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I'm having problems with my hosting company - and they can't figure out the problem.

If you get this error, just keep hitting your "Refresh" button and it will eventually come in.

If you can offer any light on what my hosting company needs to fix - or a suggestion of a great hosting company and what sort of plan I need - I'd love to know. Right now you guys read 200,000 pages and 600 GB of data each day - more when something cool comes out. Of course if you work at a hosting company, let me know.

Thanks!

Ken

 

WPPI

WPPI is the big wedding & portrait photographers' show in Vegas.

I'll probably be there on Monday, so say HI! if you see me.

 

Sneak Peek: WPPI Specials at B&H

The link takes you to all their specials as a preview, but the prices don't go down until Saturday night.

Just a few of these specials are:

Select Canon and Nikon cameras will include a free storage bundle
Sony a7S II will include a free Rode mic bundle worth $229
...

New from Tokina

Tokina FiRIN 20mm f/2 full-frame ultrawide for Sony E.

 

WPPI

WPPI is the big wedding & portrait photographers' show in Vegas. I'll probably be there on Monday, so say HI! if you see me.

 

Sneak Peek: WPPI Specials at B&H

The link takes you to all their specials as a preview, but the prices don't go down until Saturday night.

Just a few of these specials are:

Select Canon and Nikon cameras will include a free storage bundle
Sony a7S II will include a free Rode mic bundle worth $229
Sony a9 will include a 5TB HD and Shoulder bag
Sony a7R II will include 4TB HD
Fuji X-H1 will have a $150 discount on the body/lens kits
Nice discount on the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II
The Pentax KP will come with a free lens
Free battery grip with the Pentax K1 II
Panasonic GH5 will come with a free Rode mic kit
$2000 off the Pentax 645Z
$2500 off the Hasselblad X1D- 50c 4116
Some of the Sigma lenses will have special low prices not found anywhere else
...

2018 Workshop Dates

Here are two of my 2018 workshops - so far. I may add more, but for now here are two of the ones in Yosemite:

15~18 May 2018, Tuesday~Friday: Spring Light in Yosemite. 18~21 October 2018, Thursday~Sunday: Autumn Light in Yosemite. 21~24 October 2018: Fall Color in California's Eastern Sierra (exact dates TBD, runs right after the other trip).

 

New Sony A9 Firmware

Sony has new firmware for the A9. Download for Mac and download for Windows.

Improved:
Enhanced performance of continuous auto focus on moving subjects
Enhanced stability of the AF-C when zooming

New Functions:
Adds the function to assign Protecting images to custom Key
Adds the function to transfer (FTP) protected files at once
Note: Only for images protected using version 2.00 or higher.
Displays wired LAN...

New Full-Frame from Pentax

Pentax K-1 Mark II - $1,996.95 at B&H and at Adorama.

Pentax K-1 Mark II w/28-105mm - $2,396.95 at B&H and at Adorama.

  Deal: Canon 6D w/12-month Adobe Creative Cloud subscription: $999. Deal: Canon 5D Mk III w/12-month Adobe Creative Cloud subscription: $1,999.

 

Lowest Price Ever: Canon 5D Mk III: $1,999.   Lowest Prices Ever: Canon 6D at B&H: $999, also at Adorama. Lowest Price Ever: Canon 6D w/24-105mm STM & free goodies: $1,399. Lowest Price Ever: Canon 6D w/24-105 L: $1,599.

 

El Capitan in Last Light, Yosemite Valley, 5:52 P.M., 29 October 2017. Nikon D850, Nikon 28-300mm VR at 48mm at f/11 hand held at 1/25 at Auto ISO 100, Perfectly Clear v3.5. bigger or full-resolution.

NEW: Photographs from Yosemite and California's Eastern Sierra.

See what I shot on my D850, along with ultra-high resolution fine-art sample image files.

 

Nikon Pancake-NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8 AI-s.

NEW: Nikon Pancake-NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8 AI-s Review.

Nikon's sharpest 50mm manual-focus lens.

 

Weekend Deals

Canon 6D & free goodies: Regular Price: $1,699, sale: $999!

Canon 6D w/24-105mm STM & free goodies: Regular Price: $2,099, sale: $1,399!!!

Panasonic DMC-FZ1000 w/free $100 Adorama gift card: Regular Price: $797, Sale Price: $697. 

Rokinon 35mm f/2.8 AF Ultra Compact Lens for Sony E Mount: Regular Price: $349, Sale Price: $269.

