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Memory Card Sale and Canon EF 24-105L IS for $599 Nov 27, 2014
Canon EF 24-105L IS for $599 at Adorama
Adorama via Ebay has the Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens for $599

(Regular price: 1,149)

Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens ($599)

Black Friday Memory Card Sale at B&H Photo:
  1. Sandisk Memory Cards
  2. Lexar Memory Cards


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Sony Black Friday: A6000, A7, A5000 and A5100 Nov 27, 2014
Black Friday A6000 body for $448.  A6000 kit for $598
Here are the Sony cameras Black Friday Deals from Amazon, B&H Photo and Adorama:
  1. $200 off on the Sony A6000 body ($448)
    B&H Photo | Adorama | Amazon

  2. $200 off on the Sony A6000 with kit lens ($598)
    B&H Photo | Adorama | Amazon

  3. $200 off on the Sony A7 ($1,298)
    B&H Photo | Adorama | Amazon

  4. $200 off on the Sony A7 with kit lens ($1,598)
    B&H Photo | Adorama | Amazon

  5. $200 off on the Sony A5000 with kit lens ($298)
    B&H Photo | Adorama | Amazon

  6. $200 off on the Sony A5100 body ($348)
    B&H Photo | Adorama | Amazon
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Sony A7 II Preorders now at B&H Photo, Adorama & Amazon! Nov 26, 2014
Sony A7 II Preorders now at B&H Photo, Adorama & Amazon!
You can now Preorder the new Sony A7 II from B&H Photo, Adorama & Amazon for $1,698.

Preorder links:
Sony Alpha a7II Mirrorless Digital Camera ($1,698)

B&H Photo | Adorama | Amazon

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I've got a word that B&H Photo will be shipping the first preorders on December 8th.

Download the ILCE-7M2 Product Guide from here.
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Weekly Assignment 632 winner: gregfixit Nov 26, 2014

Congratulations to gregfixit for winning WA 632, based on the theme: Candy.

The top five photos displayed below, will also be showcased on our Winners Gallery.

Voting is now open for the WA 633 winners.
Cast your vote!

Weekly Assignment 633 just started with theme: "Lens"
Deadline: December 3rd noon - Participate!
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Panasonic GH4 4K Mirrorless Price Reduction Nov 24, 2014
Panasonic GH4 4K Mirrorless Price Reduction
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 4K Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera just had its price reduced to $1,497.

It's an instant $200 price reduction and includes free expedited shipping at B&H Photo.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 4K Mirrorless ($1,497)
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Nov 21st - Featured Thread Winners! Nov 22, 2014
Here are the Feature Thread Winners based on your votes:

Landscape Photographer:
Light Show by Mark Metternich

Nature & Wildlife:
Baldies 1 (11) by Ted ellis

People Photography:
Beautiful Autumn In North Carolina by Lisa_Holloway

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Official: A7 II full-frame camera with 5-axis IS Nov 20, 2014
Official: A7 II full-frame camera with 5-axis IS
Sony just announced the A7 II, the first full-frame mirrorless with a 5-axis sensor-shift image stabilization.
The newly designed IBIS can reduce shake by 4.5 stops for stills and video. When used with E-mount lenses with OSS, the camera combines in-lens and in-body stabilization.
Sony listened to user feedback and improved the grip, position of the front dial and shutter button. The lens mount has also been reinforced, for more stability when using heavy lenses.

Although they share essentially the same sensor, the A7 II has 30% improvement in AF speed and 1.5x better tracking. The CMOS sensor still features the same 117 phase detect and 25 contrast detect points.

Borrowed from the A7s, the superior XAVC-S codec and high dynamic range S-Log2 picture profile are now included in the new camera.

You can now Preorder the new Sony A7 II from B&H Photo, Adorama & Amazon for $1,698.

Preorder links:
Sony Alpha a7II Mirrorless Digital Camera ($1,698)
Shipping date: December 8th.

B&H Photo | Adorama | Amazon


For more detailed information check out Sony's A7 II page
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New Sony Forum started Nov 20, 2014
New Sony Forum started
Hi Everyone,
Lately, a lot of the activity in the Alternative Gear & Lenses board has been for Sony gear. In order to preserve the essence of the Alt board, I've decided to start a new dedicated Sony Forum.

For reference the Alternative board ID is 55 and the new Sony Forum is ď56Ē.
http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/board/56

From now on, please post Sony related threads on the appropriate board. It's going to be a difficult transition but I'm confident we can pull through this together.
Thanks for your cooperation and understanding.
All the best,
Fred
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Weekly Assignment 631 winner: ruuskan Nov 19, 2014

Congratulations to ruuskan for winning WA 631, based on the theme: Blurry.

The top five photos displayed below, will also be showcased on our Winners Gallery.

Voting is now open for the WA 632 winners.
Cast your vote!

Weekly Assignment 632 just started with theme: "Purse"
Deadline: November 26th noon - Participate!
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Zeiss FE 16-35mm f/4 is in stock everywhere! Nov 18, 2014
Zeiss FE 16-35mm f/4 is in stock at B&H Photo
The new full frame Zeiss FE 16-35mm lens is now in stock at B&H Photo, Adorama and Amazon!

