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Old 08-01-2008, 06:10 AM   #376
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The consensus amongst the photography blokes on Railpage is that megapixel size is normally not much of an issue if you aren't submitting anything for publication, but I've found my own camera is the pits on anything less than 5 megapixels. It can go up to 7, but I don't just for space concerns. 5 is plenty. I'd kill for your 12x zoom.

Yeah, in general it seems there's more of a willingness here to co-operate with spotters. There are numerous examples of railfans averting accidents because they've spotted something wrong and knew who to contact, or have managed to get members of the general public off the running lines before they got taken out by an unexpected train. The US paranoia is over the top. If they want to seriously fight terrorism, the last people they want to alienate are the spotters. Spotters would be the first to identify somebody who seems to be suspiciously casing out the place, and they're going to be damn protective of their trains or planes or whatever. I'm not letting any arsehole bomb my trams.
I'd kill for better zoom, but I'd need to be faster with tracking to be able to focus on a particular part of a moving plane, so really any extra zoom would be wasted.

I totally agree with your second paragraph. If you're planning on shooting down a plane while I'm out spotting, you're going to have a put a fucking rocket through me before you point one at a plane.
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Rarotonga Hospital Bad pic because it was taken while in the back of a 4x4 on a bumpy road!!

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I can tell a VLocity unit because they have this loud yet somehow wimpy horn that absolutely gives me the shits. I'll be sitting around the corner from a level crossing, hear what I describe as a high pitched pop, and know a VLocity's coming.

Though when this VLocity rocked up at Richmond, it gave me a complete surprise as I didn't hear it coming in at all and just happened to turn around with camera in hand at the right time.

I like the retro look of those trains.
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Rarotonga Hospital Bad pic because it was taken while in the back of a 4x4 on a bumpy road!!

It looks like a school!
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It IS quaint. Nothing open on a Sunday. Basic hours. Basic supplies. Basically it's very basic Great to go for a switch off, but I'd get bored if stuck there for too long. Worst part is that there is only ONE tiny are on the whole island that you can go swimming - too much coral otherwise. So even though we had a beautiful beach right outside our door, we had to swim in the pool!

Oh and I had to take our youngest to the doctor for a bad ear infection....BASIC!! OMG!! He kept his notes in a school exercise book, worked out dosages in a very ancient way...was rather terrifying. Mind you the hospital had me worried too!!

Pfft that's nothing compared to the decibels emitted through my mans snoring. And the weird pressure sensation of your brain being sucked out through your ear with each intake of breath.... Gimme a plane any day!
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And shit, they've changed runways at Auckland. Planes are now taking off over my house. That means I've at least two terrifyingly loud planes to come across, and according to the Auckland Airport website, at least another two quieter ones.
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That's a pretty cool shot, if you ask me.
Yeah, I was quite pleased with how it came out, considering I couldn't actually see what I was taking a photo of.

Not 20 minutes later the weather was very nice:

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I'd kill for better zoom, but I'd need to be faster with tracking to be able to focus on a particular part of a moving plane, so really any extra zoom would be wasted.

I totally agree with your second paragraph. If you're planning on shooting down a plane while I'm out spotting, you're going to have a put a fucking rocket through me before you point one at a plane.
I expect the next camera I buy to be an expensive one with all the bells and whistles I can get on a limited budget. I've even contemplated a DSLR.

If anybody wants to cause trouble on a train, they've got me to deal with. If it's a Comeng, I'd probably let them do as they please because those trains are shithouse, but fuck off, nobody's touching something hauled by the A class.
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Yeah, I was quite pleased with how it came out, considering I couldn't actually see what I was taking a photo of.
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It looks like a school!
That's exactly what I thought! Hardly hospitalish at all.
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That's exactly what I thought! Hardly hospitalish at all.
And not a very good school at that
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You guys have fun. I'm outta here, can hardly stay awake!!!
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Maybe they haven't changed runways. Something is flying past on it's way in to land now.

Should reach for my scanner...but can't be fucked.
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