Jan 192016
 

HUGE SAVINGS! AWESOME Sony RX1 Deal with OVF – NEW for $1695!

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WOW! ONE OF MY FAVE CAMERAS OF ALL TIME, the original Sony RX1 is now on clearance at B&H Photo and they are giving the RX1 in addition to the Sony OPTICAL VIEWFINDER, a Lowepro Bag and a 32GB SD Card. $1695 total. This is a huge savings of over 50% off, and its new and with warranty.

The original RX1 to this day offers lovely IQ as the original sensor is still quite amazin g today IMO. I love my RX1RII but the old original still rocks, just a but slower, lol. See my original review here of my 2012 Camera of the Year, the RX1. 

To see this offer directly CLICK HERE

Dec 142015
 
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DEAL OF THE YEAR: Save nearly $6000 on Hasselblad (Sony) – NOW!

SEE THE LUNAR DEAL HERE

SEE THE STELLAR DEAL HERE

Christmas gift alert!

Remember when Hasselblad took a Sony RX100 (V1) and a NEX-7 with 18-55 Kit Zoom and dressed them up with rubies, premium woods and an exotic cosmetic overhaul? They put in their own firmware (from what I understand) and released these special high-end versions of the then great Sony cameras. Problem is, someone forgot to tell Hasselblad that these models would be replaced yearly, and now we are on the RX1oo MKIV and the NEX line has been abandoned all together in favor of full frame in the A7 series.

Well forget paying $7000 for the Lunar and $2300 for the stellar. Today at B&H Photo you can get the once $7k Lunar for $1199 and the once $2300 Stellar for $649! 

Save close to $6000 on the Hasselblad Lunar. Once sold for $7000, you can now get this exclusive kit, with exotic box, and the entire Hasselblad makeover for $1199. Yep, $5800 OFF, right now…this is OK if you want a pimped out deluxe NEX-7 that NO ONE else in your hood will own ;)

YOU CAN SEE THE PRODUCT PAGE AT B&H PHOTO HERE!

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My favorite though is the Stellar, of which I bought one last year in the special edition ORANGE. BUT this year we can get a new Stellar in CHAMPAIGNE/OLIVE for $649 and these sold normally for $2200. They even have the carbon fiber version and the Zebra Wood version in stock. Yep, $649 gets you the RX100 V1 in the Hasselblad shell, wood grip, exotic box and all of the fancy stuff you would expect. Compare this to the Sony RX100 which is still being sold at $398 and you are now paying $249 more for a very unique RX100 with a much tougher shell, the exitic wood grip and custom leather strap. NOT BAD for  this one as the Stellar is indeed pretty stellar. $649 is more in line with what it should cost today.

These are great cameras but they were made fun of globally at launch for the insane prices ($7000 for a NEX-7) but at these prices, they are great buys, even today. Especially the Stellar.

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SEE THE LUNAR DEAL HERE

SEE THE STELLAR DEAL HERE

Dec 142015
 

Do not Pay $5800 for a Leica Q..in stock at normal price now.

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I was on Amazon and saw a retailer (Electronics Basket) selling the Leica Q for $5,866. This is about $1600 over list price. This is ridiculous as you can buy an M-P for that kind of money, and a Q is no M! I have seen retailers price gouge so many times on popular cameras but am here to tell you to NOT buy these $5800 Q’s ;) I JUST CONFIRMED MINUTES AGO with Leica dealer Ken Hansen that he has a few Q IN STOCK. You can e-mail him and ask him HERE.

If you do buy one of these inflated price Q’s, be prepared to lose massive value as soon as your battery is inserted. When these are being sold used, right now because they are in demand they are going for close to $4000.

PopFlash.com gets them from time to  time as well and their Q page is HERE. Leica Store Miami also gets them in from time to time HERE, and all of these dealers will sell you a Q for the correct price. B&H Photo also sells the Q, and when in stock you will pay the correct price.

