Print Email Advertisement THE discovery and promotion of new Irish talent is being controlled by a mafia style system that tends to ridicule and humiliate some young people, claims the chairman of Limerick County Council, John Gallahue, critical of shows like the X factor and judging panels.He was speaking at the launch of a Christmas CD from students at the Funk Fusion Stage School in Limerick,Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up when he warned that talented young people are finding it hard to make a breakthrough because of the emergence of staged talent competitions on television.These shows are staged to make it more dramatic, and judges like Louis Walsh are playing along with this fake façade, he said. “Some young people are set up to be humiliated and dis-heartened. It is becoming more obvious that entry to show business is being controlled by a mafia style approach by some promoters, who are making vast sums of money.Marcella O’Sullivan of Funk Fusion, said all proceeds from their 16-track Christmas Smiles CD are going to the Share A Dream Foundation.The ages of students involved range from four to 18yrs of age. Linkedin Twitter Facebook WhatsApp NewsLocal NewsYoung talent ridiculed, claims cllr GallahueBy admin – December 11, 2008 721 Previous articlePublic invited to meet JPCNext articleClick into city’s new website admin
Limerick nurse helping the fight against COVID-19, calls for round the clock garda patrols near University of Limerick following “out of control” student parties Previous articleTales of Limerick man’s self sacrifice in The Unlucky Cabin BoyNext articleMotorway closed following pedestrian accident John Keoghhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Email Print Twitter Facebook Advertisement TAGSEducation Minister Jan O’SullivanLero research centreScience Foundation IrelandUniversity of Limerick The University of Limerick campusThe University of LimerickKathy [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up A SOFTWARE engineering research centre at the University of Limerick is to benefit from €245 million funding for the establishment of five new world-class SFI Research Centres in Ireland.Lero, the Irish Software Engineering Research Centre that is head-quartered at UL, will share the funding with four other centres based in Dublin and Galway.“This funding awarded to Lero will allow us to conduct research on the latest industry software challenges, enabling multinationals and SMEs in Ireland to thrive and maintain a competitive advantage, and establish Lero as a world class centre of software research excellence,” said Professor Mike Hinchey, director of Lero and professor of Software Engineering at UL.“Software has now become an essential component of virtually all businesses and across all industries and sectors. Lero brings together internationally-recognised research capabilities in software research along with 29 industry partners,” added Prof Hinchey.Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan commented: “This is good news for UL and good news for Limerick. Our growing reputation as a technology hub will be enhanced as Lero goes from strength to strength.“Having a strong third level sector in Limerick is crucial to our economic recovery and jobs growth. For more than a year now we have seen falling levels of unemployment in Limerick. It is vital that we maintain that momentum and this investment will help in that regard.”The funding of €155 million from the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation will be delivered through Science Foundation Ireland’s (SFI) Research Centres Programme, coupled with €90 million in cash and in-kind contributions from industry partners.The funding, which will be provided over the next six years, will support cutting-edge research in critical and emerging sectors of the economy that are key for job creation in Ireland.The five SFI Research Centres will be involved in more than 165 industry collaborations with partners such as IBM, Intel, Google and Microsoft. Linkedin University of Limerick ceases funding for off-campus Garda COVID-patrols after sanctioning students following massive street party RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR NewsUL research centre benefits from €245 million boostBy John Keogh – October 24, 2014 786 WhatsApp University of Limerick research identifies secrets of Fantasy Premier League success Decision on FIBA European Championships in Limerick to be made in May Gardai make arrests following chaotic student party near University of Limerick Ann & Steve Talk Stuff | Episode 44 | Immersive Software Engineering
