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“Dunkin’ Donuts” Christmas ‘Peppermint Mocha’ Is A Waste Of Money; ‘Cumberland Farms’ A Better Option.

by Anura Guruge




I like peppermint. Simple as that. Peppermint is really the ONLY flavor I like in my coffee. So, come Christmas and St. Patrick’s I look forward to indulging in some peppermint flavored coffee — albeit limiting myself, at most, to two a WEEK.

When “Dunkin’” started aggressively advertising, on local radio, its peppermint for this Christmas I could not resist.

I will be honest, I do NOT like “Dunkin'”. I think they are overrated and, moreover, way OVERPRICED. I, 98% of the time, drink plain, non-fancy coffee. Why pay “Dunkin'” when I can get a LARGE cup at McDonald’s or a gas station, e.g., ‘Cumberland Farms‘, for a $1? That was rhetorical.

Well, today, I made an exception and regretted it. I bought a “Dunkin'” peppermint and it was GARBAGE. Even with my SENIOR discount it came to over $4. That is stupid — and I will readily admit that I was STUPID for buying it. That is IT. Never again.

‘Cumberland Farms’ has peppermint flavor for Christmas — 99 cents. I will stick with that.


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by Anura Guruge

New Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 — Not Convinced It Is Worth $601 More Than A Sony a6500.

by Anura Guruge


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My comparison of what I look for in a camera.

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I could be wrong but I don’t see the justification for the added $601.

IF it was APS-C or Full-Frame — yes.

But, darn it — it is a Four-Thirds sensor. Panasonic appears to be playing the same game recently played by Olympus with the much anticipated OM-D E-M1 Mk II. That too was priced, body-only, at $1,999.

I think the Four-Thirds vendors are HOPING that a $1,999 might make their cameras look better. Not sure that that is going to work.

Yes, the Panasonic GH5, at the end of April, with a new version of firmware, is supposed to get some groundbreaking video features. That has zero value to me.

I just can’t see paying $2,000 for a 20MP Four-Thirds body. Period!

It would be competitive if it was $1,400 U.S.


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Olympus PEN-F — More Pretension Than Practicality?

by Anura Guruge


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Click to ENLARGE. Main picture, of course, from Olympus (with thanks).


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Click to ENLARGE. Of course from the outstanding “DPReview.com”. The 3 dials that sealed the deal AGAINST the Olympus PEN-F.


After my 34-day ‘crisis‘ during which I gave away (as an act of random kindness) my beloved Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 and (6 week old) Lumix LX100, I last Wednesday was again in the market for a new camera.

I was not going to just replace the Panasonics. That would have been painful and regressive. I decided I was going to start again and move up to the next level (so to speak). I remembered the Olympus PEN-F that had been announced in January 2016. I had looked at it then and concluded that it was overpriced and I still think it is priced $200 above what it should be. But I was willing to pay IF I thought it would be the camera that would make me happy until the availability of my dream Fuji X-T2.

So I spent quite a few hours crunching through the reviews, reading the specs and looking at YouTube videos. Three times during the day on Thursday (last week) I nearly hit the BUY button. And each time I shied away at the last millisecond. I knew something was wrong. So I decided to think about it overnight. And then it hit me.

The PEN-F is NOT what I am looking for … The PEN-F is NOT for the likes of I …

I came to the realization that the BIG ‘PASM‘ mode dial on the top was a total, utter turn-off. Like a huge, hanging hairy wart. I do NOT use custom modes and I prefer to choose my mode using the shutter and apaerture dials as in the Panasonic Lumix LX100. So that was strike ONE.

Yes, yes, I know all about the retro look and nostalgia. BUT I am not going to buy a camera, at this price range, for looks. The front dial, as DPReview (above) so correctly points out is a total waste and distraction. If that was a focus selection dial, ‘S-C-M’, I could have looked with it though I find its placement ugly. So that strike TWO.

Having the toggle underneath the mode dial that only works on the JPEG ‘curve’ was the last straw. Strike THREE.

Yes, the Olympus PEN-F will look real cool in a trendy club. But that is not my scene. I want a practical camera.

And this was BEFORE I got to the Micro Four Thirds sensor.

PLEASE help me keep this pledge. PLEASE. I will no longer buy a camera with anything less than an APS-C size sensor. I am a large sensor guy. I know that. I will always regret getting smaller sensors. So I have to pick the habit.

So what did I get? Have a guess. It was not an Olympus — though I like Olympus and Deanna has one, which she loves.


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Sony RX10 II — Way Overpriced At The Final Reckoning!

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Push comes to shove, the Sony RX10 II
is NOT cost justifiable.

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Click to access the very useful ‘snapsort.com’ comparison of the Sony DSC-RX10 II vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000.


In the end I did NOT need the above head-to-head comparison by ‘snapsort.com‘ to tell me that the RX1o II was NOT worth the money — BUT it was the final straw.

When the Sony RX10 II was announced in June 2015 I drooled over it for three months. I genuinely thought, till well into August, that the RX10 II would be my next camera — when I treated myself to a new camera in September, for my birthday, as I have been doing yearly of late. I researched the RX10 II for months. I really wanted to convince myself that this was THE right camera for me. Then right at the last minute I decided that I did not want to go down from an APS-C sensor to a 1″ sensor. That is when I went with the Sony a77 mk II. I loved the Sony a77 mk II — once I got used to it. On Sunday, September 20, 2015, at the NH Highland Games, in Loon, it was taking some awesome pictures. I could see that just on the LCD display. It was all that I wanted from a camera. I felt vindicated. I had made the right choice. It just happened that it was THE 989 images that I took that day at Loon that I lost — off the card. But, fortunately I had downloaded the images before they went ‘poof’.

I could NOT live with the a77 mk II after that ‘lost image‘ episode. So I returned the entire kit and started again looking at cameras.

Given the TON of research I had done over the Summer it made sense to go back to what had been my short-list cameras — bar the Pentax K-3. The Pentax no longer had any appeal. I want to be mirrorless — or at least get away from a MOVING mirror. So I want back to the Samsung NX1 and Sony RX10 II. Samsung NX1, on second look, proved not to have the right glass at the right price. Plus there are still questions about its AF even with the firmware at 1.4.

I then went back to the RX10 II willing to compromise down to a 1″. But then I realized that IF you discount 4K video — and video in general only has tertiary appeal to me — then the RX10 II is WAY overpriced given that its optical zoom only goes up to 200mm. Yes, it is fixed aperture, at f2.8, across all its range but a camera with 200mm range should not cost $1,200+. In the end, weighing the ‘competition’, I came to the conclusion that the RX10 II should be in the low $900 range. So, I am NOT going to get a Sony RX10 II — and remember that I BOUGHT SNE shares because I was so enamored by the RX10 II. That is how the cookie sometimes crumbles. So here we have the paradox of a Sony shareholder eschewing a flagship Sony product because it is too expensive!