See. Shoot. WIN!!! Two workshops coming in October 2017.
22 July 2017, Saturday
When I've bought Nikon-refurbished products, they were just like new, except they came in a plainer box. Remember you can return them if you don't love them, and they also come with a basic warranty as well.
Nikon D810: $2,496.95 (refurbished).
Nikon D800e: $2,199.95 (refurbished).
Nikon Df w/50/1.8 Special Edition: $1,795 (refurbished).
Nikon D610: $1,099.95 (refurbished).
Nikon D2X: $999.95 (refurbished). Where did they drag these up? The D2X was announced in September, 2004! It's over 12 years old. It's an ancient professional 12MP 5FPS camera. Avoid this unless you run a museum of useless objects. The D2X was the last of the old Gen 1 Nikons, even a refurbished D3200 below has way better image quality. If you want pro build quality and high frame rates, I prefer the newer D2Hs, which sells used for about $150 if you wait and know How to Win at eBay.
Nikon D7200: $749.95 (refurbished).
Nikon D5500 w/18-55 VR II: $549.95 (refurbished).
Nikon D5500: $499.95 (refurbished).
Nikon D5300, 18-55 & 70-300: $599.95 (refurbished).
Nikon D5300 (gray body color): $449.95 (refurbished).
Nikon D5300: $379.95 (refurbished).
Nikon D5200: $339.95 (refurbished).
Nikon D3200: $249.95 (refurbished). A screaming deal! The D3200 is a great camera that takes the same pictures as everything else.
Nikon MB-D10 grip for D300 and D700: $159.95 (refurbished).
Nikon 70-200/2.8 G VR II: $1,699.95 (refurbished).
Nikon 24/1.4G: $1,449.95 (refurbished).
Nikon 16-80 VR: $749.95 (refurbished).
Nikon 10-24mm DX: $679.95 (refurbished).
Nikon 55-300 VR: $229.95 (refurbished).
Nikon 50/1.8G: $169.95 (refurbished).
Nikon 18-55 VR II: $99.95 (refurbished).
Nikon SB-700 flash: $246.95 (refurbished).
Save $125 on the Asus Zenbook Pro 15.6" Ultra HD 4K Touchscreen Notebook Computer - $1,375.
Save $120 on the DJI Phantom 4 Quadcopter w/ 4K HD Camera + 2 Extra Batteries + Charging Hub - $999.
Save $160 on the 3 Legged Thing Albert Carbon Fiber Travel Tripod System with AirHed 360 Ball Head - $340.
Save $400 on the SmallHD 702 Lite 7" Monitor With Pro Accessory Bundle - $999.
Save $130 on the Dell Alienware 15 R2 15.6" 4K Ultra Touchscreen Quad Core Gaming Notebook Computer - $1,059.
Panasonic GH4 w/12-35mm f/2.8: $1,495 ($1,000 off).
Panasonic GH4 body with storage kit: $998 (500 off).
Panasonic GX85 w/12-32mm: $498 ($300 off).
20 July 1969, The End of Impossible
Man on Moon.
48 years of American dominance.
18 July 2017, Tuesday
Voigtländer 20mm f/3.5 SL-II.
UPDATED: Voigtländer 20mm f/3.5 Review.
Still the sharpest, smallest ultrawide you can get for Nikon.
This page not loading?
If it didn't you wouldn't be reading this, but just as an FYI, a few people have emailed me when they couldn't get this page to load.
I have no idea why, but in every one of these cases, simply clearing their browser's cache cleared the problem.
If anyone actually knows why this is and knows how I can fix this for good, I'm all ears.
17 July 2017, Monday
Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 FL.
Not that it matters since you gotta shoot what fits your camera, but this makes the Nikon now the same price as the Sony 70-200/2.8 GM and the Canon 70-200/2.8 L IS II the best buy in pro 70-200 lenses, since the Canon has the same quality as the Nikon, but costs much less.
The Nikon is the best of all these mostly because it focuses the closest. All of the Sony, Canon and Nikon 70-200/2.8s have superb optics.
The Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 FL is expensive because it's good and it's new and it has VR and a fluorite element.
The Sony 70-200/2.8 GM is expensive because it's good and it's new. It lacks VR or fluorite; you're paying for the novelty of Sony.
The Canon 70-200/2.8 L IS II is as good as the Nikon, complete with IS and fluorite, but since this Canon has been out since 2011, it's well discounted now since Canon has paid off their development cost — so it's the biggest bargain of the big three. The Canon was $2,400 when it came out in 2011. It just happens that $2,400 in 2011 is the same as $2,597 in 2017; this Canon is top-notch, but much less expensive today than the others.
