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See. Shoot. WIN!!! Two workshops coming in October 2017.

 

Adorama Pays Top Dollar for Used Gear

B&H Photo - Video - Pro Audio

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Phil Steele Event shooting

Phil Steele Portaits

Phil Steele Photoshop Basics

Phil Steele Lightroom Made Easy

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22 July 2017, Saturday

Refurbished-by-Nikon Deals

When I've bought Nikon-refurbished products, they were just like new, except they came in a plainer box. Remember you can return them if you don't love them, and they also come with a basic warranty as well.

 

Nikon D810: $2,496.95 (refurbished).

Nikon D800e: $2,199.95 (refurbished).

Nikon D800: $1,849.95 (refurbished). I've compared the D800 to the D800e, and they are essentially the same.

Nikon Df w/50/1.8 Special Edition: $1,795 (refurbished).

Nikon D610: $1,099.95 (refurbished).

Nikon D2X: $999.95 (refurbished). Where did they drag these up? The D2X was announced in September, 2004! It's over 12 years old. It's an ancient professional 12MP 5FPS camera. Avoid this unless you run a museum of useless objects. The D2X was the last of the old Gen 1 Nikons, even a refurbished D3200 below has way better image quality. If you want pro build quality and high frame rates, I prefer the newer D2Hs, which sells used for about $150 if you wait and know How to Win at eBay.

Nikon D7200: $749.95 (refurbished).

Nikon D7100: $599.95 (refurbished). The best buy here for serious shooters. It's the same or better than the newest D7500 for half the price.

Nikon D5500 w/18-55 VR II: $549.95 (refurbished).

Nikon D5500: $499.95 (refurbished).

Nikon D5300, 18-55 & 70-300: $599.95 (refurbished).

Nikon D5300 (gray body color): $449.95 (refurbished).

Nikon D5300: $379.95 (refurbished).

Nikon D5200: $339.95 (refurbished).

Nikon D3200: $249.95 (refurbished). A screaming deal! The D3200 is a great camera that takes the same pictures as everything else.

Nikon MB-D10 grip for D300 and D700: $159.95 (refurbished).

 

Nikon 70-200/2.8 G VR II: $1,699.95 (refurbished).

Nikon 24/1.4G: $1,449.95 (refurbished).

Nikon 16-80 VR: $749.95 (refurbished).

Nikon 10-24mm DX: $679.95 (refurbished).

Nikon 28-200mm FX: $399.95 (refurbished). Ancient product from 1998~2006; see my review from 2006. I'd get it used over eBay instead, and I'd get the newer, better G version instead as well.

Nikon 85/1.8 AF: $349.95 (refurbished). Another oldie, and a fantastic lens.

Nikon 55-300 VR: $229.95 (refurbished).

Nikon 50/1.8G: $169.95 (refurbished).

Nikon 18-55 VR II: $99.95 (refurbished).

 

Nikon SB-700 flash: $246.95 (refurbished).

 

Deals

Save $20 on the Apple Magic Keyboard - $69 after rebate.

Save $220 on the Canon imageCLASS MF628CW All-in-One Wireless Color Laser Printer - now $180.

Save $125 on the Asus Zenbook Pro 15.6" Ultra HD 4K Touchscreen Notebook Computer - $1,375.

Save $120 on the DJI Phantom 4 Quadcopter w/ 4K HD Camera + 2 Extra Batteries + Charging Hub - $999.

Save $160 on the 3 Legged Thing Albert Carbon Fiber Travel Tripod System with AirHed 360 Ball Head - $340.

Save $400 on the SmallHD 702 Lite 7" Monitor With Pro Accessory Bundle - $999.

Save $130 on the Dell Alienware 15 R2 15.6" 4K Ultra Touchscreen Quad Core Gaming Notebook Computer - $1,059.

Asus Chromebook 13.3" Notebook Computer - $269.

Panasonic GH4 w/12-35mm f/2.8: $1,495 ($1,000 off).

Panasonic GH4 body with storage kit: $998 (500 off).

Panasonic GX85 w/12-32mm: $498 ($300 off).

Tokina 14-20mm f/2 for Nikon and for Canon: $599 ($200 off).

 

20 July 1969, The End of Impossible

Man on Moon.

48 years of American dominance.

