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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! 


I Can’t Afford A New (Or Even Nearly New) Jaguar — So I Bought Shares In Tata Motors.

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Click to access the Tata Web site.

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Click to ENLARGE. The cars and trucks — not including the Jaguars and Land Rovers — made by Tata.


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TTM page from ‘MarketWatch’. Click to ENLARGE and view here. Use this link to access MarketWatck: http://www.marketwatch.com

Indian Tata Motors have owned the Jaguar Land Rover brand since 2008.

So, given that I can’t afford a new Jaguar I decided that I would do the next best thing — buy a few shares in Tata Motors, the 17th largest ‘car’ company in the world with revenues of US $42 billion.

Having spent a lot of time in India I am no stranger to Tata. Plus the name, an offshoot from a former acronym, is one very familiar to Sinhalese, like I, from Sri Lanka. ‘Tata’, or ‘Tatta’, means father — not that dissimilar to the yiddish word.

So this is the same logic I used with Sony. I can’t afford the Sony A7 RII or the Sony RX10 II (which I really would like to own) — so I bought a few SNE shares, i.e., Sony stock in the U.S.

TTM is the U.S. ‘version’ (i.e., ADS — American Depository Stock) of the Tata shares. It, at around $30 – $32, is not that expensive — say to Apple, Amazon or NetFlix. It has taken a hit of late but that is true of most stock.

So, I now have some affinity with Jaguar — shareholder PLUS two old Jags.

That Jaguar brand is owned by an Indian company only bothers me some. India to me is still the British Raj. The largest country in our glorious British Commonwealth. So there is still British in it. It isn’t like if it was owned by a Chinese, Korean, Japanese or Kraut company. So I am OK with the Indian ownership SINCE the Jaguar Land Rover COMPANY is still in Britian. 


Sony RX10 II vs Today’s Canon PowerShot G3X — Sophie’s Choice, King Solomon’s Judgement Or Hobson’s Choice.

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canon35xxasIt really felt like I was being taunted by Canon. Since I bought my Canon Rebel T3i directly from Canon USA, refurbished, they have my (main) e-mail and my permission to send me ‘special’. So Thursday morning, as if I didn’t have enough to content with trying to decide whether I was going to chase-up the FitBit (FIT) IPO price all the way to $31 I see this real eye-catching, stunning resolution e-mail for the brand new, Sony RX10 II competitor the Canon PowerShot G3 X.

Talk about getting torn again, though in reality I don’t have the money right now to buy either camera — not that either is available till July.

OK, at 20.2 MP the resolution is the same though Sony might have the edge in picture quality because they appear to have better CMOS technology (though I don’t know whether Canon OEMs Sony CMOS chips).

The Canon has a higher zoom — all the way to a 600mm equivalent.

Canon also claims to have a 25,600 ISO range which might suffice.

Right now I have two gripes against the Canon PowerShot G3 X — albeit one cosmetic. I don’t like its boxy, Kodak pocket camera body style. The Sony with the semi-DSLR like humped shape is more appealing. IF I am going to part with $1,300 for a camera I would like it to look the part. I don’t want my $1,300 to look like it is a $179 point-and-shoot. Minor, but it makes a difference.

The other one is the EVF — electronic view finder. With the Canon it is a $300 option and when it is in use you can’t use the built-in flash. That is bummer.

But I will DEFINITELY have to consider the specs of the Canon PowerShot G3 X. In the end IF it is a better camera I will not let petty emotions stand in the way. In the end I am pragmatic to a fault.


Stock Symbols Of Interest From This Morning’s CNBC Ticker.

HZNP, SGYP, YOKU, KYTH, HIMX, SB & QIHU.


No rhyme or reason. Just a few RANDOM stock symbols that caught my eye — either because of their gains for the day, their attractive stock price or JUST because the name looked interesting. Basically names that were unfamiliar to me. I plan to check them when I have time. 

