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‘Canon EOS RP’ Kit/Bundle I Got From ‘Cardinal Camera’ Via Amazon.

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE. Everything that was in the BUNDLE.


Click to access Sunday’s post.


I agnozied about getting a bundle.

In the end I got it ONLY because it was from Cardinal Camera and I have bought cameras and bundles, with success, from them in the past.

All I wanted was the: camera, 24-105mm f/4 L ISM USM lens, the grip and the adapter. The bundle was STILL CHEAPER than these 4 items together and this was the ONLY WAY I could get all 4 as a kit/bundle.

The rest was FLUFF. I relented and kept the 128GB SD card. It is a Class I. I shoot Class 3.

I haven’t tried the flash or the spare battery. It charged, but I haven’t put it in the camera.

I gave most it to the 18-year old daughter who has my old Canon T3i.

I am fussy about what I use with my camera.


The 4 items I needed. The rest was FREE and fluff.


The whole bundle. Impressive.


The Canon EOS RP body.


With the grip attached.

Comes with NO instructions. The original door has to be removed. I had to work it out. You can see it in front.

The grip definitely helps. Too small without it. Should be STANDARD.


The MOST important bits. My wrist straps. I do NOT use a neck strap. Getting these on was the hardest part.


With the ‘Expert Shield’ screen protector. Worked like a CHARM the second time around. No wonder they send you TWO.


With the Canon RF 24 – 105mm f/4 L IS USM lens attached.


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Review Of Canon’s Mirrorless EOS M5 By U.K. “Pocket-Lint” Far From Flattering.

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Click to access “Pocket-Lint” review.


Yes, it does, to my intense relief, validate my (painful) decision a month ago (or so) to forget the M5 and instead pin my hopes on the new Sony a6500 (getting a Sony a6000 kit (for the lenses and practice)) along the way.

Again, as with the Fuji X-T2, my hunch about autofocus woes have proved to be right. This is getting scary. It is either pure luck and coincidence or I am, finally, getting good at calling mirrorless cameras. 


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My Temporary Sony a6000 Arrives From ‘Cardinal Camera’ With A Lollipop Inside!

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This was so cute.
Also had a camera bag thrown in.

Appears to be brand new.
Looked immaculate and I had to set date/time.

Plus, first picture was DSC00001.

So I am happy.

I can’t stop smiling.

This was a STEAL!





This is what it is being sold on Amazon right now.

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I got it for $699!

Refer to this post.


Already customized to my liking and needs.

I don’t like neck straps. I am into wrist straps ($7.99).

Also got a leather half-body for protection and added grip ($15.99).

Clip on ‘other side’ allows me to clip on a lanyard-type strap if I need to carry it around my neck.

See below.



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But this a6000 is but the precursor to a Sony a6500 — which will be my main camera.


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Bad Enough Getting A Sony a6500, But I Am Getting A Sony a6000 Into The BARGAIN!

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arrangedmarriageNo, no, no {SMILE} the pressure of being forced into an arranged marriage with a Sony a6500 has not made me FLIP!

This was all rather calculated and opportunistic.

Two major factors at play:

  1. I have no lenses at all, never mind any Sony e-mount lenses. So I need some lenses.
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  2. I was going to rent a Sony a6300, before buying the a6500, to get familiar with how these cameras work,

Then I had seen the “Black Friday” special that said you could get a Sony a6000, with two lenses (the ones that I wanted), i.e., the 16-50mm and 55-210mm, for $699.

I did some sums. If I factor in the cost of the rental (never mind the hassle of going to a FedEx office to return it), I could get a Sony a6000 body for $145!

The Sony a6000 body RETAILS for $478!

Kind of like a no brainer!

When I am researching a camera I am diligent. I check all my sources regularly.

Friday night noticed that ‘Cardinal Photo’, on Amazon, was offering the a6000/16-50mm/55-210mm KIT, supposedly new, at $699. That is cheaper than what Amazon had fro REFURBISHED.

Then the listing went away.

Later on Saturday I found it again.

Called Amazon. Spoke with ‘Andre’. Got an e-mail from him ASSURING me that the Cardinal Kit would be BRAND NEW and that I could return it, if it was not …

I even called up Cardinal Photo …

I placed the order. Remember I had returned my Samsung NX500. So I had money ‘in the bank’.

So … stay tuned.


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Fuji X Manual Focus Firmware Update June 9 — Needs More Work.