 

18 July 2017, Tuesday

Voigtlander 20mm f/3.5

Voigtländer 20mm f/3.5 SL-II.

UPDATED: Voigtländer 20mm f/3.5 Review.

Still the sharpest, smallest ultrawide you can get for Nikon.

 

This page not loading?

If it didn't you wouldn't be reading this, but just as an FYI, a few people have emailed me when they couldn't get this page to load.

I have no idea why, but in every one of these cases, simply clearing their browser's cache cleared the problem.

If anyone actually knows why this is and knows how I can fix this for good, I'm all ears.

 

17 July 2017, Monday

Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 FL

Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 FL.

The world's best 70-200mm, the Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 FL has dropped $200 to $2,597 at Adorama, at Amazon and at B&H. It's been $2,799 ever since it was announced last year.

This month the Sony 70-200/4 G rose $100 to $1,498 from $1,398 and the Canon 70-200/2.8 L IS II rose to $1,949 from $1,899.

Not that it matters since you gotta shoot what fits your camera, but this makes the Nikon now the same price as the Sony 70-200/2.8 GM and the Canon 70-200/2.8 L IS II the best buy in pro 70-200 lenses, since the Canon has the same quality as the Nikon, but costs much less.

The Nikon is the best of all these mostly because it focuses the closest. All of the Sony, Canon and Nikon 70-200/2.8s have superb optics.

The Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 FL is expensive because it's good and it's new and it has VR and a fluorite element.

The Sony 70-200/2.8 GM is expensive because it's good and it's new. It lacks VR or fluorite; you're paying for the novelty of Sony.

The Canon 70-200/2.8 L IS II is as good as the Nikon, complete with IS and fluorite, but since this Canon has been out since 2011, it's well discounted now since Canon has paid off their development cost — so it's the biggest bargain of the big three. The Canon was $2,400 when it came out in 2011. It just happens that $2,400 in 2011 is the same as $2,597 in 2017; this Canon is top-notch, but much less expensive today than the others.

 

13 July 2017, Thursday

UPDATED: Nikon 70-300mm VR AF-P Compatibility.

I clarified which cameras work with it or not. It's compatible with a different set of cameras than any of the other AF-P lenses. Arrgh!

Do you think I like spending my afternoons trying to explain all this for Nikon? No! I'd much rather Nikon's stuff just worked, or that everyone just shot Canon and saved us all the hassle. I don't like that I have to explain that Nikon lenses only work on random cameras, even if Nikon is selling them new today. It doesn't matter that most of us have been shooting Nikon since the 1970s when they were the leader; that was 40 years ago and things change.

Canon's EOS cameras and EF lenses have all been 100% compatible with each other ever since they were announced in 1987. The newest Canon LCD-display lenses work great with my ancient 1980s EOS 35mm Canon SLRs, and my oldest 1980s EOS lenses all work great on my newest 5DSR.

Nikon's slowly killing themselves by having so many lenses and cameras which are all sold new today that won't work with each other. Nikon is crippled by having four incompatible AF systems (screw-AF, AF-I, AF-S and AF-P) and three incompatible aperture systems (F, AI, G, and E). Nikon today still sells new screw-AF, AF-S and AF-P lenses with AI, G, and E diaphragms.

Canon on the other hand designed their EF mount from scratch for 1987 with electronic focus and electronic diaphragm control from the very beginning, while Nikon has only recently introduced some lenses with electronic diaphragms.

Nikon's VR system doesn't work with many of their cameras from before the 1990s, while Canon's IS system works with every camera they've made since 1987, film and digital.

What this means is that Canon has had everything working together perfectly from the start, while Nikon is crippled with almost 60 years of trying to use the same ancient F mount which came out in 1959 and adapting it to do "just one more thing" as time went on. While Nikon looked smart in the 1980s adapting their 1959 mount to do autofocus, Canon ticked off their existing customers when they trashed their old FD mount and started from scratch with the new and then-incompatible EOS EF mount in 1987. Today 30 years later Canon look like geniuses since everything works, while Nikon can't even explain clearly which cameras work with this new AF-P lens and I have to instead!

Today I'd buy a Sony or Canon long before putting much money into new Nikon. The Sony A9 is AWESOME and way ahead of everyone else for action. It shows us what everyone else will be trying to do in 5 years: silent 20 FPS full AF shooting. It's a totally new camera you have to get to believe.

