Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Camera

Lately I have been looking at upgrading to a camera giving a bit better quality and low-light performance than my aging SX100, and naturally the obvious choice would be going the DSLR route.

I have mostly been looking at two models, the Canon 450D versus Nikon's new D5000. The Nikon has a lot going for it over the Canon: very good high-ISO performance, viewfinder grid, and 11 autofocus points versus the 450D's 9.

The Canon on the other hand can autofocus with all lenses, EF and EF-S, while not all Nikon lenses have the autofocus motor in the lens that the D5000 needs.
Besides that, the Canon uses the same GUI as my SX100, possibly making for an easier transition. At the moment I'm aiming at the 450D, since it's about 100 euros cheaper than the D5000. Of course I've also looked at the Canon 1000D, but with my ambitions of getting faster lenses the extra autofocus sensitivity at f2.8 on the 450D comes into play. (That and it's basically become impossible to find any 1000D kits with the IS lens; having heard bad things about the standard 18-55 kit lens has made the prospect of going up a notch to the 450D IS kit an overall better prospect.)

Thursday, December 17, 2009

A list of things that I would not mind getting for Christmas

As the days to christmas decreases, so do buying-options. Perhaps something locally?
At Fantoy they have a cool series of small models showing the build-up of organs. Head is cool.
At Sisustus-In they have some cool masks.

List of things I won't get:
[Hardware] ADAM HALL SKS-22 XB keyboard stand.
[Hardware] Toslink-S/PDIF coaxial to optical converter (eg. Cypress DCT-2 or this).
[DVD] Yuki Kajiura LIVE 2008.07.31.
Canon EOS 1000D/450D.

More probable alternatives:
[DS game] Professor Layton and the Curious Village.
Pants.
THE SSSNAKE YPK2030 (or equivalent cable, 2x 1/4" mono male <-> 1/8" stereo male).

More to come???

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Korg x 2


As predicted, now I have two boards. Though both are Korg, the difference in the keybeds is quite big. The keys on the M50 have much larger travelling distance with very little resistance; the K49 have stiffer keys that bottom out fast. It could be just the lower price I paid for the K49, but it feels a bit safer doing stuff like glissandos on that, rather than the M50.

Now all I need is a stand...