A blog remodeling is coming. Now that the default WordPress theme has been “burned it”, it is time to start adding more utility to it and fix some of the issues (for example, those GIANT blog-post headlines). This will happen in the next few days on a time permitting basis.
This is a good opportunity to change and fix things, so if there are any things that bother you or you want to see changed or updated or tweaked and such, please feel free to leave a comment or use the online contact form.
Bag the bags, literally. the Ape Case ACPRO346W (Metro Collection) Large Caemra Case is on sale for $27~ at Amazon by Amazon actual with a limit of up to ten per customer. It only has two customer reviews so far. Note that there is a Coldplay song inside ~ it is all yellow 🙂 Plenty of repositionable dividers inside which you can repurpose in other bags as needed. This is not a lightning deal.
Speaking of camera bags, there a few other offers running as well, check the Camera Bags archive which include a quarter of doorbuster-y Lowepro bags at Adorama going for $10 to $20 with free shipping.
The Rakuten sounds like a futuristic racoon from a Japanese anime, but it’s also the name of the artist formerly known as Buy.com, and until 4/30/17, they offer 5% back in Rakuten reward points through the Rakuten website when you promo code REWARDME over there.
The brand new, second generation, Panasonic 12-35mm f2.8 II PowerOIS is now in-stock and ready to ship for $1000 with free shipping at B&H Photo and Adorama.
PS: In comparison, the first generation of this lens goes for $700 bundled with a $100 gift card.
F2.8 zoom action on the Micro Four Thirds front now, the Panasonic 12-35mm f2.8 PowerOIS is bundled with a $100 Adorama gift certificate, all together going for $698 with free shipping at Adorama. OR if you prefer free accessories instead of the $100 gift card, they have a bundle with those too.
If you are a B&H fan, they offer it for the same price, but bundled with a $50 Gift Card.
On the $$$profesisonal$$$ side of lightning, B&H Photo has another Profoto promotion. If you purchase one of select Profoto B1 or B2 models (four options, $1995 to $4148), you will receive with them a FREE Profoto Air Remote. You have a choice of a Transceiver or a TTL for Canon or Nikon or Sony. You select the free item on the product page of each participating product, screenshot below:
Day #2 of Joe McNally’s Lightning Class “Lighting, Logistics, and Strategies for a Life in Photography” will begin streaming LIVE at 12pm eastern on Thursday and will be free for all to watch while it is recording live.
CreativeLIVE uses a different model when it comes to online classes. Each class streams live online as it is recorded (in other words, classes are recorded live) and everyone can watch it without paying. After the original live stream is over, then you have to pay to watch or rewatch it. So if you have a flexible schedule and fast-enough internet access you can watch a LOT of content for free.
For more details, check CreativeLive’s Free On-Air Classes page. Other upcoming classes include Lindsay Adler, Jeremy Cowart, Ben Willmore, and more.
Stabilized macro time now, Canon revealed the new 35mm f2.8 IS STM EF-S (APS-C) lens but pre-orders for it are not available. Nevertheless the lens has a product page up and running at B&H Photo with some details and an option to get notified by email when it’s available for pre-order/purchase.
PS: this too has been added to the 2017 Tracking page of major/interesting new cameras and lenses (NOTE: these trackers are no longer comprehensive of every single P&S camera and clone lens).
Superzooms are alive and kicking, partly because neither smartphones nor DSLRs/iLCs can offer the crazy zoom ratios of smaller-sensor fixed lens cameras. Which brings us to a new 40x optical zoom model revealed by Canon, the Powershot SX730 HS with a 20mp 1/2.3″ sensor, available for pre-order at B&H Photo for $399 with free expedited shipping in silver or in black, but not in Las Vegas Raiders silver-and-black 🙂
This sale ended…
A couple of days ago the Rokinon AF 14mm f2.8 FE was on sale for $649, but now Amazon has gone mad, and they are offering it for $499 with free shipping. This is sold and shipped by Amazon itself, not 3rd-party sellers. The shipping estimate is “1 to 2 months” often a sign the offer may be towards the end of its lifecycle. Limit up to three lenses per customer.