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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 Night photo with Leica 25mm: blur at f/1.4
(1) Shine light on subject at left. Use spot centre focus or an off centre focus point to focus. Recompose photo while maintaining focus setting. Light off. Go. or (2) Set focus manually to match target (usually very hard at f/1.x)
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comment What kind of lighting do I need for a halo portrait?
One aspect only: If you are trying to do this 'in the field' with minimal equipment then fill flash will help to independently control face brightness. Relative flash to ambient exposure can often be selected but range may not be enough. Flash set to manual allows more range. You can add a diffuser to flash if necessary to get even less light.
Apr
18
comment How do popular free RAW editor/converter compare to each other on Windows?
FWIW free Irfanview does RAW conversion.
Apr
16
comment To switch or not
... (electronic viewfinder). You get full time 'what you see is what you get' viewing (if you want it)which is unmatchable by cameras with an optical viewfinder. BUT the EVF is also the major dislike of dyed in the wool OVF advocates. The EVF/OVF choice is probably the biggest decision point. I have a Sony A77 AND a Nikon D700. The D700 is very significantly better in low light BUT - I just spent a month in India and took only one major camera - the A77 - its "photo making" ability is unbeatable IF you can tolerate the EVF. I can. Try all major alternatives to decide for yourself.
Apr
16
comment To switch or not
... Some cameras and some camera systems may never do what you want - if so, easy choice. | The A77 was amongst the most capable of the APSC cameras image quality wise on release BUT newer models from other manufacturers are overhauling it. The A77 is somewhat down on low light noise performance compared to some alternatives. If this is of major importance to you you may wish to look at how it compares and at alternatives. | Where the A77 stands out from Nikon & Canon offerings is in the view/liveview performance achieved from the use of the SLT semi silvered mirror plus EVF ...
Apr
16
comment To switch or not
You need initially to look at the total cost of the choices and decide if any are unacceptable. Many people build up a major investment in peripherals (lenses & flashes mainly) and changing often means selling at a loss. If your sony peripherals investment is not large and you can sell them at not a vast cost this may not be a significant factor. THEN look at what the cameras will do compared with what you want to do now and long term. Then look at the long term evolution/path you will need to follow to achieve what you want. This gives you an idea of medium and long term costs. ...
Apr
11
comment What Will Make Me Buy the D800 over DF if the former is cheaper?
DF/D800: No video/video.| DF has best low light performance of any 35mm camera ever sold. Unlike the D600/D800 the actual sensor noise per pixel is lower than for a D700. BUT many other factors too.
Mar
3
comment How can I get the top people of a camera brand to listen to a design idea I have?
@ClaraOnager - I'll admit to being quietly amazed at your comment about the sheer level of comments "showing the badness". Did you READ the comments? Yes, there are numerous negative ones - (one person went to every answer and made comment to help keep the -ve count up :-) ) , but there also many useful ones which have helped me substantially and which will help some other people too. I think all the answers are useful and there are 40+ upvotes on them as I write this. Apparently your expectations of a 10k user (or 13k6 fwiw :-) ) is not quite the same as everyone else's.
Mar
2
comment How can I get the top people of a camera brand to listen to a design idea I have?
Update: Pretty sad really. I see the downvotes slowly growing. And this has been a very worthwhile exercise for me. And ultimately will quite likely be useful for others. But it is slowly going +3/-4, +3/-5 ... and soon enough it will die. Which is sad as WHILE the various comments have been valuable and useful and largely enough correct AND have added some guidance, they have not reflected reality as I have managed to experience it. I think :-). Hearing the whole story when it can be told better is likely to be of use to others, but, by then it will probably be gone. A loss to others.
Feb
28
comment How can I get the top people of a camera brand to listen to a design idea I have?
I seem to have obtained the access I desired - now I just need to present it succinctly and cogently and we'll see how it goes. I'm in the midst of writing it up 'formally' but had an occasion to outline it informally "off the cuff" in private to a friend and saw how badly I can manage to summarise it without much effort. So, care required, but ...
Feb
28
comment How can I get the top people of a camera brand to listen to a design idea I have?
I do 'like' the way jwenting has gone around many of the answers dropping in the same negative comment in slightly altered form. More into will be provided when it's 'safe' to do so.
Feb
28
comment How can I get the top people of a camera brand to listen to a design idea I have?
