Saturday, May 30, 2009

Instruction to Get 5D Mark II for $2499 from Amazon *Expired*

The Story
Friend told me he heard Amazon is selling Canon 5D Mark II Body for $2499 with Free Shipping, But when he check the price, its over $3500.00.

The Reason
First of all, Amazon is out of stock (ship around 2- 5weeks). That is the reason if you search 5Dmark2 from Amazon you will see $3000+ from seller other than amazon.

The Solution
To Make it simple, you can click the link here and you should see similar as below on your right hand side.
Click "Add to Cart". When you check your shopping cart, you will see $2499 with free shipping just like the image below. :)


My 2 cents.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Spend a thousand dollor for Tele Lens?

The Story
Friend wanted to buy Canon EF300mm f4/L for wild life photos and asked me if I can find good deal for him. I searched around and found it costs over $1000. Wow! After I asked him few questions and showed him the example below. He changed his mind and got a $100 Tamron 70-300mm instead

Sample from my Tamron
Click the image to see the original.

Q&A as follow

Me: How often do you take wild life photos?
Friend: Few times a year

Me: Are you going to shoot at day time or night time?
Friend: Mostly, Sunny day time.

Me: Do you really wanna spend a $1000 for a lens while you only use it a few time a year?
Friend: No, and lower quality is acceptable for cheaper solution.

The Reason He Picked Tamron
Every Lens should have acceptable sharpness while you are shooting at aperture f8. The cat you see above was shot with the Tamron at 300mm, aperture f8, 1/320sec with ISO800 while I think the image is acceptable. You will see the noise of the photo is pretty high since the little kitten is under the shade of my wife's car and I push my Canon XTi to ISO 800 to maintain the exposure. While you are shooting telephoto. In order to reduce hand shake, make sure you shoot with faster shutter speed. Only 3 rules apply, if the condition allow you to do so, you don't need a $1000 Lens to get good photos.

1, Shoot at f8 to get sharp image
2, Shoot at fast shutter speed to reduce hand shake
3, Push ISO to maintain good exposure.

p.s. Canon L telephoto lens will be able to help you get good images while you are in difficult situations. Such as when you need fast focus, shooting at low light or require f4 while still maintaining sharpness. Buy one if you can afford it. :)

Great XSi Deal after "Instant" Rebate

Friend ask me how to get the rebate from Canon I talk about 2 - 3 weeks ago. Because they thought is mail in rebate.

Actually those are instant rebates.

Let me put great deal as an example for XSi + EF-s 18-55mm + 55-250mm

First add the following items to your Amazon shopping cart

Canon XSi with EF-s 18-55mm Kit Lens


Canon EF 55-250mm IS

When you try to check out, you will see the following at the checkout page.


Final price


Nice! Camera with 2 Lens for $753.91 Shipped
Please remember to select free shipping

my 2 cents

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

If I want Canon SLR, which one should I get?

The story
People ask me what Canon SLR camera they should get. Actually Each Canon model has its own market, some of the features you may only find in the professional cameras. Depends on what you are looking for and your subject. You can pick from the followings

Consumer Camera

Canon XS, XSi and T1i are consider as consume camera (low-end), usually they are around $500 - $800 price range. They are lightweight with plastic housing and basic SLR features. Don't get me wrong, they are all able to produce good images. The function they are missing are for the professional to handle extreme conditions. Such as low light, situation that is not allowed use flash or require very high shutter speed to freeze fast moving object.

Advanced Amateur Cameras

Canon 40D and 50D are considered Advanced amateur cameras which come with magnesium alloy body with advance feature which allow you to get more creative photos and able to handle some extreme lighting conditions. If you are a beginner and able to afford a $900 to $1200 camera, I would suggest you skip the low-end one.

Professional Cameras

All the 1 series are considered to be professional cameras, while the 5D Mark II is considered semi-pro. These cameras are very reliable with alloy bodies while all the 1 series come with weatherproof protection. Their auto focus system is extremely rapid and more accurate than those lower end models. These camera usually have full complement of both manual and automatic controls. However, the are big, heavy and they are all missing build in flash (If you can afford $2000+ camera, you should able to afford a external flash).

You may click on the camera images to check out the latest pricing from Amazon.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

My New Dell Vostro A90 Unboxing

The Story
Most of you know I write blog post with Dell Mini 9 most of the time. Today, the new blogging machine (Vostro A90) arrived. The only reason I bought this because it is in black color. Other than that, Vostro A90 is the same as Mini 9. Following is a shot unboxing video. Enjoy

If you wanna get one for yourself, click the following.
Click here to shop all Vostro laptops from Dell Small Business!

