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Marcus Rowland

Marcus Rowland

Member Since 19 Feb 2017
Offline Last Active May 25 2023 02:19 PM

In Topic: Queen Elizabeth II

25 May 2023 - 02:12 PM

Sorry, I've only just seen this for some reason. It came as a bit of a shock to everyone in the UK, which given her age is a bit surprising - until Prince Philip died in 2021 I think everyone just assumed she'd make it to 100+, even after that a lot of people seemed to be a bit shaken when it actually happened.


The transition to Charles seems to be going fairly smoothly - still haven't seen any stamps or coins with his face yet. They changed the definitive stamps (the ones used for most letters) last year to add bar codes and must have had huge stocks printed when she died, so that'll be a while. Not sure about notes and coins, I think that they were coming round to the next release of bank notes in the next year or two. There have been some 50p coins already but that was a short run which must have all been grabbed by collectors, I've never seen one.


I'll be honest - it doesn't impact me much. Although I live in London I've never even seen any of them in the flesh, and I'm a bit of a cynic about the way Royal news and rumours seem to be trotted out whenever the government needs a distracting news story. I think people are still waiting to see how Charles and co. work out, but I doubt there will be any sudden change - there's way too much inertia, and political pressure to keep things exactly as they are.

In Topic: Monochrome Monday, Oct 17 2022

17 October 2022 - 10:40 AM

Technically this is a colour image, but you would have to look hard to find anything that isn't shades of grey. Vivitar Series 1 100-500mm at 500mm with x2 Jessop teleconverter on D7000, 1/400th f11, hand held, taken on 6th October.




Full-sized image here



In Topic: Nikon 1 J1 woes

14 October 2022 - 07:30 PM

Already tried that but I'll give it another go. My inclination is to cut my losses if it doesn't start working, just sell it for spares/repairs, I suspect that any repair would cost more than the £40 I paid for the camera.

In Topic: Separating stuck filters

13 October 2022 - 01:21 PM

It works really well - the best thing about using carpet tape is that it sticks to the metal well but comes off easily when you want to remove it, and without leaving sticky muck behind. I got the whole stack done with the same two strips of tape

In Topic: Courtenoy M44 Flash Meter Manual?

19 July 2022 - 05:05 PM

Sounds like I is for incident and the arrow for reflected. Many thanks, I'm probably going to sell it on and that ought to be enough info for someone to get started with it. If they want to pay £9.99 for the manual they can, I'm certainly not going to!