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The Supposed $6,000 Price Tag For The Rumored Sony a9 Full Frame Is BEYOND Crazy!

by Anura Guruge


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IF it is priced at anything above $2,700 (US) it will just be confirmation that Sony executives just like their counterparts at the other Japanese digital camera manufacturers are ingesting drugs that are addling their brains.

It is a 20MP camera.

To prices it way above the a7S II or the new a99 II would mean that Sony is putting a $2,000 — $3,000 price on the NEW Auto Focus (AF).

That will be a hard-sell.

If it is priced at $6,000 the Sony a7 II will be one heck of a bargain.


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Fuji With Its Unprecedentedly Large, 27-Item 2.0 Firmware Update To X-T2 & X-Pro2 Continues To Fine Tune Auto Focus (AF).

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Extracted from the Fuji press release for Firmware update 2.0. Click to ENLARGE and read here,


In July 2016 I decided that the Fuji X-T2, which I had thought was going to be my dream camera, was not so because I was getting increasingly disillusioned with Fuji’s AF prowess.

Reviews of the X-T2 vindicated my decision.

And now this 2.0 Firmware update.

While I am glad that Fuji, true to its reputation, continues to improve features of its cameras, this shows that there is still a lot that needs tweaking in the X-T2 when it comes to AF.

I do miss the brilliant JPEG color I could get from a Fuji. But, AF woes really got me down.

Hence my new found fondness for Sony.


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Sony a6500 Gets A (V. Decent) 85% Review Score By DPReview BUT Only A Silver Award!

by Anura Guruge


Click here to access DPReview’s full/final review
of the Sony a6500.

Click images below to ENLARGE and marvel here.

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Seems like a fair assessment.

Still image quality (IQ) & autofocus (AF) are highly rated as is “One of the best APS-C cameras at high ISO”. So all of that is good. This is encouraging too: “Still this is the most powerful and usable Sony APS-C camera to date. It can keep up on the sidelines and in the gymnasium with its DSLR competitors thanks to its excellent AF system and impressive buffer.”

From everything I have heard (and I have done a fair amount of digging on this camera) the criticism of the touchscreen is justified. Shame Sony couldn’t get this right.

The 85% score is impressive and up there with the TOP contenders.

But, it did NOT get a GOLD award — because the overall score does not necessarily correspond to the award.

The score, basically, is a technical assessment of the features and capabilities.

The award, however, is subjective and factors in ‘user friendliness’, character and appeal. And that I understand. I feel the same — and have said so. It is not a fun camera to use! 


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Samsung NX500 Epiphany — Why Not Settle For An APS-C Sensor?

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“DPReview” side-by-side camera comparison. It is DIFFICULT to ignore sensor size.


As with the Fuji X-T2 the Samsung NX1 was another camera I lusted after for months and then, at the last minute, shied away because of technical (as opposed to financial) considerations.

I will also readily admit that my requirements, fancies and demands tend to change, sometimes within days — and have over my 2 year saga for a set of long-term cameras. Maybe I will never have a set of cameras I keep for that long. C’est la vie.

Anywho … I think I had dismissed the Samsung NX500 BECAUSE it did not have a viewfinder.

That requirement has changed in the last month! Since I have had the Nikon P900 I have rarely used the viewfinder. So I now know that I can live with just a good LCD.

So the Samsung NX500 is back in the fray.

It has phase-detect AF and I really want phase-detect. And it is an APS-C.

And what I am looking for is a compact.

Still not sure what my eventual BIG camera will be.


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I Am Definitely Going To Check Out The Canon M5 & Also Rent A Canon 80D.

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Both these from ‘The New Camera‘.
Use link above to access original.
Click images to ENLARGE and study here.

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From “DPReview”. Click image to access Forum thread IF you are interested.


Over the last 3 days I have come, mainly due to reading all the rumors about Canon’s ‘mirrorless‘ M5, I have come increasingly convinced that Canon’s ‘Dual Pixel AF‘ is what I really need — given my preference shoot ‘Live View’, i.e., LCD, due to my aging (and poor) eyes.

I have 90% (which is not a high percentage for I) convinced myself that I should just get a Canon 80D as my main camera for the next 12 months.

But, deep down I am such a proponent of ‘mirrorless’. It is ironic and interesting that the Nikon that I opted for and currently use, the Nikon P900, is a ‘mirrorless’!

The M5 if it delivers on the rumored specs and does come with a 18-50mm kit lens will work for me. IF the kit price really is $1,198 I will be laughing all the way … That, per what I have budgeted, will be a JOKE. But, I will not complain.

So stay tuned. I am fairly sure that there will be a Canon M5 or a D80 in my near future.


>> Also please refer to this post, Sept. 12, 2016, re. the direct controls on the M5 opposed to the D80.