Sony has a huge advantage in mirrorless because Sony has been making and innovating electronic image sensors at least since the 1960s when electronic image sensors were TV camera vacuum tubes. They've been a world leader in CCDs at least since the 1980s. They invent half of what's new in CCD and CMOS sensors, and when they want to do something truly amazing, like design a radically new sensor from scratch for the A9, they do it like no one else on Earth can.

Nikon's stuck in a rut as they've always gotten their sensors from Sony. Is it just me who finds it odd that Nikon has introduced no cameras with new state-of-the-art sensors in them ever since about 2013 when Sony introduced its first full-frame camera, the A7? Nikon had 36MP in the D800 back in 2012 and has never done anything better. I think Sony cut Nikon off from it's cream-of-the-crop, reserving the good stuff for itself. Canon makes their own sensors, which is why they keep innovating with the 5DSR, for instance at 50 MP.

 

11 July 2017, Amazon Prime Day

Nikon 70-300mm DX VR AF-P

Nikon Full-Frame 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6E VR AF-P.

NEW: Nikon Full-Frame 70-300mm VR AF-P.

 

Amazon Deals

Here are Amazon's top deals of the year, like the Echo Dot Alexa voice controlled wizardess for just $34.99 and the full-sized Amazon Echo Alexa for just $89.99!

My wife loves her Amazon Echo in the kitchen, and I plug my Echo Dot into the AUX input of my audioengine B2 speaker for great sound.

They're always on, so if I ask for something like the weather in Dubai or other people ask it to run a kitchen timer or play Celine Dion music for the dogs, it just does. You never have to touch it; it just works like the voice-controlled computer in the original Star Trek.

 

Adorama Prime Day Deals

Save $150 on the Rotolight Sound & Light Kit - $99 with Free Shipping

Save $950 on the Speedotron Black Line 4803cx LV Power Supply - 4,800ws (220V International Model) - $2,000 with Free Shipping. Look out, the description says it won't work in the USA; needs 220V.

Save $214 on the Phottix Indra360 TTL Studio Light and Battery Pack Kit - $785 with Free Shipping.

Apple 7.9" iPad Mini 4 Wi-Fi 64GB, Gold  - $329.

Apple 15" MacBook Pro w/Applecare - $2.799.

B + W 77mm #102 4x ND Filter - $16.99.

Manfrotto 190Go! 4-Section Aluminum Tripod Kit with Center Ball Head, 61.4" Max Height, Black - $199.88.

Lowest prices ever on Flashpoint lighting!

Save up to $400 on Top Wacom Cintiq Pen Displays! See here, here and here.

Fender Limited Edition 120V '68 Custom Deluxe Reverb Guitar Amp - $799.

 

10 July 2017, Monday

LEICA TL2 Review

LEICA TL2.

NEU: LEICA TL2.

It's a 24MP APS-C mirrorless that would compete against the Sony A6300 — if LEICA was mortal.

 

NEW: Nikon EN-EL15 battery recall.

 

09 July 2017, Sunday

NEW: Nikon Lens Sale!

This is a sale, also called "instant Rebates." There's nothing to mail in, but Nikon doesn't want us to get used to these low sale prices as yen/dollar exchange rates vary.

These are at Adorama; B&H also has them:

 

DX

35mm f/1.8G - $166.95, and Includes 52MM Digital Essentials Filter Kit. My favorite DX lens, for a lot less than I paid, with free shipping.

10.5mm f/2.8G Fisheye - $596.95, and Includes Corel Digital Creative Software Kit - Suite 2 Elite Edition, with free shipping.

12-24mm f/4G DX - $946.95, and Includes 77mm UV Wide Angle Thin Filter and Corel Digital Creative Software Kit - Suite 2 Elite Edition, with free shipping.

 

FX

14-24mm f/2.8G - $1,696.95, and Includes FocusShifter DSLR Follow Focus & Rack Focus and Corel Digital Creative Software Kit - Suite 2 Elite Edition, with free shipping.

24-70mm f/2.8G - $1,696.95, and Includes 77mm Digital Essentials Filter Kit and Corel Digital Creative Software Kit - Suite 2 Elite Edition, with free shipping. This one on sale is the same one I own, not the newer VR version which costs $2,400.

