Canon 10×30 IS Binoculars
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Canon 10 x30 IS Binoculars
When Canon launched the IS range of binoculars they were ground breaking, there was (as far as I can recall) no others with image stabilisation. They were expensive, although the prices seem to have plateau ‘d to a sensible level. Mine are several years old, but still perform perfectly. And a set of batteries seems to last for ever.
Being the child that I am (to be honest most blokes are the same) I found the quote in Blackadder, where Doctor Johnson is seeking patronage for his Dictionary from the Prince Regent hits the mark. If you don’t know it I shall repeat it below:
Dr. Johnson: Sir! I hope you are not using the first English dictionary to look up rude words!
Edmund: I wouldn’t be too hopeful. That’s what all the other ones will be used for.
It is all very well taking sellable images, but not much use if you cannot keep then safe and accessible.
Having created your masterpieces, the next most important thing (after getting them to your market place) is to keep them safe, and accessible.
Many photographers are, at best, haphazard about backing up their images and maintaining an archive that will enable them to find their images in a hurry. Many have no processes to protect their images against accidental deletion or sudden and catastrophic equipment failure.
I will outline here a few of the procedures that I use, that ensure that should I lose some images I can retrieve them from my back-up systems.
Firstly, and most importantly don’t rely on a single back-up strategy, CDs and DVDs fail, often without warning, you burn them, you test them and put them somewhere safe and 6 months later they are un-readable. The problem is that you cannot tell what ones will fail or why. External Hard disks can also be prone to failure (in fact there is only two types of hard disk; ones that are about to fail and ones that have failed).