Canon Refurbished Deals at Adorama

Adorama has recently refreshed its Canon Refurbished inventory.  Some of the solid deals include:

Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L lens for $1229.95

Canon 50D for $999.95

Canon 40D for $799.95

Canon Rebel T1i w/ 18-55mm IS lens for $729.95

Canon Rebel XSi w/ 18-55mm IS lens for $549.95

Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS lens for $439.95

Canon EF-S 55-250mm IS lens for $199.95

There’s currently 80+ items in the camera and lens department now.  The good ones won’t last long.

Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG OS

Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG OS

Sigma has announced the 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG OS lens for Sigma, Sony, Nikon, Pentax and Canon mounts.  Sigma claims that the Optical Stabilization system will help you achieve an additional 4 stops of hand-holdability.  The new lens should be available at an initial retail price of $499.99.  Check availability on Amazon.com.

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

Great Telephoto Zoom Lenses

Sigma 200-500mm f/2.8

Now that you’ve read about 50mm lenses, lenses to help you learn and how camera lenses are made, the time has come to check out what telephoto lenses are possibly best for your system. Every photographer should have at least one just in the case the situation arises where you need a longer piece of glass to get that shot. Of course, some systems do telephoto zooming better than others. If you want to switch from one system to another system you’ll learn that some systems may give you the actual results you want in a different package. As a paparazzo in training, I’m learning this first hand.

Here’s a list of those great lenses are your system. [Read more...]

Lenses and Gear for Shooting Events

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Some of us that read this blog make a living or some extra income from shooting events. These events require specific tools: such as good, fast lenses at certain focal lengths. Today I received a question from someone that wants to go into event photography but wants to know what type of gear to get.

Hey Chris,

I’ve got a Canon 40D now and friends, people I meet and family are all asking me to shoot their events. They want anything from their parties, bbqs, baby christenings, etc. What equipment should I look into? Should I stay with my 28-135mm kit lens? Will I need a flash? I don’t want to spend too much money either.

-Mike

First off Mike, congratulations: while the fact that you have a nice big camera will encourage everyone around you to constantly bother you about taking their photos and then uploading them on Facebook and other sharing sites, you should be able to make some sort of profit from it all. There are a couple of factors and things that you need to keep in mind before going out there and shooting on top of buying equipment. [Read more...]

4 Reasons Why Everyone Should Have a 50mm Lens

Nikon AF-S 50mm f/1.4G

When we buy our DSLRs, chances are that we mostly shoot and grow with using just the kit lens provided for us by the manufacturerers. What some of us DSLR users don’t realize until we’ve grown enough is just how wondrous and useful a good 50mm lens with a wide aperture is. I’ve blogged before about learning on different lenses, but the 50mm is the one lens every photographer should have in their bag. If you havent’ got a 50mm lens or if you have one and don’t seem to cherish it that much, here are reasons why everyone should go out and shoot with just your little 50mm gem. [Read more...]

Nikon 70-200mm VR II and 18-200mm VR II Announced

Nikon 70-200mm VR II

Nikon has refreshed two of its most popular lenses.  The AF-S 70-200mm f/2.8G VR II lens gets an upgrade in optics and moves up to the VR II image stabilization.

The new AF-S 18-200mm VR II lens gets a zoom lock switch to prevent the lens from creeping out while hanging from your neck.  Additionally, the new superzoom lens gets Super Integrated Coating to help reducing ghosting and lens flare.

Nikon 18-200mm VR II

The AF-S 18-200mm VR II should be available in September 2009 at an initial retail price of $849.95. Check availability on Amazon.com.

The AF-S 70-200mm f/2.8G VR II should be available in November 2009 at an initial retail price of $2399.95. Check availability on Amazon.com.

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

The Best Lenses To Help You Learn

Many photographers start out timid and not wanting to do what they have to in order to unleash their true creativity. Once you start shooting though, and you start to become braver, bolder and more confident in your craft. Your lenses are really what teach you to do your job. Even when you become advanced, semi-pro and pro there are always certain lenses that you can go back to in order to learn more about what you can do with your creativity and vision: and they’re not always 50mm’s either!

For that, here are some of the best lenses to learn with no matter what experience you have: [Read more...]