out:

1965
Weight
Battery Life
30.8 oz.
872 g
1 year

21.4 oz.
610g

1 year

Today, LEICA's offering is even bigger and heavier than it was 50 years ago, while Nikon has shed almost half its weight and has over twice the battery life of the LEICA:

2015
Weight
Battery Life
16.4 oz.
466g
over 1,000 shots
24.1 oz.
683 g
maybe 500 shots

If you want to show your friends a great camera, own the LEICA; it is the world's finest. If you want to show your friends great pictures, use a Nikon or Canon (or an iPhone or Fuji X100T if you don't want to carry anything. Then again, the D5500 and SL1 are about as light as the X100T.)

 

Feeling Lucky?

You can get a brand-new Canon 70-200/2.8 L II on eBay right now for $1,899 with free shipping, but the seller has awful feedback.

The legitimate price for it is $2,049 after rebate, so I suspect these are gray market — or who knows.

The good news is that eBay's money-back guarantee really works. If you don't get your stuff, report it and you should get a refund. eBay today does a great job at policing itself.

 

Canon 7D Deals

Canon 7D body for $749.

Canon 7D with 28-135 IS for $849.

Canon 7D with 18-135mm IS for $1,099 < recommended.

Canon 7D review and Canon 18-135 IS review, loaded with sample photos.

While the new 7D Mk II defines a new generation of DSLRs for sports and action; the original 7D remains a fantastic camera. Just look at the photos in my review, and the photos I made in Maui with it.

 

Think Tank Deal

Get a free 15" laptop bag with any Think Tank Photo roller bag. You have to use that link and mail in a form to get your free 15" laptop bag.

But wait — there's more than just a free laptop case. Think Tank has a standing offer where you folks get another free goody at checkout.

Order a Think Tank Photo roller bag and you'll get any of these free, along with a laptop bag.

Pixel Pocket Rocket

Limited Edition Pixel Pocket Rocket

Modular Pixel Pocket Rocket

Pro DSLR Battery Holder

The laptop bag is so super-special that you can't buy it and it has no link; it's only is available as a premium along with a roller bag:

Think Tank 15" Laptop Bag

15" Laptop bag. bigger.

 

Apple Savings

If you get any Mac Pro or Mac Mini Desktop, there's a $100 Mail-in Rebate when you also get either the Apple 27" Thunderbolt display or the Dell P2715Q 27" display.

If you get any Mac Pro or Mac Mini Desktop, there's a $50 Mail-in Rebate when you get the Apple SuperDrive CD/DVD drive.

Therefore, if you get any Mac Pro or Mac Mini Desktop you can get:

Apple 27" Display, 2,560x1,440 Pixels: $829.99 after $100 Mail-in Rebate (Reg. $929.99).

Dell P2715Q 27" Monitor: $454.99 after $100 Mail-in Rebate (Reg. $554.99).

Apple SuperDrive, DVD Writer, External: $19.99 after $50 Mail-in Rebate (Reg. $69.99).

One rebate per computer.

09 March 2015, Monday

Daylight Savings

Don't forget: your cameras don't reset themselves, and therefore we all need to go find each and every one of our cameras and be sure they're reset to daylight time.

When we don't actively do this, since we rarely see the camera's clock, we could be shooting all summer with our EXIF data an hour off.

Our Macs and iPhones are so smart we sometimes for get that our Nikons and Canons and LEICAs are not. When I forget, it may be summer until I do a sort by capture date and wonder why my iPhone and DSLR shots aren't sorting correctly, then realize I've had my D810 or 5D MK III set wrong for months.

Set it NOW.

 

New Photo Tours

I have one in Yosemite in May. I need to get you the dates.

Dan Ballard has his schedule up for 2015, and it's filling up fast.

 

07 March 2015, Saturday

Art Show Saturday Night

Swell Lines

I'm not in the area Saturday night, but if I was, I'd definitely check out this show for some fresh California coastal art.

It's an an art show for the completion of Volume 1 of the online bodysurfing magazine, SwellLinesMag.com.

It's Saturday, March 7th from 5-8pm at the Hill Street Cafe and Gallery in Oceanside.

There will be food specials if you'd like to grab dinner.

Their cutting-edge photography and other art will be on display, from all media including film and digital.

This is a one-time show. It will be set up tonight, and then be taken down.

If you're an art buyer, these are the sort of grass-roots exhibits where you never know what up-and-coming California surf art you'll find direct from the artists.

I always love to check out every art show, since you never, ever know what you'll see until you see it. Art's like that: it's all different, so it's always a surprise. That's what makes art art; you can't predict it.

The show has no website; it's in-person only show, as art is supposed to be. It happens once tonight, then disappears forever. Catch it while you can!

 

Film versus Digital

People still ask, and the difference all comes down to what you want to do with your pictures.

If you want to project on a screen in a dark room, nothing beats direct-projected Fuji Velvia or Agfa Scala (B&W). Using a projector and shining the live-from-film image in screen gets more resolution and dynamic range than any electronic projector — but keeping the film in perfect focus is a pain.

