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  1. ssfas

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    I had a Leica 180 Telyt-R and 2x APO, an optically very high quality system to 360mm focal length, manual focus and on a Leica M10 without any image stabilisation, pretty perfect for safari where most things are bone idle and are either static or slowly wandering around. It was no good for whales at Husavik in Northern Iceland. Anyway, I sold it back to the guy I bought it from as he wanted it back after a few years. I've got whales coming up again next year and wanted to help my son out with a digital body. This one was £1450 including a mount adapter (normally £260), whereas the Sony AR7 III was £2,100. The touchscreen menu system on the Z6 is magnificent, I just need a week to learn how it works. There last DSLR I had was a Canon 350D, about 2006 or 2007.
  2. ssfas

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    Bought this today, Nikon Z6 and FTZ mount adapter, plus a 70-200 f/2.8. On a promotion deal at Park Cameras, where I received excellent service. I had a Sony A7RII that I used with Leica M and R lenses, bought for £700, trashed and sold for £400. Wanted a mirrorless to share with my son, to use M lenses and a longish lens with good low light capability, for landscape and things that move fast. First zoom or auto-focus lens I've used in over 10 years, being happily Leica M and Q. The body is very clever indeed, although I've little idea about how it works, but a lot of it is touch screen enabled. I looked at an A7RIII. The menu system was terrible, it's now diabiolical. The demo unit was in silent mode, I asked the sales manager to turn the shutter sound back on and 5 minutes later he still hadn't found it. Could only do it by resetting the camera to factory default. That was the end of Sony, plus I don't like the half-white lenses, very ugly.
  3. Hong Kong Macau Guangzhou All in 1984
  4. For your amusement, I've put on the Flickr thread some unedited scans from Hong Kong, Guangzhou and Macau from 1984. You may recognise some of the HK buildings going up, GZ and Macau seem to have been completely rebuilt.
  5. Inspired by @Sir_Franc who only had to go to the south coast
  6. There's always an element of luck. I shot this at f/1.7 to get most of his face in focus, f/1.4 is often too shallow, and the lucky bit was his little prayer wheel being in plane. To be honest, it's such a good lens you must be a really bad photographer to take a poor image, which I do quite often. Even the original Leica 50 f/1.4 from 1960 is better than what most other brands make now. My greatest photographic achievement of 2019 was finding an unused black body Leica M6 0.72 TTL for my son as a graduation gift. Lucky boy.
  7. Thanks. My wife is slightly obsessed with monks and I have a quite a few nice monk pictures. The second one above is one of those ones where you experience something really magical that is difficult or impossible to capture in an image. A guy playing a trumpet is easier. It was also a fantastic gig at the Church of sound in Stoke Newington. 4 tickets for my son and some friends cost me £20 and then £100 on food and drink, but all nice and freshly cooked. So, if permitted, follows my wife's entry as the first one I was looking in the other direction until she tapped me on the shoulder. The other one is the opposite of the above, just a guy sitting on the floor doing his thing, but makes a nice portrait, again demanded by the wife. 3 of the 4 are taken with the same Leica 50/f1.4 ASPH that I use most of the time and feel very lucky to have.
  8. Here's a couple of random ones, a trumpeter called Corey Wilkes with Kahil El’Zabar and some chaps in Gangtey Monastery, Bhutan. This was very dark, ISO 6400, f/1.7, 1/90th.
  9. Not yet convinced the Q2 is a necessary upgrade from the Q, having bought the Q new for £2,900 when it came out. Was using another pocket Leica yesterday.
  10. I have a vinylflat and the sleeve option. It did work when I used it. Happy to sell it for half price.
  11. I immediately took a Roon trial and have ordered an Innuos Zen Mk3 as a Roon Core to replace my Auralic Aries Mini. Should be here next week. Roon Core currently running off my business QNAP, not really up to the job.
  12. Who on earth would want to modify a Harbeth crossover? If something broke, I'm sure Harbeth would do a repair, but my experience is that they are ultra-reliable. Also Harbeth is not really about upgrading. Choose the right size model for your room and stick with it.
  13. I think this was considered for a few minutes, but Harbeth have very streamlined production, only one model on any day, high reliability and most are exported. Retrofitting and rebuilds would not fit kindly into their operation.
  14. The whole room is on a springy floor, so you can't have people walking around with records playing. The Townshend Podium solves that problem completely and is much cheaper and less hassle than the cost of a turntable with built-in isolation. The Townshend Podium works because you can set the loading of the springs extremely accurately, which is the only way to get truly effective damping.
  15. 1.Townshend Podium under my turntable 2. Quad ESL63 in place of Harbeth SHL5+ 40th Anniversary 3. BK 400w sub in place of REL 230w S/2.