Z9 second impressions

See also my Z9 first impressions. As before, I’m using camera firmware 1.11. As before, I’m trying to focus on things that aren’t already very well known / discussed about the Z9. And a lot of that is around finding the edge cases where things stop working properly. Please don’t misconstrue that as an overall … Read more

Nikon Z 100-400 centre vs Nikon 80-400G & Sigma 150-600 C

This is the second post in a series of evaluations of the Nikkor Z 100-400. Please refer to the first post for details about the test equipment & methodology. In this post, I’m going to compare performance in the image centre between these three telephoto lenses at 400mm: Nikkor Z 100-400 (e.g. from Amazon). AF-S … Read more

Nikon Z 100-400 centre performance

Last week my Nikkor Z 100-400 arrived. I’m in principle upgrading from the AF-S 80-400G, which has been my all-time favourite lens (both sentimentally and in terms of the yielding the greatest proportion of my favourite photos). Of course, it’d be nice to see how those two lenses actually compare – I suppose I could … Read more

Attention trumps experience

It’s always bemused me that I did better in electronic engineering than computer science. I studied them simultaneously, receiving degrees in both after five years (some classes counted towards both, thus why it wasn’t seven or eight years). I grew up playing on, dabbling with, and programming computers. From BASIC II to Hypercard to RealBasic … Read more

Reverting to an older version of Safari Technology Preview

Apple try to make it impossible to revert to a prior version of Safari Technology Preview (STP) – and they also try to force updates to the latest version immediately, without user consent. This is bafflingly hostile behaviour for what is supposed to be a beta version of the browser that users voluntarily, out of … Read more

The Abstracted Unreliability Anti-pattern

I don’t know if it’s genuinely on the uptick, or just coincidence, or merely runaway pattern recognition on my part, but I keep seeing the same logical fallacy applied over and over again: if I add more layers to a system it will become more reliable. A recent example: this set of services have poor … Read more