Camera comparisons, Mirrorless

Midrange Mirrorless Shootout – Fujifilm X-T30 vs Sony a6400

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Both Sony and Fujifilm have recently released hotly-anticipated updates to a couple of their most popular cameras; the extremely long-lived Sony a6000 was revamped into the a6400 and the relatively newer Fujifilm X-T20 is being replaced by the X-T30. Both cameras are available in a similar kit at the same price point, so which is the better option?

Fujifilm X-T30 ($999.95 with 15-45mm lens kit)

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Fujifilm has always embraced a retro/film camera inspired aesthetic with their mirrorless products, and the X-T30 carries on that tradition. The design is largely unchanged from the X-T20, with only some minor differences in the rear control area. They moved the “Q” button location (which was too easily pressed accidentally) and added the superior AF point selection joystick from the X-T3.

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What has also been improved from the previous model are the low-light/high ISO performance and the autofocus speed – The X-T30 gains the new  X-Trans IV 26.1 MP sensor and the hybrid autofocus system that is shared by the X-T3. Video shooters will also appreciate its newfound abilities to shoot in Fuji’s F-log output, as well as the Eterna film simulation setting which many videographers enjoy.

Sony a6400 ($999.95 with 16-50mm lens kit)

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At first glance, the Sony a6400 appears largely unchanged from its precursor the a6000. The screen is identical in size, but adds a new 180-tilt capability and touch screen. The body itself is also slightly different, with a deeper grip, reinforced lens mount, and added weather sealing.

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Sony’s top plate is much sleeker, flatter, and less cluttered than the Fuji. While it’s nice to have quick access to things like shutter speed it’s largely an aesthetic choice for Fuji (the dedicated exposure compensation dial is a nice feature, however). The a6400 also gains the newest iteration of Sony’s BIONZ X processor which allows for a native ISO range up to 32,000 (and can be extended up to 102,400).

Body Comparison

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For whatever reason, Fujifilm chose not to include the excellent tilt and side-articulating screen from their lower-end X-T100 camera, in favor of a tilt only design. Sony obviously had vloggers in mind with their improved tilt design that allows the screen to flip 180-degrees to face the subject. Both are touch-enabled. Right-eye shooters will appreciate Sony’s viewfinder placement all the way to the lefthand side, while Fuji placed the viewfinder directly in the center of the camera.

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Ergonomically, the Sony has a much deeper grip and a more comfortable location for the shutter release. The Sony is also the more compact option overall, including the lens itself. Surprisingly, they are almost the exact same weight, within about a gram of each other including the lens and battery.

It may seem as if the Sony is the clear winner here, and it probably is, at least on paper; however, the Fujifilm X-T30 has many selling points of its own. For one, it’s available at a slightly higher price point with a vastly superior kit lens, the 18-55mm f2.8-4. For the purposes of this writeup the 15-45mm lens was used as it is a more direct comparison in terms of size and price, but for anyone looking to purchase an X-T30 the 18-55mm would be a highly recommended alternative.

Fujifilm also offers their excellent film simulation modes, which we find to have a better straight-out-of-camera look to them than Sony’s “Creative Style” or “Picture Effect” settings. The other major selling point for those considering the Fujifilm system is their wider selection of relatively inexpensive lenses, especially primes. In addition, at the time of this writing Fujifilm is offering an extremely aggressive instant rebate of $300 off their 23mm f2, 35mm f2, and 50mm f2 when purchased with an X-T30.

Ultimately, the best way to decide between these two cameras is to get them both in your hands! Because the feature sets are so similar, for many people the choice will probably come down to ergonomics which can be different for everyone. Several of our staffers actually shoot both systems simultaneously for different purposes, so if you’re looking to step into a midrange mirrorless camera stop by and we’d be happy to walk you through the differences in person!

 

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Why I (Finally) Switched to Mirrorless

Should I switch to mirrorless?

It’s a question we’ve been hearing a lot lately here at Webbcam, so I wanted to take a moment and address some of the most common questions and misconceptions people have about moving from a traditional DSLR camera to a mirrorless system. I, personally, was hesitant to switch from my trusty Nikon DSLRs and lenses but made the jump to Sony late last year and haven’t looked back.

