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3 hours ago, spacecadet said:

Pretty unusual, it it something to do with the routing? I can't imagine you letting it get rusty, if it's even had time. Nipples occasionally come off but usually after years.

 

I think that it's down to a sharp bend in the gear change mechanism Mark, it causes the steel to fatigue as it is bent over many times. I had a similar problem with the Shimano rapid fire changer on my MTB, and had to change the cable every year, but I used to ride that bike to work every day. This one appears to be worse. Not the worst changer I have had mind, that was the grip shift that was originally fitted to the MTB, it contained plastic components that wore very quickly. I binned it in no time at all.

 

In truth once you start to get poor shifts it's probably time to change the cable on these modern shifters, as that probably means it's near the end of its life.

 

My original tourer had beautifully sculpted down tube shifters (Sun Tour power shifters) with a generously dimensioned barrel, they never gave a squeak of trouble. 

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The new Merseyside virus rules start tomorrow: "only to use public transport for essential purposes, such as travelling to school or work."

 

Does this mean I can't take the train to Chester and stay for a few days? 

 

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On 29/09/2020 at 04:17, Bryan said:

Defective Modern Things

 

So it came to pass that my only remaining usable auto focus lense has become defective. (The previous failure was the standard Sony zoom as fitted to the Nex 6). This one, a Sigma 19mm f2.8, has developed a rattle and a percentage of images are very soft down one side, so maybe an element is loose? Whatever, today I set off to cycle through to the local trusty repairer in Newcastle.

 

 

 

Don't the elements in the those little Sigma lenses always rattle around until you activate the AF? The ones that I looked at did. Have to say that I found this feature a bit unnerving.

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Decided I had to cancel a photo shoot of a Nicaraguan birthday party because the group would have 18 people in it, and while I have a couple of N-95 masks, the whole party would require moving light gear from my house to there, and dealing with a lot of people who don't wear masks.   I suggested another local photographer who has done passport photos and printing for me and has the same lighting gear.   It was my ex-landlord and I've wanted to get photos of him and his immediate family, but didn't this event was really worth the contact risk or having gear on light stands around children.  

 

News from the US underlined the need to be prudent. 

 

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4 hours ago, John Mitchell said:

 

Don't the elements in the those little Sigma lenses always rattle around until you activate the AF? The ones that I looked at did. Have to say that I found this feature a bit unnerving.

 

I was wondering about that too John, I can't recall ever shaking the lens to find out, but the problem of softness down the right side is new. It was never brilliant along the edges, but very sharp in the centre and  always usable, while now I have to discard images, so a genuine problem I fear. 

 

Having checked the opening times on the Facebook page of our local repairer I cycled into town to leave the lens, but his place was closed. I clearly need to phone before travelling!  Never fear, it was a pleasant ride in the sunshine, and with torrential rain predicted for today.

 

I do recall reading somewhere that Sigma regarded these relatively cheap lenses as being disposable, and not part of their service/repair programme. But it appears to be held together by bolts, so it must come apart. I would happily lose the auto focus feature provided that the lens produced sharp photos, the EVF on the a6500 is excellent, perfect for manual focus.

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6 hours ago, Ed Rooney said:

The new Merseyside virus rules start tomorrow: "only to use public transport for essential purposes, such as travelling to school or work."

 

Does this mean I can't take the train to Chester and stay for a few days? 

 

 

I could loan you a bicycle Edo 😉

 

Personally I wouldn't go near public transport at the moment. During this latest surge in the virus we are staying away from crowded shops and not using the bus or train. We normally walk the couple of miles to the shops and take the bus home, but we've just picked up a large order from Sainsbury's using click and collect and the car.

 

Today's bad thing, intending to tackle our tax returns 😞

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1 hour ago, Bryan said:

 

I was wondering about that too John, I can't recall ever shaking the lens to find out, but the problem of softness down the right side is new. It was never brilliant along the edges, but very sharp in the centre and  always usable, while now I have to discard images, so a genuine problem I fear. 

 

Having checked the opening times on the Facebook page of our local repairer I cycled into town to leave the lens, but his place was closed. I clearly need to phone before travelling!  Never fear, it was a pleasant ride in the sunshine, and with torrential rain predicted for today.

 

I do recall reading somewhere that Sigma regarded these relatively cheap lenses as being disposable, and not part of their service/repair programme. But it appears to be held together by bolts, so it must come apart. I would happily lose the auto focus feature provided that the lens produced sharp photos, the EVF on the a6500 is excellent, perfect for manual focus.

 

One of the reasons I went for the more expensive Sony 35mm f/1.8 rather than the Sigma 30mm when looking for a fast "standard lens" was that I thought that the Sony looked to be better made. Perhaps you can find a used replacement for the Sigma 19mm if it can't be fixed. Good luck.

 

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The weather forecast this weekend is awful. Not suitable for tomorrows planned trip to Pin Mill. Shame as last time I visited was around 20 years back. We meet up with my wife's brother there for a barbecue on his Contessa yacht moored in the estuary, then had a small drink in the pub before heading home. 

