New Toy

 

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Don’t do much macro work, probably two jobs in the last year or so, that have actually come close to requiring a macro lens, but I was able to get away with a 24-70 & extension tubes. But I decided that it was time to invest. So a 100mm F2.8 Macro lens has been added to the arsenal. For the most part it will probably seldom leave the house, but it is handy to have.

New Toy

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My insurance company offered a significant discount for on renewal if I had a dash cam & I had been toying with purchasing one for a little while. So I ordered a Next Base 512G which has largely received good reviews, and although it doesn’t have wifi it seems to be very highly specced in all other areas.

I shall in due course give some feed back.

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Back in the 80s

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Back in 1980 I used a Tenba P211 bag for my kit, it comfortably held a Canon A1 with MA set & 50mm F1.4, a 24mm F2, a 100mm F2.8 and a 70-210mm, with a 199A Speedlight, plus half a dozen rolls of film.

I was hoping to find a nice condition period one, but have been unsuccessful, so purchased the new Tenba P211 Classic. as a bag that can be thrown in the car. Whilst it won’t take the same volume of kit as before, due to the much larger size of the equipment, so it will hold a EOS1dx, 40mm STM, 24mm, 100mm & a 580EXII along with an iPad.

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Brentford v Bristol City

1/04/2017. Brentford v Bristol City. Match Action.

1/04/2017. Brentford v Bristol City. Match Action. Brentfords Sergi Canos scores

This Saturday saw me back at Brentford FC for the visit of M4 Corridor rivals Bristol City. A game that saw Brentford out-class Bristol for 80 minutes of the game, and to be honest the scoreline flattered Bristol.

1/04/2017. Brentford v Bristol City. Match Action.

1/04/2017. Brentford v Bristol City. Match Action. BrentfordÕs Lasse VIBE scores

 

Very Impressed…

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Sent my ageing Canon 16-35mm F2.8L away to The Lens Doctor for repair as it was incapable of producing a sharp image. I was purchased some 16 years ago & Canon wouldn’t touch it. So anyway a mere £239 and the lens has been fixed & returned, and what a job they have done. It has been completely stripped down, cleaned, repaired, parts replaced and returned.

I have shot a few test images and it seems every bit as good as the day that it was purchased. Despite being a heavily used lens, the focus & zoom rings are as smooth as a baby’s bottom. The weather seal has been replaced, in fact it seems a shame to stick my battered old lens hood on it.

I have no connection with The Lens Doctor other than being a very satisfied customer.

The details of the work required is shown below.

Stated Fault: Lens producing soft results /service

Observations: The lens looks in used cosmetic condition, showing small external wear on paintwork and fixings (some small paint wear commensurate with age), there is also slight wear on the lens grips and rubbers. The internal glass has an amount of dust/ debris on all the elements, suggesting there is a slight covering of environmental oils and dust throughout the lens. The Electronics/mechanics of the lens after inspection and test have shown a loose central corrector group carrier, the lens will require to be fully disassembled to re new bushes and to secure loose barrel assembly.

Estimate: The lens requires a complete disassembly for internal repair, replacing the Central Corrector group’s bushes and securing drive assembly. The lens also requires a general service including Clean, Lubricated and adjusted, giving principal consideration to the focus movement, this involves stripping out the entire focusing mechanism system and movements from the lens. Assemble all parts and secure loose Guides and key ways (Corrector Group), and re-assemble internal focusing movement, and I.C. assembly’s new internal bearings/bushing kit, re-align focus, collimate re-centre element groups and calibrate, test back to standard.

PARTS: The lens performance will be seriously affected by the movement of the Corrector Group carrier, which hopefully will be secured by new bearings/bushes, but I cannot ascertain the full extent of wear on the carrier housing until I have entered the lens. Also the lens requires a securing of Guides and key set bearings kit. I have priced for the parts which I will have to order.

  1. Key Guides bearings and bushing kit assembly.
  2. May require Central Corrector group carrier assembly

COST:  Disassemble all function parts Including mechanics and glass, check and inspect internal functionality and Helicoids action. Remove all mechanical assemblies, clean glass and element groups. Inspect and investigate all mechanical lens movements, check tolerances and re-new housing bearings. Re-install Power Diaphragm, Iris motor and drive unit and assembly, check and re-new barrel Key Guides and bearings. Re align and fully re –centre, collimate helicoids and align, calibrate aperture system reassemble, seal and fully test.

TOTALS: For full repair, test and bring back to standard   £239.00

               : Postage and Packing at cost

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