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Fuji With Its Unprecedentedly Large, 27-Item 2.0 Firmware Update To X-T2 & X-Pro2 Continues To Fine Tune Auto Focus (AF).

by Anura Guruge


Extracted from the Fuji press release for Firmware update 2.0. Click to ENLARGE and read here,


In July 2016 I decided that the Fuji X-T2, which I had thought was going to be my dream camera, was not so because I was getting increasingly disillusioned with Fuji’s AF prowess.

Reviews of the X-T2 vindicated my decision.

And now this 2.0 Firmware update.

While I am glad that Fuji, true to its reputation, continues to improve features of its cameras, this shows that there is still a lot that needs tweaking in the X-T2 when it comes to AF.

I do miss the brilliant JPEG color I could get from a Fuji. But, AF woes really got me down.

Hence my new found fondness for Sony.


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by Anura Guruge

Getting A Sony a6500 Will Be Like Entering An Arranged Marriage — YIKES.

by Anura Guruge


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In my early 20s (and once more in my early 30s) I railed so much against arranged marriages. My adoptive mother was so, so anxious to get me to marry a ‘tea estate‘ or a rich cousin! I wasn’t going to have any of that. She even once floored me by saying that she will arrange and finance me to have a white mistress on the side — as long as I married, someone she chose, from Ceylon! That did really flabbergast me. My very moral, ultra-religious mother telling me that she will pay for me to keep a white mistress on the side. Wow.

And now I am going to get a Sony a6500.

I am in shock. Albeit not too severe.

It does seem crazy doesn’t it. Getting a camera that you don’t like! But I don’t have a choice. I have gone for 15 months WAITING to buy my ‘serious’ big camera. I can’t wait forever. I waited for nearly 9 months for the Fuji X-T2. Then I realized that its autofocus would not meet my expectations.

My extensive research and plain logic tells me that the Sony a6500, in terms of specs., is the camera for me. I just don’t like how it looks, how small it is and user-interface. Plus I have had bad luck with two Sonys, an a77 Mk II and a RX100 Mk II.


This is what DPReviews has to say about the Sony a6300 in its latest
Interchangeable Lens Cameras ($900-1200)” Roundup.

The a6500 is essentially the same beast with a TOUCHSCREEN and some better electronics inside.

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Use link above to access original.


You can see my dilemma and bind.

The a6500 sucks in terms of looks/handling but is exceptional in terms of what I really want — amazing autofocus and great image quality.

Hence the compromise.

Head over heart.

Cold logic over passion.

What is the worst that can happen? That I return it. {SMILE}

Now that would be different.


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by Anura Guruge

Shock HORROR II! I Returned My Samsung NX500.

by Anura Guruge


Shock HORROR I” was on July 27, 2016 when I decided I was not going to get the Fuji X-T2, because of autofocus concerns, after I had spent months believing that it was the bespoke, dream-camera for me.

This is as such is the second “Shock HORROR“. There were times, days on end when I was absolutely in love/awe with my Samsung NX500. I sang its praises. Marveled at it. I even thought about getting a second body as a backup.

THEN …

On Sunday, October 30, 2016 it all unravelled. A confluence of fast moving events and the timing could not have been worse in terms of that day. I had ordered the Samsung NX500, from Amazon, on October 1, 2016. So my 30-day window for a ‘hassle free’ return was fast closing. I had to make up my mind that day itself. Actually that night, just before midnight. AND I PULLED THE TRIGGER.

There were 4.5 factors. Four of them had cropped up that fateful Sunday. The two pictures below, taken that day, 8 hours a part will explain two of my prime reasons.


Click pictures to ENLARGE.



The 4.5 Reasons Why I Returned My Samsung NX500
after 26-days of use.

1. The very nice organic light-emitting diode (OLED) panel on the NX500, when using manual focus with peaking, makes you believe an image is in perfect focus when it is NOT! First picture. I spent a few minutes focusing this to perfection, manually, on the OLED. I thought it was going to be incredible. Then I got the above. [Now, you know I nail focus most of the time. So it isn’t that I don’t know how to focus.] Basically the OLED ‘paints’ an inaccurate picture of focus. Makes it look better than it is.

