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Pentax (Ricoh) Marketing Manager May Have To Consider Hari Kari For Really Stupid Remark!

by Anura Guruge


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This has to be the most delusional statement made by a marketing executive in recent times.

It makes no sense. If you decide to switch from DSLRs to mirrorless, you did that for a reason after weighing the pros and cons. Plus, mirrorless technology is getting better by the month. Once you go mirrorless it is unlikely that you will think about going back.

Given that Pentax does not have a contemporary, competitive mirrorless, this sounds very much like sour grapes.

No wonder Pentax now has less than 10% market share, worldwide, when it comes to camera sales.


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

by Anura Guruge


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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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Nikon’s 99th Birthday — July 25, 2016: A YouTube Video.

by Anura Guruge


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Nikon Results For Financial Year Ending March 2016 Looks Bad, Especially Downward Trend In Cameras.

by Anura Guruge


From Nikon’s Website.

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Just looking at the camera sales — in the 2nd chart — is sobering. They sold 570,000 LESS DSLR type cameras from the previous year. That is 1/2 million+. 

Even worse when it came to compact (i.e., Coolpix type) cameras — 1,460,000 less. Close to a drop of 1.5 million units. If you add the two together you are looking at a drop of 2 million units.

Yes, we all know one major reason, particularly so come the compacts. SMART phones, in particular expensive ones such as iPhones and Samsungs. They have pretty fancy camera capabilities. So why buy a compact when you can put that money towards buying a better camera?

Plus Nikon is facing increasing competition, especially with mirrorless cameras, from the likes of Sony, Panasonic, Olympus and Fuji.

This is not good news for Nikon or to us customers. If this trend continues Nikon will have to reign in product development and introduction. Might explain, already, why the exciting new 1″ DL cameras are very late.


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All The New Cameras Announced At CES 2016 To-Date — With Prices.

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Amazon, knowing my interest in cameras (given that I check out cameras or lenses on a near daily basis), sent me an e-mail with this list of CES (Consumer Electronics Show) 2016 cameras.

It was useful. It was nice to see them all in one place and moreover it was useful to see the prices.

I was curious as to how much the APS-C (DX-Format) Nikon D500 was, given that it will be seen as the flagship for that genre — though I have no desire to buy a DSLR from Nikon or Canon. I am now more convinced than ever that mirrorless is the way to go. But it is useful to know $3,067 with a kit lens. Hhmmm. The $6,500 for the full-frame Nikon D5 was also illuminating, though that seems fair. The $700 for the 1″ sensor, 20 MP, 25 – 250 mm Panasonic Lumix ZS100K was interesting. Nearly as expensive as my Panasonic Lumix FZ1000.

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Olympus Stylus SZ-16 One Heck Of A Point-and-Shoot For $149 (or even less).

Taken with Olympus SZ-16. CLICK.

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OlympusDeanna now swears by this $149 Olympus Stylus SZ-16 we got from BuyDig.com. She thinks it is the BEST point-and-shoot she has ever had. She loves that she can take good, IN FOCUS pictures with it, in ‘IA’ intelligent mode, while she is a passenger in a car. When we were in Arizona, in April, (where I did all of the 1,490 miles we drove in 5 days), Deanna shot hundreds of pictures while we were moving. Most came out well. So we have a good record of the road trip thanks to this little camera.

It is a 16 MP (megapixel) camera with a 6.16 x 4.62 mm (1/2.3″) sensor. That is a small sensor BUT it takes very decent pictures especially IF all you intend to do with them is display them on the Web or look at them on a screen.

That it has a 24x zoom, with a max. f/3 aperture is a bonus. The autofocus is good and it does panorama.

Deanna took these two pictures with her Olympus. Click to ENLARGE. As you can see it is NOT bad at all. There is good detail. Yes, you will not get a very good LARGE print but that is not what these cameras are for.


The sensor in this camera is surprisingly small. But you can’t argue with the quality. Here is a comparison. So the APS-C sensor in my much, much larger Canon T3i, is of course, much, much larger. 

