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Don’t Need A Sony a77 III — What We Need Is Sony a6500 Sensor In A Sony a7 Body.

by Anura Guruge


From ‘The New Camera’ on August 2, 2017. Link: thenewcamera.com/page/3/. Click to ENLARGE.


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A Sony SLT a77 III will be a waste. While the a77 II is a nice camera it is heavy and chunky and does NOT have a dedicated EV dial. Plus it is NOT mirrorless.

I have both a Sony a7 II and a Sony a6500. The Sony a7 II is an absolute delight to use. Has two control wheels and a dedicated EV dial … PLUS a C3.

Going from the a7 II to the a6500 really is painful.

Would love to see the a6500 APS C sensor and innards inside an a7 body.


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The JUST Announced Sony RX10 III With 600mm Zoom Is Pretty Darn Impressive.

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DPReview side-by-side of the Sony RX10 II, the BRAND NEW Sony RX10 III and my Panasonic Lumix FZ1000. Click to ENLARGE and view here. From DPReview.com.


How ‘snapsort.com’ ranked my Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 against the Sony RX10 II
last September.


How I ended up getting the ill-fated Sony a77 II instead of a Sony RX10 II.


In August 2015 I was nearly convinced that the then newly announced Sony RX10 II would be my next camera — my step up from my refurbished Canon T3i. Two things bothered me, the 200mm max. zoom and the 1″ sensor — especially at the then $1,298 price. I think I might have overlooked the 1″ sensor if it had at least a 400mm zoom. I ended up getting a Sony a77 II and that did not work out too well and I ended up returning it within the month. I got my Panasonic Lumix FZ1000, with its 1″ sensor, as a (max.) 1-year compromise until I had more time to work out what next? The Lumix FZ1000 has served me well.

And now the RX10 III. I don’t need 600mm zoom BUT it would be nice. SMILE. Comparing the specs. the 600mm zoom is the one overriding advantage of the RX10 III over the FZ1000. Yes, the RX10 III being two younger will have better technology all around. But $1,500 is a lot for a fixed-lens 1″ sensor camera. BUT I will have to give it some serious thought. Did anybody notice that the lens is NO LONGER constant f/2.8 and instead stops down to f/4.0 at zoom (which is not half bad at 600m)?

Panasonic could counter with a 600mm zoom with a Micro Four-Thirds. I would get that in a heartbeat. Maybe that is the rumored Lumix LX200. Things are getting interesting.

Stay tuned. My current plan, of course, is to get the Fuji X-T2 when it is available.


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New Fuji X-T2 In 2016 — A Tryst With Destiny.

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Fuji X-T2 story from ‘New Camera’. Click to access.


This is what it will most likely look like.

Indistinguishable from the existing Fuji X-T1. All the new goodies will be inside. That is FINE with me.
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This is THE attraction. I want knobs for MOST of my settings. Yes, the old-fashioned way.

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It has taken me 15 months and 5 cameras, viz. Canon T3i, Sony a77 Mk II, Panasonic Lumix FZ1000, Canon G1 X & Sony RX100 II, to work it out BUT I now know what I want in my next camera. Deanna will NOT be happy but she is resigned to the fact that I will get another camera ‘soon’. Well the timing of the new Fuji X-T2 will be perfect and it might keep her reasonably happy. I can wait until close to my 2016 birthday to get it and it has become the new tradition that I treat myself to a new camera for my birthday.

So what am I looking for in a camera. BEST image quality I can get at a reasonable price. That also, by default, means that I want a sensor that is at least 1″. Well with the Fuji X-T2 I can get back to APSC size — what I had to begin with with the Canon T3i.

I am committed to mirrorless. To me a mirror is an unnecessary pain. So the Fuji fits the bill perfectly. Also has a good electronic viewfinder with supposedly split-screen image focusing. That would be heaven. I loved split-screen. Peaking is nice BUT split-screen is better.

All I hope is that the X-T2 offers at least 20MP. Yes, I can live with 16MP but that will seems rather passé in 2016.

For the last 6 months I kind of had this feeling that Fuji will be in my life. I don’t think I have ever owned a Fuji camera. So this will be a first.


Secondipity, Authorized Sony Refurbished Seller, Offering a6000 Body For $399.

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The Supposed Sony A68 Coming Tomorrow Does NOT Make Any Sense. A77 Mk II.5.

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sonya68If Sony, as is widely rumored on the Web, announces a so called a68, I will be a bit miffed — as a Sony shareholder. From what I can see there just isn’t enough differentiation between it and the existing a77 Mk II (I having owned one for a few weeks just a couple of months ago). The specs, bar for 4 additional crosspoint focus points, are basically the same.

As I talked about in the case of the Canon Rebel T6i v. T6s, companies incur a HUGE cost for each new product they introduce and then have to maintain. This is the so called ‘Cost per SKU’. No wonder the financials for Canon and Sony don’t look that great. They are squandering millions and millions of dollars with TOO MANY products without sufficient differentiation — and as such justification.

So I really hope that rather than an insipid, a77 Mk 11.5 a68, Sony announces something much more dramatic and worthwhile.


The New Canon G5X Could Very Well Be My Next (Companion) Camera

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Click to access the “dpreview” for the new Canon G5X.


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Click to access Canon online store page for the G5X.


I really thought long and hard about getting a Canon PowerShot G3X as an alternative to my Canon Rebel T3i (which has now become Devanee’s camera). In the end the MAIN REASON I did not get it was the lack of a built-in electronic viewfinder (EVF). Yes, I knew I could get an external add-on but that jacked the price beyond what I was willing to pay.

Then as I have amply documented here, I ended up getting a Sony a77 mk II which I had assumed — and maybe even hoped — would be my permanent camera for at least 24 months. Well that was not to be. When I lost 989 images with it, I just could not deal with it. So I ended up getting a Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 as a short-term compromise. I LIKE THE FZ1000. It can take some stunning pictures — out of the box. That appeals to me. But given that I got 100% of my money back on the Sony a77 II I kind of have $1,000 in the bank from my camera fund.

I have been toying with getting another camera to augment the Lumix FZ1000 — primarily one that I can carry around, most of the time, without having to lug the FZ1000. PLUS I have been hankering, this week after again reading reviews of Olympus OMD cameras, for a camera with a LOT of control wheels! I do not like fiddling around with menus to set parameters. I want a dedicated ‘Exposure Compensation’ wheel (like I had with the Sony). Another wheel or two I could customize, maybe for flash and focus, would really appeal. The G5X seems to offer me this capability and it has a EVF and a 1″ sensor.

Yes, I am seriously thinking about it. Might not get it this week! I still need to spend some quality time with my FZ1000. Maybe for Christmas. I will keep you posted.

Bottom line, the Canon PowerShot G5X sure is more attractive than the G3X.


Canon slashing prices of other PowerShots,
including G3X & G9X, ahead of G5 X. Click …


I get a refurbished PowerShot G1 X, from Canon, for $269.


I Started A Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 Blog.

Taken with FZ1000.

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My FZ1000 with my home modified, with Velcro, wrist-strap. Since 2013 I have opted for wrist-straps as my primary carrying strap for cameras.

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The ‘Documentation’ page I am working on so that folks might be able to get to all the documents they need, in one place, in a consistent manner. If nothing else I will now have access to these documents, from wherever, as long as I have an Internet connection. There is, as ever, method to my apparent madness.


I will readily confess that I am, at least for now, in total, jaw-gaping, absolute AWE with my Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 camera. It takes the kind of pictures I have always wanted to take. IF I had had any inkling that Panasonic Lumix ‘bridge cameras’ were this good I would have got one two years ago and saved myself a lot of grief. As I have said before we are not strangers to Lumix cameras. I know that c. 2013 we had three, possibly 4 in the house.

I only received the FZ1000, from BuyDig.com, on Tuesday, September 29, 2015. So I haven’t had it for a week yet. I have ONLY taken about 250 pictures so far. But it is an absolute joy to use. What kills me is that the FZ1000 cost me EXACTLY $1,000 less than I paid for my ill-fated Sony a77 mk II — and truth be told I kind of like the FZ1000 than the Sony! That I know is kind of sacrilegious to say. Indubitably, the Sony a77 had more features (two thumb wheels for a start), was much more solidly built and had near-infinite expandability — IF I had the money for buying lenses. But for the price I will NOW take the FZ1000 in day of the week.

