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Irish Steve
03-15-2006, 04:58 PM
Hi Folks, another new arrival that's made the move over from other places to keep the options open.

I'm not actually Irish, just happen to live here, we moved over some 18 years ago from Somerset. I'm almost geriatric in age if not in attitude, 55 in a few weeks time.

Camera is now an E300, dual lens kit, a couple of 2 Gb sandisk EIII's, and after a lot of heartsearching, an FL-50, which I got at an amazing price in Exeter a few days ago, and an impulse buy that I hope I won't regret, a immaculate used 50-200 lens that was in another camera shop when I walked past.

I've some older OM gear that used to be part of an OM40 setup, the 40 died several years ago, and was replaced short term by an E-100RS. That was one of the appeals of the E-300, the OM converter ring, which I've got from E-bay, so I can use the old OM lenses if I want to. I've a 450mm 1:8 with a 2x multiplier if I want to get silly:cool: , a 50mm 1:1.8, a 28mm 1:2.8 and an 80-205 1:3.8 zoom.

Interests are photography, flying, Koi Carp, small scale steam railways. I've also had to do a lot of house building type DIY over the last while, we've been hit by 2 serious floods in the last 5 years, hopefully, the work the county council has done since means it's not going to happen again.

Work is mainly computer related, I've been involved in sales, programming, support, installation and most other areas of computing for about 30 years, and in recent years did a lot of specialised work with PC based flight simulator systems, though 9-11 has done me no favours there.

One of the reasons for the E-300 is that my daughter is a florist, and does a lot of work preparing churches and hotels for weddings, and we've decided that some record of the more spectacular ones is called for, and the E100 just doesn't hack that sort of work, it's not versatile enough, and the inbuilt flash is not powerful enough for work inside churches and the like. I'm going to be doing similar to wedding photograpy, except most of mine will be done before the guests and participants arrive, which will save some pressures!

Ok, that's a quick intro, it's going to be interesting to see how this forum develops.

Cheers

Steve

benherrmann
03-15-2006, 05:21 PM
So many familiar faces here - you will be surprised. Now remember, like anything else, one has to get "accustomed" to a different type of layout. Once you have adjusted, you will be spoiled with the posting, editing, and formatting options available to you here. The atmosphere is peaceful - very civil like. Now remember, some of the super huge forums have folks chiming in from all over the place (meaning from the Nikon, Canon, and other forums) and sometimes this winds up a recipe for catastrophe. This place is growing rapidly, but still maintains that "small town" atmosphere. Many of the dpreviewers either post here now exclusively, or still post at both locations. Either way, you will soon find this addiction to your liking.

E B
03-15-2006, 06:00 PM
Hi Folks, another new arrival that's made the move over from other places to keep the options open.

I'm not actually Irish, just happen to live here, we moved over some 18 years ago from Somerset. I'm almost geriatric in age if not in attitude, 55 in a few weeks time.

Camera is now an E300, dual lens kit, a couple of 2 Gb sandisk EIII's, and after a lot of heartsearching, an FL-50, which I got at an amazing price in Exeter a few days ago, and an impulse buy that I hope I won't regret, a immaculate used 50-200 lens that was in another camera shop when I walked past.

I've some older OM gear that used to be part of an OM40 setup, the 40 died several years ago, and was replaced short term by an E-100RS. That was one of the appeals of the E-300, the OM converter ring, which I've got from E-bay, so I can use the old OM lenses if I want to. I've a 450mm 1:8 with a 2x multiplier if I want to get silly:cool: , a 50mm 1:1.8, a 28mm 1:2.8 and an 80-205 1:3.8 zoom.

Interests are photography, flying, Koi Carp, small scale steam railways. I've also had to do a lot of house building type DIY over the last while, we've been hit by 2 serious floods in the last 5 years, hopefully, the work the county council has done since means it's not going to happen again.

Work is mainly computer related, I've been involved in sales, programming, support, installation and most other areas of computing for about 30 years, and in recent years did a lot of specialised work with PC based flight simulator systems, though 9-11 has done me no favours there.

One of the reasons for the E-300 is that my daughter is a florist, and does a lot of work preparing churches and hotels for weddings, and we've decided that some record of the more spectacular ones is called for, and the E100 just doesn't hack that sort of work, it's not versatile enough, and the inbuilt flash is not powerful enough for work inside churches and the like. I'm going to be doing similar to wedding photograpy, except most of mine will be done before the guests and participants arrive, which will save some pressures!

Steve

Hey, welcome aboard! I see that the FL-50 is a new acquisition for you. If you haven't used a similar flash you may find the flash setup guidelines I posted on the Reference Forum awhile back to be of some use. I'll be looking forward to seeing some of your pictures.

