So first things first. As you may or may not know, there are currently two ways to follow this blog. If you are a WordPress user, you can just follow via WordPress. If not, there currently is only the option to follow via eMail or RSS (or some outside program). I decided to give you another option. If you have a Twitter account you can now also follow this blog on Twitter at: @DHCWargamesBlog . Hope this proves a nice option for some of you!
In other news. Some of you will have heads me complaining about the picture quality lately. For some time now I have been using a Canon Eos 40D to take photos. On the first day of our recent holiday to the UK it suddenly started acting up. I got an error message, that the contacts between the lens and camera were dirty and had to be cleaned up. Cleaning did not help, which was quite annoying, since the camera refused to take a photo. A quick search on the internet showed, that this could either be a damaged shutter in the lens or a ghost in the machine in the camera (believe it or not, this can happen with the 40D after a number of years). Since it only happened with the wide angle lens and not the tele, we put it down to a problem with the lens. Since the lens would still work unless at maximum wide angle, we chose to just sit it out. Until the range where it worked got ever smaller and it eventually stopped working completely.
My parents were kind enough to send us an older lens to Scotland via courier. To this day, I can still not believe the driver actually found us there! (Imagine a village 1 1/2 hours from the next supermarket, add a 20 minute drive via a single track road and at the end of said road a five minute walk through woods to an unmarked blockhouse.) So for roughly a week we had a working lens again. Until the photos started to become unfocused or over- and underexposed. Which all indicated that it was not the lens, but the camera after all. After all… How big are the chances for two lenses breaking at about the same time? At this time, I would have loved to shoot the whole bleeping camera!
Well it seems this can actually happen (the two lenses breaking, not the shooting that is!). My better half has had her eye on a Canon Eos 70D for a long time and when one of the German department stores had a great online offer earlier this month she ordered one. Last week it finally arrived in store and she picked it up. We put the first lens on the camera, only to find that it gave the same error. At this point I wanted to try out the second lens and when I removed it from the 40D a plastic ring dropped before my feet. This usually prevents light from going places in the lens where it should not. So essentially both lenses seem to be broken after all.
Either way, I now have access to a working camera (two actually) again and pictures should be much better again in the future! Actually the photos and video of the two Meka suits earlier this week were taken with the 70D already and I hope the difference shows!