Amy The Persian Cat

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A close up of our cat.. Amy

50mm prime lense is the way to go

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Gary Voth says we should get a 50mm prime lens for our digital cameras, and so do many other camera professionals, to quote Gary:

“If you are like most photographers just starting out with a new 35mm SLR, chances are it came with one of those ubiquitous 28-80mm (or similar) “consumer” zooms. In the last 15 years these inexpensive lenses have all but replaced the traditional 50mm prime lens as the starter optic for 35mm photographers. The 50mm lens, once the mainstay of 35mm photography, has been all but forgotten by today’s photographers.”

So it looks like i made a great choice with my new primary lens the Sigma 30mm f/1.4 EX DC HSM Lens (approx 50mm DSLR Equivalent), for me the results speak for them selves

Wallaby Side On

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Many more pics on flickr, but this is one I took this weekend on my new lens

Excelent DSLR camera review site

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Digital Photography Review has a very comprehensive review of my new Canon 400d, I have continued to be impressed with the pictures I have managed to take, even more with the fact I have managed to move from auto modes to program modes and actually start taking even better pictures!!! Canon 400d Front View

Human Eye’s “megapixel” Resolution

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Apparently a human eye has around 5 million cone receptors that detect colour and around hundred million rods that detect monochrome contrast which is about 105MP per eye, however you have 2 eyes and they are shaped with in built image processing, in perfect light and with perfect eyes (both not likely with facts like “Women have more cones than men”) your eyes pick up and give your brain a MP image of :

Approximately 210mega-pixels capture that your brain turns into an approximately 550 mega-pixels image

Sea Scope

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I took this picture some time ago from our cabin on a cruise ship while in the Caribbean, it’s currently the most popular picture I have on flickr.

My First DSLR

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After a good friend of mine let me take a few photos on his Nikon D40 I have took the plunge into the world of Digital Single-lens reflex cameras and purchased a Cannon 400D

In My Opinion Positives :

  • Very quick to turn on
  • Takes pictures quickly and many to grab the moment
  • Manual is good, easy to understand, comprehensive and small enough to carry in a bag
  • Love the 9 point focus
  • Easy to use the menus
  • Fast to change settings
  • Optic adjuster has fine settings and enough change support
  • Easy to plug into my mini USB
  • Works very well with Vista with both Raw format and picture support
  • Quality is very much better than my old portable Camera
  • Good quality 2.5 inch screen on the back
  • Preview operation is fast and functional
  • 10 mega-pixels seems the perfect resolution for my needs
  • Lots of options to learn when i`m ready, put very easy to learn the basic options for Portrait etc

In My Opinion Negatives :

  • After 4 or so flash photos it takes a while for the flash to recharge
  • I can’t seem to use raw file format for the auto modes
  • Cost (but comparable to other similar camera)
  • Needed to buy a bag for it (SlingShot 100 AW) as advised from another friend.
  • Could’t find a firmware patch path at Cannon, this is disappointing as I love to gain new features on gadgets

Overall the positives far out way the negatives and i`m very happy with my choice

Current Apple iPod and iPhone lineup

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The current Apple iPod and iPhone lineup looks quite impressive, you can’t say they are sitting back and waiting for the competition to win …

 Current Apple iPod and iPhone lineup