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31 October 2016, Monday

DEAL: Nikon D3300, 18-55 VR II, 55-200 VR & WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter: $479.95, with free shipping (refurbished by Nikon USA).


27 October 2016, Thursday

Nikon Sale!

Nikon's having a sale. All below also include a free spare Nikon EN-EL15 battery, which will be added to your cart automatically when you add the camera. Nikon calls these "instant rebates," which simply means lower prices — just that they try not to make it look like lower prices so that we don't get used to them when they want to raise them again.

This sale is only good until Saturday, October 29th.

Nikon D500: $1,796.95 ($200 off).

Nikon D500 with 16-80mm: $2,396.95 ($670 off).

Nikon D750: $1,796.95 ($200 off).

Nikon D750 with 24-120mm VR: $2,296 ($800 off).

Nikon D810: $2,496.95 ($500 off).

Nikon D810 with 24-120mm VR: $3,196.95 ($900 off).


Adorama Prime

Adorama has a new program similar to Amazon Prime, which Adorama calls VIP360.

It gives free second day shipping for most things, and even better than Amazon Prime, offers free 2-year extended accident insurance and a 60-day return privilege.

Check it out.

19 October 2016, Wednesday

Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 FL

Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 FL.

NEW: Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 FL.

NEW: Nikon 19mm PC-E.


18 October 2016, Tuesday

NEW: Mindshift SidePath.

NEW: Mindshift TrailScape 18L.

MindShift have just announced two new backpacks.

The SidePath (1.6 lbs/700g) holds one large mirrorless body and one to two standard zoom lenses or primes, or a compact DSLR and one to two lenses, or a real DSLR (5DS or D750) with one standard zoom or two primes.

The TrailScape carries up to a 300mm f/2.8, but isn't available yet.


15 October 2016, Saturday

Fuji X-T2 Review

Fuji X-T2 and 18-55mm.

NEW: Fuji X-T2 Review.


10 October 2016, Monday

One More Week!

Dawn at South Tufa

Valley View.

Next week I'm leading a Tour of California's Eastern Sierra, and as soon as we're done, we head over the hill to lead a tour of Yosemite.

We may have a spot left on the Eastern Sierra tour.

Here are photos from last year's trips.

These are tours where you also can get as much one-on-one hands-on instruction as you like. We have a great time, everyone gets great pictures, and everyone can learn as much as they like.

Be sure to check out the links if you'd like to join us. Dave Wyman and I are leading both of them, but two different organizations are handling registration for each.

See you there!


New Nikon Instant Rebate

Instant rebate means a sale; there's nothing to mail in.

Nikon D3400 w/ AF-P DX 18-55mm VR & AF-P DX 70-300mm: $696.95, with free shipping.


New Fuji Instant Rebates

Instant rebate means a sale; there's nothing to mail in.

Fujifilm X-T1: $899 + $35.96 in Rewards

Fujifilm X-T1, Graphite Silver: $1,099 + $43.96 in Rewards, with free shipping.

Fujifilm X-T1 w/18-55mm: $1,299 + $51.96 in Rewards, with free shipping.

Fujifilm X-T1 w/18-135mm: $1,499 + $59.96 in Rewards, with free shipping.


New Canon Instant Rebates

Instant rebate means a sale; there's nothing to mail in.

Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM + goodies: $2,799 + $55.98 in Rewards, with free shipping.

Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM: $1,699 + $67.96 in Rewards, with free shipping.


06 October 2016, Thursday

NEW: Sony A6500.

NEW: Sony RX100 Mk V.

MPK-URX100A underwater housing. Ships 30 November 2016, if you order today.


NEW: Real Polaroid Cameras.

A crazy guy started what everyone called the Impossible Project, who then proceeded to purchase the last remaining Polaroid plant and restart it. They even figured out how to make real Polaroid film again.

They have millions of original Polaroid cameras and refurbished them, which you can get at the link above.

They also make real Polaroid film, now called Impossible film, for all these new and old cameras

Last but not least, they have a brand new I-1 camera that adds Bluetooth and effects, so you can control it with your phone.


iPhone 7 — YES!