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The murmurs swirling about the “rise of mirrorless photography” reached a crescendo at the end of 2018, with Nikon and Canon finally releasing their own responses to Sony’s rapidly growing full-frame mirrorless offerings. Long dismissed by many as a technology that would never rival traditional DSLRs, it is now apparent that mirrorless is not only here to stay but is poised to dominate the market in years to come.

 

So why should you consider switching? The biggest reason for many people is, simply put, weight! Before I sold off my Nikon gear, I weighed my typical wedding loadout – with the bag, it came to 22 pounds! After finalizing my Sony kit, I did the same thing –  while not comprised of the same exact setup, a two-body wedding kit (with smaller bag) came in just over 14 pounds. I find that this not only takes less of a toll on me after a long day of shooting, but it also makes me want to actually carry my mirrorless gear out to shoot personal and family photos with as well – something I would normally never do with my heavier Nikon DSLRs.

The main hesitation many of our customers have about switching to mirrorless is the viewfinder. The lousy, low resolution electronic viewfinders of yesteryear have given EVF’s a bad reputation that has lingered to this day; thankfully, EVF technology has evolved considerably in the past few years and they are no longer a hindrance but actually offer many benefits over a reflex-mirror optical viewfinder. I personally find that using an EVF versus the traditional DSLR viewfinder results in much less eye strain at the end of a long day, especially when shooting in low-light situations. In addition, the EVF can amplify the light levels in the viewfinder in low light situations, making following action and composition much less difficult.

 

Nikon z6

Body only: $1999.95

As shown in kit with 24-70mm f4 Z mount lens: $2599.95

You might be wondering why, as a former Nikon DSLR user, I wouldn’t stay with Nikon and go with the z6 or z7. Don’t get me wrong, Nikon’s Z-series cameras are fantastic and have a lot of strong points in their favor to persuade existing users to stick with the system. For users wanting to retain their existing F-mount lenses, the FTZ mount adapter works extremely well and gives full compatibility with no loss of performance. The FTZ adapter also makes it easy to ease into the switch; for photographers that shoot with two cameras, you can retain one of your DSLRs and try out the z6 as your second body while still being able to utilize most of the same lenses.

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The z6 has excellent ergonomics, and being slightly taller than the A7 III it has a more comfortable grip that has room for your pinky finger without needing an extension like the Sony. It also has the best EVF of the three cameras featured, with a resolution of 3.68 million pixels. Canon’s EVF is roughly the same resolution but we have found Nikon’s to be a little bit less laggy and more enjoyable to use. Overall, Nikon has done a great job of retaining a familiar layout and feature set which will make the transition for existing Nikon users very painless.

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Pros:

  • Great backwards compatibility with Nikon F mount lenses
  • Superb build quality
  • Adds some great features for video shooters, including a future firmware update that will allow 4k RAW shooting

Cons:

  • Single card slot with a hard-to-find card format (XQD)
  • Currently has the smallest selection of native lenses
  • Poor battery life

 

Sony A7 III

Body only: $1999.95

Shown here with the Tamron 28-75mm f2.8 Di III for Sony E Mount: $879.95

The main things that attracted me to the Sony system were the wide selection of native lenses, ever-increasing third party support, and just the overall feel, speed and reliability. While a single card slot wasn’t a dealbreaker for me, I do love the added peace of mind that having dual slots provides. Folks looking to switch from Canon have a few good options for adapters if they want to retain their Canon glass; the Metabones and Sigma MC-11 adapters do a pretty good job of retaining most of the lens functionality, although there is a small sacrifice in autofocus speed versus using a native Sony E mount lens. Sadly, there is not a decent Nikon F mount adapter that we have found as of yet; users who have Nikon glass they cannot part with would be advised to stick with the Z system instead.

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You may have noticed this is the only camera featured here with a non-OEM lens; that’s because we’ve found the combination of the Sony A7III and the Tamron 28-75mm f2.8 to be an incredible combination in terms of performance, balance, and price point. Tamron has been building some great lenses the last few years, and the 28-75mm is no exception. It gives excellent sharpness and wonderful out of focus area rendering in a package that just feels “right” on the Sony body. It’s also almost half the weight of Sony’s 24-70mm f2.8 G Master lens, and close to a third of the price.