24mm f/1.8G - $696.95, and Includes 72mm UV Wide Angle Thin Filter and Corel Digital Creative Software Kit - Suite 2 Elite Edition , with free shipping.

28mm f/1.8G - $596.95, and Includes 67mm Digital Essentials Filter Kit and Corel Digital Creative Software Kit - Suite 2 Elite Edition, with free shipping.

50mm f/1.4G - $396.95, and Includes 58mm Digital Essentials Filter Kit and Corel Digital Creative Software Kit - Suite 2 Elite Edition, with free shipping.

70-200mm f/2.8E FL VR, the world's best 70-200 - $2,596.95, and Includes 77mm Digital Essentials Filter Kit and Corel Digital Creative Software Kit - Suite 2 Elite Edition, with free shipping.

 

For Sony

Rokinon AF 35mm 2.8 Full-Frame for Sony E Mount: $399.

 

08 July 2017, Saturday

Fall Color!

We've got two workshops coming in October. They run right after the other, so if you're traveling to one, you should do both — but different organizations are doing registrations, so it might not be obvious.

California's Eastern Sierra, Monday~Thursday 23~26 October 2017.

Yosemite, Thursday~Sunday 26~29 October 2017.

 

Metabones Canon EF to Sony E Adapter Review

Metabones Canon Lens to Sony Camera Adapter.

NEW: Metabones Canon EF to Sony E-Mount Mark V Adapter Review.

 

07 July 2017, Friday

Gotta love my X100F

Katie at the Park

Katie at the concert in the park. (Fuji X100F, no flash, f/3.2 at 1/125 at Auto ISO 400 at Auto Dynamic Range 200%, Perfectly Clear). bigger.

A typical snap from last week at the park. Sharp kid, soft background.

 

Deals

Robo C2 3D Printer - $599.99.

Acer Desktop Computer - $189. Wow, windows PCs are this cheap today?

Acer Desktop Computer - $239.

Samson USB Microphone - $50. Yet another Neumann copy.

Ibanez IJD100S Acoustic Guitar & road kit - $119.00.

 

06 July 2017, Thursday

Minolta 80-200mm f/2.8 Review

Minolta (Sony) 80-200mm f/2.8 APO.

NEW: Minolta High-Speed AF 80-200mm f/2.8 APO.

Sony bought Minolta in 2006. This professional lens has the Sony Alpha mount. The Sony LA-EA4 adapter makes this lens completely compatible with Sony's hot new mirrorless E-mount cameras with fast autofocus and 100% data interchange.

 

05 July 2017, Wednesday

24 Hour Drone Sale

Starts Wednesday, 05 July at 12:01 AM and ends at 11:59PM NYC time, Wednesday:

Yuneec Breeze 4K Self Flying Quadcopter with Camera -  $299

Yuneec Typhoon H Hexacopter with GCO3+ 4K Camera - $799

Yuneec Typhoon H Hexacopter with GCO3+ 4K Camera - $949; includes 2 Batteries, Backpack and, ST16 Transmitter

Yuneec Typhoon H Hexacopter with Intel RealSense, and GCO3+ 4K 3D Mapping Camera - $1,199; includes Backpack

 

04 July 2017, Independence Day

How to Photograph Fireworks

Fireworks!!! (Nikon D800E, Nikon 24mm f/1.4 G, program auto gave f/1.4 at 1/30 at Auto ISO 6,400, Matrix meter, autofocused once on Ryan then set to MANUAL focus to hold, VIVID Picture Control at +3 Saturation, A3 M1 AWB.)

How to Photograph Fireworks.

 

Grado SR80e Review

Grado SR80e.

NEW: Grado SR80e Review.

The world's most accurate $99 headphone and made in USA.

 

Grado SR80e Review

Grado SR325e.

NEW: Grado SR325e Review.

Made in USA.

 

July 4th Sales

Adorama's July 4th Sales.

B&H's July 4th specials.

Rokinon 50mm T1.5 Cine for Nikon: $359.95.

In stock: Canon 35mm f/2.8 Macro for APS-C (EF-S).

 

02 July 2017, Sunday

Canon 18-55mm IS II

Canon 18-55mm IS II.

