COMING SOON: Leica M 240 review, Fuji X100s Review and more!
The new M..review is coming
Hello to all! Happy Wednesday! I know many of you come here every day for something new so I just wanted to give you an update as to what is coming in the next 7-14 days as well as let you know of some cool rare items available for purchase.
The Leica M 240 has been in my hands since the moment it arrived. I have been shooting with it non stop, taking video, testing ISO, comparing it against the M9 and RX1 and having a good time in the process, It is always fun to shoot with a new Leica, even if it is a controversial new model! I have been shooting with a 35, 50 and 75 and each lens has delivered without issues. I have been testing the EVF (BTW, the Olympus VF-2 works exactly as the Leica EVF as they are the same but it says OLYMPUS instead of LEICA..yes, I have an Olympus and have shot it on the M without any issue) and even the add-on Microphone.
Each day after shooting I sit down for 2-3 hours and write down my thoughts which will then turn into my full real world review. Warning: It will be long. There will be many samples and full size downloads. There will be comparisons and of course all of my ramblings and thoughts on the new M and wether it is an improvement or downgrade from the M9/M9-P/M-E. Stay tuned!
One thing is for certain, I am adoring the 50 Lux on the camera. That lens never seems to disappoint.
I have a Fuji X100s on the way from Robert Jagitsch. He is a Fuji dealer and also sells Leica as well. He informed me he has a Monochrom in stock. I do not know of anyone else who has one right now so if you are looking for one, Robert is a great guy and you can message him here. He set me up with my original Fuji X100 and now the X100s. Thanks Robert!
The X100s should arrive to me in the next couple of days so when it arrives look for my 1st look video and snaps and then a full review will follow but it will come after the M 240 review. Shortly after. Then I will probably offer the X100s for sale as I already have an RX1 and new M so I really do not need the new Fuji..unless it gives me some super-duper magic that the others do not give me :) We shall see. At the price point of $1299 the X100s offers quite a bit. I am excited to see how much better it is over the X100s in operation and speed and even IQ.
Leica glass…Black Paint 35 Summicron anyone?
Dale Photo has a black paint 35 Summicron for sale in silver box and it looks brand new. My guess is a collector owned it at one time and never used it. I used to own this lens and I am an idiot for selling it. Was gorgeous and the best 35 cron I have owned. Black Paint lenses are now pretty rare to find and seem to fetch a pretty penny. You can see the one dale has HERE.
ALL Leica glass..
Ken Hansen (email: [email protected]) told me he has just about every and any Leica lens in stock. 90 Summicron, 50 Lux ASPH, Noctilux, you name it, he should have it RIGHT NOW. You can e-mail him at [email protected] - get your desired lens before the new M mania hits :) Remember what the M9 did for Leica glass? I do.
The Pro Shop also has just about every lens in stock. You can call them at 561-253-2606. They are also now a Pro Nikon dealer. D4 in the house.
WIN a Moncochrom by entering the I-SHOT-It premium contest
Wow, I checked on the B&W photo contest over at I-SHOT-IT today and so far the cash prize is up to $5,230 and they are also giving an $8000 Leica monochrom to the winner. The contest has under 30 days to go and I bet the cash prize gets up to $6-$7k by the time it is over. Imagine winning a Monochrom and all of that cash just by entering a killer B&W photo. I love what they are doing over there. You can check them out here or see who has entered what in the B&W contest HERE.
Only until March 2nd! Nikon has reduced the prices on some of their lenses by as much as $350 so if anyone has been wanting any Nikon glass, now is the time to buy. Click here to see all of the choices.
A Day of Deals: Fuji X-E1 and X-Pro 1 Body and Lens Discounts
I usually do not post TWO camera deals in one day but I was just informed that B&H Photo is running a couple of Fuji deals on the X-Pro 1 and X-E1 bodies and I know many of you appreciate when I point out these specials as it saves you money. When you order a Fuji body at B&H you can also bundle lenses with them at a pretty substantial discount. For example, buy an X-E1 at $999 and you can add a variety of lens packages saving up to $913 if you go all out and buy the 35, 18-55, 60mm and 18mm. They have a few bundle options to choose from. How do you see them?
