I’m often asked about various plugins that I use, and would recommend. One that I always suggest, and state as one of my go to’s is DeNoise, and it is $20 off through the end of the month (use code “junedenoise” at checkout) HERE! DeNoise usually goes on sale about once every year for a couple weeks, so if you’ve been waiting for this plugin to go on sale, here ya go! If you’ve not yet tried DeNoise, I suggest downloading the free trial via the link above, at least and seeing what it can do. C’mon in for some examples and my take on why I find it to be so useful.
Currently, and while they last, Adorama is selling the GX7 with the 14-42 kit zoom for $547.99 which also includes a $50 Adorama Gift Card. This might be the last cache of new GX7 kits as they make way for a replacement later on this year.
The GX7, while heading toward the sunset, and rumored to be replaced this Fall, is a killer camera. It still has the current Panasonic sensor used in most every Panasonic camera from the last couple years, which is a great sensor, especially for RAW shooters like me. If you’re looking for a good, all around body that incorporates IBIS, an integrated tilting EVF, WiFi, Focus Peaking, 1080p at 60fps, and a slew of other bells and whistles, this is a great deal.
You can find them via Adorama here:
I’ve been a big fan of the GX7, and feel it has been the best overall, micro 4/3 camera yet… for me at least. Great ergonomics, great features, direct external control for everything you need along with an intuitive and logical UI. It has a very good balance of size reduction while being very comfortable in the hand, even with larger optics, and I like mine very, very much.
A great camera for a great price.
If interested in why I’ve grown to praise the GX7 quite as much as I have, you can read my personal reviews and comparisons via these following links:
Hey guys. Topaz is back with their monthly sale, and this month, it’s Simplify, a plugin that puts a painterly spin on your photos. You can download a free trial, or purchase from Topazlabs HERE, and if you do purchase, use code “MAYSIMP” to get 30% off through May 31st for a sale price of $27.99 (normally $39.99).
If you’ve not yet tried Simplify, download a free trial via the link above, come on in for some more info and insight into this cool plugin and follow along.
Adorama has the Panasonic, micro 4/3 GM1 camera with 12-32mm pancake zoom for $598 which comes with a $200 Adorama Gift Card, dropping the price for the camera and lens to an effective $398! The lens itself retails for $348, and while that may be a little steep for the lens itself, it is a true 24mm e-fov wide angle lens that is sharper than many of the comparable prime lenses for the system at like aperture, across this zoom lens’ range. While the asking price for the lens itself might be debatable, the quality and sheer minuscule footprint cannot be. Sure that $200 gift card is only valid at Adorama, but if you’re like me, you’ll find a way to eventually spend two hundred bucks on something there.
That’s a pretty sweet deal for this little powerhouse of a camera and lens that I feel is the best kit lens I’ve used for the system.
You can see the deal, currently running at Adorama via my affiliate links below:
I bought my GM1 as soon as it was available, and it has been with me every day since, literally. With the right lenses, this camera is pocketable and is small enough to go anywhere. It has the same sensor as the GX7, which is rumored to also be included in the soon to be announced G7, which is a great performing sensor, especially for RAW file capture, and in my test/review, out performed the Sony sensor in the Olympus OMD EM5 in most every way. The GM5 is essentially the same exact camera with a hot shoe and an EVF. Both great additions, but for this price, I think it would be hard to find a better overall value of size, performance and build quality offered with the GM1. It’s a great little machine, and by little, I mean tiny.
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Topaz is offering their streamlined black and white conversion software plugin, Black and White Effects 2 on sale for $39.99 (normally $59.99) through March 31st when using code “MARBW” on Topaz Labs Website HERE. You can download a free trial via this link above as well if you’d like to try it out or follow along.
Come on in for a little walkthrough on a great bang for the buck, black and white plugin.
I know, I know. I don’t want to bombard anyone with sales and promo posts, but it has been difficult with just about everything on sale right now. Queue the Adorama sale on most every Panasonic micro 4/3 lens HERE. Up to $200 off of lenses through the 21st, if you’ve been waiting for a sale, here it is. You know I don’t like to promote stuff unless I actually have used it, approve of it and like it, and in this case, I’d say it’s very relevant.
Come on in if you’re interested in seeing what I’ve had to say about the Panasonic lenses I use for the micro 4/3 system…
Topaz ReStyle is a unique plugin, and I’ll be honest, when first announced a year and a half ago or so, I saw it as kind of kitschy. With an image opened in ReStyle, you’re presented with a ton of re-toning filters which take the existing tones throughout your image, and shift them to produce some very cool effects. While some were not a great fit for a particular image, I found it kind of tough to really know how to search through the multitude of available tone shifting filters. I liked it, but when originally reviewing it, I don’t think I paid enough attention to the power of the adjustments. This time around, I’m finding it a much more useful plugin. It’s on sale, and you can download a full free trial to follow along by going HERE. For those merely looking for a discount code, use “FEBRESTYLE” and go to TopazLabs HERE to download the software, and input the code in the coupon field at checkout to get $20 off. Normally $59.99, it is on sale through the end of the month for $39.99.
For those interested in seeing a bit more, and reading about why I’m enjoying it more this time around, come on in…