by Anura Guruge
>> Death knell for Lytro Illum?
>> Panasonic’s new REFOCUS.
>> Lytro — focus with software.
>> Bought Sony RX100 II.
>> Bought Panasonic Lumix FZ1000.
>> 6 Images for the Day.
>> Taking Selfies My Way III.
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After seeing my post about the deep discount on the Lytro Illum Devanee wants me to get one. To be fair, as I did point out, it did cross my mind that I probably should get one at ‘that’ price — though the current ‘non-rebate’ price is $449. So when Devanee says I should get one all the domestic dynamics change! Devanee is nobody’s fool when it comes to cars and cameras! She has worked it out that IF she encourages my taste then she can benefit from that. And there is no harm in that — and she has an MGB and a Canon Rebel T3i to prove it, with another Jag to come!
So when Devanee says I should get one … the mother stays mum. Plus Deanna is convinced that I am going to get ANOTHER camera for Christmas! She has come to the conclusion, I do not know how or why, that I am addicted to cameras. Am I?
I really, really wasn’t going to get another one this year. Seriously. But now that Devanee says I should get a Lytro Illum …
Did some reading on the Lytro Illum last night. Kind of what I suspected. It appears to be pretty USELESS in the two areas that matter most to me … landscape and low light.
But the whole notion of REFOCUS appeals to me — tremendously. Plus I am a great fan of Panasonic since my Lumix FZ1000 proved to be such a huge success. I realize that the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 is the BIG BOY version of my FZ1000. But I really don’t want to get into interchangeable lenses again with anything LESS than APSC. Hence my PLAN to wait for the Fuji X-T2.
But then there is the Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FZ300K! Great ZOOM up to 600mm, 5 axis stabilization and a CONSTANT max. aperture of f2.8. This camera — now with REFOCUS via firmware — could BE perfect for me BUT for the sensor size. 1/2.3″ sensor. YIKES. That is SO, SO SMALL. But then again 99% of the pictures I take are for use on the Web. I can get away with a small sensor. OK. If on Cyber Monday, i.e., tomorrow, or before Christmas, I see the FZ300 BELOW $500 I will get one.