Holiday 2012: A Photography Backpack Gift Guide

Backpacks are something that every photographer is going to need or want at some point. Backpacks allow you to carry your gear comfortably, on your back, spreading out the weight evenly on your body. Backpacks also allow for extra security when you have to carry other things and you need both your arms free.

Here a list of back packs that can be used to suite a variety of condition.

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Holiday 2012: Recommended Lenses for Nikon DSLRs

There are a lot of lens choices out there and I hope to make it a bit easier for the generous gift giver to choose the right lens.  First of all you have to find out what kind of photography your special person is into. Is he/she into landscapes, portraiture, lowlight or maybe all the above?
You can probably find this out by what your photographer typically shoots, if all you see are nasty close up photos of spiders then we can assume a macro lens would be the best bet. Know your photographer by knowing his subject or passion.
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Holiday 2012: Recommended Bags from Think Tank Photo

The holiday season is upon us and one thing that every photographer needs (yourself included) is a solid camera bag. One that will withstand the abuse of daily life, be comfortable to carry when loaded with equipment, and most importantly, one that is stylish, yet understated and discreet to keep your gear safe while traveling. Our regular readers know that we are fans of Think Tank Photo’s products as they are quite often the best option in their respective categories. To make things even better they are offering free shipping on orders from now until December 31st, and on top of this, when you order through us, anything over $50 is going to get you a freebie from Think Tank as well.

Definitely take some time to browse through their extensive product list here, but in the meantime these are some of my recommendations from some of their various categories of products.


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(CONTINUALLY UPDATED) Cheap Photo: Cyber Monday Is Like Browsing the Mall Without All the Crowds

Cyber Monday has loads of deals going on right now. We’re just going to jump right into it and skip the text to get you get to read this because you’re probably not reading it anyway. If you are reading this, note that a lot of these are deals from Black Friday, but that they’re carrying over and there are many new additions too.


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Cheap Photo: The Return of the Fujifilm X Pro 1 Lens + Body Deal

The Fujifilm X Pro 1 lens bundle deal has returned from the grave.

The X Pro 1 is now $1,399. When you purchase the camera with the 60mm f2.4, 35mm f1.4, 14mm f2.8, or 18mm f2; you can get the lens for around half off.

To this day, the X Pro 1’s image quality absolutely astounds me. The focusing has improved as well, but it may still cause you some frustrations. Be sure to check out our full review of the camera as well as our extended tests to figure out if its right for you. Feel free to ask us any questions too. We’re also smitten with the 35mm f1.4.

Holiday 2012: Recommended Tripods (No Matter What Your Needs)


Unless your hands are as stable as a turntable, you would benefit from employing a tripod. For the longest time I shunned tripods because I thought they would cramp my style and freedom. Freedom is popular these days and I didn’t want to hand it over to a silly, three-legged device.

But it turns out tripods can really help certain types of photography. Landscape is one of them, so is portraiture. Products, architecture…just about everything except underwater (although I was tempted to try that on my last trip to Hawaii). If you’re thinking of picking up a tripod or two, let me give you some suggestions based on pocketbook size and intended use. Options listed here range from $3 to $1550.

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Holiday 2012: The Best Bang For Your Buck Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Cameras

Mirrorless cameras have grown tremendously in popularity. Not everyone has jumped on board yet though; but luckily enough for you there are tons of them that excel in features and image quality and are now really affordable.

Here’s a quick rundown for you for Sony NEX and Micro Four Thirds cameras: the two most developed camera systems. But if you’re already locked in, consider this post on essential upgrades for M 4/3. Want even more? Check out our reviews index.


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Cheap Photo: B&H Releases Some of Their Black Friday Deals Early


B&H Photo has listed all of their Black Friday deals on one page for your convenience. But here’s a quick look at some of the best selected items.

Nikon D5100: $546.95 check out our review

Canon G12: $299

Panasonic G3: $299.00

Sony NEX 5R: $648.00

D7000 with 18-105mm lens: $996.95

Lowepro Roller Attache X50 Case: $79

Panasonic LX-7: $299

Olympus OMD EM5 (body only): $949.00 check out our review

OMD with 12-50mm lens: $1199

Canon S110: $399

Sigma 30mm f2.8 for NEX and Micro Four Thirds: $149 check out our review

– More Memory Cards than you could possibly need

Cheap Photo: Goodies at B&H, Free Shipping on Think Tank

We’re just going to get right to the point here:

Free shipping on all Think Tank Gear. Take a look at our camera bag reviews and see which one makes sense for you.

Canon’s 600mm f4 L IS II is available at B&H Photo for all your snooping needs

Sigma’s 35mm f1.4 is available as well. Check out the time we spent with it.

Sony NEX 6 is in stock. So far, we like the camera.

Oben Tripods are $100 off.


Cheap Photo: Stuff That People Will Probably Set to Auto and Shoot But That You’re Too Smart to Do

Just because tons of DSLR users shoot in Auto doesn’t mean you have to. Well, you can, but we will probably just point our fingers and laugh at you. If you or someone you know is looking for some better image quality, look no further and check out some of these deals:

– Canon T3i with Kit Lens: $599 (check out our review)

– Canon T4i with 18-135mm lens: $994 (check out our review)

– Canon 60D Body Only: $799 

– Panasonic GH2 with 14-42mm: $749

– Panasonic 20mm f1.7: $354.88

– Sony NEX 5n with kit lens: $499.99 (check out our review)

– Gary Fong Whale Tail Diffuser: $53

Remember How We Said Helios Lenses Are Very Sought After? Check Out This Gem!

One of our readers saw our post on the Helios factory re-opening and wanted to share the fact with us that he’s selling his Helio 40 85mm f1.5. We like helping out readers when we can, so we decided that we’d show you this gem. I’ve seen this lens personally as quite a few of my friends have it; but they’re not parting with theirs quite yet. It is extremely sharp and on a 5D Mk II or Mk III can look really quite lovely.

If you’re interested, you can click the hyperlinked lens and make a bid. If you’re interested in more of what the company has to offer though, check out what eBay has to offer.

Cheap Photo: B&H Gives You Their Own Pre-Black Friday Deals

Beards and Hats has decided to fire back in the photo industry and has released a selection of their very own Pre-Black Friday deals. These ones though are much more specific than the general mish-mash that Amazon offered.

– Special Deals on memory cards that end tonight

Rokinon’s 8mm f3.5 has instant savings applied. Check out our review of the lens.

– Up to $400 off on Lenses and Speedlites from Canon. Many of which we’ve reviewed; check out our reviews index.

– That’s not all from Canon though, check out these camera bundles.

– The Nikon D600 can be purchased with over $300 worth in savings. But is it for you? We find out in our review.

– Sony’s top shelf APS-C DSLR, the A77 is subject to up to $400 off. Be sure to check out our review before you decide to purchase though.


Cheap Photo: Amazon Pushes New Black Friday Deals So You Don’t Have to Face the Mobs of People With Poor Hygiene at Walmart

Amazon has new deals available for Black Friday. We’ve already pimped some of their new promotions but today they released even more.

Hit the jump and prepare for us to bombard your eyes with possibly way too much stimuli that will make you perhaps hate us but love us too because we’re giving you linked to what they think are awesome deals…and stuff.

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