NEW: Canon 18~55mm IS II Review.

A basic lightweight lens, ideal for lightweight cameras.

 

30 June 2017, Friday

MindShift just introduced some new sling bags called PhotoCross.  They have a slim profile while fitting a tripod, laptop, and have zipper pulls that can be easily opened with gloves. 

MindShift PhotoCross

MindShift PhotoCross bags.

 

29 June 2017, Thursday

Canon 6D Mk II

Canon 6D Mark II and 24-105mm IS L II.

NEW: Canon 6D Mk II.

Live discussion at B&H coming at 7PM NYC time (6PM Central, 4PM West Coast).

 

Canon SL2

Canon Rebel SL2 with Canon 18-55mm IS STM.

NEW: Canon SL2.

 

Ten Years of the iPhone.

The first iPhones shipped on 29 June 2007.

It has changed the entire world; first world, second world and third world.

What's next?

 

28 June 2017, Wednesday

Sony Curved Sensors

As you'll see in my Sony A9 review, I figured out why adapted lenses, especially wide ones, work so much worse than Sony's own lenses on Sony full-frame mirrorless.

While Sony's sensors look flat to the naked eye, the internal structure of the micro lenses and other layers through which the light must pass make the sensor appear curved optically depending on the position of the lens' rear nodal point. Making flat sensors is much less expensive than curved ones, so if Sony has figured out how to make a flat sensor perform as if it's curved, which has optical benefits just like our own eyes, bravo!

Just look at my sample images and you'll see that it's acting as a curved sensor with wider adapted lenses. This is easy to confirm for yourself with your own adapted wide lenses: just see where you have to focus manually in the center versus the sides, and you'll see that you need to focus differently. I don't know or care precisely why this is, but it's what I've been seeing for years.

Bravo again for Sony, but this supports my previous discoveries that other brands of lenses don't give top-notch results when adapted. See Canon versus LEICA on Sony, and my original ground-breaking work from four years ago that showed that even basic camera-brand lenses on their own brand of camera way outperform mongrel mixes of the finest lenses and finest cameras of differing brands.

It is thus proven that adapting lenses is fun for hobbyists, but for the quality I demand, it's a lens of the same brand as the camera (or the Zeiss lenses sold by Sony for their own cameras).

Sony's newest 12-24mm G and 16-35mm f/2.8 GM way outperform my finest Canon and LEICA lenses on the Sony A9.

 

June 27th was Tuesday

As you noticed yesterday, I listed it as Monday. So? It felt like a Monday to me.

This is how you know this is a real, hand-crafted website, not some robot-written automated garbage like half of the Internet today.

 

27 June 2017, Tuesday

Video Recorder Sale

Blackmagic Video Assist with HDMI and 6G-SDI Recorder, 5" Monitor 1,920 x 1,080 Display  $395 (reg $495)

Blackmagic Design Video Assist 4K 7" Touchscreen LCD Monitor with Ultra HD Recorder  $595 (reg $895).

 

24 June 2017, Saturday

NEW: Full-Frame Ultrawides Compared.

A comparison of today's hottest full-frame ultrawides. The good news is that ever since 2007, all these lenses have had superb optical performance.

 

Sony 12-24mm f/4 G

Sony FE 12-24mm f/4 G.

NEW: Sony 12-24mm f/4 G Review.

An awesome lens with flawless optical performance, a total winner for Sony!

 

Sony 16-35mm f/2.8 FE GM

Sony FE 16-35mm f/2.8 GM.

NEW: Sony 16-35mm f/2.8 GM Review.

Another awesome lens with flawless optical performance.

 

Deals

Rokinon 24mm T1.5 Cine for Canon - $419.95.

Rokinon 50mm T1.5 Cine DS for Nikon - $349.95.

Rokinon 50mm f/1.2 for Sony E - $349.95.

Rokinon 35mm f/1.4 for Olympus E - $299.95.

Panasonic GX85 w/12-32mm, free $100 Gift Card & 45-150mm Lens - $697.99.

Canon SX540 HS - Price in Cart $349.95.

Canon MF726CDW Color Laser Printer - $259.99.

Dell XPS 13.3" InfinityEdge Touch Notebook - $1,099 with Free Shipping.

