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Zeiss Milvus and more

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There are several different formats of art I appreciate – watercolours, print and very much photography. Of the three, it is photography that is a continuous draw.

So yes, I have made the migration to digital, though trying to hang onto to Black+White on film, but this issue is time.

After many years using the Nikon D600 there are a couple of features on the higher end cameras that I would like – wifi interconnectivity and more focus points – that I had no anticipated when I bought the Nikon.

In this journey, I have settle on the Zeiss (prime) Lens as I want the precise manual focus control, but really like the transition from sharp to soft. And of recent, I completed my collection with the purchase of the Milvus.

So a sampling of my images of recent and some old, illustrating what I like to do with my “seeing”. In all cases, I have cropped and reduce the image to 700pixels, but otherwise no other photo-editing.

For those images not in my backyard, I have identify the location.

The Milvus 50mm Macro

From Yesterday, a tree frog on the sheets last night. Here, I keep the depth of field short to put emphasis on the eyes.

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and earlier, showing a sharp image across the sensor, and ability to hold a strong edge.

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and continuing with black and white and using what the camera and lens can do

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and from my initial experiments showing the blend from sharp to soft. The fancy term is describe this is bokeh.  You need to pick which you prefer.  Judy uses the third image as her background on here computer.

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and my background?

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Zeiss Distagon 25mm

Then there is my 25mm Zeiss lens. In the world of  high end lens, this lens does not get a lot of love, but I picked for its strength of great wide close-in images, which I did in the following pictures.

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Of course, India

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Hamburg, Germany

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stockholm 8 DWW_1421

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Gamla Stan, Stockholm

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South Coast, Ireland

And returning home, the Zeiss Distagon is not a slouch for landscape

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But when I look for grand landscapes, I look for wider, so my new acquisition

Zeiss Milvus 18mm

Between storms 3 days ago, which I need to transform to Black & White.

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iPhone 6

and then there is the iPhone, which I also maintain is a good landscape camera

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St Malo, France

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South Coast (Copper Coast), Ireland

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2018/07/29 at 20:09

Marketing and Reliability

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Wow, which would you believe?

  • Traditional Philips Tungsten Longlife Bulb that will provide only 1 1/2 years life
  • The Philips LED light for 10 years.

philips reliability

Sadly, I still have bulbs – tungsten – in use after 13 years in our house, but I have yet to see a LED or Compact Fluorescent last 3 years. Sadly, the current generation seem to fail sooner too.

There are many Youtube clips identifying why LED bulbs fail early (as they race to be cheap). Myself, I rather buy a more expensive bulb that will last me of 10 years of use.

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2018/07/29 at 02:05

NO to iTunes

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So on my last venture, I decided to confirm how many of my purchased songs cannot be played when I am not on the network – 60+%.

Nearly 2/3 of my purchases are not available on my travels – whether in a plane or remote locations through-out the world.

itunes pain

wow!

what a waste, and so the lesson with these arbitrary digital leasing rights from Apple and the publishers ….

.. NO to Apple iTunes

and buy the Media and own the song for you life – whether you are at home, in a place or in the desert is the Middle East.

Yesterday, I bought a CD from Stockholm’s First Aid Kit.

first aid kit

so, I continue to be a consumer of music, but I want to listen to the music on my terms.

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2018/07/29 at 01:51

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Home Hardware ~ shrinkflation

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In the 80s, when Judy and I lived in the Annex (Toronto), we used the Home Hardware store on Bloor. It was small and amazing what they had in there. The tools we bought then are still in use today, as quality tools.

But with time, as Home Hardware chased the Walmart model of “rollback the price”, we have seen and experience rollback the quality. Though this is a trend that we all have seen appliances, et cetera, it is a trend I try not to get sucked into.  So, we learnt to not buy tape, hand-tools and now screws at Home Hardware, and hence, we infrequently go there.

I keep a stock of Robertson #8 and #10 Wood Screws at hand in bins (from 3/4″ to 3″), and buy in bulk (100+). Here are two screws bought at Home Hardware recently (on the left) and a decade ago (on the right).

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The two threads on the recent screws – what is important to hold your work together – are poorly formed, misshapen and the second thread is nearly non-existent. Seriously, is this any better than a spiral nail?

Oh yes, it is smaller and with less metal. If you put it on a fine scale, you will find the new “wood” screw is 12% lighter (less – shrinkflation)!

So, a cautionary tale – beware of companies passing on poor materials, as they chase Walmart – versus differentiating themselves as a supplier of good materials.
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2018/06/02 at 21:11

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Albums please

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Okay, I earlier announced my migration from iTunes to albums given the complexity-inconsistency of the application of digital-rights as time moves on. In the past week, I have found another reason – I like listening to albums, as I walk-run.

