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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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“Garmin VIP Club”, For Making UPGRADING Easier With Trade-Ins, By ‘Heart Rate Monitors USA’.

by Anura Guruge


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Click here to access the HRM USA Webpage for enrolling in CLUB
— just $9.99.


This BRILLIANT for folks like I who like the latest technology on our wrist. Essentially an easy, guaranteed UPGRADE path without having the hassle of trying to sell your current Garmin.

I signed up at once … at once. At $9.99 it was a no-brainer. Don’t tell them BUT, I would have paid MORE for this privilege! {Smile}

Amazon, in 2016 – 2017, had a trade-in program. I used in a bunch of times to keep up with my need to change cameras. Now that they don’t have that, I am delighted that HRM USA has stepped into the breach.

The program, alas, is NOT — I repeat ‘NOT’ — retroactive; i.e., it does NOT apply to Garmins we already have. Only to those we purchase after we become members. That is a bummer. That means you still have to ‘finance’ your next Garmin upgrade on your own.

But, do not wait. Sign Up.

Yes, this means you end up being tied to HRM USA when it comes to buying your Garmins. From my experience that is not a bad thing. I have bought three Garmins from them so far — plus a Fitbit Ionic. So, I have no issues with that.

Well, I have done my duty and told you about this.

P.S., I saw it on my Facebook timeline last thing last night. So, in case you were wondering as to how I hear about this.


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Garmin Vivoactive HR, A Product With ‘No’ Trade-In Value.

by Anura Guruge


From Amazon — a few minutes ago and it was the same last night! Click to ENLARGE.


Just a representative item from eBay. There are more. So folks are bidding up to $81 and there is still nearly 2 days to go. This is closer to the mark. Click to ENLARGE.


Given that I will upgrade to the new Garmin Vivoactive 3 the first thing I did was check what I could get for a trade-in from Amazon since I have had reasonable joy trading in cameras and lenses with Amazon. You don’t get the ‘best’ price BUT there is no hassle and it is instant gratification.

That they are claiming that the trade-in value for a Garmin Vivoactive HR, in BEST condition, is $3.80 is hilarious. It is obviously a mistake and I will contact Amazon (a Prime Member and shareholder) and get them to rectify it.

In the case of the Vivoactive 3 I might TRY to sell it on Craigslist. If you are interested let me know. I am known for my largess when it comes to products I no longer need. {Smile}


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Get A 10% (15% If Prime) Discount On Amazon By Getting A $100 Gift Card For YOUR Own Use!

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE. Check under Amazon GIFT CARDS.


I needed to buy a few things today (including a 72mm polarizing filter for my a7 II for shooting fall foliage) when I kept on getting this blue $10 off message next to the price.

So, I checked. It was poorly worded and ‘confusing’ to begin with. Kept on saying I had to RELOAD MY GIFT CARD BALANCE. But, it got me thinking.

I had $0 balance on my own personal ‘gift card’ — which is essentially another Amazon funding source. Amazon had loaded $1xx.00 onto it when traded-in my dreaded Sony Full-Frame FE 28-70mm zoom in mid-August, 2017. I had spent that all when I got my mitre/chop saw to do the rails on our deck. Hence, the $0.00.

But, here was the deal. Reload that ‘card’/account with $100 and I get another $10 as an additional bonus. So, $110 for $100.

Then it gets better IF you are Amazon Prime and use your ‘Amazon Prime Store Card’. You get $5 back as cash-back! S0, $115 for $100.

Yes, of course, I had to ‘pay’ Amazon $100 to get the $15 BUT it isn’t as if I was just giving them the money. I knew I would spend that $100 within the month.

So, I pulled the trigger. And it worked. $10 back at once, and $5 in my credit card account.

I like 15% discounts. Talking of which I had a 15% off coupon from Friendly’s the other day. Used that too. {Smile}


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The Sony Full-Frame FE 28-70mm (F/3.5-5.6) Zoom Is A Truly Dreadful Lens!

by Anura Guruge


Amazon listing — but AVOID like the plague.


I Traded In mine with Amazon, on August 17, 2017.

Check here for resolution details.


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a very soft image with Sony FE 28-70mm zoom lens Anura Guruge Sony a7II


I got this kit lens, as a kit lens within a BUNDLE when I bought my Sony a7 II, from Cameta Camera, on May 10, 2017 (via Amazon).

I was familiar with the limitations of kit lenses and had read the reviews on this.

At $348 it is a CHEAP lens and that is exactly what it is. As I always do, I used an Excel Spreadsheet to price out all of my a7 II buying options … individually, in kit form and as bundles. The Cameta bundle was such that I was getting this kit lens for about $150. So, I knew that I could trade-it in and essentially be ‘quids in’ (as we say in in Britain).

It is a marginally OK lens and will occasionally take satisfying picture (or two). But, the autofocus (AF) HUNTS a lot, indoor colors have an strange tint and the lens, overall, tends to be soft.

