Comprehensive Guide to Amazon Prime Benefits

We have a new reference post here at the main blog, a “living document” of the ever-expanding benefits (and restrictions) of the Amazon Prime program. This will be updated many times as things change, thus the “Latest Update” section below…

LATEST UPDATE: May 22 in 2017: it looks like Amazon the $25 minimum for free shipping for non-Prime members was a temporary experiment at Amazon, now it’s back to $35… added screenshot of Prime shipping option offered by 3rd-party sellers… fixed typos and tortured sentences, and other things that came up during further proof-reading… If you want to quickly skim/scan this long post, focus on the bold phrases :)… Created on 2/8/17…

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New Cameras and Lenses of 2017

2017 is here, and with CES literally bringing in the new year [see Trade Show Calendar] the wave of new cameras is beginning to roll. This year we bring back the “Scoreboard” tally. Please note this is a reference page, not a “breaking news” tracker, so it won’t necessarily be updated the millisecond a new camera comes out. We are out of the “news cycle” after all.

For previous years, check the New Cameras of 2016 and New Cameras of 2015

LATEST UPDATE on 7/12/17: new Nikon 70-300 f4.5-5.6E ED VR… new Leica TL2… new Tamron 24-70mm f2.8 VC lens… new Canon 6D Mark II and SL2 dSLRs with “twist and shout” touchscreen displays… new Tamron 18-400mm APS-C stabilized lens… Sigma 14mm f1.8 and 24-70mm f2.8 OS ART lenses… new Zeiss Milvus 35mm f1.4 SLR lens… three new Nikon SLR lenses… new Sigma 24-70mm f2.8 PRO SLR lens, no price yet… previous pithy “latest update” comments are archived at the very bottom of this post…

Camera Type


+ JUN-29: Canon 6D Mark II (35mm FF, $2000)
+ JUN-29: Canon SL2 (APS-C, $550)
+ APR-12: Nikon D7500 (21pm APS-C, $1250)
+ FEB-15: Canon 77D (24mp APS-C, $900)
+ FEB-15: Canon D-Rebel T7i (24mp APS-C, $749)
+ JAN-25: Pentax KP (24mp APS-C, $1100)
+ JAN-04: Nikon D5600 (24mp APS-C, body only $700)


+ JUL-10: Leica TL2 (24mp, APS-C, L, $1950)
+ APR-19: Sony a9 (24mp FF FE, $4500)
+ FEB-15: Canon M6 (24mp APS-C, $779)
+ JAN-19: Fuji GFX 50S (51mp MF (1.7x 35mmFF), $6500)
+ JAN-19: Fuji X-T20 (24mp APS-C, $900 body)
+ JAN-04: Panasonic GH5 (20mp, March 2017, $2000)
+ JAN-04: Panasonic GX850 (16mp, w/12-32, $550)


+ JAN-18: Leica M10 (24mp FF, Maestro II, $6600)


+ APR-21: Panasonic ZS70 (1/2.3″, 30x optical, $450)
+ JAN-19: Fuji X100F (24mp APS-C, $1300)
+ JAN-04: Canon G9X II (20mp 1″, 28-84eq, $530)
+ JAN-04: Panasonic FZ80 (1/2.3″, 60x optical, RAW, $400)