A crucial drawback of the FZ1000, that others too have commented upon, is the appalling instructions that are provided by Panasonic. And to EXACERBATE the matter, I, as yet, CANNOT find a Lumix FZ1000-specific book, in English! That amazes me. Yes, there is a book for the FZ200 and other Panasonics. But not for the FZ1000. There are a ‘ton’ of books for the Sony a77 (and I bought two). In desperation, as I point out on the blog, I ended up buying a book for the Panasonic Lumix DMC GH4. That is the big brother of the FZ1000. But from what I quickly worked out (via some intense research with Google) they share about 75% of their DNA. Actually the book helps — and has helped a lot.

Part of the motivation and rationale for this FZ1000 is so that I can share the bits and pieces I discover and learn with others. I, to my joy and relief, have already made some decent strides with the Firmware. I actually upgraded to the latest version — which happens to be Ver. 2.2 (which was released in early August 2015). My camera came with Ver. 2.1. So I started by documenting that.

Another project to take up my time! But I enjoy it. I want to share the pleasure of using this camera with others.

Did it cross my mind that I should write a book about the FZ1000? Of course. But I will refrain. Time. Plus I am fairly sure, as are some others, that Panasonic will, within the next 9 months, introduce a follow-on to the FZ1000 to FURTHER compete with Sony’s new RX10 mk II — though I personally think, adamantly, that the FZ1000 is a BETTER STILLS camera than the RX10 II. The ‘new’ Lumix might be called the FZ15000 or possibly even the FZ2000. I will write a book on that!


The first few pictures with my FZ1000.

New Hampshire foliage pictures with the FZ1000.

A few more pictures with the FZ1000.
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Copyright on all these images will be ENFORCED.







Nothing BUT Kudos, Very High Kudos, For Cameta Camera.

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The impeccable way that they handled the return of my Sony a77 mk II was exemplary.

I can’t say enough good things. That the Sony went haywire and lost 989 images was NOT their fault. But they did not complain or bicker.

I am amazingly impressed and grateful.

I will buy my next camera from them DIRECTLY without going through Amazon.

Class act.

5-star.

Total and utter endorsement.

You can buy from Cameta with CONFIDENCE.

Thank YOU, Cameta Camera. You are an example to all.


I Bought My Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 From BuyDig.com Rather Than Amazon!

My FZ1000 with MY wrist-strap.

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Click to ENLARGE and read here. The 3 FZ1000 buying options presented by BuyDig.com. http://www.buydig.com/


Click to ENLARGE. My actual invoice at BuyDig — on FZ1000 order placed Saturday, September 26, 2015.


That I did NOT buy the Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 from Amazon, in my little (fairly insignificant) world is pretty dramatic and drastic. It is akin to me saying I have given up red wine for life or that I went to see a priest about becoming Catholic. Or maybe, horrors of horrors I decided to renege on my commitment to donate my body to science. Yes, it was a HUGE ‘about-turn’ on my part.

I love Amazon. My emotional and financial investment in Amazon is HUGE. I published my last 10 books (if not more) EXCLUSIVELY with Amazon. All my books are listed on Amazon. I am an Amazon Prime Member. I am an Amazon Associate. I have an Amazon Vendor account. I do MOST of my purchasing on Amazon. Typically a week does not go by without me getting something from Amazon. And then there is my financial stake in Amazon. Lets just say that I have more equity in Amazon shares than I have in ANYTHING else in the world — and that includes our (rather modest and unprepossessing) house. Yes, it is all relative ….

I bought the star-crossed Sony a77 mk II from Amazon. Since I was getting a FULL REFUND on that I could easily have got the Lumix FZ1000 from Amazon.

But I didn’t.

3 Reasons:

1/ Amazon would not have fulfilled the camera order themselves — it would have come from another, third-party camera dealer (as was the case with the Sony — which came from Cameta Camera).

2/ There were TOO MANY NEGATIVE comments on Amazon of people getting ‘used’ FZ1000 or those without a U.S. warranty.

3/ Amazon’s price was the same as that from BuyDig and I could get MORE from BuyDig BEFORE I applied a $15 discount.

4/ BuyDig was offering a FREE 3 year Panasonic Warranty (precluding me from having to think about buying extended coverage, other than for accidents).

So I got it from BuyDig. This was probably the fourth or fifth camera I have bought from them. They are Beach Camera under another name. They are good.

