New WordPress Responsive Theme Installed

This blog is now using a new WordPress theme, the 2015 Responsive theme. The black menu bar at the top and the Right Sidebar are merged together, and pruned, into the new Left Sidebar. If you are on a Smartphone or Tablet (portrait or smaller screen size), you don’t see the Sidebar content until you press the Menu button (top right corner of your screen – see red highlight screenshot – before pressing the button.

The name of the blog in the Left Sidebar is also a shortcut to the Home page. Press or touch that to get to the front page.

Adjustments and such will be made over time. For more on this, check our What You Need To Know at the Deals blog. (the content in the Sidebar is different but everything else is the same since it is the same Theme).

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Problems? Questions? Issues? Suggestions?
If you have any problems or questions or issues or suggestions, please feel free to leave a comment or use the online contact form or Twitter. Please try to be as descriptive as possible. For example, “does not work on my device” cannot help me troubleshoot it. On the other hand if you say, “it’s a mess on a Lumia Windows Phone with a 800 x 480 display” it narrows it down to the point where I could troubleshoot.

New Cameras and Lenses in 2015 (only serious or interesting)

This reference post is a summary of new cameras and lenses, featuring only serious and/or interesting products (judgment call; please feel free to make a case for/against specific products). Unlike before, this will NOT cover every single freaking camera squirted out of a marketing department’s twisted pretzel logic ;-) The exact format will develop over time as very few new products have been announced so far in 2015.

Latest Update: April 17 at 6:52pm ET: new Olympus E-PL6 with 14-42mm lens for $300… new Fuji 16mm f1.4 R WR lens… new Olympus Stylus 1s 1/1.7″ RAWsumer… new Blackmagic Design Micro M43rds Cinema… Still pending: a couple of previously announced Sony lenses must needs be added to the list below (procrastination-later)…

New Cameras in 2015

+ APR-17 [MIRR]: Olympus E-PL6 (w/14-42, $300)
+ APR-15 [FIXD]: Olympus Stylus 1s ($700, RAW, 28-300 eq, naming confusion)
+ APR-15 [VID]: Blackmagic Design Micro Cinema Camera and Studio Camera 4K (M43rds, $1000, $1300, mid-July)
+ APR-08 [VID]: Canon Cinema C300 Mark II ($16,000 in EF or PL, Sept 2015)
+ APR-02 [MIRR]: Nikon J5 (1″ CX, $500 w/10-30)
+ MAR-23 [DSLR]: Canon 5DS (50mp FF, $3700)
+ MAR-23 [DSLR]: Canon 5DS R (50mp FF, $3900)
+ MAR-02 [DSLR]: Nikon D7200 (24mp APS-C, $1200)
+ MAR-02 [FIXD]: Nikon P900 (83x optical zoom, $600)
+ FEB-10 [DSLR]: Nikon D810A (A for Astrophotography, 36mp FX, $3800)
+ FEB-10 [FIXD]: Nikon Coolpix P610 (16mp 1/2.x”, 60x optical, $500)
+ FEB-09 [FIXD]: Sigma dp0 Quattro (Foveon X3, 14mm f4, no price)
+ FEB-09 [DSLR]: Pentax K-S2 (20mp APS-C, no AA, 5.5fps, $700)
+ FEB-05 [DSLR]: Canon 5DS R (50mp FF, $3700)
+ FEB-05 [DSLR]: Canon 5DS R (50mp FF, no low pass, $3900)
+ FEB-05 [DSLR]: Canon D-Rebel T6s (24mp APS-C, status LCD, $850)
+ FEB-05 [DSLR]: Canon D-Rebel T6i (24mp APS-C, Wifi, NFC, $750)
+ FEB-05 [MIRR]: Olympus E-M5 II (body only, $1100)
+ FEB-05 [MIRR]: Samsung NX500 (28mp BSI CMOS, 9fps, w/16-50, $800)
+ JAN-19 [MIRR]: Panasonic GF7 (16mp M43, w/12-32 f3.5-5.6, $600)
+ JAN-15 [MIRR]: Fuji X-A2 (16mp APS-C, w/16-50 f3.5-5.6 II, $550)
+ JAN-15 [FIXD]: Fuji XQ2 (2/3″, 4x, RAW, $400)
+ JAN-15 [FIXD]: Fuji S9900W & S9800 superzooms (16mp 1/2.3″, 50x OIS (24-1200mm eq), four AA, W=Wireless, $350 and $330)
+ JAN-05 [DSLR]: Nikon D5500 APS-C ($900 body)
+ JAN-05 [DSLR]: Canon 6D w/24-105 STM IS (new official kit, $2200)
+ JAN-05 [FIXD]: Canon SX530 HS superzoom (50x, $430)
+ JAN-05 [FIXD]: Panasonic ZS50 travel zoom (RAW, 30x, $400)