However, if you display on an electronic monitor, post online, or use an electronic projector, digital cameras give much cleaner and less contrasty files. Film usually turns shadows all-black, while digital cameras preserve detail in the shadows almost as well as our eyes saw the original scene. Since you have to scan film to get here, you're losing two generations by shooting and scanning film, where a digital camera gives you that file directly.

For B&W, nothing beats B&W film, shot properly, which means using colored filters over the lens as-shot. These contrast effects can't be added-in properly later.

Film is always grainier. Scaned 35mm ISO 50 Fuji Velvia is as noisy as my 2007 Nikon D3 shot at ISO 2,500!

For art's sake, everything looks different. You have to shoot what gives the look you want. At best, software and Photoshop can never duplicate the look of any film. Now what you want may be the look you get from a digital camera and software, but if you have a look you love from film, that cannot be duplicated with a different process.

 

05 March 2015, Thursday

FREE: Canon/Arthur Morris Bird Photography Lesson.

 

Canon 24mm f/2.8 IS

Canon EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM.

NEW: Canon 24mm f/2.8 IS Review.

 

TubeCube 7

TubeDepot TubeCube | 7.

NEW: TubeCube | 7 Review.

An absolutely adorable little tube amp for $179.95 — and it works great!

 

Crown IC 150

Crown IC 150 Stereophonic Preamplifier.

NEW: Crown IC 150 Review.

An enduring American classic.

 

Canon Deals

Adorama is now offering an additional $250 Mail-In Rebate, on top of the already existing $300 Instant Rebate for a total rebate value of $550! All Cameras are bundled with a Pro Printer Deal and other accessories for free to get you this secret low price.

The Following 3 Canon 5D Mark III Bundles include:
- Canon Pixma Pro-100 Inkjet Printer
- Canon SG-201 Photo Paper Plus
- New Leaf PLUS 1 Year Warranty (Drops & Spills)

Mail-In Rebate Form.


Canon EOS-5D Mark III SLR Body BUNDLED with Pro Printer Deal plus Valuable Accessories FREE: $2,249 after $300 Instant Rebate and $250 Mail-in Rebate (Reg $2,799.00)

Canon EOS-5D Mark III SLR Camera Kit W/ EF 24-105L BUNDLED with Pro Printer Deal plus Valuable Accessories FREE:
$2,849 after $300 Instant Rebate and $250 Mail-in Rebate (Reg $3,399.00)

Canon EOS-5D Mark III Digital SLR Camera Body Kit with EF 24-70mm f/4L IS Lens - Special Promotional Bundle: $2,999 after $300 Instant Rebate and $250 Mail-in Rebate (Reg $3,549.00)

The Following 3 Canon 6D Bundles include:
- Canon Pixma Pro-100 Inkjet Printer
- Canon SG-201 Photo Paper Plus

Mail-In Rebate Form
.


Canon Canon EOS-6D Digital SLR Camera Body, 20.2 Megapixel, Full Frame CMOS Sensor - Special Promotional Bundle: $1,299 after $300 Instant Rebate and $250 Mail-in Rebate (Reg $1,849.00)

Canon EOS-6D Digital SLR Camera Kit with EF 24-105mm F3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens - Special Promotional Bundle: $1,699 after $300 Instant Rebate and $250 Mail-in Rebate (Reg $2,249.00)

Canon EOS-6D Digital SLR Camera Kit with EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens - Special Promotional Bundle: $1,899 after $300 Instant Rebate and $250 Mail-in Rebate (Reg $2,449.00)

 

Audio Deals

Audio-Technica Pro Monitor Headphones ($169.95 Value) with PreSonus Ceres Studio Monitor Speakers. You get the headphones free with the speakers.

PreSonus Ceres C4.5BT Two-Way 4.5" Powered Studio Monitor Speaker with Bluetooth, Bundle With Audio-Technica ATH-M50x Pro Monitor Headphones, Black: $299.00 (Reg Price Together $468.95) with Free Expedited Shipping

PreSonus Ceres C4.5BT Two-Way 4.5" Powered Studio Monitor Speaker with Bluetooth, Bundle With Audio-Technica ATH-M50x Pro Monitor Headphones, White: $299.00 (Reg Price Together $468.95) with Free Expedited Shipping

PreSonus Ceres C3.5BT Two-Way 3.5" Powered Studio Monitor Speaker with Bluetooth Pair , Bundle With Audio-Technica ATH-M50x Prof Monitor Headphones, Black: $229.00 (Reg Price Together $398.00) with Free Expedited Shipping

PreSonus Ceres C3.5BT Two-Way 3.5" Powered Studio Monitor Speaker with Bluetooth Pair , Bundle With Audio-Technica ATH-M50x Prof Monitor Headphones, White: $229.00 (Reg Price Together $398.00) with Free Expedited Shipping

 

Contax Repair

ToCAD America is giving up on Contax repair, and handing it off to:

Nippon Photo Clinic
37 West 39th Street, Suite # 401
New York, NY 10018
(212) 736-4663

as of April 1st, 2015.

