Dec 172014
 

Ricoh GR Bundle Holiday Deal

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B&H Photo is having yet another deal on another fantastic pocket camera. First they had a great buy on the Nikon Coolpix A, then the Hasselblad Stellar, and now the Ricoh GR! This camera is yet another amazing pocket camera and while some may prefer the other two cameras, many prefer the Ricoh which is geared and designed for photographers and not the masses.

B&H is offering the camera as well as a FREE 32GB SD card and a FREE Ricoh OVF which normally sells for $229 - The entire package of camera, OVF and 32 GB card is now up for $596 TOTAL! You can see my original Ricoh GR review here. 

THE GR IS AN APS-C LARGE SENSOR COMPACT with DSLR image quality that will fit in your pocket.

SEE THE B&H DEAL HERE

Dec 122014
 

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The A7II with 28-70 Kit Lens is IN STOCK now at B&H Photo for immediate shipping! They do not have the body only (sold out) but the body with the kit lens is available right now. I have been shooting with the A7II for over a week now and while I do not want to put out a spoiler for  my upcoming review, believe me when I say it is a camera that punches way above its price point. I ordered one for myself after a few hours with the review sample. The A7II and A7s combo, for me, is as good as it gets in 2014 for IQ, versatility, and capabilities.

Order the IN STOCK Sony A7II with 28-70 kit zoom HERE at B&H Photo NOW!

Dec 092014
 

Hot Deal of the Day and Rip off of the Day!

The HOT Deal of the day…

Hey guys! It’s only around 2 weeks until Christmas (give or take a day or two) and today Amazon is having a “deal of the day’ in the camera department, and it’s a great little Olympus that can be had for a song, or $189 with a 16GB memory card! Damn, I remember when a 1GB memory card cost $399, now you can get a 16GB card with a nice Olympus compact XZ-2 camera for $189 with free shipping if you are an Amazon prime member!

Click here for this “Gold Box Deal of the Day” from Amazon, while supplies last.

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The RIP OFF of the day…

Now for the rip off of the day. Even though B&H Photo cleared out the Hasselblad Stellar for $999, Wiloughby’s is still selling the same kit for $3,595! Yep, the same orange SE kit that I purchased (along with over 40 of you here who snagged the Orange before they sold out) for $999 can be had on Amazon for $3595! RIP OFF!! The Stellar SE is absolutely worth the $999 and I adore my Orange version. Not only is it made with better materials it is also Made in Japan unlike the Sony RX100 that is made in China, so they are made in different factories. The initial batch of RX100’s were made in Japan as well, then Sony switched it up to China which is when some people had issues with Quality Control. So the SE stellar at $999 is a great buy for a fantastic camera with unbelievable IQ for the size. Fast, gorgeous IQ, superb video, fit in you pocket design, exotic wood grip, Italian leather neck and wrist strap, real wooden storage box and of course the Hasselblad name which will be a good thing for resale.

But if you buy one, AVOID the RIP OFF at Amazon for $3595 and buy it here at B&H while they have a couple left (white or black).  I have two more I bought and will be reselling them on Amazon soon (one orange sold already) for $1500 each which will be the lowest price offered on Amazon (current lowest from a third-party is $2490 making mine the best deal on Amazon). When B&H Sells out, there will be no more of these deals to be found with shipping from the USA. When I sell the other, that will have paid for my own Stellar. Win/Win as this means I will have gotten a spectacular camera for free :) Similar to when people buy a $25k Leica special edition and sell it a few years later for $3-$5k profit. No difference. But to be clear, I love the Stellar, it is a pretty awesome little camera.

Can’t do that with the RX100 V1 as the resale is at around $240-$250.

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Stellar SE vs RX100 V1

  • Stellar uses premium materials 
  • Stellar has unique design (better for resale)
  • Stellar has the Hasselblad name (resale)
  • Stellar has a real exotic wood grip (makes a big difference in handling)
  • Stellar is made in Japan, RX100 in China
  • Stellar comes with Italian Leather neck strap and wrists strap that matches the camera colors
  • Stellar seems to have better color (firmware? Imagination? Fluke?) 
  • Stellar has real wooden storage case/box. It’s beautiful. (not needed but nice to have)
  • Resale Value of Stellar SE will most likely be a little more than $999 within 6 months. RX100 – $250
  • Both fit in any front jeans pocket. It’s tiny. 