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Pros:

  • Great lens ecosystem
  • Great price-to-performance
  • Superb autofocus speed and burst shooting capability

Cons:

  • Smaller grip leads to slightly worse ergos than Canon or Nikon
  • No true factory service in USA – subcontracted, can be slow/expensive
  • Flash hot shoe seems small/flimsy; OEM flashes are not the best, but many aftermarket options are available

Canon EOS R

As shown in kit with the 24-105mm f4L lens: $3399.95

Canon’s first offering in a full-frame mirrorless camera (recently joined by the new, smaller EOS RP) shares a lot of professional features with its DSLR cousin the EOS 5D Mark IV. Both feature ~30 megapixel sensors and dual-pixel autofocus. The R is quite a bit slimmer and lighter and also adds a horizontal flip-out swivel screen, which is a great feature for video shooters. Just like Nikon, Canon offers its own lens adapter which allows the use of EF mount lenses on the R system bodies so if you have certain specialty EF-mount lenses that you can’t live without, the R is probably the simplest choice although the Canon to Sony adapters are a passable solution as well.

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Dollar for dollar, we find the EOS R to be a better option for people trying to decide between that and the EOS 5D Mark IV. The EOS R is currently $700 cheaper including the 24-105mm lens (factoring instant rebates) and boasts a newer Digic 8 image processor, native ISO 40,000 performance (vs 32,000 on the 5D), and a whopping 5,655 phase detection autofocus points.

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Pros:

  • Shutter closes to protect sensor when not in use
  • Excellent ergonomics
  • Rapidly expanding selection of lenses, new cameras on horizon

Cons:

  • Single card slot
  • Higher price point than Nikon/Sony for a kit
  • No in-body stabilization

 

Making the transition to mirrorless can be intimidating, but here at Webbcam we’re committed to giving you the guidance and information you need to make a smooth transition. At the time of this writing, Nikon and Sony both have aggressive incentives for people looking to trade in cameras towards one of the mirrorless products featured in this article; in addition to your trade allowance, both manufacturers offer $200 instant savings on top when trading in any working digital camera. These programs both run until the end of March, so if you’re interested in making the leap stop by or call today!

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2016 Holiday Gift Guide

It’s that time of year again and it can be overwhelming to find the perfect gift for someone interesting in photography. There are so many camera, lenses, and accessories on the market it’s hard to find a starting point. We have put together this gift guide to cover almost anyone interested in photography, from stocking stuffers to some big ticket items.

Stocking Stuffers

Ilford HP5 Disposable Camera – $9.95

They say film is making a comeback, and what better way to enjoy it then with a fun disposable camera.

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Fujifilm Instax Mini Monochrome Film Pack – $10.95

This new black and white instant film from Fujifilm for their Instax Mini cameras is sure to be a hit.

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[pro]master Leather Odyssey Camera Strap – Starting at $49.95

These handcrafted leather straps look and feel great. They also come in 6 different colors and two sizes.

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Dromida KODO HD Drone – $59.95

Drones have become very popular and their prices can be overwhelming. A fun way to get started is with this small drone to learn the ins and outs of flying. With the added ability to record HD video of the flight. This drone is so small it can fit into the palm of a hand.

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[pro]master Mobile Lens Kit – $79.95

The new [pro]master mobile lens kit is a cool way to enjoy cellphone photography. The kit has a wide angle lens, fish eye, macro, and circular polarizer lens with two clips. They attach onto any smartphone, and even if the phone is in a case. Small and lightweight, this kit can travel anywhere.

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Domke F5XB Camera Bag – $89.95

We love Domke bags here at Webbcam, in fact we all have the F5XB. The perfect bag for traveling light and holding just what you need. Made from strong canvas and made in the USA.

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Fujifilm Mini 70 – $99.95

This is a great gift for someone interested in photography, where they can watch the image appear on Fujifilm Instax film.

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Mefoto Backpacker Air – $125

We call this one a stocking stuffer because it is such a small tripod. While it may be small when folded up, it expands up to 4.9 feet tall while holding 8lbs of gear and comes in 7 different colors.

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Lenses

Canon 40mm f2.8 STM – $139.95

This pancake lens is a great addition to any Canon kit. Featuring an aspherical lens element and STM smooth focusing motor, this lens packs a big punch in a small package.

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Sigma 17-50mm f2.8 EX DC OS HSM– $369.95 after instant saving.

