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Updated: May 13, 2014

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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Without a whole lot of fanfare, today Canon announced a new EF 16-35mm f/4L IS wide angle zoom. While actual copies are apparently not yet “in the wild,” from reports and information from Canon, it sounds like a lens with some very interesting possibilities.

At first blush, one might imagine that it is simply a less expensive version of the EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II that has been out for some time now. (That is a fine lens for many purposes, notably for full frame shooters doing handheld ultra-wide photography in low light.) I shares the same focal length range, but the maximum aperture is not quite as large. (There is a similar relationship between the EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II and the less expensive EF 24-70mm f/4L IS.)

However, the new lens seems to have some distinct features that set it apart from the f/2.8 16-35, and also from the venerable 17-40mm f/4 L.

  • Unlike either of the two ultra-wide alternatives, this lens is equipped with image-stabilization (IS). Some presume that IS would not be useful in a wide angle lens, but there are a number of situations in which the extra 3-4 stops of low light handheld shooting capability will come in handy.
  • The MTF charts (a way of visualizing lens performance in a chart) for the new lens look very good. While the existing 16-35mm and 17-40mm Canon ultra-wide lenses have been very important to many photographers, they are not known for outstanding resolution, especially in the corners. The charts for the new lens indicate that it should be significantly sharper overall, and especially in the corners and at the largest apertures.
  • It may seem like a small thing, but the new lens uses the common 77mm diameter filter threads—the same that are found on a number of other L lenses, including the f/2.8 70-200mm zooms. (The previous f/2.8 16-35mm lens uses a larger 82mm diameter.) For photographers who already have 77mm filters—including some who might consider moving to this lens from an existing 17-40mm lens—this is a factor to consider.
  • The price is actually quite good. The lens is not cheap at a projected list price of $1199. However, by comparison to some similar recent Canon lens releases this is not bad at all, especially when you consider that it is an IS lens.

Who may want this lens? I suspect that quite a few landscape photographers and those shooting similar subjects will like this lens more than the older 17-40mm L lens. I’ve used the 17-40 for a long time and it is a very useful lens, especially for shooting at smaller apertures from the tripod with a full frame camera. However, the new lens seems to improve on its performance in significant ways, particularly in the area of corner performance. In addition, while most of us really think of the 17-40 as pretty much just a landscape lens, the improved wide-open performance and image stabilization will extend the usefulness of this lens in low and for handheld photography.

I’m impressed enough with early reports that I’m giving serious consideration to picking one up myself. The lens is not yet available for purchase, but you can pre-order a copy from B&H. At the moment, I’m “that close” to doing so!

Monday, April 28, 2014

More promotions of various types from B&H…


April 28, 2014 Nikon Promo

April 28, 2014 Nikon Promo


Canon DSLR/Lens Bundles

Canon DSLR/Lens Bundles

Canon Lens and Speedlite Savings

Canon Lens and Speedlite Savings


Sony Lens Savings

Sony Lens Savings


Saturday, April 26, 2014

New Canon deals on lenses, cameras, and Speedlites just started:

  • Save Big on DSLR and Lens Bundles  promotion takes up to hundreds of dollars off the primes of Canon DSLRs and lenses when you purchase them together. A wide range of cameras is included: 5DIII, 6D, 70D, 60D, SL1, T5, T5i, T3, T3i, along with many interesting lenses.
  • Save Big on Lenses and Speedlites promotion offers mail-in or instant rebates on almost 50 Canon lenses and electronic flash units. A lot of interesting products are included!

Friday, April 4, 2014

Special pricing on Fujifilm X-series lenses and camera bodies ends on April 5. (Note that B&H hours can be very limited on Saturdays—best to order early!) With this offer you can save up to $250 on Fuji lenses and up to $200 on some Fujifilm bodies. (All of the products eligible for the pricing are at this link.) As always, follow the link to check for full details and most accurate information.

Lens deals include:

  • 35mm f/1.4 – $150 off. I use this lens and like it a great deal. It is a “normal” focal length with an angle-of-view equivalent of just slightly over 50mm, and it produces excellent image quality. This is the lens that I use the most on my Fujifilm X-E1.
  • 27mm f/2.8 – $250 off. At only $199 this is a real bargain! This very small “pancake lens” has a focal length that is ideal for prime-only street photography.
  • 55-200mm f/3.5-4.8 zoom. I use this lens when I need a longer focal lengths on my X-E1, and it is a fine performer. 200mm is the angle-of-view equivalent to a 300mm lens on full frame, and image-stabilization makes the lens very usable.
  • 23mm f1.4 – $150 off. I do not own this lens, but it has gotten excellent reviews. It provides a 35mm angle-of-view equivalent with a large maximum aperture.
  • 14mm f/2.8 – $200 off. I use this lens when I need wide angle coverage. It is not only wide, but it also focuses quickly and provides great image quality. It also has a special design for switching between manual and automatic operation.
  • 60mm f/2.4 macro – $250 off. I use this lens both as a longer 90mm angle-of-view equivalent prime and for close-up subjects.
  • 18mm f/2 – $200 off. This is another excellent lens in a very small form factor.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Site sponsor B&H reports that a number of Canon, Nikon, and Sony promotion/rebate offers are ending*… and that they will not be extended. There are also rumors floating about that Canon is going to try to return to enforcing MAP (minimum advertised pricing) on their photography equipment in April, and that this could make it more difficult to find bargains for a while.