Nest 1.3MP HD Indoor Security Camera (3 Pack): Regular Price: $499, Sale Price: $399.

Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 IF ED MC Super Wide Angle Lens:

Nikon Mount $319

Canon Mount $279

Sony E Mount $259

Fuji Mount $274

Micro 4/3 Mount $279

Pentax Mount $279

Sony A-Mount (Minolta MAXXUM) $259. 

 

El Capitan in Last Light, Yosemite Valley, 5:52 P.M., 29 October 2017. Nikon D850, Nikon 28-300mm VR at 48mm at f/11 hand held at 1/25 at Auto ISO 100, Perfectly Clear v3.5. bigger or full-resolution.

NEW: Photographs from Yosemite and California's Eastern Sierra.

See what I shot on my D850, along with ultra-high resolution fine-art sample image files.

 

Nikon Pancake-NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8 AI-s.

NEW: Nikon Pancake-NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8 AI-s Review.

Nikon's sharpest 50mm manual-focus lens.

 

Weekend Deals

Canon 6D & free goodies: Regular Price: $1,699, sale: $999! (starts Sunday the 18th)

Canon 6D w/24-105mm STM & free goodies: Regular Price: $2,099, sale: $1,399!!! (starts Sunday the 18th)

Panasonic DMC-FZ1000 w/free $100 Adorama gift card: Regular Price: $797, Sale Price: $697. 

Rokinon 35mm f/2.8 AF Ultra Compact Lens for Sony E Mount: Regular Price: $349, Sale Price: $269. ...

Vivid Yellow Tree by the Merced River, Yosemite Valley, 8:30 A.M, 28 October 2017. Nikon D850, Nikon 28-300mm VR at 36mm at f/8 hand held at 1/20 at Auto ISO 400, Perfectly Clear v3.5. bigger or full-resolution.

NEW: Photographs from Yosemite.

See what I shot on my D850, along with ultra-high resolution fine-art samples.

 

 

 

Weekend Deals

Canon 6D & free goodies: Regular Price: $1,699, sale: $999! (starts Sunday the 18th)

Canon 6D w/24-105mm STM & free goodies: Regular Price: $2,099, sale: $1,399!!! (starts Sunday the 18th)

Panasonic DMC-FZ1000 w/free $100 Adorama gift card: Regular Price: $797, Sale Price: $697. 

Rokinon 35mm f/2.8 AF Ultra Compact Lens for Sony E Mount: Regular Price: $349, Sale Price: $269.

Nest 1.3MP HD Indoor Security Camera (3 Pack): Regular Price: $499, Sale Price: $399.

Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 IF ED MC Super Wide Angle Lens:

Nikon Mount $319

Canon Mount $279

Sony E Mount $259

...
Sony Deals Big Sony Sale. Sony Trade-in Sale.

 

More Deals

Sigma 150-600mm Contemporary for Canon Includes Free Dock. Regular Price: $989 | Sale Price:$789.

Sigma 150-600mm Contemporary for Nikon Includes Free Dock. Regular Price: $989 | Sale Price:$789. 

The Panasonic DC-G9 is in stock and is offering a 3-year upgrade to the warranty.

The Profoto A1 for Nikon is in stock (the Canon is available for pre-order). 

Bower Flash Accessory Kit is $40 off until Saturday night at midnight, NYC time. 

Impact parabolic Umbrellas are $20 off.

Dell SE2717HR 27" Full HD IPS LED Monitor with HDMI Cable Regular Price: $190 | Sale Price:$155. 

Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 2nd Gen Audio Interface With /V-Moda Crossfade2 headphone Regular Price: $480 | Sale Price:$330.

 

 

Nikon 200mm f/4 AF-D Micro.

Radioactive Lens?

Someone wrote me, scared that the Internet said these lenses are horribly radioactive, especially at the back.

Well, I tested mine, and even holding it right up to my Geiger Counter there's no more radiation than my normal background.

You always have to check for yourself because no company will ever admit this if it is. I've tested some LEICA SUMMICRONs from the 1950s, and they are still radioactive — even though LEICA has denied this for over 50 years.

 

LAST DAYS: Photo Contest w/$10,000 First Prize

1X is running a new photo contest, and first prize is $10,000. There is also a special $1,000 prize for which I will pick the winner. The last day to enter was January 31st, but when I asked since I hadn't mentioned this contest in months, 1X agreed to extend entries for another day or two.

It's not my contest; it's 1X,' so see all the details and enter...

