27 November 2015, Black Friday
Black Friday Deals
$450 off Apple iMac 5k - if you use a computer for photography or reading the Internet, you need an iMac 5k; nothing else makes pictures look better.
Of course the deals I found yesterday apply all this weekend; here are a few more that didn't start until today:
Perfectly Clear: 45% Off!
Clearly the best deal of the year on Perfectly Clear: 45% off starting today, Friday.
People ask why I use it even if I already have the highest performance cameras on Earth, the Canon 5DS R and Nikon D810, and it's an easy answer: Perfectly Clear improves the lighting and color, something cameras can't.
Art has nothing to do with duplicating nature. Making a great picture involves lighting, over which I rarely have all the control I would like. Perfectly Clear almost always makes the best image I can make even better, and more importantly, does it faster than I could do manually in Photoshop, so I use Perfectly Clear on almost every photograph I publish.
At 45% off, it's a no brainer. Use code ROCKWELL on checkout. This 45% deal is only good today through this weekend, and I hear that you can try the free trial and somehow still get the deal when you eventually purchase later.
Amazon's Black Friday Deal-of-the-Day
39% Off Select Polaroid ZIP Mobile Photo Printers, Friday only.
These clever little pocket-sized printer makes peel-and-stick photo prints directly from your iPhone or iPad, as well as just about anything Bluetooth or NFC.
That's how I stuck myself on the bear head in Yosemite above; fun!
Black Friday Color Calibration Specials
Free X-Rite Digital Colorchecker Passport with the purchase of any of these below. You only need these with non-Apple products, all the Apple gear I've gotten these past years is already calibrated better at the factory.
Click the "add to bundle" corresponding to the Colorchecker Passport and it will be added to your cart - free!
X-Rite ColorMunki Accurate Monitor Display Calibration: $119 + Free Shipping
X-Rite i1Display Pro Display and Monitor Calibrator: $199 + Free Shipping
X-Rite ColorMunki Photo, All-in-One Color Control Solution for Profiling Monitors: $349 + Free Shipping
FiiO E12 Mont Blanc Headphone Amplifier: $99.99 (Regular $129.99), also includes 5% rewards and free shipping.
FiiO E17K Alpen 2 Portable USB DAC and Headphone Amplifier: $109.99 (Regular $139.99), Free 32GB Micro SD/TransFlash Standard Memory Card included! Also includes 5% rewards and free shipping.
FiiO E18 Kunlun Android Phone USB DAC & AMP for Smartphones: $119 (Regular $159.99, Free 32GB Micro SD/TransFlash Standard Memory Card included. Also includes 5% rewards and free shipping.
FiiO X3 2nd Generation Portable High Resolution Lossless Music Player: $159 (Regular $199.99) Includes free Samsung 64GB Class 10 microSDHC Memory Card + Adapter. Also includes 5% rewards and free shipping.
Polk Audio MagniFi One 240W Dialogue-Enhancing Sound Bar with Subwoofer: $189.99 (Regular $299!). Free shipping.
Audio-Technica ATH-M70X Closed-Back Dynamic Professional Flagship Monitor Headphones: $189 (Regular $299!), with free shiping.
26 November 2015, Thanksgiving
Happy Thanksgiving to all!
Here are some specials, all starting today:
Black Friday Deals
All starting right now:
Canon PIXMA MG3522 Wireless Inkjet Photo All-in-One Printer: $29.95, with free shipping
Thanksgiving Deal-of-the-Day: 55% off the Fuji S1; valid Thanksgiving day only, while supplies last.
$200 off cameras: Get any qualifying camera from Amazon, and get a $200 credit 30 days later to get anything else form their photo and camera department. You have to use code CAMERAGIFT at checkout.
CrutchfieldCrutchfield's Black Friday Deals
Crutchfield? My dad and I have been getting our car stereo gear from Crutchfield since the 1970s when they opened, and today they now carry top cameras. Dad always said that their fantastic service and support was more than worth their slightly higher prices, and today their service and support are even better (try a 60-day cash refund return policy) — and their prices are as low as everyone else's! Not only are their prices as low, they often throw in free goodies for the same price, like for the D7200.