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As I posted June 13, I successfully installed Fuji’s June 9th firmware updates on my X-E2s and all three of my lenses. But I not currently convinced that it really has done much! I use manual focus quite a bit — I would guess more so than most. I use it with peaking (in this case set to ‘high red‘). I spend a lot of time tweaking the focus, using Manual Focus Zoom, and the Electronic View Finder (EVF). I am no stranger to focus peaking. Have been using it for nearly 2 years, on Sonys and Panasonics

Yes, of course, I get some spectacular results that even amaze me! No question. But I also get more disappointments than I think is warranted. Yes, again. I don’t expect every picture to be good BUT given the effort I put into MY manual focus I would have thought that my success rate would be higher. Yes, it could be me and my bad eyes. I know that. But I am using focus peaking and twiddle the focus until I get the most amount of peaking. At that point I expect the focus point to be in focus. But I find that it is not.

See picture below. I took it yesterday. I focused on the 3 flowers on the foreground using peaking. Probably spent a minute making sure that peaking said that the flowers were in focus. Then I get this. Notice that leaf behind is focused to the point that you can see the hairs. But I focus peaked on the flowers.

I am NOT convinced about Fuji focus!

I am renting a Fuji X-T1, from Lumoid, for a week — soon. (Order placed and confirmed.)

It is this concern about focus — which is paramount for me — that is making me curious about the Pentax K-70.



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Amazon Has The Wrong Price For The New Pentax K-70 (& 18-135mm Kit).

by Anura Guruge


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June 13, 2016 at around 11:30am. It has been this for the last couple of days. Just search on “Pentax K-70” against “All Products”. Click to ENLARGE.


Corrected Price, 2 hours later.

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Pentax K-70 pricing per June 8, 2016 Ricoh Press Release. Click to ENLARGE. You can find full Press Release at DPReview.com. Search on “Pentax K-70”.


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Adorama, for one, has the price right. Click to ENLARGE. From Adorama.com.


This would appear to be a ‘Fat Finger‘ problem. They have put the $899.95 price for the KIT against the body. And that appears to have propagated throughout, with the kit being $250 more — as it is supposed to be.

I spoke with an Amazon Rep. just now. Yes, it is possible to speak with Amazon Reps with no hold-time. I do so often. SMILE. I reported the problem and using my persuasive skills even managed to secure myself a small monetary reward for doing so — though Amazon does NOT have a policy for rewarding those that help them keep their product listings kosher. I am happy. Can’t stop smiling. SMILE.


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Fuji June 9 Firmware Updates Successfully Installed On X-E2s, 35mm f/2, 18-55mm & 55-200mm f/3.5.

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Yes, as planned I waited until today, June 13, 2016 — 3 full days after the release — to do the update.

No problems. Very smooth. In total took less than 10 minutes for all 4 updates and I, intentionally, took it slow so as to avoid any ‘finger trouble’. I even gave the Fuji battery a quick ‘top up’ charge in between the body update and the lens updates!

Did the body, i.e., X-E2s, with just that update on the card.

Then I formatted the card, topped up the battery, and copied ALL 3 updates to the card at once. As I had read on a Fuji forum that was no problem. Camera effortlessly picked up the right update for each lens that was mounted. That saved quite a few steps and time. Lens updates, with the file size just 388KB, were quick. I think I could have had all 4 update (or more) on the card at the same time BUT I was willing to do the body separately.

Did the 55-200 zoom last. Then couldn’t resist taking some pictures, in my darkened study, at ISO 12,800 using manual focus. I will upload the images laters. It could be my imagination and WISHFUL thinking, BUT they seemed sharper!


Lens updates I succesfully installed.

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For the record here are images of each update.
SMILE.

I am always apprehensive about doing any update.
(Pictures taken with my Lenovo Android 10″ pad.)


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Fujifilm X-E2s body –> 1.02.

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Fuji ‘kit’ 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS –> 3.20.

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Fuji XF35mm f/2 R WR –> 1.01.

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Fuji XF55-200mm f/3.5-4.8 R LM OIS –> 1.20.


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Olympus PEN E-PL6 With Two Zoom Lenses From B&H For $399 Is Quite The Deal.

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Click to access B&H product page with this deal.


I happened to see this on a Facebook ad. For $399 NOT a bad deal at all — especially considering that it is a mirrorless, 16MP Micro Four Thirds systems. Yes, the speeds of the lenses are NOT great and they are, to be sure, NOT expensive lenses (albeit M.Zuiko lenses) — retailing at $99 each.

But this will still be a GREAT starter kit for somebody. Yes, they also have it, at the same price, with the same two lenses, on Amazon.

Just wanted to make sure you didn’t miss this.


