LG G5 camera glass fix

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So somehow I managed to smash the glass on the back of my phone… think I may have stuck in my back pocket with my keys or something at some point but whats done is done…

LG G5 camera glass fix

Ordered a replacement bit of glass from a website called iParts4u… LG G5 Camera Lens and Bezel Replacement

The kit consists of the replacement glass and a pre-cut sticky pad…
LG G5 camera glass fix

I first powered down the phone and removed the battery (as you can on a G5)… then used a hot air gun carefully to gently warm up the adhesive holding the existing (broken) glass on the back of the phone… I used a pair of hooked tweezers to prise the glass out… if yours is just cracked rather than smashed like mine then you would need to use a plastic opening tool (like the ones I used to do my megapod) to try and hook under the edge of the glass without damaging the phone case..

LG G5 camera glass fix

Carefully peel the glass off… you may need to slide the tweezers under the glass once you have lifted it away enough to get underneath… once off I then blew the dust and broken glass away with a lens blower…
LG G5 camera glass fix

Aligning the sticky pad to the glass was fiddly especially with my eyesight lol but once done its then easy enough to stick the glass back on the phone using a bit of gentle pressure… make sure you have the orientation right as the opening in the glass is bigger for the wide angle camera than the normal camera
LG G5 camera glass fix

And done πŸ™‚

Bit easier than changing the glass on an iPhone at least

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Samyang 24mm f1.4 review

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Here we have the Samyang 24mm f/1.4 ED AS UMC lens… Canon fit obviously as I have Canon bodies… after a fair bit of research this lens seems to be the one most loved by astrophotographers for nightscapes, milkyway shots and the like…

Two things you kinda need for decent starry pics is a very dark sky (difficult to find in the UK as it turns out) and a very fast lens… this is a very fast lens, f1.4 which is two stops faster than the pancake lens I used to have for my crop sensor body… this is quite significant and the following image shows how much more light f1.4 lets through over f2.8.

Aperture f stops

The lens itself is very different to my Canon ones in so much that its fully manual… no AF (autofocus), no IS (image stabalising) and the camera has no control on aperture… all of this is fine, the controls are all on the lens… the only down side is that there is not reporting back to the body what lens is attached or what aperture is set so this gets missed off the exif data… not a biggy really and Lightroom CC has a lens profile for it too so all good. Not having AF is not a problem as the way this lens gets used its manually focused anyway.

So a few pictures of the lens…

Aperture ring and focus ring…
Samyang 24mm f1.4

Samyang 24mm f1.4

As you can see it has all the glass in the world lol…
Samyang 24mm f1.4

Samyang 24mm f1.4

Very solidly built, came with a hood (that I don’t use at night) and takes 77mm filters like the rest of my Canon L lenses… if I have a niggle with it then I’d have to say I am not a fan of the lens cap… it ‘looks’ like any other pinch type cap as you would find on newer Canon or Sigma lenses (makes it easier to remove/replace the cap with a hood on) but the bits you ‘pinch’ lack a lip on them to get a grip on with your fingers like the other manufacturers and as a result I find my fingers slip off making it easy to drop the cap if you are not careful.

On to a few shots…

Having an aperture of f1.4 can give a very shallow depth of field and allows you to take some very interesting shots… here are a few test shots I have done so far…

All very nice but its quite tricky getting sharp focus with a combination of manual focus and a very small DOF…

As last night was very clear and the moon wasn’t showing its face until the early hours I set off to take some starry shots seeing as thats the main reason I got the lens… I have to say it was a disappointing night… it didn’t get properly dark until nearly 10pm (astronomical end… the time of night that it doesn’t get any darker) and the light pollution even in some real secluded parts of the cotswolds is immense!… I was shooting at f1.4 and the results quite frankly were rubbish… if I had actually thought about it at the time I’d have been better off stopping the lens back down to f2.8 and shooting at that as the results were fairly dire… I am almost ashamed to post the two pics of the evenings (2hrs of it..) shoot… but I will as it will hopefully show any improvements I make as I get a bit better at taking shots like this… bare in mind there was no real subject matter, it was more a technical exercise so I apologise for the lack of excitement in these images but you have to start somewhere πŸ™‚

As I said… too much light pollution to warrant use of f1.4, focus was out and composure was a bit pants but as always I learnt from the experience.