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I was asking about the latest 'rule', Bryan. I know the virus drill. I wouldn't expect a midday train to Chester to be crowded like the London Underground going and coming to work. Anyway, the weather does not look promising for pics here or down the road in Chester. 

 

I had a bike in NYC, but stopped riding it after seeing a bike messenger killed in front of me. He was waiting at a light and a taxi rolled up behind him and gave him what looked like a gentle tap. He flew about fifteen feet and when he came down you could hear his neck crack. Anyway, my balance is not so good anymore. 

 

Amsterdam and Copenhagen are a bike-riders world now. There seem to be no rules for bikes here in Beatles Town. 

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Edo,  I'm seeing lots of good editorial pictures in the press this week of Liverpool statues being sanitised. Liverpool might be the place to be.

 

Stay safe and rememmber we are only as safe as the people around us.

 

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I don't do Live News, James. 

 

I've covered all the aspects of the various stages of the pandemic, even had a couple of stock sales. But those events are news, not stock. 

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12 hours ago, Ed Rooney said:

The new Merseyside virus rules start tomorrow: "only to use public transport for essential purposes, such as travelling to school or work."

 

Does this mean I can't take the train to Chester and stay for a few days? 

 

 

It means exactly that Ed, so no you can't catch the train in to Chester sadly.

 

If its any consolation I live right on the English/Welsh border in Wrexham Maelor county  and technically I can no longer drive to my usual supermarket 6 miles away as its over the county line in Denbighshire.  I have to make a longer trip to one in Wrexham :(

 

Likewise I can't drive over the English/Welsh border to go to the pet store quarter of a mile over the border.

 

On a happy note though someone from Birmingham can drive right through North Wales to get to their holiday home in Gwynedd or Anglesey or march up Snowdon 🤣

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12 hours ago, Ed Rooney said:

The new Merseyside virus rules start tomorrow: "only to use public transport for essential purposes, such as travelling to school or work."

 

Does this mean I can't take the train to Chester and stay for a few days? 

 

Ed, the public transport advice is just that- advice. It's not the law.

Quote "Residents in these areas are also advised to only travel for essential reasons, my emphasis.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/further-restrictions-confirmed-in-parts-of-the-north-east-and-north-west-in-response-to-rising-infection-rates

Anyway stock photography is your work, and you're not advised against travelling for work.

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Thanks, guys.

 

I see things as Mark says: stock photography (although I don't make enough to live on the income) is still my work, and I do need the money I earn from it. I did not see the word "advised" in what I had read about this. So if the weather report starts to look encouraging, I may go. I'm a quasi-Roman myself, and I want to see my wall. 🙂

 

David, there are always personal complications with general rules. Sorry that simple grocery shopping has become more complex for you. You're just over the border from Chester. I'll wave to you from the wall. 

 

Edo

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17 minutes ago, spacecadet said:

Ed, the public transport advice is just that- advice. It's not the law.

Quote "Residents in these areas are also advised to only travel for essential reasons, my emphasis.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/further-restrictions-confirmed-in-parts-of-the-north-east-and-north-west-in-response-to-rising-infection-rates

Anyway stock photography is your work, and you're not advised against travelling for work.

 

But it is good advice in this case. I would say Edo would have to be absolutely mad to travel on public transport given his age and the medical conditions he has mentioned here in the past. 

 

The confusion here over what is advice and what is law is a reflection of what is happening out there and is a damning indictment on the government's continual mishandling of this crisis. Bojo was blaming the public for not following the guidance yesterday when he doesn't even know what the guidance is himself. It is far too convoluted and complicated for the general public and there have been so many u-turns and conflicting advice.

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I disagree with the word "absolutely," Michael. 

 

As I said, I don't expect be on a crowded train to Chester for the trip of about an hour if I travel midday. I am in the process of checking out all the details. Other than the train trip, I won't be doing anything I don't do here in Liverpool. 

 

The political picture? I've not made any comments about the craziness that happening in America right now, so I won't comment about the situation here. 

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4 hours ago, Ed Rooney said:

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Amsterdam and Copenhagen are a bike-riders world now. There seem to be no rules for bikes here in Beatles Town. 

 

I had two bikes stolen when I was a student in Liverpool, a long time ago, but I'm not sure I'd want to give them another chance....

 

We made the mistake of travelling by train on a weekend, going out early was fine but coming back the train was full, including groups of youths not wearing masks. The situation was made worse as large sections of the carriages were roped off to protect the guard, so space at a premium.  Probably better midday during the working week, but at this point in time I just wouldn't risk it.

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2 hours ago, spacecadet said:

Well, pick a nice empty train if you can, Ed, and sit near a window.

 

So you can dive out if someone starts coughing.

 

Allan

 

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5 hours ago, Ed Rooney said:

I was asking about the latest 'rule', Bryan. I know the virus drill. I wouldn't expect a midday train to Chester to be crowded like the London Underground going and coming to work. Anyway, the weather does not look promising for pics here or down the road in Chester. 

