December 2017's News
28 December 2017, Thursday
TODAY ONLY: B&H Mega Deal Zone.
Deals end tonight at 11:59PM NYC time (8:59PM California time).
27 December 2017, Wednesday
While I'm officially slacking off this holiday week, just between you and me I couldn't resist seeing how my 6D Mk II looks compared to the A7R III. They are about the same.
26 December 2017, Tuesday
I LOVE this week! it's the week most of us get to hang around the family and goof off — and feel good about it because we all worked like crazy all year to have earned it.
B&H is offering free next-day shipping on thousands of items for the next couple of days so you can get anything that Santa might have forgotten:
24 December 2017, Christmas Eve
A very Merry Christmas (and a belated Happy Hanukkah) to all! merrier.
Photo taken with Sony A7R III and Sony FE 24-105mm f/4 G OSS at 47mm at f/4 at 1/125 at Auto ISO 2,000, Perfectly Clear. What made the A7R III so perfect for this shot was its fantastic face recognition. I handed the camera to our dad and told him to point and shoot, and hold down the shutter for a while so the camera made a bunch of shots silently from which we picked the best. Every shot is perfectly focussed as the camera just found us and focussed on us, not like in the old days where other cameras would have focussed on Ryan's closest knee. All the camera settings (aperture, ISO, shutter, etc.) are all what it does automatically as I have it set up in preset #2. I put the card together in Photoshop CS6.
23 December 2017, Saturday
Sony FE 100mm STF GM OSS.
This is a special ultra-bokeh lens that makes backgrounds super-soft, while keeping your subject ultra sharp.
Apple iPad 9.7" Wi-Fi 32GB - Space Gray (2017): Reg Price $329 Sale Price $299.
Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM "Contemporary" for Nikon, also for Canon: Reg Price $1,089 Sale Price $789.
Manfrotto XPRO Land Aluminum Monopod, 5 Sections, 55” Max Height: Reg Price $100 Sale Price $50.
Bushnell 16x50mm PowerView Weather Resistant Porro Prism Binocular: Reg Price $70 Sale Price $30.
SiliconDust HDHomeRun Connect: Reg Price $99 Sale price $79. No, I have no idea what this thing does.
Yamaha AVENTAGE RX-A3070 9.2-Channel Network AV Receiver with Dolby Atmos: Reg Price $1,999 Coupon Price $1,399.95 Use Code holidays.
Yamaha AVENTAGE RX-A2070 9.2-Channel Network AV Receiver with Dolby Atmos: Reg Price 1,699 Coupon Price $1,199.95 Use Code holidays.
Fender DXA1 Pro In-Ear Monitor, Trans Charcoal: Reg Price $70 Sale Price $30.
Roland FP-30 88 Keys SuperNATURAL Digital Portable Piano, Black: Reg Price $700 Coupon Price $479 Use Code holidays on checkout to get this price.
Fender American Special Stratocaster 6-String Electric Guitar, 22 Frets, Maple Neck, Gloss Polyurethane, Mystic Seafoam: Reg Price $999 Coupon Price $700 Use Code holidays.
22 December 2017, Friday
Pro optics, ergonomics and build quality at a consumer price; it's a better lens and just as tough as the huge 24-70/2.8 GM for half the price. Bravo!
21 December 2017, Thursday
Sony A7R III and 24-105mm f/4 G.
NEW: Sony A7R III Review.
World's best high-resolution mirrorless camera.
19 December 2017, Tuesday
Sony Holiday Sales
17 December 2017, Sunday
There's a new autofocus 800mm f/5.6 Sigma for Canon EF that appeared on eBay, and the Nikon 13mm f/5.6 auction ends today at 11PM NYC time (8PM California time) and may be the last chance you'll have in years to get a Nikon 13mm.
Be sure to read How to Win at eBay.
16 December 2017, Saturday
Canon EF-s 35mm f/2.8 IS STM Macro.
A fantastic little lens, superb for use as an all-around normal lens.
Canon Weekend Deals
This weekend only:
All Bundles include the Battery Grip Pixma Pro-100 printer and the Photo Paper. Use Coupon code CA1217DEAL on checkout to get these prices after rebate:
5D Mark IV: $2,849.00 after rebate with coupon code CA1217DEAL on checkout.
5D Mark IV w/24-105mm f/4L IS II: $3,749.00 after rebate with coupon code CA1217DEAL on checkout.
5D Mark IV w/24-70mm f/4L IS: $3,599.00 after rebate with coupon code CA1217DEAL on checkout.
6D Mark II: $1,349.00 after rebate with coupon code CA1217DEAL on checkout.
6D Mark II w/24-105mm f/4L IS II: $2,249.00 after rebate with coupon code CA1217DEAL on checkout.
6D Mark II w/24-105mm IS STM: $1,749.00 after rebate with coupon code CA1217DEAL on checkout.
More Holiday Deals
Benro C373F Carbon Fiber Video Tripod with Head: Regular Price $599, Sale Price $299.95.
Sachtler Ace XL Tripod System with CF Legs and Ground Spreader: Regular Price $1,092.50, Sale Price $899.
Klipsch RP-440WF HD Wireless Floorstanding Speakers & more: regular price $5,095, Sale Price $1,500 the pair.