13 July 2017, Thursday
I clarified which cameras work with it or not. It's compatible with a different set of cameras than any of the other AF-P lenses. Arrgh!
Do you think I like spending my afternoons trying to explain all this for Nikon? No! I'd much rather Nikon's stuff just worked, or that everyone just shot Canon and saved us all the hassle. I don't like that I have to explain that Nikon lenses only work on random cameras, even if Nikon is selling them new today. It doesn't matter that most of us have been shooting Nikon since the 1970s when they were the leader; that was 40 years ago and things change.
Canon's EOS cameras and EF lenses have all been 100% compatible with each other ever since they were announced in 1987. The newest Canon LCD-display lenses work great with my ancient 1980s EOS 35mm Canon SLRs, and my oldest 1980s EOS lenses all work great on my newest 5DSR.
Nikon's slowly killing themselves by having so many lenses and cameras which are all sold new today that won't work with each other. Nikon is crippled by having four incompatible AF systems (screw-AF, AF-I, AF-S and AF-P) and three incompatible aperture systems (F, AI, G, and E). Nikon today still sells new screw-AF, AF-S and AF-P lenses with AI, G, and E diaphragms.
Canon on the other hand designed their EF mount from scratch for 1987 with electronic focus and electronic diaphragm control from the very beginning, while Nikon has only recently introduced some lenses with electronic diaphragms.
Nikon's VR system doesn't work with many of their cameras from before the 1990s, while Canon's IS system works with every camera they've made since 1987, film and digital.
What this means is that Canon has had everything working together perfectly from the start, while Nikon is crippled with almost 60 years of trying to use the same ancient F mount which came out in 1959 and adapting it to do "just one more thing" as time went on. While Nikon looked smart in the 1980s adapting their 1959 mount to do autofocus, Canon ticked off their existing customers when they trashed their old FD mount and started from scratch with the new and then-incompatible EOS EF mount in 1987. Today 30 years later Canon look like geniuses since everything works, while Nikon can't even explain clearly which cameras work with this new AF-P lens and I have to instead!
Today I'd buy a Sony or Canon long before putting much money into new Nikon. The Sony A9 is AWESOME and way ahead of everyone else for action. It shows us what everyone else will be trying to do in 5 years: silent 20 FPS full AF shooting. It's a totally new camera you have to get to believe.
Sony has a huge advantage in mirrorless because Sony has been making and innovating electronic image sensors at least since the 1960s when electronic image sensors were TV camera vacuum tubes. They've been a world leader in CCDs at least since the 1980s. They invent half of what's new in CCD and CMOS sensors, and when they want to do something truly amazing, like design a radically new sensor from scratch for the A9, they do it like no one else on Earth can.
Nikon's stuck in a rut as they've always gotten their sensors from Sony. Is it just me who finds it odd that Nikon has introduced no cameras with new state-of-the-art sensors in them ever since about 2013 when Sony introduced its first full-frame camera, the A7? Nikon had 36MP in the D800 back in 2012 and has never done anything better. I think Sony cut Nikon off from it's cream-of-the-crop, reserving the good stuff for itself. Canon makes their own sensors, which is why they keep innovating with the 5DSR, for instance at 50 MP.
11 July 2017, Amazon Prime Day
Nikon Full-Frame 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6E VR AF-P.
Here are Amazon's top deals of the year, like the Echo Dot Alexa voice controlled wizardess for just $34.99 and the full-sized Amazon Echo Alexa for just $89.99!
They're always on, so if I ask for something like the weather in Dubai or other people ask it to run a kitchen timer or play Celine Dion music for the dogs, it just does. You never have to touch it; it just works like the voice-controlled computer in the original Star Trek.
Adorama Prime Day Deals
Save $150 on the Rotolight Sound & Light Kit - $99 with Free Shipping
Save $950 on the Speedotron Black Line 4803cx LV Power Supply - 4,800ws (220V International Model) - $2,000 with Free Shipping. Look out, the description says it won't work in the USA; needs 220V.
Save $214 on the Phottix Indra360 TTL Studio Light and Battery Pack Kit - $785 with Free Shipping.
Apple 15" MacBook Pro w/Applecare - $2.799.
B + W 77mm #102 4x ND Filter - $16.99.
10 July 2017, Monday
NEU: LEICA TL2.
It's a 24MP APS-C mirrorless that would compete against the Sony A6300 — if LEICA was mortal.
