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My Garmin ‘MARQ Expedition’ Now (@ S/W 4.10) Has The ‘Fenix 6’ Features — And I Love It!

by Anura Guruge


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Click to ENLARGE and read here. From ‘Garmin Forums’.


Well we knew it (i.e., Fenix 6 features on the older watches) would come but I wasn’t expecting it this fast. WOW. I am delighted, though I am also hoping to get a Fenix 6 in the coming weeks!

From what I can see the software was downloaded in two batches — Thursday night and Friday night (i.e., yesterday). I got the ‘4.10’ message last night.

Took a second to get used to the ‘widgets at a glance‘ BUT now I love it. You do get to see more data, quicker.

I tried the Fenix 6 watch faces. I have NEVER been a fan of Garmin watch faces! They are interesting BUT not my cup of tea.

I was gone to a multicultural festival all day. So, haven’t had timed to play around with any of the other features. But, they all seem to be there.

Well done, Garmin. You did good.

SMILE.


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Do I Get Rid Of My Garmin ‘MARQ Expedition’ & Get A New Garmin Fenix 6 Pro Sapphire?

by Anura Guruge


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My Garmin ‘MARQ Expedition’ that I got in May 2019.


I have known that the Garmin Fenix 6 Series was going to be introduced on August 29, 2019, for a few weeks now. I knew it was going to have a larger (i.e., 1.3″ (& 1.4″ on ‘X’)) display than the MARQ or Fenix 5. But, until today I had not, alas, seen all the specs.

Do I need a Fenix 6? No.

Do I want a Fenix 6? Probably.

Why? Because I like to have the latest and greatest (though in this case the MARQ, with its pretty neat titanium body, is still probably the greatest).

OK. Time for full disclosure. I am SUPPOSED to get a Fenix 6 so I can evaluate it and write some reviews. That would be nice. But, that is not a given as yet.

To be honest, only one feature tickles me — right now. And that is SOLAR. But, that is not going to work on two fronts. I have always stayed clear of the ‘X’ models. I have small (‘girlie’) wrists! The ‘X’ would overwhelm it and make me look stupid (or stupider). The 47mm size, as you can see above, fits perfectly. So, the ‘X’ is out. For now that rules out Solar. Plus, I live in New Hampshire and most of my running/walking/hiking is done under tall trees. So, it is either winter when the Sun is not that high in the sky or it is not winter and the trees block most of the sunshine.

At 66 (next week) I don’t need any of the fany performance-related features. I just need time, distance, pace, HR. At my age you are just glad you still have a pulse.

I am pretty sure that all of the software features on the Fenix 6, including power management, will be available on the MARQ, Fenix 5 Plus and Forerunner 945 by November. I will try and get that confirmed.

So, that is where I sit.

I doubt whether I will get rid of my MARQ.

But, I probably will try and get a Fenix 6 as well. SMILE. Evaluating and writing detailed reviews has its benefits.

So, stay tuned.


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Fenix 6 Has 1.4″ Display, Vivoactive 4 Might Do So Too — But What Is The ‘Garmin Venu’ About?

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The Garmin Venu, with a 43mm case, is YET ANOTHER watch that is supposed to debut next week — on August 28, 2019.

With two buttons it looks very much like the Vivoactive 4 — and there is a Vivoactive 4S for smaller wrists, so the Venu just can’t be just a smaller version of the VA4.

I get a feeling that it is a lower cost, i.e., $150, range competitor against Fitbit — with less sports functionality than that on a Vivoactive 3 or Vivoactive 4.

I (as a Garmin shareholder and owner) think that Garmin has TOO MANY MODELS. It is crazy. It cost real money for Garmin to introduce, maintain and support models — but it is also confusing for consumers and for retailers!

Yes, the Venu puzzles me. Do you have any ideas?


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Why A New Garmin Vivoactive 4 — Possibly A Bigger Display As With The Fenix 6?

by Anura Guruge

 



Yes, we all know that Garmin (and for that matter, Fitbit) love to introduce new models, churn the base and hopefully get a few more sales.

