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Nikon’s Rumored New APS-C/FF Mirrorless — Curious How It Would Better Sony a6500 or A7 xx.

by Anura Guruge



Having owned a Sony a7 II for two months and a Sony a6500 for close to a month, both of them mirrorless and near the top of Sony’s product line, I have to say that I am in AWE of both these cameras — in particular the Sony a7 II. As some of you know I am no stranger to cameras and have owned for rented over 17 cameras in the last 3 years including a Nikon D500, Fuji XT-1, Fuji X-E2S, Sony 6000, Samsung NX500, Canon T3i etc. etc. I have to say I have never enjoyed using a camera as much as I do the a7 II. It is by no means perfect (and to be fair no camera is) BUT the a7 II goes a long way towards being user-friendly, responsive and pretty damn good. Having got used to the a7 II my main grip with the a6500 is the lack of a dedicated exposure value (EV) compensation dial.

For the record I have also owned a superzoom Nikon P900 for nearly a year and am very fond of it — though I will confess that I have hardly used it since getting my latest two Sonys. Though the P900 is justly noted for its amazing zoom one should not overlook that it is a MIRRORLESS — though with a tiny 1/2.3″ sensor.

And I was seriously thinking of getting one or more of the Nikon 1″ DL-series cameras BEFORE they dastardly decided to scrap that product line one-year after they announced it!

So that is the backdrop against which I am weighing the insistent rumor that Nikon plans to announce an APS-C or Full-Frame mirrorless — their first venture into ‘large sensor’ mirrorless cameras.

I am curious as to how they intend to better Sony in terms of technology and the all-crucial Image Quality (IQ) — particularly because Nikon gets many (but not all) of their sensors from Sony.

Yes, I know that 100-year old Nikon is legendary and has a HUGE, devoted army of followers around the world — and they would, of course, be a captive audience for a halfway decent mirrorless IF it offers a clear size/weight differential over a heavy Nikon DSLR.

IF all that Nikon does is offer a higher resolution that would not interest me one iota.

20MP to 24MP is fine for I and I am not going chasing after higher-res. cameras — which is why I refrained from looking at the a7R II or the a99 II.

Where Nikon can change the whole mirrorless landscape is IF it can find a way where the thousands of currently available Nikon lenses can be used on their mirrorless WITHOUT the need for adapters. That would be a game changer. IF that is the case — or even if one could only use 50% of the Nikon lenses — I would seriously give it a look. Lenses are Sony’s Achilles’ heel and Nikon and everybody else, worth their salt, know that.

So, that is where I am right now.


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by Anura Guruge

‘Lion’ (2016) Movie, About Lost Indian Boy, Now Available For Rent, $5.99, On Amazon Video.

by Anura Guruge


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Just giving you a heads up because the RENTAL OPTION for ‘Lion’ seems a bit elusive on Amazon Prime at least for now.

 

We found the rental option via Roku search rather than on Amazon Prime Video.

Glad we did. We did want to watch it.

Great movie BUT I do have some comments that I will write about in a separate post.

Given that Amazon rentals are only valid for 48-hours (once you start watching) we had to end up renting it TWICE — since it took us 2.5 evenings to finish watching it. No big deal. Still cheaper than going to a cinema to see it.

Definitely worth watching. Very moving.


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‘Lumoid’ — Another Option For Renting Cameras, Especially Fuji.

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I found them a few days ago when I was researching camera rentals — in particular Fujis.

Cheaper than renting from Fujifilm USA but I don’t think they offer as many models. I plan to try them out soon.

Can get a 5% discount code for the first rental by signing up for their newsletter. That was easy enough.


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Fuji Camera Rental Program (U.S.) — All The Available Models & Prices.

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The notion of renting cameras is really beginning to appeal to me. I am now thinking of renting a X-T1 for a week when we next go to Acadia National Park. It will be the perfect way for me to try out a X-T1 ahead of the X-T2 becoming available — most likely in August or September of this year.

I have found another place to rent Fujis — which might be a tad cheaper. But the above is directly from Fuji USA. So there is, in theory, some guarantee of satisfaction, of not quality. I will keep you appraised.


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Renting A Fuji X-Pro2 (Body) From Fujifilm U.S. For 28 Days Costs $275.

by Anura Guruge


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Amazon listing for a new Fuji X-Pro2 (from Fuji). Click to access listing if you must.


I had NO idea how much renting a camera would be. Suffice to say I have never done it. So I had no clue or expectations. Kind of knew, viscerally, that it would not be ‘cheap’.

Called Fujifilm, U.S., in Edison, NJ, on their standard 1-800-800-3854 phone number and punched ‘3’ for ‘Pro Rental’. An extremely pleasant and helpful lady, ‘Brittany’, answered on the second ring.

They have pre-set time periods like 28 days, 50 days etc.

28 days for the X-Pro2 was $275.

I have to say that was LESS than I had expected. I am NOT considering renting a X-Pro2 and told her that upfront. As always there was ‘method to my madness’.

I was using the X-Pro2 to determine some parameters.

Remember that my dream camera, the X-T2, is said to be announced this week! SMILE.

Funnily enough ‘Brittany’ claims that she had not even heard that there was a X-T2 coming!

