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Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mk II WAY TOO Overpriced For A “Four Thirds” Camera.

by Anura Guruge


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The Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mk II has some pretty impressive specs. BUT in the end it is still a “Four Thirds” camera and sensor size does matter.

This is STUPID pricing.

$400 more than the Fuji X-T2 and the Fuji is an APS-C sensor.

Same pricing as the Nikon D500.

I would pay $2,000, body only, for for a Nikon D500. But for a “Four Thirds” Olympus.

I think it is at least $200 overpriced.

Not that I was thinking of getting one. I am STICKING with APS-C. Thanks.


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My Latest Camera — An Argus C3

by Anura Guruge


This is, by far, the MOST complicated camera I have touched in
the last 2 years. Makes the Nikon D500, that I recently rented,
feel like a toy. Not sure what kind of sensor it has or how
good its autofocus is.

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It is an Argus C3. I don’t ever remember seeing one of these prior to today. It is called the ‘Brick’ and that is NOT just for its physical dimensions. It weighs MORE than a brick. WOW. We have forgotten how much mechanical cameras weighed. Feels SOLID. Just like holding a brick. A kind lady in Wolfeboro had in on Facebook — for free. Deanna contacted her. Belonged to her late husband. Came with the instruction booklet. Would be cool to put a roll of film and take some pictures. Wonder what ISO would work.

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Snippet from Wikipedia. Use above link. Click to ENLARGE.


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A Nikon 1″ On Viagra — Never Mind The Phallic Overtones, I Would Have To Get One.

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Click image to access the September 12, 2016, “The New Camera” post.


I would NOT be able to resist this — and I know myself better than anybody else. That reach?

I have realized that I love my 15-day old Nikon P900. Today is day 15 and that is crucial in that I bought it from BestBuy rather than Amazon, BuyDig or Cameta. They have a 30-day return policy; BestBuy but 15. [Actually I took the precaution (always the belt-and-braces person I am) of buying it with my Discover card. They do offer a 90-day $500 guarantee.] I have NOT returned the P900. I am keeping it. One the easiest cameras to use that I have encountered in the last 2 years. Easier than your average compact, point-and-shoot. Yes, I will write a detailed review soon. I have taken 2,812 ‘keepable’ pictures in those 15 days; at an average of 187/day.

A P900 with a 1″ would be WONDERFUL and it would be in the same class as my old Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 and the Sony RX10s that I evaluated ad nauseum and never bought. The redoubtable FZ1000 has a 16x zoom. This Nikon puppy would have 4.6 times MORE. 75x. Not as much as the 83x on the P900, but 75x with a 1″ sensor would be formidable.

Yes, I would get this Nikon the day it is available irrespective of what other cameras I currently have. Most likely by then I would have, at a minimum, the P900 and a Canon 80D or M5. I would get this and give away the P900. Smile.


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I Am Definitely Going To Check Out The Canon M5 & Also Rent A Canon 80D.

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Both these from ‘The New Camera‘.
Use link above to access original.
Click images to ENLARGE and study here.

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From “DPReview”. Click image to access Forum thread IF you are interested.


Over the last 3 days I have come, mainly due to reading all the rumors about Canon’s ‘mirrorless‘ M5, I have come increasingly convinced that Canon’s ‘Dual Pixel AF‘ is what I really need — given my preference shoot ‘Live View’, i.e., LCD, due to my aging (and poor) eyes.

I have 90% (which is not a high percentage for I) convinced myself that I should just get a Canon 80D as my main camera for the next 12 months.

But, deep down I am such a proponent of ‘mirrorless’. It is ironic and interesting that the Nikon that I opted for and currently use, the Nikon P900, is a ‘mirrorless’!

The M5 if it delivers on the rumored specs and does come with a 18-50mm kit lens will work for me. IF the kit price really is $1,198 I will be laughing all the way … That, per what I have budgeted, will be a JOKE. But, I will not complain.

So stay tuned. I am fairly sure that there will be a Canon M5 or a D80 in my near future.


>> Also please refer to this post, Sept. 12, 2016, re. the direct controls on the M5 opposed to the D80.


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I Have No Choice BUT To Carefully Evaluate Canon’s ‘Dual Pixel AF’ In ‘Live View’ Mode.

by Anura Guruge


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Click to ENLARGE and read here. What you get when you Google “Dual Pixel AF”. It is a Canon proprietary technology.


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From “Better Photography”. Good introduction. Click image to access original with explanation of what Canon was implemented.


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Click to ENLARGE and read here. Canon’s description on its 7D Mk II page.


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Click to ENLARGE and read snippet here. What ‘Gordon Lang’, of ‘Camera Labs’, cameralabs.com, has to say re. Nikon D500. Cameralabs.com, of course, has the FULL Nikon D500 review.