 

New Lenses from Sony

Sony Zeiss 35mm F/1.4 ZA E Mount Lens: $1,598.00

Sony 90mm F/2.8 Macro G OSS E Mount Lens: $1,098.00

Sony FE 24-240 F/3.5-6.3 OSS E Mount Lens: $998.00

Sony 28mm F/2 E Mount Lens: $448.00

Sony Fish Eye Conversion Lens for FE 28mm F/2: $298.00

Sony Ultra Wide Conversion Lens for FE 28mm F/2: $248.00

Sony Fisheye Converter for E 16mm F/2.8 and E 20mm F/2.8:
$178.00

Sony Ultra-Wide Fisheye Converter for E 16mm F2.8 and E 20mm F2.8: $158.00

One link to them all.

 

02 March 2015, Monday

Nikon D7200

Nikon D7200 and 18-140mm VR.

NEW: Nikon D7200.

Adds NFC and Wi-Fi to the D7100.

 

Also new from Nikon:

Nikon ME-W1 Wireless Stereo Microphone: $246.95. You put it up close, and it sends audio to your camera for recording.


Nikon COOLPIX P900
: $599.95.

 

Sigma Rebates


Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3 DG APO OS (Optical Stabilizer) HSM AutoFocus Telephoto Zoom Lens for Canon EOS Cameras - USA Warranty: $799.00 after $270 Instant Rebate (Reg $1069.00)

Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3 DG APO OS (Optical Stabilizer) HSM AutoFocus Telephoto Zoom Lens for Nikon AF Cameras - USA Warranty: $799.00 after $270 Instant Rebate (Reg $1069.00)

All Sigma 150-500mm lenses

Sigma 150-500 review.


Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 EX DC HSM Autofocus Zoom Lens for Canon EOS Digital SLR Cameras - U.S.A. Warranty: $379.00 after $100 Instant Rebate (Reg $479.00)

Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 EX DC HSM Autofocus Zoom Lens for Nikon DSLR Cameras - USA Warranty: $379.00 after $100 Instant Rebate (Reg $479.00)

All Sigma 10-20mm lenses

 

Pentax 645 deal from WPPI

Adorama has the Pentax 645Z Camera bundled with up to $1500 of free products.
Pentax 645Z Medium Format Digital SLR Camera Body, 51 Megapixel, 3 FPS, Full HD Movies, 3.2" LCD monitor: $8496.95 With Free Expedited Shipping and Free WPPI giveaway including these items listed below. ($1500 Value)

Bundle Includes:
Pentax 645D FA 55mm F2.8 AL [IF] SDM AW Lens ($1196.95 Value)


New Leaf PLUS - 3 Year Camera Lens Service Plan with Accidental Damage Coverage (for Drops & Spills) for Product's Retailing up to $1500.00 ($49.95 Value)


ProOptic 67mm Digital Essentials Filter Kit, with Ultra Violet (UV), Circular Polarizer and Neutral Density 2 (ND2) Filters, with Pouch ($35.95 Value)



New Leaf PLUS - 3 Year Digital Camera Service Plan with Accidental Damage Coverage (for Drops & Spills) for Product's Retailing up to $10,000.00 ($199.95 Value)

 

01 March 2015, Sunday

Canon Steals!

Canon has dumped a lot of prices for March:

Canon 5D Mark III: now $2,499.00 at Adorama and at B&H.

Canon 5D Mark III with 24-105 L: $3,099 at B&H.

Canon 5D Mark III with 24-70/4 L IS: $3,249 at B&H.

Canon 6D: now $1,399.00 at Adorama and at B&H.

Canon 6D with 24-105 STM: now $1,799.00 at B&H.

Canon 6D with 24-105 L: now $1,999 at B&H.

Canon 7D Mark II: now $1,699.00 at Adorama.

Canon 70D: now $999.00 at Adorama.

Canon 7D: $849 at B&H.

Canon 7D with 28-135 IS: $949 at B&H.

Canon Rebel SL1: now $399 at Adorama.

Canon Rebel T5 with 18-55mm IS II: now $399, brand new at Adorama.

 

All Canon DSLR savings.

Canon Lens Rebates

Canon Flash and Lighting

All Canon specials

 

5DS or 5D Mk III?

The innocent don't realize that the 5DS doesn't exist yet. It's not out until maybe June, which tells us that Canon is still trying to work out the bugs — otherwise we'd have it today.

Canon early-announced the 5DS to try to stem the tide of less-skilled shooters drifting off to the Nikon D810 based solely on pixel count. (Skilled shooters know that once you get above 10 MP, pixel count is purely a marketing ploy unrelated to print quality.)

The 5DS is for those who just have to have the newest. It's not the best, since it's actually slower than the 5D Mk III, but for the sort of guy who needs a Porsche or LEICA to boost an iffy self esteem or compensate for other shortcomings, the 5DS hits the spot. It's a "numbers" camera, all about the big 50 MP number, like when a wimp buys a 500 HP Mustang.

See also Is it Worth It.

 

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