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Just Like Taking Pictures,Traveling and learning LR4
Ken Rockwell, 10 hours ago
Stuck on what to get your favorite photographer? Here are thoughtful ideas everyone will love.
Want a great DSLR for $349 - with lens? Get a refurbished D3100 kit! THat's what I'd buy my mom if she asked and tell my friends who ask for a great camera for normal people. (Actually mom's getting a used Nikon N55 for Christmas. She prefers real pictures and her last one broke.)
Recommended Canon Lenses
You asked, so here's the couple of Canon full-frame lenses I actually use and suggest.
Ken Rockwell, 2 days ago
Nikon D5200 Users Guide App.
Whew! This app took almost a year to develop to be sure it looks awesome on iPad, iPhone and iPod and the various OSs.
Nikon D5300, Sony A7 and Nikon Df
I have my new D5300, but haven't gotten to it yet. I was shooting my Sony A7 all weekend, as well as my Nikon Df. My own LEICA M typ 240 should be here soon, too, so I can finally complete the review I attempted to start in October with a loaned unit.
Fast take on each camera:
The Sony A7 is better than the LEICA M typ 240 for available-light reportage, portraiture, people, action and street photography with the EVF because the Sony just works better — with excellent full-time, full-frame manual focus assist. The Type 240 is better for careful nature and landscape work because the LEICA lenses work better with its sensor; adapted LEICA lenses on the A7 aren't as sharp, especially on the sides and corners, as they are on the typ 240. The A7 charges from any USB port in your car or from AC power or from a USB backup battery in your pocket, while oddly the LEICA's battery lasts longer.
The LEICA M typ 240 is like a Rolex or a Ferrari, and owned by the same discriminating crowd. A LEICA is not for regular people. No one buys a Rolex to tell time or a Ferrari to take kids to school or get to work. The LEICA is bigger than taking pictures, just as any Casio G-Shock keeps better time, is more legible and more reliable than a Rolex.
The Df is also a special camera for the man who knows what he likes. If you're a casual buyer who selects a camera based on features, price, specifications and test reports, get a D610 for less money. If you're a seasoned shooter who knows what you love, you'll prefer the Df. I love mine; the Nikon Df is the most revolutionary Nikon since the Nikon F4 of 1986; even the world's first practical DSLR, the Nikon D1 wasn't revolutionary; it was simply evolutionary. Only the D1's price was revolutionary, not the camera. In the Df, we have the world's first original DSLR that isn't simply a regurgitation of an existing 35mm SLR, as the D1 was a digital adaptation of the Nikon F5 and the D2 was a version of the Nikon F6.
When things slow down I can add my usual excruciating factual detail to each review. Of course my 5D Mark III and 50mm f/1.2 L is what I grabbed today when I finished writing this and actually needed good photos in my son's classroom; the 5D Mark III is superior to anything digital from Nikon or LEICA.
Nikon's best flash, the SB-400, has become more difficult to find. Some say Nikon stopped making it, which is no big deal since you can buy all you want from Adorama from stock, or used at eBay. Unlike digital cameras, flashes should be bought gray market; you're not going to need service or firmware updates for them.
The SB-400 is exceptional. Canon has nothing to compete with it, and the Nikon SB-300 is crummy by comparison, too.
Ken Rockwell, 3 days ago
Last few hours: These were supposed to have expired yesterday, but they still seem active:
To get these secret deals, you have to start the checkout process. You'll see higher prices on their pages and in your cart until you hit ADD TO CART and then hit CHECKOUT:
Sony LA-EA4 Adapter.
I also just got my Sony A7 less than 24 hours ago. I posted some quick sample shots. I'm loving it; it's better made than the LEICA M typ 240; the M typ 240's EVF is made in China out pf plastic, while the A7's finder is part of the camera which seems like solid metal.
Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8.
TDK A33 Bluetooth Speaker.
A fantastic bluetooth speaker — practically free!