But as I said, Ken Hansen has the Q in stock right now, at the normal price ;) Email him at [email protected] 

Dec 122015
 

Crazy Deal of the Day. Leica 50 APO, $6000 NEW. 3 IN STOCK.

ALL HAVE BEEN SOLD!

OK guys, OVERSTOCK.COM has a special sale on the Leica 50 APO lens. Yep, the premium BEST 50 EVER made (IMO) Leica 50 APO f/2 Summicron that sells for over $8000 normally but can be had now on special at $7200 or so. BUT..Overstock has THREE OF THEM for $6000 which is what I believe to be cost of this lens to most dealers. They are even offering free shipping or you can do express for $25 or so. Not bad. I have only bought from Overstock ONCE in life, and it was problem free. I have no affiliation with them though.

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This is a rare opportunity to own this lens for much less than normal. Even used these sell for more than $6000. I used to own one, and I sold it for $7000 or so a while ago, and regretted it ever since. I would buy one of these but I do not have a spare $6000 laying around. Even so, this is a huge deal for a special lens. See my Part 1 review of this lens HERE and then a follow up HERE. and then again HERE.

To grab one of these three 50 APO lenses, which are 100% brand new according to Overstock, for $6000 click HERE to check it out. and no, I do not make any money from this if any of you buy one. Just passing along what I feel is a great buy.

 Just found another deal at Overstock on the Leica 24 Elmar. $1799 which is quite the savings. 

CLICK HERE

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Dec 022015
 

Steve’s Picks: Unique Products of the Year from Cameras to Gadgets to Audio

It’s no secret that I love tech, gadgets and gear. I love photography and great camera gear. I love Hi Fi audio and all things Paranormal. Basically, I live my life as happy as I can be, and always try to do the things I love and try things that bring pleasure to my life. I test and try so many gadgets every year I am toying with the idea of branching off to a 2nd review website for Gadgets, tech and Hi Fi. Maybe one day. Until then, below is a list of cool items I tried this year, some with reviews you may have ever realized I wrote ;)

CAMERA:

Leica SL – My camera of the year for 2015! (full review here)

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The Leica SL is a masterpiece in the world of Mirrorless Cameras. Why? Well, read my review if you missed it (here) and bask in the beauty of the SL. Leica got it so right here and for so many reasons. First, it’s built to a level like I have never seen in any camera. Weather sealed, solid metal construction without being overly heavy and a solid and pro feeling to all the buttons and controls. The shutter is so smooth, the response nice and fast, the EVF is class leading…best in the world at this time. The ISO capability is beyond anything Leica has ever done and the IQ, color and DR is all at the top of the heap. The only real competitor to the SL in the Mirrorless world is the Sony A7RII (review here) and while close, it just can not compete with the SL in build, feel, speed, control, AWB/color, EVF and inspiration/joy of use. With that said, The Sony A7RII is my #2 camera of the year for me and would have taken it if not for the SL being delivered mid November. 

The Sony A7RII – Camera of the year Runner Up – Buy it HERE

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In 2nd place for the cam of the year, for me, is the Sony A7RII. For the money, $3200, you get very close to the Leica SL in performance and with its full frame 42 MP sensor, you get class leading resolution (but use good lenses to get the most from it). With its nice EVF, tilt LCD and growing collection of lenses there really is nothing quite like the A7RII in the Mirrorless world for the price and what it offers. See my full review HERE.

Honorable Mention – Leica Q and Sony RX1RII and Olympus E-M5II

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HiFi Audio

Focal Sopra #2  – My Speaker of the Year 2015 – Review is HERE

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For anyone into HI end HiFi Audio, the Focal Sopra #2 is a groundbreaking speaker. if you thought Leica cameras were pricey then do not get into high end Home Audio! The Sopra speakers while not cheap are very cheap when you consider what they offer, which is sound that normally is reserved for $35-50,000 loudspeakers. Coming in at $13,000, these are the most amazing speakers I have heard up to $50,000. For 15-20 years I have been into high end audio, and today in 2015, due to these speakers my system is 100% amazing and complete leaving me wanting for nothing more. The Sopras are backordered by 6-9 months right now, for good reason. Best bang for the buck in high end audio today.

