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  1. 2 hours ago, Ed Rooney said:


    I tried downloading Nik again, but it didn't activate. As Doc said, DxO is working on their apps, and Nik should be available again soon. Or maybe "soon". Will it be free or what will DxO charge? Those things are unknown at the moment. 


    hdh, your views are always welcome. Personally, I think Adobe's price for CC is more than fair, and I'm not a techie and not interested learning a new workflow. 


    That's odd, I downloaded it & installed on Saturday with no problems - just gave them my e-mail address & they sent a link for the download. The collection appears to be exactly the same as the version google made available.


  2. 3 hours ago, losdemas said:

    All this talk of bygone times reminds me that I used to hear my relatives (oop north i.e. the north of England), on occasion talk of a 'dollar' in terms of local currency. I think they referred to it as being equivalent to about 8 shillings (40p today). I am guessing that it was because that was the accepted exchange rate for a us dollar at the time and that the exchange rate was fairly steady for a good period. 


    Does anyone else from the north of England (and of a certain age!) recall this? 


    In informal British usage I think a "dollar" was 5 shillings & "half a dollar" was two shillings & sixpence (a half-crown). Roughly the exchange rate during WWII.


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  3. 5 hours ago, Betty LaRue said:

    Nice to know about that head. Makes me feel good about it.  I couldn’t find the tripod in aluminum similar to the 055CXPRO3. I searched pretty hard but I’m not always the best at ferreting things out.

    Thank you, Martyn.



    It's on B&H here - https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1034139-REG/manfrotto_mt055xpro3_aluminum_tripod.html 

    The aluminium version is $264.88 as opposed to $449.00 for the CF. Appears to be identical in all other respects.


    Like to correct my earlier post - don't think the centre column can be reversed. However, definitely no problem setting it to the horizontal.


    Anyway, it's a decent set of legs but there are probably many more that would do the job just as well.
    But, I do think the hydrostatic head is exceptional.



  4. Betty,


    I have a Manfrotto 468MGRC2 Hydrostatic & it's by far the best ball head I've used. Very simple to adjust & rock solid. Have to admit that I have no experience with the really expensive ones from the likes of RRS, Arca, etc. but I find it difficult to understand how they could be significantly better.


    Have the head mounted on a Manfrotto 055CXPRO3 carbon fibre tripod, the centre column can be reversed or turned through 90 deg. for vertical shots. I believed an identical model is available with aluminium legs which brings the price down a bit. Tried a number of tripod combinations over the years but this is the best one I've found so far at a reasonable price. Might be worth a look.



  5. Hi,


    Can anyone help out with a name for this building? It was in London...




    The site is on the north bank of the Thames just down river from Cannon Street railway bridge (behind the Nomura Building on Upper Thames Street). The picture was taken in 2006 from the south bank & the site has been redeveloped since then. Simply captioning it "Building next to Cannon Street Station..." seems a bit feeble but I've tried all the obvious on-line sources & can't find any reference to it. 


    Any help would be much appreciated.


    Thanks - Martyn


  6. First "proper" camera - Olympus OM-1n with a 50mm 1.8 - for £169.95, a fair chunk of cash for a student back in 1979. Still have it.


    Owned all of the single digit OM cameras at one time or another, always my favourite 35mm system (Mamiya RB67 for medium format). Sold most of my darkroom kit but still have the stuff to develop B&W film if necessary.


    Here's an example from the OM-1, sold 4 times for more than the camera cost... not allowing for inflation :).




    Internal detail from the Neolithic Passage Grave at Dowth, brú na bóinne, Ireland. 


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  7. 4 hours ago, Martin Carlsson said:

    Also worth noting that there is a field for one's website address in everyone's profile, most I'm sure have a website or some sort of page to link to, where they also provide contact details. Make sure to fill it out.


    Are you sure about that? Just logged into my profile & couldn't see anywhere to enter a website address... ?





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