More Christmas Deals
Wow! Here's what you really want for Christmas. These are what I shoot when I want it done right and aren't wasting my time testing some baloney camera.
Want to know what I shoot? Here you go:
World's best DSLR: Canon 5D Mark III with 24-105mm f/4L IS: click Buy Together and Save, add the Pixma Pro100 printer for $3,347.00 price after mail-in-rebate. Heck, I paid more than this for just my 5D Mk III body!
The Canon tele I shoot myself: Canon 70-200mm f/4L IS USM: Price at Checkout $1,199.00, Final Price after mail-in-rebate: $999.00. 70-200/4 IS review. I haven't seen it this low since I bought mine back in 2007!
More great stuff:
Sony SLT-A58 and 18-55 and 55-200mm, HVL-F20M Flash: Price after $50 Adorama Gift Card $498.00.
All these prices always move up and down, so get them while you can.
Canon 70-200/4 L IS on sale (my favorite) for $999 after rebate. It hasn't been this inexpensive since 2007! http://t.co/UJX9hmVGWL
NEW: Nikon D610 review.
As expected, a super camera, just like the D600, but without the overblown oil spot fiasco.
My wife had a dream about me — so I'm in trouble!
You married guys know the drill: you're guilty for whatever you do in your woman's dream just the same as if you really did it. I know you're going get a kick out of what I did last night in my wife's dreams.
As you know, my wife's real job for decades has been pharmaceutical sales. She's extremely good at running around to doctors' offices all day helping them learn about whatever drugs or biotech product she's peddling. That's why I can sit here and help people learn about photography instead of working a real job: because my wife earns the real cashola.
Anyway, in her dream she instead sold cameras door-to-door! She sold to both friends and strangers. She placed the camera orders with her company who shipped them to our house, and she then went out and delivered them personally the next day: just like selling Burpee Seeds or Girl Scout cookies. Don't you love what devious predicaments our own brains concoct for ourselves? Whose side are we on anyway?
All was going well because she's one of the world's top salespeople. She had loads of orders, and loads of cameras came and went each day as she sold boatloads.
There was only one teensy-weensy problem in her supply chain: I was taking the cameras out of their boxes as they arrived and testing them! Boy was she ticked when she went to deliver her cameras, and discovered that her shipping boxes were empty because I was piddling with them!
She was really in trouble because there was an awesome sunset, and all her friends were taking pictures of it — except for the friends whose cameras I had all taken aside to test!
I was all over it; the cameras she sold were all different and I wanted to test each one. I even tried to tell her that I was helping her customers by ensuring all their cameras were AOK, and that they should be thanking me — except that there was this awesome sunset and all her friends wanted the cameras they had ordered!
Heh heh, I couldn't make this stuff up if I tried.
Sorry about all the deals, but here are more today:
I shot mine all weekend, and should have my review updated later this week.
Capsule summary: fast frame rate, no oil spots, and just like the D600, AF gets stuck in the dark and needs its built-in AF Illuminator.
Sigma 18-35/1.8 DX
I also have this Sigma in for review, look for it later this week.
Cyber Monday Deals
Nikon D7000 for $699 new or for $649 refurbished. The D7000 is my top pick for the best DSLR for serious shooters on a budget. It's essentially a DX D610, for 1/3 the price. When I have one or the other in my hand, I can't even tell which I'm using except if I look at the label on the front — or through the finder, in which case the two cameras have the same AF system, but the AF areas cover almost all of the finder in my D7000 instead of just the central region of the D610. I prefer any of these to my D800E or D4 because of their U1 and U2 modes that let me recall all my settings for different kinds of shots instantly.
Canon 5D Mark III mega-kit with 24-105mm L IS, 70-300mm IS USM and 40mm f/2.8 STM, Canon 600EX-RT Flash, 32GB Class 10 SDHC Card and Camera Bag: Reg $5,396.00 Price at checkout $4,399 with Free Shipping and 2% Adorama Rewards.
