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B&H’s Nikon Z Series Trade-In Event Impresses Me None. They Are Just Trying To Harvest Contact Information.

by Anura Guruge



I, sad to say, have never been a fan of B&H. Maybe if I lived in New York and had access to one of their stores.

I have never had any joy with them. I would rather deal with Amazon, when it comes to electronics, any day of the week.

I have, alas, been suckered into previous trade-in SCAMS by B&H. They are not dealing in good faith. From what I can see there are just trying to get your contact information and then say that they are not interested in your trade-in.

So, I am not going to bother, though I do have a rather nice Sony a7 II to trade-in. Instead, I am going to sell it myself. I hate being scammed.


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Nikon Mirrorless Lenses For 2019 Excites Me None.

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Click to ENLARGE. From ‘petapixel.com’.


I am a bit of a contradiction when it comes to full-frame. I like the SIZE of the full-frame sensor and the BIGGER picture I get with it — BUT, at the same time I have never been that fond of wide-angle shooting! The irony here being that the largeness of a full-frame sensor is such that you are already into wide-angle even before you start. Hence, the contradiction.

I like to shoot tight. Thus, I prefer zoom lenses and ideally all in one zooms that give me say AT LEAST 24 – 240mm (which is what I currently have with my Sony a7 II).

Appears that I am in the minority.

Yes, I can get non-Z Nikon lenses that cover this range, BUT I would like native mirrorless glass.

So, that is my problem.

I am definitely, of course, getting the 24-70mm — the only native zoom. I was thinking of getting the 50mm. MAYBE I might think about the new 14-30mm — and experiment with ultra-wide-angle (at least for I).


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I Am Willing To Wait Till April 2019 For A Canon EOS R With In-Body Image Stabilization (IBIS).

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Click to ENLARGE. From PetaPixel — today.


It was lack of IBIS that was the deal killer for I.


Way back in August — September 2018 I genuinely thought I was going to get the Canon EOS R. I initially did NOT believe that it was NOT going to have IBIS. Well, when that was confirmed, I totally lost interest. I like and rely upon IBIS. I tend to shoot at low shutter speeds and IBIS in my Sony A7 II indulges I.

I was then all set to get a Nikon Z6. But, I had said all along that I would not buy it ahead of the Holidays and wait until the new year. Recently, with winter upon us, I decided to push that back to at least March — possibly April. No point getting a fancy, brand new camera when the light isn’t great and it is freezing outside. I am just going to be dissapointed with picture quality.

So, if I am willing to wait until March — April …

If the announced a Canon EOS R with IBIS early in the year with April availability I will definitely wait to see what it is like. I like the Canon FF mirrorless lenses and their adapters. Kind of exciting. CHOICE. The only problem might be that Canon makes it a high resolution camera, i.e., more than 35 MP.


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Nikon Z6 Reference Manual Available For Download.

by Anura Guruge


You can download the original, from Nikon,
in clean, safe PDF form
by just clicking on this image.



The ‘User Guide’ isn’t available as yet.


Or you could visit the Nikon Website &
download from there.

Click on image to access the Nikon Website.

 


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Per ‘Nikon Rumors’ The First Production Nikon Z6 Units Have Been Shipped To The U.S.

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Click to ENLARGE. From ‘Nikon Rumors’.


This is inline with what Nikon had said to begin with, i.e., Z6 availability in the U.S. around November 28. That is exciting.

As I have maintained, from the start, I do NOT plan to get a Z6 in 2018. I don’t want one of the very first units. Just have a feeling that there might be some teething issues.

Going to wait for the holiday rush to be over … and then check the Forums and read the reviews.

If everything looks good come January 1, 2019, I will order one then. I am in no hurry. My Sony a7 II is still good … though I am RAPIDLY approaching 30,000 pictures with it. Yes, 30,000 pictures. That is a lot of pictures. Here is a way to visualize what 30,000 pictures mean. IF I took 10 pictures a day, it would take 8.2 YEARS to take 30,000 pictures.


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

by Anura Guruge


NO post-processing whatsoever.

Click pictures to ENLARGE.

Attribution WILL be enforced.



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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Tamron At Last Acknowledges Some Incompatibility With The Nikon Z6/Z7 Via The ‘FTZ’ Adapter.

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Click to ENLARGE.

From the horse’s mouth — at last. At: tamron.com — press releases.

