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Christmas Has Come & Gone, And Garmin Still Hasn’t Sold All 100, $10,000 MARQ 5-Watch, ‘Signature Sets’.

by Anura Guruge


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Link to Garmin’s product page this limited edition 5-unit MARQ set.


Click image to access my December 9, 2019 post.


I can’t say I am surprised. This is an outlandish extravaganza — though there are a lot of folks out there who could easily afford it. But, to be honest I don’t see why it would be compelling and that comes from a man who traded in his MARQ Expedition for a second Garmin Fenix 6, albeit the second in Titanium.

Would love to know how many Garmin has really sold. Garmin made it very clear that they were targeting it for Christmas. Well, Christmas has come and gone.

Well, I guess they still have two other opportunities: Chinese New Year and, of course, Valentine’s. Hence, I will keep on checking over the next couple of weeks and keep you posted. Would be a hoot if they do sell all 100 by Valentine’s.

Keep fingers crossed. SMILE.


I do keep track of my Activity Trackers.

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by Anura Guruge

Garmin’s $10,000 MARQ 5-Watch, ‘Signature Set’, IF You Have A Rich Girlfriend Who Wants To Impress YOU.

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE. E-mail I got from Garmin today.


Click image to access the Garmin product page — to forward to girlfriend.


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I am sure I am on solid ground here. I can’t be 100% sure BUT I don’t think a wife, irrespective of her wealth or access to funds, will buy you this. She will just know, innately, that it is dumb.

Plus, do NOT excuse me of semism — i.e., a father of three daughters (one of who is a big Garmin fan). The MARQ is not for ladies. It is big and heavy. There is NO MARQ S. It is unashamedly a man’s watch.

So, what do you think.

I did the sums. You are paying $450 for the wooden box and the limited-edition exclusivity.

The five MARQ watches — and I priced them out for you — are: Driver ($2,500), Aviator ($1,950), Captain ($1,850), Adventurer (which used to be the Expedition) ($1,750) & Athlete ($1,500). So, the five watches come to $9,550.

What is NOT included is the Commander ($1,950).

What do YOU think.

I had to smile. Yes, $10,000 is NOT much for 5 watches. Plenty of folks that can afford this without thinking twice. In a world where a person will pay $125,000 for a banana duct taped to a wall, this is quite a BUY!

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I have three Garmins right now: two Fenix 6s and a Venu. So, I am NOT in a position to disparage 5 Garmins — though five maybe is overkill.

Why do I have three. Well, I needed TWO — one as a hot backup if one failed. Didn’t want to go even a day without recording my data. The Venu was a bonus — because I like AMOLED screens.

But, 5 MARQs. That would get old pretty quickly I would think.


I am a long-term Garmin shareholder. So, I do care how Garmin spends MY money! Not too thrilled about this. But, Garmin is a Billion dollar company and this is but bagatale.

A friend of mine, another HUGE Garmin fan, asked whether Garmin will really sell any of these Sets. I think they will. In the scheme of things, on a global basis, 100 sets isn’t much. I wouldn’t be surprised if they sell them all.

SMILE.

Enjoy.

Merry Christmas.

Hope your girlfriend buys you one. Please send pictures. All the best.


I do keep track of my Activity Trackers.

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I Always Hit My 10,000 Step Goal, On My Garmin, While Showering — Kind Of Frustrating.

by Anura Guruge


Just for the record. Click to ENLARGE. I do intentionally take a day-off.


I have had 12 Fitness Trackers In The Last 2-Years.

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Evaluating a ‘Polar Ignite’ against my ‘Garmin MARQ’ in July 2019. Click to access post.


I fully appreciate the dynamics and physics. I am NOT new to this and as you can see above I have been LUCKY enough to have(/evaluate) 12 decent (one could even say ‘high-end’) activity trackers over the last year, spanning Garmin, Fitbit, Polar and Amazfit. And I will say upfront: ‘in my opinion Garmin, especially with the likes of the Fenix 5 (Plus) is better at counting steps than a Fitbit’. But, that is kind of old news.

My wife wears a Garmin Vivosport. She has the same questions. How much of the step count is phantom?

It is inevitable. The accelerometer has to measure arm movements. It has no idea I am in the shower and standing still. It thinks I am walking. And then there was the 6-weeks when I was on crutches! Never counted my labored steps, and I was walking more than most — on the crutches — because my left hand wasn’t moving enough! Again, I understand. Just frustrating.

Why it always happens in the shower these days has to do with my latest ‘schedule’ of the last two-months. As I continue to recover from my knee surgery I have upped the mileage on my morning walk/run from ~3.5 miles to 4+ miles — always with GPS on. Given that a GPS mile equates to about 2,400 steps I am at about 9,700 — 9,800 steps when I get home. Then I get in the shower. Then I hit my GOAL. Bingo.