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Of course there is the new RX100 V3 for less than the $999 Stellar, and this camera gives you a pop up EVF which is brilliant, but very small. It is thicker, and has a fold out LCD (which makes it thicker) and personally, I prefer the V1 sensor AND lens. The RX100 V3 will give you a wider lens at 24 (vs 28) but you lose out on the reach (V3 is only 70mm). Some say the V3 lens is sharper but my Stellar lens is as sharp as I could want, even in the corners. The Stellar II is on its way which will be an RX100 II souped up. Will go for $2500 in a NON SE version! Again, making this one a good buy.

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All from the Stellar – 1st one at ISO 3200

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TO THE BITTER FEW:

To those who are uninformed and making comments about me buying a couple of stellar SE’s and reselling them for a small profit, well, I suggest you read what I wrote when I 1st announced this deal. I stated up front I would do this, and suggested others do the same..I even said “mark my words” in one post about being able to sell for more than paid. Now it appears some of you feel this was done “behind the scenes” and secretly and are attacking me for it (two of you). Well, this just shows you did not read my original post, my original intent and my suggestion that others should and could do the same as me, making the Stellar SE a WIN/WIN situation when buying it. Problem is that not many believed me and now they are mad that they look foolish after publicly stating the camera is worth $200. There are so many bitter, hateful and any people in the internet world. Those who attack and hate just for the fun of it. It’s sad.

If I find a good deal I will always pass it on to you guys, I do not hold back and always share info with you guys when it is valuable information. I do find it funny that I was attacked for even posting the deal in the 1st place with a couple of others saying “it’s worth $200″ – “You are stupid for buying that” and my personal fave “how retarded are you for falling for that so called deal”? None of those comments were approved of course but goes to show how wrong they all were.

BOTTOM LINE FACT: The Stellar SE is a FABULOUS camera that offers quite a bit more than the standard RX100 V1 and for ME and many others it is well worth the $999 (especially counting resale value which can be up to $1500). I mentioned it all above as well as in my very 1st post on this blowout last week (where I stated I would buy more and resell and make some money). Nothing wrong at all with that, in fact, it’s 100% right and how life works. You either act or you do not. I act. I think MAKING money is always better than LOSING money as so many do every day in this crazy world of digital photography.

So to those bitching and moaning that I did what I originally said I would do, get over yourself and move on. No one controls what I do, this site or what I say but myself. Been like this since day one. I live life in an open way and just as I shared this deal and the benefits of the deal (reselling later for more than you paid which is a rarity) I will always tell it like it is. Two years ago I started a NO TOLERANCE policy when it comes to attacks in comments – and anyone who is attacking, degrading, name calling, or accusing will be banned. Period. Educate yourself before making any accusations or starting any conspiracy theories. (as in, read what I wrote a week ago). If you do not like the rules then do not come  here.

Thank you all! Again, this was aimed at the couple of guys who were making silly accusations without being educated on the matter before they spoke, not everyone else. I only posted it here as they failed to read the comments where I explained all of this already so it had to be placed here in hopes they would actually READ before they SPEAK. If anyone still wants a Stellar SE for $999, you can still get one in white or black HERE. Once they are gone is when the resale will spike a little. Consider that a tip :)

Steve

Dec 012014
 

Nikon Coolpix A Deal, over 65% off! $300 off OVF!

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Here is yet another killer deal some of you may have missed.

The SUPERB Nikon Coolpix A, the camera with a 28mm fixed lens and an APS-C sized sensor that fits in your pocket is more than 60% off. Instead of $1100, this camera has been marked down to $499 and the coolest part? Buy the Optical ViewFinder and you will save $300 on that piece alone! Instead of $396 for the OVF you can bundle it with the Coolpix A purchase for $96! So you can get a camera setup that would have costed you $1500 a few weeks ago for under $600!

