Ken Yull

Ken Yull

Lives in United Kingdom Spalding. Lincs., United Kingdom
Works as a Retired. (Practicing Layabout.).
Joined on Mar 24, 2003

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entoman: Clever design. Pretty. Compact. Light. Great for travel.

But very expensive.

Awkward to use in portrait mode, or for low level work.

I'll stick to my Benbo Trekker Pro. Heavy but can be unlocked, adjusted and relocked using a single lever. Legs splay to any angle. Centre column swings up to use as a focusing rail. Legs can be immersed in 18" water. Incredibly strong and stable in all conditions. Thrives on tricky terrain. Won't blow over in the wind. Best tripod ever made. I've had mine for 30 years and it operates as good as new.

I agree, after using a Benbo nothing comes close as to versatility. I've had mine 35 years.
And Peak Design have a good following but their prices are rather inflated.

Link | Posted on May 22, 2019 at 09:35 UTC
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Ken Yull: My Astronomy motorized remote control head can do much more than this item, can be used for terrestrial photography for multi image pans, and time lapse as it also operates my cameras, for multi images it also stops panning movement for each exposure. And all this is programmable, just set it up, and press start.
At less than half the price.
And of course it can find and remember many far off worlds, with included 'scope.

Anyone still interested in the Virtuoso, here is a video Demo of it. With one error it is stated that has to stand on a table top only, that is incorrect it has a built in tripod mounting point as I use mine on a Manfrotto 055 Pro.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oySbet53cnI

Link | Posted on Jan 20, 2019 at 00:20 UTC
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Ken Yull: My Astronomy motorized remote control head can do much more than this item, can be used for terrestrial photography for multi image pans, and time lapse as it also operates my cameras, for multi images it also stops panning movement for each exposure. And all this is programmable, just set it up, and press start.
At less than half the price.
And of course it can find and remember many far off worlds, with included 'scope.

Manual etc here, should explain it all. It is bulky but does work well and was cheap, probably only found second hand now. I mount it on my 055 Pro no problems.

> http://skywatcherusa.com/downloads/manuals/S11750_Virtuoso.pdf <

Works with my Panasonics OK, comes with one connecting lead for Canon which is compatible with Panasonics. But there is a large range of alternative leads available. Can be used with Compact Phones but you need some way of controlling them. Have not used it much for Astronomy just a quick look at the moon on the occasional moment.
But for photography it is very interesting, panoramas can be multi layers, eg 10 rows x 10 columns, whatever you need. Learning the programming is a steep curve, takes a while to understand and remember, but patience is well rewarded.

Link | Posted on Jan 16, 2019 at 11:08 UTC

My Astronomy motorized remote control head can do much more than this item, can be used for terrestrial photography for multi image pans, and time lapse as it also operates my cameras, for multi images it also stops panning movement for each exposure. And all this is programmable, just set it up, and press start.
At less than half the price.
And of course it can find and remember many far off worlds, with included 'scope.

Link | Posted on Jan 15, 2019 at 13:25 UTC as 6th comment | 4 replies

Can be useful items. I have a Minolta Dimage Scan Dual Mk IV which wass used for converting many of our slides and Negs, now used for the odd few slides/negs of friends, and family. A bit long in the tooth but still giving acceptable results, which of course also relys on quality of media being scanned.
But any scanner is better than none if you want to preserve some of your old film based photos yourself, though for small quantities better to pay a professional to do it.

Link | Posted on Dec 10, 2018 at 22:45 UTC as 4th comment
On photo P1260832croppptd in windmillgolfer's photo gallery (2 comments in total)

What a cracker, hope you put it on a lead when taking for a walk!

Link | Posted on Sep 16, 2018 at 16:55 UTC as 1st comment | 1 reply
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tinternaut: In a nation where some some fifty two percent of citizens have been diagnosed with Dunning-Kruger, I think a little regulation of drone usage is a good idea. Drones are often a public nuisance and more than just a danger to aircraft.

Do the other 48% suffer with the Imposter Effect?

Link | Posted on Nov 28, 2017 at 13:34 UTC

I still have mine, only problem is the battery catch broke, so have to put a strong elastic band around the body, which does impede operations some-what!
But it was very good in it's day, when I upgraded to a Minolta I passed it on to my wife. Who was very happy with it, until the broken door catch happened. Then we had two Minoltas.

Link | Posted on Feb 3, 2017 at 23:17 UTC as 16th comment
On article Affinity Photo beta now available for Windows (79 comments in total)

Installed and removed in 1 hour. Will not run with out Aero running. I don't run Aero causes too many extra problems.

Link | Posted on Nov 11, 2016 at 17:04 UTC as 9th comment | 1 reply
On article Looking Sharp: A focus stacking tutorial (223 comments in total)

I'm happy with my FZ330 Post Focus and Helicon Focus software. Easier and quicker!

Link | Posted on May 29, 2016 at 23:00 UTC as 51st comment

My Astro Scan mount does all that and takes any camera capable of time lapse, and cost less!

Link | Posted on Oct 3, 2015 at 13:08 UTC as 5th comment

Someone has made a mistake! WEX in the UK, and Panasonic UK are calling this a FZ330, with a few other differences. So this begs a question, does this mean two differing models. WEX are stating a UK price of £499.00p. They sell FZ200 at £279, this is with a cashback deal.

http://www.panasonic.com/uk/consumer/cameras-camcorders/lumix-digital-cameras---point-and-shoot/bridge-cameras/dmc-fz330.html

Link | Posted on Jul 16, 2015 at 13:45 UTC as 18th comment | 4 replies
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ecka84: Actually, 4.5-108mm f/2.8 is equivalent to 25-600mm f/16.

I'm writing to Santa now, make sure he puts one in my sock for Christmas.
I'm not interested in all the no nos, I like what I see, and have always been very happy with Panny Products.

Link | Posted on Jul 16, 2015 at 13:25 UTC
On article Olympus Stylus 1 First Impressions Review (327 comments in total)
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davethecubist: No filter threads in a $700 "enthusiast" camera. I think it's a poser.

Well seems the CLA-13 is a bayonet fit, so how will anyone use a screw fit filter?
I have a TCon 1.7C which is screw fit, so can't use it with the S1.
So cancelling my order tomorrow.

Link | Posted on Dec 2, 2013 at 00:58 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6 Hands-on Preview (208 comments in total)
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Mark Schormann: An impressive 5 Fn buttons? Aargh! These things are more a curse than a blessing. Who can honestly remember which function was allocated to which button? And what you changed it to last?
I would be much more impressed with less Fn buttons - just put the things that are needed onto well marked buttons and the rest of the stuff into the menus. An Fn button is effectively just a badly marked button IMHO.

Well I like being able to set a button for changing shutter to silent or back. If you don't appreciate Fn buttons just stay with the default settings.

Link | Posted on Apr 24, 2013 at 22:51 UTC

Weight= 171g (.38lb) or 6.3oz

Link | Posted on Nov 8, 2011 at 13:20 UTC as 5th comment
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