Flashpoint StreakLight 360 Ws Flash TTL for Canon with BP-960 Power Pack: Regular Price $499, now $299 with coupon code 12152017 on checkout.
15 December 2017, Friday
New: iMac Pro.
Hottest Macs ever.
More Holiday Deals
Fujifilm X-E2S w/14mm F2.8R & Grip Regular Price $1,717.95 Sale Price $999.
DJI Mavic Pro - Fly More Combo Reg Price $1,299 Sale Price $899.
Dell S2418H 24" Monitor w/internal speakers Regular Price $190 Sale Price $130.
Asus ROG Strix GL502VM 15.6" Notebook Computer Regular Price $1,200 Sale Price $949.
Asus ROG Strix GL502VM 15.6" Notebook Computer Regular Price $1,299 Sale Price $999.
Fender T-Bucket 300-CE v3 Acoustic Electric Guitar Regular Price $300 Sale Price $199.
Apple 21.5" 4K iMac $949.
Apple 27" 5K iMac $1,299.
14 December 2017, Thursday
In-Stock: Canon 50mm f/2.8 TS-E (limited stock).
External Drive Sale
I've used Super Duper probably every day for over 15 years to clone my Mac's hard drive every afternoon to one of several alternating portable drives. I rotate these among several remote locations, and always have one with me when I travel so I always have a backup in case my house explodes, and also always have access to everything I've ever done.
I used to use Norton Ghost back in the old days to do the same with Windows before I upgraded to Mac in 2000.
Super Duper makes bootable copies, so it's trivial to boot from the backup drive on any other borrowed computer, and voilà, I'm up and running everything as if I was on my main computer!
I run a "smart" backup that only takes about 15 minutes to update whatever's changed since the last backup, and bingo, I have an exact bit-for-bit bootable copy of my drive and I'm on my way. If my house melts down, no big deal; it's all with me.
Since I don't bother with raw files, everything I've ever created digitally is on one 1TB drive for the SSD in my Mac Pro, and a second 4TB drive for the rest of my photo and video files that won't fit on the Mac's SSD. Every bit of film I've ever scanned or had scanned is also on these drives. Ditto for my music and video iTunes library that I've been building for over 10 years — 1,500 CDs and hundreds of my family home movie videos I transfer from DVD are with me.
Every year or so I have a problem or do something stupid, and these backups have always saved me — no lost files, ever. Heck, I back up my iPhones and iPads to my Mac, and these backups are on the Mac and thus in my portable drives as well.
I also attach another drive to my Mac and let it run Time Machine, just because I can. My pictures are kind of important to me, and with this system I've so far looked like a genius for decades anytime something bad happens.
12 December 2017, Tuesday
New Big Bags from Think Tank
Think Tank just released their largest rolling bag ever, specifically designed to hold tripods up to 40" long.
This week only:
Today only: Fujifilm X-T1 with 18-55mm Lens: $849 ($250 Savings)
This week only:
Completely on-topic, my mom-in-law in Palm Desert, California has a pretty much unused Nissan 350Z Touring for sale. Check it out if you want an original classic car that's rarely left the garage.
10 December 2017, Sunday
Nikon 13mm f/5.6 AI-s.
All Hail the Grail
I just found a Nikon 13mm f/5.6 for actual auction on eBay. These only turn up once every few years, and no Nikon collection has much value unless it has at least one of these. (See my Nikon 13mm review.)
These usually sell for $20,000 ~ $30,000, so if you want it you have a week to read my How to Win at eBay series and get it for yourself.
07 December 2017, Thursday
Fearless Photographer book
If you haven't already, check out my friend Dave Wyman's book Fearless Photographer: Nature. It's a great book by an actual photographer who's been shooting every day for almost 70 years — and still has no problem riding his bike 100 miles in a day. Dave has learned a lot with all this shooting and with many decades of leading photo tours, and writes well and shows much more practical information in a format we can use compared to a common photo book.
It's loaded with photos and useful information — it's not the usual throw-away book just loaded with computer screen shots. It applies from beginner to advanced, and applies to digital and film.
More Recommended Books.
This means deals on memory cards, too.
What Was New in:
November 2017: Sony 50/2.8 Macro Review, Sony 90/2.8 Macro Review, LEICA CL, Sony 70-300mm G Review, Panasonic G9, iPhone X Review, How to Make Time Exposures with iPhone, 1X Photo Contest, Tamron 100-400mm.
June, July, August and September 2017: Canon 6D Mk II, Canon SL-2, Canon 85/1.4L, Canon TS-E 50/2.8, 90/2.8 & 135/4, Nikon D850, Nikon 70-300 VR DX AF-P, Nikon 28/1.4E, Metabones Mk V Canon EF -> Sony E-mount adapter.
May 2017: Nikon 10-20mm DX VR, Nikon 8-15mm FX Fisheye, Canon 77D Review, Canon Rebel T7i Review, Canon 18-55mm IS STM Review, Springtime in Yosemite, Irix 15mm f/2.4 Review, Sony 16-35/2.8 GM, Sony 12-24/4 G, Fuji X100F Review, Laowa 12mm Review, Olympus TG-5.
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