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  • in reply to: Acting job. One day. 800RMB. #31121
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    My agent always insists that I get a percentage of the box office receipts.

    in reply to: Alternative Canon Lenses #31108
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    @ Slavsky – I use the Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM with my 7D and it’s razor sharp in comparison with other Canon lenses that I’ve owned – rated at 9.4. The L series lenses are seriously heavy especially if you fly (7D + one L series lens about 2 KG) but do perform well if you have a specific job in mind for them. I did a fair bit of research recently and came up with the Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM as being a good compromise in terms of weight, price and quality in comparison with the L series zoom lenses – rated at 8.8. I also have the Canon EF 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM (no IS) which has very small amounts of optical distortion for a wide angled lens – rated 9.2 (compared with the Tokina 12-24 rated at 8.8)… yes, I know – the price difference.

    in reply to: Alternative Canon Lenses #31063
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    Thank’s for the nudge Charlie, I must be getting old. I did remember to ‘copy’ the link, just forgot to ‘paste’ it so maybe there is still hope for me.

    Here is the review link:

    http://www.bobatkins.com/photography/reviews/best_canon_eos_lenses.html

    in reply to: Alternative Canon Lenses #31058
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    @ Slavsky – this link will give you a professional and objective assessment of most of Canon EF and EF-S lenses categorised and graded within price range. Click on an individual lens and it will take you to a page with technical information and comments. While Pardhu is generally correct in that Canon lenses can be expected to outclass third party lenses, there are a number of Sigma, Tameron, Vivitar and Tokina lenses that could be considered depending on your budget.

    That said, I just use Canon lenses.

    in reply to: GPS in Chengdu #30941
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    The maps quickly go out of date as you can imagine always assuming that it was up to date when you bought it. Connection to the satellite can be frustratingly slow but once connected it’s not too bad. That said, it gets me around albeit that it sometimes wants to divert me off a perfectly good express road to take a longer route on the old road.

    I can’t say I can recommend a make because the manufacturer went bust on my Chinese GPS so now I use a foreign one and rely on indifferent Chinese maps that seem to be permenantly out of date.

    in reply to: Moving Out: Shipping Items Overseas? #29907
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    in reply to: Eggs & Cholesterol #29821
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    Medical researchers are now of the opinion that the white of an egg actually cuts cholesterol. Sadly all this information just reinforces my wife’s obsession with throwing the yolks away. I have to ask myself if anyone has done any research on whether chickens have high blood pressure.

    in reply to: Slow and Unreliable Internet #29789
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    No problems at my end. Try connecting without a VPN and/or without a firewall and/or cabling to the internet rather than via a wireless router see if there is a difference.

    If it’s your VPN then it is not unusual for them to throttle back on connections especially now you have publically anounced which service you are using. LOL

    in reply to: Man Caught Making Out With Statues #29744
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    He must have been stoned.

    in reply to: Best VPN service? #29742
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    If you keep handing out accolades to a service and drawing attention to it then it wont work for much longer.

    With HMA and a lot of the others you can’t even access them to sign up.

    in reply to: Advice Needed on Aquarium #29625
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    Time for a compromise – get a cat fish!

    in reply to: Advice Needed on Aquarium #29552
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    There was only one exhibition that we could see and that was for medical equipment – the wife was happy with that so not a completely wasted trip. The other halls did not appear to be in use and there were no ticket booths or banners as there usually is for an exhibition. Even the medical exhibition was in the process of packing up. There weren’t even any masses of people that would indicate an event such as a pet show.

    We only discovered the dogs in the 2/3rds empty car park purely by chance because we chose to leave the site by a different exit. So my money says there was no pet show and since I have already been caught out by official internet adverts for this location advertising events that turned out to be completely the wrong date then I am hardly surprised.

    If I am wrong then I stand to be corrected but unless you are a Tibetan Mastiff freak of have 10,000+ RMB to splash out on a kitten then I wouldn’t bother.

    in reply to: Advice Needed on Aquarium #29545
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    @Ray: The “Big” Pet Expo at Century City is non existent. They just had a dozen breeders of Tibetan mastiffs in the car park trying to sell some VERY badly bred and dirty dogs along with puppies. When fully grown you would need to buy an apartment just for the dog. A few of the puppies were properly presented though but almost certainly overpriced. There were a couple of cats there – British blues. Only one of which was for sale (a 3 month old kitten) at the asking price of a mere 10,000+ RMB (UK price, say 3,500 RMB). Very good quality though by China standards.

    So no stalls selling anything and certainly not any cat bow ties for that Charlie Chaplin image.

    in reply to: Advice Needed on Aquarium #29538
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    @lino: Basic advice on setting up an aquarium to house a variety of relatively small compatible fish.

    http://aquarticles.com/articles/management/Menon_Setting_Up.html

    in reply to: Advice Needed on Aquarium #29537
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    @lino: Basic advice on setting up an aquarium to house a variety of relatively small compatible fish.

    http://aquarticles.com/articles/management/Menon_Setting_Up.html

    in reply to: Advice Needed on Aquarium #29432
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    @Ray: In my experience your cat will be impressed with the idea of playing with a bow tie as long as he’s not going to have to wear it (unless he’s brain dead). Perhaps we could run a book to see how long it would take him to remove it. My advice would be to save your money for a laser pointer as probably the best cat toy and one which wont involve you in getting any exercise but will leave you with a super fit cat (unless it’s got heart problems).

    in reply to: Advice Needed on Aquarium #29531
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    @Ray: In my experience your cat will be impressed with the idea of playing with a bow tie as long as he’s not going to have to wear it (unless he’s brain dead). Perhaps we could run a book to see how long it would take him to remove it. My advice would be to save your money for a laser pointer as probably the best cat toy and one which wont involve you in getting any exercise but will leave you with a super fit cat (unless it’s got heart problems).

    in reply to: Advice Needed on Aquarium #29430
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    Ray: Yes, Century City is due south, a short way outside the number 3 Ring Road. You can get there on the Metro heading due south from Tianfu Sq. Buses heading there can be like sardine tins when there is a popular exhibition. Buses may also get diverted leaving you with a 400 meter or so walk – follow the crowds. Car access is getting progressively worse as they building on the wasteland that was previously used for parking.

    in reply to: Advice Needed on Aquarium #29529
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    Ray: Yes, Century City is due south, a short way outside the number 3 Ring Road. You can get there on the Metro heading due south from Tianfu Sq. Buses heading there can be like sardine tins when there is a popular exhibition. Buses may also get diverted leaving you with a 400 meter or so walk – follow the crowds. Car access is getting progressively worse as they building on the wasteland that was previously used for parking.

    in reply to: Buying Photo Equipment in HK – Worth It? #29398
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    Pardhu, your price included a UV filter.

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