*IMPORTANT: The B&H website will NOT accept orders between Friday March 28 at 7:15 PM EDT and Saturday, March 19 at 8:45PM EDT. For many of you, this may make TODAY the final day to order!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Canon Body/Lens/Accessory bundle deals at B&H:

Wednesday, March 18, 2014

B&H has a special that can get you the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II zoom lens for a total cost of only $1799. According to B&H there are a few steps you need to follow in order to get the special pricing:

  1. On the B&H website, to go the page for this lens. You will see a higher “MAP” price.
  2. Add the lens to your cart to see a lower $1999 price.
  3. After purchase, use the $200 mail-in rebate (form available here) to bring your total cost down to $1799.

The lens is also eligible for free shipping and a “2% reward” from B&H.

Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II Lens

Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II Lens

Friday, March 7, 2014

I just got an email from B&H Photo about a special bundle pricing on the Canon EOS 6D DSLR bundled with the EF 24-105mm f/4L IS lens - $500 off at $1999.

The 6D is Canons excellent full frame DSLR which produces photographic quality essentially equivalent to that of the more expensive 5DIII. The 24-105mmm f/4L IS lens (which I own) is a fine and versatile lens for a wide range of types of photography. The combination is the core of a fine system for many photographers. If you have been considering moving the the full-frame 6D, this sounds like a great deal.

Canon 6D DSLR with Canon 24-105mm f/4L IS

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

The Fujifilm X-T1 (bundle) is now IN STOCK at site-affiliate B&H Photo – with free shipping and a 4% “reward.”

Friday, February 21, 2014


A Canon “Save Big” promotion offers discounts on a wide range of DSLR/lens bundles.

Other Canon deals include:


The new Fujifilm X-T1 has been announced, is available for pre-order, and it is rumored that the first copies will be available for purchase as soon as this weekend.

The new Fujifilm X-T1 is getting a lot of press and a lot of pre-release buzz right now – and all of it sounds very positive. I’m a big fan of the Fujifilm X-trans mirrorless digital cameras and lens system, and I have been using the X-E1 since shortly after it was released, along with the Fuji 14mm, 35mm, 60mm (macro), 18-55mm, and 55-200mm lenses.

The X-T1 is said to be an important next step in this system. It offers added “analog” external controls for various settings, giving the camera the functionality and feel of classic analog film cameras. The EVF has reportedly been improved, and Fuji has apparently managed to produce a mirrorless body with very effective auto focus that can even track moving subjects accurately at 8 fps frame rates. I’m tempted to upgrade from my X-E1!


There is a special offer on selected Sigma Lenses at B&H right now with price reductions of up to $200 off. Sigma lenses are available for variety of cameras:


Lowepro Pro Messenger Bag 160 AW is on sale at $75 off – $99.95 plus free shipping

Monday, February 10, 2014

B&H has significant price reductions on Fujifilm X-series camera lenses right now – and this time the lens discounts do not require you to purchase a camera at the same time. In addition, the offer includes some of the most desirable lenses, including the recently announced 23mm f/1.4 and the 14mm f/2.8. The tiny 27mm “pancake” lens is only $199!

Link to all sale lenses

See below for links to various X-series cameras. Some discounts of up to $200 are available on these as well, including some very significant price breaks on the X-E1 mirrorless digital camera. Link to all Fujifilm Camera deals.


Monday, February 3, 2014

Canon EOS SL1 with two lenses (18-55mm and 75-300mm) – only $607 (click link for details)

The SL1 is a very interesting camera. It is the smallest full-featured DSLR that Canon has ever made, yet it has all of the features that most DSLR buyers want. With these two lenses, this is an excellent deal for many looking for an entry-level DSLR setup. FREE SHIPPING


Fujifilm X-E2 is available at $100 off. The X-E2 is the successor to the X-E1, and updates a number of features.

Fujifilm X-E1 is available at very low prices – which also add up to a 6% B&H rebate and additional freebies. The X-E1 is the predecessor to the newer X-E2 and is still a fine camera. (I use one!)

