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Anyone interested in getting a 500mm f/5.6E PF immediately should contact me by email. I know where one is available.

Meanwhile, inventory clearance is an ongoing thing. Nikon still has big D810 and more modest D5 discounts active. Sony has introduced a new US$500 A7Rm3 discount, putting it at US$2500 (advertiser link), and the 24-105mm f/4 lens is also discounted by US$200, making it US$1200 (advertiser link). 

We’re going to see this sort of short term on and off discounting moving around among products for awhile. If you’re thinking of getting a Sony A9, or any Nikkor F-mount lens, for example, I’m pretty sure you won’t have to wait long for discounts to come back on them (and then rotate out again after a week or more).

Frankly, the camera makers have been training people to not buy unless there’s an instant rebate. This is much like what happened with the decline of the US auto manufacturers, where they got purchasers into the habit of waiting for rebates/sales/deals. 

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I'm busy helping my mom this week, so there won't be much in the way of posts (if any). Thus, I thought I'd try something a little different: a new teaching point!  

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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July 11

Sigma's Different Approach to Full Frame. Sigma today announced a number of interesting things—FE and L mount lenses, and the DC DN primes now in EOS M mount—but the product that probably caught the most curious attention was the development announcement of the Sigma fp camera. Article on sansmirror.comfp camera data page35mm f/1.2 data page45mm f/2.8 data page14-24mm f/2.8 data page. (Other Sigma lens data pages updated to reflect EOS M mount lenses.)

July 10

Canon Matches Camera and Lens Better. I've been a harsh critic of Canon's mismatched RF products: low-end bodies and high-end lenses. Today, that problem began its inevitable demise. Article on sansmirror.com24-240mm lens data page.

July 8

Let's Dip into the Hype and Myths. A number of things that are being said that need deeper examination rather than absolute acceptance. Article on

Pro Gear Revisited. Earlier, I wrote about what I felt constituted full frame mirrorless pro gear. Today I'll take up the crop sensor portion of the mirrorless market. Article on

July 1

The 20 Year Anniversary. June 15th marked the twenty-year anniversary of Nikon's announcement of the D1, the camera that most feel kicked off the DSLR era. The camera actually didn't ship to customers until early 2000, but a number of us got a chance to use it briefly in 1999. Article on

The Coming Cameras. I like to do a "thought piece" every now and then premised on what I did through most of my career in Silicon Valley: look five to ten years out and try to understand what developing or new technologies could be used to solve current user problems. Article on

Are You Following Your Heart or Head? It's a simple thing, really: if you're confused about what to do and are contemplating changing gear, do you know whether you're following your heart or your head in your thinking? Article on

June 25

Fujifilm 80mm f/2.8 Macro Lens Review. The XF80mm f/2.8 R LM OIS WR is a modest telephoto macro lens with a lot of acronyms in its name. XF is the Fujifilm APS-C mount. R indicates the lens has an aperture ring. LM means the lens has a linear motor. OIS is Optical Image Stabilization. Finally, WR means that it has a weather resistant design. Article on

June 24

What Constitutes Pro? A legitimate question is starting to appear now that full frame mirrorless is starting to flesh out: what is it that constitutes "pro gear"? Article on

About Lens Reviews. It seems that my review of the 14-30mm f/4 S Nikkor for the Z mount set off a wave of questions and comments. In particular, many pointed to my seemingly contradictory statement that landscape shooters might very well like it but I wasn't unequivocally recommending it. Article on

Added Hasselblad X1DII and 35-75mm f/3.5-4.5 lens to the databases.

I've completed the 2nd Edition of the Complete Guide to the Nikon Z6 and Z7. New purchasers can already get it. It'll take me a few days this week to sort out the updating process for previous purchasers, as it's gotten a bit complicated using my current server. Be sure to check you Spam/Junk folder at the end of the week if you don't see an email message from me.

June 17

Is Disinformation a Problem? Have you ever thought about whether or not misinformation might be harming the photography market? Article on

How Do You Make the Mirrorless/DSLR Choice? It seems that despite my repeated efforts to try to put things into perspective, a number of people are still asking the same questions, typically along the lines of "should I buy a D750 or Z6"? Article on

June 10

Is Landscape Photography Done? A long-term recently wrote to me about how they had stalled when it came to shooting landscapes. Some of it was due to restrictions on where he could be (e.g. no off-trail shooting in some areas he visited now), but much of his reaction was due to a sense of "having seen it all." We all hit plateaus like that if we do something long enough. But is it a summit or a plateau? Too many think that it's a summit and get depressed that there isn't any further to go. This leads to thoughts like the one in the headline: landscape photography is done. Article on

Frustration Versus Reality. I've been encountering a lot of very frustrated—and in some cases, angry—folk lately. Moreover, the press sometimes seems to pile on without actually doing much in the way of fact checking or logical analysis. Article on

Cameras Shouldn't Dictate Self-Esteem. One thing that becomes obvious very quickly when reading various comments across the Internet (or in my In Box), is that there's a very large proportion of active participants that have linked their self-esteem to their camera brand (or model, or type). Article on dslrbodies.comJune 7

The final comments in Your Z Questions Answered article were made. Hope you enjoyed Z Week.

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