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Back in a Flash!

As hinted in yesterday evening’s walk review, I acquired a brand-new digital camera yesterday – the Nikon Coolpix S9400.

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This will replace the Nikon COOLPIX S8200 (a slight upgrade, then) that I tried to repair a month ago, before conceding defeat and handing it over to the professionals at Nikon… To keep that story brief; their technician determined that there was too much damage already done and that the camera was beyond economical repair.

In all the time that I was waiting for a response, I could’ve just purchased a new camera but they did eventually come up with a pair of Exchange Offers – one being an A-grade refurbished S8200 (admittedly, it would’ve been dearer than buying one new from Amazon); the other was a ‘bridge’ camera (which I understand to lie somewhere between a compact camera and a digital SLR, but also refurbished).

I quite liked the look of this Nikon Coolpix P520, especially considering that it would’ve only been a fraction dearer than the £150 I’ve just payed for my new camera and that it would’ve been unattainable brand-new, given its RRP. It was only when I began to read the reviews that I realised it had issues that would’ve irritated me – most notable, concerns over the camera’s inability to focus with clarity with the extensive zoom lens. But along with that, several comments suggested that there may be a delay or pause between simple functions such as taking one photo and preparing for the next.

Before my water bill arrived this week, I was thinking of going for a low-end DSLR, which might have cost between £300-400, at a guess. But I then began to consider what I would most like to use it for (walking) and I made a strong decision to stick with a compact that’s cheaper to replace and, I’m sure, a lot easier to carry over long distances and hills.

Speaking of which, I plan on buying a waterproof carry case for this camera; preferably with pockets for SD cards and storage. I won’t be preparing a full review of this model because I don’t consider myself to be ‘all-that-technical‘ when it comes to photography… I doubt I’ll even use half the features of this one, as with every other camera I’ve owned. I was a bit disappointed that the S9400 uses different batteries to my old S8200 (so, I’ve already ordered a spare) and while I’ve found the Coolpix range to be great at shooting in levels of low light, this one seems to compensate automatically by upping the white balance. It may not sound like a bad feature to have but my previous one didn’t do this. Having taken some sample shots of my flat (which has pretty poor lighting and a minimal allowance for daylight), I can see it giving a false representation of what my home truly looks like. I also found that a couple of features (which I would deem to be optional) were set to ‘On’ as default and so I had to work through the menus to disable them (not much of a challenge, given that I’m already familiar with the Nikon Coolpix interface).

I’m hoping to take this one out for a debut run walk this weekend. I’ve never owned a white camera before and only went for this because it was significantly cheaper than the other colours. It’ll be interesting to note the colour changes throughout the rest of 2014. Hopefully, I’ll have fewer grubby smart phone shots to share from here on! 😉

Thanks for reading and happy snapping!

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If You Didn’t Make It…

“If you didn’t make it, don’t try to break it!”

That’s my motto for this story I’m about to share. A tale that only ends in woe, as I strive to replace an important piece of my Nikon Coolpix S8200 digital camera… A quest of penny-pinching, that eventually ends in achieving the greatest debt possible.

Scratches on the outer lens cover.

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Mounting Time?

A few days ago, I found myself wanting to record and upload a Keek that would be entered in Richard Morley’s competition (or #keekcontest). You can click here to see a complete list of the entries submitted (each one is no more than 36-seconds long) but the basic requirement was simply that we would need to ‘rout something’.

A temporary tripod-mount for my smartphone.

To suit my intentions, I needed a device to hold my smart phone while I performed an operation on the router table (working single-handedly with any machinery is never safe). I just about managed to clamp the magnetic flip-case of my smart phone to the lightweight, aluminium tripod I use with my digital camera but it’s now got me thinking about making a more permanent fixture for this set up…

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High on a Hill

Meditation has become something that is quite significant within my life. It’s not something I practice as often as I feel I should and I find I am at my best when I’m at a centre with a dedicated time and space for meditation. But last Sunday, I created a bit of a ‘revelation’ for myself in being able to meditate high on top of one of the Mendip Hills.

Meditating up on Crook Peak, Somerset.

This post is supplemented with photographs courtesy of my Instagram account.

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This Little Light of Mine…

In an effort to get myself back in to the swing of things and to make use of the workshop while I still have it, I’m trying to tie up a few ‘loose ends’ while I still have a few days before I return to work. This means that I’m trying to sort out a few videos that have been on my to-do list for too long (one was uploaded last night) and I’m also trying to get various bits and pieces together that I can eventually submit for magazine publication (tool reviews and tests, hopefully some small projects, too).

I was going some photos with my current camera (Nikon S8200) last night when I finally found a practical use for a small item I bought from Rutlands over a year ago:

Magnetic LED Light Mine from Rutlands

It’s a magnetic LED light mine and I only really bought it because, when it first arrived in their catalogue, it was on sale and available with free delivery. I was hoping to use it with my bandsaw but, even when I got the positioning right, the light wasn’t always strong enough. So, it’s been sat on top of bandsaw for far too long since then. But, where another LED device has since failed (possible dust ingestion), this little light is still working fine.

I could’ve done with this while filming some of my video sequences but this thought never occurred until I’d starting photographing things afterwards.

If you follow me on Twitter then, you’ll have noticed that I’ve been watching a lot of videos on making bandsaw boxes. Certainly, they kept me occupied far beyond my bed time last night! That’s something I’m looking at experimenting with soon and it’s given me new hope for another inspiring idea I came up with back in… August, I think! 😉

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