Dec 022013
 

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B&H Photo Cyber Monday Specials!

Yep, as if BLACK FRIDAY was not enough, today is Cyber Monday! There are a few deals that I found that some of you may be interested in so check them out below! 

THE FUJI X10$299! Get the Fuji X10 (review here) for only $299! Makes for a great X-mas gift for that budding photographer in your life. GET IT HERE!

$250 Savings on an Apple 27″ iMacCheck it out here for $1499

SONY NEX-7 (review here) Limited EditionWith 18-55 and 20mm Lenses – extras – $1098

CANON EOS-M WITH 18-55 – Seems like these will never be cleared out. Canon could not sell them so now you can get one at a steal of a deal. $299 for APS-C IQ in a small compact body. Get it here for $299!

 

Aug 162013
 

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Act in the next 24 hours and get $100 off select Olympus Prime lenses. Lenses like the 75 1.8 now $100 off. The 60 Macro now only $399! This is the best Macro lens I have ever shot with and it is only $399. What a deal! The incredible 45 1.8 is now $349 and looks stunning in black.  The 17 1.78 is $50 off. These are all amazing lenses so if you have been itching for one, or two or all, now is a great time to jump in!

Jul 282013
 

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Refurb Nikon V1 Black Body – $249 on Amazon now

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YES! More Nikon V1 talk, but this is the last post about the 1 system until my new 6.7-13 Lens review which should be in a week or two. I am posting this due to the fact that MANY of you are asking me where to get a cheap black Nikon V1 body, so I found some :)

Yep, lots of you have asked where to get a BLACK Nikon V1 at a similar price to  the $279 deal on Digital Rev (that was a white one, new with 10mm). Today I spotted that Cameta Camera on Amazon has a bunch of refurb BLACK V1’s for $249 a pop. This is a body only, Nikon refurb with one year warranty. A Refurb is a camera that goes back to the factory for one reason or another. A return, an issue, etc. Nikon goes over the cameras, replaces parts, repairs or just fixes cosmetic issues and then packages them back up for refurb discount sales. So if anyone wants the black V1, and they are getting harder to find these days without paying $600+ then this is a good deal.

Check out this video about the Nikon V2 and Street Shooting (V2 is no better than V1 in speed or IQ)

Just click the link above or below to check it out. It is NOT prime eligible but I have ordered from Cameta on Amazon 6 times in the past and they always came through with super fast service and it was always problem free.

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I know I have been doing quite a bit on the Nikon 1 lately but that is because of these insane prices on such a great little camera. With these new lenses out now, it is a killer system, 1″ sensor or not. I have one more Nikon 1 review coming and that is for the 6.7-13 Ultra Wide Zoom. Stay tuned for that. Until then, you can check out the video below showing my three fave lenses for the system.

Links to my fave three lenses:

Nikon 32 1.2  – Nikon 18.5 f/1.8Nikon 6.7-13 UWA Zoom

and IMO, a MUST own accessory for the V1!

What to expect IQ wise from the V1 with these lenses

Jul 242013
 

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Even though I have no affiliation with DigitalRev, I love and have been a huge fan of their youtube videos for a long while now. Last week I made a purchase from their website for a Nikon V1 with 10mm 2.8 for $269 with FREE Fed Ex express shipping. I ordered and had the camera two days later at my door for a grand total of $269. This my friends is a deal of all deals. For $269 you get the rock solid V1, with its solid heft, large Nikon battery, built-in EVF, dead silent shutter or mechanical shutter, 1/16,000s capability, and small 10Mp files with a nice film like rendering right out of the camera. You get the 10mm 2.8 lens thrown in as well, and this lens is one of the good ones. In fact, my set is the 10, the 18.5 and the 32 1.2. Three quality primes equaling 28mm, 50mm and 85mm. Yep, The new 32 1.2 has taken it up a notch.

I added a grip from Amazon and picked up TIHS ONE because it allows access to the battery and SD card door. It’s also much cheaper than the plastic Nikon version – HIGHLY recommended.

I also have a black V1, yes I own TWO. My son owns one in black and his stepbrother owns a black one as well. It seems like we have our own little V1 club around here. The reality is that I have loved this camera since its release and have rarely been without one in my house. With the recent lens additions of the 18.5 1.8 and 32 1.2 this little guy is a steal of a deal, and IMO, better than the V2 because the V2 is $700-$1000 and does not improve on the IQ at all. The V2 also looks like a teeny DSLR. The V1 is classic in design and there will never be another like it. For $269, it is a true bargain.

