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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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Amazon Still Profligate In Its Packaging.

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The 5 Solar Eclipse PAPER glasses I received
Thursday, August 17, 2017.


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EXACTLY as they arrived.

Nothing removed, nothing rearranged. Untouched.


This is CRAZY.

This is irresponsible.


It was not fragile. There was nothing to break. These could have been easily shipped in a padded envelope.

Waste of resources. Yes, the air doesn’t weigh much BUT the box takes up space on planes, trucks and in the USPS vehicles. Plus the cardboard (which, to be fair, we recycle).

I have complained before about Amazon (as you can see below), and I do so as HUGE fan, a loyal customer and above all a very-happy shareholder (of AMZN).

UPS, cleverly, tried to get Amazon to be better by changing their pricing to include package DIMENSIONS as well as weight. Well, Amazon doesn’t use UPS that nore! This was sent via USPS.


From January 18, 2016. Click image to access my post on THIS blog.


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British/Trinidad Author, V.S. Naipaul Was Born This Day 85-Years Ago; 17 August 1932.

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Click to ENLARGE and read here. Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/V._S._Naipaul


Just SOME of his books on Amazon. Click to ENLARGE. Do a search on Amazon. Easy enough to find.


He was BIG in Britain in the 1970s and 1980s. I bought and read some of his books. I did like and still do remember A House for Mr Biswas.

Just the other day I noticed a stack of his paperbacks in my ‘basement’ storeroom — one of the many places in this house that I have stashes of overflow books. It was amazing that these paperbacks have lasted all these years. I was hoping to read him again, one of these days.

He is younger than I realized. I did NOT want to MISS his birthday. Happy birthday, V.S. Thank you.


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Apple, Tim Cook — Charlottesville & Neo-Nazis/White Supremacists: What Would Steve Jobs Have Done?

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bar my added graphics.

Origina from ‘Market Watch’. See above. I added two graphics. Click to ENLARGE and read here.


Following the frightening spectre of Charlottesville and Donald Trump’s, hard to fathom, reaction I wondered how Tim Cook would react. I was HOPING he would use his PLATFORM to repudiate the President.

I kept on thinking: ‘what would Steve Jobs have done?

I would like to think that Steve Jobs would have been more demonstrative and vocal.

To be fair to Tim Cook these donations are a GOOD START but still wholly inadequate. Apple can afford BILLIONS not millions. Mobilize the platform, exploit the popularity. I am sure Steve Jobs would have done more. Trump would have offended Steve’s finely cultivated sensibilities.

Please Tim Cook — DO MORE.

We need folks like you to stand up.


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Amazon Stockholders Should Sue Donald Trump For Unethically Causing Stock Price To Drop.

by Anura Guruge


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I commented on this, ALREADY, yesterday itself, as it happened!



Donald Trump’s ‘no-tax’ claims against Amazon (AMZN) are BOGUS.

As of April 2017 Amazon is collecting Internet sales tax on shipments to ALL states that have a sales tax. That is an irrefutable fact. So for Trump to claim that Amazon has a ‘no-tax monopoly’ is wrong.

But his bellicose rantings is hurting Amazon, the AMZN stock price and Amazon shareholders — and I am one of them. I am NOT happy.

This is wrong.

I would be OK if he was not lying. This is illegal stock price manipulation.

Jeff Bezos should help us get a lawsuit going.

Trump’s gripe is really NOT against Amazon. He, irrationally, is MAD at the ‘Washington Post‘ but rails against Amazon because Jeff Bezos owns both Amazon and ‘The Washington Post’.


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