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Well it's April and that means that everywhere is starting to open for the season. I started off by visiting Arley Hall, a favourite haunt for lens testing and general camera fun. So I took the Q and travelled light for once.
It was incredibly busy, thanks to a RHS event, but the gardens were quiet. One guy turned up with his guitar and explained to me that he'd recently taken it up again and thought this was a great place to sit and practice. He was happy for me to record the event before I went onwards to explore.
I tried out the fish-eye lens both outdoors and in the chapel and it's pretty impressive. It is manual focus, so when the sun is very bright seeing the point of focus on the back screen can be difficult. In more normal lighting it snaps in and out easily, an absolute doddle. One little glitch that presumably could be sorted out with a firmware update is that when changing lenses the aperture value set does not stay put. It does with the DSLRs, so that needs attention.
The results were better this time as I get to grips with the camera. It's very small and small cameras are inherently more difficult to keep steady. There's no doubt in my mind that the easiest camera type to use is stiull the DSLR. Smaller designs need more skill and precision to get the very best out of them.
Here's the chapel at Arley Hall: