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Marcus Rowland

Marcus Rowland

Member Since 19 Feb 2017
Offline Last Active Mar 22 2019 04:49 PM

#58485 Flickr Changes

Posted by Marcus Rowland on 08 November 2018 - 01:17 PM

Thanks - like others, I have no objection in principle to paying for this, I know how much web space costs from my own site, and running something like Flickr can't be cheap. My problem is mainly the speed of the change, it feels like they're trying to rush people into it without giving them a lot of time to explore other options. What I really want to avoid is a situation where they get people locked in then start ramping up the price dramatically.


Incidentally, if you can find any way of justifying your picture as being of scientific or academic interest etc. it's very easy to upload images to Wikimedia Commons and link to them - for example, I have a lot of pictures of railway construction and of an industrial archaeological excavation there, and have used them in several blog entries etc. The down side is that you have to use copyright terms that let anyone use the images in Wikipedia and elsewhere, not a problem for me but some might find it restrictive. For example, this picture of a coot shows its feet unusually clearly:




This isn't actually used in Wikipedia at all, but it could be if they wanted to.

#58301 RAF 100th Anniversary Fly Past - London, July 10th

Posted by Marcus Rowland on 28 October 2018 - 04:50 AM

It was the RFC, the army's Royal Flying Corps, and the Navy's RNAS, Royal Navy Air Service, for most of WW1. They merged and became a separate service on 1st April 1918.

#56357 RAF 100th Anniversary Fly Past - London, July 10th

Posted by Marcus Rowland on 23 July 2018 - 03:47 PM

Sorry, forgot to link to my photos from this event



#55984 RAF 100th Anniversary Fly Past - London, July 10th

Posted by Marcus Rowland on 28 June 2018 - 02:03 PM

There's a more or less unique photo op coming up - the 100th anniversary of the Royal Air Force on July 10th, which will include a 100-aircraft flypast over central London. There's also going to be a parade at Buckingham Palace but you're unlikely to be able to get near it if you're not present or former RAF personnel.

More details here:




I will have to find a good vantage point for this - I didn't see as much as I would have liked for the Queen's birthday earlier this month, too many tall trees near my house, though I did get this, the Battle of Britain commemorative flight:



#54654 AF Nikkor 28-100mm f1:3.5-5.6G - Sample Photos

Posted by Marcus Rowland on 25 March 2018 - 12:18 PM

This is a 1990s(?) kit lens designed for 35mm SLRs but also usable on digital cameras that support the older type of autofocus mechanism.Controls are minimal, just a zoom ring and a tiny ridge just behind the filter mount for manual focus. Since it's a G lens there is no aperture control. There is no distance indication on the lens.Silver and black versions were available.

Click here to view the lens

#54111 Samyang 8mm f3.5

Posted by Marcus Rowland on 21 February 2018 - 04:32 PM

Finally got it today - somehow it was sent without any postage on it, so the post office naturally held it until it was paid. What I think happened is that he handed it to the post office counter clerk who logged it in as a tracked package but didn't actually stick the postage label onto the package. It's a bit incompetent but I got it in the end.


Needless to say the weather was lousy, but I took it to the park and tried it out on some familiar landmarks such as the Italian Gardens and the Albert Memorial.




Sometimes the curving effect is very surreal, a bit like Inception etc.




There's no chip so my camera doesn't meter with it fitted, but I'm used to guesstimating exposure and only had a couple of duds, and on a digital camera a trial photo or two isn't much of a problem. My initial thoughts are that this will be fantastic in areas with interesting architecture etc., and that I really ought to carry another, longer lens when I use it, since it's a very specialised optic and isn't much use for general photography.


The full album is here

#53943 Samyang 8mm f3.5

Posted by Marcus Rowland on 08 February 2018 - 06:25 PM

I think it's the first version, at that price I wasn't too worried either way.


Those are nice pictures - hope I can manage something anywhere near as good.

#53940 Samyang 8mm f3.5

Posted by Marcus Rowland on 08 February 2018 - 02:48 PM

Just got a Nikon-fit Samyang 8mm f3.5 on eBay - got lucky with an auction, got it for just over £100 including postage. Keeping my fingers crossed that it'll arrive safe and be OK.


Not sure yet if I'll keep it or sell it on, I'll have a good play with it first and see what the results are like. I think London is probably a good place for a lens like that, lots of fun architecture etc., so unless it's a real dog I'll probably keep it.


Anyone here had a play with one on a D90? Or any other Nikon for that matter?

