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    can anyone tell me how i can measure say the distance of a building from where i am standing manually???

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    Count your footsteps?

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    The time honored army way of arga-ration by halving:

    Keep halving the perceived distance till it becomes something manageable that you can measure or guess. Then multiply that by 2 to power N where N is the number of times you halved.

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    haha never use the fingernail == one person == 100metres?
    "I'm... dreaming... of a wide... angle~
    Just like the ones I used to know~"

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    Finger nail not consistent leh. Especially for those with Phua Chu Kang finger nails.

    And if there's no one there how?

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    Great for calling mortar strikes too

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    u all damn lousy one leh. ask u all real question then joke with me.

    i just need a rough estimate lah pls help. any method using manual way also can.

    using equipment is out of the question.

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    I think the easiest but not veri accurate way would be the army bmt thumb method.

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    Originally posted by klein
    u all damn lousy one leh. ask u all real question then joke with me.

    i just need a rough estimate lah pls help. any method using manual way also can.

    using equipment is out of the question.
    Hi Klein,

    Relax....people here are just trying to be friendly to you. To be honest, 'Kopitiam' is the last place to post a serious question. 'General, Reviews/Previews, Technical Discussions' would be a better choice.

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    You can try thinking in terms of your height. Eg. if you're 1.7m, then visualise how long a distance that will be when you lie down. Then, multiply by 2, 3, etc till you get to the distance you want. It works for me and I've read other photogs use it too. Hope that helps.

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    Originally posted by klein
    u all damn lousy one leh. ask u all real question then joke with me.

    i just need a rough estimate lah pls help. any method using manual way also can.

    using equipment is out of the question.
    Since we are damn lousy, why bother to ask?

    You call counting footsteps a joke? That's what your great great great grandfather used.

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