Lightroom Made Easy
My friend Phil Steele's updated "Lightroom Made Easy" course for Lightroom 6/CC is still on sale. His courses are the best I've seen: clean, clear, to the point and very helpful.
02 July 2015, Thursday
Nikon 16-80mm f/2.8-4 DX VR.
NEW: AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/4E FL ED VR.Two poiunds lighter than last year, $10,300.
NEW: AF-S NIKKOR 600mm f/4E FL ED VR. Three pounds lighter than last year; $12,300.
These two teles and the 16-80 are "E" (electronic) diaphragms that won't work on older cameras. All Canon lenses since 1987 have had electronic diaphragms, so there's no compatibility problem in the Canon system as there now is in Nikon.
Just to keep us all guessing, Nikon Series E lenses have nothing to do with today's E-diaphragm lenses; Nikon simply re-used the letter E.
Sadly Nikon today is like Canon in the early 1980s: too many clumsy and incompatible lens technologies loaded with baggage from eons ago. Canon threw it all out the window and started the EOS system from scratch in 1987. Today Nikon has two different diaphragm control systems (mechanical or electrical), some lenses have aperture rings and some don't, and two completely different AF technologies (mechanical or electrical), so the Nikon system today is a mish-mosh of what works or not.
See also Nikon Lens Compatibility, which still needs to be updated for E-diaphragm lenses These E diaphragm lenses only work properly on cameras introduced since about 2007. On older cameras, these lenses will always shoot with the apertures wide-open — oops!
NEW: New Search Boxes.
Somehow Google stopped supporting the iFrame search boxes I had been using, so I put up new ones. Hope they work!
Now if I could only figure out how to get the clicked results to open in the same window instead of opening in new tabs.
NEW: Canon 5DS Accessories.
It took me all day to find all these, and now you have the world's most complete list of grips and eyepieces and power adapters and everything else.
01 July 2015, Wednesday
30 June 2015, Tuesday
IN-STOCK: Canon 100-400mm L IS II.
The world's best telephoto zoom; replaces all 70-200mm lenses, and Nikon has nothing close. It focuses faster and closer than anything, and goes all the way to 400mm, and is made better than anything else out there, especially the plastic Nikon 80-400 that costs even more.
JUST ANNOUNCED: Olympus AIR 01
The AIR 01 is a tiny micro 4/3 body that works with any smartphone. It comes as the body only, or as a kit with a zoom lens.
The AIR 01 is the size of a small teleconverter or large lenscap and has a 16 MP sensor. It talks to your phone wirelessly via its own app, and can store photos either in your phone or in its own micro SD slot. It also can shoot by itself with limited function.
They come in black or in white finishes.
It's less expensive than the DxO ONE, even buying the kit with zoom. It can use any micro 4/3 lens, has a much bigger sensor, and works with all smartphones, not just iOS.
It looks like it just rendered the DxO ONE obsolete; you gotta love this about Japan. When it comes to cameras, they make the craziest things that we all have to have.
Zeiss 5 x 10 T* Monocular: $129.95 (Regular $199.95) with free shipping.
Lowepro Photo Sport 12L Shoulder Bag, Purple/Gray: $14.95 (Regular $39.95), with free shipping.
29 June 2015, Eight years of iPhone
It changed our world, so it's hard to believe that the iPhone was first unveiled today in 2007.
As expected, they are the same. Canon simply won't let you set the 5DS so high that it looks bad, as you can with the 1D X and 5D Mk III.
Card and Camera Deals
Nikon Df for $1,768 on eBay. I buy from these folks in Japan often. The items show up in a few days, and they are usually just like new.
Audio-Technica ATH-M50x headphones, Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 USB Preamp and Samson MTR101 1" Diaphragm Condenser Microphone, Shockmount & Pop Filter: $269 (Regular price $438.99!) — with free shipping,
ATH-M50x Headphones, Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 USB Preamp, Samson MTR101 1" Diaphragm Studio Condenser Microphone, Shockmount & Pop Filter, Tascam VL-S5 5" monitors: $399.00 (Regular price $736!) — with free shipping.
25 June 2015, Thursday
Tenba Camera & Laptop Messenger Bag: $49.95 ($93 everywhere else!) with Free Shipping.
Tamrac 5588 SLR Backpack: $179.95 ($319.95 elsewhere!) with Free Shipping.
