Vintage Camera Review: Nikon N2020

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One day last year, my uncle gave me a gift that rekindled my interest in 35mm film photography–the Nikon N2020. My delight to hear him say, “It has a motor focus,” was followed by a chuckle of appreciation. Ever since I was a young boy, he knew how much I loved playing with new toys and this wasn’t really any sort of exception. The Hexar AF is the camera that turned that kindle into a raging, fiery passion; but the N2020 has quite a bit going for it that makes it wonderful in some ways. Quirky, fun, reliable, and compact–I can tell why so many people genuinely loved this camera.

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Cheap Photo: Up To $45 Off Sandisk Extreme Pro SD Cards

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We have been busy with the mountain of announcements and news that came out of Photokina, but today we get back on the Cheap Photo saddle and have some savings lined up that you may be interested in.

Cheap Photo Deal Highlights

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Photokina Announcements Raise Camera Manufacturers Stocks After Apple iPhone 7 Announcement

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When the Apple iPhone 7 was announced, it was clear that Apple was going after the DSLR and mirrorless cameras in an intention to end their industry. The new camera in the Apple iPhone 7 Plus is said to use a telephoto (though it’s actually a normal) lens and a wide angle to create an image with a blurred background. Apple states that this simulates the same effect of a larger sensor.

Because the world generally doesn’t know any better or understand the importance of ergonomics, lens options, the use of effective off-camera lighting, etc. the headlines of many a tech publication were discussing the death of traditional cameras. As a result, stocks went down. But after Photokina, things seemed to go back up–until we all realized that everyone was making development announcements due to recent earthquakes and natural disasters.

So here’s how the camera companies are doing after Photokina.

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Nikon’s New KeyMission Cameras Enter the Action World in a Big Way

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Not only is Nikon trying to enter the action cam market in a big way, but they’re also trying to tackle the 360 camera world too! Today at Photokina 2016, the company is announcing their new Keymission 360, 170, and 80 action cameras. Each of them have their own respective fields of view in the name. Additionally, they all pair with the Nikon SNAPBridge app via Bluetooth for control.

All of them have weather sealing, a small sensor, and lots of other cool creative tricks and features that people who purchase these cameras generally want.

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Review: Zeiss 15mm f2.8 Milvus (Nikon F)

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When you look at a Zeiss lens, it’s very common to feel gear lust–and that’s what the Zeiss 15mm f2.8 Milvus lens will create in you. As the company’s widest lens and one of the newest additions to the Milvus lineup, it’s also one that will inspire you quite a bit due to its gorgeous way of rendering the world around you. Those that will really love this lens are landscape, architecture and real estate photographers. These shooters will also most likely be ones that wok professionally especially as they’re some of the few that will be able to justify the purchase to themselves.

But if you can get your hands on one, you’ll never want to go back to anything else.

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Review: Zeiss 18mm f2.8 Milvus (Nikon F)

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Along with recent announcement of the 135mm f2 and 15mm f2.8 Milvus lenses, we were also treated to the Zeiss 18mm f2.8 Milvus lens. This lens is the company’s offering in-between their 15mm and 21mm focal lengths that are supposed to deliver architecture, Real Estate, Cityscape and landscape photographers a different experience. Like the others out there, this lens is weather sealed and characterized with the blue ring towards the back of the lens–which aids in weather sealing overall. Additionally, it boasts manual focusing, a rubber focusing ring and an all metal body.

Indeed, it’s one heck of a lens designed for the outdoor photographer.

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Cheap Photo: New Savings From Sigma, Fujifilm, and Sandisk

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Sigma has a new sale going on for their 150-600mm Contemporary lens, making it even more affordable for you hobbyist wildlife shooters to get your hands on a killer lens. Fujifilm also has some additional savings for their X-E2, which was previously only a few dollars less than the newer X-E2s, but now thanks to a great discount is a full $200 cheaper than the newer model. This makes it quite a deal for anyone looking to get into the Fujifilm system.

  1. Fujifilm X-E2 (Save $300) – Deal
  2. Sigma 150-600mm Contemporary (Save $100) – Deal
  3. Sandisk 64GB 95 mb/s SD card (Save $45) – Deal

Top Deal Quick Links: CanonNikonSonyFujifilmTamronSigma 

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Review: Zeiss 135mm f2 Milvus (Canon EF)

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If you had to think about some of the greatest lenses out there on the market right now, you’ll most likely think of Zeiss; and today the company is upgrading one of their best lenses to date in the form of the Zeiss 135mm f2 Milvus. Like the rest of the Milvus lineup of glass, this lens offers weather sealing, a solid metal exterior, a large rubber focusing ring, and above all else is promising, class leading optical quality. With 11 elements in 8 groups, this lens has a lot to prove to justify a $2,199 price tag for Canon and Nikon DSLR shooters.

But the big question is whether or not it really is worth the upgrade over their already fantastic 135mm f2. To this day, that is still one of my favorite portrait lenses.

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