I will confess, with contrition, that I had NOT paid ENOUGH attention to Canon’s “Dual Pixel AF” because it was only available on 4 cameras — 3 of them ‘pretty’ old (in terms of today’s 12-month technology refresh cycle) and the 4th, the Canon 80D, was being touted as a mid-level DSLR.

But the recent spate of rumors about the soon to be announced Canon APS-C MIRRORLESS M5 got me digging into “Dual Pixel AF”.

Anybody who has been paying any attention to my 10 cameras in 2 years SAGA will know that brilliant AutoFocus is my Holy Grail — especially since my eyes, never that good, are getting older by the day. The reason I decided to get a Nikon D500, rather than the new Fuji X-T2 (which I lusted after for 9 months), was AF — nothing else.

But the D500’s AF prowess is ONLY in Viewfinder (VF) phase-detect mode. There is no phase-detect in Live View (i.e., LCD) mode. More and more I am opting to shoot LCD mode because I just tend to see better with both eyes open looking at a 3″ screen. 99% of the 2,594 pictures I have taken with my new Nikon P900 (which I am getting rather fond of) — in 10 days — have been in LCD mode!

Canon’s DUAL PIXEL AF will give me phase-detect in LCD mode.

I think I could live with the Canon 7D Mk II or possibly the 80D.

IF the M5 has good specs I could go with that — given my innate fondness for mirrorless cameras. I could also save myself quite a bit of money. I have no aversion to Canon. I had a Canon T3i for nearly a year and it is still in the family (for a refreshing change) in that Devanee has taken ownership of it


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Nikon P900 — A Good LCD Screen Protector, the ‘AFUNTA’.

by Anura Guruge


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Click image to access the Amazon page for the AFUNTA LCD screen protector.


I am a great believer in LCD screen protectors for cameras PROVIDED that they are hard glass.

The cheap, flimsy plastic ‘cling-film’ stuff drives me to distraction and I will never use them on any of my cameras.

But a GOOD GLASS protector makes sense. I would hate to damage the LCD per se.

I started looking around for spare batteries, chargers, straps and LCD screen protectors for the Nikon P900 BEFORE I bought the camera! That is what you get when you have bought 9 or 9 cameras within the space of 23 months. You learn the tricks. Have the accessories you need, at hand, BEFORE you get the camera.

The AFUNTA protectors (and there are two in the kit) came in a real neat, imitation wood box.

There were lots of instructions and supplies for cleaning the LCD before installation. I did NOT use any of that. I installed the AFUNTA to a virgin LCD as soon as I folded it open. Cleaned the AFUNTA with a Zeiss wipe afterwards and that was it.

Recommended.


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Very First Pictures With My Nikon P900.

by Anura Guruge


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Original resolution 4608 x 3456 (4.5MB).

These images reduced to 1600 x 1200 (965KB).

No post-processing whatsoever.

Taken in iAuto mode — just for laughs.

Very first picture, DSCN001.








The beauty of the zoom. 

The same flowers. First at 62.5mm and the other at 428mm.


Very first pictures from the Nikon P900 I picked up from BestBuy yesterday. These are images 01 to 38.

Took these in fully automatic iAuto mode. The two indoor pictures were taken without a flash.

I can just about live with these. Autofocus does have its limitations. I knew exactly what I was getting into with the P900. But the P900 costs less than the 200mm zoom for a Fuji. So …

This P900 will never be my main camera. I got it to get me into the Nikon mindset over the next 6 weeks. I just don’t have the mental bandwidth right now to deal with a Nikon D500 (given that I already spent 8-days with a rented one). In October I will get a D500. Till then I am just going to have a blast with the P900.

That is the plan. For all of my apparent madness there is always a method, in my mind, for my rashness.


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Fujifilm X-T2 Autofocus Capability Questioned — Especially In Terms Of ‘Phase Detection’.

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to access original DPReview post.


fujifilm-x.com link referenced above.

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Click image to access the original from Fuji no less! This is not funny.


This is NOT good news for Fuji X-T2 fans.

Phase Detection‘ is what was supposed to make the Fuji autofocus better.

DSLRs, like the Nikon D500, use ‘Phase Detection’ 100% of the time when the mirror is down (i.e., viewfinder-mode).

If the X-T2 is using ‘contrast detection’ 66% of the time we are unlikely to see that bigger an improvement in AF.

I am SO GLAD I decided against getting a X-T2 and yesterday embarked on my new life with Nikon by getting a P900 to begin with (fully aware that the P900 is NOT a DSLR and as such does not have ‘Phase Detect’) while I mentally prepare myself to buy a Nikon D500.