Apple 11.6" MacBook Air 1.7GHz, 8GB RAM, 512GB Flash Storage:
$999.00 (Regular $1,199.00) with Free Shipping.
25 June 2015, Thursday
Now Orderable: DxO ONE for iPhone & iOS.
This is the camera that attaches to your iOS device with a much bigger sensor than the iPhone's.
NEW: Kodak PixPro SP360.
Kodak's not quite dead yet. Here's a clever camera that sees 360º and lets you edit the videos it makes after the fact. You can select what crop you want out of it on the fly.
Lens Adapters: Don't Do It!
People keep getting all excited about putting good LEICA lenses and NIKON NIKKOR manual-focus lenses on their mirrorless cameras. These contraptions work poorly, but mirrorless camera and adapter makers fuel the fire, so people keep doing it.
FrankenKameras are a bad idea. LEICA lenses on other cameras work WORSE than using the camera's own-brand lenses! The $500 Canon 20/2.8 USM works better on a 5D Mk III than a $5000 LEICA lens works on the Sony A7!
AND - the adapted lenses are a farce. They won't focus or stop down their apertures or do much of anything. Adapting lenses is mostly a prank for people who talk more than shoot.
What works best is to use the lenses sold for your camera. Use Sony NEX lenses on Sony, and use Fuji X lenses on Fuji, and use 4/3 lenses on 4/3 (they all interchange among 4/3). The optics are at least as good on these cameras as using LEICA or NIKKOR lenses, and they add zoom and autofocus and automatic exposure, and here's the biggie: using the right lenses have diaphragms which stop down when shooting and then open again automatically for focussing. Adapted lenses demand you flick the diaphragm ring back and forth for each and every shot, unless you are shooting wide-open or want to focus stopped-down.
It seems like fun to use real-man lenses on girly-man cameras, but honestly, the plastic girly-man zooms sold today work better on these cameras than the real-man lenses from the good old days do.
I was going through a few new Fuji lenses I bought for use with my X-T10 that just arrived from Adorama, and thinking about how different the packaging was from the Pentax lenses I use got from B&H along with a Pentax K3 II, the differences are so real that I just had to write.
As you know I buy this all for myself. Yes, I return a lot of it, but no camera companies are loaning anything to me or paying me anything for anything. I can speak freely, since it doesn't matter if they like me or not; I'm not taking ads or money from them.
Here's what I see as so much of this gear goes through my hands:
Medium quality. Most gear is made wherever it's cheapest, like China or elsewhere. Almost everything is made of plastic.
Packaging is also of moderate quality.
Only the most expensive signature items made domestically (Japan), everything else sent overseas. Even the $2,000 300mm f/4 PF is made of plastic in China.
Nikon's DSLRs have fantastic color rendition. I shoot as JPG and get the eye-popping colors I demand right out of my camera.
At least in the countries I've been to, Nikon seems to look at its customers and dealers as an annoyance, hoping we leave them alone so they can get back to whatever's more important in their day.
Nikon's phone support at (800) NIKON-US for 35mm was always superb, and their support at (800) NIKON-UX for digital was great until recently. Nikon's phone support today is poor; you wait a long time to talk to someone who has no answers.
A classy operation. Almost everything is made domestically in Japan. Only the least expensive items are offshored, and then to Malaysia or Taiwan.
Packaging is typical, although it's a class act that their cameras, from most to least expensive, all come delicately wrapped in something like cloth inside bubble wrap. It's like the angels that assembled it want it to go delicately into the world.
While Nikon's mechanical quality is feeling dinkier and dinkier as the optical quality goes up, Canon's mechanical quality is actually getting better. Take the awesome new 100-400 L II for example, which went back to being mostly metal with metal filter ring.
Canon seems to like its dealers and customers. When I call Canon's phone support at (800) OK-CANON, there isn't much of a wait at all, and the first person who picks up the phone usually knows the answer to my oddball questions right off the top of their head.
Canon's DSLRs also have fantastic color rendition. I shoot as JPG and get the eye-popping colors I demand right out of my camera.
While I like Nikon's DX cameras, Canon is the way to go for full-frame. You people think I'm on Nikon's take, but I don't get anything from either Nikon or Canon. Canon invented the full-frame DSLR, and while I own Nikons mostly to shoot my manual focus NIKKOR lenses, my 5DS is what I grab when I want it done right.
Sony's cameras vary. I've never liked their color rendition, it's second rate compared to Nikon and Canon — but keeps getting better.