Thursday, May 7, 2009

A Photographer's Compact Point and Shoot

The Story
I saw a well known gadget review website rated Ricoh CX1 as a Photographer's Compact Point and Shoot. I don't have experience with this camera but I disagree with that.

The Reason
I believe a real photographer who will pick a point and shoot camera may only have a few reasons. Following is what I can think.

  • Similar image quality as DSLR.

  • Able to Shoot at RAW format

  • High Quality Lens

  • Compact and easy to carry around

  • Ricoh CX1 has a small 1/2.3" sensor which is similar as those cheap point and shoot camera. It doesn't allow user to shoot at RAW formant which normal photographers would like to have for post processing. It has a 7.1x optical zoom lens which possibly reduces image quality when the light has to travel though so many optics.

    What I think are good?

    The following cameras only serve the same purpose - produce good image quality and they all meet the requirements above.

    Panasonic LX3 / Leica D-Lux4

    Sigma DP1 / DP2

    Canon Powershot G10

    If you really like the brand Ricoh, Following are the much better choices
    Ricoh Caplio GX200 / GR Digital II

    Just click on the images if you want to get more info on the cameras or buy the cameras.

    Wednesday, May 6, 2009

    Canon Speedlites Onsale Up to 47% Off with Free Shipping


    All Canon Speedlights are onsale now. See the info Below.

    580EX II $370.00
    430EX II 244.78
    220EX $96.88
    MT-24EX $626.07
    MR-14EX Macro Ring $427.15

    All comes with free standard shipping.

    Click here to get the deal

    Tuesday, May 5, 2009

    Great Night Shot with Star Effect

    The Story
    Friends ask me how to get great night shot with a SLR.

    The Solution
    I think most people know a tripod will be the great helper in this kind of situation. A tripod allows user to shoot at slower shutter speed with a clean shot. I would like to add something more on top of this - A Star Effect.

    Lets take a look with the following example.

    How to get a star effect
    The example above has not been photoshoped, what you see is what I shoot at that moment. You see the lights become a beautiful stars and make the photo get the WOW effect which can be done very easily. A small aperture can make the bright light source become star shape. I use f/29 with 15sec for this shot. Usually, f/11 or smaller f-stop should be good enough to get the star effect.

    If you like this photo, you can download the original file here.

    Monday, May 4, 2009

    First Turkey in My Life


    The Story
    I know this is kinda off topic, but I am so happy to share this. I just joined a bowling league and today was the first day of the game. I am not good at bowling and I got pretty low scores (under 100) for the first two games:(

    On the third game, I was lucky and got a strike on the 3rd round. I am so happy about this and I try to duplicate the same way to throw the ball again. Yup... that's right, I got the second strike. My team member handed over a beer to me and I finish half of the bottle. Now the next roll, focus, focus, and focus... Yeah! I got a turkey!

    p.s. The turkey photo is not taken by me, credit go to a Flickr user.

    Saturday, May 2, 2009

    Canon Huge Saving for the Year (Cameras)

    The Story
    Friends heard of rumors about Canon rebates coming out and asked me if I knew when it starts. All I can tell you is, all rebates are already up on their site now.

    Canon offers rebates for most of their current EOS System products. All rebate expire on 7/11/2009


    Rebate Info here

    Canon Huge Saving for the Year (Lens and Flash)

    The Story
    Friends heard of rumors about Canon rebates coming out and asked me if I knew when it starts. All I can tell you is, all rebates are already up on their site now.

    Canon offers rebates for most of their current EOS System products. All rebate expire on 7/11/2009


    There are total 23 items with rebate.
    You can download the original rebate info. here.

    Photography Book Suggestion

    The Story
    A friend told me his photos are kinda boring. He has a lot of the camera skill + composition skill already, however he's still not quite satisfied with his work.

    I was not able to provide a solution since I am not a Pro. And his skill level is way better than mine. And I do find his work to be great, but somehow not really able to tell the story.

    I suggested a book to him. The Moment It Clicks by Joe McNally. This book has nothing related to exposure, camera setting or photoshop which is different from other photography books. I found it really gave me a lot of photo ideas, which is beyond technical skill.


    I highly recommend this book to beginners as well. As I always say, interesting photos does not depend on the camera you have, it depends on the person who clicks the shutter button.

    You can get this book from here.