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A Decent Pat On The Back For The ‘Canon EOS RP’ Mirrorless Camera I Bought Last Month.

by Anura Guruge


Click to read the ‘Gizmodo’ review.


Pretty decent endorsement of the Canon EOS RP. I went from a Sony a7 II to the EOS RP. So, I can see where this guy is coming from and pretty much have no real bones with what he has to say.

I like my Canon EOS RP. No buyer’s remorse. It is an easy camera to use and I just LOVE the Canon lenses. I had missed those.

I definitely would have no qualms about recommending the Canon EOS RP to anyone. It is affordable and well-worth the money and THE LENSES. Yes, the lenses. Get the camera for the new lenses.


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I Sold My Sony FE 90mm Lens On eBay In Less Than 1 Hour!

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It really is getting time for me to get a new camera — in place of my aging Sony a7 II. But, I am still going to wait until late March. No point getting one while it is cold and there is snow on the ground. So, I am willing to wait until Spring. But, I wanted to start getting ready.

Last Summer I sold 6 or 7 of my Sony lenses, Full-Frame & APS-C along with my Sony a6500. I was down to two lenses: this 90mm Prime and my trusty 24-240mm zoom. Now I am just down to the zoom.

I listed the 90mm, on eBay, on a whim on Friday morning. I set a ‘Buy-it-Now’ price at $760. That was a win-win price. I would be happy with it and it would still represent a good deal for the buyer. Well this gentleman, from Texas, figured it out. I had also thrown in two of my six Sony batteries to sweeten the deal. So, it all worked out.

I am HAPPY. I am fairly sure I am now going to get the Canon EOS RP that was announced yesterday. Unlike with the Sony I am not going to get a bunch of lenses. I am going to limit myself to three at most four BUT here is the crazy thing. Canon lenses, compared to Sony, are so affordable that I can get TWO lenses for the price it costs for one Sony. That is the main reason I am switching from Sony. The lenses were way too expensive.


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I Took 27,000 Pictures (i.e., Photographs) In 2018!

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On January 1st of each year (of late), I create a folder with that year’s name for ALL the pictures I am going to take that year.

So, a year ago I created a ‘2018’ folder on my Drobo RAID storage unit.

Today, I created the ‘2019’ folder. But, before doing that I checked the ‘2018’ folder.

26,625 STORED pictures (i.e., individual files) in 96 folders. I create a folder for each month BY CAMERA! So, in the image above you will see a7 (i.e., Sony a7 II), a6500 (i.e., Sony a6500) and Pixel 2 (my Google Pixel 2 phone).

I took more pictures that this. These are but the ones I kept. I deleted a few hundred more. Just yesterday, after the fireworks, I deleted about 30 that did not make the cut.

So, this comes to 74 pictures a day. That makes sense. Most days I shoot between 25 — 35, but there are days I shoot upwards of 900!

Remember that I also post at least 7 pictures EVERY DAY and I did NOT miss a single day in 2018. That means I have posted, on this blog, at least 2,555 pictures in 2018! Since I invariably post more than 7, most days, the number, in reality, is probably over 3,000 pictures! That is a lot — but it also means I have 23,625 pictures I have NOT share with YOU! That is sobering.

 


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I Am Willing To Wait Till April 2019 For A Canon EOS R With In-Body Image Stabilization (IBIS).

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE. From PetaPixel — today.


It was lack of IBIS that was the deal killer for I.


Way back in August — September 2018 I genuinely thought I was going to get the Canon EOS R. I initially did NOT believe that it was NOT going to have IBIS. Well, when that was confirmed, I totally lost interest. I like and rely upon IBIS. I tend to shoot at low shutter speeds and IBIS in my Sony A7 II indulges I.

I was then all set to get a Nikon Z6. But, I had said all along that I would not buy it ahead of the Holidays and wait until the new year. Recently, with winter upon us, I decided to push that back to at least March — possibly April. No point getting a fancy, brand new camera when the light isn’t great and it is freezing outside. I am just going to be dissapointed with picture quality.

So, if I am willing to wait until March — April …

If the announced a Canon EOS R with IBIS early in the year with April availability I will definitely wait to see what it is like. I like the Canon FF mirrorless lenses and their adapters. Kind of exciting. CHOICE. The only problem might be that Canon makes it a high resolution camera, i.e., more than 35 MP.


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by Anura Guruge

The MegaZoom Nikon P900 Is Also Pretty Awesome At Taking Macros.

by Anura Guruge


NO post-processing whatsoever.

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I have had my Nikon P900 for just over 2 years. I have not been using it much of late. Appears that today is the first time I have used it since June! Yikes.

I am THINKING of selling it because it is a shame to keep such a camera and not use it.

Then I took these macro shots. They continue to please and impress. I won’t get much for the P900 now that the P1000 is out — BUT I probably can get enough to buy a decent, fullframe Nikon lens for the Nikon Z6 I plan to get early in 2019. No rush. I am going to think about.

