Canon Announces the EOS RP

Screen-Shot-2019-02-13-at-9.01.06-PM-1-400x229.png New Full Frame Mirrorless at an Extremely Reasonable PriceCanon has just announced the EOS RP - the second camera in their new, full frame, mirrorless line.  Two impressive facts about this camera  - A new full frame camera being offered at $1299* and the body size and weight is smaller/less than the Canon Rebel DSLR line.*And that $1299 price includes EOS R adapter to fit EF lenses and a small colored grip too.Full Spec List

  • 26.2MP Full-Frame CMOS Sensor

  • 4K at 25fps at 120Mb/s 8-bit internal

  • DIGIC 8 Image Processor

  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF

  • 2.36m-Dot Electronic Viewfinder

  • 3" Vari-Angle Touchscreen LCD

  • Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Connectivity

I liked the Canon EOS R but felt that at $2399 it wasn't a great value - mostly an AF system that just wasn't as fast as I would like and beaten solidly by the Sony a7iii in AF performance and 4K video. But this RP at $1000 less in a smaller lighter package becomes very compelling. The RP is still going to have the those Continuous AF issues and the crop when shooting 4k is annoying but again, at this price point I can forgive those issues - no other full frame camera is offered at this price point.Canon EOS RP Mirrorless Digital Camera (Body Only) $1299- includes EOS R Adapter- Includes EG-E1 Extension GripCanon EOS RP with 24-105 RF $2199 (Excellent Value)- includes EOS R Adapter- Includes EG-E1 Extension Grip

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It’s official and I am impressed - The CANON EOS RP - A tiny full frame mirrorless camera from Canon. The headline here is the price (which includes an EF Adapter and colored grip) and the small lightweight size. Just $1299 for a new Full Frame Mirrorless Camera with Canon’s user friendly menu system and full articulated touch screen Just $2199 with the excellent 24-105 RF Lens - a great combination. Preorder now - Shipping near the end of the month. Learn more including my concerns at the link in my bio. Or visit #canon #EOSGear #CanonUSA #canongear #EOSR #ESORP

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We also have word that by the end of 2019 Canon will release 6 more RF lensesThe details of the new Canon RF lenses under development are as follows:The RF 85mm F1.2 L USM is a large aperture mid-telephoto prime lens. It offers excellent performance for advanced and professional portrait photographers and is a widely popular focal length and aperture speed combination for users.The RF 85mm F1.2 L USM DS, with Defocus Smoothing lens technology, is a uniquely designed lens that offers a combination of beautifully smooth defocused bokeh. Featuring a super-fast F1.2 aperture, the lens will help produce breathtaking portraits that will surely stand out from the crowd.The RF 24-70mm F2.8 L IS USM is a high-performance, standard zoom lens for professionals and photo enthusiasts alike – ideal for shooting portraits, landscapes, documentaries or weddings.The RF 15-35mm F2.8 L IS USM, offering a wide angle and fast aperture in a single package is ideal for a variety of shooting applications including architecture, interiors or landscapes.The RF 70-200mm F2.8 L IS USM is a must-have for any professional photographer, especially for those shooting weddings, sports or wildlife. This lens is a great all-around, high-speed, medium telephoto zoom lens and does well to round out any camera bag.The RF 24-240mm F4-6.3 IS USM is the ideal lens for amateurs and advanced amateurs who love to travel, no matter the destination. The versatile, all-purpose lens offers a range of focal lengths for capturing extraordinary shots in a form factor that is both compact and lightweight.

Your Best Photo of 2018

 Make sure you are a subscriber to be notified when the slideshow is posted.  Click to subscribe and be notified. I am collecting your ONE best/favorite photo from 2018 for the 5th annual slide show. Read ALL Directions and Disclaimers.Directions:

  • Search your library for your favorite image you captured in 2018.

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The slideshow for 2017

Cyber Monday Deals - 2018

B&H Deal ZoneNew Deals on B&H hourly

Just Updated the Sony Lens Savings Page


Slim, portable USB battery with unique magnet mount  - charge your phone or camera. Just $14.99. Great gift! Buy from B&H Photo.

The fun and very giftable FujiFilm Instax Camera with film pack included for the lowest price ever - just $59
DSLR photographers - Focal Pro is the easiest way to ensure ALL your lenses and bodies are correctly calibrated for maximum sharpness. Today's B&H Deal offers Focal Pro for just $89! See my video on this software.

