Flight Test #1

Some things are worth it

March 28, 2013

I’ve traveled to Taiwan a time or two before but it still amuses me the reactions by the locals when I disclose that I arrived to my destination by foot. “You walked?!?” If you really want to see the area you’re in, you need to slow down and actually look at it… Not whiz by on a scooter all of the time. My trek to An Ping took a bit over two hours for a 4.5 mile walk and included the first time I ever got lost. Come to find out, the address was wrong, but still… I should have known where to go. I gave up and continued on to my final destination – my friend’s office.

Walking the “sidewalks” in Tainan is very slow going. Tainan is scooter friendly, not pedestrian friendly. You’re constantly walking up and down the uneven pathways and often walking in the street dodging scooters because the walkway is blocked by parked scooters or tea shops.

It rained while I was well on my way. I wasn’t prepared for that. It then got super hot. Wasn’t prepared for that either. My shoes decided to rub my right heel raw so I was bleeding. I was prepared for that. One Bugs Bunny bandaid properly placed and I was in my way again. Got lost and the battery was draining on my nexus 7 tablet I was using Google maps on*. Not ideal.

Some journeys are worth the hassle. Had I not gotten lost, I would not have seen this parking garage:

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Some journeys are worth the risk. Walking that distance on that road in that heat is not the safest way to spend an afternoon, but I survived.

Some journeys don’t have an immediate reward. I arrived to my friend’s office, flopped on the couch relieved to be off my feet and bummed because I didn’t score a decent shot of the area. She called me into her office and look at something. I didn’t want to make that simple 40 foot journey. I was done. The feet were up. I had a bottle of water. I was firmly planted on the couch. She yelled again. I grudgingly got up and walked across the lobby to her office. She told me to look out the window.

It was worth it.

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*Got lost with Google maps? Yeah, I know but in Tainan I’ve noticed that sometimes it will send you to a location that is actually blocks away from the real address. Also, the romanized street names are inconsistent so it makes travel a little bit tricky.

DSLR LCD Screen Protector

February 14, 2013

Not one to really worry about my LCD screen, I didn’t even realize a product like this existed until I was researching magnified lens hoods. The type of hood I wanted to purchase was held on by adhering a magnet bracket to the camera body. Um… no thanks. Found this little gadget – the GGS LCD Screen Protector Glass – to stick the magnet on and, for under $15 on amazon.com, I’m really impressed.

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First off – the packaging was nice. I was expecting a cheap blister pack but the unit was firmly encased in a plastic box that hinged open. It only took a few minutes to slip the LCD protector on my Canon 5D Mark III and it fits like it should. You can’t really tell it’s even there for the most part.

As you can see the LCD is now protected by an extra layer of .5mm optical glass that is covered in explosion-proof film (haven’t tested that yet… I hope I never do). It covers the top half of the Canon logo on the back of the body which isn’t a deal breaker for me. Viewing photos on the LCD screen – because of the extra .5mm thickness – depending on the angle you are viewing at you might not see some of the edge details of the photo. Again – not a deal breaker.

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Now the viewfinder also has an extra layer of plastic in front of it so you will lose the ability to see the extreme edges of your shot unless you get your eye right in the eyepeice (sometimes I don’t because of my glasses) so that is something you want to be mindful of.

The entire unit fits really well on the camera body but it isn’t flush the whole length of the LCD protector. I’d imagine over time dust and dirt will creep in between the body and the unit. It’s pretty easy to slide off, clean, and slip back on but it might be irritating to do that constantly depending on the shooting conditions you are in.

Positives:

  • Inexpensive and nice quality
  • Fits the 5dM3 great
  • Added protection to both the screen and LCD
  • Can mount an LCD viewfinder to this unit and not risk damaging your camera body.
  • Don’t have to worry about bubbles from film LCD protectors.

Negatives:

  • Isn’t fully flush to the body. Minor gap will also dust/dirt/water to creep in between.

 Overall:

I’d recommend it. Here’s the direct link to buy it.