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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a 9% – 10% price increase on a camera introduced 2.5 years ago, ESPECIALLY when there are hot rumors that it is to be superseded by a even more powerful model, the so called Nikon P1000.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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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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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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10,000th Picture With My Full-Frame Sony a7 II.

by Anura Guruge


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yellow lily Alton New Hampshire Anura Guruge Sony a7II


I got my full-frame Sony a7 II, from Cameta Camera, on May 10, 2017.

So it has taken me 98-days to take 10,000 pictures. That comes to an average of 102 pictures a day. That is NOT bad.

I did, however, reach the 10,000 mark on my Fuji X-E2s camera, last August, in 76-days! So that was 22-days quicker.

One BIG difference. The Fuji was the only camera I had during that period.

I now have 3 cameras — one of them a brand new Sony a6500.

I have to say that I am extremely impressed and happy with my Sony a7 II. It is one heck of a camera. Best camera I have had … possibly ever!


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Sony E-Mount, PZ 18-105mm — Updating Firmware To Ver. 04.

by Anura Guruge


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This, the Version 04 Firmware update, was released on July 27, 2017 — 4 days ago. I read about it on DPReview which I religiously scan, at least once a day, for just such information.

I had never updated firmware on a Sony lens. So I had some trepidations. To be fair to Sony they use the same update mechanism as that for their cameras. So that at least was comforting.

The update proved to be straightforward, painless and quick. Worked just as it was supposed to. Was done in minutes.

However, I have NOT noticed any difference in the lens’ autofocus (AF) prowess. If anything it was worse than it used to be! And I am not kidding. So …

Just letting you know. I would NOT rush to upgrade. Wait and see what others have to say. Check the DPReview forums.


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