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).
13 December 2017, Wednesday
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.
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.
27 November 2017, Cyber Monday
There are a ton of deals if you scroll down past these two reviews.
All these deals come and go quickly, if you see something you like, get it because they expire and sell out fast.
Sony FE 50mm f/2.8 Macro.
23 November 2017, Thanksgiving
Sony FE 90mm f/2.8.
World's most ergonomic macro lens, with great optics.
Here's what I've found so far. Most are live today, and others don't go live until Friday — and you have the links now so you can be on top of it.
Nikon Black Friday
D7200 & Free Accessories: $797.
Canon Black Friday
Rebel T6i w/ 18-55mm STM, printer & audio kit: $499 after rebate.
Canon EF 75-300mm: $99.95. This is a basic unstabilzed telephoto that works great - on a tripod or if you hold it steady, on all Canon DSLRs and EOS 35mm cameras.
Rebel T5i w/18-135mm IS STM: $699.
Rebel T6 w/18-55mm IS II & EF 75-300mm F4-5.6 III: $449 & includes free MX922 printer/scanner/FAX.
Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II: $649.00 and includes free MX922 printer/scanner/FAX. I've bought two of these MX922s and they are great wireless scanners and printers!
Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II Video Creator Kit: $699 includes free MX922 printer/scanner/FAX.
Canon Black Friday Rebate Deals
These deals include a good 64 GB card, a Canon Pro 100 Printer, Canon photo paper, free Canon grip and extra battery in order to get you the most insane rebate amounts. Even if you throw all the other stuff away just to get the cameras these are great deals.
6D Mark II: $1,349 after rebates.
6D Mark II with 24-105 STM: $1,749.00 after rebate.
6D Mark II & 24-105mm L II: $2,249 after rebates.
5D Mark IV: $2,849 after rebates.
5D Mark IV & 24-70mm f/4L IS USM: $3,599 after rebates.
5D Mark IV & 24-105mm L II: $3,749.00 after rebate.
Sony Black Friday
Amazon Black Friday
Amazon's Black Friday deals on eveything - new deals every day.Amazon's Black Friday deals on Alexas from $29.99.
B&H Black FridayB&H's Best Black Friday Deals.
All of B&H's Black Friday deals (includes all the Nikon, Canon, sony & etc. listed above).
Apple Black Friday
$1,000 off a 15" MacBook Pro: $1,899.
Crutchfield's Black Friday sale
Zeiss Black Friday
Fuji Black Friday
Olympus Black Friday
Olympus 45mm f/1.2: $1,199.
SanDisk Black Friday
Panasonic Black Friday
Olympus Black Friday
Sigma Black Friday
Bose Black Friday
More Photo Deals
Shedua Wood Edition - $650
Klipsch RP-440WF wireless theater system: $1,500/set.
21 November 2017, Tuesday
Breaking News from LEICA
NEU: LEICA CL mit 18mm.
NEU: LEICA CL mit 18-55mm.
NEU: Grips für LEICA CL.
NEU: Straps für LEICA CL.
17 November 2017, Friday
Sony FE 70-300mm G FE OSS.
As good as the bigger white lenses, and does more for less money!
Manfrotto BeFree Live Video Kit with Tripod and Fluid Head, Includes Case - $128.88 after $50 rebate.
Wacom Intuos Art Pen and Touch Tablet, Small Black Refurbished by Wacom with a 1 Year Wacom Warranty - $60 with Free Shipping.
Tascam DR-22WL 2-Channels Portable Handheld Audio Recorder with Wi-Fi, 3.5mm Mini Jack, Connector, 10kOhms Impedance, USB2.0 $80 with Free Shipping, use Code: blackfridy.
Use Coupon Code blackfridy to get these prices on these FocusRite deals:
Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 2nd Gen 2 - $105.
14 November 2017, Tuesday
UPDATED: Nikon D850 Review.
UPDATED: Nikon D850 User's Guide.
I've spent the past few weeks shooting my D850 in Yosemite, and updating and adding to its review.
