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Fuji X Manual Focus Firmware Update June 9 — Needs More Work.

by Anura Guruge


As I posted June 13, I successfully installed Fuji’s June 9th firmware updates on my X-E2s and all three of my lenses. But I not currently convinced that it really has done much! I use manual focus quite a bit — I would guess more so than most. I use it with peaking (in this case set to ‘high red‘). I spend a lot of time tweaking the focus, using Manual Focus Zoom, and the Electronic View Finder (EVF). I am no stranger to focus peaking. Have been using it for nearly 2 years, on Sonys and Panasonics

Yes, of course, I get some spectacular results that even amaze me! No question. But I also get more disappointments than I think is warranted. Yes, again. I don’t expect every picture to be good BUT given the effort I put into MY manual focus I would have thought that my success rate would be higher. Yes, it could be me and my bad eyes. I know that. But I am using focus peaking and twiddle the focus until I get the most amount of peaking. At that point I expect the focus point to be in focus. But I find that it is not.

See picture below. I took it yesterday. I focused on the 3 flowers on the foreground using peaking. Probably spent a minute making sure that peaking said that the flowers were in focus. Then I get this. Notice that leaf behind is focused to the point that you can see the hairs. But I focus peaked on the flowers.

I am NOT convinced about Fuji focus!

I am renting a Fuji X-T1, from Lumoid, for a week — soon. (Order placed and confirmed.)

It is this concern about focus — which is paramount for me — that is making me curious about the Pentax K-70.



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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.

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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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Rumored Panasonic Lumix LX200 Unlikely To Offer 20MP & Needs A Lens Tweak To Make It Special.

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Click to ENLARGE and read here. From ‘Daily Camera News’. See link below.

Click to read whole story from ‘Daily Camera News‘.


The inevitable rumors of a Panasonic Lumix LX200 — the successor to the widely popular Lumix LX100 (which I own) — have surfaced again today, with a vengeance.

The LX100, announced in September 2014, is now getting old in the tooth and Panasonic no doubts knows that the LX100 owner base, including I, will happily cough up $900 for the follow-on, if it is the LX200.

But the rumored specs. don’t reflect reality from the PERSPECTIVE of one that owns and uses, near daily, a Lumix LX100.

The sensor more than likely will be a micro four thirds 20 megapixel from Sony. OK. But that doesn’t mean the LX200 will be a 20MP camera IF Panasonic perseveres with its ‘cropping’ approach. The LX100 has a 16MP sensor but the MOST you get is 12.7MP at the 3:2 aspect ratio. IF the LX200 follows suit the most we will get, at 3:2, is 15.2MP.

SO STOP TALKING 20MP unless we know what the crop is going to be. Yes, of course, Panasonic could OEM a 26MP sensor and then, with that crop, we could get 20MP.

Panasonic’s ‘Depth of Defocus‘ (DFD) autofocus would be nice BUT if you have a LX100 you will know that autofocus is not half bad. Plus I use Manual Focus at least 50% of the time. Isn’t that the point of owning a ‘real’ camera like the LX100?

Larger OLED viewfinder. Yep, that would be nice, BUT not a huge game changer. The electronic viewfinder on the LX100 isn’t great BUT it isn’t bad either.

Of course higher ISO will be nice BUT with a micro four thirds what price will we pay in terms of noise?

Built-in ND filter? Not a biggie for I and as such NOT a game changer for I.

Built-in flash. I just had a look at my LX100. Not sure WHERE they could put one WITHOUT making the body bigger and bulkier and the current LX100 is about as BIG as I am willing to contend.

What would be really nice is more zoom and more SPEED. SMILE. Might be hard to do. But even another 25mm would help. That would be a biggie.

So the bottom line is let’s be realistic. Folks who are propagating the rumors (and I THANK them for it) aren’t LX100 aficionados and as such are not thinking things through

But I will most likely upgrade to a LX200 the minute it is available. Deanna has already said, knowing my propensity to get new cameras every few months, that she will have the LX100. That is good. I won’t have to sell it and it will still be around. I do like the LX100. SMILE.


My Panasonic Lumix LX100.

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Canon Slashing Prices On Other PowerShots, Inc. G3 X and G9 X, Ahead Of The G5 X.

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The message seems to be quite blatant. They want the runway clear for the G5 X — though the G3 X with its 24 to 600mm zoom is in a different class (despite its glaring lack of an electronic view finder).

The Canon discounts are already being reflected at Amazon.

Amazon is also offering the Canon G5 X as of October 23, 2015. That is soon. I will have to make up my mind soon.

Keeping you abreast, as promised. 


The New Canon G5X Could Very Well Be My Next (Companion) Camera

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Click to access the “dpreview” for the new Canon G5X.


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Click to access Canon online store page for the G5X.


I really thought long and hard about getting a Canon PowerShot G3X as an alternative to my Canon Rebel T3i (which has now become Devanee’s camera). In the end the MAIN REASON I did not get it was the lack of a built-in electronic viewfinder (EVF). Yes, I knew I could get an external add-on but that jacked the price beyond what I was willing to pay.

