Early picture of the 2019 Forester

This is supposed to be a leaked picture of the coming 2019 Subaru Forester.

If it is then it is pretty crap. Likely taken using a smartphone; and the glossy pamphlet that it was taken from was not flattened out very well.

Assuming this is the new 2019 Forester, then from the front it does not look too different from the current model even though it has been built on a completely new base platform.

Other bits and pieces leaking through suggest that there will be no diesel variant of the new Forester. However, there could be a hybrid version in the works be developed in partnership with Toyota.

Also, and I find this a little more exciting, it could be that the new Forester might get the brand new 2.4 litre turbo engine developed for the Subaru Ascent. This new slightly larger boxer engine puts out 10 hp more than the 2.0 litre turbo in the current XT Forester.

Only about 1.5 weeks to wait now to find out the facts.

All new 2019 Forester due to be announced 30th March

Subaru have finally released the date that they will announce the all new (from the ground up) 2019 Forester. It will be announced at the New York Motor Show on the 30th March. Just twelve days from now.

In the meantime, Subaru have provided this teaser image of the rear of the 2019 Forester.

This is even less of teaser image than Subaru provided us for the new XV when it came out last year. At least the teaser of the XV was a side shot—rather than basically just a brake light.

Maybe Subaru will release another teaser before the New York Motor Show ... or maybe not.

Now you know why the local Subaru dealers have been offering insane deals on the existing Foresters. At one stage, for about five days, they were giving 7 year warranties with 7 year roadside assistance.

From what I can work out, the new Forester should be on sale in Australia in the early spring.

At one stage, not so long ago, the only choices for a nice driving SUV was the Forester and Toyota's RAV4. But now just about every car brand has two or three entries in the SUV field. And BMW have the brand new X2 coming soon to join their X1, X3, and X5, and Volvo have the very interesting XC40 about to be announced.

Subaru need to provide some real surprises with the 2019 Forester because they have a lot of serious competition now.

Sony release the a7 Mk iii

Last week Sony released their latest full frame mirrorless camera, the a7 Mk iii, not to be confused with the a7r Mk iii. That little "r" after the "7" makes a big difference.

The a7 iii is a 24MP full frame camera, whereas the a7r iii is 42MP. The price difference between the two is also big. For the body only, the a7 iii is likely to be very close to $3,000 when it becomes available in Australia, while the a7r iii is a shade under $5,000. Basically you are paying $2,000 for those extra 18MP on the sensor.


While there is no way I could justify the $5,000 for the full frame a7r iii body, at around $3,000 I might be able to talk myself into the a7 iii.

If I finally, after all these years, went full frame then the total cost is going to be in the order of $5,000 because after the $3,000 for the a7 iii I would then need to buy a full frame lens. The Sony lenses I currently have are half frame lenses. While you can use a half frame lens on a full frame camera, you obviously don't get to use the full size of the sensor when taking pictures. Depending on the particular lens you only get about 60 percent sensor coverage, which would relate to about 14MP on a 24MP full frame sensor.

The question becomes, is 24MP enough?

There are presumed upsides to the lower MP rating of the sensor. In theory, it should be better in low light, thereby exhibiting less digital noise. Also, in theory, the dynamic range should be better on the lower MP camera. Finally, due to the larger sensor sites, the colour and vibrance should be better—although modern post-processing tools make this a non-issue.

However, the view is that the higher resolution a7r iii is better for landscape pictures, which is a lot of what I do. 42MP would obviously also be better for making large prints. But then, I rarely do large prints and these days tools like ON1—which I have—can do amazing enlargements with relatively low loss of quality. Finally, having 42MP to play with, you have a lot of latitude for cropping down. But being an ex-film photographer, most of my pictures are well framed and typically only nominal amounts of cropping is ever done in post processing.

The a7 iii should become available in Australian stores in early April. So I have some time to cogitate about it.

Perth property market to 'stabilise' in 2018

According to CoreLogic Data on PerthNow this morning, the Perth property market will stabilise during 2018.

As you read into the article, it seems that 'stabilise' means that during 2018 the Perth property market will not fall by as much as it has in the past three to four years. It is still going to fall by up to 1.9 percent, but this is seen as a slowing down in the falling Perth market that will lead into a flat market through 2019 and 2020.


It would appear, from the CoreLogic analysis, that properties in Sydney and Melbourne are likely to fall a lot more than Perth during 2018.

If Perth only drops another 1.9 percent in 2018 then I will be happy. Much better than the almost 5 percent drop last year.

However, it has to be said, by and large all these property market forecasters have been wrong just about every year that I have been following them; so anything could happen in 2019.

I recall reading that the person who predicted the Global Financial Crisis said that Australia's property market is way over valued and is in for a 50 percent fall in the next couple of years. I sure hope he is wrong.

Rule 5: Featuring Jennifer Lawrence

In my travels through the Web I came across some pictures of Jennifer Lawrence that I thought I would share.

It is so long since I logged into my SquareSpace account I had to look up my password in my password keeper tool.

Anyway, here are some nice pictures of Jennifer that you may not have come across before. And if you are using a large screen device then don't forget to click on the pictures to see them at a higher resolution and larger.