Fujifilm X-Pro1 is now hundreds less that its original price. The X-Pro1 combines optical and electronic viewfinder systems.

The new Fujifilm X-T1 has been announced and is available for pre-order (see more information below in my previous post)

DELL 24″ Monitor$119 with FREE SHIPPING

My desktop photography workstation uses two monitors. One for my primary display of the image(s) I’m working on and a separate for displaying editing tools and other resources. I use one of these inexpensive Dell monitors for the “second” monitor that displays the non-image windows.

Monday, January 27, 2014


Fujifilm has announced their new X-T1 Mirrorless Camera. The rumors regarding this new camera have been rampant for the past few weeks, and here is what we now know:

  • 16.3 MP X-trans 1.5X cropped sensor
  • ISO 100-51200
  • 8fps continuous shooting
  • Improved hybrid AF system incorporating contrast- and phase detection methods
  • Improved manual focus with digital split image and focus peaking
  • Faster, higher density, and larger electronic viewfinder
  • 1080p HD Video
  • WiFi
  • Expanded manual control dials for shutter speed, +/- 3 EV exposure compensation, ISO,  aperture (on many lenses), and more.

A number of features get my attention. My Fujifilm X-E1 works well at high ISO values, but this camera appears to take the much farther extending the lowest ISO from 200 to 100 and the highest all the way to 51600. The specifications and early reports on the web suggest that the AF system has been significantly improved, even beyond those improvements on the X-E2. The added manual controls are going to help a lot for the sorts of photography that many of us do with this sort of camera, where we need to change settings quickly and without going through menus. There are lots of other improvements, large and small, too numerous to mention here.

I’m very interested in this camera. My X-E1 is a wonderful little picture-making tool that complements my larger DSLR system – and the X-T1 sounds like it has been designed to significantly improve on this effective concept. (There is a very good chance that I’m going to get one.)

The camera is available for pre-order now at site sponsor B&H:

Friday, December 27, 2013

There are a number of special holiday and post-holiday prices right now at site-sponsor B&H Photo – I’ll mention a couple of special note:

A few years ago I wrote that I expected Canon and others to eventually drive the cost of full-frame cameras down to the price point for high-quality cropped sensor cameras – and it looks like that has now happened!

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

More Canon lens discounts at site sponsor B&H. I have listed both the newly announced deals and some of the earlier ones in the following list:

  • The process for getting the listed “final costs” above requires several steps. First, use the links to go to the B&H page where you’ll see the regular list price. Add the item to your cart and a new, lower price will appear. Then make sure to download the Canon mail-in rebate form, read the terms, and then fill it out carefully and mail it after you receive your lens.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Today there are various announcements and deals from B&H, including the availability of new product and some steep discounts on cameras and lenses including the Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8 II lens.

Canon Lenses

    1. Follow the link to the item at B&H, where the listed price will be $1,699. Note the link on the B&H product page to the Canon $200 mail-in rebate form.
    2. Order the lens to place it in your cart, and you will see a discounted price for the lens.
    3. When you receive the lens, carefully prepare and fill out and send your rebate form for the $200 mail-in rebate.
    1. Follow the link to the item at B&H, where the listed price will be $2,199. Note the link on the B&H product page to the Canon $200 mail-in rebate form.
    2. Order the lens to place it in your cart, and you will see a discounted $2,199 price for the lens.
    3. When you receive the lens, carefully prepare and fill out and send your rebate form for the $300 mail-in rebate.

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Fujifilm X-E1 with kit lens

Site affiliate B&H Photo just sent me a link to a lower $899 price on the bundle that includes Fujifilm X-E1 camera and the 18-55mm lens. This model was well over $1000 with this lens a few months ago and has recently been reduced to $999. The “black Friday” price for the Fujifilm X-E1 with the 18-55 lens at B&H is now only $899 - plus it also includes a shoulder bag, a 16GB memory card and a 6% “reward” offer. If you want to give the Fujifilm X-series cameras a try, this seems like a really great deal to me. (I have this camera and this lens, and I’ve written extensively about this gear.)

Friday, November 29, 2013

B&H Black Friday and Cyber Monday Sale

Updated Black Friday/Cyber Monday and other deals from site-sponsor B&H Photo. (Additional deals on listed below from prior dates – most are still valid.)

Use links to verify the pricing and product information at B&H

Thursday, November 28, 2013

FUJIFILM LENS UPDATE - B&H has a “Buy Together and Save” instant savings offer when you purchase a Fujifilm X PROX-E2, or X-E1 in a variety of configurations and colors and buy lenses at the same time. Savings on lenses range from $100 to $250 each.

