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With No Panasonic Lumix LX200 In Sight I Might Consider The New Chinese YI M1.

by Anura Guruge


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Click to ENLARGE and study. I cobbled this together using “DPReview” Quick Specs.


Click to access full “DPReview” first-impressions.

Click image to ENLARGE and read here.

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Click to access the rather impressive Y1 M1 official image gallery.


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Already available for pre-order on Amazon for prices stated right at top. Click image to access Amazon page. October 12 availability.


Intriguing little camera. Micro Four-Thirds with 20MP Sony sensor. Supposedly can be used with any MFT lens. The 42.5 f/1.8 lens looks very tempting.

The overall price, even with both lenses, is good.

This camera got a lot of attention at PhotoKina and continues to gain attention at “DPReview“.

But for the lack of a Viewfinder (EVF) you could definitely think of it as a Panasonic LX100 replacement/successor.


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Fuji X-T2 EVF ‘Blackout’ — I Start Discussion To Get To The Bottom.

by Anura Guruge


Click here to access MY “DPReview” Forum post.

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This is the “Head to Head Fuji X-T2 vs Nikon D810
YouTube video I am talking about.

Worth Watching.


The replies to my post are worth reading. Very elucidating. While I do not shoot too many fast moving objects I do NOT want to feel that my EXPENSIVE camera is not good at doing so. I do not want to get this wrong. I am determined that if I get the Fuji X-T2 I will not regret it! So I am going to take my time and do all the research until I have it all straight in my mind.

Hope it helps.


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I Got A Fujifilm X-E2s Camera — My First Fuji.

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE. Taken with an Android Pad.

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Don’t worry. I have some lenses. Just haven’t put one on yet.
Wanted to update the BODY Firmware to 1.01.


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Did update the BODY Firmware to 1.01. Very easy.
Very straightforward
(though I read the instructions 6 times to make sure I didn’t screw-up).

Wish checking firmware version was a MENU option.


I needed a new camera to replace the Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 (7 months old) and Panasonic Lumix LX100 (6 weeks old) that I gave away (to the same 17-year old boy) in an impulsive act of random kindness.

Yes, the plan is to get 2 cameras as I had in the past. But I already know what my BIG camera is going to be — my DREAM camera, the Fuji X-T2 that is due to be announced in the next 6 weeks. So that is settled. That is a given tryst with destiny. So what I was looking for was the ‘small’ camera to take the place of the LX100. I decided that I was NOT going to bother with a traditional compact. I never stick cameras in my jean pockets or my jacket pockets. So small size per se is not a factor. I prefer to carry all my cameras on my wrist — and you can see that my Fuji X-E2s already has two wrist straps attached. (I actually happened to have them as spares!)

Finally after 9 months of considerable thought and research I know, for sure (for sure), what I now want for in my cameras:

  1. Large sensor — at least APS-C.
  2. Mirrorless.
  3. Best still image quality, DAMN the 4K video.
  4. As much MANUAL control as possible, i.e., lots of dials and FN buttons.
  5. Good EVF (and damn hybrid and optical).

Given that list you can see why Fuji is the best fit for me. I did look, very seriously, at the Olympus PEN-F. Well it did NOT meet the above criteria.

Yes, I could have got a X-Pro1 at a bargain and IF I wanted the X-Pro2 that too was within my budgetary range. But I didn’t want a BIG camera not one with a weird hybrid viewfinder.

The Fuji X-E2s kind of fit the bill — though it is by no means perfect. I would have preferred 20MP resolution. It is also TWO FN buttons short. But from everything I read and saw (on YouTube) it is NOT a bad (little) camera.

Now that I have it, delivered in a sealed bag by Amazon, I like what I have seen. Menus, compared to Panasonic or Sony, are much easier to navigate. Q-menu much easier and direct than Panasonic. That firmware level cannot be checked from the menu is a pain (and inexcusable). But upgrading firmware (for the body) was a snap.

