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Quote: OP It's tricky for that kind of money because you want speed, i3 min, you want RAM min 6, preferably 12 or 16, and you want a big screen, no 13" stuff, then you want decent size HD. You will have to compromise, I'd go for this then beef it up later when funds allowed, by chucking in another stick of ram.

I did actually look at that model and figured I might as well dig a bit deeper. Ended up with a Toshiba, i5, 8gb of RAM, NVIDIA graphics card and 15" screen that is taking some getting used to as my previous laptop was only 13"

Thanks all for the comments anyway.

9 03/10/2015 - 7:04 PM
By CaptivePhotons
If you had about £500 to spend on a laptop, what would you get? Will run Lightroom and Photoshop CC and other everyday computing needs, streaming videos etc but not gaming. Screen is obviously important but I would ideally not want to go below 15" unless there is a very good case for it.

9 03/10/2015 - 7:04 PM
By CaptivePhotons
NEW laws today in the UK

You find this acceptable do you


I quite agree, that is completely unacceptable, hogging the outside lane like that.

88 04/10/2015 - 11:33 PM
By Paul Morgan
horizontal tripod
I sold my Benbo when I migrated to M43, it was overkill for my kit, I previously had a D800 and associated lenses and it was great for that, solid as a rock and it could get into all sorts of positions. One thing I would add however is that you wouldn't want to take it on a 10 mile hike.

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17 03/09/2015 - 8:01 PM
By CaptivePhotons
Nikon MC-36A & Nikon D810
If you have a smartphone/iPhone, I'd recommend getting the Triggertrap app and dongle. Makes life a little easier. All the settings you need for star trails will be on the app. Cheaper than the MC-36 as well.

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1 01/09/2015 - 8:53 PM
By CaptivePhotons
Filter systems for MFT
Getting back on track, I have still got my Lee 100mm filter holders as I kept the Big Stopper and Firecrest filter when I migrated to to MFT. The Oly 12-40 lens has a filter size of 62mm and I've even used the Lee holder on the kit lens I got with the E-M10; the 14-42 that has a filter size of 37mm. The 62mm adapter ring I already had and the 37mm came with a cheap ring flash I purchased

*Edit, I remember I actually had to buy a step down ring, still worked ok though.

24 28/08/2015 - 10:11 PM
By Paul Morgan
Filter systems for MFT

Quote: Below is an image I took during daytime, exposure was 20 seconds at f8.0, I might send the raw file to that guy who wrote the blog to see what he can do with it in Lr. The next image down is one that was overexposed because it was taken at 1/8000 at f1.4 and the sun killed it, I'll send him that one too

Quote: and that's why I said what I did.

Strange then that you should say that. One almost gets the impression that you jumped the gun a bit in trying to debunk what he wrote. And your 'examples' are still not relevant.

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24 28/08/2015 - 10:11 PM
By Paul Morgan
Filter systems for MFT

Quote: You can't shoot at wide apertures on a bright day without NDs

Just to be clear, the author I linked to was talking about graduated ND's so your 'examples' are not really applicable. However, I do understand that it is just one persons opinion and others will also have an opinion.

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24 28/08/2015 - 10:11 PM
By Paul Morgan
Filter systems for MFT
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24 28/08/2015 - 10:11 PM
By Paul Morgan
Best for selling and best for buying?
MPB. You get peace of mind and after all the deductions from eBay and Paypal the prices received are pretty much the same.

17 15/08/2015 - 10:50 AM
By lemmy
Plagiarist Caught Out

Quote: I think Scott flipped it in order to try and thwart reverse image search etc.

Ah! That explains why I can't find a single nicked image of mine. Tongue

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25 17/08/2015 - 7:19 PM
By lemmy
Samyang 8mm fisheye lens

Quote: is that The Shard?

Yes it is.

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29 11/08/2015 - 4:45 PM
By AlexandraSD
Samyang 8mm fisheye lens
With the Samyang 7.5mm. I wouldn't let go of mine........unless I'm overwhelmed by the urge to get the by the Oly 8mm.........................................when I win the lottery.

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29 11/08/2015 - 4:45 PM
By AlexandraSD
Lion Killer

Quote: Since fox hunting stopped, there are more of them and they do more damage.

Foxes are like humans in that they kill wantonly for what seems to be sheer pleasure. When a fox gets into a hen-house, it'll take one for food and kill the rest. The foxes have taken all but one of this year's crop of cygnets from the river near us.

Source: http://www.ifaw.org/united-kingdom/our-work/banning-hunting-dogs/myths-realities...
According to the UK Government Burns Commission, “the overall contribution of traditional fox hunting, within the overall total of control techniques involving dogs, is almost certainly insignificant in terms of the management of the fox population as a whole.” The fox population has not changed either since the Hunting Act as hunting with dogs never had a real effect on populations due to the fact that foxes are territorial predators whose population self-regulate. If you kill some in an area you are going to have foxes from other areas coming in to replace the population you eliminated. The proof of this is that when hunting with dogs stopped during the foot-and-mouth crisis, research from Bristol University (Harris, 2002) showed that the fox population did not increase. On the other side, if you try to kill many foxes in an area using all possible means, research (Baker & Harris, 2006) has shown that the likely effect is an increase in fox numbers.