Then as I have amply documented here, I ended up getting a Sony a77 mk II which I had assumed — and maybe even hoped — would be my permanent camera for at least 24 months. Well that was not to be. When I lost 989 images with it, I just could not deal with it. So I ended up getting a Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 as a short-term compromise. I LIKE THE FZ1000. It can take some stunning pictures — out of the box. That appeals to me. But given that I got 100% of my money back on the Sony a77 II I kind of have $1,000 in the bank from my camera fund.

I have been toying with getting another camera to augment the Lumix FZ1000 — primarily one that I can carry around, most of the time, without having to lug the FZ1000. PLUS I have been hankering, this week after again reading reviews of Olympus OMD cameras, for a camera with a LOT of control wheels! I do not like fiddling around with menus to set parameters. I want a dedicated ‘Exposure Compensation’ wheel (like I had with the Sony). Another wheel or two I could customize, maybe for flash and focus, would really appeal. The G5X seems to offer me this capability and it has a EVF and a 1″ sensor.

Yes, I am seriously thinking about it. Might not get it this week! I still need to spend some quality time with my FZ1000. Maybe for Christmas. I will keep you posted.

Bottom line, the Canon PowerShot G5X sure is more attractive than the G3X.


Canon slashing prices of other PowerShots,
including G3X & G9X, ahead of G5 X. Click …


I get a refurbished PowerShot G1 X, from Canon, for $269.


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

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Click to access the ‘Cameta Camera’ Website.


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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Sony DSC RX10 II: U.S. Availability Now Pegged For Early August 2015.

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The Sony RX10 Mk II, contrary to what you will see on Amazon, is NOT available in the U.S. as yet.

I spoke with a number of knowledgeable sources on this on Friday, July 31, 2015.

Sony Dealers may get their 1st shipment THIS week, i.e., w/o August 3, 2015.

What folks are doing is taking PRE-orders.

Most U.S. dealers will get 12 units in their 1st shipment.

I am on a wait-list at Sony U.S.

I do NOT need it right away. I have to finish a book first. So I can wait 2 to 3 weeks. Have a feeling that that might be best. First batch could have issues.

From what I can gather some units were available in the U.K. mid-July.

There are some good Sony RX10 II videos, from the U.K., on YouTube. I sourced 2 for you below. Check them out. Then at least you will be better prepared when YOUR Sony arrives.


Click to play these useful YouTube videos.

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Sony DSC RX10 II: More Issues To Consider — I.

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First and foremost: It is STILL NOT available.

This is from the Sony Store (U.S.A.) today — July 29, 2015.

Some online stores, including Amazon, are claiming they have some units.
I don’t believe them.

Beware: You might get shipped an RX10 rather than a RX10 II.

I think there are a lot of folks out there who are confused
as to the two models.

I am sure that some of the ‘reviews’ and comments I am
reading online that are supposed to be for the Mk. II
are based on the old RX10 Mk. 1.


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OK, so far we looked at the understated zoom capability, which with digital assist is 33x (as opposed to 8.3x with optical alone), and that the built-in electronic viewfinder (EVF) is XGA OLED display standard with 2,359,296 dots (twice as much as other EVFs).

Some other points to consider and ponder:

1/ The Sony RX10 II (i.e., DSC-RX10M2) like the older RX10 comes with a BUILT-IN instruction guide that you can read on the 3″ LCD panel. That is pretty neat. That could come in handy. You don’t always have the instruction manual at hand and getting an Internet connection to try and read it online might be tricky. This amuses me.

2/ You can see it in the pictures above, especially if you enlarge them, the RX10 II (just like the RX10) does NOT come with DSLR type shoulder strap mounts. Instead it mas micro-loop attachments as with compact cameras. Some RX10s, from what I can see, came with v. neat strap attachment rings. I am going to need at least one of these because I have got so used to using a wrist strap. I will now be lost without one and you need a full strap attachment in order to use a proper wrist grip. I am hoping that they include two rings in the box. Just to be on the safe side I found some on Amazon for $3. Let me know if you need these too.

3/ With the RX10 people complain that the LCD randomly freezes for a few seconds at a time. Appears that this has to do with the automated ‘eye detection’ mode on the EVF. If anything, and it doesn’t have to be an eye per se, e.g., a finger, is in front of the EVF the camera thinks that it needs to go into EVF mode and disables the LCD — i.e., the freeze. If you run into this problem you can fix it, once and for all, by disabling the ‘eye detection’ function. Got that?

4/ A  common complaint with the RX10 is that the zoom is SUPER SLOW and that there is no manual zoom. I haven’t been able to get to the bottom of this. Give me time. I will track this down. Basically if the Mk II offers manual zoom we should be all set, BUT that could be difficult because that might damage the zooming gears.

5/ Autofocus on the Mk I is said to be sluggish. The new 1″ sensors in the Mk. 11 are said to be 5x times faster when it comes to data transfer. This should, in theory, speed up autofocus. Again I am digging into this.

More later. OK? Cheers.