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Friday April 06 2012

Last night I went along to that meeting that Simon Gibbs and Andy Janes flagged up in comments on the previous posting here, and am very glad to have done so.  I will try to do a write-up of it for Samizdata (although I promise nothing).  Meanwhile here are a couple of pictures I took:

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On the left, the guest speaker at the meeting, Tom Burroughes.  On the right, a snap of somewhat over half of those present, including Tom.

The picture on the left shows how good speaker photos can be, even in poor light.  The picture on the right shows the usefulness of having a wider angle lens that I have hitherto had.  However, only a rather small proportion of the rather few snaps I took came out well, which was a slight disappointment.  The new camera is better for this kind of thing than the old one, but not as much of an improvement as I had been hoping.

Or maybe I am just getting used to it, and my standards have gone up.

Here’s another picture that works better with the new wider and more panoramic lens.  It’s the venue of the meeting, the Rose & Crown, taken when I first got there:

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Another for the Pubs Dwarfed by Modernity collection.  Pubs in London are like Churches, in that they have a habit of surviving when all around them is replaced by higher rise modernity.  (Of course, you no longer see the pubs that perish.)

I had been wandering around in Southwark beforehand, mostly snapping the Shard through random architectural and other junk in the foreground.  As a result I found myself approaching the Rose & Crown from an unfamiliar and more interesting direction than usual.

Glad to have run into you last night Brian.
This is the video of the PCSO stopping a photographer
“But you are not a tourist!” I was telling you about.
Common Law FTW!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Vj4imfGXYo&feature=related
Putting links you refer to actually in the comment FTW ;)

Posted by James Oliver Deckard on 06 April 2012

The number of times zoom from the biggest telephoto to the widest angle in a zoom lens is the ratio of the focal length of the largest telephoto to the focal length of the widest wide angle in the lens. These “lengths” are physical sizes. In order to make the ratio large, you have to make the lens physically small. When you make the lens physically small, the image cast by the lens on the sensor is physically small. This means that the sensor also must be physically small. A physically small sensor collects less light than does a larger sensor (proportional to the ratio of the square of the aperture, actually, so a lens half as long leads to a sensor catching a quarter of the light). Therefore, as they collect less light (and because big zooms inherently have larger f-stops), toy cameras such as yours are much worse than are cameras with large sensors and fixed focal length lenses, such as digital SLRs and medium format cameras.

But they are, none the less, getting better.

Posted by Michael Jennings on 06 April 2012

"are much worse than are cameras with large sensors and fixed focal length lenses, such as digital SLRs and medium format cameras, in low light”.

Muphry strikes again.

Posted by Michael Jennings on 06 April 2012
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