Was using the flash equipment earlier in the week, using the Multiblitz Trigger Happy remote when I noticed the little dot (on the units display) which tells you it is on, but in standby mode had disappeared! Not too important I thought, but over the next few days it turned out to be a real pain. So I phone the Dealer/Importer of Multiblitz equipment who I bought it from - "send it back" they said, so I did and by return of post I've got a new one with a working 'dot' - so many thanks to MrCad of Croydon for their fast & efficient service.
Well been quite busy recently but not doing anything of real interest to anyone else. However finally got round to watching the original Danish film NIGHTWATCH last night - been looking forward to this for sometime, but what a disappointment. Doesn't really deserve to be in the Worst Films section, but I don't want to have an "ok ish, but a bit boring section" !!!
Anyway go to the Worst Films page to see what I thought and why it ended up in there.
I really don't understand these at all! My old monitor started producing the smell of burnt electronics on Friday night and only able to display for 3 seconds at a time before going blank - so it was time to visit the computer store for a new monitor. Now all I wanted was more or less the same as I've got, a 19" monitor with a 4:3 aspect ratio, but no can do, I've got to have a ludicrously wide screen instead (unless I want to pay a small fortune that is). Now to me, these just look plain stupid on the desk and actually don't work with the majority of things I want to 'display'.
Why 4:3, well more to the point, why do I need a wide-screen monitor? I don't watch movies on the PC, I've got a TV or projector for that! What I do use my PC for is photographic work, word documents...and so on - all of which are awful when on a wide-screen display. To get a reasonable amount of displayed 'height' (in line with my old 19" 4:3) I've ended up with a 23" wide-screen monitor and as I type in this entry 50% of the screen is totally wasted with nothing being displayed at all - just a central portion actually being worked on. Word documents with 2 pages at a time displayed, no not really, Excel is quite nice for wide data sets as is working with complex SQL scripts, but thats the stuff I do at work.
So it does beg the question 'who' decided we all need wide screen monitors? Could it perhaps be that screen producers who probable supply both TV & computer monitors just decided that it was better for them to stick to a standard format to reduce production costs and not really worry too much about consumer choice? After all, we do all tend to be a bit sheep like in accepting the easy options these days - well I certainly did, need a monitor quickly so bought what was on offer, but can't say I'm really too happy about it.
Well after the brief dalliance with the Chinese copy of a Canon BG-E2N battery grip, I bought a second hand genuine one. A bit battered, well used and more costly than the Chinese one, but it feels better, fits better and I have complete confidence in it. Took it for a good 'road test' today - down to the local skate park with my son & some of his friends - great to have a grip fitted at last make the whole camera feel balanced in the hand.
Went along to the local art collage last night as I'd enrolled in a Adobe Photoshop course - not really used Photoshop "in anger" since about version 3! Anyway, throughly enjoyable evening starting to get to grips with CS5, especially 'Bridge' functionality. Bit of a culture shock though to have to do it on a MAC which I have to say was far less enjoyable, far too confusing (& I'm easily confused these days). Didn't like them when I had to use one at work 20 years or so ago and still not to sure why users rate them - guess its whatever you get use to.
Well the grip arrived quickly and I must say straight out of the box, for the cost, I was quite impressed - not bad at all. However less impressive is it's fit to the camera! Whilst it looks the part and all the functions/buttons/controls works as expected the grip has too much 'play' or to put it another way it never feels secure. Even though it it done up tightly there is a certain amount of 'rock' to it as you use the camera, so it's back in the box and return to sender. Guess I'll have to look out for a 2nd hand original, or sift through a few more 'Chinese copies' until I find a good one.
Born in 1956 (so getting on a bit now) I'm married and have two wonderful children we all live in Devon in the South West of England - on the Cornish border.