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I make ZERO money if you click over to Digital Rev and buy this but I could not sit by and NOT tell you guys about this as it may be the last chance for new V1’s being available. They also sell the black V1 with the 10-30 and 30-110 for $479 shipped. These will ship from Hong Kong but as I said, they ship them via Fed Ex Express for FREE so it arrives in 1-2 days from the time they ship it (they ship within 24 hours or so).

You can buy the white V1 and 10mm lens for $269 here, of the black with two lens kit for $479 HERE. Again, I make zero money from this, just passing along the word on a great deal for a camera I really love shooting. I bought my white one there and the experience was great. It is hard to find a new in box V1 these days as most of the big box stores are sold out and at Amazon they are selling the black with 10-30 for over $600. So if you have been getting the itch, I do not think these deals will last very long.

BTW, the strap is my leather braided strap from barton1972.com 

NOTE: Someone pointed out that buying from Digital Rev and shipping to the USA may void the Nikon warranty. It may be fine, but the only way to find out is to ask Digital Rev. If there were any in stock at a reputable USA store I’d go there 1st, but I think most are gone. I am not worried about warranty on a $269 camera, which is why I own two. :) Would I buy a $2500 camera from Digital Rev and ship to the USA? No. But a $269 deal like this? YES, I did. Twice :)

 

To see V1 samples with all of the lenses, click HERE to see my Nikon 1 Gallery page. This camera is not a toy, but a very capable tool with a unique way of rendering an image. 

Jun 022013
 

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OK, Fuji has announced some savings on the Fuji X line of cameras and lenses. Get these deals below:

$200 off on the Fuji X PRO 1 body at B&H Photo, Amazon or PopFlash.com

$200 off on the Fuji X-E1 body at  B&H Photo, Amazon or PopFlash.com

$200 off on the Fuji X-E1 with 18-55mm lens at  B&H Photo, Amazon or PopFlash.com

There are also lens deals going on when purchased with a body at up to $300 off lenses when you add the lens and camera to your cart. It appears Fuji has some new bodies coming :)

 

May 242013
 

Try a Think Tank Retrospective Bag for FREE, and if you like it, pay for it!

Think Tank Photo has an awesome promo running right now on their popular “Retrospective” bags. These are high quality bags chock full of functionality. I reviewed one of them a while back HERE with a video review. Great bags but maybe you are not sure if they would work for you? Well, the great news is now you can try one for free. You simply follow THIS link, read the details (which I am posting below) and place your order. When you get the bag you get to try it for 30 days. If you like it, keep it and Think Tank will charge you after 30 days. If you do not like it, just send it back before the 30 days and you will never be charged. Truly risk free.

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DETAILS:

What is the Test Drive program and why are we doing this?

Our Test Drive Program gives you two full weeks to test the product in real-world circumstances, giving you a risk-free opportunity to determine if it’s the right bag for you before you buy.

We depend on photographers to give us ongoing product feedback. Your input on our products influences current product updates and future product development. By offering this program, it allows our products to be thoroughly tested in the field by photographers in the widest variety of circumstances and environmental conditions. If you decide to return the bag, then all we ask that you provide us with feedback and suggestions on how we can improve the product to better fit your needs.

If you decide to keep the bag, we will then charge your credit card in approximately one-month after you’ve placed your order.

Note: ATM/Debit cards are not accepted. If you purchase a Test Drive product with a debit card, your account will be charged immediately.

When is the Sign Up Period?

The Test Drive program will run from May 15, 2013—June 15, 2013 or while supplies last.

START YOUR TEST DRIVE NOW!

May 242013
 

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Refurbished Leica M 240 Available for $6750 – Direct Link

A refurbished Leica M 240 is available on Amazon through a third-party seller “Focus Camera” who has a 97% rating on Amazon. You can see the details HERE. I am sure this will go FAST but a refurb already? Lol. Seems as though Focus Camera is keeping a 4.8 star rating out of 5 recently so looks like a safe bet. Leica refurb always come with warranty so if you have an itch for a 240, Go get it!

