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Devanee Wants Me To Get A Lytro Illum At ~$450.

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by Anura Guruge

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After seeing my post about the deep discount on the Lytro Illum Devanee wants me to get one. To be fair, as I did point out, it did cross my mind that I probably should get one at ‘that’ price — though the current ‘non-rebate’ price is $449. So when Devanee says I should get one all the domestic dynamics change! Devanee is nobody’s fool when it comes to cars and cameras! She has worked it out that IF she encourages my taste then she can benefit from that. And there is no harm in that — and she has an MGB and a Canon Rebel T3i to prove it, with another Jag to come!

So when Devanee says I should get one … the mother stays mum. Plus Deanna is convinced that I am going to get ANOTHER camera for Christmas! She has come to the conclusion, I do not know how or why, that I am addicted to cameras. Am I?

I really, really wasn’t going to get another one this year. Seriously. But now that Devanee says I should get a Lytro Illum …

Did some reading on the Lytro Illum last night. Kind of what I suspected. It appears to be pretty USELESS in the two areas that matter most to me … landscape and low light.

But the whole notion of REFOCUS appeals to me — tremendously. Plus I am a great fan of Panasonic since my Lumix FZ1000 proved to be such a huge success. I realize that the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 is the BIG BOY version of my FZ1000. But I really don’t want to get into interchangeable lenses again with anything LESS than APSC. Hence my PLAN to wait for the Fuji X-T2

But then there is the Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FZ300K! Great ZOOM up to 600mm, 5 axis stabilization and a CONSTANT max. aperture of f2.8. This camera — now with REFOCUS via firmware — could BE perfect for me BUT for the sensor size. 1/2.3″ sensor. YIKES. That is SO, SO SMALL. But then again 99% of the pictures I take are for use on the Web. I can get away with a small sensor. OK. If on Cyber Monday, i.e., tomorrow, or before Christmas, I see the FZ300 BELOW $500 I will get one. 

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.

This is THE attraction. I want knobs for MOST of my settings. Yes, the old-fashioned way.


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.