McIntosh MA8000 – Integrated Amp of the Year – Review is HERE

With its amazing 110lbs of serious American Muscle the McIntosh MA8000 is built right here in the good old USA and it is built to last a lifetime. Much like Leica, the McIntosh brand has a reputation for being one of the “best” by many and for some the brand is not authentic HIFI as in the past McIntosh offered a sound that was warm, thick and direct. Today the sound coming from the MA8000 is absolutely amazing. 3D, holographic and plenty of weight while never being warm, mushy or old school. I have had amps in my room from Audio Research, Devialet, Line Magnetic, Cary, Leben and so many high end brands and products. For me, the MA8000 is the best integrated I have ever heard or owned. In 2nd comes the Devialet I used to own.

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The McIntosh is a serious piece of Audio gear offering a great built-in DAC, a fantastic phono stage for MC or MM carts and of course those huge blue meters. You can see the full review HERE for details on this 300WPC powerhouse, but this is an all new McIntosh sound that is absolutely gorgeous. Also a perfect match for the Sopra #2 above.

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GADGETS and GIZMOS

DJI Phantom 3 drone. Amazon has them HERE

This is an amazing piece of tech my friends. Sure, I know about the DJI Phantom 1 and 2 as well as the Inspire. I know about every drone made available under $4000 and have tried many. The Phantom 3 Professional is the best bang for the buck in the drone world, period. With its familiar form factor and design, the 3 is so simple to use and fly it almost flies itself. Not sure how anyone could crash a Phantom 3 Pro as it truly is phenomenal, and with its included 4K camera the video you can capture is out of this world. Smooth, cinematic and crazy good quality.

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With a range of 1.2 miles, the Phantom 3 pro can be flown far away all while you view the real-time video feed coming back to you so you can pilot by line of sight or on your display. The Phantom is rock solid stable in the air due to GPS and if you let go of controls it will just hover wherever it is. You can do a one button press to return to home and land and even if you get out of range or your controller runs out of battery the copter will return home  to where it took off from and land.

For me it is about the footage one can capture with the Phantom 3 pro and I already started to implement it into video’s I do/shoot/create and my 1st tests have been wonderful. Well worth the $1200. I had mine out on maybe 12 flights so far and never an issue. One time it did get out of range and lost up in the clouds. I thought it was gone so I turned off my transmitter and within minutes it was back and landing at my feet. Incredible technology from DJI.

You can order a Phantom 3 at B&H Photo or Amazon and they are a BLAST. Below is one of my Paranormal videos I did while testing the DJI and you can spot the drone footage in the beginning.

Yes, I also run and own Huff Paranormal and have also had software developed for what I do. In fact, I have 2X the following in the para world than I do here! You can check me out on YouTube HERE or at my Para Facebook with over 135k followers HERE. I have been featured and interviewed on the nationwide COAST TO COAST AM and several radio shows across the country. I have been featured on TV and been offered TV shows from many cable networks, all of which I refused for ethical reasons (they require staging and faking which I will never do). My software is used by thousands of individuals, teams, and paranormal researchers around the world who are always looking for answers. I just completed a documentary in Key West FL with another team that will be released in 2016. You can see my software that I designed and had developed for me HERE and HERE. Of course, only those with a paranormal fascination will get it :)

This DJI Phantom will be used in future productions and I am happy to have it. For someone looking for a much cheaper drone for around the house, I recommend THIS ONE at $32. Yea, it’s a toy but it works decent and records ok video.

