The Sigma 40mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art is a terrific performer, and it’s at B&H Deal Zone at $400 off for Nikon or Canon or Sigma SA mount—wow! I’d buy it in a heartbet if my budget wasn’s so tight. It is one of the finest lenses available today—see my review of the Sigma 40mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art. I’m stunned that such a fine lens is being so deeply discounted.
As to the printer, I been using a non-duplex version of the Xerox WorkCentre 6515. I love the print quality—so much better than inket—so at this price I bought the duplex version.
See the other Deal Zone deals also, updated daily.
As a small business, I remit sales/use tax every year on out of state purchases. If I were to buy a camera or computer locally or at Amazon, I remit that immediately—money gone.
Now, if I instead buy it from B&H, the sale tax amount is deducted from the purchase price—an unbeatable value given B&H competitive prices. Plus most of my use tax bill (same amount as sales tax) will go away, the tax already being paid.
B&H Photo loaner gear is crucial to my reviews here—please buy through links on this site, and check out wishlists, top deals and my deal finder page.
B&H changes the online sales model
B&H Photo makes a industry-changing move that builds brand loyalty with its new Payboo credit card, and at least here in California, is equivalent to a 9%+ discount:
“Now, with the B&H Payboo Card, save the equivalent to the sales tax you pay on every purchase shipped to eligible states”.
I’d be surprised if this move does not cause other companies to follow. Kudos to B&H for innovating, and I hope they have the margins to make this work and stay financially healthy.
B&H Photo Payboo “Save the tax” credit card
The arrangement is a not “points” or saving later, it is instant savings. B&H deserves praise both for this groundbreaking move as well as making it gimmick-free:
What are the B&H Payboo Credit Card benefits?
B&H issues instant Payboo Card Savings on all non-tax-exempt purchases shipped to eligible states paid for with the Payboo Card in the form of a reward concurrently issued and redeemed directly on your order during checkout.
How does the Payboo Card benefit really work?
When you pay for B&H purchases with the Payboo Credit Card, B&H will charge the total of merchandise plus applicable fees and taxes; but we instantly issue and apply a reward on orders made in our SuperStore or shipped to eligible states right in checkout as a form of customer payment. Then, the amount charged to the Payboo Card is net of the benefit applied. \
Am I paying sales tax on my purchase? Do I need to submit anything in my tax filings?
B&H will collect and remit state sales tax in accordance with state sales tax laws and regulations. So, customers do pay required sales tax and do not need to keep track or file anything separately. Is there any limit or cap on the total amount of Payboo Card savings? No. B&H will issue Payboo Card Savings rewards without any upper limit.
B&H Photo sells a wide variety of cameras, lenses, electronics and more, and is an Apple authorized reseller. See my B&H Photo wishlists.
Super easy to apply and use
I applied for and received my Payboo card and had made an order in under 5 minutes.
B&H Photo Payboo card used for order, saves sales tax
Nobody likes to pay sales tax, but everyone must pay sales tax! B&H, and only B&H, has the solution to the sales tax issue.
Tomorrow, May 7th, B&H will be making a game-changing announcement, and as a loyal customer, I’d like you to be privy to some inside information in advance that will change your shopping experience forever.
Nearly one year ago, the Supreme Court ruled that out-of-state retailers must collect sales tax on internet sales. This, of course, included B&H. For 46 years we have been committed to providing unparalleled customer service, and so we began the tedious process of implementing a way to eliminate the impact this ruling would have on our customers.
We are now ready to launch “Payboo”, the solution to the sales-tax challenge. Tune in tomorrow for details on how to become a part of “Payboo”!
I know you have many shopping choices for creative gear and consumer electronics, but with “Payboo”, there will only be one best choice: B&H!
I look forward to a continued great business relationship and remember, at B&H, the customer always comes first. That’s why we’ve created “Payboo” to solve the sales tax impact for you.
Menashe Horowitz CEO
fun88官网: should be interesting to see how it goes. I wish B&H the best, but I wonder how other vendors will response.
Sergey Z writes:
While it is, admittedly, very exciting to expect to avoid paying the Socialist California 9% tax on stuff we buy often and for a lot of money, I think this is a very short-sighted improvement. Akin to the idea of taking Warren Buffet's money and re-distributing it evenly to everyone. In both cases, you get a short-term monetary gain, but the price is the long-term ruin:
1) If B&H is the only one that adopts this system (which I sure hope is what will happen), it will either go out of business, or simply have to raise their prices to compensate for the delta. The market they are in is pretty efficient, and there are no miracles...
2) Every other internet retailer caves in and adapts this strategy. That will be a major step towards Socialism then -- hidden confiscation, that the government can feel free to ratchet up at will, since consumers will never notice. I mean, consider the difference between:
a) The sales tax doubling overnight today (likely riots)
b) The sales tax doubling overnight when companies comp for it (probably half the country would not even understand this is same as (a), and think: "It's OK, rich B&H will just comp me anyway". Well, admittedly, it's likely the IQ of average B&H customer is higher than populace average, so specifically in case of B&H customers it may not fly, but I think you catch my drift.
fun88官网: when you push on one end of a balloon, the other end bulges—something has to 'give'. If B&H is cutting margins, then it is a bold move. Every year in CA there is another proposal to bump up sales tax for pet projects, but unless the tax diverges for in vs out of state, there is still (so far) enough resistance that we seem to be hovering at 9% sale tax.
With modern digital cameras, a substantial tint difference is often seen at f/1.4 with many lenses; see for example how the Sigma 105mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art behaves. This behavior can vary by sensor/camera but the Nikon D850 is prone to it, and presumably the Nikon Z7 also.
Like the Sigma 105mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art, the Zeiss Otus 100mm f/1.4 APO-Sonnar also shows a significant tint difference at f/1.4 versus other apertures. It is readily visible in any aperture series if not compensated for.
This page uses a SpyderCHECKER ® color checker card to evaluate the difference in white balance and tint between f/1.4 and other apertures, using Photoshop Adobe Camera Raw. In fun88官网 Zeiss DSLR Lenses:
In fun88官网 Zeiss DLSR Lenses:
White Balance and Tint at f/1.4 Versus Stopped Down, Datacolor SpyderCHECKR (Nikon D850)
The discerning photographer will want to adjust the color (tint) for f/1.4 versus other apertures by the amount detailed in this report. Exact figures are given for white balance and tint.
Neutral color for f/1.4
f1.4 @ 1/1250 sec, ISO 31; 2019-05-06 12:16:02
NIKON D850 + Zeiss Otus 100mm f/1.4 APO-Sonnar
This aperture series from f/1.4 through f/8 with the Zeiss Otus 100mm f/1.4 APO-Sonnar looks at sharpness across the field as the sum total of optical performance, field curvature, focus shift and lens symmetry.
This planar target is highly demanding for any lens, intolerant of focus shift and field curvature, mercilessly revealing any lens weakness. Few lenses can deliver full sharpness on this scene wide open or even with stopping down, even very expensive ones.
In fun88官网 Zeiss DSLR Lenses:
Zeiss Otus 100mm f/1.4 APO-Sonnar Aperture Series: Mosaic (Nikon D850)
Includes images up to full camera resolution, plus crops.
This might be the finest performance on this subject that I have ever seen.
f2 @ 1/30 sec, ISO 64; 2019-05-05 18:37:11 [Enhance Details]
NIKON D850 + Zeiss Otus 100mm f/1.4 APO-Sonnar