 

Video

My friend Phil Steele has a new video talking about UV Filters. Here's also my page about Filters.

 

23 June 2017, Friday

Tamron 18-400mm

Tamron 18~400mm.

NEW: Tamron 18-400mm.

For APS-C.

 

New 14mm f/1.8 Ultrawide from Sigma

14mm f/1.8 ART full-frame.

World's first f/1.8 14mm ultrawide.

 

New From Think Tank Bags

SKB Modular hard cases.

Summer Sale: Up to 30% off on loads of things at the Outlet Center. My favorites there are the leather Retrospective bags.

Here's the niftiest part: since you know me, you get a free gift and free shipping with your order.

 

Light Sale

Save $200 on the Orlit Rovelight RT 610 HSS TTL Monolight with On Board Power (Bowens Mount) - $499.95 with Free Shipping, with TTL transmitter for Canon and for Nikon. Usually sells for the same price without TTL Transmitter.

 

21 June 2017, Wednesday

NEW: Zeiss Milvus 35mm f/1.4

Manual focus, 72mm filters and straight 9-bladed diaphragm..

The Nikon version is an AI-P style lens with a CPU chip and an aperture ring to work with almost every digital and 35mm Nikon. Also at B&H.

It also comes in Canon EOS Mount, also at B&H, and is manual-focus only.

 

16 June 2017, Friday

Nikon 100th Anniversary

Nikon has some special editions, expected to ship around 26 July 2017:

Nikon D5 100th Anniversary Edition, also at Adorama.

Nikon D500 100th Anniversary Edition, also at Adorama.

Nikon 70-200/2.8 FL 100th Anniversary Edition, also at Adorama.

Nikon 100th Anniversary Edition 3-lens set , also at Adorama.

Nikon 100th Anniversary Edition Leather Case.

Nikon 100th Anniversary Edition Leather Strap.

100th Anniversary Miniature Nikon F.

100th Anniversary Pin Collection.

 

Nikon 16-35mm f/4 VR

Nikon 16-35mm VR.

Updated: Nikon 16-35mm VR Review.

I brought this page up to modern high-resolution standards.

 

Weekend Deals

Panasonic GX85 w/12-32mm - $697.99  in Black  or in  Silver. Includes: also the Panasonic Lumix G Vario 45-150mm f/4.0-5.6 ASPH Lens  and a $100 Adorama Gift Card!

 

Rokinon and Samyang Weekend Specials includes 2% rewards and free shipping:

Rokinon 12mm F/2 Ultra Wide, Sony E Mount  - $289

Rokinon 12mm f/2 for Fuji - $289

Samyang 8mm f/3.5 Fisheye for Canon - $199

Samyang 8mm f/3.5 for Nikon - $229

Rokinon 50mm T1.5 Cine for Canon - $399

Rokinon 35mm T1.5 Cine for Canon EF - $399

Samyang 14mm Ultra Wide-Angle f/2.8 IF ED UMC Manual Focus Lens 

Nikon with Chip - $229

Sony E-Mount - $279

Canon Mount - $279

 

SLR Magic 25mm T0.95 Cine, Micro Four Thirds  - $299.95.

X-Rite ColorMunki Monitor Calibration - $99

Dell Inspiron 7000 Series 15.6" Notebook - $679.00

 

15 June 2017, Thursday

Sony 70-200mm f/2.8 FE GM Review

Sony FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM OSS.

NEW: Sony 70-200mm f/2.8 GM OSS Review.

 

Canon 70-200mm f/4

Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L USM.

Updated: Canon 70-200mm f/4 L USM

I updated my page to modern broadcast standards. This is a $599 bargain, with great optics and construction quality, including a fluorite element, at a low price but with no image stabilization. This is a lens for people who use a tripod or shoot in good light and don't need IS and want the smallest, sharpest lens they can get.

 

Deal: Convergent Design Odyssey 7Q+ OLED Monitor & Recorder, HD/2K/UHD/4K Recording over HDMI or SDI: $1,495, was $1,795.

 

Deal: Atomos Shogun Studio 4K: $2,495; was $3,495. It's a 7.1" Shogun Studio 4K HDMI/12G-SDI HD Monitor & Recorder.

 

14 June 2017, Wednesday

B&H Father's Day Sales.

