Sunday, January 31, 2010

POW (1/24-1/30/2010)

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POW (Photo of the Week) Alohaeveryone would like to share one of the best photo we got from the previous weeks, we think it is interesting/beautiful enough to share with you.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

iPad! I know you want one.

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The Story
Everyone has been talking about the new Apple iPad these past two days. However, my friends have different opinions about whether to get it or not.


Will Buy: People currently don't have iPhone, iPod Touch and MAC.
Will Not Buy: People who has iPhone, iPod Touch and MAC.


Doesn't matter whether you want it now or not, I suggest you sign up the "notify me" function with Apple just in case you decide you really want it when it starts selling.


Sign up from Apple.com


Sign up from Amazon to save tax

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Vivitar 285HV Manual Flash Unboxing



The Story
I've never done well with flash photography since I don't really understand how the TTL electronics work. So I decided to try to learn the basics. I bought the Viviar 285HV which was recommended by a professional photographer. After the unboxing, I found this manual flash included all the setting you need to master this area, but it may not be easy.

I am still learning how to use it but once I get good results, I will post the photos up here and mention it is created with this flash.

If you also wanna learn the basics like me, you can get Vivitar 285HV for $86 shipped

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Monday, January 25, 2010

The Story Beyond The Still: The Cabbie

The Story Beyond The Still: The Cabbie from Vincent Laforet on Vimeo.



The Story
For those who haven't see this yet, I would like to share this new video from Vincent Laforet - The Cabbie. The Cabbie shot by Canon 7D. While compararing 7D to the 1DMark IV and 5DMarkII, his comment as following:

"7D has the smallest sensor of all Canon HDDSLRs - ergo a bit more noise... but not the end of the world"

By the way, Canon 7D don't have any shortage now and you can get one for $1685 shipped.

Tamron Rebate Back Again (End 3/30)

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The Story
One of my friends wanna get a super zoom lens for his camera and he missed the last Tamron rebate promotion. Tamron Winter rebate program is up again and some crazy deal examples as following

Tamron AF 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di II LD Aspherical (IF) Macro Zoom $279.95 - $60 MIR = $219.95 Shipped

Tamron AF 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC LD Aspherical IF Macro $592.97 + $50 MIR = $542.97 Shipped

and more

You can download the Rebate from here.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Sigma DP1 Still Rocks

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The Story
Had a chance to shoot a model with controlled lighting. However, I didn't bring my 5D Mark II with me. Luckily, Sigma DP1 was in my bag to save the day and I was able to get this impressive image. My old Sigma DP1 still rocks :)

You can see the full size image here.

You can get Sigma DP1 for $549 Shipped.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Dell Small Business 72-Hour Monitor Sale

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Dell E2210H 21.5" Widescreen Flat Panel Monitor Only $149 after $50 Coupon Savings. Coupon code: ?FZR1V7ZXFBLBS. Click here to get it


Also,
ViewSonic VA2223 22" Widescreen Flat Panel Monitor w/Built in Speakers!! Only $149 after $27 Coupon Savings. Coupon code: 4BKF4DZ$02D6MZ. Click here to get it

Offers expire 1/23/10 at 6:00 AM CDT

Friday, January 15, 2010

Color Laser Printer for $10 (Expired)

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Konica Minolta 1600W Magicolor Color Laser Printer with Final Price $10 + Shipping ($20-$60 depends on where is it going to ship to).

It seems too good to be true, but I order one anyway. $40.00 shipping to LA.

Click here to the product page.

Update: Product no longer listed, cross our fingers now.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Macbook Pro 13" + Intel X25-M Unboxing & Installation



The Story
A friend saw my Macbook pro and was wondering why it feels like it has a supercharged engine with outstanding performance. I got the macbook pro as a Xmas gift from my wife last month, and did the unboxing video although I didn’t upload to youtube. Since my friend is asking about it, I put all the small video clips together and uploaded it all at once.
This final all-in-one version includes the following:

Macbook Pro 13" Unboxing
MBP boot up time with stock HD (37sec)
Intel X25-M Unboxing
SSD upgrade process for MBP 13"
MBP boot up time with SSD (15sec)

The Comment
Is it worth the upgrade? Yes, "My SSD Rocks!"

