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I Installed The “Camera FV-5” App On My Google Pixel 2 — Best $4 I EVER Spent!

by Anura Guruge


Click pictures to ENLARGE.
Study the detail … like the FUZZ on the yellow flower.

No post-processing whatsoever!

 


Click to access Android APP at the Google Play Store.


Click to access the official Homepage for the APP.



The Google Pixel 2 Camera APP has NO manual controls whatsoever! I kid you not.

Google believes that the APPs AI-based workings is far superior to what a human can achieve. That could very well be the case.

But, I miss not having any MANUAL control over focus.

‘Camera FV’ is brilliant on this score. Has a very easy to use MF mode along with Focus Assist magnification. To me that is THE BIGGIE. Changing ISO etc. is nice, BUT the Google Pixel 2 has a fixed aperture lens. So, this won’t get me that much.

Being able to change the metering mode, on the fly, however, is nice.

Also, you can ask it to give you digital camera like file IDs. Brilliant. I had struggled with the lack of that daily.


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Google Pixel 2 Camera vs Sony a7 II (Full-Frame).

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NO post-processing whatsoever.

Click pictures to ENLARGE.

Attribution WILL be enforced.


One was taken with my new Google Pixel 2 phone yesterday and the other in May 2017 when I got my full-frame Sony a7 II.

The Google Pixel 2 was on auto and shot its image at 12.2MP (4032 x 3024), at ISO 301, f/1.8 @ 1/60 seconds with auto white-balance (AWB). Focal length = 27 MM.

The Sony a7 II with the Sony 18-200mm f/3.5 – 6.3 zoom at 24MP (6000 x 4000), at ISO 2000, f/8 @ 1/30 seconds with AWB. Focal length = 65 MM.

Can you tell which is which without looking at the ENLARGED picture at full resolution.

This is SCARY. I had heard that this was the case — but it is sobering to see it first hand.

To I the BIG difference is the focal length and that has to do with the HUGE difference in size of the sensor.

Click to ENLARGE. This is the REAL difference in SENSOR SIZE. The Google Pixel 2 also has a 1/2.3″ sensor like my Nikon P900 — and most other new smartphones.


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Waxing Moon, October 12, 2016 With Nikon P900.

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Taken with a  Nikon P900.

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Taken at 9:18pm. HANDHELD. ISO 100, 1/125 sec, f/6.5, EV -0.3.


Taken at 6:00pm. HANDHELD. ISO 800, 1/2,000 sec, f/6.5, EV -1.0.


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Panasonic New Lumix LX10 vs Fairly New Lumix ZS100: Faster Lens vs. Longer Zoom, Same Price, Same Sensor.

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“DPReview” side-by-side. Click to ENLARGE and study.


Fascinating choice.

Glad I will NOT have to make it. SMILE.

f1.4 to 2.8 is DAMN FAST. Both offer ISO 25600. With that fast lens, with ISO cranked up, you could get some great pictures indoors without a flash. And night scenery. Fireworks?

But a 250mm zoom is nice too and that from me — currently having a ball with the Nikon P900 and its 2000mm zoom.

Hhmmm.

The LX10 is DEFINITELY not the Panasonic Lumix LX100 replacement.


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Finally A Discussion As To How The New Canon Mirrorless EOS M5 Compares To Fuji X-T2.

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Click here for the full, original “DPReview” forum thread.

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Click to ENLARGE and read this … the initial post of this interesting thread. Use link above to access the thread.


Fragment of “DPReview” side-by-side comparison.

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Click to ENLARGE and study here. But this is but a fragment. Do the comp. yourself at DPReview. Easy enough.


I think the Canon EOS M5 compares v. favorably against the newly released (i.e., this month) Fuji X-T2.

If anything the “Dual Pixel Auto Focus” (DPAF) of the M5 should give it an edge when it comes to AF over the X-T2. The DPReview comparison does NOT bring that up.

Then there is the touch screen, latest (& fastest) image processor plus higher ISO, and to boot the M5 is 61% CHEAPER!

I think the M5, when available in November 2016, will be a significant challenge to the X-T2.


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

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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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Shock HORROR! I Am NOT Going To Get A Fujifilm X-T2!

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Taken with a rented (from Lumoid) Fuji X-T1 with my own Fujinon XF 18-55mm f/2.8 lens — in filtered sunlight. Click to ENLARGE and see how out of focus it is.


This may NOT sound that serious to you, but in my small (insignificant) world this is as DRAMATIC as me saying: “I am through with sex and orgasms. That is it. Starting today I will no longer, ever, have sex again and I will never have another orgasm again”!

I have publicly lusted after the replacement to the Fuji X-T1 (now the X-T2) since last October — i.e., last 10 months.

I followed everything and anything to do with the X-T2. To be fair, from what I can see, bar niggling concerns as to the efficacy of its autofocus, the X-T2 body is STILL the ‘made in heaven’, DREAM CAMERA for I. No question about that. It has everything I want in a camera body — bar the AF concerns.

But, alas and alack, the X-T2 is an interchangeable lens camera, and without a lens it is but a very expensive paperweight.

On May 18, 2016, I bought my first first Fuji — a brand new Fuji X-E2s that was to be my longterm ‘compact’ and adjunct to the X-T2 (when I got it). Then earlier this month, to coincide with the announcement of the X-T2, I rented a brand new Fuji X-T1 from Lumoid.

In the 70 days since May 18 I have taken over 10,000 pictures with the X-E2s and X-T1! And you have seen at least 700 of these!

And I am totally and utterly disillusioned with Fuji — in particular the Fuji lenses.

