Awesome $100 savings on Sony mirrorless right now!

A few days ago I shared some travel tips & gear reviews, including my favorite little travel camera, the Sony NEX-6, recently updated to the a6000. It just went on sale at B&H for $100 off! Check out all the deals here. This is a great backup camera or when you really want to travel light. Here's a sample image from a recent trip to Machu Picchu, taken with the 50mm f1.8 lens. I made a big print for the wall at my office and the detail and image quality is amazing.

Click the image to view larger and see the detail. Note that this image has been downsized for the web. I used the in-camera HDR tool and hand-held the camera. 

Mint Nikon camera and lenses for sale, found in old lady's barn!

One of my bestest friends is selling a complete kit of MINT Nikon gear. It wasn't really found in a barn, but it's one of those rare finds. He planned to get in to photography, but changed his mind – after buying a top-of-the-line kit. I have personally checked everything out and it is all in mint condition - some never even used. He purchased everything new and has receipts. He is one of my oldest friends and has a big heart, he just wants the stuff to go to a good home. The D800 only has 100 (yes, one-hundred) shutter activations, so you can tell the lenses didn't get much use either. He is pricing it to move. PM me if you are serious about any or all of it and I'll give you his contact info. He can take paypal or checks. This stuff will go fast, so let me know asap!

  • SOLD -Nikon D800 (has Nikon logos blacked out, otherwise like new with only 100 shutter count) Paid: $2400 asking: $1900. Includes Black Rapid strap, 9 media cards, AND extra battery!
  • SOLD - Extended battery grip for D800 - MBD12 asking: $340
  • SOLD - SB 800 speedlight asking: $250
  • SOLD - AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm 1:2.8G paid: $1900 asking: $1500
  • AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm 1:2.8G VR I paid: $2400 asking: $1900
  • AF Nikkor 20mm 1:2.8 D paid: $800 asking: $550
  • SOLD - AF Nikkor 85mm 1:1.4D paid: $1225 asking: $850
  • SOLD - Nikon 14-24mm
  • SOLD -AF-S Nikkor 50mm 1:1.4G paid: $425 asking: $300

Does Canon's latest mid-priced DSLR compete? EOS 7D Mark II

The spanky new EOS 7D Mark II

The spanky new EOS 7D Mark II

Yes, I'm a Nikon guy, but that doesn't mean I'm a Canon hater. I think it's ridiculous that people will take sides on issues simply because they relate to the side, and not the actual issue. Case in point: Republicans (or Democrats) who thoughtlessly abhor the opposing party's proposal simply because it comes from the opposing party – not because the proposal is inherently bad. Sure, it's fun to poke fun at the "competition", but lets not let friendly competition cloud our ability to think on an un-biased and intelligent level friends! 

OK, this is not a politics post, just wanted to clear the air a bit. Phew, I feel better now. 

Canon just announced a mid-priced DSLR that some might compare to the recently released Nikon D750. I'm always excited about new cameras, no matter who they come from, so lets take a peek at the feature set, and see how they compare:

Cool things: 

  • 1080p video at 60fps (same as Nikon D750)
  • On-board GPS for image tagging (Nikon D750 doesn't have this)
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF - should help with video AF (Nikon has their own improved AF)
  • Magnesium allow body - tough! (Nikon D750 is a combination of magnesium alloy, carbon fiber and plastic. Not sure if there will be a durability difference or not. Time will tell)
  • Improved metering system (Nikon has its own improved metering, including highlight biased metering)
  • Dual memory card slots with both formats- CF and SD so you can use whatever you have (Nikon D750 has dual SD card slots)
  • Native high ISO of 16000, extendable to 51,200 (Nikon D750 is 12800 native, extendable to 51,200)

What's missing:

  • Tilt screen - for creative video angles (Nikon D750 has tilt screen)
  • Full-sized sensor - Still using an APS-C sized sensor (Nikon D750 has full-frame sensor)
  • Dual memory card slots with same formats - personally I'd rather have both be SD so you can use just one type of (cheaper) card and know that your speeds and capacities will match. (Nikon D750 has dual SD card slots)

Granted, I'm not as familiar with the Canon line-up to know how significant these changes are from previous versions, but it does sound like a great camera for video capture. Canon has been excelling in video-centric DSLRs lately and this looks like a great deal at $1799 w/o lens. You can also get a package with the 18-135mm lens for $2149

For a do-it-all camera that will be capturing stills as much as video, I'd prefer to see a full-frame 1080/60p camera with a tilt-screen. Let's hope Canon comes out with an affordable model like this soon.

Are you excited about this camera? What features do you like most? What do you wish Canon would add?