#53750 had luck on my side last sat. drop my 70-200mm only to break 90$ B+W filter

Posted by Marcus Rowland on 27 January 2018 - 12:38 PM

It really depends what you're defending against - I usually have a filter on my "carry everywhere" Fuji 7500 bridge camera, but it's mainly there to keep dirt out since that gets carried around in a book bag most of the time. The last time I dropped it the filter cracked but didn't break and the lens was fine, but that's a much smaller lens so I suppose the glass in the filter gets more support from the filter ring.


Another reason to keep a filter on all the time is that I see a LOT of lenses with damaged filter rings - I suspect that most wouldn't have been damaged if they'd had a filter on when dropped.

#52663 CF Card Download Question

Posted by Marcus Rowland on 26 November 2017 - 06:57 PM

I'd strongly recommend getting a card reader for future use - they're generally pretty cheap if you don't want anything too fancy, and sometimes can read from a card where a camera gives up. You can get SD, CF, and three or four other common slots into a unit about the size of a pack of playing cards, the one I currently use is also a 3-port USB hub.

#52007 AF Nikkor 50mm F1.8D - Sample Photos

Posted by Marcus Rowland on 25 October 2017 - 02:36 PM

A gallery of images shot with a Nikon D90 here:




Comparison of this lens and a 60mm Holga Lomography lens - Hint - there is a notable quality difference...



#51982 Green Ice

Posted by Marcus Rowland on 24 October 2017 - 02:54 PM

Well, sort of - it's a diamond lit by a green laser, a ring I inherited from my father many years ago. I shot this for a photo community on livejournal that sets topics once a week, this week was "diamond".


Nikon D90, 50mm lens, 36mm extension tube, green laser illumination, also some daylight and LED room light. 1/160th f11. Important safety hint - I used the liveview feature of the camera for this one so that I was not staring at a laser for extended periods, that's really not a good idea!





The monochromatic light looks a little odd, but it's fairly typical of laser lighting, it tends to drown out minor variations in shade.


What I actually wanted to do was use a UV laser, since diamonds fluoresce slightly, but it's gone missing since I last used it.

#51310 One week, one camera, one lens week ending October 1 2017

Posted by Marcus Rowland on 26 September 2017 - 02:16 PM

Nice! Really like the spiral staircase shot.


Took the 50 /1.8 (sorry, not f2, my memory is crap) out today and the results are pretty good. Really wish I'd thought to take extension tubes with me because I found some really nice but tiny lichens. Album here:



#51289 One week, one camera, one lens week ending October 1 2017

Posted by Marcus Rowland on 25 September 2017 - 07:03 PM

I've got a "new" 50mm f2 AF (the older type with motor in the camera body) which I'll probably be taking out for a test run some time this week. Not sure I can guarantee to only use that one camera and lens though, I'll probably be taking a lot of photos for ebay listings etc. But here are links to some one-lens shoots I did recently as part of deciding which lenses I want to keep


Yongnuo 50mm f2 (for Canon)


Made me realise I definitely wanted a 50mm for the Nikon. I'll probably sell it on if I'm satisfied with the Nikon 50mm.


Tamron 28-300


Keeping, unless something better comes along


Nikon 18-55 VR


Still undecided about this one


Nikon 35/1.8


Just listed it on eBay - it's a good lens but it doesn't inspire me, and I prefer a 50mm as my wide aperture prime lens.

#51258 Who uses Russian equipment?

Posted by Marcus Rowland on 24 September 2017 - 02:11 AM



My first SLR was a Zenit...I purchased it in France...It had the "Pentax" screw-mount base and came with a 50 something - want to say 52 or 58mm f2 lens.  It had a match needle on the upper right and you had to manually stop down the lens after focusing...


It would be interesting to see what they come out with!


The camera was probably a Zenit E, that was the most common version that had M42, the external meter, and manual stopdown. Unfortunately they go wrong a lot, I have ten or twelve in a box which I'll probably have to sell as a job lot for their minimal spares value.


The lens was almost certainly a Helios 58mm f2.0 - they're probably the lenses I sell the most (which is why I have so many Zenit bodies, I wouldn't touch them if they didn't have this lens or something as good e.g. Tessar), there are quite a lot around in the UK and they're very good for portrait, macro, and low light work, and the older manual version has very nice bokeh. Unfortunately you need an adapter with a lens to use them out to infinity on a Nikon, which degrades the image quality - and most adapters won't work anyway because the rear element of the lens protrudes far enough to hit the lens in the adapter at that end of the focusing scale! I've heard of there being versions with Nikon mounts but never seen one, and you need to be careful if you see one on eBay because they usually turn out to be the M42 version with a lensless adapter and only good for macro work.