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I came across this article (Iran Paranoid or under Siege?) from Al Jazeera. Recently I’ve wanted a less western perspective on issues that are happening around the world.
With tighter sanctions, talk of Iran shutting down the Strait of Hormuz and the assassination of yet another nuclear scientist in Iran, tensions are building on multiple fronts as a coalition of countries tries to stop Iran’s nuclear programme.
Ali Larijani, Iran’s parliamentary speaker, told the IRNA news agency on Thursday that UN nuclear inspectors would be welcome in the country and that issues with the nuclear programme can be resolved via negotiations. The path to diplomacy is, however, obscured by decades of ill will between Iran and the West.
It has been the west that has caused most of the problems in the Middle East, so I’m not surprised that Iran doesn’t trust the US or Europe. Sanctions are just amount to poking Iran in the eye.
So I don’t want to see war (I will protest any action against Iran [I live in the UK]). I would prefer it if Iran proved everybody wrong as towards their intentions and embarrass the US/Europe. They are the greater threat, inflicting greater injustice on the world than many countries combined with rendition, Guantanamo, supporting Israel no matter what and the killing of millions of civilians since the end of the Second War World. It’s sad the argument has shifted towards what Iran is supposedly doing vs what the US has been doing.
This is the day of my MA exhibition in London. I am pretty busy at the moment finishing it off so this is the reason why this blog hasn’t been as busy in the last two months. I don’t see myself updating this blog till after the exhibition either. So for the time being this blog is in maintenance mode only.
In addition to that, I’m making plans to emigrate to Hong Kong in September. This of course leave little room for time in the way of updates. These updates that are overdue as well, but just so you know. By October though I hope to add to this blog:
- A Zaggmate review
- Updates for
Viewbook, Xtrafolio & Foliobook portfolio presentation software for the iPad.
- Any other software that gets updated between now and then.
My portfolio website is also due for an update. I will have completed three projects before starting anew in my new country. So interesting times ahead.
But wait! My exhibition, it’s barely 4 weeks away!
If you’re in London on September 1st please come and say hello. The full details can be found at the exhibition website here. Don’t just come for the free alcohol either! There is a ton of good work that is being exhibited from my classmates who have travelled the world to document their stories.
UPDATE: I was lucky enough to bag myself a discounted HP Touchpad 16GB from Carphone Warehouse today. This means for my exhibit, I can now show my work not only on a projection, with a book (printed via Blurb which looks real nice) and a wall mounted (but framed) iPad, but I will be able to discuss specific images with a second tablet hand held.
This is actually Fuji X100 related. ‘Np-95′ refers to the model type of the battery being used in that camera. I was looking for some information about these batteries because the Fuji Lithium-ion ones are expensive for being ‘official’ batteries. As luck would have it, I found this discussion over at x100forum about 3rd party batteries.
A forum member wanted some feedback on 3rd party batteries and an interesting discussion evolved, debating the pro’s and con’s between buying the original and 3rd party variants.
At the moment, Amazon UK (other stores will slightly differ but this comparison still applies) sell four different variants of the NP-95 battery:
As far as I am concerned, these are all reasonably well know brand names, with Hähnel I guess being the least well known.(1)
This Flickr group discussion is about a variant made by Ricoh: Discussing the Ricoh DB-90. Ricoh, actually make the batteries for Fuji!
- Ricoh – £6.79 (1800mah)
But on eBay they are even cheaper right? Before you tap in the URL I’ve included some light reading regarding battery technology below. This is to highlight potential problems with buying exceptionally cheap third party designs.
User ‘SLRist’ from the x100forum discussion, posted these great links to help others who were vague on the subject of battery technology.
- How Stuff Works “What is causing lithium-ion laptop batteries catch fire?”
- Is Lithium-ion the Ideal Battery?
- Wikipedia article on Lithium-ion Battery.
- No substitute for quality: Li-ion Quality Considerations.
I also want to share this quote from the same forum member, if you don’t click the links, this is probably the most important element of the forum discussion:
Those really cheapo batteries very likely don’t have any built in failsafe circuitry to stop them being completely drained to the point of not working or being charged beyond their design 4.2v maximum and potentially exploding or putting a voltage spike through your X100 electronics. Contamination inside the battery from tiny fragments of metal during manufacture can also cause them to leak, melt or explode during normal use. Use them at your peril. If you do use them, use them with a good quality charger and measure the voltage isn’t above 4.2v before you put them in your X100. Lithium Ion batteries are extremely combustable and should be treated with a great deal of respect and caution.
Personally I never use ‘unbranded’ generic Lithium Ion batteries. I’ve always used Hahnel Li-Ions, as they actually do have the capacity they’re rated for (1,500mAh in the case of their NP-95 equivalent), and they have protection circuitry built in. They’re £10 a pop, but at 1/3 the price of the Fuji items, they’re still a bargain.
Just like with restaurant wine, it’s generally not a good policy to go with the cheapest option on the menu.
This is something else I want to share:
Amazon is the safer bet, that’s why I’ve listed them, forget eBay. Surprisingly a lot people consider them as being good enough. Those from eBay are to be avoided. Crazy prices for slightly higher capacities that they most likely can’t hold a charge to. In addition to that, if the battery malfunctions while inside your camera, well you’ve watched the above video by now right? Warranty voided indeed.
It’s obviously a toss up between the other three manufacturers I’ve listed. I’ll update this blog post when they are back in stock and I buy my new memory card.
(1) I owned two Hähnel batteries for my old 1Ds mk2 and they worked brilliantly, never had a problem.
UPDATE: It wasn’t that much of a toss up between the three, I actually found this battery. I did some research on it and while plenty of camera stores are selling it; I’ve done some research to see whether it has protection against short circuits and overcharging. It does and one is on its way right now to me. They are made by a UK company with a two year warranty. The amazon seller in the link provided, is selling them for £7.50 a pop but in my research I’ve seen them sold at prices that make them look like a legitimate alternative, in many cases being more expensive than the other options I’ve listed. Bristol cameras sell them for £22.
By the way if you’re looking for alternatives to the stock NP-95 charger then have a look at this previous blog post I wrote here.
Tammi, the only female Free Runner I know was in town yesterday. In fact individuals from three Free Running groups were practising yesterday. While Tammi was taking a break eating, she mentioned something called the ‘Fuck it button’. Interested by this I asked what she meant.
“It’s the button you press where you say fuck it and just go do it”. It, being the trick she wanted to perform, but hadn’t developed the confidence for outside the gym even though she would be landing on the grass which is relatively soft.
Images from the day are here.
Jackie and Michael were recently married and I was asked to photograph it, here are a few of my favourite images from the day. The full series can be found here at my main portfolio website (link).
*Note: The 24-70 Sigma f2.8 HSM review is still on its way, I’ve shot the test images, just need to write them up now. But I shot this wedding and 2 more which I haven’t uploaded yet with that particular lens.