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The Teeth-Chattering, Stupendous Explosion In Amazon Stock Price Is Downright SCARY!

by Anura Guruge

Click to ENLARGE. Underlying ‘chart’ from, of course.

One Year Growth

Jan. 13, 2017 = $817 –> Jan. 12, 2018 = $1,305.

$488 in 1 year.

60% increase.

Not sour grapes, by any means, on my part. {Smile}

Just the sober reflections of someone who owned shares during THE ‘‘ and remember seeing explosions similar to this.

Too much, too fast.

The 2-weeks on 2018 has been just, downright crazy.

AMZN has gone up nearly every day — of every day bar one.

Too fast.

I worry that people are going to get burned.

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Google Pixel 2 Camera vs Sony a7 II (Full-Frame).

by Anura Guruge

NO post-processing whatsoever.

Click pictures to ENLARGE.

Attribution WILL be enforced.

One was taken with my new Google Pixel 2 phone yesterday and the other in May 2017 when I got my full-frame Sony a7 II.

The Google Pixel 2 was on auto and shot its image at 12.2MP (4032 x 3024), at ISO 301, f/1.8 @ 1/60 seconds with auto white-balance (AWB). Focal length = 27 MM.

The Sony a7 II with the Sony 18-200mm f/3.5 – 6.3 zoom at 24MP (6000 x 4000), at ISO 2000, f/8 @ 1/30 seconds with AWB. Focal length = 65 MM.

Can you tell which is which without looking at the ENLARGED picture at full resolution.

This is SCARY. I had heard that this was the case — but it is sobering to see it first hand.

To I the BIG difference is the focal length and that has to do with the HUGE difference in size of the sensor.

Click to ENLARGE. This is the REAL difference in SENSOR SIZE. The Google Pixel 2 also has a 1/2.3″ sensor like my Nikon P900 — and most other new smartphones.

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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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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 …

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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

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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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