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  1. Where did you find a full frame for £700? The cheapest I can find is the Nikon D750 for a bit over £1000 (without lens). The dearest would be a Nikon D5, the wrong side of £5k. Add £300-£500 for a kit zoom lens, typically F4 28-120mm , or about £1000 for a better F2.8 24-70mm which has become a kind of standard lens among all the full frame makers. Not sure what you mean by a 63 zoom. An APS format camera is the best compromise for many people, being considerably less bulky and pricey than FF, yet of equally high quality build, good size sensor, and still with a resolution beyond what most would ever need.
  2. No doubt it is an age thing, but I don't see much on a live view screen in bright daylight, and practically nothing if the sun is shining right on it. Unfortunately digital compacts have more-or-less discontinued having viewfinders. I might use my phone as a camera in an emergency (witness pictures after a car crash etc) but I would just have to point it in the gernal direction and hope for the best. I thought that was a typo, but looking in DP review I found it means 6.17 x 4.55 mm. How did they derive that notation?! But crikey that's tiny, and fitted in some bridge cameras that could easily accomodate larger sensors without making the body bigger. That's a puzzle why, because there are technical reasons (rather complex I believe) why a larger sensor beats a smaller one, even with the same number of pixels or nominal resolution. Early digital cameras had tiny sensors (often video camera types) as larger ones were prohibitively expensive to make. But as time went on, manufacturing improved and sensors up to APS size (the old film format, shown in Grandpa's post) became affordable. Now "full frame" sensors (the old 24x36mm film format) are affordable at least to serious amateurs and one-man-business professionals, and the mega-expense market has moved on up to "medium format" digital (served by Fuji, Pentax, Hasselblad and newcomer Phase One). In fact a modern full frame digital camera is more the size and weight of an old 645 medium format camera.
  3. I have a DSLR, not mirrorless, but reports on mirrorless with electronic viewfinders (EVF) are that they are not yet the equal of optical viewfinders (OVF), so DSLRs are hardly old hat yet. Some people report nausea with EVF, caused by a slight time lag perhaps. However, I'm sure mirrorless/EVF will improve and prevail eventually, if only because they are cheaper to make (not reflected in Sony's prices though). Sony have put their weight behind mirrorless and I believe their full frame cameras (and their APS cameras?) are now all mirrorless. Canon, Nikon and Pentax are the other full frame DSLR makers and still offer OVF; each brand has its advantages - Canon for sport and reportage, Nikon for general use, Pentax for landscape and architecture. Canon are definitely the leaders in the share of the DSLR plus mirrorless market, with the rest trailing behind. Cynically, market share is in proportion to the volume of advertising and other forms of promotion (including paying for reviews).
  4. WH is the factory designation for the export models (ie non-US). Same as WK except mainly the exterior lighting. I've never heard the 2005-10 model called a WK1, only WK (or WH) - after all who would have known at the time that the next model would also be designated WK when it is really quite different. I was wrong BTW thinking the WK2 CRD used the same engine as the WK; it's still a 3.0 V6 but a Fiat design, not Mercedes. I've seen it, and I'm not worried; the test looked artificial to me. Appears the driver swerves back onto his original line at just the moment to resonate with the car's natural roll frequency. You could probably find that moment with most cars with experimenting. He also never seems to brake, which is unrealistic. It's a 4x4, not a stunt car.
  5. Sounds fairly similar to the previous model that I have (WH, yours is a WH2), and with the same engine, except I don't have the air suspension. A criticism of mine, which would apply to most modern cars, is that it is too electronic, eg the Low ratio is engaged with a switch instead of a mechanical lever, more to go wrong. I'm not conscious of it being big until I see it next to other cars or when I need to fit in a parking slot and open the door. The power is immense - I'd feel afraid of pulling the towhook off if I really floored it with the caravan in tow . If that is not enough, there is an insanely powerful 6.2L supercharged V8 petrol Trackhawk version, the most powerful production 4x4 made, but not sure if it's available in the UK. The un-supercharged 6.4L V8 petrol SRT8 is though. The Jeep Commander (which used the WK/WH platform and engines) had 7 seats but was discontinued around 2011. My VED is >£500, but my service and repairs don't cost much because I DiY, and I get spare parts from certain grey importers. Jeep dealer prices are silly, more than for Mercedes even where they share parts (CRD engine and gearbox are Merc).
