Some good Nikon lens deals…

Just got this in the mail and thought I’d share it – there’s up to $400 off various lenses at B&H – like the 80-400 AFS, for instance; no body purchase required. Click here.

Purchases made through the link do give me a small referral commission that helps support the site. It doesn’t make any difference to the price for you, though. Thanks! MT

One day left to enter the 2013 Maybank Photo Awards

A gentle reminder: there’s one day left to get your entries in for the 2013 Maybank Photo Awards; each photographer can have multiple entries per category, the prizes are sizeable and the head judge is yours truly, so if you haven’t entered – and are an ASEAN resident – then you probably should! MT

Submit your entries via the competition page here.

News and some B&H deals that came in the mail…UPDATED

I’m sure some of you might find these interesting, so I’ll pass them on very briefly. The ‘Shooting with the Legends’ series continues this weekend. I’ll also be at the Kuala Lumpur CEX show on Sunday 4th speaking for Olympus at 1230pm – please drop by and say hi if you’re in town. Have a good weekend everybody! MT

Blackmagic Cinema Camera EF and M43 mounts – $1000 off, now $1995 – here

Up to $550 off DSLR + lens bundles – Nikon is here, Canon is here

Ricoh GR now in stock, here

Price drop on the original RX100, now $598, here

$100 off M4/3 lenses, here

$150 off OM-D kits, here

$50 off the E-P5 body, here

Some shopping updates…

Today seems to be sale day at B&H.

Lightroom 5 is now available for pre-order here from B&H

B&H is also running rebates on Fuji X-series cameras – the X-Pro1 and X-E1 are both $200 off; combine that with multiple lenses for up to $1300 off – click here.

One of the more interesting compacts I reviewed recently – the Panasonic LX7 – is now on sale to $299 again. You can find it here.

Three excellent Olympus M4/3 lenses are also on sale – I own all of these and rate them very highly – the Olympus 60/2.8 Macro, 75/1.8 and 12/2 (click on the lens names for my reviews). You can find them up to $100 off here. Finally, the OM-D + 12-50 kit is now $150 off – down to $1150. That’s here.

As usual, in the interests of full disclosure: shopping via these links supports the site via a small commission; prices are the same but it does help keep things going (and also helps them to justify loaning me gear for future reviews, which of course means I can test more stuff without having to buy it). Thanks! MT

Nikon lens rebates – up to $1000 off (cumulatively)…

In case you missed the first round, and happen to be in the market for a new lens/body – B&H has some pretty good specials going here, with up to $1000 off with cumulative purchases. MT

Update: Some Sandisk rebates – up to 37% off – available too, for the next 24 hours or so. You can find them here.

A quick post-USA trip gear evaluation

It’s not often that I’m forced to shoot with just one set of equipment for an extended period of time with no real recourse to my other gear. This trip – three weeks – has provided me with an opportunity to focus on the evaluation of what I did bring. I packed light this time – I knew I would be walking a lot, so I wanted to avoid a whole-day bag. What follows are some quick thoughts on how I thought things stacked up. MT

18/4/13 at 4.30pm – Corrected for autocorrect-induced typos; I was trying writing on my iPad on the plane home.

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FUji X-E1 and Panasonic LX7 specials…

This might interest some of you – B&H is offering $300-$900 off various Fuji X-E1 bundles. I know this camera has received a lot of attention recently (I haven’t shot one yet myself, but the files look pretty good). If you’re in the market for one, you might want to have a look here. MT

Update: I just noticed that the excellent Panasonic LX7 has dropped in price again, to sub-$300 from Amazon, here. That’s a lot of compact for the money, and the lens is outstanding (I’m testing one at the moment).

One more New York City workshop – 8-10 April!

By popular demand, I’m opening up another workshop date for the 2013 New York City Making Outstanding Images tour – Monday 8 to Wednesday 10 April. However, before I change travel plans, I’ll need a minimum of 5 participants to make this a go – please shoot me an email to make a booking or if you have questions. For more information on the workshop, please take a look here. Thanks! MT

It appears that the Nikon lens offers…

…have an expiry date – 2 March, is what I’m told. So if you want to make the most of them, I’d suggest acting fast. Some good deals to be had – I might pick up a  70-200 for myself…

The table of links is here.

Happy new year – and a garage sale (price reduction!)

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Wishing all of my Asian readers a happy and prosperous Chinese New Year of the Snake*! MT

*If the image below doesn’t look familiar, or seems interesting, then it’s time to get invited to a Lou Sang or Yee Sang – it’s a kind of salad with symbolic components that gets tossed ritually for prosperity, luck and health in the company of friends and family. The sauce is also quite sticky, so don’t get too close with the camera; from personal experience, it’s hell to clean off lenses.

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On to the more photographically interesting second part: the garage sale. Up for grabs today are a couple of items:

1. The ultimate Nikon D700 body kit – Price now reduced to US$1,500 excluding shipping, but including paypal fees Sold!

Shortly after buying the camera, I modified it personally to be perfectly set up for manual focus work. This means that the mirror zero position has been aligned, and the focusing screen shimmed: what you see in the finder is exactly what the sensor sees. I then went one step further and added a type J screen (extra snappy, central split prism) from the Nikon F6; this is not a simple modification because it doesn’t fit. The screen has to be cut down and filed to fit in the D700′s focusing screen carrier. The camera also includes:

  • DK-17M 1.2x magnifying eyepiece;
  • MB-D10 battery grip and adaptors for EN-EL3e batteries, AA batteries and the optional EN-EL4a adaptor;
  • Two extra EN-EL3e batteries;
  • Two EN-EL4a batteries and a MH-21 charger – this lets you get to 8fps and extends battery life dramatically;
  • New, original, unused strap;
  • All boxes and papers (except for the MH-21, that’s from my busted D2H).

It’s been used professionally but taken care of. Shutter actuations are slightly below 70k, but it was checked recently by NPS and given a clean bill of health. (The D700 is rated to 150,000, so there’s plenty of life left in it yet.) Otherwise, it’s cosmetically perfect with no rub marks, paint, scratches etc. – I believe in taking good care of my equipment.

You’re probably wondering why I’m selling it. Simple answer: I need the D800E’s file size to keep commercial clients happy, and I hardly do any reportage anymore. I felt it should go to a good home and somebody who would appreciate it rather than sitting folorn in a drybox. This is the ideal camera for manual focus lens aficionados! I have a full long-term review here, and a great many of the images on this site were shot with it.

2. Sony RX100 with Franiec grip and extra battery – US$500 excluding shipping but including paypal fees. Sold pending payment

Self explanatory, really. The camera includes a Richard Franiec grip and one spare original battery, plus boxes/ papers and whatnots. Just throwing this one out there as I could keep it or not; it’s an excellent pocket camera. It’s just that I seem to be using the GR1v a lot more than the RX100 these days. Also, if I sell this one, I can pick up something else to review for you guys :) Note: the camera has a couple of small paint loss marks on the left border of the LCD, otherwise it’s perfect. Under 4k actuations on this one. My full review is here.

If you’re interested in either of these cameras, please get in touch. Thanks! MT


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