Nikon V2 arrives, but the original V1 is still a steal of a deal!
Happy THURSDAY to all! I’m having a great and happy day as always and not because it is valentines day (for me, every day is valentines day) but because a new camera arrived this week for me to review and it is none other than the Nikon V2. Yea, not so “new” but new to me! I was not originally going to review the V2 but I figured that since I almost panned the V1 (the camera I expected to hate) I figured it would not be fair if I did not review it. What if it is flat-out AMAZING and kills the V1? Lol.
After a couple of days with it I can say the IQ reminds me VERY much of the V1 in color, tone, and look. The camera has a huge grip now, is not as ugly in person as it appeared in photos and is really fast thanks to its phase and contrast detect AF. Super early 1st impressions over the V1 (which I also have here) is that it is easier to hold, has physical control dials, and is built just as well. There are indeed improvements but are they huge? NO. With that said, is it worth a $600 difference in cost over the V1? Probably not since teh V1 is still available for such an amazing price.
The V1 is one hell of a little speedy camera that has fantastic color and “feel” even with the smaller sensor (that does put out a teeny bit of grain even at base ISO). In fact, in the past I stated I felt that the V1 has a filmic like feel at times, depending on the light. Film, even ISO 200 film had noise and some grit. So does the V series but not too much. They are very capable cameras.
So would I go for a V2 for $995 over a $399 V1 set? Well, it is very early for me to say but I will spill the beans in my upcoming V2 review. I will be reviewing it with the new 18.5 1.8 lens. My very 1st indoor test shot with the V2 is below and this is out of camera in my kitchen yesterday wide open at 1.8. The two shots under it were also shot wide open with the new 18.5 - you can click any image for a larger and crisper view :)
What I find interesting is that the V1 and two lens kit is $1149 if you buy direct from Nikon:
but click over to B&H and it is $399 for the same kit, and if you add the 10mm you get $100 off of that as well:
Then we have the V2 and the same two lens kit for $996.95:
So my Nikon V2 review will be coming soon as I will be shooting all weekend with it to see how it performs and feels over the V1. There will also be side by side comparisons with full size image samples, so stay tuned.
Amazing DEAL on Sigma NEX Lenses – $199 for BOTH the 19 and 30mm 2.8 together, $99 each!
The most amazing deal is still going in at B&H Photo and they have these IN STOCK. Both excellent Sigma lenses for the NEX Sony E Mount system – the 19 2.8 and the 30 2.8 (which you can see my review of HERE) - both of them for $199 total, for both together! This is a STEAL. At $199 the 30 2.8 was already a deal. At $199 for BOTH it is a VERY crazy deal. These are good lenses and even come with cases. To be clear, you get BOTH lenses with cases for $199. Amazon has each lens for $149 which comes out to $100 more, so this is a great buy everyone!
B&H Photo must have had loads of Nikon V1 stock as they have been clearing them out for the last couple of months now. Last time I wrote about this deal I purchased one myself to give to my Son as part of his Christmas gift. He now shoots the V1 and it has pretty much replaced his aging D2h :)
B&H has raised the price of the V1 and 10-30 combo from $299 to $349 but they have other specials as well, one of which is the “superkit” featuring the V1, 10-30, 10-100 Power Zoom (which sells for $749 on its own), the Nikon lens adapter, the external flash and a bag for $799. Yep, $799 for the entire kit including all of the extras. It was not that long ago that a Nikon V1 and 10-30 would set you back $850. Today you can get the camera, lens, power zoom, adapter, flash and bag for $799!
I know many of you took advantage of the $299 deal for the camera and one lens just like I did and now I am tempted to grab this “superkit” as it is giving so much for the money. One could buy this kit and sell it in pieces and make money it seems.
Sell V1 and 10-30 for $250
Sell 10-100 for $450
Sell adapter for $90
Sell Flash for $75
Sell bag for $20
If you took it all and sold it you would make just about $85 profit. Crazy!
The reason this post says “last chance” is because I heard it through the grapevine that there are not many of these left, and once they are gone they are gone. The Nikon V2 is out and going for $850 with just the 10-30 and from what many have been saying it is a small improvement over the V1 in the IQ dept. Nikon also recently released the 18.5 1.8 lens which you can read about HERE. Great lens for this system and under $200.
