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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.


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.

Click pictures to ENLARGE.

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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by Anura Guruge

Are the 35mm & 50mm Options On The Rumored 23mm Fixed-Lens Fuji X200 Anything More Than ‘Digital Zoom’?

by Anura Guruge


From “The New Camera”. Use link below to access the original. Click image to ENLARGE and read here — especially the “35/50 (mm)” bullet, i.e., bullet 4 (highlighted).

Click here to access original at “The New Camera”.


Click to access this March 2016 YouTube video on the “Fuji X-T2 & X200” that also talks about the 35mm and 50mm lens ‘options’.

Six weeks ago when looking for a ‘compact’ Fuji to play second-fiddle to what I then thought would be the new Fuji X-T2 I did not consider the Fuji X100T, with its fixed 23mm lens, because 23mm (35mm FF) is bit too wide for me, especially when I can’t change lenses. Hence why I ended up with the Fuji X-E2s.

The rumors are that Fuji will announce a X200 in September, at ‘PhotoKina‘, after they get the much anticipated X-T2 announcement out of the way next week on July 7, 2016.

A number of people are claiming that the X200, in addition to a new 24MP sensor, will offer, built-in, electronic 35mm and 50mm lens options. What I can’t figure out is whether this will be something more fancy and sophisticated than just plain ‘Digital Zoom’. We all know the limitations of digital zoom. If it is but just digital zoom I would continue to have little interest in this camera.

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Panasonic Lumix LX100 — One Month Review With 2,300 Pictures Taken.

by Anura Guruge

Just a random sampling of 6 pictures
taken with my LX100 during the last 2 week.

Click to ENLARGE.

It has been exactly a month since I got my Panasonic Lumix LX100. I have enjoyed using it. Exactly what I wanted — a camera with full manual control with dedicated dials for Exposure Compensation and Shutter Speed. It has taken some great pictures — though I am still learning how to use it and haven’t had the time to read the instruction manual nor the book I got from Amazon! But, to be fair much of the camera’s operation is similar to that of my Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 so I did have a head start. I have, as it says in the title, taken 2,300 usable photographs with it — and that is with me NOT using it everyday since I also use the FZ100.

This camera is a keeper. Deanna has already indicated that she will have it when I, as is inevitable, will decide to upgrade.

I got a great deal on the camera. In the end I ended up paying just $630 for the camera (along with a throwaway kit). I might get another $13 off that also because the credit card I used has a ‘Price Rewind’ feature and I think I can find a camera on Amazon for $617. For $630 it was one heck of a bargain — but then again I get these discounts because I go through a lot of cameras. I think this was the 5th or 6th camera I have bought since August 2015, though I only keep 2 cameras at any one time (not counting the cameras that Deanna and the kids have).

My only major concern about the LX100 is the White Balance. But I can live with that. It is also produces funky colors and gets a tad temperamental when I use it outside in cold weather BUT to be fair the specs. do say that the operating temperature is ABOVE freezing — and I do use it when it is colder than that (which is not unusual for New Hampshire winter).

Yes, I would like slightly more zoom (and I try not to use Digital Zoom). The electronic viewfinder (EVF) leaves a bit to be desired. Though I don’t articulate my LCD that often it would be nice to have the capability.

Yes, there is talk of a follow-up, i.e., the Panasonic LX200. Would I get it. Probably … because I am a sucker for new technology. SMILE.

But for now DEFINITELY ‘Two Thumbs’ up. A keeper. A winner. Thanks Panasonic.

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For $100 Less It Is Not Worth Getting The Canon Rebel T6i vs T6s.

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by Anura Guruge

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Click to ENLARGE and read. Comparison from Amazon. Yes, it is exactly a $100 price difference.


Click to ENLARGE and read. Extract from the Nov. 2015 issue of ‘Digital Photo’.

I was shocked, to the core, when I read the above in my latest issue of ‘Digital Photo‘ this morning.

That is crazy and Canon, for a start, should be ashamed. Having these two cameras $100 apart is ludicrous. As an ex-Senior Product Manager for multi-Billion dollar companies, as big, if not bigger than, than Canon I am shocked. The cost and expense of releasing, maintaining and promoting a single product, for a company like Canon, is HUGE. To get technical, each product sold by a company, is called a ‘SKU‘ — Stock Keeping Unit. Each SKU costs companies millions to just keep it on the books. There are huge studies about this ‘cost of SKU maintenance’. IF Canon didn’t bother with the Canon Rebel 6Ti it would only have to maintain one SKU for the 6Ts — and that would have saved Canon a ton of money. Enough money to have reduced the price of the 6Ts by $100! That was my first gripe. This is pathetic business management. Somebody should be fired.

Now the other side — the consumer side. Yes, I know that $100 can be a lot of money and in the case of these cameras come to ~13% of the cost. But in the scheme of things it would be rather detrimental in the long run to try and save $100 by getting the 6Ti, when one is likely to regret that decision, for years to come, down the road. Interestingly enough the top LCD panel is the least worthwhile of the features. Yes, I, when I had a Canon Rebel T3i, desperately wanted a camera with a top LCD panel. I had great hopes for one. Then I got the Sony a77 mk II which did have quite a nice top LCD panel. I never, but never, used it! Everything I needed was in the EVF and on the 3″ LCD back display. What was the point of having a harder to read LCD panel. But, control wheels are in short supply on Canon Rebels. I would pay $100, on any $700+ camera, for an ADDITIONAL control wheel! I have learnt. Control wheels are useful. One of the reasons I opted for an (interim) (refurbished) Canon G1 X was that it has lots of control wheels. Plus Servo AF, digital zoom and HDR are all useful features. Losing all those for $100, in my opinion, is just not worth it.

That what I think.