I did some EXTENSIVE step count record keeping with the Fitbit Inspire HR. With brushing teeth and showering I was clocking up around 400 steps in the bathroom. So, Garmin isn’t doing too bad.

Yes, I walk more than 10,000 steps MOST days. In the days I do, I am in excess of 14,000. So, the 10,000 is not my max. I also realize and tell people that what counts is the trend. Doing the same number of (or more) steps each day.

But, wanted to share this because it has got so rote — having the Garmin do its ‘GOAL’ celebration while I shower.

Oh, I average 41 floors count a day. I go past the 10 floor goal every day (as long as I am not on crutches). I usually hit that goal in the first 30-minutes of my walk/run because I live on the side of a ‘mountain’ and can’t go in any direction without doing some major elevation changes.


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by Anura Guruge

DPReview’s New Fujifilm X-E2s Review Confirms (& Vindicates) My Claim Re. Autofocus & Lens Dependency.

by Anura Guruge


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DPReview’s August 9, 2016 review. Click to ENLARGE and read here. Use link below to access original.


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My August 3, 2016 post. 6 days AHEAD of DPReview. Click to ENLARGE and read here. Use this URL to access original post: https://goo.gl/Zav4Ka


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My July 27, 2016 post where I harp on about how camera performance is so lens dependent — when it comes to AF. Click to ENLARGE. Use this to access original post: https://goo.gl/YAEsjg


The Fuji X-E2s is the camera that I own!

The DPReview findings are 100% congruent with my findings and feelings.

That is why I am FLEEING Fuji into the arms of Nikon.

In 2 days time I intend to have RENTAL a Nikon D500 in my hands. 


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by Anura Guruge

Amazon Trade-In Program For Cameras NOT Generous (At All), BUT Convenient & Fast.

by Anura Guruge


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As I have shared with you, I am THROUGH with Fuji. That is a shame. I had such high hopes. So I am getting rid of all my Fuji gear — though it is not even 3 months old.

But, I have already taken over 11,000 pictures with this gear. As such I do not feel too bad.

I started, last week, by sending in the Fujinon XF 35mm prime lens to the Amazon trade-in program. I dropped it off with UPS last Wednesday and yesterday I had the money in my Amazon account. Basically 4-days and that spanned the weekend.

They did NOT give me a great price. They gave me the lowest price they had quoted. Yes, I could have refused BUT that would have left me at square-one again — trying to sell this stuff on my own.

The convenience and speed of payment is GREAT. And for that I am willing to take a hit.

Also there is no hassle.

So it is, as with so much in life, a compromise. I am leaving some ‘money on the table’ BUT gaining by saving myself a ton of time and aggravation.

Today I am going to send in my 50-200mm zoom.

Then the Fuji X-E2s camera with the 18-55mm kit lens. And at that point I will be done with Fuji.


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by Anura Guruge

I Am Renting A Nikon D500 & Tamron 16-300mm Lens From “LensRentals”.

by Anura Guruge


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I have to check out the Nikon D500. I owe it to myself. If I don’t (knowing myself as well as I do) I will have lingering qualms that I might have missed an opportunity.

If it is as good as what everybody claims, and excels at AutoFocus, it might be the best ‘long-term’ (let’s define that as 2-year) ‘big camera’ for I. But I need to be convinced.

Yes, I could cheat. I could order a D500 (with say the kit lens) from Amazon and return it, within 30-days, if I am not convinced that it as good as ‘they claim’ or if it does not work out for I. But I don’t want to do that. Having rented a Fuji X-T1, last month, for our trip to Acadia National Park, I am 100% sold on the notion. With a rental I get to play around, experiment with settings and put it through its paces … and then send it back. I took 1,000 pictures with that rented X-T1. That is what I plan to do with the Nikon. Then if I decide I am going to get one — I get to start AGAIN with a brand new camera, ALBEIT now much more familiar with its workings.

So that is the rationale.

With the X-T1 I did not have to rent any lenses because I already had compatible Fuji lenses for my Fuji X-E2s. Not so when it comes to Nikon.

And lenses are going to be an issue. One of the reasons I am ditching Fuji (and the process started yesterday) is that the lenses are not only expensive but do not warrant such premium pricing. In comparison Nikon glass is cheap! I do not like to juggle lenses during a ‘shoot’. That is why I am trying out the Tamron 16-300 f/3.5-4. That range (extensive as it is) will cover most of what I want 85% of the time. And yes I know that Sigma and Nikon also make variants. I will do more research as to whether Sigma is SHARPER than the Tamron — and yes, I have read that the Tamron, though v. good, is slightly ‘soft’ (and that will drive me nuts if that is the case).

