Gentlemen, husbands who are fathers, sons and daughters: here is your annual public service warning. Mother's Day is next Sunday, May 8th. It's coming up. Be forewarned.
Subject line of a recent email from B&H Photo:
Deals for Mom 💐 Canon 1D X Mark II Now Shipping
Made me laugh. I'd say Moms must have a four-figure day rate to be rockin' an axe like the 1D X Mark II. Hope I don't have to bid a job against her.
Also shipping very soon: the Zeiss Batis 18mm ƒ/2.8, "optimized for the Sony A7 series." Zeiss says it's shipping now, B&H says not quite yet.
And if you want to get something nice for your mother? (C'mon, she doesn't really need another pro-level body.) How about this:
That is one girly-looking computer. I mean that in a nice way. It's the 12" Macbook in gold, on sale for $300 off for Mother's Day. Still might be a little too dear for the occasion, unless maybe you're married to the mother in question. Stylish, though.
Speaking of stylishness, the Hasselblad lunacy came in for a lot of snark-slinging amongst photographers, but the two remaining flavors of the Stellar, including this nice walnut and champagne model, are on end-of-run closeout for $649. For that price, it's much prettier than it was at the original $2,195, don't you think? (Just make sure your mom doesn't hang out on camera forums.)
(Ethical question: does your mother really need to know it didn't cost $2,195? I'm kidding, I'm kidding.)
...A camera bag. A company called Jo Totes makes a number of ladies' camera bags...that is unless your mom needs a backpack for all her LF gear when she goes mountaineering in Yosemite. (Don't laugh. My cousin Christine climbs mountains in Colorado and she's almost 60.)
Here's a camera that actual photographer moms might like. She can take it to the beach and not worry. Fifty dollars off for the occasion.
You might also want to know that the Pentax K-1 is just beginning to ship now too.
...That one's not for your mother, though. We've already established that she shoots Canon. :-)
P.S. Here's a single link to all of B&H's Mother's Day specials.
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Gordon Lewis: "This is more my mom's speed."
Mike replies: Ha! Excellent. Yes, perfect.
Dave Jenkins: "Mom's taking pictures with her cellphone these days, in case you missed it. The other part of your advice is actually quite good. After witnessing my wife's endless frustrations with Windows 8 and 8.1, I finally took pity on her and gave her an 11-inch Macbook Air for Christmas. Things are much more peaceful around here. It is definitely the gift that keeps on giving."
Tom Duffy: "My wife and I got a good laugh at the B&H email as well. As I was writing our quarterly property tax check, I said, 'Sorry, there goes your $6,000 Canon for Mother's Day.'"
RubyT: "This mom would love to get a K-1. However, that hiking trip in Wyoming in July has dibs on the funds."
Soeren Englebrecht: "Well, my mother recently celebrated the occasion of her 70th birthday by getting herself a Nikon D7000 and a nice Nikkor 18–70mm lens, all lightly used. Her previous Nikon DSLR was worn to bits from heavy use."
Stuart: "Blimey Mike! I wish you wouldn't do that! I panicked there for a minute, but then realised that the USA Mother's Day is different from the UK one. It's true what that article says though—I remember yomping (schlepping!) home in my youth, just like my offspring, who work away from home, do now. What goes around comes around eh?"
Marcelo Guarini: "I always gave my mom a bouquet of roses, she was very happy with that. I still do at her place in the graveyard. She was the one that taught me to see details in nature, things and people. She may have been a good photographer."