Patrick and I are currently in Iceland filming our newest tutorial with world renowned landcape photographer Elia Locardi. Yesterday, for our Thanksgiving meal, we ate some of the worst pizza of our lives in a mountain gas station but the holiday spirit hasn't left us. The Fstoppers Store is currently on sale for Black Friday.
Black Friday, love it or hate it, always manages to produce some tempting deals on the tech front, and tablets are no exception this holiday season. Numerous stores are selling cheap, poorly made Android tablets at prices that you can only believe once you open the box and realize what you just bought. These devices are usually sluggish, riddled with bugs, lack future updates, and more critically, come full of security flaws. Bluebox Labs recently put several of these discount tablets through security tests and the results are a bit frightening. If you’re in the market for a new Android tablet, a quick read through the results may save you a lot of time and frustration.
The holiday season is upon us, which also means every store in the world is flooding your email to give you the absolute best deals available for products of all varieties. Well, I've dug through those hundreds of emails for you, and I wanted to present you with the absolute best deals for photographers and videographers going on today and through this weekend.
I’ll never forget the email; I was on a plane somewhere over the Florida coast, on my way to the Bahamas for the Fstoppers Workshops 2014. Just before I left the States, I had signed on with the artist consulting firm Wonderful Machine. The first step in preparation for a press release was to tear my website apart. The critique was tough and they slashed it hard… here I am in one of the most beautiful places in the world, feeling a truck load of anxiety. For years, I had thought I had a clean and straight to the point website, but it turns out I needed to strip it down even more.
At the end of any speaking engagement I'm involved in, I usually offer a bit of advice which includes "Don't go into debt over this". If you're just starting out, trying to make a go at a career in photography, you need to focus on learning the craft, mastering your equipment, and trying to build your business to a point where you have a steady and somewhat consistent income. The business of photography is a constant ebb & flow, and if you don't have the intestinal fortitude to endure lean times, then it's probably not the right profession for you.
The Nikon D610 is currently $300 off on instant rebate, bringing the brand new version to $1696. You can get one from the refurb department for even less, though, at just shy of $1500. Fuji is offering $200 off many of their lenses as well. The biggest deal though, in my opinon, is the $800 off the Panasonic GH4, my new favorite camera, when you get it with the interface unit. You can get $300 off with the 12-35mm lens bundle.
What do you get when you mix a little Australian photographer Jerry Ghionis with NJ Wedding Photographer Vanessa Joy? A conversation that talks about mastering the art of photography all in a half hour audio interview about common photographer fears and pitfalls. Jerry talks about his climb from his family losing their home to where he is today with nothing but a fierce passion and work ethic in his pocket.
Time is running out quickly for you to get a whopping $500 off of the Blackmagic Production Camera 4K from B&H. Currently sitting at a cool $2,495 USD, the instant savings sale price will end September 5th at 7:15PM EDT. If you’ve been considering the Production Camera 4K, this is the right time to make your move.
Though we have no confirmations that the price drops are permenant, we can probably assume them to last a long time if not forever. Canon has cut prices from $1000 on the higher-end lenses to $50 on the more affordable glass across their product line. In all, there are 26 lenses discounted as of today.
I think it's fair to say that the 7D II is coming soon, with a lot of signs pointing to a release at Photokina this year. This fire sale on the camera only bolsters that possibility, with the body only now at $999 and bundeld with a 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 at $1,099. This is still a darn good camera, if not a bit dated, for such a low price. [via B&H]
B&H now has a great selection of some high speed lenses available for purchase. These pieces of glass will allow for you to take your creativity to an entirely new level and there is one in nearly every price range, from the lows of $599 all the way up to the high end pricing of $2079 with the Handevision IBELUX 40mm f/0.85 Lens, the Mitakon 50mm f/0.95 Lens and the SLR Magic 12mm T1.6 Hyperprime Lens.
B&H is running a pretty good deal on the Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 pancake lens right now. It is regularly priced at $199 and now can be purchased for only $149. We are unsure as to how long this deal will be going on so take advantage of it now if you have been in the market for this lens or patiently waiting for a nice sale to pop up.
Having recently moved from a DSLR into medium format digital, I can affirm the transition isn't a cheap one. Besides shelling out tens-of-thousands of dollars for a body and digital back, you've also got to buy a new set of lenses which average around $4k each. Add tether cables, tripod mounts, additional batteries, and filters, you're in the hole for the equivelent of a home mortgage. Every once in a while, the manufacturers will offer incentives and/or savings and for Hasselblad, July happens to be one of those times.