Deals ending soon

Sony Alpha a9 Mirrorless Digital Camera Body and Flash KitThe fantastic Sony a9 $1000 off plus the excellent Godox flash unit & TWO SD Cards- The most powerful Sony mirrorless with 20fps, 4k video, and amazing battery life plus the excellent Godox flash provide a system capable of indoor and outdoor photography. Buy at B&H Photo

 Canon T6 - Solid starter DSLR for new photographers or photographers looking to upgrade from a P&S camera. Just $449 limited time provides a DSLR and TWO lenses plus a bag and SD card. Everything you need to get started. Buy at B&H Photo


Moment Lenses - Best Lenses for Smartphones

SD Card Deals

Two 128GB Lexar fast enough for 4K Just $99Two 64GB Cards for $49

Good Budget OptionFast enough for most use128GB for just $39!

Manufacturer Wide Deals

Canon Deals are live now and include significant savings on bodies and include accessories and bodies include 13 months of accidental damage protection. This is HUGE!See all current Canon Deals for Cyber Monday 2018

Sony has just dropped the price on several models and bundled with awesome accessories like a 5TB hard drive. The awesome Sony a9 is $1000 off with an instant rebate. No messing with mail in rebates - just instant savings!See all current Sony Deals for Cyber Monday 2018

Flashpoint Adorama Sale

Amazon is running Cyber Monday deals ALL WEEK! They have a photo/video category of deals that include popular cameras and lenses along with tons of little accessories - many junky but some useful. The list changes hourly - check back often.Amazon Camera/Photo Holiday Shopping DealsFollow me on Kit for more Camera Deals/Lens and Accessories.

Better than a new camera/lens...

Gear comes and goes but the experiences you gain during a trip/adventure truly last a lifetime!  This is your opportunity to get a discount on a future McKay Photography Tour. EXTREMELY LIMITED AVAILABILITY!

GREAT GIFT - GREAT DISCOUNT - GREAT IDEAfor the photographer in your life (which might be you!)

Plans for All Budget Levels

This holiday season invest in yourself. Make 2019 the year you grow as a photographer!  Photo Enthusiast Network is the BEST photography education community on this planet! Buy now to lock in the discounted rate of just 8/mo for access to hundreds of tutorial videos (new ones added each week), weekly articles and community access that will support you and answer the questions you need answered to improve your photography!

The Best Camera Bags/Backpacks

Our friends at Think Tank Photo just announced their Black Friday specials.  It will put its popular Airport Advantage Plus rolling camera bag on sale at 50% over Black Friday weekend. In addition, several of its most popular camera bags will be on sale at 40% starting on Black Friday and through December 2nd.  And don’t forget, by using my special Web link when ordering, you will receive a free gift and free shipping on top of the discounts!

The Airport Advantage Plus rolling camera bag is designed specifically for traveling photographers. By it complying with international carry-on size and weight requirements, you can keep your most valuable gear safe and near you when flying.On sale at 40% through December 2nd are Think Tank’s Spectral shoulder bags, UltraLight backpacks, Signature shoulder bags, Sidepath backpack, and Multi-Mount holsters. The UltraLight backpacks are the lightest weight photo backpacks on the market. The Signature shoulder series are designed for wedding and other event photographers who seek a more elegant and discreet shoulder bag.My Favorite pro filter system is just $124 which includes a high-quality circular polarizer filter. More about the Nisi System

50% OFF the FANTASTIC filter holder

My Favorite Travel Laptop

My Favorite widows travel laptop is getting a rare and brief discount. The Huawei 13.9" MateBook X Pro is available for just $1349! This is a fantastic machine with touch screen and internal specs that are perfect for photo editing. Highly recommend if you are looking for a portable and stylish machine that can handle your editing needs while traveling. Huawei 13.9" MateBook X Pro Multi-Touch Notebook

Sony Black Friday Deals Lowest Prices Ever on Some Models.

Canon Black Friday Deals Start NOW!

All the bodies and kits include  Free Canon Battery Grip + Free Accessories =  Total Value $119.65 AND free Canon Care Pak PLUS!  Canon Care Pak provides 13 months of accidental damage protection! 

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Kit SAVE $500 (Instant Rebate = lowest price since release)

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV EF 24-70 IS USM Kit SAVE $650 (Instant Rebate = lowest price since release)

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV EF 24-105L IS II USM Kit SAVE $700 (Instant Rebate = lowest price since release)

Canon EOS 6D Mark II Kit SAVE $500 (Instant Rebate = lowest price since release)

Canon EOS 6D Mark II EF 24–105 IS STM Kit  SAVE $700 (Instant Rebate = lowest price since release)

Canon EOS 6D Mark II EF 24–105 IS II USM Kit SAVE $700 (Instant Rebate = lowest price since release)

Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM SAVE $300 (Instant Rebate = lowest price since release) + 4TB Hard Drive!

Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM Lens SAVE $300 (Instant Rebate = lowest price since release) 

Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Lens SAVE $300 (Instant Rebate = lowest price since release) + 4TB Hard Drive!

Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Lens  SAVE $300 (Instant Rebate = lowest price since release) 

Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM Lens SAVE $130 (Instant Rebate = lowest price since release) 

Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens  SAVE $400 (Instant Rebate = lowest price since release) + 4TB Hard Drive!

Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens  SAVE $400 (Instant Rebate = lowest price since release) 

Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM Lens SAVE $200 (Instant Rebate = lowest price since release) 

Pixel 3 Review and Camera Review - Nightshot mode!!

Mobile Photography Gear:

I am an android user I bought into the pixel line because it offered one of the most affordable flagship phones with a fantastic camera. Now with the launch of the Pixel 3 do I still feel the same?

It wasn’t just the camera that appeals to me about the pixel line - as an Android user the pure Google experiences, the frequent updates, knowing that at least for the next year or so you will get a phone that stays current.

Now I have the pixel 3 XL - provided by google - I wasn’t actually planning on upgrading - my Pixel 2 was still good enough - or I should say almost good enough - My biggest issue was the screen brightness - outside for photos or as a screen when flying the drone - it was not as bright as I would like and as good as the camera is - I do wish it had a more manual friendly control -

Let’s talk about my favorite features of this phone and then spend a little time looking at the camera in detail.

The screen - this is a beautiful screen on the 3 - it’s vibrant, bright I enjoy using it outside in bright sunlight and it feels color accurate, not overly saturated.

The clean google experience. I can uninstall every app on this phone, there is no annoying skin on top of the Android experience 

Call Screening - this is so cool. I have a call, not sure who it is - hit the screen call button and the assistant picks up with a recorded message - the callers' message will then be transcribed in real time letting me decide if I want to answer it.

Battery Life - just good solid performance and the addition of wireless charging is nice. This brings the pixel 3 in line with other flagship phones. 

It's not all good…

I do worry about future-proofing. With just 4GB of RAM in the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL when most are now offering 6 or in the next year or so 8. But at this time this phone is very snappy and I see no issues.

I did have some speaker crackling in the first few days and that has settled down and as other reviewers have mentioned - at higher volumes the back of the phone vibrates but I don’t really use the speakers at that level so it hasn’t bothererd me.

I do seem to fight the portrait vs horizontal rotation more often than I want which is annoying and then sometimes it seems to need a smack to know I have set it back upright/

The camera is fantastic!

It’s just really good. Consistently excellent results with fantastic dynamic range. And that new Night shot mode that is coming is stunningly good. It’s some kind of voodoo magic good - THAT GOOD.


Pixel 3 on the left Sony a7RIII on the right!

Portrait mode where Google uses the algorithm to determine the subject and artificially blurs the background has noticeably improved and gives me good, consistent results. And even though this is called portrait mode you can use it on anything at all.


You can now easily switch the camera to capture RAW and what I found on the pixel 2 - Capturing RAW photos wasn't worth it - the dedicated image processor inside deals with noise and detail better than any post-processing software you can throw the image into but the RAWs from the Pixel 3 are a different story - these are RAWs that look great and respond well to editing.  But I still find that the JPEG processed by Google is fantastic and I rarely want to edit the images.

The camera continues to impress me the only areas it is lacking - close focusing is limited compared to some other flagship phones BUT if you use the super zoom feature you can get some stunning results. With any system, if you want awesome macro with this phone consider picking up the Moment lens macro.


Basic Controls - the camera app is clean and streamlined but I do wish you could switch to a more manual friendly control - I find that useful for focusing and playing with slightly longer exposures - the Huawei Mate 10 pro I reviewed earlier this year allows 30 second exposures, The Note 9 from Samsung allows 10 seconds in pro mode. The Pixel 3 is limited to 1/4 second and you have to use a 3rd party app it's not a deal breaker but having that control greatly improves the flexibility and versatility of this camera. Still - an all-around impressive camera at a price that I find a bit more reasonable than many of the competitors. If image quality is an important factor in your purchase of a phone - the Pixel 3 will make you happy.

Mobile Photography Gear

Instagram Challenge Top Picks – Nature & Reflection

Instagram ChallengeEvery week we put your skills to the test in the Instagram challenge. This is your chance to try something a bit different, maybe learn a new skill, or just get a bit of practice in shooting.

