And we are back [once again!]

And we are back once again! We have already started picking up momentum in the Camera Deals blog as we are building up to the Black Friday 2018 madness which will come a bit earlier this year, Friday [obviously] November 23.

Time sure does fly! We’ve been doing this for 13 (!!!) years [e-Dinosaur alert!]. Here are some of our early posts back when I was using Livejournal. After all, up until a few weeks ago, George R. R. Martin himself was using Livejournal [then again he writes his voluminous books using Wordstar on MS-DOS] πŸ™‚

To put 13 digital camera years in perspective, some of the cameras we were talking about then: the early stages of the Canon 5D “Beatle mania”, Panasonic launched the LX-series with the LX1, Minolta had its own 5D DSLR, the Samsung PRO 815 superzoom [up to 420mm eq], the Nikon D2X professional DSLR, the Leica Modul-R, the Fuji F10 [early precursor to the Fuji F31fd cult camera], and so forth… Meanwhile among the hot topics of discussion back then was the Figure of Merit formula… . Numbers-wise, Kodak was the #1 in digital camera unit sales in the US market, with HP (!!!) being number five… And on and on and on…

As far as this [the main blog] we will continue with some of our recurring features, and also start new projects, more specifically things that are not typically covered, eg niche topics. If you have any pet ideas you want to see done/covered, please feel free to leave a comment, or use the online contact form

Stock Status Tracker: Sony a7 III, Nikon D850 [updated]

LATEST UPDATE: on 6/25/18 at 12:25pm ET: good news, the Nikon D850 body in-stock in new condition at normal price at reputable dealer…

The Stock Status Tracker is back with a new set of yet-to-be-released or hard-to-find in-stock cameras. If you want us to track other cameras, please leave a comment or use the online contact form

STOCK STATUS TRACKER
Option In-Stock Pre-Order
SONY a7 III
BODY
$2000
Adorama
Amazon
B&H Photo
KEH Search
eBay Search
SONY a7 III
w/28-70
$2200
Amazon
Adorama
B&H Photo
NIKON D850
BODY
$3300
eBay (various auctions)
IMPORTED (eBay) ($3020)
Amazon
B&H Photo
Adorama
KEH Search
NIKON D850
FILMMAKER
$5500
Amazon
B&H Photo
Adorama
eBay Search
NIKON D850
BROCHURE
$12.75
eBay Seller (Japan)

Footnotes and Retired Cameras after the break…

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New Cameras and Lenses of 2018

LATEST UPDATE on 2/28/18: updating throughout the day with some of the recent camera and lens announcements of the last few days…

SCOREBOARD
Camera Type
TOTAL
DSLRs
3
Mirrorless
7
Rangefinders
0
RAWsumers
1

WHAT IS THIS? here we track serious/interesting products, we no longer attempt to track every single camera out there. This is a reference page, not a “breaking news” tracker, so cameras/lenses won’t necessarily be added the millisecond they are officially announced – we no longer chase the “news cycle” after all πŸ™‚

For previous years, check the New Cameras of 2017 and the New Cameras of 2016 and the New Cameras of 2015

DSLRs

+ FEB-26: Canon Digital Rebel 4000D (18mp APS-C, Europe)
+ FEB-25: Canon Digital Rebel T7 / 2000D (24mp, APS-C, w/18-55 $550)
+ FEB-21: Pentax K-1 II (36mp FF, $2000)

MIRRORLESS

+ FEB-26: Sony a7 III (Sony E, $2000)
+ FEB-25: Canon M50 (EF-M, $779)
+ FEB-15: Fuji X-H1 (Fuji X, IBIS, $1900)
+ FEB-13: Panasonic GX9 (M43rds, w/12-60, $1000)
+ FEB-07: Olympus E-PL9 (M43rds, 16mp, w/14-42 549 euro)
+ JAN-31: Fuji X-A5 (24mp APS-C, w/15-45 $600)
+ JAN-08: Panasonic GH5S, a video-priority variant of the GH5 (M43, $2500)

RANGEFINDERS

+ not yet

MEDIUM FORMAT

+ JAN-16: Hasselblad H6D-400c (100mp CMOS, $48K)

