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Gimbal Heads - Difference in Price
I would caution against some of the cheaper Gimbals, simply because of the risk you run if any one component fails. And this is not an idle word of caution I have seen someones lens heading towards the floor because the connection at the side (a cheap version of the sidekick) sheared off with a 500mm Canon lens attached. For the sake of saving £100 they nearly had to replace a £5k lens!

With that in mind I would be particularly cautious of those style similar to the sidekick as a large lens will put a lot of stress on that element of the design. Those like the standard wimberley gimbal or Manfrotto 393 seem better for me at distributing the weight more evenly, thus not stressing one connector.

That said the Manfrotto is good value, but I do wish they would do a better job of promoting it rather than showing it with a small lens and in the position most owners never use Smile

26 23/09/2013 - 9:17 PM
By matmonty
Old 120 Roll Film Seeking Good Home
Found a home.

Thanks.

2 21/09/2013 - 3:37 PM
By JJGEE
Old 120 Roll Film Seeking Good Home
Anyone interested in approx 40 rolls of 120 Provia 100.

All are dated 2005/6

No idea if they are any good, but just located them whilst tidying up spare room (whoops don't tell govt Wink)

Happy to post to a good home.

Cheryl

2 21/09/2013 - 3:37 PM
By JJGEE
Countryfile photo competition 2013
Just seen them. Personally I would go for the duck and osprey.

Not sure it is what people en-masse will vote for though. Cute normally wins.

Good luck to all 12.

24 04/09/2013 - 2:44 PM
By cats_123
Carrying Heavy Equipment
Good point Gareth and why not currently using replacement tripod. Thanks for reminder. Knew I wanted wex website for something!

I was thinking a strapping 'young' man as Sherpa Wink

39 30/08/2013 - 10:16 PM
By Ade_Osman
Carrying Heavy Equipment
It depends. Do you want the equipment to be easy to hand for a shot, or do you want to transport for fairly long distances between shots.

If the former then really the only way is the tripod over shoulder. It is all a out getting the balance right. The legs don't necessarily need to be out to standing height. You'll find a sweet spot where the balance of lens to holding tripod and walking is best, but it takes some trial and error and varies by lens (if weight is significantly different).

If you want to move between sites, then any of the carrying methods already mentioned work well.

Of course the best answer of all would be a Sherpa Wink

Cheryl

39 30/08/2013 - 10:16 PM
By Ade_Osman
My Post deleted?
If a supermarket would it not be "aisles of Tesco" - just asking? Grin

Yep links to Flickr, professional or not are frowned upon.

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21 21/08/2012 - 12:57 PM
By BarrieNeilPhotography
Sandisk Extreme Pro - Problem Reading Files
As an update and in case anyone else has the same problem - the issue is fixed by using the latest version (USB 3.0) of the Lexar UDMA card reader.

Thanks
Cheryl

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7 13/07/2012 - 7:43 PM
By csurry
Sandisk Extreme Pro - Problem Reading Files
Yeah I think the issue is related to the newer, faster UDMA cards. Never had a problem with the 60mbs ones and the old Lexar reader.

However, now you mention it I did have a firewire version. Might have to do some hunting around the office and spare room.

Thanks guys. Bit of an annoyance, but sure there is an easier solution than copying on to the other card type, just probably means spending more money Sad

7 13/07/2012 - 7:43 PM
By csurry
Sandisk Extreme Pro - Problem Reading Files
Thanks Chris, my suspicion is the card reader, which is why I was asking which card reader people are using.

I have tried both card readers that I have and neither work.

I am considering buying the Lexar UDMA reader for USB3.0, but I don't have a USB3.0 connector in any PC so would not get full benefit of the speed uplift in the card. Which is not a great issue as at some point I need to upgrade my Mac Book and the newer ones have USB3.0.

Just wondering if someone has had same issue and whether the solution was to upgrade the reader. Nothing with the card says you need a specific reader, just one that reads UDMA. The two I have are the previous model UDMA reader from Lexar.

7 13/07/2012 - 7:43 PM
By csurry
Sandisk Extreme Pro - Problem Reading Files
Does anyone have Sandisk Extreme Pro CF cards?

If so which card reader do you use?

I recently bought a couple of 16Gb Extreme Pro cards from Amazon. The camera is writing to the card OK but I can not get the UDMA card reader that I have to "stay connected" to a PC running either Mac OS or Windows 7.

I can temporarily browse the directory on either PC or Mac, but as soon as I try to copy the files off the card the reader disconnects itself and then reconnects. Tried to copy direct from the camera, which worked with a smaller 8gb and slower card, but does not seem to be working with these 16gb ExPro cards.

I have found a workaround by copying the files to the other card type within the camera, but this is not really practical in the long term. Wondering if I need a newer UDMA card reader but interested if anyone else has had similar problems.

Thanks in advance.

7 13/07/2012 - 7:43 PM
By csurry
Fly Ball Photography
Thanks all.

I expect to find every new photographic experience challenging first time around. Then it is about analysing the shots that worked and learning from each opportunity. Thanks for the information much appreciated, and the comments on my portfolio.

From what the person said they are still releasing a ball to catch. Will check it out. However, one good tip is that the owner will know the way the dog will turn so that should help with preparation for the shot.

14 08/05/2012 - 8:31 AM
By csurry
Fly Ball Photography
Thanks Fiona.

Initially I'll be photographing one of their training sessions.

Just wanting to try some different things photographically and like the motor racing I will be shooting next weekend the opportunity came up through a colleague at work. Therefore apart from pressure that I put on myself to achieve some quality images there is none from the owners as such.

Will check out the video later. Not sure that the doges can be any quicker than puffins in flight and they are a little larger Wink

14 08/05/2012 - 8:31 AM
By csurry
Fly Ball Photography
Sorry yes, it is where the dogs run an obstacle course and then trigger the release of a ball from a box for them to catch and run back to their owner.

Don't think I'd make a very good participant Wink

Thanks Steve. If I employ my normal technique for wildlife I will spend some time just observing to work out the best place to try to capture the image, but just wondered if the layout of courses is fairly standard if there is a prime position.

I'll be trying as much as possible to isolate the dog from the surroundings. I know this means I am making it difficult for myself, but then I like a challenge. Think 200-400 will give me scope to be far enough away to not be a nuisance, whilst being able to "frame-fill". Either that or the 70-200 + convertor (with the AF slow down taken in to account).

I'll probably get more than one opportunity over the next few months, so technique will be refined as we go along

Thanks

14 08/05/2012 - 8:31 AM
By csurry
Fly Ball Photography
Just wondering if anyone has done any photography of fly ball.

I have the opportunity in a couple of weeks time to have a go at this with a club near to where I am working. Since I will have to take my camera equipment with me to work for the week I want to limit the amount I carry. Therefore looking for some information of best focal length and any other tips if people have them.

Initially I will start with one of their training sessions, so apart from not being in the way close access should not be a problem.

Thanks
Cheryl

14 08/05/2012 - 8:31 AM
By csurry
MS Project
There are many alternatives that can import/export in to mpp format. If a mac user try Merlin - about half the price of MS Project.

There are also some now available on the cloud - saas. Worth checking them out.

Only reason I know is that I had a similar dilemma in that a customer was sending me mpp files and I needed to find a way to read them on the mac. Beware though and always use the trial period if one is available as I found some to be unreliable in the way that they imported the files.

2 05/05/2012 - 5:33 PM
By Hepialid
wildlife photography (in snow!)
Thanks.

It's not easy with a caper, basically black against white. Your image has good detail in the bird and so I don't believe that the exposure was wildly off from the optimum in the conditions.

Your background will not be helping the situation because of the light coming through the trees to the left. Try to get a little lower so the bird is against the trees and there will be less difference between subject and background. In that situation if the snow burns out then so be it.

At the moment the bird is surrounded by white and so it is having a more detrimental effect on the overall image.

There are a few others from different angles in my portfolio with more or less of the surroundings which might help you to see how the proportion of snow to bird and background affects the impact of the burnout.

8 31/03/2012 - 2:52 PM
By csurry
We wish you a speedy recovery Sue
Best wishes Sue.

Ade remember to look after yourself as well, don't overdo it trying to be helpful.

Both take it easy.

80 06/11/2013 - 10:10 PM
By Gaucho
wildlife photography (in snow!)
A capercaillie in the snow is going to test the dynamic range of any camera.

The important thing is that the bird is correctly exposed.

Caper in snow

Can't post direct as updating from iPad

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8 31/03/2012 - 2:52 PM
By csurry
Critique rankings . . . ?
When first viewing the rankings I was showing in two places. On refreshing the page this corrected itself. Very strange.