Canon 6D mega-kit with 24-105mm f/4L IS, 70-300mm IS USM and 40mm f/2.8 STM lenses, Canon 600EX-RT Flash, 32GB Class 10 SDHC Card, and Camera Bag: Reg Price $3,896.00 Price at checkout $2949.00, includes Free Shipping and 2% Adorama Rewards.
Canon 70D mega-kit it with 18-135mm IS STM, 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS and 40mm f/2.8 STM, Canon 600EX-RT Flash, 32GB Class 10 SDHC Card and Camera Bag: Regular Price $2,992.42. Price at checkout $2,149.00 with Free Shipping and 2% Adorama Rewards.
Canon T5i mega-kit with 18-55mm IS STM, 75-300mm III and EF 50mm f/1.8 II, Camera Bag, 16GB SDHC Card, USB Card Reader, Tripod, and Adorama Memory Card Case: Regular Price $1,266.75. Price at checkout $859 with Free Shipping and 2% Adorama Rewards.
Canon T5i mega-kit with 18-135mm IS STM, 75-300mm III, and 50mm f/1.8 II, Camera Bag, 16GB SDHC Card, USB Card Reader, Tripod, and Adorama Memory Card Case: Regular Price $1,466.75. Price at checkout $999 with Free Shipping and 2% Adorama Rewards.
Canon T3i mega-kit with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II, 75-300mm III, and 50mm f/1.8 II lenses, Camera Bag, 16GB SDHC Card, USB Card Reader, Tripod, and Adorama Memory Card Case: Regular Price $723.00. Price at checkout $649 with Free Shipping and 2% Adorama Rewards.
Canon SL1 mega-kit with 18-55mm IS STM, 75-300mm III, and 50mm f/1.8 II Lenses, Adorama Flash, Camera Bag, 16GB SDHC Card, USB Card Reader, Tripod, and Adorama Memory Card Case: Regular Price $1,149.00. Price at checkout $699 with Free Shipping and 2% Adorama Rewards.
Canon T3 mega-kit with 18-55mm IS, 75-300mm III, and 50mm f/1.8 II Lenses, Camera Bag, 16GB SDHC Card, USB Card Reader, Tripod, and Adorama Memory Card Case: Regular Price $764.00. Price at Checkout $529.00 with Free Shipping and 2% Adorama Rewards.
Right now, I think it will be exactly like the D600, which is Nikon's best. I also think that since it ought to be the same, that your best deal is a refurbished D600 for $1,499!
I just got my copy of 1X' latest book, Passion.
Wow! This book is an inspiration. It's nothing but great photos, and I mean great photos. There are no technical pages or pages with bad poetry, just page after page of brilliant images expertly edited.
If you want to show your artist friends just how good the medium of photography can be, or want some inspiration to what a great photograph looks like, this latest book is a knockout.
Black Friday Deals
You asked, so here you go:
Think Tank Black Friday special: order any rolling camera bag and get a $50 mail-in rebate. Order a roller plus an Urban Disguise shoulder bag and get a $100 mail-in rebate. As always, everything comes with free shipping.
Nikon 6mm f/2.8 220º Fisheye
You don't see these everyday.
Nikon 13mm f/5.6
The crazy stuff is coming out of the woodwork!
Ken Rockwell, 3 weeks ago
Canon EF-S 55-250mm IS STM.
Fantastic optics in an inexpensive package.
Ken Rockwell, 4 weeks ago
Canon EF 50mm f/1.0 L USM.
NEW: Canon 50mm f/1.0 Review.
With other brands nipping at Canon's feet, like Nikon with their 58mm f/1.4 re-do of their original 1959 58mm f/1.4, LEICA with their copy of Canon's original 50mm f/0.95 and Zeiss' new 55mm f/1.4 with only half the speed and no autofocus for the same price, it was about high time I borrowed one of these f/1.0 masterpieces for review.
