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Making Sense Of Canon’s Supposed “Mirrorless-To-DSLR” Converter.

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE. Annotations are mine. Original from ‘petapixel.com’.



I saw the PetaPixel post and studied the picture. I immediately grasped what it was all about. Then, it took me a good 10-minutes, during a leisurely walk in the dark with the dogs, to work out what it was all about.

It is NOT a lens adapter. We already have plenty of them — such as the ‘EF-EOS R Mount Adapter (with Control Ring)‘ shown above.

This is a hulking BIG convertor replete with retractable mirror, a pentaprism equivalent, an OPTICAL VIEWFINDER and maybe even a focusing unit.

When you attach it to a Canon mirrorless camera, e.g., my Canon EOS RP, via the lens mount you will have a camera with TWO (2) viewfinders — one on top of the other! One electronic (in the body of the mirrorless) and the other OPTICAL above it.

Why?

For those that insist that they have to have an optical viewfinder and to speed-up autofocusing.

But, why? Why not just get a DSLR? And that is what this seems all about.

IF Canon is serious and actually releases this, it would mean that they will no longer make high-end DSLRs! About bloody time too.

They will just make mirrorless bodies — and I am totally cool with that. I have and will continue to be committed to mirrorless.

So, in future, all the lens sensors and technology (bar faster autofocus) will be in mirrorless bodies.

Then, those that demand an optical viewfinder will have to get this convertor.

Not sure it will work in practice. The technology will work. It is pretty trivial. Even I could design one of these. Not sure anybody will pay nay good money to buy one. They will switch to Nikon.


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Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM Lens With ‘Canon EOS RP’ — Not Impressed; Actually Quite Frustrated.

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE. My Canon EOS RP with the EF 50mm f/1.8.



It could be I. That is always a possibility. But, this highly praised Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 lens has yet to impress I. True, I have only used it a few times and the light has been challenging much of the time. But, it has left me feeling very disappointed.

I find the focus, all aspects of it, far from satisfactory. Autofocus struggles on the EOS RP! That happens often, even in decent light. Manual focus isn’t easy.

It is nowhere close to the ease-of-use and image quality (I invariably manage to obtain without too much effort) from my Tamron 28 – 300mm Di VC PZD. Yes, that is a much more, i.e., 4x, more expensive lens but it also has 4 times the range. Yes, of course, the Tamron is bigger, bulkier and heavier. But, I think I will go back to having the Tamron on 99% of the time. Not worth trying to sell the 50mm. Just keep it I guess.

The Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 is $125, and as far as I am concerned it delivers at that price. Does NOT punch above its weight or price.

But, definitely a heads up. If you have an EOS RP check out this 50mm lens before buying it ‘blind’.


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‘Tamron 28 – 300mm Di VC PZD Zoom Works Just Fine With ‘Canon EOS RP’ — Auto Focus (AF) Too.

by Anura Guruge


Tamron 28 300 mm zoom Canon EOS RP Anura Guruge
Tamron 28 300 mm zoom Canon EOS RP Anura Guruge


I am happy with quality & resolution.




The ZOOM Min. & Max.



Great news.

The ‘Tamron’ all-in-one zoom 28-300mm, f/3.5-6.3 Di VC PZD works just fine — good autofocus (AF) and all — with a ‘Canon EOS RPfull-frame, mirrorless with the standard ‘Canon’ EF-EOS R Mount Adapter (with the Control Ring).

No firmware updates. Straight out of the box.

I have firmware 1.1 on my Canon EOS RP and I use the Mount Adapter with the Control Ring.

Everything worked, first time. I was DELIGHTED.

After posting in multiple forums I could only get one person to confirm that this would work.

The Tamron website does NOT have this lens as one that will work on the EOS RP. Well it does.

This is THE LENS I wanted. I wanted as much reach as I can get in an all-in-one. I do not like fiddling around changing lenses.

Pretty happy with quality. Better than I expected — methinks.

So, spread the word.

All taken today with Tamron. Click for originals.


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The Sony Full-Frame FE 28-70mm (F/3.5-5.6) Zoom Is A Truly Dreadful Lens!

by Anura Guruge


Amazon listing — but AVOID like the plague.


I Traded In mine with Amazon, on August 17, 2017.

Check here for resolution details.


