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    Half Link

    I put a new chain on the Jericho this weekend and it looked so nice and fresh I had to take a few pictures. Francis recently commented that he's never seen a half link. And I remember that I couldn't comprehend the idea until I actually saw one. So I thought some of you might appreciate the half link photo. Plus, I think it's kinda sexy.
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    Coupla quick questions:

    1. Where'd you get it?
    2. Cost?
    3. Will it work with 8/9spd as well as single speed chains?

    I am planning on running a SRAM PC7X (the gold one)... and am curious about any problems that might arise (if at all).

    Thanks...

    BTW, are those photos Photoshopped or shot with a really low F stop? Either way nice, I love the lack of depth of field. (I'm thinking P'shopped)
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    Quote Originally Posted by donkekus
    BTW, are those photos Photoshopped or shot with a really low F stop? Either way nice, I love the lack of depth of field. (I'm thinking P'shopped)
    Judging by the different levels of blurring in the photo (the second one in particular), I would guess that it was the low F-stop. No PhotoShop... it would take too long to make it look that good.

    Great photos!

    Half-links here.

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    judging by how damned good a fartographer john is, i'm guessing it's a low f-stop. cats like him don't need photoshop.
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    Spicer Half Link

    I don't have the ability that John has to take and fix pics but here are a couple of pics of a Spicer half link.







    Any Photoshop tips or tricks on how to make pics like this better will be appreciated.

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    Answers

    Quote Originally Posted by donkekus
    Coupla quick questions:

    1. Where'd you get it?
    2. Cost?
    3. Will it work with 8/9spd as well as single speed chains?
    1. Spicer Cycles
    http://www.spicercycles.com/index.cg..._desc=Mountain

    2. ~ $5.00 plus shipping

    3. Yes, Gene sells half links for 1/8 or 3/32

    Email Gene at info@spicercycles.com for more info.


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    No Ps!

    I got the half link at Calbazas Bike Shop in Cupertino, CA. It's a KMC bmx chain. It won't work on 8 or 9 speed drive trains.

    And there was no photoshop blurring. That's cheating. That kind of stuff can and should be done in-camera. This was shot with a Canon 50mm f/2.5 macro lens at about f/3.5, if I remember right. I did use PS to adjust contrast and convert to black and white, though.
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    Photo Pointers

    I have a few ideas for taking photos like this that look better. The key word there is taking

    Using Photoshop to improve photos is not the way. You take the best possible photo and then use PS to optimize.

    And I'm not going to make it too easy for you. For ideas on how to improve these photos, click here, and make a new post

    Thanks for posting the info about the half links. I didn't know I could get them to fit anything besides bmx chains. It would be nice to run something a little lighter than this chunky bastard I've got right now.
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    OK...
    So are we talking digital camera? Or 35mm scanned negatives? Man, I would like to get a digi cam with changeable SLR lenses. Maybe my dad'll let me use his new Kodak. That thing is a BEAST! The DC PRO SLR/n...

    http://www.kodak.com/global/en/profe...SLRIndex.jhtml

    Right now I use a 35mm and then scan the negs. They come out really nice!
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    A Couple Links For Ya

    Here are my cameras:

    http://www.pcphotoreview.com/Profess...1_3127crx.aspx

    http://www.pcphotoreview.com/Profess...6_3127crx.aspx

    And here's your dad's camera:

    http://www.pcphotoreview.com/Profess...7_3127crx.aspx

    Tell the old man to post a review. Hardly anyone even has that camera. And definitely get him to let you use it. It's not supposed to be good for action. But for still shots of bike parts it should kick ass.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Photo-John
    It's not supposed to be good for action.
    Because you need a sherpa to help carry it.

    <a href="https://www.pcphotoreview.com/Professional,Digital,SLRs/Kodak/PRD_298787_3127crx.aspx" target="_blank"><img src="https://www.pcphotoreview.com/Channels/PcPhotoReview/images/products/Product_298787.jpg"></a>

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    The reason to get is supposedly the conversion ratio or something of the lens and the hd. Or something... Nikons are supposed to 1/2" or something... all confusing.
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    Sensor Size

    Most digital SLRs have sensors that are smaller than 35mm film. The Kodaks have full, 24x36mm sensors. That means there's no lens conversion. Nikon's digital SLRs all have smaller sensors and a 1.5x conversion factor. That means a 50mm lens on a Nikon D70 is sort of like a 75mm lens on a 35mm film camera. On the Kodak is would be a 50mm lens, just like it was designed to be.

    And the camera isn't that big, Eddy. It's not nearly as big and heavy as my EOS 1D. It's not so great for sports because it's supposed to be slow. I can;t remember how it's slow. But people who shoot sports and news don't buy the Kodaks. They're best for studio photography.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Photo-John
    Most digital SLRs have sensors that are smaller than 35mm film. The Kodaks have full, 24x36mm sensors. That means there's no lens conversion. Nikon's digital SLRs all have smaller sensors and a 1.5x conversion factor. That means a 50mm lens on a Nikon D70 is sort of like a 75mm lens on a 35mm film camera. On the Kodak is would be a 50mm lens, just like it was designed to be.

    And the camera isn't that big, Eddy. It's not nearly as big and heavy as my EOS 1D. It's not so great for sports because it's supposed to be slow. I can;t remember how it's slow. But people who shoot sports and news don't buy the Kodaks. They're best for studio photography.
    Ah yes.

    And, Canons have long been used in the sports realm. Those and those extra long, extra fast white lenses.
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    Nikon vs Canon

    Quote Originally Posted by donkekus
    Ah yes.

    And, Canons have long been used in the sports realm. Those and those extra long, extra fast white lenses.
    Yeah, Canon ruled the sports photography world through the 90s. But it's not such a big deal anymore. The reason was that their autofocus blew away Nikon's. That's why I have Canon gear. I started to shooting motorcycle road racing in 95 or 96. But the Nikons are just as good now. They do seem to be a bit behind Canon with their digital SLRs. But it's not that big of a deal. The Kodaks aren't good for action for other reasons. Like I said, I can't really remember why. I think it has to do with the capture rate or high ISO performance. In any case, for some reason photographers don't think they perform as well as the Canons and Nikons in a real sports environment.
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    Thanks for the link to the Help Files, will take a look around before posting anything there.

    Hopefully the crappy pics and info of the Spicer half link will allow you to put your Jericho on a gram diet. I used that link on a PC99, PC99 Hollowpin and PC69 chains without any problems, just don't attach it to the PowerLink (makes the disassembly of the link very difficult).

    Tommy

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    FWIW, I had my local shop order me some halflinks from Quality. They were like $1.25 so I gotta few and have never been haappier. I stretched 'em some to fit on a crappy PC1 SS chain, then ditched it and refit it on a pc58 chain. Hasn't broken one and works well. I must say though that knowledge and understanding on how to properly break and fix a chain with out a link-y thing is needed.

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