Two Challenges! #prtv_nature2 & #prtv_reflection3

A month worth of summer challenges with nature and reflections, nice job folks! We had some great pics this week but check out Toby's video for all the shots and learn a few tips. If you're up for a challenge it's up to you this time with a wildcard challenge, just tag those shots #PRTV_wildcard on Instagram.

Nature Top Pick:

Reflection Top Pick:

[embed][/embed]For more info on the Instagram Challenges, the schedule, and past top picks go check out Try out some of Toby's Instagram Tips. For everything else Instagram, tag those shots #PRTV and #penlive for our daily photo features.

Canon EOS R - Announced


The Canon EOS R  - Canon Reimagining the Future! Be the RevolutionStressing that you should ADD this to your kit. It is NOT replacing the current EOS system.

  • FULLY COMPATIBLE with CURRENT EF and EF-S lenses! No compromising when you use adapters. (my experience is a slight, very slight compromise)

    • Three adapters maintaining all current lens systems

      • Standard (small compact adapter)

      • Standard with customizable control ring (also found on the new RF mount lenses) - Control ring can be assigned a variety of functions from ISO to Exposure Compensation

      • Adapter with drop-in CPL or ND filter lens. This lets you use small rear filters with ANY lens.

      • Same diameter lens mounts with a decreased distance to the sensor.

      • Decreased distance means the front element can be smaller and more compact.

      • Enhanced overall optical performance. Easier to offer f/1.2 lenses

      • 12 electronics contacts offer the fastest communication of any Canon mount system and enhanced IS in future

New Multifunction slide control - Customizable with swipe and left or right tap actions. After using this feature for a few days I am not a fan. Learn more in this video.Very customizable in general - even the mode dial can be assigned a different function and customizability extend to different functions for buttons when you are in photo andvideo modes.New Flexible Priority(FV) AE mode - A slightly more automatic manual mode - You choose what to adjust and rest of settings will follow suit. A faster way to switch which setting you want.That fully articulating touchscreen experience that so many love that Canon provides very well. The touchscreen can also function as a touchpad (when you are using the EVF)EVF is big, bright and beautiful. Good display of info inside that is customizable with the level of info.Low light focusing capable to -6 EV with a f/1.2 lens VERY IMPRESSIVE. Also offers Eye AF or Face detect but I found Eye AF to be finicky and Eye AF does not work in Continuous AF mode.The BadOne Card Slot (this make the camera less exciting for many professionals)Eye AF does not work but face detection works very well.AF is good but not fast and burst rate with continuous AF falls to just 3 fps.No built-in intervalometer but there is time-lapse movie mode.Strength - Canon shooter with existing lenses looking for the future of the Canon system - this is a solid start. I think we will see a more pro level version within the next year if not sooner.The Canon EOS R full-frame mirrorless camera is scheduled to be available in October 2018 for an estimated retail price of $2299  for the body only. It will also be sold as a body-and-lens kit with the new RF 24-105mm F4 L IS USM lens for $3399.SPECS - 

  • MP: 30MP Full Frame CMOS sensor and DIGIC 8

  • File Format: JPEG, RAW (14 bit), C-RAW w/ Dual pixel RAW support

  • EVF: OLED 0.71x Magnification

  • Low Light Focusing: EV –6

  • AF - Dual Pixel CMOS AF wurg 565 manually selectable AF points

  • ISO sensitivity: 100 to 40000 (extended ISO: 50, 51200, 102400)

  • Shutter speed: 1/8000 to 30 seconds (Bulb)

  • Flash Sync: 1/200 second

  • Continuous shooting performance: 8 fps w/ servo AF 5 fps

  • Video: 4K at 30p, 1080p FullHD at 60p, 720p at 120p Canon Log and 10bit 4:2:2 HDMI output

  • LCD Screen: 3.15" 3.69M dots full touchscreen

  • Recording Media: 1 SD / SDHC / SDXC card slot

  • Battery: LP-E6N / LP-E6 battery ~ 450 shots per charge - USB charging inside the camera with LP-E6N

  • Advanced Control (swipe bar)

  • Advanced Durability

  • Size: 135.8 x 98.3 x 84.4 mm

  • Weight: 660 g (including battery / memory card) · 580 g (body only)

Availability and Pricing

The Canon EOS R full-frame mirrorless camera is scheduled to be available in October 2018 for an estimated retail price of $2299  for the body only. It will also be sold as a body-and-lens kit with the new RF 24-105mm F4 L IS USM lens for $3399.