New Lenses in 2015

+ APR-16: [PRIM]: Fuji 16mm f1.4 R WR ($1000)
+ FEB-24: [PRIM]: Panasonic 42.5mm f1.7 OIS (M43, $400)
+ FEB-24: [PRIM]: Panasonic 30mm f2.8 OIS (M43, $400)
+ FEB-09: [PRIM]: Sigma 24mm f1.4 DG HSM Art (C/N/A/Sigma, $850)
+ FEB-09: [ZOOM]: Pentax 18-50mm f4-5.6 DA WR RE DC ($300, new kit lens)
+ FEB-05: [ZOOM]: Canon 11-24mm f4L (EF, $3000)
+ FEB-05: [ZOOM]: Olympus 14-150mm f4-5.6 II (M43, dust-splash, $600)
+ FEB-04: [ZOOM]: Pentax 70-200mm f2.8 HD D FA* ED DC AW ($2300)
+ FEB-04: [ZOOM]: Pentax 150-450mm f4.5-5.6 HD D FA DC AW ($2500)
+ FEB-03: [ZOOM]: Tokina 11-20mm f2.8 DX DSLR lens (Canon, Nikon, $600, preorder)
+ FEB-03: [ZOOM]: Tokina Cinema 50-135mm T3.0 (Canon, Nikon, $4500, preorder)
+ JAN-22: [ZOOM]: Tamron 15-30mm f2.8 Di VC USD (Canon, Nikon, Alpha SLR mounts, $1200)
+ JAN-14: [PRIM]: Rokinon 135mm f2 (nine mounts, $550; also Cine version for $600)
+ JAN-05: [ZOOM]: Fuji 16-55mm f2.8 WR LM R XF (Fuji X, $1300)
+ JAN-05: [PRIM]: Nikon 300mm f4 VR (Nikon F, $2000)
+ JAN-05: [ZOOM]: Nikon 55-200mm DX VR II (Nikon F, $350)

Five Good Deals (an on-going Latest Deals Summary)

This Five Good Deals perma-post is a summary of the latest deals for people checking intermittently (bookmark with the permalink). On the other hand, if you are interested in the latest and time-sensitive deals as they happen, the place to check remains the Camera Deals blog with its full-text RSS feed.

Latest Update: April 17 at 7pm ET – cleaning out older deals here…

+ Unlimited Cloud Photo storage for Prime members or $12 per year for non-members at Amazon Cloud Drivemore details

+ factory refurbished Sony RX100 with one year warranty for $350 at Buydig.com

+ Canon 60D body only for $480 at B&H Photo (new condition, USA warranty)

+ Canon 7D sale at B&H Photo (new condition, USA warranty)
+ 7D body only for $750
+ 7D w/28-135 for $850
+ 7D w/18-135 for $1100
+ limited time offers, while supplies last
+ eligible for the Combined Purchase Pixma printer mail-in rebates

+ Nikon DSLR and Lens Combined Purchase Discounts return at Amazon – more details

+ for the latest deals as they happen, check the Camera Deals blog with its full-text RSS feed

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 140 characters.




Camera Price Charts Episode IV: Serious Fixed Lens Cameras

With 2014 just barely holding on to dear life before it disappears into the history books, we have Episode IV in our Camera Price Charts mini-series, focusing on Serious Fixed Lens cameras, with Prime or Zoom lenses. This covers many but not all cameras with RAW (there are many and more these days, even a few cameraphones support RAW one way or another). In Part #1, we looked at the prices of 35mm Full Frame Cameras. In Episode II, we stopped down to APS-C DSLRs, while in Episode III, we threw away the mirrors for a look at Mirrorless Camera prices. To see the charts at a bigger size, “View Image” in browser.

Methodologie
The prices are a consensus between B&H Photo and Amazon and Adorama as of December 31 in 2014. These are new condition with USA warranty prices, in-stock or (pre)orderable from authorized dealers (iffy and unauthorized dealers selling at Amazon are ignored). For cameras with multiple colors, we use the lowest price (eg black Fuji X100S over silver). A few have non-trivial price differences or availability differences between the benchmark retailers, you can find these cameras mentioned in the Footnotes at the bottom.

