18 January 2018, Thursday
Canon D570 Wireless Multifunction B&W Laser Printer: Regular Price: $229, Sale Price: $99.
HiFiMan HE560 Planar Magnetic Headphones: Regular Price: $499, Sale Price: $350.
Victorinox Swiss Army Cigar Pocket Knife: Regular Price: $65, Sale Price: $50.
17 January 2018, Wednesday
Updated: iPhone X Review.
I added some new Sample Images.
Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM.
Updated: Canon 28-135mm IS USM Review.
Now only $100 used if you know How to Win at eBay, and works great on Canon's full-frame cameras. In fact, I used it on my 6D Mark II last week! It covers an an extremely useful range, focuses closely, and is small and light and has stabilization.
16 January 2018, Tuesday
In-Stock: Sony A7R III.
The world's best mirrorless camera. Sony A7R III Review.
Hasselblad H5X w/HVD 90x Viewfinder, Battery and Charger: Regular Price: $7,800, Sale Price: $6,795.
Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 for Nikon w/3 year abuse warranty & accys: Regular Price: $400, Sale Price: $319.
Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 for Canon w/3 year abuse warranty & accys: Regular Price: $400, Sale Price: $319.
Rokinon 14mm F2.8 for Sony E Mount 3/3 year abuse warranty & accys: Regular Price: $400, Sale Price: $319.
Expires tonight at Midnight, NYC time: SanDisk 256GB Ultra micro card w/SD Adapter: Regular Price: $200, Sale Price: $129.60.
Epiphan Webcaster X2 Facebook Live and YouTube Live Encoder: Regular Price: $300, Sale Price: $270.
Blackhawk Be-Wharned Folding Knife: Regular Price: $85, Sale Price: $50.
13 January 2018, Saturday
NEW: Canon 6D Mk II Review.
All-new performance section, sample images and edits all around.
11 January 2018, Thursday
2018 Workshop Dates
Here are two of my 2018 workshops - so far. I may add more, but for now here are two of the ones in Yosemite:
15～18 May 2018, Tuesday～Friday: Spring Light in Yosemite.
18～21 October 2018, Thursday～Sunday: Autumn Light in Yosemite.
21~24 October 2018: Fall Color in California's Eastern Sierra (exact dates TBD, runs right after the other trip).
New Sony A9 Firmware
Pilotfly H2 Handheld Gimbal Stabilizer: Reg Price $1,100, Sale Price $899.
Pelican 1510 watertight hard case: Reg Price $220, Sale Price $170.
Inovativ Scout 37 equipment cart: Reg Price $3,100, Sale Price $2,900. This mama holds 600 pounds of production equipment!
Manfrotto Pro Light CC-197 case for video gear: Reg Price $189, Sale Price $150.
SLR Magic Anamorphot 1.33 x 40 Anamorphic Adapter: Reg Price $799, Sale Price $679.
Rokinon Cine 20mm T1.9 for Micro 4/3 w/free goodies: Reg Price $799, Sale Price $499.
Tamron 18-270mm for Nikon: Reg Price $449, Sale Price $359.
Lowepro CS 300 Backpack fpr drone systems: Reg Price $130 Sale Price $30.
10 January 2018, Wednesday
Serious closed-ear headphones, but with silly glass backs for show.
New: GoPro Fusion.
09 January 2018, Tuesday
LIVE ON-AIR: KCBS 740AM San Francisco.
I was interviewed live on San Francisco's KCBS 740 AM / 106.9 FM at 1:32PM Pacific time about Kodak's latest announcement of a new cryptocurrency and a Kodak plan for monetizing and protecting photographs.
I said it’s just Kodak trying to use some buzzwords to look hip since no one cares about Kodak anymore. The announcement has two parts: another bitcoin called "KodakCoin" (whose website still doesn't work as I write this) and a new platform to try to licence photos. Seems like others agree, but buzz-crazed investors didn't care about reality and doubled the value of Kodak stock in a day. Maybe Kodak just did it to raise development funds to make a better film than Fuji ACROS 100.
No one needs another bitcoin; eBay is better for online payments since everyone uses it and they only keep a couple of percent for the transactions. Let's face it, no one even knows what bitcoins are; unlike real coins made of gold or silver or cash backed by the US Federal Reserve, bitcoins are only worth what other hackers will pay you for them.
Kodak is trying to sell shares in an investment scheme (an ICO) unrelated to we photographers. An ICO is pure speculation for risk-taking people willing to invest in something in which they could lose everything in exchange for a small potential for wild appreciation. See my article on Risk; this is why this ICO will only beoffered to accredited investors (not the public who don't realize that they can lose everything) and only as an "exempt" offering, which I suspect means largely unregulated.
Second, Kodak claims a new platform that crawls the internet looking for photos that have been ripped off, but you can do this today for free at TinEye and I think Google. Kodak's plan might be useful if it had a strong and proven legal team with a serious track record of recovering damages and paying them to photographers, but I've seen nothing. A gotcha also is that unless you register your images with the Library of Congress, you can't do much to recover damages. If Kodak automated a system that 1.) registered images, 2.) found infringers, 3.) recovered damages, and critically 4.) paid these to photographers instead of keeping most of it for themselves as legal fees, we'd have something.
