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Posted 2009.08.25 12.38 in Pointless Blather by Stephanie

I’ve got a lot of things I want to write about at the moment, but just haven’t had time to actually get things written the way I want them to. I’ve a few articles in draft-mode but they’re not good enough yet to post. So, playing catch-up a bit, here’s the headlines, details to follow.

Why are DSLRs so damn big? My old manual 35mm camera is like half the size and 3/4 the weight of the new digital SLR. The old SLR captures an image 1.6x the size of the new camera, has more moving parts, is more mechanical, yet its smaller, lighter and more portable. Not just the body, but the lenses too. WTF is that all about? Why are cameras so big and chunky now? And what really boggles is the pros on saying cameras like my Canon Rebel are ‘too small’ and they need a bigger camera to get a good grip on it. Craziness!

Manual Focus Screen! Yesterday I received my Haoda split-ring manual focus screen that I ordered recently. I guess when they invented auto-focus they decided nobody needed the manual focus aids any more. Wankers. The Haoda screen works great, it took some fiddling to get it installed — and that was kind of hairy, working in the business-end of my brand-new camera. However, with the Haoda screen my DSLR finally feels like a real camera when I look in the viewfinder.

MD to EOS adaptor: I found this on eBay. It’s a little metal ring that fits into Canon EOS cameras, and lets you attach Minolta MD manual lenses. Handy because I have some Minolta lenses from my old X370. They’re good glass, and particularily I have macro gear for the Minolta that I don’t have with the Canon. The only MD thing that didn’t fit was my 3x Macro Teleconverter, but I was able to take it apart and remove the bits that were in the way. They weren’t part of the optics but were part of the Minolta metering system. So, now the teleconverter works on the Canon (with the adaptor) but no longer works on the Minolta. Well, it works but without metering info. So I guess it works equally well now on both systems.

Eggless Snails: My big blue snail spent almost two weeks climbing out of the water every night looking for a place to lay eggs. Then she just stopped, and hasn’t laid any eggs. So I don’t know what the deal is. Was she teasing me? Did she not really have eggs and was just bored? Or is she egg-bound and about to keel over dead for no obvious reason? I sincerely hope it’s not that last thing. No idea though what’s what, and I hope there are eggs sooner or later – wee baby snails are cute!

Zebrafish: My zebra danios are looking fantastic, in only 3 months or so they’ve really grown and matured. The biggest one, Shifty, has developed long pretty fins which surprised me – I thought they were a ‘plain’ variant, and when I bought them they certainly weren’t very showy. They have been breeding a lot but not a single baby has survived. Eggs and fry are very popular snacks among the fish.

Betta Sorority: I’ve got some female bettas and I don’t remember if I wrote about them or not. I originally bought 5 of them to go in the 38gal with the snails, but it turned out two of them were very nippy (biting snail tentacles) so I moved the bettas into the 23gal tank with the danios, and moved the harlequins (4 of them) from the 23gal to the 38gal. Unfortunately one of the betta gals was sick when I got her (fish stores are so poorly lit you can hardly see the fish till you get them home) and she died shortly after I got her, and then of the 4 who I moved to the 23-gal, one of them couldn’t handle the stress of moving and she passed 2 days after the move. The remaining 3 seem to be managing ok.

Happy Catfish: The two corydoras catfish who originally moved to the 38gal with the snails are doing ok and have started breeding. Every 2 or 3 days I find a dozen eggs, but then hours later the eggs are gone. I don’t know who is eating them, but someone likes fresh catfish eggs.