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  1. Just spotted this after I posted about the same issue. It's just flat out refusing to progress past the verification.
  2. It seems they've added a new verification system...... that's not working! Just goes round and round and round asking the same questions but never logs you in! I swear down, if I have to click on another box with a sign or a vehicle I think I'll........ go for a pint :-) Edit Ok, it seems to be an issue logging in with Safari, Firefox works ok. Definitely some compatibility issues that need to be address by the web developing team.
  3. Most importantly to me is pride. I'm a good photographer, it's about the only thing in my life I am confident about, and I deserve to be paid more than a few pence. I refuse to give my hard work and talent away for peanuts. If you're ONLY in it for the money and don't care what you actually get paid per photo, maybe Microstock is better. One decent sale on Alamy could get you the same as 1000 on Microstock. I know which I'd prefer. Geoff. ?!? Err yeah, pride don't pay the bills At the end of the day, this is the day job and the first and most important thing to think about is whether it is paying it's way. I have 2 ports, one that is here and one that is there..... the here includes ones that are there but not the other way round. There makes me a lot more money than here. I'd need to earn over 6k p/m here to be close (excl distributor sales). Alamy is still worth it though, normally make a few hundred a month here but I look to sell the right work in the right shop so I can pay the bills, feed the family and keep a roof over my head. I'd strongly recommend keeping an open mind with regards to new technology, agencies and marketing techniques otherwise it's easy to be left behind. Of course, if you don't need the money or it's just some extra pocket money then fair enough. The music industry still sells cd's, mp3 files and vinyl, but that isn't the future. Subscription is where it's at and is taking off very quickly. If an artist or recording studio ignored this then it could prove costly. I'd imagine the cost per track on this business model will be a lot lower but, they'll be reaching many more people who wouldn't have listened to there material if it wasn't for the subscription model. I'd love it to still be all based on vinyl sales etc but while its making a bit of a comeback, it isn't where the big money is now and it will never return to it's peak. It's glory days are over and the world we live in now is changing a lot faster than it used to. Personally, I still buy some CDs but I listen to far more CD Hi-Def stuff via Tidal these days and found a load of bands I'd never been aware of before. With regards to the OP..... yeah, this month has started off poor
  4. I agree, however, in this instance I would only give my id to an acting police officer. I think the main issue of concern is that the initial person did not make it clear that they were not an "Official Police Officer". I know from past experience and being advised by the police afterwards that it is illegal to impersonate a police officer... or as in this case (and my experience) not make it clear they're not a police officer. It also turned out (the person who stopped me) didn't have the power to do that either. The police actually took the guys details so this could be brought to their attention..... as well as their superiors!.
  5. If you can get to the Metrocentre, the lads there will get one out of the box or untether one. I often go there as they'll order in stuff to let me try it before buying it. From memory, they have quite a few Sony camera's and lenses in store. Edit .... Might be an idea to say "Jessops" at the metrocentre
  6. The difference in IBIS between the A6300 and A7rii was noticeable and definitely a nice to have... but, is it worth paying more than double?!? (compared to A6500) I don't think so. Touch screen and bigger buffer are the other two main differences and the touch screen isn't the best implementation apparently. Even though I really do like IBIS, I'd struggle to justify that increase, the A6300 @ £700 looks like a bargain and it's a nice camera that has very good AF. Pop that EVF up to the 120 refresh rate and it looks stunning. Solid build to it, I don't think you could go far wrong with it.
  7. Thanks for the heads up.... yes, it's definitely up from last year! Very nice indeed
  8. One of the older 21.5's would be ideal (last ones before they stopped been up-gradable, i.e. not the really skinny ones). Easy to change memory and, not to hard to change hard drives. Just need a suction cup to remove the front glass. I've got one that I upgraded to 24gb and installed an SSD drive to replace the standard one and it is a fast machine for photography.... not enough for 4k video but more than enough for A7rii stills.
