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Electronic designer. Professional Engineer. Oldish aka "reasonably experienced" :-).
Contact - apptechnz gmail com <- you know the drill.
Tel: +64 9 837 2999 gmt+13

Special interest in technological solutions for developing country applications. Extensive in-China experience in product development & manufacturing in China.

Jack of all trades, Master of Electrical engineering. (aka ME (elec)) Interested in all aspects of modern technology. Professional qualifications in electrical engineering but practically proficient or conversant in many peripheral areas.

Recent extensive experience in solar powered LED lighting development and manufacturing in China for markets worldwide.

"Servant of the Most High God" / committed Christian. Happy to work enthusiastically and interact amicably with people of all nationalities and creeds.

Married with 2 adult children.

Obsessional photographer.


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comment How to shoot a 220 yard photo with an 18-135mm lens
Re long lenses. You can never get a long enough birding lens (for almost all values of 'you'). Longest lowish cost will be a 500mm mirror - usually f8. Old manual heavy 500mm at variable quality - often made for something else & with an adaptor can be cheap or lowish cost. 2 x teleconverter + 300mm similarly. All of these MAY give better quality than cropped 135mm but will not satisfy. A hide is your only choice :-)
Dec
18
comment applying random instagram type filters to a bunch of photos
If printed, just throw them on the floor and walk on them. Results will invariably be superior to Instagram.
Dec
18
comment Does street photography including children introduce any specific concern?
Just revisiting this when flagged by others after one + years. Still reads the same. This is meta. -> -1
Nov
28
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Nov
28
comment Why professional photographers use DSLR?
@Max You can compose your shot with a Pinhole camera and take great pictures with a Pinhole camera; all within the limitation of the camera, also. It's just that the "limitation of the camera" wrt what is implied by "SLR" is severe. So too, what is usually meant in broad terms by SLR & P&S compares two systems with vastly different capabilities. The areas of overlap are usually due to a P&S which is noticeably "more SLR like".
Nov
13
comment Nikon D200 battery woes
@MauryMarkowitz if the contact is "soft" and the battery is against a hard stop then pushing in the battery harder will make only a very small difference to separation. The battery is an EN-EL3E - same as in my D700. Could you try CAREFULLY adding a conductive strip to the middle contact using eg brass shim. You'd not want it to come off and short the battery! IF this works it gives you confidence that the problem lies in the contacts and you can possibly address by "careful and competent manipulation"
Nov
13
comment How should I select a price for a landscape image?
@CountIblis This is a website where people provide free consultancy services. Both answers and questions are covered by the relevant site licence. People may charge up to the maximum allowed by the licence.
Nov
13
comment Does a “body-only” DSLR need a lens added before use?
"Body only" does not refer to any characteristic of the camera as such it simply means it is not sold as a "camera + lens combo" - it means "you need to buy or supply the lens separately" | You cannot take good photos without a lens. | You will want a lens that is compatible with the camera that suits your purpose and your budget.
Nov
13
answered Nikon D200 battery woes
Nov
4
comment Why are large zoom ratio constant apertures lenses not generally available?
People who want them can't afford them and tend to not realise what they are asking for. People who can afford them (very few indeed) do not want them as they probably prefer using CZ primes instead.
Oct
28
comment Considerations for Photographing a Nude Wedding
.... Shooting in RAW or RAW + JPEG seems a really good idea.
Oct
28
comment Considerations for Photographing a Nude Wedding
.... It seems likely that either some substantial reading up and/or looking at samples and/or a trial run would be useful. [Hmmm: this keeps sounding like I'm trying to be funny but that is meant to be serious. | One problem I have found in group photos is that when you line up ruddy faced Uncle Jim alongside pale bride or other less glowing relatives that you get a wider variation than expected in the final result - wider than your eye sees and wider than live view sees. When you have much large flesh areas this could be an additional problem. Knowing this in advance would help. | ....
Oct
28
comment Considerations for Photographing a Nude Wedding
Never done one. Anticipate never doing one. But: I'd think lighting would be more than usually important, if that's possible. Shadows that are not usually there will be (not an attempt to be funny). White balance across a whole body may or may not be critically harder to achieve with satisfaction than usual. Skin tone is one of the hard things to get looking good (there IS no "right") so this is probably much harder. You probably don't have an easy way of flexibly changing colour temperatures on the fly, but you may wish to see if eg LED infill lighting will help here. ....
Oct
28
comment How much do I charge for the first time wedding photo shoot?
+1 a;most 2 years on. It's a considered answer and adds value and thinking material. I don't see it deserving the downvotes.
Oct
21
comment video images vs. burst images
@mivilar Granted. But the photo content was far too good to pass up :-).
Oct
20
revised video images vs. burst images
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Oct
20
answered video images vs. burst images
Oct
15
answered Difference between Minolta MC and MD mounts and can they be used on AF camera?
Oct
14
comment How best to repair water damage
Seeing you mention getting a quote -> from another question: Consider getting a quote from Steven Lee, Camera Hospital, Beencoolen street, Singapore - Camera hospital website here I have personally sent cameras and lenses from NZ for Steven to repair, so this option is possibly a viable one for you. He's good, honest, friendly (although sometimes little spoken) and about as cheap as you'll get. Slow freight both ways and it may be worthwhile. The shop is small (aka tiny) and contains vast numbers of cameras, some for sale and many for display.
Oct
14
revised Can I get a damaged Canon 70-300mm repaired more cheaply?
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