RAWSUMERs

+ FEB-13: Panasonic ZS200 (1″, 15X, $800)

NEW LENSES in 2018

The abbreviations for the camera systems are:
+ DSLR: C for Canon, N for Nikon, P for Pentax K, A for Sony A, Si for Sigma SA
+ Mirrorless: E for Sony E/FE, X for Fuji X, EF-M for Canon mirrorless, m43 for Micro Four Thirds, NX for Samsung NX

+ FEB-28: Tokina Opera 50mm f1.4 (FF, C/N, no price)
+ FEB-27: Sigma 105mm f1.4 DG HSM Art (no price; C/N/A/E/Si)
+ FEB-27: Sigma 70mm f2.8 DG Macro Art (no price; C/N/E/Si)
+ FEB-26: Panasonic 50-200mm f2.8-4 OIS (M43, $1700)
+ FEB-26: Venus Optics Laowa 9mm f2.8 Zero-D (X/E/EF-M)
+ FEB-26: Venus Optics Laowa 25mm f2.8 2.5-5x Zero-D (C/N/P/E)
+ FEB-24: Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 Di III RXD (Sony E, no $)
+ FEB-24: Tamron 70-210mm f4 Di VC USD (C/N, $800)
+ FEB-23: Tokina Firin 20mm f2 FE AF (FE, autofocus)
+ FEB-21: Rokinon SP 50mm f1.2 (MF, EF only, $999)
+ FEB-15: Fuji MKX 18-55mm T2.9 (Fuji X, $4000)
+ FEB-15: Fuji MKX 50-135mm T2.9 (Fuji X, $4300)
+ FEB-14: Zeiss Loxia 25mm f2.4 (Sony E, $1299)
+ FEB-12: Voigtlander Nokton Classic 35mm f/1.4 (Sony E, $799)
+ FEB-09: Sigma 14-24mm f2.8 DG HSM ART ($1300, C/N/Si)
+ JAN-31: Fuji XC 15-45mm F3.5-5.6 OIS PZ (X, $300)
+ JAN-15: Leica 75mm f2 (SL, $4750)
+ JAN-15: Leica 90mm f2 (SL, $5150)
+ JAN-10: Nikon 180-400mm f4E TC1.4 FL ED VR AF-S (Nikon F, $12,400)
+ JAN-08: Rokinon 14mm f2.8 Auto Focus (Canon, $800)
+ JAN-05: Sony 18-135mm f3.5-5.6 OSS (E-System, $600)

FOOTNOTES

+ different or newer colors of an existing cameras are not tracked as new releases unless it’s actually a different camera
+ not all 3rd-party/unknown manufacturer lenses are tracked
+ Of the Fixed Lens Cameras, only those with RAW and/or unique or unusual features are tracked
+ For errors, corrections, additions, deletions, please leave a comment or use the online contact form

Camera Price Charts February 2018 Episode IV: Fixed Lens Cameras

Mission accomplished! The mid-February 2018 price chart series is now complete! The Fixed Lens Cameras had some price activity, but we only had one new camera, but at the same time, we “lost” zero cameras since the November 2017 update.

We continue to have a healthy mix of sensor sizes and zoom ratios, from primes to superzooms, and 1 inch all the way up to 35mm full frame. Just don’t expect a 35mm full frame superzoom any time soon πŸ™‚

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Camera Price Charts February 2018 Episode II: APS-C DSLRs – The Madness of King Canon

And we are back now with Episode II in our mid-February 2018 series of the Camera Price Charts, we take a look at the APS-C DSLRs. We had no new APS-C DSLRs since our November update and we “lost” the Nikon D5300 as it is no longer available in new condition at the three reference retailers [details at the bottom of the post].

The story of this update is the madness of Canon’s pricing. Both the D-Rebel T6s and T6 prices have skyrocketed, while the illogical pricing of the D-Rebel T5i continues (the body only costs $100 more than the T5i with the kit lens).

