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

by Anura Guruge


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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Not Convinced Anymore That Google ‘Chrome’ (69) Totally Clears ‘Browsing Data’.

by Anura Guruge


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Once a month, religiously, around the 15th of the month, I do a complete purge of my ChromeBrowsing Data‘. Everything … sans exception. Cookies, browsing history, download history … THE WOKS. I click all the boxes and do a ‘Clear Data’. Some months it takes a few minutes to clear the lot because so, so much accumulates over a month — especially given that I can easily hit 1,000+ Web pages a day.

I also, every night, last thing clear ‘Cached Images & Files‘ and ‘Passwords‘.

I have, in the case of Chrome, been doing this for at least 7 or 8 years, after I switched to it from FireFox. [I did the same with FireFox, maybe more often.]

As an IT Professional of 45-years standing, I can assure you that this is a great practice and will save you a lot of aggravation over the long term. Yes, clearing the cookies and browsing history is inconvenient, BUT you really want to refresh everything every month.

Anywho …

Today and last month, I noticed, that with the latest Chrome, Google is being a bit naughty.

It claims to have cleared everything, BUT it is keeping track of some stuff!

What do I mean.

For a start it no longer deletes the cookies involved with Chrom itself. It remembers your accounts! Not a big deal for I because nobody else uses this PC. But, this could be a security concern for some. Doing a FULL CLEAR no longer means you have got rid of everything.

I also noticed that it is retaining my MOST used Web page addresses. So, I do a FULL CLEAR and then I go to type in the URL for this blog … and BINGO, Chrome autofills it! It is NOT supposed to know, it is not supposed to have remembered. This wasn’t the case even a few months ago. After my monthly CLEAR I would have to type in all my URLs in FULL, for the first time. Not anymore.

I Googled. Couldn’t find anything about this.

So, I am giving you a HEADS UP.

Check it out. Some of your data may still be around unbeknownst to YOU.


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

by Anura Guruge


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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Unless You Are A Masochist, DO NOT Switch To The New WordPress.com ‘Gutenberg Editor’.

by Anura Guruge



If you select this new editor, which may pop-up in your blog dashboard you are LOCKED IN — even though the new editor is still in beta. There is a PLUGIN that will enable you to switch back but you can’t use Plugins on ‘Free’ WordPress.com blogs. That is inexcusable.

I could NOT make head or tail of the new editor. It was way too confusing. And I could not switch back.

So, I have given you a heads up. You have been warned.


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“Mint Bistro”, Manchester, NH — Most Expensive SALT In The World.

by Anura Guruge


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We went to the ‘Mint Bistro‘, in Manchester, New Hampshire, for dinner on Tuesday, September 4, 2018. I had never heard of the place. My two older kids, who live in Manchester, were familiar with it and wanted to meet us there for dinner. Two of the kids wanted sushi and that appears to have been the draw. That they served lamb was supposed to be my enticement. Well, I never tasted any lamb that night. Just salt. Salt on skewers for $13 — and I don’t like salt and don’t add salt to my food. So, this salt did a real job on me. I hated that place.

So, it was for the 4 kids and I am always happy to indulge and pick-up the tab.

I am desperately trying to lose weight after my disastrous annual physical in August. So, had a v. light lunch and thought I would be all set if I ordered two tapas dishes. Well, the lamb skewers was a HUGE mistake. Just salt. Nothing else. SALT. SALT. SALT. Luckily the Lobster Rangoons were OK. On a par with what I am used to at “Warren’s” — our new favorite eating place. Tesichan (12), a chicken tenders connoisseur, was utterly unimpressed with her chicken tenders. So much so that she went on strike and would not even order dessert. That truly means that she is disgusted and wants to just go home. I felt real bad for her! I was hungry so I ate one of her chicken tenders.

I guess the sushi was OK. They didn’t complain.

But, I am NOT going back there again, even if somebody offered to buy me lunch or dinner. I do NOT like salt. Took me 2-days to flush all that damn salt out of the system — and you know how that works!

IF you like salt YOU will LOVE this place. The salt capital of New Hampshire.

P.S., They had a real clean, well lit men’s room with a great mirror — for selfies-my-way.


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Finally Got ‘TDS TV’ And I Am Impressed & Pleasantly Pleased. Whoa!

by Anura Guruge



I resisted ‘TDS TV‘ and TDS 1 Gig Internet for nearly 2-years. Just wasn’t sure whether it would meet some stringent requirement for good, HD quality TV. Finally, last weekend I decided to take the plunge because I really do need to upgrade and rationalize my ‘networks’ — and yes, I do have two: one from TDS and the other from Atlantic Broadband.

I will, within the month, be upgrading to TDS 1 Gig Internet. But, before I did that I wanted to see how TDS TV performed.

I am IMPRESSED and VERY PLEASED.

The HD quality is outstanding. Haven’t noticed any delay or jitter as yet.

The 300Mbps Internet service seems SOLID. I am delighted.

They insist on using an ActionTech Wi-Fi router and the one they installed today wasn’t bad at all. Actually pretty damn good. Good signal strength.

The two technicians that came to do the install, Michael V. and Micale V. (not related), were impeccable.

Overall a GREAT experience. I was over the moon.

My Atlantic Broadband 1 Gig is still not perfect, BUT this TDS install made up for it.

I will keep you posted.

But, right now, two thumbs up for TDS TV.


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