Given that I am so used to a fullframe now — with my trusty Sony a7 II (that I have had for 18 months) — using this camera, with its TINY 1/2.3″ sensor feels like a joke. So, limiting OTHER than when shooting macro.


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More Autumnal Flowers From Alton (NH) — Very Few Words.

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I took all of these, bar the yellow lily, this afternoon at the Alton Hannaford. [The lily was at the McDonald’s across the ‘road’.] So, I am using my Sony a7 II, with the big 90mm lens, kneeling down, when I hear this voice saying: “aren’t we so lucky“. We was, of course, talking about the flowers. I had to agree.

So …

Aren’t we so lucky to have such flowers ….


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My Sony a6500 Up For Sale On Facebook Marketplace.

by Anura Guruge


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Link to the Facebook Marketplace posting.


No, I don’t need to sell it, BUT it seems a waste to have it and NOT use it!

Last week’s 5-day trip to Acadia was the tipping point. I took the a6500 with me BUT I never used it once! Given a choice I these days just prefer to use my full-frame Sony a7 II and my Google Pixel 2. It is basically the Pixel 2 that made the Sony a6500 redundant. I got the a6500 to be my COMPACT when taking the a7 II was not practical. But, the Pixel 2 has now become my compact — plus you can take phones to venues that don’t allow cameras!

Hence the decision to TRY and sell it. If I sell it I will use the proceeds to get another lens for my a7 II. That is my biggest impediment. I just do not have ANY good full-frame lenses!

So, that is the logic. Let’s see what transpires. Not the end of the world IF I don’t sell it.

 


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The Flora Of Our Yard, June 23, 2018, Through The Magic Lens Of A Nikon P900.

by Anura Guruge


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Though the amazing Nikon P900 is justifiably famed for its magical Super Zoom, it is also very good at taking macro close ups especially if you are willing to persevere. I love taking closeups of flowers with it — because I can get shots like this (and to be honest, it was drizzling, I was in a hurry, and I really didn’t take that much care in the shots I took).

The Nikon P900, which I have had since August 2016, takes some incredible pictures. But, since I got my Sony a7 II (13 months ago) and Google Pixel 2 (6 months ago), I very rarely take it out of its bag. It is criminal. Today was the first time I had used it in 5-months. I think about selling it, but for what I could get, I might as well keep it. I plan to use it much more over the coming weeks. So, stay tuned. You have been warned.


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‘John Legend’ Shoots Entire ‘A Good Night’ Music Video Using Just A Google Pixel 2.

by Anura Guruge


The Music Video Shot Entirely On A Google Pixel 2.


Click image to access original. Google for more coverage.


It was, however, NOT shot handheld. They used a proper, professional jig and it shows.


I just happened to catch this on the 9am news this morning and was a bit chuffed. Hey, I have a Google Pixel 2 — which, as some of you know, I got myself last Christmas.

I use it 99.9% for still pictures — which has always been my preference.

Yes, I have shot a few videos with it and have been impressed with the quality.

I am in now way displeased with what it does in terms of stills. I bought it, after considerable research, because it appeared to have the best camera around — in December 2017. My decision has since been confirmed on the stills front — and this story affirms it on the video front. So, I am happy.

In the scheme of things it hasn’t given me much grief. It does what it is supposed to do, and some of the pictures it takes leaves me in awe. Invariably it the camera, not I.

Though we are ‘4-months’ down the road since I bought it — and that is, these days, a lifetime and more when it comes to technology — I still recommend it to folks who ask me about the camera on it, or the phone overall.


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The Sony a7 III Has Been Finally Announced, BUT I Am Not Salivating Over It!

by Anura Guruge


Click to access “DPReview” post.


Click to access September 2017 post.


Click to access October 2017 post.


The only thing that truly appeals to me is the new sensor — and that was always going to be the #1 reason to upgrade from my current Sony a7 II.

All the other features, e.g., enhanced “Eye Auto Focus (AF)”, faster shooting rate, larger capacity ‘Z’ battery, AF joystick and 693 AF points, are really of marginal interest. I seek excellent AF but I no longer need LOTS of AF points or “Eye” AF. Most of the time I go with straight ‘Center Point’ AF — but also do a LOT of manual focus.

The two posts shown above from September and October really tell much of the story — and those were BEFORE I got my Google Pixel 2 phone at Christmas. During the last 2 months I used the Pixel 2 more or less exclusively! Yes, the cold weather was a factor. The Sony a7 II is not rated for ‘below freezing‘ temps. and I wasn’t going to take any chances since it is not exactly a cheap camera. But, the Pixel 2 is also so much easier to carry around. {SMILE}

My big gripe with Sony is the lack of ‘reasonably’ priced Full Frame lenses. What I can get from my a7 II in the end is gated by the lenses I have rather than anything else. So, just upgrading the body will not get me much — if any. Hence, my thinking about waiting for a Full Frame mirrorless from Nikon or Canon. Right now I am willing to wait. No hurry — for a change — to get another camera. {Smile}. I do have three cameras not counting the Pixel 2.


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