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28 December 2016, Wednesday

Do these deals ever stop?

I guess not! Many of these expire Thursday at 4PM NYC time:



Nikon D750 & a ton of free accessories: $1,797 w/free next-day delivery.

Nikon D500 & a boatload of free goodies: $1,797 w/free Next Day Delivery.

Nikon 16-35mm VR & free filters: $997, with Free Next Day Delivery.

Nikon D3400 w/ 18-55mm & 70-300mm & free accessories: $497 w/free next-day delivery. There are many different kits for about the same price at that link, look for the best kit for you.

Nikon 55-200mm VR DX: $146.95 with Free Next Day Delivery. One of my favorite DX lenses, and I think I paid more for mine used a few years ago!



Canon T6, 18-55mm, 75-300mm & printer: $549 with Free Next Day Delivery.

Canon T5i, 18-55mm, 75-300mm, bag & card: $699 with Free Next Day Delivery.



Sony A7S II & free $500 B&H gift card: $2,998 with Free Next Day Delivery.

Sony A6300 & free $200 B&H gift card: $998 with Free Next Day Delivery. The A6300 is the same thing as the A6500, minus in-camera stabilization that I've never gotten that excited about.

Sony RX10 Mk III & free $200 B&H gift card: $1,598 with Free Next Day Delivery. World's best super-zoom at the best deal ever!



B&H's Deal Zone Greatest Hits of 2016

More with free next-day delivery from B&H (expires 4PM NYC time Thursday)

Lowepro Fastpack 350 Backpack: $59.99.

BlackRapid RS-Sport Extreme Sport Strap: $39.95.

X-Rite i1Display Pro: $159.00.

X-Rite ColorMunki Display: $89.95.

More from B&H's Deal Zone.


26 December 2016, Monday

I totally scored a deal for Christmas. I mentioned a month ago about the huge sale on beyerdynamic DT 1350 headphones for $119.99 — delivered (regularly $279) which was so good that I ordered a set for myself. For less than many people pay for Chinese-made garbage, I got the real MADE-IN-GERMANY deal. (they're back to the usual prices today as I warned). It turns out they were selling below cost, so I couldn't resist. Santa gave them to me for Christmas yesterday. I have no qualms about gloating about the great deal I got since I shared it with you folks as well. I always order as a gamble since if I hate them I can always return them for cash, so no worries ordering online when I suspect there is a great deal at hand on something I've never tried yet.

The DT1350 really do sell for $175 used at B&H and around $200 on sale at Amazon. The DT1350 are the pro version of my favorite $300 beyerdynamic T51i.

I was right: they sound fantastic. I enjoyed them for several hours nonstop last night, and never heard anything bad to say about them. I usually have plenty to say about headphone imperfections in a lot less time. They are smooth, clean, detailed, and have extraordinarily tight, clean, non-boomy and deep bass. In fact, I've never heard better bass response; all the deepest fundamentals sing cleanly under whatever other bass that other headphones muddle.

The DT1350 are pro headphones designed for precision monitoring while recording live music. Therefore they have more isolation than other headphones (my wife was wondering why I completely ignored her when she tried talking to me) and they also have no leakage — use these in your office and no one else will hear anything.

As pro broadcast and remote recording headphones the DT1350 lack an iPhone remote. The DT1350 also have a big 3.5mm plug with a threaded 1/4" adapter, quite different from the tiny portable plug of the T51i optimized to prevent iPhone damage while out and about.

They come in the same flawless portable case as the T51i: easy to throw in a backpack and go.

The DT1350 are the real MADE-IN-GERMANY deal. Even at full price they sound better than most other headphones at any price, and even compared to my Stax SR-009 have better bass because the DT1350 do a better job of correction (the SR009 are ruler flat, which fails to compensate for the fact that the lowest notes are heard more with our bodies than inside our ear canals). When you get to this level of performance, personal tastes and mood are more important than any absolute sound quality difference.

The choice is easy: for portable iPhone & iPad use, the T51i are the world's best due to the sound, portability and great little plug and remote control. For great sound at a great price, the DT 1350 are also unbeatable. The DT 1350 have slightly different bass response than the T51i. The T51i have a very standard deep bass boost which always sounds great, while the DT 1350 have a flatter, deeper response that isn't quite as boosted, but makes the very deepest bass (32 cycles and below) even more prominent. With the DT 1350, I sometimes hear deeper bass than I ever have; even insane 32-foot 16-cycle Cs of the pipe organ come through quite cleanly.


Huge Pentax Lens Sale.

All ship free! Prices are valid through the end of the year or while supplies last.