Step 1: Purchase a camera using one of the following links:

Step 2: On the camera page at the above-listed links look for the “Buy Together and Save” link (which will likely list one specific lens). This goes to a page listing all of the available lenses and savings. Lenses include the essentially ALL X-series camera lenses, including the most recently announced. (Links not included here, since you’ll need to follow the B&H links when you buy the camera):

  • 14mm f/2.8 XF R ultra-wide lens – save $200
  • 18mm f/2 XF R lens – save $200
  • 23mm f/1.4 XF R lens – save $100
  • 27mm f/2.8 XF lens – save $150
  • 35mm f/1.4 XF R Lens – save $150
  • 60mm f/2.4 XF macro – save $250
  • 18-55mm f/2.8-4 XF R LM OIS lens – save $150
  • 55-200mm f/3.5-4.8 XF R LM OIS – save $200

Lenses are also eligible for a 4% B&H “reward” offer. Note that not all lenses are necessarily available with all cameras. For example, the 18-55mm lens is already included with the bundles. Expires 12/24/13.

BLACK FRIDAY SPECIAL NIKON DEALS at B&H (NOW through November 30 at 11:59PM EST only)

  • This is one of the “More you buy… the more you save” Nikon promotions. Purchase a Nikon Df, D7100, D5300, D5200, D610, D7000, D3100, D3200, D5100, D800, and D800E – and get additional savings on a variety of bundled lenses.


Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Friday, November 22, 2013

Apple MacBooks at B&H

Canon deals at B&H

Fujifilm deals at B&H

Tuesday November 19, 2013

(Updated to fix link errors and differentiate between available versions and versions available of pre-order.)

As you may know, I am an enthusiastic user of the Fujifilm X-E1 mirrorless rangefinder-style digital camera system. (See an exhaustive review here: Taking Stock of the Fujifilm X-E1 Mirrorless Camera). Recently Fujifilm announced the X-E2, an updated version of this camera. It is now becoming available in limited quantities from site-sponsor B&H.Fujifilm X-E2 Digital Mirrorless Camera with 18-55mm lens

The new body takes the original x-E1, a fine camera in its own right, and improves several elements of its performance – notably in the areas of autofocus performance, video, a faster processor, and more.

Monday, November 11, 2011

Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS II Lens

I just received word that the price on the Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS II has been reduced significantly for a limited time by the combination of a sale price, a rebate offer, and a “4% reward” program at B&H. These factors reduce your final cost for this $2500 list price lens to $1899 – before the “4% reward” kicks in, and that should be worth another $75+ or so.

Since this is a “hidden” deal, there are a few instructions to follow:

  1. Follow this link. The price will appear as $2499.
  2. Add it to your cart and  the price at checkout will be $2199.
  3. A $300 cash-back rebate offer reduces your cost to $1899 – be sure to get the rebate form from the order page.
  4. B&H offers and additional “4% reward” that you can use for other purchases at B&H.

If this is a lens that you have been considering, this might be a great time to pick one up!

Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS II Lens

Think Tank Photo roller bag “Black Friday” offer (already underway!)

Site sponsor Think Tank Photo has announced a “Black Friday Special” that actually starts now. There is a $50 rebate on their rolling camera bags, and if you order a roller bag plus an Urban Disguise shoulder bag you are are eligible for a $100 rebate – plus the they currently offer free shipping on all Think Tank Photo gear. Click this link to take advantage of this offer - and you’ll be taken to the roller bag page where there is also a link to the rebate form.


(I use Think Tank Photo’s Airport Accelerator Backpack  as my primary camera equipment bag. It holds my two full frame bodies, a bunch of lenses, electronic flash, various accessories, and more – and it has given me great service in all sorts of conditions.)

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Today Nikon announced a new Nikon Df DSLR camera that is revolutionary by being retro! ;-)

Today there are many who find some features of older SLR cameras to be appealing and perhaps, in some ways, preferable to some of the interface elements on modern DSLRs. (Among these people are an older generation that started out with those classic camera and a newer generation that has rediscovered the older cameras at thrift shops and garage sales.) The older SLR film cameras were often tightly constructed, mostly of metal, with clean lines. They featured external manual controls for essentially all features of the camera. Using them was, in many ways, a very different experience from using todays digital cameras, where single dials and buttons perform multiple functions and you must look at LCD displays to see what you are adjusting.

It seems to me that what Nikon may have done here is take some of the best features of the older cameras (physical control knobs, smaller and tighter design, liberal use of metal parts, etc) and fuse them with a thoroughly modern digital camera. Make no mistake, this is not an “old school” camera – it is a modern camera that carries forward some proven design elements from an earlier era. This may not be for everyone, but lots of photographers are going to like this.

You can pre-order the camera and a new 50mm lens that was designed to complement it at B&H now.

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