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

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2 new cameras: A7 RII & RX10 II.

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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

Sony’s 2 New Cameras, A7 RII & RX10 II, Puts Me In A Quandary

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Well, to be fair and honest, it is what I class a ‘nice problem to have’. I don’t really need to get another camera. So just on the basis of that I can get rid of this quandary. IF I am not going to get a new camera, to replace the cheap, $375, refurbished Canon T3i I bought last year — I have no ‘problems’ to deal with. And maybe that is really what I should do. Plus, given that I am far from rich I really shouldn’t indulge in two ‘expensive’ hobbies — the ol’ British cars, though all rather cheap, still requiring me to write checks.

But, I have to say, woW, wOW, WOW.

I have kept an eye on the Sony mirrorless Alpha range for the last 9 months or so. I even got to take some pictures with one when we were at ‘Four Corners‘ in April. I volunteered to take the picture of visitor — straddling the ‘Point’ — and he had a new Sony Alpha. It was neat.

The Sony A 7 RII appears to be incredible — but at $3,500+ way more than I am willing to pay for a camera. I don’t really see the point of spending more than say $1,700 for a camera + lens for what I want to achieve. Anything more would just be for show and that doesn’t have that much appeal.

I had kind of settled on a Pentax K3. When I was growing up Pentax was the choice of professionals. I can’t remember whether I have ever owned a Pentax BUT the name appeals to me. The K3 is one heck of a camera for the price. It will do everything I want it to do and its price is coming down (daily).

RX10M2_right_bgwhBUT my real dilemma is the new Sony RX10 II.

It is not a DSLR and it is mirrorless. Its ONLY negative, as far as I am concerned, is that it is FIXED lens and I, by getting the Canon T3i, had hoped to get back into interchangeable lens cameras. But, I am really not that much into swapping lenses. It is a pain. I only have two lens right now and I am kind of fine with that.

In reality I might be better off with the RX10 II or possibly even the OLD RX10 since taking videos, to me, is a necessary evil as opposed to something that I crave to do.

Well it is nice to have options in life. 

South Africa Crushed By England In ICC Champions Trophy 2013 1st Semi-Final; Free Videos Already At ICC-Cricket.com. Match FIXED?

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Videos like this, i.e., Cook’s wicket, already online at icc-cricket.com. Click … Also check video TAB at icc-cricket.com.


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So much for my belief that South Africa will go the extra mile to win this for Mandela!

Wow. Crushed like a dung beetle under the hooves of a water buffalo!

Amla only faced 3 balls and he is the #1 ODI batsman in the known universe?

AB feasting on duck?

Duminy 3?

OK. I have to ask. Are the South African back to the good ol’ days of FIXING MATCHES? This doesn’t look kosher to me.

I am suspicious. South Africa all out in 38.4 overs? Come on? Give me a break, even an off-break.