October & December 2016's News
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.
More with free next-day delivery from B&H (expires 4PM NYC time Thursday)
Lowepro Fastpack 350 Backpack: $59.99.
X-Rite i1Display Pro: $159.00.
X-Rite ColorMunki Display: $89.95.
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.
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.
All ship free! Prices are valid through the end of the year or while supplies last.
25 December 2016, Christmas Day
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
NEW: Sony A6500 Review.
Sony Power Zoom 18-105mm f/4 G OSS.
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.
Samson C01UCW USB Condenser Microphone: $34.99 (Regular $69.99), w/free shipping. Expires 12/26.
21 December 2016, Wednesday
Bushnell 8x42mm Roof Prism Binoculars: $59.99 (Reg $99.99), w/free shipping. Good through the end of the year 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.
19 December 2016, Monday
Nikon 70-300mm VR AF-P.
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.
Nikon 50mm f/1.8G, filters & much more: $176.95.
Nikon D750 w/free MB-D16 battery grip: $1,796.95 (also comes in many other kit forms at that link.)
CanonCanon 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.
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 VR AF-P.
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.
ALL NEW: Canon 16-35mm f/2.8 L III Review.
16 December 2016, Friday
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
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!
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 TSx250C 3-Way Center Channel Speaker, cherry: $119.99, w/free shipping.
Polk TSx440T Tower Speaker: $159.99, w/free shipping.
13 December 2016, Tuesday
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!
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
There are a lot of goodies there!
Bag Deals — with Free Shipping!
Lenovo IdeaPad Y700 15.6" Laptop : $749.99 (Reg $1,199)
10 December 2016, Saturday
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?
Canon MF726CDW Laser Printer and free $25 Adorama Gift Certificate: $274.99 (Reg $574)
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
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
Canon T6, 18-55, card & bag: $449.
Canon 80D w/18-135mm: $1,399.
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
Timbuk2 Snoop Camera Messenger Bag, Small, Cordura Black: $79 (Regular $149), 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 Canon Lens Sale
Free shipping, too:
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
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.
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.
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.
NEW: B&H now carries Really Right Stuff.
13" MacBook Pro, 256GB SSD, 8GB RAM, 3 Years of Apple Care: $1,499 + Free shipping. Expires at noon Friday, NYC time.
Nikon D810, grip, card & more: $2,497.
Sony RX100 Mk V: Free $100 Gift Card
Cyber Week Deals
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
ADORAMA'S DEAL-OF-THE-DAY (changes daily)
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).
26 November 2016, Saturday
In addition to Black Friday Deals below, new deals today are:
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 EOS Rebel T5i DSLR Camera
● Canon EOS Rebel T5i DSLR Camera with EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens
Nikon Black Friday Sale
All ship for free and expire soon:
Nikon Lens Sale
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 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
More at today's coupon sale.
Pentax Full-Frame Give-Away
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):
Again, you have to use code LENSFRIDAY at checkout to get these Black-Friday prices.
DJI Phantom 4 (4K Camera), w/2 extra DJI batteries (3 total) & charging hub: $999.99 (Reg $1,486).
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:
Ricoh Theta 360º Give-Away
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 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).
Sale on LaCie Hard Drives
More Black Friday Sales
NEW: Card and Storage deals at Adorama!!! Good through Monday, 28 November 2016.
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.
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.
Adorama's Deal-of-the-Day (changes daily)
20 November 2016, Sunday
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.
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
NEW: Fuji X-E2s Review.
17 November 2016, Thursday
Sony RX100 Mark V.
NEW: Sony RX100 Mk V Review.
The world's best pocket camera.
09 November 2016, Wednesday
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
NEW: Canon 5D Mk IV Review.
Here's a new video from Phil Steele all about how to crop to exact pixel sizes.
01 November 2016, Tuesday
IN STOCK: New Sony RX100 Mk V.
DEAL: Sony A6000: $478.
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