... ignoring the many peripheral ones. I "invented" the Sony SLT on paper in 2003 after buying a superb Minolta 7Hi and realising where SLRs would go. It took Sony a few more years to buy Minolta and follow me :-). I watch camera interfaces and note how people are thrashing around to and from without making quantum leaps in control methodology. The time has come :-). The way the world works is the best I will achieve is to point to this thread and say that I almost managed to be 1st. No prize for2nd.
Feb
28
comment How can I get the top people of a camera brand to listen to a design idea I have?
@jwenting - Twice? Dozens of times :-). The drier was obvious but useful. I didn't have internet search then. I Ps the rocket pump so did not seek to gain from it. That my "wheel" was essentially in tie sync with Macdonnell Douglas leaves a fairly good feeling. I saw (really stupid) a loophole in their patent that would allow me to bypass it totally - not of interest. | BUT I started with a Box Brownie 50 years ago :-). I bought an SRT303B thereby more or less welding myself decades later to Sony (due to A mount lenses - as happens). I've had about 9 digital cameras in a row ....
Feb
28
comment How can I get the top people of a camera brand to listen to a design idea I have?
... they read my brain (It did cause another company to take urgent steps to do damage control re my disclosure)(They since got a NASA contract to develop it). And ... . None of this is stunning. 'It steam engines come steam engine time' and if one has many dozens of ideas on file some will get preempted by others and found to be commercial. The trick is picking the good ones.I have a few more that I'm trying to do similar with (know anyone high up atr Honda ? :-) ). We'll see.
Feb
28
comment How can I get the top people of a camera brand to listen to a design idea I have?
@Jwenting - :-) . I'll bite my tongue for now. I've even deleted the sentence I just wrote here that may have been 'just that bit too much'. Suffice it to say that I'm sure that if I can get Phil Molyneaux (specifically) to look at it for 5 to 10 minutes 'we'll be off'. | FWIW I 'invented' the condensing clothes dryer - unaware they had been in use in Europe for many decades. One day a rocket will go to orbit using an ultra cheap turbopump replacement that I public domained the concept for - unaware that Macdonnell Douglas had a then undisclosed patent in the pipeline that reads like ....
Feb
27
comment How can I get the top people of a camera brand to listen to a design idea I have?
... Then there is the walking thingy I want to persuade Honda that they want to know about :-) [That being one of the areas they like to play in]. Then ... :-. TBD. | Camera patent will hopefully be filed 'about now'. We'll go from there.
Feb
27
comment How can I get the top people of a camera brand to listen to a design idea I have?
See comments I've placed on my question. I agree with all you've said more or less. But I'll not be doing it the "logical" way. Too much to do, not enough life available. Off to India in 8 days and another major proposal to get in plus getting ready. Agh ... ie I need to find a way past the months and years inertia of "the system". I need 5 to 10 minutes of PM's time. No more than 5 if I must. REally clunky software emulation is a good start but best is just holding a camera and describing how it would work. 'You'll see' :-) | ....
Feb
27
comment How can I get the top people of a camera brand to listen to a design idea I have?
... my paper designs for this next great leap to be what drives reality and not wait for someone else to do it :-).
Feb
27
comment How can I get the top people of a camera brand to listen to a design idea I have?
... AND you want it NOW. | Yes, Sony does not work that way. Yes Phil's secretary would beat me off with a large stick. Yes it's crazy. Yes it works. | 11 years ago I bought a Minolta 7Hi. $2500NZ semiwholesale. In spending power at least the same in $US then. And in current $ maybe the better part of double that. 5 Mp. bridge camera. OK zoom range. EVF. Magic. It showed me what a camera could do. I "designed" paper dream SLR systems. I told people that one day cameras would do xxx. After too long Sony produced their SLT cameras - the A77 is about what I had in mind back then. I'd like ....
Feb
27
comment How can I get the top people of a camera brand to listen to a design idea I have?
... in a few minutes that in fact I'm correct :-). | Yes it sounds utterly utterly crazy. | Yes it sounds totally impossible that everyone has missed such a major gain for so long. | Yes. I still believe it. | When I said nature photography I was including it in "almost real time". Not the sit and wait and time the moment wity set settings but the two Peregrines diving and play fighting, The Otter in and out of the water, the sudden changes in and out of deep shadow - times when auto xxx is not enough and you want to change ISO or aperture or white balance or flash or memory recall or xxx ....