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Blind Test, Nikon vs. Sony, Confirms Why I Plan To Switch To Nikon.

by Anura Guruge


Click image to access ‘BLIND TEST’. It is in Japanese. Get Google to translate. Site is RATHER slow. You can enlarge the pictures by clicking on them.


Some of the ‘Blind Test’ comparison pictures.

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My Contention.

Doesn’t matter which one is better. They are pretty close.

The DAMN Sony lens is 2.2 MORE EXPENSIVE.

I can pay 2.2 less and have the same image quality!


I read about this ‘blind test’, Nikon z7 vs. Sony a7RII, on the ‘DPReview‘ ‘Nikon Z’ forum.

Since I have a Sony a7II and plan to switch to a Nikon z6 (early next year) I was curious. The test was close enough — just a difference in resolution to my gear.

The test is in Japanese BUT, luckily, Google does an excellent job translating.

I did NOT have to do the whole test.

By the time I looked at 4 pictures I knew that my CONTENTION re. Sony was proved — BIG TIME.

My only gripe about Sony has been the prices of their lenses — especially full-frame, FE-mount lenses. They are ridiculously expensive. Yes, I could afford them BUT I would have a hard time justifying their prices. That is the reason I want to go with Nikon.

Until now, I couldn’t because Nikon didn’t make mirrorless, and I committed myself to mirrorless over 3-years ago.

The Nikon z6 is thus the ideal camera for I. Full-frame mirrorless, 5-axis In-Body Image Stabilization and affordable lenses (though I am not that convinced that the new lenses are superlative).

So, here is the CRUX of the Blind Test.

By definition, a Blind Test, compares similar offerings.

So, the image quality Nikon vs Sony was going to be CLOSE. And it is.

But, here is the kicker. The lens on the Sony is 2.2 MORE EXPENSIVE than that of the Nikon.

2.2 MORE Expensive and you can’t tell the DIFFERENCE.

Give me a break. I will have the CHEAP Nikon PLEASE.

Q.E.D.


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Respected ‘The Verge’ Claims That Google Pixel 2 Camera Is Better Than That On iPhone X!

by Anura Guruge


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Click here for ‘The Verge’ original — in FULL.


The equally credible “Android Central” then joined in.



Of course I am chuffed. I should be. The above post says it all. I did a ton of research before I opted for my Google Pixel 2 because of its camera.

It sure takes some wonderful pictures and you can’t deny that. But, the Samsung Galaxy S9, from what I can see, takes pictures as good, if NOT better. That is why I am blown away to hear that the latest iPhone can’t beat the Pixel 2’s year old technology. That is quite the thing.

It is all subjective in the end. I tend to be very critical of the pictures I take and I tend to look at them on a BIG screen. That shows a level of detail that you don’t see on a phone’s screen. Plus,to paraphrase the bumper sticker seen on cars: “my other camera is a full-frame Sony a7 II“! So, I have that as a comparison too.

This was a picture I took with my Google Pixel 2 two weeks ago. Just a point-and-shoot, outside of Uno’s in Concord, NH. I was blown away when I saw it. That is pretty close to perfection. I would have had a hard time capturing that with my Sony a7 II!


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Decent Article About Choosing Between Nikon & Canon With A Good List Of Lenses.

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Click to access the article at ‘Business Insider’.


Nothing too profound, but it was worth a quick scan. Not that I am planning to get a Canon. The Nikon Z6 is definitely a possibility — but I am going to wait and see.

The list of lenses were helpful. That is the main reason I am sharing so you too can have that list.


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Nikon Nikkor Z 24-70mm f/4 S Lens — 2 Sample Pictures That Impress Me None.

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Click to access full review in “Digital Camera World”.


Wow. This is WAY SOFT and fuzzy. You could even say flaccid!


Not impressive. I could do better with a much cheaper lens on my old Sony a7 II. See below.


I happened to see this review (on Google News) from “Digital Camera World”. The two pictures they included — both above — impressed me NONE. They are SOFT. Reminded me of that damning photo taken with the new Canon EOS R.

I think I know what is wrong with the top picture. Aperture TOO WIDE. I would NOT have shot that at under f/11. More likely f/22 and I would have cranked the ISO upto 800, if not 1000.

So, it isn’t as if I don’t take pictures each and every day … and, moreover, post at least 7 a day on this blog. So, you can check out my pictures — which are ALWAYS UNTOUCHED JPEGs, straight-out-of-the-camera.

Yes, in my hands this lens would have fared much better.


So, two of my pictures, with my Sony a7 II


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Uno Pizzeria & Grill’s ‘This, That & The Other Thing Sampler’ Is My Goldilocks Lunch Choice.

by Anura Guruge


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I have raved about Uno’s before — especially the Uno’s in Concord, which, in the Summer, tries to have an impressive flower display. I like both the food and the drinks at Uno’s.

It is my favorite place in Concord for a semi-quick meal. If we are truly in a hurry we do Fast Food. If we have more time, I start with Uno.

That was the case on Tuesday, September 11, 2018. We had 40-minutes and we headed to Uno’s. We had been there, for lunch, a few weeks ago also. I had stumbled upon the ‘This, That & The Other Thing Sampler‘ on that visit. This time I went straight to it and ordered exactly what I had ordered the last time, viz., meatballs, chicken bites & the Buffalo chicken quesadilla. For I it is the Goldilocks lunch. Just right. Enough food with a touch of carbs in the quesadilla not to mention the “Windy City Hurricane” that I had. It was good. I can’t say no to anything that has Southern Comfort and pineapple juice.

So, check it out. I don’t think you will be disappointed.


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‘The New Camera’ Website Consigns The ‘Canon EOS R’ To Be An Entry Level Full-Frame Camera!

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Yes, they are an Indian outfit, out of India, that is v. good at scouring the Web for camera rumors but with limited technical understanding and a grasp of English not that dissimilar to Donald Trump. (That they have ‘a entry’ illustrates the latter, to a ‘T’.)

Yes, the Canon EOS R, lacking In-Body Image Stabilization does come up short and I had already discounted it, in favor of the cheaper Nikon Z6, with IBIS, BUT this was amusing to see. Canon could not have been happy because this is a Website that gets a LOT of hits because they are good at giving you scoops.

Just thought I will share this with you in case you hadn’t seen it. It was from September 8, 2018 — 3-days ago.


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Nikon’s Detailed Brochure For The Z6/Z7 Is Worth Studying — Download It Here.

by Anura Guruge


Click image to download Nikon’s original brochure in (safe) PDF form. It is 16MB.


Click to ENLARGE. Useful MINI tutorials.


Click to ENLARGE. More examples of all the built-on ‘Creative Controls’. I like the ‘red’ and might use it.


I noticed that folks on the ‘DPReview.com‘Nikon Z’ forum mentioned this brochure often (– justifiably as I now appreciate).

So, this morning I went looking for it. Got it from the Nikon Website. But, you can download a copy directly from here. That way you can buy yourself a few seconds and dive straight in.

I need to study it further — but I will have plenty of time. I do NOT plan to get my Nikon Z6 till after Christmas. I want all the holiday craziness to be over and for Nikon to have got rid of its first batch. I can wait. The Sony a7 II is still doing good.

I will keep you posted.


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