SanDisk Card Sale

Lexar USB Flash Drive Sale

3 Legged Thing Tripod Sale

25 December 2016, Christmas Day

2016 Christmas Card

Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah!


24 December 2016, Christmas Eve

NEW: Sony A6500 User's Guide.

How I set my A6500.


23 December 2016, Friday


Panasonic G7 w/14-42mm & free $50 Adorama Gift Card: $497.99 using coupon code CA11223344 at checkout. Also in silver, all with free shipping.

Tiffen 52mm Filter Kit: $24 (Reg $44).

Flashpoint Bi-Color On Camera LED Light: $39.95 (Reg $100)


22 December 2016, Thursday

Sony A6500 Review

Sony A6500 and PZ 18-105mm OSS.

NEW: Sony A6500 Review.


Sony 18-105mm Review

Sony Power Zoom 18-105mm f/4 G OSS.

NEW: Sony 18-105mm f/4 OSS Review.


Updated: Sony Cameras Compared.

I added the new A6500 to my comparison.



LG BP340 Blu-ray Player w/Wi-Fi: $45 (Regular $89), w/ Free shipping. Expires 12/23 or while supplies last.

Sigma ART lens sale. All include 4% in Adorama Rewards, the Sigma USB Dock and Free OVERNIGHT shipping through 12/22. Coupon expires 1/1/17. Use coupon code LENSFRIDAY at checkout.

Tascam DR-60D Mk II Recorder: $119.99 after rebate, w/free shipping.

Tascam DR-70D 4-Channel Recorder: $169.99 after rebate, w/free shipping.

Samson C01UCW USB Condenser Microphone: $34.99 (Regular $69.99), w/free shipping. Expires 12/26.


21 December 2016, Wednesday


NEW: 12mm Full-Frame Ultra-Ultrawide Lenses — From Venus!


More Deals

Bushnell 8x42mm Roof Prism Binoculars: $59.99 (Reg $99.99), w/free shipping. Good through the end of the year or while supplies last

Sennheiser HD7 DJ Closed Headphones: $79.99 after rebate (Reg $129), w/free shipping. Expires 12/31 or while supplies last.

Lexar 64GB 2933x XQD Card: $79.95 (Reg $89.49), w/free shipping. Expires Wednesday the 21st at 10 AM NYC time.

Adorama has free overnight shipping on many up until Christmas.


19 December 2016, Monday

Nikon 70-300mm DX AF-P Review

Nikon 70-300mm VR AF-P.

NEW: Nikon 70-300mm AF-P Review.

Don't get this lens; get the VR version I reviewed yesterday for $50 more unless you always use a tripod. Without a VR system this tiny lens will not perform well handheld at 300mm.




B&H's newest deals on Nikon.

Nikon 50mm f/1.8G, filters & much more: $176.95.

Nikon D3400 w/18-55mm AF-P & 70-300mm AF-P: $496.95, also in red, and also in a bundle with the two lenses and even more free accessories for the same price!

Nikon D750 w/free MB-D16 battery grip: $1,796.95 (also comes in many other kit forms at that link.)



Canon outfits on sale — the perfect gifts for young shooters!

Canon T5i w/18-55 EFS, Rode Mic & more: $449.95 after rebate.

Canon T6 w/18-55mm IS II, 75-300mm III, great printer & more: $449.

Canon SL1 w/18-55 & 75-300mm & more: $549.

Canon 6D, printer & free goodies: $1,149 after rebate.

Canon 6D w/ 24-105mm f/4L IS, bag, printer & more: $1,749 after rebate.

Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II, filters, printer & more: $1,649 after rebate.

Canon 100-400mm L IS II, filters, printer & more: $1,649 after rebate. This is a heck of a deal; I paid the full $2,200 for mine when it came out the other year, and LOVE it. This new 100-400 is the state of the art in telephoto zooms and replaces the old 70-200/2.8 lenses.



Ricoh Theta S & SC 360 with free case & $50 gift card: $296.95.

Lexar Specials.

DJI Phantom 4 Quadcopter with 4K Camera: $849.99 (Reg $1,199), Free shipping. Limited supply at this price.

Manfrotto Tripod & Manfrotto Video Head: $249.88 (Reg $349), w/Free shipping.

Novation Launchkey 49 MK2 49-Key Controller: $124.99 (Reg $199).

Novation Launchkey 61 MK2 61-Key Controller: $164.99 (Reg $249.99), w/Free shipping.

120-Pack Sony AA Carbon Zinc Batteries: $24.99 w/Free shipping. These aren't alkaline; they're the cheap kind of batteries that weigh less and are ideal for things like remote controls — not flash guns.

