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Jul 22, 2019 20:18:19   #
Sirsnapalot wrote:
A father, son and grandson went to the country club for their weekly round of golf. Just as they reached the first tee, a beautiful young blonde woman carrying her bag of clubs approached them.

She explained that the member who brought her to the club for a round of golf had an emergency that called him away and asked the trio whether she could join them.

Naturally, the guys all agreed.

Smiling, the blonde thanked them and said, "Look, fellows, I work in a topless bar as a dancer, so nothing shocks me anymore. If any of you want to smoke cigars, have a beer, bet, swear, tell off-color stories or do anything that you normally do when playing a round together, go ahead. But, I enjoy playing golf, consider myself pretty good at it, so don't try to coach me on how to play my shots."

With that the guys agreed to relax and invited her to drive first.

All eyes were fastened on her shapely behind as she bent to place her ball on the tee. She then took her driver and hit the ball 270 yards down the middle, right in front of the green.

The father's mouth was agape. "That was beautiful," he said.

The blonde put her driver away and said, "I really didn't get into it, and I faded it a little."

After the three guys hit their drives and their second shots, the blonde took out an eight iron and lofted the ball within five feet of the hole. (She was closest to the pin.)

The son said, "Damn, lady, you played that perfectly."

The blonde frowned and said, "It was a little weak, but even an easy seven would have been too much club. I've left a tricky little putt." She then tapped in the five-footer for a birdie.

Having the honors, she drove first on the second hole, knocked the heck out of the ball, and it landed nearly 300 yards away smack in the middle of the fairway.

For the rest of the round the statuesque blonde continued to amaze the guys, quietly and methodically shooting for par or less on every hole.

When they arrived at the 18th green, the blonde was three under par, and had a very nasty 12-foot putt on an undulating green for a par.

She turned to the three guys and said, "I really want to thank you all for not acting like a bunch of chauvinists and telling me what club to use or how to play a shot, but I need this putt for a 69 and I'd really like to break 70 on this course.

If any one of you can tell me how to make par on this hole I'll take him back to my apartment, pour some 35-year-old Single Malt Scotch Mill Scotch in him, fix him a steak dinner and then show him a very good time the rest of the night."

The yuppie son jumped at the thought! He strolled across the green, carefully eyeing the line of the putt and finally said, "Honey, aim about 6 inches to the right of the hole and hit it firm. It will get over that little hump and break right into the cup."

The father knelt down and sighted the putt using his putter as a plumb. "Don't listen to the kid, darling', you want to hit it softly 10 inches to the right and let it run left down that little hogback, so it falls into the cup."

The old gray-haired grandfather walked over to the blonde's ball, picked it up and handed it to her and said, "That's a gimme, sweetheart."

The blonde smiled and said, "Your car or mine?"

Remember…old age and treachery will overcome youth and skill every time!
A father, son and grandson went to the country clu... (show quote)

Good one - but I would have let her pick the ball up herself!!!
Jul 22, 2019 19:51:36   #
charles tabb wrote:
Now here's an idea

Beats the one I saw for $595 !!

Jul 21, 2019 08:37:00   #
Lille wrote:
So what's the difference between going to EBay and buying a $3000.00 used camera ( with no useful warranty ) and going to EBay and buying the same $3000.00 Brand New grey market camera ( with no useful warranty ) ?

Any real practical difference ?

Thanks !

The gray market one will have a warranty - it just won’t be a from the manufacturers US representative. You will need to fill out a customs form at the Post Office to ship it overseas.
Or you could buy a Square Deal warranty and have it repaired here - unless it is a Nikon.
Jul 21, 2019 00:15:49   #
drmjp429 wrote:
Looking for small group trips with emphasis on photo opportunities in Northern Ireland.
Any guidance would be appreciated

I can't really help with steering you towards a group, but if you could manage a self-drive trip you will find most of the best NI photo opps along the 'Causeway Route'. The route is well signposted and starts near Larne and runs all the way around the coast to at least Portrush. There are a couple of outer loops off the main route which I am sure are worth exploring if you have time. The Giants Causeway, Dunluce Castle and the Carrick-a-Reed rope bridge are the main attractions, but don't miss some lesser known gems like Ballintoy Harbor. Take the easy footpath west of the harbor for some 'otherworldly' coast shots. Portrush is a good center for exploring this area. Portrush has some great restaurants around the cute harbor. Bushmills Distillery is nearby and is a 'must'. Good photo opps there too.

If the weather is good when you get there, go straight to Portrush and work your way back. The weather can change from one extreme to another in five minutes. The wind can literally blow you off your feet.

If you can get a group of your own together, Dan Dooley Car Hire rents mini vans. Find suggested itineraries here. I think they can also provide a driver if none of your group are up to it.

Some pics of my trip along the Causeway Route here.