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a very soft image with Sony FE 28-70mm zoom lens Anura Guruge Sony a7II


I got this kit lens, as a kit lens within a BUNDLE when I bought my Sony a7 II, from Cameta Camera, on May 10, 2017 (via Amazon).

I was familiar with the limitations of kit lenses and had read the reviews on this.

At $348 it is a CHEAP lens and that is exactly what it is. As I always do, I used an Excel Spreadsheet to price out all of my a7 II buying options … individually, in kit form and as bundles. The Cameta bundle was such that I was getting this kit lens for about $150. So, I knew that I could trade-it in and essentially be ‘quids in’ (as we say in in Britain).

It is a marginally OK lens and will occasionally take satisfying picture (or two). But, the autofocus (AF) HUNTS a lot, indoor colors have an strange tint and the lens, overall, tends to be soft.

Yes, I got Sony FE 24-240 (f/3.5-6.3) at the same time as the bundle BECAUSE I knew I needed as much reach as I could get. So, that made the 28-70mm kind of superfluous to requirements, though I had hoped that I might be able to use the smaller, MUCH LIGHTER lens when using the a7 II indoors. That never worked out. I do like the 24-240 though it also tends to be SOFT. AF, however, is much, much better.

So, just a heads up. You get what you pay for and as such the 28-70 is a cheap (and on the main nasty) lens. Sorry.


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Sony Came To Be This Day 71-Years Ago, In Japan — On May 7, 1946.

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Click to ENLARGE and read here. Wikipedia link: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sony


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Well, well, well.

I had no idea how old Sony was — or where the name came from. Now, thanks to Wikipedia, I know. “Sonny Boy” — and I can see how they came up with “Walkman” from there.

Over the years I have had lots of Sony products — going back to Betamax. Yes, I was a big adherent of Betamax.

And now Sony cameras. Had three already and the plan is to get two more within the month! And the scary thing is that I am not that sure I like Sony cameras!

But, I have little choice. I am COMMITTED to mirrorless and don’t want to go below APS-C. Yes, Fuji was an option BUT I despaired of Fuji’s lousy autofocus capabilities.

So, it has to be Sony and I have to learn to live with 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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DPReview Not That Impressed With The New Chinese Four Thirds YI M1 Mirrorless.

by Anura Guruge


Click here to access the DPReview detailed review
of the YI M1.

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and view here.

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I kind of had a suspicion that it might not be up to snuff when it came to autofocus — one of my key requirements. That is why I quickly lost interest in it after first thinking that maybe it was a potential candidate to be my compact camera.


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Getting A Sony a6500 Will Be Like Entering An Arranged Marriage — YIKES.

by Anura Guruge


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In my early 20s (and once more in my early 30s) I railed so much against arranged marriages. My adoptive mother was so, so anxious to get me to marry a ‘tea estate‘ or a rich cousin! I wasn’t going to have any of that. She even once floored me by saying that she will arrange and finance me to have a white mistress on the side — as long as I married, someone she chose, from Ceylon! That did really flabbergast me. My very moral, ultra-religious mother telling me that she will pay for me to keep a white mistress on the side. Wow.

And now I am going to get a Sony a6500.

I am in shock. Albeit not too severe.

It does seem crazy doesn’t it. Getting a camera that you don’t like! But I don’t have a choice. I have gone for 15 months WAITING to buy my ‘serious’ big camera. I can’t wait forever. I waited for nearly 9 months for the Fuji X-T2. Then I realized that its autofocus would not meet my expectations.

My extensive research and plain logic tells me that the Sony a6500, in terms of specs., is the camera for me. I just don’t like how it looks, how small it is and user-interface. Plus I have had bad luck with two Sonys, an a77 Mk II and a RX100 Mk II.


This is what DPReviews has to say about the Sony a6300 in its latest
Interchangeable Lens Cameras ($900-1200)” Roundup.

The a6500 is essentially the same beast with a TOUCHSCREEN and some better electronics inside.

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Click to ENLARGE and read here.
Use link above to access original.


You can see my dilemma and bind.

The a6500 sucks in terms of looks/handling but is exceptional in terms of what I really want — amazing autofocus and great image quality.

Hence the compromise.

Head over heart.

Cold logic over passion.

What is the worst that can happen? That I return it. {SMILE}

Now that would be different.