AUDEZE LCD-3 Headphones, iFi micro iDSD Black Label Edition & FiiO X5 Player: $1,945 (Reg $2,700), w/Free shipping.


18 December 2016, Sunday

Nikon 70-300mm DX VR AF-P Review

Nikon 70-300mm VR AF-P.

NEW: Nikon 70-300mm AF-P VR Review.


NEW: Nikon AF-P Lens Compatibility.

Will the awesome 18-55mm AFP or 70-300mm AFP lenses work on your camera? Now we know!

Turns out they only work on models of camera originally introduced since about 2013. Forget it with older models, you can't even focus these lenses manually — but otherwise the AFP lenses are a huge step forwards.


17 December 2016, Saturday



Canon 16-35mm f/2.8 L III Review

Canon 16-35mm f/2.8 L III.

ALL NEW: Canon 16-35mm f/2.8 L III Review.

My 16-35mm f/2.8 L II is for sale, still in the box and only used a few times since I usually use my 16-35mm IS. Email me and $899 takes it, delivered in the 48 continental states.


16 December 2016, Friday

More Deals

Canon 1DX: $4,599.

Panasonic GX85 w/12-32mm: $698.

Canon 70D DSLR Camera w/18-55mm Lens and PIXMA PRO-100 Printer: $1,049 after rebate.

Canon Rebel T5i DSLR Camera w/ 18-135mm STM Lens & PIXMA PRO-100 Printer: $849 after rebate.

Canon Rebel T6i DSLR Camera w/ 18-135mm Lens and PIXMA PRO-100 Printer: $949 after rebate.

Canon G1X Mk II: $649

Pentax K-1 DSLR Camera & Bundles from $1,945.

Sigma Deals. Prices after using coupon code LENSFRIDAY at checkout. All ship free and coupon is valid through Monday, 19 December.

Polk Mini Home Theater Sound Bar & Audio-Technica ATH-M50x Headphones: $339.99 ($468 if buying separately), with free shiping; valid through Monday, 19 December.


14 December 2016, Wednesday

More Deals?

I know, I know: all I seem to have here now are deals, but where are the articles? This happens every Christmas and Hanukkah season: there are a ton of deals and I pass them along. I even have a separate Deals page if you want all the deals.

I'm working on my Canon 16-35/2.8 III review (it's by far the sharpest 16-35/2.8 ever from Canon), as well as reviews of the two new plastic 70-300mm lenses from Nikon. The 70-300s are all plastic, but super sharp and focus super fast. More coming!


More Deals

Brenthaven Elliot Slim Brief for 15.4" Laptop: $29.95 (Regular $79), w/free shipping. Expires at Noon NYC time Friday, 14 December 2016.

Tascam DR-44WL 4-Channels Portable Handheld Audio Recorder with Wi-Fi: $159.99 (Reg $279), w/free shipping.

Polk TSx 110B 2-Way Bookshelf Speakers, pair: $94.99, w/free shipping.

Polk TSx 150C Center Channel Speaker: $89.99, w/free shipping.

Polk TSx 220B Bookshelf Speakers, pair: $124.99, also in cherry, w/free shipping.

Polk TSx250C 3-Way Center Channel Speaker, cherry: $119.99, w/free shipping.

Polk TSx 330T 2-Way Tower Speaker (single, black): $99.99, also in cherry, w/free shipping.

Polk TSx440T Tower Speaker: $159.99, w/free shipping.


13 December 2016, Tuesday

B&H's Deal Zone of the Day


Sony Deals

Sony RX10 Mk II w/free $150 Adorama Gift Certificate: $1,398, with free shipping. That's $1,248 after you spend the gift certificate.

Sony RX10 Mk III w/free 350 Adorama Gift Certificate: $1,598, with free shipping. That's the same $1,248 after you spend the gift certificate!


In Stock

Canon M5 Mirrorless w/15-45mm IS STM: $1,099 with free shipping and $21.98 in Adorama Rewards.

Benro TMA48CL Carbon Fiber Tripod: $299.99 (reg. $450).


12 December 2016, Monday

Adorama's Green Monday Sale

B&H's Green Monday Specials

There are a lot of goodies there!


Bag Deals — with Free Shipping!

Lowepro Santiago 30 Camera Pouch: $4.99

Lowepro Edit 110 Video Camera Bag: $6.99

Lowepro Rezo TLZ-10 Holster Bag: $9.99

Lowepro Scout SH 100 Mirrorless Shoulder Bag: $9.99


Laptop Deal

Lenovo IdeaPad Y700 15.6" Laptop : $749.99 (Reg $1,199)


10 December 2016, Saturday

Advent Calendar

Check this out: Crutchfield now has an Advent Calender where we get to open a door and check out the deal for each day. How cool is that?