Four new R-mount lenses

  • RF 24-105 f/4 Canon Nano USM focus motor (evolution)

  • RF 28-70 f/2 Zoom (world's first zoom lens at f/2 for full frame) Expected to be sharper //Revolution than most primes

  • RF 50mm f/1.2 L

  • RF 35mm f/1.8 IS Macro - Street shooting and 1/2 macro size lens

Rokinon 35mm f/2.8 on SALE & SmallRig L-Bracket is Great!

B&H Photo has the tiny and affordable 35mm f/2.8 lens for Sony FE mount on sale TODAY for just $249. This is an autofocus lens that is fun to throw on your Sony - it makes your mirrorless camera so small and light AND it is sharp! I was blown away by how sharp this lens is, even wide open. At $249 it is must buy! Buy from B&H Photo - $100 OFF TODAY ONLYSample Photos Rokinon 35mm f/2.8[gallery columns="5" ids="18835,18836,18837,18838,18839"]

SmallRig L-Bracket for Sony A7III/A7M3/A7RIII/A9

I have also been testing the SmallRig L-Bracket system for my Sony a7RIII for a few months and I love thisL_Bracket. It provides a small amount of additional grip, making the camera more comfortable and the Arca Swiss bottom and side plate make tripod mounting easy. The side plate is adjustable or you can remove it completely.The included hex wrench is magnetically attached to the bottom making sure it is always available. I am used to high-quality L brackets costing several hundred dollars. This SmallRig bracket is just $47!!  It attaches through the tripod socket and sits very securely at the base of your camera. Remember the weakest point in weather sealing on the Sony cameras is the bottom, attaching the SmallRig L-Bracket raises the camera off whatever surface you place it on, add additional protection. I no longer worry about where I am setting my camera down.Learn More at SmallRig  

Instagram Challenge Top Picks – Bokeh 2

Instagram ChallengeEvery week we put your skills to the test in the Instagram challenge. This is your chance to try something a bit different, maybe learn a new skill, or just get a bit of practice in shooting.

The #PRTV_bokeh2 Challenge

Bokeh is a great tool for separating your subject from a background but you can also have a bit of fun with it as well. Congratulations to Toby's Top Picks and check out the video for all the honorable mentions.

Top Picks

[embed][/embed][embed][/embed][embed][/embed]For more info on the Instagram Challenges, the schedule, and past top picks go check out Try out some of Toby's Instagram Tips. For everything else Instagram, tag those shots #PRTV and #penlive for our daily photo features.

Nikon Z7 & Z6 Mirrorless Cameras Announced -

Nikon Z7 Exposed!

Nikon Z7 Exposed!

The Nikon Z7 and Z6 mirrorless cameras have been officially announced - After months of teasing we have an official announcement, photos, specs and most of the answers - I say most because we only have a few early hands-on. I will be back with a full hands-on soon. I will say if you are even a little on the fence - get your pre-orders in - if this camera is going to be anything like the D850 supply/demand situation, over a year after the D850s release we still don't see that camera consistently in stock. There are two features some of you may consider deal breakers! 

Nikon Z7 and Z6 Preorder Links



Nikon Z7





Nikon Z6



Body Only | Body + 24-70 f/4 Z Mount Lens  | Body + 24-70 f/4 + FTZ Adapter KitBody Only | Body + 24-70 f/4 Z Mount Lens  | Body + 24-70 f/4 + FTZ Adapter Kit

Lenses and Adapters

Nikon Z Mount24-70 F/4 Lens




Nikon Z Mount50mm f/1.8S Lens




Nikon Z Mount35mm f/1.8S Lens




FTZ Adapter ($100 off when ordered with kit until Dec 2018)B&H | Amazon

Nikon Z7 Specs

Fully weather sealed on par with D850 which is to say excellent. 45.7MP FX-Format BSI CMOS Sensor - very similar to what we have in the D850 and when I did my hands on review of the D850 I found the image quality to be excellent4K 30/25/24fps Video with the option of N-Log & 10-Bit when recording externally493-Point Phase-Detect AF System - If you are curious about mirrorless vs DSLR focusing system I wrote a complete overview of these systems and its available on the Photo Enthusiast Network. 5 Axis BIVR - BBuilt-InVibration Reduction. Similar to the Sony system - I have had success hand holding shots shots as slow as 1/3 of a second. Note when using the Z mount adapter you only get 3 axis IBIS. 3.6 million  EVF - similar to Sony but early reports sound like it feel bigger with a good amount of customization on what you can display in there3.2" 2.1 million-dot Tilting FULLY touch, touchscreen - menus, quick info bar all accessible via touch. Does not function as a touch pad as you get with the Nikon D5600 and Sony a7iii and a7Riii series. 9 fps - Buffer fills up at just 18 frames & I believe the fps drops when you are running continuous AFONE memory card slot - XQD*

