Tord S Eriksson

Tord S Eriksson

Lives in Sweden Gothenburg, Sweden
Works as a busdriver/journalist
Joined on Jul 3, 2003
About me:

Like to draw, paint, and photograph nature, and identified
flying 'objects', like the moon, bumblebees, aircraft, and, not least, birds!


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kimchiflower: what could possibly go wrong?

Nada! Nothing! Inget! Rien!

Direct link | Posted on Sep 3, 2013 at 08:51 UTC
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groucher: You've had some rotten inventions on DPR but this takes the prize. A better idea would be to use an Otter case or similar, modified with a perspex window, camera operated by wireless remote. Much safer and more effective.

Jeff Keller, That was the lamest excuse I ever heard for publishing anything!

Direct link | Posted on Sep 3, 2013 at 08:50 UTC
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Langusta: LOL
some potential benefits:
- optical quality of a used aquarium has a potential of interesting artistic filter effects
- you can leave the fish inside for extra ghosting
- if you need to service your camera, you can keep it floating in the water that entered the aquarium to facilitate accurate troubleshooting
- having a wired remote allows you to recover your camera without soaking your hands in that muddy lake

I loved that extra ghosting idea!

Have heard that if you accidentally drop your camera into sea water you should immerse it in fresh water - here you get the container included - just change the fluid and everything is fine!

Direct link | Posted on Sep 3, 2013 at 08:49 UTC
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duchamp: What a great idea! Think of wireless connection for full camera operation: changing settings, choosing focus point, viewing and reviewing.

Oh, wireless controls do love water! Especially salt water!

Direct link | Posted on Sep 3, 2013 at 08:45 UTC
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DotCom Editor: I think this is a brilliant idea and I recommend it to all Nikon owners.

DotCom Editor is a terrorist as he wants to rid the world of Nikons - we got the proof here!

Direct link | Posted on Sep 3, 2013 at 08:41 UTC
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10kzoom: "Though the site mentions you have to take a lot of shots and check the results because you can't see through the viewfinder, it's worth pointing out that using an SLR with a swivel screen would allow you to compose while you shoot."

Another alternative is to put a small mirror behind the camera at about a 45 degree angle. The LCD image will be upside down but still very helpful in composition.

And to all the Nay Sayers - you either
a) don't have any imagination or initiative and don't appreciate those who do.
b) think the idea is cool but your jealous you didn't think of this idea.
c) never heard of Angus MacGyver.
d) afraid to get your feet wet because you don't like water.
e) don't like fish because your pet goldfish bit your finger when you were 3 yrs old.

Not everyone are willing to risk a functional camera for taking surface shots - a wave and it is good bye!

MacGyver is a work of fiction - not the best authority on making things that work - why not A-Team as well?!

Direct link | Posted on Sep 3, 2013 at 08:40 UTC

Is this a new trend?!

Dumb Idea of the Week?

This week's DIW: Use your D4X as support for your car, when changing wheels!

Next week: Bullet-proof vest made out of discarded Canon DSLRs!

Following week: Use your old Hasselblads to build yourself a hide!

Then: Throw-a-camera competition!

Old favorite from our long series: dropping your camera from the Eiffel Tower - tips and tricks!

Have good day!

Direct link | Posted on Sep 3, 2013 at 08:36 UTC as 19th comment | 1 reply
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gollywop: Fish tanks are designed and braced to withstand low-head water pressure applied from the inside. They are not designed and braced to withstand water pressure of any head applied from the outside. This idea seems to me to be particularly ill-conceived, even in "calm" water.

Agree, 100%! In a swimming pool, with nobody else in it, maybe ...

Direct link | Posted on Sep 3, 2013 at 08:28 UTC
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DonM999: What's missing is ballast to keep the tank reasonably submerged and stable, otherwise it will take some effort to hold it down. The bottom of fish tanks is glass, the bottom should be protected with plywood on both sides. Use towels inside the tank to absorb stray water before it can reach the camera.

Exactly! And why on earth no protective lid?! Doesn't need to be water-proof, just spray-protection!

Direct link | Posted on Sep 3, 2013 at 08:27 UTC

The classic way is using a pail with a glass bottom - better in every way, as a aquarium has a lot of lift, for instance, a 20 liter one has a lift of about 40lbs, thus very affected by any kind of waves.