What's never changed is that Crutchfield, just like Adorama and B&H, all opened in the 1970s, all are family owned and operated, all they have but one retail brick-and-mortar store. They are not chains or franchises clogging up the landscape with robot locations and corporate expenses, and they are all still run by the same guy who founded each of them.
25 November 2015, Wednesday
Think Tank Holiday Special
Think Tank is offering a free Road Warrior Kit when you get any of their roller bags.
Get a roller bag, get all of those goodies for free, and I hear you'll get free shipping and an offer for even more free goodies as well. Whoo hoo!
Sony A7 Mk II New Firmware
24 November 2015, Tuesday
An FAA task force has recommended that all drones between 250g and 25kg takeoff weight be registered with tail numbers.
The proposal is that a simple online form would let people register their drone, get a tail ("November") number, and require you put that number on your drone.
I don't fly for hire, but if you're selling your images (think real estate listings), but last I read, the FAA was still requiring you hold a Commercial Pilot's license to do so. If you're selling the images or plan to, it's not hobby use. Check me on this; I don't stay that up to date, but as the son of a flying instructor, we keep our eyes on the rules.
23 November 2015, Monday
Zeiss Sonnar 250mm f/5.6.
Earthrise as shot from the Command Module of Apollo XI, 20 July 1969. Shot wide-open at f/5.6 at 1/250 on Ektachrome with a Zeiss Sonnar 250mm f/5.6 on a modified Hasselblad 500EL/70. bigger. (Courtesy NASA Image Lab.)
As we give thanks this week, many of us may recall how we suddenly felt when we saw the first photos of the earth floating all by itself in space, as shot from the Apollo spacecraft on their way to the Moon. It seems like suddenly al the things for which we give thanks are all just on the very thin surface of our earth, and these photos made it clear in a way no one has ever done before or after.
We have a lot for which to be be thankful; everything else out there is cold and black, or waaaay too hot and dry.
How fitting when I realized that all these earthrise shots were made with the Zeiss Sonnar 250mm f/5.6 on a Hasselblad, and we can buy these lenses today for less than the price of many memory cards.
Nikon D3200 with 18-55mm & 55-200mm VR II: $396.95 (Regular $596.95), brand-new, with free expedited shipping.
Nikon 35/1.8 DX & 85/3.5 Micro (VR Macro): $496.95 (Regular $816.95), brand-new, with free expedited shipping.
Nikon D7100 for $489. With free shipping, refurbished.
Nikon D7000 for $515, new.
Canon T5i with lens and printer: $749 with free shipping.
Ending any moment: Canon SL1, 18-55 STM, 75-300mm & more (also comes in white): $399 after rebate, with free shipping
Canon 5D Mk III & free 40" TV: $2,499.
Canon 7D Mark II & more: $1,149 after rebate, with Free Shipping (Regular $1,499)
Canon T5 w/18-55 for just $399.Free US shipping!
For Nikon, Canon and more
Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 II for $449, for many different cameras.
Tokina 11-16mm II Review; they used to sell for $740.
Replaced by the newer Tokina 11-20mm f/2.8.
Zeiss 150th Anniversary Sale. Up to $300 off!
Portable Pro Strobe
Flashpoint DG400 200 WS AC/DC Monolight with battery:
$189.95 (Reg $309.90 with $120 instant rebate).
Lab Deals Ending TodayAdoramaPix for 30% off prints made on solid aluminum, the standard for serious color printing today. Hint: Once you follow these links to AdoramaPix, you have to scroll down to "Metal Prints" (not metallic) to find these gems.
21 November 2015, Saturday
The Class Photographer
As you may have guessed, I'm the class photographer.
I always grab my Fuji X100T, and never cease to be amazed at how it lets me snap anything that gets thrown my way.