A few thoughts on the Nikon Z7 Mirrorless

*XQD cards are more robust and faster and a bit more expensive than SD cards. I think out of all the specs the fact that we have just one memory card slot has been the most controversial - you have those pros that say in 30 years they have never had a memory card fail. And you have those that have had cards faily yesterday and there is no way they will take on a pro level gig without dual memory cards. I would love to know your opinion.  I have had cards fail but never lost an image. Recently I had the 2nd slot on my Panasonic GH5 fail and it no longer reads any cards. I am very grateful I had two slots as I was in the middle of an epic trip when it happened.  Is this a Deal Breaker? Battery life is rated at just 300 shots. Sony a7RIII is rated at 600 but I know I get far, far more and can almost always make it through a full day of shooting with a single battery - I suspect the Nikon will be much better than the 300 it is rated at - and it’s nice that they are continuing to use the EN 15L battery BUT if you want to charge it in camera, which this camera now supports - you will need to buy the updated B version of the battery. So older batteries will work but will not charge in camera. Is this a Deal Breaker? No Eye-AF which I love and use often with my Sony a7RIII but it sounds like the face detect AF is very good and AF in general is VERY good but quite a bit different from your options as DSLR shooter used to Nikon. - I am excited to test all the AF system with the native lenses and adapted lens.  Video focus sounds VERY good on par with Canon’s dual pixel AF which is the best out there.

About that Nikon Z6 (the cheaper Nikon Mirrorless)

The Z6, which isn’t going to be released until Nov 30 has the same form factor but offers 25MP, 273-Point Phase-Detect AF System and looks like it will do noticeably better in low light. It is capapble of up to 12fps - no word on the buffer size at this time.Body only $1996 and with 24-70 $2596Nikon Z6 Body Only | Body + 24-70 f/4 Z Mount Lens  | Body + 24-70 f/4 + FTZ Adapter Kit

Three Nikon Z Mount Lenses

Nikon Z Mount 24-70 F/4 LensNikon Z Mount 50mm f/1.8S LensNikon Z Mount 35mm f/1.8S Lens And word of development of a 58mm f/.95 lens (coming in 2019) Fastest lens Nikon has ever made BUT it is manual focus only. It looks beautiful, will have the little OLED distance focus indicator like some of the Batis lenses.

Nikon Z Mount Lens Road Map


They released a full lens road map - There are some serious lenses coming but you will be waiting and I don’t see anything longer than 200 on the horizon and as good as the AF performance has been stated with the adapter - i would be cautious buying into this system until we hear more.  I am really curious to see what we will get from Sigma and other third party lenses - will they make their own adapter or will they create native mount glass and the more immediate question - how will existing third party, F-mount lenses work with the current adapter? I am going to assume it’s going to be hit or miss for now but again that’s a wait and see questions. What are you most excited about? When do you think we will hear from Canon with a full frame mirrorless.

Sony RX 100 VI Review at Rainier National Park

The Sony RX100 Mark 6 Review have been shooting with the Sony RX100 VI now for a few weeks and I impressed with the zoom AND the quality that they have packed into this little, easily pocketable, camera.If you want the smallest P&S with excellent quality and a ton of zoom - the new Sony RX 100 VI offers a very versatile and powerful camera packed into a tiny body. Having that range from 24-200 makes this camera useful for just about anything, even wildlife.The Good (Sony RX 100 VI)

  • 24 - 200mm range

  • 20MP with very good low light capabilities for such a small sensor

  • 24fps with Phase detect AF - excellent tracking and eye-Af

  • UHD - 4k with S-log, HDR Video, and Super Slow 960fps

  • 180° Touch Screen

The Bad (Sony RX 100 VI)

  • No mic jack for better audio

  • Poor battery life

  • Pricey

Buy the Sony RX100 VI from B&H PhotoSample Photos -[gallery columns="4" ids="18705,18706,18707,18708,18710,18711,18712,18713,18714,18715"]DOWNLOAD RAW & UNEDITED JPEGS for personal use only.