So I finally getting back to a balance life and getting to spend time doing some long-distance walk with limited running.  My cardio is hanging in, but my leg muscles need some work. So after my 7th consecutive day, I am finding I prefer to take my 60+ minutes pushing my body listening to an album that is well-strung together, such as

  • Chris de Burgh – Spanish Train or Crusader
  • Alan Parson Project – Eve, I Robot

I still think (suspect) great albums are being made, but as the focus has shifted to tunes, I am not sure the same focus is on a theme for many album, but a collection of pop songs.

So I need to rethink-return to Album listening and build a new library, that appreciates well crafted albums.

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Todays’ work-out in Johannesburg.

Oh yes, I really enjoy listening to many classical pieces, especially some of the more modern interpretative work – think Quiet City by Aaron Copland – but it is not music for me to walk-run hard to.

Same for Oscar Peterson, enjoying listening to it, but not when pushing myself.

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2018/04/24 at 23:15

Buy CDs > my disenchanted with music downloads

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 After several years, actually more than a decade, of using iTunes, I have returned to return to buying CDs, and ignore the iTunes store as if it does not exist. Fortunately for classical music, Arkiv Music remains.

For popular music, I will rely upon second-hand stores or buy direct from the artist.

Hint, I recommend Danny Michel’s Khlebnikov.

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With 400+ CDs, and playlists that span hours, I am not looking to buy *much* more music, as such I am far from making a dent in lost revenue.

So what are my experiences that has me walked away? The changing digital rights and application policies, were any playlist or music that I select may or may not be available, when I am in a plane or out in the plains of Africa. The model is US centric, assumes we all have access to high speed internet and will use the same device for 5 decades.  Heck – I am near a major high-tech center and I am thank you when the medium speed internet is up and Apple only supports their devices for 3-4 years.

It can be what I downloaded ten years ago is no longer transferrable, as I exceed the limited number of transfer rights, after replacing yet another cell-phone.  So yes, I have now had to buy the song twice. This was compounded by the having change my email address, as my mail server from ten years is no longer online.  So yes, I have had to buy songs twice.

Or sometimes it just does not play, and then for some unknown reason later it will! (I have s3 Erik Satie piano pieces that are available less than 1/2 time I want to hear them, so there is a useless 3$ investment).  So why is it available less than 1/2 time I am want to hear it?  Does it re-authenticate my rights? Is it dependent on my last check is within a time period, or I must have an active connection and be logged into Apple. I do not know and I do not want to spend my time trying to debug the limits being imposed.

In short, I will buy the music – on media, so I can listen to it, without the hassle imposed by any company. I am not wanting to sell it, or give it away, I just want to be able to listen to it, for my interest, when I want to.

Goodbye iTunes and goodbye digital new right policies, as this experiment is dead.

Hallelujah!

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I will continue with PodCasts, which have not impose the restrictions.

I will continue using my small iPod, so I can listen to the radio, podcasts or music when I fishing, in a plane or relaxing after a journey.

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2018/04/04 at 23:38

Judy’s Lutra Laker

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First, this is not an easy boat to build from plans, if you never built a boat. You have to learn how to interpret plans into a 3D shape, build forms, et cetera.  Yes, there are instructions and a video, but some experience is strongly recommended.

Now, this is not my boat, but my wife’s – Judy. She built it and I supported her, but I am the “blogger in the family”, but she is the Captain!

As you can see in the video, it is on the water, after several months (built across 2 summers) it is running. There are finishing touches to be made, but it sea-worthy.

My summary is it an excellent boat for inland waters, and better than any production boat in its class.  So the points:

  • Wood, it rides well and carves through the water (fun).
  • It is stable, I am very comfortable and standing on the front desk and casting.
  • Lots of space for the day.
  • It runs 20 knots + on 10hp, so it does not eat fuel.

So we been taking it out on local water, before I begin my fall travel period (I leave Saturday).

Changes and suggestions:

  • Judy’s change to a low profile hatch was perfect.
  • Gas tank will be staying to the back, as Judy (the Captain) likes when I sit low on the floor and place my legs under the front deck. For me, it feels sporty, and she gets a clear view and the ride is smoother for those long runs.  Now we need to create a little seat.
  • Looking to add a trolling motor, and the transom could have been wider OR the top of the side wells flat to hold the motor.
  • Transom could be 5cm taller for better propeller placement.

Maybe before the season is over, I will get some detail images up.

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2017/09/20 at 06:08