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19 January 2017, Thursday


San Diego Photo Club Meeting Thursday Night.


Two new ways to spend $6,500:





Thank God LEICA ditched the old overweight M240; the M10 brings us back to normal size, weight and model numbers befitting a LEICA M. The M240 now can be cast off with other rubbish like the bloated 1970's M5 to the trash can of history. Good riddance!


New From Fuji

New GFX Medium Format System

51 MP, 43.8mm x 32.9mm CMOS sensor with the correct 4:3 aspect ratio, yes! (0.79x crop factor; 54.8mm diagonal).

Fujifilm GFX 50S Medium Format Mirrorless Camera Body - $6,499.00. Also at B&H.

Fujifilm GF 63mm F/2.8 R WR for GFX (50mm eq.) - $1,499.00. Also at B&H.

Fujifilm GF 32-64mm F/4 R LM WR for GFX (25~50mm eq.) - $2,299.00. Also at B&H.

Fujifilm GF 120mm F/4 R LM OIS WR Macro for GFX (95mm eq.) - $2,699.00. Also at B&H.


GFX Accessories

Fujifilm EVF-TL1 EVF Tilt Adapter - $569.00.

Fujifilm Adapter to use GX645AF lenses on the 50S - $659.00.

Fujifilm RLCP-002 Rear Lens Cap - $12.99.

Fujifilm BCP-002 Body Cap - $12.99.

Fujifilm FLCP-62II Front Lens Cap fpr GF 63mm Lens - $16.99.

Fujifilm VG-GFX1 Vertical Battery Grip f/GFX 50S - $599.00.

Fujifilm NP-T125 Rechargeable Battery for GFX 50S - $119.00.

Fujifilm BC-T125 Battery Charger for NP-T125 Battery - $79.00.

Fujifilm AC-15V AC Power Adapter for GFX 50S - $99.00.


New X100F Camera


Fujifilm X100F - $1,299.00. Also in black. Also at B&H in silver and at B&H in black.

Fujifilm WCL-X100 II Wide Conversion Lens for X100F - $349.00. Also in black.

Fujifilm TCL-X100 II Tele Conversion Lens for X100F - $349.00. Also in black.

Fujifilm Leather Case for X100F Digital Camera, Brown - $89.00. Also in black.


New X-T20 X-Mount Camera

24MP, 5 FPS.

Fujifilm X-T20 Mirrorless Digital Camera Body - $899.00. Also in black.

Fujifilm X-T20 Mirrorless Digital Camera Body, with XF 18-55mm F2.8-4 R LM OIS Lens - $1,199.00. Also in black. Also at B&H in silver and at B&H in black.

Fujifilm X-T20 Mirrorless Digital Camera Body, with XC 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OIS Lens - $999.00. Also in black. Also at B&H in silver and at B&H in black.

X-T20 with 16-50 and 50-230mm lenses, also in black.


New X-Mount 50mm Lens

Fujifilm XF 50mm F/2 WR Lens - $449.00. Also in silver and also at B&H.

Fujifilm FLCP-46 Lens Cap, Compatible with XF50mmF2 Lens - $12.99.

Fujifilm PRF-46 46mm Protector Filter for XF50mmF2 - $59.95.


NEW: Rokinon XP 85mm f/1.2 Lens for Canon EF.

IN STOCK: DJI Inspire 2 Quadcopter.



Manfrotto MBSB390-5BB Backpack: $29.95 (Reg $79), with free shipping.

Brenthaven Collins laptop shoulder bag: $19.95 (Reg $59), with free shipping.

Canon MF726CDW Laser Printer: $274.99 (Reg $399), with free shipping.

Flashpoint Bi-Color On-Camera Light: $39.95 (Regular $100), with free shipping.


17 January 2017, Tuesday

HOT DEAL: Nikon D5 for $5,199.99.

This is brand-new and from a well-rated seller. It's $1,300 off because it's gray market, meaning that it's the same Nikon D5, but instead of a real Nikon USA warranty, the seller offers their own warranty.

For $100 off I wouldn't touch this, but for a $1,300 discount on a brand-new D5, I'd take the chance.


Friday the 13th, January 2017


Nikon D5600

Nikon D5600 & 18-140mm

Nikon D5600, 18-55 & 70-300




Nikon D750 & 24-120mm: $2,397.

Nikon D3400, 18-55mm & 70-300mm: $597.



Canon 5D Mk III & Printer: $2,549 after rebate.



Fujifilm X-T2 & Grip: $1,699.

Fujifilm X-Pro2 & 23mm f/2: $1,899.



Sony A77 II: $998.



Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4: $1,198.



Olympus PEN-F: $999.


10 January 2017, Tuesday

Canon 70-300mm IS II Review

Canon 70-300mm IS II.

NEW: Canon 70-300mm IS II Review.

I kid you not: this lens autofocuses instantly!