Crutchfield's Advent Calendar of Deals.


Apple Sale

Apple Watch Sale

15" & 13" MacBook Pro (Retina Display) Sale

12" MacBook Sale

iPad Air 2 Sale

21" iMac Sale


Canon Deals

Canon 80D, 18-135mm IS, bag, printer & more: $1,049 after rebate.

Canon MF726CDW Laser Printer and free $25 Adorama Gift Certificate: $274.99 (Reg $574)


Calibrator Deals

Datacolor Spyder5 Pro USB Colorimeter with Desktop Cradle: $93.99 (reg $136).

Datacolor Spyder5 Elite USB Colorimeter Monitor Color Calibration System: $139.99 (Reg $188).


09 December 2016, Friday

Today Only (or until sold out)

Lexar 256GB 633x Class 10 UHS-I U3 SDXC Card: $79.99 (Regular $109).


Adorama's New Sale Page

Adorama has a live page loaded with all their sale items for the rest of the year.


08 December 2016 Thursday


These are new today, of course many of the sales I've listed the past week or two below are just as hot.


Sale Today Only

Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD for Canon: $799.


Nikon Deal

Nikon D3400, 18-55 VR, 70-300, card & more: $597.


Canon Sale

Canon T6, 18-55, card & bag: $449.

Canon 80D w/18-135mm: $1,399.


Sony Deal

Sony A6000, PZ 16-50mm & free $50 Amazon gift card: $548.


More Deals

MeFOTO Travel Tripod in brown or in gold: $99 (Original $199), with free shipping.

OSD Audio Sound Stage 2.1 All-in-One Bluetooth Audio Sound System: $104.99 (Reg $319), with free shipping.

Centrance HIFI-M8 Portable DAC Amp for USB and iDevices: $519 (Regular $699), with free shipping.

Polk Audio 9500 BT SurroundBar Bluetooth Home Theater System: $349.99, with free shipping. - lowest price it's ever been offered - Over $600 elsewhere.

Fender Classic Player Triple Telecaster Electric Guitar: $379.99 (regular $799.99), with free shipping.


06 December 2016, Tuesday

Tamron Lens Sale.

Olympus Sale.

Panasonic Sale.

Timbuk2 Snoop Camera Messenger Bag, Small, Cordura Black: $79 (Regular $149), with free shipping.

Sennheiser CX 215 In-Ear Stereo Headphones: $15.99 after rebate, with free shipping.

Polk Audio TL1600 5.1 Compact Home Theater System with Powered Subwoofer: $249.99 (regular $399!), with free shipping.

Tascam DR-05 Portable Handheld Digital Audio Recorder: $64.99 (Regular $99), with free shipping.


04 December 2016, Sunday

New Nikon Lens Sale

New Nikon Lens Sale, also at B&H. All include free shipping and a bunch of extra goodies at Adorama or 4% rewards at B&H:

Nikon 40mm f/2.8G DX Micro (Macro) $246.95.

Nikon 50mm f/1.4G FX $396.95.

Nikon 85mm f/1.8G FX $426.95.

Nikon 20mm f/1.8G FX $746.95.

Nikon 16-35mm f/4G VR FX $996.95.

Nikon 35mm f/1.4G FX $1,496.95.

Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8G FX $1,696.95.


New Canon Lens Sale

New Canon Lens Sale, also at B&H. All are full-frame, include free shipping and a bunch of extra goodies at Adorama or 4% rewards at B&H:

Canon 40mm f/2.8 STM Pancake: $129.

Canon 50mm f/1.4: $299.

Canon 85mm f/1.8 USM: $319.

Canon 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS w/Vanguard tripod & head: $399.

Canon 16-35mm f/2.8L II w/Vanguard tripod & head: $1,399.

Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L II w/Vanguard tripod & head: $1,699.

Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II w/Vanguard tripod & head: $1,899.

Canon 100-400mm IS L II w/Vanguard tripod & head: $1,899.


Sony Deals

Free shipping, too:

Sony A6000 w/16-50mm: $548.

Sony A7S II & $300 gift card: $2,998.


More Lens Deals

Tokina 14-20mm f/2 for Nikon or Canon: $599 (reg. $799).

Rokinon 50/1.4 in various mounts: $299 (reg. $399).

Voigtländer 21mm f/1.8 für LEICA: $899 (reg. $1,049).


Potent Portable Flash Deal

Flashpoint StreakLight 360 Ws Flash with Blast Power Pack: $279.95 with free shipping (Regular $519).


