Thursday, February 25, 2010

Refurbished Sony A200 $299 with Lens (Expire 2/27)

The Story has refurbished A200 for $299 shipped with coupon code SONYA200K150. Do I recommend Sony SLR? No! But it is a crazy deal while it come with a 18-70mm lens. You can get it if you really wanna try out a SLR while on a limited budget.

Preproduction Canon T2i 1080p Video Sample

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For friends who has been waiting for the new Canon T2i, I found a video sample from a pre-production unit to share with you. Since some of the video clips was capture by the kit lens, it might be the reason why the color is not as rich as 7D and 5D mark II. ISO 1600 looks very clean on video mode as well. After all, Canon T2i seems to be a nice DSLR if you are looking for one with 1080p video function. You can pre-order it with the kit lens for $899 Shipped.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Image Swirl from Google Labs, So Cool!

Fun way to search images. Give it a try.

Preorder DSi XL for $189 Shipped (Release on 3/28)

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Nintendo just announced new DSi XL will be released in North America on March 28. It will come with two 4.2" LCDs instead of 3.25" (DSi) or 3.0" (DS Lite).
You can pre-order it for $189 shipped here.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Tip of the Week

Get blurred backgrounds with a point and shoot

If you don't have an SLR around, but want to try to get a limited depth of field shot with a professional-looking blurred background, you can do following:

• Set your camera to portrait mode.

• Make sure your subject is far from the background.

• Back away from your subject.

• Zoom in from far away, which will help create a shallow depth of field.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Going to PMA 2010

Going to PMA 2010 now. If I find anything interesting while other major site didn't report yet, I will post it here.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Meebo Goes iPhone

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Meebo, which is my favorite multiple instant messaging program release for iPhone already. Since its is free to download, I don't have to explain how good is it compare to other free IM apps like IM+ Lite and eBuddy. Give it a try, highly recommended.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Tip of the Week

Tip of the Week
For indoor/party night photos, just say "no" to on-camera flash if your camera has good low light performance. Since flash light is coming from the same position as the camera, there are no shadows to "model" faces. Light from a point source like the on-camera flash falls off as the square of the distance from the source. That means things close to the camera will be washed-out, the subject on which you focussed will be properly exposed, and the background will be nearly black.

Virtually all point and shoot/SLR cameras allow you to control the on-camera flash. What you want to do most of the time is press the tiny lightning bolt button until the "no flash" symbol is displayed. The "no flash" symbol is usually a lightning bolt with a circle around it and line through it. Now the camera will never strobe the flash and will leave the shutter open long enough to capture enough ambient light to make an exposure. Additional skill as following:

* look for some light. Move your subjects underneath whatever light sources are handy and see how they look with your eyes.
* set a higher ISO sensitivity, e.g., ISO 400 or ISO 800 or leave it Auto
* steady the camera against a tree/rock/chair/whatever as you press the shutter release
* leave the camera on a tree/rock/chair/whatever and use the self-timer so that the jostling of pressing the shutter release isn't reflected on film. This works well for photographing decorated ceilings in Europe. Just leave the camera on the floor, self-timer on, flash off.
* use a little plastic tripod, monopod, or some other purpose-built camera support

Monday, February 15, 2010

Dell Daily Deal - Bluetooth Mouse $12 Shipped

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Dell Home has the Dell FW448 Bluetooth 5-Button Wireless Travel Mouse for a low $12.00 Free Shipping. Tax in most states.

p.s. Please make sure your computer has Bluetooth function build in or you have a Bluetooth adapter.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Panasonic GF1 in Pink; missed V-day

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Panasonic GF1 is a compact digital camera that has interchangeable lens system. Some of my friends who already has it are very happy with it, since it can produce similar image quality as those big DSLRs while it can capture 720p video as well. Panasonic Announced the new special edition in Pink color which will be released in March. Too bad it missed the Valentine's holiday this year, otherwise I do think a lot guys will buy it as a gift for their better half (me included).

I tried the 20mm f1.7 Lens on it and found it helps with low light environment while still able to provide high quality images. If you are not a "Pink" lover, you can get the GF1 + 20mm Lens kit for $899 shipped today in Black or Silver or Red without waiting

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Canon EF 70-200mm f4 L Unboxing

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I got a Canon EF 70-200mm f4 for this unboxing video. Also, I put it side by side compared with my Canon 24-105L. Both of them are f4 L lens and I was surprised the 70-200mm f4 is narrower, smaller and lighter than the 24-105L while both provide excellent image quality. As I mentioned on my older post, this Canon 70-200mm f4 L Lens is possibly the cheapest L glass from Canon.

Today, I see the price of this lens has already gone up. If you didn't get it last time, you can get it now for $639 Shipped

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Tip of the Week

Tip of the Week
Friends say they keep getting blurry photos since their camera/lens do not have image stabilizing function build in. There's a method I have been using and it works pretty well. When I am shooting with a non-IS Lens, I take a deep breath, hold, and fire off about 3-4 shots with a single press on the shutter button (continues mode). It might take up more memory card space, but it guarantees at least 1-2 sharp images since it avoided the finger pressing motion of the shutter button.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Canon EOS Rebel T2i Hands On Video

Canon EOS T2i avaiable for pre-order now

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I noticed the Canon EOS T2i pre-order links are up, and would like to share with the people who's been waiting for it.

Canon EOS Rebel T2i (Body Only) $799.99 Shipped

Canon EOS Rebel T2i (w/ 18-55mm kit Lens) $899.99 Shipped

Detail Product info shows after you click the above links and highlight features as following

* 18 Megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor
* DIGIC 4 processor with ISO 100-6400 (Expansion to 12800)
* Continuous shooting at 3.7fps
* Full HD movie recording with manual control and selectable frame rates
* 7.7cm (3.0”) 3:2 Clear View LCD with 1,040k dots
* iFCL metering System with 63-zone Dual-layer Metering Sensor
* Quick Control screen to change shooting settings
* Exposure compensation +/-5 stops.
* Select maximum value for Auto ISO
* External Microphone socket
* Movie crop function
* Eye-Fi connected functions compatibility

Sunday, February 7, 2010

POW (1/31-2/6/2010)

Photo of the Week
Got a chance to shoot with a tall Asian model. After I looked at the result at home. I notice I focus too much on emphasizing her  pose while failed to capture her facial expression. Learned a lesson, and found room for self improvement.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Logitech USB Headset H330 $19.99 & Quick Test

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Recently, I skype more with my friends, and found  the mic and speaker on the notebook didn't get me the sound quality I want. I was browsing the web trying to find a USB headset from a reliable manufacture and caught this deal by luck. I got this from a local Target store for $19.99 (Same Price online from Target Via Amazon and Free Shipping over $25)

Since it is only a temporary price cut don't blame me if you miss the deal.

I did a quick test for the recording quality, and its not bad for a low cost solution.

Click here to listen to the recording quality of the mic

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Tip of the Week

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We always learn something new everyday, since we started "Photo of the Week", we think we should share something more. we will select the best tip we learned from the previous week and post it here every Wednesday to begin "Tip of the Week".

Tip of the Week
Never buy a camera bag for your gears with Velcro closure.

Imagine you are shooting landscape photos and you see a deer appear within a distance, you would like to switch you wide angle lens to your 70-200mm telephoto lens which is in your camera bag to capture the moment. However, if you have a Velcro closure camera bag, the noise from opening the bag will then scare the deer away, and you will lose the shot. Therefore, consider Zip or Buckle closure and it will be one less thing to worry about.

Aloha Everyone Goes Mobile!

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I noticed some of you guys visit my site with your cellphones. I enabled the mobile theme of my blog to make it mobile device friendly. If you have iPhone, Andriod or Blackberry, you should be able to browse the new theme as above. If you still want to receive full flavor of, please scroll to the bottom of the page and turn off the function as the image below.