Not sure that I see the point (no pun intended) but if it encourages some people to make constructive comments it may be good in the long run.

Personally I rarely bother these days for various reasons which have been discussed many times before and this won't change that decision.

58 24/02/2013 - 9:05 PM
By pablophotographer
Blocking telephone numbers - effective methods
Another vote for Truecall from me. No more "This is the Captain...", or worse still some of them calling in the middle of the night!

Really annoying that the TPS only has jursidiction in the UK. Most of these now come through as International. Luckily I don't have anyone abroad that would want to call me, so I can just block all international numbers.

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22 20/03/2012 - 8:53 PM
By Britman
Trolley for carrying a your rucksack
Fair enough Ade, just did not want someone to take 25Kgs of kit out somewhere and then find themselves stranded and having to carry the stuff back to their car!

There's a reason golf trolleys have such wide wheels Wink And golfers don't even play when conditions are that soft underfoot Grin

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18 29/01/2012 - 9:20 PM
By Paul Morgan
Trolley for carrying a your rucksack
I think that with wheels like that it will be fine on solid ground!

However, I foresee trouble on mud, sand and snow Grin

Wonder if you can change for wider wheels to spread load a little and ensure that it runs over surface. Remember this is designed really for running across airport reception areas and the like, not necessarily for conditions encountered by landscape or wildlife photographers.

Not saying it is a bad idea, just that it may not work in all circumstances and thinking about those specific problems in advance may save you being stranded on some mud flat somewhere Wink

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18 29/01/2012 - 9:20 PM
By Paul Morgan
Nikon D4 - Why do you need one?
Here's the main item of interest for me:

A revised 51-point Multi-CAM 3500FX AF system that integrates a new AF sensor module. The new AF sensor, which is 20% more light sensitive than its equivalent in the D3S, is capable of low light focus acquisition down to levels as dim as EV-2 (compared to the D3S' EV-1). The D4 is also the first Nikon digital SLR that's able to autofocus with lenses or lens + teleconverter combos whose maximum aperture is f/8.

But not enough to make me part with the money for now...

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41 22/12/2013 - 7:53 AM
By LenShepherd
Nikon D4 - Why do you need one?

Quote: Looking at the specification, I can't yet imagine what that might be.


Which kind of sums up how I am feeling about the D4.

Of course there are times when 16mp would come in handy. But not enough at the moment to justify £4.8k

When the D3s was launched I was excited although I did not pre-order. What I did know was what the camera offered in addition to existing models that made it desirable and the situation that would make that a justifiable upgrade.

I was heading to Finland to photograph the bears in Autumn. So the shooting window was very short in terms of hours per day. Thus the justification to buy the D3s was simple. The phenomenal ISO capabilities generally gave me an extra 10-15 minutes at either end of the sessions. Over 5 days that adds up!

Not saying at some time I won't buy one, but right at this moment more likely to buy a second D3s.

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41 22/12/2013 - 7:53 AM
By LenShepherd
Nikon D4 - Why do you need one?
I am curious as to what excites people in the spec of the D4.

On the thread started by Cole a number of members said that they have placed their orders. I also know quite a few other Nikon users that have pre-ordered. When the D3s came out the high ISO was truly ground-breaking compared with both competitors and Nikon's own line up. What feature in the new D4 is the equivalent of that?

What excites you about the D4?

Why is this a must have camera?

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41 22/12/2013 - 7:53 AM
By LenShepherd
Nikon have done it again!
Ah poor Cole.

Timing wise as I see it:

Canon announced early - got the market excited and then are taking longer to get the stock out to the customers.

Nikon appear to have learnt from previous announcements strategies where they would announce and then fail to deliver on the due date by simply delaying launch until stock is "ready to fulfil" demand.

Of course we still have to see if the cameras actually appear on the 16th Feb!

And there will be shortages (real or created) because that is how the price is kept high for the first six months or so


Different marketing strategies tis all.

Grin

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41 08/01/2012 - 5:26 PM
By elowes
Nikon images over exposure
Personally I would caution against deliberately underexposing on a Nikon DSLR. A sure fire way to introduce noise in to the image, although the effect is now greatly reduced on what it used to be on older models.

If the histogram is showing a well exposed image - which of course is open to interpretation as it will depend on the scene/subject being shot. Where exactly is the image showing as overexposed? On the rear screen or on your computer? It may simply be that one or both require adjustment rather than there being anything wrong with the camera exposure.