So that is where we stand. I haven’t used it as yet. I wasn’t going to rush. So stay tuned.


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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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HUGE Up To $550 Discounts By Canon On Digital Cameras — Check It Out.

by Anura Guruge


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Click to access Canon’s SALE page.


If I was still in the market for a Canon, and the only Canon that even vaguely appeals to me these days being the G5 X, I would be all over this — though interestingly (and logically) the G5 X, being rather hot, is not being discounted. Some great values here. The 7D Mk II bundle and the M3 with EVF & 18-55 mm look real good — and, I just checked, these prices are ALREADY reflected at Amazon.


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The Brand New Olympus PEN-F Is Quite The Camera, But $1,200, Just For The Body Of A Micro Four Thirds?

by Anura Guruge


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This looks one heck of a camera. Oh, I will swap my Sony RX100 Mk II for this PEN-F in a heartbeat. I am sure it will take exceptional photographs.

But, WOW, the price — just for the body, and a Micro Four Thirds interchangeable lens camera to boot. An Olympus M.Zuiko lens, fixed focal length, say 25 mm, will set be back another $300. So $1,500 for a fixed-length compact. That is expensive when I paid half that for my versatile, and pretty damn impressive, Panasonic Lumix FZ1000.

But I am sure that there will be people who will gladly buy this PEN-F and I am kind of envious. Yes, if money was no object I would get one.

Check it out. It is worth drooling a bit about. SMILE.


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Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 — Long-Term Review After Taking 5,500+ Pictures.

by Anura Guruge


Panasonic Lumix FZ1000

My Panasonic Lumix FZ1000.

I got my Panasonic Lumix FZ1000, as a short-term compromise, from ‘buydig.com‘, in a hurry, on September 29, 2016, when I lost 989 images on my brand new Sony a77 Mk II.

Since then I have taken 5,851 usable images with the FZ1000 (and I have probably deleted around 100 images that were not great). So I have taken close to 6,000 pictures with it in 118 days. That comes to 51 pictures a day! That is right, because I try to take at least 15 pictures a day, with the FZ1000 and my Sony RX100 Mk II (but mainly the FZ1000) EVERY DAY for my ‘6 Images a Day‘ project.

It is one heck of a camera. It takes amazing, very detailed, color-accurate pictures, most of the time — without the need for any post-processing. 99.5% of the FZ1000 pictures I have published on this blog, and I think I must have published at least 350, have all been untouched pictures.

The FZ1000 has been a revelation. It is a very capable and powerful camera, the built in 25 mm to 400 mm incredibly handy — especially when travelling. At a list price of $750 it is one heck of a deal. I see lots of new enthusiasts getting low-end Canons and Nikons, with kit lenses, to get into the DSLR world. They would be much better off with the FZ1000.

It is not an APS-C sensor and I know that. But the 1″ is plenty big enough if all you do is take pictures for display on the Web.

So here is my first long-term review of the FZ1000, after taking 5,500+ usable images.

Pros
1. It can and it will take very high quality, high resolution, color-accurate pictures, most of the time, in JPEG mode, without the need for any post-processing.

2. The built-in 25 — 400 mm zoom Leica lens is brilliant; handy and of high optical quality.

3. The automatic modes, ‘P’, ‘Ai’, Scene, work well and you can basically use it as a point-and-shoot.

4. Fair degree of customization options with the Fn buttons.

5. Built-in flash is adequate most of the time (provided you remember to take the lens hood off if the subject is close by).

6. Very high-quality video, in automatic mode, without having to change any settings, just by hitting the red ‘record’ button.

Cons
1. Not having a second control wheel is a real pain. Having to PRESS the control wheel to invoke ‘shift’ so to speak so as to access the 2nd function can get old very quickly. This is my main gripe about this camera. I use it in ‘P’ mode much of the time, BUT I like to adjust exposure control and do ‘P-shift‘ i.e., increase/decrease aperture/speed. I end up invariably turning the wheel when it is in the wrong mode. Yes, I can fix it, but it takes time. It is this that has convinced me that I am going to get an Fuji X-T1 (or a X-T2, if there is one) because in future I am going with dedicated control wheels for ‘everything’!