I have three Fuji lenses: the XF 18-55 f/2.8-4 R LM OIS, the XF 55-200mm f/3.5-4.8 R LM OIS Zoom Lens & the Fujinon XF 35mm F/2 R WR. Yes, my X-E2s body and all three lenses have the June 9, 2016 firmware updates installed.

The XF 55-200mm f:3.5-4.8 is, indubitably, THE WORST lens, by far, I have ever had the misfortune of using! It is a useless lens. Yes, every once in awhile, in perfect lighting, it will take an absolutely stunning image. But the AF on it is beyond pedestrian. It hunts for focus like there is no tomorrow. I hate that bloody lens. If it wasn’t so expensive I would smash it just for the sheer satisfaction. Luckily Amazon will let me trade it in …

The XF 35 mm is slightly better than the 55-200 — which can’t be hard given that the 55-200 sucks. But it is also a pathetic lens, especially indoors. And I got that lens to use indoors! I hate that lens too.

The 18-55 is GOOD. No question. It is a brilliant, all-round lens in all aspects. But there is only so much you can do with 18-55.

I am NOT going to spend $1,500 on a lens. Just seems wrong.

So this is the MAIN reason I am not going to get the X-T2.

I also have concerns, in addition to the MAJOR AF issue, about Fuji metering and ISO. My X-E2s is an ISO hog (and yes, I have it set to “High Performance”). For daylight shooting I have to have ISO at 1,000 and for indoor at 6,400 to get halfway decent images. Forget ISO 100, 200, 400 — even if the sun is beating down.

Fuji has, like no other camera vendor, totally driven me away — into the arms of Nikon.

Yes, this is my experience, my opinion — but it is also my money and my life.

I am going to trade in ALL my Fuji gear and start getting Nikons.


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Fuji X-T2 Max. ISO, Base & Extended A Tad Low Compared To Latest Nikon & Pentax.

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Click to ENLARGE. I put this together for my edification.


That the max. extended ISO on the Fuji X-T2 has remained unchanged from that of the X-T1 (which is 2.5 years older) has gone unsaid in all of the current raves about this latest Fuji flagship. ISO 51,200 is not bad. It is the same as what I have on my Fuji X-E2s and I know that at that ISO, barring the noise, you can turn darkness into light.

That said, I have also noticed, and some quick Googling seems to bear this out, that Fuji ISO tends to be on the low side. I notice that I am invariably using 200 more ISO with Fuji than what I am normally accustomed to; i.e., setting 640 ISO on a Fuji when I would normally use 400, and 1,000 when I might have settled for 800. I still find that Fuji, both my X-E2s and the rented X-T1, invariably underexposes too — though I know that I prefer brighter exposure to that of darker. So I am also continually shooting with E/V set +1/3 or +2/3 higher.

The Nikon D500 numbers are obscene. That is a full 32 x uptick! Barring noise that really would allow you so much latitude in terms of handheld shooting at night or at concerts.

So something else to think about.


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The New Pentax K-70 Is Not A Fuji X-T2 But It Is A Temptation.

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Click to access Ricoh (Japan (in English)) product page.


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The ‘New Camera’ that I read religiously every morning and every night has been promoting the Pentax K-70 for the last few days. It not for their incessant coverage I might have missed it altogether given that I am trying hard to be ‘ALL Fuji’. The “New Camera” Website is at: thenewcamera.com. Click to ENLARGE image and read here.


Oscar Wilde and I are one when it comes to this sentiment: “The only way to get rid of temptation is to yield to it… I can resist everything but temptation.” Temptation has been the greatest source of pleasure as well as the bane of my life — though I have always maintained, very truthfully, that I only succumbed, at best, to 10% of the temptation that came my way. When I was young, which (alas) was a long time ago, my temptations were mainly carnal. In my old age, having forgone my love of photography for 30 years because I was too busy with my career, the only temptations that stir me tend to be cameras! I am NOT sure whether I should be happy or sad about that — though I do realize that lusting after cameras, irrespective of how expensive they are, is still cheaper for me that lusting our my old temptations.

So, that is how the Pentax K-70 came into my life, with a resounding bang, yesterday.

A year ago I was convinced that the Pentax K-3 was going to be, as of September 2015, my MAIN camera. Well a lot of water and cameras have flown ‘under that bridge’, so to speak, in the last 9 months: Sony a77 II, Panasonic Lumix FZ1000, Sony RX100 II, Panasonic Lumix LX100 etc. etc. SMILE. Temptation. For I this is NOTHING!

These days, next to the U.K. “Daily Mail“, which I read, ‘cover-to-cover’, every morning (as I did when I lived in the U.K.), the only other publication that I do not miss is the “new camera“. They, over the last 3 days, have been shamelessly plugging the Pentax K-70. Eventually I took some notice.

WOW!

The Pentax K-70 really could be the camera for me!

Did I just say that. Isn’t the Fuji X-T2 THE DREAM CAMERA build to my exact specs?

As you might know I take a lot of pictures, every day — most of them outdoors. The ideal camera for me would be a very rugged one, WEATHER SEALED and able to work in New Hampshire’s below freezing winters.

The K-70 is for all-weather outdoor use, up to 14°F (10°C) in cold climes. That is still 9°F outside MY range of operation in that I will run in 5°F weather.

I will HAVE to monitor the K-70. There are claims that it’s auto-focus (AF) is very good and it’s image quality is exceptional. And then there is the ISO above 51,210. That I would like! So stay TUNED.

I might still surprise myself. As I saw in a forum, the K-70 could be as good as the Fuji X-T2 at 1/3rd the price! Yikes.


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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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