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Joe Gaul

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    22 Feb 2005
  1. Although the Sony rx100 2 is my constant companion I have recently been using the m4/3 Panasonic gx85 and am considering the gx9 for the extra resolution. The 12-32 kit lens is simply crap but as you have Olympus lenses that should not be a problem. I currently use the Olympus 12mm f2, Panasonic Leica 12-60 and Panasonic 45-175 which have no problems passing QC. I do believe that the Sony 6000 series cameras would be slightly superior but they don't seem to have a good standard zoom lens. Hope this helps.
  2. In Northumberland, UK we have the saying that there is no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing. If in one cold place for a long time layers of clothing are key. Also appropriate footwear and gloves. I carry both thin grippy gloves which allow changes in camera settings and thick warm gloves which still allow focus (I often focus manually) changes. Almost forgot the hat that covers ears and a plastic shopping bag in every camera bag to sit or Kneel on. My trekking camera packpack is also home to a camera rain cover. I have recently found Exped Viewfinder monopod/trekking pole very useful even when carrying a tripod to maintain footing on slippery ground and inclines. The only time condensation has been a problem was in Singapore and going from an air conditioned room to ambient temperature and humidity. Hope this helps
  3. Four sales. Two at $, two at $$. Just overtaken last years total revenue with fewer sales. Recent low prices are worrying.
  4. You may find that the Canon 100-400 and others are not totally weather sealed without filter protection. As I shoot in all sorts of weather conditions a Hoya UV Pro-1 is fitted to most of my lenses. The only QC failure I have experienced recently was due to the crap Panasonic kit 12-32mm lens and that was without a filter, no problems with the Olympus 12mm f2 with filter. Obviously there is no right or wrong in whether to filter or not to filter just different levels of paranoia, and I'm pretty high on the paranoia scale.
  5. Been using Nord VPN for a while and no Alamy issues. Haven't put it on my mobilephone so can't comment on that.
  6. My cleared balance just went from £2 to £3. Sort of reminds me of the Sainsburys director singing I'm in the money.
  7. It's good and encouraging to see that some are doing well here. I must admit to being slightly disappointed with only three sales when another agency where I only have 400 images produced a greater return from three sales there and paid out.
  8. As one who is passionate about animal welfare (one of the first cartoons I made my grandchildren watch was The Meatrix) I try to highlight in my own way any animal "cruelty" I observe. One of my best selling microstock (I wasn't sure it was up to Alamy QC standards so didn't want to take the chance) images is of caged animals; and whilst I don't know where thy were used I can be certain it wasn't to promote this behaviour.
  9. I seem to have Corel Aftershot and Cyberlink Photo Director image editing programs installed. If they weren't free I wouldn't have installed them. Haven't had time to find out if they are any good; everything has a learning curve.
  10. The RX100 2 is my constant companion and always seems to pass QC. Only problem is lack of a viewfinder in bright light. Later models don't have the focal range but do have a viewfinder. Hope this helps.
  11. As Mark says above the obvious step is to convert your camera raws to dngs using the free dng converter. That's what I used to do but now use dxo as my raw converter from which files can open directly into Lightroom. Hope this helps. Joe
  12. Thank you both for your input and experiences. KHA, I experienced a similar problem which seems to be rectified now. Not sure whether the pending Windows update or VPN or another problem caused this, and may never know. As this problem does not seem to be widespread I presume it to be a local issue so you could be correct KHA. thanks again Joe
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