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Posts posted by al_kaholik

  1. 15 hours ago, JoT said:

    I bought an E-M5 I with low shutter count, it will do until the III starts hitting the used market at lower prices, not keen on the II the black finish seems to wear quickly. Also traded in a Nikon D5100, Nikkor 18-55 DX zoom, Nikkor 55-200 DX zoom, Nikkor 35mm DX, Olympus 25mm f1.8 and Olympus 14-42 ED and bought an Olympus 17mm f1.8 and Olympus 12-40 f2.8 Pro

    Other than a new camera body in a couple of years that should see me out :laughing2dw:

    The 12-40 pro is a great lens, super pleased for you. Mine is pretty much bolted to the front of the body. Having the FN button on there to use (digital teleconverter is how I have mine set) is great. You get a bit more reach with very useable results at your finger tip.

    If you haven't had one before, when the focus ring moves it locks off AF, which means you can have a little twitchy moment thinking its broken and wont focus. Just check the ring back and forwards its been a common 'oh sh...' moment for many I think!

    I'm a big fan of the kit 40-150mm too, I get very useable results for such a light and small lens.


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  2. 19 minutes ago, JoT said:

    Well that didn't last long the OM-D E-M10 III is now in the possession of  Rolexgirl and I have instructions to sell her Nikon

    So I have just bought a pre-owned OM-D E-M5 

    I did wonder how long an em5 would take glad it's being out to good use though! I'm very tempted but put off looking and will persevere with nursing it until before my next holiday!

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  3. 14 minutes ago, JoT said:

    I bought the MkIII from here for the price of a good pre-owned model https://www.srsmicrosystems.co.uk/cameras/compact-system-cameras/olympus-csc-cameras/olympus-om-d-e-m10-mark-iii-camera-body-black.html

    Good service was in the post the same day, should be here in an hour!

    They are offering a big discount and will split a Camera + lens kit, also if you register the camera with Olympus before 30th May Olympus will send you a 45mm portrait lens

    I thought about a pre-owned E-M5 but decided to stick with the E-M10

    They are good prices! Very tempted to get one with the 14-42EZ as its the one lens I regret selling. Its a cracking little thing (especially when had with the auto lens cap.

    I thought it'd be redundant by the 12-40 pro, but sometimes you just want something to pocket and get on!

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  4. 20 hours ago, JoT said:

    Olympus OM-D E-M10 III to replace the E-M10 I which I managed to lose on Monday

    My EM10 mk1's shutter button has come off, and when reattached has gone very loose so have been looking to upgrade.

    I've looked at the EM10 mk2 and 3, and an em5 mk2 as a possible replacement. The EM5 mk3 looks great but I can't justify the price right now, though it seems the best of all worlds.

    On 06/05/2020 at 16:33, BobJ said:

    That's a Titan brand from Screwfix.It required a fair bit of fettling to set it up plus a replacement Starret blade to get it running well.

    I use it mainly for cutting down 3x2  2x2  2x1  to exact sizes. Very good for shape cutting  too.

    A table circular saw would probably be a better option but this takes up less space and creates way less dust to clean up.


    I have a Titan table saw and you are right about it taking up space. Very useful for the times it gets used though.

    Today a toilet, sink waste and a tiny radiator arrived. I could do with popping out to pick up some 9mm plasterboard and more slab insulation too.

  5. 17 minutes ago, John_D said:

    Moi? My first (Luch 3055) is currently on it's way from the Ukraine, seen here on the seller's wrist......


    Hope you have more luck than I did with mine. It ran when it arrived briefly, then started stuttering. The seller wasn't much help. Think it just needs a mechanical service...

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  6. I saw this and thought the dial layout was reasonable with the white text at 9. Then I saw the flag at 12, which is hardly visible (actual eyeball test may be different) and thought "just make that white!" And lose the text at 9. 

    With the aggressive pushed CW do in London, I'd argue the could just use a logo. 


    Other than that I quite like the design and concept

  7. Some of the odd ball Seikos are great. Cheap to service, often cheap to pick up and lots of variations. King Seiko represent very good value, as do some of the Grand Seiko range. Or a Vanac, or a SARB, or a SARX... Loads of great Seikos out there.

    A n unusual '5'


    Lord Matic


    And the revered Lord Marvel 36000, a true high beat bargain.


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  8. 3 hours ago, scottswatches said:

    I didn't like leaving whichever watch I wore that day on the hard worktop in the bathroom, so I had a load of these 'watch beds' made




    To the untrained eye they look remarkably like coasters, not watch beds.  :whistle:  Sending them FOC with all current orders, and if any established members of the forum would like one then PM me your address

    Are the watchbeds coming with adornments? Say those that are brown, bottle like structures filled with bubbly nectar? :thumbs_up:

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  9. Jon Mack (of Traska) has said that he will send out a new 6 o'clock side of the bracelet, so top marks to him.

    Here is another shot of the strap, its been lashed together from what I had lying around so isn't pretty at the back end. It was very much a learn as you go job, so the tongue end is MK2 and a little more refined. I've only black leather now (thickness more suited to single piece straps, so will need to get some more brown. It was double thickness of c.1.5mm to get where it is. I just sanded the edges and then attempted to burnish a little.

    I used Bostik leather glue (I've previously had it for my shoes and repairing leather straps. The buckle is 16mm robbed from elsewhere (hence aggressive last minute cut at the end. As I said super rough, but it fitted the bill with what I had.

    49837363872_1730d1ac97_c.jpgStrap by Alex Bennett, on Flickr

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  10. Well its nothing fantastic, but out of necessity, I've put together a strap. I bought some very basic leather working tools a while back, of which only really the needles, punches, cutting mat and awl are useful.

    I also bought some strips/offcuts of leather and after a few boo-boos was able to come up with this.

    49835562287_3dcf4caec8_c.jpgDIY strap by Alex Bennett, on Flickr

    I say it was necessity, I managed to shear a link screw clean off  whilst sizing the bracelet - just waiting for the manufacturer to get back to me as its a brand new watch and all of the others have come out with ease and the same force. Just unlucky I guess but it's in the last non-removable link rendering it useless at this point in time. :(

    Other than this, the Traska experience of unboxing and feel was very good. It wears just fine on my strap but I'm itching to try it on the bracelet. Below its pictured

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