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

by Anura Guruge


Click image to access IMDb.com listing for movie.


Click to ENLARGE for proof that we did rent it on Amazon video.


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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My Latest Camera — An Argus C3

by Anura Guruge


This is, by far, the MOST complicated camera I have touched in
the last 2 years. Makes the Nikon D500, that I recently rented,
feel like a toy. Not sure what kind of sensor it has or how
good its autofocus is.

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It is an Argus C3. I don’t ever remember seeing one of these prior to today. It is called the ‘Brick’ and that is NOT just for its physical dimensions. It weighs MORE than a brick. WOW. We have forgotten how much mechanical cameras weighed. Feels SOLID. Just like holding a brick. A kind lady in Wolfeboro had in on Facebook — for free. Deanna contacted her. Belonged to her late husband. Came with the instruction booklet. Would be cool to put a roll of film and take some pictures. Wonder what ISO would work.

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Snippet from Wikipedia. Use above link. Click to ENLARGE.


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First Impressions Of A Fuji X-T1 Hours Ahead Of X-T2 Announcement.

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE. The Fuji X-T1 I rented. It is brand new. No clicks. This picture taken with my Fujifilm X-E2s.


Renting a Fuji X-T1 ahead of the X-T2 announcement so that I can get a feel of  a Fuji X-Tx (as opposed to the Fuji X-E2s I own) has to be the best decision I have made when it comes to my long and tortuous sojourn with cameras (for the last 2 years).

This is one of the problems of living in the sticks. There is no local camera store that I can go to that stocks ‘high end’ cameras, especially if they are not Canon or Nikon. I rented the X-T1 for a week, from Lumoid, and at the same time rented a Lytro ILLUM 40 for Devanee who thinks that this is the camera for her! So far, so good with the rental experience from Lumoid. Very friendly, very helpful and everything came as promised bar a missing SD card reader — which was no big deal since I have plenty (and they did send one with the Lytro).

Wow, I can’t get over how SMALL the X-T1 one is. I had just assumed that given its DSLR-like styling it would be bigger. This is quite the testament to mirrorless cameras. It is just fractionally bigger than the X-E2s or for that matter (just in terms of the body) to the Panasonic Lumix LX100. I never realized that the X-T1 was that small. That is good and bad. Great for travel and street photography BUT to be honest I like cameras with a bit more heft; the X-E2s supposed to be my ‘compact’. As such, that the X-T2 will be slightly bigger is good news.

The X-T1 is a joy to use in terms of the controls. Everything is there. You don’t really have to ever use the menus or look at the LCD for reading prior to shooting. This is exactly what I had been hoping. Everything is basically one-touch and all the dials and buttons appear to be just where you would want them to. Yes, having to unlock the ISO and shutter-speed dial is a pain — and I gather this will not be the case with the X-T2. So that is also good.

Took good pictures BUT in terms of image quality I would have to say it is on par with my X-E2s — which is to be expected since they share very similar specs. Well, the X-T2 changes that.

Wow! It gets HOT. I can appreciate why they want to FIX overheating issues on the X-T2. I didn’t shoot any videos and neither did I use ‘burst mode’. Just shot 110 still images, fairly leisurely. But after about 70 shots I could feel the HEAT emanating from the camera! I have never experienced that. Towards the end it was noticeably HOT. Yikes.

Now that I have used a X-T1 I am more convinced than ever that I will love the X-T2. In terms of direct-control the X-T2 will continue to be the camera of my dreams.

Right now I only have one reservation and it is major. Autofocus performance. Though direct-control is important my overriding criteria is image quality (IQ) and for me IQ starts, most of the time, with razor sharp focus. Soft images just leave me cold. And that is an issue. The X-E2s has not impressed me overly in terms of autofocus. From what I can see the X-T2, though it will be better, is not going to be stellar. And I am NOT willing to compromise on the next camera I buy — did that a few times already. So I will be reading the reviews real carefully to see what they have to say about the X-T2 autofocus. In the meantime I am going to try and rent a Nikon D500 for a week or two. Looks like that is doable though the rental prices are not as attractive as they were for the X-T1 (given, of course, the price difference).

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The Lytro ILLUM 40 MP Rental.


This is a BIG, heavy camera. Actually it is huge and cumbersome. It is all lens and funny angles (including the battery). It has no appeal to I. The polar opposite of what I am looking for in terms of direct-control. And I don’t have the patience or time to do all the mandatory post-processing. Devanee, last I saw, was still struggling with the software. I will let you know what she found.


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Amazon Video Rental: The 29 Days vs. 48 Hour Confusion & Confounding.

by Anura Guruge


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Have you ever, especially if you are a Prime Member rented an Amazon Video and noticed, to your chagrin and loss, that it is saying that you have just 48 hours to finish watching the movie — though you are pretty damn sure that it said ‘29 day rental‘ when you were paying for it.

Mystery solved.

No you were NOT mistaken in thinking that Amazon said ’29 days’ when you were going to rent it. That is what they say.

But that ’29 days’ is “UNOPENED” shelf life so to speak. You can keep it on your watch list for ’29 days’ PROVIDED you don’t click on it. Get it? ’29 days’ as long as you don’t open it.

As soon as you click on it and start watching it, even for 1 SECOND, it immediately goes into 48 hour mode.

So, UNOPENED —  29 days.

As soon as you start watching — 48 hours.

We had noticed this a few times with our rentals but let it pass since it was no big deal. We managed to finish watching the movie within the 2 days.

But last week we had an issue. The kids wanted to watch “Back to the Future I“. So I rented it. Pretty sure it said 29-days. This being the Summer I was glad. We don’t watch as much family TV. We watched about 40 minutes and then stopped. A few days later, with Father’s Day etc. intervening, we went back. It was gone! We had to rent it again. I balked just on principle. The $3.xx wasn’t going to break me BUT I wanted an explanation.