I'm usually in the classroom, and the X100T easily handles mixed fluorescent and window light with ease, always making all the kids look great.
It's easy to shoot at my eye, or at arms length to get interesting angles from kids' desk height. Unlike a LEICA, the auto finder sensor turns on the viewfinder or the LCD instantly so however, wherever I hold my X100T, I've gotten the shot.
A huge advantage of the X100T over the older X100 and X100S (and most other cameras) is its ultrafast and ultrasmart face recognition. I can be shooting with my X100T at arms length in some crazy position, and it just nails the faces so I can worry about what's going on and not worry about focus or assigning AF zones.
The EVF and optical finder are also flawless in daylight. If I'm outdoors for a presentation, boom; the optical finder shines in daylight — as does the 1/2,000 flash sync and flawless fill-flash performance. I always get perfect shots outdoors.
The real reason a big press camera might get better posed handshake shots is because it will let me have people stop, realize how important is the photo, and then have them pay attention and pose for me.
Since photos are disposable today, people take them much less seriously, and ultimately will ignore them entirely. Stop to smile for a photo? People are too busy updating their Facebook page to stop for more than a half a moment to put any effort into smiling With a big, obvious press camera, I'd probably get people to stop and put more effort into making a good shot.
You kids may not realize this, but in the old days, the pressman shows up, poses people, focuses and pulls out the dark slide, people smile, and he makes but one exposure to bring back to the paper. Maybe he had a 6-shot 4x5" push-pull magazine, but the best formal shots are made formally, which means people stop and pose for a press photo.Still, I love my X100T. The Graflex idea is more of a goof to see how people would respond if I had mine in my hands.
Steven Maxx has just shared a free eBook (PDF) on how to make great photos. It's all art — no tech nonsense — about how to unlock your own creative potential.
Secret Canon deals — this weekend only
Canon T5i , 18-55mm STM & more: $399 after rebate w/ Free Shipping
20 November 2015, Friday
LEICA M typ 262. bigger.
LEICA M typ 262. bigger.
LEICA M typ 262. bigger.
NEU: LEICA M typ 262.
Order now and shipping in a couple of weeks, the M typ 262 is probably the best digital LEICA ever.
LEICA took an M240 and took out the amateur features like video and live view, got rid of 100 grams of fat and many foolish menu options that just got in the way, to give us a stronger, leaner LEICA that could be their best digital yet.
Oh yes — it's also the quietest digital M ever!
DEAL: Canon 5D Mk III & free 40" TV: $2,499.
Zeiss FE 16-35mm.
18 November 2015, Wednesday
Nikon D5 with 50mm f/1.8
NEW: Nikon D5 Announcement.
I'm in stitches; four years ago I predicted exactly what and when would be announced. I had more informationon it 4 years ago than Nikon is sharing today.
Unlike the Nikon D5, I definitely wasn't expecting this.
I've been pestering Adorama to keep up their Deal of the Day page they had for the holidays in 2014, but it went away.
Lo and behold, now we have a Daily Deals page, and it's got my name on it!
17 November 2015, Tuesday
Now you can have your portfolios hosted at 1x.com.
This is a far cry from when I started my site in the 1990s.
Today you can start your own site or gallery at 1x.com, and in moments have a better looking gallery than I do.
Big metal print sale
Metal prints are my favorite print material. Your images are infused into the surface of a sheet of aluminum, which makes them ultraglossy and ultra flat. They are nearly indestructible, and are so stiff that they mount on the wall all by themselves, no frame, mat or glazing needed. They look incredible, in case you've never seen these.
These are in a class by themselves, completely unlike conventional "metallic" papers.
How to make metal prints is a secret closely held by most photographers who sell metal prints — they won't tell you where they have them done, since their ability to produce these gives them a competitive advantage.
Very few labs actually make these in-house, and instead send them out to other labs and mark up the price accordingly.
