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Nikon’s Ultra-Zoom P1000 Is Finally Announced And It Fails To ‘WOW’ I.

by Anura Guruge


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Well, Nikon finally announced it, MORE than a year later than it was expected, and yes, as we had all predicted it did have a 24-3,000mm zoom.

A 3,000mm zoom is mega-impressive, but, alas, that appears to be the only selling point of the P1000. That is galling.

Everything else is essentially the same, though I get the impression they have improved the Image Stabilization to help with keeping the monster lens steady. The RAW support is totally irrelevant to I. I do NOT do post-processing. I am not sure how many folks buying a ‘Coolpix’ will want to deal with RAW. ‘Coolpix’ is for us ‘point, shoot and post’ brigade.

It is still 16MP and most disappointing the Max. ISO is still 6400. And that is a killer in my book. [I was wrong on this — and I was going by the initial reviews. SORRY. Appears that there is a 12800 option.] Yes, Nikon is going to say shoot in RAW and then add lightning after. I would RATHER not do that, ‘thanks’.

This is what I said in April 2017 when we first started talking about the P1000.

So, the P1000 like the P900 only truly excels in good light. Forget the built in flash. The extended lens gets in the way.

The P900 was $599. The P1000 is $999. Yes, 3,000mm lenses are NOT cheap. I appreciate that. But that is a 67% price increase.

So, this is not sour grapes, but I doubt whether I will be rushing out to get one. I still have my P900 and to be honest I rarely use it. So, I cannot justify getting a P1000. Over the last year I have discovered that I am truly a FULL FRAME guy. I love my Sony a7 II. It just feels right. When not using that, I use my Google Pixel 2 — mainly for the convenience.

So, that is my take. The 3,000 lens is very impressive and tempting. But, that is all that the P1000 offers over the P900. To, I, that is not enough. Plus, in the end, it is still a 16MP 1/2.3″ sensor. That is basically the same as that on a phone.


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The Brand New Samsung Galaxy S9 Gets A Damning Review From ‘DPReview’ Re. Autofocus.

by Anura Guruge


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Wow. I was amazed to read this. I know that the Samsung Galaxy S8 takes brilliant pictures and the focus always seems pretty close to perfect. I am often torn as to whether the camera on the Google Pixel 2 (which I own) is really more competent than that of the S8 as all the experts claim. So, I had expected the S9 to be even more impressive — especially with the dual rear cameras — one with variable aperture, the first in a phone.

If this autofocus issue is as bad as DPReview claims, and they usually are spot-on on such matters, I am sure that Samsung will try to fix it with a firmware upgrade ahead of the holidays. Otherwise they are going to have their lunch eaten by Apple, Google and the oters.

I just wanted to make sure you had heard about this — since this is important.


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New Hampshire 2018 “Lady Slippers” Now At Their Resplendent Best — Pink & Plump.

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All these pictures were taken today, Wednesday, May 23, 2018 — some in the morning, the others in the evening. Same place. A now heavily overgrown, and somewhat steep, West-facing bank about 200-yards from our house. I discovered that it is a haven for Lady Slippers a few years ago. So now I gingerly check every Spring. So the first signs about a week ago. Today they are at their peak. At least 7 or 8 flowers across multiple plants. There could be more. I don’t like to encroach.

So, enjoy.


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I Installed The “Camera FV-5” App On My Google Pixel 2 — Best $4 I EVER Spent!

by Anura Guruge


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Study the detail … like the FUZZ on the yellow flower.

No post-processing whatsoever!

 


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Click to access the official Homepage for the APP.



The Google Pixel 2 Camera APP has NO manual controls whatsoever! I kid you not.

Google believes that the APPs AI-based workings is far superior to what a human can achieve. That could very well be the case.

But, I miss not having any MANUAL control over focus.

‘Camera FV’ is brilliant on this score. Has a very easy to use MF mode along with Focus Assist magnification. To me that is THE BIGGIE. Changing ISO etc. is nice, BUT the Google Pixel 2 has a fixed aperture lens. So, this won’t get me that much.

Being able to change the metering mode, on the fly, however, is nice.

Also, you can ask it to give you digital camera like file IDs. Brilliant. I had struggled with the lack of that daily.


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2018 New Hampshire “Lady Slippers” — Now Turning Pink (May 19).

by Anura Guruge


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Five days into my first sighting of 2018 some of the lady slippers are turning pink. This was today, May 19, 2018, around 5pm.

Tonights rain, I think, will help. I think it likes moist, damp conditions.

Difficult to take pictures since they are on a steep bank surrounded by dense vegetation.


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2018 New Hampshire “Lady Slippers” — Still Green.

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I went and checked again today (i.e., May 16) — albeit just 2-days after my first sighting.

Sill green though the buds, of course, are more voluptuous and you can see a hint of pink.

Today, I saw at least three more ‘new’ plants — all smaller than the one pictured. That is good news.

I will go and check again in a few days.


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Lady Slippers, 2018, Central New Hampshire — First Sighting, May 14!

by Anura Guruge


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I have been looking for them — viz. our Lady Slippers.

Given the unusually chilly Spring we have had I expect them to blossom a bit late.

I now know where to look. We have an area, close to home, that has had a profusion of Lady Slippers the last few years.

So, this morning, while walking the dogs, I checked. Found these two ‘prepubescent’ blossoms. Went back later with my Google Pixel 2.

I will, of course, keep you posted.


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