Sony RX 100 Mark VI Alternatives

Sony RX 100 VA - This is the previous model with a few updates. Sony did this to give you the choice, do you need a big zoom? Get the new VI or do you need less zoom and better low light? Get the VA which offers a 24-70 f/1.8-2.8 lens.Sony RX 100 IV - Honestly these little cameras haven't changed much in the last few versions, until they added the massive range to the latest, mark 6 - so if you just want a good P&S the IV and even the III is still a decent camera and saves you significantly.Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS200 -  1-inch High Sensitivity MOS sensor and a 15x optical zoom lens for 20.1MP photos. Complementing the sensor is a Venus Engine image processor capable of UHD 4K video recording at up to 30 fps and with an extended ISO of 25600 for use in low-light situations.Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II Digital Camera - You give up 4K and some range vs the Sony RX100 6 but you get that excellent Canon user interface and ease of use along with saving several hundred.

Instagram Challenge Top Picks – Fireworks

Instagram ChallengeEvery week we put your skills to the test in the Instagram challenge. This is your chance to try something a bit different, maybe learn a new skill, or just get a bit of practice in shooting.

This Week’s Challenge: #PRTV_fireworks

Fireworks are fun to shoot and a challenge as well relying on a bit more knowhow to get them right in camera. Congrats to this week's top picks with some great shots for competition in this month-long challenge! Next Week's Challenge: #PRTV_bokeh2Next up, your challenge gets a bit blurry with bokeh! Bokeh used creatively can be a tool to separate your subject from their background to make them stand out or add a bit of flair with bokeh balls. Try it this week and post those shots on Instagram with #PRTV_bokeh2!

Top Picks



For more info on the Instagram Challenges, the schedule, and past top picks go check out Try out some of Toby's Instagram Tips. For everything else Instagram, tag those shots #PRTV and #penlive for our daily photo features.

Sony 1.4x and 2x Teleconverters. How Good Are They?

I use the Sony 1.4x and 2.0x Teleconverters with the Sony 100-400GM Lens and share results on image quality, focus speed and focus performance while searching the Arctic for polar bears. Tested with the Sony a7RIII and Sony 100-400 GM paired with the 1.4x Tele and 2.0x Tele. found the optical performance of the 1.4x and 2x teleconverters when matched with the Sony 100-400 GM to be absolutely fantastic. Colors, contrast, and clarity all remain excellent. But there are drawbacks - watch the video above for the full story.Buy Links (Your use of these links supports reviews like this)Sony a7RIII: 100-400 FE f/4.5-5.6 GM: 70-200 f/2.8 GM: 1.4x FE Tele: 2.0x FE Tele: RAW Photos to evaluate (For your personal use only)[gallery td_select_gallery_slide="slide" td_gallery_title_input="Sont Teleconverter Samples" ids="18611,18613,18612"]

Sony 1.4x & 2.0x Teleconverter Photos from the Arctic

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DJI - Mavic Air vs Mavic Pro and 7 Reason why the DJI Mavic Air might be better for you Summer Sale - ENDS TODAY JULY 17thWe are often asked for recommendations on drones. DJI continues to dominate the market with excellent drones that offer great quality and are really easy to fly. In this video, I share seven reasons that you may want the smaller, more portable Mavic Air over the still portable but noticeably larger, Mavic Pro.

7 Reasons to get the Mavic Air instead of the Mavic Pro

  • Portability - Mavic air takes it to another level in portability

The Mavic air folds down to a ridiculously small size. The controller features removable sticks and the batteries are significantly smaller. All of that adds up to a drone that takes up noticeably less space in your bag but still gives you the same image and video quality.

  • Image and video quality is a little better in the Mavic air and Air offers better slow-mo features at 120fps vs 96 in the

The smaller Mavic Air has a slightly better processor - in my tests most photos and video looked identical with some Air shots looking just a tiny bit better.  And in video mode the Mavic Air offers 120fps slow-mo vs just 96fps offered by the Mavic Pro.

  • Cost - Mavic Air is cheaper especially when you add up extras

With today's sale this isn't true but usually, the Mavic Air is cheaper and the batteries are cheaper, accessories are cheaper - it's starting to add up to some significant savings.

  • Additional Quick shot modes

Some of these are a bit of a gimmick but they do make it easy, and fun to create quick snapshots of your surroundings. Check out this recent Asteroid Quick shot mode from Nevada

  • Rear obstacle avoidance

You should always be aware of your drone and its surroundings but there are times when maybe you think you know how close you are to that bush or tree and it turns out much closer than you thought. The Mavic Pro only has forward sensing obstacle avoidance and the Air provides sensors on the front AND THE REAR! This means you are less likely to crash it when flying backward.

  • Works without a controller

The Mavic Air is capable of take off, photo and video capture and landing all with gestures. No controller needed, not even your phone needed. It is impressive when you want to travel VERY light and just get some quick shots of you in a location.

