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Nikon Mirrorless Lenses For 2019 Excites Me None.

by Anura Guruge

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I am a bit of a contradiction when it comes to full-frame. I like the SIZE of the full-frame sensor and the BIGGER picture I get with it — BUT, at the same time I have never been that fond of wide-angle shooting! The irony here being that the largeness of a full-frame sensor is such that you are already into wide-angle even before you start. Hence, the contradiction.

I like to shoot tight. Thus, I prefer zoom lenses and ideally all in one zooms that give me say AT LEAST 24 – 240mm (which is what I currently have with my Sony a7 II).

Appears that I am in the minority.

Yes, I can get non-Z Nikon lenses that cover this range, BUT I would like native mirrorless glass.

So, that is my problem.

I am definitely, of course, getting the 24-70mm — the only native zoom. I was thinking of getting the 50mm. MAYBE I might think about the new 14-30mm — and experiment with ultra-wide-angle (at least for I).

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Nikon Z6, Mirrorless Full-Frame Camera, Has, To My Surprise, Started To Pique My Interest.

by Anura Guruge

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Up until about a week ago when I started seeing pretty realistic images of what the lower-resolution (i.e., 24.5MP) Z6 is supposed to look like I wasn’t that interested. The teaser images that had been provided by Nikon made it look ugly.

I will confess I kind of like the look of it, THOUGH the LCD panel on the top is a turn-off. Waste of money on a mirrorless. C’est la vie.

I am glad that they are making a lower-resolution, i.e., 24.5MP, model. A higher-resolution camera is of no interest to I — for my work.

The three full-frame lenses being announced with the Z6 leave me stone cold. They are nowhere close to the zoom focal lengths I prefer; i.e., 24mm — 240mm (at least).

But, it is the ‘FTZ’ adapter ‘F-to-Z’ (meaning Nikon F-mount to the new Z-mount) that has me most interested. I am so fed up with not having enough choice when it comes to AFFORDABLE Sony Full-Frame lenses.

I haven’t really started studying the specs. as yet. Might as well wait till the announcement next week.

I am close to the 20,000 photo mark on my 18-month old Sony a7 II. That is a fair number of pictures. I can still probably get a good price for it on eBay. I am not in any hurry. Definitely not planning to pre-order one. I can wait. Might be a nice Christmas present for myself. You will, of course, be the first to know.

Then … there is the Canon Full-Frame mirrorless that is supposed to get announced next month. What will be more tempting?

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Nikon’s Ultra-Zoom P1000 Is Finally Announced And It Fails To ‘WOW’ I.

by Anura Guruge

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Well, Nikon finally announced it, MORE than a year later than it was expected, and yes, as we had all predicted it did have a 24-3,000mm zoom.

A 3,000mm zoom is mega-impressive, but, alas, that appears to be the only selling point of the P1000. That is galling.

Everything else is essentially the same, though I get the impression they have improved the Image Stabilization to help with keeping the monster lens steady. The RAW support is totally irrelevant to I. I do NOT do post-processing. I am not sure how many folks buying a ‘Coolpix’ will want to deal with RAW. ‘Coolpix’ is for us ‘point, shoot and post’ brigade.

It is still 16MP and most disappointing the Max. ISO is still 6400. And that is a killer in my book. [I was wrong on this — and I was going by the initial reviews. SORRY. Appears that there is a 12800 option.] Yes, Nikon is going to say shoot in RAW and then add lightning after. I would RATHER not do that, ‘thanks’.

This is what I said in April 2017 when we first started talking about the P1000.

So, the P1000 like the P900 only truly excels in good light. Forget the built in flash. The extended lens gets in the way.

The P900 was $599. The P1000 is $999. Yes, 3,000mm lenses are NOT cheap. I appreciate that. But that is a 67% price increase.

So, this is not sour grapes, but I doubt whether I will be rushing out to get one. I still have my P900 and to be honest I rarely use it. So, I cannot justify getting a P1000. Over the last year I have discovered that I am truly a FULL FRAME guy. I love my Sony a7 II. It just feels right. When not using that, I use my Google Pixel 2 — mainly for the convenience.

So, that is my take. The 3,000 lens is very impressive and tempting. But, that is all that the P1000 offers over the P900. To, I, that is not enough. Plus, in the end, it is still a 16MP 1/2.3″ sensor. That is basically the same as that on a phone.

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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.


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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Nikon’s Supposed Ultra-Zoom P1000 (P900 Replacement) Disappears Off The Radar!

by Anura Guruge

The supposed Nikon P1000 — the Nikon P900 replacement — was supposed to have been announced last week.

Sure enough on April 12, 2017 Nikon did make a rather splashy announcement BUT the P1000 was not mentioned. It was all about the mid-range D7500 — a scaled-down Nikon D500.

Since the D7500 announcement there has been no mention of the Nikon Coolpix P1000.

That is slightly frustrating.

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Nikon Coolpix P1000 (P900 Replacement) — My Realistic Wishlist.

by Anura Guruge

I am being totally realistic.

I would LOVE to see a 1″ sensor BUT I know that that would not be technologically possible for that level of zoom — unless it was going to be a mounted on wheels!

I am NOT that fussed about the higher resolution either. Let’s face it — this is 1/2.3″ sensor. I am fine with the current 16MP but I know Nikon will insist on giving me at least 20MP. C’est la vie.

Now for the shocker. I am not that hung up on 125x zoom either! 

100x might do, provided we can keep max. aperture in the f/2.8 to 6.5 range. A larger aperture will be a BONUS.

But what I have above is what I would really want.

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Nikon’s 125X Zoom P1000 (P900 Replacement) Announcement Expected April 11 or 12, 2017.

by Anura Guruge

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It will NOT be just the Nikon Coolpix P900 replacement. Other cameras and lenses too will be announced.

It will be Nikon’s first announcement of 2017 — 100 days into the year. That is very atypical for them. BUT, it has been a troubling year for Nikon.

However, after the 1″ DL series fiasco I will not be holding my breath for the new Monster-Zoom. I will get it when it is available BUT I am not going to get too excited beforehand.

I will, of course, keep you posted.

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