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‘Digital Boost’ — Finally A Decent Looking, Functional ‘Digital’ Watch Face From Garmin With A ‘Seconds’ Field.

by Anura Guruge


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If you have NOT noticed Garmin tends to focus on analog watch faces. To I that is so, so, so passé. Though I am old enough to have grown up with ONLY analog watches I no longer see any merit or joy in analog — ANYTHING (other than maybe vinyl records). I like to glance at my watch and see the time as it is, i.e., in DIGITAL.

I also like to see SECONDS. Not that it matters that much, but it seems a waste not to be able to see it because there times when it is nice to see time ticking away without having to activate a timer.

Finally with ‘Digital Boost‘ Garmin has given me a watch face that I like and will use!

Prior to this I always used ‘ActiFace‘ (below). No guarantee that I will not be going back to ‘ActiFace’ gives me EVERYTHING I want. I love ‘ActiFace’. But, I also would like a change.

Yes, ‘Digital Boost’ should, ideally, offer more customization. I, for one, do NOT need a ‘Move’ bar. It would be nice to plug-in sunrise/sunset somewhere.

But, this is a start. Wow. Thanks Garmin.

‘ActiFace’ as I use it — customized.


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I Have, Not Surprisingly, Ended Up With ‘ActiFace’ Watch Face On My Garmin ‘MARQ Expedition’.

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ActiFace on my MARQ Expedition.


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The ‘Crystal’ watch face on my MARQ.


I had been using ‘ActiFace‘ on my Garmin Fenix 5 & Fenix 5 Plus for exactly one-year before I upgraded to the MARQ Expedition.

I had got quite attached to ActiFace once I got it customized exactly the way I wanted it. I had stumbled upon ActiFace accidently. I had been a ‘GearMin‘ fan. But, I discovered that GearMin did not work flawlessly on the Fenix 5. It disabled the DOWN button. That wasn’t good. That is when I found Actiface.

I like digital watch faces. So, the Garmin default analog did not last long.

I tried the new Crystal face. I like it. Just prefer ActiFace more. Gives me much more data, with more color and graphics.


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I Like The V. Clean & Suave ‘Crystal’ Watch Face On My Garmin ‘MARQ Expedition’.

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Click image to access ‘Crystal’ @ Garmin ‘Connect IQ’.


I prefer digital watch faces with a fair amount of data. For the last 7-months I had ‘ActiFace‘, permanently, on my Garmin Fenix 5 Plus.

I did download ‘ActiFace’ into my new (2-days old) MARQ Expedition when I happened to spot ‘Crystal’. It, in its default cool mint blue, looked cool. Also was not too busy. Stylish.

I downloaded it. It came up, no problems. Quickly customized it (as shown in top picture) via Garmin Connect. Kept it simple, just to the main fields I like. With all the widgets on the MARQ I really don’t need more than this on my watch face.

I tried some other colors. Nothing was as cool as this default blue. So, I am sticking with it. I like it. I think it looks good on the MARQ.


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“National Keratoconus Foundation” (Corneal Health) Offers These 20/20/20 Recommendations For “Digital Eye Strain”.

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Dr. Eugene Baylus Of ‘Capital Vision Center’, Concord, NH — Is A Very Proficient & Pleasant Optometrist.

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Vision testing machines not including the really NEAT NIDEK Phoropter (a.k.a. ‘refractor’) they also use. See below. This image as is the picture of the external sign by Anura Guruge (from his Panasonic Lumix LX100).

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If you are a regular reader you will know that I always maintained that Dr. James Eakin, who alas passed away in August 2014 (way too prematurely), was, indubitably, THE BEST eye doctor in Central New Hampshire. With Jim’s passing we were in a lurch. We all went to Jim for our eye care (though I had to go somewhere for my bionic contacts). We tried a ‘local’ optometrist, up here ‘in the Lakes’, and was NOT happy. I had also got very disillusioned with the ‘fancy’ Manchester eye care place that saw me for my contacts — the only impressive thing about them being the outright audacity of their bills.

