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

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>> ‘Unable to Display’ error!

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

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>> My review of Sony a77 II Bundle.

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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.


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 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.


Sony RX10 II — Way Overpriced At The Final Reckoning!

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>> My review of Sony a77 II Bundle.

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Push comes to shove, the Sony RX10 II
is NOT cost justifiable.

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Click to access the very useful ‘snapsort.com’ comparison of the Sony DSC-RX10 II vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000.


In the end I did NOT need the above head-to-head comparison by ‘snapsort.com‘ to tell me that the RX1o II was NOT worth the money — BUT it was the final straw.

When the Sony RX10 II was announced in June 2015 I drooled over it for three months. I genuinely thought, till well into August, that the RX10 II would be my next camera — when I treated myself to a new camera in September, for my birthday, as I have been doing yearly of late. I researched the RX10 II for months. I really wanted to convince myself that this was THE right camera for me. Then right at the last minute I decided that I did not want to go down from an APS-C sensor to a 1″ sensor. That is when I went with the Sony a77 mk II. I loved the Sony a77 mk II — once I got used to it. On Sunday, September 20, 2015, at the NH Highland Games, in Loon, it was taking some awesome pictures. I could see that just on the LCD display. It was all that I wanted from a camera. I felt vindicated. I had made the right choice. It just happened that it was THE 989 images that I took that day at Loon that I lost — off the card. But, fortunately I had downloaded the images before they went ‘poof’.

I could NOT live with the a77 mk II after that ‘lost image‘ episode. So I returned the entire kit and started again looking at cameras.

Given the TON of research I had done over the Summer it made sense to go back to what had been my short-list cameras — bar the Pentax K-3. The Pentax no longer had any appeal. I want to be mirrorless — or at least get away from a MOVING mirror. So I want back to the Samsung NX1 and Sony RX10 II. Samsung NX1, on second look, proved not to have the right glass at the right price. Plus there are still questions about its AF even with the firmware at 1.4.

I then went back to the RX10 II willing to compromise down to a 1″. But then I realized that IF you discount 4K video — and video in general only has tertiary appeal to me — then the RX10 II is WAY overpriced given that its optical zoom only goes up to 200mm. Yes, it is fixed aperture, at f2.8, across all its range but a camera with 200mm range should not cost $1,200+. In the end, weighing the ‘competition’, I came to the conclusion that the RX10 II should be in the low $900 range. So, I am NOT going to get a Sony RX10 II — and remember that I BOUGHT SNE shares because I was so enamored by the RX10 II. That is how the cookie sometimes crumbles. So here we have the paradox of a Sony shareholder eschewing a flagship Sony product because it is too expensive! 


Samsung NX1: Lens Choices And AF Concerns Makes Me Shy Away.

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samsungglass1After I made the gut wrenching decision that I was going to DITCH the Sony a77 Mk II, after it lost the 989 images, I again spent hours checking out the Samsung NX1. I have lusted after the NX1 ever since its announcement. I kind of avoided it after the LCD screen problem we encountered with the Samsung WB350FI got Deanna for Christmas 2014.

But now I went back and had another very careful look. It is one heck of a camera. And I know that the firmware is now at 1.4. But people are still ‘talking’ about AF issues and Auto Focus is of paramount interest to me because of my dodgy (and worsening) eyesight. Though I use manual focus quite often I prefer to start off with AF. So if AF is a weakness in the NX1 — especially when taking stills — then that is a major strike against this camera. I actually checked, online, quite a few images taken with NX1s, at full size. Many did NOT impress me.

And then there is a ‘price-for-value’ equation. From what I can see there aren’t too many good lens options for the NX1 when it comes to the focal range I am after, i.e., 18 to 300 mm. Yes, you can get them, but the ‘price is not right’, and many of the lenses DO NOT have the image quality that I seek.

 I could be wrong but I am not impressed at ALL with the stock Samsung 16-50mm lens for the NX1. It appears to be a very soft lens and I seek crisp lenses. Ditto for this 50-200. I saw some terrible shots taken with it. And between these two lenses I am at $1,756. But for that price I would LIKE to get up to 300 mm (as opposed to 200 mm) and have better image quality.

I have a feeling, and I could be wrong, that there could be a NX2 by March 2016. So I am going to WAIT. Does that make sense?


Sony SLT a77 Mk II (ILCA-77M2) Camera: I Give It A 1-Star Review On Amazon After Losing The 989 Images.


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As each days goes by I am getting increasingly angry at Sony — and remember I am a Sony shareholder.

It is NOT right that a modern, brand-new, $1,500 camera should JUST LOSE 989 images. That is diabolical. That Sony Support doesn’t even care is kind of galling BUT I had already read, before I bought the Sony SLT A77 II, that Sony, in reality, offered no post-sales support. But, luckily, Cameta Camera, has been outstanding! They are taking back the entire Sony a77 II kit and giving me a full refund — though I have to pay to ship part of the kit back. But that is OK.