It's so much better than every consumer telephoto zoom that it is now the world's best consumer telephoto. Whoo hoo, and it sells for a bargain price.

Canon just hit it out of the park with this one.


Apple Aperture

People keep asking me, and my version 3.6 of Apple Aperture seems to be working just fine on my Mac Pro (Late 2013) on the latest OS 10.12.2.

I only use Aperture when I have raw files to process, and I only shoot raw files if I shoot my LEICA M9, and I only shoot raw files on it because its JPGs are so awful.

Otherwise I don't shoot raw, and so I rarely use Aperture.

When I do use Aperture, my biggest problem is remembering how to use it, and helping it find wherever I've moved my projects.


American Express promotion

Adorama is running a promotion with American Express.

Spend a total of $250 get $25 back as a one-time statement credit from now until February 22, 2017.

You find this under "my offers" in your account with most Amex cards. Once the offer is "added to card" all you need to do is pay with your American Express Card at checkout. Whoo hoo!!!!!


More Deals

Manfrotto 190Go! Tripod & Manfrotto MVH502AH Video Head: $229.88 (Reg $349), with free shipping.

Manfrotto PIXI Evo Mini Tripod: $24.88 (Reg $49.88), with free shipping.

Serious home theatre deals:

(2) Polk LSiM 707 Floorstanding Speakers, (2) LSiM 703 Bookshelf Speakers & one LSiM 706C Center Speaker: $2,799.99 (Regular $6,699), also in cherry, all with free shipping.

(2) Polk LSiM 707 Floorstanding Speakers, (2) LSiM 703 Bookshelf Speakers, one LSiM 706C Center Speaker & (2) LSiM 702 F/X Surround Speakers: $3,299.99 (Reg $8,199), also in cherry, all with free shipping.

The beauty of these systems is that you have two full-range speakers for front left and front right, so you set up the bass management in your receiver accordingly and retain stereo bass, compared to only having mono bass of using a single subwoofer. While bass tends to be nondirectional, the reality is that we can hear the direction from which it's coming from a woofer; you need stereo woofers or subwoofers if you're serious. These setups work great for music as well as movies.


09 January 2007, iPhone Introduction

Ten years of iPhone

Ten years ago today Steve Jobs introduced the iPhone.

When I catch up with old friends, we speak of the time before the iPhone as if it were ancient history — because it is.

Today, my iPhone 7 Plus has an extraordinary camera. It gives better results on the first shot more often than any other camera. It has better exposure, better white balance and better color than any other camera at its default settings. In its Portrait mode, it also has better bokeh than anything else, with super-smooth backgrounds.

While 20% of the photos I make, like shots under moonlight or photos of things a mile away, require a DSLR, 80% of my family, travel, macro and fun photos are best served by the iPhone already in my pocket. Not only are the photos first rate, once snapped on the iPhone, I can edit and distribute them immediately.

Ignore the ignorant who are prejudiced against small cameras. The iPhone easily holds up to, and even betters exotic cameras shot head-to-head. My iPhones certainly take better pictures than my digital LEICAs because the color rendition is far better, and the iPhone is also far better for reportage because it's less visible. With a default ISO of 20 and premium fixed high-speed optics, the iPhone makes super-clean photos better than compact point-and-shoots that default to ISO 100.

My iPhone 6s Plus ran at 10 frames per second continuously at 12 MP. I presume my 7 Plus is at least as fast for action.

If you're serious about photography, you deserve an iPhone 7 Plus. Did you know it has three complete cameras? It has one on the screen for FaceTime, and two on the back: one for wide shots with a 28mm (eq.) f/1.8 lens, and another with a 56mm (eq.) f/2.8 lens, each of which is seamlessly selected as you zoom.

Bravo Apple!


06 January 2017, Friday

Canon 24-105mm L II Review

Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L II.

NEW: Canon 24-105mm f/4 L IS II Review.

Great optics, but big and heavy.

Not that much different in performance than the 24-105 STM or the previous 24-105/4 L IS, but a whole lot heavier.


Ektachrome Returns.

How crazy is this? Kodak cancelled its slide films in 2012 because they couldn't compete against Fuji's film, which have better colors and much better permanence and resistance to fading, but heck, I can't complain about anyone reintroducing film. I suspect today since most people shooting film don't really know what's going on, they'll just think "cool, I'm so retro; look at my goatee!" and not notice.

I've been waiting for Kodak to make something better than Fuji since 1990, but they never have. The tide was turned one day in the 1980s when a news writer was doing an article about film, and walked down to the newspaper's photo department to ask some questions, and was astounded when they told him that they'd all been shooting Fuji color print film, not Kodak. Kodak always advertised like crazy, while Fuji made better film; pros knew Fuji film, but not the public.