 

I had a bike in NYC, but stopped riding it after seeing a bike messenger killed in front of me. He was waiting at a light and a taxi rolled up behind him and gave him what looked like a gentle tap. He flew about fifteen feet and when he came down you could hear his neck crack. Anyway, my balance is not so good anymore. 

 

Amsterdam and Copenhagen are a bike-riders world now. There seem to be no rules for bikes here in Beatles Town. 

 

They are really encouraging bikes here in NYC these days and I'm sorry they do. When I was very busy as a cat-sitter (and younger) I would use a bike on the big holidays. I was only in the Village and little traffic on those days but, even so, I was once knocked over by someone opening the door of a parked car. I was lucky no one was coming behind me. I know someone here who was hit by a bike and has a cracked skull so being a pedestrian around them is rather frightening. There are electric ones now that don't make any noise and come out of nowhere at high speed. The people who really upset me are the ones who have their kids on the bike. Too dangerous. Rant over.

 

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4 hours ago, Ed Rooney said:

I disagree with the word "absolutely," Michael. 

 

As I said, I don't expect be on a crowded train to Chester for the trip of about an hour if I travel midday. I am in the process of checking out all the details. Other than the train trip, I won't be doing anything I don't do here in Liverpool. 

 

The political picture? I've not made any comments about the craziness that happening in America right now, so I won't comment about the situation here. 

 

OK how about poco loco then Edo 😀. It's not only the train (and there are no guarantees about how many people will be on that or how well it will have been cleaned). If you are staying a few days then presumably you will be in a hotel and eating out a lot. It just increases the risk - the more people you are in contact with the riskier it is and the virus is really rampant again.

 

As for politics I doubt that even the most ardent Tory would argue that the government has handled the pandemic in a rational and sensible manner. Same for your country of origin but even worse, way way worse in fact.  So if anyone is insulted by what I said then they need to open their eyes, grow some skin and some brain cells. 

 

 

2 hours ago, Allan Bell said:

 

So you can dive out if someone starts coughing.

 

Allan

 

 

It's the ones who are asymptomatic that you have to worry about. Recent testing, which is much more extensive than it was back in March, seems to show a very high proportion of university students who test positive have no symptoms. There was a very recent report about the University of Northumbria in Newcastle where only about 1 in 10 of students who tested positive have symptoms (with 770 students positive). It is also rampant in Liverpool. 

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We all have to strike a balance. Judging by his recent uploads Ed still eats out a fair bit anyway. He might as well do it in Chester as Liverpool.

I went into town for the first time since February for a lodge meeting- the February trip was a lodge meeting too. Masks on the Tube and all that, not many people and Kingsway quieter than Christmas Day on a Friday afternoon.

Although Freemasons' Hall is following all the guidelines and is allowed 30, Grand Lodge is setting an example by following the rule of 6. So five of us met for the first time in 7 months and you know what- I feel much the better for it. So did everyone. We needed it. It was a grasp at a tiny bit of normality.

So you can take a tiny risk or stay at home. I'm with Ed. Take care- great care- and then a small step.

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33 minutes ago, spacecadet said:

We all have to strike a balance. I think Ed still eats out a lot anyway.

I went into town for the first time since February for a lodge meeting- the February trip was a lodge meeting too. Masks on the Tube and all that, not many people and Kingsway quieter than Christmas Day on a Friday afternoon.

Although Freemasons' Hall is following all the guidelines and is allowed 30, Grand Lodge is setting an example by following the rule of 6. So five of us met for the first time in 7 months and you know what- I feel much the better for it. So did everyone. We needed it. It was a grasp at a tiny bit of normality.

So you can take a tiny risk or stay at home. I'm with Ed. Take care- great care- and then a small step.


Whatever turns you on I guess. I am guessing you are in your early to mid-60s so the risk is a lot less serious than for someone in their mid-80s. The rule of six has about as much basis in real science as the hypothesis that having Uranus rising at the time of your birth will lead to a volatile personality. It is one of the most ridiculous things the government has come out with. Dog help us if there is a dog (sorry wrong thread). 
 

Edit  - we are a long way from normality, a long, long way.

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10 minutes ago, MDM said:

Whatever turns you on I guess.

It occurred to me that Ed could do with a measure of support, so I offered my experience as an alternative point of view, not as ammunition for an ill-informed dig, thanks very much, and you're some years off in your other speculation.

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1 hour ago, spacecadet said:

It occurred to me that Ed could do with a measure of support, so I offered my experience as an alternative point of view, not as ammunition for an ill-informed dig, thanks very much, and you're some years off in your other speculation.

 

My intentions in providing an opinion were to be be supportive. In private communication, I have been giving Edo what I would consider to be support in the recent past - trying to help him with his wifi problems for one thing. In my estimation, the risk of making the journey he is talking about is not insignificant at all for a man of his age with medical problems that he has declared openly here. Covid-19 is indeed extremely serious and potentially fatal, particularly in elderly people. If he goes I wish him the best. And I wish you the best too.

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