I just got an iPhone 7 Plus. The first great new thing I noticed is that its dual-lens now lets me get this close at full resolution:

iPhone 7 close-up sample photo

iPhone 7 sample photo with the new longer lens. Full Resolution.

Close-ups have always been a strong point of an iPhone. Getting closer lets me shoot more things better than I can with a DSLR, where I usually have to swap to a macro lens to get this close.

In this sample snap, it's easy to see the texture of the printing on the watch face, as well as every little speck of dust. Bravo!


30 September 2016, Friday

Nikon 105mm f/1.4

Nikon 105mm f/1.4.

NEW: Nikon 105mm f/1.4 Review.

Complete with new images shot this morning at dawn in the desert.



Bower VT6000 Duo Flex 2-In-1 Tripod and Monopod: $64.99 (Regular $99.99), with free shipping.

Ricoh SP C250DN Color Wireless Laser Printer: $69.99 (regular $99.99), with free shipping.

Pioneer DDJ-SX2 DJ Controller: $819 with coupon code 0N2OCTOBER at checkout (Regular $999), with free shipping.

Fender American Deluxe Stratocaster Plus HSS Guitar: $799 (Regular $1,199), with free shipping.

Tascam DR-70D 4-Channel Audio Recorder for DSLR Cameras: $179.99 after rebate (Regular $299), with free shipping.


28 September 2016, Wednesday

Southern California Desert

I'll be working a few days in La Quinta this week. I'd love it if any of you locals have suggestions on things going on, interesting locations and things to do. I might even have some time for a quick outing; who knows? Just let me know.




27 September 2016, Tuesday

NEW: Canon 5D Mk IV High ISO Sample Image Files.

As I suspected, the 5D Mk IV is superb at high ISOs. While it "only" goes to ISO 32,000, it still looks great at ISO 32,000. It lacks the foolish push settings of the Nikon D5, and likewise never looks as horrible as the D5 does at its Hi+5 setting, either. They look the same at the same ISOs — but the 5D Mk IV has much more resolution.

My 5D Mk IV is made in Japan.


23 September 2016, Friday

Nikon 105mm f/1.4

Nikon 105mm f/1.4. bigger.

CHINESE: Nikon 105mm f/1.4.

I just got my Nikon 105mm f/1.4, and it's made in China.


21 September 2016, Wednesday

Dawn at South Tufa

South Tufa at Dawn, October 2015.

NEW: Photos from California's Eastern Sierra and Yosemite, October 2015.

These are photos from my trip last year — and just in a nick of time, since we are going there again next month.

Check out next month's Tour of California's Eastern Sierra, and our tour for the Yosemite Conservancy.

I'm unsure if we have any space left, and we'd love to see you in any case. One runs right after the other, so if you're traveling to the area, you should do both.


20 September 2016, Tuesday

More from Photokina:

Larger Format Digital from Fuji

New Fuji GFX under development.

Uses a 33 x 44mm 51MP sensor and six new GF lenses.

Look for them in early 2017.


New from Sigma

Sigma 85mm F1.4 DG HSM Full-Frame for Nikon, for Canon and for Sigma. Ships in late October to those who order today. Also at B&H.

Sigma 500mm F4 DG OS HSM Full-Frame for Nikon, for Canon and for Sigma. Canon and Sigma mounts ship in late October; Nikon mount ships late November. Also at B&H.

Sigma 12-24mm F4 DG HSM Full-Frame for Nikon, for Canon and for Sigma. Canon, Nikon and Sigma mount are scheduled to start shipping in late October. Also at B&H.


19 September 2016, Monday

From Photokina:

New from Nikon

Nikon KeyMission 360 Action Camera

Nikon KeyMission 170 Action Camera

Nikon KeyMission 80 Action Camera

FREE KeyMission Accessory Pack (system case, tripod, extension arm and second EN-EL12 battery) when you order the KeyMission 360 or 170 by October 22, 2016.