The No. 6 USC women’s volleyball team (11-0) defeated UC Irvine (4-8) Tuesday night, closing out its nonconference season with an undefeated record as it heads toward Pac-10 play.Still rising · Junior Alex Jupiter had 13 kills and 10 digs to help lead the Women of Troy to victory Tuesday night against host UC Irvine, marking USC’s 11th win in a row. – Tim Tran | Daily Trojan The Women of Troy downed the Anteaters in consecutive sets, 25-16, 25-18, 25-11, with junior outside hitter Alex Jupiter recording 13 kills, seven of which helped USC come back in the second set after being down 18-16. Junior setter Kendall Bateman recorded 41 assists with two kills and one ace, finishing with a .667 hit percentage.USC jumped to an early 8-2 lead in the first set and was able to fend off a game-tying Anteater comeback with four consecutive points to take a 15-11 lead. USC maintained the offensive attack and closed out the first set with another six unanswered points.In the second set, Irvine provided more of a challenge for the Women of Troy, pulling out to a 17-14 lead. But once again, a scoring rout by USC put the set out of reach for the Anteaters, as the Women of Troy recorded nine consecutive points to take a 2-0 game lead.The third set was the most lopsided, as freshman middle blocker Alexis Olgard recorded three kills in the first nine points, and USC took an early 8-1 lead. The Women of Troy didn’t look back, winning the set in runaway-fashion 25-11.“It’s always hard to win on the road, let alone win 3-0,” USC coach Mick Haley said. “Irvine played a great second game, but we hung in there.”Freshmen have played an enormous role in the Women of Troy’s success this year, including freshman outside hitter Falyn Fonoimoana, who recorded nine kills with two aces Tuesday night.“Our freshmen are a huge part of our success,” Haley said. “With six of them on the roster, they are a major piece of this team.”Though some believed that the Women of Troy would come out fatigued after having played four games in just five days, Haley said he was not worried.“We were physically strong the whole time,” he said. “We made sure to get good rest. This team has done a great job of being disciplined this year.”The Women of Troy begin the conference season against UCLA this Friday at the Galen Center. When asked about the upcoming rivalry game, Haley showed only enthusiasm.“I’m very excited for UCLA,” he said. “They are another top-10 team, and it should be an unbelievable showdown.”
Wellington Police notes for Wednesday, January 20, 2016â€¢1:30 a.m. Marissa D.A. Franke, 19, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for defective headlight.â€¢1:07 p.m. Officers investigated criminal damage to a door in the 200 block N. B, Wellington.
Emery, appointed after the long-serving Arsene Wenger stepped down at the end of last season, saw his first game in charge of the North London giants end in a relaxed 8-0 win over non-league Boreham Wood on Saturday, with new signings Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Matteo Guendouzi both involved.The Gunners boss confirmed Monday that, in addition to Ozil, Egypt’s Mohamed Elneny and Nigeria’s Alex Iwobi, who were also eliminated from the World Cup at the group stage, would play a full part in the Singapore tour, with Arsenal travelling on July 22.“All the players are the same,” Emery told Arsenal Player.“They have the same holidays. I know Iwobi, Elneny and Mesut Ozil. He’s coming with us to Singapore the first day,” the Spaniard added.Arsenal will play Paris Saint-Germain, Emery’s former club, and Europa League holders Atletico Madrid in Singapore as part of the International Champions Cup.Ozil came under fire for his lacklustre displays at the World Cup, where 2014 champions Germany finished bottom of their group.It followed criticism of the 29-year-old’s performances during the latter stages of last season, with former Arsenal defender Martin Keown accusing him of not “giving everything”, having signed a new contract in January.But Emery, speaking on Thursday, said: “For us Mesut is a very important player…today he is on holiday and I want him to relax good and I want, when he comes back with us, to start with a good mentality.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Too soon to say goodbye? Mesut Ozil, who had a disappointing World Cup with Germany, will be with the Arsenal squad for their visit to Singapore © AFP/File / Luis AcostaLONDON, United Kingdom, Jul 16 – Mesut Ozil will travel with Arsenal for their pre-season tour of Singapore, the Gunners’ new head coach Unai Emery confirmed on Monday.Following the shock early exit of Germany from the World Cup, playmaker Ozil has been on holiday and has yet to return to pre-season training, with Emery instead working with those Arsenal players not involved in Russia 2018.
