May 2017's News
31 May 2017, Wednesday
Nikon AF-P 10-20mm f/4.5-5.6G DX VR.
NEW: Nikon 10-20mm DX VR.
Finally, an inexpensive and excellent DX ultrwide. It's about time.
Nikon 8-15mm f/3.5-4.5E ED.
NEW: Nikon 8-15mm FX Fisheye.
Rokinon Lenses on sale, all with free shipping and 2% Adorama rewards:
27 May 2017, Saturday
NEW: Canon 77D Review.
EOS 9000D outside the USA.
NEW: Canon Rebel T7i Review.
EOS 800D outside the USA.
Canon 18-55mm f/4-5.6 IS STM.
25 May 2017, Thursday
Barn, Yosemite area.
NEW: Springtime in Yosemite.
24 May 2017, Wednesday
UPDATED: Why Fixed Lenses Take Better Pictures.
New DJI Mini Drone
Realtors pay $500 for a drone photo of a house for sale. One shot and you've paid for your drone!
X100F hits them out of the park
This is shot indoors, not too close to a window. Katie's skin looks perfect, the fill-flash is also perfect, the catchlights in her eyes are perfect, and the Fursians look brilliant as well. This is a grab shot with no twiddling; I can't get looks this good unless I fiddle with settings on my other cameras to get the light to balance this well on the first shot in practical situations.
This is why I love my X100F so much: great people shots on the first shot with no need to fiddle, in any light.
MeFOTO 58mm Polarizer: $15 w/ free shipping.
Flashpoint Blast Flash Power Pack BP-960: $99 w/ free shipping.
AUDEZE SINE Headphones w/Cipher 24-Bit Lightning Cable w/Mic: $339.99 w/ free shipping.
Dell XPS 13.3" Quad HD+ InfinityEdge Touch Notebook: $1,099 w/ free shipping.
Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 460 14" Notebook w/ Stylus: $699 w/ free shipping.
New: 12.3" Microsoft Surface Pro
Here are the versions available for ordering:
Intel Core m3, 4GB RAM, 128GB SSD: $799 w/ free shipping.
Intel Core i5, 4GB RAM, 128GB SSD: $999 w/ free shipping.
Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD: $1,299 w/ free shipping.
Intel Core i7, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD: $1,599 w/ free shipping.
Intel Core i7, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD: $2,199 w/ free shipping.
Intel Core i7, 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD: $2,699 w/ free shipping.
19 May 2017, Friday
Iris 15mm f/2.4.
NEW: Irix 15mm f/2.4 Review.
Aha! Optics as good as the $3,000 Zeiss 15mm f/2.8, for one-fifth the price!
New Sony Full-Frame Mirrorless Lenses
We can start ordering these on Friday at 8AM NYC time:
Sony FE 16-35mm f/2.8 GM Sony finally introduces a fast ultrawide zoom to compete with the Canon 16-35/2.8 L III. Nikon is way behind; they have no modern fast ultrawide zoom; the Nikon 17-35/2.8 AF-S is a relic from 1999 that is soft in the corners at f/2.8. This new lens has an 11-bladed diaphragm.
Sony FE 12-24mm f/4 G: 122º ultra-ultrawide!!! It has a rounded 7-blade diaphragm. This competes with the Canon 11-24mm. Nikon has nothing here; their 13mm f/5.6 is long out of production and the 14-24mm is nowhere near as wide.
17 May 2017, Wednesday
New Underwater Camera
NEW: Olympus TG-5 underwater camera.
UPDATED: Underwater Cameras Compared.
GoPro Hero 4 Black with free accessories: $299. Reg. Price: $449.00. Includes free GoPro LCD Touch BacPac and GoPro Dual Battery Charger with Battery for HERO4.
Induro GIT204 Carbon Fiber Tripod: $209.00 w/free shipping.
Vanguard CM-264 Carbon Fiber Monopod: $79.99 w/free shipping.
Sirui P-204S Monopod: $139.94, free shipping.
Tenba Cooper 15 Bag: $159.95, free shipping.
MeFOTO 77mm Circular Polarizer: $26.00, free shipping.
Get a free Profoto Air Remote and a $100 Adorama Gift Card with the purchase of the B1 500 AirTTL Battery Powered Monolight Flash or Kit.
15 May 2017, Monday
Pro flash news
Profoto just announced the new B1X off-camera flash, and it's ready to ship.
Deals: All orders are automatically entered into an Adorama $500 Gift Card giveaway.
Profoto B1X 500 AirTTL TO-Go Monolight Kit: $2095.00 w/ free shipping.
Profoto B1X 500 AirTTL Location Kit: $4148.00 w/ free shipping.
Profoto TTL-S Air Remote for Olympus Cameras: $419.00 w/ free shipping.
Profoto Li-Ion Battery MKII for B1 and B1X: $295.00 w/ free shipping.
Profoto OCF Zoom Reflector: $149.00 w/ free shipping.
Profoto OCF Magnum Reflector: $199.00 w/ free shipping.
Coming Thursday: Yosemite!!!
I'll be there Thursday ~ Sunday 18~21 May 2017, helping lead a Spring Light in Yosemite workshop.
The amount of snow in the Sierras is amazing. There is more snow than anyone can remember for the start of May. It's going create spectacular effects for our Spring Light in Yosemite trip.
With record rains and snow pack in the Sierra, Yosemite's waterfalls are running at levels not seen in decades.
See you there!