Available in both Canon and Nikon mount, with APS-C sensor. This lens features optical stabilization, a great zoom range, and bright f stop of 2.8 throughout the zoom range.

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Tamron SP 35mm f.18 Di VC USD – $599.95

The new SP series 35mm f1.8 Di VC USD lens from Tamron is a great prime lens to add to an existing kit of lenses. The lens is sharp wide open, very well made, features optical stabilization, and a bright f stop. Available in Nikon and Canon mounts, and now has a $30 main in rebate.

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Tamron SP 150-600mm f5-6.3 Di VC USD G2 – $1399.95

Enjoy sports or wildlife photography? A long zoom range with optical stabilization allows this lens to cover just about any event or grab the perfect shot of wildlife. Available in both Canon and Nikon mounts.

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Cameras

Sony Cyber Shot DSC-HX80 – $369.95

This advanced compact camera is a go to for travel photography. It features a Carl Zeiss Vario Sonnar lens with 30x optical zoom, 24-720mm equivalent. It also has a pop up viewfinder and built in WiFi to seamlessly transfer images from the camera to a smart phone to upload right to social media.

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Nikon D3400 kit with 18-55mm lens + 70-300mm lens – $649.95 after instant savings

This Nikon D3400 kit features two great zoom lenses, both with optical stabilization, a 24MP sensor, and Nikon Snapbridge WiFi app. A great camera kit for someone to get started in photography, or upgrade from an older system.

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Sony A6000 kit with 16-50mm lens and 55-210mm lens – $699 after instant savings

One of the best deals in a mirrorless camera is the super powerful Sony A6000. It has a lot of great features in a small lightweight kit. Featuring a 24mp sensor and BIONZ X image processor this camera is capable of producing large high quality images. It can also shoot up to 11 fps to capture action, sports, and wildlife shots. This kit comes with two lenses, the 16-50mm lens and 55-210mm lens which makes it a great travel camera.

Nikon D500 – $1799.95 after instant savings

Possibly the most powerful DX DSLR on the market, the Nikon D500 is the perfect gift for someone needing a new DSLR or upgrading from an older system. This camera features a 20MP sensor, EXPEED 5 image processor, 4k video, 153 AF Points and 11fps. This is a pro level camera without the pro level pricing.

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Canon 5D mkIV – $3499.95

The new Canon 5D mkIV has some robust new features making it a worthy upgrade for any Canon photographer. It features a new 30MP sensor, DIGIC 6+ Processor, and 4k video. Professional build quality of the mkIV is ideal for any event photographer who needs a rugged camera built to last.

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Leica Q – $4250 for black, $4499.95 for titanium finish

For the photographer that has everything, the Leica Q is the perfect addition to a collection. This is a great street shooting and travel camera. It has a full frame 24MP sensor, 28mm f1.7 Summilux lens, Maestro II image processor, and built in WiFi. Available in both black and titanium finish. The Leica name is synonymous with quality, their optics are legendary, and the Q is the pinnacle of a professional compact camera.

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Black Friday Specials 2014

 10% OFF all in-stock Video Monopods!

 

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sigma1750   The Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 EX DC OS HSM Zoom Lens is an incredibly versatile, lightweight, and compact lens designed specifically for digital SLR cameras with APS-C size sensors. The lens has a fast f/2.8 maximum aperture throughout the entire zoom range. It features a construction of 17 elements in 13 groups with glass that corrects for flare, ghosting and all types of aberrations. It produces high contrast and sharp images throughout the zoom range even at its maximum aperture.

$669 – $200 Instant Rebate = $469

 

sigma10-20The Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 EX DC HSM Autofocus Zoom lens offers an ultra-wide zoom solution to digital cameras, and was exclusively designed to suit the characteristics of digital SLR cameras. The super wide-angle capability of this zoom lens makes it a very powerful tool for both indoor and landscape photography

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$479 – $100 Instant Rebate = $379

 

 

sigma150-500This Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM APO Lens is an ultra telephoto zoom lens ideal for nature, wildlife, or sports photography.

The OS (Optical Stabilizer) system minimizes image blur caused by camera shake, and offers the equivalent of shooting at a shutter speed 3-4 stops faster. This allows handheld telephoto zoom shooting even in poorly lit conditions.