This has not put me off and I am as excited as ever about my goals with this lens and to finally capture some good nightscapes… I have the kit, just got to find a decent location and a bucket load of talent LOL…

Time for a few resources…

Darksite finder… uses an overlay on Google maps to depict light pollution using the Bortle Scale..
http://darksitefinder.com/maps/world.html

…this functionality can also be found in the Android app Planit! for Photographers
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.yingwen.photographertoolspro

I believe there is a version for iDevices as well as the IOS app PhotoPills

Happy snapping πŸ˜€

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The joys of full frame

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Thought it was about time to trade up to a full frame body… after a lot of research I settled on the Canon 6D…

The 6D has 95% of the features of the 5D range (plus a few other bits it doesn’t) and is substantially cheaper (especially secondhand)… main thing for me though is the 6D sensor compared to that of the 5D… the 6D has a higher pixel pitch and larger photosite area than the 5D which means its a little better at handling low light, high ISO’s and has better dynamic range…. this means it should perform a little better for starry night pics etc πŸ™‚

It was a full moon Wednesday night so seemed a good idea to try for a pic… first problem… it wasn’t 100% clear… there were wispy clouds in front of the moon all evening so had to make do… took a few shots and the first obvious thing is how much smaller the moon was in frame… this of course is the ‘advantage’ of crop sensor cameras… with the 100-400 and 2x extender on a crop sensor gives an effective focal length of 1230mm… on full frame its back to ye olde 800mm… booo

Just to put that into perspective here are a couple of unedited full moon shots… first one is from my 50D crop sensor body taken on Feb 23rd 2016…

Raw moon shot from the 50D (crop sensor)

…and this one is one from the 6D taken on March 23th 2016

Raw moon shot from the 6D (full frame sensor)

Means a heavier crop on the final image so here is the result of that… first the final image from the 50D

Full moon - Canon 50d

..and the final image from the 6D…

Full moon - Canon 6D

Resolution wise the 50D comes in at 2,616 x 1,744 while the 6D cropped to 1,821 x 1,214…

Interestingly the 6D image appears more detailed than the 50D image despite the 50D image being taken on a perfectly clear night while the 6D image had a haze over it… in fact if you look at the unedited 6D image you will notice the ‘halo’ from the clouds being lit by the moon…

I have also taken a few other images with the 6D… loving how it handles tbh…

Ebby being naughty…
ebby being naughty

Couple of shots from near where I live

And thought I would revisit the bridge… unfortunately it was the wrong time of day and the sun was in the wrong place but I grabbed a couple of shots anyway…

If the sun still appears to be out later I will venture up to Coaley Peak and see if I can have another go at a sunset…

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Lens envy….

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After a bit of self justification I have now invested in a new zoom lens to replace my Sigma 120-400… the Canon EF 100-400mm f4.5-5.6 L IS II USM…

Canon EF 100-400mm

The Sigma has served me well but was occasionally hit and miss on the sweet spot for image quality and sharpness… seeing as this range of lens is what I use the most I decided to invest in the best of class… I was not disappointed… this lens is actual awesome!

A few test shots…

This one was done handheld…

…same again a few days later on a tripod just to see how effective IS was…

And of course a moon shot using a 2x Sigma APO teleconvertor
Moon

Really happy with this lens and looking forward to being able to use it properly once race season starts next year at Castle Combe… I also plan to go to Thruxton again for a round of BTCC.

Some links…

Great photography forum and the thread that swayed me towards this lens…
http://photography-on-the.net/forum/showthread.php?t=1411834

Great service from these guys for buying kit…
http://www.wexphotographic.com/

Fantastic pictures from a great photographer that helped inspire the purchase
http://www.photojan.ca/

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