Cerebral Gibberish

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Camera Research: Part 1

Posted by heymoe on June 4th, 2007

Well I’ve been doing what I normally do when I want to buy something and that is research, research and more research. I’ve never really owned “nice” camera before and most of the time I tend to borrow a camera from my friends when ever I go on trips but I’ve been told I’ve been cut off (cough.. Justin). I decided to skip over the Point-n-Shoot style cameras and go right to the Digital SLRs (Single-Lens Reflex). Prices of D-SLRs have come down quite a bit since they were first introduced and now you can get a starter D-SLR for not much more then a top end Point-n-Shoot. From there the sky’s the limit.

Even thought I’ve never owned a SLR camera I have used them in the past and I am a quick study so I’ve decided to look at the cameras in the Prosumer / mid range category. This way I have something that I can grow into instead of growing out of one to soon. I’ve set my budget to be no more then $1500 which needs to cover the cost of the body and a lens, a case, memory card, and an extra battery. Later will come a flash and more lenses as I need them. This is where a SLR really shines by being able to swap lenses. Its like getting a whole new camera. Plus being that a SLR has a larger sensor then a point-n-shoot, image quality is, in theory, better even if the point-n-shoot has the same Megapixel (MP) rating.

From my research the main players in the D-SLR Prosumer market are: Canon, Nikon, Pentax, Olympus and Sony. After my initial research I’ve pretty much dropped Pentax, Olympus and Sony from my list due mainly to the lenses they have to offer for their cameras. They may make great D-SLR bodies but if you can’t get great lenses to go with it, then you’ll loose out in the long run. Since lenses tend to only work with a specific manufacture (IE: A lens you buy for a Canon does not work on a Nikon and vise versa.), you tend to pick the body based on the lenses you want to use. Lenses also tend to out live a body so when its time to upgrade you will either have to 1) by a new body from the same manufacture so you can continue to use the lenses you already own or 2) switch to a different manufacture and have to re-buy all new lenses. Granted you could sell your old body and lenses but you would still most likely end up paying more for all new gear again. Since I don’t have any existing lenses, I’m pretty much free to pick whatever I want but once I buy one I better be happy with it.

Both Canon and Nikon have a great lineup of lenses for their bodies. Some say at the low to mid level, Nikon has the best lenses that money can buy without breaking the bank while Canon’s low to mid range lenses might cost a little less but the image and build quality just can’t compete with Nikon at this level. Things more or less even out between the two when when you compare their High end Pro lenses though.

Any ways, the contenders for my research are.. In Canon’s corner we have the XT, XTi and the 30D and in the Nikon’s corner we have the D40, D40x, D80 and D200. All of these are currently available as of this writing. Now there are way too many features to list for each of these cameras so I’m not going to recreate the wheel and cut-n-past them here. A simple Google search for any of these cameras will provide you all the information you will every want to know. I will list the Megapixel rating and retail price for each camera since these tends to be the main things people look at initially. If you spend time shopping around and looking online, you can find these camera below their retail price.

Canon:

  • XT: 8.0MP – $699*
  • XTi: 10.1MP – $799
  • 30D: 8.2MP – $1299

Nikon:

  • D40: 6.2MP – $599*
  • D40x: 10.2MP – $799
  • D80: 10.2MP – $999
  • D200: 10.2MP – $1699

NOTE: The Canon XT and the Nikon D40 (*) include a 18-55mm lens, the rest are bodies only. Also, a higher Megapixel (MP) rating makes not a better camera (/Yoda) 🙂

Well this is the end of Part 1, stay tuned for Part 2.

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Lazy Mom

Posted by heymoe on May 29th, 2007

I came across this image today. I’m pretty sure this is not a good idea. I’ve never taken a SegWay for a spin but I have my doubts that this mom would be able to react fast enough to move their child out of harms ways without losing control of the SegWay and / or the stroller.

Lazy Mom

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Congratulations to Animazement

Posted by heymoe on May 28th, 2007

Animazement 2007

Just wanted to congratulate everyone at Animazement for doing a great job in making their 10th year a great success. If I remember right, they had around 4,500 people attend this years convention up from 3,200 last year. They were only projecting 3,500 – 3,600 people this year. I was on-site helping out Saturday and Sunday and thanks to Bex, I got a good workout Sunday with all the work he had me do 🙂 hehe.. There were some really great costumes this year as well as some really scary ones. I heard someone say that one of the rules to picking a CosPlay costume is to pick something that is the complete opposite of your body type.. Any ways. Congratulations once again, See you all next year.

Here are some YouTube videos I found to give you an idea of what you would have seen at Animazement (AZ-X). If you’re lucky you might see me in one.

More Videos

http://www.animazement.org/

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Update: Sunflowers 2007

Posted by heymoe on May 28th, 2007

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Here are some updated pictures of my sunflower plants on this Hot and Sunny Memorial Day. As you can see the four plants that are in pots on my deck are doing well. Even though I planted all of the seeds at the same time, they are not all growing at the same rate. The tallest one stands at around 2 feet 8 inches right now while the smallest one is about 1 foot 2 inches.The leaves on the tallest plant are bigger then my hands as you can see. I kind of wish the front of my house got more direct light in the day so I could move some of the potted plants along the steps to my front door. Oh well, I wonder what my neighbors would do if I planted a whole row of them outlining my front yard and driveway.. hehe. The plants that are next to my mailbox are coming long just fine. They are between 1 foot 8 incudes and 2 feet. Overall the projects is working out great. It’s amazing how quickly they are growing but they still have a long way to go to reach their full height of 12 feet or so.

More Pictures

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Animazement 2007

Posted by heymoe on May 25th, 2007

Animazement 2007

If you’re into Japanese Animation (Anime) and/or Manga, be sure to visit Animazement 2007 in Durham, NC. this weekend. A friend of mine heads up this convention and I lend a hand during the weekend if they need it.

http://www.animazement.org/

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MMMmmm.. PI

Posted by heymoe on May 25th, 2007

A friend of mine from Charlotte sent me this picture this morning. MMMmmm. PI
Makes me hungry just looking at it.. hehe

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Sunflower Transplant: Part 2

Posted by heymoe on May 18th, 2007

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The last two plants have been transplanted into their own pot today. The runt of the litter was placed into one of my smaller pots so I might have to move it yet again down the road. Time will tell.

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The two plants I moved to my front yard next to my mailbox look like they are going to make it. They did not look to well the first two days after their transplant but they are looking good now. They don’t even need support anymore. More Pictures

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Welcome to the Jungle

Posted by heymoe on May 17th, 2007

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Well the yard is nice and dry after the torrential deluge we had Saturday so decided to mow it after I got home from work.

Backyard

I guess it is getting to be that time of year again where yard work will be on the to-do list every week. The backyard is looking good and the ivy is growing at full speed across the hill.

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Upgrade: Success!

Posted by heymoe on May 16th, 2007

CG has been upgraded to WordPress v2.2 and WPG2 v2.1.2 and everything looks like it is still working. Yeah!

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Late Night Conversions

Posted by heymoe on May 16th, 2007

Well I just finished working a new customer conversion. Over all everything went pretty well without any major problems. Now it’s time to go to bed.. YEAH!

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