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Nikon’s Rumored New APS-C/FF Mirrorless — Curious How It Would Better Sony a6500 or A7 xx.

by Anura Guruge



Having owned a Sony a7 II for two months and a Sony a6500 for close to a month, both of them mirrorless and near the top of Sony’s product line, I have to say that I am in AWE of both these cameras — in particular the Sony a7 II. As some of you know I am no stranger to cameras and have owned for rented over 17 cameras in the last 3 years including a Nikon D500, Fuji XT-1, Fuji X-E2S, Sony 6000, Samsung NX500, Canon T3i etc. etc. I have to say I have never enjoyed using a camera as much as I do the a7 II. It is by no means perfect (and to be fair no camera is) BUT the a7 II goes a long way towards being user-friendly, responsive and pretty damn good. Having got used to the a7 II my main grip with the a6500 is the lack of a dedicated exposure value (EV) compensation dial.

For the record I have also owned a superzoom Nikon P900 for nearly a year and am very fond of it — though I will confess that I have hardly used it since getting my latest two Sonys. Though the P900 is justly noted for its amazing zoom one should not overlook that it is a MIRRORLESS — though with a tiny 1/2.3″ sensor.

And I was seriously thinking of getting one or more of the Nikon 1″ DL-series cameras BEFORE they dastardly decided to scrap that product line one-year after they announced it!

So that is the backdrop against which I am weighing the insistent rumor that Nikon plans to announce an APS-C or Full-Frame mirrorless — their first venture into ‘large sensor’ mirrorless cameras.

I am curious as to how they intend to better Sony in terms of technology and the all-crucial Image Quality (IQ) — particularly because Nikon gets many (but not all) of their sensors from Sony.

Yes, I know that 100-year old Nikon is legendary and has a HUGE, devoted army of followers around the world — and they would, of course, be a captive audience for a halfway decent mirrorless IF it offers a clear size/weight differential over a heavy Nikon DSLR.

IF all that Nikon does is offer a higher resolution that would not interest me one iota.

20MP to 24MP is fine for I and I am not going chasing after higher-res. cameras — which is why I refrained from looking at the a7R II or the a99 II.

Where Nikon can change the whole mirrorless landscape is IF it can find a way where the thousands of currently available Nikon lenses can be used on their mirrorless WITHOUT the need for adapters. That would be a game changer. IF that is the case — or even if one could only use 50% of the Nikon lenses — I would seriously give it a look. Lenses are Sony’s Achilles’ heel and Nikon and everybody else, worth their salt, know that.

So, that is where I am right now.


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by Anura Guruge

Shock HORROR II! I Returned My Samsung NX500.

by Anura Guruge


Shock HORROR I” was on July 27, 2016 when I decided I was not going to get the Fuji X-T2, because of autofocus concerns, after I had spent months believing that it was the bespoke, dream-camera for me.

This is as such is the second “Shock HORROR“. There were times, days on end when I was absolutely in love/awe with my Samsung NX500. I sang its praises. Marveled at it. I even thought about getting a second body as a backup.

THEN …

On Sunday, October 30, 2016 it all unravelled. A confluence of fast moving events and the timing could not have been worse in terms of that day. I had ordered the Samsung NX500, from Amazon, on October 1, 2016. So my 30-day window for a ‘hassle free’ return was fast closing. I had to make up my mind that day itself. Actually that night, just before midnight. AND I PULLED THE TRIGGER.

There were 4.5 factors. Four of them had cropped up that fateful Sunday. The two pictures below, taken that day, 8 hours a part will explain two of my prime reasons.


Click pictures to ENLARGE.



The 4.5 Reasons Why I Returned My Samsung NX500
after 26-days of use.

1. The very nice organic light-emitting diode (OLED) panel on the NX500, when using manual focus with peaking, makes you believe an image is in perfect focus when it is NOT! First picture. I spent a few minutes focusing this to perfection, manually, on the OLED. I thought it was going to be incredible. Then I got the above. [Now, you know I nail focus most of the time. So it isn’t that I don’t know how to focus.] Basically the OLED ‘paints’ an inaccurate picture of focus. Makes it look better than it is.

2. There is no digital zoom capability, whatsoever. We went to the ‘Indigo Girls‘ concert, in Concord, that evening. My Nikon P900, though it would have been ideal, was too big for a venue like that. The 50mm zoom just didn’t cut it.

3. Second picture. It is difficult to shoot concerts at the best of times. With the 50mm there was ZERO definition on the faces! There was nothing that I could extract even using software. That was frustrating.

4. It happened during the concert and it had happened before. I would random error messages. They would go away if I played around. At the concert, in addition to getting two error messages, the display went HAYWIRE for a few second. That scared me. Had had this happen on another Samsung in December 2014. Didn’t want a repetition.

So those were the 4 BIG reasons.

Discountinued camera. Not sure what the warranty would be like. Amazon return window was closing. I had to submit the return — or run the danger of getting stuck with this camera. It wasn’t a super expensive camera but I would rather not lose money on it. So this is why I scrambled like crazy. after getting home from the concert, and seeing the picture quality, to file the return.

And then there was an auxillary consideration in the back of my mind.

IF (and it is still an ‘if’) I get a Sony a6500 I would NOT need a compact camera — and I had bought the Samsung NX500, 5-days ahead of the Sony a6500 announcement, to be my compact camera — alongside a ‘big’ APS-C camera (not counting the Nikon P900).

The Sony a6500 with a 16-50 zoom or a 50mm prime is a compact camera.

So that is what happened. That is why you haven’t seen any Samsung NX500 pictures since October 30. I took 1,337 pictures with that camera in 26-days. 51 a day.


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by Anura Guruge