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Bottom line: For $149, with free shipping, it is hard to beat this Olympus, for practical use, especially when travelling, for all-round versatility and very good image quality. After we got back from Arizona Deanna managed to lose her Olympus with a 32GB memory card in it. We searched for weeks. We now think that somebody took it! Given that she previously had a Panasonic I got her a new Panasonic ahead of our trip to Acadia in June. She hated that Panasonic — and that is another post. She returned it to Amazon telling them she didn’t like the picture quality. Then she ordered another from BuyDig.com. Olympus used to be a STORIED name in photography. In the 1970s I owned an Olympus Reflex camera. Loved it. Now after Deanna’s experience I am going to start looking at some ‘larger’ Olympus camera.


Fujifilm X-T1 A Very Capable & Compelling Mirrorless ILC Digital Camera If Not For Limited STANDARD ISO.

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fujixt111I was reading a writeup of the Fujifilm X-T1 in the July 2015 issue of “Outdoor Photographer“, rather appropriately, while we were visiting Acadia National Park last month when I was struck by its atypically low ISO range in ‘standard’ mode. 200-6400. Wow. That is IT in RAW mode. I get better than that on my $330 Canon T3i. Yes, it appears that it can be pushed, just when shooting JPEGs to 100-51200 but that seems a bit of a kludge.
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Just a thought. It was something that stopped me in my tracks.

I was, in my mind going “wow, this looks interesting” when BANG. 200-6400. I need as higher an ISO as I can reasonably afford given that I shoot a LOT of concerts, plays and ballets. The current 6400 I have is now really enough because I also do not have any really ‘fast’ lenses and do not use a tripod.

So for now the Fujifilm X-T1 will not be in my top-tier of potentials.


BuyDig Offering Pre-Order Of Sony RX10 II At $1,298 — But Why?

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Amazon has the same pre-order price with FREE shipping with Prime.


Got the TOP flyer, in an e-mail from ‘buydig.com‘ Friday morning. When I first saw it, given that ‘buydig.com‘ is noted for its “deals”, I fully expected to see an impossible to turn down, mouth-watering deal — maybe 4 interest free payments or 0% APR for 6 months. Nothing NADA. Just free shipping and some stuff about ‘Visa Checkout’ that has always confused me given that I have PayPal (and am an eBay shareholder). Or I thought they would offer a highly discounted price. Na!

I checked Amazon Prime. Same price, same FREE shipping.

So why would I get it from buydig.com?

Amazon, if I use their Storecard (which I do 80% of the time) gives me 6 months ZERO-INTEREST and 5% reward!

Plus why pre-order? I am sure I will not have to wait long to get one come August. So why start paying for one now.

Plus now I am having further doubts. The Sony RX10 II might now have this automated 4-step (or greater) PIXEL STEPPING/Stitching that you get on the latest DSLRs like the Pentax K3 II.

More to think about.

 


Sony RX10 II vs Today’s Canon PowerShot G3X — Sophie’s Choice, King Solomon’s Judgement Or Hobson’s Choice.

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canon35xxasIt really felt like I was being taunted by Canon. Since I bought my Canon Rebel T3i directly from Canon USA, refurbished, they have my (main) e-mail and my permission to send me ‘special’. So Thursday morning, as if I didn’t have enough to content with trying to decide whether I was going to chase-up the FitBit (FIT) IPO price all the way to $31 I see this real eye-catching, stunning resolution e-mail for the brand new, Sony RX10 II competitor the Canon PowerShot G3 X.

Talk about getting torn again, though in reality I don’t have the money right now to buy either camera — not that either is available till July.

OK, at 20.2 MP the resolution is the same though Sony might have the edge in picture quality because they appear to have better CMOS technology (though I don’t know whether Canon OEMs Sony CMOS chips).

The Canon has a higher zoom — all the way to a 600mm equivalent.

Canon also claims to have a 25,600 ISO range which might suffice.

Right now I have two gripes against the Canon PowerShot G3 X — albeit one cosmetic. I don’t like its boxy, Kodak pocket camera body style. The Sony with the semi-DSLR like humped shape is more appealing. IF I am going to part with $1,300 for a camera I would like it to look the part. I don’t want my $1,300 to look like it is a $179 point-and-shoot. Minor, but it makes a difference.

