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Another Disturbing Post Of ‘B&H’ Supposedly Selling A Used Sony As New.

by Anura Guruge

Click to ENLARGE and read this April 9, 2017
thread on “DPReview” Forums.

Such posts, which appear on a regular basis, always distress me.

Appears it is a widespread practice in the U.S. — and this is why the likes of Sony don’t put seals on new cameras!

I am sure that over the last 3 years I have ended up getting a used cameras as new.

This is my continuing nightmare.

Which is why of late I try to buy only from Amazon who claim to eschew this practice though there are those that claim Amazon is as guilty as others.

Just a heads up.

This appears to be a widespread problem. So be aware, very aware.

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by Anura Guruge

Camera Manufacturers, Like Sony, Helping Retailers Sell Used Cameras As New.

by Anura Guruge

Click to ENLARGE and read this December 18, 2016
thread on “DPReview” Forums.


Click to ENLARGE and read this post here. Use link above to go to Forum thread, with two posts by I, under my name, AnuraGuruge.

This thorny but waxing issue continues to linger and persists.

Yes, it is a problem for all sides. People, including I, return cameras. Retailers and manufacturers do NOT want to lose too much money on returned cameras.

But, there has to be a better, more equitable solution.

Fuji cameras, at least when I bought my Fuji X-E2s, in May 2016, came inside a sealed bag.

But, as can be seen from the Forum posts folks still have concerns.

Sony, for a fact, do not provide ANY seals on their cameras or lenses.

This, of course, is to HELP the resellers.

At a minimum all cameras, above say $450, should come sealed, in a sealed bag inside a sealed box.

There should also be a (hard to reset) shutter actuation count that can be displayed.

Otherwise we will continue to have this problem.

The supposedly new Sony a6000, I got from Amazon, albeit from ‘Cardinal Photo‘, had a shutter actuation of 19. And I will admit that that is a strange, hard to reconcile number.

I am dreading getting the Sony a6500. What will I see in terms of shutter actuations.

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by Anura Guruge

Do Not Buy Expensive Digital Cameras From Anybody Other Than Amazon!

by Anura Guruge

Click to ENLARGE and read these two posts from the “DPReview” Forums.



The above 2 Forum posts were against a thread I started, prior to buying my Fuji X-E2s, as to whether new Fuji cameras, sold in the U.S., come inside factory sealed plastic bags.

They are supposed to, per Fuji U.S.A, and my Fuji X-E2s, that I bought from Amazon, did indeed come inside a sealed bag

The above posts CONFIRMED a fear that I had long held. That some online U.S. camera dealers resell RETURNED units!

Yes, I have seen posts online suggesting that you could have this same problem with Amazon.

I, however, believe that Amazon given its scale is the one LEAST LIKELY to do so — and it is so easy, with Amazon, to return an item.

I have talked to Amazon about this. They assure me that they NEVER restock returned cameras. Instead all return cameras are sold as WAREHOUSE SPECIALS — and they sure have a big section of such specials.

I had bought quite a few cameras from ‘BuyDig.com‘, Panasonic, Sony & Canon, and none of them came sealed. When asked they said that they open and check all cameras prior to shipping. I am now skeptical.

Well I have decided, categorically, that I will, in future. buy ALL my cameras from Amazon. Period. Just sharing with you in case it helps. SMILE.

Full Disclosure: I do own Amazon shares and have done so for some time.

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I Got A Fujifilm X-E2s Camera — My First Fuji.

by Anura Guruge

Click to ENLARGE. Taken with an Android Pad.


Don’t worry. I have some lenses. Just haven’t put one on yet.
Wanted to update the BODY Firmware to 1.01.


Did update the BODY Firmware to 1.01. Very easy.
Very straightforward
(though I read the instructions 6 times to make sure I didn’t screw-up).

Wish checking firmware version was a MENU option.

I needed a new camera to replace the Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 (7 months old) and Panasonic Lumix LX100 (6 weeks old) that I gave away (to the same 17-year old boy) in an impulsive act of random kindness.