For anyone looking for a nicely built and made camera that puts out sharp detailed 10MP files with great color, the Nikon V1 is currently a steal. You can read my review HERE as well as Craig Litten’s review HERE. Craig LOVES his V1 and will most likely have it with him shooting during our Daytona Bike Week workshop in March!
Yep, $1299 for the X100S which has the same body and style as the X100 but with the new improved X-Trans sensor, new Manual focus system, new phase detect super fast AF and more. Amazon does not charge you until the camera ships and you can cancel at anytime. By pre-ordering early you can be one of the 1st to get the camera. This is how I get all of my cameras that I am interested in, just by being early on pre-order lists. Amazon also has the best return policy around so it’s never a gamble. If you are someone who is upgrading to the X100s, I would get in now!
All you want for Christmas! Nikon Steals, RX1 Shipping, Pentax, Grado, Parrot Zik and more!
Ho Ho Ho! It’s almost that time again and I am sitting here writing yet another Christmas gift post. We only have just over a week until Christmas day and I am sure most of you have completed your shopping but I am sure there are a few stragglers holding out…waiting for that deal. Maybe some of you are looking for an X-mas gift for yourself after a year of hard work :)
This week I brought home a new gift for the family from a local dog rescue. A one year old Chihuahua named “Baby” who is super sweet (but now I know why she was named BABY). My old Scrubby is still kicking and looks like he will see yet another Christmas day, so for that I am thankful.
The Rescue Dog – Shot with the Sony RX1 at ISO 6400, no flash, f/2, indoor low light. Converted to B&W with Alien Skin Exposure 4
So to all who are regular readers here and to those who may have just stopped by this one time, I wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays/New Year. 2012 Was amazing for me yet again and I am expecting 2013 to ROCK. I already have one workshop in the planning stages in an AMAZING location with Ashwin Rao and another in an even more Amazing location with Craig Litten. Craig is actually putting on this workshop and when I saw where it was and what it would consist of I knew I had to be in on it. I emailed him and mentioned that we should do a team effort and I will at least be there to join Craig and all the others who attend. These two workshops will be quite special and will be announced soon and they may be the only two I am involved in for all of 2013.
Deals and Steals on the Nikon 1 System are still here, through December 31st
With that out of the way, let’s check out some last minute gift ideas! I will start with that amazing Nikon V1 deal, which keeps getting better. I swear that B&H Photo must have had about 1,000 of these in stock as they seem to have an endless supply. STILL in stock and at these prices they are outright STEALS:
This V1 deal is damn good and while the V1 sensor is not the best in class (that prize is taken by the Sony RX100) the camera as a whole is highly capable of superb results with fast and accurate AF and super RAW files. 10Mp means small file sizes which means manageable files and the HD video is VERY good as well. Also has a Mic input if you want super QUALITY Audio to go with that video. Take a look at my V1 setup that I am just now starting to use for videos:
That is a Rode VideoMic pro attached and let me tell you, this mic is a HUGE upgrade to ANY on camera mic. The sound quality is up there with more expensive mics and it even has three settings. One that is a normal audio level, one with a reduce level and one with a higher sensitivity and if you want to record sounds from afar, this will pick it up with crystal clarity. It’s $299 at Amazon or B&H Photo.
The Nikon V1 at ISO 800 with the 10-30 Kit Zoom. Indoor no external light source besides the floor lamp behind me.
So overall, I’d get in on the Nikon V1 deal, even if it is for a gift. The person getting it will be like “WOW, this is a $900 camera” and believe me, this is so much better than any $250 point and shoot.
How about a steal of deal on a Pentax K-01?
I reviewed the Pentax K-01 a while ago and could not fault its image quality one bit. My main niggle was no EVF nor a way to even add one because the LCD in full sunlight was awful. The IQ with the included 40mm lens was stellar though. You can read my review HERE and FYI, Amazon has the K-01 on clearance with the 40mm 2.8 lens for $449 and they have most colors available as well. Click HERE for all of the K-01 Deals at Amazon. Great camera, odd design. If you happen to like the design it is a GREAT buy right now. I was even tempted at this price but I have to stop myself as I already own the next camera on the list and it is doing just about everything I need.