Yes, I got Sony FE 24-240 (f/3.5-6.3) at the same time as the bundle BECAUSE I knew I needed as much reach as I could get. So, that made the 28-70mm kind of superfluous to requirements, though I had hoped that I might be able to use the smaller, MUCH LIGHTER lens when using the a7 II indoors. That never worked out. I do like the 24-240 though it also tends to be SOFT. AF, however, is much, much better.

So, just a heads up. You get what you pay for and as such the 28-70 is a cheap (and on the main nasty) lens. Sorry.


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First Pictures With My New Full-Frame Sony a7 II — From Amazon/Cameta Camera.

by Anura Guruge


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First 4 pictures — 001 to 004.

Shot as a full-resolution JPEG
6000 x 4000 (4.9MB)
but reduced here to
1600 x 1067 (434KB).

No post-processing.
Straight-out-of-camera JPEG.





EXIF data from tools.science.si showing that this camera was BRAND new; i.e., no previous shutter actuations. That is a RELIEF. I am happy. I always worry that I might end up getting a previously used camera sold as ‘new’. Not so in this case.

I bought it from Amazon (given my wonderful relationship with them) though it was supplied by Cameta Camera as a bundle. I have a history with Cameta and I thought long and hard about it. The bundle was worth getting IF nothing else but for the ‘free’ Sony 64GB SD card, battery and Vivitar filters.

It worked out. I am HAPPY.

So on the first picture, i.e., ‘001’, it was ZERO shutter actuations.

Being I, I checked it on the 5th picture too. Shutter actuations are counted starting at 0. Hence why it is ‘4’ rather than ‘5’.

Did I say I was HAPPY?

Click to ENLARGE and admire here.


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Unpacking the Sony a7 II …



Getting this Sony a7 II was a BIG DEAL for I!

Why?

Because it has taken me 1 year and 7 months to make this move!

Yes, 1 year and 7 months.

I reluctantly returned my 27-day old Sony a7 II on September 24, 2015 because I ran into a file-corruption issue.

From then onwards I have been procrastinating about my NEXT BIG camera.

I was, to be honest, waiting for the Fuji XT-2. Then I decided I did NOT like Fuji.

So …

That is how I ended up with the Sony a7 II.

So far, I am happy with it.

It has quite the FEEL. It feels like a REAL camera. It has all the dials and buttons I like.

Very satisfying shutter CLUNK.

It is big and heavy. So I still have to get a Sony a6500 to take to shows etc.

So, this was day 1. Hopefully I will keep this camera for some time. {SMILE}


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Getting My Head Around The LARGER ‘Field of View’ (FOV) Of A Full-Frame Camera.

by Anura Guruge


This, for I, is going to get some getting used to.

The irony being that I like tight, close-up shots.
So, my preference for zoom lenses and zooming.

With the Full-Frame Sony a7II 
I will have to stick to ‘zoom’ lenses.

Let me EXPLAIN.


A view of Acadia with a APS-C sensor and a lens at 40.7mm.

I will need a lens capable of giving me 61mm to get that same view.
IF I used the same 40.7mm there will be MUCH MORE scenery in the picture.

That could be good or bad and will affect the composition.

The irony is I like TIGHT compositions.


It gets even CRAZIER when you use a 1/2.3″ camera
such as my beloved Nikon P900.

That is another Acadia view, this time with the Nikon P900,
using 35.7mm focal length.

To get that view I would have to use a lens capable of 200mm
on the Sony a7II.

The Nikon P900 picture is below.


The Nikon P900 picture used above.

You can see that this is quite a nice view.

Yes, I will be able to get this same exact view with my Sony a7II BUT I will need a 200mm lens.

And, yes, I will get a zoom capable of 200mm. {SMILE}


IF you are not really into photography you are going to be wondering what the heck I am talking about.

This has NOTHING to do with resolution, i.e., 12MP, 16MP, 24MP etc.

The Sony a6000 that I just traded in and the Sony a7II have the SAME EXACT resolution; 6000 x 4000 pixels, 24MP.

But, the Full-Frame Sony a7II has a much BIGGER sensor and when it comes to cameras SIZE has always mattered.

A bigger sensor the more light you can get — all other things being equal BECAUSE there is more surface area to capture the light. That is usually the MAIN reason to go with Full-Frame. That is why I am finally going with FF. If you, of course, like shooting wide vistas then FF is a boon.

My problem is that I like tight, cropped shots! So, I really should be NOT getting a FF.

But, all is not lost. It just means that I have to stay at the higher zoom range when it comes to the lenses I use on the a7II. Later today I am going to create a Excel Spreadsheet to help me out.

So to get a 50mm APS-C equivalent shot, I would need a 75mm lens on the a7II.

It just means that I need to be careful not to get anything much below 30 – 35mm FF.

I will sort it out. Just need to get my head around it.

Yes, I can also use APS-C lenses on the Sony a7II but that CROPS the image and that is a whole different issue!


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