The KeyMission 360 is also at B&H, as is the KeyMission 170 and the KeyMission 80.


New from Sony

Sony Alpha 99 II.


New from Panasonic

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85

(also at B&H; also comes as a kit w/12-60mm lens which also comes from B&H)

18 MP without an anti-alias filter.

Sensor stabilzation which also works with OIS lenses.

4K video at 30p/24p 100 Mbps plus a 3.5mm port for external microphones. (also 1080/60p 28Mbps)

Weather sealed, splashproof and dustproof.

Optional DMW-BGG1 grip


Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ2500

(also at B&H)

1" 20 MP sensor

20x f/2.8~4.5 zoom

Cine emulation modes, time code, live HDMI output (4:2:2/8 bit or 4:2:2/10 bit), and ND filter

MP4 (LPCM) and MOV, and bit rates extended up to 200 Mbps (ALL-Intra) or 100 Mbps


Panasonic DMC-LX10

(also at B&H)

1" 20 MP sensor

4K video

24~72mm (equiv.) f/1.4~2.8 LEICA lens

3" tilting LCD


New from Olympus

Olympus PEN E-PL8 , also in white. Ships 9/22/16. Also at B&H.

Olympus PEN E-PL8 w/ 14-42mm lens, also in white and in brown. Ships 9/22/16. Also at B&H.

Olympus M. Zuiko ED 25mm f/1.2. Ships early October. Also at B&H.

Olympus M.Zuiko ED 12-100mm f/4 IS PRO Zoom Lens. Ships in November, also at B&H.

Olympus M. Zuiko Digital ED 30mm f/3.5 Macro. Ships in October. Also at B&H.

Olympus FL-900R Wireless Flash. Ships in October.


17 September 2016, Saturday

30% off Photo Books

AdoramaPix is offering 30% off photo books through Sep 18th. Use code ForgetFiction at checkout.


15 September 2016, Thursday

New from Canon

24MP APS-C Mirrorless

Canon EOS M5 body (1279C001) $979. Expected Ship date 11/30. Also at B&H.

Canon EOS M5 & 15-45mm IS STM (1279C011) $1,099.00. Expected Ship date 11/30. Also at B&H.

Canon EOS M5 & 18-150mm IS STM (1279C021) $1,479.00. Expected Ship Date 12/15. Also at B&H.

Canon EF-M 18-150mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM (1375C002) $499.00. Expected Ship Date 12/30. Also at B&H.

Canon EF-M 18-150mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM (silver) (1376C002) $499.00. Expected Ship Date 12/30.


New full-frame tele

Canon 70-300mm IS II

Canon 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS II.

Canon EF 70-300 IS II USM. $549.00, promised for 11/30.

It has smooth, near-silent autofocus when shooting video by using NANO USM technology. It also has a new Lens Information Display for focus distance, focal length and shake intensity.


New from Sony

Sony E PZ 18-110mm f/4 G OSS Lens

Sony FDR-X3000 Action Camera


New from Tokina

Tokina FiRIN 20mm f/2 FE MF Lens for Sony E


New — from Garmin?

Garmin VIRB Ultra 30 Action Camera


13 September 2016, Tuesday

Laowa 105mm f/2 STF

Laowa 105mm f/2 Smooth Trans-Focus lens.

NEW: Laowa 105mm f/2 Smooth Trans-Focus Lens Review.


10 September 2016, Saturday

New from Sony

Order now and they ought to start shipping on 26 September.

FDR-X3000 4K Action Cam with Balanced Optical SteadyShot.

FDR-X3000R 4K Action Cam with Live View Remote.

FDR-AS300 HD Action Cam with Balanced Optical SteadyShot.

FDR-AS300R HD Action Cam with LiveView Remote.


09 September 2016, Friday

New from Zeiss

Zeiss Milvus 15mm f/2.8 for Nikon and Canon

Zeiss Milvus 18mm f/2.8 for Nikon and Canon

Zeiss Milvus 135mm f/2 for Nikon and Canon


07 September 2016, Wednesday

New from DxO

DxO One with Wi-Fi (the old One lacked WiFi).

