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The Sony Full-Frame FE 28-70mm (F/3.5-5.6) Zoom Is A Truly Dreadful Lens!

by Anura Guruge

Amazon listing — but AVOID like the plague.

I Traded In mine with Amazon, on August 17, 2017.

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a very soft image with Sony FE 28-70mm zoom lens Anura Guruge Sony a7II

I got this kit lens, as a kit lens within a BUNDLE when I bought my Sony a7 II, from Cameta Camera, on May 10, 2017 (via Amazon).

I was familiar with the limitations of kit lenses and had read the reviews on this.

At $348 it is a CHEAP lens and that is exactly what it is. As I always do, I used an Excel Spreadsheet to price out all of my a7 II buying options … individually, in kit form and as bundles. The Cameta bundle was such that I was getting this kit lens for about $150. So, I knew that I could trade-it in and essentially be ‘quids in’ (as we say in in Britain).

It is a marginally OK lens and will occasionally take satisfying picture (or two). But, the autofocus (AF) HUNTS a lot, indoor colors have an strange tint and the lens, overall, tends to be soft.

Yes, I got Sony FE 24-240 (f/3.5-6.3) at the same time as the bundle BECAUSE I knew I needed as much reach as I could get. So, that made the 28-70mm kind of superfluous to requirements, though I had hoped that I might be able to use the smaller, MUCH LIGHTER lens when using the a7 II indoors. That never worked out. I do like the 24-240 though it also tends to be SOFT. AF, however, is much, much better.

So, just a heads up. You get what you pay for and as such the 28-70 is a cheap (and on the main nasty) lens. Sorry.

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by Anura Guruge

Canon EOS Rebel T6 (1300D) Mildly Interesting BUT Not For Me, Thank You.

by Anura Guruge

Directly from Canon (via an e-mail).

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At $549 with a 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6 kit lens (which most likely will be quite SOFT) it is not a steal BUT it is not a really bad price either. Two years ago I would have considered it (given that I did buy a Canon T3i (which is now very much Devanee’s camera)).

I know one thing for sure — for sure — when it comes to my current camera preferences. I am TOTALLY sold on mirrorless. I have really gone off mirrors in camera. Do not see the need. I am now 100% mirrorless, with my Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 & LX100, and plan to stay that way.

After what I am now used to this camera, with its ONE Command Wheel and 12800 ISO, would drive me nuts. But then again I am NOT in Canon’s target market for this. But I would not now even get this for one of the kids! I would be looking at a Olympus OM-D.

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by Anura Guruge

Samsung NX1: Lens Choices And AF Concerns Makes Me Shy Away.

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by Anura Guruge

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samsungglass1After I made the gut wrenching decision that I was going to DITCH the Sony a77 Mk II, after it lost the 989 images, I again spent hours checking out the Samsung NX1. I have lusted after the NX1 ever since its announcement. I kind of avoided it after the LCD screen problem we encountered with the Samsung WB350FI got Deanna for Christmas 2014.

But now I went back and had another very careful look. It is one heck of a camera. And I know that the firmware is now at 1.4. But people are still ‘talking’ about AF issues and Auto Focus is of paramount interest to me because of my dodgy (and worsening) eyesight. Though I use manual focus quite often I prefer to start off with AF. So if AF is a weakness in the NX1 — especially when taking stills — then that is a major strike against this camera. I actually checked, online, quite a few images taken with NX1s, at full size. Many did NOT impress me.

And then there is a ‘price-for-value’ equation. From what I can see there aren’t too many good lens options for the NX1 when it comes to the focal range I am after, i.e., 18 to 300 mm. Yes, you can get them, but the ‘price is not right’, and many of the lenses DO NOT have the image quality that I seek.

 I could be wrong but I am not impressed at ALL with the stock Samsung 16-50mm lens for the NX1. It appears to be a very soft lens and I seek crisp lenses. Ditto for this 50-200. I saw some terrible shots taken with it. And between these two lenses I am at $1,756. But for that price I would LIKE to get up to 300 mm (as opposed to 200 mm) and have better image quality.

I have a feeling, and I could be wrong, that there could be a NX2 by March 2016. So I am going to WAIT. Does that make sense?