Archive | June 15, 2016

Fuji X Manual Focus Firmware Update June 9 — Needs More Work.

by Anura Guruge


As I posted June 13, I successfully installed Fuji’s June 9th firmware updates on my X-E2s and all three of my lenses. But I not currently convinced that it really has done much! I use manual focus quite a bit — I would guess more so than most. I use it with peaking (in this case set to ‘high red‘). I spend a lot of time tweaking the focus, using Manual Focus Zoom, and the Electronic View Finder (EVF). I am no stranger to focus peaking. Have been using it for nearly 2 years, on Sonys and Panasonics

Yes, of course, I get some spectacular results that even amaze me! No question. But I also get more disappointments than I think is warranted. Yes, again. I don’t expect every picture to be good BUT given the effort I put into MY manual focus I would have thought that my success rate would be higher. Yes, it could be me and my bad eyes. I know that. But I am using focus peaking and twiddle the focus until I get the most amount of peaking. At that point I expect the focus point to be in focus. But I find that it is not.

See picture below. I took it yesterday. I focused on the 3 flowers on the foreground using peaking. Probably spent a minute making sure that peaking said that the flowers were in focus. Then I get this. Notice that leaf behind is focused to the point that you can see the hairs. But I focus peaked on the flowers.

I am NOT convinced about Fuji focus!

I am renting a Fuji X-T1, from Lumoid, for a week — soon. (Order placed and confirmed.)

It is this concern about focus — which is paramount for me — that is making me curious about the Pentax K-70.



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‘Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’ (CFPB) Definitely Has Teeth — Made Citi AAdvantage Take Notice.

by Anura Guruge


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Click to access the Government “Consumer Financial Protection Bureau” (CFPB) Website at ‘consumerfinance.gov’.


June 14, 2016, I filed this cfpb complaint against Citi AAdvantage credit card
about them NOT honoring their promised ‘Car Rental Insurance Benefit’.

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Click to ENLARGE and read.


This is what Citi AAdvantage credit card promises.
But from what I can see they deliver NOTHING. A scam.
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Click to ENLARGE and read here. I will not direct you to their Website since that will be a DISSERVICE to YOU.


If you enlarge and read my cfpb complaint above it should be pretty clear.

I did NOT get supplemental rental insurance from Budget Car Rental because Citi AAdvantage credit card was very specific that I did not need to. Then, in San Francisco, we had the rental car broken into. Budget billed the credit card, Citi AAdvantage, $403 for the windows. Nearly a month later NOTHING from Citi AAdvantage.

Kind of scary. I have been exceptionally lucky over the decades. I worked out that I must have, since 1976 (when I rented my first car), rented at least 700 cars — during 1985 – 1986 & 1992 – 2000, when I was travelling (on work) three to four days/week, typically renting at least one car a week, but most likely two (in two different cities). During all those rental I never had to make a single claim! That amazes me. Yes, I had one flat tire, in Arizona. That was the sum total — until this last rental, in April, when we went to Yosemite (during school vacation).

I had made 6 calls about this claim nothing. Filed a complaint at Citi. Nothing.

Then I filed this cfpb complaint. 4 hours later I get a call from Citi! That is impressive.

Huge kudos to cfpb. A Government agency that can get things done fast. Bravo.


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