02 December 2016, Friday

Silent Noct

Adorama has a Nikon 58mm f/1.2 NOCT available on eBay for $3,599 (or best offer). It's in the box with papers! Nikon 58mm f/1.2 review.


Sigma 85/1.4

The new Sigma 85/1.4 is now in-stock.


01 December 2016, Thursday

BRAND NEW: Fuji X-A10.

Fuji mirrorless with a 16-50mm lens for $500.


Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 FL

Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 FL.

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

Simply the world's best 70-200mm lens ever made. Canon's 70-200/2.8 IS L II is just as optically superb, but this Nikon lens is lighter, focuses closer and has on-lens AF lock buttons missing on the Canon.

Bravo, Nikon!


NEW: B&H now carries Really Right Stuff.


Macbook Deal

13" MacBook Pro, 256GB SSD, 8GB RAM, 3 Years of Apple Care: $1,499 + Free shipping. Expires at noon Friday, NYC time.


Nikon Deals

Nikon Lens Rebates expire Sunday.

Nikon D810, grip, card & more: $2,497.


Sony RX100 Mk V: Free $100 Gift Card

The Sony RX100 Mk V, the world's best point-and-shoot, now comes with a free $100 gift card at Adorama and at B&H.


Cyber Week Deals

More Cyber Monday deals, some with free gift cards with Sony, at Adorama.

Polk TSx 330T Tower Speakers, pair: $199.99 (Reg $269), w/free shipping.

Canon imageCLASS MF249dw All-in-One Monochrome Laser Printer: $149.99 (Reg $249), w/free shipping.


28 November 2016, CYBER MONDAY

AMAZON'S CYBER MONDAY DEALS WEEK and Amazon's Deals-of-the-Day.

B&H'S CYBER MONDAY SALE, MORE B&H CYBER MONDAY DEALS and B&H's Deal of the Day. Get the Sony RX100 Mk V with a free $100 gift card!

ADORAMA'S DEAL-OF-THE-DAY (changes daily)

CRUTCHFIELD'S CYBER MONDAY SALE and Crutchfield's Cyber Monday Deals on Cameras and Drones.


Perfectly Clear Cyber Monday Sale!

It's only once a year for these few days we can get 35% off on the software I use to optimize most of my published images.

I use Perfectly Clear (review) because it does more than I can do the hard way in Photoshop, and it does it much faster. In one click it gives me a competitive advantage with images that Pop!, as well as automatically whitening teeth and making skin look better, and a zillion other things that used to take me a long time. I use it as a plug-in to Photoshop, and run all of my images through it. It's not trying to improve my state-of-the-art cameras; it's working on improving the lighting that was there in the first place and many other things. It's all automatic, and has a zillion sliders for those who prefer to fiddle.

For me it's all about how fast I can create saleable work; speed is everything.

This is the lowest price of the year, and it's exclusive to you folks; nowhere else is it available for less.

It comes with a free trial and a money-back guarantee, so you can't afford not to try it out. Sales ends Tuesday, 29 November 2016 at midnight NYC time.


New Cyber Monday Deals

NEW: Canon 5D Mark III, audio recorder, printer, $99 in rewards & more: $2,149 after rebate, w/free shipping.

NEW:Canon 5D Mark III w/24-105L, audio recordeer,, printer, $123 In Adorama Rewards & more: $2,749 after rebate, w/free shipping.

NEW: 24 Hour Sale on Rokinon Xeen Lenses: $1,795 w/free shipping. All except the new 135mm include $179.50 back in Adorama Rewards.Expires 11:59pm NYC time Monday the 28th.

NEW:Manfrotto 494 Mini Ball Head: $49.88 (Reg $59.88)

Nikon 35mm f/1.8 DX w/filter and more goodies: $166.95 with free shipping. My favorite DX lens for less than it's ever been sold for. (35/1.8 review.) Good throughSaturday, 03 December, or when sold out.

Nikon D3300 w/ 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 VR: $446.95 w/free shipping.

Rokinon AF 14mm f/2.8 Full-Frame Ultra-Ultrawide for Sony: $699 ($150 off), w/free shipping.

Vanguard 8x36 Spirit ED Binocular; $99.95 ($130 off).

Manfrotto 190Go! Carbon Fiber Tripod: $279.88 (Reg $399) w/free shipping. Good through Monday, 28 November.

Vanguard Abeo Plus 363CT Carbon Fiber Tripod & VS-62 Table Top combo: $165 (Regular $429!), w/free shipping, while supplies last.