  • Built-in memory

The Mavic Air is the only DJI Drone to include 8GB of onboard memory - this is a great fail safe if you end up leaving the house without a microSD card.

4 reasons to get the Mavic Pro

  • Occusyn technology for control and video transmission

This means you get cleaner video feed at 1080 vs just 720 from the air - and it supports longer distances. In some European countries, the wifi connectivity of the Mavic air may be more limited.

  • Longer flight time

The Mavic Pro is capable of 23 minutes. The Mavic Air tops out at 18 minutes. I find that I often get the shots I need within 16 minutes and land the drone with 30% battery to be safe. Using that math I would be a little more rushed with the Mavic Air to get the necessary shots.

  • More maneuverable gimbal - flying forward you can keep the gimbal pointed up higher than you can on the Mavic air

This is one of the biggest differences - when flying forward at normal speeds (not slow) the tilt of the Mavic Air gimbal is NOT sufficient to keep a level shot - you end up shooting downward. The Mavic Pro gimbal tilt has a larger range and allows you to keep the horizon in the shot when flying forward.

  • Mavic pro is a bit quieter - really it is a deeper pitch which sounds quieter.

The actual decibel difference is very small but the deeper hum sound from the Mavic Pro blends in with the background better. Important if you don't want to annoy your neighbors.DJI Summer Sale - ENDS TODAY JULY 17thWhich drone would/did you pick and why?

Moment Pro Camera App [Android and iOS]


Get Moment Lenses (not required to use App but they work nicely together - see below)I love my Pixel 2 but hate the camera app! Moment (makers of excellent little smartphone lenses) just released an Android App and a revamped iOS app that makes manual control of your smartphone camera easy as pie. The app offers full manual control over shutter speed, ISO, exposure compensation, focus, and white balance via on-screen sliders. Icons across the top give you access to a grid view, self timer and RAW or JPEG shooting.The iOS version offers a few additional features for video recording and dual-stage shutter with half and full press using Apple pressure sense tech.Get Moment on: iOS | Android If you are using Moment lenses you can select the lens and the app dials in the best settings for that attachmentThe app feels snappy and bug-free which is impressive for a 1.0.0 release. I hope we get some additional video features on android but overall I am excited to replace my really limited camera app on the Pixel2 with Moments Pro app which is much more capable.

More about those Moment Lenses

Instagram Challenge Top Picks – Songtitle

Instagram ChallengeEvery week we put your skills to the test in the Instagram challenge. This is your chance to try something a bit different, maybe learn a new skill, or just get a bit of practice in shooting.

This Week’s Challenge: #PRTV_songtitle

We get inspiration from many places when it comes to shooting and this week had a musical spin. Thanks to those that entered as you came up with some really clever ideas! Next Week's Challenge: #PRTV_fireworksWe’re changing it up for this next challenge, you have one month to enter! Get all those firework shots out of your system, and you’ve got plenty of time to edit for once. What can you come up with? We’ll be checking out those shots July 25th!

Roy’s Features:
  • A really cute idea for "Hungry Like a Wolf"!
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  • While you may be addicted to that soft lens at this point it did a nice job of putting all the focus on your main subject.
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  • The inspiration might be "Don't go Chasing Waterfalls" but I think this was a great one for a shot!

For more info on the Instagram Challenges, the schedule, and past top picks go check out Try out some of Toby's Instagram Tips. For everything else Instagram, tag those shots #PRTV and #penlive for our daily photo features.

Instagram Challenge Top Picks – Urbex

Instagram ChallengeEvery week we put your skills to the test in the Instagram challenge. This is your chance to try something a bit different, maybe learn a new skill, or just get a bit of practice in shooting.

This Week’s Challenge: Urbex - #PRTV_urbex

A long called for challenge, urbex show’s what we left behind and a good look at something long gone. Your goal for this week and certainly a challenge!

Next Week's Challenge: Song Title - #PRTV_songtitle

We take inspiration while shooting from many places and next week your goal is to use a song title as an idea for a shoot. It should be an interesting challenge so get creative!

Top Picks

  • Toby: I like that this one is light and airy showing the decay
  • Roy: A really interesting shot showing the aging and abandoned setting
  • Toby: A nicely balanced image, the editing really matches the content
  • Roy: A piece of history left behind works well with those iconic posters. It's a shame in your caption the building is now demolished.

For more info on the Instagram Challenges, the schedule, and past top picks go check out Try out some of Toby's Instagram Tips. For everything else Instagram, tag those shots #PRTV and #penlive for our daily photo features.