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Camera Price Charts Episode III: The Mirrorless Menace

In Episode I of this late 2014 Camera Price Charts mini-series, we took a look at the 35mm Full Frame Cameras. In Episode II, we focused on APS-C DSLRs. In this episode, Episode III, we focus on the wild world of Mirrorless cameras. To see the charts at a bigger size, “View Image” in browser.

Methodologie
The prices are a consensus price between B&H Photo and Amazon and Adorama as of December 30 in 2014. These are new condition with USA warranty prices, from authorized dealers (iffy and unauthorized dealers selling at Amazon are ignored).

In the first and second charts, prices are the body only prices with the exception of cameras that are not available as body only kits. The last chart is a comparison of “Getting Started With” kits (lens is included). Older cameras that are no longer available in new condition with USA warranty at the above retailers as set forth in this paragraph are not included (for example, Canon EOS-M Mirrorless, Pentax K-01 mirrorless and such). None of these have mail-in rebates.

For a small number of these mirrorless cameras, finding a consensus price was not an easy task, with various colors and lenses and options/kits. You can find these in the footnotes at the bottom.

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Camera Price Charts Episode II: APS-C dSLRs – the ones that started it all

APS-C dSLRs ushered in the era of “affordable” digital interchangeable lens cameras starting at the historic PMA 2002, where a quartet of dSLRs were announced at what was then considered groundbreaking and accessible $2000~ price range (Nikon D100, Canon 60D, Sigma SD9, Fuji S2 Pro). Converted to 2014 money, that’s $2600+. Fast forward twelve years later to today, and one can get an APS-C at almost an order of magnitude the 2002 prices.

As with all technology products, prices steadily went down, and today, APS-C dSLRs are competing in a very crowded field, going up against more affordable Full Frame cameras, an avalanche of mirrorless options, and large-sensor fixed-lens cameras.

In Episode II, we take a look at their prices using two charts. To see the charts at a bigger size, “View Image” in browser.

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Camera Price Charts Episode I: Full Frame Fantasies Fulfilled?

As we close 2014, we begin a new mini-series, taking a snapshot of the prices of various digital cameras of interest. In Episode I, we take a look at 35mm full frame digital cameras. As of the end of December 2014, the picture is different from a couple of years ago, we have a mix of DSLRs, Mirrorless, Rangefinders and Fixed Lens Cameras. To see the charts at a bigger size, “View Image” in browser.

Methodologie
The prices are the consensus price between Amazon and B&H Photo and Adorama as of December 28-29 in 2014. These are new condition with USA warranty prices, from authorized dealers. All the prices are the body only kit prices. Mail-in rebates are factored in when they are offered unconditionally on the camera. In this chart specifically, these three cameras have mail-in rebates: Canon 1D X, 5D Mark III and 6D. Older cameras that are no longer available in new condition with USA warranty at the above retailers as set forth in this paragraph (eg Nikon D600) are not included.

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Fuji X100T Stock Status tracking page

Fuji is continuing their Big Sensor Prime line with the all new X100T APS-C fixed lens camera! This post is tracking the stock status of the camera! With the move to WordPress, we are no longer using Javascript widgets for the Stock Status table. It is plain HTML so you can read it on more devices and browsers. You can bookmark this in your browser or your RSS News Reader or your favorite bookmarking service (XMarks, Pinboard, etc).

Latest update: December 27, 2014 at 1:22am ET – two weeks later, supply situation improves even more…

Fuji X100T stock status tracker
Option In-Stock Pre-Order
Black
$1300
Adorama (4% rewards)
Amazon (Amazon itself)
Amazon (via 3rd parties)
B&H Photo
OneCall
Popflash (eBay)
Focus Camera (eBay)
Kenmore (eBay)
Best Buy
Best Buy (eBay)
Berger Bros (eBay)
Beach Camera
Samy’s Camera (free case)
Focus Camera
eBay Search Results
Silver
$1300
OneCall (eBay) ($1200, New-Other condition)
Adorama (4% rewards)
Amazon (Amazon itself)
OneCall
B&H Photo
OneCall (eBay)
Popflash (eBay)
Best Buy (Store Pickup)
Best Buy (eBay)
eBay Search Results
Samy’s Camera (free case)
Beach Camera

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