Enjoy and post pics when you get back.
Jul 20, 2019 11:01:54   #
ScooterA13 wrote:
Hiya ladies & gentlemen,

I have absolutely NO connection to Sony Corp. other than as a Customer of their products, starting with my purchase of a Sony reel to reel tape recorder in 1964 at the Northern Greenland Air Base in Thule, Greenland, as an American G.I.!

This many years later, I've purchased two Sony Digital Cameras, in recent years.

To my surprise, I learned yesterday in an Email from Sony they have announced their NEW Digital Camera Upgrade of the A7R series of cameras. They've surpassed their A7R III with their announcement of their Brand New A7R IV ((( 61 Megapixel ))) digital camera. Pull up B&H's PAGE on the Sony A7R IV and click on the MORE INFO computer prompt about the A7R IV to read about the INCREASED ADVANTAGES of this brand new A7R series camera over the previous TWO! It is beyond description in so few words.

I was gobsmacked, to put it bluntly! I thought it would take them at least TWO more years to put their 2017 Award Winning A7R III into the dust-bin of has-beens! But apparently NOT!

Thankfully, their new camera will STILL WORK with the older lenses from the A7R II and their A7R III, cameras, because all three of them are FULL FRAME SENSOR CAMERAS! Lenses from Crop Sensor cameras do not work properly with FULL FRAME SENSOR cameras.

I quit dealing with Amazon because of their INFERIOR STAFF members who cannot carry on a credible conversation about basically ANY QUESTIONS or ISSUES regarding products. While I am 'sure' they wish to, they cannot .... simply because they do NOT understand basic American English or our normal line of thought!

Having said that, I freely admit ... I am an EX-Army Intelligence Linguist who worked Two Tours against the Russians in Europe. I 'KNOW' about communicating in a Foreign Language!

And I also KNOW about how important it IS for those who attempt to speak in a language they have little to now basic skills in their NEW language they are attempting to use!

I switched to B&H Photo dot com for ALL my Camera needs and questions regarding sales, buys and Technical Questions about what will and won't work with specific camera issues, I want to solve.

I cannot begin to adequately explain how pleased I am to have found B&H photo! I have been a resident of TEXAS since 1957 and still live there. Needless to say, having found a New York City source for my camera needs is BEYOND my scope of experience. Considering my past experience in camera technical needs!

Other than being a happy customer of B&H camera, I have NO connection, let alone FINANCIAL connection to B&H Camera with the exception of BUYING 'stuff' from them!

I've found that John P. in their Email Section at is 'invaluable' in dealing with Technical Questions in regards to Digital Cameras. He is an old fart like me. I am however his ELDER! For a 'kid' (joking) he isn't half bad! ;-)

note: I found out after calling B&H Photo yesterday (after receiving Sony's Email regarding their NEW A7R series camera) that I can SELL B&H photo my A7R III and use the Trade In amount as a down-payment on my NEW A7R IV when it debuts in September!

YOU also CAN TRADE IN OLDER CAMERAS as a down payment on the sensational A7R IV digital camera with 61 megapixels photos - along with a VAST AMOUNT of INTERNAL UPGRADES like its NEWLY ENGINEERED BODY that is their "most environmentally secure/sealed digital cameras they produce! Resistant to rain & dust better than any of their other cameras.

B&H is selling this camera for $3,500.00, for the Body Only. If you ALREADY have a Sony A7R series camera, ALL your lenses will WORK with this camera. (that was my major question)

And you can INQUIRE from their Trade-In Dept. as to how much you can get for your OLDER Digital Cameras as Trade-Ins for this new camera purchase.

IF you do NOT ask, you won't know.


PS: like I said go to B&H photo and download their article about this camera and read all the specs about what has been upgraded from the older A7R series of cameras, to realize WHAT A GREAT DEAL IT IS!
Hiya ladies & gentlemen, br br I have absolut... (show quote)

The A7Riv news is nearly a week old. They also announced ( or hinted ) at 2 more releases this year - possibly an update to the high ISO A7Sii and the A6500.
I got an $800 savings from B$H on an A7Riii and 24-105 package a month ago so I’ll be skipping the mark iv.
Jul 19, 2019 00:26:30   #
Do you want paperwork? Are you worried about income tax or sales tax? I doubt that you will make any profit selling to any dealer.
I've bought stuff from mbp and got a receipt. I also got an estimate from them for buying stuff from me but I sold it for more on eBay.
Jul 19, 2019 00:22:48   #
Sony A6500 and 18-105mm F4.0 G OSS or 18-135mm. Keep your two Nikon lenses. You can use them on the Sony with an adaptor, although native lenses work better.
Or, wait for a month or two and see what Sony announces. They have promised three new cameras this summer. One of them may be an update of the A6500.
Jul 18, 2019 10:17:59   #
Skittles7071 wrote:
Hi, I'm looking to get my first dslr camera. I have always just had cheap point and shoot cameras in the past so will need one with a lens but dont want to spend loads of money. I was thinking around £250-300 for an entry level camera. Any suggestions greatly appreciated