Yes, Nikon often uses Sony sensors and Nikon DSLRs often have great color rendition. Color rendition does not come from a sensor. It comes from a camera, in which the sensor is but one very small part. Nikon and Canon have and have spent the corporate resources to develop the secret sauces (transfer functions and color matrices) to get great color out of whatever sensors they use, which no other maker other than Nikon, Canon and Apple have had the resources to develop.
Sony's ergonomics vary all over the map. They usually throw way too much garbage in our faces, designing their cameras for people who talk about photography more than actually do it.
Sony's packaging isn't that exciting, and in my tests, their zoom lenses are the worst. Hey, when I say Nikon and Canon and LEICA make great lenses, Sony is the foundation against which the others look so good.
Fuji is a very classy act. It was my unwrapping of my Fuji X-T10 which inspired this article. Fuji makes their cameras better than others, and also takes pride in how they package them.
While no camera maker seals its boxes, meaning you should NEVER buy a camera at retail since there is NO way to know if you're getting a new or used or incomplete camera, at least Fuji puts a sealing sticker on the bag that holds the camera body. While with Fuji, just like every other maker, you can't tell if you're getting all the accessories or an old returned battery with your "new" camera," at least you have a little confidence that the body itself may be virginal. (I only by online from approved sources, which all ship from secure remote warehouses where no one gets to fiddle with or open boxes. Hint: all decent cameras stores have used departments. No used department means not a place for the intelligent to buy cameras. Even Amazon sells used.)
Fuji makes real camera with real knobs. That costs money. Fuji isn't selling disposable, forgettable consumer electronics with more menus than buttons.
Fuji makes them all in Japan, and they make them out of at least as much metal as does LEICA. The X-T10 is all metal with engraved knobs, a real camera and not a plastic dog plop.
Likewise, Fuji's lenses are made as they should be: out of metal with engraved markings.
Fuji's cameras handle as they should, being designed for photographers and not for people who'd rather just talk about it. Fuji also has a line of serious lenses not available anywhere else, like the 16mm f/1.4 that just arrived. It's equivalent to a 24mm f/1.4 on full frame, and just one of many innovative lenses no one else makes. That's why I get excited about Fuji and don't talk much about Sony.
Fuji's colors are great for people, but inferior to Nikon and Canon for photos of places and things.
LEICA hasn't been about photography since rangefinder cameras went obsolete in the 1960s. Ever since the glorious LEICA M3 of 1954, every new LEICA has been a crummier, more cost-reduced version. The key is that the huge 0.91x M3 finder is the best finder ever, and every LEICA since has used cheaper, lower magnification finders to save money as LEICA desperately tried to stay competitive.
The LEICA was replaced by SLRs. The Nikon F of 1959 was the first wildly successful SLR with a full system of lenses, and that system is alive and well today. The Japanese have a saying that it takes 10 years for anything to change, and by 1969, LEICA was essentially gone, like vacuum tubes.
The M240 has much better color rendition than the M9 and is much less buggy, but it's too darn big and fat. The M240 weighs more than many DSLRs today, and its optional electronic finder — the whole point of the M240 — is plastic junk from China, so who cares?
Yes, I say glowing things in my LEICA reviews because LEICA cameras have merely been jewelry for men for the past few decades. I'm mostly kidding; you'd have to see my tongue in my cheek as I write them. Note the pompous air I take on, as is expected when reviewing the very best, deserved only by the very few.
Like other jewelry, LEICA packages most of its products extravagantly.
LEICA does make superb lenses, and always has. All their lenses from the 1950s and newer are still spectacular today — but they are best used shooting 35mm film. Heck, every lens they've made is great; I can get super shots with my 1930s LEICA lenses. Their digital cameras are merely jewelry. Any of the Fuji X100, X100S and X100T run circles around any LEICA when used for street and reportage photography. I know, I own them all.
I don't know; I don't own any.
Panasonic, like Sony, makes most of their own ICs and transistors and capacitors and batteries and just about everything that goes into their cameras themselves.
I haven't tried much of their digital offerings — and I see a lot of innovative 4/3 lenses from them.
I prefer the ultralight Canon SL1 DSLR otherwise. It's the same size and weight as a mirrorless camera, but has full DSLR quality, speed and sensor size — for half the price!
Opening my Pentax K3 II and some Pentax lenses also inspired this article — in a different way.
Pentax is pretty junky, like it's some sort of kid's toy or counterfeit iPod product.