The Sony RX1 – In stock on December 22nd with free next day air shipping!
Amazon has the Sony RX1 coming in stock on December 22nd (ships and sold from Amazon) and they are giving FREE Next Day Air shipping with it so you can get it BEFORE Christmas. Amazon is up there with the best of any online retailer and I shop from them just about every single week. Never an issue and the best return policy in the camera business (though B&H is a close 2nd). While not a steal or a deal, I know a few of you are waiting for this one to be in stock and Amazon is taking orders NOW for a ship date of December 22nd, just a few days from today. My fave camera and yes, I own one with the EVF.
BTW, if anyone in your life is searching for the best pocket compact camera, my vote goes for the Sony RX100. You can read my review here.
DEAL ALERT! Cool point and shoot! Great for teens or anyone who wants a small P&S! $96 deal.
The Nikon S-01 is a very cool little P&S and in chrome/silver it looks damn amazing as well. These are marked down from $179 to $96 and are decent performers and super pocketable. Amazon has them for $96 HERE. Probably the coolest P&S this season.
Other gift ideas that get my stamp of approval…
Being a tech guy I am in to all sorts of things besides cameras. I love guitars, headphones, audio equipment and anything “techie”. Technology is amazing and I try out so much gear it is insane. What I have kept out of all of that gear can be seen below so if you are also a tech person maybe you will enjoy reading what I have to say about these items.
The Bella Lumiere Swan LED Lamp Black/Red – Great for video blogging, conferencing, and more.
I have been using this lamp on my office desk for a few days and have to say that I really like it. The cool thing about this lamp is that it has three color temperatures from super cool to super warm. The lighting is soft and perfect for video blogging which is what they market it as… For example..if you use skype for video calls or conferencing or blogging this thing is great. It brightens up your face with a nice soft and flattering light, instead of harsh ugly light. I have even used this for a couple of product shot photos. It is a touch lamp and you can even adjust the intensity of the light in 3 levels per temperature just by a touch. Here are the specs and I have the red and black on my desk and love it.
Excellent light for video blogging, video conferencing, makeup application, reading, and task lighting.
Uses 13W DiCon Dense Matrix LEDTM technology
3 color temperature settings: tungsten to daylight
Dome-shaped diffuser accessory provides smooth softening of light
Touch control intelligence for convenient dimming. Modern design with a flexible neck allows ease of use
When I 1st saw this lamp I was like “yea, why would I want or need a $149 lamp when I can go get one for $15 from Ikea”? But this lamp has found a place on my desk due to the softness of light and color temperature and intensity settings. It also looks great with its bendable head that is easy to position. Amazon has them in BLACK or RED for those who appreciate good tech and light. Bottom line? If you do lots of video conferencing or Skype this lamp can come in handy.
Headphones that I own and use and LOVE! (I’m an Audio Geek)
Love good sound and good design? I do and when I sit and work for hours every day I sometimes enjoy music running through my Grado PS-500 Headphones and Grado RA-1 amp. I also enjoy the Grado SR-80 and at $99 it has some of the best sound for the money easily beating ANY of the popular “Beats” headphones that are so popular due to style (but their sound lacks big time).
One set of headphones that I settled on for travel and wireless use after testing about 15 sets is the Parrot Zik bluetooth headphones. These have been causing quite the stir and some love them and some hate them. Me, I love them! I have spent quality time with them and learned how to get them to sound their best and the coolest thing is that they are WIRELESS and have rock solid bluetooth connectivity with my Apple Devices.
They are build like $1200 headphones, sound like $350 headphones and have the comfort of the Bose QC15 (but beat then for build and sound) and just about the same level of noise canceling. You can use them wired or without wire but if you try to use them with the wire and no battery the sound will be awful. Wired with battery is awesome and wireless just as good. They lean on the more Bassy side but also have some detail. They do not resolve the details anywhere near what the Grado’s do but they have a nice pleasing sound that is not fatiguing at all. The video below is of my Grado PS500′s. Love them for my serious listening…
With the Parrot Zik You can even use the special App on your phone, iPad or device and control an EQ, Noise Canceling and the Hall effects (which are awful for the sound). Overall I use these wirelessly with only the NC turned on. I love them and they have been on my head every day while I work. I love that when I am needed in the house for something all I have to do is remove them from my head and they pause my music automatically. The touch controls on the side means you can change songs or volume with swipe of a finger. These are pretty technologically advanced headphones and I have used them for music, phone calls, and meetings and movies without fail. The only thing I can say is get an extra battery as the included battery will last about 6 hours when using only NC. With the EQ and other effects you are looking at 4 hours.
