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A Sony Alpha a7 III: a7 II Full Frame With Sony a6300/6500 Sensor Technology?

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Occurred to me the other night. The full-frame Sony Alpha a7 II now kind of plays second fiddle to the a6500 because of its new sensor technology (which, to be fair, is the same as that on the a6300).

Would have to assume that Sony is working on this. In terms of timing my guess (which is purely that) is a March 2017 announcement — probably with June 2017 availability.

Given that the MP size is 24MP what this means is that the a7 III pixel will be LARGER; 5.9 microns vs 3.9 microns on the APS-C sensor. And this is where things start getting muddy and murky. Some argue, passionately, that bigger pixels (also called greater ‘pixel pitch’) always translates to better pictures. I am not convinced — from a theoretical standpoint. Though I used 35mm I have never used a Full-Frame digital. So, I don’t have first hand experience.

Something to think about.


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Fujifilm X-T1 A Very Capable & Compelling Mirrorless ILC Digital Camera If Not For Limited STANDARD ISO.

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fujixt111I was reading a writeup of the Fujifilm X-T1 in the July 2015 issue of “Outdoor Photographer“, rather appropriately, while we were visiting Acadia National Park last month when I was struck by its atypically low ISO range in ‘standard’ mode. 200-6400. Wow. That is IT in RAW mode. I get better than that on my $330 Canon T3i. Yes, it appears that it can be pushed, just when shooting JPEGs to 100-51200 but that seems a bit of a kludge.
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Just a thought. It was something that stopped me in my tracks.

I was, in my mind going “wow, this looks interesting” when BANG. 200-6400. I need as higher an ISO as I can reasonably afford given that I shoot a LOT of concerts, plays and ballets. The current 6400 I have is now really enough because I also do not have any really ‘fast’ lenses and do not use a tripod.

So for now the Fujifilm X-T1 will not be in my top-tier of potentials.


BuyDig Offering Pre-Order Of Sony RX10 II At $1,298 — But Why?

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Amazon has the same pre-order price with FREE shipping with Prime.


Got the TOP flyer, in an e-mail from ‘buydig.com‘ Friday morning. When I first saw it, given that ‘buydig.com‘ is noted for its “deals”, I fully expected to see an impossible to turn down, mouth-watering deal — maybe 4 interest free payments or 0% APR for 6 months. Nothing NADA. Just free shipping and some stuff about ‘Visa Checkout’ that has always confused me given that I have PayPal (and am an eBay shareholder). Or I thought they would offer a highly discounted price. Na!

I checked Amazon Prime. Same price, same FREE shipping.

So why would I get it from buydig.com?

Amazon, if I use their Storecard (which I do 80% of the time) gives me 6 months ZERO-INTEREST and 5% reward!

Plus why pre-order? I am sure I will not have to wait long to get one come August. So why start paying for one now.

Plus now I am having further doubts. The Sony RX10 II might now have this automated 4-step (or greater) PIXEL STEPPING/Stitching that you get on the latest DSLRs like the Pentax K3 II.

More to think about.

 


Sony RX10 II vs Today’s Canon PowerShot G3X — Sophie’s Choice, King Solomon’s Judgement Or Hobson’s Choice.

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canon35xxasIt really felt like I was being taunted by Canon. Since I bought my Canon Rebel T3i directly from Canon USA, refurbished, they have my (main) e-mail and my permission to send me ‘special’. So Thursday morning, as if I didn’t have enough to content with trying to decide whether I was going to chase-up the FitBit (FIT) IPO price all the way to $31 I see this real eye-catching, stunning resolution e-mail for the brand new, Sony RX10 II competitor the Canon PowerShot G3 X.

Talk about getting torn again, though in reality I don’t have the money right now to buy either camera — not that either is available till July.

OK, at 20.2 MP the resolution is the same though Sony might have the edge in picture quality because they appear to have better CMOS technology (though I don’t know whether Canon OEMs Sony CMOS chips).

The Canon has a higher zoom — all the way to a 600mm equivalent.

Canon also claims to have a 25,600 ISO range which might suffice.

Right now I have two gripes against the Canon PowerShot G3 X — albeit one cosmetic. I don’t like its boxy, Kodak pocket camera body style. The Sony with the semi-DSLR like humped shape is more appealing. IF I am going to part with $1,300 for a camera I would like it to look the part. I don’t want my $1,300 to look like it is a $179 point-and-shoot. Minor, but it makes a difference.

The other one is the EVF — electronic view finder. With the Canon it is a $300 option and when it is in use you can’t use the built-in flash. That is bummer.

But I will DEFINITELY have to consider the specs of the Canon PowerShot G3 X. In the end IF it is a better camera I will not let petty emotions stand in the way. In the end I am pragmatic to a fault.


I Can’t Afford The A7 RII Or Even The RX10 II, So Instead I Bought Sony (SNE) Stock.

