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The Canon Mirrorless M5’s Dual Controls On Top Much More Appealing To I Than The 80D’s Top LCD.

by Anura Guruge


The supposed Canon M5 top view. Click to access original and more details from “The New Camera”.


The Canon 80D top view from Amazon.

Prior to owning a digital camera with a top LCD I lusted for one so much. It was one of my top criteria in opting for my ill fated Sony a77 Mk II. Once I got the a77 Mk II I quickly realized, within days, that I never used the top LCD! Why peer at the small LCD when you have a bigger, brighter 3″ LCD inches away. As of then I came to the conclusion that top LCDs are a waste of time, money and space — particularly the latter.

Give me a dedicated exposure compensation dial rather than a top LCD.

So the top layout on the Canon M5 is another feature going for it.

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Nikon D500 — So The Underexposing Was Not Limited To ME!

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What I found, last night, when, on a hunch, I Googled “does nikon d500 underexpose”. Results of the 1st entry, i.e., “DPReview” Forum post shown BELOW. Click this image to ENLARGE and MARVEL.

Click here to access ‘DPReview’ Forum thread.


Click to ENLARGE and read here. AMEN. Yes, yes, yes. This is exactly what I found. 2/3 to 1 STOP most of the time. I thought that either my D500 was duff or that I was (finally) cracking up. Use link above to access full Forum thread. Interesting reading.


This is by “Ken Rockwell” a highly thought of photographer. YIKES. It is entry 3 in the above Google search. The “Ken Rockwell” entry.

This, alas, is very much the case (as I had suspected) — in bucketfuls. I started today with ‘+/-‘ set to a FULL +1.0. That is crazy.

Yes, I am known to overexpose but this makes me uncomfortable STARTING at +1.0 as the base.

Plus the colors (while these that I took, today, are marginally ‘OK’) are TOO FLAT for my flamboyant tastes. That I am sure has to do with the fact that I have shot 13,000 images with Fuji in the last 80 days and Fuji is known for its vibrant colors. Does this mean I am STUCK with Fuji? That thought did cross my mind. Should I backtrack and get a Fuji X-T2 which I had convinced myself was my dream camera. The problem is the lenses. Fuji lenses suck and are too damn expensive (even for my tastes).

So … Just sharing with you.

Be interested how the Nikon P900 works out for me. It does NOT have RAW mode. So Nikon has to do a better job with the JPEGs.

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Nikon D500 — First Impressions After 2 Days & 550 Pictures.

by Anura Guruge

Click pictures to ENLARGE.

Taken with my Fuji X-E2s.

The Nikon D500, with a Tamron 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 lens, that I rented from ‘LensRental‘, for a week, starting Friday, August 12, 2016, is indeed, as it should be given its caliber (not to mention its reputation) is an interesting camera.

It sure feels good to hold it in your hand. The grip appears to be a perfect ‘British Standard Handful‘ (BSH). As such it just nestles in your grip, with near perfect balance. The ‘thunk’ the mirror and shutter makes when you take a shot, in viewfinder mode, is incredibly satisfying and makes you feel that you achieved something.

Though I had reservations all the controls (and their placements) work out well. I was concerned that there was no dedicated ‘Exposure Control’ dial and that setting ‘exposure control’ and ISO was a 2-step operation in that you had to press the appropriate button and then dial in the value using the rear command wheel. On Fujis there is a dedicated ‘exposure control’ dial that you just turn without having to press any button. (And on the X-T1 and X-T2 the same is true for ISO). But I was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was to use the 2-step scheme. Yes, you can get used, pretty quickly, to anything. The layout really does makes sense and as such easy to use. I like that.

Impressive camera. It can see in the dark! Scary. That is nice. Yes, makes taking pictures in low-light — and even no light — a breeze.

Lots and lots of features of course — as you would expect from a FLAGSHIP camera, for Nikon no less.

And, suffice to say, it takes some AMAZING shots. Pictures, with definition and detail, I have never been able to get with another camera and that with a far from ‘optimum’, slightly-soft Tamron zoom. Some of the pictures take my breath away.

The much vaunted autofocus is impressive. But it is NOT infallible! I had a fair number of out-of-focus shots (albeit mainly macro). I used manual focus more often than I expected.