The great news is that AdoramaPix has been perfecting this process for two years, and now offers these in-house! They offer metal prints up to 30 x 40", and even bigger soon.
Here's the best news: not only do they do these in house for the best prices and quality, they're having a secret 30% off sale to get you to try them!
Just use code PXAFN30 at AdoramaPix for 30% off on metal prints through the end of November.
Hint: Once you follow these links to AdoramaPix, you have to scroll down to "Metal Prints" (not metallic) to find these gems.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 Mirrorless Interchangeable Single Lens Digital Camera with 12-32mm Kit Lens: $499.99 (Regular $897), also in red, all with free shipping.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-CM1P 16GB 4K Communication Camera and Smartphone, Unlocked: $499.95 (Regular $997!), with free shipping.
Lensbaby Composer Pro with Edge 80 Optic for Nikon or for Canon: $299.95 (Regular $499.95).
Lensbaby Edge 80 Optic, 46mm Filter Diameter, 17" Minimum Focus Distance: $199.95 (Regular $299.95), with free shipping.
Samsung UN32J4000 32" Class HD 720p Slim LED TV: $149.99 (Regular $227.99), with free shipping. ($149.99 price is exclusive for VIP members, which is free to join The sale price will be shown in cart when added to cart via the "add to cart button" next to "Exclusive VIP price available.")
Polk Audio MagniFi One 240W Dialogue-Enhancing Sound Bar with Subwoofer: $199.99 (Regular $299.99), with free shipping.
16 November 2015, Monday
13 November 2015, Friday
Friday the 13th Deals
Clearance blowout sale! Prices as low as 99¢. Use code NOVDECSALE on checkout.
Weekend Report: ZVOX 670 SoundBase
ZVOX SoundBase 670.
12 November 2015, Thursday
I just updated my daily RSS gizmo so it works now.
I also updated my live RSS feeder, but you folks didn't like it as it will send 25 updates if I edit the same thing 25 times as I often do.
Thanks for asking!
Canon EF 35mm f/1.4 L Deal
I see Adorama has the original 35/1.4 L on sale for $400 off from what it was a month ago, or $1,099. $1,099 is the straight piece, no rebates needed, and comes with 2% rewards and free shipping! (I see Amazon, B&H and Crutchfield also have it at the close-out price.)
While the new 35/1.4 L II has less spherochromatism, the original is better made (more metal), smaller, lighter, focuses more quietly and has better bokeh.
I love my original 35/1.4 L, and I paid full price. If I didn't already have one, now is the time to get yours while you still can.
The original is for sports and action shooters and people who actually use it. The new —II is more for talkers, stay-at-homes, armchair shooters, bloggers and astronomers who don't actually have to carry it around and shoot all day.
Here's a sample I shot yesterday with mine:
La Paz Village, 11 November 2015. Canon 5DSR, square crop, Canon 35mm f/1.4 L, f/9 at 1/320 at Auto ISO 100, Perfectly Clear V2. bigger, or full-resolution or camera-original files to explore on your computer (mobile devices rarely can display the full resolution files at full resolution.)
11 November 2015, Veteran's Day
Holy Cow! What happens in this knock donw, drag out, fight-to-the-death between today's top cameras, all shooting high-speed 35mm (or equivalent) lenses at 12 megapixels?
DEAL: Nikon D7100 for $499.
With free shipping, refurbished.
9 November 2015, Monday
Can't Stop Loving my X100T
View from Palm Desert. (Fujifilm X100T on pocket tripod, f/4 at 10 seconds at ISO 200, Perfectly Clear V2.) bigger or full resolution to explore on your computer (mobile devices rarely can show all the pixels).
I made this snap out our balcony. It is very easy to control the X100T and its exposure modes and long-exposure times all by looking at its rear screen as it sits at arm's length on a tiny pocket tripod. My X100T is such a relief from other cameras; it just goes and makes great images with a minimum of fussing.
Nikon D3200 for $249.95 (Regular $329.95). Refurbished by Nikon U.S.A, with free shipping.