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To say that I am drooling over the two new Sony cameras, the Alpha A7 RII and RX10 II, doesn’t even come close to the Siren Call exerted by them. I have, whenever I have a spare second, reading anything and everything I can about them, particularly the RX10 II. The RX10 II could be exactly what I want (if not need) though I will confess that the my latest research has also made me consider the Leica V-Lux which has twice the zoom. Plus a Leica! A magical name for those that really know their optics though you should all know by now my aversion for buying things overtly German.

The RX10 II would make me AGAIN reexamine all the profound camera-related decisions I made last Summer — when I decided after a 3 decade hiatus that it would be really nice to be a camera enthusiast again (though I sometimes regret it because I LOVED the freedom of enjoying and exploring a place, say the Grand Canyon, with Deanna taking all the pictures). Last August I started my new camera journey by buying a refurbished Nikon Coolpix L820, from BuyDig, for $139. I returned it within 24 hours, for a full refund, after taking these pictures at the 2014 Pittsfield, N.H. Balloon Festival. That is when I decided that I really needed to get a full-function, DSLR. So I got the refurbished Canon Rebel T3i from Canon. I think I paid $375 for it. The Canon has served me well BUT in the end it is a tad too ‘low-end’ for what I really would like and I will need to spend more money on lenses IF I am ever going to be happy with it. Plus Devanee thinks it is now HER camera. But, I am realistic enough to admit that interchangeable lens cameras are a PAIN. The April trip to Arizona, horseback riding in Canyon de Chelly and the recent hike up Mount Major, painfully demonstrated that I really do not enjoy lugging around a large camera with two lenses.

I basically want a good quality camera with 5 things: HIGH ISO (given that I do take a LOT of pictures at concerts (without a flash), exceptional image quality, superlative (accurate and fast) autofocus (because my eyes are no longer that good), a decent zoom (200mm) and the option to use Aperture-Priority and Shutter Speed-Priority photography. That is it. Video really isn’t that important though I will occasionally use it. Hence the appeal of the RX10 II — though I realize that it is first and foremost a 4K video camera that shoots still. The IRONY!

But while doing all my reading and research I stumbled upon something I did NOT know. Sony is the world’s largest (and preeminent) CMOS chip maker. These new cameras will make Sony’s CMOS Exmor chips even more attractive to other vendors. Of late, having got burnt (the second time around) with GoPro stock I have had some success with Ambarella (AMBA) & Cirrus Logic (CRUS) stock. SMILE. So much so that I am a believer in chip stocks — especially any chips that go into today’s phones, cameras and DRONES. So what the heck, I can’t afford the RX10 II, so I bought a few SNE shares. Knowing my luck SNE will probably now tank! That is the risk I take everyday. I wish there was a mechanism where I could be an anti-investor of myself, i.e., be able to take the opposite position to every investment move I make. So my anti-investor would short SNE to the same extent that I went long. My anti-investor could be a billionaire so is my skill and luck with stock! Hence why I can’t afford a RX10 II. OK, I don’t want anybody, starting with Deanna, trying to EXPLAIN to me that IF I hadn’t bought a MGB and two Jags — I might be able to afford a used RX 10 (Mk1). I need the Jags to get around in, now that we don’t have the KIA, and the MGB is Devanee’s


Sony’s 2 New Cameras, A7 RII & RX10 II, Puts Me In A Quandary

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Well, to be fair and honest, it is what I class a ‘nice problem to have’. I don’t really need to get another camera. So just on the basis of that I can get rid of this quandary. IF I am not going to get a new camera, to replace the cheap, $375, refurbished Canon T3i I bought last year — I have no ‘problems’ to deal with. And maybe that is really what I should do. Plus, given that I am far from rich I really shouldn’t indulge in two ‘expensive’ hobbies — the ol’ British cars, though all rather cheap, still requiring me to write checks.

But, I have to say, woW, wOW, WOW.

I have kept an eye on the Sony mirrorless Alpha range for the last 9 months or so. I even got to take some pictures with one when we were at ‘Four Corners‘ in April. I volunteered to take the picture of visitor — straddling the ‘Point’ — and he had a new Sony Alpha. It was neat.

The Sony A 7 RII appears to be incredible — but at $3,500+ way more than I am willing to pay for a camera. I don’t really see the point of spending more than say $1,700 for a camera + lens for what I want to achieve. Anything more would just be for show and that doesn’t have that much appeal.

I had kind of settled on a Pentax K3. When I was growing up Pentax was the choice of professionals. I can’t remember whether I have ever owned a Pentax BUT the name appeals to me. The K3 is one heck of a camera for the price. It will do everything I want it to do and its price is coming down (daily).

RX10M2_right_bgwhBUT my real dilemma is the new Sony RX10 II.

It is not a DSLR and it is mirrorless. Its ONLY negative, as far as I am concerned, is that it is FIXED lens and I, by getting the Canon T3i, had hoped to get back into interchangeable lens cameras. But, I am really not that much into swapping lenses. It is a pain. I only have two lens right now and I am kind of fine with that.

In reality I might be better off with the RX10 II or possibly even the OLD RX10 since taking videos, to me, is a necessary evil as opposed to something that I crave to do.

Well it is nice to have options in life.