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Archive | December 2, 2015

Calling The ‘Lunar Mirrorless’ An Hasselblad Is A CRIME!

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by Anura Guruge


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Click for ‘B&H’ listing.


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Click for the Amazon listing for the Sony NEX-7.


Talk about a let down. I saw the ‘B&H’ ad. for an Hasselblad on Facebook. When I saw the price I did get EXCITED. I have always lusted after an Hasselblad! At $1,299 I could seriously afford it — though Deanna would brain me (though she is convinced that I will buy myself another camera (my 3rd in the last few months) before Christmas).

Given that I do NOT keep up with Hasselblads I checked. I was CRUSHED. It is a re-branded Sony NEX-7 and the DEAD GIVEAWAY is that it uses Sony E-mount lenses. It has a different facade — BUT it is NOT manufactured by Hasselblad in Sweden. Instead it is made by Sony in Thailand. Screw that for a game of soldiers. To be fair I have toyed at the idea of getting a NEX.

They are NOT the only ones doing this unbecoming rebranding trick. The Leica VLux is the very same camera as my Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 (with a longer warranty)!

But I am going to wait. Right now my goal is to wait for the Fuji X-T2. We, and by that I do mean us as a family, most likely will get a GoPro for Christmas. I own GoPro stock. So it seems the right thing to do. Devanee would like one. 


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Tintin (By Hergé) Memorabilia Auction At Delcampe.

My current collection of Tintin comics. I really SHOULD complete the set.

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Here is the link to the ‘Delcampe’ auction page.

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What the comics looks like. Click to ENLARGE and savor.


I have now been an avid fan of Tintin comics for nearly 50 years — though in my old age I do appreciate that much of the material is blatantly racist and that Tintin is far from what I would want in a son! I actually tackled this in detail in this post, 4 years ago, when the the Vatican classed him as a ‘Catholic Hero‘.

As you can see from the top image I do have a FEW Tintin comics. They represent the 4th set of Tintin comics I have owned over the last 50 years! My adoptive father, who loved books (probably even more than I do (if that is indeed possible), introduced me to Tintin comics, in Ceylon, in the early 1960s — when I was around 8 – 9. As I have chronicled before the one thing that I had a plenty when growing up (alongside corporal punishment, food and tuition) was book. My father got me whatever books I wanted or what he thought I would like. He got me the Tintin books because he wanted to read them too. And that is OK. It is one of the few family traditions that have endured. The current set of Tintin comics I have — I got for Devanee a few years ago. She reads them, I look after them along with our collection of Asterix comics (and I will confess I like Astrix much, much more than I do Tintin). I went through the same process with Matthew, my son, when he was about 9. I got him Tintin books — because like I and Devanee he loved them.

I did say 4th set. So first set was what my adoptive father got me in Ceylon in early 1960. When we left Ceylon in 1967 I was not allowed to take any of my HUGE collection of books. They were just given to folks. Great shame. That library would be worth a FORTUNE today since it included complete sets of books by the likes of Enid Blyton. In the 1970s as a fairly well to do professional in England I bought myself all the Tintin & Asterix comics for my new library. That library too got mangled when I moved to the States in 1985 though I did bring across 3,500 books! [I was given a 40′ container to bring across whatever I wanted.] The 3rd set was what I bought for Matthew and the 4th for Devanee.

I just got an e-mail from Delcampe about the Tintin auction. Funnily enough, in the last month, Devanee had mentioned that she would like me to get more Tintin books. Hhhmm. I haven’t bought much from Delcampe. But I will take a look at this auction. IF I see anything that is cheap I will indulge.


Full Moon Falling On Christmas Day 2015 Is Rather Special — Next In 2034!

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Christmas this year, i.e., 2015, falls on the Full Moon.

This is rather special.
It does NOT happen as often as you think.

IF you have an exceptional memory for matters such as this you may believe that you actually remember this happening not that long ago — say 2004, 11 years ago. Actually the Full Moon in 2004 was on Boxing Day, i.e., December 26th, rather than the 25th.

The last time Christmas was on the Full Moon was in 1977.

Statistically a full moon will fall on a specific date, in this case Christmas, every 18.61 years. But Leap Years messes this up. Hence the 38 year gap in this case (essentially twice the ’19’ year gap).

The next Christmas on a Full Moon will be in 2034 — 19 years from now. Next one will be 2053.

So this is SPECIAL. Enjoy.


‘6 images for the day’ — December 2, 2015.

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Taken with my (second) Sony RX100 II.


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NO post-processing whatsoever.
Straight JPEGs out of the camera.

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Enjoy. Thank YOU.


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