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DJI Osmo camera and stabilized Gimbal – See it at Amazon HERE

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The DJI Osmo is a handheld 4K camera and gimbal that allows you to get smooth and fluid video much like you see in films and Television. It’s quite incredible on the video front but the OSMO has a huge weakness in the audio because the built-in mic is the worst I have ever heard, ever. It was not until I purchased this RODE Video Micro mic that I fell in love with the OSMO.  The video is incredible though… and as I do more and more work with it I will be reviewing it here at stevehuffphoto.com. NOt cheap at $650 but it offers a stunning 4k camera, a beautiful gimbal that keeps your video rock steady and gorgeous and a comfy handle as well as an app that allows you to use your iPhone or smart phone as a real-time monitor of what you are shooting. You WILL need a mic, and after trying 6 mics, the best I found was the above mentioned RODE MICRO.

You can find the OSMO at B&H Photo or Amazon. I will be shooting my family Christmas with the OSMO and my footage will look so so cool and so so good. While flawed in the audio area, once a mic is added the OSMO is quite fantastic.

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New Acoustic Guitar Amp Tech

The Fender Acoustic SFX Acoustic Guitar Amp – More about it HERE

Wow, this guy is not only beautiful and well made, it is getting attention from many as the best Acoustic guitar amp ever created. With its 3D sound, 4 speakers that surround the amp, left, right, center and back you get a crystal clear sound that is sweet and rich with stereo effects like delays, chorus and vibrato. This looks furniture grade quality and sounds so good, better than any Acoustic amp I have ever heard, I had to buy one for my acoustic/electric. If you play acoustic/electric and am looking for an amp, look no further. This is the best I have ever heard or used. I now own one. You can order or see more about the Fender Acoustic SFX HERE.

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Headphones

HiFiMan HE-1000 – See them at Amazon HERE

In 2015 what I feel to be the best Headphone ever created was released. The HiFiMan HE-1000 was released and not only was the design crazy cool, the sound, with the right amp was UNREAL! If you are into HeadFi and want the best try the HE1000 and an ALO Audio Studio 6 Amp. Delicious. At $3000 they better be amazing, and they are. Amazon sells them via prime ;) My review is HERE but one needs “Golden Ears” to appreciate these and an amp is mandatory.

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Bose QC25 NC Headphones – See them at Amazon

Also, for travelers and those needed noise cancelling headphones I found the latest version of the Bose Noise Canceling tech to be the best yet. The newer QC25 are my #1 choice for air, subway, train or any travel where you need to cut the noise as they block out the noise better than any NC headphone I have used, and now we can use them without battery or using the noise reduction. Comfy, long battery life and looks that work when traveling :) If bose can do one thing very well, it is noise canceling headphones.

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There are so many more gizmos I have tried out in 2016 but the above are my faves and the ones that stick out in my mind. These days I get so many things sent to me to review and test, and it’s always loads of fun.

Nov 292015
 

BLACK FRIDAY Weekend at CameraQuest.com!

Hey all! I have been working on my Leica SL review non stop and just wanted to point out that CameraQuest.com is having a black Friday sale through Monday at midnight! SOME GREAT DISCOUNTS!!!

CAMERAQUEST BLACK FRIDAY SALE
MIDNIGHT THURSDAY TO MIDNIGHT MONDAY

FREE NEXT DAY USPS Delivery to most lower 48 state locations for all orders over $598
– 3:30 PM California time cut off Monday to Saturday

Premium B+W Clear Multi-Coated XS-Pro Nano 007 filter for $1 more with ALL NEW IN PRODUCTION Voigtlander Lenses!

$100 INSTANT SAVINGS ON 3 NEW Voigtlander USA Superfast Nokton Micro Four Third Lenses!

10.5mm f/.95 Nokton 17.5mm f/.95 Nokton 25mm f/.95 Nokton

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$150 INSTANT SAVINGS ON THE VOIGTLANDER 35/1.2 II Nokton LEICA M MOUNT LENS!
the fastest 35mm Leica M mount lens!