May 152013
 

INSANE Deal of the Day! The Panasonic GX1 for $249 at Amazon, Prime Eligible

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WOW!!! This is a giveaway and will not last long. The Panasonic GX1 is being cleared out at Amazon right now for $249. New in box GX1 Micro 4/3 body, $249. This was the main competitor to the E-P3 and while I preferred the Olympus E-P3, the GX1 was considered the comeback camera from the original GF1. If you want one, get it now at $249. They will not last!

BUY THE PANASONIC GX1 HERE for $249!

If you want a perfect lens for this camera that you will ADORE, go for this one.

May 122013
 

Olympus PEN E-P5 and all black Lenses now available at Amazon for pre-order

The new Olympus PEN E-P5 and all new accessories and black lenses are now available at Amazon and B&H photo for pre-order. THESE ARE ALL scheduled to be released and shipped by June 15th – about 30 days from now but 1st come, 1st serve. Amazon does not charge you until the item ships, not even an authorization. B&H does not charge you but may do an Authorization at the time of order. Both are easily canceled online if you change your mind. Links below:

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The best bang for the buck is to get the package with lens and EVF which saves you some cash..to the tune of $

The Silver Kit:

Amazon – Olympus E-P5 Silver with black 17 1.8 Lens and new VF-4 EVF – $1449

B&H Photo – Olympus E-P5, Silver with black 17 1.8 Lens and new VF-4 – $1449

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The Black Kit:

Amazon – Olympus E-P5 BLACK with black 17 1.8 lens and new VF-5 EVF – $1449

B&H Photo – Olympus E-P5 BLACK with black 17 1.8 lens and new VF-5 EVF – $1449

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The new EVF – VF-4

Amazon – VF-4 – $279

B&H Photo – VF-4 – $279

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The new Black 75 1.8 Lens (see my review of this amazing lens HERE)

Amazon – The black Olympus 75 1.8 Lens – $899

B&H Photo – The black Olympus 75 1.8 Lens – $899

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The new Black 45 1.8 Lens (Review Here)

Amazon – The black Olympus 45 1.8 Lens

B&H Photo – The black Olympus 45 1.8 Lens

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The new Black 17 1.8 Lens (Review Here)

Amazon – The black Olympus 17 1.8 Lens

B&H Photo – The black Olympus 17 1.8 Lens

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So who and why should you pre-order? If you know for a fact you want this new E-P5 or any of  these lenses, pre-ordering ensures you get them 1st, when they are released. Sometimes, like with the OM-D E-M5 there is huge demand and when the camera ships, they are not available as they are all shipped to those who pre-ordered 1st. Pre-ordering is a zero risk thing to do. How so? Well, you do not get charged until the item ships. For example, I pre-ordered the silver set at Amazon with the new EVF and black 17 1.8. I did this so I can review it and get it when it is released. My debit card (I do not believe in credit cards) was not charged, nor was it authorized. It will not be charged until the items ship on or around June 15th. Anytime before this I can go into my Amazon account online and cancel my order or change my shipping speed. So if I decide in 2 weeks that I don’t want it, I can cancel it – no harm.

When the camera does ship..what if it sucks? What if I hate it? What if it has quirks? Easy, I can return it for a full 100% refund. I log into Amazon, go to my account and find the order. I click on “return item” and instantly Amazon presents me with a UPS shipping label I can print or they offer me the option of having UPS pick it up from my home on the next day where the driver will have a label. All I have to do is box it up. When I return an item to Amazon, my refund is usually processed as soon as they see UPS have picked it up from me or when I have dropped it off at a UPS location. Amazon has the best return process in the business, just do not abuse it.

When a camera is returned to Amazon (as long as it is not a defect) they sell it as used at a discount, sometimes pretty nice discounts. They do not resell it as new, ever.

I have been shopping with Amazon for MANY years and have bought many items from them. I have returned a few as well from Headphones, Cameras, Lenses and other misc. items. Never an issue or problem. Always a joy.

