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USB Charging ‘Pucks’/Stands For Garmin Fenix — Much Better Than What Garmin Supplies.

by Anura Guruge

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My two Garmin Fenix 6s, both Titanium, one (on right) Solar.

I like to have a SPARE USB charging cable (at home) & another in my camera bag (permanently) for when I am travelling. Dread getting caught out without a charging cable — & a dying Fenix 6.

So, I went looking for a replacement cable — knowing that the cheaper ones, though they WORK, do NOT charge as fast as the fat/thick cable from Garmin.

I came across these. They had decent reviews. You couldn’t beat the price! I have seen single non-Garmin cables that were these prices — & that was for one Garmin-like, simple cable.

So, I ordered one of each. That was still CHEAPER than one Garmin cable. So, yes, 4 for less than one from Garmin.

I have had them for a couple of weeks. I have used both types. They are BOTH GOOD. Charging is fast. No issues. Garmin Express sees no difference.

I started off with the puck. I liked it. Watch lay flat on the table.

Then I tried the stand. Seems to take up less room on my already cluttered work table. So, I am using the stand right now.

I have encountered no issues. They work. They sure do. Charging is NOT slow.

I much prefer this to the Garmin cable. That it did not support the watch always bothered I.

So ….

Just letting you know. SMILE.

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by Anura Guruge

Nikon’s Ultra-Zoom P1000 Is Finally Announced And It Fails To ‘WOW’ I.

by Anura Guruge

Click to access the “DPReview” writeup.

Well, Nikon finally announced it, MORE than a year later than it was expected, and yes, as we had all predicted it did have a 24-3,000mm zoom.

A 3,000mm zoom is mega-impressive, but, alas, that appears to be the only selling point of the P1000. That is galling.

Everything else is essentially the same, though I get the impression they have improved the Image Stabilization to help with keeping the monster lens steady. The RAW support is totally irrelevant to I. I do NOT do post-processing. I am not sure how many folks buying a ‘Coolpix’ will want to deal with RAW. ‘Coolpix’ is for us ‘point, shoot and post’ brigade.

It is still 16MP and most disappointing the Max. ISO is still 6400. And that is a killer in my book. [I was wrong on this — and I was going by the initial reviews. SORRY. Appears that there is a 12800 option.] Yes, Nikon is going to say shoot in RAW and then add lightning after. I would RATHER not do that, ‘thanks’.

This is what I said in April 2017 when we first started talking about the P1000.

So, the P1000 like the P900 only truly excels in good light. Forget the built in flash. The extended lens gets in the way.

The P900 was $599. The P1000 is $999. Yes, 3,000mm lenses are NOT cheap. I appreciate that. But that is a 67% price increase.

So, this is not sour grapes, but I doubt whether I will be rushing out to get one. I still have my P900 and to be honest I rarely use it. So, I cannot justify getting a P1000. Over the last year I have discovered that I am truly a FULL FRAME guy. I love my Sony a7 II. It just feels right. When not using that, I use my Google Pixel 2 — mainly for the convenience.

So, that is my take. The 3,000 lens is very impressive and tempting. But, that is all that the P1000 offers over the P900. To, I, that is not enough. Plus, in the end, it is still a 16MP 1/2.3″ sensor. That is basically the same as that on a phone.

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by Anura Guruge

Nikon’s Supposed Ultra-Zoom P1000 (P900 Replacement) Disappears Off The Radar!

by Anura Guruge

The supposed Nikon P1000 — the Nikon P900 replacement — was supposed to have been announced last week.

Sure enough on April 12, 2017 Nikon did make a rather splashy announcement BUT the P1000 was not mentioned. It was all about the mid-range D7500 — a scaled-down Nikon D500.

Since the D7500 announcement there has been no mention of the Nikon Coolpix P1000.

That is slightly frustrating.

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by Anura Guruge

Nikon Coolpix P1000 (P900 Replacement) — My Realistic Wishlist.

by Anura Guruge

I am being totally realistic.

I would LOVE to see a 1″ sensor BUT I know that that would not be technologically possible for that level of zoom — unless it was going to be a mounted on wheels!

I am NOT that fussed about the higher resolution either. Let’s face it — this is 1/2.3″ sensor. I am fine with the current 16MP but I know Nikon will insist on giving me at least 20MP. C’est la vie.

Now for the shocker. I am not that hung up on 125x zoom either! 

100x might do, provided we can keep max. aperture in the f/2.8 to 6.5 range. A larger aperture will be a BONUS.

But what I have above is what I would really want.

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by Anura Guruge

Nikon’s 125X Zoom P1000 (P900 Replacement) Announcement Expected April 11 or 12, 2017.

by Anura Guruge

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It will NOT be just the Nikon Coolpix P900 replacement. Other cameras and lenses too will be announced.

It will be Nikon’s first announcement of 2017 — 100 days into the year. That is very atypical for them. BUT, it has been a troubling year for Nikon.

However, after the 1″ DL series fiasco I will not be holding my breath for the new Monster-Zoom. I will get it when it is available BUT I am not going to get too excited beforehand.

I will, of course, keep you posted.

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by Anura Guruge

A 125X Zoom, 24-3,000mm Monster-Zoom Replacement For My Cherished Nikon Coolpix P900.

by Anura Guruge

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As yet it is BUT a rumor, and to be fair there has been speculation for at least 6 months that the P900, when it comes, will indeed have this type of ultrazoom capability.

This would be amazing.

