Saturday, 23 June 2012

A trip to Calumet Manchester...

I took an early morning jaunt out in the car to Manchester, drove through some appalling weather at times, then beautiful sunshine, don't you just love June weather. The reason for the trip was dust, dust all over my camera sensor, it needed cleaning real bad and Calumet in Manchester could do it on a Saturday morning. I got there a few minutes before 10 a.m. so the place was still all locked up, though the ram-raid bar was open. There were a couple of people waiting for the place to open, John Willis turned up and the store was opened.

I got my camera booked in and it was whisked away for cleaning, I had a chat with John and a look around the store, picked up some LCD screen cleaning solution and a new Calumet Micro Fibre Chamois cloth, as my old one has seen better days. Had a quick play with the Canon 5D MkIII, it's very nice, some lovely tricks on the rear screen for viewing and reviewing a couple of images at once, tempted, very tempted.

The next moment my camera was back, cleaned and ready for some more work next week. I took my leave and headed homeward, through yet more downpours. Summertime?

Tuesday, 12 June 2012

What's that Apple, a new MacPro?

So finally two years down the line we get a new MacPro, but wait a moment, the spec sheet just really indicates a speed bump, and where's the Thunderbolt? I'd imaging every creative looking to upgrade will be holding fire, no Thunderbolt, that's a bit of a deal breaker, that's like Ferrari putting a 1.6 diesel engine in a 458 Spider. Surely you put the best of the best in your top computer product, or maybe it is true that Apple are really just concentrating on the mobile market. Looks like my MacPro will be taking the processing strain for a while longer... Update: Just been trawling the Apple rumour sites and it seems there should be a 'major' update of both the MacPro and iMac early next year. I do hope so.