10 30/12/2011 - 12:31 PM
By Railcam
Your Favourite EPZ Photo of 2011...( NOT your own!)
Well I've only used my UA once this year so I guess it should be that image...



I shall never hear the end of it from the OP Tongue

28 22/12/2011 - 5:49 PM
By chase
aarrrghh.....Amazon!
Just a question? Why is it when anyone says the A word on this thread is it automatically turned in to a link?

Clearly this does not happen for all online companies, so why Ama***?

68 25/12/2011 - 10:27 PM
By Paul Morgan
Procrastination
Never had a Krispy Kreme donought in my life.

Even converted to skinny cappuccino or an americano!

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25 29/11/2011 - 10:22 AM
By csurry
Procrastination
Thanks all.

Well the good news is that I have rewritten CV although still a few tweaks to make.

It is not my choice really as to which opportunity may come to fruition first or even at all. So I need to prioritise based on long term benefit of new skills I think.

I like Lob's approach to getting someone else to do the harder task. Only it is usually someone passing that task on to me Wink

Should know by end of week if I have a job before new year. At least I can plan with a known timetable one way or the other.

The 2x2 grid I have been using.

Like most mornings though I am sat in the coffee shop looking at job sites. A habit I need to break, but it is good to get out of the home office.

25 29/11/2011 - 10:22 AM
By csurry
CVs - Format Question
I agree Nick. There is too much repetition on my CV from role to role. Perhaps with this new way of thinking about things I can reduce that somewhat.

Funny thing is it is exactly the repetition that has potentially just got me an interview later this week!

Think I have a number of key tasks (to add to the list for procrastination):

Decide what role I want
Decide on the location I want
Decide when I want to start (now or new year)

Sure there are a few others to throw in there as well.

28 28/11/2011 - 7:40 PM
By JackAllTog
CVs - Format Question
Thanks Milly.

Keeping it to one page certainly is not going to describe 15 years of consultancy. In the last employment I had three distinct roles, so that needs some explanation as all utilise different skills.

I've just been looking at a book that suggests the CV should only be one page! Now that really would be a struggle.

I have taken to brainstorming some new ways of saying specific aspects of my work. Trying to show them in the proactive nature in which I see myself rather than them coming across as quite so reactive. OK I was put in there to fix the issues but took a proactive approach to finding a solution rather than just going along with the general opinion of "can't be fixed".

I have spoken with a number of friends and colleagues. They generally fit neatly in to one of these pigeon-holes but appreciate that I am having a slightly harder time describing what it is that I do and can bring to an organisation.

Thanks for the suggestions.

28 28/11/2011 - 7:40 PM
By JackAllTog
CVs - Format Question
Ah Mike. I need a degree in BS obviously.

I tend to just state factually the thing that most comes to mind about what I did in a role. I also think well that is what I was employed to do so I tend to not even consider some of the achievements as being anything worthy of note.

28 28/11/2011 - 7:40 PM
By JackAllTog
CVs - Format Question
Hi Mike, perhaps that is what I need a brainstorming session.

See I would say something like documented and implemented changes to reporting structure. Whereas since if you identified the need then initiated is so much more a description of my proactive nature.

Similar to your comment though I feel slightly squeamish at stating some of these things. I think I need to apply my normal alternative approach to problem solving to stating achievements.

Initiated is definitely a word I can use to start one particular sentence and already that sounds better. Hmm, we could be on to something here.

28 28/11/2011 - 7:40 PM
By JackAllTog
CVs - Format Question
There is a mission statement of sorts.

My main role for many years has been troubleshooting aspects of projects and finding alternative solutions. This does not fit neatly with the job description of a project manager or business analyst, though clearly it encompasses the role of both and indeed others. Also it is not the most positive message to send to prospective employers - your project is likely to hit issues and I am the person to sort them out Wink

Since I am only looking for contract work sending direct to a potential employer does not appear to be appropriate.

Not to worry. I think I have the main answer now and I have made the changes to the CV. I just need to find the right opportunities to align it to. Not helped by the fact that the market is quietening down now for Christmas.

Perhaps I should just enjoy December and find something in the new year.

28 28/11/2011 - 7:40 PM
By JackAllTog
CVs - Format Question
Thanks Graham.