09 July 2017, Sunday
NEW: Nikon Lens Sale!
This is a sale, also called "instant Rebates." There's nothing to mail in, but Nikon doesn't want us to get used to these low sale prices as yen/dollar exchange rates vary.
35mm f/1.8G - $166.95, and Includes 52MM Digital Essentials Filter Kit. My favorite DX lens, for a lot less than I paid, with free shipping.
10.5mm f/2.8G Fisheye - $596.95, and Includes Corel Digital Creative Software Kit - Suite 2 Elite Edition, with free shipping.
12-24mm f/4G DX - $946.95, and Includes 77mm UV Wide Angle Thin Filter and Corel Digital Creative Software Kit - Suite 2 Elite Edition, with free shipping.
14-24mm f/2.8G - $1,696.95, and Includes FocusShifter DSLR Follow Focus & Rack Focus and Corel Digital Creative Software Kit - Suite 2 Elite Edition, with free shipping.
24-70mm f/2.8G - $1,696.95, and Includes 77mm Digital Essentials Filter Kit and Corel Digital Creative Software Kit - Suite 2 Elite Edition, with free shipping. This one on sale is the same one I own, not the newer VR version which costs $2,400.
24mm f/1.8G - $696.95, and Includes 72mm UV Wide Angle Thin Filter and Corel Digital Creative Software Kit - Suite 2 Elite Edition , with free shipping.
28mm f/1.8G - $596.95, and Includes 67mm Digital Essentials Filter Kit and Corel Digital Creative Software Kit - Suite 2 Elite Edition, with free shipping.
50mm f/1.4G - $396.95, and Includes 58mm Digital Essentials Filter Kit and Corel Digital Creative Software Kit - Suite 2 Elite Edition, with free shipping.
70-200mm f/2.8E FL VR, the world's best 70-200 - $2,596.95, and Includes 77mm Digital Essentials Filter Kit and Corel Digital Creative Software Kit - Suite 2 Elite Edition, with free shipping.
08 July 2017, Saturday
We've got two workshops coming in October. They run right after the other, so if you're traveling to one, you should do both — but different organizations are doing registrations, so it might not be obvious.
Metabones Canon Lens to Sony Camera Adapter.
07 July 2017, Friday
Gotta love my X100F
A typical snap from last week at the park. Sharp kid, soft background.
Robo C2 3D Printer - $599.99.
Acer Desktop Computer - $189. Wow, windows PCs are this cheap today?
Acer Desktop Computer - $239.
Ibanez IJD100S Acoustic Guitar & road kit - $119.00.
06 July 2017, Thursday
Minolta (Sony) 80-200mm f/2.8 APO.
Sony bought Minolta in 2006. This professional lens has the Sony Alpha mount. The Sony LA-EA4 adapter makes this lens completely compatible with Sony's hot new mirrorless E-mount cameras with fast autofocus and 100% data interchange.
05 July 2017, Wednesday
24 Hour Drone Sale
Starts Wednesday, 05 July at 12:01 AM and ends at 11:59PM NYC time, Wednesday:
Yuneec Typhoon H Hexacopter with GCO3+ 4K Camera - $949; includes 2 Batteries, Backpack and, ST16 Transmitter
Yuneec Typhoon H Hexacopter with Intel RealSense, and GCO3+ 4K 3D Mapping Camera - $1,199;
04 July 2017, Independence Day
Fireworks!!! (Nikon D800E, Nikon 24mm f/1.4 G, program auto gave f/1.4 at 1/30 at Auto ISO 6,400, Matrix meter, autofocused once on Ryan then set to MANUAL focus to hold, VIVID Picture Control at +3 Saturation, A3 M1 AWB.)
NEW: Grado SR80e Review.
The world's most accurate $99 headphone and made in USA.
NEW: Grado SR325e Review.
Made in USA.
July 4th Sales
Rokinon 50mm T1.5 Cine for Nikon: $359.95.
In stock: Canon 35mm f/2.8 Macro for APS-C (EF-S).
02 July 2017, Sunday
Canon 18-55mm IS II.
A basic lightweight lens, ideal for lightweight cameras.
30 June 2017, Friday
MindShift PhotoCross bags.
29 June 2017, Thursday
Canon 6D Mark II and 24-105mm IS L II.
NEW: Canon 6D Mk II.
Live discussion at B&H coming at 7PM NYC time (6PM Central, 4PM West Coast).
Canon Rebel SL2 with Canon 18-55mm IS STM.
NEW: Canon SL2.
Ten Years of the iPhone.