 

New video about new videos

My friend Phil Steele has a new video showing the Zhiyun Smooth 3 stabilized iPhone support. This gizmo holds your phone as you move it around and keeps it pointed in the same direction the whole time.

 

13 June 2017, Tuesday

SLR Magic Sale

8mm f/4 for Micro Four Thirds - $269 (Reg Price $349)

17mm T1.6 Micro Four Thirds & 52mm MK II Variable Neutral Density 0.7 to 1.8 Filter - $299 (Reg Price $499)

35mm T 0.95 Hyperprime Cine Lens  - $899 (Reg Price $899)
Micro 4/3 Mount 
E Mount  

50mm T 0.95 Hyperprime Cine Lens, Micro Four Thirds - $699 (Reg Price $999)

50mm F1.1 Cine, Sony FE Mount - $279 (Reg Price $399)

Cine 75mm F/1.4, Sony E-Mount - $349 (Reg Price $499)

Anamorphot 1.33x 40 Anamorphic Adapter for M4/3 and Super 35/APS-C - $639 (Reg Price $799)

APO Hyperprime Cine 50mm T2.1 PL Mount - $1529 (Reg Price $1799)

50mm T2.8 2x Anamorphot-CINE, M4/3 - $2599 (Reg price $3099)

50mm T2.8 1.33x Anamorphot CINE, PL Mount - $5499 (Reg Price $6499)

52mm MK II Variable Neutral Density Filter - 0.7 to 1.8 (2.3 to 6 stops) - $109 (Reg Price $159)

62mm MK II Variable ND, 2.3 to 6 stops - $119 (Reg Price $169)

77mm MK II Variable ND, 2.3 to 6 stops - $129 (Reg Price $179)

82mm MK II Variable ND, 2.3 to 6 stops - $139 (Reg Price $189)

 

09 June 2017, Friday

Sony A9

Sony A9 and 24-70mm f/2.8 GM.

NEW: Sony A9 Review.

NEW: Sony A9 User's Guide.

I'm impressed; the A9 is better than the hype. It silently shoots at 20 FPS, and does it with superb autofocus. It's a new chapter in photography.

I love how Sony is actually innovating. After seeing mostly devolution from Nikon as they've been fading away the past few years, I love seeing a company take a problem by the horns and innovate the heck out of it.

The A9 has a new kind of sensor that lets them pull images off the sensor much, much faster than ever, also giving a live EVF view that doesn't stutter or even need to blink as we shoot.

For high-speed shooting, there is nothing like the A9 — and it only costs 2/3 of what the slower, louder pro DSLRs do.

Bravo, Sony!

 

Sale: MacBooks on Sale.

 

07 June 2017, Wednesday

New from Apple

Here's the new Mac OS High Sierra, iOS 11, watch OS 4, iMac Pro, iMacs, iPad Pro and HomePod.

 

Deals

Most with free shipping:

Canon PRO-2000 24" Professional Printer - $1,999.99.

Panasonic G7 w/14-42mm - $497.99.

Vanguard Carbon Fiber Monopod - $79.99.

Westcott WrapAround Dimmable LED Light w/Spare Battery - $489.99.

Cineo Remote Phosphor LED Lighting Kit, 3200 & 5600 Panels - $309.99.

Brenthaven Collins Slim Briefcase - $29.99.

Sony PXW-FS5 4K XDCAM Camera : Body only  - $4,749 after rebate, w/18-105mm E-Mount Zoom f/4 G OSS Lens - $5,249 after rebate.

Fender PM-2 Acoustic Guitar - $499.

Fostex TH-900 Mk 2 Headphones - $949.99.

Blue Microphones Snowball USB Condenser Microphone - $37.99 after MIR.

Dell Alienware 13 R3 13.3" Notebook - $1,249.00.

Ricoh SP C250SF Color Laser Printer - $134.99.

 

06 June 2017, Tuesday

Nikon Sale

Nikon Sale. All come with filters, software, and lens cleaning accessories, and ship free.

Nikon 24mm f/1.4G: $1,796.95, and includes a Tiffen 77mm UV filter and Corel software.

Nikon 50mm f/1.8G: $176.95 and includes a 58mm Filter Kit and Corel software.

Nikon 40mm f/2.8G Micro: $246.95 and includes a 52mm filter and Corel software.