I was THINKING of getting another Sony — possibly the Sony RX10 II, though I really didn’t want to go back to a sub-APSC sensor. Well, I found that the RX10 II was NOT worth the money! I will do a post on that. I am going to get a Panasonic! It is a compromise, but a good one. I will tell you more about that soon. SMILE.


Sony a77 Mk II Camera: I Have Decided To DITCH IT Altogether & Get A Different Camera, Maybe Samsung NX1!

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I am crushed and rattled. I loved this camera. It took amazing pictures. I invested SO MUCH time into this. I have never, in the last 15 years, spent as much time reading about and trying to master a product! BUT, I can’t live with a camera that will arbitrarily lose 989 pictures. [Read this post.] That will be too stressful. Always wondering, if not worried, that the pictures you are taking could disappear. I just can’t believe that Sony would let something like this happen.

Now all of my investment in the Sony a77 mk II is down-the-drain. I am actually going to see IF I have grounds to SUE Sony. Maybe even go to small claims. Cameta Camera is being excellent. FIRST they agreed to send me a new camera. Today they agreed that I can send the WHOLE kit back and that they will give me a full refund. I will still lose money. I have to pay the UPS for sending the 2nd box back. Cameta paid for the first. I have extra batteries, screen protector and 2 books for the a77 Mk II. Plus all my time, and that is what irks me the most (though to be fair I learnt a LOT about the technology of contemporary cameras). And do NOT forget I am a Sony shareholder.

I just left a 1-star review at Amazon. They might not publish it!

Now back to the drawing board. Tempted to try the Sony RX10 II which I toyed with to begin with. But maybe the Samsung NX1. Maybe this WAS all for the better. I had a feeling that the NX1 was in my destiny. But I am also going to check Fujifilm and Olympus. Yikes. Not funny.

It is official. I hate Sony. Heads up. Beaware. Very aware. Sony could ruin your life.


Sony a77 Mk II Camera: ‘Unable To Display’ Images After Just 3 Weeks!

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This started to appear when I was reviewing my images on the camera. Click to ENLARGE.


I had just come back from taking these pictures …
I was reviewing these when the above started to happen.

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This is the file display when I try to NOW read the card.

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Notice the gap of over 1,000 images.

These were the 989 images I look at Loon this weekend,
such as these, these and these.

GONE from the card.

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This was scary!

I had just gone out and taken 28 new pictures of foliage and other such flora. I was showing them to Deanna on the camera. All was fine. All 28 pictures I took were there. Then when I next hit ‘back’ I got a GRAY SCREEN with ‘Unable To Display‘. I was not worried. I went back a bit. Kept of getting it. Now I was a tad perturbed. BUT thought they would all be there when I attached the Lexar (Professional 1000x) 64GB SDXC to my PC via a USB card-reader. I was WRONG. They were ALL GONE. Poof!

This is far from funny.

These were the 989 pictures I had taken at Loon on Sunday. INTERESTING. All the pictures with the SAME DATE. Others prior and after fine. Hhmmm.

I wasn’t going to worry. I had downloaded ALL the images (even backed them up) and posted some. So I hadn’t lost the images. BUT, I could have.

Googled. SCARY. Other had had the same problem.

Ready to be returned to Cameta — via UPS.

I knew I hadn’t had the Sony for a month. It was my birthday present. Called up Cameta Camera. They were impressive. They said, at ONCE, return it … we will send you another. I have already done so! I was not going to hand around. I am SHATTERED. I have never had something like this happen with a camera. No blame, at all, to Cameta. BUT, very concerned about Sony.

So I now don’t have a camera! This is BAD. I am NOT HAPPY.

Glad, however, as to how Cameta and Amazon responded.

Called up Amazon. They, to their credit, gave me a FULL CREDIT on the Lexar 64GB card. They didn’t even want the card back! I am going to order another brand. I am NOT going to use it. I can’t afford to lose pictures.

So heads up. This could be SERIOUS.


Two more images taken with the Sony a77 II TODAY before all went to HELL.



Sony RX10 II Finally In Stock And Shipping From The Likes Of Amazon — BUT Not Online With Sony.

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Wow. From what I can piece together it finally became available, at Amazon, at the end of August 2015. Basically a month later than promised. Not sure what happened.

Around the same time, August 28, the Sony Online Store went DARK — supposedly per their strategic plan. From what I can see Sony no longer sells online DIRECTLY. They refer you to the likes of Amazon and Cameta Camera. This might have had something to do with a HUGE data breach suffered by Sony.

So now you just have Sony.com. I do not think it is still ready for primetime though it looks quite impressive. I can’t find the RX10 Mk II on that site! Scary.

I am glad I went with the Sony a77 Mk II as opposed to the RX 10 Mk II. So far, so good. I like it. I like its feel. Still trying to understand it!