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Camera Price Charts February 2018 Episode I: 35mm Full Frame Price Drops from Sony and Canon

And we are back with another edition of the Price Charts series! We take a snapshot of the prices and compare them to each other and previous installments of the Camera Price Charts. As before, we start with 35mm full frame cameras. Not just interchangeable lens, but any camera that has a 35mm FF size sensor!

In order to make this chart readable, manageable and relevant, the various Leicas ranging from $4K to $8K are not included.

FINALLY FULL FRAME DISCOUNTS – from Sony and Canon

Prices were upticking in our November 2017 edition but the theme this time around is discounting. And not just trivial discount. The Sony a7r II and a7 II dropped $500 each, the Canon 5D Mark III dropped $300, and the Canon 1D X II and Sony a7s II dropped $200 each. The prices in yellow in the chart right below indicate cameras with price drops…

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Comprehensive Guide to Amazon Prime Benefits

We have a new reference post here at the main blog, a “living document” of the ever-expanding benefits (and restrictions) of the Amazon Prime program. This will be updated many times as things change, thus the “Latest Update” section below…

LATEST UPDATE: April 28 in 2018: Prime Membership fees will increase to $119… the Prime Chase VISA now gets 5% rewards at Whole Foods… major new benefit, free standard shipping at Woot… If you want to quickly skim/scan this long post, focus on the bold phrases :)… Created on 2/8/17… For the most recent additions, follow the [NEW!] tags below…

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Latest Updates (from Twitter)

You can find our latest Twitter updates right here or go directly to the @1001noisycamera Twitter account where I struggle to fit everything into more than 140 characters now πŸ™‚


Photography Trade Show Calendar for 2018 [updated]

Welcome to the Trade Show Calendar, a post that tracks camera and photography related trade shows, covering Q4 2014 to 2018, in reverse chronological order… This is not intended to be a comprehensive listing of every photography-related trade show on the planet… For omissions/additions and corrections, please leave a comment or use the online contact form

Latest Update: January 19 (2018): added The Photography Show (Birmingham, March; Los Angeles in May). Thanks to our readers for the alerts… There’s many date changes for 2018, with some trade show having significant changes in dates since the previous years such as CEBIT, Photoshop World, Pro Photo, and more… Photokina 2018 will happen in September as usual, but starting with 2019, Photokina will be in May in Cologne…

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January 2018
+ 9-12: CES 2018 in Las Vegas (USA), better dates this year, some breathing room after the New Year’s Eve festivities
+ 10-14: Society of Social and Wedding Photographers in London (UK), convention and trade-show
+ 11-16: Imaging USA in Nashville, Tennessee (USA)
+ Photo LA has a new buyer, will return in February 2019, no trade show in 2018

February 2018
+ 8-12: PhotoPro Expo in Northern Kentucky & Cincinnati (USA)
+ 24-28: WPPI (full conference) in Las Vegas (USA)
+ 26-1: Mobile World Congress in Barcelona::Spain

March 2018
+ 1-4: CP Plus in Tokyo (Japan)
+ 1-4: Society for Photographic Education in Philadelphia, PA (USA)
+ 17-20: The Photography Show (Birmingham, UK) [ADDED!]

April 2018
+ 7-12: NAB in Las Vegas (USA)
+ 19-22: Photo & Imaging in Seoul (Korea)

May 2018
+ 4-6: The Photography Show (Los Angeles) [ADDED!]
+ 31-2: Photoshop World, in Orlando, Florida (USA)
+ 31-3: Cine Gear Expo in Los Angeles (USA)

June 2018
+ 5-9: Computex Taipei in Taipei
+ 11-15: CeBIT in Hannover (Germany) – moving from March to June

July 2018
+ no events?

