Top Photo Gear of 2009

At the end of every year, a lot of people reflect back and give their opinions as to what was the camera or other product of the year.  I decided to take a look in the statistics I receive from Amazon.com to see the products that were hot with Photography Bay readers last year.  Below you’ll find a list of the cameras, lenses and more that were the most popular items among PB readers in 2009.  [Read more...]

Sigma 17-70mm F2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM

Sigma 17-70mm F2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM

Sigma has announced the 17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM lens for Canon, Nikon, Sony, Pentax and Sigma mounts.  The addition of optical stabilization and HSM focus motor will make the new 17-70mm an attractive carry-around lens for crop-sensor DSLRs.

No word on price or release date yet.  Check availability on Amazon.com.

More details in the press release below. [Read more...]

Canon DSLR Rebates Expire Today

If you were thinking about picking up a Canon DSLR package for someone for Christmas, Canon’s package rebates (up to $200) expire today (Saturday, Nov. 21).

Here’s the rundown on the deals:

Remember, this is an instant rebate, so there’s no UPC to clip and mail-in while you wait 6-8 weeks for a check to come back.  Prices should be reflected in your checkout cart.

Canon 50D Kit w/ 28-135mm IS USM lens + EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM lens = Save $200

Package links: B&H Photo / Adorama

Canon Rebel T1i Kit w/ 18-55mm IS lens + EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS lens = Save $200

Package links: B&H Photo / Adorama

Canon Rebel XSi Kit w/ 18-55mm IS lens + EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS lens = Save $200

Package links: B&H Photo / Adorama

Canon Rebel XS Kit w/ 18-55mm IS lens + EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III lens = Save $100

Package links: B&H Photo / Adorama

Canon Refurbished Deals at Adorama

Adorama has several refurbished Canon cameras lenses and flashes in stock – the inventory has just been replenished.  This might be a good opportunity to save a few bucks on Canon gear.

Adorama’s listings for Canon cameras and lenses are here.  Canon 50D for $929.95, etc.

Nikon users, you can find your Nikon refurbished gear here.

Pentax K-7 System Rebate

Pentax is offering a $100 prepaid VISA card when customers purchase a qualifying lens with the 14.6-megapixel Pentax K-7 DSLR.

You can buy up to 5 lenses with a new Pentax K-7 and receive a total of (5) $100 prepaid VISA cards.  Obviously, you can buy more, but only 5 of them will qualify for the rebate.  This promotion is set to expire January 15, 2010.  The rebate form can be downloaded here.

The qualifying lenses are listed below. [Read more...]

Tamron Lens Rebates Fall 2009

Tamron is offering mail-in rebates on several lenses through the end of the year.

The lenses are listed below, along with links to product pages for each lens at Amazon, Adorama and B&H Photo.  Additionally, you’ll need the respective rebate forms (there are different forms for different lenses), which are also linked with each lens below.

SP AF17-50mm F/2.8 XR VC Di II LD Aspherical IF – $25 rebate – Amazon / B&H Photo / Adorama – (rebate form link)

SP AF60mm F/2.0 Di II LD IF 1:1 Macro – $25 rebate – Amazon / B&H Photo / Adorama – (rebate form link)

AF18-270 F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC LD Aspherical IF – $70 rebate – Amazon / B&H Photo / Adorama – (rebate form link)

AF18-200 F/3.5-6.3 XR Di II LD Aspherical IF Macro – $60 rebate – Amazon / B&H Photo / Adorama – (rebate form link)

SP AF11-18 F/4.5-5.6 Di-II LD Aspherical IF – $75 rebate – Amazon / B&H Photo / Adorama – (rebate form link)

SP AF17-35 F/2.8-4 Di LD Aspherical IF – $10 rebate – Amazon – (rebate form link)

SP AF28-75 F/2.8 XR Di LD Aspherical IF Macro – $10 rebate – Amazon / B&H Photo / Adorama – (rebate form link)

