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IanF

Member since May 2007 • Last active Jul 2021
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    I’d go for Fuji if you liked the feel of the camera, but personally I use micro 4/3 for wildlife - an Olympus OMD-EM5 Mark 2. Slip a 17mm prime lens on it and it’s pocketable too. I use an adapter to fit a fuck off 400mm manual focus lens on it though, which I original bought for use with my Minolta gear - the resulting 800mm reach really brings stuff close.

  • in Miscellaneous and Meaningless
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    Thanks all. I’m up near the Strand anyway on Friday so might take the opportunity to pop into Alsal. Up for other options though too

  • in Miscellaneous and Meaningless
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    Advice needed on repairing a Speedy Reduced.

    I have epilepsy and had a seizure last week. Usually my watch survives unscathed. Not this time. Scratch to the headline Crystal, which I can live with. Unfortunately the bracelet clasp seems to have been twisted or similar and now when I try to close it, it springs straight back open.

    Ideally, I’d like the original bracelet repaired. Any ideas if that’s possible?

    If not, then I could look at replacing with another - NOS seem stupidly expensive. Any recommendations on other straps/bracelets available at 18mm?

  • in Forums
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    Some good advice here. Just thought I’d add that I suspect one really effective way to get politicians attention is to raise the potential for this to affect MumsNet and similar fora. That will really focus their minds.

    Also, find someone sensible in the House of Lords - the scrutiny chamber - who can and wants to challenge. I’ve no idea who that might be but a sensible cross-bencher or similar could have an impact

  • in Miscellaneous and Meaningless
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    Lots of Omegas out today. Wouldn’t want to be left out.

  • in Miscellaneous and Meaningless
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    Specific grid ref is TQ193731 if that’s any use

  • in Miscellaneous and Meaningless
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    Cheers. I bought it new around 1990 and worn most days since - until I bought my Planet Ocean back in December which now means I only wear the Speedy 1-2 days a week

  • in Photography
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    On digital, I rarely bother with ND grads now - the dynamic range of most sensor is so good you can just expose for the sky and pull up the shadows in post- processing. Only use polariser, IR filter (for B&W IR pics) and 6-stop ND for long exposures.

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    Two sides of the argument and both are equally valid.

    The key issue is the coating on the lens rather than the technology of the film. AST @tinakino said, try with and without. Personally, if I’m using old lenses I tend to do so without filters because I like how they perform, flaws and all. I confess I do use UV filters for protection on expensive modern digital lenses, even though I know I really don’t need to.

    For film, I do use square filter holders for landscape when I need ND grad to retain detail in the sky as well as exposing properly for the foreground. Especially if shooting slide film. Because I have them for that, I also have some strong ND filters for long exposure shots on film and digital. Not Cokin though, I use Formatt Hitech

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