NEW:Lenovo Ideapad 700 15.6" Notebook : $499.99 (was $899)

NEW: Asus 15.6" Notebook: $549 (Reg $699)

NEW: Lenovo IdeaPad 700 15.6" Notebook: $749.99 (reg $1,099)

NEW: Audio-Technica System 10 Stompbox Digital Wireless System for Guitarists: $134.95 after rebate (Reg $349!)

NEW: HP Officejet 8040 All-In-One Printer: $99.99 (Original $399).

NEW: HP OfficeJet Pro 8710 All-in-One Printer: $69.99 after rebate (Original $199).


26 November 2016, Saturday

In addition to Black Friday Deals below, new deals today are:


Canon Sale

These are the lowest prices at which these bundles have ever been offered. They include free shipping, but there are only limited quantities available so get yours (or your friends who'll be getting these from you for Christmas) now.

Canon T5i w/18-55mm STM, 75-300mm & more: $429 after rebate — with free shipping.


● Canon EOS Rebel T5i DSLR Camera
● Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens
● Canon EF 75-300mm F/4-5.6 III Autofocus Telephoto Zoom Lens
● Canon PIXMA PRO-100 Professional Photo Inkjet Printer
● Canon LU-101 Photo Paper Pro Luster, 13x19," 50 Sheets
● Canon EOS Shoulder Bag (Black)


Canon T5i w/18-135mm STM, 75-300mm & more: $529 after rebate — with free shipping.


● Canon EOS Rebel T5i DSLR Camera with EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens
● Canon EF 75-300mm F/4-5.6 III Autofocus Telephoto Zoom Lens
● Canon PIXMA PRO-100 Professional Photo Inkjet Printer
● Canon SG-201 Photo Paper Plus Semi-Gloss, 13x19," 50 Sheets
● Canon EOS Shoulder Bag (Black)


25 November 2016, BLACK FRIDAY

NEW: ADORAMA'S BLACK FRIDAY SALE! Adorama's Deal-of-the-Day (changes daily).

AMAZON'S BLACK FRIDAY SALE! Amazon's Deals-of-the-Day, including a GoPro Hero for $89.99.


Nikon Black Friday Sale

All ship for free and expire soon:



D810, MB-12 battery grip, second battery, card, bag, tripod & more: $2,497 at Adorama.

D810: $2,497 at B&H.



D500, 200-500mm VR, MB-D17 battery grip, 32GB XQD Card: $3,247.

D500 w/16-80mm: $2,397.

Nikon D500, MB-D17, bag, card & more: $1,796.95.



Nikon D3400, 18-55mm AF-P, 70-300mm AF-P, bag, card & free goodies: $496.95.

Nikon D3400, 18-55mm AF-P, 70-300mm AF-P, card, bag & cleaning goodies: $499.95.

Nikon D5300, 18-55mm AF-P & 70-300mm AF-P: $596.95.


Nikon Lens Sale

10-24mm DX ultrawide, filters & more: $797.

14-24mm f/2.8 & goodies: $1,697.

18-35mm full-frame ultrawide, filters & more: $647.

24-70mm f/2.8E VR, filters & goodies: $2,197.

35mm f/1.8G & 85mm f/3.5G Micro, filters & more: $497.

50mm f/1.8G: $177 at B&H, or at Adorama with free filter & more for the same price.

70-200mm f/4 VR, filters & more: $1,297.

85mm f/1.4G, filters & more: $1,497.


Canon Black Friday Sale

All ship for free!

Brand-new, gray-market 5D Mk III for only $1,799. (what is gray-market?) The 5D Mk III is still state-of-the-art in my book, see its review. I love my 5DSR, but the 5D Mk III does the same thing, a little faster and with less resolution — but with 22 MP, the Mk III still has more resolution than I need for anything.

Canon Sale on almost everything, also at Adorama

Canon T6, 18-55mm IS II, 75-300mm, printer & more: $449

Canon T6i & 18-55mm STM: $649

Canon T6i, 18-55mm STM, Rode mic & Sandisk 32GB card: $699

Canon T6i & 18-135mm STM: $849

Canon 600EX II-RT flash: $479

Canon G1 X Mark II & MX922 printer: $649. Hey — I just paid $100 each for two of these awesome wireless printer/fax/scanners!


Fuji Black Friday Sale

Fuji Deals.


LEICA In-Stock

Leica Summilux-M 28mm f/1.4 ASPH.


Sony Sale

Sony Sale on almost everything, also at Adorama


Sigma Sale

Sigma Sale

More at today's coupon sale.


Pentax Full-Frame Give-Away

Pentax K-1 & free $100 Adorama gift card: $1,947 with free shipping


Lens Sale

Use code LENSFRIDAY at checkout for these Black-Friday crazy prices (you'll see a higher price until you enter the coupon code at checkout):

Tokina 24-70mm f/2.8 FX for Canon: $839 after rebate.

