Tuesday, November 07, 2017

Ricoh GR

Well I have a Ricoh GR and I love it. Seriously the most fun camera, never any dust on sensor stuff either. However I think there is one major flaw which is that of the retractable lens assembly. I think it is prone to break down. My camera gave up after less than 2 years. I switched it on one fine day and the lens opened up and just got stuck there. The camera switched off and would not autofocus. Fortunately the camera is in warranty. I sent it to Mumbai and am told that it will take a month or more to repair.
Meanwhile I trawled around the net and found that this is a pretty common complaint that the lens assembly just gives up.
So all potential buyers the GR is a fantastic camera but also prone to this problem.
The Fuji x70 with its non retractable lens assembly may be more robust that way.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Mcleodganj

I am back in mcleodganj after 2012 January. And the rot I think I noticed then is now infinitely more noticeable. Gone is the quiet charming place and in it's place is this concrete dusty warm dirty noisy place where there is no place to sit or stand or watch the world go by. In stead there are package tours and innumerable taxis. How did we let this happen? How did we not self regulate? Why do we not let secrets remain secret.

Thursday, March 02, 2017

Viltrox JY 610 N II

Short review
So I got this small cheap flash off Aliexpress.com. This was mainly because it is TTL and has some nice specs and is pretty compact.
First the good news:
  1. It is pretty compact. It is a  good fit on the Nikon D3200.
  2. It does TTL well in my experience.
  3. It is well finished, quality of plastics etc is pretty decent.
  4. I tried it on my Ricoh Gr, works on Manual mode. Great!!
  5. Has a pretty useful slave mode.
Bad news:
  1. The battery compartment is bad, my rechargeable cells were too snugly fitting, once in they wouldn't come out without some cajoling.
  2. Will have to find a solution to this problem.



Discovery

After a few experiments,I have come to the conclusion that the external flashes I have are not triggered by the flash on a mobile phone camera unit when in slave mode.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

The lenovo yoga

So I got myself a Lenovo yoga 8 tablet with the 2 GB ram right after my Google Nexus went belly up.
I think this tablet is pretty good but the screen is not even a patch on the Nexus.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Anger is destructive

Anger is a trulydestructive emotion. I hope someday I can learn to harness it constructively.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

From Earth to Sky: A photographic Journey on the Kalka-Shimla Railway

The book co-authored by Sanjay Kaushal and with a foreword by Sir Mark Tully is now available. Please email or leave a comment on this blog if you would like to have a copy.
Pages: 144
Size: 10"x10"
Hardbound

Monday, December 01, 2014

Buddhist travels

I am on my way back from a conference. In addition to conference'ing' , I visited the following-
Lumbini
Gotihawa
Niglihawa
Sagarhawa
Tilaurakot
Kudan
Tilaurakot
Ramagrama

Kushinagar

Piprahwa

Feeling satisfied

Monday, November 17, 2014

Sector 15

I am waiting in a car. And around me sector 15 has changed from quiet to chaotic.

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Samyang 35mm 1.4

After many months of frustration with this lens, I finally decided to try zone focusing or if not successful, hyperfocal focusing. As it turned out, zone did not work as yet. But hyperfocal seems to be giving some joy. The trick for me at least is to find out where infinity is (it is generally not where it should be ). Mark it or remember it's position. Keep an aperture of f8 or so and then for everything beyond 20 feet or is mostly on focus. A slight adjustment gives better results. At larger apertures, o am still struggling.

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