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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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New Panasonic Lumix FZ2000 — Would Appear To Still Fall Behind Sony RX10 III Bar Touchscreen.

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Click here for ‘The New Camera‘ original.

Click these images to ENLARGE and study here.

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I could be wrong BUT the only ‘biggie’ I see in this purported specification is the “touch panel”, i.e., touch screen. I guess that will support touch screen AF. So that would be good.

But that would appear to be it.

The increase in zoom from 400 to 480 is decent, i.e., a 20% increase, but it is a long ways short of the 600mm (at f/4) offered by Sony.

Yes, most likely the FZ2000 will have better video quality.

And it probably will be cheaper than the (overpriced) Sony RX10 III.

But in my experience, when it comes to bridge cameras, the MAIN thing you are looking for is the reach. IF I was into a 1″ Bridge I would not get the FZ2000. I would go with the Sony, despite the price. 120mm of zoom, at one stop larger aperature, at the high end, cannot be sneezed at.


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Panasonic’s Iconic FZ1000 Stacks Up Quite Well Against The New Nikon’s 1″ DL24-500 On Paper.

by Anura Guruge


DPReview.com” side-by-side camera comparison of the
Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 vs Nikon DL24-500mm.

Click on images to ENLARGE and view here.
Use link above to access full, original.

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There was at least one error/omission in the “DPReview” comparison that kind of incorrectly tilted the comparison — and that had to do with “image stabilization”. The Nikon DL24-500, per the Nikon specs, is said to have:

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From Nikon Website. Click to ENLARGE and read here.


The “IS” issue, notwithstanding, the Panasonic Lumix FZ1000, which I owned for 7-months (till April 2016 and took over 7,000 pictures), is indeed quite the camera.

It is impressive that the FZ1000, 2 years older than the Nikon, offers twice the max. ISO and can hold its own when it comes to sensor size and resolution. Plus, right now it has the HUGE advantage that it is available while the latest rumors are that the Nikon DL24-500 will NOT be available till October 2016 (if that). Plus the FZ1000 is (at least) $200 cheaper.

That $200 could make a big difference.

And this is BUT the paper comparison.

In reality, unless Nikon screws up badly, the DL24-500 should be a much superior camera with newer and superior technology when it comes to the sensor, autofocus, vibration reduction and color rendering.

PLUS, the Nikon offers a dedicated exposure compensation dial on the top plate. Not having a dedicated dial for exposure compensation was my biggest peeve against the Panasonic. Plus there is a touch-screen not to mention the added 100mm of reach.

IF the $200 is not a factor, come October the Nikon DL24-500 should be the better choice. But we will have to wait and see. In the meantime the Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 is a tried-and-tested entity that delivers very good results.


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5,000th Picture With My Fuji X-E2s Camera — In 45 Days!

by Anura Guruge


Click picture to ENLARGE.

Attribution WILL be enforced.


Exactly the 5,000th picture shot with my Fujifilm X-E2s.

Its filename is ‘DSCF5001‘. There was no 5000. Went from 4999 to 50001 (in a new 105_Fuji folder).

I got the camera, from Amazon, on May 18, 2016 — and didn’t start using it until the next day. But, I will take May 18 as my ‘Day 1’ with this camera.

So I had had it for 45 days (1 month and 2 weeks) when I shot this, my 5,000th, picture with it. It happens to be a subject ‘close and dear’ to our heart’s — “Annie and the Orphans“, this being at Cate Park, Wolfeboro, on Saturday, July 2, 2016.

5,000 in 45 days works out to 111.11 pictures a day. If I go with 44 days (which is the real number) it comes to 113.6 pictures a day — and I did NOT miss a single day.

With my Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 I shot 6,000 pictures in 118 days — which came to 50.8 a day. That is half as much BUT that is easy to explain. Most of the time I had the FZ1000 I also had another camera, the Sony RX100 II or the Panasonic Lumix LX100. I tended to alternate between the cameras. So that explains why I have taken more pictures with the X-E2s.

Bottom line is that nobody can say that I do NOT use my cameras. 5,000 in 44/45 days is a good clip. I think I get my money’s worth from my cameras.

I did take 186 pictures on Saturday while we were at ‘Cate Park’. SMILE. I will share some of them with you ‘shortly’.


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I Got A Fujifilm X-E2s Camera — My First Fuji.

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE. Taken with an Android Pad.

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Don’t worry. I have some lenses. Just haven’t put one on yet.
Wanted to update the BODY Firmware to 1.01.


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Did update the BODY Firmware to 1.01. Very easy.
Very straightforward
(though I read the instructions 6 times to make sure I didn’t screw-up).

Wish checking firmware version was a MENU option.