So pre-ordering a camera is actually quite smart if you know you will want it. It makes sure you get it when it is released and that you will not be waiting in some line for your name to come up. That is how I get most of my cameras 1st :)

As I have done in the past over the last 5 years, I provide pre-order links on new cameras and lenses for your convenience and also because it helps this site to continue on. When you use those links above, I get a small percentage that helps pay for web hosting and all of the other expenses that add up to run this site (which are much more than you could know). That is the only thing that keeps this site rolling along. So thanks in advance to anyone using my links for their purchase. It costs you nothing more at all, but really helps me out. So thank you :)

May 082013
 

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The new Think Tank Mirrorless Mover Bags – Video Review

You can buy these great affordable bags direct from Think Tank Photo HERE

Take a look at the video review below of the entire line of Mirrorless Mover bags. These include the 5, 10, 20 and 30i. 

Hello to all and Happy Wednesday! It is mid-week and flying by as usual, especially for me as I always have new gear flying in and out of my house, lol. Today I have the brand new set of camera bags from Think Tank Photo, the Mirrorless Mover series. This series consists of four different size bags for your mirrorless or even Leica camera system. They are specially made for the small size/high quality camera market and these bags are all high quality in construction, have loads of features and are some of the most well thought out bags I have seen. They look great, feel great, have metal hardware and quality zippers. A magnetic folding front flap and most models have an iPhone/Smartphone holder as well as SD card pockets. They all feature a “raincoat” in case you get in a wet situation and the best part is they are pretty much dirt cheap in cost for what you get. Priced from $35 to $70 you get quite a bit for your money here and these are highly recommended by me. In fact, these now get my “Best Buy” pick for your mirrorless camera bag needs. Nothing beats them for the price, nothing. While not “Luxury Bags” with leather trim and fancy looks, these bags are much more functional in design and use, which is where it matters.

The 30i, the largest and most functional of all the bags, under $70!

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When I did the video review at the top of this page I had no idea how much these were going to sell for as they were not launched yet. I assumed the largest and most functional 30i bag would be $149. It is under $70! This bag will even hold your iPad safely and snugly inside along with your camera, 3-4 lenses, charger, batteries, cards and phone. It is also the choice for Leica users as the 30i is “Leica Size” and easily holds your M and a few lenses with accessories. All in a good-looking and super functional design for under $70.

You can see more info or buy these great affordable bags direct from Think Tank Photo HERE

Apr 012013
 

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The Leica Monochrom is IN STOCK

The Leica Monochrom is a special camera, plain and simple. It is the only camera in the world that is dedicated to B&W photography. Simplicity, Beauty and that CCD sensor that resolves with insane detail and medium format like qualities. Much has been written about the camera here on this site in my own reviews and others who have written about it (see Leica reviews here). There are many passionate users of this camera who love it to death and see it as a “desert island” camera. Most who own it never want to lose it. With that said, it is $7995 and in today’s world that is a ton of cash to lay out for a camera that only shoots B&W. But if that is what you are all about, the MM is fantastic. A work of art really. While the new M can do convincing B&W, it can not resolve the detail of the MM nor can it give you the same tonality or “look”.

It is a controversial camera but I think most agree it is a wonderful tool, perhaps Leica’s best digital camera ever.

The good news is that I found out today that many dealers received new batches of the MM and they are in stock at the links below :) All of them are site supporters so I help support them when I can!

Ken Hansen – Email him at [email protected]

PopFlash.com – He has two, even a used “like new’ one at a discount

The Pro Shop – They have them as well. Website here or you can call them at 561-253-2606

Dale PhotoDale has one HERE

some of my fave Mono shots. New ones coming soon :)

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Mar 062013
 

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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.

 

Fuji X100s!

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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?

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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.

PopFlash.com has some crazy deals going on including a basically untouched Noctilux 0.95 for under $10k. A 75 Cron for $3397 and even a 35 Lux ASPH FLE for $4497. They also still have a few RED Artisan & Artist easy slider straps available. They sold out their 1st two shipments of the black one but still have some red HERE. The red is striking on an RX1, Fuji X100s and black M. :)

 

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.

 

Feb 142013
 

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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?

Click HERE to see the X-Pro 1 and link to available bundles

CLick HERE to see the X-E1 and link to available Bundles

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When you get to those pages you will see the text “Click Here to Save up to $913.85 with Lens Bundle…” – click that to see the available bundle offers for each body.

These deals expire on March 31st 2013, so they are good for the next month and a half.

BTW, also noticed they have lowered the price of some of the Macbook Pro Retina display models…

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