Sigma 150-600mm "Contemporary" for Nikon w/Sigma dock: $799; also for Canon.

Sigma 150-600mm "Sport" for Nikon w/Sigma dock: $1,599, also for Canon and for Sigma.

Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 for Nikon: $999; also for Canon.

Sigma 18-300mm for Nikon w/close-up lens & Dock: $449; also for Canon and for Sigma.

Tamron SP 35mm f/1.8 full-frame for Canon: $569.

Tamron SP 45mm f/1.8 full-frame for Nikon: $569; also for Canon.

Rokinon Cine 24mm T1.5 for Nikon: $599 (Reg $799); aso for Canon, for Sony and for Micro 4/3.

Rokinon Cine 35mm T1.5 for Nikon: $449 (Reg $599); also for Canon, for Sony and for Micro 4/3.

Rokinon Cine 50mm T1.5 for Nikon: $399 (Reg $539); also for Canon, for Sony and for Micro 4/3.

Rokinon Cine 85mm T1.5 Aspherical for Nikon: $299 (Reg $399); also for Canon, for Sony and for Micro 4/3.

Again, you have to use code LENSFRIDAY at checkout to get these Black-Friday prices.


Copter Sale

DJI Phantom 4 (4K Camera), w/2 extra DJI batteries (3 total) & charging hub: $999.99 (Reg $1,486).


Apple Sale

B&H's Apple Black-Friday Blowout: MacBooks, iMacs, iPads, and more! Get these now; many expire at 4:30 PM NYC time.

Watches at almost half price:

Apple Watch, 38mm Silver Aluminum Case, White Sport Band.

Apple Watch, 42mm Space Gray Aluminum Case, Black Sport Band.

Apple Watch, 42mm Space Gray Aluminum Case, Black Woven Nylon Band.

Apple Watch, 42mm Gold Aluminum Case, Midnight Blue Sport Band.

Apple Watch 42mm Silver Aluminum Case, White Sport Band.


Tripod Sale

Manfrotto Befree One Ultra-Compact w/ Ball Head: $79.88 (Reg $149).

3 Legged Thing Winston Carbon Fiber w/AirHed 360 Ball Head: $299.99 (Regular $549).

Vanguard Alta CA 204AGH w/GH-30 Pistol Grip Head:$59.99 (originally $129).


Ricoh Theta 360º Give-Away

Ricoh Theta S 360 & free $50 Adorama gift card: $346.95 with free shipping.


SLR Magic Cine Sale

Good through Monday, 28 November:

SLR Magic 25mm T0.95 III w/50mm Micro 4/3 mount: $299 (Reg $499)

SLR Magic 35mm T 0.95 in E Mount: $779 (Reg $1,229); also in X Mount and in Micro 4/3.

SLR Magic 35mm F/1.2 Lens for Sony: $299 (Reg $499).

SLR Magic Noktor 50mm f/0.95 for Micro 4/3: $599 (Reg $999).

SLR Magic 50mm F1.1 for Sony: $299 (Reg $399).

SLR Magic 75mm F/1.4 for Sony: $299 (Reg $499).

SLR Magic Anamorphot 1.33x 40 Anamorphic Adapter for Micro 4/3 and Super 35/APS-C: $479 (Reg $799).

About 40% off SLR Magic MK II Variable Neutral Density (ND) Filter, 0.7 to 1.8 (2.3 to 6 stops) in 52mm, in 62mm, in 77mm and in 82mm.


Sale on LaCie Hard Drives

Sale on LaCie through Cyber Monday, 28 November 2016.


More Black Friday Sales

NEW: Card and Storage deals at Adorama!!! Good through Monday, 28 November 2016.

Think Tank Black Friday Sale.

Voigtländer Specials at Adorama. Good through Monday, 28 November 2016.

Rokinon Black Friday specials at Adorama. Good through 28 November 2016.

Tamron Black Friday specials at Adorama. Good through 28 November 2016.

Lexar Black Friday specials at Adorama. Good through 28 November 2016 or they sell out.

Samsung Black Friday specials at Adorama. Good through 28 November 2016 or they sell out.

Olympus Black Friday specials at Adorama. Good through 03 December 2016.


Audio Deals

beyerdynamic DT 1350 headphones: $119.99 (regularly $279).

This deal is so good I bought a set for myself before I posted this! I also bought myself some SanDisk 16 GB class 10 cards on Black Friday sale for $6 each.