You can get the Macbook Pro here and the Intel X25-M here.

Macbook Pro 13" + Intel X25-M Unboxing & Installation



The Story
A friend saw my Macbook pro and was wondering why it feels like it has a supercharged engine with outstanding performance. I got the macbook pro as a Xmas gift from my wife last month, and did the unboxing video although I didn’t upload to youtube. Since my friend is asking about it, I put all the small video clips together and uploaded it all at once.
This final all-in-one version includes the following:

Macbook Pro 13" Unboxing
MBP boot up time with stock HD (37sec)
Intel X25-M Unboxing
SSD upgrade process for MBP 13"
MBP boot up time with SSD (15sec)

The Comment
Is it worth the upgrade? Yes, "My SSD Rocks!"

You can get the Macbook Pro here and the Intel X25-M here.

Why Canon L?

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The Story
A friend asked me why I recommended $600 70-200mm f4 L last week, while you can get 70-300mm with IS (non L) around the same price. In order to answer this question, I have to go a little bit more into technical details.

What is Canon L glass?
L series lenses offer higher optical quality than their non-L equivalents, and have an important technical aspect in common. At least one element in every L lens is made of one of the following:

fluorite crystal rather than glass
ground aspheric lens element
ultra-low dispersion glass

Most L series lenses are also sturdily built - many are encased in metal barrels and are weatherproofed - and most are very fast lenses for their focal lengths. Nearly all telephoto L series lenses are also off-white rather than black.

Following is lens construction of 70-200mm f4 L and it shows the lens has 1 fluorite and 2 ultra-low dispersion glasses which indicates this lens should come with outstanding optical characteristics to produce high quality images.
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For more detailed info, please visit Canon EF L Series site here.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Zoom H2 Handy Recorder Unboxing



The Story
Friends said the sound quality of my videos are not good. I ordered Zoom H2 recorder and hope it could make a difference. Zoom H2 is like a all in one package which come with accessories to help make your audio recording easier.

Comments
I am planning to return it eventhough the recording quality is very great. Because I find there are too many functions I don’t even plan to use in the near future. I do recommend this recorder if you are serious about audio recording and I believe the mic stick and desktop stand is going to be a plus for you. You can get this here for $149 with free shipping

Friday, January 8, 2010

Lowest Price on L Glass I ever seen

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The lowest price I ever seen on a Canon L Glass - Under $600 Shipped for brand new Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L. I think this won't last long since they are cleaning up inventory for the New f2.8L IS II which is going to release on coming February for $1500 more.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

FaceBook 3.1 for iPhone with PUSH

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The Story
Finally, Facebook 3.1 iPhone app support Push Notifications. You can update thought App Store from your iPhone and enjoy today.

From the image below, you should be aware the "Chat" doesn't support Push yet. Let's hope we can get that from next version.
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The Comment
Looks like it doesn't work right for now. I didn't get any PUSH notice at all. Server Error?? I will test more later.

Update
PUSH works fine now. However, If you have tons of friend leave you comments or write on your facebook wall, I suggest you turn off PUSH function. Otherwise, you may need to bring the charger with you all the time. Coz my iPhone drop 20% battery within 1.5 hrs. :0

Get Ready for Skype HD

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The Story
Just read the news from CES 2010, Panasonic and LG are going to release HDTV with Skype build in which allow you to make HD Video call. Instead of waiting for the new HDTV coming out, you can experience the HD video call with Skype 4.2 Beta for Windows. To get the full HD taste of Video Call, check with the requirements.

The Requirements
High Speed Internet Connection (384kpbs)
Skype 4.2 Beta
2GHz CPU 2GB RAM System (I recommend)

And the most important thing is the HD webcam. Following are webcams which ready for 720p Skype HD Calls.

Logitech Protable Webcam C950 $67.1 Shipped
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Logitech Webcam Pro 9000 $84.95 Shipped
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