I'll later be adding plenty of photo samples — as soon as I can get to them.
13 November 2017, Monday
Panasonic Dealsat Adorama and at B&H.
Deals: Studio Lighting.
09 November 2017, Thursday
All with free shipping:
Sony A6000 w/16-50mm & 55-210mm - $698 with 5% Adorama Rewards.
Sony A6300 w/16-50mm, 55-210mm & more - $998 with 4% Adorama Rewards.
All refurbished by Sigma USA:
Sigma 300mm f/2.8 for Sony DSLRs (not mirrorless) - $2,279.95.
08 November 2017, Wednesday
New from Panasonic
LEICA DG ELMARIT 200mm f/2.8 OIS w/DMW-TC14 1.4x teleconverter - $2,997.99. Also at B&H.
Panasonic DMW-TC20 2x teleconverter for Leica 200mm - $597.99. Also at B&H.
DMW-BTC12 charger for BLC12 battery (used in GX8, G85, G7, FZ2500, FZ1000 & FZ300) - $39.95
DMW-EC4 fancy eyecup for G9 - $19.99
New for the Holidays
07 November 2017, Tuesday
Be sure to scroll down below and catch all you may have missed. I'm still adding to my iPhone pages.
05 November 2017, Sunday
Return to Standard Time
While our Macs and iPhones all change magically an hour back to standard time, our regular cameras don't.
It's a great idea to take this Sunday morning as you reset clocks around your house to rememebr to reset your cameras' clocks, because if you don't it may be months until you realize that they're an hour off!
New Nikon Lens Sale
Nikon has dropped the price on a bunch of lenses. It tries to hide this by calling them "instant rebates," but the effect is the same: lower prices. Nikon does this as exchange rates with Japan vary so when the rates go the other way it doensn't look like they raised prices.
All include 4% Adorama rewards and free shipping:
Nikon 10-24mm DX - $796.95.
Nikon 35mm f/1.8G DX - $166.95. Nikon's best DX lens, cheap!
FX Lenses (also work on DX)
Nikon 16-35mm VR - $996.95. Nikon's best FX ultrawide.
Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8E VR - $2,196.95. Nikon's best midrange zoom.
Nikon 50mm f/1.4G - $396.95. Nikon's best normal lens. (The 58/2.4 is about the same for a lot more money).
Nikon 24mm f/1.4G - $1,796.95.
Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8G - $1,696.95.
Nikon 28mm f/1.8G - $596.95.
Olympus is doing the same thing: lowering prices, but marking the discounts as "instant rebates" so it doens't look bad when exchange rates change and they discontinue the rebates instead of appearing to raise prices.
All include 4% Adorama Rewards and free shipping:
Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II - $1,799.
Olympus PEN-F, Black - $999.
Olympus PEN-F, Silver - $999.
Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II - $799.
Olympus PEN E-PL8 w/12mm-50mm - $648.
Olympus PEN E-PL8 w/14-42mm - $549.
Olympus PEN E-PL8, Black - $449.
04 November 2017, Saturday
Lee Vining Falls, 11 AM, 24 October 2017. 2½ second time exposure, hand-held with iPhone!
Photo Contest: $10,000 First Prize
1X is running a new photo contest, and first prize is $10,000. There is also a special $1,000 prize for which I will pick the winner.
It's not my contest; it's 1X,' so see all the details and enter at their site.
BREAKING NEWS: iPhone X Review & User's Guide.
I just got an iPhone X, and it works quite differently because it has no more HOME button. Here are my first impressions of how to work it and make screen shots.
It's the fastest-handling digital camera ever, out-shooting my LEICAs for reportage. Auf Wiedersehen, LEICA snobs!
02 November 2017, Thursday
New Olympus Pro Series Lenses ¨
For Micro 4/3:
Olympus 17mm f/1.2 (35mm eq.).
Olympus 45mm f/1.2 (90mm eq.).
SALE: MacBook Pros at B&H.
NEW: Tamron 100-400mm.
Many of these are still good; I was off shooting in Yosemite all last week and missed PPE as I always do).
What Was New in:
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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