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Marcus Rowland

Marcus Rowland

Member Since 19 Feb 2017
Offline Last Active Jan 11 2023 10:45 AM
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Nikon 1 J1 woes

13 October 2022 - 01:27 PM

I rather stupidly bought a Nikon 1 J1 with 10-30mm without testing it properly, and it turns out to have a fault which I understand is common - the screen image is usually much darker than it should be and the lens doesn't focus properly. What I don't know is if it's the lens, the camera, or both, and what can be done about it these days - anyone got any suggestions?


Separating stuck filters

04 October 2022 - 06:59 PM

I've found a simple technique for separating filters that are stuck together, or remove them from a lens, which works a lot better than the round grip things that are sold for the job. You need some extra filters of the size you're trying to separate, and some strong tape - I found that carpet tape works very well, and peels off easily once you're done. The basis for this is that it's very hard to grip a single filter tightly enough to shift it, but if you can extend the part you can grip it becomes a lot easier.

 

Screw a couple of filters into the front of the filter you want to remove, but DON'T tighten them fully. Do the same at the back if you're trying to separate loose filters - that isn't possible if you're removing filters from a lens, of course.

 

Get a strip of strong tape which is at least as long as the circumference of the filters, and wrap it round the filter mounts, so that the tape is sticking strongly to all of the mounts but NOT the filter glass, making sure NOT to overlap the parts you're trying to separate. Repeat at the back if you're separating filters that aren't attached to a lens. Once you've done this you should be able to grip the stack of filters and turn it with enough force to overcome the friction that's causing the problem.

 

I managed to take apart a stack of twenty or so 49mm filters that way, all stuck together in twos and threes, having wasted way too much time trying to separate them with the plastic filter grippy things. Hope that this is useful to someone.


Courtenoy M44 Flash Meter Manual?

15 July 2022 - 12:52 PM

Anyone got instructions for a Courtenoy M44 flash meter? I picked one up that seems to work and the only site that has the instructions on line wants a lot of money for the download.


Another Flypast - The Queen's Platinum Jubilee

11 June 2022 - 06:26 PM

Apologies, I forgot to post advance warning of this one - it was on June 2nd. Not as big as the RAF anniversary a while ago, but included aircraft from the other services. Pictures were again taken from from the South side of the Thames near Waterloo Station, unfortunately not as good a vantage point as last time.

 

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More here (link to flickr) - https://tinyurl.com/t25bvseu


Canalway Cavalcade - London 30th April-2nd May

29 April 2022 - 05:50 PM

If anyone likes canal boats the annual "Canalway Cavalcade" event is on at and around Little Venice (near Paddington Station. London) this weekend and on Bank Holiday Monday. Basically, it's a fund-raising event for the canal charities and features canal boats, food and drink stalls, often junk and book stalls etc. I don't think they held it the last two years due to covid, it'll be nice to see it resume.

Some pictures I took there in 2018 while testing a Canon 80-200 lens:
https://www.flickr.c...th/28088634728/

 

If you're coming to Paddington by train the easy way is to follow the signs to the Hammersmith and City line platforms, there's an exit onto the canal-side opposite the gates to these platforms.