She has 2 to 3 X-Pro2s in stock and I could rent one today.

$275 is 16% of the list price — for a month. 50 days was in the $420 mark (though I wasn’t paying much attention to that).

But it has got me thinking.

I love to lease cars. I wonder IF I can start LEASING cameras. I used to be very good friends, 20-years ago, in Chicago, with a father/son team that owned a very successful, multimillion dollar leasing company out of Chicago. They used me as a business consultant on networking stuff. As was the norm those days we did all of our business discussions over a meal. One night they invited me to dinner at a ‘private club’ at the legendary ‘Drake Hotel‘ in Chicago. It was a revelation to I. The club with its very post dining room was hidden behind a wall. No sign, whatsoever, from outside. I had, as I had been told, gone to the front desk to ask to be taken to the club. They opened this wall to let me in! Anywho … They used to tell me this all the time: ‘any item, as long as it has a residual value, can be leased’. They, those days, used to lease Rolex watches and yachts.

Ah! If I can only get them to lease me cameras. That would work out. 


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Teischan’s Nuvo Pink Plastic Student Flute.

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I know this is a familiar (and often stressful) fall ritual for so many parents — getting a musical instrument for band.

This year, Teischan having given up on piano after 2 years (and after we got one), decided she wants to try the flute. That pleases me because I really would like a daughter who can play a musical instrument — and I really don’t care what, though a violin, a flute or guitar does have appeal. While I am all in favor of leasing cars/vans/trucks renting musical instruments does not make sense to me. I would rather just buy one.

Well we lucked out, or thought we did so, on a flute. A friend (a good one at that) gave us a Bundy that their daughters had used. That is Teischan, this weekend, at the Laconia Multicultural Day, with the Bundy, at the top. The ‘neck’ needed to be fixed and the amazing music teacher that we have got that done for us for $10! So we thought we were all set. Well …

Appears that the Bundy is ‘OK’ but the seals are ‘going’ and that makes it hard for a beginner, such as Teischan, to come to terms with it. Appears that replacing the seals is not cheap.

So I had a chat with the music teacher. He suggested that I get another used flute from ‘Manchester Music Mill‘. So I called them up. They had a Bundy, from the 1980s, in good condition, that they were willing to sell for $200 — in a ‘better’ case from another flute! Hhhhmmm.

I, of course, checked Amazon. You can get new flutes, some of them pretty impressive looking, for $90 or under. BUT, I knew that their quality would NOT make the grade. Plus I assiduously read the reviews — I always do (or try to).

Then I stumbled upon the Nuvo plastic flute — in Pink. Bingo. Anything in pink is special to Tesichan and the color alone will make her more inclined to ‘like it’.

I read the description and review. They said the sound was fine and that it played well. They said it was LIGHT and that encouraged kids to practice on it for longer. So the notion was a new, new technology flute, with new seals, for about the price for a used one from 1980.

So over the weekend I had a number of e-mail exchanges with Teischan’s music teacher. He is young, talented and open to new ideas. I was sure he would say ‘Noway. Will not conform to our standard’. But, no. He checked it out and like me was intrigued. He had had good luck with other plastic instruments and was now willing to check this out — given that I was game in terms of buying one.

Well it arrived today — via FedEx. Two other items I ordered, from Amazon, on the same order came via UPS 40 minutes earlier. Teischan was bummed. She thought she was not getting the flute today.

She loves it. Noticed at once that it was light. Also the spare parts that came with it. They encourage you to wash it and get it wet. They even say it is OK to use it while taking a shower. Well …

We will see. I will keep you posted. So far so good and it is PINK — and that alone makes a huge difference to Teischan.


Hospitals Charging For Crutches Is A Crime Against Humanity.

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Why can’t U.S. hospitals have some kind of ‘rental’ or recycle scheme for crutches. Charging patients — or the insurance company — for them seems so exploitative and duplicitous. Most people only need crutches, worst case, for 6 weeks. So why can’t hospitals have a scheme to deal with it.

Yes, of course, charging for crutches is an EASY way to make money. Stealing candy from kids. It, to me, is a disgrace. Crime against humanity.

No wonder U.S. healthcare costs are through the roof.

This is wrong. Very wrong.

The swap shop at our dump invariably has multiple sets of crutches waiting to be taken home by somebody. I also see them at consignment shops. So people do want to get rid of them after they have healed. Why can’t you just take them back to the hospital?

Very easy for hospitals to deal with it — other than the fact that ALL they care about is fleecing US blind. Don’t charge for crutches to begin with or worst case charcrutchesre222ge a small nominal amount for a 6 week or 8 week rental. Then IF you return them to the hospital within that period — like when you go back to have your cast removed — that is it. You paid a small rental for the crutches. IF you don’t return them you could ask for an extension, pay a bit more, or pay for the full amount.

I can’t BELIEVE that Medicare and Insurance Companies don’t push for this.

Don’t give me any grief about hygiene factor etc. Wheelchairs, hospital beds and even operating tables are REUSED. So crutches can be sanitized. You don’t cringe when they put you in a wheelchair. YOU have NO IDEA who was in their previously or whether it was even wiped down after that! So, what is the big deal with crutches.

So, please lets start a movement to better utilize cructhes.


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