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Will Amazon Stock Take A Hit From The Weinstein Stories — Especially Now That It Is Above $1,000 Again.

by Anura Guruge


Click to access ‘MarketWatch’ story from October 12, 2017.


Click to ENLARGE and marvel.


Click to access the U.K. “Daily Mail” story.


From what I can deduce, AMZN crossed the $1,000 mark, for the first time in weeks, on Thursday, October 12, 2017, before these stories gained much currency.

Now the question and concern is whether these and others like it will take a toll on the stock price.

To be fair, Amazon, and Jeff Bezos, tend to be Teflon-coated. Plus we are coming up to Amazon’s third quarter earnings report — believed to be on October 26, 2017. Basically 2 weeks from now. Customarily the stock will climb, as much as $40 to $100, leading up to earnings. Then the fun begins.

So, the desire to get into AMZN prior to earnings may override any negatives from these stories.

Just giving you a heads up.


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by Anura Guruge

Amazon’s “Prime Photos” Continues To Struggle & Have Problems.

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE. What I got last night and TODAY when I try to order some prints.


November 27, 2016 post. Click image to access.


 

As I mentioned yesterday, this gentleman asked me to take this picture of him, with the walking with his face beautifully carved into it, and to get him some prints. I was happy to oblige.

So last night I went to order some prints. Of course, I went to Amazon Prime Prints. I was thwarted!

I used SnapFish, where I had an account, and it took me under 3 minutes. Not impressed. Now I know that the Amazon service is based-on SnapFish. So …

Click to ENLARGE.


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The Rather Strange, 16-Lens/Sensor, “Light L16” ‘Light Capture Device’ (Rather Than Camera).

 by Anura Guruge


Click image to access the official Website for this strange device.


I created this annotated, augmented diagram so you can get a quick overview. Base picture, of course, from ‘Light’. Click to ENLARGE.


For reasons I cannot explain this strange device never registered on my radar until a few days ago — even though it appears that there have been prototypes since 2015.

A cute idea BUT the lenses are titchy and PLASTIC.

Plus, as far as I am concerned it is NOT a real camera! Why? It does NOT have a built-in image processor. [OK. I stand corrected. It appears to have ‘3’ BUT they only produce a 3MP image for ‘social media sharing’! So, if you just rely on those INBOARD ‘image processors’ this is a 3MP camera.] It produces raw data that has to be processed on a computer to create the image. Yikes. Not my cup of tea given my aversion to all forms of post-processing.

Reminds me MUCH of the now ‘defunct’ Lytro Illum and I just saw one on eBay for $450!


This is the best ‘review’ that I have seen for this gizmo.

Click image to access original.


Has absolutely no appeal to I. I do not have the time or patience for post-processing. What I like is to take pictures in JPEG and posts the ones that came out good. Learn from the bad ones and tomorrow is another day.

I am sure that by this time next year this ‘do-da’ will down to $450. Be interesting to see.

This, however, may appeal to some of you PhotoShop fans.

Oh, the 52MP resolution is also way too high for my liking.


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Nikon Raises The Price Of Its Aging P900 Super-Zoom In Response To Sony’s $1,698 RX10 IV Mid-Zoom.

 by Anura Guruge


What I paid for my Nikon P900 in August 2016
— and there was a shortage of them,
hence why I had to get it from Best Buy.


$696 at B&H. Wow. Check their Website.


Cheaper at Amazon BUT still $55, ~9%, more than I paid a year ago and I didn’t get mine at a discount or at a sale.


And it is this newly announced Sony RX10 IV that is driving up the prices!


It is NOT often you see a 9% – 10% price increase on a camera introduced 2.5 years ago, ESPECIALLY when there are hot rumors that it is to be superseded by a even more powerful model, the so called Nikon P1000.

But that is exactly what has happened with the Nikon P900. True is a pretty special and unique camera and I am very fond of mine.

The price increase is as a response to Sony’s new 24-600mm, mid-zoom RX10 IV. True, that the P900, with its 24-2,000 zoom reaches out much further. So, the P900 looks quite a bargain, even at $656 against the huge $1,698 for the RX10 IV.

But, please do NOT get duped. The RX10 IV has a 1″ sensor while the Nikon P900 has a 1/2.3″ sensor. That is a HUGE difference. Plus the Nikon is pretty long in the tooth. So, just a heads up.