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LEGO Sopwith Camel x2 (#3451)

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As I mentioned in this post I am a HUGE fan of LEGO and have been for nearly 25 years — i.e., since Danielle was about 2 years old. I would buy BIG fancy LEGO kits and build them for her — and I remember this really great (and large) Miami Police Boat — while she watched. All 4 kids went onto become LEGO aficionados — with I ever happy to aid their interest. Devanee and Teischan are still into LEGO — Teischan right now making her daily advent calendar (for 2015). I like LEGO too — though in my old age I don’t indulge that often and only do BIG kits.

Well, as I describe in detail in this post, I was very FORTUNATE to get an UNOPENED LEGO Sopwith Camel (#3451) kit at the 2009 ‘Alton Town Wide Yard Sale‘ for $3! As I pointed out I did intimate to the lady that it was a collectible BUT she was HAPPY to get rid of it for $3. Well unopened kits were selling on eBay, at the time, for ~$250 and Deanna wanted me to list it. That never happened. I built it and it had pride of place in our semi-formal sitting room.

About 6 weeks ago Teischan who was trying to measure the length of the wall (in that room) knocked it off its perch and it broke into about 400 pieces. Pieces were all over and given ALL the heavy furniture in that room we knew that we would not be able to find them all!

I was devastated. I was not happy. Checked eBay. Unopened boxes were now going for $450. I was NOT going to pay that much. Found two ‘kits in pieces‘ — both around $90 each. I only needed one to get me the pieces I was missing. But being who I am I could NOT resist getting BOTH — so that I could have two MODELS. Remember what I have said about myself before. I have a great will power, I can resist ANYTHING but TEMPTATION.

So we ended up with three kits in pieces, and I still had the instruction book (and box — with the $3 sticker) from my original. Given that she broke it and she is quite a proficient LEGOist I coerced Teischan into trying to build one of them for me. She, to her credit, persevered for days. But this puppy is very finicky to say the least — and it does say 12+, and Teischan is still 9.

In the end I built them. One of the kits, from e-bay, was 70 assembled. So that was pretty easy.

So now I have two Sopwith Camels and a box full of spare parts. I haven’t checked to see how much I can build with the leftover parts. Maybe I could build a CRASHED Camel!

Well, one Camel is back in the sitting room and I have the other on ONE of my TOY SHELVES. Yes, MY TOY shelves. I have about 6 of those with genuine toys. Unlike other adults I can’t afford ADULT toys. All I can are old kids toys and that amuses I.


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Spare pieces for the ‘Crashed Camel’.


Meredith, NH, Community Yard Sale This Saturday, May 18, 2013.

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We plan to go this year. We have not been to this event in Meredith in a long time. We are all avid pickers. It is difficult for us to drive by a yard or garage sale without stopping. The Alton Town Wide Yard Sale (on June 1 this year) goes on our calendar months ahead of time and we try to never miss it — even going out in the rain a couple of years ago and picking up some ‘good’ stuff. Our biggest problem is lack of space! I am an eclectic, impulsive collector with no rhyme or reason. If it catches my fancy and the price is right I buy it. Then we have to find a place to put it, and that is the problem. Of late I am into toys not that I ever lost my interest in toys. About a month ago we stopped, by habit, a Saturday yard sale not far from home. There was only one thing that caught my eye. It was this 3′ model:

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They were asking an extremely fair price — though I actually didn’t have that amount of cash on me. There was a little boy around. I asked him whether he wanted to keep it. The Mum and Dad were both adamant that they didn’t have the time to build it. I told them about all the models of ships and planes I build for my son — and how he took over. They still were not convinced. We told them to hold it till we rushed home and came back with a checkbook  When we came back, I again tried to convince them to keep it. No, they didn’t want. So, I wrote them a check. I am in the process of building it. It is a bit tricky. Helps that I have built 20 or so model ships, including the Titanic. Not sure where I am going to put it when it is finished. It really is 3′ long. No, I am not going to tell you how much I paid for it.

This model, though it was a ‘pick’, was by no means my best pick. Four years ago at the Alton Town Wide I saw this Lego kit, unopened, at a house not far from Alton Central School.

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I asked the lady how much she wanted for it. I won’t embarrass anybody by saying what she said. I was shocked. I asked her whether she realized that it was a collectible. She said that it might be but that she was not interested. She went onto say that she had bought it a ‘few’ years ago as a birthday present for one of her son’s friends but it had not worked out. She had kept it and now she wanted to sell it. I asked her twice more whether she really wanted to sell it. She was adamant. I handed over what she wanted. I did not bargain as I sometimes do. When she gave me the box I took it and ran to the car. I could not believe it. Yes, I checked it on eBay when we got home. Deanna told me to list it. I said: “Heck no. I am going to build it. Plus it would not be right.” It was great fun to build. A bit fiddly and some parts didn’t fit that well. But, what a model. So, I go to all yard sales hoping that I might find another great pick like one of these.

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