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

by Anura Guruge


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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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by Anura Guruge

Olympus Should Not Wait Until ‘Photokina’ To Announce OM-D E-M1 Mk. II.

by Anura Guruge


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‘Photokina’ 2016 is towards the end of September. If Olympus waits till then to announce the REFRESH for the OM-D E-M1 it would be a full 3 years since the first model was unveiled. If at all possible Olympus should bring forward the announcement to give Fuji X-T2 aspirants, I among those, a very competitive Micro Four-Thirds alternative. Next to Fuji the Olympus OM-D line is my next favorite in terms of extensive direct control — though I am getting increasingly fond of my Panasonic Lumix LX100.

I would seriously look at the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mk. II. My only reservation would be the Sensor Size. But the exceptional Image Stabilization of the Olympus, even without ‘Dual IS’ is a major consideration. The new Olympus PEN-F looks real attractive and has enough control wheels at the back to keep me entertained BUT all the reviews I read say that it is unbalanced, in terms of weight, with anything other than small (light) prime lenses — and the one type of lens I am UNLIKELY to use are primes. I am a zoom guy. It actually got me looking at Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mk IIs. Refurbished Mk Is are available for $350 directly from Olympus. Tempting.

Fun, fun … fun. 


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by Anura Guruge

I Got A New Sony RX100 M2 (II) To Replace The Refurbished Canon G1 X I Returned.

The new Sony RX100 II (or M2).

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My RX100 II out of the box.

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NO post-processing whatsoever.
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Attribution WILL be enforced.

Some of the first pictures taken with the Sony RX100 II.
In ‘Intelligent Auto’ or Program Mode.







What can I say? I know I returned a Sony a77 II a month ago and now I am getting another Sony. Well, it from a different Sony family though I do appreciate that there is probably a lot of common software in both. But, I do like Sony technology, particular their leadership in Sensors, I am a Sony shareholder and I like the look-and-feel of Sony cameras.

Yes, I know that this is the 4th camera I have bought in under 2 months — BUT I did return two. What can I say. This Sony RX100 II was to replace the $269 refurbished Canon G1 X that I returned today. Yes, it is true that the Sony RX100 M2 arrived before I got around to shipping the G1 X — but I had got the RMA (i.e., return authorization) for the G1 X on Monday. I didn’t order the Sony till Tuesday afternoon (i.e., yesterday) and BuyDig.com, to make amends, sent it priority overnight. It was here, on the doorstep, at 8:30am — and I was still in bed.

Yes, I got this one, like the Panasonic Lumix FZ1000, from BuyDig.com rather than Amazon. That is scary. But there was a good reason for that this time. I needed to talk to actual human being to try and negotiate a deal. And that is what happened. I wanted a refurbished. That is why I called. They didn’t have any refurbished. They said they had two ‘Open Box’ and he, ‘Ray Messiah‘ (I kid YOU not), sold me one for $228. I was chuffed. That was cheap, even for ‘open box’. Two hours later I get an e-mail from BuyDig.com, after they charged my credit-card, that they are sorry but it was a mistake and that they don’t have an ‘open box’ unit to sell. I was livid. Yes, that could have been a trick. I called Ray. I was not amused. He understood. He got me to Google “Sony RX100 M2”. I had a list of the prices on offer. He sold me a new unit for $4 less than the lowest price. It was basically at cost. And he threw in overnight to appease me.

So that is the story.

So why the Sony RX100 II. Sensor, Sensor & Sensor. 1″ back-illuminated CMOS sensor. That is why I went with the M2 rather than the M1. The ‘back-illuminated’. Should help with low-light scenarios and I shoot a lot of low-light because of the concerts and plays I take pictures at. This is why I gravitate back to Sony. Sensors, lenses and price.

So that is the story. Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 as my main camera (for now) and the Sony RX100 II as my carry anywhere ‘point-and-shoot’.


I Am Returning My $269 Refurbished Canon G1 X, It Is Way TOO Slow For Me.

Taken with my Canon G1 X — yesterday.

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Taken with the Canon G1 X.

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The $269 Refurbished Canon G1 X, I got directly from Canon, takes some amazing, very clear, very sharp pictures with vivid color. It is really good at taking facial pictures. I was very impressed with the image quality.