I needed a new camera to replace the Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 (7 months old) and Panasonic Lumix LX100 (6 weeks old) that I gave away (to the same 17-year old boy) in an impulsive act of random kindness.

Yes, the plan is to get 2 cameras as I had in the past. But I already know what my BIG camera is going to be — my DREAM camera, the Fuji X-T2 that is due to be announced in the next 6 weeks. So that is settled. That is a given tryst with destiny. So what I was looking for was the ‘small’ camera to take the place of the LX100. I decided that I was NOT going to bother with a traditional compact. I never stick cameras in my jean pockets or my jacket pockets. So small size per se is not a factor. I prefer to carry all my cameras on my wrist — and you can see that my Fuji X-E2s already has two wrist straps attached. (I actually happened to have them as spares!)

Finally after 9 months of considerable thought and research I know, for sure (for sure), what I now want for in my cameras:

  1. Large sensor — at least APS-C.
  2. Mirrorless.
  3. Best still image quality, DAMN the 4K video.
  4. As much MANUAL control as possible, i.e., lots of dials and FN buttons.
  5. Good EVF (and damn hybrid and optical).

Given that list you can see why Fuji is the best fit for me. I did look, very seriously, at the Olympus PEN-F. Well it did NOT meet the above criteria.

Yes, I could have got a X-Pro1 at a bargain and IF I wanted the X-Pro2 that too was within my budgetary range. But I didn’t want a BIG camera not one with a weird hybrid viewfinder.

The Fuji X-E2s kind of fit the bill — though it is by no means perfect. I would have preferred 20MP resolution. It is also TWO FN buttons short. But from everything I read and saw (on YouTube) it is NOT a bad (little) camera.

Now that I have it, delivered in a sealed bag by Amazon, I like what I have seen. Menus, compared to Panasonic or Sony, are much easier to navigate. Q-menu much easier and direct than Panasonic. That firmware level cannot be checked from the menu is a pain (and inexcusable). But upgrading firmware (for the body) was a snap.

So that is where we stand. I haven’t used it as yet. I wasn’t going to rush. So stay tuned.


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Olympus PEN-F — More Pretension Than Practicality?

by Anura Guruge


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Click to ENLARGE. Main picture, of course, from Olympus (with thanks).


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Click to ENLARGE. Of course from the outstanding “DPReview.com”. The 3 dials that sealed the deal AGAINST the Olympus PEN-F.


After my 34-day ‘crisis‘ during which I gave away (as an act of random kindness) my beloved Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 and (6 week old) Lumix LX100, I last Wednesday was again in the market for a new camera.

I was not going to just replace the Panasonics. That would have been painful and regressive. I decided I was going to start again and move up to the next level (so to speak). I remembered the Olympus PEN-F that had been announced in January 2016. I had looked at it then and concluded that it was overpriced and I still think it is priced $200 above what it should be. But I was willing to pay IF I thought it would be the camera that would make me happy until the availability of my dream Fuji X-T2.

So I spent quite a few hours crunching through the reviews, reading the specs and looking at YouTube videos. Three times during the day on Thursday (last week) I nearly hit the BUY button. And each time I shied away at the last millisecond. I knew something was wrong. So I decided to think about it overnight. And then it hit me.

The PEN-F is NOT what I am looking for … The PEN-F is NOT for the likes of I …

I came to the realization that the BIG ‘PASM‘ mode dial on the top was a total, utter turn-off. Like a huge, hanging hairy wart. I do NOT use custom modes and I prefer to choose my mode using the shutter and apaerture dials as in the Panasonic Lumix LX100. So that was strike ONE.

Yes, yes, I know all about the retro look and nostalgia. BUT I am not going to buy a camera, at this price range, for looks. The front dial, as DPReview (above) so correctly points out is a total waste and distraction. If that was a focus selection dial, ‘S-C-M’, I could have looked with it though I find its placement ugly. So that strike TWO.

Having the toggle underneath the mode dial that only works on the JPEG ‘curve’ was the last straw. Strike THREE.

Yes, the Olympus PEN-F will look real cool in a trendy club. But that is not my scene. I want a practical camera.

And this was BEFORE I got to the Micro Four Thirds sensor.

PLEASE help me keep this pledge. PLEASE. I will no longer buy a camera with anything less than an APS-C size sensor. I am a large sensor guy. I know that. I will always regret getting smaller sensors. So I have to pick the habit.

So what did I get? Have a guess. It was not an Olympus — though I like Olympus and Deanna has one, which she loves.


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I Am Back!

by Anura Guruge


male-victimsI was ‘gone’, a prisoner in a living hell, for 34 days. Yes, I was in the midst of an acute personal crisis. Even I, for all of my swagger and mental discipline, can only take so much sustained and systematic abuse.

