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Don’t Need A Sony a77 III — What We Need Is Sony a6500 Sensor In A Sony a7 Body.

by Anura Guruge

From ‘The New Camera’ on August 2, 2017. Link: thenewcamera.com/page/3/. Click to ENLARGE.

Sony mirrorless strategy Anura Guruge

Click to ENLARGE. Graphic by Anura Guruge

A Sony SLT a77 III will be a waste. While the a77 II is a nice camera it is heavy and chunky and does NOT have a dedicated EV dial. Plus it is NOT mirrorless.

I have both a Sony a7 II and a Sony a6500. The Sony a7 II is an absolute delight to use. Has two control wheels and a dedicated EV dial … PLUS a C3.

Going from the a7 II to the a6500 really is painful.

Would love to see the a6500 APS C sensor and innards inside an a7 body.

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by Anura Guruge

I Sold My Sony RX100 MkII On eBay For A Decent Price.

by Anura Guruge


I listed it as a 5-day auction, finishing around 2:30pm on Thursday, February 4, 2016 — Sri Lanka Independence Day.

I offered it to you folks for $320. I listed it on eBay with a start price of $305 & $14.75 for shipping (and shipping with $300 insurance came to $16.60).

Some 120 odd people (and some were very odd indeed) looked at it (per eBay statistics) and by Thursday morning 11 were watching it. But no bids. Then the first bid came in from a first time eBay buyer — with ‘0’ feedback. That scared me. Didn’t like the idea of shipping a $350 camera to a person unknown to eBay. I was even thinking of refusing to ship if that person won. Well all the action was in the last few minutes! I guess this was always the case with eBay. The new buyer tried valiantly but was beaten out much to my relief.

The lady who bought it, from California, paid at once. That is always encouraging. I did the shipping label through PayPal. PayPal likes it — and I am an eBay & PayPal shareholder. So I have to support these companies. I am happy. I would rather have sold it locally. Something else that was nice and PayPal told me this. Camera in its box fits in, with tons of space to spare, in a USPS 2-day, Flat-Rate Medium Size box — and the weight limit is 70 pounds. The camera and the book was less than 2 pounds. So this was easy. I am even sending her the printed manuals though I did not include them in the eBay listing. Might as well.

Now come the ‘fun’ part. Looking for a NEW camera. My 5th in since September 2015! I told you. This is why I avoided cameras for 30 years. I like them too much. REALLY going to try to standardize on Fuji. Fuji and I are very compatible — emphasis on still photography rather than video and LOTS of control wheels/buttons. Stay tuned. 

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by Anura Guruge

The New Canon G5X Could Very Well Be My Next (Companion) Camera

Anura Guruge December 2014 thumbnail
by Anura Guruge

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** Canon G3X is ugly.
Canon G3X: 80% my next camera.
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of Canon G3X.
Sony RX10 II vs
Canon PowerShot G3X.

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Click to access the “dpreview” for the new Canon G5X.


Click to access Canon online store page for the G5X.

I really thought long and hard about getting a Canon PowerShot G3X as an alternative to my Canon Rebel T3i (which has now become Devanee’s camera). In the end the MAIN REASON I did not get it was the lack of a built-in electronic viewfinder (EVF). Yes, I knew I could get an external add-on but that jacked the price beyond what I was willing to pay.

Then as I have amply documented here, I ended up getting a Sony a77 mk II which I had assumed — and maybe even hoped — would be my permanent camera for at least 24 months. Well that was not to be. When I lost 989 images with it, I just could not deal with it. So I ended up getting a Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 as a short-term compromise. I LIKE THE FZ1000. It can take some stunning pictures — out of the box. That appeals to me. But given that I got 100% of my money back on the Sony a77 II I kind of have $1,000 in the bank from my camera fund.

I have been toying with getting another camera to augment the Lumix FZ1000 — primarily one that I can carry around, most of the time, without having to lug the FZ1000. PLUS I have been hankering, this week after again reading reviews of Olympus OMD cameras, for a camera with a LOT of control wheels! I do not like fiddling around with menus to set parameters. I want a dedicated ‘Exposure Compensation’ wheel (like I had with the Sony). Another wheel or two I could customize, maybe for flash and focus, would really appeal. The G5X seems to offer me this capability and it has a EVF and a 1″ sensor.

Yes, I am seriously thinking about it. Might not get it this week! I still need to spend some quality time with my FZ1000. Maybe for Christmas. I will keep you posted.

Bottom line, the Canon PowerShot G5X sure is more attractive than the G3X.

Canon slashing prices of other PowerShots,
including G3X & G9X, ahead of G5 X. Click …

I get a refurbished PowerShot G1 X, from Canon, for $269.