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Published: Thu, 14 Dec 2017 10:07:21 -0600

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13 December 2017, Wednesday

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0600

In-Stock: Canon 50mm f/2.8 TS-E (limited stock).   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 B&H has loads of drives on 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.   Deals-of-the-Day Adorama's Daily Deals   Amazon's Deals-of-the-Day B&H's Deal Zone (deals-of-the-day) B&H's latest holiday sales Crutchfield's Holiday Specials   [...]

12 December 2017, Tuesday

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0600

New Big Bags from Think Tank Think Tank Video Tripod Manager 44 Rolling Bag. bigger. Think Tank just released their largest rolling bag ever, specifically designed to hold tripods up to 40" long.   Nikon Sale New Nikon Sale. D750 & grip deal. Nikon D500 DSLR Camera Body with Storage Kit.   Canon Sale This week only: 5D Mark IV DSLR Camera Body and Storage Kit, and also as a kit with printer with different things for the same ultimiate price. 5D Mark III DSLR Camera Body with Storage Kit 6D Mark II DSLR Camera Body with Storage Kit and as a kit with printer amd differentthings for the same ultimate price. Rebel T6i DSLR Camera with 18-55mm Lens: $599! More Canon DSLRs w/free printer with deep discount deals.   Sony Sale A7 RII. A6300.   Fuji Sale Today only: Fujifilm X-T1 with 18-55mm Lens: $849 ($250 Savings) X-T1, grip & lens.   Apple Sales This week only: New iPads for $299! iPad Pro $729.   More Sales Drones & Camera deals at B&H. Tripod on sale at B&H.   Grail The Nikon 13mm f/5.6 for actual auction on eBay is up to only $8,100, but as those of you who Know How to Win at eBay know, the actual price won't be known until the very last second of bidding.   350Z 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

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0600


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

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0600


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.


Video Accessories sale at B&H.

This means deals on memory cards, too.


27 November 2017, Cyber Monday

Mon, 27 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0600


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.

NEW: Sony FE 50mm f/2.8 Macro Review.


23 November 2017, Thanksgiving

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0600

Sony FE 90mm f/2.8. NEW: Sony FE 90mm f/2.8 Macro G OSS Review. World's most ergonomic macro lens, with great optics.   Black Friday! 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 D3400 w/18-55mm VR & Free Accessories: $397. D3400 w/18-55mm & 70-300mm & Free Accessories: $497. D3400 w/35/1.8, 18-55mm DX VR & 70-300mm ED, red: $697. D7200 & Free Accessories: $797. D7200 w/18-55mm VR & DX 70-300mm ED & Free Accessories: $997. Nikon Black Friday deals at Adorama. Nikon Black Friday deals at B&H. Nikon Rebate deals at B&H.   Canon Black Friday Rebel T6 w/18-55mm IS & Free Accessories: $399. 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/18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM: $549. 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. PowerShot SX530 HS w/case, 16GB card & cleaning Kit: $229. 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. Hand-picked Canon Black Friday deals at B&H. All Canon Black Friday deals at B&H. Canon Bundle Black Friday Deals at B&H. Canon Black Friday deals at Adorama.   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 Sony Black Friday deals at Adorama. Sony Black Friday deals at B&H.   Amazon Black Friday Amazon's Black Friday deals on photo & electronics. Amazon's Black Friday deals on eveything - new deals every day.Amazon's Black Friday deals on Alexas from $29.99.   B&H Black Friday B&H's Best Black Friday Deals. All of B&H's Black Friday deals (includes all the Nikon, Canon, sony & etc. listed above). More B&H deals.   Apple Black Friday $1,000 off a 15" MacBook Pro: $1,899. Apple Black Friday sale.   Crutchfield's Black Friday sale Crutchfield's Black Friday sale.   Zeiss Black Friday Adorama's Zeiss Black Friday deals. B&H's Zeiss Black Friday deals.   Fuji Black Friday Fuji Black Friday deals.   Olympus Black Friday Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II Mirrorless Camera Body, Black: $1,699. Olympus 45mm f/1.2: $1,199. Olympus Stylus Tough TG-5 Underwater camera: $399. B&H's Olympus Black Friday deals.   SanDisk Black Friday SanDisk Extreme PRO[...]

21 November 2017, Tuesday

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0600

Breaking News from LEICA

NEU: LEICA CL. It's a mirrorless compact in no way related to the classic LEICA CL 35mm camera which was superceded by the marvelous LEICA MINOLTA CLE I've reviewed.

NEU: LEICA ELMARIT-TL 18 mm f/2.8 ASPH, also in black.

NEU: LEICA CL mit 18mm.

NEU: LEICA CL mit 18-55mm.

NEU: Grips für LEICA CL.

NEU: Straps für LEICA CL.

NEU: Brown leather case für LEICA CL.


14 November 2017, Tuesday

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0600

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.


MacBook Pro sale at B&H.

New: Sigma 16mm f/1.4 for Sony E Mount.

New: Sigma 16mm f/1.4 for Micro 4/3.


13 November 2017, Monday

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0600

Panasonic Dealsat Adorama and at B&H.

Deals: Studio Lighting.


09 November 2017, Thursday

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0600

Sony Deals

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.

Sony DSC-HX80 Camera w/16GB card, case & cleaning kIt - $298.


Sigma Deals

All refurbished by Sigma USA:

Sigma 50mm f/2.8 Macro for Sony DSLRs (not mirrorless) - $104.95.

Sigma 120-400mm stabilized for Sony DSLRs (not mirrorless) - $339.

Sigma 300mm f/2.8 for Sony DSLRs (not mirrorless) - $2,279.95.

Sigma 70-300mm Stabilizer - for Pentax - $189.


08 November 2017, Wednesday

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0600

New from Panasonic New Panasonic G-Series Panasonic G9 - $1,697.99. Also at B&H. 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-BGG9 Battery Grip for G9 - $347.99. Also at B&H. DMW-BTC12 charger for BLC12 battery (used in GX8, G85, G7, FZ2500, FZ1000 & FZ300) - $39.95 DMW-BTC13 charger for BLF19 battery (used in GH and G9) - $42.95. Also at B&H. DMW-EC4 fancy eyecup for G9 - $19.99 DMW-SSTG9 strap - $39.99. Also at B&H.   New for the Holidays B&H has a page that updates with new specials every day.   [...]

07 November 2017, Tuesday

Tue, 07 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0600

iPhone X

In case you missed it, my iPhone X arrived Friday and I've spent all weekend adding to my iPhone X review, as I will continue to do as I learn more.

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

Sun, 05 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0500

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:   DX Lenses 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 Rebates 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

Sat, 04 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0500


Lee Vining Falls, 11 AM, 24 October 2017. 2½ second time exposure, hand-held with iPhone!

NEW: Shooting Time Exposures 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.

Good luck!



iPhone X.

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

Thu, 02 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0500

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.

OLD: B&H's NYC Pro Photo Expo Specials.

Many of these are still good; I was off shooting in Yosemite all last week and missed PPE as I always do).