Among other things, the Canon 50mm f/1.0 is:
The World's Fastest SLR Lens
The World's Fastest AF Lens
The World's Fastest DSLR Lens
The World's Most Advanced 50mm Lens
The World's Fastest Practical Lens
The World's Most Useful Super-Lens —
and it's still 100% available and perfect for use today on all of Canon's latest cameras. You can't get this for any other brand of camera. Unlike crazy lenses like a Nikon 13mm, this is an extremely useful lens for everything.
Anyway, I've spent most of the past three weeks working on this review, and it's the most explicit, detailed and profusely illustrated review I've done. I took that long both because the 1.0 is such an extraordinary lens, and when you borrow a lens like this, you're in no hurry to send it back!
Working the DEAL: Canon 50mm f/1.2 L for $1,259 — with free USA shipping and 4% rewards!
Now that you're paying attention, to get the masterpiece Canon 180mm Macro for only $1,249:
1.) Click this page and click ADD TO CART for the USA version. Price on this page is $1,439.
2.) A window pops up with a price of $1,619. Click CHECKOUT. Price is still $1,619.
3.) Click PROCEED TO CHECKOUT. Price drops magically to $1,439, and shipping is free, at least in most of the USA.
4.) When it arrives, fill out and mail page two of this form for a $180 American Express reward card to spend as you like.
Thus $1,439 - $180 = $1,259, and you also get a rewards card for 4% to use later at Adorama, heh heh. You can't afford not to get this deal.
To get this price:
1.) Click on the item and click ADD TO CART. Price is $499,
2.) Click PROCEED TO CHECKOUT and the price magically drops to $349, no rebate needed. Shipping is free, at least in most of the USA, and Adorama puts 4% in your account for your next purchase.
The King Returns
Want a nice Nikon 13mm f/5.6, in the box?
There's one right now as a Buy-it-Now on eBay. Of course it's expensive, but its the only one I've ever seen for sale with its box, case, strap and instructions, so it's reasonable. Go get it!
NEW: Denon UD-M30 Review.
Canon 5D Mk III & printer for $2,999, and get the Canon 180mm Macro for $1,249. See my NEWS page for how to do it. http://t.co/8lO5749Rj6
These prices are for real, but you will have to work for them by following the instructions.
Working for the DEAL: Canon 5D Mk III and printer and more for $$2,999 — with free USA shipping and 4% rewards!
To get this price:
1.) Click on the item bundle and click ADD TO CART. Price is $3,875, including a nice printer, paper and 64 GB SanDisk card.
2.) A window pops up with a price of $3,875. Click CHECKOUT.
3.) Click PROCEED TO CHECKOUT. Price drops magically to $3,399, which is what you pay for now. Shipping is free, at least in most of the USA.
4.) When all this arrives, read the fifth page of this rebate form and fill-out and return the sixth page for a $400 American Express reward card to spend as you like.
Thus $3,399 - $400 = $2,999 for a 5D Mark III and more. In fact, most people simply eBay the printer and paper, making the final price even lower than $2,999 if you're really cheap. The printer alone sells over eBay for about $150.
But wait — there's more! You also get a rewards card for 2% to use later at Adorama, heh heh. You can't afford not to get this deal.
The 5D Mark III is the best DSLR ever made. I paid $3,500 for mine. Get it cheap while you can.
Working for the DEAL: Canon 180mm Macro for $1,249 — with free USA shipping and 4% rewards!
Now that you're paying attention, to get the masterpiece Canon 180mm Macro for only $1,249:
1.) Click on the lens and click ADD TO CART.
2.) A window pops up with a price of $1,579. Click CHECKOUT.
3.) Click PROCEED TO CHECKOUT. Price drops magically to $1,399, and shipping is free, at least in most of the USA.
4.) When it arrives, fill out and mail page two of this form for a $150 American Express reward card to spend as you like.
Thus $1,399 - $150 = $1,249, and you also get a rewards card for 4% to use later at Adorama, heh heh. You can't afford not to get this deal.
As always, for those willing to put in this effort, there are deals to be had.
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