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I Have No Choice BUT To Carefully Evaluate Canon’s ‘Dual Pixel AF’ In ‘Live View’ Mode.

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Click to ENLARGE and read here. What you get when you Google “Dual Pixel AF”. It is a Canon proprietary technology.


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From “Better Photography”. Good introduction. Click image to access original with explanation of what Canon was implemented.


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Click to ENLARGE and read here. Canon’s description on its 7D Mk II page.


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Click to ENLARGE and read snippet here. What ‘Gordon Lang’, of ‘Camera Labs’, cameralabs.com, has to say re. Nikon D500. Cameralabs.com, of course, has the FULL Nikon D500 review.


I will confess, with contrition, that I had NOT paid ENOUGH attention to Canon’s “Dual Pixel AF” because it was only available on 4 cameras — 3 of them ‘pretty’ old (in terms of today’s 12-month technology refresh cycle) and the 4th, the Canon 80D, was being touted as a mid-level DSLR.

But the recent spate of rumors about the soon to be announced Canon APS-C MIRRORLESS M5 got me digging into “Dual Pixel AF”.

Anybody who has been paying any attention to my 10 cameras in 2 years SAGA will know that brilliant AutoFocus is my Holy Grail — especially since my eyes, never that good, are getting older by the day. The reason I decided to get a Nikon D500, rather than the new Fuji X-T2 (which I lusted after for 9 months), was AF — nothing else.

But the D500’s AF prowess is ONLY in Viewfinder (VF) phase-detect mode. There is no phase-detect in Live View (i.e., LCD) mode. More and more I am opting to shoot LCD mode because I just tend to see better with both eyes open looking at a 3″ screen. 99% of the 2,594 pictures I have taken with my new Nikon P900 (which I am getting rather fond of) — in 10 days — have been in LCD mode!

Canon’s DUAL PIXEL AF will give me phase-detect in LCD mode.

I think I could live with the Canon 7D Mk II or possibly the 80D.

IF the M5 has good specs I could go with that — given my innate fondness for mirrorless cameras. I could also save myself quite a bit of money. I have no aversion to Canon. I had a Canon T3i for nearly a year and it is still in the family (for a refreshing change) in that Devanee has taken ownership of it


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Fujifilm X-T2 Autofocus Capability Questioned — Especially In Terms Of ‘Phase Detection’.

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Click here
to access original DPReview post.


fujifilm-x.com link referenced above.

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Click image to access the original from Fuji no less! This is not funny.


This is NOT good news for Fuji X-T2 fans.

Phase Detection‘ is what was supposed to make the Fuji autofocus better.

DSLRs, like the Nikon D500, use ‘Phase Detection’ 100% of the time when the mirror is down (i.e., viewfinder-mode).

If the X-T2 is using ‘contrast detection’ 66% of the time we are unlikely to see that bigger an improvement in AF.

I am SO GLAD I decided against getting a X-T2 and yesterday embarked on my new life with Nikon by getting a P900 to begin with (fully aware that the P900 is NOT a DSLR and as such does not have ‘Phase Detect’) while I mentally prepare myself to buy a Nikon D500.


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Shock HORROR! I Am NOT Going To Get A Fujifilm X-T2!

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Taken with a rented (from Lumoid) Fuji X-T1 with my own Fujinon XF 18-55mm f/2.8 lens — in filtered sunlight. Click to ENLARGE and see how out of focus it is.


This may NOT sound that serious to you, but in my small (insignificant) world this is as DRAMATIC as me saying: “I am through with sex and orgasms. That is it. Starting today I will no longer, ever, have sex again and I will never have another orgasm again”!

I have publicly lusted after the replacement to the Fuji X-T1 (now the X-T2) since last October — i.e., last 10 months.

I followed everything and anything to do with the X-T2. To be fair, from what I can see, bar niggling concerns as to the efficacy of its autofocus, the X-T2 body is STILL the ‘made in heaven’, DREAM CAMERA for I. No question about that. It has everything I want in a camera body — bar the AF concerns.

But, alas and alack, the X-T2 is an interchangeable lens camera, and without a lens it is but a very expensive paperweight.

On May 18, 2016, I bought my first first Fuji — a brand new Fuji X-E2s that was to be my longterm ‘compact’ and adjunct to the X-T2 (when I got it). Then earlier this month, to coincide with the announcement of the X-T2, I rented a brand new Fuji X-T1 from Lumoid.

In the 70 days since May 18 I have taken over 10,000 pictures with the X-E2s and X-T1! And you have seen at least 700 of these!

And I am totally and utterly disillusioned with Fuji — in particular the Fuji lenses.

