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Cameta Camera — Making Ordering A Camera An Absolute Bloody PAIN.

by Anura Guruge


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On Friday, May 13, 2016, I tried to order a Fuji camera kit from Cameta Camera. It turned out to be a terrible ordeal. Took all the pleasure out of buying a new camera. Shame on YOU Cameta Camera.

Until this atrocious, unforgivable experience I have always thought highly of Cameta. Check this post from October 2015 titled “Nothing BUT Kudos, Very High Kudos, For Cameta Camera“.

Well not anymore.

I went to Cameta because they have good kits and because I wanted to show my GRATITUDE for how graciously they had treated me in the past. To be fair, the salesman I deal with, Lou Cohen (ext. 2168), is extremely nice, helpful and professional. The problems are with Cameta’s arrogant, unprofessional (and obviously poorly trained) order processing group.

Well Cameta has a new policy. They call up and check your credentials with your credit card company before they process the order. But it is an all or nothing verification. If Cameta has you on ‘XYZ Road’ and the credit card company has you at ‘XYX Rd’ the verification will fail. If you give Cameta your cell number and the credit card company has your home number the verification will fail.

This is CRAZY. It is NOT Cameta’s job to try and further authenticate a credit card BEYOND name, address, account number, expiration, and ccv code. If the credit card was stolen the credit card company will deal with it. Cameta is trying to be too clever.

Not impressed at all, at all. We finally got the damn order placed — and it was NOT a small order. I don’t buy $300 point-and-shoots (or at least not anymore). Ended up placing the order using my Discover Card. I logged onto Discover pulled up my profile and made sure bloody Cameta had it letter for letter. Though I see a temp. authorization at Discover I have yet to receive an order confirmation from the dastardly Cameta.

I am also NOT going to get the camera till mid next week. Jesus wept. IF I had ordered it with my buddy Ray Messiah at BuyDig I would have had the camera Saturday morning by 10am.

Well lesson well learned. NEVER AGAIN. Screw you Cameta.

Ray I am so, so sorry I did not come to you. I was trying to be nice. That is what happens.

YOU have been WARNED. Stay clear. Shop BuyDig.

by Anura Guruge

‘That Makes A Lot Of Sense’ All-in-One, Dual Breakfast Sandwich Maker From Buydig.com.

by Anura Guruge


Click to access BuyDig.com listing with lot more — rather MOUTHWATERING — pictures.

This happened to pop-up on my Facebook ‘page’ since I do follow ‘BuyDig.com‘ — my preferred source for cameras (of late), primarily because I like the ‘style’ (and, to be honest, the name) of their Super Salesman(-in-Charge), Ray Messiah.

I could immediately see the potential. I love breakfast sandwiches though I can no longer indulge in carbs whether it be a muffin, biscuit or bagel. So this sandwich maker per se will not really be that useful for I. When I go to McDonald’s (which is quite often) I now invariably get at least two breakfast sandwiches for myself — especially now that some of the sandwiches are available all day. I, however, take both slices of ‘bread’, irrespective of what it is, and just eat the inside. THEN I wrap the ‘bread’ in the original wrapper and bring it home for the dogs. That I get two helps. One each. They know. They sit and wait expectantly — but don’t get too agitated because they know there is one for each.

Anywho … I thought some of you may find this sandwich maker of use. Enjoy.

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by Anura Guruge

Buydig.com (My Preferred Camera Store) NO LONGER Selling ‘New’ Fuji Cameras!

by Anura Guruge


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As I have made very plain I see Fuji figuring prominently in my photographic future. Sometime this year a Fuji X-T1 (if a X-T2 has not been announced) will replace my much liked Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 as my main camera. Now that I am actively trying to part with my 3-month old backup camera, the Sony RX100 Mk II I have also been looking at a smaller Fuji as a backup, possibly in the X-E2(S) range. [More this week on the stupidity in the pricing of the X-E2s (the newer camera available in Feb. 2016) and the OLD X-E2, where the new camera is cheaper than the old.]

Since I, for the last 6 months, have tended to buy electronics from BuyDig.com rather than Amazon (though I am an Amazon shareholder and have Amazon Prime), I went over to BuyDig to check prices. I first thought I was missing something. It kept on saying they only had 4 Fuji cameras — those shown above. No X-T1, No X-Pro2, No X-E2 etc.

So I called and got my friend, chief salesman, cousin of the owner and entertainer-in-charge — the aptly named Ray Messiah. It is always fun to talk to THE MESSIAH. He confirmed that they don’t sell many Fujis and that he is not surprised that they don’t list any of the new Fujis. SHAME.

Of course I can get Fujis from Amazon or for that matter Cameta Cameras (who are also immaculate thought they do not, as far as I know, have their own Messiah).

Just wanted to share this. Not good when one of the leading digital online retailers (and that is what the ‘Dig’ indicates — digital) stop selling Fuji.

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by Anura Guruge

I Got A New Sony RX100 M2 (II) To Replace The Refurbished Canon G1 X I Returned.

The new Sony RX100 II (or M2).

Anura Guruge December 2014 thumbnail
. Taken with my Canon G1 X.
by Anura Guruge

My RX100 II out of the box.

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Original 5472 x 3648, ~4Mb,
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NO post-processing whatsoever.
Straight JPEGs out of the camera

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Attribution WILL be enforced.

Some of the first pictures taken with the Sony RX100 II.
In ‘Intelligent Auto’ or Program Mode.

What can I say? I know I returned a Sony a77 II a month ago and now I am getting another Sony. Well, it from a different Sony family though I do appreciate that there is probably a lot of common software in both. But, I do like Sony technology, particular their leadership in Sensors, I am a Sony shareholder and I like the look-and-feel of Sony cameras.

Yes, I know that this is the 4th camera I have bought in under 2 months — BUT I did return two. What can I say. This Sony RX100 II was to replace the $269 refurbished Canon G1 X that I returned today. Yes, it is true that the Sony RX100 M2 arrived before I got around to shipping the G1 X — but I had got the RMA (i.e., return authorization) for the G1 X on Monday. I didn’t order the Sony till Tuesday afternoon (i.e., yesterday) and BuyDig.com, to make amends, sent it priority overnight. It was here, on the doorstep, at 8:30am — and I was still in bed.

Yes, I got this one, like the Panasonic Lumix FZ1000, from BuyDig.com rather than Amazon. That is scary. But there was a good reason for that this time. I needed to talk to actual human being to try and negotiate a deal. And that is what happened. I wanted a refurbished. That is why I called. They didn’t have any refurbished. They said they had two ‘Open Box’ and he, ‘Ray Messiah‘ (I kid YOU not), sold me one for $228. I was chuffed. That was cheap, even for ‘open box’. Two hours later I get an e-mail from BuyDig.com, after they charged my credit-card, that they are sorry but it was a mistake and that they don’t have an ‘open box’ unit to sell. I was livid. Yes, that could have been a trick. I called Ray. I was not amused. He understood. He got me to Google “Sony RX100 M2”. I had a list of the prices on offer. He sold me a new unit for $4 less than the lowest price. It was basically at cost. And he threw in overnight to appease me.

So that is the story.

So why the Sony RX100 II. Sensor, Sensor & Sensor. 1″ back-illuminated CMOS sensor. That is why I went with the M2 rather than the M1. The ‘back-illuminated’. Should help with low-light scenarios and I shoot a lot of low-light because of the concerts and plays I take pictures at. This is why I gravitate back to Sony. Sensors, lenses and price.

So that is the story. Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 as my main camera (for now) and the Sony RX100 II as my carry anywhere ‘point-and-shoot’.