The Parrot Zik headohones are NOT audiophile in quality but they are perfect for travel and causal use. Their convenience can not be ignored, neither can their beauty. If you buy a set keep in mind that you must have a charged battery in them for good sound and I highly recommend to keep the hall and echo effects OFF. This only adds sibilance and a hollow sound.
They do great with rock, jazz or acoustic and while not a master of any of these Genres, they will please almost anyone except the super demanding audiophiles. If you want a travel headphone with KILLER sound but wired and without noise canceling then check out the Sennheiser Amperiors. Light, comfy, great build and style with amazing sound. $349 at Amazon. These beat the new Momentums for Sound quality and look amazing in the blue Aluminum finish.
Hold Fast Gear sent me out a couple of products about a month ago as a gift..they did not even ask me to review the items. I was told they loved my site and they wanted to send me a gift to show their appreciation. Of course I know this was probably a way for them to get a review but I never did review the stuff they sent, mainly because I have yet to use the main product which is a cool as hell photo belt designed to hold your lenses and accessories on a shoot, and it is BEAUTIFUL and well made with amazing Leather. They also sent me a little leather wallet that I have been using daily and it is pretty sweet. Even has slots for SD cards.
I suggest everyone check out HOLD FAST because not only are their leather products jaw droppingly beautiful, the packaging is something to behold as well. They have a mix of straps and accessories that some will enjoy. They are on the higher end of the price spectrum but the product is HIGH END and gorgeous. If you check them out, tell them I sent you!
The Scarabeaus – A new way to carry your camera with German engineering and build.
I have had one of these for a couple of weeks, and I am the 1st to be using one. The inventor of the product wanted me to try it out and see how I like it. Well, I have been using it and have to say it is a pretty unique invention that does what it claims to do, and it does it well. The Scarabaeus is a solid German made device that attaches to your belt and allows you to carry your camera holster style. It fastens in securely so no one can snag it from your belt and it is easy for you to remove when you need the camera. This is a quality piece of engineering and while I enjoy it, I can not say I would use it with my Leica M because of the size and the possibility to ding your lens on a wall or something near you. BUT for cameras like the RX1, RX100 and Micro 4.3 this thing is super cool. No straps, no weight on your back or shoulder, just your camera at your side locked in and loaded ready to shoot.
I used this device to carry the RX1 on a full day shoot and it was pretty amazing. Most of the time I forgot I was carrying the camera as you do not even notice it there on your side (unless you have something larger like an M).
This device is perfect for the smaller mirrorless cameras and is constructed of quality materials. Made in Germany with precision. You can see their website HERE though I have to say that the site is extremely basic. Just the image above with an order link. If you would like a camera carry solution and are sick of straps this could be just what you have been looking for.
There is one con though. If you need to change your memory card or battery you will need the tool to remove the device from the base of the camera (allen wrench). Other than that it is a cool device and invention that I will enjoy using.
Ready Cap! Put an end to losing your lens caps!
Ready Cap is a very cool device that straps on to your STRAP and it stores and holds your lens cap when you shoot! If you are like me then you have gone through your share of lost lens caps and this is a pain especially when you have to re-order a few Leica caps :) From $14.99 you can put an end to lost caps, period.
I tried out the system and it worked for me and was simple and easy. The holder stays on your strap and just by reaching over and snapping your cap in place you are in business. You can buy any size adapter ring for any size lens cap you may have. The system comes with one size at $14.99 and each additional size is $3.99.
So basically for $20-$25 you can be all set and never lose a cap again. Very cool idea and works as advertised. You can check out more of this at the ReadyCap website HERE!