I've been using cut off pieces of 5-8" clear (1/4" thick) polyacrylic tube, with a flat piece of polyacrylic glued to one end of it, and another to the opposite end, but that with a big hole in it (big enough for your camera!), but with a flange, and then you bolt a flat piece to the flange, after having treated the mating surfaces with Vaseline. Now the camera is fairly waterproof enclosed, so I tend to secure the lid with just two, or three bolts, to make it easier to turn on, before securing the lid!

Now what, you might ask. Well, I use my IR remote in a small zipper bag to control the camera. Works very well, indeed! Never had a leak, and works in rain, too! Some cameras have remotes that can control a lot, some can control just a few functions, so you have to compromise ;-)!

Direct link | Posted on Sep 3, 2013 at 08:25 UTC as 20th comment | 3 replies
On 5 Reasons why I haven't used my DSLR for months article (591 comments in total)
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showmeyourpics: Once again, the best camera is always the one you have with you. It often ends up being something that is easy to schlep around and fun to use. There is a never-ending supply of photographic subjects in the world for any camera system, smart phones included. i. e., try working in manual with an advanced compact for a while. Complex, expensive systems are very powerful but it's easy to trick yourself into thinking that that's all that it takes. A $10,000 Dx body and humongous tele will not get you amazing bird pics unless you firstly learn animal behavior and know exactly where and when to be (Frans Lanting shoots wild birds portraits with a wide angle lens). My part-time pro humble suggestion is: work with a compact system, participate in good workshops, be active in your photo club, learn how to properly process your pics in a decent piece of software (i.e. PS Elements), and print your very best pics with a good tabletop printer.

I wouldn't say PS Elements is decent piece of software, more like basic, no-thrills, kind of software.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 29, 2013 at 13:23 UTC
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Shot straight against the sun, the Sigma 70 macro has no problems at all! Pretty impressive!

Direct link | Posted on Aug 29, 2013 at 12:35 UTC as 1st comment
On 5 Reasons why I haven't used my DSLR for months article (591 comments in total)
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john10001: Thanks! Very interesting article. I am stuck between advanced compact and dSLR with prime lens.

I would love a Pentax K-5 or similar and love the Pentax prime lens e.g. FA31, 43, 77 and so on, and quality you get from them.

However I also like small and compact something to take anywhere. Have used Lumix LX range in the past but I really want to move to something with bigger sensor and better, dynamic range and quality now especially to work with raw files afterwards.

Around 30mm would be my ideal focal length for most situations. I do like what I see at the moment from the likes of Ricoh, Fuji, Sony, Sigma.

Price though is a big thing. A lot of the advanced compacts squeezing in these bigger sensors are extremely expensive and getting well into dSLR prices now.

I left the K-5, and my glorious Pentax FA & DA* lenses, for the far more compact Nikon V1, and not regretted it one moment.

But, there are moments when a bigger sensor is essential, so I went the whole hog, and got myself a D600 - a good combination I think! The AF-S VR 80-400 II works just as well on the updated V1, as on the D600, and it is an amazing lens, as sharp from edge to edge, as in the middle.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 29, 2013 at 11:26 UTC
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newcameralight: I love my Nikon D600 and the various lenses. But my walk around camera is my Fuji X-Pro1 with the 18mm f/2. Lightweight and unobtrusive. I looked at that Nikon recently and thought to myself how much better it would look sitting on a tripod instead of my shoulder.

Size matters, but small isn't always worse, but dynamic range of small sensors is, and AF speed is, too, in low light! I love the AF speed of the D600, and the even better (in that respect) V1 (in good, or normal, light).

In low light the V1 is often tricky to use without a flash, while the AF of both are outstanding, at least for me, coming from Pentax land!

