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Chris Townsend (Christownsend) - BPL Professional Member

My Locale Cairngorms National Park
About Me outdoor writer and photographer, author of many books & articles on backpacking, hill walking and ski touring. Very keen on long distance walks and wilderness. Hikes: PCT (1982), CDT (1985), length of the Canadian Rockies, Yukon end to end, Arizona Trail, length of Norway and Sweden, round of the Munros and Tops, Land's End to John O'Groats and many shorter (under 800 miles) hikes.
CityGrantown-on-Spey
CountryScotland
My Website URLhttp://www.christownsendoutdoors.co.uk

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"If eVent is So Great . . . ."
In my experience Pertex Shield isn't as breathable as eVent. It's considerably less expensive though. I've used sleeping bags with various W/B shells over the years and mostly they ...

In GEAR » If eVent is So Great . . . .
December 31, 2:21pm

Sony NEX Lens Impressions
Jacob, I was more commenting on Ryan's comment that the NEX lenses are only 'sufficient'. I've found the 18-55 excellent. I think it's an almost ideal backpacking lens. The impr...

In Photography » Sony NEX Lens Impressions
December 29, 5:21pm

Sony NEX Lens Impressions
I'm going to commit heresy here and say that I don't think the difference in quality between budget or kit lenses and expensive glass is really that significant in real life unless you'...

In Photography » Sony NEX Lens Impressions
December 28, 4:42pm

Re: Re: What Filter Do You Use?
I wouldn't leave a polarising filter on the lens all the time. As Rick says, it cuts light transmission, which means slower shutter speeds or larger apertures. Also, it doesn't have any eff...

In Photography » Sony NEX Lens Impressions
November 24, 11:04am

Sony NEX Lens Impressions
Great shot Rick. Most of my photography is "contemplative"! Raw processing software has certainly got easier to use. It'a also more effective. Last year I processed some of my first r...

In Photography » Sony NEX Lens Impressions
November 13, 4:46pm

Sony NEX Lens Impressions
Rick, you're right! I don't shoot any kids sports, or adult sports come to that. I guess JPEGs would be better for that. JPEGs can certainly be tweaked to look better but I reckon if I&#...

In Photography » Sony NEX Lens Impressions
November 13, 4:15pm

Sony NEX Lens Impressions
I've never found raw conversion very difficult. I started out using Capture One - as there was an inexpensive version for my first digital DSLR, the Canon 300D, but for several years now I'...

In Photography » Sony NEX Lens Impressions
November 13, 4:02pm

Sony NEX Lens Impressions
I've been shooting digitally for seven years and JPEGs probably account for less than 1% of my images too. At first I shot raw and JPEG together but soon stopped as I never did anything with th...

In Photography » Sony NEX Lens Impressions
November 13, 3:40pm

Sony NEX Lens Impressions
I had to go back and look at the JPEGs again! I haven't shot any since my first trials with the camera. They're a bit washed out - which could probably be adjusted for in camera - and they ...

In Photography » Sony NEX Lens Impressions
November 13, 2:53pm

Sony NEX Lens Impressions
I've been using the Sony NEX 5 and 18-55mm lens for a year now and I find it fine - and I'm taking photos for print publication. The JPEGs are so-so but the raw files are excellent. I think...

In Photography » Sony NEX Lens Impressions
November 13, 1:54pm

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