The packing is cheap, and the thin cardboard is dinkier than used for many of my kid's toys, and Pentax' graphics look to inspire the worst in people.
Trying the K3 II, I had to laugh: autofocus sounds like its from the 1980s. They must be kidding, but it also solidifies why Nikon and Canon own the DSLR market: because they make much better cameras.
Obviously Apple packages everything brilliantly, and their products look and feel better and are more precise and more beautiful than anything from anywhere.
The iPhone 6 Plus has an exceptional camera as well. iPhones have superb color rendition, as good as Nikon and Canon and better than Fuji, better than Sony and much better then LEICA — so my iPhone pictures look better.
The iPhone is the camera I grab first when I'm loaded with DSLRs when I need a close-up, or need a good shot in weird light where I have no time to fiddle with white balance. My iPhone just nails it.
The iPhone has always excelled in giving better-looking pictures in one shot than any other camera. No other camera automatically switches-in a painless, instant HDR mode as needed, for instance. While I usually can fiddle with my other cameras to get a great shot, my iPhone always nails it the first time. My iPhone is a serious part of my photo arsenal.
Your iPhone probably takes better pictures than most other cameras. The 6+ is way better than earlier models, and even shoots outdoors at night in many conditions with no flash.
24 June 2015, Wednesday
While the 7D Mk II is twice as fast for half the price, the 5DS is no slacker, either.
23 June 2015, Tuesday
I completely re-wrote my article from a year ago, expanding and adding tricks and answering common questions.
For a tiny fraction of what a custom installer would charge, I have every room inside and outside my house all interconnected so I can play anything from anywhere to anywhere, and I control it all from my iPhone.
Of course you can sell the printer and other items, making this even less exensive.
21 Juin 2015, La Fête de la Musique
Sony DSC-RX100 Mark III.
NEW: Sony RX100 Mk III Review.
20 June 2015, Saturday
California's Route 66.
The pictures Nikon doesn't want you to see.
I shot this all on my D810, with old manual-focus lenses whose optical designs were introduced 40 to 60 years ago.
I share full-resolution 36MP files, and they look fantastic.
Sure, you can pay more for Nikon's newest offshored plastic zooms, but the real reason I still keep my Nikon DSLRs around is because I can use my ancient lenses which feel so much better in my hands — and create spectacularly sharp images.
Newer zooms sell for more, but don't take pictures any better than Nikon's oldest lenses.
When I want autofocus, I shoot my Canons, but when I want to fool around with old gear, Nikon was the top pro full-frame SLR camera from the 1960s until the 1990s until Canon replaced them.
Canon 24-70mm f/2.8 L II: World's Sharpest Midrange Zoom.
NEW: Canon's Best Lenses.
It's about time I wrote this; these are the only lenses you need for shooting Canon, especially the 5DS.
Some camera makers are calling little 9 x 12 millimeter (0.35" x 0.47") sensors "one inch." Here is the explanation behind how they lie about this.
This $90 flash really does work flawlessly on my Canon 5DS. It also comes in a Nikon version.
It's powerful and recycles ultra fast. I'm impressed!
19 June 2015, Friday
Half a gigapixel of real-world images (9 snaps published at 50MP each = 450 MP), and I haven't even gotten started!
New Sony Zeiss Zooms
Tamrac Travel Pack 73 Photo Backpack: $29.95 (Regular $59.95), with free shipping.
ARE YOU KIDDING: New Sigma 24-35mm f/2
24-35mm isn't a zoom range; it's essentially a fixed lens with a little wiggle room! I remember when the exotic Nikon 20-35mm f/2.8 AF-D came out in 1993: when you turn the zoom ring, not much happens. This new Sigma covers only half of that range!
18 June 2015, Thursday
First top-secret Canon 5DS test shots. No worries, the same awesome Canon colors and flawless handling I love so much, with over twice as many pixels.
New features are the ability to set sharpening radius and sharpening threshold in-camera, the ability to shoot-through flickering artificial light (the world's first full-frame camera that can), as well as easy crop modes which are handy when shooting with fixed lenses — or when you want to get closer but can't. I set my M-Fn button to select the crop, and the finder blurs-out the cropped parts of the image. Perfect!
Technically, the 50MP works great. It's just as sharp pixel-to-pixel as my 5D Mk II, but now has more than twice as many of them.
Canon G3X. bigger.