NEW LENSES in 2017

+ JUL-11: Nikon 70-300 f4.5-5.6E ED VR AF-P ($750)
+ JUN-30: Tamron SP 24-70mm f2.8 Di VC USD G2 ($1999, C/N)
+ JUN-23: Tamron 18-400mm f3.5-6.3 Di-II VC HL ($650, C/N)
+ JUN-22: Sigma 14mm f1.8 DG ART ($1600, C/N/Si)
+ JUN-22: Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Art ($1300, C/N/Si)
+ JUN-21: Zeiss Milvus 35mm f1.4 ($2000, C/N)
+ JUN-01: Nikon AF-S 28mm f1.4E ED Lens ($2000)
+ JUN-01: Nikon AF-S Fisheye 8-15mm f3.5-4.5E ED ($1250)
+ JUN-01: Nikon AF-P DX 10-20mm f4.5-5.6G VR ($307)
+ MAY-11: Sigma 24-70mm f2.8 DG OS HSM Art ($???, Canon, Nikon and Sigma)
+ APR-19: Sony FE 100-400mm f4.5-5.6 GM OSS ($2500, FE E-mount)
+ APR-06: Canon 35mm f2.8 IS STM EF-S Macro ($350)
+ FEB-22: Fuji MK 18-55mm T2.9 Cine (E-mount, $3800)
+ FEB-22: Fuji MK 50-135mm T2.9 Cine (E-mount; $3800)
+ FEB-15: Canon 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 IS STM ($249; the new D-Rebel T7i kit lens)
+ FEB-07: Sony FE 85mm f1.8 ($600, E)
+ FEB-07: Sony FE 100mm f2.8 STF GM OSS ($1500, E)
+ FEB-06: Tamron 70-200mm f2.8 Di VC USD G2 (C/N, $1300)
+ FEB-06: Tamron 10-24/3.5-4.5 Di II VC HLD (C/N, $500)
+ JAN-19: Fuji XF 50mm f2 WR (X System, $450)
+ JAN-19: Fuji GF 63mm F2.8 R WR (Medium Format GFX, $1500)
+ JAN-19: Fuji GF 120mm f4 R LM OIS WR Macro (Medium Format GFX, $2700)
+ JAN-19: Fuji GF 32-64mm F4 R LM WR (Medium Format GFX, $2300)
+ JAN-04: Panasonic 12-35mm f2.8 II OIS (M43, $1000)
+ JAN-04: Panasonic 35-100mm f2.8 II OIS (M43, $1100 – lower price than first gen)
+ JAN-04: Panasonic 12-60mm f2.8-4 OIS (M43, $1000)
+ JAN-04: Panasonic 45-200mm f4-5.6 II OIS (M43, $500)
+ JAN-04: Panasonic 100-300mm f4-5.6 II OIS (M43, $650)

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Photography Trade Show Calendar for 2017 [updated]

Welcome to the Trade Show Calendar, a post that tracks camera and photography related trade shows, covering Q4 2014 to 2017, in reverse chronological order… Some mobile/tech shows are also included since smartphone photography continues to improve and expand… This is not intended to be a comprehensive listing of every photography-related trade show on the planet… For omissions/additions and corrections, please leave a comment or use the online contact form

Latest Update: January 2 (2017): CORRECTION: the WPPI conference is in February, not January! Thanks to one of our readers for the correction via email!…

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January 2017
+ 5-8: CES 2017 in Las Vegas (USA)
+ 5-10: Imaging USA in San Antonio, TeXaS (USA)
+ 11-15: Society of Social and Wedding Photographers in London (UK), convention and trade-show
+ 12-15 Photo LA, international photographic art exposition in Los Angeles
+ 26-30: PhotoPro Expo in Northern Kentucky & Cincinnati (USA)

February 2017
+ 5-9: WPPI (full conference) in Las Vegas (USA) [CORRECTED]
+ 23-26: CP Plus in Tokyo (Japan)
+ 27-2: Mobile World Congress in Barcelona::Spain

March 2017
+ 9-12: Society for Photographic Education in Orlando, Florida (USA)
+ 20-24: CeBIT in Hannover (Germany)

April 2017
+ 20-22: Photoshop World, in Orlando, Florida (USA)
+ 22-27: NAB in Las Vegas (USA)

May 2017
+ 4-8: Photo & Imaging in Seoul (Korea)
+ 19-21: Pro Photo Expo at TBA
+ 30-3: Computex Taipei in Taipei

June 2017
+ 1-4: Cine Gear Expo in Los Angeles (USA)

July 2017
+ no events?

August 2017
+ no events?

September 2017
+ 1-6: IFA in Berlin (Germany)
+ 14-18: IBC in Amsterdaaam (Holland)
+ No Photokina (only happens on even-numbered years)

October 2017
+ 3-6: CEATEC in Tokyo (Japan)
+ 8-12: GITEX in Dubai
+ 26-28: Photo Plus Expo in New York (USA)

November 2017
+ 9-13: Le Salon de la Photo in Paris (France) – also in english


December 2017
+ winter is coming

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