THE MICRO LENS POUCH! A must have to store your lenses on the cheap.
and finally, some credit where credit is due! Great new music…
It may sound cheesy but I highly suggest anyone that loves music..hard driving rhythms, catchy hooks and rythyms and superb songwriting that makes you want to sing along loudly ..to check out the new CD from none other than 80′s sensation RICK SPRINGFIELD. His “Songs for the End of the World” CD is so good there is not one stinker on the CD. These sound modern, not like 80′s rehashes. I like a few Springfield songs in the 80′s, hell, all of us from that generation did but I have to say this is his best music ever. It’s not just me either, read the reviews at Itunes, Amazon or on the web. At 63 Rick can still rock and create some kick ass music. If you buy the CD all of the tracks are awesome but stand outs are #2, #3, #4, #7, #8, #9, #10, #1 and #11.
I am a huge Music fan but I enjoy everything from Jazz to Bluegrass to Soul to Rock to the Classics. This is a GREAT CD. My fave of 2012. Don’t believe it? Take a listen for yourself.
Ho! Ho! Ho! A $700 Savings for the DSLR Lover – The Full Frame Nikon D600 one day sale and RX1 in stock!
ONE DAY ONLY SALE! IN STOCK and FREE 2nd Day Shipping!
Wow, Nikon is on a price slashing roll. Last time it was the Nikon V1 with 10-30 Lens for $299 (still available HERE) and even the full Nikon V1 kit with 10-30, 10-100, Nikon Adapter, Flash, and bag for $799 (which is also available HERE). Now they just slashed the price of the full frame Nikon D600 with 24-85 Lens with bag and monopod AND extra battery AND Free 2nd day air shipping for the holidays! WOW. For $1996 you can have this whole set up shipped. No tax, no shipping and with free 2nd day air.
Deal of the Year: The Nikon V1 just went on sale at B&H Photo for $300 and this is for the superb V1 with 10-30 lens!!! It is going to sell out FAST so go HERE To get it or to even see if they still have stock. The V1 is a superb camera that I raved about when it was $900. At $300 it is a steal and could make for a perfect Xmas gift for someone who is into photography that wants something more than a standard P&S. My review is HERE and a great article is HERE as well but want to see how great this camera really is? The V1 has a pro build, external mic input, full HD video, amazing fast AF, accurate AF and not as bad as many say high ISO. It has a silent electronic shutter and a mechanical shutter. It has phase detect and contrast detect AF. It has a simple menu and simple controls and a built-in EVF. Seriously, at this price it is a steal. Trust me.
I love the V1 and just ordered another one at that price because hey..with the new lenses coming out it could come in handy one day :) Go get it HERE because it will not last long. B&H Already doubled the cost of their ultimate V1 kit which was $799 last week and now it is at $1599. I am posting this deal because I know many of you will jump on this, especially with Christmas around the corner. My guess is that B&H has quite a few of these and they need to clear then out for the V2 which will be much more expensive (and ugly).
I get emails every day and I mean EVERY day from people asking me “what camera should I buy in the $500 price range”. Well, here you go. This is it. Good luck!
BTW, this is cheaper than the much more crippled J1 & J2 and they use the same sensor. Just sayin’!
Happy Thanksgiving! Black Friday is just about here! Special Deals.
It’s that time yet again! Every year I usually make a post with some kind of black Friday deals but the truth is that you guys know what you want and how to look for it. If you want a Fuji X100, you know you can get it at Amazon or B&H Photo. If you want a Leica Noctilux you know you can give Ken Hansen an e-mail and say “I WANT IT”. If you have been lusting after a 35 or 50 Summuilux ASPH you can call the Pro Shop at 561-253-2606. PopFlash has loads of cool Leica gear in stock as well right now and Dale Photo even has that cool new Leica book called “99 Years of Leica” which I hope to review soon. I have heard great things about it and will have one here to peruse soon :) More deals below but 1st…
It is Thanksgiving today and as the Turkey is cooking and the smells are filling the house with that familiar holiday aroma I am sitting at my desk being thankful for the things I have now without worrying about what I will have tomorrow. I am thankful for my son Brandon, who has always been the greatest kid ever. Never has given me one cause to worry and even as a 16 year old hormone filled teen he is never disrespectful or rotten. I am his dad and we are also best friends as well and that is pretty special to me. I am also thankful for my modest home, my fiancee and her daughters. They have been in my life for well over a year now and it has been awesome having someone here with me who I can get along with and have so much fun with. I am thankful for having what I have, even if it is not that much or anything to brag about. I am thankful for my health and the fact that at age 43 I am still feeling like I am 23. I am thankful for this website and ALL of you who stop by to read it. You may not always agree with me but that is a part of life. If we all agreed on every little thing the world would be a boring place.
