I’m sure you know this scenario by heart; you’re working on a project for school, or maybe playing a game you’re getting close to beating, and just as you’re about to finish – blackness. You hear the whir of your computer’s fan slow, the power dying down and the monitor screen going straight to black. It’s a terrible experience, isn’t it? While it used to be worse before autosave became a thing, it just goes to show that technology has no respect for its users. With the help of a computer repair for Calgary, I am at least able to save my machines from complete doom. Read more →
When I first started lifting weights a few years ago, it was just too painful to continue past the first few days. I didn’t have a good trainer, and my muscles were overtaxed. I never thought I would try again, but I decided to give it another shot when I decided to get in better shape last year. I liked the new trainer at the gym I started going back to, and I talked with him about my concerns with lifting. The first thing he told me was that I would need a supplement like test-o-boost.
The last trainer I had did not tell me anything like that. He just put me on the weight machines and had me go to town on them. Read more →
Recently, my company has been expanding our business into the Quebec region, and that has brought some specific logistical challenges. Specifically, we are having trouble with the increased prevalence of French Canadian being spoken in the area, and it seems that we are in need of a translation service for translation to english from french canadian for a number of documents and other materials that are pertinent to our business operations.
We are currently missing out on a lot of potential business, by not offering our materials in both languages. It was not a problem in the past, before the company started to expand, because originally, it was located in an area where only a very small segment of the population spoke the French Canadian dialect. However, that is not the case anymore, and we are going to need to adapt to maximize our profits and sales.
Frankly, I don’t know how this problem was not considered in the past. We planned expansion into Quebec for a few months, before opening up a branch in the area. Read more →
I am in the marketing department for the company that I work for, and I guess that I have been assigned social media tasks for now. I kind of like having to do research into social media platforms, because it is a new and emerging field. It is very interesting, to be sure. Anyway, right now I have decided that I am going to look for a place to buy instagram followers for cheap, because my current project involves trying to figure out how to create a popular account on Instagram.
We have recognized that Instagram provides unique opportunities for our company, and it might actually be the best social media platform to pursue for marketing purposes. Read more →
More and more it is becoming common to see individuals who are struggling with depression and anxiety. Many individuals have turned to prescription drugs as a way to alleviate some of the stress that they feel. One of the more popular prescription drugs for anxiety and depression is Xanax. Some people are looking to purchase this prescription drug online, but they do not know where to get xanax online. Thankfully, there are many sites and resources that these individuals can turn to in order to find legal ways to purchase this prescription drug.
There are a lot of things in society that are increasing the amount of anxiety that people feel, especially when they are in large crowds. Read more →
My wife and I put in our application to get a condo at the sant ritz in Singapore. We wanted simple elegant living surrounded by natural areas and shopping opportunities. Singapore is almost entirely urbanized, and you want a place that has trees and nature parks to get away from just looking at commercial buildings and skylines. We like our island nation quite a bit, but we also want to preserve areas that are peaceful and relaxing.
We were not the type to want to be several floors up and swimming in a rooftop swimming pool surrounded by trees and grass. We like our trees, pools and grass at ground level. This made Sant Ritz even more appealing when we wanted to move into a new condo. The building is modern with an urban retro flair. We like the big balconies and elegance of the design of the building. Every condo has a new washer and dryer. Read more →
A number Incredible f Snapshots
Some but not much. This isn’t a bag for transporting your gear long distances (although I’ve taken it all around the world and never had any issues). It’s a bag for shooting from. The bottom is padded but the sides are just canvas. In the top left photo you can see the one insert the bag comes with; it attaches to velcro on the 2 sewn in pieces of canvas that make the side compartments. The canvas actually does a good job to protect the camera. Better than I thought it would. I cannot feel the lenses or camera bounce against me as I carry the bag.
This is a very easy to use, comfortable bag. The canvas material wears well and the whole bag molds to your hip. It looks much smaller than my Crumpler 6 million dollar home but holds more. The strap has rubber woven in to provide a nice grip that won’t move around. Loaded with 3 lenses and an FX body it got a bit heavy but I rarely take my 70-300mm with me. With just the D700, 16-35mm, and 50mm it feels perfect.
It still looks like a camera bag to me; but less so than a Lowepro or even a Crumpler do. I like the green color but you can also get it in a traditional black. It molds to your hip so it looks smaller than what it’s capable of holding.
The side pockets would be great for holding a flash. I use one to hold a rocket blower at the moment. The canvas pieces in the main compartment aren’t sewn to the bottom so they can collapse like in the lower left photo. My only wish is that the velcro came with a "muter" that some newer bags often have and that they used a plastic clip instead of a clumsy metal one that is difficult to use with one hand.
Update: This bag made it through MOMA without a docent asking me to leave it at the coat check. The Crumpler 6 million dollar home, also a great bag, always needed be to checked.
Hover over the photo to see notes on what each piece of gear is to get an idea of how much it holds in different configurations
70s Nikons: Nikomat with 50mm f/1.4 lens
Image by Chris Devers
These cameras belonged to my parents before I was born, when my dad was stationed in the army in Germany. There, they bought the Nikkormat (all manual) and the slightly newer Nikomat (auto-shutter, manual aperture). By the time I was given the cameras to learn on in the late 90s, they were around 35 years old.
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Really, this is all the controls any camera ever needs. Right? Right.
If you want to make some or all of this automatic, fine, but at least make the fundamental controls — shutter release, aperture (f/stop), exposure time (in 1/n second notation), and ISO sensitivity — super prominent and easy to manipulate.
The D50 doesn’t really get this right, but then most of the cameras I’ve played with don’t either. It’s not too bad to hold for one of these settings — set the dial to "M" (full-manual), "A" (lock aperture), "S" (lock shutter speed), or "P" (err, I’ve never fully grasped this one, seems to let you manipulate the focus locking I think), then spin a dial to select the aperture or shutter you want.
But I find the D50′s full manual mode too fiddly to bother with, so I never use it. And the canned program modes — "portrait", "landscape", "kids", "sports", "plants/macro" — seem too gimmicky. If you know what adjusting the fundamental controls will do, and really it’s not that complicated, then it’s easy enough to do it manually, provided that the controls are easy to manipulate.
I guess that’s what I miss: the tactile feedback of these controls. Rather than having to look at an LED panel on top while spinning a thumbwheel, you can keep your eye through the viewfinder while adjusting rings right on the lens barrel to access the controls. On this one, the only viewfinder feedback you’d get would be a simple "over/under exposed" level on the side, along with a focus ring in the middle; with the Nikkormat it would display the aperture (and I think exposure time) as well, which is even better.
Short version: mechanical rings good, software controls & too many options bad.
All that said, I can’t see ever shooting film again, so as nice as these were, I think they have a permanent place gathering dust in the closet now. Poor things.
Olympus E-3 with a Zuiko 90-250mm f/2.8 and EC-20 2x Teleconverter
Image by Bryce Bradford
That is a Canon 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 L in the background about 2 feet from the E-3.