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  1. Fixation? Maybe I am getting mixed up between servicing where I'm pretty sure they do a factory reset and sensor cleaning.
  2. If it was Nikon or authorised Nikon repairer, then this is standard practice for sensor cleaning. They set the camera back to factory defaults. It is usually up front in the terms and conditions so you know about it. At least you discovered it before going too far.
  3. A bit more background. I was never a fan of the Pogues I should say nor anything punk-related. The word Pogue is an anglicisation of the Irish word “póg” which means kiss. However, that is only half the story. They were originally called Póg mo Thón (Pogue Mahone) which is a well known and well used Irish expression meaning “kiss my arse”. The Wikipedia link above explains the context and meaning. It is very real life stuff, very powerful, not at all your typical Christmas mush.
  4. I think this is really worth repeating. Generalisations can be very misleading. Whatever the technology behind luminance noise control, different cameras have greatly different abilities, all else being equal. Post-processing skills are also very important (the assumption being raw images only). In addition, unless you upload high ISO images only in a single batch, it is not possible to say what is acceptable as it may not have even been seen in QC. A tip: I'm surprised nobody appears to have mentioned this but downsizing the image at the final stage to the minimum required by Ala
  5. Definitely the way to go. if you look closely at my avatar picture, I have the shades just on the top of the mask, enough to prevent steaming (unless I get into a heated political discussion 😎).
  6. Politics in this happy feel good thread. Ah who cares. They are not mutually exclusive. Actually is he jumping ship before the real chaos starts in the new year? They say he is the architect of the whole unmentionable thing that is about to happen. And they thought Covid-19 was bad. OK a day late but congratulations to Scotland on finally qualifying for the Euros.
  7. It is not the embarrassment that has ever bothered me as I am not American but what I find absolutely astonishing is how so many people accept completely blatant lies as truth or simply don’t care and that so many people actually still voted for him. I think there will be many more demonstrations over the coming months as his embarrassingly outrageous claims of voter fraud and refusal to concede gracefully result in many more scenes of mayhem on the streets of American cities. But it is so heartening that there is change afoot and hopefully Joe Biden will grace the unofficial title of
  8. I also read some bigwig tweeted that the poles were wrong. I am not sure how he knew that 😀. I voted for your picture actually. Incredible scene. I hope your lungs are ok.
  9. Covid-19 is a new disease - scientific fact based on very detailed genetic studies. This is not a matter of opinion. It is scientific fact. The willingness of people to believe in conspiracy theories and alternative facts is very worrying to those of us who seek truth. To say Covid—19 is anything but a very serious disease which humanity still has no weapons to combat is indeed stupid at best and dangerous at worst. Numerous unfortunate, ignorant people have died believing Covid-19 to be a hoax or not very serious. And it is not just about death. Long covid is a very real and debilit
  10. I used to think it was called novel coronavirus because it was new but I guess I was wrong. Perhaps it likes a good novel, maybe a nice fictional conspiracy theory to help it spread. Nothing like human gullibility for super spreading. I wonder why it is called Covid-19 though? Genetic evidence you say. Oh not more science. Who needs science at a time like this? I hear we are rounding the corner myself.
  11. More bandage than bandit I'm afraid Allan. 😀
  12. Give it a few weeks and then a few months. The times they are a-changin'.
  13. Perhaps that should be qualified as Pre-Covid Fatigue, a psychological state which is perfectly understandable but nothing too difficult to deal with really in comparison to Syn- or Post-Covid fatigue. The endless threat of some unknown potential horror with no end in sight tends to erode one’s sense of caution. That is natural. Covid-19 may even seem remote. But it only takes one episode of contact with an infected person to become infected. Even more insidious is the fact that a large proportion of infected people are entirely asymptomatic. Well Post-Covid fatigue is something
  14. Yes Edo. Liverpool has a special vibe about it. Special people the Liverpudlians - I have to say that - my gal is one. Yes I read about the mayor’s brother. Another tragedy that maybe could have been avoided. Where is that world-beating test and trace system when you need it? Enjoy that lens Edo.
  15. Gives a new meaning to 4000 holes in Blackburn Lancashire. That is not meant as a joke by the way. Covid-19 is serious stuff. As for buying kit, well why not?
  16. Dream job for someone. Beware the link, it will lead you to the Guardian 😎
  17. I'm thinking Crocodile Dundee now - call that a knife? 😎 OK I am not an expert on types of knives but anything that gives a bit of leverage, is strong enough not to bend and to be able to pop the jar but slim enough to fit just between the lid and the glass. .
  18. Edo - by far the easiest way to get a lid off a jam jar is to pop it gently with a dessert spoon and then it should twist off with no effort. Knives, forks and teaspoons don't give enough leverage but a dessert spoon is perfect for the job. My wife taught me this one.
  19. Yeah maybe I am misunderstanding how it works as I tend to think of colour wheels as a primary colour grading tool for video similar to what you can do with the Basic panel in combo maybe with Curves but less powerful whereas it is being presented as an advanced split toner. I only tend to use toning for monochrome images. Anyway it's very interesting and i am looking forward to it being implemented. Thanks for posting. EDIT: I am used to the colour wheels in Final Cut Pro X which may be different from the Adobe Premier version.
  20. It is interesting alright. Colour wheels are another way of manipulating images. They don’t do anything new or different from what you can do in Lightroom already but offer an alternative approach to reaching the same destination. I only came across them when I started editing video this year in Final Cut Pro and I tend to use them first when starting on a new video edit before maybe doing more refined curve edits. I am not sure if I will make a lot of use of them in Lightroom for my images but I think it is a good move. I would like to see more integration of the video and stills editing tool
  21. And the sunsets are not too bad either - Dursey, Beara Peninsula, West Cork Fuerteventura semi-desert landscape Gran Canaria sand dune
  22. I agree about the camera copying being a lot better than the LS4000. I just got the scanner fixed (it was not expensive) to see how it would compare and it is not really in the same league as my copying setup (D810, Tamron 90 and ES-1 adapter with extension tube between lens and ES-1). Dynamic range is really important with slide copying and the camera is far better at holding detail in the highlights and shadows, moreover because I can shoot raw which also gives much better white balance. It is also much faster as you say. I will use scanner for a while for testing but might eventually sell i
  23. I think a lot of people nowadays have a reasonable idea what MP means (not talking about British politicians - that is far more complex) as a lot of or even most people are coming to photography through phones and camera quality on phones is a high priority selling point. And a lot probably know that bigger MP does not necessarily mean better quality. As for the second bit, it could be true but I think it is more likely that Alamy know that someone on the forum will answer the question. I don't bother any more. I just came in here to correct some factual errors as things got more
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