You can see my review of this camera HERE.

To take advantage of this deal (only while supplies last I am told) CLICK HERE and see this deal at B&H Photo NOW!

The link above will take you direct to the camera in BLACK or SILVER as well as the OVF in BLACK OR SILVER!

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Mar 032014
 

FIRE SALE! Nikon J1 and TWO lenses, $229 at B&H Photo

The Nikon J1 is now on fire sale at B&H Photo for $229 WITH two kit lenses. Either the 10mm 2.8 and 10-30 or the 10-30 and 30-110. Camera is available and IN STOCK in SILVER or RED!!! Click the image or link below to go to the page.

UPDATE: My $229 Silver J1 and two lenses arrived, free shipping and all. Solid, fast and fantastic for $229. 

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THIS IS A DEAL – A STEAL – A GREAT LITTLE CAMERA that provides a film like feel just like the V1 and V2 but in a basic body. It looks pretty sweet in silver and at $229, it is a no brainer just to have around. It is FAST to AF as well..SILENT and is a fantastic little camera.

You can see my old V1 review here, which has the same AF speed and IQ as this J1..

You can see images I shot with the 1 system over the past year or so HERE. This is the same IQ that comes from the J1 below.

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BUY OR CHECK OUT THE CAMERA HERE AT THIS LINK!!

Jan 062014
 

Fuji releases the X100s in sexy black  – Ships in Feb.

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Woohoo! For all of those waiting for the super sexy black X100s, your wait is almost over. In fact you can pre-order the camera NOW at B&H Photo for $1299, the same cost as the silver version. While not a special edition like the X100 black version was, no need to pay $1500+. So for many, this is a good thing. The X100s will ship in February. You can also pre-order at Amazon HERE. PopFlash has it HERE.

Apr 212013
 

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In case any of you are looking for some used deals in Leica land (well, not sure if they are exactly “deals”) I have found quite a few at B&H Photo and PopFlash Photo that some of you may be interested in. I know I am interested in a couple of these but my wallet is empty due to my purchase of the M and MM :) So enjoy the deals below and be sure to check back tomorrow for some new stuff. I will be posting my X20 review on Tuesday and I basically shot it as a mini Monochrom the whole time. I found the X20 makes for an incredibly discreet 100% silent retro looking camera that can do some great gritty B&W out of the camera. Stay tuned for that one. For now, enjoy these used deals! Remember, B&H has a 30 day return policy on new and used gear so if it arrives and is not as stated, you can get a full refund.

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USED LEICA X1 IN BLACK – $899 – LIKE NEW IN BOX

The deal of the day for sure. An original X1 in black for $899. Like new in box and all. I slightly prefer the X1 IQ over the X2..so this is a good buy and better than paying $600 for a new Fuji X20 as this will blow it away with IQ at all ISO. The X1 is a great piece of Leica history as it is their 1st German made compact camera that was made available.

USED LEICA NOCTILUX F/1 – $7699.95 

I would not classify this as a “deal” but used Nocti prices have shot up for the f/1 version while they have dropped for the 0.95 version. I have seen older F/1 versions go for $5000 lately so not sure if this latest F/1 version is worth $7699. Still, if you want a Nocti F/1…

USED LEICA 21 1.4 SUMMILUX – $6299

This lens is fantastic if you love your wide angle. Using this at 1.4 injects some magic to your shots as you can actually get some shallow DOF going on. Normally $7k, $6299 is not so bad in this 9+ as new condition with box, case, etc. 

USED LEICA MP BLACK – $4299.95

The Ultimate Leica film camera. While it performs the same as an M6, there is nothing like an MP :)

USED LEICA 90 F/2 SUMMICRON APO – $3499.95

The 90 F/2 is a gorgeous lens. if portraits are your thing, this is a thing of beauty.

USED LEICA 135 F/3.4 TELYT LENS – $2799.95

For those who want the longest M lens available, and this one is stellar BTW, here you go.

