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#51 2017-07-09 15:19:58

Peter
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Re: QM - Lost and Found: Brains and Dragons

Enjoy your vacation, Ylvs!
*crosses fingers for pleasant weather*


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#52 2017-07-09 15:21:52

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Re: QM - Lost and Found: Brains and Dragons

Peter wrote:

Enjoy your vacation, Ylvs!
*crosses fingers for pleasant weather*

Seconded!


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#53 2017-07-09 15:32:20

Magpie
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Re: QM - Lost and Found: Brains and Dragons

Peter wrote:

Small cameras are still kind of depressing. Very little has changed over the last years in this segment. Apparently newer sensors and image processors don't find their way into this price range.

The WX350 still has far better battery life than anything else and keeps up in image quality with most models.

The Panasonic TZ81 and Canon HS710 beat it by quite a bit in image quality, yet the TZ81 is a bit pricey for what it does and the HS710 has very short battery life. I'd still recommend looking at the HS710, the image quality in the dark is a lot better, mostly due to a newer image processor. If it weren't for the short battery life, it would be quite solid.

The Sony RX100 doesn't have nearly as much zoom and it's a bit more expensive, but it's on a totally different planet in terms of image quality, especially outside of full sunlight. Battery life is fairly good and it uses the same batteries as the WX350.

The Canon G9X Mark II is the main competitor of the RX100 in the low price, large sensor market. A little more expensive, less battery life and even less zoom range, but much more modern features (WiFi among other things).

I can provide links to reviews and sample images if you want.

Just looking at prices (and availability), I'm leaning towards sticking with the WX350. It's over 100 € cheaper than all the others, and I can keep using my batteries, so I would have two spares. And I think I like my money (and the zoom) more than better image quality.


Basically, I'm Prince Josua in jeans and sneakers, or a different flavor of Renie Sulaweyo.
- Tad

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#54 2017-07-09 16:26:41

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Re: QM - Lost and Found: Brains and Dragons

Kenan wrote:

You're so kind to help Magpie with the camera hunt, Peter!

I'm upgrading my Canon 6D to a 6D mark 2! As soon as it's available...

Ooooooo....

I still have so many things I want to get, but I have way more needs that I cant justify putting off (like tires for my car).


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#55 2017-07-10 00:10:22

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Re: QM - Lost and Found: Brains and Dragons

Maen Mint!

Back at work.


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#56 2017-07-10 03:51:45

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Re: QM - Lost and Found: Brains and Dragons

Went to bed at a reasonable time, but still woke up tired.


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#57 2017-07-10 04:04:29

Peter
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Re: QM - Lost and Found: Brains and Dragons

I'm already getting tired again as well and I didn't even do anything. It seems I can sleep all day recently...


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#58 2017-07-10 07:48:04

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Re: QM - Lost and Found: Brains and Dragons

Aditu, well I don't have a car, or a driver's license, so it's really easy to save those bucks for something else...

Magpie, that sounds like the right choice for you, hope you'll enjoy the new camera!

Ylvs, enjoy your vacation :)


*waves to Peter and Sahi*

I'm tired too, but from working out... a walk/jog in the hilly woods near here.


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#59 2017-07-10 08:08:57

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Re: QM - Lost and Found: Brains and Dragons

Kenan wrote:

Magpie, that sounds like the right choice for you, hope you'll enjoy the new camera!

Well, it'll be the same as what I already have (or had, before I broke it), so it's not new as in "something I didn't have before".


So, Peter, you don't have to look for reviews any more, I'll go and buy another WX350 today (because today I have time, and tomorrow and on Wednesday I don't, and I don't want to go until Thursday without a camera... actually kind of need it for work right now.)


Basically, I'm Prince Josua in jeans and sneakers, or a different flavor of Renie Sulaweyo.
- Tad

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#60 2017-07-10 09:51:27

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Re: QM - Lost and Found: Brains and Dragons

ok, but still! :)


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#61 2017-07-10 10:37:38

Peter
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Re: QM - Lost and Found: Brains and Dragons

I am a little sad that there has been so little progress in this segment, but it does indeed seem that the WX350 is still the best fit.


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#62 2017-07-10 11:03:27

Magpie
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Re: QM - Lost and Found: Brains and Dragons

Okay, this was funny. Went to Saturn, waited for an employee to have time for me and noticed that the guy the employee was currently helping was also looking at the WX350, so I told him I'd had it for a few years and was very happy with it, and wanted to buy it again (and explained that I'd been an idiot and broken it). So the employee squeezed me in and got me the camera, and a case to go with it. (So I won't break it again, hopefully.)

And then I figured, if I'm already in the area, I might as well stop by Thalia and see if I could find a book. And while I was paying my usual visit to the Tad display to smile at the books, I heard another customer ask an employee about the new Tad Williams book - so I butted in again and told her I loved it, and had read the manuscript, and answered her questions about it.


It's kind of funny - some days I can't talk to people at all, and today it was so easy.


Basically, I'm Prince Josua in jeans and sneakers, or a different flavor of Renie Sulaweyo.
- Tad

Master of Gardening, Mistress of Kingdom Plantae, Defender of the Seedlings, Guardian of Root and Bough
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#63 2017-07-10 11:41:24

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Re: QM - Lost and Found: Brains and Dragons

*waves* Gmaen mint!

looks like you are a born 'sales-person', Magpie! Not matter if it are plants, books or a camera (^___^)
But all this camera talks reminds me that haven't taken pictures in a while - too many hobbies...

have a nice vacation, ylvs! *waves-happy-holiday-to-ylvs*

our central boiler had problems with preparing a suitable amount of hot water for a while now. Today, it finally broke down (or so it seems). My shower this morning was cold and still there is no hot water. *shudders*. I called the landlord weeks before so he would check out the boiler but he did nothing *grrrr*. Now, it is time for an 'official' letter....

