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‘Outdoor Photographer’ Magazine, December 2015 Issue: Notes Of Interest.

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by Anura Guruge


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I read (as of last year) a LOT of camera & photography related matter — in printed form and online. Often there are things I want to make note of for future reference. Well these posts will serve that purpose with the added bonus that I can share them with YOU. Hope that makes sense. The notes will be ultra pithy but you should not have any difficulty working out what I am talking about. So here goes, the first post of this genre. Please note that these notes are highly subjective and pertain purely to items that are of RELEVANCE and interest to I.


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1. Tamron 18 – 200mm f/3.5 – 6.3 for Sony $249.

2. Op/Tech Mirrorless Wrist Strap, $9.95.

3. Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mk II, 16MP MFT — $1,099.

4. Panasonic Lumix GX8, 20.3MP, Dual I.S., Starlight AF — $1,199.

5. Tamrac Corona camera case, $169

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1. Crawford Notch State Park, New Hampshire.

2. Mirrorless: Olympus OM-D E-10 Mk II (MFT), Lumix GF7 (MFT), Fujifilm X-T1 (APSC).

3. Drift Stealth 2.

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2. Tamron 16-300 mm Di II VC for Sony.


The Supposed Sony A68 Coming Tomorrow Does NOT Make Any Sense. A77 Mk II.5.

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by Anura Guruge


Other Related posts:
>> Sony RX10 II
overpriced.
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Shy away from Samsung NX1.
>> 1-star review: 
Sony a77 II on Amazon.
>> Decide to DITCH Sony a77 Mk II.
>> ‘Unable to Display’ error!

>> 1st pics with Sony a77 II from Cameta
>>
Sony a77 II from Cameta Camera?

>> My review of Sony a77 II Bundle.

>> Search ‘Sony’ for other related posts >>>>


sonya68If Sony, as is widely rumored on the Web, announces a so called a68, I will be a bit miffed — as a Sony shareholder. From what I can see there just isn’t enough differentiation between it and the existing a77 Mk II (I having owned one for a few weeks just a couple of months ago). The specs, bar for 4 additional crosspoint focus points, are basically the same.

As I talked about in the case of the Canon Rebel T6i v. T6s, companies incur a HUGE cost for each new product they introduce and then have to maintain. This is the so called ‘Cost per SKU’. No wonder the financials for Canon and Sony don’t look that great. They are squandering millions and millions of dollars with TOO MANY products without sufficient differentiation — and as such justification.

So I really hope that rather than an insipid, a77 Mk 11.5 a68, Sony announces something much more dramatic and worthwhile.


‘Sandwich Fair’ (New Hampshire) 2015: Saturday, October 10 — A Blaze Of Color, Some From Exceptional Foliage.

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Sandwich 2015 — schedule.
>> Sandwich 2015 — ‘The Peacheater’ etc.
>> Sandwich 2015 — Saturday will be soggy.


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Yes, of course, we went. We go every year without fail and have been doing so for more than 15 years.

Yes, of course, it was good. It is always good. This year was special because New Hampshire Fall Foliage was ablaze all around the fairground. Yes there is always foliage for Sandwich Fair but this year was a banner year. Lots of vivid reds this year. That added to the normal ‘artist gone mad’ palette you normally get at a fair. I could not believe how lucky we were to get such exceptional foliage for the fair.

Yes, it was cold. We knew that. But, Saturday October 10 was Devanee’s birthday and she likes to go to Sandwich Fair on her birthday if she can — and we try to do so quite often. For the first 90 minutes, and we got there are 11:20 am, it was colder than we had bargained for. Then around 1pm the Sun came out, burned away all the clouds and we had brilliant blue skies and you will see in some of my later pictures. It warmed up considerably, but it was still chilly at times.

It was not as busy as is the norm for the Saturday. I think the weather was a major factor. The Sunday and Monday are warmer. There were still crowds but it was not mobbed like it can sometimes be. Less merchandise tents and even exhibits. Not sure what that was all about. But still, as ever, plenty to do. Prices much the same as last year and if anything the rides required less tickets (I am sure). Rides that I think required 4 or 5 last year only required 3. There were even ones for 2. So that was good.

It was fun. It always is.

This was my first outing with my new Panasonic Lumix DMC FZ1000 (which I had delivered on September 29). I wasn’t sure what to expect. I am still coming to terms with it. I took, as I had done at the Highland Games in September (with my ill-fated Sony a77 mk II), over 900 pictures! So lot to sort out. I will post some in batches as I did with the photographs from the Highland Games. Fairly happy with the camera. It can take some STUNNING pictures. So that is good. So here is a dozen more. More later. I still have over 300 to download to my PC!


A few MORE pictures here.


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A montage of the first 636 pictures.


I Started A Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 Blog.

Taken with FZ1000.

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My FZ1000 with my home modified, with Velcro, wrist-strap. Since 2013 I have opted for wrist-straps as my primary carrying strap for cameras.

Other Related posts:
>> Got a Panasonic Lumix FZ1000.