USED LEICA M8 – BLACK – $2099

B&H says it is in 8+ comdition so if you want to get your feet wet in the Leica digital RF world, here you go! The cool thing is the M8 is the one that comes closest to the Leica Monochrom in B&W output. Not high ISO of course but the B&W from the M8 is fantastic.

USED LEICA 35 1.4 SUMMILUX – OLD VERSION

This is the PRE-ASPH version of the lens..a very classic rendering with some “glow”. I tested this once on an M8 and was very pleased with the rendering but at $1999 it is steep and in a “7” condition.

USED LEICA 50 SUMMICRON IN BOX – $1849.95

One of my all time faves. I remember when this sold new for $1250, now it is $2300 new so this one which is as new in box is $400 less.

USED 35 SUMMICRON PRE ASPH – THE BOKEH KING – $1799.95

THE PRE-ASPH “Bokeh King” has been very popular as it gives a less clinical rendering than the new ASPH version. Many prefer this one and at $1799, it is priced decently. They were going for $2700 a couple of years ago.

USED LEICA 28 ELMARIT 2.8 – $1299

This is the older version but still a great lens. I used to own it and loved it.

 

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USED LEICA 135 TELYT 3.5

This one is basically new. Trust me, if you want this lens this is the best deal right here.

USED LEICA 24 ELMARIT 2.8

This is a steal of a deal at $2297. A GREAT lens and one I used to own and loved. I am tempted to grab this one. Larger than the newer Elmar but also faster at 2.8. With hood, etc.

USED LEICA 50 SUMMILUX ASPH – $3597

Again, this one appears unused and is a great buy. I own this lens and the silver version is heavier than the black and feels extra hefty. Very very solid.

LEICA m4P ANNIVERSARY EDITION CHROME – $2197

Great looking camera. If you shoot film, here you go!

LEICA M8 UPGRADED to M8.2 – $2257

If you want an  M8.2 which has the nicer shutter over the M8 then this is the way to go at $2257.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Feb 152013
 

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B&H Photo just updated their release date of the new M 240 from Feb 28th to April 30th. From what I hear it could be the 2nd week of May. So the wait continues as Leica makes sure the new M is perfect. I’d rather them make sure it is perfect though then to release a buggy camera. What are YOUR thoughts? Who has pre-ordered the camera and WHEN did you pre-order?

Jan 252013
 

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Site Sponsors that keep this site going, I thank them all! Plus some Leica used deals…

It is no secret that in the past few months that Leica gear has been in stock at most dealers in the USA. Just about any lens or camera you want (besides the Monochrom and new M) are available right now, brand new. You guys know who the sponsors of this site are and I can highly recommend ANY of them if you want great service, great pricing and no hassles. It is because of these guys below that this site continues to rock on day after day. Without them it would really be tough so I wanted to thank them and let all of you guys know once again that these three dealers below are all TOP NOTCH, best of the best .

Ken Hansen – You can e-mail him at [email protected] and he deals in Leica new and used. I never know what he has used but in the past I have purchased all kinds of goodies from Ken including M6′s, MP’s, Contax T2, etc. If you are looking for a used item Ken might just have it and he is amazing when it comes to customer service and speed of shipping.  Ken is taking pre-orders for the new M and Monochrom so be sure to send him an e-mail if you want in.

 

POPFLASH – Tony Rose is no stranger to Leica fans and I can not say one bad thing about his business, service or pricing. In fact, you can find some great buys at his website when it comes to Leica gear. He always has interesting gear to browse and also sells some of the killer Artisan and Artist gear such as straps and bags. He sells Zeiss as well so take a look over at POPFLASH.COM to see what he has available today.

popflash has this SWEET Zeiss Super Wide Ikon setup on sale for $1,777 (normally $2497) – See it here!

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THE PRO SHOP - The newest and last “shop” sponsor of this site the Pro Shop has all kinds of Leica gear, and a huge inventory of new stock of lenses, cameras and even the new S2-P for $19,999 brand new in box with special warranty – aBOUT $6K less than B&H Photo is selling a used one for. These guys are also great and know their stuff. If it is Leica you want, give them a call at 561-253-2606 or check out their site HERE.

