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Amazon Deal: Spend $100 in Camera Gift Cards at Amazon, and get an additional $25 to spend on qualifying digital cameras. Ends Wednesday, Nov. 26 at midnight.

BLACK FRIDAY: Amazon's Black Friday Deals.

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Phil Steele Event shooting

Phil Steele Training

22 November 2014, Saturday

Nikon 300mm f/4 AFS

Nikon 300mm f/4 AF-S.

NEW: Nikon 300mm f/4 AF-S Review.

A fantastically good lens, but much bigger and heavier than zooms.


21 November 2014, Friday

DEAL: Tascam DR-44WL 4-Channel Portable Recorder with Audio-Technica ATH-M30x Headphones: $299.99 + free 2-day shipping.

DEAL: Tascam DR-22WL 2-Channel Portable Recorder with Audio-Technica ATH-M30x Headphones: $169.00 + free 2-day shipping.


20 November 2014, Thursday

I so love my X100S

My Fuji X100T is on its way to me, but my old X100S (and X100) still rock.

Here's a typical example of how it just does everything for me to make my snap look great:

Ryan at dinner at UTC

Ryan at dinner at UTC. (Fuji X100S, flash ON, Auto Dynamic range 200%, f/2 at 1/125 at Auto ISO 2,500, Perfectly Clear V2.) bigger.

The key here is that I get these shots every time, fully automatically. I didn't have to twiddle with my white balance or exposure or lighting ratios or special light modifiers or flash fill level or ISO or anything. I leave it all on AUTO and it just gets my shot right the first time, every time. The built-in flash is the smartest flash I've ever used, far better than any DSLR when it comes to always adding the perfect amount of fill in any conditions, n0t just daylight.

I also love Perfectly Clear. It took an already great-looking shot, and lightened Ryan's face and brightened his eyes all automatically. One click, not two, in Perfectly Clear and I was done and on to the next project.

The latest version of Perfectly Clear adds two preset Portrait options. The first, used above, is for all people and just makes everything look better. The second portrait options pushes it, and starts smoothing out skin and making fat people look skinner etc. The key is that each just works; you never have to tell it what face is where or anything; one click and you're done.



19 November 2014, Wednesday

BLACK FRIDAY: Amazon's Black Friday Deals.

BLACK FRIDAY: B&H's Black Friday & Holiday deals.


DEAL: Nikon D3100 with 18-55 VR for $329.95 with free shipping. (refurbished)

DEAL: Nikon D3300 for $546.95 with lens and free shipping!!!

DEAL: Nikon D5200 for $429.95 with free US shipping (refurbished)

DEAL: Nikon D7100 for $819. (refurbished)

DEAL: Canon S110 for $250.

DEALS! Canon's best lenses on sale.

This is how and when I've bought my Canon lenses: when they go on sale as they are now.


Apple iPhone 6 Plus Review

Apple iPhone 6 Plus.

NEW: Apple iPhone 6 Plus Review.

As you saw in my Yosemite gallery, a great camera as well as everything else.


Beyerdynamic A200p

Beyerdynamic A200p.

NEW: Beyerdynamic A200p Review.

A postage-stamp sized audio DAC and headphone amp.


15 November 2014, Saturday

Weekend Reviews

Since I'm off this weekend, here are some headphone reviews for your enjoyment.

I have a slew of 180mmm, 300mm and 400mm lenses on deck for review hopefully next week.

Beyerdynamc T51i

Beyerdynamic T51i.

NEW: Beyerdynamic T51i Review.

Brand new, and now the world's best portable headphones.


AKG K812 review

AKG K812.

NEW: AKG K812 Review.


13 November 2014, Thursday


Sunstar in Aspens above Bridgeport

Sunstar in Aspens above Bridgeport, 19 October 2014, 4:20 PM. (Canon 5D Mark III, Canon EF 16-35mm f/4 L IS at 24mm, f/22 at 1/30 hand-held at ISO 100, Athentech Perfectly Clear v2.)

In my Photographs from The Yosemite and Eastern Sierra monograph, I incorrectly referred to my Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8 L II.

Of course I didn't bring my 16-35/2.8, as it's a news, sports and action lens.

In fact, I brought my Canon EF 16-35mm f/4 L IS, which is a nature and landscape lens.

The difference is that the f/2.8 II lens is faster, but much less sharp in the corners at wider apertures than the f/4 IS. The f/4 IS, Canon's sharpest ultrawide ever, is for nature and landscapes, while the f/2.8 II is a fast, tough newsman's lens.

We need to own both if we shoot both kinds of assignments, but of course only carry one at a time.


Canon 300mm f/2.8 L

Canon EF 300mm f/2.8 L.

UPDATED: Canon 300mm f/2.8 L Review.

After shooting it in Yosemite, I've added a lot to my review of the Canon EF 300mm f/2.8 L.


11 November 2014, Veteran's Day

Canon 100-400mm L IS II

Canon EF 100-400mm L IS II.

NEW: Canon 100-400mm IS L II Review.

Canon updates its superb 100-400mm IS from a push-pull to a rotary zoom, adds much closer focussing and greatly improves its Image Stabilization.


08 November 2014, Saturday

Mono Lake Sunrise with backlit tufa

NEW: Photographs from The Yosemite and Eastern Sierra.

Some of what I did last month.


05 November 2014, Wednesday

LIVE VIDEOS: Ryan shoots his Nerf Gun

LIVE VIDEO: Ryan bombs the top can. (Nerf Elite 2-in-1 Demolisher, iPhone 6 Plus emailed Slo-Mo 240 FPS video.)

The iPhone 6 Plus not only makes great slo-mo video, it's trivial to edit it as seen above so the playback changes speed wherever we want it. In this case, it shifts from regular to slow and back again.


04 November 2014, Tuesday

Tokina 70-200mm f/4 Review

Tokina 70-200mm f/4 VR FX.

NEW: Tokina 70-200mm f/4 VR FX Review.


02 November 2014, Sunday

Reset your camera clocks!

While most of our Macs and iPhones etc. all reset themselves to standard time, our cameras rarely do.

Be sure to reset all of your digital cameras, since if you don't, it may be months from today until you realize it and you'll have the wrong time stamps on months worth of images.


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