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MANY MORE DEALS! CLICK HERE TO SEE THEM!!

Nov 262015
 

B&H Photo Black Friday Deals!

It’s that time again! The Holidays are here and tonight the lines will be packed at various retailers across the country as many mad men and women will battle it out at doorbuster events. But why now that we have the internet things should be much easier for most shopping, especially tech and camera! :) Click below to see all of the B&H Photo camera Black Friday deals, even though it is Thursday and no one has had their Turkey yet! Enjoy, hope you find something useful!

CLICK TO SEE ALL OF B&H PHOTOS BLACK FRIDAY DEALS!

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CLICK FOR ALL OF B&H PHOTOS BLACK FRIDAY CAMERA DEALS!

Nov 232015
 

Crazy ONE DAY DEAL on Canon Rebel T5i and 18-55 and Printer! $399!

B&H Photo is having a crazy deal today. A Canon T5i DSLR, 18-55 Lens and a Canon PIXMA PRO-100 Printer! All for $399!!! Normal price is $1084 so I am guessing they have massive stock of this guy and are offering this deal to clear some out. I normally do not review DSLR’s but this is an awesome deal for someone looking for a higher end christmas gif this year! The Rebel is perfect for beginners, students, or anyone looking to upgrade to something better than their phone.

This one is a no brainer, you can see or buy this deal HERE at B&H Photo!

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Nov 162015
 

Mega Deal! $8,500 OFF this Hasselblad HV DSLE & Zeiss Lens

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UPDATE! Supplies did not last too long after I posted this. Looks like they are now sold out but yea, this was actually a great buy!

Take a look at this! As we know, Hasselblad is clearing out the Stellar camera with gobs of cash off and have been for a while now. I even bought one a while back and wrote about it HERE. Well, now the Sony A99 version, the Hasselblad HV is being cleared out at $8500 off, yes, over EIGHT Grand off!

The normal price for this camera was $11,995.00 and while yes, it is a Sony A99 in a fancy Hasselblad shell, it does look quite nice and at the price of $3495 you now get a fantastic full frame DSLR, a great Zeiss 24-70 and the Haselblad version. In fact, the Sony A99 IS $1,998.00 on its own, body only. Add in the Zeiss lens and now this Hasselblad version comes in for LESS than the Sony Version. Not bad at all considering the HV is heralded as being “Tough as Nails”.

Now you can get the HV body and 24-70 f/2.8 Zeiss ZA Lens (This is a $2k lens) for $3,495.00.  Less than the Sony A99 and Zeiss 24-70 ZA.

B&H is blowing out the HV set while supplies last HERE 

Nov 082015
 

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Checked out PopFlash.com Lately? Deals everywhere…

I visit PopFlash.com every single day. Why? Well, sometimes I see some GREAT deals there and you never know when you will see something you have been waiting for a good price on. PopFlash.com has been around for A LONG time and Tony, the owner, is another long time Leica dealer that everyone and anyone in the Leica world knows well. If you want Leica, Fuji, Olympus or almost anything..be sure to check them out as their prices are very fair and they often have specials with great discounts.

My 1st order with PopFlash was many many years ago when the Leica Digilux 2 was new & hot. Remember that one? I believe I bought one, then bought a 2nd one a while later as I enjoyed it so much.

PopFlash currently has some cool deals, so go check them out! With the Holidays coming up you just might find that perfect gift for someone special :)

Aug 102015
 

MASSIVE Fuji X-Pro 1 Clear Out/Deal – WITH two lenses under $1000!

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OK guys, here is the deal some of you have been waiting for. The Fuji X-Pro 1 with the Fuji 35 1.4 and 27mm f/2.8 Lenses for only $949.85. THIS IS A crazy deal if you have been wanting a nice Fuji body. The X-Pro 1 is loved by many, used by many and has proven itself in the field, studio and in the world.

B&H Photo has this deal NOW, and is shipping NOW. To see the deal take a look HERE at the deal page on B&H Photo. 