Nikon 10-24mm: $796.95 and includes a 77mm Slim Filter and Corel software.

Nikon 16-35mm VR: $996.95 and includes a 77mm filter and Corel software.

Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8 DX: $1,196.95 and includes a 77mm slim filter and Corel software.

Nikon 35mm f/1.4G: $1,496.95 and includes a 67mm Filter Kit and Corel software.

Nikon 80-400mm VR: $2,096.95 aand includes a 77mm Filter Kit and Corel software Kit.

Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8E VR: $2,196.95 aand includes an 82mm Filter Kit and Corel software.

 

Fuji Sale

Fujifilm X-Pro2: Add the lens you want ansd save $300:
Add XF 35mm F/2 R WR LENS - $1,799.90
Add 23mm XF Lens - $1,849.90
Add XF50 mm F/2 R WR LENS - $1,849.90

X-T2 with Vertical Power Booster Grip: Add the Power Grip  and Save $230
Black - $1,699.94 With Free Accessories 
Graphite Silver Edition - $1,899.94 
18-55mm Kit- $1,999.94  

X-T2 VERTICAL POWER BOOSTER GRIP - $229.99  

Save $450 on the Fujifilm XF 100-400mm F4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR Lens w/Free Accessory Bundle -   $1,899.95 Add the teleconverter for FREE
Add XF2X TC WR Teleconverter FREE
Add XF1.4X TC WR Teleconverter FREE 

Save $500 on the XT1
X-T1 Body Black - $799.95  
X-T1 Body Graphite Silver - $999.95 
X-T1 Kit with XF 18-55mm Lens - $1,199.95  

Save $200 X100T with Free RODE Video MIC- $1,099.95 
Silver  - Black 

Save $200 on the Fujifilm X-T10 Mirrorless Body With Free Accessory Package
Black  - $599.95 
Silver  $599.95 
X-T10 with 18-55mm OIS Lens Silver - $899.95  
X-T10 with 18-55mm OIS Lens Black - $899.95  
X-T10 with XC16-50mm Lens Kit - $699.95  

 

Rokinon Deals

12mm f/2 APS-C On Sale Today Only.

35mm f/2.8 AF for Sony E on sale today only.

 

03 June 2017, Saturday

New: Funinon 50-135mm T2.9 cine lens in Sony E-mount.

 

02 June 2017, Friday

Tokina 300mm f/2.8

Tokina 300mm f/2.8 AF AT-X.

NEW: Tokina 300mm f/2.8 AT-X AF.

 

01 June 2017, Thursday

Nikon 28mm f/1.4 E

Nikon 28mm f/1.4E.

NEW: Nikon 28mm f/1.4 E FX.

 

Canon EOS M6

Canon EOS M6 and EF-M 15-45mm IS STM.

NEW: Canon EOS M6 Review.

 

Canon EVF-DC2

Canon EVF-DC2.

NEW: Canon EVF-DC2 Review.

 

What Was New in:

May 2017: Nikon 10-20mm DX VR, Nikon 8-15mm FX Fisheye, Canon 77D Review, Canon Rebel T7i Review, Canon 18-55mm IS STM Review, Springtime in Yosemite, Irix 15mm f/2.4 Review, Sony 16-35/2.8 GM, Sony 12-24/4 G, Fuji X100F Review, Laowa 12mm Review, Olympus TG-5.

March & April 2017: Nikon D7500, Nikon 19mm PC-E review, Nikon D3400 review, Sony A7 Mk II review, Nikon D5600 review.

February 2017: Canon 77D, Canon Rebel T7i, Canon EOS M6, Sony 24-70/2.8 GM, Sony 85mm f/1.4 GM , Sony 70-200mm f/4 G OSS, Sony FE 100mm f/2.8 STF GM OSS, Sony FE 85mm f/1.8.

January 2017: LEICA M10, Fujifilm GFX 50S, Fujifilm X100F, Nikon D5600.

November & December 2016: Fuji X-A10.

September & October 2016: Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 FL, Nikon 19mm PC-E, Sony A6500, Sony RX100 Mk V, Sony Alpha 99 II, Canon EOS M5, Canon EF 70-300 IS II USM, Sony 50mm f/2.8 Macro.

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.

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