There are new DxO One Accessories, too.



Tokina has new rebates valid on purchases made through 31 October.

Tokina 24-70mm f/2.8 FX for Nikon and for Canon: $939 after rebate, and also includes $39.96 in Adorama Rewards and free shipping.

Tokina 11-20mm f/2.8 DX, also for Canon: $489 after rebate, including $21.16 in Adorama Rewards and free shipping.

Tokina 11-16mm F/2.8 ATX Pro DX II Lens, also for Canon: $449 after rebate, including $19.16 in Adorama Rewards and free shipping.

Tokina 100mm f/2.8 Macro for Nikon: $389 after rebate, including $15 in Adorama Rewards and free shipping.

Tokina 100mm f/2.8 Macro for Canon: $359 after rebate, including $15 in Adorama Rewards and free shipping.


06 September 2016, Tuesday


Leica 60mm f/2.8 for LEICA T

Olympus OM-D E-M1 w/12-40mm f/2.8

Sony FA-WRC1M Wireless Radio Commander

Sony FA-WRR1 Wireless Radio Receiver

Think Tank Photo Airport Helipak Backpack for 3DR Solo

Zoom F4 Multitrack Field Recorder



All with free shipping:

D3300 bundles: $596.95 and up.

D5500 bundles: $646.95 and up.

D7100 bundles: $696.95 and up; also D7100 body kit.

D7100 w/18-105mm & extras: $996.95

D7100 w/18-140mm & extras: $996.95

D7100 w/18-55 VR & 55-300 VR & extras: $1,046.95

D610 bundles: $1,496.95 and up.

D750 bundles: $2,496.95 and up.

D810 bundles: $2,796.95 and up.

Nikon 55-200mm VR DX for $200 off: $146.95, also at Adorama.

Sony lens sale


01 September 2016, Thursday


ONE-DAY DEAL: Olympus OM-D E-M1: $799, with free shipping and 4% rewards! Expires at midnight, Thursday night, NYC time.

Vanguard Abeo Plus 363CT Carbon Fiber Tripod: $159.99 after rebate (Regular Price $429.99, while supplies last).

Sigma Lens Sale.

Manfrotto 694CX Carbon Fiber Monopod 4 Section $99.88 after rebate with Free Shipping, regualt $199.

Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 700: Regular Price $849.00 Sale price $599.99 with Free Shipping.

Carlsbro CSD130 Compact Electronic Drum Kit: Regular Price 329.99 Sale Price $289.99 with Free Shipping.

Kremona Rondo TL-C Thin Line Acoustic-Electric Guitar: Regular Price $849.00 Sale Price $499.99 with Free Shipping.

Pioneer Electronics channel Serato DJ Controller W/Ultrasone PRO 900i Headphones
: Reg Price $1,548.95 Sale Price $999.99 with Free Shipping.

New from Sony

NEW: Sony E-Mount 50mm f/2.8 Macro, also at B&H.

It should start shipping on September 27th.


New from Canon

COMING: Canon EOS C700 PL and EF Pro Cine camera. Also at Adorama in GS mount, in PL mount and in EF EOS mount.

COMING: Canon XC15 4K camcorder. Also at Adorama.


New from Tamron

COMING: Tamron 150-600mm G2. Also at Adorama in Nikon and in Canon mounts.

NEW: Tamron 2x Teleconverter for Nikon and Canon. Also at Adorama in Nikon and in Canon mounts.

NEW: Tamron 1.4x Teleconverter for Nikon and Canon. Also at Adorama in Nikon and in Canon mounts.


New from Panasonic

NEW: Panasonic HC-X1 4K 60p Pro Camcorder with 20x LEICA lens.


New from Zeiss

COMING: Zeiss 21-100mm, E-mount.

COMING: Zeiss multi-mount set for 21-100mm.


New from Lomo

COMING: Lomo 58mm Petzval Lens.


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