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

by Anura Guruge


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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.

by Anura Guruge


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Click image to access full original.


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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by Anura Guruge