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Shock HORROR II! I Returned My Samsung NX500.

by Anura Guruge


Shock HORROR I” was on July 27, 2016 when I decided I was not going to get the Fuji X-T2, because of autofocus concerns, after I had spent months believing that it was the bespoke, dream-camera for me.

This is as such is the second “Shock HORROR“. There were times, days on end when I was absolutely in love/awe with my Samsung NX500. I sang its praises. Marveled at it. I even thought about getting a second body as a backup.

THEN …

On Sunday, October 30, 2016 it all unravelled. A confluence of fast moving events and the timing could not have been worse in terms of that day. I had ordered the Samsung NX500, from Amazon, on October 1, 2016. So my 30-day window for a ‘hassle free’ return was fast closing. I had to make up my mind that day itself. Actually that night, just before midnight. AND I PULLED THE TRIGGER.

There were 4.5 factors. Four of them had cropped up that fateful Sunday. The two pictures below, taken that day, 8 hours a part will explain two of my prime reasons.


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The 4.5 Reasons Why I Returned My Samsung NX500
after 26-days of use.

1. The very nice organic light-emitting diode (OLED) panel on the NX500, when using manual focus with peaking, makes you believe an image is in perfect focus when it is NOT! First picture. I spent a few minutes focusing this to perfection, manually, on the OLED. I thought it was going to be incredible. Then I got the above. [Now, you know I nail focus most of the time. So it isn’t that I don’t know how to focus.] Basically the OLED ‘paints’ an inaccurate picture of focus. Makes it look better than it is.

2. There is no digital zoom capability, whatsoever. We went to the ‘Indigo Girls‘ concert, in Concord, that evening. My Nikon P900, though it would have been ideal, was too big for a venue like that. The 50mm zoom just didn’t cut it.

3. Second picture. It is difficult to shoot concerts at the best of times. With the 50mm there was ZERO definition on the faces! There was nothing that I could extract even using software. That was frustrating.

4. It happened during the concert and it had happened before. I would random error messages. They would go away if I played around. At the concert, in addition to getting two error messages, the display went HAYWIRE for a few second. That scared me. Had had this happen on another Samsung in December 2014. Didn’t want a repetition.

So those were the 4 BIG reasons.

Discountinued camera. Not sure what the warranty would be like. Amazon return window was closing. I had to submit the return — or run the danger of getting stuck with this camera. It wasn’t a super expensive camera but I would rather not lose money on it. So this is why I scrambled like crazy. after getting home from the concert, and seeing the picture quality, to file the return.

And then there was an auxillary consideration in the back of my mind.

IF (and it is still an ‘if’) I get a Sony a6500 I would NOT need a compact camera — and I had bought the Samsung NX500, 5-days ahead of the Sony a6500 announcement, to be my compact camera — alongside a ‘big’ APS-C camera (not counting the Nikon P900).

The Sony a6500 with a 16-50 zoom or a 50mm prime is a compact camera.

So that is what happened. That is why you haven’t seen any Samsung NX500 pictures since October 30. I took 1,337 pictures with that camera in 26-days. 51 a day.


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Very First Pictures With The Samsung NX500.

by Anura Guruge


NO post-processing whatsoever.

Original JPEGs off camera 6480 x 4320 (11.3 MB).
Reduced in Picasa 3 to 1600 x 1067 (571 KB)!

6 JPEGs from among the first 18 pictures taken.
Image numbers: 02, 03, 05, 10, 16 & 18.

Click pictures to ENLARGE.

Attribution WILL be enforced.







Cute little camera and ‘little’ really the key word. It is very small and my hands, though bigger than Trump’s, aren’t that big.

Much to my relief came in a sealed box. Korean version! Took me a few minutes to find the MENU option to change the language to English. It is not easy when the menu is in Korean.

It is nice.

Right now I am non-committal about it. Today was a crazy busy day, as will be this week. Which is why I really didn’t want to get a camera this week.

I could only spend 20 minutes with it — and that in poor light.

No convinced that autofocus is what folks cracked it up to be.

It also exposes dark. DARN. The Nikon P900 has been such a delight. I can shoot 99.9% of the time with EV at ‘0’. Not so with the Samsung NX500. Need at least EV +0.3 to get the color that I like.

I am going to evaluate it up until Tuesday of next week, Monday being a holiday. If I don’t like it …



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