2. High zoom images, in other than perfect light, can turn out to be ‘waxy’; i.e., looking like a oil painting.

3. Autofocus/zoom motors can sometimes be very noisy, even when idling, to the point of being distracting.

4. ‘Auto White Balance’ (AWB) isn’t great THOUGH custom White Balance, IF you can find some true white to click on, is awesome.

5. Though the Electronic View Finder (EVF) is supposed to show you what the sensor is seeing, and you can even set a Fn button to force the issue, this does not appear to be case most of the time (and the EVF is a tad dark around the edges).

6. The lens extends/retracts, with a mind of its own, when you power on the camera and even when you are reviewing images. That can be annoying and awkward.

But, overall, I would recommend the FZ1000 to any enthusiast who wants a VERY HIGH QUALITY 400 mm power zoom for under $800.


Taken with my Panasonic Lumix FZ1000,
in Philadelphia, on January 2, 2016.

Click to access the full-size, untouched 9MB 5472 x 3648 JPEG.

This is a 1024 x 683 reduced, 402 Kb JPEG. Click image for the FULL SIZE, 5472 x 3648 image, 9 MB.


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by Anura Guruge

New, Rather Expensive ($1,699) Pseudo Rangefinder Fujifilm X-Pro2 Leaves Me Cold.

by Anura Guruge


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Click to ENLARGE and view here. From the DPReview analysis. Use link below to access full, excellent, review. Seeing the LENS in the viewfinder would drive me BATS!

Click here for the, as ever superlative, DPReview
assessment of the Fuji X-Pro2.


Given that I (think) I have convinced myself that my next camera will be a Fuji X-T1 or ITS SUCCESSOR, I spent a lot of time and effort learning about the newly announced Fuji X-Pro2 given that I, like many, believe that the ‘X-T2’ would have similar specs. I have been baffled by the unstinted enthusiasm I have seen for the X-Pro2. I just can’t get it — as I have already said earlier.

It is NOT a rangefinder. It just looks like a rangefinder and as such has all of the FLAWS of a rangefinder WITHOUT the one big advantage of that genre, spot-on ‘image superimposition‘ focusing. Instead the X-Pro2, like the X-Pro1, has this hybrid OVF/EVF — albeit with refinements in the ‘2’. Do NOT get it. Yes, I am the first to admit it. I, since the Apple Mac pioneered this revolutionary concept 3 decades ago, have been a confirmed WYSIWYG guy. I like, at all times, to see exactly what I am getting or hoping to get. Since September 2015 when I switched, irrevocably, to ‘mirrorless‘ I have been in awe of the delights of using EVFs. I like to change WB etc. and see exactly what I can expect. Seeing the lens in my OVF would drive me bats. Plus I want to see the entire image I am shooting, full-frame, in my viewfinder — not within some white lines.

And then another thing I never understood, and could not properly rationalize, BUT has been mentioned in a number of X-Pro1 vs. X-T1 reviews that I have studied. The X-T1, invariably, delivers slightly better image quality than the X-Pro1. Don’t know why and none of the reviewers explained. Of course the X-Pro2, with better specs, should beat the X-T1 for now. But what I wonder is will an ‘X-T2’ with X-Pro2 like specs end up with better picture quality.

I just can’t see myself with an X-Pro2. To I it would be a regressive step. I tried very hard to convince myself that I could like the X-Pro2, BUT I can’t. IF there is to be no X-T2 I would rather get a X-T1, and save myself some serious dough, than get a X-Pro2. So that is where I stand for now. But many of my past claims about what camera I would get next have proved to be invalid. So time will tell. For now I am waiting for a X-T2. 


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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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** ‘Camera Labs’
review
of Canon G3X.
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Sony RX10 II vs
Canon PowerShot G3X.

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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.