 


Click to access my post. I started talking about this nearly a month ago.


I am not happy BUT I think this is progress. There is one and only one Tamron lens that I am interested in. It addresses ALL my zoom needs. I really would like it to work flawlessly on a Nikon Z6. If it doesn’t I will have to get the Nikon version and that costs twice as much and is twice as heavy.

Luckily time is on my side. I don’t plan to get the Nikon Z6 till 2019. So, I have time … I think.

This is the lens I want. I will be getting rid of a Sony 24-240mm. So, this will give me more reach at a lower price!


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Blind Test, Nikon vs. Sony, Confirms Why I Plan To Switch To Nikon.

by Anura Guruge


Click image to access ‘BLIND TEST’. It is in Japanese. Get Google to translate. Site is RATHER slow. You can enlarge the pictures by clicking on them.


Some of the ‘Blind Test’ comparison pictures.

Click to ENLARGE.



My Contention.

Doesn’t matter which one is better. They are pretty close.

The DAMN Sony lens is 2.2 MORE EXPENSIVE.

I can pay 2.2 less and have the same image quality!


I read about this ‘blind test’, Nikon z7 vs. Sony a7RII, on the ‘DPReview‘ ‘Nikon Z’ forum.

Since I have a Sony a7II and plan to switch to a Nikon z6 (early next year) I was curious. The test was close enough — just a difference in resolution to my gear.

The test is in Japanese BUT, luckily, Google does an excellent job translating.

I did NOT have to do the whole test.

By the time I looked at 4 pictures I knew that my CONTENTION re. Sony was proved — BIG TIME.

My only gripe about Sony has been the prices of their lenses — especially full-frame, FE-mount lenses. They are ridiculously expensive. Yes, I could afford them BUT I would have a hard time justifying their prices. That is the reason I want to go with Nikon.

Until now, I couldn’t because Nikon didn’t make mirrorless, and I committed myself to mirrorless over 3-years ago.

The Nikon z6 is thus the ideal camera for I. Full-frame mirrorless, 5-axis In-Body Image Stabilization and affordable lenses (though I am not that convinced that the new lenses are superlative).

So, here is the CRUX of the Blind Test.

By definition, a Blind Test, compares similar offerings.

So, the image quality Nikon vs Sony was going to be CLOSE. And it is.

But, here is the kicker. The lens on the Sony is 2.2 MORE EXPENSIVE than that of the Nikon.

2.2 MORE Expensive and you can’t tell the DIFFERENCE.

Give me a break. I will have the CHEAP Nikon PLEASE.

Q.E.D.


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Nikon Nikkor Z 24-70mm f/4 S Lens — 2 Sample Pictures That Impress Me None.

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Click to access full review in “Digital Camera World”.


Wow. This is WAY SOFT and fuzzy. You could even say flaccid!


Not impressive. I could do better with a much cheaper lens on my old Sony a7 II. See below.


I happened to see this review (on Google News) from “Digital Camera World”. The two pictures they included — both above — impressed me NONE. They are SOFT. Reminded me of that damning photo taken with the new Canon EOS R.

I think I know what is wrong with the top picture. Aperture TOO WIDE. I would NOT have shot that at under f/11. More likely f/22 and I would have cranked the ISO upto 800, if not 1000.

So, it isn’t as if I don’t take pictures each and every day … and, moreover, post at least 7 a day on this blog. So, you can check out my pictures — which are ALWAYS UNTOUCHED JPEGs, straight-out-of-the-camera.

Yes, in my hands this lens would have fared much better.


So, two of my pictures, with my Sony a7 II


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‘The New Camera’ Website Consigns The ‘Canon EOS R’ To Be An Entry Level Full-Frame Camera!

by Anura Guruge



Yes, they are an Indian outfit, out of India, that is v. good at scouring the Web for camera rumors but with limited technical understanding and a grasp of English not that dissimilar to Donald Trump. (That they have ‘a entry’ illustrates the latter, to a ‘T’.)

Yes, the Canon EOS R, lacking In-Body Image Stabilization does come up short and I had already discounted it, in favor of the cheaper Nikon Z6, with IBIS, BUT this was amusing to see. Canon could not have been happy because this is a Website that gets a LOT of hits because they are good at giving you scoops.

Just thought I will share this with you in case you hadn’t seen it. It was from September 8, 2018 — 3-days ago.


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