Archive for the ‘Tech’ Category
I originally bought a Canon 17-40mm f4L to use with my 5DmkII with the theory that it would be much lighter setup than lugging around my 24-70 f2.8L.
The problem was the Canon combo wasn’t that much lighter or compact… it would still be a pain. After looking around on some forums I came across a couple of months old 2nd hand Fujifilm X100S and decided to give it a shot. I sold off the 17-40 and haven’t regretted it yet!
Inspired by Mr Hobby @ Strobist I decided to gaffa (or gaffers) tape it up to give it a rough older more stealthy look. Gives some protection as well. In terms of protecting the front lens, I have two filters – one with the glass removed (this is required otherwise the lens will hit the glass while focusing) and the other on top of that. Saves me having to keep a lens cap on, though it does protrude a little. I also have a Filter Adapter Ring and Metal Lens Hood – this will let you use only filter – but it sticks out more so I don’t really use it.
With this setup, I can throw the camera around and not really worry. Gaffa tape protects the corners and the stacked filters protect the lens. It’s my home made Black Edition X100S lol.
I’ve been using this camera for a few months now, it came to Japan with me earlier in the year and performed flawlessly. It’s low light ability is excellent for its size, ISO 6400 is usable and its size/weight makes it super portable. So much so I touched my 5DMkII probably twice since I got it.
My strap of choice is the Domke 1-Inch Web Strap with Swivel – Awesome because the main strap is swivel clipped on & can be removed to make a smaller strap if required. Woven rubber in the main strap also keeps it in place when slung too. It also features little leather tabs on the rings to protect them from scrubbing/scratching the camera body.
SD card is an Eye-Fi Mobi 16GB – Integrated with the X100S which has an Eye-Fi Transfer on/off feature – This saves battery when you don’t want to transfer any images.
About this card…firstly, it’d be a good feature if it actually worked! The setting doesn’t do anything at this stage – Something I have brought up with Eye-Fi Support who tell me they are looking into it. I found a post on DPReview that showed a firmware update fixed it but they made no mention of this in my support replies. Stay Tuned.
In terms of Wifi transfer to an iPad or iPhone though, it works really well and is very easy to setup. You download an app, type in a code that you get with the card and it automatically will setup the Wifi Network on your phone – then off you go. As you take photos it will transfer to the phone when the App is active. Perfect. Unfortunately it doesn’t let you choose or browse what is on the card and selectively transfer images/videos – It will just send everything. (No RAW or vids over 2GB though)
If you’re interested in seeing more X100S photos – Check out my other X100S specific site – ex(100)es
I’ve been playing around with timelapse stuff for awhile now..Here’s a quick short I put together with some testing I did today.
Watch in HD – Looks much better!
Images combined via Quicktime Pro and vid put together in Vegas Pro.
First scene is an image every 8 seconds over 50 minutes
Second scene is every 15 seconds over an hour.
These were both done with an interval timer. Both from my balcony.
Last scene was every 20 seconds, with camera connected to a laptop running Canon’s EOS Utility over a 1hr30min period. This was done in Easter down in Rye. Unfortunately I re-sized the images prior so quality is poorer. Shame the clouds came through otherwise the stars would have come through nicely.
Put together another short video.
Still haven’t painted it, have put speaker grilles on and also put in some LED lights for the top marquee and moves section. These give a nice ambient light if you want to play in the dark at the moment.
Used some Contact for the front of the CP, just to stop sweat and crap soaking into the bare MDF. Contact is the stuff you used to use in school to cover your books and stuff with.
Planning to try vinyl wrap to cover the cab..have to do some testing first and see how it goes. Here’s some updated photos.
Sarah bought me a 24″ Vewlix clone arcade cabinet..since i’m going to Japan on Monday I whacked it together unpainted at the moment..and don’t mind it.
It has a paewang revolution dual PCB, and a few other bits and pieces.
The BACK/Turbo button is linked together as well, saves having another button on the CP.
First game/Test (Excuse the the crappy sped up video..handbrake screwed me on the compression and yeah..oops..cbf redoing it.)
I picked up a Asus VE246H 24″ LCD Monitor today and was interested in seeing what the whole “Input Lag” thing was about…now, I decided to post this just FYI – I didn’t do any indepth reading on the topic, I just figured well..you connect a CRT, plug in a LCD – and snap a photo…so if theres something not done to standard..too bad!
My current setup is an Xbox 360 connected to a Denon amp via HDMI, and then from the Denon out to my Panasonic TH-42PX8A Plasma via HDMI.
Photos were taken on a Canon 40D, 50mm 1.8 @ 1/1600 on H burst mode. (6.5fps)
All test compared to a Dell 17″ CRT monitor (its numbers on the left).
Only milliseconds displayed from the stopwatch at Flatpanels.dk
Asus VE246H input lag test results (Standard mode, via DVI)
033 – 033
183 – 183
350 – 350
483 – 500 *17ms
666 – 666
2nd run (Standard mode, via HDMI)
217 – 217
384 – 384
517 – 517
684 – 684
834 – 851 *17ms
001 – 001
Panasonic TH-42PX8A input lag test results (Denon Amp HDMI Passthrough)
250 – 266 * 16ms
517 – 534 * 17ms
034 – 051 * 17ms
217 – 217
351 – 367 * 16ms
517 – 534 * 17ms
667 – 684 * 17ms
834 – 851 * 17ms
984 – 001 * 17ms
166 – 166
Dell E207WFPc input lag test results (DVI)
283 – 283
133 – 150 * 17ms
300 – 283 *17ms
450 – 450
600 – 600
Can post photos somewhere if people really want to see the results for themselves. Makes me wonder how out of 3 different devices they are all always 16-17ms out (when they are) – Could the camera’s people are using to take photos be a factor?
At some tourney’s I have played on LCDs and have definitely felt a slight difference..IE move just doesn’t come out…and same thing happened when I connected up the LCD for a little. I guess input lag does have a slight slight difference, but its all what you’re used to. There’s an obvious between the plasma setup I play on and the directly connected LCD screens @ tourneys, etc. Will see how I adjust to LCD in the next few weeks.