I wanted to rent from Lumoid because we already had a rental history. Despite three pleadings they appear, inexplicably, reluctant to add the D500 to their range. Maybe it is too expensive. So I had to go with ‘LensRental‘ — who I know have been in the rental game for longer. They confirmed and accepted by order — without any hassle. But I am not renting until mid-month. So as was the case with Lumoid it is possible that they might still come back asking for more credentials (which, to be fair, is fair enough given the value of the items we are dealing with).

Yes, of course, I will share with you my experiences and pictures.

Stay tuned.


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by Anura Guruge

I Start Trading-In My Fuji Lenses As I Move Away From Fuji … To Nikon?

by Anura Guruge


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The one thing I know for sure is Fuji and I are DONE! Toast. Kaput. Yes, it was an intense and short lived infatuation — though I so wanted to be a dedicated, long term flag bearer for Fuji.

It was last week that I finally and irrevocably decided that I am NOT going to get a Fuji X-T2 — a camera that I had pined for for nearly 9 months. It wasn’t price, it wasn’t availability IT was the appalling autofocus traits of Fuji cameras and their lenses. I really was shocked at how bad Fuji was. It is not something that other Fuji fans appear to want to admit.

Well I had enough after about 70 days — though in that time I had shot 10,000+ images with my Fuji X-E2s and the Fuji X-T1 I rented from Lumoid.

The current plan is to go with Nikon.

And the migration has now started with this trade-in with Amazon.

Ironically today (in the course of shooting 850 images at “Lost River“) I shot the 10,000th image with my soon to erstwhile X-E2s.


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by Anura Guruge

FitBit Ultra Wireless: I Tossed Mine. Doesn’t Work. Piece Of Junk As Far As I Am Concerned.


Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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by Anura Guruge


Related post:
1/ FitBit Ultra Wireless — I Am NOT That Impressed! — October 5, 2012.
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2/ We Are Now A ‘FitBit Ultra’ Couple – NOT! — Sept. 6, 2012.

Per my October 5 post (above) you could see that I was getting increasingly disenchanted, aggravated and unimpressed.

I went to recharge and re-synch my FitBit Ultra very, very early Saturday morning, i.e., October 6. I typically work till mid-night. Then I save my work, online, and start closing down my work PC. I knew we were going to Sandwich Fair first thing Saturday morning. So, before going to bed, I decided to power up my XP machine, charge up the FitBit and get it to Synch.

So to see if it would make a difference, I slotted in the FitBit into the cradle, adjusted it a few times to make sure that it was properly seated, before I powered up the PC. Started up the FitBit Dashboard. Annoying message: ‘You haven’t synched your FitBit lately‘. But, they are so stupid that they don’t provide a button (or a link) next to the message to force a damn sync. Bloody FitBit.

It said it was last synched on Oct. 3. So, I then went through the usual inane dance. Press the damn button. Press it again. Nothing. Nothing. Take it off the cradle. Put it back. Refresh the stupid Dashboard. Go back and forth on the days hoping that that would force a resynch. This time around I didn’t bother to shutdown and restart the FitBit service. Unplugged the USB cable, Plugged it in. Jiggled the idiotic Dashboard. Still nothing. By now I had spent 15 minutes doing NOTHING else but trying to get this piece of junk to resynch. It was 12:20 am. I had enough. I was not going to spend another second with this poorly designed, cheaply made gizmo.

It was a birthday present from Deanna and she loves her unit. So, I wasn’t going to toss it out of the window. I am noted for that; tossing things that aggravate me irrespective of the cost. So I took the FitBit and the cradle and left it on Deanna’s laptop. I do not want it. I will not use it again. We are through. As far as I am concerned FitBit is junk.

I also don’t need a FitBit. I have proven that I am nowhere close to as sedentary as Deanna as Deanna tried to make me out. I don’t walk 10,000 steps a day, but I appear never to walk less that 7,500. Per the FitBit I also climb, daily, without exception, at least 50 flights of stairs. That confirmed my assertion that I go up and down the 3 flights of stairs we have in this house MORE than anybody else. Plus, I run my 2.5 miles, with 5 pounds of weights, up a steep hill 6 times day — in general. 3 days on, 1 day off, 3 days on — UNLESS I am really ill, the temp is BELOW 5F (yes, 5 Fahrenheit, not Celsius … meaning we are talking 27 degrees BELOW freezing) or like toady, I am going to end up walking for over 3 miles (in this case going door-to-door in Gilford, NH for Obama). So, I have a routine. I don’t need motivation. Self-motivation is built in. I am more active than most and definitely cover more elevation in a day than most cover in 3 days. So screw the FitBit. I don’t want it, I don’t need one.

I have told Deanna to give it to Devanee.