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Fleeing Fujifilm, Full Bore, Into The Capacious Arms Of Nikon.

by Anura Gurugext2notfori


As I explained in detail yesterday, much to MY own “shock, HORROR“, I have decided, unequivocally, that I will NOT be getting a Fuji X-T2 — a camera that I considered to be my dream camera (made specifically for my needs). The real issue, as I explained, are the Fuji lenses. They are expensive and in the main not that good!

Nikon, on the other hand, with their own, as well as Tamron & Sigma, has a HUGE range of lenses and reasonable prices. Hence my decision, at long last, to finally join, wholeheartedly, the Nikon fold.

I have nothing against Nikon. I have owned Nikon 35mm cameras in the past and we have, as a household, managed to lose more than one Nikon Coolpix compact. Plus, ironically, when I in August 2014, after a 30+ year hiatus (during which I was genuinely too busy to indulge in yet another time consuming hobby), decided to get back, with gusto, into photography, I started with a refurbished Nikon L820 (from Buydig.com). I returned that L820 within 72 hours! I couldn’t update the firmware and there was something drastically amiss with the zoom.

But the current plan is to go full bore into the arms of Nikon.

Yes, I had flirted with the idea of getting a Nikon D500. But that might be overkill.

Right now, i.e., July 27 – 28, 2016, my plan is as shown below. Yes, that means going back to 1″ sensors when I do REALLY want to standardize on APS-C. That could change.

Photokina 2016 is less than 2 months away.

Luckily I also have a book, “Brain Meditation“, to publish. I typically do not make MAJOR camera purchases while I am in the throes of publishing a book.

I MIGHT go with a REFURBISHED Nikon DSLR body and a Tamron 18-270mm!

There is, as ever, method to my madness.

Getting a Nikon P900 just for the 2,000mm reach. That will be a toy! My eyes are bad and the 2,000 will let me compensate for that.

But, one thing is for sure.

As of now I am Nikon all the way.


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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.

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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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If The Samsung NX500 Is Indeed Discontinued Then $798 Is Still Too Much For It.

by Anura Guruge


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Click to access ‘B&H’ product page for the Samsung NX500.


Rumors have been around since September 2015 that Samsung’s camera division, despite the critically acclaimed Samsung NX1, was on the skids and that Samsung was looking for a buyer.

On Tuesday morning a number of camera rumor Websites were reporting that mega-distributor “B&H” had the Samsung NX500 marked as discontinued. I checked Cameta Camera and BuyDig.com. Neither of them have the NX500.

The NX500 is still listed on Amazon, by Samsung for one, at $797.99 with a 16-50mm kit lens. IF Samsung is discontinuing this camera, the baby brother of the much more expensive NX1, this is still too expensive. I have never considered the NX500 because it does not have a viewfinder — electronic or optical. And I wouldn’t get a camera at this price bracket without a viewfinder.

If it is indeed discounted the price will probably drop, quite quickly, by another $200. When it gets close to $500 it would be tempting to revisit it since it does have one heck of an impressive 28.2 MP APS-C sensor (though I keep on hearing that all the current Samsungs have autofocus issues).


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by Anura Guruge

Would I Have Bought The New Nikon DL24-85 vs The Panasonic Lumix LX100?

by Anura Guruge


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The newly announced, available in June 2016, Nikon DL24-85 at B&H. Click to access the B&H product page.


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A snippet from (the as ever extremely helpful) DPReview side-by-side comparison. Use link below to access full comparison. Click to ENLARGE and check out just these parameters here.

Click here to access the full DPreview side-by-side comparison.


The Nikon DL series was announced exactly a week after I had placed my order for the Panasonic Lumix LX100 from BuyDig.com. Yes, I had heard the rumors but Nikon did not really figure in my choices — the only brands I was seriously considering having been Fuji, Olympus and Panasonic.

Should I have waited for the Nikon DL? I don’t think so.

Why? First and foremost SENSOR SIZE. It is like trying to overcome an addiction. I really, really do want to get away from 1″ sensors. That is like the #1 goal in my life! I know it is sad — when sensor size becomes the most important goal of your life. So that alone would have been enough for me to discount the Nikon.

And then there is the availability. June 2016? In my world that is the lifetime away. I would probably have taken over 6,000 pictures with the LX100 by then!