Deanna asked around, using her reach on Facebook, and heard about “Capital Vision Center“. We have now been there twice. Once in February for Deanna and yesterday, April 5th, so that Teischan (10) could get contacts. Both times we saw Dr. Baylus and he has impressed me, immensely. Given my dodgy eyes (despite my “Eagle Eyes” nickname) I am no stranger to eye doctors and I am rather particular. I have seen specialist in legendary Harley Street (in London) and Boylston Street (in Boston). Well, I am going to go see Dr. Baylus next. We have had a few conversations, about eyes, and I like his style.

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I think this is the Digital Phoropter he uses. I could be wrong. It is pretty similar to this. Click to ENLARGE.

PLUS, they have ALL the latest technology — machines that I have only seen in Boston (though the place I was going to in Boylston St. had some of these machines 15 years ago). They use Digital Phoropters. That is so neat. The old analog phoropters, though visually and mechanically appealing, always seemed way too complicated for what they were trying to do. I would often have this conversation with eye doctors. Standing there adjusting all those knobs and sticking external lenses into holders just seemed so inefficient. Love the concept of the digital phoropter (and I am sure they are not cheap). I also think that they probably can be made to do more than they are currently used for — e.g., I am sure that they, with a bit more technology, could automatically, come up with the optimum prescription for your eyes.

Anyhow. This place is impressive and Dr. Baylus, from what I have seen so far, knows his stuff. I am not sure that I am willing, as yet, to pass on Jim’s mantle over to him but he is the only one in the running for now.



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A beautiful example of an old analog phoropter, from Wikipedia, if you had no idea what I was talking about. Click to ENLARGE and goggle. I am going to check ebay to see how much an old one is. Would make a real neat wall hanging.


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Fujifilm X-Pro 2, Alleged To Be Announced In A Few Weeks, Does Not Make Any Sense.

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Yes, now that I have CONVINCED myself that my next BIG camera (not counting a ‘GoPro’ equivalent I just bought because the girls want one for Christmas) will the supposed Fuji X-T2 I am, of course, doing my diligence on Fuji and their cameras.

I have done some, though not extensive, research on the X-T1 vs. X-Pro 1. From everything I can see the X-Pro 1 is now a folly. The X-T1 is superior to it in every way other than for the fact that it does NOT look like an old rangefinder and does not have an Optical Viewfinder (OVF). Got that. I have to believe that Fuji no longer sells many X-Pro 1s. That is fine and fair. Most people who want a Fuji X-family camera are probably opting, despite the higher price, for the X-T1.

To bring out a X-Pro 2, especially without 4K video (though that bothers me naught), does not make sense. From my research the ONLY meaningful improvement that the X-Pro 2 will have over the X-Pro 1 is higher resolution — at least 24MP vs. the current 16MP. Yes, of course, that is never to be sneezed at. 16MP is on the low side and 24MP, in 2016, is ‘Goldilocks’.

But the PRIME APPEAL of the X-Pro is its retro look. My contention is that those that like the retro look probably already think that 16MP is way beyond what they need. Lets face it you can take some pretty fine images with 16MP.

The reason I am waiting for the X-T2 is the higher resolution. But as we already discussed the X-T1 is a better camera, technically and in practice, that the X-Pro 1. So a X-T2 makes a lot of sense. Not so a X-Pro 2.

Just like the rather stupid a68 Sony announced last month. Marginal cameras searching for a niche. These Japanese camera manufacturers, Canon, Nikon, Sony, Fuji, as I broached upon yesterday, really are in need of some ADULT supervision. Just remember camera companies can go UNDER. Kodak. Polaroid.


Digital Camera Makers Canon, Nikon, Sony et. al. Are ALL LOSING Money!

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new REFOCUS.

>> Bought Sony RX100 II.
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Watching the gay abandon with which these Japanese companies roll out extremely marginal digital camera offerings — e.g., Canon Rebel T6i vs T6s — you would NOT realize that they are ALL bleeding money like crazy.

Yes, there is HUGE undisciplined and unrestrained mismanagement. Canon, Nikon and Sony could save MILLIONS of dollars a year IF they would just rationalize their digital camera offerings and concentrate on just providing a few ‘best in class’ products rather than hundreds of hard to differentiate models.

Lets us NOT forget Kodak and Polaroid.

Both of these U.S. companies were iconic pioneering GIANTS. They are basically GONE!

So cameras companies can stumble, badly, and end up in death spirals.

