Robert M Estall

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  1. Ikea LADDA batteries

    I'll have to check that out. These newish LED torches seem to last such a long time on a set of batteries! I've got a few of the older older torches and I'm tempted to ditch them just because they suck the juice out of a set of batteries to quickly.
  2. Ikea LADDA batteries

    It's amazing how many brands and models within brands are out there. Many are likely to just be re-branding of the same product as was the point of this thread. Basically, the rechargeable put out 1.2 volts and the disposable put out 1.5 volts It makes a difference to some types of equipment, to some it is critical. The only flash to address this to my recollection was the hammerhead from Metz used so often by the press which had a space for a fifth cell to bring the combined voltage back up to 6 volts. The actual voltage differs a little from those figures as does the amperage. Domestic things like torches (flashlights to N.Americans) are pretty tolerant and will run happily on cells which our digital gear reckon is knackered. At least ruptured/leaking cells is pretty infrequent these days, but I still worry about things like that spare emergency torch in the glove-box being a mess when the time finally comes and I haven't checked it often enough. Thankfully, our digital cameras almost exclusively have batteries specific to our models and keep going. The unit in my Pentax K-5 is several years old and seems pretty well as strong as it ever was. I'm not tempted to buy a generic alternative.
  3. Ikea LADDA batteries

    I don't think I would make the hour+ drive to Ikea just for batteries, not even if a plateful of meatballs was offered as an incentive. I have to admit they have made at least one improvement: they do show you short-cuts rather than attempting to capture you for the day. The one in Neasdon used to make it almost impossible to find the way out, with their stairs to the lower level well hidden. Once I was just there on a recky and exited by running down the up escalator next to the kiddy play area. I'm surprised I wasn't pounced on by yellow shirted heavies! but credit where credit is due: I wouldn't buy a bed anywhere else
  4. Ikea LADDA batteries

    I liked the idea of the Eneloop, they do keep their charge well, but are useless in my wife's little Canon SureShot which she uses to great effect for photographing her paintings. Freshly recharged AAs are refused after just a few shots or sometimes they are recognised as needing changing immediately. The only ones which work are the non-rechargeable Energiser Lithium which we buy from Battery Station in the UK. They are a premium price but they do work. There is a high street electronics supplier who I had better not name who sell a slightly cheaper disposable Lithium pack, but we have found them not very reliable. The Ikea AA alkaline cells are a bargain and Jane picks some up when she visits that dreaded shop (but each to their own), but I prefer to buy packs of industrial Duracells which work out a little more but are delivered in bulk with little or no delivery charges. I dislike the practice of disposable batteries but do take care not to let them make their way into our black bins (non-recyclable). We only use the expensive Lithium batteries for the digital camera which has such a high demand; in fact the LED continuous lights specifically advise against them suggesting possible overheating might be an issue Buy a Battery looks a little cheaper for the packs but a little more for shipping, as ever, you have to do your sums if you want the absolute best buy
  5. A stitch in time

    buy 2 and rotate them!
  6. Drones .......and changes to the law

    41 pages! Good Grief. No, I think I'll stick to the long pole plan
  7. Hi From Upstate NY

    Kodak aint what it once was, pity! I was a student at RIT for a spell but I decided it was mostly technical which isn't surprising. At least they taught me how to do dye transfer printing. I never did any of that kind of printing since, but it was a brilliant way to come to understand how colours and emulsions worked. Good luck building up a collection at Alamy. I have a soft spot for Upper New York state but it's not what first come to mind when you are thinking of what America is supposed to look like. Best in autumn, long cold winters and lots of snow.
  8. This may alter what you photograph

    I'm rather fond of Malta and have made quite a few trips there. Rental cars even from the bigger names were hung together with wire but you weren't going to go far. As for the rules and regulations, they were often pure comedy, it seems they still are! Only a couple of years ago Malta had its six month stint at the helm of the EU, it was not reckoned to be a great success.
  9. This may alter what you photograph

    The moment I encounter the phrase DATA PROTECTION or DATA PROTECTION ACT, my brain snaps shut and the fluids in my tubes freezes to icy sludge. I am therefore unable to proceed.
  10. Photography on NHS property

    Jansos, your collection seems to include rather a lot of signage so I'm surprised you haven't worked out a strategy for this kind of objection. Surely it comes up regularly? Personally, my blood would hit boiling point sharpish at any attempt to block anything to do with Carillion. Do you ever get challenged by any jobsworths while shooting? Outside of a few areas of London, walking along normally accessed foot paths you should be OK
  11. summarize what sells in 25 words or less

    one of the golden rules in stock photography is "shoot people walking towards the camera, not away" but there are exceptions!
  12. Borders

    I once had a QC fail after uploading a shot where I had corrected perspective on an architectural shot. It's quite easy to leave just a little black edge on one or two corners. Not strictly a border but enough for a fail. So I'm extra careful if correcting perspectives or levelling horizons
  13. Being media experienced you would have thought she had some basic grasp on Copyright, but the idea of owning copyright in your own persona might seem reasonable to many. Wrong of course! Similarly most people who own an original work of art would assume they own all aspects of it including copyright. Again, wrong but an understandable mistake. I once did a long commission seeking out and photographing Victorian architectural details such as tiling, letterboxes and coal chute covers. Got a whole lot of hassle and didn't find giving lessons on copyright constructive.
  14. Title

    That has long been a problem with titles.You can easily adjust most things, but not the title, so either be very brief or take greater care. Of course, Beachy Head is in East Sussex, but you would be surprised how many mistakes visiting photographers make getting our counties wrong. You can either re-submit with correct details and delete the mistaken one which will take about six months, or, as you are new, ask Contributor Services to correct it this one time. On the other hand, there are sooooooo many shots of Beachy Head on Alamy that I would not lose a lot of sleep over it
  15. Advice Needed Please! Would You Add RAM to an Old iMac?

    I had a check on current RAM prices and they seem to have crept up again. They used to be ruinously expensive ten years ago but came down to really cheap five years ago. But they are still the cheapest way to get more grunt out of your computer. We have heard much of Apple upgrades deliberately slowing down iphones a few years old citing twaddle about allowing aging batteries to continue to run the devices; I have to wonder if the same thing might be happening to older Macs users who are pretty well forced to upgrade their operating system under cover of security concerns and browser function ability.