Irish Steve
03-15-2006, 06:27 PM
Hey, welcome aboard! I see that the FL-50 is a new acquisition for you. If you haven't used a similar flash you may find the flash setup guidelines I posted on the Reference Forum awhile back to be of some use. I'll be looking forward to seeing some of your pictures.

Bob, I'll be working on it over the next while, but I'm not going to post things like the cats just for the sake of it;) , it will be because they are worth it, ( I hope). The FL 50 is indeed recent, last weekend, while visiting the family, Devon camera centre made me an offer that I couldn't refuse, they basically near enough matched what I could get it from at either Cameta or from Hong Kong on E-bay without the hassles of duty etc. The Oly 50-200 lens was just impulse, it was sitting on a shelf and another too attractive price, and I KNOW I'm going to want good zoom over the next while.

Your flash guide notes will be downloaded, printed and laminated real soon, I see no point in making the mistakes that others have already learnt not to :p

On the software side, I've been used to forums for years, and the format here is very familiar, as it's used by one of the Pilot forums that I visit regularly, so this is in some ways more comfortable than DPreview's software.

Thanks for the encouragement, it's appreciated.

Cheers

Steve

Irish Steve
03-15-2006, 06:34 PM
Once you have adjusted, you will be spoiled with the posting, editing, and formatting options available to you here.

Ben, already totally comfortable with the layout and the way it works, I've been a member of an aviation forum that uses the same software for the last 5 years or so, in many respects, I'm more comfortable here than I was at DP review and that's without the trolls and other issues of recent weeks :whistle: . I'm really looking forward to getting to play with the E-300 as the weather improves, and I'm fully expecting to get some good results, a close friend of mine in London has gone the same route, having also previously used an E-100, so I already know the standard to expect. What also helps is having things like a QMS A3 colour laser that can do 1200 DPI, that makes some of the proofing a lot easier. At some stage, I'll probably need a better printer than the small HP I have, but that's not quite so urgent, I've already found that the QMS can do a pretty reasonable job even with images from the 100, so the 300 will be a massive improvement with 8 instead of 1.5 Mp available,

Thanks for the warm welcome, it's appreciated, and a big help to the "comfort factor" of a forum.

Cheers

Steve

Pontiac005
03-16-2006, 04:27 AM
Welcome Steve! I don't blame you from transferring over from the other side. I hardly go over there anymore. If I do it is only for researching. Looking forward to seeing your photos.:up:

Garry Frankel
03-16-2006, 07:32 AM
Sorry, I have to ask, what are "Koi Carp" ??

Irish Steve
03-17-2006, 03:24 PM
Sorry, I have to ask, what are "Koi Carp" ??

Very large, very decorative large ornamental fish, similar to Goldfish, but MUCH larger, and more highly colorured, both in terms of colours themselves, and also the patterning of the colours. They can be crazy prices, or if you are lucky and find a breeder in the UK like I did, and buy them in small for growing on, they can be a good price. Over a number of years, I've bought in close on 100, most of them were 2 to 3 inches long when bought, and some of them now are close on 24", and a lot more impressive to look at. They need specialist ponds to keep them in, a lot deeper than the normal garden pond, and the filtration requirments are more complex, due to the size, there's a lot of food goes through to get them to that size, so what comes out has to be dealt with as well:whistle:

Once I get sorted out with how to drive this E300, I will probably try a few pixs of them, but the learning curve at the moment is "interesting", like forgetting that if you update the firmware, it resets the settings, if I'd remembered that, I wouldn't have spent more time than was sensible wondering where my raw images were.

Rich K
03-17-2006, 04:21 PM
I've a 450mm 1:8 with a 2x multiplier if I want to get silly:cool: , a 50mm 1:1.8, a 28mm 1:2.8 and an 80-205 1:3.8 zoom.


Steve, Welcome to the forum! I trust you have some sort of professional grade tripod for when you use that 450mm with the 2x multiplier!

Rich

Garry Frankel
03-17-2006, 04:22 PM
OK, so these are the pretty ones !! For show.
Lots of folks from the UK fly over here to catch Carp in the river. Lots of them that 24 to 36 inches and some bigger. They go nuts when they catch them. We throw them back as a nusance fish !!
I look forward to some pictures.

fbyrnes
03-17-2006, 08:31 PM
hi steve i also am into flying and koi, im a licenced private pilot, single engine land, vfr only. i have a1000 gaL pond in my back yard. my photographic credentials are strictly amatuer, but i am learning fast by hanging out here. im curious about irish winters and precautions taken to get the fish overwintered. maybe a pm. anyway welcome and i too am looking forward to some pics




fbyrnes