Results tagged “Cameras” from Kazza the Blank One
Had a fairly quiet weekend.
Went out to the club on Friday night. Attempted to go to bed early but it was still nearly 11pm by the time we turned lights out.
Spent Saturday morning doing crafty stuff. Then a bit of socialising. In bed by 8:15pm.
Came home after breakfast this morning.
Had quite a productive afternoon. Did some crafty stuff, vacuumed half the house, moved a desk into the "winter" hobby room, cleaned the kitchen somewhat.
Cooked a nice chicken roast with three cheese and bacon stuffing. Yumm!
Then we watched Prisoner of Azkaban.
But I got hit with Sunday night depression/anxiety. Hate hate hate Sunday nights.
I still haven't decided which lens to get. I tried out work's 24-105 during the week. While it's nice I really don't think it's *that* much better than my 18-135, which I much prefer the range on, especially for travelling. I used the full zoom on that *all the time*, so to lose 20mm would suck. Also, it's half the price of the L-series. And the L-series weighs a fricken tonne (ok 670g vs 480g). I've been stuck with this indecision for months. But now I'm really running out of time to do something about it :(
During our Turkey trip, I started having focussing issues with my camera (actually dad's camera, but my old lens). Especially in low light, and mostly at full wide angle. I had a quite a few failures, and it was most frustrating in the basilica cistern to get any photos that would work. If I persisted and changed the focal length it'd usually come good. But quite disappointing.
When I got back I didn't use it all that much, as I mostly use my phone for photos. But I took it to the poultry show and it was having even more issues. A week later and it was pretty much dead, completely unable to focus. Even in bright light, it would just chug the motor back and forth and simply not focus at all.
I tried taking off the UV shield to have a look, but it was wedged on pretty good - one side had jumped a thread by the look of it. I think it might have happened in Turkey when I was taking photos out the bus window. We went over a pretty decent bump and the camera got shoved nose first into the window. I think that might have been what damaged it.
I've seen youtube videos of people pulling apart the lenses to replace the auto focus flex cable, but it might not even be that. There's definitely something loose in there though, as it rattles a little when I tip it upside down and back.
So it's all very sad. Can't decide what to do - either get it fixed, get a replacement, or go the L series 24-105 .. which has less range on it than my 18-135, which is why I've been reluctant to get it...
The next four are the far extreme - the macro lens, the 4+, the 2+ and the 1+, and zoomed to about 100mm equivalent. The depth of field here is about as shallow as you can get, and the camera had to be within a certain distance range or it just wouldn't focus at all. Again, just resized for comparison.
And here's a cropped version of a couple of them, actual pixel size...
Because of the distortion with all the additional lenses attached, I think I'd just use the "macro" and "4+" ones in combination if I was going to do general macro photography. You don't get a whole lot extra by adding the other two, and it does weigh the camera down somewhat.
Well that's what it looked like walking across the floor. Like something had gotten a few of its legs (and its head!)
Mine isn't quite a comparison because I didn't use a flash. No colour enhancement here.
Stu looked almost professional-like taking photos of the birds :)
And then we went to Nat and Andrew's where everyone started comparing the sizes of their .. lenses .. hehe
Yesterday was quite a busy day.
Went into town to spend lots of money on the Stubie. He got an Olympus E-420 digital SLR camera. He actually wanted an E-620, but that's not due out til April - after our Japan trip. He also got a couple of pairs of jeans and some underwear. Had lunch in the Canberra Centre - where I had a full roast pork meal for $8 - and it was very nom-worthy!. And then we tried to spend a DJs gift card we got for our wedding. Man that was hard work. Who knew spending money in DJs could be so hard. Unless you want to spend $300 of course :/
The rain yesterday was very cool, although we still need more of it! Hint! Hint!
(in the morning Mt Ainslie was gone, in the afternoon it was decorated with a rainbow)
For dinner we went down Northbourne Ave to find some places in the Entertainment Book to use our card for. The first place we went to (Zipp) claimed to be fully booked at 7:30pm, even though the place was only about 1/3 full. hrmmm. So went up to Breeze. The food was good enough and the service was quite good, however yet again, we came across an Entertainment Book restaurant that didn't give the deal specified in the book. We were supposed to get "buy one main course get one free", which would have been worth $28, however they only gave us a $17 discount. I wanted to say something, but Stu is more allergic to confrontation than I am, so we just gave no tip. Which made me feel a bit sorry for the dude cause he was actually pretty good. <mails the Entertainment Book people>
Then we toddled off to see The Reader (via dessert at Baskin and Robbins), and got home very late.
Today was a bit quieter. Got a bit of house tidying and Japan planning done. Did our food shopping.
And that was it really.
Less than two weeks to go! Wheeeee!!