Weight makes the D600 the camera I use mostly at home, or when its extra dynamic range, or low light focusing ability, is needed.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 28, 2013 at 15:03 UTC
On 5 Reasons why I haven't used my DSLR for months article (591 comments in total)
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VaLeX: Indeed, my experience also.
I haven't carried my Pentax K10D and 31 and 77 lenses with me for years (not months). Not only that compacts are so good now, they also have decent video now. Since I've become a father, I've lost both the time and the disposition to take leisure pictures. Instead, I made films of my kids. Lots of them. With a Lumix Lx3. But now, because that camera has broken, I'm forced to rediscover the thrills of taking pics with a DSLR. And, although I'm tempted to update my DSLR to a K5II (those lenses that I own are indeed great and it's a pity not to put them to work), the sensible option would lean towards a Fuji X20, Oly ZX2 or something similar - top compact with bright lens and (a bit) large sensor. Until then, I'm working with K10+31mm in 90% of situations, as if I had a Fuji X100.

I had a K-5, and a number of Pentax best lenses, not least most of the FA ones, and some really good from Tamron, and Sigma, but I did really have to relearn what good IQ was when I switched to Full Format, and a few really good Nikon lenses (and a single Sigma), the total costling less than that I has spent on my Pentax gear. Still lack something like the DA15 (just saw that it is being updated, by Ricoh), but the rest I don't really miss!

Direct link | Posted on Aug 28, 2013 at 14:48 UTC
On 5 Reasons why I haven't used my DSLR for months article (591 comments in total)
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JJ NeXT: Do you own only one screwdriver ?

For me, cameras are like screwdrivers - I have a couple, each one best suited for a specifioc job.

To me the D600 has been a revolution, that, and the 80-400. The things I can do with that lens isn't possible with any other camera/lens combination I have, no matter how costly they are!

So I mostly use a CX camera, and am very pleased with it as well!

Direct link | Posted on Aug 28, 2013 at 14:31 UTC
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DidiBaev: None of the above reasons in my case. I haven't used my DSLR's for months because of inspiration shortage.

Sad to hear! Go out, bring a camera along, and you'll be inspired!

Direct link | Posted on Aug 28, 2013 at 14:27 UTC
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HawaiiVolcanoes: What I really think is that the Japanese Camera manufacturers..especially Sigma..operate in an altered reality/bubble/distortion field...i think they need to really ask people what they want...give it to us...and to stop "frikking" around with us. For yearrrrrrrs now 24x36 sensors have been the Holy Grail..they hold them over our heads....always trying to get us to accept something the idiots at Kodak did with film...disc cameras, 110 etc etc etc ..and APS. The camera companies are going to fail and disappear because of their own arrogance...look at Hasselblad....they used to be a camera they are nothing more than some kind of Electronic Brothel....yes...i'm going all over the place here...just like the camera industry

I use both FF, and CX cameras, but no Hasselblad, even though they're designed just a few miles from here.

Higher resolution, means a possibility to take sharper photos, if your lenses are up to it.

Bigger sensors (physically, not pixel-wise) means lower noise in you photos, so if you have as much light you want, you can use 200 MP backs on your Hasselblad camera, but out in Mother Nature, you can always use bigger sensors, with big pixels, not least at dawn.

That's where I usually shoot, thus I do love big cameras with many pixels, unless I have to carry them a long way! So I want cameras like the D600, but have no urgent need for an optical viewfinder, thus a simplified version is OK with me.

I find no use for high-megapixel mobile phones, except attracting thieves! But many others love them! In Japan, and China, mirrorless cameras sell like hot cakes, in the US, and Europe, the DSLR is totally dominant, thus the Japanese make both kinds.

Very clever guys, indeed!

Direct link | Posted on Aug 28, 2013 at 14:23 UTC
On 5 Reasons why I haven't used my DSLR for months article (591 comments in total)

Should have written Barney, sorry, not Barnaby! Yeah, superb shot of that late model Seafire!

Direct link | Posted on Aug 28, 2013 at 14:07 UTC as 32nd comment
On 5 Reasons why I haven't used my DSLR for months article (591 comments in total)

The bulkier cameras, the less you can enjoy the surroundings (too busy just carrying the stuff around), but you will also get fewer missed shots. When I did BIF, or AIF, with my K-5, equipped with a Sigma 120-400, or a Sigma 150-500, I had a success-rate of about 10%. With the D600, and the 80-400 I have a miss rate of about 10%!

Direct link | Posted on Aug 28, 2013 at 14:03 UTC as 33rd comment
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