DONEGAL dad Jason Black had his bid for Everest ascent glory held up but it’s now back on after being held up at the Chinese Border.The Letterkenny man, owner of the Voodoo nightclub, has to wait overnight before being allowed to cross into Tibet.But he’s there now – and apart from a slight ear infection, he’s getting ready for some training at base camp. Here’s his latest blog:What a crazy last few days! Internet connection is virtually none-existent. No connection either by phone or wifi.Anyway got to the chinese border from Nepal yesturday (Saturday) with my visa to pass and they refused me entry until this morning.It’s so so difficult to get in from the Nepal side. Well finally this morning 8am I got through after some serious checks, looks, searches of bags and equipment. They even went through all my photos on my camera. “But I’m in and well up the Tibet valley called Nie La Mu a d now heading towards basecamp at the foot of Mt Everest.I’m currently at 3600mts and man you know it .. Airs pretty thin. Tonight it’s snowing here and cold as hell so base camp’s going to be bad ass cold!I’ve had a really bad two night’s sleep and now I know why. Woke up this morning (Sunday) and EAR INFECTION – couldn’t believe it and thats the last damned obstacle I need when I’m climbing at altitude. I have antibiotics with me here so I’m starting a course tonight to try and get this shifted before I get higher.So enough of the whining – it will sort itself out.Really getting into the super high mountains now as I can see them up ahead in the distance, I haven’t seen the Mighty Mt Everest yet but I’m due into base camp in about four more days so I’ll have a bird’s eye view then. Next few days the altitude turns up a gear as we move up 1800 mts tomorrow and back down for Altitude training, so lungs will get a good test. Outside of the ear infection I’m still in great form and feeling strong – eating well & really focused on what lies ahead.Hoping all is well back in Ireland & across the world.Thank you for for all the supporting messages guys.Laters guys from a snowy Tibet. JASON’S EVEREST BID BACK ON AFTER BEING HELD UP AT CHINESE BORDER was last modified: April 14th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Jason BlackJASON’S EVEREST BID BACK ON AFTER BEING HELD UP AT CHINESE BORDERvoodooascent
The team at Highland Motors in Letterkenny welcomed hundreds of happy loyal customers last night with a lavish party full of presents, prizes, new car offers and special celebrity guests.The Customer Appreciation and New Showroom Launch proved a huge success as our glory of pictures show.The landmark occasion saw Highland Motors officially launch their state of the art new showroom and customers came form far and near to help them celebrate. Highland Motors are proud to say that they have been looking after satisfied customers for more than 35 years.It has been 18 years since they first opened the doors of the then state of the art Renault Showroom on Mountain Top, Letterkenny, and are delighted to announce that after 18 years at this premises, they have just completed a major redevelopment of the dealership, which will allow them to cater for all their customers sales and servicing needs even better.As well as a drinks reception, Lee Gooch entertained those who came along all night long with games of Beat the Banker GameThere were lots of spot prizes given away and a special present was given to each of the first 20 people arriving on the night. People were also very impressed following the unveiling the all New Renault Megane Sports Tourer.All pictures by kind permission of Brian McDaid.Oran and Grace Deeney from Buncrana at the opening of the new showroom at the Highland Motors. Photo Brian McDaidCaroline Sharkey Galligan, Christy Galligan, Jason Foody and Chris Felman at Highland MotorsGreg O’Sullivan at the Highland Motors Showroom openingJohn Cullen, Gareth Horkan and Martin Mc Conigley at the opening of New Showrooms at Highland Motors.Patrick Magee and Kevin Troy from Renault Ireland pictured with the Laurence Harrigan Snr and Jnr at the opening of the New Showrooms at Highland Motors in Letterkenny . Photo Brian McDaidSusan Doherty and her mother Mary Sweeney at opening of new Showroom at Highland Motors.A packed house for the opening of the new showroom at Highland Motors. Photos Brian McDaidPat McArt at the opening of Highland Motors ShowroomDenis Orr, Drew Boal, Ciaran and Evan Larkin at the opening of Highland Motors. Photo Brian McDaidPaddy Dorian at the opening of showroom at Highland Motors on Thursday Night. Photo Brian McDaidDid you attend Highland Motors’ super appreciation night – Pic Special was last modified: November 11th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