So right now I have no regrets. Whenever I see stuff about how good the Nikon DLs are I just remind myself, 1″ and in this case SIZE matters a LOT.


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by Anura Guruge

Panasonic Lumix LX100 Prices Have Shot Up $100 – $200 Since Feb. 20, 2016.

by Anura Guruge


I ordered my Panasonic Lumix LX100 (which right now I just adore to bits (given the stunning pictures it can take)) from BuyDig.com last Thursday, February 18, 2016 — and paid LESS than the then current $697.99 for it.

3 Days later the list price has shot up $200! Yes, $200. Right now, it is on BuyDig.com for $897.99. See below.


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Click to ENLARGE. Here is the link IF you want to go check it: http://goo.gl/zalv2p.


Others, for example Cameta Camera, who I was going to buy it from until they ran out of silver LX100s, are selling it now for $797.99. See image below from February 15, 2016 — and post on my Panasonic Lumix ZS100 blog on that day.

I called up Cameta (and asked ‘Lou’) as to what happened. He explained that a $100 (instant) Rebate from Panasonic for the LX100 had expired on Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016.

That still doesn’t explain why BuyDig.com hiked prices by $200 when Cameta just went up $100. Strange.

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Click to ENLARGE. Here is the link IF you want to go check it: http://goo.gl/DB2pZZ.


Yes, you can STILL find it on Amazon for $697.99 or EVEN LESS. But they are not from names I am familiar with. So you can never be sure of the condition of the camera (the so called ‘gray market’ cameras).

I am JUST glad I lucked out. Wow. Doesn’t happen to me often.


Cameta Camera Panasonic Lumix LX100 kit prices on February 15, 2016. See my zs100.wordpress.com blog. Click to ENLARGE.


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A picture taken, 2 days ago, with the Panasonic Lumix LX100
— without a flash.

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by Anura Guruge

‘6 images for the day’ — February 22, 2016 + 6 Bonus From Boston.

by Anura Guruge


Boston Chinatown on Sunday, February 21, 2016
for the Chinese New Year Dragon Parades
& Dim Sum at ‘China Pearl’
as is our yearly tradition.

All the pictures taken with my new 1-day old
Panasonic Lumix LX100
from BuyDig.com.

See this post for resolution details for the LX100.
NO post-processing whatsoever.
Straight JPEGs from the camera.

Click pictures to ENLARGE.

Attribution WILL be enforced.








These, like the above, were also taken in Boston
with my new Lumix LX100.







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by Anura Guruge

‘6 images for the day’ — February 21, 2016 + 6 Bonus From Barnstead, New Hampshire.

by Anura Guruge


Top 6 from my brand new Panasonic Lumix LX100
which arrived Saturday, February 20, 2016
from BuyDig.com.

Original images at 4272 x 2856
and ~ 5.9MB.

Reduced to 1024 x 685, 400KB
for publication here.
NO post-processing whatsoever.
Straight JPEGs from the camera.

Click pictures to ENLARGE.

Attribution WILL be enforced.








I was at the “Oscar Foss Memorial Library”
for the Kati Preston book signing.
Took these in and around the library.

With my Panasonic Lumix FZ1000.
Straight out of the camera.








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by Anura Guruge

I Ordered A Panasonic Lumix LX100, In Silver, From BuyDig.com (And Fate Played A Role).

by Anura Guruge


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As is always the case I do a lot of intense agonizing before I buy a camera. It is always a compromise and I just like to really have a good handle on what compromises I am accepting. I had gravitated towards the Panasonic Lumix LX100 over 2 weeks ago when I stumbled upon the newly announced and not as yet available Panasonic Lumix ZS100. The ZS100, which is a smaller version of my heavily used Panasonic FZ1000, really intrigued me to the point that I went off and created a ZS100 blog (and I have had 560 hits in 10 days (which is a blast)).

I really struggled with the LX100. The 12.8MP resolution really, really bugged me. That said I will never be requiring ‘HUGE’, 11″x14″ prints off pictures I take off that camera (I hope). 99.5% of all pictures I take I use online, severely downsampled. Yes, it is better to start off with more Megapixels BUT for what I need the difference will be marginal.

People just RAVE about the image quality from the LX100 and that is my paramount requirement.

Plus it has a very nice (if a tad short (i.e., 75mm)) f1.7 to 2.8 Leica lens. That f1.7 was the final clincher. I have had f1.8 lenses in the past and they are a joy.