The first iPhones shipped on 29 June 2007.
It has changed the entire world; first world, second world and third world.
28 June 2017, Wednesday
Sony Curved Sensors
As you'll see in my Sony A9 review, I figured out why adapted lenses, especially wide ones, work so much worse than Sony's own lenses on Sony full-frame mirrorless.
While Sony's sensors look flat to the naked eye, the internal structure of the micro lenses and other layers through which the light must pass make the sensor appear curved optically depending on the position of the lens' rear nodal point. Making flat sensors is much less expensive than curved ones, so if Sony has figured out how to make a flat sensor perform as if it's curved, which has optical benefits just like our own eyes, bravo!
Just look at my sample images and you'll see that it's acting as a curved sensor with wider adapted lenses. This is easy to confirm for yourself with your own adapted wide lenses: just see where you have to focus manually in the center versus the sides, and you'll see that you need to focus differently. I don't know or care precisely why this is, but it's what I've been seeing for years.
Bravo again for Sony, but this supports my previous discoveries that other brands of lenses don't give top-notch results when adapted. See Canon versus LEICA on Sony, and my original ground-breaking work from four years ago that showed that even basic camera-brand lenses on their own brand of camera way outperform mongrel mixes of the finest lenses and finest cameras of differing brands.
It is thus proven that adapting lenses is fun for hobbyists, but for the quality I demand, it's a lens of the same brand as the camera (or the Zeiss lenses sold by Sony for their own cameras).
June 27th was Tuesday
As you noticed yesterday, I listed it as Monday. So? It felt like a Monday to me.
27 June 2017, Tuesday
Video Recorder Sale
24 June 2017, Saturday
A comparison of today's hottest full-frame ultrawides. The good news is that ever since 2007, all these lenses have had superb optical performance.
Sony FE 12-24mm f/4 G.
An awesome lens with flawless optical performance, a total winner for Sony!
Sony FE 16-35mm f/2.8 GM.
Another awesome lens with flawless optical performance.
Rokinon 24mm T1.5 Cine for Canon - $419.95.
Rokinon 50mm T1.5 Cine DS for Nikon - $349.95.
Rokinon 50mm f/1.2 for Sony E - $349.95.
Rokinon 35mm f/1.4 for Olympus E - $299.95.
Canon SX540 HS - Price in Cart $349.95.
Canon MF726CDW Color Laser Printer - $259.99.
Dell XPS 13.3" InfinityEdge Touch Notebook - $1,099 with Free Shipping.
23 June 2017, Friday
NEW: Tamron 18-400mm.
New 14mm f/1.8 Ultrawide from Sigma
World's first f/1.8 14mm ultrawide.
New From Think Tank Bags
Summer Sale: Up to 30% off on loads of things at the Outlet Center. My favorites there are the leather Retrospective bags.
Here's the niftiest part: since you know me, you get a free gift and free shipping with your order.
Save $200 on the Orlit Rovelight RT 610 HSS TTL Monolight with On Board Power (Bowens Mount) - $499.95 with Free Shipping, with TTL transmitter for Canon and for Nikon. Usually sells for the same price without TTL Transmitter.
21 June 2017, Wednesday
NEW: Zeiss Milvus 35mm f/1.4
Manual focus, 72mm filters and straight 9-bladed diaphragm..
16 June 2017, Friday
Nikon 100th Anniversary
Nikon has some special editions, expected to ship around 26 July 2017:
Nikon 16-35mm VR.
Updated: Nikon 16-35mm VR Review.
I brought this page up to modern high-resolution standards.
Panasonic GX85 w/12-32mm - $697.99 in Black or in Silver. Includes: also the Panasonic Lumix G Vario 45-150mm f/4.0-5.6 ASPH Lens and a $100 Adorama Gift Card!
Rokinon and Samyang Weekend Specials includes 2% rewards and free shipping:
Rokinon 12mm f/2 for Fuji - $289
Samyang 8mm f/3.5 for Nikon - $229
Samyang 14mm Ultra Wide-Angle f/2.8 IF ED UMC Manual Focus Lens
Nikon with Chip - $229
Sony E-Mount - $279
Canon Mount - $279
SLR Magic 25mm T0.95 Cine, Micro Four Thirds - $299.95.
Dell Inspiron 7000 Series 15.6" Notebook - $679.00
15 June 2017, Thursday
Sony FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM OSS.
Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L USM.
