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Time To THINK About Your ‘Full Year’ Resolution For 2019 — And What Better Than ‘Think A Day’.

by Anura Guruge

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How many New Year resolutions have YOU given up on? Have you ever thought about that.

Calling it a ‘New Year resolution‘ is a bad start. Think of it as a ‘Full Year resolution‘. You want to stick to it all year and make it a part of your life.

I have said this before and I will unashamedly say it again. When it comes to resolutions only one — and one alone — matters and makes sense, And that is the resolution that you are going to gift yourself the privilege of THINKING.

You are what you think; thinking is what you are.

THINK A Day 2019.

Gift yourself that — A THINK A Day 2019.

Think about it.

The more you THINK about it the more you will see the benefits and joy.

The Joy of Thinking.

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Nikon Z6, Mirrorless Full-Frame Camera, Has, To My Surprise, Started To Pique My Interest.

by Anura Guruge

Pictures from Nikonrumors.com.

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Up until about a week ago when I started seeing pretty realistic images of what the lower-resolution (i.e., 24.5MP) Z6 is supposed to look like I wasn’t that interested. The teaser images that had been provided by Nikon made it look ugly.

I will confess I kind of like the look of it, THOUGH the LCD panel on the top is a turn-off. Waste of money on a mirrorless. C’est la vie.

I am glad that they are making a lower-resolution, i.e., 24.5MP, model. A higher-resolution camera is of no interest to I — for my work.

The three full-frame lenses being announced with the Z6 leave me stone cold. They are nowhere close to the zoom focal lengths I prefer; i.e., 24mm — 240mm (at least).

But, it is the ‘FTZ’ adapter ‘F-to-Z’ (meaning Nikon F-mount to the new Z-mount) that has me most interested. I am so fed up with not having enough choice when it comes to AFFORDABLE Sony Full-Frame lenses.

I haven’t really started studying the specs. as yet. Might as well wait till the announcement next week.

I am close to the 20,000 photo mark on my 18-month old Sony a7 II. That is a fair number of pictures. I can still probably get a good price for it on eBay. I am not in any hurry. Definitely not planning to pre-order one. I can wait. Might be a nice Christmas present for myself. You will, of course, be the first to know.

Then … there is the Canon Full-Frame mirrorless that is supposed to get announced next month. What will be more tempting?

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by Anura Guruge

The Full-Frame Nikon Mirrorless Camera Slated For August 24, 2018, Is Indeed Bad News For Sony.

by Anura Guruge

I do love my Sony a7 II Full-Frame mirrorless that I have had for nearly 18-months, BUT it has crossed my mind that the new Nikon could tempt me badly, and TEMPTATION is MY only weakness.

I am telling myself that the Nikon will not be that much better than the Sony a7 BUT I could be deluding myself — and it could already just be ‘sour grapes’.

I have been thinking of getting a new lens for the Sony a7 II in that I sold my Sony a6500 and 5 APSC lenses that went with it. Then, I think …. wait 2-weeks. What happens if you really like what you hear/see re. the Nikon.

Now Nikon could turn me off by making it into a megapixel PIG! What do I mean by that. I don’t need much more than 24MPs. So, if Nikon starts off with 40MP or more, I am out. Having that much resolution is totally wasted on I.

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by Anura Guruge

Google Pixel 2 Camera vs Sony a7 II (Full-Frame).

by Anura Guruge

NO post-processing whatsoever.

Click pictures to ENLARGE.

Attribution WILL be enforced.

One was taken with my new Google Pixel 2 phone yesterday and the other in May 2017 when I got my full-frame Sony a7 II.

The Google Pixel 2 was on auto and shot its image at 12.2MP (4032 x 3024), at ISO 301, f/1.8 @ 1/60 seconds with auto white-balance (AWB). Focal length = 27 MM.

The Sony a7 II with the Sony 18-200mm f/3.5 – 6.3 zoom at 24MP (6000 x 4000), at ISO 2000, f/8 @ 1/30 seconds with AWB. Focal length = 65 MM.

Can you tell which is which without looking at the ENLARGED picture at full resolution.

This is SCARY. I had heard that this was the case — but it is sobering to see it first hand.

To I the BIG difference is the focal length and that has to do with the HUGE difference in size of the sensor.

Click to ENLARGE. This is the REAL difference in SENSOR SIZE. The Google Pixel 2 also has a 1/2.3″ sensor like my Nikon P900 — and most other new smartphones.

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UN Security Council Resolution On Trump’s Jerusalem — How The Countries Voted.

by Anura Guruge

This was the Thursday, December 21, 2017, United Nation Security Council vote as to whether the UN Member States wanted to unilaterally recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel per Trump’s pronouncement last week.

128 countries voted AGAINST such recognition, i.e., AGAINST the U.S.A. These included: United Kingdom (UK), France, Germany, Italy, Ireland, Spain, Russia, Sweden, India, Japan, China, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka, etc.

Only 8 countries voted with the U.S. and 7 of them are not exactly household names!

Canada, Australia and Mexico, to THEIR SHAME, kowtowed to Trump.

So, now you know.

128 Against — 9 For — 35 Abstained.

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There May Never Be A Sony a7 III; the a9 May Be The Upgrade Path!

by Anura Guruge

Click image to access the DPReview forum … if you so wish.