Whenever they get this going, I'd look at the fee structure, the history of recovery and payment, and tread very cautiously on this. Recovering damages for infringement is very difficult and usually costs about what you recover; for Kodak to help they need to have a very efficient process that recovers largely automatically, and is also smart enough not to send automated demand letters to parties with whom you already have licences other than through the proposed Kodak system.
My hat's off to whoever wrote the press release. It says nothing other than Kodak has a general interest in pursuing these two things, but that's it. Kodak's done nothing other than publish a press release, and doubled their stock value in a day. Bravo!
"Cryptocurrency" sounds cool, but it's fluff — its only value is what you can get other noobs to pay you for it. This reminds me of when I turned a $100,000 investment in technology stocks in the late 1980s into my first million dollars by March 2000, which then crashed and I lost everything in the great NASDAQ crash of April 2000. Heck, the NASDAQ today has only barely returned to its peak value of 5,400. New investors beware, bitcoins are the same thing — you can make fast cash, but only if you get out before everyone else does.
Nikon 180-400mm f/4E VR TC.
This new lens replaces the old 200-400mm f/4 VR II, and adds an easily switched in or out 1.4x internal teleconverter. Birders and wildlife fans be sure to put this on your Santa list today and be very good for the rest of 2018!
NEW: Panasonic GH5s, also at B&H!
10MP stills, but mostly designed as an anamorphic 4K cine camera.
ISO extendable ISO 80 – 204,800.
Unlimited in-camera recording of C4K: 60p50p 8-bit, 30p25p/24p 4:2:2 10-bit, 4K: 60p50p 4:2:0 8-bit, 30p/25p/24p 4:2:2 10-bit. 1080p up to 240fps and C4K 60p VFR.
4K Anamorphic professional video production interchangeable lens camera system with high performance, durability, and mobility.
TC In/Out / Synchro Terminal (via included BNC cable), 3.5mm Mic Jack with Line Input, 3.5mm headphone jack 2.5mm remote socket, HDMI Type A Socket, USB-C 3.1 Socket.
Dual SD Card slots (UHS-II U3 Compatible), V-LogL pre-installed, and 4K HDR hybrid log gamma support.
06 January 2018, Saturday
NEW: Sony A6300 — in silver!
05 January 2018, Friday
Sale: MacBook Pros.
02 January 2018, Tuesday
In Stock: iMac Pro.
New Year's Deals:
Sony A7R II w/Sony VG-C2EM Vertical Grip: Reg Price $3,246 Instant Rebate Price $2,696
Swarovski Optik 58141 10x30 CL Binocular: Reg Price $1,129 Sale Price $999.
Tiffen 77mm Variable 2~8 stop Neutral Density Filter: Reg Price $94, Sale Price $72.
Think Tank Perception Pro Daypack: Reg Price $150, Sale Price $110.
Rokinon 20mm T1.9 Cine for Canonw/Accessories: Reg Price $799, Special Price $499.
JVC GY-HM170 4K Camcorder w/12x Zoom & Top Handle Audio Unit: Reg Price $1,795, Instant Rebate $1,245.
Manfrotto 509HD Video Head w/545B Legs & Bag: Reg Price $1,680, Instant Rebate $1,180.
Panasonic HC-WXF991K 4K Ultra HD Camcorder, Bag, Sandisk Extreme Pro 64gb card, & 49mm Filter Kit: Reg Price $1,036.49, Instant Rebate $936.49.
Panasonic HC-V770 Camcorder & Upgrade Accessory Bundle: Reg Price $629, Instant Rebate $529.
SiliconDust HDHomeRun Connect: Reg Price $100, Sale Price $70.
OKI Data Microline ML420 9-pin Impact Printer: Reg Price $749, Special Price $370.
Bose Solo 15 Series II TV Sound System: Reg Price $379, Sale Price $299.
Fender T-Bucket 300-CE v3 Acoustic Electric Guitar: Reg Price $300, Sale Price $180 While supplies last.
01 January 2018, New Year's Day
LAST DAY: $50 off Perfectly Clear.
Valid now through the end of New Year's Day. Use secret code KENROCKWELL.
Perfectly Clear (an old review of the oldest version) is the software I use on most of my photos to make them better, faster than I can do any other way. It has a free trial and money-back guarantee. so you can't lose. I love it.
LAST DAY: Holiday Sale on Phil Steele Photography Courses
My friend Phil Steele is having a private holiday sale on his courses. Phil's tutorials are the best I've seen; check out his previews and see for yourself. He has a 60-day no-risk money-back guarantee, so you've got nothing to lose and everything to gain. You can watch them from anywhere on just about anything, far better than a book, file or eBook.
SAVE 33%: Secrets of Successful Event Photography.
SAVE 30%: Lightroom Made Easy.
SAVE 30%: Photoshop Basics for Photographers.
SAVE 30%: Pro Portraits with Off-Camera Flash.
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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