Tag Archive: Photography

I have been searching high and low for the perfect camera bag. I need two, really. One is for my daily commute. This is the kind of bag that can accommodate my notebook computer and associated accessories, maybe a book or two, my lunch, and so on. It’s the kind of bag that can also accommodate my camera, and provide easy access to it. It doesn’t have to be able to fit all my camera gear – just the essentials: Body, one or two lenses, flash, extra battery maybe. This bag, I have found. It’s the Lowepro Fastpack 250. This bag does all the above, and can take for more photo gear than I expected. It’s compact, fairly discreet, goes through airport security without any problems, and after six months of daily use, show no signs of wear.
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Have you seen a “suspicious looking” photographer lately? You should read this article by Bruce Schneider, BT’s chief security technology officer.

While I haven’t been hassled yet (not in the UK, at least – US is a different story), it is saddening to read about ordinary people being harassed by police officers, security guards, and yes, even other ordinary people. While people absolutely should be vigilant, it’s really worrying when people are taking on government’s distrust of their own people.

OK, you’ve heard it all before.  And I’m going to spare you the debate. The Gadget Show made some really big prints – one from a Nikon D700 and one from a Nikon F4. The results are interesting, to say the least.

I could poke several holes in their methods, but as I said, I’m going to spare you the debate. Have a look and decide for yourself.

I ran into this problem while travelling. I wandered into a camera shop, and asked to try out a Canon 5D they had on display. I took the CF card from my 40D, put it in the 5D, fired off some shots, and then put the card back in my 40D. I quickly viewed the photos – the 40D had no problem displaying the 5D’s images, but the file numbers had changed. I didn’t notice this immediately – only that evening when reviewing the day’s pictures. The 40D was on 5000 odd, and now, all of a sudden, it was counting in the 8000 range.

I realised that this was because the 5D were on that many shots, and my 40D is set to “continuous” – it simply continued where the card stopped. While this makes no difference to the operation of the camera, the continuous file numbering is the only way I have to know how many clicks my shutter has done. So I wanted to fix it. Since I was travelling I didn’t have the tools at hand to make screenshots, etc, so I did this again on purpose, just on a smaller scale. Here’s how to fix it:

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