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Pentax (Ricoh) Marketing Manager May Have To Consider Hari Kari For Really Stupid Remark!

by Anura Guruge


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This has to be the most delusional statement made by a marketing executive in recent times.

It makes no sense. If you decide to switch from DSLRs to mirrorless, you did that for a reason after weighing the pros and cons. Plus, mirrorless technology is getting better by the month. Once you go mirrorless it is unlikely that you will think about going back.

Given that Pentax does not have a contemporary, competitive mirrorless, this sounds very much like sour grapes.

No wonder Pentax now has less than 10% market share, worldwide, when it comes to camera sales.


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by Anura Guruge

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Sold My Sony SEL 24-240mm Zoom Yesterday — I Am Now Fully Divested Of All My Sony Kit.

by Anura Guruge


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I was hoping to be at this point — i.e., having NO Sony kit — a bit sooner than now. But, that is OK.

I sold my 90mm, my 2nd most used lens, in February 2019. Then I busted my knee. That set me back a few weeks.

The 90mm and Sony a7 II body both sold on eBay within 90-minutes. So, I had kind of got spoiled.

The 24-240mm zoom lens went the full-distance of 7-days — with the price going up $85 in the last few seconds. I guess others aren’t as fond of that lens as I was. It was my favorite lens.

So, I am all set to get a new Canon EOS RP system. This time, I am not going to get many lenses. At most four — BUT now I can get NEW lenses for under $100. This was the ONLY reason I abandoned Sony. The lenses were expensive and you couldn’t get any good all-in-one zooms.

Wish me luck.


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by Anura Guruge


I Sold My Full-Frame Sony a7 II (Body Only) On eBay, Today, In 90-Minutes, For $650 + Shipping.

by Anura Guruge


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I finally did IT. Wow.

I have been saying I am going to sell this, my last remaining Sony, since at least last October. I had said I would sell it when I had taken 20,000 pictures with it. Well, I sailed past that landmark in June 2018.

I had taken 30,455 pictures with it.

This was the last picture I took with it — on March 3, 2019, in Wellfleet on the Cape. I haven’t used it since given that I have been on crutches.


I had it for 1 year, 10 months and 3 weeks; i.e., 690-days. I took 30,455 pictures with it during that time. That comes to 44 pictures a day — though I didn’t use it every day. So, I can never be accused of not using it. As I have articulated before I am fed up with the limitations and costs of Sony full-frame lenses. Hence, my parting of ways with Sony.

I still have one last Sony lens for sale — on eBay. I hope it sells.

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I do NOT plan to get another camera for at least 3-weeks. No point getting a Full-Frame while I am on crutches. Not practical to hold one and i don’t want to drop it.

Right now it still looks like the recently available Canon EOS RP Mirrorless Full-Frame. But, that could always change,


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by Anura Guruge


The New Canon EOS RF 24-240mm Lens & Canon EOS RP Camera May Make Me Flip-Flop Back To Canon.

by Anura Guruge


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That Nikon does not have a native Z-series 24-240 mm (or close) all-in-one zoom kills me. I have a 24-240mm on my Sony a7 II and it is what I use 95% of the time. That is a good all-purpose zoom for I.

What I hate about the Canon EOS R family is the lack of In-Body Image Stabilization (IBIS). But, as Canon points out they do offer 5-stop Image Stabilization (IS) on some select RF lenses, the 24-240 being one of them.

Then the other lens that I might initially consider, the very-affordable 35mm MACRO also has IS.

I can live with just these two lenses for a long time. I really am not that fussy. Yes, I would like a decent f/1.4 50mm, just in case, BUT for this I am willing to consider an adapted lens.

And then there is the NEW Canon EOS RP.

Much more to my liking than the Canon EOS R. 30MP was overkill for I. I do not need that amount of resolution. I also hated the top LCD window. Don’t need it. Just adds weight and complexity. I have a 3″ LCD that has all the same info. So, the EOS RP is a much better match — though the 250 shot battery life is crushing (though I do walk around with 3 batteries for my Sony a7 II).

So, back to the drawing board again.

I want that 24 -240 and the Canon EOS RP looks like a good fit for it. Small and light. Ideal for my needs, especially when hiking. At 65 I really am not that keen about lugging 6 lbs of camera gear around.


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by Anura Guruge

IF The Supposed Canon EOS RP, Due Soon, Does Not Have In-Body Image Stabilization (IBIS), It Is DOA!

by Anura Guruge


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It was lack of IBIS that was the deal killer for I.


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If it doesn’t have IBIS it will be a total waste of time — let alone money. 

Just last week, as you can see above, Canon’s CEO said that they expect the camera market to FALL 50% by next year! That is a HUGE drop in sales, BUT easy to see. Smartphones are making cameras obsolete. Even I, a camera buff, use my Google Pixel 2 much more than my two high-end cameras! Yes, I plan to get a new full-frame mirrorless soon, but I am in that shrinking pool of folks still interested in buying a real camera.

So, I am keeping a very close eye on this upcoming Canon announcement. I will, of course, keep you posted.


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B&H’s Nikon Z Series Trade-In Event Impresses Me None. They Are Just Trying To Harvest Contact Information.

by Anura Guruge



I, sad to say, have never been a fan of B&H. Maybe if I lived in New York and had access to one of their stores.

I have never had any joy with them. I would rather deal with Amazon, when it comes to electronics, any day of the week.

I have, alas, been suckered into previous trade-in SCAMS by B&H. They are not dealing in good faith. From what I can see there are just trying to get your contact information and then say that they are not interested in your trade-in.

So, I am not going to bother, though I do have a rather nice Sony a7 II to trade-in. Instead, I am going to sell it myself. I hate being scammed.


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Nikon Mirrorless Lenses For 2019 Excites Me None.

by Anura Guruge


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I am a bit of a contradiction when it comes to full-frame. I like the SIZE of the full-frame sensor and the BIGGER picture I get with it — BUT, at the same time I have never been that fond of wide-angle shooting! The irony here being that the largeness of a full-frame sensor is such that you are already into wide-angle even before you start. Hence, the contradiction.

I like to shoot tight. Thus, I prefer zoom lenses and ideally all in one zooms that give me say AT LEAST 24 – 240mm (which is what I currently have with my Sony a7 II).

Appears that I am in the minority.

Yes, I can get non-Z Nikon lenses that cover this range, BUT I would like native mirrorless glass.

So, that is my problem.

I am definitely, of course, getting the 24-70mm — the only native zoom. I was thinking of getting the 50mm. MAYBE I might think about the new 14-30mm — and experiment with ultra-wide-angle (at least for I).


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