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  1. On my recent holiday to Cape Town I took an iPad Pro 11” instead of my laptop and using a dock connected to an external HDD I was able to transfer all my images from my SD cards to the HDD. The only downside to this is that when you are doing a Card dump you don’t see any progress indicators like you do in MacOS, so it can be a little bit tricky to manage. I did do some editing on the fly with Lightroom for iPad but I realised soon that without a good internet connection you’re not going to get too far. The first Airbnb we stayed in had no internet at all (a small factor I had not taken note of when booking the place), so I wasn’t about to burn out all my mobile data on this importing process. When we moved to the second place we had fibre but it was restricted to a very slow 1Mbps upload and 10 Mbps download, so when I was trying to upload it would affect the bitrate of the streaming to Netflix, so I stopped it. I have to look at this whole process again and will write an article about my experiences for FZ.
  2. That's a pretty nice shot, Akira.
  3. Well, if you got a mirrorless body like the Sony A7iii or Canon R you could still use it, albeit without AF. Maybe Metabones have one of those smart adapters for Nikon that also drives AF the same way they do between Sony and Canon? I haven't looked into that myself.
  4. Here's a question on this theme; if you are presented with an opportunity to buy a lens that you really like (2nd hand of course) and the seller doesn't have the box, do you haggle on price or would you just get it anyway? I know when I bought my Olympus 12-100/4.0 it didn't come with the box as it was part of the E-M1 Mk ii kit which the seller sold separately. I did make a slightly lower offer and that was accepted.
  5. This guy is relatively calm compared to many of the channel presenters I have encountered over the years, including some from other parts of the world. Normally I just turn them off immediately, but this explanation of the origin of the format name I had not heard before, so I let it run. A lot of the "Youtuber" crowd are appealing to younger audiences, so I guess they think that if they come across with this hip and happening, my-life-is-so-interesting approach, they will get more views and hence be able to charge sponsors more. What's especially sad though is when middle-aged men do the same thing (like a certain other MFT user who I won't name).
  6. So organised! I’m glad I didn’t post an image of my storage areas... 😯
  7. Thanks Dave. It is very difficult to compete with the big sites in terms of value offering, I agree. But, I have to at least try to make it worthwhile and so that’s why the small subscription just helps me to monitor site interest. For 2020 my priority is to keep the site moving forward with new features that Invision are developing which can be useful to our membership. I am trying to improve the storage by incorporating Amazon S3 Here, but my word, that is a complicated process! If I do succeed in getting it right I will be able to offer the kind of storage scale that other bigger sites do. I’m working on it. Of course I would love to hear ideas from other members on how to improve FZ and what is important to you.
  8. It’s a bit old now, but still a good insight into the system.
  9. I don't have many lens boxes, but I do keep all the boxes of everything I buy. They live at the top of cupboards in the bedrooms. Somehow I have boxes for things I don't recall owning...
  10. Not too many. Basically just the 2 Apple MTP's and keyboards and they are on different sides of the room. I do have BT turned on with my phone but that only sees activity when I am in the car.
  11. Thank you, Aguinaldo for your continued support and great photos!
  12. I have laboured during 2019 to bring you a good site that runs properly and on software that makes the user experience easy on just about any device. Unfortunately that software comes at a price of around $210 each year, split into 2 payments. This excludes the cost of hosting Fotozones, which runs considerably higher than that. I pay for these costs out of my own pocket along with the help from a few members who have opted to assist me by taking up a monthly subscription of $2,95. I don't want any advertising or affiliate programs on Fotozones and the only commercial activity I engage in is the promotion of my safaris, which ultimately pay the bills here. The invoice for the license refresh for the next 6 months has been issued and I will pay this shortly, but I would like to appeal to the members of the site to consider either joining the small group of subscribing members, or consider assisting Fotozones with an ad hoc donation to help with the overhead. I have also just introduced an annual subscription option of $25, which is a saving over the monthly option, but commits you to just one payment a year. You will get all the benefits of the monthly subscription and can decide to renew or not at the end of the year. I do hope that you will be able to assist on either basis and I look forward to bringing you a great photographer's community going forward.
  13. Dallas