$1069 – $300 Instant Rebate = $769

 

 

 

sigma70200The Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG APO OS HSM for Canon is the second generation of large-aperture telephoto zoom lenses incorporating Sigma’s OS (Optical Stabilizer) anti-shake system. It offers the equivalent of shooting at shutter speeds 3 to 4 stops slower than without OS, thus allowing handheld telephoto zoom shooting even in poorly lit conditions. Its HSM ensures quiet and high speed AF as well as full-time manual focusing.

 

$1399 – $300 Instant Rebate = $1099

 

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The Sony Alpha a5000 Mirrorless Digital Camera is a versatile and compact mirrorless camera that features a 20.1 megapixel APS-C-sized Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor and BIONZ X image processor to produce high-resolution still images and full HD movies with marked low-light quality and sensitivity to ISO 16000. Included with the camera body is a Sony E-mount 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS Retractable Zoom Lens, which provides a 35mm-equivalent focal length range of 24-75mm. This range of perspectives is well-suited to everyday shooting and is further enhanced through the inclusion of Optical SteadyShot image stabilization for minimizing the appearance of camera shake.

$499 – $200 Instant Rebate = $299

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The Sony Alpha a6000 Mirrorless Digital Camera is a versatile and advanced mirrorless camera featuring a 24.3MP APS-C-sized Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor and BIONZ X image processor to produce high-resolution still images and full HD movies with marked low-light quality and sensitivity to ISO 25600. Beyond notable imaging traits, the image processor also lends itself to continuous shooting up to 11 fps and an intelligent Fast Hybrid AF system that uses both phase- and contrast-detection methods to quickly and accurately acquire focus.

$799 – $200 Instant Savings = $599

sonya58The Sony Alpha a58 DSLR Camera with DT 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 SAM II Lens is a compact digital SLR camera that blends high imaging performance with a host of intelligent and intuitive features to help achieve optimal results for both still and moving imagery. The a58 houses a 20.1 megapixel APS-C-sized Exmor HD APS CMOS sensor and BIONZ image processor, which work together to produce clear, detailed imagery with impressive low-light sensitivity to ISO 16000 and fast performance that enables up to 5fps full-resolution continuous shooting. The processor and sensor combination are also significantly benefited by the unique Translucent Mirror Technology, which effectively directs light to both the image sensor and focus sensor simultaneously.

$599 – $200 Instant Savings = $399

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The Sony Alpha a77II DSLR Camera is a versatile and advanced digital camera featuring a 24.3MP APS-C-sized Exmor CMOS sensor and BIONZ X image processor to produce high-resolution still images and full HD movies with marked low-light quality and sensitivity to ISO 25600. Included with the camera body is the DT 16-50mm f/2.8 SSM lens; a wide-angle to short telephoto providing a 35mm-equivalent focal length range of 24-75mm. The constant f/2.8 maximum aperture maintains consistent performance throughout the zoom range while an SSM autofocus drive produces quick and quiet focus performance.

$1799 – $300 Instant Savings = $1499

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The Webbcam 2013 Holiday Gift Guide

Under $50

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Holga 120N ($35)

Nothing beats a Holga for getting started in lo-fi, medium format photography. The photos have a very distinctive look and feel courtesy of the Holga’s plastic lens – owning a Holga is a must for every photographer!

Don’t forget the film!

kata-d-light-grip-14Kata Grip 14DL ($39)

One of our bestselling bags due to it’s sleek design and midrange size which accommodates most DSLRs and basic lenses. The holster-style design includes a shoulder strap and a rain cover.

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Phottix 32″ 7 in 1 Reflector ($46.95)

The 7-in-1 Light Mulit Collapsible Reflectors are a great addition to studio or on location work. The reflectors have 7 changeable colors: White, Black, Silver, Translucent, Golver, Green and Blue and collapse into a 12″ circular carrying case.

Under $75

ImageBlackrapid Straps ($39.95-124.95)

Not the cheapest strap, but by far the most comfortable! Often imitated but still the best, Blackrapid offers several models to accommodate different sizes of cameras and shooting styles. For most DSLRs check out the Curve (RS-7), our best selling model.

ImageGary Fong Lightsphere Collapsible Speed Mount ($59.95)

The #1 selling flash diffuser here at Webbcam, Gary Fong’s Lightsphere Collapsible has been improved with a new velcro strap mount borrowed from the Universal model making it the best of both worlds. Check out Gary’s awesome Youtube channel for great tips on how to get the most out of your on camera speedlite!

