Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Luck


Lately, that's how it's been feeling, with less than a week since I got the camera.

A decently priced 1000D from a seller in my own town, with little usage (he said he had taken about ~500 images, and it looked practically new); but it didn't come with a neck-strap, so I went to a local camera store to ask if they had one. Turns out they had an old gray one I got for free, but furthermore when asking about the price on the 50mm f/1.8 I got the info that they'd be getting in a used one. (With a price of less than you see used online...)

Bringing the old, dirty neck-strap home to get it washed, my dad offers me the neck-strap from his old Canon AE-1 film camera. A much sturdier neck-strap, in matching black.

Now today, I was picking up the 50mm, all looking good. When I get home I noticed something weird about it compared to the 50mm pictures I had seen. Looking closer, I saw that there was no II on it. This was the original 50mm 1.8, from the 80's. Slightly worried, I checked up on its info.
Optically, this lens is almost identical to the first version.
~Wikipedia, on the Mark II
Phew, so it should give the same sharp images. But what's more, it seems the Mark I had somewhat better build quality, having a metal mount where the Mark II has plastic. Inadvertedly I have gotten my hands on what some consider to be a rarity. To me, I'm just satisfied as long as it takes sharp images, which I will test more tomorrow!

Message to Terry Lin

Terry Lin of linterry.blogspot.com, if you see this I would ask you to make your blog public again. Though it might seem unlikely, I started following quite long ago after coming across some posts of yours about music, and would like to continue reading it.

Friday, January 22, 2010

買っちゃった

After all that consideration, I thought it would be months before I would be able to lay my hands on a DSLR to call my own. As it turns out, it would happen way faster than I thought, following a lucky find on an auction-site followed by a quick process.

So now I'm in possession of a Canon 1000D. Old, non-IS, kit lens, but at a pretty good price, second-hand.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Degrees of investment

Lately, as I've researched deeper and deeper into the gear-related parts of photography, I've more and more been forced to consider how seriously I want to get into it.

For those not in the know, the part of the gear that matters the most is the glass. And as these camera optics are not easy to make (here's a video showing the process), the lenses themselves can be quite expensive. Canon's L-line of professional lenses are almost all starting at around 1000 euros.

Besides the financial investment, there is also an investment of time and dedication that follows should you decide to pursue 'higher' photography. Knowing lighting, knowing composition, knowing post-processing. Standing on the edge considering a DSLR, it looks like an infinite pit.

But of course you don't have to go all in. There is a world of gear, with lenses ranging from 100 euros to 10000 euros. Perhaps fantasizing about the new Tamron 17-50 VC on a decent enough body isn't too ambitious...

Saturday, January 09, 2010

Changes of plans

While I was initially set on first getting a new camera and then the keyboard stand, it seems more and more like I will switch around the acquisition order on them. While I would probably enjoy a new camera more, there is also a matter of practicality; if we are going to play live this year then I would like to get practicing with the setup I would be using live as soon as possible. Right now it's somewhat difficult to play as the K49 is on the left side, while I would prefer playing that with my right hand...

Update: stand ordered! Now I can start planning for the next one!

Epilogue update: stand cancelled! As it turns out, there was less motivation among the other members than I thought, leaving this year quite band-less. Instead I started focusing on a camera instead, to fill the void...