Thanks Cathal. Confirms what a number of agencies have told me. And therein is the key I think. I need to consider the job titles used. I have had some really strange phone calls and emails that are just so inappropriate to what I do as to be laughable.

That's why I completely rewrote the CV. It is now getting more appropriate responses, but still not exactly what I am looking for.

Need to factor in a few ideas from various people I think in order to point the agencies in the right direction.

28 28/11/2011 - 7:40 PM
By JackAllTog
CVs - Format Question
Thanks Jools.

To be honest in general I am not having a problem getting responses from agencies. My problem seems to be that I don't fit neatly in to a pigeon holed job title.

Looking on the job sites there are roles that I can apply for but the role stated is not the full extent of what I do/can do. And what I do is very rarely advertised for!

I have now changed these in the main to numbers.

I have one statement where the point is that the set of processes used by a company was rationalised from 140 to 2. Now using Pete's theory that should read as 140 to two. That just looks plain weird.

At least I am making some progress Grin

28 28/11/2011 - 7:40 PM
By JackAllTog
Procrastination
You could be right Adam, but that was the point of having October free to do whatever I wanted after a really busy period of work.

I suppose I expected to just be able to get back in to things without too much effort.

25 29/11/2011 - 10:22 AM
By csurry
CVs - Format Question
Hmm, that's where I started Andy but then I thought it looked a bit untidy!

Maybe I just have too many figures in there and need to find a better way of stating some of the facts.

28 28/11/2011 - 7:40 PM
By JackAllTog
CVs - Format Question
I have figures like

32 million
500,000
5%

I just need to figure out some consistency

32M or 32 million or thirty-two million. 500 thousand, 500k

aaarrrggghhhhh - this should be the easy bit.

28 28/11/2011 - 7:40 PM
By JackAllTog
Procrastination
I bought it on the Kindle for iPad but have not got around to reading it.

Seriously!!!

25 29/11/2011 - 10:22 AM
By csurry
CVs - Format Question
Thanks Maddie.


Kind of what I had decided, but of course it makes the text longer and I was trying to get it more concise. However, I think these are better left as text. Certainly it needs to be consistent across the CV which it was not!

28 28/11/2011 - 7:40 PM
By JackAllTog
CVs - Format Question
If you are stating figures on a CV, e.g. 300 people or 5% reduction should you write them using figures or text?

e.g. part of a team of 300 or part of a team of three hundred

Is there any preference?

28 28/11/2011 - 7:40 PM
By JackAllTog
Procrastination
Thanks so far.

I have created a new list. Trying to prioritise the items is a bit of an issue.

In the meantime I am not just reading this thread I am actually rewriting my CV (again). Though this one is specifically for one of the potential roles. So at least I am focusing on something.

25 29/11/2011 - 10:22 AM
By csurry
Procrastination
Your first post Chris sounds exactly like my day to day activity at the moment.

I think the problem is that a number of the tasks are conflicting.

I have a number of "irons in the fire" so to speak with regards to new roles.

A couple require me to read up on some new technology, etc. The thing is, if I don't get the role then I could have been doing one of the other tasks. And that's why I can't decide which to do first. Do I concentrate on the role I might like the best, or the one most likely to happen?

Aaarrrgggggghhhh! Would be easier if I could work out which role is more likely to happen and when.

25 29/11/2011 - 10:22 AM
By csurry
Procrastination
Help...?

What do you do when you just can not get motivated to do any of the multitude of tasks that you should be doing?

My normal solution is to make a list of the jobs that I should be doing and then to take some satisfaction from ticking them off one by one. That is not working.

I think it is because I don't have a time limit. Since I am not currently working there is no deadline by which I have to get the tasks finished, and therefore the impetus to start them is just missing.

I need a strategy - else I will be offered a new job and then still be in a mess because I have not completed these tasks. I know that I should be doing them, but...

25 29/11/2011 - 10:22 AM
By csurry
HSBC online banking is offline...
Only one problem - well actually three.

With internet banking out of action. ATMs not working. 4:30pm on a Friday and branches are closed. Boyd's attempt to make Robert Peston happy with a new story will fail.

2 04/11/2011 - 4:41 PM
By csurry
Nikon 1 J1 and V1 Arrived!
I think the term micro was used because nikon calls it's range of macro lenses micro.

Well trying out the adapter would be a good test in itself, but if you don't have one...

24 08/10/2011 - 1:50 PM
By Steppenwolf