 

Weekend Deals

Canon 6D & free goodies: Regular Price: $1,699, sale: $999! (Begins Sunday the 18th)

Canon 6D w/24-105mm STM & free goodies: Regular Price: $2,099, sale: $1,399!!! (begins Sunday the 18th).

Panasonic DMC-FZ1000 w/free $100 Adorama gift card: Regular Price: $797, Sale Price: $697. 

Rokinon 35mm f/2.8 AF Ultra Compact Lens for Sony E Mount: Regular Price: $349, Sale Price: $269.

Nest 1.3MP HD Indoor Security Camera (3 Pack): Regular Price: $499, Sale Price: $399.

Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 IF ED MC Super Wide Angle Lens:

Nikon Mount $319

Canon Mount $279

Sony E Mount $259

Fuji Mount $274

Micro 4/3 Mount $279

Pentax Mount $279

Sony A-Mount (Minolta MAXXUM) $259. 

 

NEW: Fuji X-H1.

All-new body mechanics (same X-mount).

Fuji's first in-camera "5 axis" stabilization for 5.5 stops improvement.

New Flicker synchronization to shoot-through flickering lighting.

Works with the new cine lenses below.

Ships March 1st, 2018.

X-H1 Body: $1,899.

X-H1 Vertical Power Booster Grip: $329.

X-H1 Body w/grip: $2,199

 

New FUJINON MKX Cine Lenses

These are the first fully manual cine lenses to be compatible with the X Series APS-C cameras. They should start shipping around Summer 2018.

MKX 18-55mm T2.9: $3,999.

MKX 50-135mm T2.9: $4,299.

 

NEW: Lensbaby Burnside.

 

Loving my Canon 5DSR

Ryan at his Valentine's Day Party. (Canon 5DSR, Canon 24-70mm f/2.8 L II at 50mm at f/3.2 at 1/125 at Auto ISO 800, Perfectly Clear V3.) bigger or full resolution or camera-original © file.

It's more to carry than most, but my Canon 5DSR always nails snaps at school under whatever funny mixed fluorescent lighting there may be - and the bokeh from my Canon 24-70mm f/2.8 L II always looks great, as well as being ultra-sharp. Goodness, just look at Ryan's eyes in the full resolution file. This is how we get 3-D images, not with stereoscopy, but by exploiting sharp and soft. (Stereoscopy is how we in Hollywood refer to what consumers call "3D;" 3D in Hollywood means something else.) That's why "3D" TV died before it went on sale; you get 3D images with lighting, color and texture; not with stereoscopy. Stereoscopy has always been a prank; done poorly all you get is what look like flat cut-outs moving around.

 

NEW: Panasonic GX9 micro 4/3 camera with 12-60mm lens, comes in in black or in silver. NEW: Panasonic ZS200 20MP EVF p/s w/ 24-360mm (eq.) LEICA lens. Comes in in black or in silver., also at B&H in silver and in black.  
Nikon Trade-In Deal

Trade in your Nikon D810 and receive up to $1,200.00. Fill out the form to receive a quote. 

Or trade-in your:

  • D800
  • D800E
  • D500
  • D750
  • D700
  • D610
  • D600

and get up to 70% credit of the resale value of any used equipment to apply towards the purchase of your new Nikon D850 or other gear.

Check it out.

 

Deals

Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 fulls-frame for Nikon, for Canon, for Sony E, for Fuji, for Micro 4/3 and for Sony A/MAXXUM: Regular Price: $379, Sale Price: $269.

Joby GorillaPod w/Lowepro Shoulder Case, OctoPad & Blower Brush: Regular Price: $120, Sale Price: $63.95.

Fuji X-E2S w/ 18-55mm & XF 14mm f/2.8: Regular Price: $1,719, Sale Price: $1,199. 

...
  NEW: Panasonic GX9 micro 4/3 camera with 12-60mm lens, comes in in black or in silver. NEW: Panasonic ZS200 20MP EVF p/s w/ 24-360mm LEICA lens. Comes in in black or in silver.  

beyerdynamic DT 1350.

NEW: beyerdynamic DT 1350 Review.

Best dynamic headphones I've heard at any price. MADE IN GERMANY.

 

beyerdynamic DT 240 Pro.

NEW: beyerdynamic DT 240 Pro Review.

Basic $99 headphones.

 
NEW: Sony A6300 — in silver! Also comes as a kit with a great little silver lens.

A6300 review.