Yes, the plan is to get 2 cameras as I had in the past. But I already know what my BIG camera is going to be — my DREAM camera, the Fuji X-T2 that is due to be announced in the next 6 weeks. So that is settled. That is a given tryst with destiny. So what I was looking for was the ‘small’ camera to take the place of the LX100. I decided that I was NOT going to bother with a traditional compact. I never stick cameras in my jean pockets or my jacket pockets. So small size per se is not a factor. I prefer to carry all my cameras on my wrist — and you can see that my Fuji X-E2s already has two wrist straps attached. (I actually happened to have them as spares!)

Finally after 9 months of considerable thought and research I know, for sure (for sure), what I now want for in my cameras:

  1. Large sensor — at least APS-C.
  2. Mirrorless.
  3. Best still image quality, DAMN the 4K video.
  4. As much MANUAL control as possible, i.e., lots of dials and FN buttons.
  5. Good EVF (and damn hybrid and optical).

Given that list you can see why Fuji is the best fit for me. I did look, very seriously, at the Olympus PEN-F. Well it did NOT meet the above criteria.

Yes, I could have got a X-Pro1 at a bargain and IF I wanted the X-Pro2 that too was within my budgetary range. But I didn’t want a BIG camera not one with a weird hybrid viewfinder.

The Fuji X-E2s kind of fit the bill — though it is by no means perfect. I would have preferred 20MP resolution. It is also TWO FN buttons short. But from everything I read and saw (on YouTube) it is NOT a bad (little) camera.

Now that I have it, delivered in a sealed bag by Amazon, I like what I have seen. Menus, compared to Panasonic or Sony, are much easier to navigate. Q-menu much easier and direct than Panasonic. That firmware level cannot be checked from the menu is a pain (and inexcusable). But upgrading firmware (for the body) was a snap.

So that is where we stand. I haven’t used it as yet. I wasn’t going to rush. So stay tuned.

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by Anura Guruge

New Fujifilm X-E2S, If Genuine, Comes In A Sealed Bag Inside An Unsealed Box.

by Anura Guruge

Click to ENLARGE. Taken with an Android Pad.




Please refer to this post, from yesterday, as to whether new Fuji X-series
cameras come inside a SEALED bag.

I just received my new Fujifilm X-E2s from Amazon. I took three pictures to illustrate. Came with a SILVER SEAL on the plastic bag. That is WHAT I WANTED. I knew box was unsealed. Ditto the lenses. They are not sealed. What I care about was the camera.

I hope this put this issue to an END. Here is proof. IF you got a Fuji, recently, in an unsealed bag YOU may want to …. Up to you.

I am just trying to HELP you. This was a BIG concern for me.

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by Anura Guruge

New Fuji X Series Cameras, In The U.S., Always Inside A SEALED ‘Plastic’ Bag. OFFICIAL.

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE. Frame grab from “Fuji Guys” YouTube video show BELOW. You can clearly see the SEAL underneath his right hand. They also talk about it. See below for full video.


The “Fuji Guys” YouTube video referenced above. Click on image to access.

It is official. I got it from the horse’s mouth (so to speak). At 9:14 am this morning I called up Fujifilm U.S.A., at 1-800-800-3854, to get the definitive answer.

It wasn’t as easy as I thought. I was placed on hold twice and ended up speaking with 3 people before I finally got the answer.

New Fuji X-series cameras will be in a SEALED ‘plastic’ bag as you can see above.
The box will NOT be sealed.

I had to go to a lot of trouble to get to the bottom of it. Appears that there may be quite a few of YOU who got new Fujis that were NOT in a sealed bag.

I started a DPReview “Fujifilm” Forum post to try and get to the bottom of this.


Click to ENLARGE and read here. Use link above to access Forum posts.

As you can see I got quite a few contradictory responses. Feel bad for those that got UNSEALED cameras (from major online retailers).

I Googled. Others have been here BUT nobody appears to have tried to NAIL IT DOWN. I did.

You have the definitive answer.

I talked to Amazon. I talked to “Bromfield Camera” in Boston. They said all the new Fujis they sell are sealed.

I ordered a Fuji from Amazon — since they are an authorized dealer. That doesn’t mean that I might NOT get a used Fuji in an unsealed bag! I will find out.

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by Anura Guruge