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The New Canon G5X Could Very Well Be My Next (Companion) Camera

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by Anura Guruge


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** Canon G3X is ugly.
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Canon G3X: 80% my next camera.
** ‘Camera Labs’
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Sony RX10 II vs
Canon PowerShot G3X.

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Click to access the “dpreview” for the new Canon G5X.


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Click to access Canon online store page for the G5X.


I really thought long and hard about getting a Canon PowerShot G3X as an alternative to my Canon Rebel T3i (which has now become Devanee’s camera). In the end the MAIN REASON I did not get it was the lack of a built-in electronic viewfinder (EVF). Yes, I knew I could get an external add-on but that jacked the price beyond what I was willing to pay.

Then as I have amply documented here, I ended up getting a Sony a77 mk II which I had assumed — and maybe even hoped — would be my permanent camera for at least 24 months. Well that was not to be. When I lost 989 images with it, I just could not deal with it. So I ended up getting a Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 as a short-term compromise. I LIKE THE FZ1000. It can take some stunning pictures — out of the box. That appeals to me. But given that I got 100% of my money back on the Sony a77 II I kind of have $1,000 in the bank from my camera fund.

I have been toying with getting another camera to augment the Lumix FZ1000 — primarily one that I can carry around, most of the time, without having to lug the FZ1000. PLUS I have been hankering, this week after again reading reviews of Olympus OMD cameras, for a camera with a LOT of control wheels! I do not like fiddling around with menus to set parameters. I want a dedicated ‘Exposure Compensation’ wheel (like I had with the Sony). Another wheel or two I could customize, maybe for flash and focus, would really appeal. The G5X seems to offer me this capability and it has a EVF and a 1″ sensor.

Yes, I am seriously thinking about it. Might not get it this week! I still need to spend some quality time with my FZ1000. Maybe for Christmas. I will keep you posted.

Bottom line, the Canon PowerShot G5X sure is more attractive than the G3X.


Canon slashing prices of other PowerShots,
including G3X & G9X, ahead of G5 X. Click …


I get a refurbished PowerShot G1 X, from Canon, for $269.


The Panasonic Lumix DMC FZ1000 Can Take Stunning Pictures Out Of The Box.

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Yesterday, at Sandwich Fair, was my first full-day outing with my new Panasonic Lumic DMC (‘Digital Media Camera’) FZ1000. I only got it as of September 29, 2015. So it is still very new to me.

I like it, but I am not sure I love it as yet. It sure can take some stunning pictures effortlessly. I do NOT shoot RAW and rarely if ever even adjust brightness a JPEG picture I shoot. I am very much a ‘What You See Is What I Captured With The Camera’ person. I do not have the temperament, time or patience to play around with image altering software. So what you see here and in 99.99% of the pictures I post are JPEGs that come straight out of the camera. Yes, with the FZ1000 I will monkey around with some of the special effects built-into the camera — in shooting mode, e.g., starburst, sparkling water etc. But that is applied as the picture is taken. That to me is the same as what I used to do, 35 years ago, with Cokin filters.

The FZ1000 can be infuriating to use — at least at the start. There are too many mode-specific MENU options, e.g., HDR, iHDR etc. and just having one finicky control wheel is a pain. I am still coming to terms with what MENU options work with what shooting modes. For example if HDR is on you CANNOT for love or money get the flash to work. I am sure that in time I will get the hang of all the important settings BUT by then, knowing myself, I will probably be ready to move onto another camera. 


So here are 7 more pictures from Sandwich Fair.

Untouched — JPEGs straight off the SDXC card.

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Copyright on all these images will be ENFORCED.








Stunning 2006 Cadillac XLR (63K) In New Hampshire Craigslist For $27,500. Must BUY.

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Unbelievable, 8-1 Down To 8-9 Win By Larry Ellison’s Oracle Flyer In The “America’s Cup”. Beyond Amazing. Did Larry Pull Strings?

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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We Went Skiing At Loon, Lincoln, NH This Sunday, St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, 2013. It Was Good.

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Some Related Posts:
1. Gunstock, NH vs. Cervino, Italy — Jan. 18, 2013.
2. Aerial Panorama Of A True Alpine Ski Resort … — Jan. 11, 2013.
3. FREE Ski & Snowboarding Lessons in NH … — Jan. 4, 2013.


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I am in the florescent green. The logic is that you might be able to see me under the snow if I ever get buried.


Devanee has the pink scarf.




This is pretty striking panorama taken by Deanna. You have to click on it to see it in its full glory.



I don’t ski much anymore. A major departure from prior to turning 50. Coming from a tropical island I got into skiing late. 1977, methinks. I was 23, approaching 24. Went to Italy for a week — as a chaperon for a group of 60 kids. Learned to ski that week. Day 1 I knew that this was my sport. Fell 18 times, on the trot, trying to use my first tow lift. [They don’t have them much here]. 19th time was the charm. You couldn’t get me off the slope.

I used to ski a lot. Evening and even dry ski slopes. But, now I am a warm weather, 1/2 day skier. It has to be close to 32°F before I will think about it. So these days I only ski in March. This was March and Devanee had been going skiing at Gunstock. She wanted to go skiing with me. Hence this jaunt to Loon.