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I Am Buying A Nikon D500.

by Anura Guruge


I have to confess with a modicum of embarrassment and, of course, some amusement, that deciding to buy a Nikon D500 was probably the HARDEST decision I have ever made in my life!

I appreciate that I have entered into marriage, filed for divorce and even refused to have kids because I felt I was ‘too young’ with considerably less thought and deliberation. Yes, two keywords that clearly defined much of my life have been ‘impulsive’ and ‘impetuous’. I am sure that getting older, and I will be 63 soon, had to have played a role — but I don’t think that that was all of it.

And, fortunately, it hasn’t to do with the cost either. Despite what some of you may think I am very careful and conservative when it comes to matters fiscal. I live within my means and budget. Way back, nine months ago, I had budgeted for the Fuji X-T1 successor (i.e., the X-T2) and had been forced to be somewhat generous as I had no idea as to whether Fuji planned to mark it up well above that of the X-T1. So budget wise I am OK. SMILE. So the agonizing, over the last 2 weeks, was not about the costs either.

As some of you know I rented a Nikon D500, with a Tamron 16-300mm f/3.5-6.3 zoom lens, from LensRental, for 8 days (one week rental + one day complimentary). I would like to say that I fell in love with the D500 during that week. Not so.

I did not, at any stage, come anywhere close to loving the Nikon D500.

And hence the real horns of the dilemma.

I do NOT even LIKE the Nikon D500!

Yep, you read that right. So, I am going to buy an expensive camera that I do not like. Yes, that is it. And hence the soul-searching. Like an arranged marriage.

Why would I, even given my propensity for ‘craziness’, do something as crazy, if NOT outright stupid, as that.

Because during the last 3 days with the Nikon D500 I came to RESPECT it.

Over the decades I have come to realize that respecting someone or something is more important than liking that someone or something.

Let me show you.

I was lucky enough to be able to take pictures of Mystic Aquarium (in Connecticut), on consecutive days, first with the D500 (on August 17, 2016) and the next day with my now erstwhile Fuji X-E2s. I made sure I took the same subjects from the same vantage points. So have a look.

Nikon D500 on the left, Fuji X-E2s with the kit 18-55 lens on the right.

Yes, a more proficient photographer than I probably could have got better pictures from the X-E2s. I probably could have too, if I took more time. That is not my style. I like to shoot quick.

Yes, many will complain that the D500/Tamron is over 2.5x times the cost of the Fuji X-E2s. That is true. But my D500 is NOT a replacement for the X-E2s. I am getting a Nikon P900 to replace the X-E2s. The D500 is instead of the new Fuji X-T2.

And then there were these three pictures — all taken in and around Mystic.

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The first picture, taken at “Foxwoods“, when Teischan and I went there for dinner was the clincher.

I, as you know, take a LOT of concert pictures. I took this one, point-and-shoot using 300mm. I already had ISO at 8,000. So didn’t touch that. Cranked up exposure compensation ‘plus tow notches’ and shot — handheld. And I had so much more ISO left. I then realized that this was a camera to contend with.

Very personal. My camera. A LOT has to do with lenses and my shooting style. The 18-55mm was the ONLY Fuji lens that I liked — and 55mm, top end, was way too short for me. 300mm, like above, suits me. And then there is my style. I am basically a ‘point-and-shoot’ photographer who likes sophisticated cameras that give me lots of bells and whistles. Yes, I play around with ISO, exposure and White Balance. But once set for a ‘location’ I will shoot away without stopping to fiddle too much — bar checking exposure. Hence why the D500, in the end, came through.

All this said, I am not getting the D500 right now. Probably not in September. First need to get my “Brain Meditation” book published. I then want to spend at least two weeks reading up the D500 documentation and boning up on it. So, most likely order it in early October. Till then I will have the Nikon P900 to keep me amused and to provide you, with a a minimum, the “6 Images of the Day”.

OK? Yes, of course, I will keep you posted.


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NO 6 Images Of The Day — August 26, 2016. I Don’t Have A Camera!

by Anura Guruge


Click pictures to ENLARGE.

Attribution WILL be enforced.

Taken in Mystic, Connecticut, on August 17, 2016 with my rented Nikon D500.


No, no. This is not like the April 2016 meltdown. I sent in my Fuji X-E2s to Amazon, as a trade-in, today. So I no longer have a camera.

Yes, I know there are at least 3 working digital cameras in the house NOT counting all the pads and phones. But none of those cameras are mine.

Yes, of course, I could have avoided this. But it was intentional. I wanted 4-5 days WITHOUT a camera. A kind of decompression, reset mindset time.

The current plan is to order a Nikon P900, as my ‘compact’, early next week.


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