Daily Archives: Monday, 5th Mar 2012

Philip Madoc, 1934-2012

Today we lost that fine Welsh actor, Philip Madoc. Quite apart from some memorable guest appearances in Doctor Who[1], he stuck in my mind for the BBC series The Life and Times of David Lloyd George in 1981.

But he’ll probably be remembered until people stop watching TV for his role as the U-boat captain being held prisoner by Captain Mainwaring of the Home Guard in this wonderful Dad’s Army clip, and yes I have featured it before, but that was seven years ago, so now’s as good a time as any to remind you:

BBC News report

[1] Only yesterday, I was reading some Twitter discussion about which guest actors from the classic series people would like to see return, and his name came up…

Canon EOS 5D Mark III – Thoughts…

Well, it’s about two and a half years since I bought my 5D Mark II and began to enjoy it. Despite a brief moment of doubt when the Canon 7D appeared, I’ve grown to know and love my full-frame beast. While I’ve used other cameras and will continue to use my little Pentax Q, not to mention the iPhone 4S, it’s the 5D that I think of as “my camera”. It’s the proper one, the one that I enjoy using the most, and the one that I can use almost instinctively – the controls are where they should be, and it feels like an extension of myself. Or something like that.

But things move on, and after much speculation, the new 5D Mark III has been announced. And it’s an interesting thing. It’s pretty much the Mark II with all the knobs turned up to 11. While the megapixellage[1] has only been given a modest increase from 21 to 22.3, pretty much everything else is significantly better. It’s got a massively improved autofocus system (much the same as the far more expensive 1D X), faster shooting, increased ISO range, improved noise reduction, dual card slots (one CF, one SD, with handy options for how they’re used), more options for exposure bracketing, in-camera HDR, and much more.

All this comes at a pretty high price – the UK price is a rather unfriendly £3,000, body only. This is once again significantly more expensive than in the US, even when our 20% VAT is taken into account. Ouch.

So, I don’t think I’ll be rushing to buy one. Maybe if the price comes down quite a bit, I’ll consider it. I do have a mid-life crisis major birfday coming up later in the year, so maybe I should think of getting myself a really nice present? Or maybe I should happily carry on with my Mark II, and wait for the Mark IV? Assuming Canon keep to a 3-4 year cycle, that might just be the way to go…

Full details from Canon.


[1] This may not be a proper word.

Weight and Stuff Report – 5 March 2012

Oooh, down again today.

I walked to work this morning as the Garmin evidence shows:

Walking to work

Walking to work

Not satisfied with that, I had a walk with the Pentax Q down to the Quayside, where I was surprised to not see the big floating crane:

What? No crane?

What? No crane?

I turned out that it had been further along the river, and as I watched, it made its way back to the bridge:

Here it comes

Here it comes

And finally was parked. The crane is used to raise and lower those rather large metal structures that serve as anchors.



Oh yes, I nearly forgot the Garmin thingy for that walk.



More walks like this are needed…

Invisible Car (Sort of)

OK, despite being an actual car advert, this is pretty cool.

To show off their fancy new fuel cell powered car, Mercedes decided to make an invisible one. Well, as near as current technology permits, that is. Slap a load of LEDs on one side, point a Canon 5D Mark II out of the other and display what it sees on the LEDs.

OK, it’s low resolution, but it pretty much works.