A gathering at the Sharpeville Memorial in the Gauteng township to pay tribute to those who died in the violence. (Image: Emfuleni local municipality) On 21 March, Human Rights Day, South Africa remembered the Sharpeville massacre of 50 years ago, when police clashed with crowds protesting against unjust apartheid laws. Sixty-nine people were killed and close to 200 injured in the demonstrations.The watershed event was commemorated peacefully, in stark contrast to the bloody confrontation of the day.This year about 5 000 people came together in Sharpeville, a township near Vereeniging about 50km south of Johannesburg, to pay tribute to those who gave their lives for the country’s liberation struggle. Of the 69 who died, 10 were children and eight were women, and all were unarmed.As the horrific events at Sharpeville were unfolding, protesters in the Western Cape’s Langa township, some 1 600km away, also came under police fire and tear gas assault, and two people were left dead.The government retaliated by declaring its first State of Emergency and banning the African National Congress (ANC) and Pan Africanist Congress (PAC). This fateful decision led to the ANC taking up arms against apartheid through its military wing, Umkhonto we Sizwe.Remembering the fallenDeputy President Kgalema Motlanthe was present at the commemoration, which took place under the theme “Working together we can do more to protect human rights”. He attended a service at the local Catholic church and laid wreaths on the graves of Sharpeville victims during a hymn service.“The Sharpeville and Langa massacres were a tipping point in that they triggered revulsion and disgust locally and internationally,” said Motlanthe, revisiting the events of 50 years ago. “The government of the day responded by banning the ANC and PAC and this precipitated the end of the non-violent struggle and brought to bear an advent of the armed struggle by the liberation movement.”Motlanthe also pointed out that demonstrations of that time were peaceful and that people didn’t set out to loot shops or burn cars, unlike the protesters of today who seem to think nothing of destroying private and public property.He urged those with grievances to use the democratic channels available to them, and to voice their protests without resorting to violence.Like 50 years ago, many members of today’s Sharpeville community are poverty-stricken and dissatisfied, and protests against poor service delivery are a part of life.“To adequately commemorate the victims and survivors of the Sharpeville massacre and other bloodbaths, we must ensure the progressive realisation of the socio-economic rights as envisaged in the Bill of Rights,” said Motlanthe, adding that government and its social partners must work harder to improve the quality of life of all South Africans, by providing shelter, basic amenities, education, and security.Nationwide protests against the passAlthough the apartheid system would not fall for another 30 years, the tragedy at Sharpeville was the beginning of its demise. International condemnation was swift and severe and led to disinvestment from South Africa, the country’s global isolation and eventually, the end of the Nationalist apartheid regime.The Nationalist government, during its reign, had imposed ludicrous laws and restrictions on black people, intended to control their movements and isolate them from fellow South Africans of other races. One of these was the stipulation that black people working away from their homes, mostly in white areas, had to carry a pass book.The pass law was enacted in the early part of the 20th century, but was most visibly and cruelly enforced during the tenure of the apartheid government, which came to power in 1948.The pass was a type of identification document that carried the personal information of its bearer, including their name, photograph, address, fingerprints, criminal and tax records, and name of employer. In essence, the pass showed that they had permission to move about in white areas. Under the law of the time, an employer could only be a white person, and he or she sometimes entered an evaluation of the employee into the pass book.The pass laws at first applied only to men, but before long they were extended to include women. Travelling to other areas without a pass book was a huge risk, because of the possibility of arrest and imprisonment.This was a degrading experience for black people, and understandably it was met with great resistance. Both men and women rebelled, leading to ongoing demonstrations and many thousands of arrests.The ANC-led Defiance Campaign against unjust laws was launched in 1952, in collaboration with the party’s ally, the South African Indian Congress, with whom it had signed a pact of mutual support in 1947. The idea here was that people would deliberately break the pass laws and then give themselves up to the police, in the hopes that cells would become crowded and the police system overloaded. All race groups were involved.The campaign didn’t have the desired effect, and the ANC decided to draft an entirely new Constitution for South Africa. This led to the adoption of the Freedom Charter in 1956, which was outlawed