But, when it came to me, a well documented Type Hyper-AAA +++ person, it was WAY TOO slow between shots. It is rated at 1.9 shots per second but I never saw anything that quick. You take a picture and you want to review it. It takes forever. You get this black screen saying ‘BUSY’. I just can’t deal with that. Life is too short to waste peering at a black LCD for it to display the image I want to see.

So, great little (but heavy) camera. Loved it. Just did NOT like the lag time between shots — or at least between shots in my type of shooting, i.e., take a picture, make sure it is OK, then move to the next. Yes, I am sure if I held the shutter down it would take pictures fairly rapidly. But I do not do that often. I like to see what I shot before I move on. That way I can take another to correct any problems.

So I am back to the drawing board. What next?

Again taken with Canon G1 X.


For $100 Less It Is Not Worth Getting The Canon Rebel T6i vs T6s.

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Click to ENLARGE and read. Comparison from Amazon. Yes, it is exactly a $100 price difference.


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Click to ENLARGE and read. Extract from the Nov. 2015 issue of ‘Digital Photo’.


I was shocked, to the core, when I read the above in my latest issue of ‘Digital Photo‘ this morning.

That is crazy and Canon, for a start, should be ashamed. Having these two cameras $100 apart is ludicrous. As an ex-Senior Product Manager for multi-Billion dollar companies, as big, if not bigger than, than Canon I am shocked. The cost and expense of releasing, maintaining and promoting a single product, for a company like Canon, is HUGE. To get technical, each product sold by a company, is called a ‘SKU‘ — Stock Keeping Unit. Each SKU costs companies millions to just keep it on the books. There are huge studies about this ‘cost of SKU maintenance’. IF Canon didn’t bother with the Canon Rebel 6Ti it would only have to maintain one SKU for the 6Ts — and that would have saved Canon a ton of money. Enough money to have reduced the price of the 6Ts by $100! That was my first gripe. This is pathetic business management. Somebody should be fired.

Now the other side — the consumer side. Yes, I know that $100 can be a lot of money and in the case of these cameras come to ~13% of the cost. But in the scheme of things it would be rather detrimental in the long run to try and save $100 by getting the 6Ti, when one is likely to regret that decision, for years to come, down the road. Interestingly enough the top LCD panel is the least worthwhile of the features. Yes, I, when I had a Canon Rebel T3i, desperately wanted a camera with a top LCD panel. I had great hopes for one. Then I got the Sony a77 mk II which did have quite a nice top LCD panel. I never, but never, used it! Everything I needed was in the EVF and on the 3″ LCD back display. What was the point of having a harder to read LCD panel. But, control wheels are in short supply on Canon Rebels. I would pay $100, on any $700+ camera, for an ADDITIONAL control wheel! I have learnt. Control wheels are useful. One of the reasons I opted for an (interim) (refurbished) Canon G1 X was that it has lots of control wheels. Plus Servo AF, digital zoom and HDR are all useful features. Losing all those for $100, in my opinion, is just not worth it.

That what I think.


I Get A Refurbished PowerShot G1 X, From Canon, For $269.

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No flash, HDR-mode with Lumix FZ1000.

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** ‘Camera Labs’
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Click to ENLARGE. From the ever excellent ‘dpreview.com’ at: http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/canong1x/2


I have been hankering for a ‘powerful’ compact to augment my Panasonic Lumix FZ1000. [Check out my FZ1000 blog for new pictures.] I want a small camera that I will carry around as much as possible — possibly even on my run.

That is why I was considering the new, quite impressive Canon G5 X.

But since I bought, last August, a refurbished Canon Rebel T3i, from Canon, they send me quite a few offers a week hoping to tempt me into buying another Canon from them. I got such an e-mail today. I knew that there would be no discounts on the G5 X. But I was curious what they had. It was a 3-page e-mail. Then I saw this $269 offer on page 3.

Of course it is NOT perfect. But neither was the FZ1000. All cameras are a compromise. But for $269 I can AFFORD to compromise quite a bit. What swung the deal is that it has a BIG sensor, even slightly bigger than 1″. So for $269 I am willing to give it a try. The cheapest I can find on Amazon is $358 — for used. Refurbished from Canon, I think, is a better deal.

I will keep you posted. So now I will have the challenge of trying to master two new cameras in tandem.

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With the Lumix FZ1000 last night — at first Halloween party of 2015. See yesterday’s post.


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