When you say 'first dslr camera' do you mean a camera you can change lenses on? There are two types - the traditional DSLR and 'Mirrorless'. You need to understand the difference. All of the major camera manufacturers Canon/Nikon/Sony/Fuji are putting their marketing and development money into their mirrorless offerings because they see this as the future. DSLRs will still be around for awhile, but in the long term you will be starting down a dead end (cul de sac). Also, you will find that going with a mirrorless will be an easier transition from a P&S than a DSLR. Having said that, you will probably find better value amongst DSLR's, especially used ones, than mirrorless. Many photographers are ditching their older DSLR gear and switching to mirrorless. DSLR's haven't evolved much in the last 4 or 5 years whereas mirrorless have improved enormously in that time. A 5 year old DSLR is probably still a good camera, but you would probably be disappointed in a 5 year old mirrorless.

You say you will need 'a' lens. There is not much point in buying an interchangeable lens camera if you expect to have only one lens. The whole idea is to have several lenses to cover a greater variety of situations. If you expect to do it all with one lens, you will be better off looking at a better quality point & shoot or maybe a 'bridge' camera.
Jul 17, 2019 14:47:25   #
I'm not sure which bothers me the most. The 'Trump' butt or the crooked horizon.
Jul 17, 2019 12:59:46   #
Jul 17, 2019 10:08:51   #
Turk6482 wrote:
Hello all,

Going to Italy this summer with family and wondering which new lens I should get. The lens are between:

Tamron 18-400mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC HLD Lens for Nikon F
Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD G2 Lens for Nikon F

I have a Nikon D7200 and 2 kits lens but was looking to upgrade to better lens for the trip.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. If you ask no I am not what part of Italy we are going, the wife and sister in law did all the planning. LOL

Hello all, br br Going to Italy this summer wi... (show quote)

Your D7200 and 18-400 lens weighs over 3 lbs. If you are in Rome in August with that load you will be begging for a pocketable P&S or a cell phone camera by 3:00 pm on the first day.
Jul 16, 2019 15:43:46   #
racerrich3 wrote:
Perillo tour:

I did a Rome-Pompeii-Am coast-Capri-Sorrento-Naples on a self-drive / train tour the second / third week of October several years ago. The weather was PERFECT.
Contrary to most advice, driving the Amalfi Coast didn't bother me at all. However, after driving a half mile in Naples I freaked out. I abandoned the rental car in a no parking zone at the train station right under the nose of a cop and told him I couldn't drive another yard. He smiled and nodded in sympathy and let me off while I dropped the keys at the rental office and took the first train out of town.
Jul 16, 2019 15:12:26   #
racerrich3 wrote:
How is weather from late Sept-early Oct which is when I'm going.

I was in Sicily early Oct last year and ended up in Venice around Mid Oct. Weather was hot but very comfortable. Needed AC in Sicily, but can't remember if we needed it elsewhere. Eating outside every evening was very pleasant but bring a light jacket. Venice and Rome can be quite humid. May be a bit a little cooler and wetter in the North - eg Lake Como.
Tell us your itinerary plans and we may have some suggestions for you or start a new thread.
Jul 16, 2019 00:24:14   #
Turk6482 wrote:
Hello all,

Going to Italy this summer with family and wondering which new lens I should get. The lens are between:

Tamron 18-400mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC HLD Lens for Nikon F
Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD G2 Lens for Nikon F

I have a Nikon D7200 and 2 kits lens but was looking to upgrade to better lens for the trip.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. If you ask no I am not what part of Italy we are going, the wife and sister in law did all the planning. LOL

Hello all, br br Going to Italy this summer wi... (show quote)

I've been to Italy several times over the last couple of years. Lake Como, Milan, Venice, Cinque Terra, Florence, Senna, Tuscany, Umbria, Rome, Amalfi Coast, Sicily etc etc. My recommendation would be to go: small, light, wide and bright. My best combo was my Sony A6000 with the 18-105mm F4.0 lens. 18-70 would have been fine also. You don't need long lenses, haze can be a problem trying to shoot distant landscapes. 18mm crop is wide enough for any landscape shots and in those narrow streets. A small, wide, bright lens like the Rokinon 12mm F2.0 is great for church interiors if you feel the need to bring a second lens. Above all - go light. You will suffer for every extra ounce you try to carry especially in Summer.
Jul 15, 2019 23:58:50   #
frjack wrote:
I don't get into downtown Boston too often, particularly on a Saturday when the sky, temperature, and even traffic are cooperating. Met a friend for lunch near Copley Square. Took camera with me and one lens, a 12-40 mm. Didn't stay too long after lunch but did wander around Copley for about an hour before hopping on the T to return to BC.

Great set Fr Jack. This is my stomping ground. My office is in the John Hancock Tower building. The Landlord 'divided' the building in two for marketing purposes. 200 Clarendon St is the tower portion. The bottom 6 story 'podium' has been renamed 120 St James Ave with a separate entrance.
Really love the black and white. It has a '60's Architect's rendering look to it.

All well done.
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