23 March 2017 Thursday
New from Think Tank
Think Tank has announced their Signature Shoulder Bags, which seeing how much I love my Retrospective bags, will definitely be worth a look, especially because when you order yours you'll get free shipping and probably even some free goodies as well!
Think Tank is the world's top maker of pro bags. They're the real thing.
22 March 2017, Wednesday
NEW: Nikon D3400 Review.
It's a fantastic little camera: pro results from a tiny, inexpensive and quiet camera.
A plain-English and explicit explanation of how to use the Nikon D3400.
A plain-English and explicit explanation of how to use the Nikon D3400's AF system.
New Version 3 of Perfectly Clear
There's a new version 3 of Perfectly Clear software coming out on March 29th, and the cool thing is that they're giving you, my readers, a very special price no one else gets if you order it before it comes out on the 29th.
The price, only for you guys and only if you order before next Wednesday the 29th, is $79. if you wait, it's $129.
What's new about this version is that it not only looks for and optimizes faces, it now also sets the exposure for the frame based on those faces. If you have a shot with a dark face and light background, voilà, it sets exposure for the face and preserves background detail at the same time.
I use Perfectly Clear on just about all my photos. It makes my photos look better faster than anything else I've tried. It's great for landscapes and industrial work, and also fantastic at automatically making portraits & people look great, doing all the things automatically in one click that other software demands people manually show the software where the faces are.
Yes, I can do most of this manually in Photoshop, but it takes much longer. Time is money for me, and in one click Perfectly Clear usually nails everything and I'm off to my next photo. Photographers shoot; we don't waste time in front of computer screens.
HOT: Nikon D5200 w/18-55mm VR: $379.95, refurbished, with free shipping.
See my Nikon D5200 review and Nikon D5000-series cameras compared. As you'll see, the D5200 is the same as the newest D5600, just that it weighs 3 ounces more and lacks a touch screen and Bluetooth. It's got the same image sensor, AF system, flip screen, stereo mic and everything else that matters.
This is what I mean when I say Nikon hasn't introduced any really new cameras in years; this D5200 is the 95% same as the thyrochondrotomies newer D5600!
Kenko Extension Tube Set for Canon: $79.99 (Reg $109), with free shipping.
21 March 2017, Tuesday
Atomos Shogun Flame 4K HDMI/12-SDI 7" Recording Monitor Bundle: $1,295 (Reg $1,695), Free shipping.
Bushnell 8x42mm Trophy XLT Water Proof Roof Prism Binocular: $59.99 (Reg $99), free shipping.
Apple AppleCare 3 Year Extended Protection Plan for 15" / 17" MacBook Pro: $219 after rebate (Reg $299).
Apple AppleCare 3 Year Extended Protection Plan for MacBook /MacBook Air /13" MacBook Pro: $149 after rebate (Reg $249).
Apple AppleCare 3 Year Extended Protection Plan for iMac: $94 after rebate (Reg $149).
Apple AppleCare 3 Year Extended Protection Plan for Mac Pro: $149 after rebate (Reg $249).
Apple AppleCare 3 Year Extended Protection Plan for Mac Mini: $49 after rebate (Reg $99).
D-Link DIR-865L Wireless AC1750 Dual Band Gigabit Router: $34.95 (Reg $54.95), free shipping..
18 March 2017, Saturday
UPDATED: Nikon D810 Review.
Seeing how Nikon hasn't introduced any really new cameras in almost three years, I brought my D810 Review, especially with a controlled set of test image files at every ISO setting, up to date.
GRAIL FOR SALE: Nikon 13mm f/5.6 at eBay.
The 13/5.6 is Nikon's most amazing lens ever, and it's also their rarest. Get this one while you can. See How To Win at eBay. This looks like a legitimate deal, so pay via PayPal and you've got nothing to worry about — and might be able to resell it for more!
Looks like this listing makes unauthorized use of some of my copyrighted text, but otherwise looks like the real deal for a real lens from a real dealer. Seeing the condition, the price is completely reasonable. Go for it!
Sigma 135/1.8 Update
The new Sigma 135 f/1.8 Art is now orderable.
Personally I'd get either of the exquisite professional Canon 135/2 L or Nikon 135/2 DC (or inexpensive manual-focus Nikon 135/2 AI-s) long before I stooped to Sigma since I know the pro (camera-brand) lenses will serve me for decades and decades and not become incompatible or break some dinky internal plastic part in 8 years after the warranty expires, but hey, don't let me stop you from enjoying this new Sigma — which costs more than any of the pro lenses.
16 March 2017, √10 Day (3.16)
Loving the iPhone 7 Plus
While some things, like shooting birds three miles away or catching star trials require a DSLR, for 80% of what we shoot, the iPhone 7 Plus, with its three built-in cameras and three fixed lenses (one f/2.2 front camera, one wide f/1.8 28mm-equiv. rear camera and a second normal f/2.8 56mm-equiv. rear camera), the iPhone is a fantastic second or backup camera for use along with our DSLRs. Here are two snaps from yesterday:
New Irix Lenses
SLR Magic 8mm f/4 Lens for Micro 4/3: In stock and $50 off.