August 2018
+ 31-5: IFA in Berlin (Germany)

September 2018
+ 13-18: IBC in Amsterdaaam (Holland)
+ 15-17: Pro Photo Expo in Valencia (Southern California)
+ 26-29: Photokina in Cologne (Germany)
+ NOTE that starting with 2019, Photokina will take in place in May, breaking with the tradition; in Cologne as usual

October 2018
+ 14-18: GITEX in Dubai
+ 16-19: CEATEC in Tokyo (Japan)
+ 24-27: Photo Plus Expo in New York (USA)

November 2018
+ 8-12: Le Salon de la Photo in Paris (France) – also in english

December 2018
+ winter is coming

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Trade Show Calendar updated with 2018 Dates

This is a short alert for our readers following this on RSS feed! I just updated the Trade Show Calendar with the 2018 dates. We have quite a few changes this and next year, as Photokina will have its last September show in 2018, and then, starting with 2019, will move to Mays, still in Cologne (Germany) of course. A number of other trade shows are also shifting around the calendar…

New Cameras and Lenses of 2017

LATEST UPDATE on 11/29/17: new Primes from L and V… new APS-C Leica CL mirrorless and 18/2.8 L-mount lens… new Panasonic G9 m43rds photographic flagship, and 200mm f2.8 OIS teleprime…

SCOREBOARD
Camera Type
TOTAL
DSLRs
8
Mirrorless
13
Rangefinders
1
RAWsumers
7

WHAT IS THIS? this is an on-going permanent reference page of the new serious/interesting cameras and lenses of 2017. This year we also brought back the “Scoreboard” tally. Please note this is a reference page, not a “breaking news” tracker, so it won’t necessarily be updated the millisecond a new camera comes out. We are out of the “news cycle” after all πŸ™‚

For previous/future years, check the New Cameras of 2018 and the New Cameras of 2016 and New Cameras of 2015

DSLRs

+ AUG-24: Nikon D850 (35mm FF, $3300)
+ JUN-29: Canon 6D Mark II (35mm FF, $2000)
+ JUN-29: Canon SL2 (APS-C, $550)
+ APR-12: Nikon D7500 (21pm APS-C, $1250)
+ FEB-15: Canon 77D (24mp APS-C, $900)
+ FEB-15: Canon D-Rebel T7i (24mp APS-C, $749)
+ JAN-25: Pentax KP (24mp APS-C, $1100)
+ JAN-04: Nikon D5600 (24mp APS-C, body only $700)

MIRRORLESS

+ NOV-21: Leica CL (L-mount, APS-C, $2800)
+ NOV-08: Panasonic G9 (m43, $1700)
+ OCT-25: Sony a7r III (FF, $3200)
+ SEPT-07: Fuji X-E3 (24mp APS-C, $900)
+ AUG-31: Olympus E-M10 III (M43, $650)
+ AUG-29: Canon M100 (24mp, APS-C, w/15-45, $600)
+ JUL-10: Leica TL2 (24mp, APS-C, L, $1950)
+ APR-19: Sony a9 (24mp FF FE, $4500)
+ FEB-15: Canon M6 (24mp APS-C, $779)
+ JAN-19: Fuji GFX 50S (51mp MF (1.7x 35mmFF), $6500)
+ JAN-19: Fuji X-T20 (24mp APS-C, $900 body)
+ JAN-04: Panasonic GH5 (20mp, March 2017, $2000)
+ JAN-04: Panasonic GX850 (16mp, w/12-32, $550)

RANGEFINDERS

+ JAN-18: Leica M10 (24mp FF, Maestro II, $6600)

RAWSUMERS

+ OCT-16: Canon G1 X III (APS-C, 24-72eq, $1300)
+ SEPT-12: Sony RX10 IV (1″, 24-600mm eq, $1700)
+ AUG-31: Sony RX0 (1″, 24/4 eq, elementproof, $700)
+ APR-21: Panasonic ZS70 (1/2.3″, 30x optical, $450)
+ JAN-19: Fuji X100F (24mp APS-C, $1300)
+ JAN-04: Canon G9X II (20mp 1″, 28-84eq, $530)
+ JAN-04: Panasonic FZ80 (1/2.3″, 60x optical, RAW, $400)