AF28-200 F/3.8-5.6 XR Di LD Aspherical IF Macro – $50 rebate – Amazon / B&H Photo / Adorama – (rebate form link)

AF28-300 F/3.5-6.3 XR Di LD Aspherical IF Macro – $50 rebate – Amazon / B&H Photo / Adorama – (rebate form link)

AF55-200 F/4-5.6 Di II LD Macro – $40 rebate – Amazon / B&H Photo / Adorama – (rebate form link)

SP AF200-500mm F/5-6.3 Di LD IF – $30 rebate – Amazon / B&H Photo / Adorama – (rebate form link)

SP AF90mm F/2.8 Di 1:1 Macro – $60 rebate – Amazon / B&H Photo / Adorama – (rebate form link)

SP AF180 F/3.5 Di LD IF 1:1 Macro – $50 rebate – Amazon / B&H Photo / Adorama – (rebate form link)

Canon 2009-2010 Fall and Winter Rebates

Canon Rebates

Canon has announced its lineup of lenses and flashes eligible for instant rebate savings for fall / winter 2009.

This is an instant rebate program too – no mailing receipts and UPC codes an then waiting 6-8 weeks.   The rebate applies for purchases on qualifying Canon gear between October 22, 2009 and January 16, 2010.

The specific items are listed below, along with links to product pages for each lens or flash at Amazon, Adorama and B&H Photo.  Additionally, Amazon has set up a dedicated page for this rebate program.

Canon Lens Rebates

EF 200mm f/2L IS USM – Save $500 – Amazon / Adorama / B&H Photo

EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM – Save $150 – Amazon / Adorama / B&H Photo

EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM – Save $130 – Amazon / Adorama / B&H Photo

EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM - Save $100 – Amazon / Adorama / B&H Photo

EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM – Save $80 – Amazon / Adorama / B&H Photo

EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM – Save $80 – Amazon / Adorama / B&H Photo

EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM - Save $75 – Amazon / Adorama / B&H Photo

EF-S 17-55 f/2.8 IS USM – Save $70 – Amazon / Adorama / B&H Photo

EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM – Save $50 – Amazon / Adorama / B&H Photo

EF 17-40mm f/4L USM – Save $50 – Amazon / Adorama / B&H Photo

EF 70-200mm f/4L USM - Save $40 – Amazon / Adorama / B&H Photo

EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM – Save $30 – Amazon / Adorama / B&H Photo

Canon Flash Rebates

Speedlite 580EX II – Save $50 – Amazon / Adorama / B&H Photo

Speedlite 430EX II – Save $30 – Amazon / Adorama / B&H Photo

Speedlite 270EX – Save $20 – Amazon / Adorama / B&H Photo

Macro Twin Lite MT-24EX – Save $70 – Amazon / Adorama / B&H Photo

Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX – Save $50 – Amazon / Adorama / B&H Photo

Project 10-50

Interesting in shaking things up in your photography? How about shaking things up by using a single, 50mm lens for a year?

That’s what Project 10-50 is all about – “making pictures of the year 2010 with the use of 50mm prime lenses only.”

It doesn’t matter the brand of your camera or the model of your lens – so long as it’s 50mm in length.  And, we’re big fans of the 50mm lenses.

Here’s the pitch from the Project 10-50 crew to you:

We’ve just started a new initiative: Project 10-50.

It’s all about photographing with nothing but 50mm prime lenses – one year long: 2010 (hence 10-50 …).

Any brand camera or lens will do – as long as it’s a 50mm prime only. Besides beautiful stunning pictures we’re looking for something to learn from eachother as well.  So every picture posted has to contain the EXIF data and if possible ‘the story’ behind it. We want to read how people had to ‘work’ to ‘make’ the picture instead of just ‘taking’ it with a comfortable super-dooper-zoom lens.

The word is starting to spread already and people are starting to join.

Will you help us making it a little bigger too?

Learn more at Project10-50.com.