Likewise, I shot some defective TMAX 100 last year, which Kodak never replaced, so I tried Fuji ACROS which is even better. The Japanese are crazy about cameras and film, while Kodak has slowly been going out of business since the 1980s.

Of course every film gives a different look. Which gives your look depends on who you are; one of the reasons I've never shot Ektachrome is that it fades. All my Kodachromes from over 40 years ago still look like the day I got them back from Fairlawn, NJ, while most Ektachrome has faded away over the decades.

It's only to come in one version (Ektachrome always came in many versions) and in only one size, 36 exposure 35mm. This is the most popular, but ever since DSLRs made it to 24MP I haven't shot any 35mm film; I shoot 120 in my Hasselblad. Once DSLRs made it to 24MP from 12MP back around 2012, digital has been better than 35mm film — so I shoot a Hasselblad.



SUPER DEAL: Beyerdynamic DT 1350 Headphones: $119.99 (Original $279.99), with Free shipping. Expires 1/11 or while supplies last. I bought one of these deals and these are among the best headphones I've ever heard at any price. They are for serious listening; they have no remote or mic; just genuine German-made headphones in a portable case. For the same price as others pay for Chinese-made plastic rubbish these are the real pro deal. Get them now at a dime-store price!

FLIR Scout TK Compact Thermal Vision Monocular: $499 (Reg $599), with Free shipping.

Canon MF726CDW Laser Printer & D-Link Wireless Router: $274.99 (Reg $499), w/Free shipping.

Samson MTR101A Condenser Microphone w/Shockmount & Pop Filter: $49.99 (Reg $119.99), with Free shipping.


05 January 2017, Thursday

New at CES

Live CES Updates.


New from Fuji

Fujifilm X-T2 in Graphite Silver, also at Adorama. Same camera, new color.

Fujifilm X-Pro2 & 23mm f/2 Lens in Graphite, also at Adorama. Same camera, new color.

Fujifilm XP120 Waterproof in yellow, also in blue, in green and in cyan (sky blue).


New Micro 4/3 from Panasonic

Panasonic GH5. Also at Adorama.

BGGH5 Battery Grip for GH5.

XLR1 XLR Audio Expansion Unit for GH-5.

Panasonic G X Vario 12-35mm F/2.8 II Aspherical Power OIS.

Leica Panasonic G DG Vario-Elmarit 12-60mm F/2.8-4 Aspherical Power OIS.

Panasonic G X Vario 35-100mm f/2.8 II POWER OIS. Also at Adorama.

Panasonic G Vario 45-200mm f/4-5.6 II POWER OIS. Also at Adorama.

Panasonic G Vario 100-300mm f/4-5.6 II Power OIS.

Panasonic GX850 w/12-32mm Lens, also in silver. Also at Adorama in black and in silver.

Panasonic FZ80. 60x optical zoom (not micro 4/3). Also at Adorama.

DCC15A DC Coupler for LX-10.


04 January 2017, Wednesday

New at CES

New Cameras from Canon.


New Nikons:

Nikon D5600, which also comes as kits with D5600 & w/18-55mm AF-P VR, D5600 & 18-140mm VR and as the D5600, 18-55mm AF-P VR & 70-300mm AF-P (no VR). Also at B&H: D5600, D5600 & 18-55, D5600 & 18-140 and D5600, 18-55 & 70-300.

Nikon Coolpix A300. Also at B&H.

Nikon Coolpix W100, which also comes in white, and both also at B&H.

Coolpix? Really? And they say Nikon has lost touch. Ever heard of an iPhone? I know its a new thing, not barely 10 years old yet, but you've got to be kidding me; my iPhone 7 Plus camera so outperforms any point and shoot (better lenses, better sensor that defaults to ISO 20 for cleaner images and better color rendition under every kind of light), and does so much more than a point and shoot once you have your image captured. Geeze!


02 January 2017, Monday

New Year, New Gear

I'm working on reviews of the Canon 70-300 USM II (superb, with the fastest autofocus of any consumer telephoto lens ever — a new benchmark!), Canon EOS M5 (great images but slow handling) and EF-M 15-45mm (perfect little lens for mirrorless), and the Canon 24-105 IS L II (very good but big and heavy, so why do we want it over the original 24-105?).

Those reviews are all under construction, so no need to go following all those links in any detail.


New Year, New Deals.

Induro GIT204 Carbon Fiber Tripod: $349 (Reg $525), with Free shipping.

Timbuk2 Messenger Bag: $79 (Reg $149), with Free shipping.

Tenba Messenger Bag: $49.95 (Reg $126), with Free shipping; while supplies last.

Hubsan H107D+ FPV X4 Plus Drone: : $79 (Reg $119) with Free shipping, while supplies last.

Fender Passport 150W Monitors: $219.99 the pair (Reg $599), with Free shipping.

Senal SMH-1200 - Enhanced Studio Monitor Headphones: $99 (reg. $149).


What Was New in:

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