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Marcus Rowland

Marcus Rowland

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

Yongnuo YN50 F1.8N

02 January 2019 - 03:54 PM

Picked up one of these cheaply via a pawn shop web site, arrived today and it's actually a fairly nice lens - fairly basic "motor in lens" AF design, no controls other than the auto/manual switch and manual focus ring but seems to be pretty sharp and reasonably solidly built. I'm going to wait for better weather to get some test shots, then I'll see how it compares to my old 50/1.8D


Anyone else tried one?

Flickr Changes

02 November 2018 - 06:31 PM

For those who haven't visited the site in the last few days:


Flickr free accounts are going to be limited to 1000 images from January 8th. If you have more than 1000 you won't be able to add more. Then on February 5th they delete your oldest pictures until there are 1000 left. The alternative is to switch to the pro version, at $49.99 a year (30% off if you switch this month), which leaves you with unlimited storage. And I suspect that the price won't hold for more than a year or two. Their claim is that most people with free accounts have less than 1000 pictures, which I suspect means that there are a lot of people with very small numbers who signed up then never really did much, then a smaller number of enthusiasts who have lots. E.g. I have over 2000 and would not describe myself as an incredibly active photographer.


It's not quite as bad as Photobucket, but the speed of the change is really annoying.


Not quite decided what to do next - my inclination is to go pro for a year while exploring other options, but it seems likely that the end of free photo hosting is nigh.

Any suggestions?

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

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:



F601M - What were Nikon thinking?

20 April 2018 - 05:08 PM

I picked up an F-601M (US name N6000) in Portobello Road market today - mainly to get a Sigma AF lens that was on it, which is in good condition. This one has me really puzzled - it's the cheaper brother of the F-601, and has the same electronic contacts for AF lenses, but it's manually focusing only, with a split-prism screen, and so far as I can determine the electronics were only used for metering, and there's no built-in flash.


According to Camera Wiki it was a cut-price model for people who didn't want to pay for the AF features.




What I'm wondering is how much cheaper it actually was, and how big a market there was? Anybody know?

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

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