  6. These fairings are ridiculously thin and mine was cracked and had pieces missing, especially around the jockey wheel king-pin recess. I took it off and rebuilt the broken areas with 1mm aluminium strips and other shaped pieces pop-riveted in place, although this still left gaps. Having done that (and having previoulsy roughened the plastic around these repair areas with sandpaper) I buttered over the aluminium areas and gaps (both front and back) with fibreglass, the type that is resin with glass stands already mixed in (eg Davids Isopon P40). That left a smooth-ish finish that I must get round to painting one day; it has lasted 2 years so far. My fairing was attached with rusted self-tapping screws. I replaced them with new zinc-plated ones chosen for having the same thread as before. If I had found pop-rivets I would have replaced with small nuts and bolts like Volvovanner said, for easy future removal.
  7. They actually send a letter? A house insurance company I was with only sent an email which they hope either goes unnoticed or is lost in the spam filter.
  8. Some excellent points in that post, JTQ. I must admit I was taken aback and somewhat disappointed when I first took the brake drums off my AlKo chassis, to find the brake drum and hub were made in one piece. Incidentally, as you asked, I have worked in train depots and all the trains I have seen had taper roller bearings.
  9. But refuelling of an ICE car is orders of magnitude faster than the recharging of an EV. Therefore EVs are going to need orders of magnitude more infrastructure provision than is needed for IC refuelling. Anecdotally, my house lights dim when my 7.5 kW sink heater comes on, and the voltage drop is in the street (they tell me it's within spec); the infrastucture around here won't stand much charging of EVs. On top of the above factor, more still charging infrastucture is needed because of the fact that EVs can be left at charging points longer than necessary, maybe much longer (the advocates say "go and have a meal" etc). OTOH ICE refuelling is with the owner present who tends to move off when done (or will be told to, in certain terms by those waiting behind). The infrastructure for ICE fuelling was able to meet the demand while growing slowly - it took 50 years for cars to become really popular). EV's advocates however seem to expect EVs to take over by the day after tomorrow - it won't happen.
  10. Musk is a salesman, and an extremely good one. He bought his way into Tesla and Paypal. Where he succeeds is in persuading investors and politicians to back him. He is not a pioneer. His Boring company is just a conventional tunnelling company, and his Hyperloop idea, FWIW, is an old one (Google "Swiss Metro" as just one earlier example). He is not involved in Hyperloop BTW except as an advocate. I think it just amuses Musk to see the media and others scrambling for it when he tosses out "outrageous" ideas which he probably got from his teenage Sci-Fi comics.
  11. Range being a problem with EV's, it will be an even worse problem if you are towing. For that we really need to wait for more like the EV equivalent of an SUV, maybe when they do an estate-bodied version of this :- https://electrek.co/2019/04/24/ford-invests-rivian-electric-pickup-truck/ Incidentally, Lady Bolingbroke in her job dealt with Dyson on the phone a few times. He is not a pleasant character. I would never buy his stuff, which looks like a triumph of form over function, decorated with what I call techno-baubles. I first heard about Dyson with his Ball-Barrow, which showed straight away that his marketing was just hype. Dyson is the Apple of the domestic appliance world, selling at a high price for what some consider to be style.
  12. Fuel economy towing or solo? When towing, over-working a smaller car will not necessarily give the better economy.
  13. I very much doubt that Alko make ball bearings, they will source them from a specialist manufacturer. Moreover the manufacturer they source from will probably change from time to time, depending on what deals they strike for large batches. It is quite possible therefore that the quality of the bearings will vary with the year of manufacture of the chassis.
  14. Wind turbines are fine if you like the countyside being turned into an industrial site, and the wind is blowing. Solar is fine as long as it is day time. There is very little further capacity for hydro-electric power in the UK. What is needed is for people to get over their phobias about nuclear power stations.
  15. That's probably because you are not set up to block adverts, tracking and suchlike. You are not meant to see any sign of Viglink, that's the way it works. However if you copy eg onewheelonmywagon's link above to Mydrive and paste it into a text editor, you will see what the link really is. It takes up seven lines of mostly obscure code in my normal text editor window - there is a lot going on in that link.
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