Click to ENLARGE. From DPReview — where else?

I can see the ‘Munda Logic‘ in this.

IF you want to stick with 24MP resolution, as I do, then upgrade to the a9 — pay the HUGE price difference even if you do not ever need 20fps shooting capability or two card slots.

IF you need more resolution go with the newly announced Sony a7R III.

There is some rationale to this.

What I was hoping was an a7 III with the Sony a7 body, Sony a6500 sensor and maybe some firmware from the a9.

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by Anura Guruge

The Newly Announced Sony a7R III Has No Appeal To I.

by Anura Guruge

Click to ENLARGE. From “DPReview.com” — where else?

I love my fullframe Sony a7 II and plan to keep it forever (which in my case typically means ‘over 10 months’), but for my love and interests in the a7 family does not extend BEYOND the a7!

The a7R — the HIGH RESOLUTION monster — would be totally useless to me. I rarely print images. 99.9% of the pictures I take are for Web consumption — mainly here — and for that I have to DOWNSAMPLE anyway by a factor of at least 4!

That is why I will be hesitant to think about anything beyond my current 24MP — though I have a horrible feeling I might have to confront that somewhere down the road.

So 42MP is way outside my scope of interest.

The Sony a9, as I said before, rather than being a case of ‘sour grapes’, is also WAY more than I would ever need. I RARELY use continuous drive! Just don’t like it. I like to TRY and time my pictures. That is so much more satisfying. Continuous drive to I, is like post processing — something I detest. You take the pictures and then go back and see which ones came out ‘OK’. Not my cup of tea.

But, NOT a bad thing. I will stick to my a7 II and wait to see what the a7 III might promise.

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A Nikon Fullframe Mirrorless Will Sorely Test My Loyalty To Sony, Especially If There Is No Sony a7 III.

by Anura Guruge

Click to ENLARGE. Both stories appeared in “The New Camera” on October 11, 2017. Link: thenewcamera.com

These two rumors that appeared on the same day, i.e., yesterday, severely tested me. I love my fullframe Sony a7 II BUT am hamstrung by the lack of ‘decent’ zoom lenses. That the likes of Tamron and Sigma does not have Sony E-mount FE lenses is very galling.

I have come to the painful realization that there is no point having a good camera, i.e., the Sony a7 II, if I don’t have DECENT lenses.

So, I will go with Nikon purely for better lens selection. That said Nikon will probably make a decent mirrorless camera — if not an outright good one. I do own a mirrorless Nikon and enjoy it very much — i.e., my Nikon P900. So, I can claim that I am not a Nikon mirrorless virgin either.

My only fear is that Nikon will make it a high(er) resolution camera. I really do not want a 50MP+ camera. But, I might have to reconsider that because I am really quite fed up with the Sony lens situation. And NO, I do not want to go the adapted lens route. Not my thing.

That the latest rumor is that Sony will again disappointed with the Sony a7 III just makes me even more convinced that Sony and I might have to part company in 2018.

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Getting My Head Around The LARGER ‘Field of View’ (FOV) Of A Full-Frame Camera.

by Anura Guruge

This, for I, is going to get some getting used to.

The irony being that I like tight, close-up shots.
So, my preference for zoom lenses and zooming.

With the Full-Frame Sony a7II 
I will have to stick to ‘zoom’ lenses.


A view of Acadia with a APS-C sensor and a lens at 40.7mm.

I will need a lens capable of giving me 61mm to get that same view.
IF I used the same 40.7mm there will be MUCH MORE scenery in the picture.

That could be good or bad and will affect the composition.

The irony is I like TIGHT compositions.

It gets even CRAZIER when you use a 1/2.3″ camera
such as my beloved Nikon P900.

That is another Acadia view, this time with the Nikon P900,
using 35.7mm focal length.

To get that view I would have to use a lens capable of 200mm
on the Sony a7II.

The Nikon P900 picture is below.

The Nikon P900 picture used above.

You can see that this is quite a nice view.

Yes, I will be able to get this same exact view with my Sony a7II BUT I will need a 200mm lens.

And, yes, I will get a zoom capable of 200mm. {SMILE}

IF you are not really into photography you are going to be wondering what the heck I am talking about.

This has NOTHING to do with resolution, i.e., 12MP, 16MP, 24MP etc.

The Sony a6000 that I just traded in and the Sony a7II have the SAME EXACT resolution; 6000 x 4000 pixels, 24MP.

But, the Full-Frame Sony a7II has a much BIGGER sensor and when it comes to cameras SIZE has always mattered.

A bigger sensor the more light you can get — all other things being equal BECAUSE there is more surface area to capture the light. That is usually the MAIN reason to go with Full-Frame. That is why I am finally going with FF. If you, of course, like shooting wide vistas then FF is a boon.

My problem is that I like tight, cropped shots! So, I really should be NOT getting a FF.

But, all is not lost. It just means that I have to stay at the higher zoom range when it comes to the lenses I use on the a7II. Later today I am going to create a Excel Spreadsheet to help me out.

So to get a 50mm APS-C equivalent shot, I would need a 75mm lens on the a7II.

It just means that I need to be careful not to get anything much below 30 – 35mm FF.

I will sort it out. Just need to get my head around it.

Yes, I can also use APS-C lenses on the Sony a7II but that CROPS the image and that is a whole different issue!

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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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