BRAND NEW: Canon G3 X
The G3 X has a 20 MP midsized sensor (3x crop factor; smaller than DSLR and bigger than most point and shoots) and a 25x optical zoom.
Canon Powershot G3 X: $999.00.
BRAND NEW: Ricoh GR II
DEAL: Canon 17-85mm IS: $299.
This is a great do-everything lens for Canon's APS-C DSLRs. It used to sell for twice as much when it first came out.
ANNOUNCED: DxO ONE
DxO ONE, attached to an iPhone.
Promised for September, the new DxO ONE is a camera head that attaches to an iPhone or other lighting-connectored iDevice.
It has a fixed 12mm f/1.8 lens with a 6-blade iris, not a 7-blade so the sunstars will only have 6, not 14, points.
It uses a 20 MP, 8.8 x 11.9mm sensor with a 3x crop factor. The sensor is much smaller than a DSLR sensor but much bigger than a camera phone sensor, so technical quality will be somewhere in between.
The crop factor makes the lens about a 32mm equivalent.
It runs on its own battery, which you have to charge separately from your phone. It also has its own memory card, and/or you can simply store everything shot on the iPhone's own camera roll.
You can shoot raw and/or store JPGs on the iPhone so you can actually do something with them. It has plenty of options for what formats you'd like to store where, and also shoots video.
You control just about everything and view through the iPhone. You can shoot the ONE by itself, but with no controls and only a small data-only screen and no finder. It lives to be connected to your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad.
This is a clever merging of a serious camera with an iPhone, although the iPhone 6 Plus is already a very serious camera. It's for people who love gadgets to attach to their iPhones.
DxO is a Parisian company and some work was done in the USA, but it's made elsewhere.
You can't order it from any approved source yet. It should soon become available for order from approved sources, and should start shipping in September 2015 for $599.
16 June 2015, Wednesday
New Sonys now orderable
16 June 2015, Tuesday
Canon SL1 Deal
The Canon SL1 is a superb ultralight DSLR. It really is a real DSLR with the real quality and autofocus that needs no excuses, and it also weights nothing.
Here's a huge deal on a huge kit that includes:
Canon SL1, the world's lightest DSLR and 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens (Regular $499)
Canon EF 75-300mm F/4-5.6 III Autofocus Telephoto Zoom Lens (Regular $199)
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Standard AutoFocus Lens (Regular $125)
Canon PIXMA PRO-100 Professional Photo Inkjet Printer (Regular $298)
Canon SG-201 Photo Paper Plus Semi-Gloss, 13x19", 50 Sheets (Regular $38)
• Lowepro Nova Sport 17L AW Shoulder Bag, Slate Gray (Regular $59)
Your price is just $549 after $250 mail-in rebate — and you can resell the printer for more cash. Whoo hoo!
I tell my fiends to get the SL1, and not an expensive, lower-performance mirrorless, when they want a light camera to take on vacation.
15 June 2015, Monday
IN-STOCK: Canon 5DS!
Adorama also has a very limited supply of 5DS R in stock ready to ship.
14 June 2015, Sunday
Adorama took over 18th Street in NYC between 5th and 6th Avenue in front of their store for their 5th Annual Street Fair Sunday.
These and many other online specials are still good most of this week:
Aries BlackBird X10 Quadcopter with built in 16MP Still/Cine Camera:
$299.00 after $500 off (Reg. $799.00)
Sigma 50/1.4 ART Rebates
Sennheiser Mic Deal
Sennheiser Clip Mic Digital Mobile Recording Lavalier - Utilizes MKE 2 Omni Capsule: $199.00 (Reg. 248.75) with Free Expedited Shipping.
10 June 2015, Wednesday
LEICA Q. bigger.
LEICA Q. bigger.
LEICA Q. bigger.
NEW: LEICA Q typ 116.
The LEICA Q is a fixed-lens 24 MP full-frame point-and-shoot for $4,250. It has a non-removable 28mm f/1.7 lens and autofocus.
Intriguing is the built-in electronic finder. This bodes well for the camera for which I've been asking for years— from anyone, preferably Canon — that's a full-frame sensor mirrorless with a native LEICA M mount.
What I really want is a full-frame Fuji X camera with M mount, and what I really, really want is Canon to make a camera with one of Canon's sensors and an M mount.
This is because LEICA lacks the budgets and know-how to do digital as well as Nikon or Canon do. Nikon and Canon cameras make better-looking images because they get the colors right better than any other brand: better than LEICA, better than Fuji and better than Sony. It all comes down to having the right secret sauce to extract magnificent color from whatever sensors they are using.
