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Samsung NX500 Epiphany — Why Not Settle For An APS-C Sensor?

by Anura Guruge


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“DPReview” side-by-side camera comparison. It is DIFFICULT to ignore sensor size.


As with the Fuji X-T2 the Samsung NX1 was another camera I lusted after for months and then, at the last minute, shied away because of technical (as opposed to financial) considerations.

I will also readily admit that my requirements, fancies and demands tend to change, sometimes within days — and have over my 2 year saga for a set of long-term cameras. Maybe I will never have a set of cameras I keep for that long. C’est la vie.

Anywho … I think I had dismissed the Samsung NX500 BECAUSE it did not have a viewfinder.

That requirement has changed in the last month! Since I have had the Nikon P900 I have rarely used the viewfinder. So I now know that I can live with just a good LCD.

So the Samsung NX500 is back in the fray.

It has phase-detect AF and I really want phase-detect. And it is an APS-C.

And what I am looking for is a compact.

Still not sure what my eventual BIG camera will be.


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by Anura Guruge

With No Panasonic Lumix LX200 In Sight I Might Consider The New Chinese YI M1.

by Anura Guruge


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Click to ENLARGE and study. I cobbled this together using “DPReview” Quick Specs.


Click to access full “DPReview” first-impressions.

Click image to ENLARGE and read here.

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Click to access the rather impressive Y1 M1 official image gallery.


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Already available for pre-order on Amazon for prices stated right at top. Click image to access Amazon page. October 12 availability.


Intriguing little camera. Micro Four-Thirds with 20MP Sony sensor. Supposedly can be used with any MFT lens. The 42.5 f/1.8 lens looks very tempting.

The overall price, even with both lenses, is good.

This camera got a lot of attention at PhotoKina and continues to gain attention at “DPReview“.

But for the lack of a Viewfinder (EVF) you could definitely think of it as a Panasonic LX100 replacement/successor.


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by Anura Guruge

I Have No Choice BUT To Carefully Evaluate Canon’s ‘Dual Pixel AF’ In ‘Live View’ Mode.

by Anura Guruge


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Click to ENLARGE and read here. What you get when you Google “Dual Pixel AF”. It is a Canon proprietary technology.


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From “Better Photography”. Good introduction. Click image to access original with explanation of what Canon was implemented.


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Click to ENLARGE and read here. Canon’s description on its 7D Mk II page.


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Click to ENLARGE and read snippet here. What ‘Gordon Lang’, of ‘Camera Labs’, cameralabs.com, has to say re. Nikon D500. Cameralabs.com, of course, has the FULL Nikon D500 review.


I will confess, with contrition, that I had NOT paid ENOUGH attention to Canon’s “Dual Pixel AF” because it was only available on 4 cameras — 3 of them ‘pretty’ old (in terms of today’s 12-month technology refresh cycle) and the 4th, the Canon 80D, was being touted as a mid-level DSLR.

But the recent spate of rumors about the soon to be announced Canon APS-C MIRRORLESS M5 got me digging into “Dual Pixel AF”.

Anybody who has been paying any attention to my 10 cameras in 2 years SAGA will know that brilliant AutoFocus is my Holy Grail — especially since my eyes, never that good, are getting older by the day. The reason I decided to get a Nikon D500, rather than the new Fuji X-T2 (which I lusted after for 9 months), was AF — nothing else.

But the D500’s AF prowess is ONLY in Viewfinder (VF) phase-detect mode. There is no phase-detect in Live View (i.e., LCD) mode. More and more I am opting to shoot LCD mode because I just tend to see better with both eyes open looking at a 3″ screen. 99% of the 2,594 pictures I have taken with my new Nikon P900 (which I am getting rather fond of) — in 10 days — have been in LCD mode!

Canon’s DUAL PIXEL AF will give me phase-detect in LCD mode.

I think I could live with the Canon 7D Mk II or possibly the 80D.

IF the M5 has good specs I could go with that — given my innate fondness for mirrorless cameras. I could also save myself quite a bit of money. I have no aversion to Canon. I had a Canon T3i for nearly a year and it is still in the family (for a refreshing change) in that Devanee has taken ownership of it


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by Anura Guruge

Fujifilm X-T2 Autofocus Capability Questioned — Especially In Terms Of ‘Phase Detection’.

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Click here
to access original DPReview post.


fujifilm-x.com link referenced above.

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Click image to access the original from Fuji no less! This is not funny.


This is NOT good news for Fuji X-T2 fans.

Phase Detection‘ is what was supposed to make the Fuji autofocus better.

DSLRs, like the Nikon D500, use ‘Phase Detection’ 100% of the time when the mirror is down (i.e., viewfinder-mode).

If the X-T2 is using ‘contrast detection’ 66% of the time we are unlikely to see that bigger an improvement in AF.

I am SO GLAD I decided against getting a X-T2 and yesterday embarked on my new life with Nikon by getting a P900 to begin with (fully aware that the P900 is NOT a DSLR and as such does not have ‘Phase Detect’) while I mentally prepare myself to buy a Nikon D500.


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Fuji X-70, Per ‘The New Camera’, The Best 2016 Compact Camera Under $700.

by Anura Guruge


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Click image to access “The New Camera” post.


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Click image to access Amazon listing for the X70 (Silver).


Interesting choice. The Fuji X70 is a nice enough camera, but it has two major limitations: no viewfinder and it is a FIXED 18.5mm lens.

Even if you overlook the viewfinder the fixed lens (without a zoom) could prove to be a distraction down the road.

I will confess to having looked at the X70. But just couldn’t see myself being able to use it on an extended period.