With smartphone cameras eating into digital camera sales on a daily basis I expect a MAJOR shakedown and consolidation of the digital camera market over the next 18 months.

IT HAS TO HAPPEN.

These companies have to play smarter. The current situation is untenable.


Most Likely Get My Sony a77 II From ‘Cameta Camera’ Via Amazon.

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You can’t look at Sony cameras on Amazon without coming across the name ‘Cameta Camera‘ as the provider of the item. I had never heard of them and was leery about getting a camera (bundle) from them — as opposed to having the item fulfilled by Amazon.

Then I found a two lens bundle with EXACTLY the two lenses I craved for — at one heck of a price. The Cameta Camera bundle price for the two lenses, plus a flash, memory card etc. etc. is less than I can get a ONE lens kit from Sony. So I called up Cameta Camera on Tuesday to ask them some questions. I was impressed. I also posed the same questions on Amazon and they responded. I feel better.

Given their price I don’t think I can get anything even close in terms of price from anybody else other than Cameta. I will, however, place the order through Amazon. It will be crazy for me not to do so. Not only do I get the comfort of Amazon’s liberal returns policy BUT as a Prime card member I get a 5% ‘reward’ and 6-months, interest free, to pay for the purchase. I, as I have said often, like Amazon and love Amazon Prime.

I don’t plan to order the a77 II bundle till after August 22. I really must get my latest book, at least in Kindle form, done. I won’t have the time to play with a new camera till then — and my birthday isn’t till September. I will, of course, keep you posted. Wish me luck.


I Am Not Getting A Sony RX10 II After All, I Am Getting A Sony a77 II Instead.

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Well, well, well. Talk about an about-turn and talking one’s self out of a previously made decision. I am so glad that I spent so much time agonizing and researching this purchase. I knew I was not going to order a camera before August 23rd and as such made sure that I used whatever spare time I could rustle to researching what I planned to buy.

In the end the Sony RX10 II, despite its revolutionary stacked sensor, just did not stack up.

It finally dawned on me, with a jolt, that I would not be happy with a 1″ sensor though I had convinced myself that I really, really, really liked the RX10 II.

I wanted a bigger sensor. I don’t really care about video. I want as good still images I can get — ideally in low lights given the amount of shooting I do at concerts. I decided that I wanted at least APS-C. I toyed with getting the full-frame a7 but I don’t like its anorexic look.

So I went back to looking at the Pentax K3 — and not the K3 II. I thought long and hard. I got a chance to see the images taken at a concert, that I also had taken pictures at with my Canon T3i, with a Pentax K-3 with exactly the Sigma lens I was contemplating. Image quality was not that much better than what I had got with my T3i.

Plus I realized I really, really, really want to go with mirrorless (even if it means SLT — Single-Lens Translucent) and I wanted, because of my bad eyes, an Electronic Viewfinder (EVF). So that Sony Alpha 77 II. I like everything I have seen so far.


Amazon Today Claiming It Will Ship Sony DSC RX10 II In 3 to 5 Weeks!

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For the last 10 days or so, UNTIL Monday, August 3, 2015, Amazon, to my consternation, was claiming that they were SHIPPING units — albeit via resellers, ‘Beach Camera‘ one of them. 

This bothered me because I knew that even Sony USA did NOT have any units to ship in the U.S. as yet. I am on a wait list at Sony.

On Friday I took Amazon to task for MISREPRESENTING availability and for POSTING BOGUS reviews. Yes, that was Friday. Monday morning they changed their tune!

Also this is KEY. Amazon is ONLY listing itself as the supplier. I am DELIGHTED. IF I was getting a Sony RX10 II, or for that matter any camera, from Amazon, I want one “shipped from and sold by Amazon”. I trust Amazon and I know they will take it back at the HINT of a problem.

I am also skeptical about the Sony RX10 II BUNDLES that are being offered. Tell me I am wrong, but I get a feeling that they OPEN the Sony box. I do not want a $1,300 camera in a box that has been open.

Interesting that ‘Beach Camera’ that is offering a Sony RX10 II bundle on Amazon is admitting, on its site, that they are only accepting pre-orders.

 

I will, of course, let you know as soon as the Sony RX10 II becomes available in the U.S. Promise.


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