Fuji makes the best rangefinder-style camera, far better than anything from LEICA, but Fuji's color palettes are strongly optimized for people at the expense of colors for photos of things.
LEICA makes the best lenses, but they make the worst digital cameras. Adapting LEICA lenses to other cameras doesn't get the performance you expect.
Canon and Nikon give the best color rendition, so when I want the best picture, I grab a Nikon or Canon.
NEW: LEICA SUMMILUX-M 28mm f/1.4 ASPH. Only for M-kameras, not the Q.
For Sale: Pentax 85mm f/4.5 UV lens. I didn't even know Pentax made these special purpose lenses; few people even know that Nikon made these.
McIntosh MQ 104.
NEW: McIntosh MQ-104 Review.
Silverfast Software has just added a new printer calibration feature in their scanner software. It allows you to produce a scanner ICC profile for any printer/paper/ink combination when used with a target and your scanner.
New Panasonic camera and phone
Canon 70D, PIXMA PRO-100 printer, Canon photo paper and Corel software:
$849.99 after $250 Mail in Rebate ($1,099.99 checkout price - $250 Rebate = $849.99) — with free US shipping!
Canon 70D review. It used to sell for $1,200 just for the body.
Panasonic DMC-GX7 with 14-42mm &
$50 Adorama Gift Card (also in silver):
$547.99 (Regular $647.99), with free US shipping.
Lumex BeamPod MX-65 PicoMax VGA Projector & WD My Passport Ultra 1TB Portable HDD Black: $279.99 (Regular $339.99) with free US shipping.
Samson MTR101 1" Diaphragm Studio Condenser Microphone with Shockmount and Pop Filter: $79.99 (Regular $119.99) with free US shipping.
Sennheiser CX 475 Premium In-Ear Noise Blocking Headphones, Black: $17.99 (Regular $29.99) with free US shipping.
PreSonus Ceres C4.5BT Two-Way 4.5" Powered Monitor Speakers with Bluetooth: $139 (Regular $189) with free US shipping.
05 June 2015, Friday
Canon 50mm f/1.8 STM.
The newest version of the classic from Canon, and already their top seller.
NEW: Genelec M040 Review.
Best under-$1,000 monitor I've tested.
Crown D 150A Series II in optional walnut cabinet.
A bargain price on a top professional amplifier.
Photographer's California Dream Home
My friend in northern San Diego (Carlsbad) still has his house with the unobstructed panoramic ocean view for sale. It's a steal, considering it has a 10-million-dollar view. Honestly, I've been to his house a lot, and you can't find a view like his, which stretches from Mexico out to Catalina and San Clemente Islands, in any other house for less than $10,000,000. It's not just on a golf course, it's on a private street that's the only one that actually goes through the middle of the golf course, letting you look down to see the 4th hole and out to the Pacific Ocean beyond.
If you're interested, call his broker listed at that link.
Here's a time exposure of the moonlight glinting off the glassy sea at night as seen from his balcony:
Nikon has a plethora of rebates depending on what combinations you get. Here are all the SLR deals, and here are the deals for everything including mirrorless and pocket cameras.
04 June 2015, Thursday
Nikon D7200 body: $1,196.95 with free next-day US delivery.
Nikon D7200 & 18-140 VR: $1,496.95 with free next-day US delivery.
Manfrotto MMC3-01 Compact Monopod, Black: $14.95 (Regular $24.95), free US shipping.
Lexar Memory Promotion with Prices Starting at $9.95, free US shipping.
Wacom CS150K Bamboo Stylus Duo Pen for Mobile Devices - Black: $1 after $10 mail in rebate with free US shipping (limit one rebate per customer).
HP 10.2" Mini Sleeve for Notebook Computers, Charcoal: FREE after $10 Mail in rebate, with free US shipping! (limit one rebate per customer).
Tamrac 5587 Expedition 7x Backpack for SLR Camera, Flash with Accessories & 15.4" Laptops, Black: $169.95 (Regular $279.95), free US shipping!
03 June 2015, Wednesday
Amazon finally kills retail!
I told you so: Amazon is now delivering same-day in many places — for free.
For environmentalists, this will save tons of car emissions, accidents and traffic, and let productive people be productive instead of driving to old "retail" stores to pay more and get less.
Nikon D7200 deals
You can buy a new D7200 for $1,200.