They offered, as you can see above, two different bundles for the SAME price as the BASE FZ1000. I got the bundle that had the MOST ITEMS. Smile. Like I always say, “I am not totally stupid, just partially”. I needed a SDHC card (because I had to return one with the Sony) and I needed some filters. The additional battery and charger were a bonus. I ordered a Wasabi Power Battery (2-Pack) separately. I trust Wasabi. So for the SAME PRICE as Amazon I was getting more, a discount and FREE shipping. And the camera arrived Tuesday morning, by FedEx, at 8:30am! Good deal. With BuyDig I had at least 3 options by which to pay for the camera. One was via Amazon! That was wild. But, I didn’t chose that — though that would have been a neat ‘best-of-all-worlds’ compromise. Instead I opted to go with PayPal — where among other things I instantly get 0% APR credit. Plus, I own PayPal shares too! Nothing like my holding in Amazon, but I am, nonetheless a shareholder of PayPal, from DAY 1. Plus by going with PayPal I have their ‘protection’ too, in addition to BuyDigs promises. Plus with BuyDig you also get Google ‘protection’. So it is like having belt-and-braces on top of what BuyDig promises.

So that is the story. I thought it was worth sharing because it was a fairly momentous decision for me — and a HUGE endorsement for BuyDig.

The camera bag, as was the case with Cameta and the Sony a77, was ridiculously SMALL. Take a look. I didn’t even dare put the FZ1000 in it. It might have been a very snug fit BUT I doubt whether I could have got my fingers around the camera without scraping them each time. I knew the bag would be a joke. I just gave it to Tesichan so that she can use it to carry doll stuff. I had a new bag that I had got for the Sony.


My first few pictures with the FZ1000.

New Hampshire foliage pictures with the FZ1000.

A few more pictures with the FZ1000.
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I Get A Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 To Replace Sony a77 mk II! Sacre Bleu! Yikes?

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The winding road to the Panasonic Lumix FZ1000.

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It is OK. I don’t need to be told. I fully (and painfully) appreciate that this was one HECK of a downgrade — and a case of backtracking!

Yes, after being adamant that I wanted a sensor that was at least APS-C size I have gone with a 1″. I know.

The Lumix FZ1000, at ~$780, was exactly half the price of what I paid for the Sony a77 mk II (before rebates). So it was one heck of a step-down. I am hoping against hope that I did not screw up too badly. But, though people find this near impossible to believe, there is method to my madness and I am not totally stupid (and never have been). I have always been just partly stupid.

After I lost the 989 images I was TOO RATTLED to ever again be comfortable taking pictures with a Sony a77 mk II. I have used digital cameras for 15 years and this was the FIRST time I lost ANY images. That is big.

The Lumix FZ1000 is very much a COMPROMISE.

I invested over 20 hours evaluating the Sony a77 mk II BEFORE I bought it. IF I think about it, I spent MORE time checking out the Sony than I did my wife — before I asked her to marry me!

I just don’t have the inclination or time to spend another 20 hours checking out another camera. That was why I decided to go with a compromise camera.

But it is NOT a really bad compromise. People do RAVE about the the FZ1000 and we are NOT strangers to Lumix cameras. The Lumix ZS19 (which replaced a ZS20) we had, before we started getting the sticking lens cover problem), was, by far, one of our favorite cameras. During 2012 – 2013 we had 3, possibly 4, Lumix cameras in this household. So I have some experience with Lumix cameras.

85%, possibly 90%, of the pictures I take, of late, are concerts (e.g.. “The Brigadoons” or Ronan Tynan for ‘Great Waters‘), events (e.g., Laconia Multicultural Day) or landscapes (e.g., Acadia). So the two mandatory things I need are good zoom and high ISO. The FZ1000 gives me these, at a reasonable price, and without the need to lug multiple lenses. That in the end was the deciding factor.

Yes, the FZ1000 is NOT a Sony a77 mk II. It doesn’t feel as rugged and the menus are a bit ‘hit or miss’. The documentation is AWFUL and I can’t find any books, in English, for the FZ1000.

OK. Deanna and the kids kind of already know. The FZ1000 is NOT for the long run. I am sure that there will be a CROP of new cameras between Christmas and Easter. Come June 2016 I probably will be in the market for another. I have ‘money in the bank’ so to speak given that I am getting a full refund for the Sony.

I took a few pictures with the Lumiz FZ1000. Not bad. Yes, a LOT I have to learn. But …


My first few pictures with the FZ1000.
Untouched. In JPEG as they came out of the cameras.
These really were from the first 12 pictures I took —
with the first 3 at the top.
(You can check the numbers. P1000001 onwards!)
iA+ setting. Taken Tuesday, September 29, 2015.
Enjoy.