Just so everyone knows, YES these are site sponsors but what you do not know is that I do not take ANYONE as a site sponsor. I have turned down 4 other stores/dealers in the past even when I needed them. Why? Because I will only recommend to YOU the best of the best, and to me, these guys are the best there is when it comes to Leica.

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Other shops I HIGHLY recommend for everything and anything else

Other shops I recommend are B&H Photo, Dale Photo and of course, Amazon for just about anything you could ever need. I use Amazon every week and even have home necessities on subscription. Every months I get a case of dog food delivered, cat food, paper towels, dishwashing soap and laundry detergent and more. This cuts down on my grocery trips, saves me money and is super convenient. So while I recommend the guys above for anything Leica, I recommend B&H photo for all other photo needs and Amazon for just about anything you could ever want. Cameras, electronics, music, and everything in between. When you guys follow my links on this site to these shops and make a purchase of ANYTHING I will then get a small commission, a few cents when you buy some diapers for example. Over time it adds up and helps this site to keep expanding and going.

SO FOR THAT I THANK ALL OF YOU! Without the readers, all of you, even those who disagree with me…well, this site would not be able to go on. So thank you all.

 

As mentioned, Dale Photo is also an exceptional Leica dealer so be sure to check them out as well because they also have some cool used deals at times as well as pre-orders on new gear.

Of course there is one more site sponsor and I use their services quite often..LENSRENTALS.COM. They rent the coolest cameras and lenses and they make it so easy to do so. Hassle free, even including the return packaging and label, all prepaid. If you ahve been thinking of a camera but are not sure, rent it first so you know. They even rent the Leica Monochrom! 

With that, here are a few USED Leica deals on the B&H Photo used site:

Leica Noctilux F1 with slide out hood (latest before the new f/0.95) and this one comes in at a recent record low of $5995 It is softer than the 0.95 but has so much more “Character” – see some samples HERE from quite a while ago.

LEICA 90 Elmarit, latest before discontinuing. This lens is the one everyone seems to search for. B&H has one for $1499, $800 less than I sold my last one for a couple of years ago. With the new M, this lens should be a breeze to focus. $1499

How about this? A used Leica M8.2 Safari Limited Edition set with chrome 28 Elmarit. I so wanted this when it came out but just could not swing it. Looks like it is keeping its value though because at $6999 it is not cheap! Dale has it USED. 

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A great find here…A Leica 35mm Summicron f/2 “King Of Bokeh” V4 with 6 bit coding. $1995 at Dale

I hope everyone here has a GREAT weekend, enjoy it!

Steve

Dec 192012
 

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PSA: Sony RX1 in stock now for immediate X-Mas Shipping

Hello to all! Looks like Amazon and B&H Photo has gotten some stock of the Sony RX1 and they have a few RIGHT NOW for immediate shipping which means you will get it before Christmas if you order today. Just wanted to inform everyone on this as it is your last chance to get one before Christmas. Kind of funny this post happens to be after a post on G.A.S. but I know some of you have been waiting for this to pop up as in stock instead or pre-ordering. Good luck!

You can order the RX1 at the links below:

Amazon has a few left HERE – looks like 8 of them at the time of this post

B&H Photo Has some left HERE

 

Nov 202012
 

 

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. 

You can also check out the other site sponsors like PopFlash, Dale Photo, Pro Shop, and Ken Hansen ([email protected]). Without them, this site could not continue!

B&H Is having some specials on Apple products with 50% off of Apple Care as well!

Nov 072012
 

Awesome Deal: Nikon V1 Super Kit with 10-100, SB-N5 Flash, FT1 Adapter, 10-30mm, and bag for $899

You can tell Nikon has a load of V1 cameras on the shelves because all retailers are clearing them out from the $399 option with the 10-30 to the white edition to the two lens kit with 30-110 included for $549.  BUT, at B&H Photo they have a special super kit that goes for $899 (almost the price of one of the lenses included in this kit) and includes all of the good stuff.

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.

At these prices the V1’s should go quick. It is a great body that is capable of taking some pretty damn nice shots. My review is HERE.



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