B&H Photo | Adorama | Amazon

Price: $1,348 with free expediting shipping

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Reviews:
PhotographyBlog, Jorg Haag, DxOMark, Colby Brown, Mobile01, Photofocus, Techbang.
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Nov 14th - Featured Thread Winners! Nov 15, 2014
Here are the Feature Thread Winners based on your votes:

Landscape Photographer:
Big Sur Milky Way by jeffstasney

Nature & Wildlife:
Short-eared Owls of New Jersey and New York by kosin

People Photography:
Senior Portrait Session: Cheerleader/Rep by friscoron

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Weekly Assignment 630 winner: birdied Nov 12, 2014

Congratulations to birdied for winning WA 630, based on the theme: Things That Look Like Something Else.

The top five photos displayed below, will also be showcased on our Winners Gallery.

Voting is now open for the WA 631 winners.
Cast your vote!

Weekly Assignment 631 just started with theme: "Candy"
Deadline: November 19th noon - Participate!
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Canon 100-400 IS II Official: Pre-order Links Nov 11, 2014
Canon 100-400 IS II Official: Pre-order Links
The Canon EF 100-400 IS II is officially announced!

Specifications:
  1. One Fluorite and One Super UD Element
  2. Air Sphere and Fluorine Lens Coatings
  3. Ring-Type USM AF Motor, Internal Focus
  4. 4-stop Optical Image Stabilizer with 3 Modes
  5. Rotating Zoom Ring & Torque Adjustment
  6. Weather-Sealed Design
  7. Detachable, Rotatable Tripod Collar
  8. Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm
  9. Angle of View: 24į - 6į 10'
  10. Minimum Focus Distance (MFD): 3.2 ft. (0.98m) !!
  11. Magnification: 0.31x
  12. Filter Thread: Front:77 mm
  13. Dimensions (DxL): Approx. 3.7 x 7.6" (93.98 x 193.04 mm)
  14. Weight: 3.5 lb (1.59 kg)

Pre-order links:

Canon EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS II $2,199: B&H Photo | Adorama | Amazon

Availability December 2014

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Nov 7th - Featured Thread Winners! Nov 08, 2014
Here are the Feature Thread Winners based on your votes:

Landscape Photographer:
Goggling at Mt. Asgard by ArturS

Nature & Wildlife:
The Years of the Cat....20K (61 images plus bonus) by eyelaser

People Photography:
Baby Baby by innovis

1265 views
Canon EOS 7D Mark II ISO Noise Comparison Nov 06, 2014
Canon EOS 7D Mark II ISO Noise Comparison
The-Digital-Picture.com posted a Canon 7D Mark II noise comparison test. According to Bryan, there are small improvements when comparing with Canon 70D files at the entire ISO range but at ISO 3200 and 6400, the difference is more obvious.

Here is an excerpt:

"Going into this review, I was thinking that there was little chance that I was going to be replacing my 70D with a 7D II. With a 1D X and a pair of 5D III bodies currently in my kit, I need APS-C cameras primarily to test EF-S and similar lenses. After seeing 7D II image quality exceed my expectations, and knowing the huge array of other 7D II feature advantages over the 70D, I'm having serious second thoughts. Overall, the Canon 7D Mark II looks impressive from an image quality perspective."

Read full comparison

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Canon EOS 7D Mark II body only:
Adorama | B&H Photo | Amazon - $1,799
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Weekly Assignment 629 winner: douter Nov 05, 2014

Congratulations to douter for winning WA 629, based on the theme: Old Things New Again.

The top five photos displayed below, will also be showcased on our Winners Gallery.

Voting is now open for the WA 630 winners.
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Weekly Assignment 630 just started with theme: "Blurry"
Deadline: November 12th noon - Participate!
5 posts  |  2674 views
Canon 7D II Kit with free CamRanger remote controller Nov 04, 2014
Canon 7D II Kit with free CamRanger remote controller
Adorama has the new Canon EOS 7D Mark II Digital SLR Camera with EF-S 18-135mm IS STM Lens Kit, Bundle With CamRanger iOS Remote Camera Controller and free software.

Canon 7D Mark II + EF-S 18-135 IS STM Lens Kit, Bundle With CamRanger iOS Remote Camera Controller


The included CamRanger Remote Camera Controller is valued $299 (http://www.adorama.com/CMRCC.html)

Kit also includes free software (value of $49) - FXhome Ltd Photokey 6 Lite: Creative Green Screen Photography Software for Windows & Mac.
10 posts  |  3487 views
Roger cracks open the new Canon EOS 7D Mark II Nov 04, 2014
Roger cracks open the new Canon EOS 7D Mark II
Lensrentals.com just posted a teardown of the new Canon EOS 7D Mark II.

Here is his conclusion on the camera's weather-sealing:

"So there you have it. This is, by dissection at least, the most thoroughly weather-sealed camera Iíve ever run across. (I would point out that I donít take apart every camera so please donít change my wording to say itís the most weather sealed camera. I donít know that.) But this isnít just market-speak weather sealing. Itís a thorough and complete attempt to seal every possible crack and crevice the camera has."

Read blog's full article: Cracking Open the 7D II

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Canon EOS 7D Mark II body only:
Adorama | B&H Photo | Amazon - $1,799
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