Yes, I, for at least the last 3.5 years, have been the victim of daily and concerted emotional and verbal abuse.

And finally on Saturday, April 9, 2016, I snapped. Does NOT matter as to how or why. The number ’10’ plays an insurmountable role. That is about all I want to disclose for now. I just could not endure it anymore.

NO I DID NOT LEAVE. Yes, I know. Very, very unlike I. Yes my reputation when younger was to cut-and-leave at the slightest provocation. But I am older and possibly a tad wiser now.

If I was willing to leave I would not, of course, have had to endure this abuse. My steadfast and proven commitment to stick it out, this time around, was a kind of invitation for a blackmail scenario. My options were gone. It was ONE or ANOTHER and I was — and still am — NOT willing to consider the ‘another’. I am well aware that this is nothing new on a global scale. Tens of millions of men before me have gone through this. It is just new to me and very strange. Of course I have the means and wherewithal to leave whenever I want and I think about it daily. But I will not leave. I will stick it out — health permitting. Yes, of course, it has taken a toll on my physical health but not my mental (as yet). Every morning I wake up and look ahead, years ahead, to when I might have my freedom again. But that is a long way away. But there is also a plan to resolve, heal and mend.

You heard of victims of secondhand smoke. I am the victim of secondhand prescription opioid use. A few months prior to my April 9th collapse there was a change in medication. A 24×7 opioid patch. Ruined my life and I am the one who famously took aspirins for 3 weeks when I had a broken rib top my heart before I was finally taken to ER.

verbalabuseI am also the victim of the pitiful state of healthcare providers around here. I have already reported two to the various NH licensing boards and plan to report two more. Total irresponsibility when it comes to prescribing horrible drugs. They don’t care. All they want is to be PAID to write the damn prescriptions. They do not have to endure the abuse. One obese, nurse, in Wolfeboro, who AMAZINGLY is allowed to write opioid prescriptions (at will, albeit for a price), once told me flat out: “I don’t have to live with it. YOU DO!” That is the problem. No, I am not in need of mental care — at least not as yet. My mind is clear and strong. And I yearn for the future. I live for the future. There is so much I still want to achieve.

The irony of ironies. I was 90% done on a book on THE BRAIN when the fateful April 9th came along. This is a book that will help people to come to terms with their brain. It built upon my befriending the brain ideas.

I gave away my two cameras, the Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 and the Panasonic Lumix LX100, on April 9th. The beneficiary was local 17-year old boy who I only knew from his performances on the High School Stage. He lucked out. A totally impulsive (but not uncharacteristic) gesture by I. I gave him my packed camera back along with the monopod. I am sure he has no idea how much all of it was worth. That is OK. I asked him if he had a camera. He didn’t. I asked him whether he would like one. When he said yes I gave him two. No regrets. Giving is healing to me. Yes, in the last 34 days I gave a LOT of things away. Probably in excess of $10,000. I did NOT care. It was cathartic. I have always liked to give. Over the years I have acquired ‘special’ things because of my contacts. Genuine Catholic relics. Special coins. I gave them all away. I gave away money that was owed to me. Money does NOT make you happy — though it does help ease the pain of abuse. Today I bought a new camera. That made me happy. The cost did NOT matter. I have the money. Wall Street is very good to me. SMILE. Nobody can take that away from me.

Mental-IllnessI also stopped writing. That killed me. Not having a camera and not writing was torture. It was agony. I felt as if both my arms had been cut off. So impotent and not surprisingly for I was sexually impotent for a week! That is about the longest time I have gone without sex in the last 20 years! It was not a good 34 days.

But we have a kind of truce. A kind of lull. The 24×7 patch has been discarded. It is back to pills again. I am hopeful. I am going to start writing — and this is the first. We watched CNN’s Anderson Cooper special on “America’s Opioid Epidemic“. It is wonderful. We now have a plan to totally get away from opioids. Not sure it will work. Will not be the first time. But I hope. That is all I have.

So why am I sharing this with you. Because deep down I am a writer. That is what we do. We share our experiences in the hope that it may help others.

I am NOT ashamed to admit that I am a victim. Yes, people tell me I have BIG ego. And I accept it. But it is people who have NO ideas as to WHO I am that think I have a big ego. Ego is not important to I. Some of you may know that I go out of my way to accept blame, apologize, admit my limitations. But that is not important.

I plan, as part of my own recovery, to document MY journey.

As of today, Friday, May 13, 2016, I am GOING to try to get back to some semblance of normalcy.

I am going to start writing. I am going to get a camera (I already have).

Please wish me well.

I am back. Battered, scarred, bruised and bleeding. But I am back.


Please try and watch this CNN special.

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by Anura Guruge


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