I have three Fuji lenses: the XF 18-55 f/2.8-4 R LM OIS, the XF 55-200mm f/3.5-4.8 R LM OIS Zoom Lens & the Fujinon XF 35mm F/2 R WR. Yes, my X-E2s body and all three lenses have the June 9, 2016 firmware updates installed.

The XF 55-200mm f:3.5-4.8 is, indubitably, THE WORST lens, by far, I have ever had the misfortune of using! It is a useless lens. Yes, every once in awhile, in perfect lighting, it will take an absolutely stunning image. But the AF on it is beyond pedestrian. It hunts for focus like there is no tomorrow. I hate that bloody lens. If it wasn’t so expensive I would smash it just for the sheer satisfaction. Luckily Amazon will let me trade it in …

The XF 35 mm is slightly better than the 55-200 — which can’t be hard given that the 55-200 sucks. But it is also a pathetic lens, especially indoors. And I got that lens to use indoors! I hate that lens too.

The 18-55 is GOOD. No question. It is a brilliant, all-round lens in all aspects. But there is only so much you can do with 18-55.

I am NOT going to spend $1,500 on a lens. Just seems wrong.

So this is the MAIN reason I am not going to get the X-T2.

I also have concerns, in addition to the MAJOR AF issue, about Fuji metering and ISO. My X-E2s is an ISO hog (and yes, I have it set to “High Performance”). For daylight shooting I have to have ISO at 1,000 and for indoor at 6,400 to get halfway decent images. Forget ISO 100, 200, 400 — even if the sun is beating down.

Fuji has, like no other camera vendor, totally driven me away — into the arms of Nikon.

Yes, this is my experience, my opinion — but it is also my money and my life.

I am going to trade in ALL my Fuji gear and start getting Nikons.


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Nikon D500 — Have You Seen Nikon’s Impactful Brochure?

by Anura Guruge


Pretty impressive. Informative too.
Definitely worth looking at.
You could even learn a lot, especially about the Autofocus (AF).

Click here to download the Nikon D500 brochure
from Nikon (U.S.A.)
— it is a rather large (148MB) PDF.

Click images to ENLARGE, admire and read here.


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The New Pentax K-70 Is Not A Fuji X-T2 But It Is A Temptation.

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Click to access Ricoh (Japan (in English)) product page.


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The ‘New Camera’ that I read religiously every morning and every night has been promoting the Pentax K-70 for the last few days. It not for their incessant coverage I might have missed it altogether given that I am trying hard to be ‘ALL Fuji’. The “New Camera” Website is at: thenewcamera.com. Click to ENLARGE image and read here.


Oscar Wilde and I are one when it comes to this sentiment: “The only way to get rid of temptation is to yield to it… I can resist everything but temptation.” Temptation has been the greatest source of pleasure as well as the bane of my life — though I have always maintained, very truthfully, that I only succumbed, at best, to 10% of the temptation that came my way. When I was young, which (alas) was a long time ago, my temptations were mainly carnal. In my old age, having forgone my love of photography for 30 years because I was too busy with my career, the only temptations that stir me tend to be cameras! I am NOT sure whether I should be happy or sad about that — though I do realize that lusting after cameras, irrespective of how expensive they are, is still cheaper for me that lusting our my old temptations.

So, that is how the Pentax K-70 came into my life, with a resounding bang, yesterday.

A year ago I was convinced that the Pentax K-3 was going to be, as of September 2015, my MAIN camera. Well a lot of water and cameras have flown ‘under that bridge’, so to speak, in the last 9 months: Sony a77 II, Panasonic Lumix FZ1000, Sony RX100 II, Panasonic Lumix LX100 etc. etc. SMILE. Temptation. For I this is NOTHING!

These days, next to the U.K. “Daily Mail“, which I read, ‘cover-to-cover’, every morning (as I did when I lived in the U.K.), the only other publication that I do not miss is the “new camera“. They, over the last 3 days, have been shamelessly plugging the Pentax K-70. Eventually I took some notice.

WOW!

The Pentax K-70 really could be the camera for me!

Did I just say that. Isn’t the Fuji X-T2 THE DREAM CAMERA build to my exact specs?

As you might know I take a lot of pictures, every day — most of them outdoors. The ideal camera for me would be a very rugged one, WEATHER SEALED and able to work in New Hampshire’s below freezing winters.

The K-70 is for all-weather outdoor use, up to 14°F (10°C) in cold climes. That is still 9°F outside MY range of operation in that I will run in 5°F weather.

I will HAVE to monitor the K-70. There are claims that it’s auto-focus (AF) is very good and it’s image quality is exceptional. And then there is the ISO above 51,210. That I would like! So stay TUNED.

I might still surprise myself. As I saw in a forum, the K-70 could be as good as the Fuji X-T2 at 1/3rd the price! Yikes.


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