ImageFuji Instax Mini 8 ($74.95)

A great way to capture Christmas morning memories! Fuji’s Instax cameras have taken over where Polaroid left off and become a worldwide sensation. There’s nothing like instant film photography for parties, weddings, vacations or anytime you want to pass around actual, physical prints with your friends.

Under $100

ImagePocketwizard Plus X ($99.95 less $15 instant rebate)

The best wireless flash trigger system just got better, and cheaper! Pocketwizards are the industry standard and the new Plus X Transceiver makes them more affordable than ever. Just $85 per unit after the instant rebate, and they now include many of the connection cables that were previously sold separately!

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Westcott Modern Vintage Backdrops ($79.95)

Westcott’s new Modern Vintage backdrops are a great alternative to a flat solid color background or dated looking crush-dyed fabric. They come in many different styles and color combinations and add a new look to your portrait or product photography!

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Manfrotto Advanced Active Backpack 1 ($99.95)

A new and improved design of one of our all time best selling bags. The new Manfrotto Active Backpack series is a great daypack for carrying your DSLR body with a couple lenses in a sleek form factor with enough room up top to store your hoodie, laptop, and whatever else you need while out and about.

Under $199

ImageTamron 18-200mm f3.5-6.3 XR Di II ($199.95)

Looking to upgrade your basic kit lens, or increase your max focal length without carrying a second lens? The Tamron 18-200 is a very compact superzoom at an extremely affordable price – plus a $20 mail in rebate until the end of the year!

MePhoto_Trans_Group_Coll[2]Mefoto Backpacker ($139) & Roadtrip ($189) Tripods

The new Mefoto tripod series is a staff favorite here, and for good reason. The Backpacker model folds up to only 12.6″ for nearly effortless transportation, and all Mefoto tripods include a padded carrying case!

4aCanon 40mm f2.8 EF Pancake lens ($219, $169 after rebate)

A great alternative to the “nifty fifty” that upgrades the build quality with a stainless mount, and cuts down on the size! This lens is awesome on the new Rebel SL1 and makes a great, lightweight walkaround lens on any body.

videomic_03Rode Videomic ($159)

If you’re serious about shooting video on your DSLR, you’ve probably run into the limitations of the on-camera mic. The Rode Videomic eliminates a lot of these issues by stabilizing the mic in their proprietary Rycote® Shock Mount system, minimizing unwanted noise created by vibrations or autofocus. The highly directional microphone also isolates your subject from distracting surrounding noises.

Under $500

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Phottix Mitros TTL Speedlite ($299)

Another Webbcam favorite, the Phottix Mitros is hands down the best third-party alternative to the pro level Nikon or Canon speedlites. With a feature set that rivals the SB-910 or 580EXII the Mitros is a very well constructed flash at a great price.

sigma_30mm_f14Sigma 30mm f1.4 DC Art Series lens ($499)

Sigma’s new Art Series of lenses has caused quite a stir in the photographic community over the past year, with the introduction of their fantastic 35mm 1.4, revolutionary 18-35mm 1.8 and the revamped 30mm 1.4 for crop sensor cameras. Roughly equating to a ~50mm on APS-C sized sensors the Sigma 30mm f1.4 is a sharp, fast lens that works wonders for shooting in low light or capturing your subject with a shallow depth of field.

d3200Nikon D3200 DSLR Kit w/ 18-55VR lens ($599 less $100 instant rebate)

The best value in an entry level DSLR right now. With a 24.2 megapixel CMOS and the new EXPEED 3 processor this camera is incredibly powerful for the price. If you are looking to step into the DSLR world from your point and shoot/iPhone etc, the Nikon D3200 is the way to get started.

dlcrigDLC HDSLR Rig ($399)

At only $399, DLC’s HDSLR rig is cheaper than many other companies follow focus units alone! In addition to including a follow focus, the rig also comes with a matte box, quick release plate and uses industry standard rail sizes for easy additions or replacement of components.

mn_mt190xpro3Manfrotto 190XPRO3 ($219)

The newest version of the 190 series of tripod legs improves on the leg locks and streamlines the design of the center column rotation feature that cuts down on the size a bit. One of the best, midsize/midpriced tripods just got better!

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