Cameras and Photography Explained

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The aliens are coming...

Top Deals this week: B&H has the Sony A9 with some extras at US$1000 off (US$3500). This is an excellent camera for sports, and at that price is a good choice for someone starting a career in PJ/sports photography. Likewise the Sony A7Rm3 is now US$400 off (US$2800), and remember that it’s my second favorite all-around camera after the Nikon D850. B&H also has the Canon 5DmIV and 6DmII bodies and kits at the lowest price ever. If you’re a Canon shooter and don’t have the excellent 100-400mm lens, now would be a good time to pick up with a nearly 20% discount. Meanwhile, the Nikon D3500 two-lens kit will be US$500 on Black Friday just about everywhere here in the US, and that’s a fantastic price for a camera that has about the best image quality we’ve seen out of APS-C sensors. Likewise, the D750 body+grip and some extras at US$1400 is an excellent price for a camera that’s still quite competitive. If you’re thinking about moving from DX to FX, that’s the best, least expensive way of doing so. Finally, most of the Sigma Art lenses, many of which I’ve favorably reviewed recently, are currently US$100 off until November 28th. [All links other than reviews are advertiser links, but similar deals are available through your local dealer]

>>> This Week's Articles:

November 19

Competition is Good. I keep track of statements made by various camera executives in my Claims to Remember article. I've just added Nikon's "Our goal is to become number one in the full-frame market for both mirrorless and DSLRs" to the list (quote from dpreview interview). Article on

Fujifilm X-T100 Review. The X-T100 is Fujifilm's entry model mirrorless camera with an electronic viewfinder (EVF). By appearance, it looks like a somewhat diminutive DSLR with a moderately retro look. Article on

Nikon Z Lens Sets. We have, of course, only three native Z-mount lenses. That generally means that you're going to dip into the F-mount lenses via the FTZ adapter, pretty much no matter what you want to do. At least until we get some more Z lens releases. So what's a Z shooter to do? Article on

What Thom Wants for Christmas. Yeah, I know. This article might seem a bit like a five-year old who's just got the Christmas toy catalog and goes into full parental persuasion mode. But bear with me a bit. I think there's useful information here. Article on

The Best Mirrorless Holiday Deals. This page will change from time to time as new deals come and old deals go. But I thought I’d share my thoughts about cameras and lenses that you should be paying attention to (be sure to consult my reviews of the individual products for additional advice). 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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November 12

New Nikon Lens Rebates. As I always do with Nikon lens rebates, here’s my advice about how good these lenses and new prices are. Article on

Dead Versus Zombie. I’ve written about this before in passing, but it seems with all the recent talk about “dead” companies, mounts, and cameras in the photography press—and yes, including from me—we need to present some elaboration to be clear about what we’re talking about. Article on 

November 8

The Decline Continues. One now has to wonder what the Japanese camera companies are actually hiding. In particular, both Canon and Nikon in their financial results are seeming to understate the likely market size (Nikon just said it's 10m units; the actual 12-month trailing value is 11m units, so cooked into Nikon's numbers is an implicit strong collapse of the ILC market in just two quarters). Either that or they're overstocking inventory by large numbers (e.g. CIPA shipments are far above actual sales). Article on

Review of the Nikon 180-400mm f/4E FL Lens. The 180-400mm f/4E FL ED VR AF-S is a follow-up to a venerable lens with a long past (all the way back into manual focus days). It's Nikon's pro  zoom optic that naturally sits above the f/2.8 pro zoom trio (14-24mm, 24-70mm, 70-200mm). While not an f/2.8 lens, the 180-400mm (and the 200-400mm before it) provide pro quality optics with the usual modest zoom range (~2x) in a package that easily be carried in the field with the other three. Article on

November 5

Working Distances. Working Distance is the measurement from the front of the lens to the subject. It does not include lens hood; it's the measurement from the focus plane on the subject to the middle of the front element of the lens. Article on

Are DSLRs Still the Best Choice? I'm going to do one of my end-of-year assessments a little earlier this year. Many of you will be struggling with buying decisions this holiday season because of all the higher-end mirrorless cameras that appeared in and around Photokina. I've now had the chance to use virtually every new camera—some for less time than others, obviously—and I am ready to deliver a quick assessment of The State of the ILC. Article on

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