Deanna found that now, late season, Loon has a flat, $29 (for all ages), Sunday afternoon lift ticket. Checked the weather. It was just around the magic 32°F. So we planned to spend St. Patrick’s at Loon.

I had bought stuff from them before, but I had never rented from Lahouts — who are on the main drag, on the way to Loon. I had heard good things about them. We stopped. It was quick and cheap. $20 for my skis and sticks (I had forgotten to load my pistol-grip ones) and the same for Deavanne’s skis and boots. She doesn’t use sticks — as yet. So $40 for rentals. They said that we saved $40 over Loon. Could be. They gave us Salomon skis, the new, shaped one. They put me in 165 cm. [I used to ski 215 cm with the non-shaped ones.] Truth be said, I was not impressed with the Salomon’s. They were OK. They were stable. Very forgiving. Allowed me to easily recover from my one near fall. But, they were also not ‘active’ at all; i.e., responsive. They were like old skis. You had to work to make them turn. That is OK. That is how it was. I know how to do it. But, as I get older I appreciate the new skis that reduce the amount of work you have to do. A few years ago, at Gunstock, I rented a pair of HEAD (Bys) XL 163. Best skis I have ever skied on. Magic. You just had to think. It was like ESP. The Salomon’s weren’t a patch on these.

We got the $29 tickets. So the 1/2 skiing at Loon, without crowds, cost $98 for Devanee and I.

That was good. It wasn’t perfect, but it was pretty close to it. The wind picked up and it started to get cold around 3:15. But, no crowds, no lift lines. It was good. Around 3:15 we got to ski ‘Lower Walking Boss’, my favorite slope at Loon, twice, with nobody else. I have had that before, because I have skied Loon on Sundays. Having that wide slope all to yourself is pretty special.

It was a good day. We stopped around 3:30. My legs had had it and it was cold. In my old age I now know when to stop. Most serious skiing injuries happen late in the day when you are skiing on tired legs.

So it was fun. We took the scenic way back, via Campton and Squam.

The only thing that distressed me was the food prices at Loon! $7.59 (or thereabouts) for a hamburger. That is not right. That is exploitation.

Gunstock, NH Ski Area, In Terms Of Trails, Compared And Contrasted, To Cervino, Italy.

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Two related posts:
1. Aerial Panorama Of A True Alpine Ski Resort … — Jan. 11, 2013.
2. FREE Ski & Snowboarding Lessons in NH … — Jan. 4, 2013.


In the January 11 post I talked about ‘Cervino’ ski resort in Italy, on the side of Mount Matterhorn and the 16 mile ski trail that they used to have. Deanna took Devanee for her free ski boarding lesson at Gunstock on Tuesday and came home with a nice picture of the Gunstock ski trails. Now I know it is NOT a fair comparison, very much chalk to cheese. But, this might explain why it took me quite a few years to get used to NH ski resorts and during that time I would ONLY ski Loon, Waterville Valley or Bretton Woods; Loon my favorite.

So here is Gunstock (which I have now come to like quite a bit, my legs not up to 7 hours of vigorous skiing a day).

Ski trail map Gunstock, NH

Click to ENLARGE. Trail map of Gunstock 2013 — taken by Deanna this week.


So now to Cervino. I found this online. Not sure how good it is. The 16 mile trail that I used to do, every morning during the week I would go there for, is on the right, at the top … looping down, all the way to the village. Now that I see it on the map, I remember ‘Plateau Rosa‘. Notice, that they don’t make much snow in Cervino.

Trail map Cervino, Italy.

Cervino, Italy.

Stunning Aerial Panorama Of A True Alpine Ski Resort — Other Amazing Vistas Too.

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Last two related posts:
1. Zorbing … We Need This In NH … — Jan. 11, 2013.
2. FREE Ski & Snowboarding Lessons in NH … — Jan. 4, 2013.


Click to access the breathtaking 'airpano.com' Website.

Click to access the breathtaking ‘airpano.com’ Website.


Maybe I have seen this before, but I found this today, promoting views of New York City, when I visited the U.K. Daily Mail, my favorite newspaper of all time, looking for the latest information (replete with pictures we never get to see in the US) of the LA school shooting. Yes, they had pictures and names — and this was at 7pm Eastern on Thursday.

Cervino‘, a name mentioned in the title of the panorama, is my all time favorite ski resort — by far. I skied it, for a week each, two years running before I came to the U.S. in 1985.

Having learned to ski and having done all my European skiing in the Alps, I had the hardest time getting used to the NH ski resorts. These images might help you understand. Zermatt is the sister resort on the other side of the Mattherhorn — and across the border, in Switzerland. You can ski from one resort to the other, with a passport — though I never did that.

They used to have one ski run, across three glaciers that was 16 miles long. One trail, 16 miles. Two cafes on the way. Most days that would be how I started the morning. The 16 mile trail, stopping for coffee and cakes.

I looked at the Vatican pictures too. Very good. Amazing.

Enjoy.