The DT1350 really do sell for $175 used at B&H and $227 on sale at Amazon. The DT1350 are the pro version of my favorite $300 beyerdynamic T51i. The difference is that these DT1350 use more earpad pressure to give them more isolation for live recording use, and the extra sealing also lets them have even deeper and smoother bass response — or so my friends tell me. The DT1350 also lack an iPhone remote; they are intended for pro broadcast & recording, and of course are killer for music enjoyment. I'll be reviewing them, but that won't help you when the price goes back up after the sale ends Monday the 28th or Adorama's stock runs out. The DT1350 are the real MADE-IN-GERMANY pro deal as far as I know.


Audeze headphones Black Friday Sale. The real deal, MADE-IN-USA.

Polk Speakers Black Friday Sale.

Samson Black Friday sale.


24 November 2016, Thanksgiving

Adorama's Deal-of-the-Day (changes daily)

Amazon's Deal of the Day: Pelican Cases


20 November 2016, Sunday

Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 FL

Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 FL.

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

Mine came in from Adorama the other day, and it's a huge improvement over the old 70-200/2.8 VR II from 2009.

My new 70-200/2.8 FL screams because it's the lightest 70-200/2.8 ever from Nikon, but most importantly because it's the closest-focussing 70-200/2.8 ever, and what is even more important is that it gets much closer then the old VR II. While the rated close-focus distance isn't that much closer, the older 70-200s cheated and weren't really 200mm at their close-focus distances.

Since this new 70-200 FL doesn't cheat on 200mm, it gets what seems like twice as close when you need it to.

Of course autofocus is almost instantaneous, but we expect that from a $2,800 pro lens.

There's also a record four AF-lock buttons around the front of the new 70-200 FL, first seen in 1999 on the 80-200/2.8 AF-S, but sadly removed for cost savings on the old 70-200/2.8 VR II and the new 70-200/4 VR. AF lock buttons let you lock focus on the lens as you track targets running or flying behind obstacles.

Another cool thing is how awesome the zoom feels: it's easy to flick the zoom ring with just a fingertip, even if pointed straight up or down, and it never drifts. Zooming is internal; nothing but the zoom ring moves as you zoom.

Whoo hoo!

I'm busy updating my review with details as I write them.

If you haven't already put one on your Christmas list, now is the time before they sell out for the holiday. It's a brand-new lens, so don't expect any discounts.


18 November 2016, Friday

Fuji X-E2s Review

Fujifilm X-E2s and XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4.

NEW: Fuji X-E2s Review.

My favorite interchangeable-lens Fuji; it has the built-in flash absent in the X-Pro2 and X-T2, and weighs and costs less!


17 November 2016, Thursday

Sony RX100 Mark V Review

Sony RX100 Mark V.

NEW: Sony RX100 Mk V Review.

The world's best pocket camera.


09 November 2016, Wednesday

Canon 1DX Mk II Review

Canon 1DX Mk II and 50mm f/1.2 L.

NEW: Canon 1DX Mk II Review.

The world's best professional DSLR: faster, better handling and better supported than number two, the Nikon D5.

The 1DX Mk II is the fastest, toughest, most versatile, best-supported and fastest-handling pro camera ever.


How much do they pay me?

How much does Canon pay me? NOTHING!

How much does Nikon pay me? NOTHING!

None of these guys have ever paid me anything. I say what I say about Canon today because it's what I prefer to shoot, plain and simple.

Camera companies don't try to court me, and I found out why. It's because they know that taking me on free promotional trips as they take others simply won't alter my opinions. They know I say it like it is, instead of simply repeating 75% of whatever their PR baloney says. You can see I never waste time using trade names of a camera's processor or sensor or other meaningless information; I shoot it, see what it does, and report what I learn. It's as simple as that, and camera companies know their PR dollars are better spent influencing the weaker writers on whom those resources would have more effect.


02 November 2016, Wednesday

Canon 5D Mk IV

Canon 5D Mk IV and 50mm f/1.2 L.

NEW: Canon 5D Mk IV Review.


SALE: The Nikon D500 is $200 off: $1,797 for the body, or $2,397 with the 16-80mm lens.



Here's a new video from Phil Steele all about how to crop to exact pixel sizes.


01 November 2016, Tuesday

IN STOCK: New Sigma 12-24mm Ultra-Ultrawide for Canon Full-Frame.

IN STOCK: New Sony RX100 Mk V.

DEAL: Canon 85mm f/1.8: $349. One of Canon's very best lenses, and a classic as well. See my Canon 85/1.8 review.

DEAL: Canon 7D Mk II w/WiFi adapter: $1,549.

DEAL: Sony A6000: $478.


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