  9. Pre-ordered the EM1 mkii with the 12-100 to act as the speed option for a two camera setup. The A7rii is the hi res low light element. Looking forward to using for stills and footage!
  10. I'd imagine it will work just fine, it's just that you can't tweak the output. When using Advanced settings, it states D65 white balance is the recommended so easy mode will use that.... it will either use 120 cd/m2 brightness or, native brightness of the screen. In either event, you'll be able to alter this from the monitor itself. And.... most importantly, it will be better than not having it at all, it will colour balance your screen which is what you want
  11. That's interesting. Given that the ColorMunki display has access to the advanced mode, I wonder what the difference is between the X-Rite ColorMunki Display (£139 on Amazon) and the X-Rite i1 Display Pro (£199 on Amazon) is? The hardware looks very similar. Wex UK is cheaper, £119 for the ColorMunki Display.
  12. Just checked out the features of the Smile compared to their ColorMunki Display (which I have, just over £100). The main issue I noticed is the lack of advanced mode (with the software included). ColorMunki Smile offers Easy Mode only but ColorMunki Display gives Easy & Advanced. The advanced allows you to set the screen brightness & white point i.e. D55 or D65 etc. Advanced allows you to check for screen flare and gives you ambient light monitor as well. The main thing I like is having control over the brightness and colour point and also being able to tell it to colour match another monitor, handy when using a system with 2 or monitors. If you don't need or want the additional controls, I'd imagine easy mode in ColorMunki Smile will be the same as ColorMunki Display.
  13. Depends on your ISP speed and hard drive installed. 30 minutes or so for me, 200+mb download and SSD drive but it will vary drastically depending on network speed and hard drives installed. Incidentally, I've been running El Cap on my main Mac Pro and Sierra on my Macbook Pro and there've been no problems at all with Sierra.... Adobe CC, Capture One, Photo Mechanic, FCP X, Motion 5 etc etc.
  14. I've used both. The 55-210 was used when I had a Nex7. Loved the weight and size but there was a tendency to miss focus a lot, ended up with a lot of SoLD shots. It manually focused just fine. This may have been corrected by FW, both camera and lens but was one of the reasons I shifted from Sony To Fuji 3 years or so back. If it has, I'd love to hear as I would give it another go but if not, I'm not interested in adding lenses that can't be trusted 100% or increase work processing to correct/rescue photos.
  15. Interesting. Not sure whether to wait until the a6300 price comes right down or hang on for rather less time and buy an a6000. In the meantime the NEX is doing OK. "Nice glass" remains a problem for the Sony APS/C cameras - the company is obviously putting its resource into FF. I would like a better replacement for my 19mm Sigma lens, a half decent longer telephoto, and a really good quality walk around zoom, but none appear to have been forthcoming. An old, or not so old, ex rangefinder manual 20mm might be a possibility, but they don't come cheap! I use the FE lenses with the A6300, I don't have any APSC lenses at all. I think you can adapt Canon lenses to it but to be honest, I don't muck around adapting lenses. Prefer to use Sony ones for speed etc. A little run down... Sony Zeiss 16-35 works well as a 24-52 lens, sharp to the edges. Performs better at the long end on the A6300 than it does on the A7rii fast to focus and has IS. Sony 70-200 f/4 spends a lot of the time on the A6300 and focuses fast, I used it on a few bike ride events. Good IS built in. Sony 55 f/1.8 and the Batis 85 are both amazing lenses that perform as 85mm & 135mm on the A6300. The Batis has IS. The Loxia 21 is ok on it in terms of IQ but you don't have any stabilisation on the lens or camera, but at 21mm, not a massive problem. Sony Zeiss 35 f/2.8 makes for a very good 50mm/ish lens an no weight at all. It is tiny! Sony G 90mm macro extends the reach of the macro lens on the A6300 and performs really well but, I still tend to use it mainly on the A7rii. It has built in IS. The 55mm f/1.8 & 35mm f/2.8 are really worthwhile lenses for the A6300, even if you have no plans at all for going FF, amazing IQ. If I was you, I'd be tempted to leave it a little longer, let the problem of sensor shortages clear up (due to earthquakes) as it has pushed up the price of all their cameras, including the A6300. Differences between A6000 & A6300 as mentioned are mainly better AF speed and tracking, 4k video, EVF refresh rate, resolution and no blackout option plus, full metal body. The AF on the A6000 is supposed to be good so if you can live without the others, that will be a good option.