All that said, right now, on day 3 of my trial, I am NOT convinced that this is the camera for ME.

Very simple reason, I am one of those RARE individuals that do NOT like to touch up my pictures via post-processing. To me the joy and challenge is to shoot JPEGs — straight out of the camera. All of the ‘6 Images a Day‘ are UNTOUCHED. Straight-Out-Of-The-Camera.

The D500 appears to be OPTIMIZED for those that do post-processing. So we have a BIG disconnect.

Auto White-Balance, for a start, is ‘non-existent’. People just fix WB during post-processing. I even, on Sunday, took a crash course in Kelvin Scale WB … It was good to know. Ditto exposure compensation.

Yes, I took some GREAT shots on Sunday BUT I even ended up shooting MANUAL! Yikes. That is NOT what I want to do.

So right now, based on my experiences so far, the Nikon D500 is NOT for I.

I am sure glad I rented. (Yes, I could have returned it after a week BUT I hate doing that.)

Now in a kind of ‘bind’ — but not a bad one.

I am just going to wait. I will get a Nikon P900, from the money I got from my Fuji lens trade-ins, just for the 83x zoom. It will not be my main camera. It will be for special occasions.

I sure can ‘afford’ to wait. I will keep the Fuji X-E2s. Lets see what PhotoKina 2016 brings. And maybe the Nikon DL range, as I had one believed, might be the right choice for I.

Maybe Pentax. So back to the drawing board. 

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Panasonic Lumix LX100 — One Month Review With 2,300 Pictures Taken.

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Just a random sampling of 6 pictures
taken with my LX100 during the last 2 week.

Click to ENLARGE.

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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I Ordered A Panasonic Lumix LX100, In Silver, From BuyDig.com (And Fate Played A Role).

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As is always the case I do a lot of intense agonizing before I buy a camera. It is always a compromise and I just like to really have a good handle on what compromises I am accepting. I had gravitated towards the Panasonic Lumix LX100 over 2 weeks ago when I stumbled upon the newly announced and not as yet available Panasonic Lumix ZS100. The ZS100, which is a smaller version of my heavily used Panasonic FZ1000, really intrigued me to the point that I went off and created a ZS100 blog (and I have had 560 hits in 10 days (which is a blast)).

I really struggled with the LX100. The 12.8MP resolution really, really bugged me. That said I will never be requiring ‘HUGE’, 11″x14″ prints off pictures I take off that camera (I hope). 99.5% of all pictures I take I use online, severely downsampled. Yes, it is better to start off with more Megapixels BUT for what I need the difference will be marginal.

People just RAVE about the image quality from the LX100 and that is my paramount requirement.

Plus it has a very nice (if a tad short (i.e., 75mm)) f1.7 to 2.8 Leica lens. That f1.7 was the final clincher. I have had f1.8 lenses in the past and they are a joy.

And then the TOTAL MANUAL controls. That is what I really want. I want to be able to instantaneously change exposure compensation, shutter speed or aperture without having to press buttons and then turn things. This is also the reason that I will be replacing the FZ1000 by September. I am going to get a Fuji X-T1 (or X-T2, if there is one) with full manual controls. Getting the LX100 will give me a chance to make sure that I will indeed enjoy the manual controls.

So that is that. If there is an LX200 in June I will upgrade. SMILE. That is a given. As I did with the Sony RX100 II will sell it on eBay.

So despite the ZS100 it seems I was fated to get the LX100 from the first time I read a review about it.

Fate then intervened again and I kind of feel that that was good.

I was going to get the LX100 from Cameta Camera because they offered a keenly priced KIT.

But, of late, I have been buying most of my electronics from BuyDig (and their sales-master Ray Messiah). The BuyDig kit was not as competitively priced. This morning I went to Cameta to order the KIT! They had run out of Silver LX100s! They had (at least) one at 1am this morning. Now it was gone.

I wanted this LX100 in silver to go with the whole retro-look. So I called Ray Messiah. He understood where I was coming from. So, as was the case with the Sony RX100 II I bought from Ray I got the LX100 at a discount. Wasn’t a huge discount, but a discount nonetheless. I feel safer and happier getting it from BuyDig. So that is the story of the LX100. Yes, of course, I will share pictures with you.

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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.


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.