 

#64 2017-07-10 12:27:12

Magpie
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Re: QM - Lost and Found: Brains and Dragons

Um. And now laptop seems to have some loose part clattering around inside it??? This seems worrying.

I hope your boiler gets fixed soon, Kia! Cold showers are no fun.


Basically, I'm Prince Josua in jeans and sneakers, or a different flavor of Renie Sulaweyo.
- Tad

Master of Gardening, Mistress of Kingdom Plantae, Defender of the Seedlings, Guardian of Root and Bough
Scrollbearer and offerer of some very useful opinions

 

#65 2017-07-10 12:33:32

Sahi
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Re: QM - Lost and Found: Brains and Dragons

Aieee, don't remind me that I still have to check if my laptop is alright... (Cause I'm not quite alright. I tripped while running to catch my train, and got quite a few bruises and scratches. I was glad my clothes didn't tear. I even cancelled my therapy session, because of it.)


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#66 2017-07-10 12:37:29

Magpie
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Re: QM - Lost and Found: Brains and Dragons

Ouch, Sahi! *gently throws golden jellybeans*


Basically, I'm Prince Josua in jeans and sneakers, or a different flavor of Renie Sulaweyo.
- Tad

Master of Gardening, Mistress of Kingdom Plantae, Defender of the Seedlings, Guardian of Root and Bough
Scrollbearer and offerer of some very useful opinions

 

#67 2017-07-10 12:38:16

Sahi
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Re: QM - Lost and Found: Brains and Dragons

Okay, so laptop started up just fine.


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#68 2017-07-10 12:44:39

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Re: QM - Lost and Found: Brains and Dragons

Do we have jelly beans that fix tech? There seems to be a lot of broken stuff around :/

Hope your landlord fixes the boiler quickly, Kia. Did you give him another call that it's completely broken now? That might speed him up a bit. Cold showers are awful...

I hope all the various laptops and computers here are working and keep working.


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#69 2017-07-10 12:52:40

Magpie
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Re: QM - Lost and Found: Brains and Dragons

Peter wrote:

Do we have jelly beans that fix tech?

*pokes around the Factory*

Not that I can find.

*throws gold jellybeans at laptops and boilers*

Who knows, maybe they help.


Basically, I'm Prince Josua in jeans and sneakers, or a different flavor of Renie Sulaweyo.
- Tad

Master of Gardening, Mistress of Kingdom Plantae, Defender of the Seedlings, Guardian of Root and Bough
Scrollbearer and offerer of some very useful opinions

 

#70 2017-07-10 13:12:02

Sahi
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Re: QM - Lost and Found: Brains and Dragons

Did we already have copper jellybeans?


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#71 2017-07-10 13:46:01

Magpie
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Re: QM - Lost and Found: Brains and Dragons

Yes, they are for cleverness.


Basically, I'm Prince Josua in jeans and sneakers, or a different flavor of Renie Sulaweyo.
- Tad

Master of Gardening, Mistress of Kingdom Plantae, Defender of the Seedlings, Guardian of Root and Bough
Scrollbearer and offerer of some very useful opinions

 

#72 2017-07-10 14:17:39

Magpie
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Re: QM - Lost and Found: Brains and Dragons

It's raining, it's raining, it's raining!

*dances and cries with relief*


Also, this computer-clattering has reminded me that it's high time for a backup.


Basically, I'm Prince Josua in jeans and sneakers, or a different flavor of Renie Sulaweyo.
- Tad

Master of Gardening, Mistress of Kingdom Plantae, Defender of the Seedlings, Guardian of Root and Bough
Scrollbearer and offerer of some very useful opinions

 

#73 2017-07-10 15:38:35

Magpie
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Re: QM - Lost and Found: Brains and Dragons

Today I had to cut back some parsley plants at work... and brought home all the stuff I cut off. I just spent an hour stripping leaves off the stalks, and now they still need to be chopped and frozen. But I'll do that tomorrow.


Basically, I'm Prince Josua in jeans and sneakers, or a different flavor of Renie Sulaweyo.
- Tad

Master of Gardening, Mistress of Kingdom Plantae, Defender of the Seedlings, Guardian of Root and Bough
Scrollbearer and offerer of some very useful opinions

 

#74 2017-07-10 16:28:01

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Re: QM - Lost and Found: Brains and Dragons

*drops into mint, head hanging in shame*

Been a long time, I do apologize.... was in a bit of a shit mood and nasty place.... Bit better now....

*huggles smarchers*


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#75 2017-07-10 16:28:03

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Re: QM - Lost and Found: Brains and Dragons

Peter wrote:

*waves all around*

Miiru, are you looking for a new place to stash your gold in?

That is a thing I am doing, yes. We'd hoped not to move again so soon, but the owner of the current house has elected not to renew our lease-- she's decided she'd rather sell the house than rent it out. So we're on the road again, as the wise old sage sang.

In truth, I'm not dreadfully despondent over this. We've been talking about downsizing for a while anyway, and this is probably the kick in the rear we need to actually do that thing.


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