So thanks once again to ALL of you who visit this site. It has grown quite a bit over the past year and 2012 has been the best yet. I also thank the site sponsors for helping keep this website alive and for those who send me their products for review so there is always something interesting to look at. I also thank those of you who submitted guest posts and daily inspirations all year long! These are the things that keep this community going and growing and I hope to grow even more in 2013. There will be 2-3 workshops in 2013 and possibly a new 2013 Cruise to all new destinations. I am planning the RV Road trip for me and 4-5 others as we trek across Route 66 looking for amazing photo opportunities. So much is yet to come and yes, I am thankful for that as well. So I guess I am thankful for what is to come after all :)
So to everyone, enjoy your day and family and I hope you spend it doing whatever it is you love to do the most. Thank you all!
Oh, and don’t forget the Black Friday deals! Links Below to B&H Photo and Amazon!
Black Friday Mania Begins! 1st up.. Lens Rentals used lenses 10% off plus 5% back!
LensRentals.com, (a site sponsor that helps keep this site going btw) is having their annual “Black Friday” sale by giving 10% off any used gear they have for sale starting Thanksgiving day at 6am and running through November 26th. They are also haveing 25% off of all rentals during this period so now is the time if you wanted to rent that something special. 25% off is a chunk of change so give that Leica Noctilux a try, or Leica Monochrom :)
To check out what they will have for sale at 10% off, click HERE for details. I already spotted a couple of Zeiss ZM lenses there that look tempting as well as a few Leica selections. With the holidays coming LensRentals is just one place you can find some great deals. Amazon is also having their Black Friday specials as is B&H Photo.
First, they are giving the V1 body and the 10-30mm lens. They are also throwing in a 10-100 Lens ($749 on its own), the SB-N5 flash and even a bag to carry it all. This is a crazy deal for this camera system which many disliked but I personally loved. The V2 is coming in about 24 days so they have to clear out the V1′s. I thought this could make a good 2nd body option for those buying the V2 because you get the 10-100 and FT1 adapter included. The V1 is great for taking anywhere, video and it even has a dedicated mic input. Cool little camera and at $399 with a 10-30, it’s at bargain basement prices.
The new Leica M-E is now in stock at a few dealers. For those looking for the new “M9″, well, this is it. It is a newly color schemed M9 without the frame lever preview. Looks pretty nice but not everyone digs the color. I am happy Leica is making the M-E for those who want to stick with the M9 look and feel as I heard it from a little birdy that the new M’s image quality will be a bit different in look and feel so maybe, just maybe some will prefer this M-E at the end of the day. THE GOOD NEWS (if you can call it that) is that the new M-E is lower priced than the M9 with the body only coming in at $5450 US. That is $1500 less than the M9 and $2500 less than the M9P sold for in their prime. :)
Leica 35 Summilux ASPH FLE and 50 Noctilux f/0.95 – UPDATE – ALL HAVE BEEN SOLD!
Just a quick note to mention a couple of lenses that are in stock (but probably not for long) and high in demand. Tony Rose sent me an e-mail to let me know he has a Leica 35 Summilux ASPH FLE IN STOCK and ready to ship. This is a rarity. So rare in fact I almost jumped on it myself. You can check out the 35 HERE.
He also has a 50 Noctilux ASPH for sale HERE. Both lenses are factory fresh and new. A rare occasion to have both of these in stock. This is truly a set of dream lenses for those who can shell out the big bucks for them.
One more lens I spotted which is a new in box NOS lens is the Leica 50 Elmar in chrome. This is a fantastic little lens that never gets the attention it deserves. $1797 on sale.