    An enjoyable series. Reminds me that I still have to process the photos from my recent holiday...
  14. After reading your comment I thought, what about shooting the ferris wheel through the bike wheel?
  15. I think that interference is definitely a problem, but the thing is I have been using BT peripherals on my Macs pretty much since they were first introduced and have never had an issue like this one. My assumption with this most recent issue is that the signal from the new MTP isn’t quite as strong as the older devices and is probably therefore more susceptible to these interference issues.
  16. I came very close to taking the MTP back a couple of days ago. The movements had become really erratic and trying to control the cursor was very difficult. I did some digging and apparently there have been quite a few people with similar complaints since this device came out, none of which were addressed satisfactorily by Apple. Most of the people complaining about the erratic tracking said that the problem went away when they used the MTP with the cable plugged in. I tried this and it was true for me too. Then I started to think that it could only be caused by radio interference. Maybe the BT signal wasn't strong enough to penetrate the thick door my MacBook was living under, so I brought the old machine up from under the desk and now it is working 100%.
  17. Dallas

    Amazing Sunrise

    I had to get up pretty early for a shoot this morning. Fortunately I was blessed with an amazing sunrise as a reward. BTW, this was handheld, shot at 400 ISO on the Olympus E-M1 with the 12-40/2.8 PRO. Shutter speed was 1/13 second. Dragging myself back across the road to the location of the shoot, I couldn't help getting yet another shot. this one I turned down the ISO to 200 and by this time the shutter speed was up to 1/100. Apologies if you couldn't see the original image. I had uploaded to Flickr and forgotten to adjust the permissions there. Have uploaded here now.
  18. About $600 in local currency, Dave. You'll probably pick them up cheaper used in the US.
  19. We were walking in the Cape Town CBD and went past this place. I haven't seen one in a long, long time. Still working!
  20. We're all friends here now that most of the lunatic fringe has departed! Personally I need to think about getting a PC because most of the time I am supporting clients who use them and when they ask me to help them set up their private domain based emails on Outlook I am grasping at straws. That said, the reason I stick with Apple is purely because of the OS. If I could build a Hackintosh I certainly would. Come to think of it, with the amount of money Apple has gotten out of me this year I could probably have built a serious one. iPad Pro, Apple TV4k, iPhone 7P128 (for the wife), Apple Pencil, Brydge keyboard, Magic Trackpad... Hmmmm...a Hackintosh could be a cool project for the upcoming holiday season....
  21. After watching several hours of reviews of the Sony A7ii and its relevance in 2019 (it is 5 years old already), I am slowly drawing myself back to my senses and thinking about adding other things to my system that would make more sense at all levels. The problem with that camera is 2 fold. Firstly, while the cost new including the 28-70 kit lens and a current Sony 10% cash back deal is attractive, I would have to buy at least 2 additional batteries and an external charger, because for some inane reason Sony only supply a cable to charge the battery inside the camera. So while it's charging you can't be using it. The other issue is that the 28-70 lens isn't going to offer me much in terms of what I can do, so I'd have to put down the money for a Canon 17-40/4.0 and one of the smart adapters too. That kind of puts it into a "not so pretty" financial impact area for me. I might as well then rather spend the money on other things, like a new computer, or a proper NAS backup storage solution. I will at some point migrate to Sony/Canon mirrorless by adding a body and lens that makes sense for my work as well as doesn't leave a gaping hole in the financials. But I think I will still be selling these lenses...
  22. ...then a Sony A7ii will enter my life. I can't help myself. Boredom has set in! I haven't used any of these items this year. Except maybe for the 75/1.8, but since I am no longer going to be doing any event work, that lens is superfluous.
  23. I have been contemplating upgrading my old iMac's HDD to SSD, but opening that thing up is way beyond my pay grade. The cost of a new iMac though makes my eyes water, so the 2012 model will continue to do service for now. Or until I win the lottery.
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