Updated: Canon 70-200mm f/4 L USM
I updated my page to modern broadcast standards. This is a $599 bargain, with great optics and construction quality, including a fluorite element, at a low price but with no image stabilization. This is a lens for people who use a tripod or shoot in good light and don't need IS and want the smallest, sharpest lens they can get.
Deal: Convergent Design Odyssey 7Q+ OLED Monitor & Recorder, HD/2K/UHD/4K Recording over HDMI or SDI: $1,495, was $1,795.
Deal: Atomos Shogun Studio 4K: $2,495; was $3,495. It's a 7.1" Shogun Studio 4K HDMI/12G-SDI HD Monitor & Recorder.
14 June 2017, Wednesday
New video about new videos
My friend Phil Steele has a new video showing the Zhiyun Smooth 3 stabilized iPhone support. This gizmo holds your phone as you move it around and keeps it pointed in the same direction the whole time.
13 June 2017, Tuesday
SLR Magic Sale
8mm f/4 for Micro Four Thirds - $269 (Reg Price $349)
17mm T1.6 Micro Four Thirds & 52mm MK II Variable Neutral Density 0.7 to 1.8 Filter - $299 (Reg Price $499)
50mm T 0.95 Hyperprime Cine Lens, Micro Four Thirds - $699 (Reg Price $999)
50mm F1.1 Cine, Sony FE Mount - $279 (Reg Price $399)
Cine 75mm F/1.4, Sony E-Mount - $349 (Reg Price $499)
Anamorphot 1.33x 40 Anamorphic Adapter for M4/3 and Super 35/APS-C - $639 (Reg Price $799)
APO Hyperprime Cine 50mm T2.1 PL Mount - $1529 (Reg Price $1799)
50mm T2.8 2x Anamorphot-CINE, M4/3 - $2599 (Reg price $3099)
50mm T2.8 1.33x Anamorphot CINE, PL Mount - $5499 (Reg Price $6499)
52mm MK II Variable Neutral Density Filter - 0.7 to 1.8 (2.3 to 6 stops) - $109 (Reg Price $159)
62mm MK II Variable ND, 2.3 to 6 stops - $119 (Reg Price $169)
77mm MK II Variable ND, 2.3 to 6 stops - $129 (Reg Price $179)
82mm MK II Variable ND, 2.3 to 6 stops - $139 (Reg Price $189)
09 June 2017, Friday
Sony A9 and 24-70mm f/2.8 GM.
NEW: Sony A9 Review.
NEW: Sony A9 User's Guide.
I'm impressed; the A9 is better than the hype. It silently shoots at 20 FPS, and does it with superb autofocus. It's a new chapter in photography.
I love how Sony is actually innovating. After seeing mostly devolution from Nikon as they've been fading away the past few years, I love seeing a company take a problem by the horns and innovate the heck out of it.
The A9 has a new kind of sensor that lets them pull images off the sensor much, much faster than ever, also giving a live EVF view that doesn't stutter or even need to blink as we shoot.
For high-speed shooting, there is nothing like the A9 — and it only costs 2/3 of what the slower, louder pro DSLRs do.
Sale: MacBooks on Sale.
07 June 2017, Wednesday
New from Apple
Most with free shipping:
Canon PRO-2000 24" Professional Printer - $1,999.99.
Panasonic G7 w/14-42mm - $497.99.
Vanguard Carbon Fiber Monopod - $79.99.
Brenthaven Collins Slim Briefcase - $29.99.
Fender PM-2 Acoustic Guitar - $499.
Fostex TH-900 Mk 2 Headphones - $949.99.
Blue Microphones Snowball USB Condenser Microphone - $37.99 after MIR.
Dell Alienware 13 R3 13.3" Notebook - $1,249.00.
Ricoh SP C250SF Color Laser Printer - $134.99.
06 June 2017, Tuesday
Nikon Sale. All come with filters, software, and lens cleaning accessories, and ship free.
Fujifilm X-Pro2: Add the lens you want ansd save $300:
X-T2 VERTICAL POWER BOOSTER GRIP - $229.99
Save $450 on the Fujifilm XF 100-400mm F4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR Lens w/Free Accessory Bundle - $1,899.95 Add the teleconverter for FREE
Save $200 on the Fujifilm X-T10 Mirrorless Body With Free Accessory Package
03 June 2017, Saturday
02 June 2017, Friday
Tokina 300mm f/2.8 AF AT-X.
01 June 2017, Thursday
Nikon 28mm f/1.4E.
NEW: Nikon 28mm f/1.4 E FX.
NEW: Canon EOS M6 Review.
NEW: Canon EVF-DC2 Review.
What Was New in:
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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