by the government as part of a plot to replace it with a communist state. Government action led to the arrest of 158 activists, and the subsequent Treason Trial.In August of that same year a group of 20 000 feisty women marched on the Union Buildings, the seat of the government, in Pretoria. Singing the now-famous struggle song “Wathint’ abafazi, wathint’ imbokodo!” (Zulu, meaning “strike the women, strike the rock”) they showed their outrage at the pass laws. The event is now remembered on 9 August, South Africa’s National Women’s Day.Boiling pointHowever, all this strife was like a simmering cauldron about to boil over, and in 1960 that is exactly what happened. The PAC, a newly formed breakaway group of the ANC, demonstrated on 21 March of that year in Sharpeville under the leadership of the charismatic Robert Sobukwe.The PAC and ANC had been vying for support from the people, and the PAC got wind of an ANC anti-pass march, scheduled for 31 March. The former decided to strike first and planned their march for 10 days earlier.Sobukwe led a contingent of PAC comrades in a march on the police station at Orlando, Soweto. Here he admitted guilt to being in an area other than what was stipulated in his pass book, and offered himself up for arrest. He was sentenced to three years in jail but when his term was up, at the discretion of the justice minister his imprisonment was renewed on an annual basis for a further three years. This was the controversial so-called Sobukwe Clause, implemented as Article Four of the General Law Amendment Act of 1963.At the same time, at various spots around the country, and particularly in the Gauteng township of Sharpeville, about 50km south of Johannesburg, marchers were preparing to descend on police stations and hand themselves over in a repeat of Sobukwe’s actions, or for not carrying their pass books at all.At the sight of the thousands of marchers, police in Sharpeville panicked and shot into the crowd. They were reportedly on edge because of the killing of nine police members in Cato Ridge, KwaZulu-Natal, just a few weeks before. The police later claimed to have been attacked first by stone-throwers, but as many of the wounded were shot in the back, this claim is refuted.The Truth and Reconciliation Commission, set up in 1995 to investigate atrocities committed on both sides during the apartheid years, found that police actions were the cause of the massacre.“The Commission finds that the police deliberately opened fire on an unarmed crowd that had gathered peacefully at Sharpeville on 21 March 1960 to protest against the pass laws,” said its 1998 report.The despised pass laws were eventually repealed in 1986 under the leadership of the late state president Pieter Willem (PW) Botha.Today Sharpeville is also remembered as the place where former president Nelson Mandela signed the new Constitution in December 1996. The document came into force in February 1997.
A handful of the world’s great cities trace their heritage to early human settlements thousands of years back. Johannesburg’s earliest residents were in the neighbourhood 3-million years ago.Forty kilometres west of Johannesburg, is a 47 000-hectare valley known as the Cradle of Humankind. (Image: Brand South Africa)Brand South Africa reporterForty kilometres west of the city, among nondescript koppies, scattered shrubs and trees, is a 47 000-hectare valley known as the Cradle of Humankind.Three million years of human activity have taken place in and around these caves, including people’s earliest-known mastery of fire, and 40% of all the world’s human ancestor fossils have been found here.The biggest and best-known of the caves is Sterkfontein, where over 500 hominid fossils and over 9 000 stone tools have been found. It was at Sterkfontein that two major finds were made, that have changed modern paleontology:The Australopithecus africanus Mrs Ples (now believed to be a Mister Ples), dating back 2.5-million years, and found by Robert Bloom in 1947.Little Foot, an almost complete ape-man skeleton that could be just over 4 million years old, the first pieces – footbones – of which were found by Ronald Clarke and Phillip Tobias in 1995 (the bones had lain in a box since the late 1970s, when they were excavated).Another major find was:A new species of hominin, homo naledi, was unveiled at Maropeng in the Cradle of Humankind near Johannesburg in September 2015. It was described as a new branch of the human family tree. Professor Lee Berger, the American archaeologist who led the excavation, called the Rising Star expedition, said fossils of 15 individuals of various ages were found 12 metres into the Dinaledi Chamber.In 1997, Clarke, digging through more boxes of bones from Sterkfontein, found more footbones from the same individual – one with a clean break suggesting that more of Little Foot’s bones might still be inside the cave. Clarke went after the rest of Little Foot’s skeleton – and in 1998, amazingly, found