For a month now I have an iPhone4 – my first Smartphone with internet access. While I love the possibilities and gadgets this device offers, I was astonished by the enormous amount of energy this thing consumes. Yes, I knew in advance that the battery won’t last a week like the one of my old Nokia, but I would have been very happy if my iPhone made it through the day without recharging. At first I blamed myself and played around with the full arsenal of energy saving options the device offers. Dim the screen, switch off wifi, bluetooth and GPS if not needed, kill applications running in the background (double-click the home button if you’re not familiar with it…). But it did not help. The iPhone went dead in one day. So I did a field test today. I went to the office and charged the device full. At 100% I unplugged it and held it in standby. No surfing, no emails, no games, just click once to read the time and battery status. I received one call lasting 4min30sec during the measurement time. Here is the graph with the results: The battery goes dead within 8 hours of […]
Last week I met with two of my friends and we did something pleasant and useful combined. We took photos of some stuff I wanted to put on eBay. All those articles you are about to see are now for sale, so grab what you can while it’s still hot ! I got the stuff from another eBay auction, where somebody sold a Hapomatic 4×4 together with a lot of other stuff (the flashes and point’n’shoots, see below). Shooting setup: black cloth draped on a couch, a sheet of glass from a framed picture placed on it, elevated about 8 cm from the cloth by small boxes. Two flashes lighting the scene, both shot through an umbrella. The right flash points at the angled ceiling and bounces the light quite nicely. Flash cubes – who still knows such things ? Those are one-time-use flash bulbs. Each cube contains four of those babies. You take the picture – the bulb flashes, thus exhaling its life with the photons it spreads. Then you have to turn the cube, so that another flash bulb is facing the subject. How far we have come when I look at my SB-800… sorry about the dust by […]
You remember the Belfoca junior I got on eBay ? There was an exposed, very old film inside. I found that much fun and developed the film. Today I got the negatives back. The pictures are not that fun – they were made on a burial. Must have been in the 70s-80s when I look at the hair style and clothing of the people. I contacted the seller and asked him if he wants those pictures – perhaps they are from his family. And because those are not that funny pictures I am not going to post them.
A week ago I got one of my ill-famous attacks which set free within me the powerful urge to fuel the motor of our beloved economy with fresh money. In other words – I was on an eBay shopping spree. And I was successful ! I got two analog cameras – an Agfa Isolette II and a Belfoca Junior. Both cameras came in one of those leather cases – love them 🙂 I did not have the chance to test them yet, so this blog entry is simply about showing off. Let’s go with the Agfa Isolette II first. Buttons and switches from left to right: film transport wheel shutter release button lid opener shutter speed control (?) When you pop the lid with the lid opener button, the lid springs open and the lens together with the bellow unfolds: The Agfa Isolette II shoots 6×6 cm Negatives. As written inprevious blog entries, I am not accustomed to such negative sizes living in a world of 1,5 crop DSLR sensors (18×24 mm). To complete the round, here is the back view. Naturally, the camera is old, and the condition could be a little better. It shows some rust and of […]
You think you are good. You think you are experienced. You packed your gear hundreds of times, preparing for a shoot. And still. Sometimes you make the same dumb mistakes. Yesterday I experienced a new one. I had all my gear with me to shoot the signature of a contract at work. I unpacked my gear, checked the flash, checked the camera and – D’OH ! Camera battery 2 %, spare batteries lying conveniently on my desk at home. Stupid stupid stupid. I was lucky. The camera still made several shots (2 % is quite some energy left…) and the official photographer from university showed up unexpectedly (initially he had no time for the pictures because of another job, which is why I was asked to take the pictures). Bottom line – no harm done. But what did I learn today ? Check your gear. Check memory cards. Check batteries, Check spare batteries. Everything in the camera bag ? Everything ready to use ? Camera settings ok ? Check ISO, Aperture, any other settings which might interfer with making a great job. Here is a short list of classic fails I experienced in my photographing career. Perhaps you’ll recognize yourself […]
I have a MB-D10 battery grip for my D300s. Battery grips are screwed below the camera, they hold, well, a battery and another set of buttons, which allows you to shoot upright pictures while holding the camera the usual way. I do not use this thing often. It is good for portrait sessions on the studio, but the battery grip makes the camera very heavy and bulky and after a 2 hour-shoot this is very tiring. Short summary before going into the issue I discovered today: There are three main advantages when using a battery grip. Being: you can shoot more pictures before you have to change the battery (well, obviously) you can shoot upright pictures and still hold the camera naturally (good for sport photographers for example, who sit beside the track and photograph marathon runners. A friend of mine does this to earn some extra money and he is very fond of his battery grip 🙂 due to a higher voltage you can shoot 8 instead of 6 frames per second with the D300s. Again an interesting feature for anybody who shoots fast action (sport, nature, children (children can go from happiness to wet-tear-mode quite rapidly…)) Now to […]
Some things are so geeky that I absolutely must have them. If you think a Darth Vader costume is cool, behold this: These are not recycled lenses – It is a 1:1 replica of the Nikkor 24-70 f2.8 lens (a very yummy but also expensive piece of equipment). The cup however is not that cheap, too. I got mine at 100miligrams.com, with the item shipping from Hong Kong. I ordered two cups and with shipping each cup was 23 Euros. But as mentioned earlier, this is so geeky that I absolutely HAD to have this 🙂 The interior of the is stainless steel and the screw-on lid has a rubber seal, so accidental spills can be avoided. Needless to say that it is a thermos cup because of the air between the stainless steel and the outer shell. The replica is quite good, with the lid on the illusion is very convincing. I loved showing this around at work and seeing the dumb faces when I started to pour coffee into it… By the way: The cup is also available as Canon lens replicas – Canon EF 70-200mm and the 24-105mm.
Bummer. Last week I unvoluntarily scratched the top LCD screen of my D300s.It happened like this: I have a Crumpler Jimmy Bo 500 holster bag for my camera. It’s an easy-access bag which is quite small, providing space for just the camera and some smaller items (battery, memory card, cloth). Because of these spacial restrictions I took off the Solmeta geotagger (see last post) from the hotshoe and stored the camera in the bag with the N2 dangling around. Somewhere in this process the N2’s hot show connector must have scratched over the LCD screen. My first thought was to use polishing paste, which is also available for cell phone displays. Researching this in my favorite DSLR forum, I learned that I was not the only person with the same problem and idea. The answers to the polishing paste idea are quite diverse. People who tried this method gave answers from „display is now good as new“ to „I ruined everything – display blurred“. Which left me unsure and to be on the safe side I decided, that using polishing paste is not an option. Somebody in the forum also mentioned a protective foil, which can also „heal“ minor scratches with […]
In May we went to Iceland on a two-week round trip. On this trip I borrowed the Nikon GP-1 Geotagger from a friend to see what all the geotagging fuss was about. The result after the journey was quite clear. With more than 2.700+ pictures from the trip I could pinpoint the exact location of each shot, which proved to be very convenient as many shots had been made on the road. I host my pictures on Picasa mainly, and with the geotagging-information an album map was created automatically. Nice => Wanna have, too ! The GP-1 proved reliable and handy, but it comes with two drawbacks. It has no internal power supply and sucks the camera’s battery dry quicker than you can spell „recharge“. Usually one battery charge keeps me taking pictures for a few days with my D300s, but in Iceland I needed 1.5 charges per day ! (Note: At the beginning of the trip it was quite cold (middle of May), but it became warmer eventually with T-Shirt weather on our last day in Reykjavik. I could not detect a significant change in the battery life during the trip, so I rule out that the temperature had […]