SMS Audio Street by 50 Cent Headphones with In-Line Mic: $39.00 (Regular $79) also in black and in blue, all with free shipping.
Zoom Q4 Handy Video Recorder, Full HD 1080p/30 Video: $169.99 (Regular $299), with free shipping.
AKG Acoustics C214 Edge-Terminated Large Diaphragm Studio/Stage Condenser Microphone: $249.99 (Regular $399!), with free shipping. Wow, this is basically half of the classic professional AKG C414 mic that sells for over a thousand dollars. You see C414s everywhere in top-line music studios; it sat in front of Johnny Carson on his show for decades. This C214 comes with shockmount and metal road case.
Audio-Technica ATH-M50x Headphones &
Samson MTR101 1" Diaphragm Studio Condenser Microphone with Shockmount and Pop Filter:
$169 (Regular $308!), with free shipping.
Rode VideoMic Pro R Cardioid Condenser Microphone with Rycote Lyre Shock Mount: $189 (This is a newer release and has never been below $249!) with free shipping.
Astell & Kern AK Jr 64GB Portable Hi-Resolution Music Player and DAC: $349.99 ($499 everywhere else!) free shipping.
Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 2-Input/2-Output Portable USB Audio Interface: $99.99 (Regular $149.99), with free shipping.
Xerox DocuMate 3220 Duplex ADF Scanner with Flatbed:
$229.99 (Regular $329) with free shipping.
• Canon EOS 7D Mark II Digital SLR Camera with EF-S 18-135mm IS STM Lens (Regular $1,849)
• Canon PIXMA PRO-100 Professional Photo Inkjet Printer (Regular $399.99)
• Lexar 32GB Class 10, 200x Platinum II Series Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Memory Card (Regular $19.95)
• Slinger Photo Video Bag – Black (Regular $24.95)
• Canon SG-201 Photo Paper Plus Semi-Gloss, 13x19", 50 Sheets (Regular $36.99)
• New Leaf PLUS - 1 Year Digital Camera Service Plan with Accidental Damage Coverage (for Drops & Spills) (Regular $59.95)
Canon 100-400mm L IS: $1,199.95 (Regular $1,699) with free shipping and $28 in Adorama rewards.
This is the classic 100-400, complete with case, hood and tripod collar, which is a great performer, and a a super deal today. It's the older version of the new game-changing 100-400mm IS L Mark II. They're both ultra sharp; while the Mark II adds much better IS, a zoom ring and much faster and closer focussing.
Canon EF-M 55-200mm IS STM.
The photo above is probably bigger than this tiny little lens for the Canon EOS-M system.
05 November 2015, Thursday
Canon EF-M 11-22mm IS STM.
NEW: Canon 11-22mm Review.
03 November 2015, Tuesday
Canon EOS M3 and EF-M 22mm f/2 STM.
NEW: Canon EOS M3 Review.
01 November 1954, Sunday
The Introduction of Tri-X
This day in 1954, Kodak introduced Tri-X, still the world's top-selling b&W film.
Today we set our clocks back an hour.
Most of our digital cameras need to be set back manually, so take the time to go and reset every digital camera you own, since if you forget, it might not be until January or later when you discover that all your pictures have the EXIF data off by an hour.
Nikon Price Drops
$100 off the Nikon 24-85mm VR: was $596.95, now $496.95.
$200 off the Nikon 18-300mm VR: was $896.95, now $696.95.
$90 off the Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8: was $1,886.95, now $1,796.95.
$300 off the Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 VR II:
was $2,396.95, now $2,096.95.
$100 off the Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8: was $1,996.95, now $1,896.95.
$200 off the Nikon 24mm f/1.4: was $2,196.95, now $1,996.95.
And here's the obvious one: $400 off the Nikon 80-400mm VR II: was $2,696.95, now $2,296.95. HA! Told you it was overpriced. $2,700 was a rip-off, but Canon's 100-400 IS L II is still a better lens for less money.
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