So I ‘called’ Amazon (or to be precise got Amazon to call me). As ever they were very nice — given my longtime Prime Membership and possibly because I have ordered over 100 items in the last six months (and that was a quiet period). She admitted that ‘this’ — the 29 day/48 hours — causes a lot of confusion. That begs the question as to why Amazon, usually so customer oriented, hasn’t changed it. Of course she reinstated the rental. Of that I had no doubt. But I haven’t checked whether it is there. Anywho … We now have an explanation.

If you ‘open it’ — you have 48 hours. So you have now been warned. SMILE.


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Fujifilm X-E2s — One Month Review After Taking 2,499 Usable Pictures.

by Anura Guruge


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I received my brand new Fuji X-E2s, from Amazon, sealed,
on May 18, 2016.

Charged the battery overnight and updated the firmware to 1.01 before taking any pictures.
Took the first pictures on May 19.

Up to June 18th I had take 1,833 usable images.

But, June 19 was Father’s Day and we went to Boston and I took 666.

Hence the May 19 – June 19 figure of 2,499 usable images.

What is interesting is that with my Panasonic Lumix LX1000 I took 2,300 in the first month. So I am consistent, if nothing else.


8 pictures I took at the Boston Science Museum
& Boston Duck Tours on Sunday, June 19, 2016.

Click to ENLARGE (ditto for one at top).


No question (whatsoever), the Fujifilm X-E2s can, and will, take some stunning, very detailed, extremely pleasing to the eye images. Though I normally don’t bother with prints, in this all-digital age, I had about 90 of my initial pictures printed by Snapfish at 4×6. The quality, color and saturation was sumptuous. I like the camera. It is easy and fun to use. Everything is in the right place with little scope for confusion. Very solid camera. Given that this is NOT a cheap camera you would not, of course, expect anything less.

This was my first Fujifilm X-series camera. I had gravitated to Fuji because their X-series caters to two of my primary ‘needs’ in a camera: mirrorless and ‘direct control’ (i.e., lots of control dials). The Fuji X-T1, if not for the 16MP resolution and low ISO, would have, on paper, been a perfect BIG camera for me (with the X-E2s being the ‘compact’). This is why I have been waiting, for nearly 9 months, for the soon to be announced X-T2. I decided to get the X-E2s so I would be ready for the X-T2. The goal was to standardize on Fuji.

Well now that I have had the X-E2s for a month I am not 100% sure I want to standardize on Fuji!

Yes, that is one heck of an indictment — on Fuji. I have NOT been happy with focus — and I have applied all the June 9, 2016 firmware updates to the camera and the lenses. Both auto and manual focus is too erratic and temperamental for my liking.

So, the X-E2s may have prevented me from making an expensive mistake! Right now I am reevaluating EVERYTHING … from scratch. I realize that impeccable FOCUS is paramount when it comes to my needs. Image quality for me starts with razor-sharp focus. I am now beginning to realize that focus on mirrorless cameras MIGHT never meet my demands! That is very discouraging. I am bummed. I am renting a X-T1 for a week. That will help quite a bit.

But right now, thanks to the X-E2s I have had to throw away all of my previous criteria as to the kind of camera I want and start again. To be honest I am thinking I should just get a Nikon D500 and be done with it! Then I think how HEAVY and BULKY it is going to be.

And … And … And.

The soon to be announced Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mk II! Micro Four-Thirds! That is a bummer. I really, really, really don’t want to AGAIN regress from an APS-C size sensor. However I have this awful feeling that the Olympus E-M1 Mk II, in terms of IQ, will beat the X-T2 hands down — and, moreover, be less expensive. Plus, it will be small and light.


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Fuji X-T2 , To My Chagrin, Will Rate Below The Nikon D500 — Especially On Focus!

by Anura Guruge


Click here to access the DPReview
“2016 Roundup: $1200-2000 ILCs part 1 – Crop-Sensor”
Buyers Guide.

Below are some relevant excerpts.
Crop images to ENLARGE and read here.

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These were the ONLY 7 cameras included. Seems a tad limited. I would have liked to have seen at least ONE Pentax.

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We know that the Fuji X-T2, in terms of technical specifications, will be near identical to the X-Pro2, the difference being in the viewfinder department.

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And they CONCLUDE with this! Pretty conclusive.

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Having now owned a newly released 2016 Fuji X-series, the Fujifilm X-E2s to wit, for a month, the first Fuji X I have ever owned, I am having some serious doubts as to Fuji’s focus/autofocus capabilities. I will actually contend that, overall, it is rather poor — and that is after I have applied all the June 9, 2016 firmware updates to improve focus performance.

I have not paid any attention to any Nikon cameras over the last 2 years. For a start I love the notion of “mirrorless” and Nikon is all DSLR (though that could change shortly).

Over the last few days I have been forced to consider the Nikon D500. To get a Nikon DSLR would be a HUGE about-turn for me. Plus I am not sure I want to deal with a heavy cameras. I like that mirrorless cameras are light. But focus is paramount to I. So I am thinking whether I should just bite the bullet and get a D500 and say heck with the X-T2! And I thought the X-T2 was going to be my dream camera. I am renting an X-T1 soon. I guess I should rent a D500 too. Renting a Nikon would be more complicated and expensive. I don’t have any Nikon (compatible) lenses. Whereas with the X-T1 I can use all my X-E2s lenses.

This is big quandary. I know nothing about ‘new’ Nikons. Yes, I have owned Nikons but not recently and never at this level.

Yikes! I did not want to find myself here. 


>> >> Also refer to this “Fuji X-E2s — 1 Month Review” post. << << 


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