Eat this! One more!

Wednesday, September 17th, 2008


Canon just announced yet another DSLR: the 5D Mark II, well, as anticipated. Highlights are 21mpx, full frame with live view HD video shoot. Oh yes. And it’s only $2,700. Sure, whatever.

At least I know I am sticking with my original game plan: the 50D! In a couple years maybe I’ll upgrade to an affordable full frame DSLR. Or who knows, maybe there will be a new technology coming out… how about those Four Thirds…

The wait is over!

Tuesday, August 26th, 2008


I have mentioned over and over again, that it was my beloved cameras and lenses I missed the most after the fire a few years ago. I’ve lost my first SLR: Canon 100QD (which was broken at the time), and the Canon 20D.

Since then, I haven’t, and couldn’t get my hands on another DSLR, such as the recent 40D. Emotionally, the experience was so traumatic; and financially, it’s just not easy to get started on photography again. With the body and all the lenses and accessories I want, it’s going to be a huge investment again from scratch.

I almost got the 40D over the summer, but I thought I should wait, thinking that perhaps the next one would come out soon (it’s been a year already). And sure it is, Canon announced the new 15 mega-pixels 50D today, shortly after rumors popping up on the Web.

Looking at the specs, the $400 price difference is definitely worth the upgrade. So 50D it is, I am going to take the dive this time. Perhaps I should start getting the accessories now…

The menu:

Lens: Sigma 17-70mm F2.8-4.5 DC MACRO [$400]. My 2 top priorities for my first multi-use lens: wide angle and macro. So Canon’s EFS 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM is out. The Sigma not only has macro, but also lighter and a larger aperture. And it’s cheaper too, as usual. I’m always impartial to Sigma’s lenses.

Flash: Canon’s Speedlite 430EX [$240], which will be replaced by a new version, the 430EX II, soon.

Memory: A brand-new UDMA-compliant CF card [4GB; $90] that has a read/write speed of at least 45MB/sec! And a firewire-enabled reader [$60] for the UDMA CF card.

And a hand grip [$19.50]! I can’t use an SLR without a hand grip!

That should be it for now. Ka-chink… the grand total is $2,210.

Hmm, told you it wasn’t cheap.