2. There is no digital zoom capability, whatsoever. We went to the ‘Indigo Girls‘ concert, in Concord, that evening. My Nikon P900, though it would have been ideal, was too big for a venue like that. The 50mm zoom just didn’t cut it.

3. Second picture. It is difficult to shoot concerts at the best of times. With the 50mm there was ZERO definition on the faces! There was nothing that I could extract even using software. That was frustrating.

4. It happened during the concert and it had happened before. I would random error messages. They would go away if I played around. At the concert, in addition to getting two error messages, the display went HAYWIRE for a few second. That scared me. Had had this happen on another Samsung in December 2014. Didn’t want a repetition.

So those were the 4 BIG reasons.

Discountinued camera. Not sure what the warranty would be like. Amazon return window was closing. I had to submit the return — or run the danger of getting stuck with this camera. It wasn’t a super expensive camera but I would rather not lose money on it. So this is why I scrambled like crazy. after getting home from the concert, and seeing the picture quality, to file the return.

And then there was an auxillary consideration in the back of my mind.

IF (and it is still an ‘if’) I get a Sony a6500 I would NOT need a compact camera — and I had bought the Samsung NX500, 5-days ahead of the Sony a6500 announcement, to be my compact camera — alongside a ‘big’ APS-C camera (not counting the Nikon P900).

The Sony a6500 with a 16-50 zoom or a 50mm prime is a compact camera.

So that is what happened. That is why you haven’t seen any Samsung NX500 pictures since October 30. I took 1,337 pictures with that camera in 26-days. 51 a day.


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by Anura Guruge

My Two Sony a6500 Posts From A ‘Month’ Ago Appear To Be Pretty Prophetic.

by Anura Guruge


The APS-C, mirrorless Sony a6500 was announced October 6, 2016.

I made the following two posts within 2 days of that announcement and I might have been PROPHETIC beyond belief.

Check them out.


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In terms of image stabilization & autofocus points it even puts the Fuji X-T2 to shame — and everybody swears the a6xxxs outperform the Fuji when it comes to AF, hands down.

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From DPReview.com, of course. Click to ENLARGE.


Since the above posts, nearly a month ago, I have been doing a lot of in-depth research into the Sony a6500. It appears to be one heck of a camera. People rave about the Sony a6300 which was released in February 2016 and DPReview gave it 84% rating compared to the 85% for the X-T2.

The Sony a6500 adds image stabilization and a touch-screen to what was offered by the a6300. That has to give it 2% more points.

I am torn. I have not had much luck with Sonys and I have owned two: a Sony a77 Mk II and a Sony RX100 Mk II. But neither of these are in the league of the new Sony a6500.

I am having to give this an undue amount of thought and attention.

P.S., The price isn’t bad either though Sony E-mount lenses are pricey.


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by Anura Guruge

The New Sony a6500 In Terms Of Raw Specs Shames Both Canon M5 & Olympus E-M1 MkII!

by Anura Guruge


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I had to put together my own comparison based on THE criteria that is important to I. Note, I don’t give a JOT about video capability. Video is not important to me. Click to ENLARGE and study.


Wow. Wow. WOW!

In terms of raw specs the bloody Sony a6500 blows everybody out of the bloody water.

 

But, I just cannot muster any enthusiasm, let alone passion, to get another Sony! Sony’s, from my limited experience, leave me FRIGID! I am not going to get a camera that I do not like. Sorry.

I really need to give image stabilization (IS) some serious consideration. Why?

Because I keep on drifting towards the Canon M5 because of its APS-C sensor. Do I want to compromise with a Four Thirds? 


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The New Sony a6500, with 5-Axis IS, Like A Cat Among The Pigeons, Re. Olympus, Canon & Fuji.

by Anura Guruge


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From “DPReview” — of course. Click image to access “DPReview” post.


No question.

DEFINITELY changes complexion & dynamics of the 2016 Year-End High End Mirrorless Market.

Definite competition for the new Canon EOS M5, the Micro Four Thirds Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mk II & the Fuji X-T2, which made its debut in September 2016.

I plan to do my own comparison this weekend.

Not as much of an issue for I. I have discovered that there is NO CHEMISTRY between me and Sony! So, I would avoid a Sony even if it is the BEST camera on the market. No point having a camera that you don’t like.

Talking of which, my new Samsung NX500. WOW! 


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