....of sorts. My Friday was full of chores around the house, plumb in a new sink, new washing machine and an outside tap. My ol' mucker Ben the Plumber must have taught me something right as I managed it all on Friday and not a leak anywhere (except the ones in my vegetable patch), well chuffed and earned some "bonus" points with the missus. I also had to "re-build my last 1.4 teleconverter and see if it was working ok. I needed time, I wasn't going to rush it, exploded diagram in hand I set about dismantling the converter, the greyhound and in particular the hairy Australian Shepherds (not sure what one is check out "My Canine Friends" gallery at the top of the blog) were banished, phone off I set to work. It didn't look good, bits of plastic dropping out and a screw! Hmmm, not good. So I got the old converter and took that apart and cannibalised it for parts that were still working. After a couple of hours of tinkering I managed to get it all screwed together, took a lens cloth and gave it a clean, attached it to the camera body and ol'faithful (500mm), switched the camera on....the LCD screen read f/5.6 part one of three completed and working.
Part 3 was to actually take some images and make sure the images were still sharp and the damage and subsequent repair job hadn't made it go soft. I didn't want to risk spending hours in the field, take a whole load if images only to see image after image being soft, so I needed somewhere close by with birds a plenty, grab some images and get home and check the images out.
Off to the Billing Aquadrome, plenty of Geese,Mallards,Gulls,Coots,Grebes and Terns to aim at. I managed a few Tern shots and a Green Woodpecker, which really tested the converter with it's undulating flight. The converter was solid and the lens did move in it's mounting, result.
Got home checked the images and apart from a few out of focus shots (normal) it appears to be ok, maybe a bit soft, but that could be all in the head if you know what I mean.
See Bob the Builder couldn't have done that!!
Sadly on Tuesday I'm on "nights" out in the truck so might not be able to get near a wifi connection so I shall be a bit "quiet", until at least Friday.