Tuesday, 17 February 2015

HOW TO WIN THE LOTTERY AND OTHER "LUCKY" TIPS

Is the title to my own book, it's a short read (10 pages including the preface, contents page and index page). 2015 has been a truly crap year for me to date. I'm sat here trying to figure when exactly I kicked a black cat, whilst wandering under a ladder and crashing into a shop full of mirrors....seriously just drop an anvil from the sky onto me and get it over with.
Firstly the arm, I'm pencilled in for the 24th to have the arm operated on. The Radial head has to be shaved which was nicely demonstrated by the consultant which was like the moment someone runs the fingernails down a blackboard and had me squirming in my seat, after that it has to be pinned. The net result 6 to 8 weeks of no physical exercise. Taking a slight detour off topic moment, if the NHS needs to save money here's my two tips 1:stop sending automated texts asking what I thought of the service. At roughly £1.50 a text to the NHS (they don't charge you) I've had eleven so far (each physio appointment and hospital appointment) that's £16.50 just for me, SO FAR. You add up the number of visitors to just one hospital on one day and I dread to think how much it'll will add up to during the course of the year. What's wrong with pen and paper given to me at the appointment to fill in a form, surely a free post 2nd class envelope has to be cheaper/cost efficient option. Then there's the automated text/phone call "appointment reminder" and probably more expensive the fully automated phone call that reminds you have an appointment, very efficient is the call, the setting up of the very clever but annoying call (it's the voice, sounds like a dying Terminator) must've cost a fortune. My call for example, asked me to confirm my details (date of birth etc) before telling me my appointment date/time/department, which doctor I'll be seeing and how to get/find particular department at the hospital before asking me to confirm I'll be turning up, very, very clever but with all very clever things it normally has a very clever price tag attached. Is it really needed? No at some point we the customers of the NHS have to take some responsibility. Most of us have mobile phones with calenders/reminders some phones will even remind you with an annoying voice. For those that don't and haven't got the "know how" to receive emails,  they must be able to use those paper things with picturesque images, what are they called again....oh yeah calendars , just my opinion.
My firm has decided to recuperate my health care(on my firms my medical/health plan) costs and their costs by taking the driver to court for compensation which for me at the moment is very tempting for me to do like wise,  as my second bit of bad luck slapped me in the face like a wet kipper, my 1d mark2 has died....
These are probably the last two images I'll take for a VERY  LONG TIME.
What went Wrong? Not really sure. I charged the battery up on Monday night ready for a visit on Tuesday to Lings Wood. Set the camera up and took a few shots to make sure all was well. It wasn't. Canon's default "err99"(error99)displayed on the the lcd screen. Turned it off took the battery out then back in, shutter released and "err99". Initially the mirror box assembly was prime suspect. But when I looked through the viewfinder there was none of the usual information (aperture/shutter speed/frames left etc) on display. I went to menu button in order to lock the mirror up but nothing appeared on the big lcd display, electrical issue? So before going up to woods I popped it into my local camera shop who for a fiver gave it an inspection. I got a phone call a couple of hours later, "it's dead mate", my heart sank. I was a bit baffled so asked for better details when I got to the shop. "every single electrical circuit is fried, you haven't dropped it in water" nope, "it is weather proof" I know but haven't been out in the rain so far this year, nor the snow "it's a weird one for me I've never seen damage like it I phoned up Canon to see if they've ever seen anything like it (they hadn't)" so how much (half waiting for the figure) "it's beyond economical repair" then came a very long list of parts. "are you sure you didn't drop it into a puddle". Yep "it is definitely water damage" he showed me some pictures he took (he emailed them to Canon), yep water damage and no one else had access to my camera body and equipment it ALWAYS goes into a locked cabinet when not being used, only I have the combination and key so no one has got it out and damaged it. I was baffled. "Could it be something that's happen over time"  I asked. "not in  my opinion, the scoulding of some of the parts look fresh". When I got home I checked the cabinet for any water/damp ingress, nothing, also due to the height of the cabinet nothing can be put on top like damp clothing/cups of tea. The room is the one room the dogs aren't allowed in and can't get in plus they're house trained and don't have "accidents"..ever.
So, I have one completely dead 1d mark 2, a 1d mark3 that needs a new mirror box and service which will cost £800. Second hand 1d mark3's are retailing for £800-£1000 so it really would be the better option to go second hand. A 1d mark2 is about £400. But not an option to be honest the 1d mark2 was showing its age compared to newer toys, less megapixels though that's all bollocks and is really only an issue for "braggers" I personally hated the colour rendering of the mark2 compared to the mark3. Browns on a Kestrel for example always appeared washed out/faded to me and even a simple blue tone was lifeless tone compared to dark rich tone of the mk3 and the file size was to small too. Not to mention the ISO ratings ISO 800 was the use able upper range of the mark2 compared to ISO 2000 on the mark3 (yeah it would go to 3000+ but wasn't useable). Either way a new/used camera body isn't an option at the moment, so expect no new images from me for the foreseable future.....Tommorow I shall attempt to try and cross a road, wish me luck....actually don't lol

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  1. Hi Adrian, I have chosen not to print the comment as it has your email in it and don't wish you to get loads of spam etc. Hopefully I'm borrowing a friends mark2 once he gets his back from a service. Thank you for the really kind offer though it's much appreciated.

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    1. You are welcome.....If your loan of the MarkII goes belly up then let me know.

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    2. Thanks I just got back from picking it up, phew.

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  2. WOW! Well that is a long tale of woe. I wonder why you are even going to try crossing a road, are you asking for more trouble!! Hope things look up soon.

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    1. Cheers Margaret, I figure what else could possibly go wrong lol.

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  3. Dire situation Douglas ....I know how you feel, when my D300s failed and I sent it back to Nikon I felt as if I had had lost a best friend.

    A friend of mine has just purchased a Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 - https://www.youtube.com/user/gwafilms/videos - £ 650 and great results, take a look it could represent a good option.

    John.

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    1. Thanks John, a friend has given me a long term loan of his old mk2, which should give me plenty of time to save the money up

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  4. You must have done something seriously bad Douglas, to be getting this amount of bad luck, I hope you break (oops! sorry, not the best choice of word!) free of it soon, maybe getting safely to the other side of the road will do it ?

    Not good news re the camera(s) either...just had one thought could the 'water' damage be down to condensation after you've been using it in the potting shed/outside and then taking it into the warm house?...just a thought, unlikely I know, it's all I could think of!

    All I can say is keep your spirits up and I'm sure it will all come right in the end.

    Another thought, (I'm good at thinking!!) to keep you from getting bored during your confinement how about a photo project by just using your phone camera?

    Stay safe...[;o)

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  5. Cheers Trevor for the idea with the phone camera. If I hadn't sorted myself out with a loan camera I'd given digi-scoping a crack.
    I was thinking the same thing reference condensation whilst out in the shed during the cold snap I did get a build up condensation behind the front element of the 300mm which shouldn't happen and a lot of condense on the lcd screen so it well could be the cause, good thinking Trevor :-)

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  6. Just catching up after a period of absence Doug, First caught your post about your latest injury, so came back to find this post. That's an amazingly serious string of misfortunes. I hope you can get sorted with a replacement camera of your own and to your desired spec soon.

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    1. I would say touch wood, but will only get splinters

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