Jul 302015
 

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Many USED DEALS on Sony FE Lenses at B&H!

Looks like there are tons of Sony FE lenses at the used department of B&H Photo, and I know how much I love a great used deal, so let me share some of my faves with you guys! Also be sure to come back starting Monday next week as I will have full Sony A7RII, and RX10II coverage all week! Here, my YouTube (subscribe there to get the new stuff!) and Facebook! 

Loxia!

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1st UP, they have a Zeiss Loxia 35 f/2 for $1099 in a 9+ condition, which is almost like brand new. The Zeiss Loxia 35 is a great lens and one I use on the Sony A7 series all the time. Great build, small in size as it is manual focus only and easy to use with great Zeiss colors and pop. See my review of this lens HERE if you missed it!

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35 1.4 DISTAGON!

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B&H Also has THREE 35 1.4’s! This is a STUNNING lens but many give it up due to the size. At 1.4, I have yet to use a better 35mm lens from any manufacturer. You can see my review HERE but also check out B&H as they are selling a used “9” rated 35 1.4 for $1349 or a 16% savings. See it HERE.

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Sony/Zeiss  35 2.8 

The Sony 35 f/2.8 is one of the originals from when the A7 series launched. It is SMALL, actually tiny in comparison to the 35 1.4, and it is very sharp and has great punch. B&H has one in a “9” condition for 19% off, coming in at $649.95. You can see it HERE. 

Sony/Zeiss 16-35

The Sony 16-35 is one of my faves on the A7 series. For ultra wide it is my go to on the A7 along with the little Voigtlander 15 III but the Zeiss has Auto focus, the 16-35 range all in a nice medium size. Not too large nor too small. Just about right. IT IS 16% OFF AT B&H FOR A “9” CONDITION. See it HERE. My review can be seen HERE. 

THE FISHEYE CONVERTER for the 28 f/2! – $249!

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Here is the fisheye attachment for those who own the fabulous 28 f.2. This will convert the 28 into a fisheye lens, all for $249. 9+ condition, no signs of wear, $249! Get it HERE!

Enjoy!

Jul 182015
 

Great Sale on Voigtlander  Lenses at CameraQuest!

Stephen Gandy over at CameraQuest.com is having a FANTASTIC sale on all Voigtlander lenses for M mount and micro 4/3!!

ALL sale lenses bundled with a Premium B+W Nano 007 Filter! All have free expedited shipping. Lenses over $600 have free Next Day Shipping to most lower 48 locations. Sale available for North and South America only.

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Voigtlander Micro Four Thirds Lenses

https://shop.cameraquest.com/voigtlander-micro-4/3-lenses/

17.5mm f/.95 $1200 now on sale $900
25mm f/.95 VII $1000 now on sale $800
42.5mm f/.95 $1000 now on sale $800

Voigtlander Leica M Lenses

https://shop.cameraquest.com/voigtlander-leica-mount-rangefinder-lenses/?p=catalog&mode=catalog&parent=191&pg=1&pagesize=48

12mm f/5.6 Leica M $750 now on sale $700
21mm f/1.8 Leica M $1200 now on sale $1050
28mm f/2 Leica M $630 now on sale $600
35/1.2 VII Leica M $1200 now on sale $1000
50/1.1 Leica M $1000 now on sale $900
50/1.5 Black Leica M $900 now on sale $800
50/1.5 Chrome Leica M $1050 now on sale $950

SL II Lenses for Nikon and Canon EOS

https://shop.cameraquest.com/voigtlander-slr-lenses/

20mm f/3.5 Nikon $550 now on sale $500
20mm f/3.5 EOS $530 now on sale$500
28mm f/2.8 Nikon $500 now on sale $480
28mm f/2.8 EOS $500 now on sale $480
40mm f/2 Nikon $500 now on sale $450
40mm f/2 EOS $550 now on sale $450

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