The other one is the EVF — electronic view finder. With the Canon it is a $300 option and when it is in use you can’t use the built-in flash. That is bummer.

But I will DEFINITELY have to consider the specs of the Canon PowerShot G3 X. In the end IF it is a better camera I will not let petty emotions stand in the way. In the end I am pragmatic to a fault.


I Can’t Afford The A7 RII Or Even The RX10 II, So Instead I Bought Sony (SNE) Stock.

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Sony (SNE) stock price chart from “MarketWatch.com”. You could buy SNE on Friday, June 12, 2015 in the $30.40 range.



Both from Sony’s official Website at www.sony.net.


To say that I am drooling over the two new Sony cameras, the Alpha A7 RII and RX10 II, doesn’t even come close to the Siren Call exerted by them. I have, whenever I have a spare second, reading anything and everything I can about them, particularly the RX10 II. The RX10 II could be exactly what I want (if not need) though I will confess that the my latest research has also made me consider the Leica V-Lux which has twice the zoom. Plus a Leica! A magical name for those that really know their optics though you should all know by now my aversion for buying things overtly German.

The RX10 II would make me AGAIN reexamine all the profound camera-related decisions I made last Summer — when I decided after a 3 decade hiatus that it would be really nice to be a camera enthusiast again (though I sometimes regret it because I LOVED the freedom of enjoying and exploring a place, say the Grand Canyon, with Deanna taking all the pictures). Last August I started my new camera journey by buying a refurbished Nikon Coolpix L820, from BuyDig, for $139. I returned it within 24 hours, for a full refund, after taking these pictures at the 2014 Pittsfield, N.H. Balloon Festival. That is when I decided that I really needed to get a full-function, DSLR. So I got the refurbished Canon Rebel T3i from Canon. I think I paid $375 for it. The Canon has served me well BUT in the end it is a tad too ‘low-end’ for what I really would like and I will need to spend more money on lenses IF I am ever going to be happy with it. Plus Devanee thinks it is now HER camera. But, I am realistic enough to admit that interchangeable lens cameras are a PAIN. The April trip to Arizona, horseback riding in Canyon de Chelly and the recent hike up Mount Major, painfully demonstrated that I really do not enjoy lugging around a large camera with two lenses.

I basically want a good quality camera with 5 things: HIGH ISO (given that I do take a LOT of pictures at concerts (without a flash), exceptional image quality, superlative (accurate and fast) autofocus (because my eyes are no longer that good), a decent zoom (200mm) and the option to use Aperture-Priority and Shutter Speed-Priority photography. That is it. Video really isn’t that important though I will occasionally use it. Hence the appeal of the RX10 II — though I realize that it is first and foremost a 4K video camera that shoots still. The IRONY!

But while doing all my reading and research I stumbled upon something I did NOT know. Sony is the world’s largest (and preeminent) CMOS chip maker. These new cameras will make Sony’s CMOS Exmor chips even more attractive to other vendors. Of late, having got burnt (the second time around) with GoPro stock I have had some success with Ambarella (AMBA) & Cirrus Logic (CRUS) stock. SMILE. So much so that I am a believer in chip stocks — especially any chips that go into today’s phones, cameras and DRONES. So what the heck, I can’t afford the RX10 II, so I bought a few SNE shares. Knowing my luck SNE will probably now tank! That is the risk I take everyday. I wish there was a mechanism where I could be an anti-investor of myself, i.e., be able to take the opposite position to every investment move I make. So my anti-investor would short SNE to the same extent that I went long. My anti-investor could be a billionaire so is my skill and luck with stock! Hence why I can’t afford a RX10 II. OK, I don’t want anybody, starting with Deanna, trying to EXPLAIN to me that IF I hadn’t bought a MGB and two Jags — I might be able to afford a used RX 10 (Mk1). I need the Jags to get around in, now that we don’t have the KIA, and the MGB is Devanee’s