it, or at least a significant part of it.Maropeng brings fossils to life with interactive displays, stunning exhibits and a boat ride on an underground lake, the state-of-the-art Maropeng centre allows visitors to explore the rich fossil heritage of the Cradle of Humankind.A complete skull and fragments of arm, foot and leg bones have been uncovered so far; the rest of the bones are still being painstakingly excavated from the rock. Some believe that Little Foot is the most significant hominid find since Raymond Dart’s discovery of the skull of the Taung child, a juvenile Australopithecus africanus, discovered in 1924 near a town called Taung in the far north of North West.According to Clarke, the Little Foot fossil has yielded the most complete australopithecine skull yet found, found together with the most complete set of foot and leg bones known so far – with more extracted from the rock since then. In addition, the preservation of the skeleton is extraordinary, with most of the bones intact and joined in their natural position.The Little Foot skeleton was originally thought to be between 3 and 3.5 million years old, but a more recent study argues that it could be over 4 million years old, which would make it one of the oldest known australopithecine fossils, and easily the oldest from South Africa.According to Talk.origins: “If Clarke’s expectations of further finds are borne out, Little Foot could become the most spectacular and important hominid fossil ever discovered, rivalled only by the Turkana Boy Homo erectus skeleton [discovered in 1984 near Lake Turkana in Kenya].”The Sterkfontein valley consists of around 40 different fossil sites, 13 of which have been excavated. It includes Bolt’s Farm, where the remains of three sabre-tooth cats have been found in a pit that trapped animals; Swartkrans, site of the earliest-known deliberate use of fire, around 1.3-million years ago; Haasgat, where the fossils of early forest-dwelling monkeys, around 1.3-million years old, were found; and Gondolin, where 90 000 fossil specimens have been found since 1979. The area was declared a World Heritage Site in 1999. Although it is on privately owned land, any finds belong to the world, and the area is strictly controlled and protected.BeginningsIn the late 1890s, miners dynamited the Sterkfontein caves, searching for limestone which they converted into quick lime, an element needed for the processing of gold and the manufacture of cement. They displaced the sediment and revealed entrances to the caves. The rocks contain cyclindrical shapes – evidence of early life called stromatolite, dating back 3.8-billion years.These organisms breathed in carbon dioxide and breathed out oxygen, thus increasing the earth’s oxygen levels and leading to the evolution of other forms of life. Some 2.5-billion years ago, the area was an inland shallow sea.Over time the water evaporated and the mud formed dolomite rock, in which the stromatolite are visible. Around 2-billion years ago a large meteorite, 10 kilometres in diameter, fell in Vredefort (100 kilometres south of Sterkfontein), leaving a massive crater now known as the Vredefort Dome. The entire area for hundreds of kilometres around was covered in debris, which helped preserve the gold reefs of the Witwatersrand, preventing them from being eroded – and also helped preserve the stromatolite rocks.Some 3.5-million years ago, openings to the caves started appearing. They may have been occupied by sabre-toothed cats and other predators which would explain why the remains of large herbivores like wildebeest, extinct zebra and buffalo have been found in the caves. One of the caves is called Plover’s Lake Cave. It has been explored some 50 metres down, but beyond that point are a labyrinth of unexplored passages, and several entrances. A hyena and a porcupine are known to live there – no-one has spotted them, but their footprints are often seen. Excavations of Plover Cave and others in the area is ongoing.The nearby Wonder Cave has an enormous chamber with beautiful 15 metre-high stalactite formations. The Cave is believed to be 2.2-million years old, and bones of rodents, frogs, lizards and birds have been found in the cave. It’s hard while walking around the area to fully comprehend the age of the sites and the importance of the finds.Charles Darwin predicted in the 19th Century that the origins of humankind would be traced back to Africa because that’s where the great apes live. South Africans, and Joburgers in particular, don’t have far to go to take a stroll into life millions of years ago… so long as they are mindful of hyenas and porcupines.Updated: September 2017Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
