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The MegaZoom Nikon P900 Is Also Pretty Awesome At Taking Macros.

by Anura Guruge


NO post-processing whatsoever.

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I have had my Nikon P900 for just over 2 years. I have not been using it much of late. Appears that today is the first time I have used it since June! Yikes.

I am THINKING of selling it because it is a shame to keep such a camera and not use it.

Then I took these macro shots. They continue to please and impress. I won’t get much for the P900 now that the P1000 is out — BUT I probably can get enough to buy a decent, fullframe Nikon lens for the Nikon Z6 I plan to get early in 2019. No rush. I am going to think about.

Given that I am so used to a fullframe now — with my trusty Sony a7 II (that I have had for 18 months) — using this camera, with its TINY 1/2.3″ sensor feels like a joke. So, limiting OTHER than when shooting macro.


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The Sony a7 III Has Been Finally Announced, BUT I Am Not Salivating Over It!

by Anura Guruge


Click to access “DPReview” post.


Click to access September 2017 post.


Click to access October 2017 post.


The only thing that truly appeals to me is the new sensor — and that was always going to be the #1 reason to upgrade from my current Sony a7 II.

All the other features, e.g., enhanced “Eye Auto Focus (AF)”, faster shooting rate, larger capacity ‘Z’ battery, AF joystick and 693 AF points, are really of marginal interest. I seek excellent AF but I no longer need LOTS of AF points or “Eye” AF. Most of the time I go with straight ‘Center Point’ AF — but also do a LOT of manual focus.

The two posts shown above from September and October really tell much of the story — and those were BEFORE I got my Google Pixel 2 phone at Christmas. During the last 2 months I used the Pixel 2 more or less exclusively! Yes, the cold weather was a factor. The Sony a7 II is not rated for ‘below freezing‘ temps. and I wasn’t going to take any chances since it is not exactly a cheap camera. But, the Pixel 2 is also so much easier to carry around. {SMILE}

My big gripe with Sony is the lack of ‘reasonably’ priced Full Frame lenses. What I can get from my a7 II in the end is gated by the lenses I have rather than anything else. So, just upgrading the body will not get me much — if any. Hence, my thinking about waiting for a Full Frame mirrorless from Nikon or Canon. Right now I am willing to wait. No hurry — for a change — to get another camera. {Smile}. I do have three cameras not counting the Pixel 2.


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There May Never Be A Sony a7 III; the a9 May Be The Upgrade Path!

by Anura Guruge


Click image to access the DPReview forum … if you so wish.


Click to ENLARGE. From DPReview — where else?


I can see the ‘Munda Logic‘ in this.

IF you want to stick with 24MP resolution, as I do, then upgrade to the a9 — pay the HUGE price difference even if you do not ever need 20fps shooting capability or two card slots.

IF you need more resolution go with the newly announced Sony a7R III.

There is some rationale to this.

What I was hoping was an a7 III with the Sony a7 body, Sony a6500 sensor and maybe some firmware from the a9.


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by Anura Guruge

The Newly Announced Sony a7R III Has No Appeal To I.

by Anura Guruge


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I love my fullframe Sony a7 II and plan to keep it forever (which in my case typically means ‘over 10 months’), but for my love and interests in the a7 family does not extend BEYOND the a7!

The a7R — the HIGH RESOLUTION monster — would be totally useless to me. I rarely print images. 99.9% of the pictures I take are for Web consumption — mainly here — and for that I have to DOWNSAMPLE anyway by a factor of at least 4!

That is why I will be hesitant to think about anything beyond my current 24MP — though I have a horrible feeling I might have to confront that somewhere down the road.

So 42MP is way outside my scope of interest.

The Sony a9, as I said before, rather than being a case of ‘sour grapes’, is also WAY more than I would ever need. I RARELY use continuous drive! Just don’t like it. I like to TRY and time my pictures. That is so much more satisfying. Continuous drive to I, is like post processing — something I detest. You take the pictures and then go back and see which ones came out ‘OK’. Not my cup of tea.

But, NOT a bad thing. I will stick to my a7 II and wait to see what the a7 III might promise.


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Miscellaneous Flowers & Fauna As The New Hampshire Fall Falters With The First Frost — October 17, 2017.

by Anura Guruge


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Had our first frost of the 2017 Fall last night. So, the remaining flowers are on borrowed time. I, as such, need to snap as many since I am going to go for 6-months without any — outside. It is a hard life up here near the Arctic Circle.

In case you noticed or wondered, I was using a different lens. No, not a new one. One I already had, BUT rarely use. For the first time, ever, I put one of my Sony a6500 APS-C lenses on my fullframe a7 II. It was a trip. The lens happened to be my Sony f/3.5 30mm macro. Totally changes the picture and the resolution.


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3 N-Scale Locomotives With An APS-C Macro Lens On A Full-Frame A7 II Body.

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For the first time, ever, I put one of my Sony a6500 APS-C lenses on my fullframe a7 II. It was a trip. The lens happened to be my Sony f/3.5 30mm macro. Totally changes your perspective. So, I was just messing around. Seeing what was possible.


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A Nikon Fullframe Mirrorless Will Sorely Test My Loyalty To Sony, Especially If There Is No Sony a7 III.

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE. Both stories appeared in “The New Camera” on October 11, 2017. Link: thenewcamera.com


These two rumors that appeared on the same day, i.e., yesterday, severely tested me. I love my fullframe Sony a7 II BUT am hamstrung by the lack of ‘decent’ zoom lenses. That the likes of Tamron and Sigma does not have Sony E-mount FE lenses is very galling.

I have come to the painful realization that there is no point having a good camera, i.e., the Sony a7 II, if I don’t have DECENT lenses.

So, I will go with Nikon purely for better lens selection. That said Nikon will probably make a decent mirrorless camera — if not an outright good one. I do own a mirrorless Nikon and enjoy it very much — i.e., my Nikon P900. So, I can claim that I am not a Nikon mirrorless virgin either.

My only fear is that Nikon will make it a high(er) resolution camera. I really do not want a 50MP+ camera. But, I might have to reconsider that because I am really quite fed up with the Sony lens situation. And NO, I do not want to go the adapted lens route. Not my thing.

That the latest rumor is that Sony will again disappointed with the Sony a7 III just makes me even more convinced that Sony and I might have to part company in 2018.


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by Anura Guruge