And then the TOTAL MANUAL controls. That is what I really want. I want to be able to instantaneously change exposure compensation, shutter speed or aperture without having to press buttons and then turn things. This is also the reason that I will be replacing the FZ1000 by September. I am going to get a Fuji X-T1 (or X-T2, if there is one) with full manual controls. Getting the LX100 will give me a chance to make sure that I will indeed enjoy the manual controls.

So that is that. If there is an LX200 in June I will upgrade. SMILE. That is a given. As I did with the Sony RX100 II will sell it on eBay.

So despite the ZS100 it seems I was fated to get the LX100 from the first time I read a review about it.


Fate then intervened again and I kind of feel that that was good.

I was going to get the LX100 from Cameta Camera because they offered a keenly priced KIT.

But, of late, I have been buying most of my electronics from BuyDig (and their sales-master Ray Messiah). The BuyDig kit was not as competitively priced. This morning I went to Cameta to order the KIT! They had run out of Silver LX100s! They had (at least) one at 1am this morning. Now it was gone.

I wanted this LX100 in silver to go with the whole retro-look. So I called Ray Messiah. He understood where I was coming from. So, as was the case with the Sony RX100 II I bought from Ray I got the LX100 at a discount. Wasn’t a huge discount, but a discount nonetheless. I feel safer and happier getting it from BuyDig. So that is the story of the LX100. Yes, of course, I will share pictures with you.


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by Anura Guruge

‘That Makes A Lot Of Sense’ All-in-One, Dual Breakfast Sandwich Maker From Buydig.com.

by Anura Guruge


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Click to access BuyDig.com listing with lot more — rather MOUTHWATERING — pictures.


This happened to pop-up on my Facebook ‘page’ since I do follow ‘BuyDig.com‘ — my preferred source for cameras (of late), primarily because I like the ‘style’ (and, to be honest, the name) of their Super Salesman(-in-Charge), Ray Messiah.

I could immediately see the potential. I love breakfast sandwiches though I can no longer indulge in carbs whether it be a muffin, biscuit or bagel. So this sandwich maker per se will not really be that useful for I. When I go to McDonald’s (which is quite often) I now invariably get at least two breakfast sandwiches for myself — especially now that some of the sandwiches are available all day. I, however, take both slices of ‘bread’, irrespective of what it is, and just eat the inside. THEN I wrap the ‘bread’ in the original wrapper and bring it home for the dogs. That I get two helps. One each. They know. They sit and wait expectantly — but don’t get too agitated because they know there is one for each.

Anywho … I thought some of you may find this sandwich maker of use. Enjoy.


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by Anura Guruge

Buydig.com (My Preferred Camera Store) NO LONGER Selling ‘New’ Fuji Cameras!

by Anura Guruge


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Click to ENLARGE and stare at in disbelief. buydig.com


As I have made very plain I see Fuji figuring prominently in my photographic future. Sometime this year a Fuji X-T1 (if a X-T2 has not been announced) will replace my much liked Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 as my main camera. Now that I am actively trying to part with my 3-month old backup camera, the Sony RX100 Mk II I have also been looking at a smaller Fuji as a backup, possibly in the X-E2(S) range. [More this week on the stupidity in the pricing of the X-E2s (the newer camera available in Feb. 2016) and the OLD X-E2, where the new camera is cheaper than the old.]

Since I, for the last 6 months, have tended to buy electronics from BuyDig.com rather than Amazon (though I am an Amazon shareholder and have Amazon Prime), I went over to BuyDig to check prices. I first thought I was missing something. It kept on saying they only had 4 Fuji cameras — those shown above. No X-T1, No X-Pro2, No X-E2 etc.

So I called and got my friend, chief salesman, cousin of the owner and entertainer-in-charge — the aptly named Ray Messiah. It is always fun to talk to THE MESSIAH. He confirmed that they don’t sell many Fujis and that he is not surprised that they don’t list any of the new Fujis. SHAME.

Of course I can get Fujis from Amazon or for that matter Cameta Cameras (who are also immaculate thought they do not, as far as I know, have their own Messiah).

Just wanted to share this. Not good when one of the leading digital online retailers (and that is what the ‘Dig’ indicates — digital) stop selling Fuji.


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by Anura Guruge