I love my Nikon P900 — which I have now had for 7 months. That is a long time for I.

I used the P900 yesterday. It takes AMAZING pictures with NO FUSS.

If not for my preoccupation with SIZE, in this case Sensor Size, I would not use/need another camera. But, the P900 is a 1/2.3″ and that always niggles me.

After what we went through with the 1″ Nikon DL series I am NOT going to hold my breath for this replacement

One thing I do know. I will get it once Nikon announces it. That is a NO BRAINER. Not sure what I will do with my P900. I might even keep it for posterity. 

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GU10 LED Replacement Bulbs 3.5W & 5W.

by Anura Guruge

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When we moved into this house nearly 10-years ago we had a lot of multi-light, adjustable track lights installed. There are two units upstairs in the space we use as our office/library.

These track lights take the small GU10 bulbs. At the time I got these units I never realized how difficult it is to remove and install these DAMN bulbs! You have to push, turn and pull and given the size of the fixed glass shades of these units there isn’t much room to get your fingers around the bulbs! Replacing these have been a bloody pain. So much so that I have gone for months without replacing dead bulbs.

The other day I was thinking about replacing them altogether and get some LED track lighting. That was NOT as easy as I though — getting the amount of wattage, 250W (equivalent), I sought.

Then I came across these LED GU10 replacement bulbs. Cheap enough to try.

And I did. The top ones, KINGSO 10s, with the metal heats fins, appealed to me. There are also higher output, 5W (60W equivalent) as opposed to the 3.5W (50W) ones. On Tuesday I received all the bulbs. Love the KINGSO ones. Brilliant white light.

I have tried a suction cup. But that didn’t work. Might get another one.

Check out this video. Will have to try that though I am not keen on having residue on a new bulb.

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by Anura Guruge

With No Panasonic Lumix LX200 In Sight I Might Consider The New Chinese YI M1.

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE and study. I cobbled this together using “DPReview” Quick Specs.

Click to access full “DPReview” first-impressions.

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Click to access the rather impressive Y1 M1 official image gallery.


Already available for pre-order on Amazon for prices stated right at top. Click image to access Amazon page. October 12 availability.

Intriguing little camera. Micro Four-Thirds with 20MP Sony sensor. Supposedly can be used with any MFT lens. The 42.5 f/1.8 lens looks very tempting.

The overall price, even with both lenses, is good.

This camera got a lot of attention at PhotoKina and continues to gain attention at “DPReview“.

But for the lack of a Viewfinder (EVF) you could definitely think of it as a Panasonic LX100 replacement/successor.

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by Anura Guruge

Panasonic New Lumix LX10 vs Fairly New Lumix ZS100: Faster Lens vs. Longer Zoom, Same Price, Same Sensor.

by Anura Guruge


“DPReview” side-by-side. Click to ENLARGE and study.

Fascinating choice.

Glad I will NOT have to make it. SMILE.

f1.4 to 2.8 is DAMN FAST. Both offer ISO 25600. With that fast lens, with ISO cranked up, you could get some great pictures indoors without a flash. And night scenery. Fireworks?

But a 250mm zoom is nice too and that from me — currently having a ball with the Nikon P900 and its 2000mm zoom.


The LX10 is DEFINITELY not the Panasonic Lumix LX100 replacement.

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A Cheap Jensen Record Player Rounded Off My ‘Now You Are 60’ Christmas Of Nostalgia.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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I did not know about the toy tin train or the Queen’s coronation cover,
but I had asked for a big Poppy Pin from the U.K.
and a Jensen record player (turntable).


Why I hadn’t got a Jensen earlier is just another one of those inexplicable mysteries that litter my life.

Yes, I have two (I think) turntables and a few old amplifiers and speakers stored in various nooks and crannies
but they have never been hooked up.

I did have a record player when we lived in Gilford but I gave it away
because I planned to get a new one. Well that was 7 years ago.

My last real system was my Linn Sondek, Naim and Linn Isobarik
system, which I had bought in the U.K.,
in 1981 when I first started doing public seminars.

I just checked eBay. The prices are crazy.
I think they were crazy in 1981 but my finances were different.
I don’t need a Linn right now — or ever.

There was a time when I had over 600 LPs.

I whittled that down to about 300 when we lived in Gilford.

Then I decided just to keep the very special ones and threw the others away.

I now have about 60 — most from the late 1960s and early 1970.

They have seen a lot of use.

I would cringe have a $500 Klyde cartridge traversing those grooves.

Actually haven’t bothered to check what the cartridge situation
is with the Jensen.

OK. I just checked. ~$35. Hhhhmmm.

I had, and still have, some very esoteric, eclectic, kind-of-folksy
taste in music. Here are some of the LPs that I have
been listening to, again, with the Jensen.

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I had genuinely missed the ‘Strawbs‘.
‘The Man Who Called Himself Jesus’ still does numbers on me.

I saw the ‘Strawbs’, kind of by mistake, in 1969.

‘If it was so simple’ by ‘Longdancer‘ is my theme song for life.

Pentangle‘ should have been bigger.

I saw ‘Quintessence‘ in Swansea in 1972 or 1973.

“Matthew’s Southern Comfort”.
That is WHY my son is called “Matthew”!
That tells its own story.
I wanted to call him ‘Gordon’ after my all time hero Gordon Greenidge.
I was told I couldn’t because it sounded too Judaic!
Never understood that. So the compromise was: Matthew Gordon Guruge.
The only child that I named that has a middle name.