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Stretching the little Canon to the max

There has been these endless discussions among photography enthusiasts on the strengths and weaknesses of various camera manufacturers for decades. It has been interesting to note that as the history-awareness has increased, some of this discussion has moved into a sort of meta-level: rather than talking about the suitablity of certain camera equipment for (certain … Continue reading ”Stretching the little Canon to the max”

Mobile photography – RAW or JPG?

Is it worth setting your smartphone camera to use RAW format, instead (or: alongside) of the standard JPG format? I must say I am not sure. Aboveyou should be able to see three versions of the same photo. The first one is one produced with the automatic settings of my Huawei Mate 20 Pro. It … Continue reading ”Mobile photography – RAW or JPG?”

On Tweakability

Two years ago, in August 2017, I installed a new operating system into my trusty old home server (HP Proliant ML110 Gen5). That was a rather new Linux distro called ElementaryOS, which looked nice, but the 0.4 Loki that was available at the time was not an optimal choice for a server, as it soon … Continue reading ”On Tweakability”

New version of “The Demon” (retrospectives, pt. 1)

My first book published in English was outcome of my PhD work conducted in late 1990s – The Demonic Texts and Textual Demons (Tampere University Press, 1999). As the subtitle hints (“The Demonic Tradition, the Self, and Popular Fiction”), this work was both a historically oriented inquiry into the demonic tradition across centuries, and an … Continue reading ”New version of “The Demon” (retrospectives, pt. 1)”

Switching to NVMe SSD

I made a significant upgrade to my main gaming and home workstation in Christmas 2015. That setup is soon thus four years old, and there are certainly some areas where the age is starting to show. The new generations of processors, system memory chips and particularly the graphics adapters are all significantly faster and more … Continue reading ”Switching to NVMe SSD”

M50: first experiences

I have been using the new Canon EOS M50 mirrorless system camera now for a month or so. The main experiences are pretty positive, but I have also some comments on what this camera is good and not so optimal for. In terms of image quality and feature set, this is a pretty complete package. … Continue reading ”M50: first experiences”

EOS M mount: interesting adapters

Attaching EF lenses to M mount camera requires an adapter – which adds a bit to the bulk of a small camera, but is also an interesting opportunity, since it is possible to fit new electronic or optical functionalities inside that middle piece. I have both the official, Canon-made “EF-EOS M” mount adapter, which keeps … Continue reading ”EOS M mount: interesting adapters”

Going mirrorless (EOS M50)

I have today started to learn to take photos with an ultra-compact EOS M50, after using the much bigger SLR or DSLR cameras for decades. This is surely an interesting experience. Some of the fundamentals of photography are still the same, but some areas I clearly need to study more, and learn new approaches. These … Continue reading ”Going mirrorless (EOS M50)”

Chilies in the greenhouse

My first hydroponics chili pepper growing season has been a bit mixed experience so far. On the one hand, the passive hydroponic setup that I installed (based on the AutoPot 4pot system, HydroCoco, and Canna Coco A+B) was a great success. The plats really grew fast. So fast actually, that I was soon in trouble … Continue reading ”Chilies in the greenhouse”

Lens trumps the camera?

It is sort of interesting to think that maybe cameras have already got “good enough”? By this I mean that the capabilities of the camera body are no longer the real bottleneck in photography. Following the field, it is easy to find anecdotal stories about professional photographers relying on their 10-year-old, even much older equipment, … Continue reading ”Lens trumps the camera?”