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Fall foliage — October 1, 2015: with FZ1000.
>> Bought FZ1000 from BuyDig.com.

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‘Unable to Display’ error on Sony!

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Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 blog by Anura Guruge

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Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 blog by Anura Guruge documentation page

The ‘Documentation’ page I am working on so that folks might be able to get to all the documents they need, in one place, in a consistent manner. If nothing else I will now have access to these documents, from wherever, as long as I have an Internet connection. There is, as ever, method to my apparent madness.


I will readily confess that I am, at least for now, in total, jaw-gaping, absolute AWE with my Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 camera. It takes the kind of pictures I have always wanted to take. IF I had had any inkling that Panasonic Lumix ‘bridge cameras’ were this good I would have got one two years ago and saved myself a lot of grief. As I have said before we are not strangers to Lumix cameras. I know that c. 2013 we had three, possibly 4 in the house.

I only received the FZ1000, from BuyDig.com, on Tuesday, September 29, 2015. So I haven’t had it for a week yet. I have ONLY taken about 250 pictures so far. But it is an absolute joy to use. What kills me is that the FZ1000 cost me EXACTLY $1,000 less than I paid for my ill-fated Sony a77 mk II — and truth be told I kind of like the FZ1000 than the Sony! That I know is kind of sacrilegious to say. Indubitably, the Sony a77 had more features (two thumb wheels for a start), was much more solidly built and had near-infinite expandability — IF I had the money for buying lenses. But for the price I will NOW take the FZ1000 in day of the week.

A crucial drawback of the FZ1000, that others too have commented upon, is the appalling instructions that are provided by Panasonic. And to EXACERBATE the matter, I, as yet, CANNOT find a Lumix FZ1000-specific book, in English! That amazes me. Yes, there is a book for the FZ200 and other Panasonics. But not for the FZ1000. There are a ‘ton’ of books for the Sony a77 (and I bought two). In desperation, as I point out on the blog, I ended up buying a book for the Panasonic Lumix DMC GH4. That is the big brother of the FZ1000. But from what I quickly worked out (via some intense research with Google) they share about 75% of their DNA. Actually the book helps — and has helped a lot.

Part of the motivation and rationale for this FZ1000 is so that I can share the bits and pieces I discover and learn with others. I, to my joy and relief, have already made some decent strides with the Firmware. I actually upgraded to the latest version — which happens to be Ver. 2.2 (which was released in early August 2015). My camera came with Ver. 2.1. So I started by documenting that.

Another project to take up my time! But I enjoy it. I want to share the pleasure of using this camera with others.

Did it cross my mind that I should write a book about the FZ1000? Of course. But I will refrain. Time. Plus I am fairly sure, as are some others, that Panasonic will, within the next 9 months, introduce a follow-on to the FZ1000 to FURTHER compete with Sony’s new RX10 mk II — though I personally think, adamantly, that the FZ1000 is a BETTER STILLS camera than the RX10 II. The ‘new’ Lumix might be called the FZ15000 or possibly even the FZ2000. I will write a book on that!


The first few pictures with my FZ1000.

New Hampshire foliage pictures with the FZ1000.

A few more pictures with the FZ1000.
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Nothing BUT Kudos, Very High Kudos, For Cameta Camera.

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Other Related posts:
>> ‘Unable to Display’ error!
>> 1 star review for Sony a77 II.


>> 1st pics with Sony a77 II from Cameta
>>
Sony a77 II from Cameta Camera?

>> My review of Sony a77 II Bundle.

>> Search ‘Sony’ for other related posts >>>>


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The impeccable way that they handled the return of my Sony a77 mk II was exemplary.

I can’t say enough good things. That the Sony went haywire and lost 989 images was NOT their fault. But they did not complain or bicker.

I am amazingly impressed and grateful.

I will buy my next camera from them DIRECTLY without going through Amazon.

Class act.

5-star.

Total and utter endorsement.

You can buy from Cameta with CONFIDENCE.

Thank YOU, Cameta Camera. You are an example to all.


‘Highland Games’, Loon, 2015: “The Brigadoons” — The Next Generation

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‘The Brigadoons’ — Loon, September 2015
Picture Sets

..Click for ‘unplugged’       Click for ‘Sunday I’      Click for ‘Devanee’

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Sunday, September 20, 2015,
3:30 pm performance at the Governor’s Lodge.

This was towards the end of the Sunday afternoon set — after Devanee’s stint.

While I have no compunction about parading my kids through the Web, I typically DO NOT divulge data about other kids, who I happen to photograph, unless I have explicit permission from their parents. But, I am sure many of you will work out who these two adorable — amazingly photogenic — belong to. To me they are THE NEXT GENERATION.

This was great. Now I know that there is a viable succession plan for my ALL TIME favorite Group. Given that 60% of the members are much younger than I, I am relying on this incarnation of ‘The Brigadoons‘ to regale me, yearly, at Loon, for at least another 15 years. And then … THE NEXT GENERATION.

Enjoy. Cherish. Savor.
This is PRECIOUS.


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