10 March 2017, Friday
13" MacBook Pro w/Touch Bar: $1,549 (Reg $1,799), with free shipping.
Also available with Apple care: $1,749 (Reg $1,998), with free shipping.
3D printer deals
3D Systems CubePro Trio 3D Printer: $2,199.00 (Reg $4,399), with free shipping.
3D Systems Cubify Sculpt Software for Windows, License Code: $64.99 (Reg $129), with free shipping.
More Outdoor Deals
Here are a few categories with a lot of deals still left:GPS deals at B&H
09 March 2017, Thursday
DealsSony A7S II body & kit deals.
Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 full-frame ultra-ultrawide for Nikon ($279), for Canon ($249) and for Sony E ($249), all with free shipping. Limited supply at this price.
Manfrotto XPRO Monopod & Platypod Mini Tripod: $139.99 ($178 if bought separately), with free shipping.
Canon G9 X Price Drop
Canon G9 X & Free Watson Battery: $399 with Free Shipping & 2% rewards.
Outdoor Gear Close-out
B&H is getting out of selling outdoor gear, so a lot of their outdoor gear is on close-out at up to 50% off. It's selling out fast, and there are deals there for people willing to poke around for them.
08 March 2017, Wednesday
Elinchrom Ranger Quadra Hybrid with Lead Acid Battery & Quadra Action Flash Head: $999 with free shipping. Power Pack alone is regularly $1,389!
Lenovo 15.6" Notebook: $319.99 (Reg $399), Free shipping.
Meural Canvas Frame, Lightbox $645 (Reg $695), free shipping. (Use Promo Code 50OFFMURL at checkout.)
06 March 2017, Monday
New Photo Tours & Workshops
I have the dates and information for two of my 2017 trips:
18-21 May 2017, Thursday ~ Sunday: Spring Light in Yosemite.
26-29 October 2017, Thursday ~ Sunday: Autumn Light in Yosemite.
We also do another Eastern Sierra trip immediately before or after the October Yosemite trip, and you should do both if you're going to do one — but I don't have the exact dates for that yet.
See you there!
Platypod Pro Max Plate Mini Tripod:
$89 (Reg $99), free shipping.
ORLIT RT-600C TTL RT Speedlite For Canon: $129.95 (Reg $169), Free shipping.
GoPro HERO5 Black with Free GoPro 3-Way, 3-in-1 Mount: $399 w/free shipping.
GoPro Hero5 Session with Free GoPro 3-Way, 3-in-1 Mount: $299 w/free shipping.
03 March 2017, Friday
New From Blackmagic Design
● Super-35mm CMOS Sensor
02 March 2017, Thursday
NEW: Sony A7 Mk II Review.
The A7 Mk II is the best buy ever in full-frame Sony.
UPDATED: All Sony Cameras Compared.
Nikon ME-1 Stereo Microphone: Reg Price $179.00, Sale Price $109, Free Shipping.
Green Extreme Sony NP To V Mount Battery Adapter: Reg Price $59.95, Sale Price $39.95, Free Shipping.
Polk Audio MagniFi Sound Bar System: Reg Price $299.95, Sale Price $199.99, Free Shipping.
Fender Limited Edition 120V '68 Amp: Regular Price $1,199.99, Sale Price $899.99, Free Shipping.
Beyerdynamic DT 990 Open-Back 32Ω Headphones: Reg Price $299, Sale Price $159.00.
Acer K2 K242HQL Bbd 23.6" Monitor: Regular Price $109, Sale Price $89.99 - $10 Mail in Rebate = Final Price $79.99, with Free Shipping.
Brenthaven Collins Sleeve Plus Shoulder Bag: Reg Price $59.95, Sale Price $19.99.
01 March 2017, Wednesday
NEW: Nikon D5600 Review.
One of the best cameras available at any price — but it's just a D5500 with Bluetooth. The D5500 is also a top camera.
New Olympus Rebates for March. Not only are there big price reductions, but they also include 4% rewards.
Manfrotto ML240 Mini-24 On-Camera LED Light with Dimmer: $19.99 (Reg $79). Free shipping. While supplies last.
GoPro HERO Session Camera Bundle: $179.99 (Reg $199), free shipping.
● GoPro HERO Session Action Camera
Ricoh SP C250DN Color Wireless Laser Printer: $69 (Reg $109), Free shipping. Expires 3/2 - Limited supply at this price.
What Was New in:July & August 2016 (Canon 5D Mk IV, 16-35 IS II, 24-105 IS II, Nikon D3400, Nikon 105mm f/1.4, Fuji XT-2)
Help me help you
I support my growing family through this website, as crazy as it might seem.
If you find this as helpful as a book you might have had to buy or a workshop you may have had to take, feel free to help me continue helping everyone.
The biggest help is when you use any of these links when you get anything, regardless of the country in which you live. It costs you nothing, and is this site's, and thus my family's, biggest source of support. eBay is always a gamble, but all the other places always have the best prices and service, which is why I've used them since before this website existed. I recommend them all personally.
Thanks for reading!