13 May 2017, Saturday
How to Shoot the iPhone 7
Here's a series of short lessons on how to do some pretty amazing things on the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus camera. For instance, the iPhone 7 runs at least 10 frames per second at full resolution — and has an easy interface to select among the shots to pick the nest?
Ryan found these for me yesterday; the whole series takes only two minutes to watch. Of course we watched it AirPlayed from Ryan's iPhone 5S to our Apple TV on the big screen in our home theatre, which looked & sounded pretty awesome.
B&H Mother's Day sales
12 May 2017, Friday
Venus Optics Laowa 12mm f/2.8.
NEW: Laowa 12mm f/2.8 Review.
MacBook Pro 15" Touch Bar, 1TB SSD, 16GB RAM, 3 Year Apple Care: $3,400 w/free shipping.
11 May 2017, Thursday
NEW: Fuji X100F Review.
3-Day Rokinon Sale
Rokinon APS-C 50mm f/1.2: $399 w/ free shipping and 2% Adorama rewards for Canon EOS M, Sony E-Mount - Black, Sony E-Mount - Silver, FujiFilm X Mount - Black, FujiFilm X Mount - Silver, Micro Four Thirds - Black and Micro Four Thirds - Silver.
Rokinon full-frame 50mm f/1.4 AF: $499.00 w/ free shipping in Sony E-Mount.
SALE: Sony XQD cards.
DEAL: Cineo Lighting Basic Matchbox Portable Remote Phosphor LED Lighting Kit, 3200 & 5600 Panels: $315 w/ free shipping; Regular Price $460,
10 May 2017, Wednesday
Amazon Alexa News
Amazon introduces the Echo Show, which is a voice-controlled Alexa with a screen. We love the smaller Alexas we have; they are always on and anytime we ask them to play music or give us the weather or play the local radio, they just work.
The new Show does everything the other Alexas do, but also can show us videos and anything else we want.
You can get the tall Amazon Echo for $30 off. This is the one with the big speaker but no screen that everyone wanted and paid over full price for Christmas, and the one we use all the time. My wife loves playing music on it, she just asks it to play Celine Dion, and voilà, it plays.
09 May 2017, Tuesday
All include 4% Adorama rewards and free shipping.
08 May 2017, Monday
Mother's Day Sales
Timbuk2 Snoop Camera Messenger Bag, Small, Cordura Black: $59.00. Reg Price $101.95.
05 May 2017, Friday
Is this the 1930s all over again? The GF670 is a 6x7 cm real medium format camera. It makes ten 6x7cm shots on each roll of 120 film, or 20 shots on 220.
Deal: $418 off Zeiss Distagon T* 35mm f/2 ZE for Canon: $699 (reg. $1,117).
03 May 2017, Wednesday
Canon 17-40mm f/4L & 50mm f/1.4 kit: $849, reg. $1,199.
Tamron 16-300mm for Canon or Sony: $499, and includes a free Hoya UV filter.
Peak Design 20L Everyday Tote Bag: Reg Price $189.95 Sale Price $159.95.
Joby GorillaPod Focus and Ballhead X Combo (GP8-BH): Reg Price $149.95 Sale Price $129.00.
3Pod V3AH Video Tripod System Anodized Aluminum with 2-way Fluid Head & Quick-Release Plat: Reg Price $129.95 Sale Price $89.95.Save $150 on the Apple MacBook Pro 15" with TouchBar.
01 May 2017, Monday
Nikon D500, MB-D17 Battery Grip & Free Goodies: $1,796.95.
Nikon D750, MB-D16 Battery Grip & Free Goodies: $1,496.95.
Nikon D3400, 18-55 VR AF-P & 70-300mm AF-P: $379.95 refurbished, after rebate. This is a steal and giving the 70-300mm away for free, but look out: while the 18-55 is the newest VR AFP, the 70-300 is the newest AF-P (good), but it's the non-VR version (bad).
Loads of Sony deals - too many to list each one here.
Huge New Canon Sale:
Canon 5D Mark IV: $3,299.
Canon 5D Mark IV & 24-70mm f/4L IS: $4,049.
Canon 5D Mark III & 24-105mm f/4L IS: $2,899.
Canon 80D & 18-55mm IS STM: $1,149.
Canon 80D & 18-135mm IS USM: $1,399.
Canon 77D: $849.
Canon 77D & 18-55mm IS STM: $999.
Canon 77D & 18-135mm IS USM: $1,249.
Canon T6s: $699.
Canon T7i: $699.
Canon T7i & 18-55mm IS STM: $849.
Canon T7i & 18-135mm IS STM: $1,049.
Canon T6i: $649.
Canon T6i & 18-55mm IS STM: $649.
Canon T6i & 18-135mm IS STM: $849.
Canon SL1, 18-55mm IS STM & 75-300mm: $549. World's smallest & lightest DSLR — runs circles around anythgin mirrorless!!!
Canon EOS M5: $929.
Canon EOS M5 & EF-M 15-45mm IS STM: $1,049.
Canon EOS M5 & EF-M 18-150mm IS STM: $1,199.
Canon Full-Frame 50mm f/1.8 STM: $110. Canon's sharpest lens, ahem.
Canon APS-C 24mm f/2.8 STM: $129.
Canon G3 X: $799.
Canon G5 X: $699.
Canon G9 X Mark II: $429.
Canon SX60: $429.
Canon SX720 HS: $329.
Canon SX620 HS: $229.
Canon SX530 HS: $249.
Canon SX420 IS: $229.
Canon ELPH HS 360: $199.
Canon ELPH 190: $149.
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