57 07/08/2015 - 7:54 PM
By mikehit
Day 7 June 2015: Panorama

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90 11/06/2015 - 10:42 AM
By ladigit
Nikon D5

Quote: Here are the first Nikon D5 camera rumors:

New 20MP FX sensor 173 autofocus points Same processor as the D4s, and 15 FPS


173 af points, I use one on my D4s, and have done since my 10D, the extra 4fps a sec won't make much difference as I shoot a lot on single shot, it will be interesting to see if the rise from 16 to 20Mp spoils the low light performance


They obviously forgot to consult you on this. 172 wasted AF points and goodness only know why they should increase the fps when you won't use them. It's a travesty.

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12 14/05/2015 - 8:39 PM
By LenShepherd
Are they any good?
Olympus Test and Wow

And I'd get the EM5 mk2 over the EM1

13 14/08/2015 - 3:11 PM
By Carabosse
Do gullible people STILL fall for this

Quote: Oh please

30 years ago in fact to a few years ago people had to be told to cancel the milk and papers when they went on holiday

NOW only last week someone was burgled because they told people on facebook they were away on holiday,........ GOOD don't pay out insurance company

People STILL have their cars stolen outside shops or in garages because they leave the keys in..... GOOD, don't pay out insurance companies

Three years ago a person in Tavistock had all his camera gear on finance stolen from his UNLOCKED car when he visited someone to talk about a photo shoot !!!!!

People STILL hand out their card details to strangers, over the phone, in phishing emails,

And so on and so on and so on

Don't blame the crims for peoples dumbness

The best way to stop this crime is when anyone is found to have contributed to the loss as in car crime don't pay out, I am 59 and NO I have never been conned, 99.999% is common sense.

It must be difficult for you to be so perfect all the time.

25 01/05/2015 - 9:32 AM
By thewilliam
Tripod - quick release plate
Can you post a photograph of the head with something by it for scale?

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9 26/04/2015 - 5:04 PM
By helenlinda
Olympus M.Zuiko 40-150 f/2.8 PRO
Another plus side for the lens is its minimum focusing capabilities; just 70cm at all focal lengths. Great for bugs, butterflies etc. This is approximately a 50% crop of the full frame with 1.4x tc attached.

105 26/04/2015 - 10:25 AM
By CaptivePhotons
what is your pet hate

Quote: In the 30 odd years I smoked I can never remember once thinking "wow, that cigarette was so nice I'm going to have another one right away"

I remember having a couple like that in my younger years Wink

I gave up about 22 years ago after the birth of my first child. My wife continues to smoke. I have tried every method known to man to try to get her to quit; I've been supportive when she's tried, aloof when she hasn't, nasty when it bugs me, pointed out truths about what smoking will/is doing to her. The kids have also tried pretty much the same tactics although it upsets them now more than it does me.

In all the years and times she has tried to give up, it has always been at our prompting/nagging and therein lies the problem. Not once have I heard her say that she has a desire to quit, she has never thrown a half empty pack in the bin and announced an intention to try to stop smoking.

I have now given up trying to persuade her to quit, she's an adult, she has the facts, nothing I or anybody else does or tries to do will ever overcome her addiction. Only she can do that.

Getting back on thread and I suspect her pet hate would be people telling her to give up smoking.

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162 01/08/2015 - 9:54 PM
By Paul Morgan
what is your pet hate

Quote: Even if it's a guy on here who's exaggerated an event to stress a point, I can't look past it.

Really? I'm not sure anybody identified that particular trait Tongue

Sweeping generalisations, of which this thread contains many.

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162 01/08/2015 - 9:54 PM
By Paul Morgan
Day 22 March 2015: Seascape

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161 24/03/2015 - 10:44 PM
By lumix5
Day 18 March 2015: Macro

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130 29/03/2015 - 7:55 AM
By exposure
Day 8 March 2015: Pets

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164 17/03/2015 - 11:24 AM
Ethics in Macro photography
I've never seen a baby seal sitting on a dog turd and then attempting to eat my doughnut afterwards.

33 05/03/2015 - 12:00 AM
By Fogey
Ethics in Macro photography
So it's ok for me to put a pigs head on stick and take a couple of pictures just as long as I partake of a nice pork chop afterwards?

If a fly s in my house I will aim to kill it, or if its by a window I will open that.

Quote: I have never seen a Robin, Sparrowhawk, Fly or any of natures wonderful life in a Camera Shop or shopping online for kit to aid them in their quest to survive

I've seen loads of flies in the bakers sitting on a nice doughnut.

33 05/03/2015 - 12:00 AM
By Fogey
Ethics in Macro photography
[quote]...one day its a house fly or the like...[quote]

I feel the need to confess I have killed flies,impaled them and photographed them. Does that make me a psychopath?

