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I Suggest That Amazon Get Into The Camera Rental Business.

by Anura Guruge


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This will be good for I in multiple ways — given that I am also an Amazon shareholder.

Yes, I have rented a Fuji X-T1 from “Lumoid” and a Nikon D500/Tamron 16-300mm lens from “LensRental“. Both rentals worked out great and I will not hesitate to rent again from either of them.

But renting from Amazon would be so much easier. They have all my details. They know me, I know them.

Plus, Amazon could offer some great ‘rent-to-buy’ options.

Yes, it will more or less drive quite a few existing rental companies out of business but, alas, that is what competition is all about. Some will, of course, survive by offering ‘better’ services — I guess.


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I Am Renting A Nikon D500 & Tamron 16-300mm Lens From “LensRentals”.

by Anura Guruge


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I have to check out the Nikon D500. I owe it to myself. If I don’t (knowing myself as well as I do) I will have lingering qualms that I might have missed an opportunity.

If it is as good as what everybody claims, and excels at AutoFocus, it might be the best ‘long-term’ (let’s define that as 2-year) ‘big camera’ for I. But I need to be convinced.

Yes, I could cheat. I could order a D500 (with say the kit lens) from Amazon and return it, within 30-days, if I am not convinced that it as good as ‘they claim’ or if it does not work out for I. But I don’t want to do that. Having rented a Fuji X-T1, last month, for our trip to Acadia National Park, I am 100% sold on the notion. With a rental I get to play around, experiment with settings and put it through its paces … and then send it back. I took 1,000 pictures with that rented X-T1. That is what I plan to do with the Nikon. Then if I decide I am going to get one — I get to start AGAIN with a brand new camera, ALBEIT now much more familiar with its workings.

So that is the rationale.

With the X-T1 I did not have to rent any lenses because I already had compatible Fuji lenses for my Fuji X-E2s. Not so when it comes to Nikon.

And lenses are going to be an issue. One of the reasons I am ditching Fuji (and the process started yesterday) is that the lenses are not only expensive but do not warrant such premium pricing. In comparison Nikon glass is cheap! I do not like to juggle lenses during a ‘shoot’. That is why I am trying out the Tamron 16-300 f/3.5-4. That range (extensive as it is) will cover most of what I want 85% of the time. And yes I know that Sigma and Nikon also make variants. I will do more research as to whether Sigma is SHARPER than the Tamron — and yes, I have read that the Tamron, though v. good, is slightly ‘soft’ (and that will drive me nuts if that is the case).

I wanted to rent from Lumoid because we already had a rental history. Despite three pleadings they appear, inexplicably, reluctant to add the D500 to their range. Maybe it is too expensive. So I had to go with ‘LensRental‘ — who I know have been in the rental game for longer. They confirmed and accepted by order — without any hassle. But I am not renting until mid-month. So as was the case with Lumoid it is possible that they might still come back asking for more credentials (which, to be fair, is fair enough given the value of the items we are dealing with).

Yes, of course, I will share with you my experiences and pictures.

Stay tuned.


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

by Anura Guruge


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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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6 Fuji X-T1 Images Of The Day — July 11, 2016.

by Anura Guruge


XT1fromfujiThese pictures were taken
with a Fujifilm X-T1
I rented for a week from Lumoid.
[Day 7 — and the last.
It is packed and ready to go back.]

Resolution details
same as
those for my Fuji X-E2s
.

That is Maya and Braxton.

NO post-processing whatsoever.

Click pictures to ENLARGE.

Attribution WILL be enforced.



Fuji X-E2s image Anura Guruge
Fuji X-E2s image Anura Guruge


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6 Fuji X-T1 Images Of The Day — July 10, 2016.

by Anura Guruge


XT1fromfujiThese pictures were taken
with a Fujifilm X-T1
I rented for a week from Lumoid.
[Day 6]

Resolution details
same as
those for my Fuji X-E2s
.

NO post-processing whatsoever.

Back home from Acadia and we had to
pick up the dogs and bunnies from
Country Brook Kennels“.

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Attribution WILL be enforced.



Fuji X-E2s image Anura Guruge
Fuji X-E2s image Anura Guruge


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6 Fuji X-T1 Images Of The Day — July 8, 2016.

by Anura Guruge


XT1fromfujiThese pictures were taken
with a Fujifilm X-T1
I rented for a week from Lumoid.
[Day 4]

Resolution details
same as
those for my Fuji X-E2s
.

NO post-processing whatsoever.

At Acadia National Park
for THE Centennial.

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Attribution WILL be enforced.



Fuji X-E2s image Anura Guruge
Fuji X-E2s image Anura Guruge


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6 Fuji X-T1 Images Of The Day — July 7, 2016.

by Anura Guruge


XT1fromfujiThese pictures were taken
with a Fujifilm X-T1
I rented for a week from Lumoid.
[Day 3]

Resolution details
same as
those for my Fuji X-E2s
.

NO post-processing whatsoever.

Yes, we went to Acadia National Park.
It was the Centennial!
Our 6th trip in 3 years.
More to come, of course.

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Attribution WILL be enforced.



Fuji X-E2s image Anura Guruge
Fuji X-E2s image Anura Guruge


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6 Fuji X-T1 Images Of The Day — July 6, 2016.

by Anura Guruge


These pictures were taken
with a Fujifilm X-T1
I rented for a week from Lumoid.
[Day 2]

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Resolution details
same as
those for my Fuji X-E2s
.

NO post-processing whatsoever.

I stopped at a well-tended cemetery in
Chichester, New Hampshire.

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Attribution WILL be enforced.




Fuji X-E2s image Anura Guruge
Fuji X-E2s image Anura Guruge


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First Impressions Of A Fuji X-T1 Hours Ahead Of X-T2 Announcement.

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE. The Fuji X-T1 I rented. It is brand new. No clicks. This picture taken with my Fujifilm X-E2s.


Renting a Fuji X-T1 ahead of the X-T2 announcement so that I can get a feel of  a Fuji X-Tx (as opposed to the Fuji X-E2s I own) has to be the best decision I have made when it comes to my long and tortuous sojourn with cameras (for the last 2 years).

This is one of the problems of living in the sticks. There is no local camera store that I can go to that stocks ‘high end’ cameras, especially if they are not Canon or Nikon. I rented the X-T1 for a week, from Lumoid, and at the same time rented a Lytro ILLUM 40 for Devanee who thinks that this is the camera for her! So far, so good with the rental experience from Lumoid. Very friendly, very helpful and everything came as promised bar a missing SD card reader — which was no big deal since I have plenty (and they did send one with the Lytro).

Wow, I can’t get over how SMALL the X-T1 one is. I had just assumed that given its DSLR-like styling it would be bigger. This is quite the testament to mirrorless cameras. It is just fractionally bigger than the X-E2s or for that matter (just in terms of the body) to the Panasonic Lumix LX100. I never realized that the X-T1 was that small. That is good and bad. Great for travel and street photography BUT to be honest I like cameras with a bit more heft; the X-E2s supposed to be my ‘compact’. As such, that the X-T2 will be slightly bigger is good news.

The X-T1 is a joy to use in terms of the controls. Everything is there. You don’t really have to ever use the menus or look at the LCD for reading prior to shooting. This is exactly what I had been hoping. Everything is basically one-touch and all the dials and buttons appear to be just where you would want them to. Yes, having to unlock the ISO and shutter-speed dial is a pain — and I gather this will not be the case with the X-T2. So that is also good.

Took good pictures BUT in terms of image quality I would have to say it is on par with my X-E2s — which is to be expected since they share very similar specs. Well, the X-T2 changes that.

Wow! It gets HOT. I can appreciate why they want to FIX overheating issues on the X-T2. I didn’t shoot any videos and neither did I use ‘burst mode’. Just shot 110 still images, fairly leisurely. But after about 70 shots I could feel the HEAT emanating from the camera! I have never experienced that. Towards the end it was noticeably HOT. Yikes.

Now that I have used a X-T1 I am more convinced than ever that I will love the X-T2. In terms of direct-control the X-T2 will continue to be the camera of my dreams.

Right now I only have one reservation and it is major. Autofocus performance. Though direct-control is important my overriding criteria is image quality (IQ) and for me IQ starts, most of the time, with razor sharp focus. Soft images just leave me cold. And that is an issue. The X-E2s has not impressed me overly in terms of autofocus. From what I can see the X-T2, though it will be better, is not going to be stellar. And I am NOT willing to compromise on the next camera I buy — did that a few times already. So I will be reading the reviews real carefully to see what they have to say about the X-T2 autofocus. In the meantime I am going to try and rent a Nikon D500 for a week or two. Looks like that is doable though the rental prices are not as attractive as they were for the X-T1 (given, of course, the price difference).

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The Lytro ILLUM 40 MP Rental.


This is a BIG, heavy camera. Actually it is huge and cumbersome. It is all lens and funny angles (including the battery). It has no appeal to I. The polar opposite of what I am looking for in terms of direct-control. And I don’t have the patience or time to do all the mandatory post-processing. Devanee, last I saw, was still struggling with the software. I will let you know what she found.


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6 Fuji X-T1 Images Of The Day — July 5, 2016.

by Anura Guruge


These pictures were taken
with a Fujifilm X-T1
I rented for a week from Lumoid.

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Resolution details
same as
those for my Fuji X-E2s
.

NO post-processing whatsoever.

Click pictures to ENLARGE.

Attribution WILL be enforced.




Fuji X-E2s image Anura Guruge
Fuji X-E2s image Anura Guruge


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