To go full frame or not to go full frame? What a problem!

According to my catalogue of pictures in Adobe Lightroom I took my first digital picture in 2001 using a Sony Cybershot. I am not too sure what the sensor size in the Cybershot was, but I am quite sure that it would not have been half-frame/APS-C. It was most likely something more like an eighth or tenth frame—in relative size.

Over the years I gradually worked my way up to half frame, the first of which was probably the Pentax K10D in 2006; and I have stuck with half frame/APS-C ever since.

But lately I have been thinking more and more about making that huge leap to full frame. This is problem that us keen photographers mull over from time to time. It is problem that never goes away.

The three main reasons I can think of for me to make such a move are:

  1. Better performance in low light—less digital noise; or at least an improved ability to reduce digital noise is post processing.
  2. Improved dynamic range.
  3. More 'room' for cropping.

Another less compelling reason to go full frame is to be able to produce amazing large prints. Unless, that is, you want to do lots of large prints—in which case cross out the 'less' from the previous sentence.

While the new Sony a7r Mk3 is just a little too expensive, there are some amazing deals now on the superseded a7r Mk2.


MND afflicted wife is basically living on Up-and-Go

I have mentioned previously in a couple of posts that my wife has motor neuron disease (MND), or, for my American readers that would be amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

After some cursory tests it was suspected she might have MND back around January this year (2017). Now, some 10 months later with MND having been confirmed, she is basically unable to eat anything other than soft chicken in small pieces or eggs (as omelette, or boiled, or poached). She can't eat bread of any kind because it turns to a paste and she can't swallow it--ditto in most cases for pasta and potato (and anything made using potato). She can't eat anything that takes much chewing due to jaw muscle tiredness or strength. She can't drink anything that is too thin for fear of choking; so coffee and tea are out, as are thin soups, as is water. She can't eat anything that is lumpy that might cause her to choke or has skins that she cannot chew or swallow easily (such as tomato or beans).

So, with just about everything 'normal' now on the "can't fecking eat it" list, her main food has become Sanitarium's Up-and-Gowith two whole Weet-Bix in every drink

The following picture shows her supply for about a week.

Needless to say, Sanitarium are now making a small fortune out us.

All Ordinaries index FINALLY breaks the 6,000 line

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Three years later than it was originally forecast to, the Australia 'All Ordinaries' stock index has finally got over the 6,000 marker.

I know that there are a number of respected forecasters suggesting this is an aberration and that the index will likely fall back below this mark before Xmas; but just the fact it has finally made it 6,000 is great for those of us facing retirement in the not-too-distant future.

With most superannuation funds you will find that somewhere around fifty percent of the fund's investment will be in Australian stocks (with another 15 to 20 percent in overseas stocks). So everybody out there who has superannuation--which will be everybody who has a job or who has had a job--should be throwing a 6,000 Index Party about now.

On the downside, even at 6,000 the All Ordinaries index is still a whopping 828 points away from getting back to where it was before the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) hit us back in 2007/2008. So, it has taken almost ten long years for the Australian index to claw back this far; and based on the current climb rate we can't expect to see the index finally get back to its pre-GFC level until about mid-2019. That's assuming we don't go to war with anyone in the meantime and the oft talked about 'second GFC ripple' does not come true.

I will just also point out that almost every other market index in the world made it back to their pre-GFC levels three or four years ago. I often wonder how it is that in that country that apparently made it through the GFC better than all the others--so the Labor government told us over and over at the time--has such an under-performing share market?