33 05/03/2015 - 12:00 AM
By Fogey
Stuck between two lenses! :(
I have the 17mm and think it's great but I have never used the 25mm.

You can try the 17mm for free for a weekend using the Test and Wow facility from Olympus.

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38 29/03/2015 - 7:20 PM
By StrayCat
Day 26 February 2015: Family Photos

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66 27/02/2015 - 2:54 PM
By exposure
Day 20 February 2015: Waterfall Photography
Steall Falls

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70 24/02/2015 - 4:21 PM
By TyChee
Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II Discussion
Robin Wong review, but bear in mind he is an Olympus employee. Still impressive stuff though.

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76 15/09/2015 - 9:45 AM
By Metalhead
Day 25 January 2015: Seascapes

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138 26/01/2015 - 9:55 AM
By Kurt42
Filter systems.

Quote: is it really worth handing out the money for filters?

Good question. Here's one view

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14 17/01/2015 - 12:31 PM
By thewilliam
Christmas Prize Draw 2014 Winners
Didn't win (again) but congratulations to those who did and thanks to epz for the chance to win.

63 29/01/2015 - 2:50 PM
By tj
Yongnuo YN EF 50mm f/1.8 AF Lens ~ £40
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6 12/01/2015 - 6:59 PM
By CaptivePhotons
M4/3 must-have lenses
This could be interestingOly f1.8 fisheye

140 09/01/2015 - 6:04 PM
By CaptivePhotons
Day 09 January 2015: Water
Giving my new 16 stopper a workout.

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193 14/01/2015 - 6:30 PM
By photodll
iPod Alternative

Quote: Just to bring this to a close I decided on the Fiio X3, it knocks the iPod for six and listening to high resolution music has made me realise what I've been missing all these years with the crappy iPod.

Thanks for all your information on the various alternatives out there.

I trust you will now be changing your user name to fiiogod Tongue

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17 04/01/2015 - 7:03 PM
By CaptivePhotons
Just a little observation

Quote: squabbles are hardly a new thing on here Wink

I disagree.

6 04/01/2015 - 5:07 PM
By saltireblue
Advice Needed

Quote: [quote]Why did they insist on a full frame camera?

Presumably to sort the wheat from the chaff?!! - A ridiculous comment. How does having a full frame camera make one a better photographer than those who have crop sensors or M4/3 for instance?

no idea, they just did... Sounds to me that they don't know what they're talking about

31 10/01/2015 - 8:33 AM
By Projumper
Drone Photography
Photographer arrested for flying a drone, although he appeared to know more about the regs to fly the drone than the Police did. However, bear in mind this is just one side of the story.

10 10/01/2015 - 12:04 AM
By cuffit
Automated software
I bet they win a top prize in the draw too Tongue

2 29/12/2014 - 9:58 PM
By CaptivePhotons

Quote: I will be buying a Canon because of this

I had a high end canon once; it was crap, I couldn't get a decent photo out of it.

33 02/01/2015 - 9:58 PM
By stuwhitt
Ade raises his head above the wall!!!!
Best wishes for the new year Ade, fingers crossed the planned treatment will work for you.

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26 10/01/2015 - 7:52 PM
By andylea2
Trade in/part ex.

Quote: Has anyone used MPB to sell/part ex equipment? Do they give a fair deal?

I recently sold a fair amount of equipment. I contacted MPB and some other dealers who all gave me their quotes for the goods. MPB gave me the best price but I still thought I could make more so I advertised elsewhere I and also put the goods on eBay.

Most of it sold on eBay for more than MPB offered me, however when I deducted eBay and Paypal fees, there was very little in the end price between eBay sales and the MPB offer. Having said that I could also have been luckier with my sales or alternatively I could have lost out. I'm also very wary about selling high value goods on eBay due to the eBay dispute policies.

Ultimately it would have been less hassle to go through MPB with their pick up service and potentially forfeit a few quid.

The choice is yours!

8 27/12/2014 - 7:18 PM
By gingerdougie
Olympus M.Zuiko 40-150 f/2.8 PRO
The lens arrived yesterday and I had a couple of hours to play with it this morning. I think I'm going to like it.

It's a magical lens, so good I was even able to snap a shot of the elusive Father Christmas with it.

105 26/04/2015 - 10:25 AM
By CaptivePhotons
Olympus M.Zuiko 40-150 f/2.8 PRO

Quote: Did you have to split the order yourself or did you just get notified it was on its way?

Initially I split the order after the first email but then I received a second email informing me that the lens was now in stock and they could despatch it if I wanted. I had to call to confirm that I did and arrange a delivery date.

TC is still on back order.

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105 26/04/2015 - 10:25 AM
By CaptivePhotons
Olympus M.Zuiko 40-150 f/2.8 PRO
My lens is on the way but not the TC as far as I can tell.

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105 26/04/2015 - 10:25 AM
By CaptivePhotons
After a ring / LED flash.
I use this one from Meike. Cheap and cheerful.

These two were taken with it:

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9 07/12/2014 - 7:19 PM
By CaptivePhotons