  16. I've got the 6300, very nice but I will probably change it for a A7iii when they come out, just for sensor consistency with the A7rii. Unless you need 4k video, fast AF with no blackouts on continuous focusing & high refresh rate, I think the A6000 will be a very good alternative, especially at that price! I have to admit, I've been well impressed with the AF speed with the A6300, impressive locking/tracking. That said, if you don't need that you won't miss it! Save the money and buy some nice glass to add to your collection!
  17. Making nice money from footage elsewhere. Glad I went for it, really boosts stills income.
  18. My first video project is an hour-long (or more) documentary intended for a wide audience via DVD (I like jumping in at deep ends), on a historical subject of local significance. It's written and presented by a friend so as the cameraman I don't have to worry too much about the content and instead I'm concentrating on image quality and visual appeal. Like others have said, I can't afford to splash out on expensive gear so I'm trying to make the most of the constraints of static camera equipment. One person who's seen clips of the film said it clearly showed my background as a still photographer, which doesn't surprise me as all the shots are statically filmed and any movement is within the frame. But I feel that trying to emulate motorised zooms, sliders or trolleys manually will inevitably give the film an amateurish look. Everyone who's seen bits of it says it's visually very appealing. One thing we've found over the year we've been shooting, which is relevant to your comment above, John, is that as we explore the local area for ideas and locations, we come across other smaller topics of great interest and add them to a list of short films we plan to do in the future. Many of the scenes we've shot, and would be shooting for future films, are ideal for being extracted as clips for sale through a library. In terms of equipment I've broken my limited-spend rule in only one area, and that's sound. The sound capabilities of a DSLR are pretty poor compared to its visual capabilities, and I invested in a couple of lapel mics (cheap at £20 a piece but good quality) and a Tascam DR60 external recorder. Alan An hour That will take a while to edit, process and grade! Just finished a 10min job for a bunch of lads doing a 24hour endurance bike ride from Newcastle Upon Tyne to Dunvegan Castle on the Isle of Skye. That took long enough. An hour.... dedication there!! Anyone who's interested, the exploits of the six riders is on my blog. Mental the lot of them!!
  19. It's obvious that it's about time I moved into the 21st century with my Internet service plan. I'm on it. Oh yeah. I uploaded 40 files the other day to a place that cannot be named and they averaged about 1.75gb each. A couple over 3gb and a few around 1gb but most in that mid range. Thankfully I have Virgin Medias 200mb sec service... sadly their upload is not 200mb/sec though to a few hours still!
  20. Well, I've been producing footage since the beginning of this year and was thinking of sending it in to Alamy..... but, as they don't want 4k I guess that counts them out. Personally, I shoot using Cine2 & Cine4 for a flatter image and then Edit & Grade in FCP X with Color Finale. No blown highlights and retains shadow detail. Did use Slog2/3 but prefer the lower ISO of Cine2/4.
  21. Quality .... oh I wish I could see their faces when they realise what they've done!!!!
  22. See this forum. How many avatars show the country? How many avatars show male/female? Apparently identity protection is regarded important. I don't care, but others might. When in a street, I take a picture of a house facade, it takes a few seconds before the owner rushes out for an explanation. I can assure you, photographing private property isn't appreciated, whether it's a house or a car. Cheers, Philippe +1 Its just showing a little respect, no point upsetting people when it's easy enough to avoid. If the image of a house is used for a story that the person who owned it didn't agree with, then it may cause problems. If it's possible to change house number / reg etc to make it less obvious then what's the harm. Unless the number is the picture ^^ private reg plate
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