Sure it has an APS-C sensor, with 16MP — same as that on my Fuji X-E2s. But at $700, I think, the X70 is ‘neither here nor there’.

But it is worth looking at.


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If The Samsung NX500 Is Indeed Discontinued Then $798 Is Still Too Much For It.

by Anura Guruge


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Click to access ‘B&H’ product page for the Samsung NX500.


Rumors have been around since September 2015 that Samsung’s camera division, despite the critically acclaimed Samsung NX1, was on the skids and that Samsung was looking for a buyer.

On Tuesday morning a number of camera rumor Websites were reporting that mega-distributor “B&H” had the Samsung NX500 marked as discontinued. I checked Cameta Camera and BuyDig.com. Neither of them have the NX500.

The NX500 is still listed on Amazon, by Samsung for one, at $797.99 with a 16-50mm kit lens. IF Samsung is discontinuing this camera, the baby brother of the much more expensive NX1, this is still too expensive. I have never considered the NX500 because it does not have a viewfinder — electronic or optical. And I wouldn’t get a camera at this price bracket without a viewfinder.

If it is indeed discounted the price will probably drop, quite quickly, by another $200. When it gets close to $500 it would be tempting to revisit it since it does have one heck of an impressive 28.2 MP APS-C sensor (though I keep on hearing that all the current Samsungs have autofocus issues).


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by Anura Guruge

New, Rather Expensive ($1,699) Pseudo Rangefinder Fujifilm X-Pro2 Leaves Me Cold.

by Anura Guruge


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Click to ENLARGE and view here. From the DPReview analysis. Use link below to access full, excellent, review. Seeing the LENS in the viewfinder would drive me BATS!

Click here for the, as ever superlative, DPReview
assessment of the Fuji X-Pro2.


Given that I (think) I have convinced myself that my next camera will be a Fuji X-T1 or ITS SUCCESSOR, I spent a lot of time and effort learning about the newly announced Fuji X-Pro2 given that I, like many, believe that the ‘X-T2’ would have similar specs. I have been baffled by the unstinted enthusiasm I have seen for the X-Pro2. I just can’t get it — as I have already said earlier.

It is NOT a rangefinder. It just looks like a rangefinder and as such has all of the FLAWS of a rangefinder WITHOUT the one big advantage of that genre, spot-on ‘image superimposition‘ focusing. Instead the X-Pro2, like the X-Pro1, has this hybrid OVF/EVF — albeit with refinements in the ‘2’. Do NOT get it. Yes, I am the first to admit it. I, since the Apple Mac pioneered this revolutionary concept 3 decades ago, have been a confirmed WYSIWYG guy. I like, at all times, to see exactly what I am getting or hoping to get. Since September 2015 when I switched, irrevocably, to ‘mirrorless‘ I have been in awe of the delights of using EVFs. I like to change WB etc. and see exactly what I can expect. Seeing the lens in my OVF would drive me bats. Plus I want to see the entire image I am shooting, full-frame, in my viewfinder — not within some white lines.

And then another thing I never understood, and could not properly rationalize, BUT has been mentioned in a number of X-Pro1 vs. X-T1 reviews that I have studied. The X-T1, invariably, delivers slightly better image quality than the X-Pro1. Don’t know why and none of the reviewers explained. Of course the X-Pro2, with better specs, should beat the X-T1 for now. But what I wonder is will an ‘X-T2’ with X-Pro2 like specs end up with better picture quality.

I just can’t see myself with an X-Pro2. To I it would be a regressive step. I tried very hard to convince myself that I could like the X-Pro2, BUT I can’t. IF there is to be no X-T2 I would rather get a X-T1, and save myself some serious dough, than get a X-Pro2. So that is where I stand for now. But many of my past claims about what camera I would get next have proved to be invalid. So time will tell. For now I am waiting for a X-T2. 


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My Review Of My Sony a77 Mk II Bundle From ‘Cameta’ Gets “Most Helpful” Rating At Amazon.

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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Click here to access Amazon original.


Well, what I said had to be said. The bundle, indubitably, is good value for money. I would NOT have got it, after all the months of research, if it was not. But you just need to be aware.

So far, so good with the camera. Here are 4 more images from the camera — DRAMATICALLY resized in terms of image size. The originals of these, in V.Fine quality, generate JPEG files as big as 18MG! What I am posting are 317KB! So a huge difference in size and hence quality!


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Very First Pictures From My Sony a77 Mk II Which Arrived Today From Cameta Camera.


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First FOUR Full-Size and hence LARGE.









The Sony a77 II, ordered through Amazon BUT fulfilled (i.e., shipped) by ‘Cameta Camera‘ arrived today, Friday, August 28, 2015 — albeit with Deanna going to the Post Office to pick it up.

Yes, we have a video of me unpacking it. So far, so good. Everything that Cameta said would be in the box was in the box and THERE is, contrary to what folks (including Cameta) had said, a Sony lens hood for the Sony 16-50mm SSM lens. That was a bonus since this is a $75 hood!

I took my time unpacking and sorting out all the bits. The Sony battery, with the Sony charger, took over 4 hours to fully charge. Instruction manual says 3 BUT maybe it was because it was the first charge. More about the Cameta bundle in another post.

Once I had the battery and my 64GB card (as opposed to the one supplied by Cameta) I felt obliged to snap some pictures.

These were taken WITHOUT ANYTHING being set on the Menus — other than date and time. Just set the Focus Mode Dial to ‘A’. That was all. The pictures shown above were shot on ‘P’ and ‘Auto’. I am reasonably happy. Tomorrow I will customize the camera.

It feels good and I love the illuminated viewfinder.

So far, so good.