I was surprised to hear that there was to be a Garmin Fenix 6, announced on August 28, 2019 — but then I knew that the the Forerunner 945 and the MARQ Series (and I upgraded from a Fenix 5 Plus to a MARQ Expedition) were squeezing the Fenix 5 series. Then I learnt that the Fenix 6 will have a 1.4″ display as opposed to the 1.2″ found in most Garmin watches of today.

So, this is what I am thinking. Will the Vivoactive 4 also have a 1.4″ display. I have read that its body is fractionally bigger than the current Vivoactive 3. They might be able to squeeze in that extra 0.2″. That would be a biggie.

I could be wrong, but judging from the leaked pictures on the Web, I think I see two buttons on the side. That could be good too. I owned two Vivoactive 3s. I liked the touchscreen. That was what I was used to. I thought I would never be able to use a smartwatch without a touchscreen. I was very wrong. Today, I would not get one with a touchscreen. I like the precision and speed I can get with the buttons on a Fenix or MARQ (or for that matter a Forerunner).

Yes, the Vivoactive 3, by design, doesn’t have many of the high end, esoteric functions found on the Forerunner, Fenix or MARQ. It is meant to be that way for price differentiation. They didn’t need to bring out a Vivoactive 4 to add some of these software features to the existing Vivoactive 3(M).

If you hadn’t notice the whole Vivoactive 3 Series is on sale at Garmin and at Amazon. There are actually some GOOD DEALS on Amazon right now. Go check.

I feel bad for those that bought a Vivoactive 3 in the last few months. I know it has been very popular. Now they are going to feel that they need to trade-up at some point. But, lets wait and see. To I the only justification would be a bigger and better display. That could be a game changer.


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Strap Options For The New Garmin Fenix 6, 6X etc. [August 28, 2019].

by Anura Guruge



 


I don’t wear the $250 strap daily. But, I do like a leather strap.


Plenty of options, THOUGH NOT cheap, from Garmin. Click image to access page.


So, as discussed yesterday, the BIG immediately noticeable features of the new Garmin Fenix 6 line is going to be the 1.4″ watch face (from the prior 1.2″ standard) and the leather strap.

While Garmin has ‘always’ offered leather straps they have not come as standard on running watches. With the Fenix 6 it will and for us runners that will be a change. I, however, already went through this when I got my Garmin MARQ Expedition. That also came with (gorgeous) leather strap — albeit, then priced, at $250. But, Garmin also included a black silicone strap as well. That was good. I am pretty sure that Garmin will do the same with the Fenix 6, i.e., include a free silicone strap along with the leather.

As with the Fenix 5 (Plus) we will have the ‘S’, standard & ‘X’ models. Though the display is 0.2″ bigger I hope they stick with the standard 20-mm, 22-mm and 26-mm QuickFit strap options. That would give us the most flexibility. If they opt for a bigger strap we will be screwed — at least initially.

Then there is the SHOULDER option, on the black silicone, that started with the MARQ. It fills in the gap and is very, very impressive.


Yes, you can get that black strap with the shoulder, just for 22mm, from Garmin — but it is $50 more than the standard version. Wow.

If the Fenix 6 comes with Garmin’s $80 leather strap you should be FINE. It is a very durable strap and you can immerse it in water multiple times a day — I DO. It ages and weathers like leather should. I got one of these BECAUSE I didn’t want to wear the expensive MARQ strap, with the white stitching, 24×7.

I also tried a couple of cheap leather straps. Was NOT happy. The leather was cheap and felt (and acted) like cardboard.


Leather straps with the metal clasp at the end are a DISASTER. They will SCRATCH your expensive watch.

So, those are the options. Lot of straps, especially 22mm, BUT they are EXPENSIVE. That is frustrating. Luckily I can get an automatic discount on them. That helps. SMILE. But, it is still not cheap.

Enjoy.


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Greenleaf Beacon Hill Dollhouse Is Painfully Slowly Being Assembled.

by Anura Guruge


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This is what Teischan, after much deliberation and consideration, wanted as the main present for her 11th birthday on March 22nd.