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Gobe Filter Kit 72mm For My Sony a7 II E-Mount FE 24-240mm Zoom Lens.

by Anura Guruge


Click pictures to ENLARGE.

Attribution WILL be enforced.




During my camera saga of the last 3-years the two things that I did not bother with too much were filters and flash units. Consequently I did not have any proper filters for my a7 II zoom. Over the last year of so I have stopped using UV filters on my lenses! I did a lot of research on the subject and RELUCTANTLY had to admit that putting a ‘cheap’ filter, even at $70, in front of an expensive lens made little sense. And, yes, I realize that I do not have the protection of having a filter in front of my lens. That does bother me.

Anywho … I needed a polarization filter for shooting fall foliage. Despite my commitment for shooting pictures without any post-processing, I do NOT feel that using a polarization filter is cheating — partly because I see the daylight world through my sunglasses (which I wear incessantly).

I was looking around for a decent polarization filter, with 72mm thread, when I came across this Gobe stack of ten filters.

Reminded me immediately of Cokin filters when they first came out in the late 1970s. I was hooked on Cokin from the time I saw their first print ad in a British photography magazine. I trespassed around Paris shortly afterwards trying to buy a kit. I soon had most of the early set of filters for my then Canon A1.

There is something about Gobe that resonates. Love the packaging. That they CLAIM that they will plan 5 trees for each stack purchased is neat. I like that.

I haven’t really tried out these filters as yet. Not sure how their optics will be. I am hoping for the best. I have never used Neutral Density filters and looking forward to playing with some.

I will keep you posted. For now just wanted to show you the cute stack packaging.


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The Freshly Announced Sony RX10 IV — A Camera Looking For An Audience?

by Anura Guruge


Click to access the “DPReview” coverage.


From “DPReview” ‘Buying Guides’ @ dpreview.com/buying-guides. Click to ENLARGE and read here.


Two other titles I considered were: “Nothing Here Nor There” & “A Rebel Without A Cause” (and camera aficionados will understand that).


Well this certainly was not the Full-Frame Sony a7 III that had been rumored!


Impressive camera with a HEFTY, $1,700 US, price tag. And that is why I am confused as to the target audience for this camera. At that price, albeit with a v. good lens with 600mm reach, it is at the high-end of the average enthusiast’s budget — and push comes to shove it is still a 1″ sensor camera, with a mid-range zoom. And that is problem.

If they had increased the zoom by even 50mm, to 650mm, then it would have made a bit more sense.

The Autofocus (with Phase Detect), the mind-blowing 24 fps and the touch screen are compelling — no doubt.

But, it is up against some impressive competition. That just a few months ago, DPReview in their “Long Zoom Camera” buyer’s guide went with the now, old-in-the-tooth Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 is very telling. I had a FZ1000 and loved it. I considered the Sony RX10 II and found it not to be as compelling. And that DPReview then went with the RX10 II (with the shorter-range zoom) rather than the RX10 III (with the 600mm) zoom is even more telling. That to I, kind of sums it up. The FZ1000, with 200mm less zoom, is $1,000 cheaper! $1,000. That is a big difference.

So, that is my dilema. I like what I see. It could PROBABLY make a good ‘compact’ for I — in place of my rarely used, brand new Sony a6500. Yes, I do feel guilty sometimes. And I also have a Nikon P900 super-zoom with the 2,000mm reach!


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Nikon’s New D850 vs Sony Mirrorless a9 In Terms Of Focus Points & Drive Speed.

by Anura Guruge


From “DPreview.com“, of course. Where else?



Given it is a Nikon, and a Full-Frame at that, the just announced Nikon D850 is getting a boatload of attention.

From my own personal point of view, the 47MP resolution is just way too crazy for my comfort level. Right now I am happy with 24MP and can’t see why I would double that … But, I know that the high resolution is required by Pros. So, c’est la vie.

I, as ever, was interested in the focusing vis-à-vis the Sony a9 and curious as to the drive speeds. Wow, the Sony a9 leaves the Nikon D850 in the dust. That was worth knowing.

Right now, for the first time in months, if not years, I am very content with my Sony a7 II — so much so that I hardly use my even newer Sony a6500, let alone my Nikon P900. I do not plan to get another camera this year! Honest.


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