The D7000 is the same as the others, except its in-finder data display is backlit in green instead of white and the sensor doesn't have as much resolution as the others, but still has so much resolution that I sold a D7000 image I shot at ISO 2,000 to McDonald's — for use on a billboard. You can get the D7000 for $499, refurbished.
I've owned all three of these. Any of them is more than good enough to create images good enough for the biggest multibillion dollar international clients. They are all superb cameras for anything. You can pay more for the newer models if you like to pay more, but if money matters to you, the older refurbished models should be like new and all make the same pictures as well as the others. Having owned all of them the biggest difference is what color is the finder display, and that the D7200 took away the ability to set things directly at the INFO screen.
Suit yourself, but if I didn't have to report on the newest cameras for a living, I'd get a D7000 for $499.95 and call it a day.
$1,000 off the Sony NEX-FS700
02 June 2015, Tuesday
Fuji X100T Secret Sale
Since it's a secret sale, you have to add it to your cart to get the lower price.
This is awesome; I paid the full $1,299.99 and love mine to death. For the same price as a decent Japanese SLR lens alone you get a lens as good as the $3,150 LEICA SUMMICRON-M 35mm f/2 ASPH and a fantastic body, and the whole thing works together far better than any of my digital LEICAs — for about a tenth the price of camera and lens combined. LEICAs are to hold and to love and show off to your friends, while Fujis are for people who actually shoot.
Lowepro Nova Sport 35L AW Shoulder Bag for 1-2 Pro DSLRs with Attached Lens, Pepper Red: $23.95 (Regular $79.95) with Free Shipping.
Lowepro Photo Sport 12L Shoulder Bag, Purple/Gray: $17.99 (Regular $44.95), Free Shipping.
Lowepro Passport Sling II Camera Bag, Black/Red: $19.95 (Regular $39.95), Free Shipping.
Lowepro Passport Sling II Camera Bag, Grey/Pink: $18.95 (Regular $39.95), Free Shipping.
JVC GY-HM200U 4KCAM Compact Handheld Camcorder with Integrated 12X Lens:
$2,295.00 after $400 Instant Rebate and Free Expedited Shipping.
Dell B2360dn Mono Laser Printer, 40ppm Letter/38ppm A4 Simplex Print Speed, 1200x1200dpi Resolution: $139.99 (Regular $234.99), free shipping.
OKI Data B431dn Monochrome Workgroup LED Duplex Printer, 40ppm Print Speed, 1200x1200dpi Print Resolution, 150 Sheets Standard Paper Output: $164.99 (Regular $329.99), free shipping.
01 June 2015, Monday
Canon 50mm STM: Yes!
My new Canon 50mm f/1.8 STM arrived Friday, and I used it all yesterday. It looks awesome! The full-resolution snaps look better than what some makers send out for promotion. Heh, I couldn't have asked for a better subject.
I'll be writing its review this week. For the same price as the old model, it's built much better and has always been one of Canon's sharpest lenses, as well as Canon's least expensive.
We all want to help; I donated through my church and Lutheran World Relief (LWR) the day after it happened.
Now there's another great way to donate through Adorama.
It turns out that one of Adorama's people, Joshua Wright, was on vacation shooting in Nepal just days before the earthquake hit. Adorama came up with the brilliant idea to collect donations and send 100% of the money directly to GlobalGiving, and as an extra incentive, Adorama is making prints of Nepal for us at its own expense as an incentive to us to donate.
In other words, while it looks like Adorama is selling prints, what's actually happening is that Adorama is giving everything directly to GlobalGiving to get to Nepal, while Adorama is printing and shipping the prints to donors at Adorama's expense. Adorama is donating the prints as its contribution to incentivise us to donate.
If you check these out, you'll discover that LWR is superb and GlobalGiving is even better, and either of them is much better than giving to bloated organizations like the Red Cross.
The key here is how much of what we give gets to where it needs to go, versus how much gets skimmed off by people inside these organizations long before it goes to help anyone in need. Those links give ratings, and if I read them correctly, the America Red Cross keeps three times as much for itself (9.6%) as does Global Giving (2.8%).
NEW: Nikon Summer Sale
That link gets you to a matrix where you can select a body and then see what lenses get you what instant rebates.
Zeiss Tuit Sale
12mm f/2.8 (18mm equiv.) Zeiss Touit lenses and bundles: $699.00 after Instant Rebate (Reg. $999.00).
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