We kind of knew what we were getting into BUT this is something else.

She can’t do it by herself so I have to work with her — all the time.

I have over the years, with Teischan being #4, built hundreds of Lego, AirFix and similar models — with some of these being v. ambitious, big and complex. BUT nothing compares to this.

Plus the thin plywood is brutal in terms of splinters.

It is hard work. 



The pictures shows what the FINISHED house should look like!


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Fuji June 9 Firmware Updates Successfully Installed On X-E2s, 35mm f/2, 18-55mm & 55-200mm f/3.5.

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Yes, as planned I waited until today, June 13, 2016 — 3 full days after the release — to do the update.

No problems. Very smooth. In total took less than 10 minutes for all 4 updates and I, intentionally, took it slow so as to avoid any ‘finger trouble’. I even gave the Fuji battery a quick ‘top up’ charge in between the body update and the lens updates!

Did the body, i.e., X-E2s, with just that update on the card.

Then I formatted the card, topped up the battery, and copied ALL 3 updates to the card at once. As I had read on a Fuji forum that was no problem. Camera effortlessly picked up the right update for each lens that was mounted. That saved quite a few steps and time. Lens updates, with the file size just 388KB, were quick. I think I could have had all 4 update (or more) on the card at the same time BUT I was willing to do the body separately.

Did the 55-200 zoom last. Then couldn’t resist taking some pictures, in my darkened study, at ISO 12,800 using manual focus. I will upload the images laters. It could be my imagination and WISHFUL thinking, BUT they seemed sharper!


Lens updates I succesfully installed.

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For the record here are images of each update.
SMILE.

I am always apprehensive about doing any update.
(Pictures taken with my Lenovo Android 10″ pad.)


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Fujifilm X-E2s body –> 1.02.

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Fuji ‘kit’ 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS –> 3.20.

Fuji35update

Fuji XF35mm f/2 R WR –> 1.01.

Fujizoomupdate

Fuji XF55-200mm f/3.5-4.8 R LM OIS –> 1.20.


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Fuji ‘X’ June 9 Firmware Updates — First Real Problem, 50-140 Lens.

by Anura Guruge


This looks bad. Kind of had the feeling that any problems would show up in ‘less used’ products, particularly lenses, and that seems to be the case here.

Scary. You feel so helpless. When this happens you are ‘DEAD IN THE WATER’.

Poster is now reflecting that MAYBE he should have waited ‘for the dust to settle’. I already decided to wait till Monday (rather than Sunday). SMILE.

As an ol’ programmer I consider this atrocious programming. Rather than displaying ‘Firmware Broken‘ at least have the decency to ROLL BACK the update, get the lens to a semi-operable state and say “Update failed. Reinstall previous Firmware Version’. But I, for 40 years, have NEVER considered the Japanese to be very good programmers! Think about it. What has Japan done on the SOFTWARE front? Google, Amazon, Facebook, Twitter … List goes on. Good with hardware.


From DPReview.com’sFujifilm X System/SLR Talk‘ Forum.

 

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‘Lumoid’ — Another Option For Renting Cameras, Especially Fuji.

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I found them a few days ago when I was researching camera rentals — in particular Fujis.

Cheaper than renting from Fujifilm USA but I don’t think they offer as many models. I plan to try them out soon.

Can get a 5% discount code for the first rental by signing up for their newsletter. That was easy enough.


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Fuji June 9, 2016 X-Series Firmware Updates — No Real Issues 1st 24 Hours.

by Anura Guruge


>> >>  1st real issue surfaces on a lens update  << <<


As promised in the first post about this HUGE X-series firmware update I am monitoring forums and online news for reports of problems.

So far, viz. mid-night June 10, 2016, all seems well. Just two ‘problem’ posts and both seem, to some extent, ‘user error’. But still early days. I will continue to monitor. There is another thread, with a lot of posts, where people have successfully updated, but from what I can see none of them have had time to put the camera/lenses through their paces.


From DPReview.com’sFujifilm X System/SLR Talk‘ Forum.

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