NEW LENSES in 2017

+ NOV-29: Voigtlander Nokton 40mm f/1.2 (M, $899)
+ NOV-29: Leica Noctilux-M 75mm f/1.25 ASPH (M, $12795)
+ NOV-21: Leica 18mm f2.8 (L, APS-C, $1300)
+ NOV-08: Panasonic 200mm f2.8 OIS (m43, $2000)
+ OCT-26: Tamron 100-400mm f4.5-6.3 Di VC USD (C/N, $799)
+ OCT-25: Sony FE 24-105mm f4 G OSS (FE, $1300)
+ OCT-25: Sony 400mm f2.8 GM OSS (FE, no price)
+ OCT-25: Olympus 17mm f1.2 PRO (m43, $1200)
+ OCT-25: Olympus 45mm f1.2 PRO (m43, $1200)
+ OCT-17: Rokinon AF 35mm f/1.4 FE (FE, $799)
+ OCT-17: Leica Thambar-M 90mm f2.2 (M, $6500)
+ SEPT-15: Tamron 100-400mm f4.5-6.3 Di VC USD (C, N; $???)
+ SEPT-08: Fuji 80mm f2.8 R LM OIS WR MACRO (Fuji X, $1200)
+ SEPT-08: Voigtlander Ultron 40mm f/2 SL IIS ($515, Nikon)
+ AUG-29: Canon TS-E 50mm f/2.8L Macro Tilt-Shift Lens (EF, $2199)
+ AUG-29: Canon TS-E 90mm f/2.8L Macro Tilt-Shift (EF, $2199)
+ AUG-29: Canon TS-E 135mm f/4L Macro Tilt-Shift (EF, $2199)
+ AUG-29: Canon EF 85mm f/1.4L IS USM Lens (EF, $1599)
+ JUL-11: Nikon 70-300 f4.5-5.6E ED VR AF-P ($750)
+ JUN-30: Tamron SP 24-70mm f2.8 Di VC USD G2 ($1999, C/N)
+ JUN-23: Tamron 18-400mm f3.5-6.3 Di-II VC HL ($650, C/N)
+ JUN-22: Sigma 14mm f1.8 DG ART ($1600, C/N/Si)
+ JUN-22: Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Art ($1300, C/N/Si)
+ JUN-21: Zeiss Milvus 35mm f1.4 ($2000, C/N)
+ JUN-01: Nikon AF-S 28mm f1.4E ED Lens ($2000)
+ JUN-01: Nikon AF-S Fisheye 8-15mm f3.5-4.5E ED ($1250)
+ JUN-01: Nikon AF-P DX 10-20mm f4.5-5.6G VR ($307)
+ MAY-11: Sigma 24-70mm f2.8 DG OS HSM Art ($???, Canon, Nikon and Sigma)
+ APR-19: Sony FE 100-400mm f4.5-5.6 GM OSS ($2500, FE E-mount)
+ APR-06: Canon 35mm f2.8 IS STM EF-S Macro ($350)
+ FEB-22: Fuji MK 18-55mm T2.9 Cine (E-mount, $3800)
+ FEB-22: Fuji MK 50-135mm T2.9 Cine (E-mount; $3800)
+ FEB-15: Canon 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 IS STM ($249; the new D-Rebel T7i kit lens)
+ FEB-07: Sony FE 85mm f1.8 ($600, E)
+ FEB-07: Sony FE 100mm f2.8 STF GM OSS ($1500, E)
+ FEB-06: Tamron 70-200mm f2.8 Di VC USD G2 (C/N, $1300)
+ FEB-06: Tamron 10-24/3.5-4.5 Di II VC HLD (C/N, $500)
+ JAN-19: Fuji XF 50mm f2 WR (X System, $450)
+ JAN-19: Fuji GF 63mm F2.8 R WR (Medium Format GFX, $1500)
+ JAN-19: Fuji GF 120mm f4 R LM OIS WR Macro (Medium Format GFX, $2700)
+ JAN-19: Fuji GF 32-64mm F4 R LM WR (Medium Format GFX, $2300)
+ JAN-04: Panasonic 12-35mm f2.8 II OIS (M43, $1000)
+ JAN-04: Panasonic 35-100mm f2.8 II OIS (M43, $1100 – lower price than first gen)
+ JAN-04: Panasonic 12-60mm f2.8-4 OIS (M43, $1000)
+ JAN-04: Panasonic 45-200mm f4-5.6 II OIS (M43, $500)
+ JAN-04: Panasonic 100-300mm f4-5.6 II OIS (M43, $650)

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