As I often say I ‘listen’ (much more than watch) CNBC first thing in the morning from 8:20 to 9 am. Then I watch it, sporadically, while I am brushing my teeth etc. — before and after my run. I jot down symbols that catch my eye.

Occurred to me that I should just SHARE them with you. 99% I don’t have the money to do anything about such stock. Just study them and wish I had the money to trade. But some of you may benefit and that is good.


I Can’t Afford The A7 RII Or Even The RX10 II, So Instead I Bought Sony (SNE) Stock.

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Sony (SNE) stock price chart from “MarketWatch.com”. You could buy SNE on Friday, June 12, 2015 in the $30.40 range.



Both from Sony’s official Website at www.sony.net.


To say that I am drooling over the two new Sony cameras, the Alpha A7 RII and RX10 II, doesn’t even come close to the Siren Call exerted by them. I have, whenever I have a spare second, reading anything and everything I can about them, particularly the RX10 II. The RX10 II could be exactly what I want (if not need) though I will confess that the my latest research has also made me consider the Leica V-Lux which has twice the zoom. Plus a Leica! A magical name for those that really know their optics though you should all know by now my aversion for buying things overtly German.

The RX10 II would make me AGAIN reexamine all the profound camera-related decisions I made last Summer — when I decided after a 3 decade hiatus that it would be really nice to be a camera enthusiast again (though I sometimes regret it because I LOVED the freedom of enjoying and exploring a place, say the Grand Canyon, with Deanna taking all the pictures). Last August I started my new camera journey by buying a refurbished Nikon Coolpix L820, from BuyDig, for $139. I returned it within 24 hours, for a full refund, after taking these pictures at the 2014 Pittsfield, N.H. Balloon Festival. That is when I decided that I really needed to get a full-function, DSLR. So I got the refurbished Canon Rebel T3i from Canon. I think I paid $375 for it. The Canon has served me well BUT in the end it is a tad too ‘low-end’ for what I really would like and I will need to spend more money on lenses IF I am ever going to be happy with it. Plus Devanee thinks it is now HER camera. But, I am realistic enough to admit that interchangeable lens cameras are a PAIN. The April trip to Arizona, horseback riding in Canyon de Chelly and the recent hike up Mount Major, painfully demonstrated that I really do not enjoy lugging around a large camera with two lenses.

I basically want a good quality camera with 5 things: HIGH ISO (given that I do take a LOT of pictures at concerts (without a flash), exceptional image quality, superlative (accurate and fast) autofocus (because my eyes are no longer that good), a decent zoom (200mm) and the option to use Aperture-Priority and Shutter Speed-Priority photography. That is it. Video really isn’t that important though I will occasionally use it. Hence the appeal of the RX10 II — though I realize that it is first and foremost a 4K video camera that shoots still. The IRONY!

But while doing all my reading and research I stumbled upon something I did NOT know. Sony is the world’s largest (and preeminent) CMOS chip maker. These new cameras will make Sony’s CMOS Exmor chips even more attractive to other vendors. Of late, having got burnt (the second time around) with GoPro stock I have had some success with Ambarella (AMBA) & Cirrus Logic (CRUS) stock. SMILE. So much so that I am a believer in chip stocks — especially any chips that go into today’s phones, cameras and DRONES. So what the heck, I can’t afford the RX10 II, so I bought a few SNE shares. Knowing my luck SNE will probably now tank! That is the risk I take everyday. I wish there was a mechanism where I could be an anti-investor of myself, i.e., be able to take the opposite position to every investment move I make. So my anti-investor would short SNE to the same extent that I went long. My anti-investor could be a billionaire so is my skill and luck with stock! Hence why I can’t afford a RX10 II. OK, I don’t want anybody, starting with Deanna, trying to EXPLAIN to me that IF I hadn’t bought a MGB and two Jags — I might be able to afford a used RX 10 (Mk1). I need the Jags to get around in, now that we don’t have the KIA, and the MGB is Devanee’s