Most DSLR shooters are accustomed to working with electronic lenses, but there are a handful of great manual lenses out there (old and new) that can provide even better results with added benefits.So before you go out and buy your next automatic lens, here are a few reasons why you should at least consider going manual:Manual Lenses are More CinematicThe first and arguably most important item on this list deals with the actual quality of the image that manual lenses produce. Although there are some exceptions to this rule, in my opinion most manual lenses traditionally have a more filmic and cinematic look to them when compared to more modern electronic lenses.This isn’t a direct result of the glass being manual (as opposed to electronic), but more so a reflection of the fact that many manual lenses are also vintage lenses and as such have a lot of character to them, which is a nice change from the cold, overly sharp and clinical electronic lenses of today.Another consideration is that manual lenses force you to work in a way that is much more in line with the old days of actually shooting on film. Granted, if you’re shooting with a manual SLR lens, it’s not quite the same as an Arri Prime with a PL mount, but fundamentally they are more similar than you might think. The way that you work with each lens is virtually the same, and both offer a closer and more physical connection to your image making process.There’s something about the mentality of shooting/exposing with fully manual glass that puts you in a slightly different mind frame than shooting with electronic glass. Sure, you can take beautiful images with both types of lenses, but psychologically the manual glass helps to get you in the headspace of shooting in a cinematic way, and the fact that so many manual lenses have very cinematic and film characteristics to them helps a lot too!Image from oldlenses.blogspot.comManual Lenses are Less ExpensiveManual lenses, and specifically manual primes, are the best bang for your buck lenses that you can buy. If you’ve already bought your share of electronic lenses, you likely already know that primes cost a lot less than zooms, even though primes provide a superior image quality. And with manual primes, you get even more value for your investment. Since there are no electronic components, very high quality manual lenses can be purchased at extremely low costs. For instance, one of my best and sharpest lenses was also my cheapest – a Nikkor 50mm 1.4. This lens (which only costs a few hundred dollars brand new) is sharper than some $2000+ electronic lenses that I have shot with. And there are some manual Nikkor lenses, or Canon FD lenses that you can pick up online for even less that will give great results too.The point being, you don’t need to spend an arm and a leg to get a really fantastic manual lens kit, and you get so much for your money considering the quality of the lens you’re purchasing. In the end, your money is going to the actual glass as opposed to the electronic components, and personally speaking I would much rather have my money spent on the glass itself.Manual Lenses are More AdaptableThe main reason I started buying manual lenses was because I now own multiple cameras (all by different manufacturers), and I wanted to start investing in lenses that could be used on all of them. With electronic glass, it can be difficult if not impossible, to adapt to other lens mounts. For instance, if I have a Canon EF lens, I have very few options if I want to mount it on my Lumix GH4. The GH4 is a Micro Four Thirds camera, which means it is highly universal and can adapt to almost all lenses, but that doesn’t mean it’s always going to be easy. The EF lens would either need to be attached to the MFT mount with a dumb adapter (that doesn’t pass through the electronic signal to control the lens) or with a very expensive electronic adapter that requires it’s own power supply or battery. Not all lenses are this challenging to adapt – it just depends on the specific combination of lens and mount that you are trying to match.That said, you never know which camera you’ll end up getting next week or next year, so why invest in lenses that may not be useable on future cameras of yours? If I wanted to adapt a manual Canon FD lens to that GH4 instead of the electronic EF lens, there would be no problem. I wouldn’t need electronic pass through, so I could just buy a $20 dumb adaptor, and use it with the manual lens. And I could also just as easily mount that same lens (with a different adaptor) to a Sony A7S using the E-mount, a 5D using it’s EF mount, or nearly any other camera for that matter.Give Manual Lenses a ChanceIf you’re shooting anything that should have a cinematic look, whether it’s a short film, documentary, narrative feature, or otherwise – you should really consider manual glass. Not only will the images that it produces for you have more character, but you will also work with the lenses in a way that is more traditional and therefore more authentic to the art form. Not to mention you can save a lot of money by using manual glass and your investment will have much more longevity, as you are able to adapt your lenses to just about any other camera you buy in the future.