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Photography gear comes in waves these days...the next wave starts soon.

The Fujifilm XT/XH [advertiser link] cameras are the new discount option, with the X-H1 now selling for US$1300 with a vertical grip and extra battery and the X-T3's US$100 off and the X-T2 is US$500 off retail. A few of the previous holiday deals still linger, but most are not long for the world.

Canon has announced new lens rebates [advertiser link] good through 2/2/19. A lot of the standard EF lenses (e.g. 70-200mm) have US$100 to US$300 discounts. 

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January 15

Sony Introduces the A6400. After over a two-year break, Sony has finally got back to putting out a new APS-C sensor mirrorless camera, this time the A6400. Article on A6400 Data Page.

January 14

Review of the Nikkor 500mm f/5.6 PF Lens. The 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR is the second lens from Nikon using Phase Fresnel optical design (thus the PF in its name). The first was the 300mm f/4E, which turned out to be a real winner of a lens and is one of my favorites for travel. Now we have a longer version. How good is it? Article on

Sub-note: I've updated the links on the Lens Reviews page on this site, which was a bit outdated.

Do You Buy DSLR Lenses Still? The latest trend in my In box hasn't been about cameras. It's concern about lenses (again). This time the concern is about full frame lenses (but see comment at end for crop sensor). Article on

May I ask that you start your photographic-related shopping by clicking on any of the B&H links on this site, such as the following one. B&H is this site's exclusive advertiser. Starting a purchase at B&H from a link on this site helps support this site.

Some of you probably aren't aware that I've long had a dedicated B&H Landing Page [advertiser link] where the items in each of four different "gear bags" I use lives. We've just updated that page and the underlying pages, as well.


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January 9

The Need for DSLR Clarity. Both Canon and Nikon have made a number of comments lately about their continued "commitment" to DSLRs. Let's first point out why they're doing that. Article on

January 8

Nikon News from CES. Nikon today announced the 14-30mm f/4 S lens, to be available in Spring for US$1300. The big news here is that this is a rather small, light lens that allows 82mm filters up front. Nikon claims it is the first full frame 14mm lens to allow filters. In addition, Nikon announced a new Filmmaker's Kit, this time with the Z6. Article on sansmirror.com14-30mm lens data page

Panasonic News from CES. I'm going to do this short-hand, as there's a lot coming down the pike today, and Panasonic didn't really say much new. Article on 

January 7

Know Thy Camera. Over the holidays I spent a fair amount of time responding to detailed requests that came in over email during the past month or two. I can't always spend a lot of time answering emails, so often my answers are brief. But what I discovered in making more detailed responses during this holiday period was simple: I was answering the same question, even though it was being expressed differently. Article on

What Nikon's Lens Choices Say About Mirrorless DX (APS-C). I noted this to myself when Nikon first posted their Road Map for Z lenses: it won't take a lot to fill in some DX (APS-C) lens gaps. Article on

A Style Note. Nikon's marketing style book says that the Z series cameras are named Z 6 and Z 7 (space in between the letter and number). They're not always consistent about that themselves, and for good reason: Z6 and Z 6 present different search results! Article on

The Sound of Silence. I’ve read in several places now about calls that mirror-slapping DSLRs should be banned from events. We already have the “never before ball is struck ban” in golf, but I keep hearing people saying that only silent cameras should be used to shoot press conferences and other public events. Be careful what you wish for. Article on

As with all Januaries, the News/Views articles on my two major sites all archive down into folders for the passing year while a new folder is started for the current year. Hard to believe, but now has 10 years with thousands of news articles and dslrbodies has 16 and many thousands more (I didn't start the yearly process until 2003 or it would be an even higher number). 

January 1

Where Mirrorless is Headed in 2019. We've come to the end of another year—an important year for mirrorless—and as we kick off the new year it's a good time for some reflection on the market. Article on

The 2019 Mirrorless To Do List. In my other article today I outline many of my thoughts about what the camera companies are likely to do in 2019. You'd think with all the press and hype and new mirrorless products of 2018 that all the camera companies would be basking in their successes. Thing is, every last camera company has serious challenges in the coming year. Article on

Everything Canikon DSLR in 2018. One question I keep getting is “are DSLRs dead?” Well, one thing you can do is an audit. So let’s look at everything that was introduced DSLR-wise for Canon and Nikon in 2018. Article on

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